Did you know that 8.30pm on March 25th is Earth Hour? It’s the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change and this year will be it’s tenth anniversary. WWF challenged me to come up with some crafts that kids could make to help raise awareness of some of the animals that are the most affected by climate change and I think making these would be a great way to have a bit of relaxed family time with your kids while also making sure that they are aware of why Earth Hour is so important for our planet so I’ve included some information about each animal from the WWF. As a mum myself I know that my own kids are always really interested when I talk to them about matters I think are important, although pro tip here, don’t do as I did once and start these chats at bedtime as the discussion we once had around apartheid in South Africa put bedtime back by a long time! I’ve tried to embrace the spirit of Earth Hour by using craft materials that I found in my recycling bin rather than buying anything new. I prefer to do this anyway but it really made me think this time about how much packaging we go through, recycling is great but less packaging will be even better! If you make any of these crafts with your kids I’d love to see them just hashtag them #MakeClimateMatter on Twitter or Instagram and if you tag me @craftsonsea I’ll share them for you too. Make sure you sign up to Earth Hour here and turn your lights out for an hour on the 25th March!
If you just looked in the shops it would sometimes seem that Mothers Day has to be something stupidly expensive, of course, not that most young kids are likely to pay for anything (kinder eggs being slightly higher on the pocket money desirable list round here) but that still means that someone has to pay. As a mum I know that the best gifts aren’t always that are the most expensive, but are instead the ones that make you smile, hug your kids and especially the ones where you can see your kids have done something just for you. With that in mind today I’m sharing our thoughts on the fabulous Mr Men My Mummy book and I’ve also got a little giveaway where you could win this book and two other Mr Men titles.
In the last 12 months I’ve moved house twice. It’s been, to put it politely, one of the most stressful things that I’ve done but as a family we’ve also known that it would be really worthwhile. Our first property was a flat in Southend – when we first viewed it the estate agent refused to even walk in as the smell was so bad and the carpets were all wet. I’m far from an architect or one of those people you see on Grand Designs but the work we did on it allowed us to sell it at a much higher price – in fact we had a open day for viewings and sold it that very day. We’re now renovating a Grade II listed property in Cornwall and hope that the money and time we invest in it will increase it’s value too. Saga asked me if I would share what I’ve learnt (and what I’m still learning!) as part of their #SagaHomeImprovements campaign so this is some of the things that we’ve done to add value to our home.
It’s fair to say that Easter is quite popular around our house, I know this to be true because last night my three year old refused to sleep for two hours because she was soooooo excited and when could she have her Easter egg hunt? Needless to say I’ve been questioning celebrating Easter this weekend instead! I do genuinely enjoy Easter though and I enjoy having something to look forward too as much as the kids do, I do get a slight panic though when I get asked to do something on a theme straight away though so this is the most recent of my free printable lists of activities so that you can print this out and pop it onto your fridge ready to give you some inspiration when you need some fun Easter activities for kids.
As a blogger there are times when I think about what I’m doing and I can imagine my parent’s rolling their eyes, and sometimes there are times when I want to give them a quick call because I know they’ll be impressed. When John Lewis asked me if I’d like to share what I’d include in a Mother’s Day hamper I knew my mum would be impressed because, well, one of the things that she appears to have passed down through her genetics is a shared love for John Lewis and all its general loveliness. As well as shopping there we’ve shared lunch in their restaurants many a time, my mum’s a vegetarian and it’s always been fun trying to find somewhere that offers something more interesting than a cheese sandwich but John Lewis could always be relied upon.