Weekdays might be filled with work, school and nursery but once we’re all back at home then it’s the time for fun in our house. We love to grab a bit of time after school to have fun together or plan something to do at the weekend. Of course it’s not always possible to do trips out after school and even at the weekends the weather can be pretty miserable this time of year so baking is always a favourite with my kids, it’s easy to set up and they get to be creative and most importantly end up with a treat for themselves afterwards! We were asked if we would like to try out some cake sprinkles from Baking Time Club which my kids were more than happy to assist with and we’ve also got a giveaway where you could win some too!
Whether your plans for half term are as close as soft play or as far away as travelling to another country there’s one thing that you’ll want to sort out before you go. As the mum of two kids whenever we go out in our car there’s certain things we always have with us, drinks, snacks, a change of clothes and, less appealingly, rather grim car seats. Yes my kids snack in the car and they also bring in muddy shoes from school, sand covered wellies from the beach and I don’t know what else that gross stuff is but I know that I don’t want to be seeing it any longer. Thankfully Rug Doctor asked if we would like to try using their hire equipment to clean our car and if I wasn’t 100%, my husband was more than keen for me to try this one out!
Up several times in the night, the school run, work deadlines and a house that looks like a bomb has hit it. Some days I feel like I’m struggling to manage being an average mum, let alone a fun one. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I’m not trying or I can’t be bothered, it’s just that sometimes it can all feel a bit overwhelming and a lack of sleep can mean that the thought of doing the fun mum stuff seems almost impossible. Over the last week I’d been set a challenge by Petits Filous and at the end I was asked to share my experiences with parenting expert Anita Cleare, during our chat she asked me about the change I’d made – did it make having fun more easy? Did I feel more like a fun mum? And she was right, I did, and it had been a super easy change to make and one that you can make too.
A Sunday afternoon is the perfect time to bond with your kids after church, or after having lunch together. Instead of the children sitting in the house playing video games and watching TV, a time with them to explore their creativity can be best achieved by performing easy crafts. Depending on the age of the children, each art should be able to equip the kids with innovation and problem-solving skills. Below are easy crafts for children which can make a good bonding time on a Sunday afternoon.
Mermaids have captured our imaginations for decades. Madonna, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga have all performed in videos dressed as half woman/half fish. From Mermaids: The Body Found on the Discovery Channel, to Disney movies like The Little Mermaid to the old movie Splash with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, mermaids are all all found over our culture. Key to their popularity is that there is a Bigfoot-like quality to the legend of the mermaid; we want them to be real because they keep mystery on a planet that we’ve largely explored.