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Living near the beach is lovely but it does tend to get rather busy on hot days. This weekend we had an early visit there on our way elsewhere to avoid the crowds. We love sea crafts for kids and I’ve been trying to think of some seashell craft ideas that I can do with my toddler, we picked up some seashells and driftwood while we were there and bought them home to make something with later that evening. This is what we came up with!

Seashell craft ideas

A couple of weeks back I saw this DIY wall hanging on Tigerlilly Quinn hat I really liked, but I thought it might be fun to use things that we found at the seaside and use some driftwood rather than dowling rod. View Post

The other Saturday night, in normal haphazard style, The Husband remembered that he had to work on Sunday morning. Normally when he’s working I try to have a plan in place but as this was last minute I had to think on my feet a bit. The result was looking for ways to paint without a paintbrush. We stopped off first thing at Wilkinsons and did a quick 99p purchase but other than that everything we found was around the house or garden. My son loved doing it so I thought I would share it with you!

ways to paint without a paintbrush

1) Pom poms, lovely and squishy and perfect for small hands

2) Pipecleaners, always get loads of these in craft packs and other than making crowns I never have a clue what to do with them. Obviously paint was the answer.

3) Flowers. We used dandelions (messy) and bluebells (super cute) These were probably the most popular things as hunting in the garden for things to paint with sounds very subversive when you are three! View Post

I don’t know about you but I’m more than ready for summer now, given the choice between hot and average weather I always opt for boiling! With that in mind I thought this week I’d share some craft ideas for summer fun, because I’m more than ready to get out in the garden!

craft ideas for summer funFirst up is this brilliant tutorial from Time to Craft on how to make your own ice cream. I love the idea of this, my waistline probably doesn’t but thankfully I’ve given up on worrying about that one! This no spill pig watering can from Hodge Podge Craft is beyond cute, if you have kids and make this you know that’s your garden getting watered for you all summer long, result! Finally this tutorial from Adventure in a Box on how to make a backyard play tent is going to take a bit of your time, but what a way to invest it! It looks amazing and personally I’m super jealous of it! View Post

A couple of weeks ago we visited Tropical Wings Zoo in South Woodham Ferrers. The Husband and I had visited a few years back when it was just a butterfly house with a few animals outside, we’d thought about taking the kids, but to be honest the price seemed a bit steep, after all we can always nip out into the garden if we’re desperate to see a Cabbage White or something, but then we figured it wold be a nice place to go and explore, and of course I had visions of a Cottingley Faries style photo shoot where the butterflies would happily pose on the end of my six month olds outstretched hand while she giggled into the camera. I wasn’t aiming for this kind of picture with my three year old, obviously. He thinks he’s Batman, the butterflies aren’t likely to come off well in that battle.

Tropical Wings Zoo

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Last weekend we were challenged by BritMums to try doing our shopping in Morrissons. The Toddler has become super picky in his food choices recently so when he declared that he liked fish I thought the obvious step from fish fingers was sea bass in balsamic vinegar. Ok, so maybe I skipped most of the balsamic bit for him but this pan fried sea bass recipe meant that we were able to have a family meal that everyone could enjoy and that had a bit of flavour for the grown ups, hurray!

pan fried sea bassIngredients:

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