Fun Activity For ALL Ages With Leftover Wallpaper!

I’m sure if you are in the UK like our family is, you are fed up with the weather being so up and down, and not being able to decide what it wants to do, we have gone from a 4 day heatwave of 30 degrees Celsius to half that in just a day! It’s just how the great British weather is and sometimes outdoor activities that we plan can get sidelined because of it. So today I’m going to show you a super easy INDOOR activity that can not only be fun, but educational if you want it to be, and all you need is some pens or pencils and a roll of excess wallpaper/kids paper roll from IKEA, you could even stick A4 together and it would work just as fab!

Step 1 – Get the person you want to draw around to lay down on the paper! Tristan wasn’t sure about it at first, so Sassie jumped down to show him what to do!

Step 2 – Get a pen and draw around your model! Let them pose however you want and don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it’s just fun!

Step 3 (Option A!) – So this is where you can choose to do what you want to do! For our first drawing, I asked the kids to write down what body parts they knew, and then once that was done we started talking about the ones they didn’t know and where they were! They definitely enjoyed doing a different style of learning, and even Tristan got in on the action and started to learn more body parts!

Step 3 (Option B!) – Draw an outfit on your body, or decorate it in lots of different colours. You could use paint, glitter, craft bits etc if you wanted to and the kids absolutely loved it! This entertained them for about 3 hours in total, and they have asked if they can now draw around Sassie and do her too!

Tah-dah! Here are our finished pieces! As you can see we had lots of fun and learnt something too! You really can make it as Artsy or Science-y as you want and take a different approach to their educational learning whilst they are still off school, plus it was so quick and easy, it is sure to go down a treat with everyone 🙂

I really hope you enjoyed this quick and simple activity, I would love to know what you think and please show me yours if you decide to try it!

Sending Love,
Becky xXx

Under the Sea Party – Lockdown Style!

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I can’t believe how quickly the time flies over, even in Lockdown. It doesn’t feel like 4 years ago that Tristan came into our life at the rate of knots (literally, as in 12 minutes from my waters breaking to him arriving… even the midwife wasn’t prepared for his speedy entrance!), and he certainly hasn’t changed either! He is so loving and caring and so funny, with a passion for Paw Patrol and Octonauts/Sea Life. We had organised a Paw Patrol party for him at our local WMC, but due to Covid-19 we decided to switch it up and throw him an “Under the Sea” Themed Party at home – lockdown style! On a budget, lots of crafts involved and hopefully, lots of fun!

First up, I made this fab wall decoration from only 1 roll of 24m crepe paper for only 90p and it covered 2 walls (as you can see in the above two pictures!). I twisted it up sticking it in place with Blutack to turn it into “Seaweed” and used the 3D fish the kids and I made from my previous blog post as well as some home made turtles Sassie made (Painted egg boxes stuck to some green paper in the shape of a turtles body!) to make this super cute yet fun (and cheap!) backdrop for the walls. Finally we also made some Jellyfish using Joshua’s old milk tins for on the wall, just to add a few more sea creatures into the mix!

I also saw this cool fish net decoration but I put my own spin on it! I was looking into getting one of these as a room decoration so that the boys room wouldn’t be as girly (we live in a rented house at the moment, and the boys room has ballerinas on the wall!) I found this for around £5 on wish, just make sure you buy a good few weeks in advance so it gets here on time or I found this one on Amazon if you are in a hurry for only a little more! Sassie and I then filled it with 2 tone blue and white balloons (100 pack off eBay for £3.99 and we used about 20 total, so plenty left for using for other things and so much cheaper than buying them in ASDA or Card Factory at 10 balloons for £1!!) I was kindly gifted some inflatable sea life animals to finish off the net. (Here are the links for the fish, the shark and the dolphin if you would like to recreate it yourself!) I think it turned out really cool!

So this is another idea from good old pinterest, and definitely didn’t break the bank to make! We just used an old pizza box from our treat takeaway, to see how we made it follow this link to make your own DIY Octopus Decoration 🙂 I also used this sparkly door hanger to make it look like the octopus was swimming. I was gifted this by a lovely person on an amazon wishlist gifting page I’m on – thank you SO much!

This was another thing I was given on the amazon wishlist group but I would definitely purchase these if I hadn’t been gifted them! You get 6 individual strings of tropical fish and they go from the top to the bottom of a door frame but for me they really added an extra something to the alcove where I needed to find something that would look fun and just finish off the decor.

For the food I created food name tags on PicsArt (which I have made one for you to use too and I’ve also made it so you can fold them and stand them up if you want to, or if you prefer them like I did them and want to pop them on cocktails sticks, you can do that too 🙂

I then stuck them in our party food, and I’ve made a list of what we had, here is our list of party food for you!

  • Fish – Flipper Dippers (ASDA – £1 for a box of 10)
  • Starfish – Star Smileys (ASDA – £1.25 a bag)
  • Chicken of the Sea – Chicken Goujons (Aldi – £1.15 a bag)
  • Sharkbait Pizza – Four Cheese Stonebaked Pizza (Aldi – 85p)
  • Seafoam – Popcorn (ASDA Popcorn Kernels – £1.25 for 500g but only used a handful)
  • Driftwood – Cheese Twists (Aldi – 65p a pack)
  • Rainbow Kelp – Fizzy Rainbow Belts ( Aldi – 33p a pack)
  • Octopus Snacks – Cheestrings cut in half and split into 8 “tentacles” (ASDA offer – £1.50 for 8, only used 3)
  • Seaweed Wraps – Ham and Cream Cheese Wrap (Made 1 wrap cost 20p)
  • Seaweed – Celery (Aldi – 50p a bag)
  • Squid Arms – Pepper (Aldi – 38p per pepper)
  • Crabs Legs – Carrots (Aldi – 55p a bag)
  • Sea Cucumbers – Cucumber (Aldi – 50p for a whole cucumber)
  • Wet Sand – Houmous (Aldi – 69p)
  • Octopus Juice – Orange Juice Cordial (Aldi – less than £1 for full bottle)
  • Ocean Water – Lemonade with blue food colouring in (33p for lemonade, maybe 1p for the colouring!)
  • Kelp Water – Green Fanta (weirdest flavour ever!!! ASDA – £1.50)

We didn’t use the whole bag of smiley stars and other bits and bobs as you can see on the picture, but we really enjoyed our picky bit lunch, there was loads left to keep us going for dinner time too and it gives you an idea of prices and how affordable it can be 🙂

This is not my best cake I’ve ever made, but I’m happy with what I could do in the time I had! It has been such a manic week, Wednesday night came and I still hadn’t managed to make his cake! He was desperate for me to make a Green Puffer Fish Cake , it couldn’t be anything else and I bought semi circle pans and had tried (and failed sometimes!) at making them of the past few weeks, but I did it on his birthday morning at 4:30am and it was completely finished including cooking, cooling, decoration and of course forgetting about it (to play and open presents of course!) by 11am. I did have a tear on the front as you can see, but it went down a treat and he was so happy with it, so I’m happy! (also, I got those candles in ASDA and I wouldn’t get them again, they were very smokey and very warm when you went near them!)

As you can see he had a wonderful day and it was such fun to do, I really feel like we made his lockdown birthday a memorable one. We even had a visitor (a friend from Nursery!) come over and stand out in the rain under a brolly so we could all sing happy birthday to him together! Thank you so much for reading this blog post, I hope you enjoyed reading it 🙂

Sending Love,
Becky xXx

10 Fathers Day Ideas for under £10!

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So this isn’t my normal type of post, but hands up who forgot it is Father’s Day this weekend… surely it’s not just me!! Luckily, I have Amazon Prime and jumped on this morning with bits arriving tomorrow and whilst I was doing it, thought I’d love to help others out too! If you have Amazon Prime then you know the next day delivery is a life saver! If you don’t, why not sign up for a 30 day free trial? As long as it’s cancelled before the 30 days is up you won’t be charged and you’ve still got your Father’s Day gifts sorted, so that’s a bonus! Here is a list of 10 things I found whilst browsing Amazon this morning that are all under £10!

  1. A New Mug. This funny mug is something that would go down a storm in our house, the kids definitely aren’t shy on their trumping abilities! There are lots of mugs for under £10 that are funny, cute, colour changing or even very simple ones.

2. Funky Pen Holder. Jay is mad on guitars (we have 4 in our house and it’s only going to continue growing!) but by day he is a manager in a retail store. The kids saw this fab pen pot and decided straight away that they would love to get their dad it (even though it does only have 4 pegs which would make it a bass!)

3. Keyring. This wooden keyring is the perfect gift for Father’s Day, or even for Dad’s birthday or Christmas! It is handcrafted in the UK from Cherry Wood, super affordable and is definitely something the kids would love to give dad.

4. Notebooks. I’m not sure about you guys, but it seems like our house has a collection of notebooks, and we continually buy them just because we like them as well as needing them for work, school, craft ideas, and even this blog now! This notebook is A6 so it is perfect pocket size, an awesome colour and under £5!!

5. Chocolates! If ever in doubt the way to Jays heart is chocolate and beer, but when it comes to occasions, we tend to splash out a little bit with our favourites! I’m a huge Ferrero Rocher fan, and Jay loves his Green & Blacks, but one that everyone in our house loves are the Lindt Lindor truffles (and I’ll admit I have had to taste test these new Salted Caramel ones, oh my they are amazing!!!)

6. A Pen! Now this is something I didn’t choose myself, but a friend found and thought was great and to be honest, I have to agree! Perfect for all those handymen dads this pen is a bit more than just your standard pen, its a screwdriver, spirit level, ruler, touchscreen pen and also comes with 4 refills! I’ve just shown Jay and he had asked if I had already bought his present as he would like it, so that’s definitely a winner there!

7. Water Bottle. Jay always wanders around with a bottle full of water and drives me mad when he complains it has gone warm, so I thought it was time to get him one that actually keeps drinks cool, there are lots to choose from, but I really liked this one. It’s a 500ml bottle and it keeps drinks hot for 18 hours, and cold for 24 hours.

8. Gin Infusing Kit. Now we aren’t big drinkers if I’m honest, but whilst I was noseying through everything amazon had to offer I saw this Infusing Kit and thought it was pretty cool, well within budget, and a great idea as so many people I know love Gin!

9. Socks. I know, socks! But how many of you have washing machines that eat socks because I’m sure we have a sockeater in ours! Everyone always uses and needs socks, so its definitely a no-brainer in our house!

10. And finally something that my husband has actually asked for this year (not that he will actually use it as we barely ever drink!) he asked for a bottle opener and I’ll be honest, I found quite a few nice ones!

So that’s my quick list of ideas for Father’s Day gifts for under £10 and I really hope it has helped, if you have any other ideas you would add to that list, I’d love to hear them!

Sending Love,
Becky xXx

D.I.Y Under the Sea Octopus Decoration!

As you all know from one of my previous blog posts, Tristan is turning 4 next week and loves sealife so we decided to use that as his party theme! Pinterest has a few of these DIY Octopuses, but I absolutely love the idea and so I decided to make one too! The great thing about this craft is that you can make your Octopus as short or as long as you want, pop it on the wall or over the door, you could even make your Octopuses legs touch the floor and make a cool door curtain… The possibilities are endless! The things you will need for this DIY are;

  • Card/Cardstock (or like I used, a Pizza Box!)
  • Coloured Paper/Normal Paper
  • Paint
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • and Blu-Tack

Step 1 – Take your card (or in my case a Pizza Box!) and roughly draw out the shape of an octopus head. It doesn’t need to be perfect as you will be cutting it out and can change it then if you need to.

Step 2 – Use the Pizza Saver out of the box and draw around it roughly where you want the Octopuses eyes to be.

Step 3 – Cut out your Octopus head, don’t worry if its not perfect!

Step 4 – Choose whatever colour you want to use (we created our own pink to match the coloured paper we are using) and paint the Octopus. We did 2 coats to get our desired look.

Step 5 – Then paint your black circles for the Octopus eyes then once they are dry, cut out a circle of white paper (I used a 1″ circle cutter) and glue where you would like his eyes to be.

Step 6 – Paper Chains! Make 8 paper chains as your Octopuses legs and use as many lengths as you would like. We used 9 as we didn’t want them to be too dangly!

Step 7 – Time to put it all together! If you would like to staple your legs in place on your octopuses head you can do so now, or you can Blu-tack it all in place on the wall or above your door frame like above and Tah-Dah!! Your Octopus is now complete!!

I really hope you enjoyed this DIY, I’d love to see your makes and if you have any ideas you would like me to try out, please let me know. Thank you so much for reading my blog 🙂

Sending Love
Becky xXx

School (or Home!) Lunch Ideas

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School Lunches in our house are very hit and miss. Saskia loves all food so she’s ok having lunches at school, Tristan tries everything with a bit of persuasion and usually likes 90% of it, but Ollie has been a nightmare since he was 4 and we finally figured out he had the same allergies as Jay. They all have reactions to White Flour… in moderation, they can eat it so we can indulge in a burger or a pizza, but they know their limits and are very good when it comes to it. Egg is another, unless it is baked in a cake, biscuits, brownies, Jay and Ollie can’t eat egg. Jay is also allergic to prawns, but we haven’t tried the boys with them purely because of the reaction Jay gets, we don’t want the same to happen to them.

Because of how fussy Ollie now is (even though he would stuff himself with pizza and burger everyday and make himself poorly!) I have always made packed lunches for him, and originally when I started blogging in 2017 it was to show you can still give your kids a reasonably healthy lunch (maybe a little cheesy or carby sometimes!) on a very low budget, and I really would like to go back down that route and do lunch ideas on a weekly basis. So today I wanted to show you some previous makes, these are actually from 2017 and my lunches have changed slightly since then as he will try more now, and I also make Tristan a lunch in a lunch box at his request! So without further ado, here are some cheap and easy lunches for anyone 🙂

This lunch was super easy to put together, and really went down well!! First up we have a Cream Cheese & Ham Wholemeal Wrap that I rolled and cut into smaller chunks, half a Sausage Roll (the ones that are 99p for 8 in Aldi), a Cheestring/ Cheese Chunk, a “Mini Salad” including cucumber, pepper and tomato pieces for Ollie with added radishes for Saskia and finished off with some Grapes.

I remember this day well as I made myself chuckle so much, I was a bit airy fairy! I made Saskia’s Chicken Salad first (not forgetting Ollie’s cucumber slice!) and then proceeded to make them both a ham and cream cheese bun! Needless to say, it went down well anyways! Ollie had a full sausage roll, a dunkin’ dipper and a cheese-string (when in doubt, cheese is the way to Ollie’s heart!)

This day was a winner all around, and because of this one I actually managed to get some sweetcorn in the pasta the next time I did it! It was the first time I made it and to be honest, it really was just tuna, cream cheese, a little bit of mayo, salt and pepper. But as a trial for something different for their lunch box… it was a winner!! I put it with a “Tube It” yogurt, some raisins, 2 Goodies gingerbread men and a tiny chocolate egg (it was just after easter!)

Once again you can see which was Ollie’s and which was Saskia’s! I got these cute little Mini Pittas from Aldi and put a cheesy mix inside, half a Sausage Roll, a “Tube it”, a packet of Crisps, some Carrot and Radishes, Grapes for Saskia and and Apple for Ollie!

A really simple way of jazzing up your normal sandwiches is cutting it with a cookie cutter! Suddenly a ham sandwich looks a whole lot more appealing when its cut into funky shapes! I also popped in some cocktail sausages, a mini salad (and a slice of cucumber for Ollie!), Cheese Dippers (and a cheestring from Ollie) and some grapes.

This was an awesome lunch, and little things like the “Herby Breadsticks” AKA Cow & Gates Spinach Sticks went down an absolute treat and the bonus was that they were under £1!! I made Ham Mayo Spirals, with a Cheestring, a “Tube It” yogurt, a Banana and then for Saskia s she had Apple chunks with Raisins, ollie had the same but with apricot pieces in (he LOVES Apricots…. thank you holiday to Egypt 4.5 years ago!).

Finally, their favourite lunch and boy is it easy to make!! Create your own lunchables! 1 tortilla wrap gave me 6 mini circles using my cookie cutter, I then used 2 cupcake cases and put 1.5 slices of cheese in one case (each slice was cut into 4) and a few slices of ham cut the same way. They also had Cheese Dippers, Ollie had half a sausage roll and a few grapes (we were back to refusal of fruit for a while there!). Saskia had cucumber and pepper pieces, and Grapes and Blueberries.

I hope this may have given you some ideas for your lunches at home, and when the kids are back at school I usually keep the “Tube It’s” in the freezer to keep their lunch boxes cooler. I’m looking to do this on a weekly basis for you including a full breakdown of each lunch to show that they can be relative healthy if not fully healthy, and super tasty and most importantly, done on a budget! If you have any suggestions or ideas of the things you’d like to see in the lunches, pop a comment down below and I’ll definitely give it a go.

Sending Love,
Becky xXx

D.I.Y 3D Paper Fish Decoration!!

It’s Tristans 4th birthday in less than 2 weeks, and he was supposed to be having a huge Paw Patrol party with Chase and Marshall visiting, bouncy castle, face painter and all my crafts in one of our local working men’s clubs, but obviously due to lockdown we can’t do that and anything we do will have to be socially distanced (which 4 year olds ultimately don’t really understand). So I’ve scrapped the paw patrol idea, hopefully he will like it still next year and I can go crazy crafty then! But in the mean time, I’m going to be throwing him an “under the sea party – lockdown style!” which means me and the kids have been busy bees making things already, and I wanted to start off by showing you these 3D fish!!!

I saw this idea on Pinterest by someone called Aasavari Deshpande Kasralikar, but there was no template to work off, so I made my own (in 2 different sizes!), turned it into a PDF and you will be able to download it to use to your hearts content! As you will have seen in my post the other day, the hardest thing about making these fish, was making sure that the PDF was as good as it could be! It’s definitely not perfect, but It makes awesome 3D Fish and I hope you enjoy making them! This D.I.Y is super easy and simple to make and will definitely keep the children occupied for a little while! The things you will need for this craft are:

  • Paper (Plain or Coloured)
  • Scissors and,
  • Glue/Pritt Stick.
  • Optional – Coloured Pens/Pencils, Crayons, Glitter, Paint etc – let your imagination go wild!!

Step 1 – To start off you need to choose whether you want to use the Small or Large Fish Pattern, download it and simply print it onto white paper or if you would like to, coloured paper (like I have below).

Step 2 – Cut around your paper and up the lines.

Step 3 – Turn your fish over so you can’t see the lines, dab a little glue on one of the middle strips and cross the other middle one over the top.

Step 4 – Next, dab glue on top of your last piece and cross the opposite middle piece across the fish body, making sure you put it right across so you get a fanned out fish tail look. Do this again with the opposite side.

Step 5 – Finally, cross your final 2 pieces and glue in place making a domed fish head and body before the weaving, and a fanned fishtail after.

Step 6 – Fold its tail back on itself so you have somewhere to put your blutack (and so you will be able to see the tails once it’s on the wall).

Tah Dah!! Your 3D fish is complete! If you’d like to add scales, glitter (like one of the kids has here), your own design anything, you can do that either before you cut your fish out, or once you have finished the previous steps. It’s entirely up to you! To affix to your wall, simply pop some blutack on the back of the tail, and on the nose of the fish.
I really hope you enjoyed reading this blog entry! Please tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter if you do decide to give this a try as I would love to see all of your creations too, and if you have any ideas you would like me to create please leave me a comment down below and I’ll do my very best to make it happen.

Sending Love,
Be
cky xXx

**P.S. – As I have finished writing this I have come across someone else on Pinterest who has made something similar before and has them on her blog 🙂 If you would like to try a 4 strand fish rather than the 6 strand fish, please check out her blog post here. **

Happy Donut/Doughnut Day! (Well, for Friday!)

Who doesn’t like doughnuts? I’ve never heard of anyone who doesn’t particularly like them, well…. except my next door neighbour but hey, we will let her off 😉 I recently discovered that the first Friday in June is National Doughnut/Donut Day not only in the US, but in the UK too! I’ve been reading up into the difference between Doughnut vs Donut spellings and according to writingexplained.org, the original spelling is in fact Doughnut! Donut came about in America as a shortened version of the word, used by the company Dunkin’ Donuts, and has become more popular over the years.

Believe it or not, Doughnut day originally came about in the US in 1938 as a day of appreciation for the “Doughnut Dollies”, female volunteers that were deployed by the Salvation Army in World War 1, who provided freshly baked goods and coffee to the troops were on the front line in France.

Whether you want to make them using yeast or not, or you prefer baking them to frying them there are lots of recipes online for you to choose from. Here is one that works brilliantly for frying and doesn’t cost the earth! The things you will need for this recipe are:

  • 250g Self Raising Flour (Usually I would use Aldi’s own, but I had this in the cupboard)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 70g Cold Unsalted Butter (Preferably, I just used Aldi’s Olive Spread as its what we had in)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon (Optional)
  • 170ml Milk
  • Sugar (for coating)

Step 1 – Mix all of your dry ingredients together thoroughly and add in your butter. Using the “rubbing in” method, create a breadcrumb like texture.

Step 2 – You might not need all of the milk so make sure you add it gradually and create a slightly firm but very sticky dough. (Guess who smashed the measuring jug just as I was about to make these…. Good job I have baby bottles in the house!)

Step 3 – Dust flour on your workbench and rolling pin. Using a rolling pin or glass, roll your dough out to be around 1cm thick and cut into doughnut shapes. You can do this using cookie cutters, the top of a glass, or if you would like doughnut balls, cut into squares and very gently roll them slightly to get a more rounded shape.

Step 4 – Heat some oil in a pan or turn on your fryer. Once up to heat, slowly add your doughnuts/doughnut balls. Fry until golden brown, flipping them occasionally to ensure they are being cooked evenly.

Step 5 – Once cooked, take them out of the fryer/pan and drain slightly (kitchen towel will work perfectly).

Step 6 – Finally, toss your doughnuts in the sugar and pop them on a plate ready to serve! As you can see below I made some with the middle cut out using my 1 teaspoon sized measuring spoon (which gave us the little doughnuts) and I left some cut just with the cookie cutter so you can see the difference. We actually tried filling some of the big ones with apple sauce and they were amazing! Definitely tastes just like regular apple doughnuts!

And there you have it! Simple, quick, cheap and easy doughnuts! I have worked out that if you did a full batch of these (without eating them as you go – guilty!) they would cost only 40p for the full set!! (That’s 4p per doughnut!) I’d love to see your creations too, so please tag me in your posts and let me know if there is anything you’d like me to make 🙂 Have a fabulous Donut/Doughnut Day!!

Sending Love,
Becky xXx

Robot Party Bag Favours

Now this party bag favour was made quite a few years ago, but I kept all of the photos and wanted to share this fabulous alternative party bag idea for you all and put it on as my very first blog post! It is super easy to make, and works out to be about the same price as your regular party bag, includes sweets and a cool slinky that all kids love! These cost me approximately £1.20 each to make as I got the slinkies online for about 70p each, but if you can’t find them online, you can get all of this stuff in your local pound shop and they will still only cost around £1.50 each. To make each robot you will need;

  • 1 x Slinky in its’ box (or any toy in a cubed box)
  • 1 x Pack of candy sticks
  • 7 x individual Chewits/Fruitellas etc
  • 2 x Maoam Stixx
  • 2 x googly eyes
  • double sided sticky tape/pritt stick

To start off, I removed everything from all of its outer packaging, keeping the sweeties in their wrappers and put everything into separate tubs and set it out so i could get to everything easily.

I then used some double sided sticky tape to attach 3 Chewits to the Candy Stick box.

Then we add some sticky tape to the Chewits again, and this time turn them over and pace in the middle of the top of the Slinky box.

Next, add a little tape or glue onto your googly eyes, and attach them to the candy stick box.

Once we have done that you then need to make its’ “feet”. Add a bit of tape to each of the remaining 4 Chewits, and put in each corner of the bottom of your robot.

Finally add the 2 Maoam Stixx, one on either side of its’ body, to create its’ arms and Tah-Dahh! Your robot is now complete!

You now have your completed Robot party bag favours, so cool, so cute, and goes down well with both kids and adults alike! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I’d love to see your own creations too. If you have any ideas you would like me to try please leave me a comment down below and I’d love to give them a go.

Sending Love,
Becky xXx