Dinosaur Madness

25.03.15

Our house has descended into dinosaur madness. Ez Bear has alway liked dinos, but recently they have become his number one toy, his favourite thing to read about and watch on telly.

This weekend I decided to try and copy those amazing small world sensory bins you see on Pinterest, where people recreate dinosaur habitats using a few items from the garden and house that they just have lying around.

We already had the toy dinosaurs, so I bought a shallow storage box and put in my collection of heart shaped pebbles and the sea-shells we collected in Bognor Regis last year. I found a lump of wood and immediately ran out of natural, dinosaur-habitat type things!

I was struggling at this point, the kids knew what I was doing and were keen to be let loose with the box. In the end I stuck some yellow tissue paper in the bottom for a beach, cut out some scrapbook card with a wave motif on for water and added packing peanuts for no other reason than I had some in a cupboard!

In those Pinterest blog posts people write about how playing with the dino themed sensory bin allowed their children to explore and learn more about dinosaurs.

My two?

Well, they basically spent 5 minutes making the dinosaurs fight and eat each other, then they buried them in the stones and then they flew the dinosaurs around and divebombed the dinos on the floor.

It was less educational and more a scary insight into the minds of my kiddos!

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That massively cheeky grin on Ezra’s face was because Annie was making her diplodocus jump on a triceratops, apparently the height of humour if you’re 3!

Next time I will set this up in secret so I don’t have a tiny shadow constantly asking, ‘is it ready yet?’. I’ll also try and find some bigger stones and add real water instead of the lame, pretend stuff we ended up with this time.

Do you have any tips for creating sensory, small world play? I’ll accept any advice at this point!
Also, where do you buy toy dinos from that don’t break the bank, but also aren’t just neon orange plastic?!


Posted in category: The Kiddos

Bostik Blogger – Easy Easter Crafts

25.03.15

As part of the Bostik blogger programme we were sent a box of craft goodies to create some Easter crafts with.

We came up with 3 different makes, an Easter bunny made by Annie as well as a handy bag to use on her egg hunt and then Ez whipped up some egg bunting with a bit of help from me.

The Easter bunny’s body was made from a polystyrene egg painted yellow. We fashioned some feet out of a yellow pipe cleaner and some ears too, which Annie then stuck on with PVA glue, along with a pom pom tail. When it was all dried she stuck on some googly eyes, a glittery red nose and drew a bunny mouth with a felt tip pen.

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The egg hunt bag captures Annie’s personality perfectly, it’s glittery, bossy and covered in fluffy pom poms!

She stuck a square of burlap on the front and then stamped it with a yellow bunny, which she adorned with a fluffy tail. She then went mad with the glitter pen and the pom poms.

I don’t think there’s any danger of us losing her bag at the egg hunt next week!

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For Ez I cut out some egg shapes from card and then gave him some spring themed stickers, Easter shapes, a bag of sequins and a pot of glue.

The sequins didn’t stick properly so I jaid some clear tape over the top to keep him happy and save my sanity!

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Our house now looks rather festive and ready for Easter. It’s lovely having crafts around the place that the kids have worked so hard on.

Do you have any Easter crafts planned?

Disclosure: The box of craft items was provided to free of charge by Bostik as part of the Tots100 / Bostik Craft Bloggers Programme.


Posted in category: How To's and Walkthroughs

*Cough, Sneeze, Splutter*

24.03.15

I feel like I’m moaning about one or more of us being sick every week on the blog, and I’m afraid to say that this weekend brought more of the same.

We were all ill at the same time this weekend and it was mostly spent looking like this…

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Ez had a fever, conjunctivitis and a sickness bug which he shared with me. Annie and Jon both had head colds and none of us felt chipper.

The most annoying bit, even though I was sick as a dog, I didn’t lose any weight, there must be some law against that surely?

I am hoping that this terrible run of health for us all means that by this time next week we’ll all be fighting fit and enjoying the Easter holidays.

What did you do this weekend?
Did you avoid the bugs and manage to enjoy yourselves?


Posted in category: Point & Shoot

Point + Shoot – 24.03.2015

24.03.15

Thank you to everyone who joined in with Point + Shoot last week, it was fab to see so many of you playing along.

My post this week a rubbish, bleurgh, we’re all ill one :(

Our winning post from last week is from the fabulous Potty Mouthed Mummy.

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Don’t forget, our joint favourite photo / post from the week will win 12 Instagram prints from our lovely sponsor, printed.com, so even more reason to play along.

You don’t have to play every week, just drop by when you have something to share. You don’t need a fancy DSLR either, a phone camera works just as well.

As for the photos, they can be absolutely anything. If you saw it, or did it, at the weekend, then photograph it and link up.

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Posted in category: Point & Shoot

30 Things I’ve Learnt in the Last 35 Years

23.03.15

I’m getting on in life and figured I should share some of the ‘wisdom’ I’ve accumulated during my long stint on the planet.

So today, let me share with you 30 things I’ve learnt over the past 35 years…

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1) Bonios are delicious (or at least they were in the 80’s).

2) You can’t go back to the summers of your childhood, but the summers of your children’s childhoods come a close second.

3) Stop watching the news, the ratio of depressing news to happy news is 1000/1. You won’t miss out on the major news stories, just the soul destroying bits.

4) The easiest way to peel a banana is by pinching the bottom and opening it ‘upside down’ like a monkey does.

5) Smell your newborn’s head every 20 minutes or so, the delicious, newly baked bread smell fades quickly.

6) If you’re nervous about doing something, tell everyone you know about it, then you can’t back out without them all knowing and secretly judging you!

7) Early to bed and early to rise.

8) I can sleep through thunder and next door arguing, but the sound a child being sick in their room down the hallway will wake me from the deepest slumber.

9) No matter how many skateboards I buy, I will never be able to ride one!

10) Things are rarely as scary as you think they’re going to be.

11) I have never had cause to use pythagoras theorem since I left school – making this point something I’ve forgotten in the last 35 years!

12) Making new friends as a grown up is harder than when you’re a kid, but the friendships created can be just as solid as those founded at school.

13) If you get halfway through a book and you still haven’t ‘gotten into it’ then put it down and find one you do like.

14) The pain of childbirth is forgotten as soon as you get handed your new baby, unless you need stitches, then it lasts a bit longer!

15) Husbands who can cook are worth their weight in gold.

16) Knowing a spider is more scared of me, than I am of it, doesn’t make it any less terrifying.

17) Carry a hanky, children will ask you to blow their nose, or hand you a bogey, the one time you don’t have a tissue to hand.

18) Sunshine and fresh air can solve most problems.

19) If one child loves a meal, then their sibling is bound to hate it.

20) Get tattoos, let future you worry about what they’ll look like when you’re wrinkly and old!

21) Dying your hair a really bright colour will make people treat you like you’re really confident, in turn making you feel more confident.

22) Try new food more than once, you’ll probably grow to love it – except olives, they’ll always be gross!

23) Live every week like it’s shark week.

24) The one children’s TV show you hate the most will become your kiddo’s favourite.

25) No matter how much you try and shield them from the abomination that is Jar Jar Binks, your children will probably prefer him to the Ewoks *sobs*.

26) Re-read your favourite books.

27) There are few nicer feelings than getting into bed on a day you changed the bed linen.

28) If Tina Fey or Caitlin Moran had a hand in it, it’s bound to be fantastic!

29) Fresh flowers brighten up a room and make it feel homely.

30) Sing loudly, dance in the kitchen, say yes more often and hug your loved ones so tightly they squeak!

Do you have any top life tips you’d care to share?


Posted in category: general life