Thursday, October 20, 2016

|FUN|15 Awesome pumpkin kids activities


I asked some fab bloggers for their favourite pumpkin kids activities and this is what they came up with.

There are some fantastic ideas here!

1. Science painting with gloop from Life over C's

2. Pumpkin Memory game from Pleasantest Thing

3. Pumpkin patch sight word game from Raising little superhero's

4. Pumpkin patch letter matching from Mom Inspired Life


5. Puffy paint pumpkin from Us!
6. Pumpkin handprint photo keepsake from Teach me Mommy

7.  Melted crayon pumpkins from Life with Moore babies


8. Pumpkin Stamping from Little Sprouts Learning

9. Paper plate pumpkins from Clare's Little Tots

10. Paper pumpkin from 3 Princesses and 1 dude

11. Handprint keepsake pumpkin craft from Kori at home

12. Roll a pumpkin game from Adventures of Adam

13. Print and paint pumpkins from Crafty kids at home

14. Button pumpkin from Adventure in a box

15. Pumpkin finger puppets from Chickadeelit

You can see all our pumpkin posts here.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

|CREATE|dozy dog fuzzikins craft review

We were recently sent the dozy dogs fuzzikins set to make. T loved the little dogs and named each one after family pets and wanted to colour them in to match. 

Well, although T got stuck in and was happy as Larry colouring in his dogs, I must admit I was slightly dubious. He seemed to get the pen all over him and made far more mess than the box suggested or in fact other reviews I'd seen! 

The pen did come off in the bath luckily, but this little quiet time activity before bed actually turned into an extra 20 mins on bedtime as T needed a good soak to clean it off. 


Despite me being slightly frustrated by this product, T really liked them, he didn't see the colouring to be difficult and he particularly liked the superhero cape and mask which fitted our dog 'Taz', since we did this craft he has had lots of fun dressing his superhero dog!


T actually didn't find making up the sleeping bags too difficult and quite enjoyed poking the tabs through. Although they did take quite a long time and he did get a little bored. 


I'm not sure if it was just us or whether these really are a bit difficult for smaller children. Dozy dogs is suitable for age 4+, but T is nearly 5 and still found these tricky. 


T's dogs now sleep on a chair beside his bed and he is playing with them quite a lot despite the difficulties he had doing this craft, he has really enjoyed them. 

Dozy dogs are available at Amazon for £11.83 if you are more into cats, there's also a Cozy cats version from Amazon for £12.99

Disclaimer: We were sent this item in return for our honest review. All opinions are our own. 


Sunday, October 16, 2016

|FOOD|pumpkin spice latte

I love pumpkin!  And I love pumpkin spiced latte even more!  I've been refining my recipe and think I've finally come up with something worthy of documenting :)
This is a non pumpkin puree latte and I've used my own pumpkin spice mix but you can substitute this for ready made if you can get hold of it.  It's super simple to make at home and is delicious.
If you are used to starbucks pumpkin spiced latte you'll probably need to add sugar as they use a syrup which obviously makes it sweeter.

I made my espresso shot in a caf├ętire using 1 dsp ground coffee with 1 heaped spoon of pumpkin spice and 50ml (double espresso sized!) this is just my version remember, some people do get very precious about how to make it and I'm certainly no expert! 

Once the coffee is made, I topped up with milk, I guess this is personal preference too I used 350ml.  I heat my milk in the microwave.  If you are adding cream it doesn't need to be frothed.

Then top with cream and a little sprinkle of pumpkin spice.
It's that simple and blooming scrummy!  What's your favourite flavoured coffee? x
If you like these mugs, you can see how to make them here.
We also made orange hot chocolate last winter, if you fancy trying that too, here's the post ;)


Saturday, October 15, 2016

|CREATE|Autumn design sharpie mugs

This year I started to make our own mugs using plain white mugs and sharpies like our anniversary plates we made with sharpies!  These mugs were seasonal and had cheeky or cute quotes and were designed to eventually be cleaned off and replaced with the next seasons design.  I haven't shared these yet but I thought you might like to see how easy and effective they are!

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White microwaveable mugs - I got these from Sainsbury's and they were £2 each. It's important to get microwaveable mugs so they will withstand going in the oven to set.

1. Draw your design on the mug, I add a little message too!
2. Bake in the oven at 180oC for 30 minutes.  Do not put in the dishwasher or use a scourer... unless you want to remove and do new designs like I do ;)

And that really is it!  They are so simple but highly effective.

What message would you put on yours?
If you liked this post you might like our sharpie anniversary plates post


|FUN|finding dory after school mat

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Back in the summer after T watched Finding Dory, he asked for an activity to make his own version, so I set up an after school mat for him on the tuff spot to keep his occupied when he finished school early.   For this 'messy' activity I our tuff spot.

This 'mat' kept him occupied for a good couple of hours. After doing the activities, we cuddled up on the sofa and watched Finding Nemo with a big bowl
of popcorn!

We watched Finding Nemo because the Dory DVD wasn't out when we did this mat.  You can now get the Finding Dory DVD
And set up the items for a Dory paper plate craft
For which you will need*
Silver paper plate

1. Draw a basic Dory shape on your plate, marking where the shades of blue appear, we cut out the mouth and somewhere for the tail, but we didn't need to cut the tail. 

2. Cut out a fin and tail from the yellow craft foam. 

3. T painted the plate in the different shades and sprinkled on some blue glitter while the paint was still wet. 

4. We also painted the fin and tail and stuck them on with the googly eyes, which we'd outlined in pink sharpie to match Dory. 

T was thrilled with his Dory craft which now takes pride of place in our 'art' gallery. This is a lovely technique and the glitter really catches the light to suggest scales. 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

|FOOD|10 fantastic pumpkin recipes

I LOVE pumpkin!  It's one of my favourite foods, I asked some fellow bloggers for their best pumpkin recipes to bring together for you!  I've even thrown in my own favourite. 

Oh my gosh, just look at all those cakes! Dee-licious!!!!

1. Pumpkin cranberry bread from Rhythms of Play

2. Gluten free pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from One creative Mummy

3. Baked pumpkin with cream which is one of ours and quite possibly my most favourite thing about Autumn!

4. Pumpkin magic cake from Amanda's cookin

5. Delicious and fluffy pumpkin cookies from The Natrual Homeschool

I'm pretty sure we wouldn't get the yoghurts used for this recipe in the UK but I'll add it in for our US friends!
6. Pumpkin yoghurt pie from Three Different Directions

7. Gluten free pumpkin spice cake from The Soccer Mom Blog

8.  Pumpkin cream cheese cake from Passion for Savings

9. Kids easy peasy pumpkin pie from Little Spouts Learning

10. Pumpkin spice scones  from Adventures from Mommyland

What's your favourite pumpkin recipe? Let me know in comments Lx