|LET'S LEARN|Our new 'let's learn' project



If you follow me on Instagram you will already know that T and I have started some home learning again. I'm not sure if it's the summer holidays or just a need for us to have some focused time together, but he asked me at the start of the holidays if I would do some 'activities' with him and he asked if we could do things together more, so we've started again and have been loving it.

Although I will be making a plan each week (to save time on the day and help with my anxiety!) I want this to be relaxed and flexible. Already I've changed my plan if T or The Hubs suggests and idea, the weather changes or we fancy doing something different!  

|FUN|emoji rocket blasters

LarabeeUK - kids craft activity- emoji rockets

Does anyone else have piles of the little yellow kinder eggs laying about the house?  I always think they *should* come in handy but can never think of anything to do with them.

With T's latest obsession being anything emoji related, I thought we'd try our hands at making some emoji alka seltzer 'rockets'. I did this activity a few years ago with cousin J when T was small and he loved it so I though T would too. 

|BRAND NEW ME|gagets for healthy cooking



We all could use a little hand in the kitchen couldn't we?  I'm finding that trying to prepare healthy meals for the family is really time consuming.  It's great if I've time to spend hours on meal prep, but most nights I don't and so I really rely on kitchen gadgets to help make mealtimes smoother and speed up the time needed to get a healthy meal on the table.

|FUN|15+ fabulous 'forest school' type activities



As I've mentioned many times before, we're spending more time outdoors as a family, we are always looking for fun outdoors things to do, looking for something just that little bit different, I turned to the blogging community, who didn't let me down with these wonderful posts!  I know we'll be trying most if not all of these over the coming months, there really is something for everyone here, and if that's not enough, there's a post at the bottom from Kiddy Charts with even more ideas. 

|REVIEW|the diamonds, the dagger and the classy dame Murder Mystery dinner party game



So, has anyone ever arranged a murder mystery night before?  It's something we've been wanting to do for ages but it's just never happened.

We're currently trying to organise one with our friends and we've been sent the Inspector McClue Murder mystery dinner party game 'The Diamonds, The Dagger and One Classy Dame' to review. 

|FAMILY|Oxford Castle Unlocked



A couple of weeks ago, we were very lucky to be invited to visit Oxford Castle Unlocked, we were booked onto the tour which lasts 1 hour and for T to attend a ‘Knight school’.

|GIVEAWAY|Mokuru fidget spinner RRP £15.90



Has the fidget spinner craze hit your house yet?  Do you have a fidgeter would benefit from a high quality alternative design fidget spinner?  Well this might be the giveaway for you!

|GIVEAWAY|gel-a-peel kit and sunglasses



Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links.

This summer if you are heading out to a festival or summer day out your children are going to love the Gel-a-Peel pearly pastel kit.

I'm working with Gel-a-Peel to bring you this great, creative giveaway, we are also including a pair of sunglasses for you to decorate, see the designs below to give you an idea of what you could create.

|FOOD|25+ family breakfast ideas



Do you ever find yourself having the same breakfasts over and over again because you can't think what else to have?  We do so I turned to my blogging friends to ask them what their favourite healthy family breakfasts are.  There are some brilliant suggestions here, I hope it gives you some inspiration for the school holidays or for nice family weekends :)

|FOOD|avocado on toast


Avocado on toast
by Leandra Bramham
Prep Time: 5-10 mins
 
 
Ingredients (Serves 1)
  • 2 slices multigrain bread
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 7 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 dsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp crushed chilli's
  • Juice from 1/2 lime

|BRAND NEW ME|July healthy favourites



Whilst starting on my new lifestyle I've found loads of things which are good for my wellbeing, handy for meal prep, or just downright delicious!  I thought I'd do a monthly round-up of new discoveries, to share and hopefully inspire you too. I know I like discovering new products and I hope you do too. I've even thrown in something I tried and didn't like this month too.

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links.



The food will mostly be vegan, vegetarian or plant based, and any beauty and cleaning items will be cruelty free.



1. 5 blade spiralizer
This has been a godsend to me, my little hand spiralizer is ok but when I'm spiralizing for a salad, I need something more heavy duty like this.

 

 2. Pukka lemon, ginger & manuka honey tea
Although I'm mostly dairy free and plant based now, i do still eat honey, I drink this tea daily now since I've stopped having regular tea with milk. The lemon and ginger is really strong and the kick of honey adds just the amount of sweetness not to need any sugar.

 

 3. Wax melt warmer
I really love having a wax melt on the warmer especially when the house is nice and clean and tidy, it  helps with my wellbeing and general anxiety.

 

 4. Himalayan salt lamp
There's so much in the media about the effectiveness of these and whether they can actually cleanse the air of negative ions when they are this size. It's completely riven that larger lamps can cleanse the air but I think the jury is still out on these smaller ones. Nevertheless it's still one of my favourite things. The gentle glow is so relaxing and the colour is beautiful, so even if that's all it does, I'm happy!

 

 5. Aroma diffuser
I find calming all of my senses helps tremendously with managing my anxiety, making sure I always have the diffuser on in our bedroom with an essential oil mix, really helps me relax, unwind and meditate before bed.



6.Avocado on toast!
Oh my gosh, considering I eat avocados at least once a week, I cannot believe that I'd never tried this before, so I have it a go last week and it was the MOST amazing thing ever!  Here's my recipe.

https://www.tesco.com/groceries/product/details/?id=285363592

7. Violife vegan cheese
Cheese has been one of the most difficult swaps for me on my dairy free journey, I've tried so many different types of dairy free cheese, and they were all vile until I found Violife! Even T and The Hubs eat this one, it's just a shame it's so much more expensive than regular cheese! 
https://www.aldi.co.uk/raw-cacao-brownie-bars/p/073330140346700
8. Aldi The foodie market, Peanut and choc chip brownie bar
These bars are absolutely divine, I keep these at work to have in meetings when everyone else is tucking into cakes and biscuits. I'm yet to get T or The Hubs to try them, but that just means there's even more for me!

And one thing I'm not loving at all this month!

Menstural mooncup
So I had this crazy idea to try a mooncup each month instead of using more 'conventional sanitary products.  Well without going into too much information, I just couldn't get on with it, I don't know, I might try again next month but sadly I don't think that these are for me! 

What are you loving this month?  Let me know on comments so I can discover some more new things! 
Much love, L 💕

|FAMILY|Holiday Moments with Truprint



What are your favourite holiday moments?  Do you have scrapbooks filled with photo’s, tickets and memorabilia? Do you have album’s stuffed with photo’s? Or like most of mine, are they all on your cloud, camera, laptop or mobile phone?

|REVIEW|despicable me 3 cutlery and tableware from Arthur Price

LarabeeUK - DM3 Arthur price 1

Have you seen the new Despicable Me 3 film yet?  We absolutely loved it, it's definitely going to be the film of the summer in our house and T is swiftly collecting bits of merchandise where he can!

We were sent the Sea of Minions children's Tablewear set and Expressions Cutlery set from Arthur Price to review, Aurther Price are a family run business who have been making and supplying cutlery for over 100 years here in the UK, even supplying to The Royal Family no less! 

|REVIEW|Vac man

LarabeeUK - vac man photo 1

At Christmas The Hubs decided he wanted to get T a Stretch Armstrong, he thought it would be nice for T to have some of the toys from his childhood. 

Stretch was a bit hit and very popular when T received it and the fact that he has the same toy as Daddy had was very exciting to him. 

|FAMILY|20+ essentials to remember when camping

LarabeeUK - 20+ camping essentials 1

Despite hoping we'd get lots of camping in this year, it's just not happened with one thing and another, and I'm literally chomping at the bit to get out and camp!  I've been putting together my own checklist for when we do camp and so I asked some Blogging friends to hit me with their camping essentials.