Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Autumn Scavenger Hunt {printable}


We love going for walks in our house. And we love doing in even more in the autumn. We all love this time of year and there is so much fun stuff to find on even a short walk. We always end up coming home with a collection of items. 

My kids love lists and being able to tick things of their to do list.Yes my kids do chores around the house but this ticking is all fun. I made up this scavenger printable based on things we find around our area but I'm sure you will find most of them anywhere.

Just right click to save it to your computer.

We always have trouble finding acorns around here so when we finally find one, we're going to have cake. 

I hope you enjoy using this. If you do use it, I would LOVE to see your kids having fun with it. Use the hashtag #cgrprintables and let me know.

Here's to lots of crisp, dry day and long walks.
Have a good one!

Monday, 31 August 2015

Felt Pinwheel Hairband {tutorial}


If you have girls in your house and they're anything like my girl, then they love their hair accessories. Hair bands are very popular in our house as my daughter only has one hand and she can do her own hair with these. She loves trying different one and I just happen to love making them for her.


This one is so easy to make and you don't even need to be good at sewing to do it.

You will need: 
Felt
Needle
Thread
Glue gun
Beads
Hairband

Start with two squares of felt. One smaller than the other. The colours are up to you. 
Lay them down on top of each other and push the needle through the center of the square from the back.
Take the needle and bring the thread over the middle of one side of the square and push the needle back through the center pulling tight. Repeat this on all 4 sides.
When you have all the sides pulled in, take you beads of choice and sew them onto the top of the pinwheel. Tie off the thread at the back of the felt.
To attach to the hairband, cut a circle of felt (about the size of a €2 coin).
Place your pinwheel on the hairband where you want it and hot glue it to. 
Add the circle to the underside of where you glued the pinwheel and glue it down.

You're done!! 


She has been wearing this everyday since I made it. 
I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do. Show me your creations over on my Facebook page. I'd love to see what you make for your little ones.

Monday, 24 August 2015

The Weekend Recap


This weather this weekend wasn't the greatest but we made the most of what sunshine we got. It's the last weekend before school starts back. My little guy is starting Thursday so I wanted to do some fun , family centered things with them.

Saturday

We spent the weekend checking on our garden. We tried our hand at growing our own pumpkins this year. It's our first time so I wasn't sure how it would go. To our surprise, they are really easy to grow and we have one pretty decent size one. The kids love checking it every day. It needs some straw bedding to support it now. And we have even more sunflowers now too. I'm slightly obsessed with them at this stage.


We spent some time with the ponies and got a takeaway and ate it off out laps like a picnic. Then came home and put on a big fire. We settled down to watch some movies and pig out. Pitch Perfect was watched yet again. I think were up to the 10th viewing and Miss J still loves it. 


Sunday

We started Sunday off with a lie in for me which hasn't happened in a very long time. It felt amazing not to have to get up. I felt so rested. Then we had a family walk with a big of a scavenger hunt thrown in. We wanted to get some blackberries but it still a little early so we collected some conkers and autumn leaves. It was lovely. The rain held off just long enough. Hot chocolate was requested so that's what we had.


After our walk, we came home and the kids played and watched movie while I finished covering school books. Exciting stuff there!! We finished our Sunday with a little pig racing at a local village festival. The kids thought it was gas. I thought they'd be faster. It was still a fun evening and that's all that mattered. I totally want a pig now. They are so cute!


Hope you guys had a great weekend with your families.
Did yo do anything fun? Let me know in the comments.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Favourite Things Friday


Happy Friday Friends!!
It's been a very busy week here getting all the last minute things ready for when the kids go back to school. My little guy is starting pre-school next Thursday and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. We spent today getting hair cuts and covering school books and the kids played with the famous play dough again today. It has been a big hit in our house. Make sure you try it out.  If you on Pinterest, let me know in the comments. I'm always looking for new pages to pin from. Anyway, here are this weeks picks.Hope you enjoy them. 


Hedgehog in autumn


Love this decor for a living room ready for fall


My Country Girl Ramblings: The BEST Homemade Play Dough Recipe


Easy Fall Candle Project Use a 1 1/2 inch bit, that will fit the candle perfectly. You can measure the depth by placing the bit next to a candle and marking the bit with tape. As you drill into the wood, when the tape hits the wood it is time to stop.


The Polka Dot Posie: Your Back-to-School Countdown Checklist!


a daily mantra to maintain gratitude and focus humility

And that's this weeks picks. I'm going to be spending the weekend outside with the kids, having play dates and enjoying our last week of the holidays. Get outside and have some fun with your kids. Whatever the weather.


Thursday, 20 August 2015

The BEST Homemade Play Dough Recipe


I have the best, no cook play dough recipe ever.
It's so easy to make. No messing with pots and burning play dough.
It's soft, smooth and you can make it in whatever colours and flavour your little heart desires.


1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1 tbs of cream of tartar
1 tbs of oil
Food colouring
Food spices/flavouring
1 cup of boiling water

Directions

Mix all ingredients except the boiling water together in a large mixing bowl.
Add the boiling water and mix well.
Add the food colouring to the water.
{The food colouring will mix in better if added to the boiling water.}
 Please take care when using boiling water around children.
Stir well until the mixture is well combined.
Turn out on the counter and knead it gently.

If it too wet... add more flour
If it's too dry... add more oil.

It's that simple!!

I hope your kids have as much fun as my two had. Were going on 5 hours of entertainment with this stuff and this mom isn't complaining.

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