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Fashion and lifestyle from a mum of 4 from Nottinghamshire.

Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Summer. Show all posts

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Fun Outdoor Activities For The Children This Summer...

A few weeks ago I took part in a twitter party with Matalan and some other bloggers, where we shared our ideas around keeping the whole family entertained on a budget this summer.


My thoughts are based around free or spending a few pounds and having lots of fun, having 4 children we are always thinking of fun things to do on a budget.

 Here is my list of 10 outdoor activities to keep the children happy this summer...

1.) We all love Park Run-

 Park run is a free timed 5k race for all the family to join in. You can race, Jog or walk the distance and they have venues all over the UK so check them out to see if there is one local to you. They start at 9am every Saturday morning.

We try to go every week my husband gets a Saturday off work, now me and my 10 year old son has a little friendly competition, he is winning at the minute!!

2.) Nature trail walk -

Write a list of things to look for  on your walk before you go - eg flowers, insect, tree, bees birds dogs. Children can tick them off the list and draw a picture either on the walk or when you get home, a fun way to pass a few hours.

We went for a walk yesterday and was out 4 hours, we forgot out list so had fun taking lots of pictures of interesting things instead.

Find a camera you no longer use, and let your children have fun taking pictures on a nature walk!!

3.) Grow something fun-

Kids love to dig and learn new things. Clear a little garden patch for them and let them grow something fun, pretty flowers a bean stork or something yummy to eat like strawberries.

At the minute me and my daughter are growing beanstalks as we will be going to see Jack and the beanstalk around Christmas time at the theatre.

4.) Set a fun challenge-

We did a challenge a few years ago, we called it "5 parks in 5 hours"  we walked to 5 local parks, had a picnic in each. The children loved this challenge and still talk about it now, we took lots of photos and burned lots of calories.

5.) Car boot sale-

Let the children sort out some old toys and maybe a few old items of yours too? Let them play shop and sell their things on the boot sale. A day out, playing shop and making money so everyone is happy.

6.) Teddy bears picnic-

 Take some food, blanket and teddy's to the park for a teddy bears picnic . Also take some little bits with you for after food. Make daisy chain, paper aeroplanes, blow bubbles or Frisbee to chase.

7.) Feed the ducks-

Its amazing how a few hours can pass by taking a walk or a ride on your bike to your local park. Perhaps feeding the ducks something healthy. Play on the park and stop for a drink at the cafe or just take some of your own and sit on the grass. Lovely.

8.) On the garden-

Children can spend hours of fun on the garden. Water is always a big favourite to pass the time. Padding pools, water bombs, make a fort out of old boxes, make a wig wam, set up tent.

9.) Visit your local forest-

Forests are so much fun, they also keep you cool when its red hot too. Children like to run, climb explore, and play with sticks and pine cones.

10.) Keep a look out for whats going on-

Follow your local town on twitter for fun things to do. I picked a great booklet up from our local train station on everything that is happening near us. Local councils usually have lots of sporting events going on for the children during the Summer holidays.

*Sponsored post* although all thoughts are my own...

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop : Waterfall...

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday hosted by Clairejustineoxox and Judyh-Jsthoughts where you can link up your Wordless / not so Wordless Wednesday photo posts each week...


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Day Out In Lincoln....

Last weekend we took the 2 youngest children on a lovely day out to Lincoln. The children were off school, the sun was shining and there was lots of walking to be done.
Our adventure started with a mile and half walk to the train station, first train into Nottingham then whichever train was leaving at the time, be it Matlock, Skegness or Lincoln, we was going out on an fun day to explore. It just so happened the Lincoln train was about to depart so Lincoln it was!!

As soon as we arrive we were tried, with lots of walking already, a few hours train ride it soon wore us out so first stop chips shop some pop and chocolate for some energy to get us up the steep hill!!

It worked the refuel got us up the big hill, wow it is so steep...

Hanging around a cannon, as you do !!

Time for a spot of posing and of course must not to forget to take the label of the pop bottle, ha ha.

Not many pictures of Lincoln Cathedral on this day as they have covered lots of it up as it looks like its getting a clean up .


Then the long walk down hill back to the train station. So proud of my little 2 we clocked up around 9 miles of walking that day...

Linking up with~ 

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Strawberry And Custard Lollies...

Makes 6

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Freezing time: overnight


400g (14oz) hulled strawberries

150g (5oz) tub readymade custard


Puree the hulled strawberries in a food processor or liquidiser then press through a sieve into a bowl.

Stir in the readymade custard and mix until smooth.

Pour into 6 lolly moulds, add lollysticks and freeze overnight.

To serve, dip moulds briefly in warm water then lift out of the moulds.

About this post -

Recipe and photo credit by Seasonal Berries

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Friday, 17 August 2012

Instagram Week in Pictures : Holidays...

Been a busy few weeks with holidays and days out so this week I'm sharing some Instagram shots of what I've been snapping ..

My daughter waiting at the train station all ready to go to Butlins...

The jolly fisherman statue at Skegness train station..

Theses duck were famous at Butlins everyone was taking pictures of them...

The chip shop at Butlins had a cool jukebox...

Ice hockey anyone?

A nice cold cider...

A trip to the local Wetherspoons for a nice breakfast...

I'm sure this keeps the kids away from the fire place...

A look out to sea...

Skegness fun fair...

We can't visit the beach without someone being buried ...

And then feeling something move so out very quickly...

A new toy for the journey home..

New trainers for marathon training...

And a trip to Chester Zoo...

Wonder what exciting things we will get up to next week?...

Linking up with-

life rearranged


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