Monthly Archives: April 2016

12 Ways To Keep The Kids Busy When They Visit

So, you’ve invited the family over. And they’re bringing the kids. Great!

You might think entertaining the kids would be difficult. But you’d be wrong. Here are some tips that help you keep the kids busy while they visit.

Stacking Cups

This might sounds as if you’re scraping the barrel a little bit, but don’t forget kids that the world is new to kids. And working out how things like gravity work is actually fun for them.

Stacking cups is a great, mess-free way to keep them entertained. They can make all sorts of structures out of cups and develop their spatial skills.


Scrapbooking is an excellent way for older kids to practice their organizational skills. Here they can craft a collection of their own memories. And they can preserve some of the things that they find valuable.

You’ll need some glue, and you can visit Glue Guns Direct for quality glue guns. You might also need a printer if they want to print out photos to stick in their scrapbooks.

Don’t forget to make pouches in the scrapbook. These can be places where they store all the trinkets that they value.

Plan A City

Back in the 1990s, a computer game called SimCity 2000 launched. In this game, you had to plan out a city. You had to master things like zoning residential property. Planning where commercial buildings would go. Placing fire stations in the right place. Making sure there were enough police stations to keep crime down. Ensuring that each block had water and power. The list was endless.

City planning is a great activity for kids too. Give them a big sheet of paper and get them to plan out where they would put all the things they see in the city. How would they deal with traffic, for example? And where would they put all the schools?

Spying On Nature

Kids love animals. But unless you spend a lot of time looking, nature can be shy. Give the kids some binoculars and a camera phone to snap pictures. Then they can make a scrapbook of all the wildlife they’ve seen.

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Paper Airplane Competition

If there’s one thing that kids would love to master, it’s the art of making a great paper airplane. Who can throw their plane the farthest can be a fun and exciting competition.

But there’s more to paper airplanes than meets the eye. Working out how to fold the planes correctly is a sophisticated and abstract activity. It’s a challenging pursuit and will keep them occupied for hours if they have the right materials.

Meal Planning

Learning to create attractive and healthy meals is an important life skill. Give the children a blank sheet of paper and then get them to think of a list of ingredients they’d like from the supermarket to make meals. They’ll have to find out what goes into individual recipes. Then if you’re feeling brave, you could make one of their recipe ideas with them.

Get Baking

Baking is one of the most fun activities on any child’s calendar. There is, of course, the delicious reward at the end. But baking offers endless scope for creativity. Kids can design virtually any bake they want, and the possibilities are endless.

As long as you don’t mind your kitchen being wrecked temporarily, baking can be a great way to entertain the kids. How about making a big raspberry coffee cake from spelt flour? Or maybe you could bake a big tray of brownies.

Kids love the magic of baking. How the simple addition of heat can turn a wet batter into something delicious. (Or more delicious).

Go Superhero

Kids love superheroes. And let’s face it, a lot of adults do too. We’re desperate for people who can save us from the machinations of evil.

But perhaps making a superhero cape can save our kids from the machinations of boredom too.

Again, they can design it for any superhero they like. They might even want to create their own superhero with its own super powers. In fact, thinking about what abilities their superhero would have is half the fun.

Have Fun With Playdough

You don’t have to go out and buy playdough. There are plenty of home recipes you can use that are both safe and effective.

It’s amazing what kids can make with play dough. Be sure to provide them with all the usual cutters and rolling pins that they might need.

You could even set them a challenge of designing something, and you have to guess what it is.

Sock Puppets


Making sock puppets is an old time classic activity for kids. And it’s still a lot of fun today. Sock puppets can be endlessly customized with buttons, multicolored hair and googly eyes.

What’s more, they’re another avenue for creativity. Perhaps two sock puppets have a less than perfect relationship. (Think Punch and Judy). And perhaps there is some conflict that they’re trying to resolve. Maybe your child could come up with their own soap opera. Maybe they could generate their own story about the relationships that their sock puppets have with each other. And then maybe they could act out those personalities according to a script.

Get Creative With Popsicles


Making popsicles is the quintessential summer activity for kids. And here again is their opportunity to let their creativity shine. Kids can play with practically all flavors in the kitchen cupboard.

You can have apple and yogurt lollies. Avocado and pear for a rich effect. Carrot and Blueberry – the list is endless.

Popsicles are a great activity if the kids are staying for a few hours. They can be made when they arrive and then eaten just before they leave.

Make Friendship Bracelets

There’s something appealing about the idea of friendship bracelets. They are a physical reminder that you have a connection with somebody else. Kids seem to love that idea.

Plus, making bracelets requires a bit of skill and learning. Finding out how to weave threads together in the right way takes practice to master. But once learned, it’s a skill that will stay with them for life.

Wedding Planning: Choosing Guest Accommodation

After a long engagement, I will finally be getting married this year. There’s a lot to consider when planning a wedding. Luckily, I’ve had a long time to think about it! One of the major choices is obviously the venue. No matter what you do, some of your guests are probably going to have to travel. It’s possible that some might go home at the end of the day, but a lot of the time most will stay the night. If that’s what you think will happen, should you book some hotel rooms? It can make things a lot more convenient. The other option is to book a whole property. Consider some of the things below to make the right choice.

Combining Wedding Venue and Accommodation

When you search for somewhere for your guests to stay, it needs to be convenient. No one wants to have to go miles to go to bed after the reception. Plus, there might be a lot of drinking so many people won’t be able to drive. The most convenient thing to do is have everyone stay where you host the reception. It could be a hotel or another venue that allows for both weddings and staying overnight. When the party is over, all everyone has to do is stumble to bed. Before you settle on a final venue, consider whether your guests are going to be staying overnight.

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House, Hotel or Something Else?

Hotels are often the most convenient wedding venue if your guests need accommodation. You can have the wedding reception and rooms all in one, and perhaps the ceremony too. However, they aren’t the only option you can consider. One of the other things you can think about is large holiday homes. Some venues are suitable for a civil ceremony, your reception, and putting everyone up for the night. It’s almost like renting a small hotel. If you need a few more bedrooms, you could look at nearby hotels, B&Bs or neighbouring properties.

Who Pays?

One of the big questions when it comes to hotel accommodation is who is going to foot the bill. Like a lot of issues to do with paying for a wedding, it can be complicated. Some people decide to pay for rooms for their guests. Attending a wedding can be expensive, and it might mean the difference between someone being able to come or not. However, others decide to leave it up to their guests. If they can’t afford to stay, they can usually leave to go home as the reception begins to wind down.

Negotiating Prices

Talking of paying, you want to make sure you can get a good price. As you arrange your wedding, you can become an expert negotiator! It’s important to try and haggle the price so that you can save where you can. You might be able to get a discount or to get some freebies thrown in. If you don’t ask, you have no chance of getting what you want.

If you want wedding accommodation for all your guests, you need to start looking as soon as possible. Don’t leave it until the last minute if you have a particular date in mind.

Your Guide to Kitchen Remodelling

Remodelling your kitchen is a big task, but it can also add a lot of value to your home. This guide will give you the help you need to get the process off to a start.

Consider Your Needs First

Everyone wants something different from their kitchen, and everyone uses their kitchen in a different way. So, before you do anything else, you should have a think about what you need from yours. Consider how you use your kitchen and how you’d like to use it in the future. Remodelling your kitchen is all about getting it exactly how you want it, without worrying about other people’s opinions. You can get ideas from other people’s kitchens and from magazines and blogs.

Hire the Best Professionals

If you are going to make a success of your efforts to remodel your kitchen, you need the help of professionals. They will be the ones who take your eventual plans and turn them into a reality. There are many different types of professionals that you will need though. You will need to hire construction workers to do the work of carrying out the kitchen remodelling. But you will also need plumbers from a company like They will sort out your new kitchen’s plumbing demands.

Plan Out How You Use Space Carefully

Start this part of the process by making a floor plan. This will decide how your room is used and what the layout will be like. When you are doing this, you are not thinking about what the kitchen will look like. You’re simply focusing on how the room will be set out and navigated. You need to make sure that there will be enough space for you to move around and do everything you need to do in the kitchen. It will also help you to decide where you want to put all the different appliances to suit the space you have.

Select All the Fixtures and Furnishes

There are many different fixtures and furnishings that your new kitchen will need to have. So, you need to spend some time selecting what you want them to be. It’s a good idea to start with the kitchen cabinets. You need to decide what colour, finish and door style you want them to have. Then you should move on to choosing the countertop material. The colour and type of material you choose for the countertops is very important. Then you need to choose the appliances, sink, flooring and lighting. You can find out more about kitchen lighting at places like

Finalising, Deadlines and Finishing Touches

Once you have done all the planning and buying, you need to finalise everything. This is when you sit down with the construction people that you’ve hired and give them your final plans. Once that has been done, they can buy any extra materials that they might need and set a deadline for its completion. Make sure that everyone is happy with the deadline. You might want it done a little quicker, but it’s best to let them do the work properly and safely. When the work is all done, all you’ll have to do is add the finishing touches.

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Photographers, Food & Mud #LittleLoves

How is it the first of April already? A quarter of the way through this year.  Well unfortunately there has been no 2 weeks off for me like some of you lucky buggers.

How has your week been?


Trying to read up on different photographer’s for our wedding.  So many different thing to choose from and to take into consideration.


Erm…. This week I seem to have watched quite a bit, Soaps Emmerdale & Coronation Street, Super Vet – even if it does make me cry.


Mud… On bank holiday Monday me and my fiance decided we were going to jet wash the drive and the patio out back.. well 3 hours later it was all done but I was covered head to toe in splattered mud.


I do really enjoy cooking but when I’ve been at work all day I like to be able to come home and just rustle something up that s quick and easy.  This week I had a late night at work as it’s month end so quite busy.  I got home and thought I will just make tuna pasta bake.  Me and my fiance both love this meal, quick and simple to make.



The very sad passing of Ronnie Corbett aged 85.  He was a great entertainer on television.  It such a shame this year has started off with deaths of lots of famous celebrities.  Such sad news, RIP!

And Finally…

May have eaten quite a lot of chocolate.

Hope you have all had a great week