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Meal Planning Mondays 09/07/2018

What a weekend, we are exhausted!! 

Well we made it and beat Sweden butts on Saturday which is something, I’m not a football person but glad we are through.  We watched the game over at ours in the garden with all our family and friends as we were celebrating our little boys 1st Birthday as well.   

We are still tidying up after a mad weekend and are eating leftovers from that.   

Paprika Chicken, Rice and Salad 

Jacket Potatoes, Beans, Cheese and Salad 

Baked Salmon with salad 

Sausages, mash, veg & gravy 

Chilli & Chips 

Omelette & salad 

Chicken Stir fry with egg noodles 

What on your plate? 

Handcrafting My Own Wedding Stationery

As many of you know already that read my blog or know me on a personal level that I get married in October.  I always knew that I wanted to handcraft my very own wedding stationery.

Back in February was when I ordered all the stuff I needed and started making them, you can read all about it on my facebook page Kimz Kardz & Kraftz.

The colour scheme was between purple, coral & Turquoise, our original wedding date was July and I choose Turquoise as it was a lovely summery colour.  Then when I discovered I was pregnant just before Christmas and due in July we had to postpone the wedding but stayed with the same colour scheme.

I ordered alot of stuff off ebay as delivery is good and it is good quality too.

The design I went for was a simple yet very effective style of invite, with delicate hearts and a handmade bow on the front with embellishments to finish it off.

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All the hearts were punched out by hand for each invite also.

The inside was all printed off and cut to the correct size to fit perfectly within the card.  My dad designed the little pocket to put the rsvp, gift list and hotels in.

Wedding insert

I added a colour border round the edge to make them stand out better on white card.

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I couldn’t of asked for them to turn out any better than they did.  It took me a total of 4 months to complete but that was down to other personal commitments we had in the family to deal with.

Now I have completed them I would offer these to purchase at a price of £5.95 all in,  excluding delivery. They can be in any colour scheme to suit your special day.

If you know anyone that is getting married and would love handcrafted bespoke wedding invitations then head over to my facebook page for all my designs and message me for a free no obligtion quote.

Perfect Hobbies For Little Kids

When little kids adopt new, exciting hobbies, their whole world can turn upside down. They discover new skills, and learn important life lessons. They find the things that light them up earlier on in life, as opposed to doing it later on when they feel it’s ‘too late’ to do anything about it. Giving your kids hobbies while they are very young is a really good idea. Here are just some hobbies you can try.

Reading And Writing

Reading to your kids is fundamental whatever their age. When you read to them early on, you give them all kinds of new skills. They’ll improve their listening and speaking skills. They might even become good writers themselves, as you help them to develop their imagination. Encourage them to write little stories and poems if they want to. Whether they want to write themselves or not, reading is a must!

Building Things

The kind of things your kids can build are endless. From model bridges to making things like scrapbooks, they can have a lot of fun building just about anything that takes their fancy. Help them by giving them a kit full of tools to build whatever they like.

Painting

Painting is a great way for kids to learn to express themselves. When they paint, you should never tell them that something is wrong. If they paint the sky purple, let them have a purple sky. Again, this goes back to helping them develop their imaginations and having confidence in their abilities.

Gardening

Gardening not only helps them to stay active and develop an interest in nature, it also strengthens their immune systems. Why not give them their own small square of garden to play with? You could even let them grow things inside the house!

Cooking

Cooking is important for anybody to learn – everybody needs to eat! Let them cook with you from a young age, and maybe start letting them use cooking kits when they are old enough.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is another great hobby, as it not only keeps kids fit and healthy, it also teaches them plenty of other important lessons. Horses take a lot of upkeep, so they’ll learn all about this on their horse ownership journey. This kind of hobby doesn’t come cheap, but it’s always worth it. You can always look at sites like www.todaysequine.net/the-coolest-horse-games-for-girls/ if you’re considering a kind of hobby like this.

Other Sports

There are so many other sports your child can enjoy, from football to swimming. Letting them try as many as possible will help them learn where their heart lies early on.

Collecting

Collecting might seem silly, but it takes discipline and focus. Depending on what they are collecting, they may even make money on some valuable things later on in life.

Try any of these hobbies with your kids and you’ll notice a huge difference in them. Start them off while they are young so they know what lights them up as early on as possible. This usually helps them to find their passion in life sooner than most!

How To Make Your Garden More Child-Friendly In 5 Easy Steps

If you have children or nephews and nieces, it’s nice to be able to let them enjoy the garden without worrying what they’re up to every second. If your garden is harbouring hidden hazards, or you’d like to make it more appealing and enjoyable for kids, follow these simple steps.

  1. Carry out a risk assessment

Before you start making any wholesale changes to your garden, have a quick walk around and note down any problems or dangers. Write yourself a list of jobs and items to buy to make your garden safer for children. You may need to sand down rough edges, or buy some extra fence panels to section off part of the garden, for example. Once you know what you’ve got to do, you can get cracking.

  1. Think about boundaries

Do you have a broken fence? Do you share a garden path with next door? Have you got a field at the back? If you have young children, they can get around rapidly, and before you know it, they may have left the safety of your back garden. Try and create clear boundaries and secure your garden by repairing existing fences, or adding more barriers. If you have dogs, make sure the area they use to go to the toilet is not accessible to children.

  1. Think about planting and weeding

If you have nettles or inedible fruit in your garden, remove them and sow child-friendly seeds in their place. Make sure anything with thorny branches, such as rose bushes, is located in raised beds. Spray weed killer when your children and pets are safely inside.

You can get kids involved in gardening by helping them to grow vegetables, and enabling them to water the plants with you. Buy a children’s gardening set and encourage them to learn about the plants they are growing. Keep an eye on your produce, and let the kids help out with making dinner when they’re ready to harvest. Strawberries, tomatoes and courgettes are relatively easy to grow.

  1. Protect your property

If you have expensive rattan furniture or brand new floor cushions, the last thing you want is little fingers making marks. Use garden furniture covers to keep chairs and tables in tiptop condition. Always remember to take blankets, throws and bean bags inside, as the weather can be unpredictable. Keep your barbecue, toys and outdoor furniture in a shed or garage.

  1. Inject some fun

You can transform the most boring garden into an outdoor wonderland with a little imagination. Create a wobbly bridge, or a water play area. Put down some bark chippings and stepping stones. Make a cosy corner with coloured fencing, bean bags, and bunting. Lay down an outdoor track for push-along cars and bikes. Put some goals out, or turn an old shed into an ice cream parlour or a beach hut. Let your kids get involved and encourage them to share their ideas. You can also look online for inspiration.


The garden should be a place to relax, enjoy quality time together and have fun. Take these simple tips on board, and you can look forward to a summer to remember.

Hobbycrafts Fair at NEC Birmingham

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On 20th March I headed out to the Hobbycraft show at the NEC Birmingham with my friend Heather. I was offered a pair of free access all area press passes to go.

There were lots of different exhibitors some I had heard of, others I hadn’t.  It was very busy as we went on the last day the show was on.

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We arrived in the halls at around 10.30am after finding the press office to collect our “Press passes”.  felt like real VIP’s for the days.  We did stop for lunch around 12pm and then wondered round another hall, 3 in total to explore.  We left around 2.30pm.

Some of the exhibitors I saw were:

This is a yearly show that happened around March time.  I love going as you can get lots of bargins for your crafts.  I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been but have been previously with my sister in Law Rachel and my Mum.

If crafts is your hobby then going to this will be so worth your time.  Great day out and the atmosphere is good too.  Bargins everywhere.

*I was given a free pair of press passes for the show all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Cross stitch – Baby cards

I found a pattern for a cross stitch of a little elephant off the internet and thought it would be a great idea for my cards.

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This card is made from high quality White card, (also avaliable in cream) its features an adorable Hand crafted Cross Stitched elephant, with embellishments and wording.

A perfect keep sake card for that special bundle of joy.

This card is also available in: Pink, Blue, Grey and Yellow. Fully customise option available contact for more details.

These cards are made to order exclusively from KimzKardz only.  Must allow up to 4 weeks for order.

Follow me @ KimzKardz or PM me to order

Price £3.00 + P&P

ToucanBox – Petite Box Review

I was lucky enough to receive a lovely petite ToucanBox to review and give my readers the chance to grab a free box for themselves and children, with my unique code (find code at the bottom of the page)

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ToucanBox’s are great for kids between the ages of 3 years and 8 years and you can order yours for your kids in just 3 simple steps check out their website ToucanBox for more information and to order yours now.

When you order any parcel you worry that they are not going to fit through the door, or they will be delivered when your out, that they will be taken to your nearest post office, left somewhere on your property and get damaged or with a neighbour etc… Well the fab thing with these boxes they are designed to fit through your letter box so there is no inconvience caused.

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Inside my box there was….

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Each box may vary.

There are 3 types of boxes to choose from they are:

  • Petite – These contain one activity and are priced at £3.95 + £0.98 postage
  • Grande – This box contains two activities and a book  and are priced at £9.95 + £2.95 postage
  • Super – These contain four activities and a book  and are priced £16.95 + £2.95 postage

I’ve teamed up with ToucanBox to offer readers a free petite box by entering my unique code here Enter it here My unique code is “kimtbox”.

I was sent this product free of charge to review and give my honest opinion.

 

Bakers Ross

I contacted BakerRoss by email as my sister in Law at Parenthoodhighs andLows has previously worked with them in the past and I thought I would see what they had to offer to a small business like myself.  I was pleased with the results I got after I approached them.

The main products I think are aimed at children but they do a few for adults crafts

The products I was sent to review were:

Self adhesive satin ribbon bows – EV5902 (pack of 72) RRP £2.99

Pastel gem self adhesive strips – AF241 (pack of 36) RRP £2.99

Coloured card blanks – AF358  (pack of 12) RRP £2.99

Spring patterned card paper pack – EF725 (pack of 25 sheets) RRP £5.99

Self adhesive satin gem flowers – E8826 (pack of 60) RRP £2.99

Bow buttons – EF552 (pack of 160) RRP £1.49

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The prices of all products are very reasonable and I would recommend friends and family member with kids to try out some of their products as they have wide variety to offer and lots of different things to make.

The backing paper has to be my favourite thing that I was sent to review , it is double sided so you can stick it down whichever way you want and mix and match it which is great when trying to create a unique card for a special occasion.

*I was sent these product free from the company for my honest and unbiased opinions.

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Hobbies

Hobbies

Ever since I was a little girl, loved making things and being creative. Nothing changed as I got older, and as I got more creative and started to get into card making, I would spend my pocket money buying craft kits and accessories, 8 years on, and I still love every minute of it. I have started expanding into wedding stationery, designing and creating wedding invitations and making bespoke wedding stationery for friends that are getting married. IMG_3691

These are the invitations I did for my friends wedding a couple of years ago. IMG_3697[1]

At home, I have my own little craft room where I go for a few hours to get creative by making cards for all occasions. This below is my craft room. Everything is organised into sections so I find it easily when I get a creative moment.   IMG_3689

I love coming up with new designs and ideas for cards using all sorts of different materials to create something truly unique. IMG_3692[1]

However, making handmade cards can be a very expensive hobby, and I wouldn’t know where to start working out how much money I have spent buying products over the past 8 years. Despite this, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

*What are your hobbies and how long have you been doing it for?

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