My weekly round up 21/07/13 – 27/07/13

The early part of this week was spent on preparing for the summer holidays. Now that we are in the summer holidays I thought that I would write a day by day account with a few photos to give you a clear idea of how we spend our summer holidays. Day one – Wednesday 24th July. Today we spent the morning cooking chocolate crispy cakes and chocolate pancakes. The crispy cakes are from a recipe that I have had for[Read more]

Potato printing

Sometimes in life, it’s the good old simple ideas that really are the best!Yesterday we decided to do some painting so we got everything out only to find that we did not have any paint brushes (due to the older two taking them and then not putting them back!) so as I had some potatoes that were looking a bit past there best, I decided to cut some shapes into the potatoes to make potato stamps. FJ, my little one, absolutely[Read more]

The start of the summer holidays!

Today is the children’s last day at school before the holidays, so at 3pm today it is officially the start of the summer holidays!! Things have been quite serious at home for quite a while now due to my health issues and other family problems so I am determined to make the next 6 weeks as fun and family orientated as possible to help get us back to enjoying each others company and having a laugh together. I think that[Read more]

The importance of meal planning.

I think that it is really important to plan your main meals each week in advance for a number of reasons. To start with, it stops you standing in your kitchen with hungry children wondering what on earth you are going to make each night. It can save you money as you know what you need, so helps to avoid impulse buying and it also stops you from turning to take-a-ways when you do not know what to cook. You[Read more]

My weekly round up 14/7/13 – 20/7/13

My top 3 highlights of the week. * Attending FJ’s first ever sports day.* Winning another competition!* Giving the girls their week one summer holiday booklet. Attending FJ’s first ever sports day last Monday was a very special mummy moment and for once we actually had lovely weather. I suppose if anything, it was a bit too hot, but the school were very good about keeping the children hydrated and making sure that they all had sun hats and sun cream so[Read more]

Summer record sheets.

This is an idea I had when my older two girls were little and we have done it ever since and it’s so simple to do! Every summer holiday I get a sheet of plain A4 paper and write on the top ‘Summer record sheet’. I then draw a line for them to write in the date and then I get them to write about their day, high lighting things that they have particularly enjoyed. I get them to draw[Read more]

Summer holiday booklets.

Every year, once I have planned my summer holidays I make summer holiday booklets for each of my children. Now, these may not be for everyone as they do take a bit of time to make and they really only suit the parents that like to be super organised and those that like a lot of structure to their day. The reason that I like them so much is that my children like to follow a plan and know what[Read more]

Planning for the summer holidays.

For those that read my last post, you will know that I have been busy planning the summer holidays this week. I do not usually leave it this late, but for those of you that are yet to make any plans, there is still time to get things sorted. I thought that it would be good to share how I plan the holidays and give you some ideas to get you started. The first thing that I do is my[Read more]

My weekly round up 7/713 – 13/7/13

I thought that each week I would write a post filling you in on what myself and my family have been up to for those that are interested. The high lights of the week are; reports for LJ and CJ, our trip to the seaside and winning a competition. I got LJ’s and CJ’s end of year reports this week and I was very proud. They are both doing amazing well at school and they are both in all the[Read more]

Do you ever surprise your children?

Yesterday we surprised the children when they got home from school with a trip to the seaside. It was so lovely to see their faces when they realised that instead of our usual routine of homework and chores that we were instead going out for some family fun and the whole surprising the kids is something that I do like to do now and again.                                               I know that on the whole children need routine and structure and to be[Read more]