Family Life

  • 5 Must-Follow Blogs for Great Party Ideas

    Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party, wedding shower or child's birthday party, you want your party to be special, unique and stand out from the others of its kind. You've probably surfed the Web for inspiration and asked your friends and family for their input. If you're stilled strapped for ideas, the Forever Bespoke team has put together a list of the top bloggers who share their party planning tips and ideas. In no particular order, here are the blogs that made our list:

    Hostess With the Mostess

    Hostess with the Mostess

    From party themes, cakes and décor to entertaining products, clever DIY projects and hostessing tips, Hostess with the Mostess (HWTM) provides first-time party throwers and seasoned party pros with great ideas for their next party or special event. HWTM is headed by Editor-in-Chief and Founder Jenn Sbranti and her husbad Sonny. Jenn is a designer, entrepeneur, writer and mom who's always had a thing for parties – particularly party décor. Using her web designing background, she created her blog back in 2005, and we're so thankful she did!

     

    Party Delights

    Party DelightsFounded by Allison Graham in 2001, Party Delights is a party supply store offering everything you need for you next event, including invitations, balloons, tablewear, games, dress and decorations. Allison was inspired to found Party Delights after she was unable to find a complete range of accessories for her son's Spiderman themed birthday party. She founded Party Delights to ensure children would have enjoyable birthday parties at home with themes to suit their hobbies and interests. At the Party Delights Blog, you'll find great party theme ideas, DIY projects, and so much more.

     

    Pretty Little Party Shop

    Pretty Little Party ShopPretty Little Party Shop is an online party and events supply shop that aims to create an effortless feel to party styling. The store's style is simple and contemporary and offers a mix of handpicked products from around the world, as well as its own in-house designs and hand-made items. The Pretty Little Party Shop Blog offers unique ideas for party planners with an elegant yet simplistic style.

     

    Party Pieces Blog and Inspiration

    The Party Times from Party PiecesParty Pieces is a family business founded in 1987 by Carole Middleton, who hoped to inspire other mothers to create magical parties at home and to make the party planning process easier. Party Pieces Blog and Inspiration, Party Pieces' online party magazine, providing hostesses with everything they need to know about throwing a child's party or family celebration. The online magazine covers everything from delicious recipes, to the latest party themes, to fun decorating and craft ideas.

     

    Kara's Party Ideas

    Kara's Party Ideas

    Kara's Party Ideas was started in 2009 by Kara Allen, a party designer, author, blogger and dessert stylist. Since a young age, Kara's always had a calling for party planning, and her creative ideas and keen attention to detail have led her to be called the new Martha Stewart of the party world. She has been featured on a number of morning talk shows, magazines and publications, including The Today Show, HGTV, TLC, Parenting Magazine, Brides Magazine and The Rachel Ray Show, amongst many others. Kara's blog highlights awesome party themes and ideas for birthday parties, baptisms, weddings, baby showers and holidays.

    Be sure to follow these five fabulous party blogs, and when you need the perfect gift for the next birthday party, christening, graduation or holiday, browse our bespoke gifts at Forever Bespoke.

  • 10 great things to do during the holidays!

    10 Easter Holiday Activities 10 Easter Holiday Activities

    The Easter Holidays are here, which means the kids are off school and full of sugar. If you're not going away during their time off, it can be difficult thinking of things to keep them occupied. If you're struggling for ideas, we've got 10 great things to do during the holidays – all with a little twist on Easter and Spring, to make them a bit more fun!

    1. Go on an egg hunt – if you're wanting to do something on Easter Sunday, then this is a great activity for the whole family. Easter eggs can be hidden in your own house and garden if they're big enough, or you could go to a pre-arranged egg hunt. Take a picnic with you and go exploring afterwards to make the most of your day out.

    2. Make an Easter bonnet – this activity is sometimes more for the adults than the kids...get out the pom-poms, glitter glue, feathers, and be prepared for the mess! Turn the bonnet making in to a competition and model your creations to the family once they're all complete.

    3. Go on a nature hunt – nature hunts are a great way to get kids out the house. Make up a list of 'treasure' to find while you're out on your walk. Pick springtime nature items, like daffodils, bluebells, and birds nests to look out for.

    4. Paint some eggs – chose to do it the classic way with a hard boiled egg and paint, or use polystyrene eggs and craft supplies for something a bit more creative. If you do this one before Easter, you can take your eggs out on Sunday to roll down a hill.

    5. Make chocolate nests – these are a quick and easy treat for children to help make, and a good way to use up any extra chocolate eggs. All you need to do is melt down your chocolate, mix it into crushed shredded wheat, and put it in a cake case with mini eggs placed on top.

    6. Play some springtime games – if the kids are having friends round during the holidays, some springtime games will keep them entertained! An egg and spoon race is a favourite when the weather is nice, or play 'pin the tail on the bunny' indoors.

    7. Hand and footprint paintings – toddlers and babies love getting messy, and handprint/footprint paintings are a fun activity for them to do. Get creative and make bunnies, chicks, carrots, and lambs out of their prints! Make them in to Easter cards or pictures to put up on the fridge.

    8. Make a real nest – if you're lucky enough to live in the countryside (or close enough to visit), then this is a fun challenge for children to do. Let them forage for twigs to build their own life-sized nest, and see how well they get on. This might even encourage them to work together, to make a bigger and better one than if they were doing it alone!

    9. Make a rainbow – it might be rainy for a few days during the holiday, but don't let the dull weather bring you down. Brighten it up indoors by making colourful rainbows. The options are endless on how to make them – use watercolours, tissue paper, glitter, or anything else you can think of. Hang them up by the windows to cheer up the weather!

    10. Eat too much chocolate – it'll start with the children eating too much on Easter Sunday, and will end with you sneaking bits of their chocolate eggs when they're in bed. Just don't eat a full egg at once, unless you want to get caught.

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Spring Cleaning Tips

    spring-clean 10 Spring Cleaning Tips

     

    It's almost April, which means that it's the time of year to be doing a spring clean. We all know that it can be hard to get motivated enough to do it, so we've got a list with motivational tips, easier ways to clean and some ways to clear out what you don't need. These are tried and tested by other people, but not here at Forever Bespoke. So if they make a mess, it's definitely not our fault.

    1. Open the windows – start your spring cleaning by getting some fresh air into your house. The nice breeze and smell of spring will motivate you to get up and go clean. Do it first thing in the morning to avoid falling into the trap of making excuses to do it another day.

    2. Clean your microwave quickly – most people are guilty of not cleaning the microwave as often as they should. If you're one of those people, there is a quick, easy, and chemical free way to clean it. Just fill a microwavable bowl with water and put a few lemon slices in it, along with a splash of white vinegar. Microwave it for 3-5 minutes and then leave it in there (with the door shut) for another 5. The steam will loosen any mess and it can now be wiped off with a damp cloth.

    3. Use shaving foam instead of glass cleaner – this is one for in the bathroom. Use a bit of shaving foam instead of glass cleaner on your mirrors and shower door. It will leave them streak free and will stop them from fogging up when you use the shower.

    4. Put cola down the toilet – while you're in the bathroom, pour a 2 litre bottle of cola down the toilet and leave it for at least an hour. Once you flush the toilet later, it should be sparkly clean without any effort on your part.

    5. Put some music on – TV can be too distracting while you're trying to tidy up, so put some music on instead. You can still dance and sing while cleaning, so you won't get bored and might even have some fun!

    6. De-clutter your clothes – go through the checklist as you tidy your wardrobe: have you worn it in the past 6 months, is it in good condition, and would you still buy it now. If the answer is no to any of those questions, get rid!

    7. Get new storage – cleaning and tidying always feels better when it looks good afterwards. If you have lots of bits and pieces that you want to keep, but don't belong anywhere, get some nice looking boxes to store them in. This means that you can still optimise shelf space, but have it looking a lot more organised.

    8. Clear out the fridge – this one is best done before you go on the weekly shop. Take everything out of your fridge, clean the shelves and then work on putting it all back in. Bin anything that's past its use by date, or that you have doubles of. Re-organise the food in to categories, so that it's easy to see what you already have and need to use up.

    9. Sort out your make-up – when was the last time you washed your make-up bag? If you can't remember, now is probably a good time to do it. Go through all your products and chuck any that are out of date. Some will have a date printed on them, but others go by when you first opened the product. Click here for a good list on how long to keep your make-up.

    10. Invite friends round – if you're still lacking in motivation to clean, invite some friends to come round in a few days. That way, you've got no choice but to do it!

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • Only Child to Eldest Child.

    Only Child to Eldest: Tips to ease the transition. Only Child to Eldest: Tips to ease the transition.

    Having a second child is an exciting time for parents, but with it comes a whole new set of worries. You've already nailed the basics from the first time round – you can feed a baby half asleep, change a nappy on your knee and aren't scared of manoeuvring their tiny arms in to clothes. The real challenge this time round is how to handle it all with an older child. We've found that the best way to prepare your first born for being a big brother or sister is to include them, talk to them and make sure they know what's happening.

    1. Bring out the baby photos – show your older child photographs of himself as a baby. This can help him understand that he was once a newborn too, and that he also needed a lot of Mum's attention. He'll get a better understanding that the baby will grow up, and get more interesting to him as it gets older.

    2. Explain what a baby does – eat, sleep and cry. Explain to your child that for the first few months, the baby won't do much else. Let her know that the baby won't be able to play straight away, but will enjoy having her hold its hand and getting a kiss. Reassure her that the baby crying is natural and doesn't always mean that the baby is upset.

    3. Ask for help – big brothers and sisters are great at helping out. Give them important jobs when asking for help with the baby, like getting a clean nappy and fetching a towel at bath time. This can make them feel very grown up and useful.

    4. Open the baby's presents – it can be difficult for the older sibling when the baby gets lots of presents and she gets nothing. Get her to help out and feel more involved by opening up the presents, because it's too difficult for the baby to do.

    5. Let them make a baby decision – it might not be a good idea to let your toddler choose the baby's name, but there are plenty of other important decisions that he can make. Why not take him shopping and let him decide what bedding the baby will have, or what they'll wear home from the hospital. If your child has eccentric tastes, you can always play it safe and get him to pick from a choice of two outfits.

    6. Choose a toy for the baby – if you've kept baby toys from the first time round, get your older child to pick out what she's going to give to the new baby. Remember to explain that she's such a big girl now, and doesn't need baby toys anymore. This might help her to see the toys as being the baby's and not hers anymore.

    7. Give them their own baby – your child might get jealous of you feeding and cuddling the baby, and having a baby of his own might help with these feelings. A doll can be fed, cuddled and put down for a nap. This is great for children who enjoying being just like Mum and Dad, and can help to teach him how gentle he needs to be with a baby.

    8. Spend some quality time with your older child – it can be a difficult change, going from having your parents all to yourself to sharing them all of the time. There will be times when the big sister has to wait on the baby, so try to make up some time together by yourselves. This could be reading her bedtime story alone, doing some crafts while the baby naps, or going out to the park while one parent stays at home with the baby. Let her choose the activity she'll enjoy the most.

    9. Reinforce good behaviour – there are bound to be a few tantrums and regressions along the way, but try not to focus on these and instead praise the good behaviour. Tell the baby about how good their brother is at tidying up his toys and eating his lunch.

    10. Get the baby to bring a present home – in amongst all the gifts for the baby, it can make your older child feel a bit more special by getting one too. A big brother or big sister present is a great way to include them in all the new baby celebrations and can be a quirky way to make the baby announcement in a photograph. Some popular presents are t-shirts, teddies and our name frames for bedrooms.

    Our personalised name frames have been designed and originally hand drawn by our Forever Bespoke artist, with each name being individually designed. They come with a white frame to suit any child's bedroom and are available for a range of occasions. We are giving you the chance to win one of these Premium Printed Frames!

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    Gift from baby for becoming a big sister. Becoming a big sister.

     

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Life Changing Films!

    Top Ten Life Changing Films! Top Ten Life Changing Films!

    By defining an era, conjuring up nostalgia or making us look at life a little differently, there are certain films that have a lasting impression. Here are our top 10 most influential cinematic releases:

    No1: Life is Beautiful

    The story of a father who shelters his son from the horrors of WWII in a Nazi concentration camp, 'Life is Beautiful' is a sentimental classic that teaches us to be optimistic no matter what life throws at us.

    No 2: The Wizard of Oz

    With ground breaking visuals and inspiring story line, 'The Wizard of Oz' has become a cultural touchstone and a must see for all ages. An innocent farm girl is whisked from her home and transported into an imaginative land and finds some interesting friends!

    There is no place like home.”

    No 3: Citizen Kane

    Orson Welle's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall has earned it's reputation as a landmark achievement in film. The exciting storyline is both thought provoking and heartfelt.

    No 4: Breakfast at Tiffany's

    More than 50 years on, the romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn, remains a classic. A struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbour, a socialite with a love of fashion and wild parties. Hepburn in 'The Little Black Dress' by Givenchy, her hair in a high chignon and holding an oversized cigarette is one of the most iconic images of 20th century cinema.

    I'm crazy about Tiffany's... Nothing very bad could happen to you there!”

    No 5: The Godfather

    Critically acclaimed, 'The Godfather' follows the fictional Corleone Mafia family in America. The iconic trilogy is regarded as the greatest and most influential crime films ever made.

    I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.”

    No 6: The Breakfast Club

    John Hughes defined the 80's with his brat pack films and his most famous, 'The 'Breakfast Club' is still widely watched today. The story of five stereotype teens spending the afternoon in detention find that they are not all that different. An inspirational film with a fantastic soundtrack and ending!

    We're all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it. That's all.”

    No 7: E.T.

    One of Spielberg's finest films, E.T. is a magical sci-fi adventure about a young boys friendship with a homesick alien. A touching portrayal of childhood, loyalty and friendship, I challenge you not to tear up!

    No 8: The Shawshank Redemption

    The uplifting prison drama about a man wrongly accused of murder shows the unquenchable human spirit through an intelligent and heartfelt story line.

    Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”

    No 9: Fight Club

    The brutality and harshness of 'Fight Club' highlights consumerism and materialistic self-absorption. This revolutionary film that will get you thinking about what is truly important in life.

    We buy things we don't need with money we don't have to impress people we don't like.”

    No 10: UP

    This imaginative animation tells the story of a pensioner who, after losing his wife, finally pursues his life long dream of travelling to South America. A heartfelt tale brimming with adventure, humour and heart. A film that proves that it is never too late to follow your dreams.

    Adventure is out there.”

    Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Reasons Your Mum's The Best

    10 Reasons Why Your Mum is Best 10 Reasons Why Your Mum is Best

    1. She looks after you when you're sick – whether you're 5 years old with a headache or 25 years old with a sickness bug, you can always rely on mum to make sure you get through it. She'll be there armed with paracetamol, a blanket and a hot water bottle for you and won't love you any less for it.

    2. She'll do your washing for you – even when you don't live at home. Mums look after you and somehow end up doing your washing in your own house. That they don't live in. Just remember to make her a cup of tea afterwards to say thank you.

    3. She puts you first – since the day you were born, you've been number one in your mums life. Your needs always get put before hers. When you were young she let her dinner go cold because you needed help eating yours, and as an adult you get to choose what programme you watch on TV.

    4. She buys you socks – it seems to be a Christmas tradition that all mums buy their children new socks. This apparently never stops and you'll always have a supply of nice new ones, without the hassle of buying your own! No need to worry about cold feet in winter, because Mum's got it sorted. Why not return the favour this Mothers Day with 'A Present For My Mum Book with a Surprise Pair of Socks Gift'!

    A Book for Mum with a Surprise Gift! A Book for Mum with a Surprise Gift!

    5. She worries about you – worrying can also be known as caring. Who else checks up on the trivial things that can make a difference in your life? She'll make sure that you wear your jacket when it's cold, have an umbrella when it's raining and put on sunscreen when you're on holiday. Someone's got to look out for you and your mum is the best person for the job.

    6. She's proud of you – from putting your artwork on the fridge to boasting about your graduation, your mum is proud of everything you do. She's your number one fan and makes sure everyone knows it.

    7. She sat through your childhood activities – orchestra, swimming galas and dance shows. They're great fun for the kids involved, but being totally honest, they are a bit boring to watch. Despite this, your mum sat through every concert of off-notes and cheered you on for that one race you were in at the three hour swimming gala. And she always told you how well you did.

    8. She'll always rescue you – if you got too frightened to stay all night at a sleepover, mum would be there to take you home. She'll come and get you if you have no money for a taxi at 2am or if you fall out with your partner and want to get away for a few hours. Whatever the reason, she'll be there.

    9. She put up with your teenage years – even when you were full of strops, slamming doors and being too embarrassed to be seen with her, your mum stood by you. Throughout those awkward teenage years, your mum still loved you as much as she always has. Although she's probably quite glad that they're over now.

    10. She's your mum – she's yours, always has been and always will be. Your mum's been there through the worst and best with you, and will support you through everything you do. Let's face it, no-one else is going to put up with as much as your mum has. She's your mum, and she's the best.

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 Reasons to Holiday in the UK

    10 Reasons to Holiday in the UK Photography at Irvine Beach by Forever Bespoke Photographer Melissa

    Reasons to holiday in the UK

    It's getting to that time of year again, when you're starting to plan your summer holiday. With so many locations to choose at the click of a button (or a visit to the travel agent), many people might glaze over one of the closest and best places for a holiday – and it's right here on your doorstep. More people are now making the choice to holiday in the UK and here are some reasons why...

    1. It's Beautiful

    It can be hard to imagine the beautiful mountains, pristine lakes and warm beaches when you're looking out the office window, but they are there! The UK has some of the most breathtaking scenery that people travel from all over the world to see. It can feel like a world away when you travel to the Scottish Highlands, the Lake District or visit the beaches in Devon. Why go anywhere else when you've got it all at home?

    2. You'll Save Money

    When you cut out the cost of flights, new passports and converting your currency, you'll be in for a big saving. This extra money could allow you to go on holiday more often than before and to have more spending money for days out. If you can swap flights for an extra week's holiday, it might be worth making the switch.

    3. Get To Know Your Country

    Even if you've lived in the UK for your whole life, chances are you've not seen half of it. You know all about the popular holiday destinations in Britain for tourists, but have you actually been to any of them? There's a reason that tourists visit them, so why not find out for yourself by taking a holiday there too.

    4. Less Stress

    Getting your money changed, queuing to check in, queuing for passport control, waiting on your suitcases coming out...

    With all that and more going on, holidays can get stressful. Before getting away, you have to worry about getting there! Cut the stress out of your holiday by traveling closer to home. A few hours in a car can be much more appealing than a long haul flight, especially if children are involved. Traveling at your own pace gives you the opportunity to stop along the way – for food, a quick stop at an attraction, or just to let the kids burn off some energy.

    5. More Time To Relax

    When you don't change time zones, you don't get jet lagged! Jet lag can easily knock a few days off your holiday as you recover, not forgetting the time that you've spent traveling. Staying in the UK will give you a few more days to just relax, with no worries about readjusting back to your normal routine.

    6. The Weather

    The Weather in the UK is something that we all like a good moan about, but we can't deny that it does get quite nice in the summer. These sunny days make our beaches down south rival those in France and Spain, and are the perfect times to get out exploring the countryside. Another plus about our weather is that we're used to it. This can be especially useful when you're on holiday with children, as they'll be able to cope with the heat and be at less risk of sun stroke. Sometimes it can be too hot on holiday, leaving you inside during the hottest times of the day and getting irritable when you're trying to sleep. Stick to what you know, but you'll still need to pack some sunscreen!

    7. Variety and Choice

    There is a lot to do in the UK. If you choose to stay here, there is a massive selection of what kind of holiday you want. There are beautiful beaches on our coastlines, busy city breaks, adventure holidays and countryside getaways. There really is something to suit everyone and plenty of choice that will accommodate your needs. From five star hotels to small camping sites, we've got it all.

    8. Quick Getaway

    If you've only got a few days off, a short break nearby could be just what you need. A quick drive or train journey will leave you with enough time to relax and get in to holiday mode. The short journey home also gives you a full last day – no need to leave early in the morning to make sure you're home at a decent time.

    9. Good Food

    With a diverse range of food all over the UK, why not try some of the local cuisine? Look for local restaurants and pubs to sample the local food and drinks. You might discover a new favourite amongst them! There is a fantastic selection of restaurants all over the country, from small family run pubs to Michelin star restaurants. Go somewhere different and new, to make the most of being in a different part of the country.

    10. Take Your Car

    Having your own transport can give you more options when you're on holiday – from where to go on days out to how much luggage you take with you. Driving to your destination means that you're only restricted by the size of your boot! And there's always a way to squeeze more stuff in. Again this can be more useful if you have children or pets, meaning that you can take their bikes and toys for when you're having a more relaxed day. Don't forget to pack the essentials if you are traveling with your dog..

    Traveling with your pet dog. Travel Dog Essentials in a Tin

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 things to consider when choosing childcare

    Choosing Child Care Top Tips when you are considering Child Care

    Finding childcare for the first time can be a daunting task, whether your baby is 9 months or 3 years old. With a lot of things to consider and questions to ask, we've come up with a checklist of 10 things to be looking out for during your selection.

    1: Meal Plans – Find out if you have to make a packed lunch to take in, or if food is included in the price. If it is included, what kind of meals do they make? A hot, 'home made' lunch is a popular option in nurseries, which means less worry about dinner when you get home. Don't forget to ask about catering for any special dietary needs that your child has.

    2: Naps – Are there set nap times, and where do they sleep? This could be a big thing to consider. If your baby will only nap with a cuddle/walk in the pram/dark room, you need to make sure that they can get it.

    3: Holidays – You might be jetting off on a week away, or just taking some time off work and want to take your child out of childcare for the week. Make sure you know the policies on holidays. Some places still take full fees for being off, others are a bit more relaxed. You don't want to get an unexpected bill when you get home from holiday!

    4: Cuddles – Sometimes a cuddle can solve anything. From a teething baby to an upset toddler, a cuddle can make it all better. You want somewhere that can be a home from home, and where the staff have time for all the children.

    5: Potty Training – It might be a long way off, but one day you'll have to do it! Find out how often they'll go to the toilet and how many spare pairs of pants you should pack. Maybe put in some spare socks and shoes too.

    6: Activities – Have a look at what toys are on offer for the children and the different things that they can do during the day. It's good to have a mix of activities, so that they can go wild in the morning and relax towards the end of the day. An outdoor play area is always a plus, and ask if they'll go on trips to the shops and park.

    7: Settling in Sessions – These can be just as important for Mum and Dad as they are for the child. Check out how many settling in sessions you can do, starting with an hour or two before you build up to a full day. Most nurseries and childminders will be happy for you to phone up and check on how your child's doing at any time, which could give you the extra peace of mind that they're having a good time!

    8: Who Can Do Pick Ups? - There might be an emergency at home, a meeting running late or your train has been delayed, so you need someone else to do the evening pick up. Make sure you have a back-up plan in case you can't get there in time, and that your childcare provider knows who this is. They might want to meet them, or have a password to give before they can collect your child.

    9: Accessibility – You may have found the perfect place to send your child, but it won't work if you can't get there! It can also help if you're dropping off your child en route to work, so you're not adding too much time on to the start and end of your day.

    10: What do you need to pack? - Find out everything that's included in the daily rate you'll be paying. You might need to send in your own wipes, nappies and a packed lunch. Ask about trips and any toddler groups your child might be taken to, and if these are funded out of what you already pay.

    Remember that the most important part of childcare is that you and your child are both happy. They might take a little while to settle in, but soon enough your child will be running away from you the second you're in the door. Don't forget to pack a change of clothes (maybe more than one...) and to put their name on the tags!

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 WILD WEATHER DAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN

    10 ACTIVITIES TO TRY WITH CHILDREN

    Now that the excitement of Christmas has passed and the winter weather is taking it's toll, your little ones may be suffering from January Blues. But don't let the rain, wind and snow dampen the fun! Here are some great ideas to keep them entertained both outdoors and indoors...

    Activity 1- Go on a puddle hunt

    Pull on your wellies and head out for a revitalising walk in the rain. Children will love finding the muddiest puddles and making the biggest splash! Create a fun obstacle course by jumping from one puddle to another – whoever can complete it without stepping outside the puddles wins! Just make sure they wipe their feet before going in the house!

    Activity 2-Lets go fly a kite!

    Take advantage of the wind and have lots of fun and laughter flying a kite – perhaps the all time favourite thing to do on a windy day! You can buy them in all shapes and sizes but why not get creative and make your own with materials around the house. Hold on tight so it doesn't blow away!

    Activity 3-Build snow creatures

    It is expected to snow this week so wrap up warm and get busy playing in the garden or local park. Why stick to building snowmen when you can make all different kinds of creatures. Try out some scary snow monsters or animals – let their imagination run wild and see what ideas they come up with!

    Activity 4-Track wildlife

    After a fall of snow is the perfect time to spot mysterious animals tracks. Try to guess what type of animal may have left the trail and follow it to see where it leads! Take a notebook and camera to let them record what they find.

    Activity 5-Create ice decorations

    Arrange natural materials (such as berries and leaves) along with a long piece of string and pastry cutters. Pour in water and leave outside to freeze overnight. When you wake up the next morning these decorative ice structures will look great hanging on a tree or window – especially when the sun shines through them.

    Activity 6 -Build a den outside

    We have all tried building a den indoors with chairs, pillows and sheets but mum can still find us. A private hideout outside is the perfect place to hang out with your friends and get away from nosy siblings. Make a shelter in the back garden using leaves, twigs or branches (it works best with a big tree to hide under).

    Activity 7-Balloon modelling

    Learn how to make fantastic balloon animals. Guaranteeing hours of fun, we have a great kit that contains everything you need: 32 modelling balloons, a hand pump and eye stickers to complete the look. Children can show off their crazy creations to friends and relatives – ideal for parties or family gatherings!

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    Activity 8-Make a bird feeder

    A cardboard tube (kitchen roll or toilet roll tube) makes an ideal bird feeder for the garden. Firstly make two holes in the top (get mum to help you) to thread a loop of string in to so it can be hung up in the garden on a tree or hook. Cover the tube in peanut butter (or something similar) then roll it in to bird seed or breakfast cereal. After you have hung it up go back inside and watch from the window to see what birds you can spot (it won't take long).

    Activity 9-Knitting

    Teaching children to knit can be a wonderful bonding experience and a great skill to have. Our 'knit your own teddy' kit is the perfect way to get them started. It comes with a step by step instruction guide and material to make two teddies. You can create a mummy (or daddy) and baby bear. Why not have a teddy bear picnic once they have been created or display on their beds.

    Click HERE for more info.

    Activity 10-Curl up with a book

    Gather comfy bean bags or cuddle up on the couch with a good book. Check out our 'Guess How Much I Love you' pop up book. It has various pull tabs, lift pages and pop up sections so they can interact while they read. The pop up feature will always bring a surprise to their face and make reading fun!

    Click HERE for more info.

    For more inspiring outdoor wild weather adventures check out 'The Wild Weather Book'

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    Stephanie (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • Baby's First Christmas Wooden Star

    One of our photographers Melissa has a toddler and enjoys following mummy blogs and getting advice from other mums. She recommended 'mum in a nutshell' blog as being one of her favourites to follow- a mummy blogger showcasing her life with a baby, tween and a teenager.

    We contacted Devon (mum in a nutshell blogger) and asked if she wanted to join forces and review one of our products. We love hearing customer feedback so we can improve our products and services. Devon loves personalised gifts especially after she had a new baby recently who has an unusual name . She tells us in her review that she lets her children all pick their own Christmas bauble each year to add to the family Christmas tree. After the festive season is over she adds each bauble in to a keepsake box for each child so when they move out the family home they can take their Christmas mementos with them. Devon was very impressed with the personalised wooden star and the fact it was presented in a branded gift box.

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    We are running a competition for you to win a personalised wooden star for a special baby that you know. To enter all you have to do is like our facebook page and mum in a nutshell facebook page to get 2 entries. The competition  closes on the 24th November so be quick.

    We would love to hear from you if you are a keen blogger with an interest in trying out new products. We are always interested in working with different people and finding out your feedback on our products or even ideas for new products too. Follow the link here http://www.muminanutshell.com/.

    Emma (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

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