Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Fun at FolkEast Festival!

I have to say it: I have some pretty exceptionally AMAZINGLY loving friends.  Friends who are so very special that I can truly say I am blessed. They are family to me.  Why am I saying this? Well things haven't really been too rosy recently and the girls and I really needed to get away (even though I hadn't realised how much). My friends had realised this and, generously, offered to treat us to camping at the FolkEast Festival.  It was amazing.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

An Unexpected Visit...

Today I had a lovely visit from a good old friend!  It was unexpected and most welcome. It was so nice to have a good old chin wag.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A lot of fun and games...

This week we have all been under the weather.  It's not been pretty so I won't go into detail but it has meant that we have had a house full of whiney, irritable children mostly.  We have also had accidents resulting in cuts and bruises and computers playing up.  But apart from all that this week hasn't been so bad. We...

Went to the park with friends on Monday and found some fascinating and rare wasps called Beewolves!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Toilet roll craft: How to make Olaf from Frozen

I was inspired to make this Olaf craft when I saw this post here: Cardboard tube Olaf craft.  To be honest I didn't read how it was made but was inspired by the photo I saw on Facebook linked to this post. So you can click on the link or read on to see how we made ours.
For this Frozen craft you will need: 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

No More Toys!

Well not quite all the toys but we have certainly made a start on our serious mission this month to de-clutter and reorganise ourselves ready for a new year.

Not only do we have four girls and all their play stuff, but we have all the educational resources that we need for our home education.  Every year we have to clear so much stuff out but this year I thought it was time to sort out their bedroom too!

It was this weekend I finally had had enough of all the toys.  The girls over the last few months have kept begging me to keep so many toys yet, over the year, they haven't seemed to be interested in them enough to play with them and (what is worse) the toys end up all over the floor as there is hardly enough room in their bedroom to store them: 
  • Under the bed is packed full of mostly important things: clothes for the next season, boxes of memories and boxes of things they do actually use.
  • They have so many drawers to put their things in but on top of the drawers are piled high with more things that they never seem to use.
  • On their beds there is hardly room to sleep for all the extra toys that they just LOVE so much but still they lay dormant, waiting to play but rarely being used.  These are mostly found laying on the floor or down the sides of the bed collecting dust.
I had had enough.  The room was so untidy that it was becoming difficult to get rid of all the dust and the complaints I was getting from the girls - nearly every day - that they had gone and lost something else.  Everyday was beginning to feel like a spring clean.  To top it the girls moaned every time I asked them to pick up the toys from their floor.  Then I read this post: Why I took my kids toys away and why they won't be getting them back. 
At first when I read it I thought how cruel but then, as I got to the end of the post, it made more sense and reminded me of how when, just over two years ago, we moved and got rid of LOADS of the kids stuff.  I mean WHERE DOES IT ALL COME FROM?

Monday, 4 August 2014

Beewolf (not Beowolf)

Sunday we were invited to a barbecue, some friends of ours were celebrating their first wedding anniversary.  The food was so good that I was stuffed, even today I have felt super full!
The kids had a ball too.  They played on the trampoline for hours, they played football and had a make over upstairs, which was oh, so cute.   
Today, Monday, we went to the park and it was lovely.  We went to meet up with a friend who I haven't seen for such a very long time, well not properly.  The girls all hit it off with her daughter and had fun swinging from trees, climbing (too high for me to watch) and then we found something...  One of the ladies that works at the park pointed out to us some Beewolves.  I had never heard of them before and they were fascinating to watch...

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Science: Liquids changing places

In this experiment we use two glasses of different coloured liquids and watch the liquids switch places in the glasses. But how?

This is another really simple and effective experiment that works like magic!  It can get messy so a really good one for the summer when you can take this outside or near a sink!  All you will need to try this experiment yourself is:

Friday, 1 August 2014

Review: Branch Out World - Picture Book Explorers: DOGGER - David and Dog

I was asked to review one of the Picture Book Explorers books from Branch Out World.  These e-books are short curriculums that work with famous well loved children's picture books, they are nothing like the national curriculums, aimed at children which I personally love.  So here is the review...

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Sisterly Love...

Tuesday night Honi stayed at her Nana's.  It was so weird.  As soon as she left the house I missed her like crazy.  Harmonie cried her heart out wanting her Honi back.

We went out and there was no drama - I kind of missed it, but kind of didn't.  We went shopping and there was no disasters; no running around; no constant streaming of questions until my brain ached.  I was pleased of that, but I still missed her like mad...

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Science: The levitating Ping Pong Ball

This experiment got my girls ever so excited, they were all desperate to have another go.  It is because this experiment is like magic, making it great for entertaining friends and family and learning a bit about Bernoulli's principle at the same time. 

For this project you will need:

Monday, 28 July 2014

The frightening, the exciting and a bargain...

Yesterday was Sunday.  Sunday was not a good day. Sunday for us, metaphorically speaking was a black day. Everyone gets them from time to time and I don't really want to recount it here so I will skip to the most frightening bit and then tell you about more of the happy things we've been up to...


Friday it was HOT.  It had been hot all week and now it was a little too much for my four girls. The smallest one was squeaky, Honi was cheeky (but then, when isn't she) and the older two were whingey and whiny.  It was driving me nuts!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

The first Love Letter

Today Honi was in the mood to learn something so I jumped at the chance.  First we finished off a project that was based around the book Dogger.  It's our last day as it's due back in the library today. I know this as we were there yesterday.

Yesterday's visit to the library was only meant to be a quick one, just so the girls could sign up for the reading challenge at the library.  It turns out they all need to have a library card so I went off to the front desk to get the smallest ones a card - we have always managed with just the three library cards so never thought to get them their own yet! Naughty me! 

Science: Why is it important to use soap?

Honi, my six year old, is always trying to get out of washing her hands and it is SO disgusting!  So I have been looking into ways to show her why it is important to wash your hands really well and why it is important to use soap to get it all off.
This is what I came up with and it was a HIT! 
  • Why do we have to clean our hands?

  • Why do we always use soap when cleaning things, whether it be dishes, clothes or our own body?
This is the experiment we did today, to discover how dirt works and why we use soap!
First you will need:

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


We didn't get up to as much as I had hoped over the weekend due to all the storms.  They do so give me headaches.  How beautiful they are though!

Naomi still went swimming and we all met up with their Nan at the coffee shop on the Saturday.  Sunday was still a lovely day, just a lovely lazy day.  Saturday night the older girls and their dad and I, stayed up for a good while counting to see how far away the storm was from us - frighteningly close.  It was amazing to watch and I was very excited indeed when I managed to capture the shot I was hoping for!

Monday was a day I was really looking forward to...