Craft time review – Make your own unicorn.

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Before I start I want to make clear that I am in no way getting paid to write this review and I do not get paid if you order through my link to the shops home page. 

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My middle daughter absolutely loved unicorns so when we saw this it was a no brainer, we just had to get it.

I got this crafting set at my local home bargains shop. It cost £1.99 which I thought was a really good price.

The packaging it come in is very bright and automatically caught my daughters eye. The design on the box is very simple and the text can be easily read. The content of this surprised me. I thought there would be one unicorn and a few embellishments that you can use to decorate it, However when Kira opened the box it had three thick cardboard unicorns to decorate and five cellophane bags containing different items to decorate the unicorn with.

In these cellophane bags were…

  • 3D coloured gems
  • Pink foam flowers
  • Purple foam hearts
  • Wooden beads
  • Tube of pink glitter glue
  • Tube of PVA glue

Also included were two pages of coloured paper and two pages of stickers, one with eyes on them and the other was full of lovely unicorns, butterflies, crowns and flowers. There also was a cellophane bag containing blue, pink and white wool to make the hair of the unicorn.

I Brought this crafting set because my children are off school for the summer and I thought it would be a nice activity for us to do together. Kira loved doing this activity and we sat together just chatting and decorating for about 45 minutes. Kira decided to only decorated 1 unicorn and save the others for another day.

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I think this crafting set is mainly directed at girls between the ages of 4-7. Personal I think a child below 4 years old would struggle a bit with all the little stickers and plaiting the hair and knotting the beads. Girls older than 7 I think would find this a bit babyish and would get bored quite quckly.

To be completely honest, I was thinking this is too good to be true, this only cost me £1.99. There must be something to let it down but I can’t seem to find anything majorly wrong with this. I will admit that it could do with a few more of the foam stickers as there are three unicorns to decorate and not many stickers to cover all of them but this is not a major problem and Kira didn’t really mind.

I asked Kira what she thought about this unicorn crafting set and her reply was ” I love it mum, it was really fun doing this together. Can you get me another one next time you’re at the shop please?”

so it was a great hit with Kira and as a parent I really enjoyed spending time with her, doing something she really enjoyed. This product is really good for boosting childrens imagination and creativity. At the time Home bargains only had ‘ Make your own unicorns’ but I will be watching out for different characters in this crafting collection. Next time I am at Home bargains I will deffinatly be picking up some more of these and I would highly recommend them to any parent.

I just had a thought, This would also be a great top up birthday present for your childrens friends.

When Kira found out I was going to be doing a review on this, she made a comment about how it would be nice to see how other children decorated their unicorns. so I would like to set you a challenge. If you live near a home bargains please go and pickup one of these kits for your children, If you don’t live near a home bargains you can access their website here. Order you children one of these kits. Me and Kira would love to see all the different designs they can make. You can post your pictures below or tag me ( @limpingmum) in your images on Instagram or Facebook.

9 Tips for an amazing summer with your children.

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Here in the UK my children have now broken up for the summer. It’s lovely seeing how relaxed and happy they are but it doesn’t take long for all that to change and they start annoying each other and arguing. If this sounds like your house, there are a few things you can do to turn it around.wp-1501097724900.png

  • Have a summer routine.

My children follow a routine during school time so having a summer routine comes easy to them. Our summer routine is very simple and easy. These tasks need to be completed before we go anywhere or do anything in the morning.

* Have breakfast.  * Brush teeth + wash face.  * Get dressed.  * Make beds.  * Put washing away.

  • Make some house rules.

Sit down as a family and come up with some summer rules. For example if you have older children, what is their curfew time? Do they need to do any chores? For the younger children, Do they have to ask before heading outside to play? Having these rules in place at the start of summer will help the children know what they can and can’t do.

  • Plan an activity or an outing at least once a week.    

Planning special activities or outings can really help the weeks go by a lot smoother. I like to plan a few smaller activities at home and an outing once a week, it could be going to the park, going to the zoo or going to see family but it really helps because my children are not stuck in all week.

  • Don’t plan too much, let them get bored.

Packing too much into the week can leave your children feel exhausted. Give them time to relax and time to get bored. You don’t need to be your child entertainer all the time, its good for them to use their imagination, play with toys and craft they have to hand.

  • Have a back-up list when things don’t go to plan.

Sometime things dont’ always go to plan. Maybe you had planned on going to the beach but it started raining or your children are becoming argumentative and irritable. Make a go-to list of activities you can refer to when thing go wrong. On our list we have rainy day buckets, craft buckets, picnic at the park….

  • Cut back on the housework.

When my children are at school I have a cleaning routine I normally do everyday however when the children are at home I’m a bit more relaxed about it because I don’t want to miss out on having fun with my children just because I had empty the dishwasher or had to put that load of washing away. Some things can wait untill the children are in bed.

  • Set limits on technology.

If I didn’t set limits my children could easily spend all day on their laptops or the XBox so I have to set a time limit, they can have 30 minutes before lunch and an hours after lunch. When they want to use this time is up to them but once its gone they have to wait until the next day to use them again. My son will generally wait until the evening to use his laptop but my daughter will use her hour straight after lunch.

  • Keep their learning skill sharp.

I like to keep their brains working and will get my children to read to me 2/3 times a week and I print out fun work sheets for them to do when they get bored. Keeping their brain active will help them when they go back to school because they haven’t got lazy with their learning.

  • Have fun and enjoy the summer.

When you are enjoying the time you spend with your children and enjoying all the things you’re doing, your children will enjoy doing them as well. The summer holiday is a time for relaxing and having fun together as a family.

I hope you are having a great summer (It’s currently raining here as I write this)

Leave me a comment below and let me know what your up to this summer. It would be great to connect with you on my Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram account.

xx

 

 

Staying happy as a Stay-at-home-mum.

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Being a mum is hard work, there is always something or someone who is demanding your attention. Some people think SAHMs have it easy, they can do what ever they want, stay in their pj’s all day however it’s not surprising that SAHMs are a large categorise for many depression polls.

After the novelty of becoming a SAHM has worn off, it can all start getting very tiring and boring, most days you will have a needy, sometimes non-verbal bundle of energy running around wanting your attention and because you are at home the housework seems to pile up as well.

Below are some tips that have helped me as a SAHM.

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  • GET DRESSED EVERY DAY

Staying in your pajamas all day may be great at first but it can start to make you feel frumpy and lethargic. Getting dressed can give you that little boost of energy to help you through the morning.

  • CREATE A DAILY ROUTINE/SCHEDULE

Having a daily routines or schedules can really help your day stay on track, Both you and your child will start to remember what you do at certain times, for example at 10am you have a snack, at 11.30am your child goes down for a nap.

  • LIMIT HOUSEWORK

When you are at home all day you make mess, dishes build up, toys are everywhere but it would be a shame to waste away the day doing housework. It will still be there after you have been to the park of sat and played games with your toddler for a while.

  • GET OUT THE HOUSE

Some times getting a little fresh air can really boost your mood. You don’t have to go anywhere special just a little walk down to your local shop can be enough to shift any bad mood. This also has the same effect on your child if they are having a bad day.

  • LEARN HOW TO PLAY AGAIN

Becoming a parent gives you full permission to find your inner child and let it out. Most children love it when their mum sits on the floor and plays games with them. This is a great time to show and improve your happiness because for a while you can forget all about you adult worries and focus on your child.

  • FIND YOUR MUMMY STYLE

Everyone has a different parenting style. Some people like to be out and about all day, some people like to stay at home playing with toys and puzzles and some like to be creative with arts and crafts. Find out what mummy style makes you happy and it will help you get through the day a lot easier.

  • TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF

I personally think you can not spend all your time with you child/children without getting frazzled at some point. You can not run on an empty tank so taking time out away from your child to relax and refuel is a great way to stay happy.

  • MAKE TIME FOR YOUR PARTNER

Before having children you had all the time in the world with your partner but now it has all changed. Having children can take over your whole life and your partner can feel a bit pushed into the background. Spending some quality time with your partner can be a great way to keep a relationship strong. Some thing simple like one night a week you get a babysitter and go out for a meal or go to see a film.

  • ASK FOR HELP

This is a hard one for me, I don’t like to think I am burdening anyone by asking them to look after my children however we all need a break at some point and I’m sure that you have a family member or friend more than happy to help you. Maybe you need to do some shopping and taking the kids is just to hard or maybe you really need to catch up on an hour or two of sleep because you feel exhausted, all you have to is ask.

I really hope at least one of these tips will help you. If you have tried everything and you are still unhappy and feeling down please GO AND SEE YOUR DOCTOR. They are there to help you and can guide you on the road to feeling happy again.

xx

I feel like I don’t fit in.

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We have been living in our new house now for two years. It’s a great house and I love it and I love the area we live in.

My children have come on leaps and bounds since they have been at their new schools and they have made some great new friends.

I don’t do the school run very often, my husband does that because it’s just too far for me to walk on a regular basis and I don’t drive. He is very black & white, you either like him or you don’t. He’s not worried what other people think of him, he will quite happily sit on his own in the school playground and think nothing of it. It doesn’t matter to him that he hardly knows anyone around him, he keeps himself to himself and he’s happy with that. Don’t get me wrong, he is friendly person and he will speak to people but he won’t go out of his way to make friends and start conversation with people.

I am completely different, I am a people person, I like to talk to people and make friends. I like to go into the school play ground and not feel awkward standing there on my own.

I’m Grateful that the hubby does the school run because I know I would struggle doing it everyday but sometime I’m envious of him because if he wanted to he could get to know all the parents and make friends.

School runs he will do, Childrens parties on the other hand are a completely different matter. He has always left that down to me, he can’t handle all the noise and screaming. I don’t mind at all going to the parties, I love seeing the children playing with their friends and having fun. The parties and the odd occasion that I can do the school run are the only times I can really talk to the other parents and try to get to know them.

Some of them know about my leg and the ones that do look at me with sympathy and just ask if I’m OK or how my leg is. Other parents don’t even realise i’m Kiras mum and their child plays with mine.

At the parties I try to make conversation with the other parents but it doesn’t last long, I’m a bit younger than them and I feel like I just don’t fit in. They are all lovely and really friendly. They all have very good professional jobs, they go on holiday 2-3 times a year, they go on group spa days. They can give their children opportunities and experiences I could only wish to give my children. Most of the time I sit there just listening and not really getting involved in many of the conversations. I feel a bit out of my depth.

It’s funny how you can be surrounded by people and feel really lonely at the same time. Before we moved I had a good circle of friends, the conversations was easy and I knew if I ever had a problem or just needed a chat, I could go to any of them. It was easy to be myself around them, I didn’t put pressure on myself or feel the need that to make a huge effort to fit in with them.

It is nothing to do with the other parents really. I’m pleased for them that they can do all of these things and they work dame hard to get where they are, I’m just envious of them.

I know these insecurities have come from me over thinking things and worrying too much about what people think of me. The ladies are all stunning and dress stylish and the men are gentlemen and dress smartly. I’m not very good at the whole hair and make up ‘stuff’ and we can’t afford to go out and get all the latest fashionable clothes, so I worry about the way I look to everyone. Do I look scruffy? Is my hair a mess? I hardly ever wear make up because I make myself look worse with it on.

I think if I were able to do the school run and get to know people around me then maybe I wouldn’t be so harsh on myself but for now I just can’t do it. Sometimes when I’m stood in the playground or at parties on my own and I look around and see the parents in their little groups, I feel maybe I’m not good enough, I wish I had stayed in the old house, being around the people I know, the people I called my friends.

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