What do you think of when I say sunny day? Fun at the beach, hot dogs on the barbecue, candy floss at the fairground, really, the list is endless.
But when I say rainy day we think of staying indoors and watching the raindrops drizzle down the window pane. The weather is something we can’t ever prevent, so let’s change our beliefs and make the most of it!
No more feeling sad and cranky over some summer showers, because here is a list of uplifting things to do with the family, which will change your dreaded rainy days into something which you will treasure forever.
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Who said camping was only for the summer? Get your rain boots on, grab the tent from the garage and peg it up in the backyard!
This is something which the whole family can help with and have a laugh while doing so. Enjoy some family time under the tarpaulin and play some fun board games such as, Operation and Articulate!
The kids will love the sounds of the rain pattering on the tent and their cosy den in the tent. They will snuggle with their teddies and love to spend quality time with the family. By doing this, everyone is getting away from the sanction of technology and enjoying the beauty of nature.
If night is approaching get supplies from the house such as torches, blankets, drinks and tasty treats for the kids! If you’re lucky enough and the rain has cleared away, do some stargazing and make the little ones laugh by giving all of the stars a funny name.
Camping is marvelous for the soul and an opportunity to cherish the wonders of the outdoors.
Keep calm and bake on
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Vanilla shortbread, chocolate brownies, raisin cookies, cornflake cakes, whatever their heart desires! Get making and baking it! Use a rainy day as an excuse for having a huge family bake time. If you’re stuck on ideas, have a look online for wacky and unique ideas and easy recipe guides such as, Bakers’ Corner.
Fill your house with delicious smells and enjoy eating your sweet delights to a classic, family film.
On a more serious note, if you are experiencing heavy rain, this can bring risks to flooding. This means having to turn off your electricity and gas supplies and to postpone that baking session for another time. To be aware of any flood warning in your area, download weather apps such as, The Weather Channel to get all the latest updates.
Inevitably, water can bring havoc to your house and can be a nightmare if you’re not prepared. If your house has taken some harm from flooding, a water damage restoration service will make your life a whole lot easier. By using services like these straight away, you can avoid any more potential damage to your house and get the problem fixed effectively.
Everyone gather round, it’s family reading time
What’s better than sitting with the ones you love by a cosy, snuggly fireplace with a good children’s book?
Reading with the little ones is something you will miss when they grow up, so make the most of those rainy days! Don’t feel ashamed in having a PJ day, cuddle up on the couch (or that new fluffy rug) and enjoy a fun, educational read with the children. From Enid Blyton’s Famous Five adventures to The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, stock up on those picture books and stories, so you’re ready and looking forward to a rainy day.
Go on a rainy adventure
Either while it’s still raining or when it’s finally calmed down, take the kids on an adventure of puddle splashing, worm hunting, and plant finding. The little ones will love to explore the outdoors, especially in the rain.
You could even take a little checklist of things they need to find. Just don’t dress them in their best clothes, as they will get very muddy! If the sun has come out, you could even play a game of ‘spot the rainbow’.
There is always that smell of wet, summer grass after a downfall, the sounds of the birds chirping and water dropping from the trees. The kids will love the adventure and to expose all of their senses to nature. It is times like these that you, your partner and your kids will keep memories of, forever and ever.
Fill a scrapbook with family memories
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There are hundreds of indoor activities which the kids will love to do and a vast amount of blogs like Surrey Mama which are dedicated to giving you fantastic ideas. One of these activities is making a family scrapbook!
Everybody loves a bit of art and crafts, so this is something which both the adults and the kids will enjoy doing. Gather all the art supplies you can find in the house; glitter, crayons, paint, foam, stickers, you name it.
Find an empty scrapbook or create your own with colored paper and start having fun! Make a space on the dining room table for the kids to sit and relax, then let their creative minds flow (expect a lot of mess!). You could even find some family photos and make a collage. Kids love to see family faces and to be reminded of things. Just mind them with the scissors and glue!
Make plans for the future
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This final one is mainly for the parents. Use the time to relax and collect all of your thoughts together. It’s easy to drain all your energy in the summer and to cram too much into your schedule. A rainy day gives you the opportunity to update your diary and make preparations for the future. From plans to getting your haircut to thinking about the next family holiday, use the time practically.
If these rainy day suggestions don’t suffice, check out some pages on Facebook such as Rainy Day Mum to give you more ideas. Hopefully, your rainy day will turn into a bright one by making the most of it and spending time with the family.
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Mother's Day.. it comes around regularly, each year. (Hey, am I the only one who struggles to remember whether it's the first or second Sunday, each May?) But, we still confront the same question: 'What can I give Mum that I know she'll appreciate, something that will truly express how much she means to us?'
And sure, slippers or a fragrant, organic soap are wonderful options. But, if you're like me, you want something that will touch her heart. And, well... we're talking about 'mothers' here.. so surely, that means 'family'. So, I'm planning to give my Mum a gift of family.
Here's my idea.. and it's easy!
I'm creating a family collage, a picture of our family that will serve as a daily reminder of our love and a wonderful memory. And then, I'm going to add our family collage to one of the special photo projects available online.
Yes, a printed mug is a great idea. Every time your mother makes herself a cup of coffee, she'll think of you and your family. But that's not your only option.
Simple ways to present a family collage
Online photo project designs like EzPrints, TinyPrints, orMixBooks provide plenty of gift ideas for something truly memorable. Just upload your photo collage, choose how you want it presented, order it and sit back and await delivery.
If your mothers lives farther afield, you can even organise delivery to wherever she lives... easy!
So many choices
Personalised notepads & journals, wall art framed or printed on metal or canvas, wall tapestries, calendars, keepsake boxes, floor mats, clocks, towels, pillows and even blankets - just some of the gifts that can be printed with your family collage
How can you do it?
Using Canva, an online design program, I was able to quickly and easily create a family collage. I've included instructions below but honestly, it's very straight forward. Check out the three beautiful layout designs above I made as my family collage, each created in just minutes.
If you're creating this gift yourself, it means you can include a sweet picture of each member of your family in this special gift.
And once you've designed your collage you can use it in so many ways.
Here's how to create your family collage, ready to use for your special Mother's Day gift.
Watch this simple slideshow below to see how simple it is to create your own collage.
The wonderful thing about Canva, is that you can create something beautiful without having any real design skills of your own. Anyone can do it!
And it's FREE.
I think, once you start using it, you'll find yourself creating even more wonderful photo designs for you and your friends and family- thank you cards or invitations, newsletters, resumes, Facebook posts presentations and more.
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A lot of us will coast along doing bits and pieces in the garden, keeping it presentable but not making any major changes. However, you might have hit a point where you looked out onto your garden and wished that it was a little more lively. The patio or deck is one area which can start looking a little bleak after a while, so here are some tips for sprucing yours up…
Learn to Love Container Gardening
When you’re looking for ways to spruce up your garden, flowers are an obvious go-to option. Why not try creating an assortment of pots containing colourful perennials or annuals, or even a few evergreen shrubs? Obviously, the space you have may not allow for several pots in a nice, balanced arrangement. If this is the case, you can still use a ladder or wall planter. Shop Style has some gorgeous ones which may fit in well with the rest of your garden.
Turn it Into an Outdoor Dining Area
No Australian garden would be complete without a barbie, so why not accentuate this central feature by turning your whole patio into an outdoor dining area? This will give you a lovely alfresco area which you can use for breakfast, lunch and dinner when the weather allows for it. Just a few comfortable chairs and a sturdy dining table can be all you need to accomplish this transformation. To top it all off, have a barbecue built, or buy a fresh model from places like BBQs Plus BBQ Store. Once it’s all dusted off, you’re sure to get a lot of visits from your friends and family!
Create a Mini Kitchen Garden
Because most patios are right next to the kitchen, it makes the perfect place to for growing herbs, along with a range of fruit and vegetables. Even if you’re squeezed for space, you can still start growing a range of healthy, organic produce with the right gardening gear. You can have a tomato grow bag in a tray, a mint plant in a herb wheel leaning against your wall, and nurture strawberry plants in a hanging planter. There are also various berries that will grow quite happily in a small container.
Let There be Light!
Having a few lights around the patio can make a massive difference to how comfortable and attractive this area of your garden is. Depending on the space you have to play around with, and your stance on the environment, there are solar-powered models and ones that wire straight into your mains. Obviously, solar lights need to be exposed to sunlight in order to work, so step onto your patio, have a look around, and think about where you’d be able to position them. Some models will be more flexible in this respect than others, so do your research before you buy. When you’ve got the whole clan around and the sun goes down, you’ll be able to just flip a switch and chat the night away!
'Presentation is Everything.'
Do you have family visiting for Easter? Whether you're planning your Easter celebrations for just your own immediate family or an extended gathering of friends and family, a beautiful table arrangement really sets the scene for a perfect Easter celebration.
Now, this can be daunting consideration. But, don't feel you need to spend hours preparing a lovely display. I've found a collection of ideas, from a simple minimal approach to an amazing table overflowing with delight.
You may have decided to go with a separate table for the kids. That's fine. I've got that covered, too. So, just click through the images and find the table creation that appeals to you and your needs. There is a link on each image to the original and the instructions.
And remember, you can add to or simplify the original concept or substitute items where necessary.
Just as an example, this Easter arrangement took minutes to prepare.
STEP 1. Buy an Easter wreath. Yes, you can make your own but I didn't have time and you can find them everywhere.
STEP 2. Place the wreath in the centre of the table.
STEP 3. Add a floral arrangement to the centre of the wreath, or an apothecary jar filled with eggs. (You can buy a floral arrangement or make your own.)
And that's it! Done. Simple.
Check out the other beautiful and creative ideas below.
There are many other ideas from truly creative people, and I gathered some to show you, that will inspire you and provide some simple, yet beautiful solutions. From fun-filled kids' table arrangements to elegant designs to outdoor dining ideas, you'll find something in the following collection that, I'm sure, will help you create your own Easter table arrangement.
And... as an added bonus, why not plan to include Easter themed table serviettes.
You'll find links to the instruction below.
If you're looking for other Easter ideas and inspiration, the check out my Easter Pinterest board. Are you planning an Easter Egg Hunt? Here are some tips. And if you'd like an Easter that allowed you time to focus on what really matters, download my free book below, Stress-Free Easter.
Even if you leave your baby with a relative or close friend whenever you go to work or head out on an evening, you will find that you always worry that your baby is in safe hands. This is perfectly natural, as all parents worry about leaving their baby with someone else, even if it someone who they completely trust!
Sometimes, though, even the most experienced babysitter or caring family member could do with a little guidance from you about your child. Sharing some simple information with them could really make a difference and could prevent a difficult situation from turning into an emergency.
So, before you leave, make sure you write a quick note with some of the following information.
You should always let the sitter know where you will be. Make sure that they have a contact number for both you and your partner even if the two of you will be together the entire time. If you are going out for dinner, it’s also a good idea to leave the number of the restaurant.
Just think, you might not hear your phone ring in a busy restaurant, but the staff will also be manning the restaurant’s main phone. If you are going into work, leave your office’s number.
It’s also a good idea to leave contact details for a trusted neighbor or relative just in case the sitter can’t get in touch with you or your partner.
Special Dietary Requirements
Any allergies or dietary requirements also need to be mentioned in your note. Even if you have told the babysitter in person, it’s always important to write this down as well so that they do not forget.
When it comes to baby and toddler food, keeping it organic is a priority for many parents. If it is for you, you might want to also mention this in your note and let your sitter know where they can find the organic snacks and food in your kitchen.
Don’t forget to mention any food that your child shouldn’t eat just before bed, such as sugary snacks.
Write down the location of your first-aid kit so that the babysitter doesn’t waste any time looking for it if they ever need it.
You should also make a note of any health conditions that your child has that might need attention. For instance, if your child has allergies you should let the sitter know where their EpiPen is.
You might also like to leave your family doctor’s phone number, just in case!
Your Baby’s Routine
Babies love routines and knowing what to expect next. I’m sure you will have established one for the run up to bedtime. This will ensure that things stay familiar for your tot even if someone else is bathing them and putting them to bed.
By sticking to a routine, your babysitter will be able to sidestep any potential tantrums!
When you leave a note for the babysitter, you will find that you have more peace of mind and won’t worry quite so much!
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"Nan, I'm swimming! Can you see me?"
"No honey, you're on the phone. Send me a picture."
Within minutes I'm looking at my cute grandson as he laughs and splashes in the small waves of 1770 beach.
Yes, it's amazing technology- simple enough for even young children to take photos. It takes them no time at all for their little fingers to find Peppa Pig on YouTube. And, it's easy for them to expertly handle the device's controls and play the amazing games and apps.
But, in those same small hands, it's easy for those devices to bounce down stairs, drop to the floor, or sink beneath the water at the beach.
And there's nothing cute about a smashed screen.
So, it makes sense to kid-proof your device before handing it over to those eager, slightly sticky, fingers.
You might think it would be safer to armour-clad your iPhone or Samsung. But fortunately, there are some amazing options that look as good as their protection.. and they do look great!
Protection that looks a million dollars
If you're looking for something that combines a touch of elegance with excellent protection, then consider the classic good looks of genuine leather iPhone cases and covers. Rest assured that, all holes and cutouts are precisely located to allow access to all your phone's buttons, speakers and ports.
If you're heading to the beach, a high-quality, protective water-proof case is a wise choice. It means that you have peace of mind while swimming or snorkeling up to 2 metres. And, it's also shock proof, dirt proof, snow proof and scratch resistant... did I mention, kid-proof?
Plus, an anti-reflection glass means that your photos will be clear and high-quality.
Consider a screen protector
Last, a glass screen protector is worth considering, too. I haven`t actually done this but I`m thinking it would be a sensible investment in the protection of my iPhone. Rather than the older style screen protectors and their problems, (agghhh.. tell me about it) these curved edge-to-edge tempered glass protectors cover the whole screen.. and no bubbles.
When you consider the cost of these amazing pieces of daily-use technology, why take chances? When your family includes small, excitable, energetic little people, accidents happen, and happen often. A bit of added protection is certainly key to your peace of mind.
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Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.