Magic fairy wings in April

Magic fairy wings in April

Each month the children have the wonderful job of testing out a few toys or products from magic fairy wings. A site that I am lucky enough to be ambassador for. This month we had two products to play with. A canvas butterfly painting set made by melissa and doug and a butterfly lunch box from bugzz. Butterfly canvas set  Each kit includes everything you need to turn a rainy afternoon into a wall-worthy masterpiece: a preprinted canvas stretched over…

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Building Hedgehog Cafes

Building Hedgehog Cafes

After so many people loved seeing the bug hotel we created it seemed only fair that we gave the hedgehogs some love. We have also discovered the RSPB wildlife challenge,  we love a challenge and of course medals so we thought we would give it a go. Making the hotel Hedgehogs are notoriously private animals, only coming out at night, and running at the first sign of a predator. With this in mind, the hedgehog cafe needs to be strong,…

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Camping we will go – recommended campsites

Camping we will go – recommended campsites

With the recommendations of campsites and caravan sites from a group I help administrate called ‘family days local places to go in South Wales’ the following list has been produced. The list is made up of mainly campsites in Wales but we have a few others in the mix that needed to be mentioned. I have popped links on for the website’s so you can click on any you that you may fancy. The list is in no particular order just simply…

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Bug Hotel open for business

Bug Hotel open for business

Build a bug hotel We had such much fun building this today. It didn’t take long but it was so enjoyable to do. This is a run down on some bug hotel facts. The basic structure We used bricks and board’s to build it up. The more you can use recycled or reclaimed materials the better. It really does not need to be flash, thats not the point of it. You just want to have fun building it and making…

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Bluestone – No such thing as bad weather

Bluestone – No such thing as bad weather

It rained and rained then rained some more. From the second we arrived till the second we left it rained but as my husband always tells me “there is no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing”. Well the wellies and waterproofs got put very much to the test at Bluestone but do you know what? It did not spoil a single second. With so much to do and see it really did not bother us. Bluestone very kindly…

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My Top Five Festivals for 2017

My Top Five Festivals for 2017

I think with all the grey skies at the moment and the January blues seeming to hang on, what we all need is summer and of course festivals. I have had several people ask what festivals I recommend for families, so I am listing my top five for 2017. With a big drum roll needed here is my top five in no particular order. Blissfields Festival – 6th – 8th of July – Winchester I am a little bit biased when…

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Carry on caravanning

Carry on caravanning

We have always camped. For years it has always been in tents but last year we decided it was time to upgrade to a caravan. Don’t get me wrong I love a tent but I was so tired of all the packing of bags and trying to organise the kit in the tent. We wanted to get abroad and simply cannot afford the prices; this seemed like the only way we could do it. We love getting closer to nature,…

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Living in the Sticks

Living in the Sticks

  I’m not sure where the past six years have gone. The time here at Garden Cottage has flown by.  At times it is hard and has been a huge challenge but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I lived in Manchester for 18 years. Dylan was born at Salford Royal and has spent so much time visiting Manchester over the years he thinks of it as home as much as living in Herefordshire. I grew up in the…

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Gotta New Rose

Gotta New Rose

I am a very lucky lady.  The team at Rose and Rebellion asked Matilda and I to have a go at using their inbetween carrier. We already have the baby and toddler carrier and we love it so jumped at the chance of trying out the larger size. The main difference between the two is pretty much down to the weight that you carry but the inbetween carrier also has a extra chest strap and is just a little larger….

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Quick Play Ideas

Quick Play Ideas

  Quick play ideas You may be filled with dread at the thought of doing any play ideas which involve paint and glue. On a day off from work with little time to fit everything in it is not always my idea of fun. That’s why I am keen to share some ideas for quick play. Honestly all of these activities took me minutes to throw together but can keep a young child amused for ages. You don’t need to…

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