Autumn country kids

Walking in the woods

Autumn is by far my favourite season. The scarves, hats and gloves come out, the wellies get worn daily. Happy happy happy!

Here are just a few snaps of what we’ve been up to this autumn half term holiday.

Sunday was spent at Daventry Country Park with our friends Christina, Paul and Babyzoid.

Daventry Country park and Hartshill Hayes

Monday was spent at Hartshill Hayes Country Park with our friends Helen, Darren and Thomas followed by lunch and more play at Dobbie’s Garden Centre.

Playing in the woods

Playing on the park at Hartshill Hayes.

Cuddles at Daventry Country park

Cuddles at Daventry Country Park.

Tuesday Littlebit spent at her Granny and Grandad’s while I had some study time. She stuffed and sewed her Travelling Teddy Bear whilst there, a birthday gift from her Great Uncle and Aunt.

Baking day and travelling teddy

Then Wednesday we had a playdate with friends Michelle and Sophie. Where I gave Shell a baking lesson while the girls played princesses dressing up and watched movies.

They got a turn at baking too.

Thursday we went to Birmingham ThinkTank with my friend and old colleague Alison. Great day out!

Birmingham ThinkTank

Then met Daddy in the city for dinner at Nando’s and ice creams at the parlour in the Bullring.

Birmingham ThinkTank

A full on busy, but fun filled week with lots of outdoor play!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Autumn crafts with Bostik

Bostik family craft

This month’s brilliant craft box from Bostik contained loads of Autumnal coloured goodies. Along with the leftovers from last months (which was done this week too, I’ve been SO busy with going back to Uni we’ve not had time to craft) we set to creating some autumn gluing, cutting and sticking pictures this morning (one of Littlebit’s favourite activities – especially when I just let her loose at it!)

I set up an “invitation to play” while she played on her iPad and then I let her get creative.

Bostik family craftThree brilliant creations I’d say. Yes, the glue’s still wet but because I let her get on with it herself she used rather a lot of PVA, along with the Glu Pen and Glu Dots (pictured above) and it all takes a while to dry out!

Bostik family craft

While she was making pictures I decided to decorate the bag which came in last months pack with these cute autumn leaves and Sew Simple Glue. The last time we went on a Autumn walk to collect conkers and fallen leaves I thought to myself that we need a bag that will live in the car that we can take whenever we go on a walk, to collect our treasure.

Bostik family craft

I also decorated a pen pot with the leftover leaves using basic PVA underneath and then a full coating of glitter glue (I mixed the gold and red together as there wasn’t enough of either left).

Bostik family craft

I’m really looking forward to using this to collect our autumn treasure!

I am a member of the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network and was sent these supplies in order to get crafty and write this post. All opinions are my own.

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Gluing and sticking isn’t just for kids: Bostik Review

I am a Bostik blogger and over the months have been sent many a type of glue or sticky substance. Well, when on my Counselling Skills course a collage was mentioned I knew just which craft box to crack out (the Bostik one, obvs).

We basically had to do a collage about us, bit self-indulgent I know but this course is all about self-reflection, self-awareness and learning what makes us tick, what makes us who we are so we can set it aside and be congruent in a counselling relationship.

This was my collage!

Bostik who am I collage

It was a highly therapeutic exercise and I REALLY enjoyed doing it. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who needs to do a bit of self-reflection for any reason, if you’re wondering what your life is all about or if you just need a boost one day.

The collage was made up of photographs, magazine cuttings, words and bits from my Bostik craft pack and I used Bostik Blu Stick, Glu Dots and Foam Pads to assemble it along with the Glitter Pens too.

If you have any questions about any of the photos, bits stuck on the picture or words just drop me a comment.

I am a member of the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network and was sent these supplies in order to get crafty and write this post. All opinions are my own.

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How to keep your wooden worktop in tip top condition

There’s no denying that having wooden kitchen worktops offers a warm, timeless look that simply can’t be achieved with other materials. Although most surfaces require some degree of maintenance, for many, the process of regularly renovating their countertops can be extremely rewarding. With just a little bit of love and care, wooden countertops can be durable and can retain their natural beauty for many years.

cheap worktop

We have cheap, black worktops, they were what was already installed when we moved here. I wish we had full wooden worktops, next kitchen eh? But we do have a movable wooden work top which I lovingly oil every 6 months.

ikea movable worktop

Here are a few simple and effective ways to give dull, worn worktops a new lease of life:

General maintenance

To keep your surfaces at a high standard, it is worthwhile to invest in maintenance and aftercare kits, such as those available from Worktop Express. These sets should include everything you need to ensure that your kitchen surfaces are kept in optimum condition, including sanding pads, oiling cloths and brushes, cleaning products and oil.

It’s important to always clean up liquid spills, paying particular attention to the area around the sink. Water that has been resting on the surface for long periods of time can cause permanent damage, so it’s important to keep your worktops as clean and dry as possible.

Some woods will require more maintenance than others. For example, oak and walnut are relatively hard wearing, whereas beech may require more care. However, ensuring that your surfaces are properly sealed should prevent excessive wear and tear.

Treatment

Oil is one of the best ways to give your surfaces an enduring toughness. Not only is it easy to apply, it also complements the natural qualities of your particular wood and provides a water-resistant seal. Bear in mind that different woods are more compatible with certain oils, so it’s important that you choose the right finish for your work surface. Danish oil is a popular choice due to its effective hardening properties. Hard wax oil is also ideal for busy kitchens, offering a robust and durable protection that only needs to be applied a couple of times a year.

Several thin coats of oil should be applied to the edges and end grains of the countertops immediately after installation to prevent the wood from bowing. In areas that need more protection, such as around the sink, you may want to apply additional coats. To ensure that your worktops stand the test of time, it’s important to re-varnish every few months.

If your surfaces are generally well maintained but are starting to look dull and dry, a quick wash with warm water and a few fresh coats of oil will bring them back to life. However, if your worktops are severely damaged and in urgent need of renovation, you may want to consider sanding them down. Dents and deep marks can be filled with a suitable wood filler, sanded down and a new coat of oil can be applied.

Kitchen accessories

Hot pans should be placed on pan stands or hot rods to prevent damage. Iron and steel pans that have been left on the surface for a long time can react with wood to cause permanent stains and discolouration, especially with materials that are high in tannins, such as oak and beech. Likewise, chopping boards should be used to avoid scratches and indentations.

Moisture barriers can also be fixed underneath worktops that are installed above heat-radiating appliances to prevent excessive moisture from damaging the wood. You may also want to consider having grooves carved into the surface around the sink to drain the water.

With just a little bit of elbow grease and some careful consideration, you can enhance the natural beauty of your wooden surfaces and enjoy them for years to come.

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