Make a snake!

So with half term looming I thought I would share one of the crafty activities I did with my kiddies (and hubby) during the summer holidays which may be something you can try with your kids over the week off from school!

I actually really enjoyed doing this with my two and didn’t find it too traumatic!

What you will need
5 loo rolls per snake (I think this is a good minimum – feel free to do more!)
Poster Paint
One pipe cleaner per snake (This is for the tongue, so we used pink, but the choice is completely up to the individual)
4 split pins per snake (more if you have additional loo rolls)
Googly Eyes
Pom Poms
Feathers
Or any other creative knick knacks that’s you may wish to put on your snake for decoration
If you want to add a rattle (which I did) you’ll need one additional loo roll and some rice!

I found loads of wonderful pins on Pinterest for this kind of craft – but didn’t find any others using split pins and I am pleased we did use them as it gives the snake more movement!

So to start with we covered the floor with newspaper and got all our poster paints out!1 Starting outSelected the colours we wanted and got to painting our loo rolls
2 Artists at workI think my Pink One would have happily painted loo rolls all day, my Blue One on the other got a little bored… ssshhh, don’t tell the kids I said that, it’s known as the ‘B’ word in our household! Though we managed to do the last two in a fun way with him, where he’d mixed the colours on his paper plates we were able to roll the loo rolls through the paint which he enjoyed doing, and it was nice and quick!

Top Left - Mine; Top Right - The Hubby's; Bottom Left - The Blue One's; Bottom Right - The Pink One's
Top Left – Mine; Top Right – The Hubby’s; Bottom Left – The Blue One’s; Bottom Right – The Pink One’s

Sharing all our artistic work!

That's a lot of loo rolls
That’s a lot of loo rolls

Whilst the loo rolls were drying I worked on the tongues and rattles…

Hissssss
Hissssss

All I did was cut my pipe cleaner in half (as it was quite long) then folded the pipe cleaner in half, then make an ‘M’ shape which would become the fork of the snake’s tongue, then pinch the whole thing together and twist! Tah-Dah – a snake’s tongue!

Rattle! Rattle!
Rattle! Rattle!

I can’t remember the exact measurements I used for the lengths of the cuts to make the rattle box – but I ‘squared’ the loo roll and made four cuts top and bottom.  I taped one end closed and put the rice in – I learnt for a good rattle less is more with the rice – and then taped it closed, ready to insert into the snakes tail!

Once the loo roles were dry I cut angled sections off each end, put a hole punch in the centre on each side (except the face, you only need a hole at one end) ready to join them together.

Ready to assemble!
Ready to assemble!

With the tails, I did a slit down each side, folded to make a triangle each side and then stuck them together to make a point – once dried I inserted and stuck in the rattles.

Here's one I made earlier, including additional embellishments...
Here’s one I made earlier, including additional embellishments…

Then using the split pins I put the snakes together, getting the kids to select what order they wanted the rolls to go! Then I stuck in the tongue.

The steps to put mine together
The steps to put mine together

The kids then chose what size eyes they wanted and then what additional embellishments they wanted to decorate their snakes with.

All the snakes together - the complete Family!
All the snakes together – the complete Family!

Voila – a family of articulated, embellished and rattling snakes!!!

Let me know if this post helped you make snakes with your kiddies and I’d love to see some photos of your loo roll snakes!

Please, like, share and comment on this post! 🙂 xxx

Sooooo tired

Specific exercise for Juneathon Day 20 was  20 toe touches, 20 sit and reaches, 20 sit ups/tummy crunches!

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In the role of auntie/mummy I want over to my sister’s for a celebratory mass marking my niece’s first holy communion which started at 10am – so a lovely early start for a Saturday morning.
Then to my niece’s school, where they had a party – I stared longingly at the cupcakes (stupid IBS – with it’s wheat/dairy intolerances).
Then back to my sister’s – where I helped her for a bit, kneaded some modelling chocolate icing.
After which I drove home – ate some lunch – gathered some bits as the Pink One had a party to attend, and they were currently round nanny and granddad D’s with their daddy.  So I headed to nanny and granddad D’s house.
From there, we went to the kid’s auntie’s house, where, with the help of nanny and granddad D, released some fish into the pond.
This point I took the Pink One, and we stopped off on the high street – went to the Card Factory (no prizes for guessing why!) and then a quick visit to the dance shop where I got the Pink One her very first leotard for gymnastics – she was thrilled!
Back into the car and drive to the party the Pink One was attending at a local soft play.  When that finished, I decided to drive over to my mum and dad’s, nanny and granddad P’s so we could drop off his Father’s Day Card.  The Pink One thought this was great, and modelled her new leotards for them.
Then a drive back to nanny and granddad D’s to collect the Hubby and the Blue One, and have some dinner.  Finally home where the Blue One sat in his new big boy car seat for the ride home for the first time!!!

Car seat king!
Car seat king!

I am completely exhausted, so now it’s time to take my tired body to bed!!!

Could just about see straight to write this…
Good night all!!!

🙂 xxx

I’ll keep this brief…

Woohoo!!! Remembered to do my toe touches, sit and reaches, sit ups/tummy crunches, of which there were 19 of each, this morning – as opposed to going ‘Oh pants’ and having to do them in the evening!!!

The Blue One had his jabs this morning, which I hate (the hubby has to come too, I can’t cope with them alone), but the Blue One was very brave, and you cannot underestimate the medicinal qualities of chocolate buttons – they calmed the Blue One down before we left the doctor’s surgery where we then treated him to a trip to the Smyth’s Toy Store to pick a toy for his bravery (which is the same thing we did with the Pink One when she had hers about 2 years ago!) – so there was quite a bit of walking around for that, which shows in todays step count!!!

Step count
Step count

When we got home after all that I felt absolutely exhausted – completely drained, think I’d been so anxious about the whole thing that my system just ground to a halt once they were done, I actually fell asleep on the sofa for about half an hour this afternoon, which is unlike me!

Therefore I didn’t do any major exercise – went for walk round to the Coop and back!

Short walk
Short walk

🙂 xxx

Deja vu with a Pink hue!

Today was similar to yesterday, except the trip to the park was with the Pink One this time as the Blue One was at the child-minders, as today was an OU study day for me…

  • Walk to and from school in the morning for the Pink One
  • Two lots of laundry hung out (which did involve climbing up and down stairs! – yes, another two loads today!)
  • Walked to collect Pink One from school and then on to the park
Climbing Pink One
  • Played bat and ball with the Pink One
  • Stood and walked around the playground as the Pink One played
Fun and giggles with my Pink One
Fun and giggles with my Pink One
  • Walked home from the park with the Blue One
  • Walk home with the Pink One and the Blue One
Walking home!
Walking home!
  • 17 toe touches, 17 sit and reaches, 17 sit ups/tummy crunches! (Again in the evening, will I never learn?)

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Check out my step count for the day – not as great as yesterday, but considering I studied for the morning and part of the afternoon it’s pretty good – and there were times when I didn’t carry my phone on me, so there were more steps!!!

🙂 xxx

What a difference a day makes

Today I did a lot, so this is great for Juneathon Day 16! Somewhat of an improvement from yesterday!!!

  • Walk to and from school in the morning for the Pink One
  • Two lots of laundry hung out (which did involve climbing up and down stairs!)
  • A walk to the park with the Blue One
  • Played bat and ball with the Blue One
  • Kicked a football with the Blue One
He shoots... He scores...
He shoots… He scores…
  • Stood and walked around the playground as the Blue One played
  • Walked home from the park with the Blue One
  • Walked to collect Pink One from school and home again
  • Played a bit in the garden with the kiddies
  • A short brisk walk with Helen! Then a quick jog home! Thankfully my foot seems a lot better! Yay!
A walk and a jog
A walk and a jog
  • 16 toe touches, 16 sit and reaches, 16 sit ups/tummy tucks! (Why do I always end up doing these in the evening!?!

Check out my step count for the day – and there are times when I didn’t carry my phone on me, so there were more steps!!!

Oooo, lots of steps!!!
Oooo, lots of steps!!!

I’m exhausted, my feet are sore, my legs ache and now I have to study and funnily enough all I really want to do is go to sleep – can’t imagine why!?!

🙂 xxx

So today there was walking

So for Juneathon Day 11 I had planned on going for a run, but as you’ve probably gathered from my previous posts I’m notorious for changing my mind!

Today was an OU study day for me, so when I got a specific task completed I celebrated by going for a walk instead of a run. I wasn’t feeling particularly great – tummy still not happy, think it’s all the worrying about the Blue One, who’s temperature is still high! Plus, it was so warm really didn’t think a run was a great idea, so a walk in the beautiful sunshine it was! 3.68km to be precise!

To the post office… bugger, it was closed …and home again!

I had a target as needed to collect something from the post office, which is a reminder for me of how my running journey started, but in typical ‘me’ style I got there at 3pm and the post office had closed at 2.30pm!!! Doh!!! Never mind – least I got out and it counts for Juneathon – yay!!!

I also then had the walk to collect my Pink One up from school after her gymnastics class. For some unknown reason my right foot/ankle started hurting on my walk there and is still hurting now…!?!  I did nothing specific to set it off, so it’s rather strange! Hoping it’ll ease off by tomorrow!

Collecting the Pink One!
Collecting the Pink One!

Did do a good number of steps today too – and I didn’t have my phone on me at all times – so would’ve been more! 😜

Oooo, lots of steps!

Finally I did 11 toe touches, 11 sit and reaches and 11 sit ups/tummy crunches (these are definitely getting harder now!)

Oh and my hubby bought me some flowers to cheer me up – I am very lucky!

Pretty flowers!
Pretty flowers!

🙂 xxx

Walking with the Pink One

A very short post tonight about my ‘exercise’ for Juneathon Day 7, need to crack on with some more OU studies, so today I did some short walks to take my daughter to a birthday party and back.  All in all, covering almost 4.5km, but adding all the time up, it over an hour – it’s quite funny comparing the speed of my walk back to collect her (average pace of 9:21mins/km) to length of time it took to walk back home again with the small Pink One in tow (average pace of 17.30mins/km) – but walking is walking and it was a beautiful day and lovely to be going along chatting and holding hands with my Pink One! I probably don’t do it often enough!

It's a beautiful day...
It’s a beautiful day…
There and Back Again!!!
There and Back Again!!!

In between walking to and fro for my daughter, I baked some Gluten and Dairy free banana loaves, which are now in the freezer, ready for my daughter’s school fete on Saturday! I did make three – but one of them was a complete disaster for no apparent reason so didn’t make the cut!!!  This did involve a considerable amount of standing up and mixing – so must contribute to my exercise somehow!?!

Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Loaves
Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Loaves

I also did seven toe touches, seven sit and reaches and seven sit ups/tummy crunches!

Hope everyone else had a good Juneathon Day 7 and a lovely weekend!

🙂 xxx

Walkies!

So today was quite a laid back day, but needed to do my bit for Juneathon.  So this afternoon the Pink One and I walked to collect her brother from the child-minder’s and then a walk home – not saying it was quite a slow walk home, but my Garmin kept pausing!!!

It was a slow walk - the MapMyRun is the more accurate... poor Garmin!!!
It was a slow walk – the MapMyRun is the more accurate… poor Garmin!!!

The reason for the slow walk back to home is we did look at the stream, in the beautiful sunny weather with my small people

By the stream
Looking cute!

Then the kids were lucky enough to see a neighbours campervan, and he was kind enough to let them sit in it – he made their day!

It's a campervan - made their day!!!
It’s a campervan – made their day!!!

There was the walks to and from school to do drop off and pick up and don’t forget the three toes touches!!!  All in all, not a bad day!

🙂 xxx

Then let us begin…

So it’s the first day of June and is therefore the first day of Juneathon!!!  I have decided to participate, as I enjoyed taking part in Janathon.  Didn’t know what I was going to do today, after not feeling great during my Eltham Park 5 mile run yesterday.

I then decided I would attempt a run with my two small people, my Pink One is 5 years old and my Blue One is only 3 years old.  They’ve always wanted to go for a run with mummy – so after collecting the Pink One from school, we came home and got ready to go.  I didn’t know what I would be letting myself in for, this could’ve gone hideously wrong!

They actually did very well.  I had planned a mile, which the Pink One would’ve coped with no problem, but was probably a bit optimistic for my Blue One bless him! We did short bursts of ‘running’ and the odd walk, at one point I had to carry the Blue One but couldn’t managed that for too long!

After run selfie with the small people!
After run selfie with the small people!
The time we took! Not bad with two little ones!
The time we took! Not bad with two little ones!
The route we took!
The route we took!

Don’t forget I also got up this morning and touched my toes as well – which I tweeted this morning!

All in all not a bad start to Juneathon – how long will it last!?!

Happy Juneathon everyone!

🙂 xxx

50 things that make me happy 

I thought the blog post by Love From Clueless Mum was very inspiring, so thanks to her (and her inspiration mr and mrs t plus three) here’s my list, in no particular order, of 50 things that make me happy…

1. My children when they play nicely together – the laughter is lovely to hear even if I’m thinking at the back of my mind “this is probably going to end in tears!”

Having Fun!
Having Fun!

2. Taking photos – my Nikon D60 was my first baby, it was bought the October the year before the Pink One was born – I love taking photos, I take far too many, and when I find time I like to put my favourite ones on Redbubble – you can find my images here and I’ve written a post on some of my photography which you can find here.

3. Singing – it is a great stress reliever, I am a member of a choir too.  You can hear some of my singing on YouTube if you wish and I have also sung on some of my audio blog posts

4. Studying with the Open University – it’s been one of the most challenging things I have done, but also very rewarding and opened up other opportunities I could never have foreseen

Studying
Studying

5. Beautiful blue skies on a cold crisp winter day

6. Running – as an anxiety sufferer this has been great for my mentality and the subject of my first ever blog post! It’s even more enjoyable when I go with friends – Helen and Kay have been marvellous at supporting and encouraging me.

Running
Running

7. Big family gatherings

8. Seeing a Robin redbreast – it just feels significant to me

9. Seeing my friends succeed – that in itself is inspiring

10. Seeing my Social Media presence grow

11. Blogging – when you finish a particularly good post (in your opinion) and it’s taken quite a lot of work, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as hitting publish

12. Reading someone else’s blog and thinking what a fab post (and realising it’s not just me! Lovely not to feel alone especially when it comes to this parenting malarkey!)

13. My 100 Days Style Challenge (especially painting my nails!!!) – which I will be writing a separate post on (at some point! So much going on – need more hours in the day!!!) – but I was inspired by Kat Henry (links to her Blog and Instagram) who in turn was inspired by Kathryn (links to her Blog and Instagram) – amazing women!

14. Nights out with my mummy friends that I have known since the birth of the Pink One

15. Writing down the funny things my children say or mispronunciation of words – these are currently on my phone, but I am gradually transferring them into a book which I am handwriting that they can have when they grow up! (think I have about 2 years worth to write up for both of them!!! haha!!!)

16. Sitting on the sofa with my hubby and watching some crap TV or a film

17. Actually managing to go on a date night or day with my hubby

18. As much as I love my kids nothing brings a smile to my face as to when they go for a sleepover at nanny and granddads!!!

19. Getting an assignment for the OU submitted

20. Getting the result of assignment back (when it’s a good one!)

21. Starting and finishing a creative project that I’ve seen on Pinterest, or come up with myself, even if it takes me a over a year!!! One example I blogged about you can find here!

See I am creative!
See I am creative!

22. Seeing my kids facing when they see the birthday cake I have made for them, regardless of the sleepless night and tears that have gone into it… I’ve posted blogs about the Pink Ones cake and the Blue Ones cake and the amazing Sister who helps me!

Yummy! Cake!!!
Yummy! Cake!!!

23. Christmas – we love this festive season as a family and we probably go overboard, but the expressions on the kids faces makes it all worth while

Yay! Christmas!
Yay! Christmas!

24. The fact my Blue One is out of nappies during the day!

25. Getting to have one-on-one time with each of my children

26. When you email a company and they are actually very helpful – in the latest instance Sistema, the makers of the water bottles we use, I let them know that even with careful cleaning the bottles lids smelt of stagnant water and they posted me some new lids with no fuss whatsoever

27. My self designed tattoo – a tribute to my kids, if you look in the wings you can see their first initials A and a J – this is on my left thigh and I love it! Again, I designed it and then waited a year before I had it done. It was actually a major stepping stone in my struggle with anxiety!  What really helped was my phenomenal tattoo artist! I had it done at Jesters Tattoos in New Eltham, and my artist was Manda!

My Tattoo!
My Tattoo!

28. Getting an unexpected compliment

29. When my husband takes holiday time off work – love us all being together as a family (and it means its not just me telling the kids off)

30. When the kids do something the first time I ask – I also think this would make me faint as it does not happen often (if at all)!!!

31. When Stephen Amell personally liked a Facebook message I posted to him!!!

32. The smell of clean washing

33. Warm sunny days where you can just be lazy

34. The ‘dates’ I have with my Blue One in the Morrisons café – used to do this with my Pink One as well before she started school.

35. Getting a good bargain – regardless of what it is I am buying – it could be cleaning products to some lovely new clothes – a bargain is a bargain!

36. Watching my children sleep (they can’t answer me back when they are asleep) they look so angelic

Ahhh, sleeping angels...
Ahhh, sleeping angels…

37. The look on my Pink One’s face when she got a note from the Tooth Fairy for her first lost baby tooth (you can see the tinyletter in the photo of them sleeping above)

38. My kids excitement when Father Christmas has been

39. Developing my logo/brand for Jog on Mum

40. Having a lie in

41. Getting breakfast in bed

42. Getting my hair cut and coloured – I love it so much and afterwards I feel like me again! I have the best hairdresser!

43. Hearing my children say “I love you mummy, you’re the best” – I may not actually be the best mummy but to them I am so that’s all that matters! *grumble* *moan*

44. My tummy not being bloated and uncomfy at the end of the day – blooming IBS, still not great and I have  been following a low FODMAP diet since February!!!

45. A long hot shower without my small people for company (also in that line, going to the loo on my own too!)

46. Snow days with the kids

47. Days out at Brighton with the family, walking on the pier, playing dolphin derby and eating hot doughnuts! My hubby proposed to me on Brighton pier so it’s extra sentimental to me!

48. A lovely hot cup of tea – not one that has been reheated in the microwave for the umpteenth time, or left in there, or half drunk in a rush in the morning, one that you can savour as you watch some TV, read a book or are reading a particularly good blog post – ahhhh, bliss! Sometimes it really is the little things in life – the thought of this is just making me smile!

A hot cup of tea - bliss!!!
A hot cup of tea – bliss!!!

49. Looking through all my photos and videos (particularly ones of the kids) I could lose hours if not days to doing this!!!

50. People reading my blog, liking it and getting comments!!! It’s definitely a good ego booster!!! 🙂

It’s been nice to write a positive improve your mood kind of post, and 50 is quite a large number, really makes you think and sometimes you’ll be surprised that it really is the little things in life that make you happiest – such as that hot cup of tea or the sound of your children laughing – what would be on your list?

Comment below and please share this post – it would be much appreciated!

🙂 xxx