Thursday, 11 February 2021

Valentines decor 2021

 I love to decorate the house no matter what's going on, any excuse to pull my decor box out. Although I must admit, we don't normally do Valentines day now as it's only 3 days before Aria's birthday, so my brain is normally focused on that. This year however, because we're in lockdown, I got Ari's birthday planned ages ago so I had a little brain space this week, plus we were so bored! 

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

DIY stair runner!

 Our most recent home update, is our new stair runner. We had looked at getting someone in to do it but paying for labour would near enough double the cost, so we decided to give it a go ourselves and we love it! 

I painted the stairs in Dulux 'Rock salt' which is what we have the walls in, it isn't particularly a stair or wood paint however we knew from using it else where that it holds up really well. We go for the 'Easycare washable and tough' paint which not only covers well but is easy to wipe down as well.  

The actual runner we got from eBay in the black Friday sales which was an absolute bargain! It was called the Cambridge pinstripe and was £69.99 for 7m x 50cm which covered all of our stairs and we have a cut off as well.

We also ordered our antique brass stair rods from eBay as well. They were £105 for 12 and I think they look great! 

Once the stairs were painted and dry, we just used some contact adhesive spray from a local carpet shop to stick it down, we did tack along the under edge of each bullnose as well, just to ensure it would stay put. We used the measure tape and level to make sure it was centred which we thought would be tricky but it worked really well! Fixing the stair rods was easier than we thought as well so I am glad we took the plunge and didn't pay to get someone in!

DIY stair runner

What do you think?!

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

The Newt in Somerset

One of our favourite places to go walking is The Newt in Somerset as we are lucky enough to live locally. We have been in all seasons and weathers and just love it no matter what. There is lots to look at and explore, the girls adore running around and have a yearly membership so it can be a free day out for us all year round, too!

The Newt in Somerset

The Newt in Somerset

We love looking in the farm shop as well, not only is it delicious food (the apple cake is our favourite) but the decor is amazing as well and always gives me home inspiration!

The gardens are so beautiful in the warmer months, the girls find fish and frogs in the pond, as well as look at the chickens roaming around and also dodge the water sensor frogs that squirt you!

In the winter months, we're met by the fire & we love to go deeper into the forest, look for the deer and drink hot chocolate. The girls have fun squelching the mud and splashing in puddles.

The Newt in Somerset

Here's a little video of one of our many times there if you want to see more!

Thursday, 4 February 2021

January 2021 round up!

 I saw this idea over on Paige's blog and loved the idea of a monthly round up so thought I'd start my own.

Wow, what a long month. If it isn't normally hard, it's a whole lot harder in lockdown.. but we made it! The highlight for us this month was 3 days of snow! In the UK, where we live in the country, we're lucky if it snows 1 day a year so the girls loved a couple extra snow days!

Friday, 29 January 2021

What's on my toddlers tablet - Our top 5 apps!

 Since the girls got their Amazon fire tablets* (affiliate link) for Christmas, I've had quite a few people ask me what apps they have on them, particularly Roma. She is our youngest and is nearly 2.5 years old and I thought I'd share what games she can do herself, that are educational, as well as fun.

The main games she enjoys are all by Dr Panda. We have most of them, there are around 30 I think from what I could see but her favourites are -

Dr Panda Supermarket

Dr Panda supermarket app review

This is her absolute favourite and we play it most afternoons/evenings. As suggested, this is set out in a supermarket scene and there are 10 mini games within it. You can help find customers what's on their list and out it in their trolley, help organise the warehouse, sort all the rubbish into the correct recycling bins, scan the shopping and sort the money into their correct compartments in the till and clean up any messes. The first few times we played it, I had to show her what to do with each mini game but now she can do it independently.

Dr Panda Airport

This is a very similar concept to the supermarket, but it is an airport. The mini games in this include stamping passports with the matching shape, finding items in the lost and found cupboard and giving each character the correct bag from the baggage claim.