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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Going for a walk!

A couple of week ago, while the weather was actually quite warm and sunny, we decided to go for a walk in the woods! It was a really lovely, warm, summer evening so we thought we'd make the most of it! And I am really glad we did because the weather lately has been really wet and windy!

We really enjoy walking through the woodland! We're so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place in the countryside.

 I of course tried to take a photo of all three "little's" together but that's easier said than done, haha. My eldest isn't keen on having his photo taken but I did manage to snap this shot.

We trekked through the woods and walked down by the pond! We did finish our walk off with a game of football and some running around on the big field. 





The boys love playing football! I do hope we have some more lovely summer evenings before summer is over! Fingers crossed.

Sarah xXx

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Friday, 28 August 2015

GIVEAWAY: Win 1 of 2 Hills Ideal Balance Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Dry Cat Food

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Splashing in puddles!

The weather has been really wet and windy lately but that hasn't stopped us from going out in the rain. The boys were playing around a friends house and Ellie had her friend around but they were so bored being stuck inside so we decided, we wouldn't let the rain beat us, no! We ventured out in welly boots and winter coats for a splash in the puddles and a walk in the rain.

Jumping in puddles @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Jumping in puddles @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Ellie told me how much she enjoyed splashing in puddles and "I like muddy puddles best. A bit like peppa pig" Haha, trust her to like muddy puddles best. It all comes out in the wash though!

Jumping in puddles @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Summertime might almost be over, it doesn't mean we can't still enjoy the weather, whatever that might be. Rain, sun, hot or cold! We can still have fun outdoors!

Jumping in puddles @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
It's a shame the boys weren't with us because I know they would have really enjoyed it, too but there is always next time! They did have a lovely time playing around there friends house though.
And it doesn't look like the bad weather is letting up anytime soon, so maybe we'll be able to all go, sooner than we think!

Sarah xXx
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Monday, 24 August 2015

Gnome Sewing Kits {Review}


Yellow Moon sent us this lovely Gnome sewing kit to review. We really enjoy arts & crafts, especially ones we have never tried before!

Gnome Cusion Sewing Kits from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

The Gnome Sewing kits are aged 5 an upwards! They come in pack of two and each kit contains everything you need to make your very own cushion gnome, including, felt shapes, self-adhesive felt pieces, yarn, plastic needle and stuffing and they come in two designs.

Gnome Cusion Sewing Kits from yellowmoon review @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

Ellie could not wait to get sewing! We threaded the yarn through the plastic needle and put our two gnome shapes together and away she went (with a little help from me at times). The holes are already punched into the gnome felt shapes ready for the needle and yarn to be sewn through.

Gnome Cusion Sewing Kits review  from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns
Ellie and Ellie sewed about three quarters around the gnome, leaving enough space to put the stuffing inside our gnome. Ellie really enjoyed doing this and filling her gnome with the soft stuffing.

Gnome Cusion Sewing Kits from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

 Once she had filled the gnome with stuffing, we carefully sewed the rest of him up! Which left us with a very stuffed gnome ready to decorate with the self adhesive felt stickers.

Gnome Cusion Sewing Kits from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

"This is really fun" Ellie told me "Hes going to look super duper cute when I've finished" Bless her. She found it easy enough to peel the shapes off and fit them into place on the gnome. 

Summer arts and crafts activity for children

"Aww, he is so cute and really bright" she declared proudly! The colours of the gnome are very bright and vibrant, which makes these sewing kits rather appealing to children. And of course she had to take him out in the garden because "That's where gnomes like it best" haha, so sweet. He is a very cute gnome indeed and Ellie is really proud that she made it herself! "He looks quite magical, too" she announced. And she's right, there something magical about gnomes, isn't there?

Gnome Cusion Sewing Kits from yellowmoon @ ups and downs, smiles and frowns

This is a lovely summer arts and crafts activity for children and would make a perfect group activity, too! 

Yellowmoon sell a really lovely selection of children's arts and crafts. You can also follow Yellow Moon on pinterest for lots of ideas.

Sarah xXx