Paleo lunch for the family to share

imageThe summer holidays have started and that means all five kids are here for lunch! So to celebrate we had a lovely yet simple buffet lunch. It was demolished – letting the children pick their own food really seems to encourage them to eat a wider variety of fruit and veg!


The Big Summer Plan! – Week One

IMG_0547 summerThis year I am planning ahead! with 5 children home during the summer it is far far easier to have some activities planned and ready to go than to sit back and hope for the best.

I have included some reading practice each day and a little writing practice since one of the children has really struggled to catch up this year and I am very keen to prevent the “summer slide”!

These activities cover children aged 9,7,5,3 and 2 it is a rough guide, if something fun comes along or plans change thats fine this list just ensures that there are no days where we have NOTHING to do all day. In general my children dont have the longest of attention spans so each activity (apart from trips out) would be less than an hour.

I have kept the plans to weekdays only as weekends are always so busy there is no time to be bored!

Week 2 and summer reading list coming soon!

Summer Day 1 – July 18th –  Getting into the summer groove

Morning Activites

Im bored jarIntroduce the I’m Bored Jars

Sunny weather – trip to the park

Bad weather – Lego challenge!
Afternoon Activities

All ages: Colouring pages

individual quiet reading time

Story time – From summer story list

reading record printableDay Two: 21st July

Morning activities –

Introduce the summer reading logs

Trip to the library

Quiet reading time and fill in summer reading log
Afternoon Activities

Sunny weather – get the paddling pool out and play outdoors

Bad weather – make a road around the downstairs with masking tape and play cars, older children can use cardboard boxes or other materials to make buildings or trees to decorate the “town”.

Story time: from summer reading list

Day Three –  22nd July 

lego bookMorning Activities

2 year old: Colouring pages

3 year old: Motor control printable pages and colouring pages, writing name practice

5 year old: Lego book day 1

7 year old: Lego book day 1

9 year old: Lego book day 1
Afternoon Activities

Sunny weather sand pit play outdoors

Bad weathermaking butterfly hanger mobiles

Quiet reading time and fill in summer reading log

Story time from summer reading list

Day four – 23rd July 

motor activity printables
Morning Activities

sunny weather – Trip to the park

Bad weather – Junk modelling

Afternoon Activities

2 year old: Colouring pages

3 year old: Motor control printable pages and colouring pages, writing name practice

5 year old: Lego book day 2

7 year old: Lego book day 2

9 year old: Lego book day 2

Quiet reading time and fill in summer reading logs

Story time – from summer reading list

Day five – 24th July – cookery day!

chalkMorning Activities

Cookery Day : Making shortbread

Quiet reading time

Story time from summer reading list

Afternoon Activities

Sunny weather : Chalk drawing on the patio and sponge/ beanbag throwing game

Bad weather : Film and popcorn afternoon!



Dissolving an egg shell!

dissolving an egg shell I read about this experiment over at kidtimes and we decided to  give it a go!

All you have to do is put the egg into a bowl of vinegar and leave  it for around 24 hours. During the 24 hours the vinegar will fizz  and the shell will dissolve leaving a squishy bouncy ball of an  egg!

We made observation tables and the children had a look a few  times during the day and wrote what they saw – all part of trying  to get Jake to practice his writing  a little more at home and it  worked well he couldn’t wait to check on the egg!


Homemade Sand – Toddler Sensory Activity

homemade sand sensory activity making sand at homeSaturday was a dark, rainy May day and by 9am my two year old was already bored and starting to whine and get clingy so I decided to give this a try. The homemade sand is just made from a bag of flour (1.5kg) and 1 bottle of baby oil.

By the time I got as far as starting to mix it the older ones had noticed that Rosie and I were up to something and so it became a family effort to mix the sand. Once you have added the oil to the flour just mix it together and run it through your fingers a little to get rid of any lumps and thats it!

It smells wonderful and although it feels dry it is actually sticky when you make a castle or shape out of it – we had little castles using plastic cups and heart shaped using the heart measuring cups. It is also really easy to clean up and it doesn’t stick or make a mess at all!. Considering my children normally have the attention span of a flies this was an incredibly successful activity keeping all 5 of them amused for nearly an hour – We will be doing this again next time we need a little bit of summer on a rainy day.


Soap – my new obsession

Yesterday I realised we are nearly out of liquid soap in the bathrooms. This was my first opportunity to put into practice my less is more philosophy so I hit 84637011_0_640x640google.

Starting on this website I looked into the ingredients in my current soap, as it turned out it wasn’t great – I think I had actually picked the worst one I could possibly find (oh dear). So then I started to look at some of the other liquid soaps available and they were pretty similar.

I finally found glycerin soap bars which seemed a lot better and so for now I have settled on glycerin soap for the bathrooms and some liquid castille soap for making into shower gels etc.

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More info when they arrive!.

I have started looking into making soap as well so perhaps a further soap change will be coming!



Paleo banana chocolate mousse

photo (4)I used to love chocolate mousse but its pretty much the opposite of paleo with all the milk, sugar and cornflour so I have come up with a satisfying paleo alternative – Paleo chocolate mousse.


2 small bananas
1 tablespoon almond or cashew butter
2 tablespoons of paleo friendly chocolate or cocoa powder

put all the ingredients in a blender and just blend until smooth!.



Rainy day activities – Foam in a box

IMG_1728It is the last day of the Christmas holidays and everyone is bored, the older children have occupied themselves but the younger two are following me around like little lambs and generally being grumpy. I read not long ago about making foam in the food processor so it seemed a perfect opportunity to give it a go!

Simply put a small amount of washing up liquid and water in the food processor and mix until it foams up, a word of warning here don’t put much in each batch it overflows very quickly!

I used a cardboard box since it was about to go in the recycling and i knew the activity would be over before the box disintegrated but if you have children with a slightly longer attention span a cardboard box obviously wouldn’t be a good choice!

It took around 5 batches of foam to fill the box which wasn’t much washing up liquid so this activity is a wonderful activity if you are looking for a cheap way to entertain toddlers.

The children LOVED it after I took the picture the older ones came and joined in so it actually entertained 5 children from age 22 months up to 9 years old for around 20 minutes – which is miraculous.

The only problem was a box of soap and toddler eyes don’t mix so you have to watch the younger ones like a hawk to stop them dipping their heads in or otherwise causing the whole thing to descend into chaos, so if you are looking for an activity for the kids to do while you get on with something else this probably isn’t the activity for you!. It is great for passing half an hour on a rainy winters days though!


Paleo Egg Salad Bento Box – Paleo lunchbox ideas for 2014!

This was delicious and is the first of many

2014 is going to be a paleo filled year!

photo (3) 1.Hardboiled egg and avocado chopped up and mixed with spinach

2.Sliced mango and apple

3. Date, nut and apple bites.


Date, Nut And Apple Bites

I forgot to measure how much i used but i don’t think the actual amounts really matter in any case.

Put a  handful of dates and a handful of nuts in the blender until you have a paste (there can be lumpy bits it doesn’t need to be totally pureed.Add is a spoonful or two of desiccated coconut and  chopped apple and mix again . Form the mix into balls and roll in some more desiccated coconut and they are ready to eat! Mine recipe made about 8 balls.