20 Halloween costume ideas for children.

Hello everyone! So Halloween is just round the corner now, and if you are like me I love dressing my son up for Halloween, however I can never really experiment with his costumes, because he wants to be a skeleton every year, but I plan on trying to dress my youngest up differently every year (until he tells me what he want’s to be) ~ This year will be his first Halloween and my step-dad has brought him this adorable pumpkin baby grow.

However, if you do get a say in what your children wear for Halloween I thought I would make a list of the 10 costume ideas that I have found on the internet, so if you are stuck for an idea for their costumes, I hope this helps.

20 Costume ideas:

  1. Harry potter.
  2. Willy wonka.
  3. Super heroes (captain america, iron man etc..)
  4. Skeleton.
  5. Vampire/Vampiress.
  6. Batman/Bat girl.
  7. Ghost.
  8. Wizard/Witch.
  9. Minnie/Micky mouse.
  10. Mummy.
  11. Pumpkin.
  12. Frankenstein.
  13. Pirate.
  14. Zombie.
  15. Prince/Princess.
  16. Fairy.
  17. Devil.
  18. Cat.
  19. Firefighter.
  20. Doctor/Nurse.

I hope that you find this list helpful, and that you get some ideas from it. Most of these you could probably DIY it, but with a nearly one month old I won’t have time this year, maybe next year!
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The shark in the dark by Peter Bently.

 

the-shark-in-the-dark-978023070735101A mean, greedy shark thinks it’s funny to be a bully to the small fish, that is until the smart squid comes up with a plan to get the shark to never bother them again.

When the shark comes out from the deep dark sea, he tries to get the fishes to get in his belly for his tea. 

My review:

Peter Bently has made a very imaginative book with a brilliant anti-bullying backdrop to it, it makes a perfect story for a young child so they get a good understanding about how bullying is wrong. 

My son is always gripped to this story because of the rhyming, and he actually asks for this book several times a week, and has learnt most of the book and can tell me what is going to happen next. The pictures are brilliantly drawn, and catches your eyes. 

I loved the overall story of this, and that the shark gets his comeuppance when the smart squid comes up with a plan.

Book information:

Title: The shark in the dark.
Author:
Peter Bently.

Illustrator: Ben Cort.
Format:
Paperback, 28 pages.

ISBM: 9780230707351.
Type: Picture book.

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Our Funday at Thomas Land.

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Yesterday, me, my husband and my son had a very fun day out. We went to Thomas Land for the first time (well, me and my husband’s first time anyway).

Thomas Land is located in Drayton Manor theme park which is in Tamworth, Staffordshire. The travel time was just enough from where we live (it took us about 1 hour and 15 minutes. There are tons of parking available, so when it is at its most busy, there shouldn’t be a problem with parking the car.

We arrived at the park at about 9:40am ish (park opened at 9.30) and wasn’t busy, so because we had pre-brought our tickets and printed them off at home, we was able to go straight to the turnstiles with no one in front of us and was straight into the park (massive bonus with a very excited 5-year-old). 

The first thing that you come to (which will be on your left) is the entrance to Thomas Land, which is perfect for little legs, so they don’t have far too walk. 

(Please note, the pictures for the rides are from google maps since I was unable to take my own).

There was a massive variety of rides, that are perfect for children, all the rides have a height chart for you to check your child’s height before actually queuing for the ride (which would save a lot of time for you). Most rides have a minimum height requirement, but for the majority of them, if they are under this, you are still able to take them on, but they will have to sit on your lap. There is also an indoor play area, however we wasn’t too bothered about that since we was more interested in the outdoor rides.

After walking round the main part of Thomas Land and having our packed lunch, we took a ride on the train to get to farmer McColl’s farm, which had a few animals, which unfortunately we couldn’t actually see most of the birds because of how overgrown the plants were inside of the pens (unsure whether it was supposed to be like this ~ However it really let it down. There was a discover Thomas exhibition which featured a table top train track with working trains.

Also in this area was the Dino trail, which with a dinosaur loving five-year old, he loved it! Shame it wasn’t a little bigger, but we still loved it none the less.

We then took a gentle walk back to the main park (which only took about 5 minutes tops, with a few stops to look at the animals that were on the way back.

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We fancied a little treat from one of the little cafe’s on the park, so we decided to stop off at Station buffet. Me and my husband had a Shmoo milkshake each, which cost £2.40 each, (with no toppings ~ since they cost 55p each extra), our son had a white magnum cost £2.10, so overall, fairly expensive, but I didn’t expect it to be cheap. We had a little problem when paying, since I tried to pay with a note, only to be asked ‘do you have any change, or you can pay by card since I don’t have enough change.’ This did annoy me a little since you would think they would have enough change, so in the end I had to pay by card, but we did enjoy the treats so that made up for it.

After that, my husband son went on to the Winston’s whistle-stop tours. Which they had to queue for about half an hour or more for, for it to only last roughly 1~2 minutes, so my husband wasn’t that impressed, however, this is the only ride that we had to queue for a very long time, so we just put it down to it was the most popular ride.

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By this time, it was roughly 4pm, and we hadn’t had anything to eat since about 11.30, so we thought we would have some dinner in the burger kitchen since it was right next to Winston’s whistle-stop tours, and was recommended to us from relatives. This was a very reasonably priced restaurant for being at a theme park. me and my husband had one of the 1/4 pounder cheese burger meals each ~ Which came with chips and drink and cost £6.95 and our son had a children’s 4 chicken nugget meal which came with chips and a juice drink and cost £4.95, he also wanted a slush, so he had a regular sized slush with cost £2.20, so the whole meal was a total of £21.05 which we found to be very reasonable.

The burgers were tasty, you could tell they was handmade, since they wasn’t very round, but I loved this. The chips were very tasty and crispy, our son’s chicken nuggets were proper chicken nuggets, not like the one’s you get from McDonald’s, and he loved them. We loved this restaurant, and will definitely be eating here when we next go.

By the time we finished eating our food, it was roughly 5pm (rides are due to shut at 5.30pm). So we let our son go onto Lady’s carousel since there was no line, and he was the only one on there. We then decided to go back onto the train to go back to McColl’s farm to have one last look at some of the animals, plus our son loved the train the first time, and the queue was very small for the train, once we finished that side, it was about 5.30pm ish so we decided to get the train back (since it was now Thomas and we had only rode on rosie).

After the fun filled day of our son going on nearly every single ride and had some scrummy food, it was unfortunatly time to leave. We enjoyed ourselves the whole day and we can’t wait to go back!
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How to make homemade play-dough.

After the massive success of the homemade paint that we made yesterday, I thought that we would try and make play-dough which is totally toxic free. 

Play-dough is normally banned from our house because it being so annoying with getting in every nook and cranny and finding hard play-dough shoved into toys, so we put a ban on it.

However, I thought I would give homemade play-dough a chance and I was not disappointed. My son had lots of fun for a long time with it.

Ingredients:

  • 250g Plain flour.
  • 50g Salt.
  • 140ml Water.
  • 1 ~ 2 Tablespoons of oil.
  • Few drops of food colouring (optional).

Method:

  1. Mix together the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the water and oil.
  2. Knead well until the mixture is smooth (about 5 ~ 10 minutes) You may need to add flour if the mixture is sticky.
  3. Add colouring if wanted (We didn’t because I didn’t want us to have stained hands) and knead until fully blended. 

Store in a ziploc bag or tub to keep fresh. Recipe from allrecipes.co.uk.

This is a very smooth play-dough and doesn’t stick into stuff (like carpets) unlike shop brought play-dough.

For more make your own crafts check out:

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How to make your own toxic free paint.

So, I do have to admit I am one of the mummy’s that don’t really like my son playing with paint, for one I have a phobia of him being near chemicals, and two, because of the mess it normally makes.

However, I thought this summer holiday, I would try out homemade paint which I can be comfortable with him using that (even though he is five) if he was to accidentally put any in his mouth he wouldn’t be poisoned. 

I done a little research into decent recipes, and found this super easy one from kaboutjie.com.

The ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour (Roughly 240g). 
  • 1 cup of salt (Roughly 300g).
  • 1 cup of water (Roughly 235ml).
  • Food colouring (I used gel colouring).

And simply mix all the ingredients together.

This makes ALOT of mixture, so if you don’t want as much, I would probably experiment with the amount you want. The conversions are off google, so I am unsure about how accurate these conversions are.

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Our paint ~ Stored in little containers, this isn’t all the mixture either!

I found this paint to be just like the paint you buy from the shop, we used it as finger paint and we now have stained fingers because of the colouring, but that’s the fun part of finger painting!

Also the texture is very grainy because of the salt, however it still goes on the paper just like normal paint.

It also drys very quickly, which is handy when your child wants to do lots of pictures like my son did.

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30 Baby nursery room ideas.

 

Bringing baby home from the hospital (if you had a hospital birth) is a very exciting time. So to have a lovely decorated bedroom to bring them home too is essential. 

10 Baby girl nursery ideas:

It seems while doing research for this post, most of the nurseries that I came across, had lots of pink in them, however I am not a massive fan of pink, so I thought I would show you some more subtle nurseries for your special girl.

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10 Baby boy nursery ideas:

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10 Neutral nursery ideas:

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First four (Pawleysislandposh), Spearmintbaby.comLittlemothdesignsadalewis.comblog.landofnod.comGuidediy.comidesign.today

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10 Tips for keeping baby cool in hot weather.

It is so important to make sure children are nice and cool when it is scorching hot weather. For the last two days it has been over 30C here, and so humid. Now, I am more of a winter mummy, I don’t like the sun, unless there is a lovely breeze in the air, however in the UK we have such humid weather, it just feels horrible. 

The sun can be very dangerous for children and could be quite concerning for parents, I have been thinking about my son while he has been at school, thinking ‘is he drinking enough water’ ‘is he keeping cool’. 

Your baby is very likely to become very restless when it is sweltering hot, so they are more likely than not, going to let you know when they are too hot, but I have made a list to help you with ideas of how to keep them nice and cool during this hot period. Newborns are at risk of SIDS if they overheat, so please make sure to keep them nice and cool.

10 Tips to keep baby cool:

  1. Dress your baby appropriately ~ If the temperature is over 25C a nappy and vest should be enough if you staying indoors. Remember at night time, the temperature will drop, so make sure they are wearing appropriate clothing.
  2. Make sure to open windows ~ Hopefully, this will create a nice breeze, as long as it isn’t too humid.
  3. Use appropriate bedding ~ Use cotton bed sheets where possible, this should keep baby nice and cool.
  4. Give them a few refreshing baths.
  5. Keep an eye on baby’s temperature ~ Always good to keep an eye on this during the hot weather so that you’ll know if they have a temperature. 
  6. Stay in during the day ~ As horrible as it is being stuck in the house, maybe stay inside to avoid the risk of sun stroke.
  7. Avoid dehydration ~ If your baby is bottle fed, it is recommended to give your baby cooled (previously boiled) water, if your baby is breast fed, they shouldn’t need water.
  8. Play in a paddling pool ~ If you feel comfortable with this, this would be a good thing do do with your baby/child to keep them nice and cool.
  9. Use a fan ~ It is recommended to place a bowl of ice in front of the fan, to try and help the air be cool instead of the the fan just blowing around warm air.
  10. Always stay in the shade ~ If you do have to go out, make sure to stay in the shade.

And remember, NEVER leave your child in a car seat or pram. 

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