Getting the family outdoors

This summer my husband and I have decided that we’d like to try and make a really big effort to spend more time outdoors as a family. There are so many benefits to spending time outdoors such as better mental health and reduced stress levels. We have so many ideas as to how we can encourage the whole family outdoors. The first thing we’re doing is ditching the car on the school run when we can and walking instead. Naturally this is better for the environment for lots of different reasons, but it’s also better for us. It means we… [Read More]

A Zero Waste Journey

Like our Zero Waste Facebook here. Join our Zero Waste Facebook Group here. Follow our Zero Waste Instagram Page here. Follow our Zero Waste Twitter Page here. Something that I’m keen to do this year is to be more environmentally friendly. I’ve been following a number of zero waste movements online and it fascinates me. Before I go any further, I’ll just briefly explain what zero waste means. What is Zero Waste? Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators,… [Read More]

Family Camping Holidays #AD

This year I’m making a big effort to get back to nature, to be more environmentally friendly and to get back to basics. As mentioned in my previous post, 2019: The Year of Family Camping Holidays, I’m planning on having lots of little adventures throughout the year with my family. We normally go abroad on holiday once a year. Our chosen destination is usually Spain or Disneyland! These types of holidays are wonderful and so much fun. We’ve created so many memories on these types of holidays, but the problem is they’re so expensive. I also wonder if my husband… [Read More]

2019: The Year of Family Camping Holidays

As per the title of this post, 2019 is going to be the year that we as a family will embrace camping! I have fond memories of camping when I was a child. I remember my parents having a practise run in the garden of putting the tent up, taking it down and packing it all away again. In all fairness it was a lovely big tent. I don’t recall how long it took to put up. My sister and I were probably off playing and running around whilst out parents took on the tent building challenge! I don’t even… [Read More]

Why Kids Need Adventures And To Live Without Technology More Than Ever

Last week an article was shared on Facebook entitled, ‘Why Kids Need Wilderness and Adventure More Than Ever‘. I read every single word of this article carefully and found myself nodding along in agreement to each and every point. When I was growing up, my parents would encourage my sister and I out of the house and tell us to return before it got dark. We’d spend our days wandering the streets with our friends, exploring new places, wading in the stream building dams, playing in the park, riding our bikes, learning to roller skate, and playing pooh sticks. The… [Read More]

Top Tips When Going Camping With Children

Camping should be fun and exciting, and rightly so. Children go to summer camps in most Western countries. Adults and teenagers also want to participate in such activities. Many interesting and fun activities are organized for these camp trips. In hot climates, camping usually takes place in the cooler months, and summer riverbank campsites are a popular choice for schools. Children always look up to going camping and they expect to have a lot of fun. They value happy memories of these camping activities. Here are tips you need to incorporate when going camping with children: First, make sure you… [Read More]

The reality of raising an indoor generation

Growing up, I’d spend the majority of my childhood outdoors. I’d either be in the park with my friends, or playing in my back garden until bedtime. Sadly, children nowadays spend less time outdoors than ever before. The only time you’d find me indoors was to eat lunch and dinner, and to sleep. There’s a lot to be said about our current generation of teenagers. While they’re more health conscious than ever before, we have to ask the question, at what cost does this come? Reality TV shows lay bare a generation of ‘beautiful’ people who appear to have it… [Read More]

How to build a garden pond

Earlier this year my husband and I decided to get our six year old twins their first pet. Ideally we wanted a cat, but our landlord wasn’t keen on this idea, but he did suggest a goldfish perhaps or a rabbit. After much deliberation we decided on a rabbit! Our girls named him Snuggles, and he’s become a big part of our family. Since introducing a rabbit to our children, they’ve become more and more interested in animals. Initially they loved learning all about rabbits. I’d look online for random facts about them to tell our girls. For example, did… [Read More]

Raising Butterflies with InsectLore

At the beginning of the summer holidays, I wrote a post detailing how we’d be trying to complete as many of the National Trust’s 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 activities. One of the things on the list was to raise a butterfly. After my sister did this last year using a kit from InsectLore, I decided to do the same thing. After ordering the kit online from Amazon, we needed to send off for our caterpillars. You can choose the date they get sent out to you. Our caterpillars arrived quickly and our girls were very excited!… [Read More]

Exploring Rock Pools at Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Last week I shared a post called 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4. Over the summer holidays, our girls and I will be trying to do as many of these as we can. Before we started, we were able to tick a number of the activities off that we’d already done. Once we’d done this, we had a look at what was left. The girls decided that they’d like to explore rock pools, so that’s exactly what we did the weekend before last. My husband and I were weighing up where was best to go and we decided on… [Read More]