Welcome back to the 2nd This Homeschooling Life link up, a place where home educating bloggers can link up posts on the things they have been doing over the month to give each other, and anyone else interested, a little insight into the things they do.
The last month has been a bit different for us due to going away twice in the first half then not having a car for the second half. Not having a car where we live in a bit of a problem, not so much because we are remote, there is a high street with some shops, but there aren’t any home ed meet ups in the town where we live so we’ve missed some of the ones we had started going to. Luckily the weather has been nice though so there has been lots of playing in the garden and lots of crafting / art activities at home.
We had a great time on our two trips away, the first was to stay on ‘The Majestic Bus‘, an old Bedford bus that had been renovated into a living space.
So I’ve got a confession to make and I know it’s one that some people will either not believe or hate me for but here goes…
I don’t find parenting particularly hard and I genuinely love it *most* of the time.
And wait for this one..
One of my most favourite things to do is sit down and craft with the kids. If it was a choice between that or going out to a cocktail bar for drinks then I would choose it every time.
It’s never really been something I’ve wanted to shout about because firstly I don’t want to make those who struggle feel bad and secondly I’ve not really found there to be much point, until now.
With the huge rise and success of ‘honest’ style parenting blogs it’s almost become a fashion to shout out about how tedious looking after young children is, how horrendous the first few months with a newborn are and how being a parent means you can never enjoy a holiday or meal out again.
I can see how some of these blog posts can be beneficial to mums who aren’t enjoying it, and don’t get me wrong I love to laugh at some of them too. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone but I’ve noticed that a lot of these posts are never able to just talk about the fact they feel that way, they always seem to make assumptions that everyone feels like it and those who don’t are either lying or choosing to hide a huge part of their lives.
It really winds me up.
As part of my collaboration with The Kid Who I’m back with my crafty picks from their website for this month (you can see last month’s here), well it should be for September but I’m a tiny bit late as things have been super busy round here. If you haven’t heard of The Kid Who then I will just quickly mention again that they are a fab company who sell all kinds of wonderful things for children. If you are looking for presents that are a bit different then I would definitely recommend them.
This month I chose some of these Plus Plus bricks for the kids to try out. They love playing with bricks and I loved the way these looked a bit different. They come in two sizes, midi and mini, we went for the midi which are about 5cms long. Apparently schools use them as part of the curriculum in Denmark as you can see why as you really have to use your brain when putting them together. They can be joined at all angles and made into either 2 or 3D so the possibilities of things you can do with them are endless. We chose the box of 200 which means there is plenty for both of the kids to play with and as you can see they come in a range of colours as well as being free from phthalates and PVC.
I’ve mentioned it lots of times before but we don’t own the house we are currently living in and nor are we planning to stay here for long so I have zero interest in doing any decorating or furniture buying even though it definitely needs some. The kids have had their mattresses on the floor since I took Cherry’s cabin bed down (Tiger kept trying to jump off it at bedtime!) and although I would like to buy them some beds I’m not going to yet because if our plans come together we won’t be living in the UK for much longer therefore it would be a waste of money. I should probably point out that the plans aren’t exactly moving forward yet but we are determined to go and live in America or Canada for a while so buying furniture here would feel like a step backwards. Positive thinking will make it happen!! 😉
Nowadays so many of us are on tight budgets, whether we are paying off debts to try and improve out credit scores or saving up for house deposits, there are many reasons why we need to be extra careful with the pennies.
Going abroad hasn’t been something we’ve been able to afford for the last few years, now both the kids need their own seats on the plane flights alone can cost a small fortune but we have been lucky enough to have a few UK breaks also known as ‘staycations’. Some of these were to review the accommodation but as we all know that’s usually the cheapest part, it’s the spending money while you are there that can quickly get out of hand.
When you are living in rented property you sometimes aren’t allowed to paint the walls and there might also be times when you just can’t be bothered. The walls in the kid’s room have some really horrible wallpaper on but apparently removing wallpaper is a real pain and it’s just not a job that I can handle doing especially as we don’t own the house.
Here are 5 things you can do to brighten up a child’s bedroom wall without doing any painting.
- Hang up some bunting. I love bunting and it’s a great way to add a personal touch to a room, especially if you make the bunting yourself. There are lots of ways you can make it, this is some crochet bunting that I made earlier in the year. If you can’t crochet then there are still lots of options whether it be sewing little triangles in the material of your choice or even using felt if you can’t sew. You could sew on the letters in a different colour felt to spell out your child’s name. You could also use seasonal bunting and change it every few months. How about this spooky doll bunting at Halloween and this Hama Bead ice-cream bunting in the summer?