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Things You Should Do Online

It’s a modern world we live in and it now seems that there’s barely anything that you can’t do online. Sometimes, it might seem like dragging out to the high street to run errands is the only option but there are actually a lot of online services which could make your life a whole lot easier. Here’s just a few:

Online Key Cutters

I have to say that it has never occurred to me that you could order keys from an online key cutters, but apparently that’s a thing! Every time I go to my local key cutters, I seem to either stand in a queue for ages or get sent away because the person who does it isn’t there, so this seems WAY more convenient.

Birthday Cards

Okay, so most of us know that you can order birthday cards online but many of the services actually offer a reminder service too. Add all of your important birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions to the calendar on your account and they’ll actually prompt you to send a card in time for the big day!

Write a Will

It used to be that you needed to deal with someone face-to-face in order to make a will, but these days there are loads of online services which allow you to write a will. Some of them will even print the documents and send them to you, OR keep them safe in a Cloud-based service.

Book a Doctors Appointment

You might not have realised but most doctors surgeries now offer a lot of online services, such as appointment booking, test results and even repeat prescription requests. It’s great that they seem to be moving towards the 21st century a little quicker as so many of these services have been the sort of thing that you used to only be able to do in person, which can be a real inconvenience.

 

Kids

Tween Party Ideas

Sausage will be 8 in August and has decided that she doesn’t want to have a party this year, which is fine by us as we’d rather plan a nice family day out for her (and we have a big surprise planned!). However, I’m sure this won’t be the end of parties for her forever and I was thinking the other day about fun tween birthday party ideas of her age. Here’s a few things I came up with:

Garden Tea Party

If we had been having a party this year I think we would have opted for something along these lies as we have such a lovely big garden now and her August birthday usually means it’s nice weather. Setting up a few tables with cake stands and teapots (bought from charity shops and bootsales) would be fairly simple and decorating the garden with bunting would really finish the look well.

Photo Booth

OMG Photo Booth Hire is really popular these days and you can completely see why. I reckon Sausage and her friends could have HOURS of fun with a box of dressing up gear and sole use of a photo booth. It’s a really unique idea for a party which I absolutely love and could be complimented by a buffet and music for dancing to.

Sleepover

Sausage is getting to the point where she’ll be old enough for sleepovers soon (god help us all!) and I think they can be a lovely way to celebrate a birthday. Go old-school with films, popcorn, face-masks and pyjamas and the party more or less makes itself! If you’ve got kids who aren’t keen on sleeping away from their Mum and Dad, you can always offer the option to take them home later on in the evening.

Lido Party

A few weeks ago, we went to my mother-in-law’s house for the afternoon and she’d set the garden up with a huge paddling pool for the girls, water toys, a buffet lunch for us and loungers/umbrellas set up for us to use. I remember thinking at the time that this could actually be a really fun party for youngsters – we might not be rich enough for a full swimming pool in the garden but we can do a good job of faking it!

Sushi Party

Sausage has actually had two different versions of a cooking party, one in a test kitchen making cakes and another in a pizza restaurant but a way to drag it into the tween era could be to have a sushi making party! If they don’t like fish, they could use cucumber, peppers or strips of omelette, and I even saw FRUIT sushi in the supermarket recently!

Crafts

Unique Teacher Gift Idea

It’s that time of year when everyone’s thoughts are turning to gifts for teachers, the angels who’ve dealt with our kids for the past ten months! Sausage always likes to do something totally different, which means that the standard ‘box of choc or bottle of wine’ are totally out of the question. Pinterest is our FRIEND! Something Sausage like the look of this year was a personalised name plate for her teacher’s desk, something like this:

Acrylic Teacher Gift

Always ones to share the wealth, we thought we’d give you a little guide to how something like this can be made cheaply and effectively.

  1. Find somewhere online which sells cut-to-size acrylic and order a piece which is roughly 12″ x 4″ x 2″, plus a piece for the base which is slightly larger and flatter.
  2. Use a hot glue gun to glue the two pieces together so that the flat piece acts as a base and allow to dry thoroughly.
  3. Use chalk pens to write your teacher’s name on the front, and use contrasting colours to create a swirl pattern around it.

And that’s it, it really is THAT simple! I have a lot of friends who are teachers and they all say that the gifts they love the most at the end of the year are the ones which are home made or personalised in some way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they also love the odd bottle of wine and box of chocs, but there’s only SO much boozing and eating you can do in one summer!

Are you handmaking your child’s teacher gift this year? If so, I’d love to see what you’ve made or what you’re planning to make so either leave me a comment below of find me on Facebook and leave me a photo on the Mum’s the Word Facebook page. Thanks for reading!

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How to Make Your Wedding Day Different


For a while, in my mid-twenties, it seemed like my social media timelines were showing a different wedding every week. Husband and I went abroad and got married by ourselves and I wouldn’t change that for the world, but if I did organise a wedding here in the UK, there are definitely a few things that I’d love to have on the Big Day to make it a little different. Here’s a few ideas:

Vintage Rings

Husband and I planned our wedding in the space of about two weeks, so some of the details were a case of what we could get in the time we had. One thing I really like the idea of is vintage wedding and engagement rings. They often have so much more character and I love the thought of my ring having a story before it found it was to me.

Non-wedding wedding dress

Whilst planning our wedding, I realised that the whole “long white gown” thing was just SO not me, and I ended up buying a dress from a high street shop, which just so happened to be perfect for getting married on a tropical beach. Looking around at dresses which aren’t specifically wedding dresses could really inspire you in terms of styles and colours and would probably save you an absolute fortune, too.

Venue

There are so many amazing places to get married, both here in the UK and abroad and it’s really worth taking a look around to find one you love. If you aren’t the traditional type, you could find somewhere super fun for your reception – I know someone who hired a vintage bowling alley for their reception and they served beer and hotdogs! Literally THE most fun and memorable wedding reception ever!

Shoes

If you’re wearing a long dress, I really LOVE it when brides wear shoes that you absolutely wouldn’t expect to see underneath. Giving a flash of some bejewelled Converse All-Stars will give a glimpse of your personality and will also allow you to be really comfortable all day, too.

Photography

Wedding photography is BIG business and can take up one of the largest chunks of your budget. Choosing a photographer is about more than their photos, it’s about finding someone who really GETS you so that they can capture you in the exact light that you’re hoping for. Getting to know your photographer before the day can make all the difference and thinking outside the box, in terms of the actual shots, is what will set your photos apart.

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How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller (video)

Paper Fortune Teller
Sausage and Burrito Baby are lucky to have an amazing relationship with my mother-in-law, who really is a truly awesome Nan to them both. They love spending time at Nanny’s house, not least of all because she has loads of toys and craft stuff set up for them to use. Sausage often sits there for hours with Nanny’s selections of paper, pens, glue, tape and other bits, happily making wonderful creations which she gives to us as gifts. One thing she LOVES to make is a paper fortune teller, something that I also loved when I was a kid too, although she can’t seem to remember how to fold them herself, so that responsibility always falls to me.

On Saturday, we went to MIL’s for the afternoon as we so often do, and Sausage wanted to make a fortune teller and I decided to get her to record me making one so that she could watch the video next time and make it for yourself, but it gave me the idea to share it here! I hope you find it useful…

How to make a paper fortune teller

Sausage uses a whole load of different “fortunes” on hers; for instance, one of these ones she used as a “which Pokemon trainer would you be”! It gives kids more hours of fun that you’d ever think a single sheet of paper could, allows them to be creative and is just a really sweet, simple little activity which can be done anywhere AND reduces screen time.

They’re also really good for helping with spelling; sometimes, instead of writing a colour on the outside, Sausage will do a blob of the corresponding colour which means that she has to remember the spelling of the word every time she does a fortune. Simple enough, you might think, but making them use colours like “turquoise” can really take it up a notch!

Do your little people know how to make fortune tellers? Is it something you’ve passed down to them from your own childhood? What do yours write inside their fortune tellers? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!