Friday, 29 April 2016

Mother's Day Craft. {2016}

Hello friends!
Mother's Day is quickly approaching, which is exciting. My sister should have had her little baby by then, so it will be a very special Mother's Day. 
To celebrate Mother's Day, LuLu & I made some cute cards for my Mum & Grandmother (her Ninna & Great Nin). 
We just used a sheet of A4 sparkly glitter card, but you could make this craft smaller for a card. 
Our card is a bit more like a poster to hang on the fridge and wall! 
It is a card that also gives the lovely ladies in our lives a special bouquet of flowers!

This craft is very simple and you only need a few basics things and the main item you probably have in your pantry!
You will need;

  • Cupcake/patty pan liners.
  • A piece of paper or card. (Any size you like, a plain card or an A4 sheet)
  • Green pipe cleaners, paint or felt for the stems.
  • Glue.
  • Scissors.
  • Glitter or buttons or any other embellishments you would like to decorate the centre of the flowers with. 
  • An extra piece of paper to add a message. (optional)
  • Pens, markers, crayons etc.
  • A magnet if you want to make it hangable on a fridge. 
Steps;
  1. Pick out your cupcake liners and flatten them, LuLu loved doing this! 
     
  2. Lay out your design on the piece of card. This is the part where if you want to trim the flowers with scissors, you can now. Laying it out is helpful so this way you can plan how they will look and they will fit. LuLu picked the colours of the flowers and I stacked them together, while we were doing this craft we were going over our colours and also talking about patterns (dotty, swirly etc) 
  3. Glue your flowers together and then to the card, I found glue stick wouldn't work and we used craft glue. 
  4. Embellish the middle of the flowers with glitter or anything you find pretty. We of coursed used glitter - because glitter is always necessary according to LuLu.  
  5. Attach stems, we used green pipe cleaners & hot glue (I did that). I find pipe cleaners wont stick with regular craft glue. But painting, drawing or even using a felt stem would work as well. Work with what you have. 
  6. Attach a Mother's Day message. We attached a small banner to the top and have written a message on the back of the cards. If you wish to attach a magnet, do so to the back of the card. And ta-da a bright and lovely bunch of flowers that will brighten someones day. This card could also work as a birthday card or just a sweet little gift to remind someone you love them!
This craft is very basic, but I think it is very sweet & any Mumma, Grandma, Auntie - whoever would love it. They are beautiful bright flowers that will never die! The best kind!
If you make this craft I would love to see them, please show me on my social media;

Snap Chat; Bindy_30

I hope you are all having a lovely week.
This weekend is my husbands birthday & my sister is due very shortly to have her baby - so it is a very exciting & lovely time for us all!
Take care friends!






Thursday, 21 April 2016

A bunch of fun with Bunchems! {Review}

This blog post is thanks to Nuffnang & Funtastic Bunchems.
Hello friends!
As the weather cools down and the afternoons get shorter, finding fun & interesting activities for children sometimes become a challenge. 
Today I am here with a review of a new & fun product that I think children will find fun.
Bunchems.
They are basically a reusable craft product where the user can create endless creations, limited only to their imaginations. If you think it, you can create it with Bunchems! 
Bunchems are like plastic pom poms, furry little bur spheres that when pushed together magically connect without any adhesives. Once you are done creating, they easily come apart and can be packed away for the next time.  
Bunchems are a new and innovative way to combine construction with craft. 
The pack I was sent is the mega pack and comes with 370 Bunchems and loads of accessories - perfect for creating whatever we could imagine. Included in the pack was a little booklet with lots of creation inspiration.
LuLu and I sat down and had some fun testing this product out, even Trent joined us!
Some of our Bunchems creations were...
A unicorn.
A bird.
A tiger.
A snake.
A dog (or some kind of animal).
A teddy bear.
Which of our Bunchems creations is your favourite?? I really love the teddy & the snake makes me laugh.
I really enjoyed playing with the Bunchems - I think it is a very fun & unique product. I really like crafty, creative toys & this product is reusable - so I think it is great! My little girl who is 2 1/2 also enjoyed it but it isn't a product she could play with alone yet. I think preschool and school age children would really enjoy this and it could be a great after homework but before dinner quiet activity instead of TV. Normally I would suggest playing outside, but in the cooler months that isn't always an option. 
Bunchems can promote creative thinking, cognitive thinking, improves motor skills & problem solving
While playing with the Bunchems with LuLu, we were learning colours, counting and also identifying the accessories. As well as planning designs & thinking of how to make them. 
This would be a great item to keep in the cupboard for some quiet play, to play with during family time and would also make a fun birthday gift for a friend!
I would love to hear from you which of our Bunchems creations you loved the best and also what would you create with Bunchems? Please let me know in the comments below or leave a comment on my social media.
Snap Chat; Bindy_30
If you would like to purchase a Bunchems pack, you  can do so HERE.


Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sunday Series {Gratitude} - Circa Home.

Brought to you by Nuffnang and Circa Home. 
Happy Sunday friends!
Let us talk about gratitude today in this Sunday Series.
I believe it is one the main keys to being truly happy in life.
It is how I approach situations in my life. The hard, wonderful and average times.
Now this isn't easy & sometimes I fail, but I try very hard to be grateful in all circumstances.
And yes, even the hard ones. Because at some point I always realise why I went through a hard time. I may not understand it immediately, but I always eventually do. Perhaps it was meant to be a lesson, maybe I was meant to become wiser or it could just be that it wasn't the right time of my life. 
In all things I remain thankful. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Having a mindset where you purposely seek out the positives in all situations in life truly helps you live a joyous life. 
If you have a tendency to be negative & ungrateful - your life cannot be happy, it never will. 
Finding things in life to be grateful for is easy - well, I feel it is but you need to strip back - stop being so high maintenance and soak in the little things. You just have to open your eyes and look around.. Don't compare your life to someone who you feel is "better than you". Often the grass isn't always greener where you look, it just appears to be. But if you look at your life with a new mindset and truly soak in how fortunate you are, it is easy to be grateful. 
Be thankful for every little thing; your life, family, friends, pets, good health, a roof over your head, running water, electricity, technology, a car, money in the bank, flowers, the fact you can walk, clean air to breath, the freedom & safety of our country, food, modern conveniences, pretty landscapes, bubble wrap and I could go on forever.
But we need to be more grateful, for everything - the good, the bad, the silly, the meaningful & everything in between.
We live in a world that is incredibly materialistic and focused solely on wanting bigger & better. Keeping up with whoever the latest reality star is. That is not what life is about and it is not how you achieve a happy life. 
You can't buy or earn happiness, happiness comes from gratitude. The moment you start to be grateful for the life you have, I assure you that you will feel happiness. You don't have to be happy in life to start being grateful, but the moment you start being grateful for what you have you will become happier.
Think of gratitude like a muscle, the more often you use it the more stronger it becomes. It becomes natural to seek out the positives & remain thankful, even in trying times. If you do not practice being grateful, you will struggle. Being grateful is finding the blessings in everything. This mindset is incredibly powerful, it is life changing - there are blessings & joy in every single part of our lives - we just need to be purposeful with our thoughts. 
What sparked this post was partly thanks to a gift I received in the mail on Friday. The most lovely smelling candle by Circa Home that has "gratitude" written on it. It has been burning and that word just keeps staring at me. 

I have tried to live my life in a way that I always search for the joy, even in my dark moments, but that candle kind of made me think more about what am I exactly grateful for?
I am always grateful for;
  • Our God. Always and for all he does in my life.
  • My family, Trent & LuLu and my big family (including the fur members).
  • The fact I am living my dream, I am a stay at home Mumma to the sweetest little girl & a wife to a great man.
  • My wonderful friends, I may not have a giant list of good friends. But for me quality matters more than quantity. 
  • Hugs & kisses from my little girl.
  • Cups of tea in the morning.
  • A home to clean. 
  • The sound & smell of rain or a storm!
  • The internet, even though sometimes it is a love/hate relationship I am thankful for it. It provides a way for me to stay connected with friends that live in other cities & countries & also allows me to do a "job" that I absolutely adore. 
  • A good glass of wine.
  • My husbands job. 
  • My health & the fact my loved ones are healthy.
  • A good & silent sunrise and a beautiful sunset. 
  • Swimming in the ocean. 
  • Snuggly blankets when it is freezing.
  • That I have the ability to give back to others.
  • Modern medicine for when I don't feel so healthy. 
  • My camera, it allows me to capture so many memories. 
  • The fact I am educated.
  • Books.
  • Nature. 
  • My memories.
  • Times that are hard, because from those I grow. I cannot become wiser without going through rough stages. Going through times that hurt you make you grateful for what you have in life.
My list is endless and I could write down every minute detail of my life, but I am grateful for every single damn thing. The beautiful, good, heartbreaking, bad, funny, trivial and tiny - I love it all.

Now if you would like to win the honeyflower & sandalwood classic candle for yourself please check out the competition page. This candle is such a beautiful scent, it is honeyflower & sandalwood and to me it is slightly sweet but has a slight musky aroma - which I love. It is a nice warm scent, perfect for Autumn. 
Please make sure you enter, you've got to be in it to win it & I would love for one of my readers to win this really amazing prize!
If you would like to purchase the honeyflower & sandalwood classic candle, you can do so HERE.  This scent is also available in, a fragrance diffuser & soy melts.  
I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know what you are grateful for! 
Please a comment below or on my social media! 
Snap Chat; Bindy_30
Good luck and make sure you ENTER the competition! 


Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Toowoomba Royal Show {2016}

Last week was The Toowoomba Royal Show... We spent some time there on Friday and I thought I would share some of the photos from our lovely day with you all.
We arrived early for when the gates opened which allowed us to visit stalls and walk around while it was still very quiet, which I feel works best for us with LuLu.
Our first stop was the petting zoo because I figured it would be busy during the rest of the day...
LuLu got to bottle feed some animals.
And feed an alpaca some gum leaves!
LuLu also got the chance to ride a pony with a riding school, she absolutely loved it and blew the instructors away with how confident and calm she was & how well she could ride - for a 2 1/2 year old who has never ridden a horse before! (Well, a real horse - she does love her rocking horse!)
 The 3 of us wandered through the livestock areas, LuLu loved looking at all the calves. She made friends with this little one, "Midnight".

By the time we got to side show alley there was still only a very few people there, which for us was perfect. Trent was able to take LuLu on the dodgem cars without the risk of someone crashing into them... (Which I know is the point of them, but it's not that fun for a little 2 year old)
We had a beautiful morning together.
We came home and Trent left for work and later that evening LuLu & I returned to the show for dinner & to watch the fireworks. I really wanted to take LuLu at night, because there is something fun about going to the show at night time!
We played some more side show games, her favourites were the clowns and fishing games. 
After the impressive fireworks display, we headed on home...
We had the most lovely day as a family and during the evening LuLu and I really enjoyed our Mumma/daughter time. 
What is your favourite part of the show?
Snap Chat; Bindy_30