Firstly…sorry I haven’t been on for a week, Jamie had some time off work so we had some lovely family time – I will start the Letter activities tomorrow again πŸ™‚ Today however….the kids are having a nap so I am starting something new…again! This time…as ever….I am blaming my wonderful partner in crime Kayley!! She has the amazing ability to do anything she puts her mind to, then I decide I want to try! hehe This week she decided to try crochet!!

She has uploaded some amazing photos to her Facebook page, I as ever saw them and deicded I wanted a go πŸ™‚ So I bought some hooks half price!! HEREΒ which will be here tomorrow or Saturday πŸ™‚ Thankfully I have a load of wool left over from when I went through a knitting phase, I enjoyed it but I couldn’t make anything as good as my mums and quickly gave up lol πŸ™‚

Here are some lush pics of Kayleys work…..





and my absolute favourite………..



All of these and more can be ordered from her Facebook page HERE!!

So…I’m off to order some more crochet bits & find some patterns online I want to make πŸ™‚ Exciting πŸ™‚

Love to you all!! xx



Alphabet Activities!!

Hello All – Emma here!!

So the lovely weather we were promised this week appears to have got lost on its way…the rain found us though! So I have come up with an idea for the kids to keep us all busy while we are stuck indoors. Tonight I have printed off the letters of the alphabet for Deryn & Ashton to take in turns picking out of a bowl to decide what we do the next day πŸ™‚ I then get to plan out some fun ideas around that letter for them πŸ™‚ My choices are for: Lunch, Arts/Crafts and a Game.


Every day we eat lunch together at the table or out as a picnic so I can have a letter theme for each meal πŸ™‚ Both children love making things so we can have a nice messy activity each day and a game πŸ™‚ I love playing games, many of Deryns Orchard Toys games get played more by me than them……oops!

So keep a look out for out posts each day, feel free to message me with any of your own ideas too πŸ™‚ We love testing out new things πŸ™‚

Tomorrows letter as chosen by DerynΒ is……V!!

Emma xx

Father’s Day!!

Hello!! Emma here….

So tonights plan…(now my laundry for day 3 of my home challenge is done) is to sot something out for Fathers day πŸ™‚

I know a lot of people don’t agree with fathers day/mothers day & I will say now that I feel blessed everyday to have my 2 gorgeous babies…but 1 day of the year I get to make an extra special effort!! Having lost my biological dad when I was 5 & recently lost the man I saw as my dad in 2011, I want my children to enjoy as much time with theirs as possible!! πŸ™‚

For those who don’t know me I have 2 children by an ex partner – They don’t see him very often due to travel etc but they will of course be sending him something in the post & talk on Skype….however my bloke (Jamie!!) will be enjoying his 1st father’s day with us!! Both my children adore him…(slightly more than they adore me most days hehe) and of course our 1st baby is due in September (Exciting times!!) So I am looking at different ideas tonight for lovely things they can make for them…as well as maybe something I can do πŸ™‚ I was very spoilt for Mother’s day which was lovely!!

1st idea: Has anyone seen this??


I recently found this on another blog – LINK – and thought it was fab!! Basically they give you the templates to print onto the t-shirt…Dad puts it on…kids ride their cars over his back…viola…one back massage that I don’t have to do πŸ™‚ hehe!!

Pinterest is always my 1st thought when it comes to the children making things, its full of such awesome ideas, I can be quite imaginative, but I find Pinterest better hehe Follow us HERE!!

If you have any favourite idea your trying out this year or have done in the past please feel free to share! πŸ™‚ I managed to pick up a “Paint your won photo frame” from Hobbycraft half price last week so Deryn will be painting that while I choose a lovely pic of the both of them to go in it πŸ™‚

Lastly…..I want to make another Photo Book!! For Mine & Jamie’s 1st Christmas I made him one of the kids & him, it took a very long time as I put so many photos in it & designed every page with a theme….lots of fun, lots of effort and lots of emotional hugs when he got it πŸ™‚ This time……I have about 2000 photos to go through on my PC & phone…..and I’m on the hun for a decent offer somewhere for a nice photo book, I took advantage of a Free one for Christmas thanks to O2 priority moments…..I wonder what I will find this time?? Β HEREΒ is a link for savings on photo books, prints, canvas etc!!

For now get sharing your stories & ideas and I will be updated you all with my progress as I go along…… πŸ™‚

Emma xx

*UPDATE* So I went for it and bought this VOUCHER– which is quite a bargain and I also went through Topcashback for 16.16% cashback πŸ™‚ However….it now means i have to put together 96 pages of photos!!!!!!!!!!! This should be fun lol xx