Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Top pumpkin carving tips & templates

In preparation for our carving day next week, I'm putting together a few of my top tips for making your carving time as stress free as possible and ways to make your pumpkin last longer.

Top pumpkin carving tips:

Top or Bottom? Choose whether you want to cut a lid at the top of your pumpkin, or cut a hole at the bottom. I prefer cutting a keyhole in mine. It makes it much easier for kids to scoop them out.


Use a big spoon or an ice-cream scoop to scrape out the seeds and guts. 

Draw your design using washable markers. It can be removed easily later using a baby wipe.

A small, serrated blade is best to cut your design with.

Don’t panic if the kids get a bit excited and cut off the pumpkins nose by accident. You can use a toothpick to stick it back on.

Vaseline will stop your pumpkin from drying out, so rub plenty around all the cut edges.

Rub the inside of the pumpkin lid with ground cinnamon or my favourite, cloves, to give a lovely smell as the candle heats it.

If your  putting your pumpkins outside, put your candle in a glass so that the wind won't blow it out.

Place an opened packet  of silica in your beautiful carved pumpkin and it’ll make it last about a week longer without getting flimsy and old. Who would have ever thought, it’s perfect!

If your not great at free-handing faces on the pumpkins, you could use a template. There are loads on the internet and Pinterest. Here are a few of my favourites. Here and here.

Do you have any tips that I've missed? Don't be shy! Share them in the comments so that we can all learn the secrets.

If you like what you see, be sure to pin it or share on Facebook or twitter.
I would be ever so grateful.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Paper Plate Wreath

I promised you all a quick and easy craft today and here it is.
{A little later than I hoped}

"Autumn Paper Plate Wreath"

This was so fun to do. We had so much fun collecting all the pretty leaves. Trying to find as many colours as possible and learning all about autumn and what happens in the season. I love how you can make an everyday thing into a learning experience for kids.

We had planed to do this with the leaves that we collected but it just wouldn't work for us. I think our leaves might have been too dry. We decided to use some colourful tissue paper ( Tesco for €3) instead and the kids were much happier. Happy kids = Happy Mom.

All you need is:
Leaves/ Tissue paper
Paper plates

Cut the center of the plate out so it looks like a wreath.
Attach the string to the wreath.
Let your kid go crazy with the glue and stick the leaves/tissue paper onto the wreath.
Let it dry and your done.
Hang you kids awesome wreath on the door or window and admire nature indoors.

Make sure to click the link below for more beautiful paper plate wreaths.

Click here

Make sure to keep the middle of the paper plate. I'll have another craft later in the week that you'll need it for. 


Friday, 17 October 2014

Favourite Things Friday

Happy Friday Friends!!
It's been awhile. I've been pinning away like crazy and I just to sit down and share some of the amazing things I came across. In other blog news, I'm going to be sharing a cute craft on Monday and all you need are some colourful fall leaves and a paper plate. Can you guess what it is?? Check back Monday to see what it is or follow me on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with all our ramblings. Anywho, Enough chit chat, here are this weeks favourites.
Let me know your favourites in the comments below. Don't be shy! :)

Favourite Laugh

Have an amazing weekend friends.
Spend it with the ones you love.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Autumn/Fall Bucket List {free printable}

Each season I say the same thing and each season I mean it.
This is my favourite season.
They all bring something new and exciting for us to see and do.

Autumn, Fall, Harvest season or whatever you call it in you neck of the woods means lots of collecting in our house.
Conkers, blackberries, colourful leaves, acorns, pine cones.
I love them all.

I also love printables and how could I not make a Autumn/Fall bucket list printable for the fridge so we can tick off all the fun things we're doing.

I can't wait to get started on this list and make some new Autumn memories.

What are your favourite things to do in Autumn?

Don't be shy, leave a comment down below.
I'm always looking for new things to do with the kids.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Favourite Things Friday

Happy Friday my lovely readers!
The Sun is shining and it oh so hot. My little man can't handle it it so hot so we've retreated to the coolness of the house for a nap and some blogging.
I hope the sun is shining where ever your reading from and your getting some much needed vit. D.

Here are this weeks favourite pins.

Favourite Pie

Favourite Cake

And that my friends is it for another week. 
Get out and spend some time with your families in the sun.
Don't forget the suncream.

If you like the pins you see here, be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration.

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