Saturday, 22 December 2012

Jam Jar Tea-light holders

I love candles and the fact that the boys are getting older and more responsible means that we use them more often, especially during the winter months,



I had seen these lanterns at both Planet Penny and Tales from a Happy Home and have been wanting to make some for our house too, but always find other uses for the jars.

However, I finally managed to save two jars to make my own tonight.

You will need:

  • Jars (one was a pickle jar and the other a jam jar)
  • Lace, this was from my mum's stash, so it is nice to use it
  • Sheet music (I found a free printable online and have it and others saved on my Pinterest account)
  • Double sided tape
  • Ribbon

Method:

  1. As it is nearly Christmas I decided to use a festive theme and printed out silent night sheet music and cut it to size.  
  2. I then added a strip of double sided tape to each end and attached it to the jar.
  3. I then tied a ribbon round the top of the jar.
  4. I used double sided tape at the ends of the lace too.


I have lots of season ideas to make more tea-light holders.  Hmm I have better start eating more jam or pickles!

Friday, 21 December 2012

New year, new job?


You might be shouting at me that we haven't even got Christmas over and done with, but you know what, now is the perfect time to start thinking about applying for a new job.

Come January everyone will be thinking the same thing and by doing it now you will get a head start on them and a lot of people work between Christmas and New Year.  So why not....  (I used to be in recruitment  dontcha know).

As a mother who wants to work, I know just how card it is to combine the two, which is why www.workingmums.co.uk is a great resource.  




It is a job and community website set up specifically for part time workers.    Yes it is packed with vacancies  but it is also full of advice and support for mums looking to work part time.

I am aware of just how much your self confidence can take a dive after you have children.  It is hard to take a step back in to the working world.  However, as mums we have so much to offer any employer.  I would go as far as to say my negotiation skills, patience and multitasking have improved since I became a parent.  I no longer dally and am extremely focused when it comes to work.  Much more than I used to be before I had the boys.

So if you are looking for a Job in 2013 my advice would be:

  • Use any spare time you have over the festive season to update your CV.  Making sure you highlight your skills and achievements.  
  • Start looking round now.  
  • Ask around, often it is about who you know, rather than what you know.
  • Be realistic with your expectations.
Good luck and remember, you have A LOT TO OFFER ANY EMPLOYER

Brought to you in association with Working Mums

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Know the signs

You might not know but 17 years ago me and MadDad nearly died of Carbon Monoxide poisoning   We were spending our first winder in our new home and both came down with really what were thought were really horrible colds.  We were both dizzy, had headaches, It was so bad that I begged the local GP to come out and see us.

She was so concerned with my cough (it turns out I had pneumonia and it was unconnected) that she sent us straight to the hospital.  Whilst we were in the hospital the headache got better and MadDad mentioned this to my Dad on the phone.  Now my Pop's was an engineer and knew his stuff and told him to turn the boiler off and call an engineer,

We were very, very lucky indeed.  So Please take a look at the attached infographic and if you do not have one consider getting a carbon Monoxide alarm, as your smoke alarm does not protect you from this deadly gas.


Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Join me on Wednesday for a #StorkBaking chat!


Do you love Christmas Baking?  I do.  I have already made mince pies and peppermint bark and a gingerbread house along with spiced cookies instead of cards for the boys to take to school  

Maybe you are not yet in the Christmas Spirit and lacking in inspiration.



Well have no feart, as it doesn't matter which you are.  Please come and join me over on twitter at 1pm tomorrow (Wednesday 19th Dec) as I will be co-hosting a twitter chat with @amylane in conjunction with along with Tots100 and Stork.

We are really looking forward to hearing all your favorite baking recipes, handy hints and top tips for baking with children. I am excited to be chatting alongside the team from Stork, who have more than 90 years of baking expertise and fill me with lots of memories of Christmas pasts.

And as if sharing your knowledge and learning new recipes wasn't enough to tempt you to join in, there’s even going to be prizes  You could win vouchers for Lakeland!

All you need to do is pop over to twitter Wednesday 19 December from 1pm to 2pm and use the hashtag #StorkBaking to join in. Make sure you are also following me @mum_themadhouse @Tots100@bakewithstork and @amylane.

You can find out more details on the Tots100.

This post first appeared on Frugaliscious Food

Teaching children the importance of brushing their teeth

I understand how herd it can be to encourage children to brush their teeth.  We have recently found some signs of decay on Mini's teeth and been moved to quarterly visits to the dentists.

I am hoping by making some changes we can get a hold on this and stop it getting any worse.  So firstly we have bought the boys an electric toothbrush each.



Other steps we have taken include:

  • Getting an egg timer so they can time themselves brushing their teeth.
  • Using a mirror so they can see themselves brushing their teeth,
  • Once a week we use disclosing tablets, which help the boys see the plaque on their teeth and makes sure that they remove it all.
  • We have told the boys that the tooth fairy will pay less for decayed teeth!
Other things that I feel are important include:
  • Let your children watch you brush your teeth and even help.
  • Discuss how decay happens and way.
  • Make it part of the daily routine
  • Make sure you find a toothpaste that they do not mind the taste of
  • Use a mouthwash
  • Regularly visit the dentist
Other way to encourage tooth brushing

  • Let your children to pick their own toothbrush – they will get really excited when it comes to brushing their teeth with the toothbrush they have picked!  Surveys have found that up to 41% more decay is removed by using an electric or orthodontic toothbrush, so encourage them to chose an electric one.
  • Play their favourite song while they brush to the beat – as most songs last two – three minutes it’s the perfect length
  • Brush your teeth at the same time – kids love to copy mum and dad!
  • Get an older family member to surprise your kids with their false teeth and a story about how theirs fell out – always a good incentive to get kids brushing!
  • If you have more than one child, turn brush time into a competition – the one who brushes the best gets to pick the bedtime story!  Don’t forget to alternate the ‘winner’ though!
  • If you have an older child, get them to teach their younger sibling how to brush – this makes it fun and also reinforces good brushing tips for the elder one.
  • Let your child brush their favourite toy’s teeth – they will soon pick up how to do their own!
  • Give your kids a gentle scare by showing them pictures of people with bad teeth – or even your own – so that they know why they need to brush!
  • Make three animal faces for brushing: tiger teeth (together), hippo mouth (mouth open) and snake tongue (to brush tongue). It makes it more fun and gets their teeth in the right position.
  • With older children, establish the link between bad brushing and bad breath – they will soon cotton on to this!
  • Play ‘dentist’ with your kids – put them in a chair, inspect their teeth while they brush and provide a running commentary while they are doing so!
  • Reward charts with stickers work very well – once they have reached a certain number they can get a treat which is a great incentive!
  • Give your kids 1p in a piggy bank every time they brush properly – 1p per day adds up to £3.60 a year!




 



Cheap Family Days Out


Whether large or small, it is not uncommon for many families to struggle with the cost and time involved of days out or weekend holidays.

Everyone likes days out now and then, but there are always more pressing concerns, such as where to go, what to do and the simple matter of money and making sure everything is affordable.



With this in mind, here is a quick guide for affordable and fun days out for the family. Hopefully the information here should be useful, such as where to go, what to do and the benefits of cheap rail tickets.

Places To See

The UK has lots of places to see, all offering something different in the way of charm, character and general appeal. One of the easiest ways to travel is along the east coast, with plenty of routes and options between London and Edinburgh, two capital cities that have plenty to offer everyone, with something new always going on.

In between these, however, you have the like of Leeds, York and Newcastle. Each has modern shopping facilities and plenty of atmosphere. Newcastle is a beautiful northern city whilst Leeds and York offer more historical architecture and history.

Things To Do

A day or weekend in the city can offer a lot for families and children of all ages. Museums, parks and other attractions are always available in any city, offering plenty to see and do for all ages.

Likewise, there are always shopping opportunities, landmarks to see and various caf├ęs and restaurants you can visit. This will all vary depending on the ages of those going, but a bit of research should easily reveal something for everyone to do.

Travelling

Of course, your travel options will always be a major concern, especially when you have children with you. Whilst cars are a very flexible option, petrol is expensive and the process of driving there and back can be an exhausting and tiring process in itself.

Instead, you should consider booking tickets for the train, taking advantage of the cheap train ticket prices available. This will save you the most money, which is always handy when there are a lot of you travelling.

Additionally, never underestimate the relaxation of the train. Since you're not driving, you're free to sit down and enjoy some quiet time with your family ahead of your arrival. Of course, this is the same on the way back, giving you time to rest after a long day out.


Monday, 17 December 2012

Applesauce Cinnamon ornements and pine cone garland

I came across a version of Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments on Lulastics blog and was keen to try it out for myself.  Mini loves the smell of cinnamon and I managed to find some inexpensive pots of it in Aldi, which made them really reasonable.


Materials:

  • Cinnamon (I used three jars at 50p each and got lots of ornaments) 
  • Apple sauce (I got a value one from Tesco that you would use with pork at 35p)
  • Straws
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • String
  • Pine cones
  • Modge podge or PVA
  • Gold spray (from the pound shop)
  • Florist wire

Method:

  1. Firstly heat the applesauce in a sauce pan and then add the cinnamon until it is a firm dough.
  2. kneed the dough thoroughly
  3. Using the spice instead of flou (to prevent sticking) roll out.  I found this easier on a silicone baking sheet using the play dough rolling pin
  4. I used cookie cutters we already had to make the shapes and a straw to make a hole for the string to go through
  5. Place on a wire rack and cook at 100 degrees for 2 two three hours.
  6. Allow to cool
  7. Coat with modge podge or PVA
  8. I spray painted my pine cones gold and allowed to dry.
  9. Using florists wire make a loop around the top of the pine cones.
  10. Thread a cinnamon ornament on to the thread and tie in place.
  11. the thread on a pine cone and secure by turning the florists wire.
  12. Alternate a pine cone and decoration for the length of you garland and hang.
  13. The modge podge doesn't stop the decorations from smelling and looking great.

Friday, 14 December 2012

The motherhood rap

There is a new viral video doing the rounds it is the Motherhood Rap..............................



Some days In feel like i have lived this video all in one day.  I particularly like the part which takes about:

School run taker
Fairy Cake baker
deal maker
Orgasm faker
nit raker
rattle shaker
cheese grater
night time waker
placater
peacemaker

It certainly feels as thought I am most of them each and every day, but................................

It also got me wondering in this age of social media where do we draw the line about taking about our children and the life that we lead.  I know that my boys are getting bigger and there are times when they ask that I do not blog something, but they are both also very keen to show off certain things on the blog and actively ask me to blog about things.

In fact they are thinking of starting a blog of their own to hold their LEGO reviews!

So the video is funny, but for me Motherhood is a whole lot more and I can safely say the good certainly out ways any of the bad for me.


Making bird feeders


A great frugal activity for the winter is to make some bird feeders.  These can be hung from a fence or your kids climbing frame if you have one.  We love feeding the birds as we can then sit and watch them and learn more about them.

Materials (for Preschoolers)
  • Pine cones
  • Peanut butter
  • Twine or string
  • Birdseed (Ours was from the pound shop)
  1. Put your peanut butter in a bowl and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon to soften it
  2. Tie the twine or string to the top of your pine cone and make a loup to hanf the cones
  3. Add some bird seed in to the peanut butter
  4. Take the peanut butter and seed mix and squish in to the pine cones
  5. Refrigerate overnight then hang out for the birds,

Materials: (For 5 plus)
  • birdseed (I got mine from the pound shop)
  • block or lard
  • twine or string
  • cookie cutter
  • wax paper
  1. Pop your block of lard in a large heatproof bowl and place over a pan filled with simmering water.  The aim is to soften not melt the lard.
  2. Take the pan off the heat
  3. Stir in the bird seed
  4. lay your cookie cutters out on wax paper or baking parchment and fill half way with the birdseed mixture.
  5. Cut your twine, knot the end and push the knot down into your birdseed.
  6. Continue to fill the rest of the cookie cutter with  birdseed, covering the end of your twine and knot.
  7. Press down on the birdseed so it is compact.
  8. Allow them to dry overnight and then remove from the cookie cutters and hang them on your garden climbing frame


My Mother in Law was scammed

I received a phone call from my MIL tonight.  She was really peeved as she had been scammed by a company selling anti-wrinkle cream.

Now my MIL is a pretty savvy lady.  The only reason this leaflet did not go in the bin was the fact it came in a hand address envelope with a second class stamp on and then had a hand written message on the top of the flyer saying that it really works and you only needed to pay the postage.

It was the sort of thing one of her friends sends her from time to time in the post, so she decided to ring up and give it a try.

She made the call to an 0800 number and was chatting to an American lady who told her that the postage was 20 for two sample pots.  She took my MIL's card details and said the cream would be on the way, but then tried to sell her some of the cream at £130 for two pots.  yes £130!

My MIL said that she didn't want the cream and put the phone down, but this call had been weighting heavily on her mind, so she rang the bank.  Initially they said they could do nothing to help her, but after many phone calls both to the 0800 number an d also the bank, she managed to ensure than no more than £10 would be taken from her account, however, she still feels duped.

The bank told her that companies pray on older people are they are less likely to realise anything is wrong and will also be too embarrassed to report them.



So she asked me to write to ensure that if you or any of your family receive a flyer like the one above, that you just crumble it up and put it in the bin.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Low cost weekend breaks for the family



It is this time of the year that mine and MadDad's mind turns to booking weekend holidays for next year.  We both like that we have something to look forward to after the excitement of advent and christmas and this gets us though the dark days and nights of January and February.

Now is a great time of year to book to ensure that you get great deals too.

Weekend breaks do not always have to mean hotels, take a look at alternative accommodation including self catering apartment, youth hostels and camping.



Visit for free

The UK is full of exciting, educational and family-friendly attractions that you can visit for free. If you enjoy museums, London's Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A are all free and within walking distance of each other. In Yorkshire, Bradford's National Media Museum is packed with interactive exhibits as is The National Railway Museum in York.  
If you prefer to have your fun outside, it won't cost you a penny to browse local markets, taking in the sights, sounds and smells and Sherwood Forest near Nottingham is steeped in legend.
You can also visit local parks, beaches and beauty spots.  Try having treasure hunts or geocaching.  Make sure you plan your weekend by finding out as much about the area you are travelling too as possible.
Annual Memberships
If you have annual membership to the National Trust or English Heritage then check out their information for the area you are visiting and make the most of your time by visiting their attractions.  You can always pack a picnic and make it an adventure by pretending to be knights and princesses.
Eat on the Cheap
Often it is the food costs that increase the price of weekend breaks, so my tips are to take a picnic and drinks when you go out, including a flask and milk.  Plan for your journey so you do not eat when you stop at the service stations by packing food for the journey.
If you are going to eat out make sure you keep an eye out for voucher deals.
Self catering often brings the cost right down and is the perfect option if you have fussy children.  




Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Reducing the winter bills this Christmas




Christmas can be a very expensive time of year.  With temperatures expected to reach a record low and energy costs a record high this year is going to be hard for a lot of people. However don’t fear as here are some great practical tips to reducing your winter bills and helping you to avoid excess dept this year.

Doors

This might seem simple but one of the greatest heat wastes is through slight breezes getting in under doors. This is especially common in older houses. Don’t worry this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to fork out for a new door a simple cheap draft excluder will help keep the precious heat trapped in and keep you and the kiddies nice and snug.

Windows

Another simple tip is to not have any exposed glass in your windows. What I mean by this is to make sure that windows are properly covered by quality wooden blinds or thick curtains as this really dose help to keep the heat in. Double-glazing can also be a great investment as it can quickly help pay for itself over the period of a few years by how much heat it helps lock in.

Thermostats

Most heaters come with a thermostat that many of us neglect to use. A Thermostat is a handy tool to limit the temperature in your room so as not to waste energy. Just because its winter doesn’t mean you need to heat your room to higher than summer temperatures. Set it to a decent comfortable medium and you will not only feel better but save money in the long run.

Rooms

One of the largest heat wastes that go on every year are people heating every room in the house when only a couple of them are actually been used. Some modern heating systems have the ability to choose what rooms to heat but if not you can do it manually be turning off certain radiators or turning them down.

A growing trend in modern society is for the family to be split up around the home in different rooms doing their own thing. With the holiday season approaching why not all get together for extra family time. This not only means better quality time together but less energy is needed to just power and heat the one room you are using rather than the whole house.

Timers

Finally this applies not only to heating but your festive lighting too. Many people waste power by running their heating all night and when no one’s home. Realistically you don’t need your heating on in the middle of the night as with some thick, warm blankets you will have a snug night’s sleep. Timers can be used to limit your heating to times when you actually need it. Timers can be used for example to turn the heating on half an hour before you wake up so you’re not all getting up to a freezing morning. 

Timers can also be used to turn off your festive lights once it gets late. I have seen too many people leaving them on all night wasting electricity with barely anyone actually awake and around to see them. Timers are also are great if you all go to bed early but want your family’s festive lights to be on for a couple more hours.

All these simple tips might seem insignificant but put together they can really add up to a great saving over the years which can really help out in the expensive months.

This was a guest post on behalf of Wooden Blinds Direct an online supplier of quality made to measure wooden blinds.


Monday, 10 December 2012

How to make a gingerbread house

One of the things that is becoming a tradition is making and decorating our gingerbread house.

We use my child friendly gingerbread recipe and a silicone mold that I kind of share with Cass from Frugal Family, but you can buy your own from Lakeland.


Using a silicone mold means that the children can really get involved  so do not stress too much.  Let them push the gingerbread in to the mold but make sure you have used cake release before letting them lose.

I cook my ginger bread for 10 to 15 minutes and then allow it to cool for 10 minutes before removing it for the mold.  Then I leave it to cool overnight or longer.

For the icing we use our fail safe royal icing recipe.  Now it is important to build your house when the children will give it a few hours to set.  So I do it once they have gone to bed and present it to them all ready to decorate the following day.As you can see from our house we had an accident when taking it out of the mold  however, with the royal icing it is simple enough to repair.

The icing will keep in a sealed container so that they can use it to decorate the house.  Oh and I have to say that the boys are not of the less is more school of though!

Friday, 7 December 2012

Jelly Baby Jesus Cakes

Another one of our advent traditions in The Mad House is to make Jelly Baby Jesus Cakes.  Now look away now if this is going to offend you!




Ingredients
  • Shredded wheat
  • Golden Syrup
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Jelly Babys
  • Royal Icing
  • Cake Cases
  1. Break up the chocolate in a bowl and melt. I do this on the stove over a pan, but you can microwave it
  2. Scrunch up some shredded wheat.  Cornflakes or rice crispies would be fine too
  3. Add a tablespoon of golden syrup to the melted chocolate (it keeps it melted longer, which is easier for the children) and then add the shredded wheat.
  4. Have a good lick at your spatula when you have finished mixing!
  5. Scoop out and place in to the cake cases, this is the straw.
  6. Take your Jelly Baby Jesus,  and place him very gently on to his bed of straw as you do not want to wake him.
  7. Then cover him in a royal icing blanket.  
  8. I buy premade royal icing for the Christmas cakes, so just save it.  
  9. Then enjoy scoffing your Jelly Baby Jesus Cakes!!
Sorry if this offends anyone, but we love it.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Buy out of season for a great bargain

Being the ever thrifty mum that I am.  4 years ago we asked out family to club together to but the boys a play house and climbing frame for Christmas.  We got a great deal as we were buying out of season.

So my top tips for buying out of season are as follows:


  1. Plan - buy having a plan of what you need and when you need it, you can take action to look for something out of season.
  2. Sizes.  Make sure you have a list of your children's clothes and shoe sizes with you and a conversion chart.  I also used to carry a list of their previous sizes so I could judge what size to buy.
  3. Do not pack them away without listing what you have purchased and where you have pout it.  No good having to buy it again as you can not find it.
  4. Now is the perfect time to be thinking about stoking up in the January sales for birthday gifts throughout the year and christmas cards for next year.
  5. I always make sure I buy after an event, so I have a drawer with things in for next Easter and Halloween that I purchased for a fraction of the price.  
Do you stock up out of season?




Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Don't feel pressured in to spending at Christmas and a giveaway

According to a recent survey by Whyte & Mackay  46.2% of people confess to feeling pressured into spending £100-£200 more than they can afford.    I have to admit that this really shocked me, but them with the rising cost of things and also the unrealistic expectations of people it is often very hard to keep a lid on spending.

Other irritations were:
·         Christmas dinner preparations (25%). The most common complaint is when mum-in-laws unfavourably compare the way dinner is served to the ‘proper way’ (i.e. her way).·         Cruel present choices (24%). The majority felt that parent-in-laws purposefully bought presents for them that they wouldn’t like, from terrible Christmas jumpers to regifting items already in their cupboards.·         Fighting over board games (15%). The most frenetic choice is the team game of charades with 34% of those who have fought with their parent-in-laws coming to blows. Monopoly is the board game that seems to cause the least amount of stress (2%).·         Arguments over TV (15%). Oddly, the Queen’s Speech is the source of most squabbles (25%), closely followed by soaps (23%)·         Where Christmas is held (8%). Determining who will be travelling to whom during the festive period is a hot topic with 76% of those for which it’s an issue believing that their parent-in-laws exert pressure on their children to enjoy Christmas with them in their old family home.
 SO Whyte & Mackay have teamed up with TV psychologist, Geoff Beattie to introduce a guide on dealing with these and other christmas challenges complete with interactive sessions on the whisky’s Facebook and Twitter pages (@whyteandmackay).




To celebrate the launch of their "Spirit Guide" Whyte & Mackay are teaming up with A Thrifty Mum to give one of my readers a bottle of their whisky.

In order to be in with a chance, please follow the rafflecopter instructions below:

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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Easy Christmas Cards to make with Children

It is no secret that I love to craft and it seems as though I am passing that love on to MIni and we are having lots of fun at the moment making, baking and crafting for Christmas.

We were inspired by Homemaker Magazine and Chicken and Custard for out latest make.  Super easy child frieldly Christmas cards.



Materials

Cereal box
Blamk cards/Card
Washi tape, we used red and green
Double sided tape or clue
Merry Christmas Stamp

Method

I cut the cereal box to the height we wanted out trees and then Mini put strips on washi tape on to the back of the cereal packet in vertical strips.
 

We then measured the card and made marks every 3cm's.  Initially Mini tried to cut the card with scissors, but we found it easier with the guilotine (but I did supervise him).


He then stuck doublesided tape on the rear of the tree and stuck one (or two) to each of the cards.


He then stamped the front with a Happy Christmas Stamp.


We are entering this is the Money Supermarket Childs Chiltmas Card craft off 


Monday, 3 December 2012

Games for all ages

Well, here we are again, summer is just a memory and the last of the leaves are underfoot, making us slip in the rain or crunch in the frost. Winter can be a great time, as long as we keep wrapped up and warm, there’s not a lot that we can’t do. As always, holiday time with children brings not only happy times, but also the conundrum of keeping them entertained and happy for the duration.
Most children have access to a computer nowadays, whether it’s their own or one belonging to a

parent, learning to play and use the internet is now as much a part of growing up as learning to ride a bike without stabilisers! Games consoles are another must have for most children, and although they are great for keeping them out of mischief for hours at a time, the worry about how anti social these games can be, and also the time spent sitting almost motionless in front of a tv screen, is quite a worry for many parents.

The more time children spend using their imaginations, getting some fresh air, getting exercise and integrating with other children, the better it is for their social development. Also, as a parent, spending time playing with your own children, is not just fun, but a brilliant way to bond and observe how your child is growing into a social being. Children learn a lot from playing with adults, and holidays are  a great time to get the family together, young and old, and play some interactive games together, like many people did before the advent of the games console!
Now, it is easier said than done to tear youngsters away from all modern consoles and have them perform charades in the living room, many will point blank refuse, so finding games that involve a little technology but are also fun, group activities, is perhaps the way forward.

If it is an indoors type of day, in other words if it is pouring down outside, a fun game to play indoors is bingo! Bingo has changed a lot in the last twenty years, and many think it is now the domain of mothers and housewives, to be played alone online. Years ago there were many bingo games on the market, complete with dabbers, calling cards and a tombola of numbered balls for the caller! Now, many online bingo sites have the option to print out your own bingo cards, and even have a bingo cage that can be set up to randomly pick out the numbered balls, so everyone in the room can play along. This is a great game for young and old, maybe even one to play at Christmas to avoid the often inevitable post-Christmas dinner slump! This is also a game that doesn’t go on forever and yet is exciting enough to keep even the older members awake and alert!

If the weather is dry, summer or winter time, another fun game is to take the family geocaching. This is great fun if you live in a city, as rural areas may not have enough ‘cache’ to find. Geocaching is very much like a treasure hunt, and all that is needed is an android phone with a downloaded GPS device. Clues are given as to where a ‘cache’ might be in a certain area, and the GPS tells you when you are getting close. The ‘cache’ is often a small plastic waterproof container, that can be found hidden on a railing, on a park bench, just about anywhere, and inside there is a scroll of paper that the finder signs to say it has been found and then puts back in place for the next geocachers to hunt for. It’s worth having a look online and finding out if there are many near you, if the family get the bug, all future days out, no matter where you go, can be spent looking for a geocache!

It doesn’t take much thought to keep the youngsters happy, a little technology, a group of friends and family and some free time, can leave everybody with a smile on their face and a memory of time shared with loved ones!

Should you want to get to grips with the game before entertaining the family check out the free games available at online.bingo.com, visit the site now to play some bingo!




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