This month we were invited to play with a flamingo and party crown for Kidly to test how the kids got on with them... All in a days work!
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Sooo… we did Camp Bestival two years ago with a 5 & 3 year olds. The son shone, our DIY festival trolley worked brilliantly and it all seemed so easy. We realise this was probably a huge fluke but this Summer we’ve already lined up two camping trips in the hope that with 3 kids (we might leave the youngest whose only 7 months with family for one of the trips!) we can recreate this idealistic simple summer pleasure. The two trips planned so far are a Dartmoor trip with a group of friends and the Purbeck Valley Folk Festival.
With this in mind we’ve been researching the best camping hacks which will hopefully help make the whole experience, well, frankly, work! Here’s the first 5 items from practical to just plain fun starting with the tent…
We’ve just bought the Berghaus 6XL in a brilliant pre-Summer sale online which you inflate rather than battle with poles. It comes as one sheet and theoretically you peg out the 4 corners and inflate each section before pinning out the guide ropes. Makes the stress of ‘Now where does this pole go?!’ a whole less stressful when turning up to the campsite with excitable and impatient kids.
The next item was an unnecessary necessary!
A festival flag to make our tent easily identifiable when we’re headed back after a few too many ciders (and useful for the kids too when they haven’t looked up from playing in a while and get disorientated).
Either helping to mark out the pitch edges for when the kids inevitably break out the ball games it seemed like a fun idea which might prove useful too.
We chose this 4m spectrum flag from eBay which is really tall but folds up super small when not in use. We live by the beach too so thought we’d get extra use out of this for Summer beach meet ups and when the kids are playing outside. Really excited to have this up this Summer… photos to follow!
Next is one for our wishlist at the moment (secretly hoping they do some amazing sale soon as unfortunately they’re a little out of our price range for this year!) these Bundle Beds.
They unroll into a ready made bed, a mattress you can inflate, a pillow and a duvet. It’s the immediacy of these which we love as a ready made bundle. Turning up, unfurling and sleeping and when at home being an instant handy spare bed in the kids rooms. The mattresses come with a 10 year guarantee, moisture wicking material to stop that damp feeling when camping and it’s just the quality and colour combos of these which are, frankly, just very cool!
4. BIO-DEGRADEABLE GLITTER
Since Blue Planet II we’ve been feeling very guilty about the glitter pens etc the kids have in their craft cupboard with a mental note not to buy more but there is definitely a magic in sparkle!
The great compromise is Dust & Dance who sell biodegradable glitter for festival faces with 10% of profits going to YoungMinds; a mental health charity.
An absolute lifesaver with the kids. We’d put them in their pj’s and put the onesie’s over the top to keep them warm when playing late in the evenings, they even slept in them!
This year our eldest has gone for Chewbacca (the fancy dress theme for this years Purbeck Folk Festival is ‘C’) and we have to find one our middle boy would like still… Crocodile being his preference currently (we did buy him the sweetest cowboy outfit (Woody) but he made us return it!)
Next on the list is food (have started a Pinterest board for camping hacks – any recommendations welcome!). Also wondering re: seating is chairs better or those air sofas? The researching goes on!
Anyone else planning some camping adventures?
We’ve featured Ola before on the blog being a tiny bit obsessed with their stunning patterns and quality stationery however this time we’re sharing something from their Christmas shop; the origami decoration kit. Whilst fantastic for Christmas they are quite frankly decorations we’ll probably display all year – especially as their homemade!
Using their signature patterned papers designed and Made In England you can make eight contemporary decorations.
Learning a new skill takes time and concentration. With this in mind they are great for this time of year with long dark evenings when you just need to stop and quieten your mind and become absorbed in something that will take you away from day to day life. We would recommend these for yourself or actually as a Christmas present as people may have the time to dedicate this time to a project over the holidays. We tackled it as a team of two and this definitely added to the enjoyment and sense of teamwork as we worked our way through the instructions.
The kit comprises of 48 x small patterned squares, 12 x large patterned squares and satin ribbon and is presented in a hand-finished box with the instructions of how to make them all.
Being novices at Origami it was exciting to undertake a new project but we have to be honest and say there were a few steps where we were completely foxed. Frustrating and funny at the same time those first ‘prototypes’ were definitely a challenge. However, the cheat sheet bit is that you get access to their exclusive step-by-step videos which show you how to do them and this always saved us when we had reached a dead end. A clever idea and great to have as a back up if you need it.
We could see how we improved in our accuracy as the gaps got tighter and the decorations got more crisp. It was rewarding, fun and a great way of being creative with some guidance. We’d definitely recommend these as a beautiful present for someone with a love of paper to create their own bespoke decorations made by hand with paper made in England. What’s not to love?
For transparency we were sent the origami decorations as a challenge to make them as part of this feature!
If you’re on Instagram then we’re pretty sure you will have heard of ‘Bloom & Wild flower delivery’. We love this brand for their quirky take on bringing postable greenery into our homes in the forms of seasonal flowers, wreaths and even, well, Christmas trees! Each of the above arrives in a narrow slim box which easily fits through a standard letterbox.
First up this year is ‘The Drew’ which arrives with a collapsable pot, moss and ribbon. You can choose what decorations you’d like it to come with for a little extra sparkle – be that baubles, fairy lights, deluxe beauty treats (yes really!), robins or jingle bells.
We couldn’t resist the stunning reflective hues of the mini baubles and fairy lights so this was our combo to get started with for a design-led looking mini tree in our kitchen.
Kitchens can be tricky spaces for bringing festive cheer to as there’s the safety issue of adding flammable materials to a kitchen as well as the practicality issue of lots of ornaments and banners precariously taped or balanced. The idea of a mini tree which could sit on the worktop, be easily moved and watered once a week seemed perfect. The fairy lights are battery operated making it a really easy portable tree.
For our kids room we wanted something fun which they could embellish to really make it their own. We opted for ‘The Jack’ with its colourful string of festive jingle bells and fairy lights which when initially decorated by our three year old looked like this:
And was later embellished with lego to look like this..
The great thing about these mini trees is you can move them around their room to set up different festive scenes (sometimes it is also ceremoniously walked to the playroom with new embellishments added). It becomes a living breathing part of Christmas the kids can enjoy looking after.
You might have clocked our first review of a mini-tree last year (if not you can read it here) and we just wanted to update you that we potted it up last year and it’s been very happy. We’ve added a few of the baubles from last year as a welcome by our front door! Once Christmas is over pot yours up and help the little fella grow so you’ve got a Christmas tree for years to come!
If you fancy your own tiny tree or want to surprise a loved one to get them in the festive mood (especially if they’ve only got a small space) then enjoy 10% off your first order by signing up to the Bloom & Wild newsletter (scroll to the bottom of their ‘Bloom & Wild flower delivery’ homepage to sign up).
For transparency we were sent these trees by Bloom & Wild for the purposes of photography and to share on the blog as part of our Christmas series. We’re huge fans of the minimal packaging, clever seasonal designs and practicality they bring to the flower delivery market!