By Chloe Fair
National Garden Week and the Easter Holidays are two great excuses to get outside, not to mention the sudden appearance of some Spring sun. Don’t worry about bad weather getting in the way of family fun this Easter as we have some great outdoor suggestions and activities that can easily be taken inside if the weather turns bad. And all of our suggestions are cheap and suitable for all the family.
Crafts in the garden
Take your crafts out in the garden this Easter and not only will your children get some fresh air, but you can start planting your Spring flowers without worrying about them making a mess inside. There are some great free crafts available online this year.
Hello Moon offer adorable, unique personalised prints and mugs! Their in-house designers have created an adorable Easter craft pack that you can do with your kids during the Easter holidays. All you need is crayons, glue, scissors and a bit of imagination!
Hello Moon is sending their 16-page craft pack out with every order made before April 16th. Alternatively, you can download a printer-friendly version of the craft pack to do at home.
Red Kite Days has also published some great crafts to do at home. Check out its Easter Bunny Cups - easy and cheap to make!
Easter egg rolling
Limehouse Day Nursery has a great activity that you can do with all the family. All you have to do is:
You can lay out a rug or a sheet in the garden and get rolling!
Explore open spaces
Haddy Folivi is a mum of two (3 and 8 years) and runs Clarity Media. She knows the importance of keeping the kids happy over Easter and balancing work with family time. She tries to make sure that her kids get at least one hour of fresh air every day.
“We are keeping the kids busy during the holidays by going to a range of different parks and open spaces. Every open space presents a new opportunity to explore and become a new adventure, and best of all, it's often free - all we need to spend money on is their ice creams.”
Start exploring the outdoors in your local area and find your local park with gov.uk’s handy tool.
Grow your own fruit and veg
Gardening is another simple and effective way to keep the kids happy, in the sunshine and bonding with parents this Easter along with being cheap and educational! It’s great for parents and kids as mum and dad will be happy (it’s proved to burn 700 cals in 2 hours!), it gets kids away from their screens and learning about where their food comes from.
Innocent smoothies and not-for-profit organisation GIY have partnered together for campaign Sow & Grow that aims to encourage kids and adults around the UK to get out into their gardens, get their hands dirty and get growing! It saves money (we all know how expensive fruit can be!), keeps families active and is a great way to enjoy this glorious sunshine this Easter.
The changes in law to child booster seats came into effect last month.
So what is the new law? Here are the facts;
What the experts say
The experts say that booster seats do not offer protection in crashes. All a booster seat does is put the lap belt into the correct position and offers no protection to the head and body. High backed seats protect the head in a crash and shoulder protection keeps the child in the right position.
Children should progress from a 9-18kg group one seat with a harness into a high-backed seat until they are 150cm.
Some simple rules to follow when buying a new car seat are;
What will happen if I break the law?
If parents are caught travelling with their child in the car without the correct booster for their age, height and weight, they could face a fine of between £100 to £500.
Remember it is always the responsibility of the driver for children being in car seats while travelling.
Does January seem a bit more glum to you than other months? I think that after all the excitement and indulgence over the festive period, January is a bit of a come down month. We often hear about January blues, but fear not; Feel Good February is upon us. Now January is over, it’s time to dust away the winter cobwebs and help yourself to feel good in mind, body and soul. Spring is just around the corner, after all.
Doing all you can to feel good in February is important for your physical and mental wellbeing. After the excess of the Christmas period and the long, dull January that follows, we could probably all do with a boost to perk us up a bit. There are a whole range of things that you can do during February to make yourself feel good, and here are my top tips.
So, what will you be doing to make yourself feel good this February?
Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist, specialising in anxiety, confidence, quitting smoking and weight loss. He runs a clinic at The Hair & Beauty Hub in Evesham. When he's not helping people, Daniel likes long walks with his dogs, looking after his chickens, and enjoying a nice cup of tea.
As another year gets off to a start, you may have done what millions of other people do and set yourself some New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to lose weight, quit smoking, or work on achieving some other goal. That’s fantastic, and I wish you the very best in 2017, but let’s be honest for a moment… How many people actually achieve their resolutions?
It’s all too common to begin with the best intentions, but then end up failing by mid-January as you concede defeat and realise your resolutions were fuelled by some kind of guilt or jumping on the New Year bandwagon. I remember reading once that 88% of people fail to achieve their resolutions. It’s a staggering statistic, but one that I refuse to let you be a part of. 2017 can be your year, and I’m here to help you make it exactly that. Here are my top five tips to help you begin or kick-start your resolutions.
Daniel Browne is a hypnotherapist, specialising in weight loss, quitting smoking, anxiety and confidence issues. He runs a clinic in Evesham town centre. When he’s not helping people, Daniel likes long walks, looking after his chickens, and enjoying a nice cup of tea.
Welcome to my very first blog! Yes, very first blog it's actually quite strange typing in first person! Blogging is so different from writing articles and editing for Vale Family Magazine. Articles and blogging are worlds apart so please bare with me if I ramble on or make a fluff of it. To any pro bloggers out there reading this feel free chuckle now, we all started somewhere, and this is where I am starting.
THE REASONS TO BLOG:
The reason why I am learning to blog and asking others who follow the magazine to join me is because I am a great believer in sharing... ideas, tips and learning from others. I can see blogging as a fab way to do that (I love the fact I write in an informal, it's liberating). Something I can not do in my magazine!! Oh look I can use multi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry I will get it out of my system soon. The freedom of writing in this informal way is not the only reason for blogging though, it is a great tool for raising the profile of a topic or issue close to your heart or maybe blog on a professional level as you want to show your expertise?
Or maybe you are an inspiring writer that wants to get your name out on www. Either way I think it is great to hear from our local community, people who live, work and parent in our local area really are a fountain of knowledge making the readers feel it is far more relevant to them than a blog by somebody in Kathmandu.
JOIN ME AND BLOG:
Recently I made an open invite to Vale Family Magazine readers to contact us if they are interested in blogging on this website. I am looking forward to reading and sharing blogs from our local community covering Evesham, Pershore and Broadway and I am honestly open to ideas, bring on the blog! I understand starting a blog is quite daunting, I have to admit I googled how to write a blog and found lots of great blogs by bloggers on how to blog, but really if you want to write a blog it is good to take on board some of the tips and guidance (like definitely spell check) I am sure I have some of this wrong but I am trainee blogger. I found Brian A. Klems website The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog guided me enough to get started.
I would like to hear from all walks of life, I am a great believer in positivity and that's the aim of the blogs to inspire, amuse and at times help share knowledge.
Here is a little idea of the first 5 ideas that springs to mind..
KT Gilbert (me below with my little Vale family)
Editor and Designer of Vale Family Magazine,
Mum and local busy body and maybe blogger!