The kids are off school and they are bored and want to go out which means spending money. Summer can be an expensive time so here is some tips on how to save this summer.
Take Your Own Food
Food can be one of the most expensive parts of a family day trip so take your own. Pack a picnic and save those pennies (or pounds). Don’t go overboard with food as you could end up overspending. Pack each person their own pack lunch, get them to help so you pack what they like and there is no waste.
Leftovers are great for picnics, pasta, rice, chicken and potatoes can be eaten cold. We rather like cold lasagne!
Take Your Own Drinks
Bottles and cartons can be so expensive to buy especially if you are a larger family. Pack your own drinks; pop them in the freezer the night before so they are extra cold. By the time you get to your destination they would have melted.
Check the venue you are going many have drinking water points where you can refill your drinks.
Buy Your Tickets Online
You can save up to 54% at some theme parks buy buying your tickets online. Always check before you go to see what offers they are running.
Check out our guide to the best offers this summer.
Have a search for free local events. Checkout your local council website they should have a list of events.
Coca Cola are running Park Lives Events in Newcastle, Birmingham and the London Borough of Newham. Take part in these free activities including buggy fit, tai chi, bowling taster, Futsal, football and family fitness.
Embrace Second Hand
Keep your children entertained by embracing the charity shop. They are a treasure trove of toys, books and DVD’s. Give them £1 a see what they can get. They will love the challenge and will have something new to play with.
Looking for the perfect bag this summer? We understand as parents you need a bag that’s sturdy, fits quite a bit and looks stylish. Whether it’s for a trip to the beach, park or shops you need a bag that works for you.
Here at Kids One Stop Shop we have a fabulous selection of bags.
Yesterday we gave you 20 things you could do this summer. We missed out the theme parks and zoos because day we have a post packed full of summer offers and discounts for you.
West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park – Save up to 10% when you book online and up to 30% on groups of 6 and more
London Aquarium – If you are traveling the London on the train then you can get 2 for 1 plus free guidebook when you show your national rail tickets and print off a 2for1 voucher from Days Out Guide.
Sealife Centre – You can save up to 40% on tickets if you book online. The discounts depend on which venue you attend.
Drayton Manor – Save £11 off adult tickets and £7 off children’s tickets when you buy online. Children under 4 go free this summer when you purchase you tickets online saving you £5.
Thorpe Park – Save £24 off adults tickets when you buy online and £16 off a child’s ticket. Stay for two days for an extra £6!!
Warwick Castle – Save up to 30% and get the rainy day guarantee
Chessington World of Adventure- Save up to 46% when you book online. Upgrade to a two day ticket for just £6
Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Get 3 for the price of 2 on wrist bands with Daysout.co.uk
Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers – Save up to 25% when you buy online
LEGOLAND – Save up to 30% when you buy online
The summer holidays are upon us and it’s sometimes hard to know what to do with then children. Don’t worry we have some brilliant ideas for you to do this summer holidays.
If you want to get out and about this summer there are plenty of events going on throughout the country.
Old Winchester Hill National Nature Reserve, Hayden Lane, near Warnford, Hampshire, SO32 3LF
Can you jump like a grasshopper, run like a beetle, flutter like a butterfly, dance like a bee, hunt like a dragonfly? Come for our mini-beastastic activity session, play some marvellous mini-beast games, uncover some mini-beast mysteries – about dancing bees & farming ants!
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Join Mowgli on his wonderful adventures with the loveable and wise Baloo the Bear, the powerful panther Bagheera, not to mention mischievous monkeys and the terrifying tiger Shere Khan! A guaranteed summer hit for all the family.
As part of National Play Day we are hosting a hungry bug play day! Have a go at our butterfly hunt, make yourself a caterpillar hat, and enjoy our bug-themed play area. Why not bring along a picnic to enjoy in the castle grounds – because all us bugs get hungry after a good play!
Cattows Farm, Heather, Leicestershire LE67 2RF
WOW! 2014 – and now entering our FIFTH year, Strawberry Fields Festival is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing and most exciting independent festivals in the UK.
Stanmer Park, Brighton
Little Monsters Bash is a fun festival for mini festival goers aged between 0-10 years old and their families. The event is being held at the glorious grounds of Stanmer Park in Brighton, East Sussex on Saturday 9th August 2014. Enjoy the main stage hosting a variety of celebrity live acts and shows or visit one of our many specific Monster zones which have their own entertainment schedule and activities which are free for visitors to participate in. Families who attend get to enjoy a fantastic fun day out, where children get to enjoy interactive learning and play as well as having fun!
Brockholes, Samlesbury, Preston
This Hobbit themed adventure is guaranteed to excite and entertain the whole family whether they are seven or 77!
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
A visit to the Summer Exhibition is the perfect way to introduce your children to art, bringing together some of the most exciting work being created right now. From sculptures and paintings to drawings, prints and photography – prepare to be inspired! Book now to take part in a fun interactive tour of the galleries, led by our engaging artist-educators, followed by an art making session inspired by the works on display in the Summer Exhibition.
Enjoy this once a year exclusive family opportunity to cycle around the picturesque Parkland of Blenheim Palace, a World Heritage site. Bring your bicycles (and helmets) and cycle around the spectacular Lake and over the Grand Bridge, take in the scenery and fresh air, stop for a picnic and make it a day to remember.
Burley Park, Burley, Hampshire
Come and join us for a friendly uplifting fun weekend. Enjoy the magik in the enchanting home of the New Forest Fairies.
Live acoustic music, Folk bands, Morris dancers, story telling, belling dancing, Platform Mediumship, lots of activities and workshops will heighten our senses with love and joy. Let your spirit run wild and free!
Dress in your finest fairy and elf costumes and be sprinkled with Magik Fairy Dust!
Five day fun for all the family returns to Paignton Green
There’ll be fun and entertainment for all the family as Torbay Children’s Week returns to Paignton Green.
23rd August – Family Fun Day from 11am. Fireworks display at 9pm!
Closer to Home
If you want to stay closer to home then make the most of your local facilities.
This year’s summer reading challenge is Mythical Maze .
The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice, collecting stickers and other rewards along the way – all FREE.
Why not set your family a challenge to do at least one of the 50 things this summer. Many of them can be done in your garden or Local Park. You can register online and track your progress
There is no better way to cool down then taking a swim. Check your local authority site to see if they have any free swimming offers on this summer.
Go Camping In Your Back Yard
Pitch your tent in your garden and have camping adventure. Sing songs, tell stories and toast marshmallows on a fire (or BBQ).
Go On a Picnic
Pack a picnic and spend the day at your Local Park or forest. If you don’t fancy going too far then have it in your garden or even on your living room floor if the weather is wet.
Let’s face it you don’t want to be out all the time. We all love a lazy day at home especially when the weather is looking grim.
There is nothing better than baking (and eating) cakes. Try out fairy cake recipe or for something more savoury give our cheese scones a go.
Get the glue and paint out and let your little ones get creative. Make your own play dough or make a flower bookmark.
Family Film Time
Pop some popcorn, snuggle on the sofa at watch a film. Bored of the films you have? Why not have a film swap with friends! You can hire films from your local library.
Sign up for a free month’s trial with one of the film streaming companies and watch as many films as you like.
NOWTV – Free one month for Sky Movies get all the live movies plus movies on demand
Netflix – Free one month trail
Amazon Prime Instant Video – Free one month trail
Fun & Games
Get the board games out and have fun. If the weather is nice play them in the garden. Charity shops are a good place to pick up cheap games or have a games swap with friends.
Give our animal pairs game a go. Just print, cut out and play.
Whatever you do this Summer have an amazing time!
The end of school year is almost here and it’s time to start thinking of those teachers gifts. Nothing says thank you like a handmade gift.
We have found a selection of gift ideas for you to make:
These Apple Print Tote bags from Mum In The Madhouse look great and so simple to make.
Try these yummy looking Edible Sparkle gifts from Domestic Goddesque
Red Ted Art has been making these super cute hama bead keyrings.
Have fun making Snafflesmummy’s Story Stones.
We have a great free printable to help you make Flower Bookmarks
Have a great homemade gift or craft idea? Add it too the linky below and we will share with our followers.
My family loves potato wedges.
Nice big, fat, crunchy potato wedges. They are great with sausages, chicken drumsticks, burgers or just a big bowl with some BBQ sauce to dip in.
It has taken us a little while to perfect our wedges but we have realised the key is the amount of oil, the potato you use and then length of time you cook them for.
We have found that Maris Piper make the best wedges (and roast potatoes).
Here is our recipe for the potato wedges ever
Prep Time: 10 Mins
Cooking Time: 45 mins -1 hour
3-4 Large Maris Piper Potatoes
1 Table Spoon of Olive Oil
1 stock cube (chicken or vegetable)
Fresh Thyme (optional)
Pre heat oven to 220, 200 fan
Place a large roasting tray in the oven to warm
Cut each potato into 8 wedges
Rinse them in cold water to get rid of the excess starch and pat them dry and put in a large bowl
Add oil to potatoes and toss until them are all coated
Crumble stock cube over them and toss again
Place them in the heated roasting tray skin side down
Sprinkle on fresh thyme
Cook for 45 mins – 1 hour the need to be crispy on the outside
The sessions I attended at Britmums Live this year were really inspiring and packed full of great advice. Instead of writing up each session individually I thought I would share some of the thing I learnt from the conference.
List ingredients in then order they are used
Test the recipe at least 3 times
Never copy and paste a recipe from someone else
If your recipe is inspired by someone then credit them
List equipment needed
If it’s a baking recipe indicate what size tin is needed
How To Make Your Blog Gorgeous:
Your header is your first impression; keep it crisp, clean and in keeping with your blog
Don’t overload your sidebar it distracts from your content
Use 2-3 colours only
Think about your font style it needed to be readable
Keep your text and pictures in alignment
Create a life not a career
Take pictures in natural light
Think about composition
Be part of a community. Comment and like photos
Take part in weekly #’s
Keep # short
Use a maximum of 3-4 # per picture
Video mistakes include: Props left in camera view, inappropriate dress, wrong filming environment
Invest in tripods and lights to make your videos more professional looking
Edit your videos.
Use iMovie or YouTube to edit
Film in landscape
Have a script but don’t read from it
Make videos short and snappy around a minute or a half
Use the stats function in YouTube to see when your viewers stop watching
Keep images below 640px
Back up your blog! Use plugins in WP or download your blog in Blogger using the backup/restore function in template
Use Copyscape to check if someone is using your content
It is not a social network it’s a social layer
Claim google authorship
Add yourself as a contributor to any publications you have written for
It’s all about your personal profile try to use that rather than pages if you can
Always post links in the link box not in the main content box
Use more text. Don’t be afraid to write more
510px is the magic number for G+ images
Always share to public first and then adapt and send to circles
Set up influencer circles
You can be a feminist and still wear a tiara!
Did you go to Britmums Live? What did you learn?
Still need a gift for Dad for Father’s Day? This is the perfect opportunity to get the kids to make one!
We have found a great selection of Father’s Day Crafts and gift ideas for your little’s ones to make. Who doesn’t like a homemade present?
We love, love, love these personalised mugs from Mum In The Madhouse.
Why not give this Bonebraid Keychain Craft from Free Kids Crafts ago.
This Football Pitch Mouse Mat is perfect for your footie fans dad and just in time for the World Cup.
Try these Chocolate Spoons from Tesco Living they look really yummy.
This is such a cute idea from All Kids Network. Make a Father’s Day coupon box.
This Car Shirt from The Blue Basket is amazing. You can print off the map from blog so its really simple to make.
Fancy a bit of baking? Try these Father’s Day Tie Cookies from No Time for Flashcards
This Father’s Day desk golf set from Domestic Goddesque is a little bit awesome.
Don’t have time to get crafty? Try this free Me and My Dad printable from Love and Marriage.
Finally we have our Cereal Box Photo Frames.