The school holidays were a little crazy and meals plans went out of the window but we are back on track.
This is what we are having this week:
What are you having?
For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal plans.
Its St David’s Day this Sunday and we have found some great crafts and recipes to help you celebrate.
These Daffodil Pin-wheels from Nuturestore are simple to make and look lovely.
We love this little Welsh Lady from Activity Village
These Paper Leeks from Filth Wizardry look brilliant
Make a Dragon Shield with DLTK Holidays
These Welsh Cakes from BBC Good Food look amazing.
Wales.com have this brilliant recipe for Bara Birth.
This Welsh Dragon from Domestic Goddesque looks like a lot of fun to make.
Visit our Pinterest Board for more inspiration.
Autumn is officially here, which means it’s time to dust off those boots and dig out those warmer recipes.
Over the years we have shared many autumn recipes with you and here are some of our favourites:
Our Turkey, Bacon and Thyme Hotpot is a great autumn recipe which is not only totally yummy but low in fat as well!
Give our Slow Cooked Bolognaise a try. Perfect for those days when you are really busy just pop it all in the slowcooker.
You will love My Minestrone Soup Recipe. It’s great for lunch and dinner and freezes really well.
Make our Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom Pasta Bake with your leftover roast chicken.
Get the children involved and make these scrummy Pork Meatballs.
What are your favourite autumn recipes?
The Thrifty Festival had a nice summer holiday and now its back ready to help you be a little bit more thrifty.
Autumn is on its way so we thought we would kick off with a Autumn themed festival.
As the weather gets cooler and wetter it gets harder to keep the children entertained. Anna at In The Playroom as the perfect thrifty activity for you. Check out her post with 11 Recycled Junk Modelling Crafts.
Everyone likes flowers and these are perfect to brighten up a room when its a bit grey outside. They also make great gifts and if you choose right and arrange them yourself they won’t cost the earth. Ellie at Family Style has this great little tutorial on how to make a Beautiful Boutique Florist Style Flowers on a Budget
As the weather gets colder you may find yourself using the car more and that means more fuel. A Thrifty Mum has 10 top tips on saving money on fuel.
Liz over at Me and My Shadow took part in Zero Waste week and her goal was to minimize lunch box packaging. She did a great job and her post is packed for of tips on how to minimize packaging and save money!
The Diary of a Frugal Family have the ultimate list of 70 Frugal and Fun Autumn Activities to do with the kids.
Looking for ways to use up those leftovers? Try our Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom Pasta Bake.
Half term will be upon us soon we have some great ideas for having a great autumn half term on a budget.
Lastly we have some great ways to save money this autumn
Now its your turn. Share your Thrifty posts with us to read and share.
There is also a Pinterest Group board if you would like to be added please let us know and of course feel free to grab a badge.
On Wednesday we shared our printable spooky garland for your Halloween party and today we have some great biscuits for you to make
These are really easy to make and look great.
You start with a basic biscuit recipe feel free to use your own but this is mine:
You will need:
110g Caster Sugar
1 Beaten Egg
Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
220g of Plain Flour
50g Chocolate Chips
Strawberry jam to fill the finger nails
Beat the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy
Beat in the egg and vanilla
Add the chocolate chips and flour and combine to make dough
Wrap in cling film and chill for 30mins
Once its chilled pre heat your oven to 180oc/160 fan
Shape pieces of dough into long finger and make a little dip at one end
Place a blob of jam in each dip
Bake for 15-18 minutes until golden brown
Come back next week for some more spooky ideas!
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!
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.