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Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

Creating Family Traditions

Christmas Crafts back when we first moved into our house about six years ago we had our traditional family Christmas lunch at our house and even though at the time I had a 8 month old daughter and was working full time I decided it was a great idea to make our own Christmas bon bons just to prove to myself that I could be Susie House maker.  Only thing is our family Christmas lunch at the time was for about 25.  Needless to say it was VERY stressful but they did turn out ok.  In case you are crazy enough to try this here is a nice step by step on how to make them.

Christmas 2016

So last year I decided that it would be a good idea to start a family tradition of making Christmas Crafts with the kids. At the time my daughter, Miss S, was 5 and my son, Mr J, was 11 months. So like any mum with a young baby I waited until Mr J was sleeping before Miss S and I embarked on the craft making sessions.

There were trials and tribulations but in the end I was so proud of our Christmas Craft.  Miss S loves getting crafty plus it was a good mother-daughter bonding session.  We incorporated the results as some gifts for grandparents as well as decorations for the Christmas tree.

Christmas Craft 2016
Christmas Craft 2016

We made the triangle Santas, Reindeer and Christmas trees using cardboard and paint.

The other thing I decided to try last year was handmade gifts but given my handmade talents I decided to go with stuff in a jar.  I looked through all of the ones to purchase where you can make like lip gloss and body scrub and put in smaller containers and then put in a mason jar but I thought they were all a little complicated.  I made the decision to make them myself but from small products I could purchase relatively inexpensively.  The gunny sack had lots and this was my inspiration so here is what I did:

  1. Found a mason jar with a clip lid.
  2. Went to Kmart with the jar and looked at all the pamper type things they had.  I decided on two themes (one for hair and one for feet).
  3. For the hair ones I chose a hair mask to nourish the hair, a headband, some bobby pins, one of those small towels that you can dry your hair with.
  4. For the foot ones I chose a foot soak, some nail clippers, a pumice stone, nail polish and moisturiser.
  5. In the shop I made sure all of the ingredients fitted into the jar.
  6. Bought some ribbon and a little card and tied it around the neck of the jar and voila my own pamper in a jar gift.

 

Christmas 2017

Fast forward to this year and I’ve been hunting around for some more ideas of easy things we can make.  Now I stress the ‘easy things’ as I’m not really arty nor crafty I just endeavour to make things with my daughter because she loves it and seeing the joy on her face is worth the mess, drama and stress for me.

This year we are endeavouring to make the Tealight Snowmen for Miss S

tealight_snowmen
Tealight Snowmen

and Hand and Foot Print Santa Sleighs for Mr J.

Hand and Foot Print Santa Sleigh
Hand and Foot Print Santa Sleigh

Other Christmas Craft Ideas

Whilst I was hunting around I came across some other great ideas to do with kids.  Click on each picture to go to website with the instructions.

Threaded Ribbon and Bead Christmas Tree
Threaded Ribbon and Bead Christmas Tree
reindeer-ornament
Reindeer Ornament
Candy Cane Elf
Candy Cane Elf

I also found this really neat webpage called Easy Peasy and Fun which is totally dedicated to Crafts for Kids, Coloring pages, How to Draw Tutorials but I personally loved these two:

Christmas-Cootie-Catchers
Christmas Cootie Catchers
Paper Ball Reindeer Craft
Paper Ball Reindeer Craft

Once we have had a chance to complete some of our art for this year I’ll upload some more photos.  Share with us the Christmas craft you are doing with your kids this year or do one of the ones we have suggested and show us the photos.  If you have any suggestions please leave a comment below.

Mel Parish

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MIBA Mums in Business Association

MIBA Mums in Business Association MIBA

MIBA Mums in Business Association

Amazing Women doing Amazing Things

So as a mum trying to run a small business and life and everything else it is great to work, network and have the support of other women doing the same things.

Whilst trawling through Facebook one day I was lucky enough to come across the Mums in Business Association Facebook group and decided I would join.  From there I have learnt so much and have virtually met so many lovely, talented women working their own businesses.   As I have a blog attached to my business page I put my hand up and have been lucky enough for them to do a guest blog post for me where I’ve been able to ask them some questions you will see in italics and their responses.  Here we go.

Co-founders of Mums in Business Association Estelle Keeber and Leona Burton have brought together an amazing tribe of over 16.5k women from all over the World. Both Leona and myself realised being mums in business ourselves, that there seemed to be a lack of support online and in the real world for mums who have to juggle it all and so MIBA was created!

Leona
Leona

Leona is a mum to 5 children. Kian, Kye, Enna, Olana and baby Elis. Being a young mum motivated Leona into become a serial entrepreneur. Facing the difficulties of raising 5 children Leona has always had to think outside the box to ensure that she was able to be present in her home life whilst creating a stable financial income too! This has lead Leona into owning multiple businesses from a vocal coaching school right through to a MLM company.

Estelle
Estelle

 

Estelle is a single mum to sons Jed who is 9 and Obi who is 6. After suffering from PND after my second child, I embarked on a career change. After studying photography for 3 years I then went on to create a successful wedding photography business and was runner up in the Women in Business Award 2017.

 

 

How did you get started in your business?

We both knew the struggles of trying to run a business whilst also being a mum…. just one of the two is difficult…try doing both. Many of our conversations were focussed on what was lacking for MIB and what in a perfect world we would like to see available for women.

Knowing that there would be many other women feeling the same we created Mums in Business Association. The idea was to create a group when mums could come for support in being a mum and being in business. We offered advice on all aspects of business as well as being an open door for anyone who had an issue with their personal lives too. Giving these women a community to trust in would be just one of the things that made the group so appealing. Both Myself and Leona agree that the massive growth of the group is down to hard work, dedication and finding something that was needed by so many others.

Along with the online support of 16k other women, members also have weekly video trainings to watch on topics such as time management, finding your niche and taking control of your social media. Guest speakers have included Rosemary Conley ( author of best selling book with over 2 million copies ), Olympic medallist Ludi Wiggins and Actress Holly Matthews.

Leona and I have created a movement… we are showing women and mums all over the world that it’s ok to want the best of both worlds…. but not only that we are showing them the techniques and tools to allow them to go and get it as well. Affordable training, VIP membership and Intensive coaching are available for all members ensuring that there is something for everyone no matter what point of your journey you are at. The most important thing for the founders was that other women realised that anything is possible.

 

What is the most common thing you get asked?

The most common thing we get asked…How do you manage it all? We manage our time really well. Schedule in work time and family time…and dont forget me time! Our planner is a great way to break down your day and keep you on track.

 

What advice would you give mums wanting to start their own business?

Advice for MIB starting out…Run with those ideas…even if they sound crazy…if they feel good and right at the time go with it. Try not to plan to much…somethings can be planned and others you will need to be more flexible with. Just believe in yourself and magic will happen!
How do you juggle motherhood and a business?

 

If you could ask advice from anyone in the world – who would it be?

Estelle…If I could ask advice of anyone in the world i think it would be Oprah…So many things i would want to ask….What an amazing inspiring women!

estelle&leona

These lovely ladies have put out their 2nd book which will be out 12th January 2018…it will can be pre-ordered now at Amazon by clicking on the book below.

Mumpreneur on Fire: 1
Mumpreneur on Fire: 1

To see their inspirational posts follow them on Instagram or join their group on Facebook

Please also check out their website at http://www.mumsinbusinessassociation.com/

 

Thanks for reading, if you have any comments please feel free to add them below.

Mel Parish

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Maze Design Indoor Outdoor Rug

Maze Design Indoor Outdoor Rug

Maze Design Indoor Outdoor Rug

Made from Recycled Plastic

Maze Design Indoor Outdoor Rug – Take a trip to the zoo. But wait…..you need to find your way through this maze. Gather your friends and help each other complete the tour.

Features & Specifications

  • Woven from straws made of premium quality recycled plastic; durable and long lasting
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor uses; for outdoor use anchor with furniture or outdoor Velcro
  • 100% waterproof and easy to clean; simply hose down
  • UV, moisture and mildew resistant
  • Lightweight – Portable for use in picnics and camping trips
  • Size: 120 cm x 180 cm
  • Comes rolled

Actual colours may vary from the image(s) shown due to manufacturing limitations

We also have designs in Grey CloudsElephantNumbers and Shapes, Sea Blue Family, Sea Blue Objects, Sea Blue Stripes and Teepee

Grey Clouds Indoor Outdoor Rug

Grey Clouds Indoor Outdoor Rug

Grey Clouds Indoor Outdoor Rug

Reversible Rug

Grey Clouds Indoor Outdoor Rug – these clouds maybe grey but it will never put a damper on things for you! Bring out the toys and get set for a fun play date with all your friends!!

Features & Specifications

  • Reversible
  • Woven from straws made of premium quality recycled plastic; durable and long lasting
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor uses; for outdoor use anchor with furniture or outdoor Velcro
  • 100% waterproof and easy to clean; simply hose down
  • UV, moisture and mildew resistant
  • Lightweight – Portable for use in picnics and camping trips
  • Size: 90 cm x 180 cm
  • Comes rolled

Actual colours may vary from the image(s) shown due to manufacturing limitations

We also have designs in Elephant, Giraffe and Elephant, Maze, Numbers and Shapes, Sea Blue Family, Sea Blue Objects, Sea Blue Stripes and Teepee

Sea Blue Objects Indoor Outdoor Rug

Sea Blue Objects Indoor Outdoor Rug

Sea Blue Objects Indoor Outdoor Rug

Reverisble

Sea Blue Objects Indoor Outdoor Rug- “Speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wing Onward the sailors cry. Carry the lad that’s born to be king Over the sea to Skye”
-The Connies

This nautical themed rug would make the perfect picnic blanket.

Features & Specifications

  • Reversible
  • Woven from straws made of premium quality recycled plastic; durable and long lasting
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor uses; for outdoor use anchor with furniture or outdoor Velcro
  • 100% waterproof and easy to clean; simply hose down
  • UV, moisture and mildew resistant
  • Lightweight – Portable for use in picnics and camping trips
  • Comes rolled

Available in sizes:

  • 120 cm x 180 cm
  • 180 cm x 270 cm

Please choose size from the dropdown menu above.

Actual colours may vary from the image(s) shown due to manufacturing limitations

We also have designs in Grey CloudsElephant, Giraffe and ElephantMaze, Numbers and Shapes, Sea Blue Family, Sea Blue Objects, Sea Blue Stripes and Teepee