Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Ten Free Fun Autumn Activities For Children

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It's the half-term school holidays this week here in the UK and today I have 10 activity ideas that are either free or affordable for you to do with children either during the half-term holiday or at the weekends during autumn or fall as it's also known. Not everyone has the budget for pumpkin picking, it has become very popular and I had no idea how much it was until someone I know took their children, it was really expensive, and it made me glad it wasn't a thing when my girls were small. 

When our girls were young, we were on a tight budget, and I soon learned how to amuse them for little money, I have lots of different ideas that we used to do for all seasons, but today I'm sharing the autumn activities my girls loved to do, and I hope the children in your life enjoy them too. 


10 Free Fun Autumn Activities 🍁🍂🍄


1. Go for an autumnal walk. 

When our girls were small, they used to love getting wrapped up and going for a walk, we'd pop their wellies on and off we went. We would do some leaf kicking, play Pooh Sticks at the local stream and sometimes find a park we hadn't visited for a while. We always made sure we went in different directions each time to mix it up a bit, and something the girls loved to do was choose which direction we went in, so one of them would say for example "go straight ahead for 10 minutes" then we'd time ourselves and then after 10 minutes the other would choose another way to go for a certain time frame, and then I'd choose and so on, but we never chose more than 15 minutes otherwise you end up miles away from home haha. 


2. Cooking or Baking.

Cooking or baking is a great way to spend time with children and something our girls always loved doing. Now I am no Mary Berry but you don't need to be, children enjoy spending time with you and basically making a mess. You can pick up the ingredients for basic fairy buns or biscuits fairly affordably or B&M and Home Bargains have some great value mixes too that has all you need apart from an egg or some water usually. 

Also making sandwiches and using cookie cutters to make them into shapes is fun or making animals or other items out of fruits and vegetables is fun too, and making pizzas always went down well with our girls, you can use wraps for the base too so it makes it easier. 

I have a couple of boards on my Pinterest account sharing ideas for snacks and lunch ideas for children of all ages if you'd like to take a look at those for some inspiration too. I always found that when children help to make lunch or dinner, they tend to be more likely to eat it, so getting them involved is a good way of amusing them and getting them to eat their lunch or dinner, win win. 


3. Movie Day. 

Grab blankets, duvets, and pillows and snuggle down to watch DVDs, a film on the TV or one you've previously recorded. If you have done some baking or made snacks, you could have those, or you can also have a carpet picnic and put everything on the floor (or a coffee table) and have a picnic. It makes what is essentially watching a film into something more special and exciting for the children. 

After the film or films depending on how many you watch, chat about the film, it's a good idea to print off some questions about the film, such as favourite character, favourite part, least favourite part, and score the film out of 10 and so on. 


4. An Autumn Scavenger Hunt.

One of the things we used to do with our girls was to go on a scavenger hunt, we did this at different times of the year. Autumn is great for scavenger hunts, there are lots of things around to look for, I have made an example of something I used to make for our girls, I will pop it below and if you would like to use it, feel free to print it off. You don't have to print anything off though, you can write a list on a piece of paper and either leave it plain or decorate it, or ask the children if they'd like to decorate it.  

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5. Collecting Items & Making A Collage.

Whilst on a walk, collect things, maybe the things you find on your scavenger hunt, obviously not the squirrel! Leaves, sycamore seeds, berries, there are so many things you can collect to make a collage in autumn. I don't know about the children in your life, but my girls loved making a mess so glueing was always a favourite. When the collage is dry, display them around the house of gift them to family and friends. 


6. Make Leaf Ghosts.

When finding things for the collage, there will be lots of sycamore leaves around, collect a few of those for the collage but don't use them all. Paint the leaves with PVA glue using a paintbrush (don't worry it will wash off with soapy water) and whilst it's still wet, cut eyes, nose and mouth out of black paper, or colour some paper black and cut them out of that, and stick them onto the leaf where it would have a face. When the glue is dry, peel it off and you will have a ghost type window sticker, it will stick to the window easily due to it being made of glue and peel off again just as easily, these look really cute and are an affordable Halloween decoration to make. 


7. Collecting & Painting Pine Cones.

Collecting pine cones is a nice thing to do during autumn, and then letting them dry out and decorating them is fun. You can decorate them and use them as autumn decorations or even Christmas decorations, I used to pop a few in a bowl on the sideboard, they look great and the girls always loved to see their creations displayed. 


8. Visit The Library.

Visiting the library is a great thing to do, at this time of year search for spooky stories to tell at Halloween, or autumnal themed stories, you can pick up audio books at the library now too if that's preferable for your little ones. You can spend an hour or so easily in the library and sometimes they will have free activities to do during the school holidays. 

If you have a local area Facebook page, it should have a list of activities that are available for children throughout the holidays, if not, google your local area followed by something like "free autumn half term activities" there should be something available. 


9. Bird Watching.

Go online and find birds you are likely to find in your garden or the park where you live at this time of year. Then make a list of however many you like and try and find them, you don't have to feed the birds, but if you want to feed them at home, there is a fabulous bird feeder with suction cups that stick to an outside window in Home Bargains for £2.99, it's really good and brilliant for bird watching. You can find it HERE. You don't have to feed the birds though, we don't feed them but we get so many different species of birds in our garden, it's nice to see the children excited when they spot one of the birds on the list too.


10. Scrapbooking & Story Writing.

This is something to do at the end of the school holidays, whilst you are out on your walks and scavenger hunts, pick up things to put in your scrapbook, and if you do go to the library, pick up some leaflets you can pop in too. Take photos on your phone and print them out and ask the children to draw a timeline of your activities and the things they enjoyed doing the most and include those too. It doesn't have to be a regular scrapbook, it can be a scrapbook box made from a shoe box or any box you have,  filled with things you collected and any pictures drawn. If you do visit the library, pick up some leaflets to include too. 

If scrapbooking isn't something the children want to do, maybe try a story writing afternoon, write a storybook of the activities you've enjoyed doing, write about their favourite thing to do, what they would like to do again, what they learned that they didn't know, and what score they give each activity. You can also suggest taking it to school to share with their class teacher and classmates if they wish. 

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I hope you enjoyed reading my post, please let me know if you do any of the activities I have mentioned. It can be an expensive time of year, especially with Christmas not too far away and then the cost of living crisis on top, there is a lot of pressure on us all, I hope these ideas are helpful and the children enjoy them. 

Zoë x 




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Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Do You Want A Half Price Grocery Shop? - I Have An Amazing Discount Code For You!

 

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I am always on the hunt for a bargain or a discount code, especially at the moment with everything going up in price on what feels like a daily basis. 

When I first started blogging I used to write discount code ideas and money saving type posts and I recently decided I was going to bring those types of posts back due to the current cost of living crisis if I can help anyone I will and if sharing codes and deals etc helps just one person it will be worth the research. 

Today I was doing some research for deals etc for a blog post and I came across one that I had to share immediately, £25.00 off a £50.00 at Asda so basically a half price grocery shop! How good is that? 

The offer is on both the Uber Eats website and their app and is available until 30th September 2022

To help you in your search, I have uploaded a photograph so you know you've found the right deal. 

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This is the photograph on the Uber Eats website and app. 


Anyway, I won't keep you, but make sure you run, don't walk to Uber Eats now and grab your £25.00 discount! And please let me know if you used the discount, you can comment here or contact me on social media, I'm @mammafulzo across all my social media. 

Zoë x

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Sunday, 18 September 2022

Next Halloween Homeware For 2022



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I know it's only September, but since there's a nip in the air in the mornings these days, it definitely feels like autumn is upon us, and with autumn, comes Halloween, so what better time to share with you some gorgeous Halloween homeware I recently came across on the Next website

I love Next I buy a good amount of my clothes from Next, and Simons to be fair and we love their homeware too, so when I saw they had their Halloween homeware online, I had to make a list of some things I love, to be honest, since writing this, they have added even more things but you don't want a list that could fit on a loo roll do you? 

I have some photographs of the things I am loving and each one is numbered, I will link (aff) each item underneath each photograph so you can go directly to that item should you wish. The cheapest item is £5.00 and the most expensive is £24.00.

Anyway, enough chit-chat (I don't half waffle!) I shall get on with it. 

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1. Halloween Gonk - £20.00 - Direct Link click here

2. Spooky Halloween Wreath - £14.00 - Direct Link click here

3. Glow In The Dark Halloween Peelable Stickers - £5.00 - Direct Link click here

4. Halloween Pumpkin Toilet Roll Cover - £7.00 - Direct Link click here

5. Set Of 3 Halloween Ghosts - £16.00 - Direct Link click here

6. 16 Piece Mini Halloween Baubles - £6.00 - Direct Link click here

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7. Set Of 3 Halloween Mono Pumpkins - £12.00 - Direct Link click here

8. Halloween Ghosts Towel - £10.00 - Direct Link click here

9. Washable Spooky Halloween Doormat - £8.00 - Direct Link click here

10. Set Of 4 Pumpkin LED Lights - £10.00 - Direct Link click here

11. Ceramic House Tea Light Holder - £12.00 - Direct Link click here

12. Halloween Ghost Hanging Decoration - £6.00 - Direct Link click here


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 13. Midnight Luxe Reed Diffuser - £16.00 - Direct Link click here

14. Halloween Pumpkin Ornament - £24.00 - Direct Link click here

15. Set Of 3 Halloween Marshmallow Toppers - £6.00 - Direct Link click here

16. Halloween Pumpkin Line Lights - £12.00 - Direct Link click here

17. Halloween Mug (Not One Pictured) - £6.00 - Direct Link click link

18. Halloween Ghost Torch - £7.00 - Direct Link click here


And that's a Halloween wrap!


How lovely were all those things? Unfortunately, because I thought I'd be super organised and get this post up before I went on my family holiday, the mug photographed is now completely sold out, but I have added a link for a super cute family type mug instead for you. 

As I said, since writing this and more importantly, since making the infographics for this post, Next has added so many more things to their Halloween homeware. Some of the items I have featured have different colourway options too. 

If you want to check out all the homeware Next has to offer, you can go directly to their Halloween homeware by clicking on this link

I hope you enjoyed reading my post, I shall have some more Halloween shopping ideas available soon, so if you love Halloween too, check back or follow me on social media (@mammafulzo) to be notified of my new content. 

Let me know if you decorate your home for Halloween and if you buy or have bought anything I have featured in today's post. 

Zoë x


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Friday, 19 August 2022

Trying New Skincare From Hada Labo - My Thoughts

 

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It's true to say that I'm a bit of a lot of a skincare geek and love trying new skincare brands and their products and I often use the internet to research skincare, especially if there's a product I've heard a lot about. I especially love Japanese skincare and had recently been researching the brand Hada Labo Tokyo after seeing it pop up in the blogging world, and being very interested in their anti ageing range. So I was extremely delighted when I received an email asking if I would like to try some of their products. I, of course, said "yes please" and have been trying out some products for the last few weeks, today I am going to let you know my thoughts. 

Who Are Hada Labo Tokyo?

Hada Labo was created in Japan by Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. under the concept of “Perfect and Simple,” which promises highly effective skincare while eliminating all unnecessary ingredients and additives. Since its introduction in Japan in 2004, the Hada Labo brand has grown to more than 60 different products and expanded its success to several Asian countries. Hada Labo Tokyo™ is the first Japanese skincare line to launch at U.S. mass retailers.

All products are paraben-free, fragrance-free, dye-free, and mineral oil-free.

Hada Labo Tokyo™ is an essential, rehydrating skin care line with everything your skin needs, and nothing it doesn’t. Radiant and youthful skin.


The Products I Received


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The products I received were:

Anti Ageing Super Hydrator - £17.45 

Anti Ageing Sheet Mask - £2.99

Moisturising Sheet Mask - £2.99


Hada Labo Anti Ageing Super Hydrator


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"This Anti-Aging Lotion - Super Hydrator is an easily absorbed, rejuvenating facial lotion with 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen & Retinol. The unique formulation helps to hydrate dry and dehydrated skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles." 


I have dry and sometimes dehydrated skin and my skin would be considered "mature" I always look for certain ingredients when choosing skincare, Hyaluronic Acid is always on the list of things I look for and since I've gotten older and noticed fine lines, I like to include retinol/acids into my skincare routine too. 

When I saw the Super Hydrator was included in my package from Hada Labo, I was thrilled, and I did something I don't normally do, and know most bloggers won't do either, which was, using the product before it had been photographed. I never do that but I wanted to try the product and I had cleansed my face and it was looking at me from the box of PR products that were waiting to be photographed, so I had to use it, I mean, it would be rude not to wouldn't it? 

The consistency of the Super Hydrator is runny and water like with a subtle fresh scent and is colourless. I pumped two pumps into the palm of my hand then put my hands together and patted the product into my skin, including my neck and décolletage, it felt a little sticky when I first applied it but that soon disappeared and my skin felt lovely, soft, refreshed and had a lovely glow. I follow with a moisturiser and my skin feels soft and hydrated all day and the glow I have is unreal, I love it. 

Hada Labo Sheet Masks

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Hada Labo Moisturizing Sheet Mask

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"This sheet mask deeply moisturises the skin due to the multi molecular HA included.

Fragrance free and suitable for sensitive skin"



Since I loved the Super Hydrator so much I couldn't wait to try the masks out too and the first one I tried was the Moisturizing Facial Sheet Mask, the mask was pretty easy to put on and once I'd positioned the eyes, nose and mouth openings in the right place, I pressed the mask into my skin and left it on for 15 minutes. Once I removed the mask, my skin still had product on it so I massaged that into my face and neck and left it to dry. 

My skin felt so soft and plump after using the mask and felt hydrated for days, it hasn't felt that good for a very long time, if ever! It looked lovely too and that isn't a word I'd ever usually use when speaking about my skin. I had much better results using the mask than when I used high end brand sheet masks in the past, which were 10 times the price. 
Hada Labo Anti Ageing Facial Sheet Mask

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"This anti wrinkle sheet mask deeply moisturises the skin due to the multi molecular HA included. The collagen and retinol also help firm and rejuvenate the skin.

Fragrance free, suitable for sensitive skin and contains 4 types of HA. 

Contains collagen and retinol"


Because the Moisturising Sheet Mask left my skin feeling and looking so well, I felt I didn't need to try the Anti Ageing Sheet Mask for a couple of weeks. I applied it in exactly the same way as the moisturising mask and again left it on for 15 minutes, once I'd removed the mask, I massaged the rest of the product that was left on my face into my face and neck. 

Once again I was blown away with the results, my skin was glowing, hydrated, smooth and looked amazing, so much so that when it came to makeup I only used minimum products and I never do that, usually, I am trying my best to add some glow with highlight and blush and hating how my skin looks. 


My Overall Thoughts On Hada Labo 


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I think it's fair to say, I am absolutely blown away with the results I got from using the Hada Labo products, I have already re-purchased all three products so I have a backup of the Super Hydrator because I am still using the original bottle around 8 weeks after starting it, a little really does go a very long way. I have also purchased 3 each of the masks. 

I have continued to use the Super Hydrator daily and I still love it just as much. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, soft, plump and looking extra glowy. Usually, I have to use quite a rich moisturiser, even during the summer months but I haven't needed to since using the Super Hydrator, I have been able to use a much lighter one which is a first for me. And the way my skin looked and felt after using the sheet masks is the best it has looked and felt, it was glowing and felt hydrated for the longest time, I am still blown away by the results, I had read very good reviews before trying the products but now I can completely understand why this brand has such rave reviews. 

I would highly recommend all three products, they are all incredible. I have the driest skin on the planet so to get results like I have, is absolutely amazing. 

If you would like to try any of the Hada Labo products, and I definitely recommend you do, you need to run, not walk and find the Super Hydrator HERE or HERE for £17.45, the Moisturising Sheet Mask HERE for £2.99 and the Anti Ageing Sheet Mask HERE for £2.99 and if you would like to check out the full range of Hada Labo products, you can find them on the Superdrug website HERE or on Amazon HERE


Have you tried anything from Hada Labo? Or would you like to try any of the products I have shared my thoughts on today? Chat with me in the comments. 

Zoë x






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