Tea-riffic DIY Valentine’s Day Card

Like a lot of crafts and DIY cards, this Tea-riffic Valentine’s card is not restricted to your Valentine.  The card would probably make a pretty good birthday card or you could pop two tea bags on the front for a quirky anniversary card and write a witty slogan underneath (if the recipient is a fan of tea of course).  This card doesn’t require a lot of craft supplies or skills so it’s suitable for children and adults alike and great if you’ve forgotten to buy a card for someone special.

DIY Valentine Card

To make the Valentine’s card you will need the following items:

1 Teabag
1 Blank card & Envelope
1 set of eyes
1 Black felt tipped pen
1 piece of paper smaller than your card
Glue or Glue Dots

DIY Valentine Card

Start by preparing the card topper, A plain sheet of A4 white paper was used for this card and a ruler was used to cut it so the edges were not perfect, you could also use watercolour paper which rips really well or sugar paper.

DIY Valentine card Topper

The tea bag was glued to the paper using glue dots and the string and little heart label was stuck down using a small bit of PVA glue.  If the label is coloured you might want to use some washi tape or cut a small piece of plain paper.

Eyes were attached with some PVA glue and a sharpie was used to both draw a mouth directly on the tea bag, and to write the Valentine’s Day message “You’re Tea-riffic”.   If you have time and the skills a calligraphy message would look fantastic on this card. The teabag topper was stuck on to the card with glue dots and it was ready to be delivered to my Valentine.

If this card isn’t your cup of tea (excuse the pun) you might like this Valentine’s card from last year which was inspired by a danish weaving basket, it was a little tricky to make but the end result was worth it.

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DIY Valentine card

 



Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion

Headlice are pesky little blighters, most parents with children will experience an outbreak of headlice at least once during the school years.  Both of my children have suffered from headlice and just the thought of them makes me feel incredibly itchy.

How do you get headlice? Head lice are spread by direct head to head contact. They climb from one person’s hair to another’s.  Headlice don’t have a preference for dirty, clean, long or short hair.

So how do you know if your child has headlice? The first sign is usually scratching of the head, the bite and saliva from the lice is what makes the scalp feel itchy.

What is the life cycle of a louse?  The life Cycle of a louse last for approximately 50 days.  Female lice lay between 5-10 eggs per day and after a week the egg hatches and reaches adulthood in 2 weeks.  Adult lice live for about 30 days on a person’s head so you must act quickly.

How do you get rid of lice? There are two solutions against lice, you can use treatments with repellents or products which act mechanically.  Lice do develop resistance to repellents which can actually be irritating to the scalp.

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Puressentiel is a 100% natural product that contains no synthetic chemicals meaning it’s incredibly gentle to hair and scalp. Over the past year I’ve been cutting down on products that contain synthetic ingredients so this product makes me really happy.

The new generation of anti-lice treatments act mechanically by asphyxiation, suffocating the lice.  The lice are unable to develop resistance to this type of product.

Arthur is almost 4 years old and the last thing he would want to do if he had headlice is to sit still for long periods of time with a lotion on his head, Puressentiel is effective in 10 minutes which is perfect for wriggly children.

After applying the product you can then use a nit comb to remove the eggs and lice from the head and hair.

Have you tried this product? What are your tried and tested methods for removing headlice?

Puressentiel is available at Boots, Amazon and Lloyds Pharmacy for a rrp of £6.49

* This post was written in Collaboration with Puressentiel


Children’s Books Christmas Present Challenge

We love books in our household, so when we were invited to participate in the Random House Children’s books Christmas present challenge it was a no brainer that we would accept.

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Some of the books that Arthur reads now belonged to Lucie and before that belonged to me, I still have a book on my bookshelf that I was given for Christmas 1987 (Alice through the looking glass) although I don’t let anyone touch it as it was a favourite of mine and in mint condition still.  I love to receive books as a gift although i don’t get a lot of spare time to read these days so I’m so thrilled that my children are both avid readers too.  I must add that Arthur isn’t a child genius so we read the books to him and ask him to describe the scene in the picture.

I can’t imagine a life without books, I find them so magical and my favourite story growing up and still as an adult has probably got to be Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood (The original with Jo, Bessie and Fanny not the reprint with Joe, Beth and Frannie?).  I’m thankful that I still have all 3 original Faraway Tree books and not the new versions.  I hope that when I’m old and have grandchildren of my own I can still read these stories to the next generations in their original format.

We were sent 3 fabulous children’s book which are age appropriate for Arthur who will be 4 in March 2017.  Two of them are new to us and one of them Arthur already owns so this will be gifted to my good friend Clare who i’m sure will enjoy reading it to her daughter.

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I’ve wrapped up The tale of Kitty-in-Boots for Arthur’s Christmas Eve stocking, I love Beatrix Potter books and I’m ashamed to say that this will be the first one that Arthur has owned but I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I love the Quentin Blake illustrations, they always transport me back to my childhood favourites by Roald Dahl but I digress.

Shirley Hughes is also a new author to Arthur and I know he will love not only the story of Alfie and his best friend but the lovely illustrations in the book.  Lucie used to enjoy reading Lucy & Tom’s Christmas by the same Author as one of her Christmas books, it was so well written and I’m looking forward to sharing Alfie’s adventures with Arthur on Christmas day when he opens this book.

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The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea is a book we purchased a couple of weeks ago for Arthur as I fell in love with the fun pictures in the book, it’s a really funny book with some very funky hairstyles and outfits and a great book for me to gift to my friend.

What was your favourite childhood book?

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Day to Night Makeup for Christmas

With the party season fast approaching I thought it might be a good idea to show you one of my favourite day to night makeup products, something simple that can be worn as it is for work or Christmas shopping and enhanced for an evening out.

Wouldn’t it be lovely if we all had makeup artists on hand like the celebrities do? It might surprise you to know that the likes of Beyonce, Zoe Saldana, Taylor Swift and more, love their penny-pinching beauty must-haves just the same as you and I and I’ve actually used some of their favourite products in my look.

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So how do you go from tired mum to ready to party? I’ve used some of my personal favourites plus the favourites of Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian.

Celebrity Drugstore makeup

My base (not featured) is the Make-up Forever Velvet Mat (£29) in Vanilla which is a favourite of Taylor Swift, I really do like this foundation as it’s medium to high coverage and can be built up to cover blemishes of which I have many.

Max factor Creme Puff (£6.99) for me is iconic, my grandmother used to use it and as soon as I open the lid the smell transports me to my childhood.  It’s a real versatile product as it can be worn alone, with moisturiser or over foundation for a flawless finish.

The Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 2 palette (£6.99) is one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes for a day to night look. The eyeshadow is highly pigmented and there is a great mix of matte and glitter shades meaning you can really make your eyes sparkle with some glitter once your night is about to start.

After years of trial and error with eyebrow pencils I’ve found one that I love by Nyx.  The micro brow pencil in Espresso (£7) is perfect for filling in your brows, it doesn’t have a red pigment in it like some dark brown pencils do and the really thin pencil means that even the most heavy handed person will fail to go wrong when filling in their brows.

If it’s good enough for Gigi Hadid it’s good enough for me! Diorshow iconic curl mascara in Black (£25) has been a favourite of mine for years, I find it gives the perfect falsh lash effect without the need for falsh lashes.  3 coats is usually enough for my lashes and I get a full day and night of wear with no flaking.

Finally for the lips I used a favourite of Kim Kardashian, the Maybelline colour sensational lipstick (£3.97).  I’m not a fan of beige like Ms Kardashian, I prefer a red, my current favourite being ravishing rose, what I really love about this lipstick is you can blot it on a tissue to get a really subtle red which suits all or you can wear it as it’s supposed to be – daring and ready for sipping those Christmqas cocktails.

Are any of my celebrity drugstore favourites a favourite of yours?

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*This post is a collaboration with magicfreebies.co.uk


DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper

When you buy gifts for a lot of people at Christmas time it can become very expensive buying wrapping paper and all of the things to decorate them.  I have been known to spend around £40-£50 in Marks and Spencer on my wrapping paper and decorations which could be spent on better things in my opinion.  In a few easy steps you can create beautifully wrapped presents for a fraction of your usual cost by making DIY Christmas Wrapping paper.  My supplies cost under £20 and some bits will last until next Christmas.

DIY Christmas Wrapping

I love the smell of dried fruit as it reminds me of Christmas when ever I smell it, to make it I slice Oranges, Lemons and Grapefruit and bake in a very low oven for 2 hours turning over once.  Once the fruit has cooled I place on a radiator or in the airing cupboard for a couple of days to completely dry out.  We always take a family crafting foraging trip where we collect pine cones and pretty branches that would make a good base for a project and I tend to use them in my decorating at Christmas time, you can also use some of the branches from your Christmas tree  (only pick the bits that you can’t see so chop from the back).  If you can get hold of glitter spray, pine cones can look amazing all glittery and twinkling (a tip from my friend Kate)

I start by wrapping my parcels in brown paper which I buy for £1.25 for 15 metres, I then wrap the parcel in ribbon or gardening string, it gives a fabulous rustic feel to the present and makes you feel like you are back in olden days where brown paper was used to wrap everything.

It’s entirely up to personal preference what decorations you use on the present but I quite like to use pieces of cinnamon and fruit, holly berries and sprigs of cedar, pine cones, sprigs of rosemary and coloured jingle bells, Miniature baubles or home made gingerbread.

I cut my own tags from old cardboard boxes (recycling is good) and either leave them plain or add a silver sticker.  If you have time you could draw something on the tag or stencil the initial of the recipient.  I love this tutorial for Felt Gingerbread men gift tags on Grace’s Favours blog.

DIY Christmas Wrapping

 

Not only do these presents look and smell great your recipient can recycle the decoration next year!  You will have saved so much by not purchasing expensive wrapping paper and decoration that you can treat yourself to supplies for next year in the January sales saving even more money the following Christmas.  Brown parcel paper can also be recycled so you are doing your bit for the environment too!

How do you wrap your presents?