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Green Dragon rare breeds farm and eco centre.

A few week-ends ago, just before the snow we decided to visit Green dragon rare breeds farm and eco centre near Quainton in Buckinghamshire. Tempted by an advertisement on Facebook and prompted by the fact ‘kids go free’ with a paying adult in January (Making it £18 for 4 of us) and wanting to do something in the fresh air. We were really glad we did as we had a great few hours out hour.

The farm is fairly small but well-kept and offers plenty of hands – on experiences, talks and displays. We were very impressed by the staff, quite often you visit family attractions, where the staff are unenthusiastic, grumpy and put in minimum effort. This was far from the case, all the staff here at the farm were happy, chatty and informative, which is a real credit to them especially as it was absolutely freezing, a few hail storms and bitter in the wind. It was obvious that the staff enjoyed there jobs, all were really informative, friendly and answered our question with great knowledge.

All the animals were out in the animal paddocks and barn, looked well looked after and were active, Despite it being freezing.  The boys enjoyed grooming a Shetland pony, holding a cockroach, watching a bird of prey show, digging in the sand pit for dinosaur bones, riding a pedal go-kart and playing in the soft play.  Apart from the farm animals, there is an indoor messy play barn, wildlife zone, exotic pets corner, peddle Go-karts, outdoor play area, indoor soft play area, picnic shelter, café and shop.

If your Local, in my own personal opinion it is definitely worth a visit to this lovely well run farm for a couple of hours especially those with younger children. Depending on older children’s interest, some may find it to small or not big enough to hold there interest. This is my own bias review/opinion based on our own personal experience of a few hours there. We had a great few hours out, enjoying family time and was so impressed by the staff.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Marwell zoo

IMG_20181231_134648.jpgWe visited Marwell zoo near Winchester during the Christmas school holidays.  I thought I would share my own personal opinion on the Zoo based on our own experience – with you! We have visited the zoo previously as it is just under 1 hour from home and have always had a good day out, though seeing the animals has always been abit hit and mix. This visit was prompted by the fact we had two ‘kids go free’ vouchers and we wanted to do something in the fresh air so we thought we would take a visit.

We were really glad we did as we had a great day out. All the animals were out and active, unlike previous summer visits to the zoo. We saw every animal up close!IMG_20181231_150906.jpg

  Marwell Zoo is a well spaced out zoo and crowds are not ever a problem. Easy to find (lots of brown signs). It is a fairly big zoo (140 acres) for walking with young children however there is a free land train that goes around the zoo one way. I recommend using this where possible it relieves tired legs for little ones and keeps the interest going. There is also a proper rail train which you can pay extra for too, though I can’t comment on this as it has never been open when we have visited.

The zoo is open every day and has two prices throughout the year (there is a cheaper price to go in the winter months). Plus you do have the choice to pay with or without Gift aid ( a voluntary donation). There are animal talks, feeds, cafes, gift shop and playgrounds. Parking is free (always a bonus) in a big car park close to the park entrance. We always take a pack lunch and eat it in the indoor picnic room, so can’t comment on the café. The shop is near the entrance/exit, big and has a wide choice of gifts typically priced for a visitors attraction.

The animals you can see to name a few include Giraffes, Cheetahs, zebras, tigers, penguins, flamingos, rhinos, wallaby’s, reptiles, fish, insects etc.

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Despite mixed opinion on Zoo – I do believe animals should live in their own wild habitats. However I have two children (and myself) who love animals, and seeing them up close only helps increase that interest, love and knowledge. Plus I do appreciate that Zoo’s have changed there agendas in past years and the reality is that some animals will be protected from dying out due to programmes and funds created from/by Zoo’s.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Fun with Ice.

Hi hope you all had a good week-end in the snow. Recently I saw this idea on a face book page and thought it looked pretty cool, so we decided to give it a go during the snow, doing our own version. It was a very  straight forward idea and easy to do, however our ice sculptures didn’t quite turn out as cool as the ones we saw on-line!

Take a look  at my project section or follow the link below if your interested to read more or want to give it a go.

Fun with Ice.

IMG_1169Enjoy emmas xxx

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The national history museum and the science museum.

   As a family we love to spend days out, spending valuable time together. Cost is always something we consider looking for either free or at the cheaper end of the scale. Over the holidays we visited The national history museum and the science museum in London. A trip we have done a couple of times now on a Sunday or a bank holiday to take advantage of the free parking. (London on the train is a shocking cost for a family of four and is an unrealistic cost for us personally as a family). However having spent a lot of my earlier years in London it is something I want my children to experience and both really enjoy visiting ‘the big smoke’.

   If you go early enough a free parking space can be found in London near most points of interests (9am-10am seem to be the best time to ensure a space – any later and it can be a struggle). Though in the past it used to be that you could park free all day in the same spot, however it is worth pointing out this time we noticed a lot of spaces had a time limit on them even on a Sunday/ bank holiday of 3 or 4 hours. We found a space for 4 hours near the museums, for us this was fine as the boys or my attention in a museum probably doesn’t stretch any longer. Plus on this occasion we had plan to only visit the museum. However if planning to visit for longer or getting the underground elsewhere it would be worth re- investigating in finding spaces that allow for longer.

    If you have Curious Kids of any age the National history or the science museum both at Kensington in London are a perfect place to visit. You can choose to visit just one or dip in and out of both as both our next door to each other. Entry to both of the museums is free (donations welcome) so a perfect activity to do when visiting London cheaply with children.  Though tickets are required for some of the events, activities, galleries and special exhibitions if you choose to visit these (we haven’t yet, so cant comment on these personally).

In the National History Museum children can get up close with nature and creatures. Next door in the Science museum without stating the obvious children can get up close to all types of science.

   There is so much of interest to explore in the galleries at both, they cannot all be done in a day! There is plenty of hands-on and interactive activities to keep children of all ages interested at both of the Museums. We always find something new each visit. Both my boys have different interests and likes so we tend to agree they choose initially two zones each then dependant on time we will visit extras.

   This time in the natural history museum my boys chose and enjoyed the interactive Dinosaurs (The big TRex was a hit unlike last time which scared my little one to a big uncontrollable melt down) and looking for scenes from ‘Andy dinosaurs adventures’. The clock can be seen in the front entrance for anyone looking for it. We missed it first time as it is quite hidden away among the crowds. My big tip would be to do the dinosaur section early as it gets busier as the day goes on. My youngest loved the Mammals spotting dolphins in the blue zone and then the bug zone offered lots of interaction with button pressing . Whilst the eldest really enjoyed reading in and exploring the volcano and earthquake zone the escalator though the earth core is always a big hit to get to these sections.

    At the science museum we always spend time in the space and vehicles section despite there being more to explore. The boys are quite happy just to do these two sections.

    To help keep costs down and due to the added complications of son with food allergies we always take a picnic for lunch. there is always somewhere to pop yourself down to eat inside or out (big picnic seating area upstairs in the science museum). Quite often we just take a breather on a bench for lunch between the two museums in the fresh air. There are several cafes if you would rather grab something to eat or drink.

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 The Basics:

Both Open daily: 10.00–18.00.
Galleries start to close 30 minutes before the museum closes.

Science Museum: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD

The Natural History Museum: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD

Enjoy emmas xxx

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2019

Well hello and a belated welcome to 2019 better late than never (still in January?). I hope all is going well so far. Apologies I put the website on a back bench for a while. Busy spending time with the boys enjoying Christmas, then trying to catch up with myself when they returned to school. A list of ‘must do one day’ jobs was getting slightly to long. I decided to hit it head on – so the crazy muddled mind could calm down. Not sure the mind has but some of the jobs have been completed. Finally I can right my first blog of 2019 be it not very exciting!

Don’t you just hate January! I am personally not a fan, Its cold and miserable! The cold, germs and dark seems never-ending. Not doing much to entice people outdoors. Despite trying to smile though it and be positive. No one seems to smile and grumpy people seem everywhere. Roll on summer!!!! Despite this we have kept ourselves busy in our own little world called family.

This has included exploring new puzzles, games (monopoly has been the big favourite), science and craft kits given to us as gifts. So yes we have been busy being creative, however not much to post on here as they have all been cheat methods. We now have a wooden plane, boat, painted money-box and universe mobile on display.

Shortly to follow will be a review on two of the places we visit over the Christmas holidays.

The national history museum and science in London.

Marwell Zoo,

Plus a simple no cooker recipe for a traditional ‘Rice Krispies treats’.

So as always please keep checking back, follow, comment, share or like.

Alongside this I will be adding the remaining photos for ‘elf on the shelf’ (I know that no one will be interested in this year as very late – It just never happened but they will be early for next year and not lost between now and then).

I promise to start blogging and placing more projects ideas as they happen on here again after the slow start to 2019 so keep your eyes peeled!

Keep smiling and think of the positives – summer will be here before we know it.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Some more tried and tested – Elf on the shelf ideas! xxx

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Elf on the shelf ideas.Playing a game of Jenga.
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Movie night.

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Nativity Scene – to wish good luck for the school play.

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Elfie masters 2018 – Built our own treehouse to play in.

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Icing some cakes Elfie style.
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Adding some extra decks to the tree.  Enjoy emmas xxx
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Some more Elf on the shelf Ideas.

Hi hope this finds you all well and life is treating you good. I think I am now back in the land of living and I am recovering from the joys of winter bug no 1 of the season.

I thought I would post some more Elf on the shelf ideas for those who might be looking for some inspiration – Ours have been busy this year, bringing along their two best friends with them – they have been a big hit!

IMG_20181203_231335.jpg Some elf bowling.

IMG_20181204_230038.jpg  This one was a big hit due to the mini donuts – Elf picnic (Cheerios with icing pens/sprinkles on work a treat).

 

 

Slow cooker Hot tub.IMG_20181205_224618.jpgIMG_20181206_230756.jpg Elf snap.

Fort Boyard Challenge.IMG_20181208_013720.jpgIMG_20181209_013012.jpg Mister maker in the house.

Elf Twister.IMG_20181210_000012.jpg

If your still stuck for inspiration more ideas can be found at the website project page ‘Elf on the Shelf ideas’ (or follow this link –Elf on the shelf ideas. )

Don’t forget to like, share and comment.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Cookies and elf on the shelf ideas.

Just a quick one to say Hi and let you know I have just added Oatmeal cookies.to the projects section under simple Cooking with kids. These are really simple to cook and taste delicious. They also freeze really well if you fancy cooking them up and keeping them for a go to at Christmas time. Though in our house they are normally eaten before they cool down.

So Elfie and mischief have revisited us this Dec, So far :

Day 1: arrival via parcel delivery.

IMG_20171130_211426Day 2: The elf camera has been installed. (This has worked great on our eldest, for behaviour. However the youngest is completely freaked out by it).IMG_20181202_015030.jpgDay 3: Elfie and mischief have been drawing snowmen.IMG_20181203_004930.jpgTonight they will be at the bowling alley.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Happy first year birthday to my website.

So a YEAR ago today my website went live – wow where does time go. As a result I guess its Happy first year birthday to my website! I started nervous but excited, without a clue (mind you I’m not sure that’s really changed) and have pretty much made it up as I go along!

Created to provide a free service/ information site to other parents, offering parenting ideas and simple affordable Art and craft ideas linked to other social media platforms, I think I have managed to achieve the objective. 53 blogs, 69 projects, over a 1200 visitors later from all around the world (without trying to hard) I am still active and haven’t given up.

I may have temporary slowed down to focus on other things whilst dealing with the seasonal bugs. However over the last year I have enjoyed being creative, creating a website, whilst receiving so many positive comments and feedbacks. Long may it continue. Please continue to follow, like, share and comment (I will read all comments, however please do not be offended and I hope you understand if I don’t post to my website as I will only post comments that pass all security checks to keep my website as safe as I possible as I can for my visitors: this is more important to me than publishing ‘the pats on the backs’).

Along side the website I created several other social media platforms throughout the year though I recently closed my twitter account (as this wasn’t doing much, partly my fault for not being active on it but I have also discovered/learnt that twitter has really been and gone) : My Pin interest account has blown me away with my visitor figures numbers (a lot more than my website, monthly in the plus four figure numbers) I could never ever imagined that many people would view our projects and it is very much leading the way as my top platform for getting our stuff out there. So all is good – Here’s to another year of typing and creating!

 At the moment I have been dealing with a lovely joyful seasonal bug, – severely bored with coughing my guts up one to many times now! So at the moment with other commitments leading the way I am not sure how many new Christmas projects we will create to put on here, I will try but cannot promise as at the moment I feel like I am just surviving the basic tasks of parenting!

So despite it not being December yet, I know there are people looking for some Christmas inspiration. If you are one of them then – please take a look at the Christmas project section from last year. links provided below. Or feel free to share any of your own ideas!

 DIY Project ideas 

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Simple Christmas trees.DSC_0496

Felt Christmas Decoration.DSC_0494

‘Santa please stop here’ door sign.IMG_20171204_182934

 

Family Christmas hand wreath.DSC_0518

 

Easy Christmas Shortbread.IMG_20171219_183906

Snowman decorations.IMG_20171125_161901

 

 

Plus make your own Simple homemade wrapping paper.

IMG_0017 And finally if you’re looking for any ideas for this coming Saturday Elf on the shelf ideas. IMG_20171210_003829

Hopefully I will able to update this as we go though out Dec as I have some new ones planned this year, having worked on some new props over the last week.

Enjoy emmas xxx

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Out selling in the community.

Just a very quick blog to say, for the next few weeks I am probably going to be of the grid website wise. As along side attending college (yes I went back to the class room last September) I will be wrapped up in selling my Children art and craft activity packs/ gifts at some great local Christmas craft events. Uh oh its that time of year already, Christmas is everywhere Shockley earlier each year.

This weekend I am at Didcot gift and craft festival, followed by tinks treasure event.

My Company name is the same as my website: emmascreativelove with my main objective to sell simple and affordable arts and crafts: activity packs and gifts.

If you spot me, Please come over – no pressure to buy  !!!!  (though if you do It will be very much appreciated), feel free to say Hi and voice any feedback as it will be greatly appreciated as I am still in the early stages of starting out. It’s all very new, nerve-racking and an ongoing learning experience!

I’m now of to box up the stock.

emmas xxx

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