It’s Giveaway Time

Every year the lovely Leo (aka LeoTheXplorer) illustrates and designs an academic wall planner. This years one is now out. We hope you like it…


We are running a giveaway to win one of our planners. All you need to do is comment on this blog post and you will automatically be entered. One person will be chosen at random when the giveaway closes on the 31st July.

We are also offering 20% off on our ETSY store with the code BLOGGING2017

Have a fabulous day. 🙂


2016 – Getting Organised and a Giveaway


imageI’m sure there must be people out there who are super organised…is that you? It certainly isn’t me. I feel like I live life chasing my tail. And I’m always late!! even though I hate being late.

So it’s 2016…is that the year I will be super organised? Shall I make that one of my New Years resolutions? Yeah right, the New Years resolutions I finally get around to writing on the 15th January!

How do you stay organised? I’d love to hear any of your tips.

Although I do have a beautiful 2016 Wall Planner which surely will help. It was created by Leo, we are actually selling them in our Etsy shop. Click this link to take a look Etsy Wall Planner 2016. Or enter our giveaway and win one 🙂 To enter just comment below and we will randomly select someone 🙂 Closing date 10th January! (UK only – sorry)

Happy new year to you all, may it be full of joy and life.

Sarah x


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Our Pebble Family

I love creating stuff out of things found in nature; sticks, stones, pinecones, acorns, conkers…the list goes on.
And I also love pinterest, it can be incredibly addictive, I love to pin. I use pinterest mainly as a form of inspiration. I have loads of ideas i’d love to create but time is always an obsitacle. That and my incredibly dire organisational skills….

Most of what you see on the creation side of my blog is stuff that’s been buzzing around my head for a long while and finally sees its way to existence.

I’ve had these pictures pinned to one of my boards for ages. These inspired me to create ‘Our Pebble Family’

I collected a load of stones from the beach about a year ago and sorted them out while Penguin was busy creating his own stone art.

I’m not much of an illustrator, thankfully my husband is. He’d created these illustrations of our family during our #30DaysWild challenge. Now I can’t illustrate but I can copy!!! so I copied Leo’s illustrations onto these pebbles, splitting up the different sections of the bodies. I used a white acrylic paint for the background colour. I first did the outline in pencil and then used a really fine brush to paint on the black lines.


I used acrylic paint to colour the illustrations.


I wanted Penguin and Little Missy to be able to play with our pebble family without the paint coming off. I gave each pebble a couple of coats of a clear acrylic varnish. I was really pleased with the varnish, it gave the pebbles a shiny finish. Given the amount of knocks the pebbles have already had, it is very effective. I love toys and activities that aid imaginative play. ‘Our Pebble Family’ has been used a lot for role play and has certainly engaged the little munchkins when I’m needing some time to prepare dinner!

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30 Day Wild – Day 30 – That’s all folks…or is it?

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_30It’s very strange to be writing my last #30DaysWild blog post. We have had a marvelous month of June and a great catalogue of photos and videos to look back on and smile. Its been great to see Zori and Munashe really embrace nature and enjoy spending more time outdoors. Me and Leo have enjoyed exploring new places and doing somethings we wouldn’t usually do.

Back on Day 1 we had planned start #30DaysWild by getting on a boat and observing nature on the river. That plan failed as the beginning of June greeting us with wind and rain. Now at the end of June the glorious weather has really being treating us…time to get on that boat.

We popped on over to Arrow Vale Country Park and enjoyed their large lake whilst on a pedalo (good for those leg muscles)

We enjoyed the ducks, swans and geese on the lake, though I failed to capture any good pics. So off the peadlo…


and back onto dry land to capture those ducks and geese and…

…for some yummy ices next to a wooden owl!


I asked our little family for some of their thoughts about #30DaysWild Here’s what they came up with…


“It was fun, we got to spend more time together as a family than we usually do. I enjoyed visiting nature reserves for the first time. I also cut my teeth in Vlogging!”


“I liked 30 Days Wild, it’s very exciting. I liked dancing in the wild. Now there’s no more wild things. I’m sad about that…..BUT I will be happy if we make cake. Lets make one. BYE BYE 30 Days Wild.

I would like to keep doing wild things. I would like to do something wild about picking flowers. I even like WILD JULY.”


“Stay Wild”

So that’s all folks…although I have decided to continue my blogging journey (though not daily!). Some of which I’m sure will include some #StayWild time and ‘Wild July’ and other adventures too. Watch this Space and Stay Wild!

Sarah 🙂




30 Days Wild – Day 28 – Bands on the Beacon

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There’s not many wild days left #30DaysWild. Munashe has already asked if we can do 100 Days Wild! So I’m guessing that will mean we will #staywild.

Today we headed over to Walsall for Bands on the Beacon to listen to some live music and soak in the festival feeling atmosphere.

bands on the beacon

The BBC Wildlife Trust were out in force. They helped our little munchkins create these amazing bee’s. They are super simple to make but look so effective. Made from an kkle bitty pinecone, some yellow wool and a tiny piece of plastic bag. Zori and Munashe ran round with their bee’s making buzzing noises. WILD FUN!DSC02716

Zori and Munashe enjoyed dancing to the bands.dancing

Munashe was very pleased to be given some drumsticks from The Sherlocks and now wants to be in a band with his friends and to make a stage in the garden…watch this space!

30 Days Wild – Day 24 – Campfire and Chocolate

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_25I love a good campfire. Our little Munchkins missed out on a campfire when we stayed in a Tree House for our anniversary weekend at the beginning of June. To introduce them to the whole campfire experience we set up a fire pit at the bottom of the garden. I love their enthusiasm! The whole of life being one exciting adventure.


After setting down some ground rules…

We lit the fire. Thankfully there are no causalities to report 🙂


I used to enjoy barbequed banana and chocolate as I was growing up. Our little munchkins enjoy both so we thought it would make a delightful treat. Zori has a very delightful smile if she sees yummy foods like chocolate, or biscuits or even spicy sausages. We call it her food smile. You can see it here as she puts chocolate in the banana (she did have a cheeky lick before putting in into the bananas!)


You should never leave a bag of marsh mallows with a four year old! We were so focused on other things and then I looked over at Munashe and his expression looked as if he’d had a bit too much of the sweet stuff. He claims he only ate three!

Back to the banana’s and chocolate. A whole lot of guess work was going on here. They tasted yummy but could have done with some dollops of cream! To be honest our little munchkins devoured the melted chocolate and didn’t touch the bananas!



Excitement was had but after all that naughty sugar will the munchkins sleep?

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30 Days Wild – Day 24 – Sunrise over Birmingham

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One of the ideas on our #30DaysWild list was to watch the sunrise and listen to the Dawn Chorus. Our little Munchkins are both owls, not larks. They probably would have been more suited to watching the sunset rather than the sunrise. However there is something very special about that moment when the first bit of sunlight pops over the horizon.

I checked the weather forecast late last night and it looked like actually seeing the sunrise could be a possibility. I set the alarm for 3.30am, which is utterly ridiculous. So after about just 2 hours sleep we were up. We dragged Nash and Zori out of their beds just before 4am and with bananas in hand we set out for Beacon Hill to watch the sun rise over Birmingham.DSC02475

The sun popped over the horizon and it was pretty spectacular.  This was a real treat for Munashe, he has been fascinated with space for nearly a year. “Wow, it’s bigger, it will soon be ginormous”


It then became so bright we were worried about our little munchkins looking directly into the sunlight. imageWe headed back to the little castle for some tea and bananas. 

And finished off with a family selfy! Then we were back home before 6.30am!DSC02498


30 Days Wild – Day 23 – Making Ice Cream and Eating Ice Cream

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I’m always on the look out for healthy, but tasty recipes I think our little munchkins would enjoy. My mum, who is the queen of health, (I’m not sure if she still drinks her broccoli water?) saved this recipe from the Telegraph Weekend for me. So thanks to Ella Woodward (who featured in The Telegraph) she has a fab website full of yummy healthy stuff here we are making ice cream. Well… not technically ice cream – not a drop of cream in sight (shame!) This ice cream is surprisingly creamy.

With Munashe off at nursery Zori got stuck in and helped chop up the fruit. I even learnt how to dice a mango – thanks to Dani Spies on YouTube.

The recipe is really simple. Cut up four bananas and one mango. Put in the freezer for at least four hours.

take out out of the freezer and leave to defrost slightly for 15 minutes. Put the fruit into a food processor and whizz up.


Put into bowls and eat! Simple.image


Not sure how wild today’s events were! We did cut the fruit up outside and eat the ice cream outside in the sun! Really we should have found some wild strawberries. I used to love these as a kid. We had some growing out of a wall in our back garden, there were so few of them but they were so flavoursome.

wild or not wild?

Sarah 🙂

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30 Days Wild – Day 21 – Barefoot

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Today our Wild Challenge was to take off our shoes and go barefootDSC02302

So we abandoned our shoes and enjoyed the tickly grass under our feet.


We ran aroundDSC02301

And had some fun xDSC02318After Munashe had been running around barefoot for a while, he wanted his wellies back on. It turns out the nasty stinging nettles had got the bottom of his foot…eek.

Sarah x