How to make an Easter Garden

You may be in a quandary deciding on how to start making your Easter garden. Fear not – it’s dead easy and you’ll likely have everything at home. Well, the garden to be more precise.

You will need –

  • A tray – an old baking tray is perfect
  • Soil/mud – some mossy for the top
  • Flowers – preferably flowering and planted in soil
  • Twigs for the crosses
  • String
  • An old glass – plastic picnic cup will do
  • Pebbles/stones
  • One large stone/rock

Fill the baking tray with soul.

Dig up the flowers with the soil and transfer to one side of tray.

Place the cup/glass in the tray near the flowers and cover/pack around with soul. That’s the tomb.

Use string to bind two twigs to make a cross. You need 3 crosses – for Jesus and the thieves.

On the side opposite to the flowers mske a slight mound with the soil. Sticky in the crosses.

Use the stones to decorate around to give a rocky effect.

The large stone should partially cover the opening of the glass to show that the stone had rolled away.

Make sure the top layer is a layer of moss.

There you have it –

An Easter Garden

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Tip – it’s best to grow your flowers ahead or buy some  fresh seasonal plants.

 

Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday Viewing with Netflix

Does anyone remember Pee-Wee Herman? From Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure fame? I do and was pleased to be able to watch the new movie with the family.

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Being part of the Netflix Stream Team means that we get to do lots of fun things. Last week we were sent a mysterious box with more mysterious boxes inside it.

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We were invited to the family viewing of PeeWee’s Big Holiday on Netflix. To make it interesting, the mini boxes contained treats and souvenirs to help us along the way as we followed our road map.

Pee-Wee needs to reach New York from Fairville for his friend’s party. He has a few experiences along the way. With our souvenirs we were able to interact with parts of the film and really have fun.

The children donned their Pee-Wee t-shirts and cuddled under our Netflix blanket to enjoy the film.

We enjoyed the root beer barrels and tried on our bracelets –

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Cheered Pee-Wee on

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And enjoyed the milkshakes made by yours truly in the glasses supplied by Netflix. :)

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The children were totally engrossed in the film and it was nice to sit down with the family and watch something together. It was funny and entertaining.

You may remember Pee-Wee from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse fame and the Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure Movie. This is the new one in the series.

Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday is a Netflix Original Movie and is available to watch now.

Here’s a peek at the trailer –

Nominate Your School for the Churchill Lollipopper Fund

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I remember when we lived up North in a little village called Madeley and I would take Jadyn to school, we would always be greeted by the Lollipop man or a Lollipopper who would chat with us or call out a cheery hello and of course stop the cars for us to cross.

The walk to school was also pleasant – down little country lanes and fresh air.

Now, I miss that.

The children’s school does have a pedestrian crossing in front of it but there’s no cheery person saying hello. It’s all pretty mundane. And knowing the London traffic and the weather – a walk to school is pretty grim.

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I have to wait till all the traffic has stopped to allow us to go because even with the pedestrian crossing, some cars tend not to stop. This really gets my goat especially when it’s one that is outside a school. There are many children who walk to school by themselves in Year 5 and 6 and this can be a source of anxiety for parents. There are also school riding scooters and bicycles and a car not stopping can be pretty dangerous.

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I am happy to be involved in the campaign with Churchill as through the Churchill Lollipoppers Fund, they are looking to fund 50 schools to have their own Lollipopper. I have nominated my children’s school. I think it’s a necessity. I’m certainly hoping we get the necessary funds.

If you think that your children’s school or your school (if you are staff), needs a Lollipopper all you need to do is nominate your school here – https://www.churchill.com/lollipoppers

Here’s some more information about the research carried by Churchill –

* 95 per cent of parents and 88 per cent of children (aged 5 – 11) feel safer knowing there is a Lollipopper present on their route to school

* 91 per cent of parents see a Lollipopper as being safer than a zebra or pedestrian crossing

* Following UK legislation in 2000 stating that lollipoppers were no longer a legal requirement for schools, an increasing number of the iconic lollipop men and women have been taken off the road in recent years. One-third (32 per cent) of parents went on to reveal that a lollipopper had recently been removed from their local area with a further 61 per cent stating no crossing alternative had been put in place.

Michael Bristow, from road safety charity, Brake, : “With the highest rates of child pedestrian casualties in the UK occurring during the school run, the provision of a safe road crossing at schools plays a key part in our work. With a decreasing number of lollipop men and women on the roads, the safety and lives of children are being put at risk as other school crossing alternatives don’t offer the same level of vigilance and care.”

Don’t forget to nominate your school in the link above if you think your school needs a Lollipopper!

And as for my children’s school – do we need a Lollipopper? Oh -YES!

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The Clangers Magazine – Review

Aeryn loves the Clangers. She finds them really funny.

We have reviewed a few toys from the range and this time we were delighted to be sent the new Clangers magazine to review.

The Clangers magazine is ideal for Clangers fans and is packed with fun and activities for your little one.

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There are puzzles –

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Colouring in pages –

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A special I spy and telescope page

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And I especially love the Clangers Alphabet.

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There are even stickers for added fun.

The magazine also comes with two toys – a Clangers flute that makes sounds like the Clangers. Loads of fun for the little ones – not so much fun for me; and a Clangers figure.

The magazine is priced at £2.99 and is great value for money as it can keep a child occupied for quite a while. Also the toys are good quality and can be played with for some time. The Clangers Magazine is perfect for a treat for little ones.

Disclosure: I was sent the above magazine to review. All ideas and opinions are my own.