Hey everyone, I hope you are all keeping well & staying safe in these difficult times.
I thought it might be useful to put together a Covid Diary every couple of days to let you know how we are getting on & a few tips & tricks.
I’m no expert but I will walk you through a few fun things we have been doing to keep active & have fun.
Like everyone, I have my up days and down days. That’s important to remember too. Although I try to look to the positives every day and try to create fun and engaging activities for the girls, I have those down days too. The days when making lunch is an achievement in itself! And thats ok.
So for my first ever Covid Diary entry I thought I would put together a little plan for you to follow over the Easter Weekend. Maybe you can add some fun activities of your own too?
So here goes…
Breakfast time: why not make some pancakes & put out all the different toppings for the kids to decorate their own pancakes. Try- sliced strawberries, nutella, maple syrup, lemons, sugar, sliced banana, nut butter, blueberries- go wild here!
Or if that’s too much today…go for a cup of tea in bed & a great book 😉
Out & About: after lunch why not get out & about & explore your 2k. There is beauty to be found everywhere, you just have to look for it. If you have children coming along why not give them a list of things they can find in nature?
Here’s some ideas for your Nature Scavenger Hunt:
-Find 4 pine cones
-Find something that is yellow
-Find 2 tree stumps
-Find a daisy or two. Why not make a daisy chain…
-Find a feather
-Find 4 rocks
-Find a long stick
-Find 4 different sized leaves
-Find a dandelion. Blow & make a wish.
Me time: always make time for you. It’s the weekend so this ones up to you- whether its off out for a stroll, listening to music, lighting your candle, popping on those cosy pjs, & a nice cup of tea (& chocolate of course), or a cheeky glass of wine in the bath…I’ll leave this one up to you 😉
Out & About: it’s set to be a beautiful day so why not take a stroll in your local park or head to a field nearby to kick around a ball for a bit. We are super lucky to live beside lots of pitches. We love heading over with all our accessories for a play: football, tennis ball, tennis rackets, cones (or anything you can use as markers), bubbles…Willow usually sets us tasks/drills and we end up running and jumping up and down some course..I always win but Stephen would beg to differ on that one 😉 We usually bring over a little picnic for the girls and some blankets to sit on…this is Rose’s favourite thing to do! Why not give it a try?
Arts & Crafts: for the kids we are going to make some binoculars, and for the adults this could be a DIY task. What has been on that list forever? Hanging those pictures? What about the garden? Or clearing out that wardrobe?
You will need:
-x2 empty toilet roll holders
-Ribbon or twine
-Stapler & sellotape
-Some Paint (& some stickers if you have any)
- Paint your toilet roll holders & leave to dry
- Staple the toilet roll holders together so that they are side by side
- Now sellotape each end of the ribbon to the inside of the binoculars so that it will act as a neck strap
- Decorate more- add any stickers, glitter, designs you like
- Now its time for some birdwatching (see how many different kinds of birds you can spot)
Me Time: once again, i’m leaving this one up to you. Do something that will make your soul happy.
Family Breakfast & chill: stay in those pj’s and prepare your favourite breakfast. Play some upbeat morning music (a favourite of mine is ‘Banana Pancakes’) and sit & chat with your family. Give them your full attention & enjoy. Welcome to our every Sat & Sunday morning!
Ready, Steady, Bake…: who isn’t giving Mary Berry a run for her money these days? Super easy banana muffins (the kids will love them & adults too! Win-Win!) Here’s the recipe below:
Gwen’s Banana Bun’s
-3 ripe bananas
-1 1/2 (225gr) pl flour
-175 gm light brown sugar
-1 tsp bread soda
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-3/4 (110gm) melted cooled unsalted butter
-2 lightly beaten eggs
-1 tsp vanilla essence
-100gm chopped walnuts or pecan (optional)
- Mash up your bananas with a fork
- Add in your sugar & mix with a fork
- Add in your melted unsalted butter & mix
- In goes the eggs & mix
- Add a drop of vanilla essence
- Add the flour, baking powder & salt- mix with your fork
- Throw in the walnuts (optional)
- Spoon into your muffin tray
- Into the oven for 20mins at 180 degrees & voila!
Chillin’ like a villian: light that candle, boil the kettle, get out the chocolate & jump into your cosiest pj’s. It’s time to flake out completely. I love putting on a ‘Spa playlist’ on Spotify and reading my book. It’s absolute heaven! Who’s with me?