Kids and the Outdoors

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There is nothing that calms Millie & Ollie more than going on an Adventure into Nature. Whether it is a Bushwalk, a trip to the Beach, a Creek, or a Waterfall –  they instantly calm down.

From time-to-time Threenager tantrums get the better of us to the point that I have no patience left in me and my choices are to either go and lock myself in the bathroom OR to get the kids out of the house and into nature. Sometimes its just not possible to go on a Bushwalk or to the Beach, but I find just a walk or scooter ride to the park can have the same outcome for them…. as well as myself.

When at home it can sometimes be challenging because you want to have fun with the kids, however I find that I can be guilty of falling into the trap of thinking I can multitask entertaining the kids, doing the washing, and cleaning the house all at the same time. One thing I need to learn is that there is no point in doing this because I am the one that ends up stressed out and it does take away that precious time to purely focus on having fun with the kids and really, I should know by now that there is no point in trying to clean with them awake anyway because it won’t stay clean longer than five minutes.

Getting out of the house and especially into Nature is medicine for parents as much as it is for children. For me, it gives me the opportunity to slow down, clear my head and be 100% present with my children without seeing things I must do and writing lists in my head of all the things I think I need to do at home. It gives me the time to watch my children play, laugh, push their limits, build their confidence, use their imagination, appreciate them and be so grateful that they chose me to be their mum.  After getting out in nature I fill my cup and return home feeling energized and in a better mindset.

For the kids it is amazing how much they calm down. I’ve really noticed that we have no or very limited tantrums, there is no fighting, as they are in their element exploring, using their imagination, and playing with whatever bits of nature they can find. I love that they are also building respect for the outdoors as well as gaining confidence and becoming in tune with the land, which I personally feel is incredibly important to teach our children.

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Living in the City it’s not always possible to get out for a bushwalk, however we are very fortunate to live in a leafy suburb with plenty of parks which as I mentioned earlier can have the same outcome as getting out in nature. A trip to the park is a great opportunity to get away from screens and explore. We love exploring new playgrounds and skateparks. Lockdown was actually a great opportunity for the kids to practice on their bikes and scooters. Millie & Ollie were practicing A LOT in our driveway and were so eager to get back to the Skate Park when it finally reopened. Even going to the park or the Skate Park is the perfect opportunity for me to stop and slow down and admire my gorgeous children.


Next time you are at home and the kids are fighting, throwing tantrums, getting restless and you feel yourself becoming stressed try getting them outside. Take them for a walk, a bike ride, or a trip to the park. See for yourself how easy this can quickly improve your stress levels and how your children’s behavior changes. Depending on the day maybe their behavior won’t change much but at least you as a parent will be a little less stressed and in a better position mentally to handle your emotional child. Take a break from what you need to do, you definitely deserve it.

Chelsea xx

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10 Ways to keep your little ones entertained at home

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Is anyone else spending countless hours scrolling through Social Media finding Ideas on how to keep our precious littles entertained during lockdowns and rainy days???

Outside of lockdown, entertaining the kids felt easy as we would keep them and ourselves busy with weekend activities like Gymnastics Class, Visits to the local Markets, Exploring new places and visits with friends and family. Before we knew it the weekend was over, the house was fairly clean because we hadn’t been home, and we were ready for the week ahead. All of the tricks I keep up my sleeve for those rainy days at home, have well and truly been used up!

One thing I am extremely grateful for and have loved through all these lockdowns is that it has really made me think of different ways to entertain the kids at home without spending too much time in front of a screen. We only have a smallish courtyard outside, so we have tried to use that as much as possible for different activities. Prior to lockdown we hardly ever even used that space.

To help you and your littles keep entertained through lockdown I have come up with a few ideas on how to make lockdown fun and refill that rainy day resource list.

We have made this a downloadable workbook too for you to print and keep those ideas on hand!

Chelsea xx

Chalk Painting

Do you have a slab of concrete, a brick wall, or a footpath at home? If so, Chalk Paint is the best! This paint is super easy to make and dries like chalk so there is the bonus of minimal cleaning up afterwards as it will just wash away with rain or a hose. The kids have been entertained for hours doing this and I love how well they get along doing this and that they are outside!

What you need:

  • 2 TBSP Corn Flour
  • 4 TBSP Water
  • A few drops of Food Coloring
  • A muffin tray or Small Bowls

Add the Corn Flour, Water and Food Coloring and mix into a small bowl or muffin tray.

Volia, you’re ready to create a masterpiece!

 

Calming Play Dough

What child does not LOVE Play Dough?!? I have learned to not care about the mess that it makes as I know it will keep Millie & Ollie entertained for a LONG time. I know it is fairly cheap to buy playdough, but I personally love making natural play dough. I also love adding Lavender oil to the dough as it adds a calming element, and I am also hopeful that it will help calm my two nearly 4 year old’s down! There are plenty of Play Dough recipes online. I used the Bake Play Smile Recipe and added Lavender Essential oil. When coloring the Play dough, I opted to use Turmeric Powder, Matcha Powder and Beetroot powder instead of food coloring.

Waterplay

Kids & Water = hours of entertainment! We have a mud kitchen outside that the kids love to strip off and mix water with mud and serve each other mud pies. Their grandmother also very kindly got them a huge bag of sand to play with in the mud kitchen as well which they have thoroughly enjoyed. Prior to having a mud kitchen, we would put pots and pans outside fill them with water and let them use their imaginations and do their thing. – Always provide full supervision 

Musical Shows

Millie and Ollie are huge fans of putting on shows for us. They are always requesting that we put music on and insist that we watch them perform. During a lock down last year we got brooms to use as guitars, hairbrushes to use as microphones and got some pots and pans to use for drums and created a family band singing and dancing around to music outside. Our neighbors love us!


Baby Painting

For those extra little littles who aren’t quite old enough to paint yet you are extremely eager to get them into lots of fun sensory activities painting does not need to be ruled out! When Millie and Ollie were little, I would use a large snap lock bag, place a piece of thick paper with a few blobs of different colored paint seal it up. The kids loved watching the colored paint mix with the other colors and loved the feel of it through the snap lock bag. Huge bonus is that there was no paint to wash off baby and the paintings made special presents for the Grandparents. Amazing sensory activity! Probably one of the front runner winners for me!

Bubble Fun

We are huge fans of bubble play in our house. Before Millie and Ollie were even born, I spent A LOT of time making bubble wands, perfecting a big bubble solution recipe and spending multiple afternoons hanging out with friends playing with bubbles. The calming effects are great , watching them glide through the air, reflecting the wonderful colours of the world around them.

The kids also love little bubbles, so we decided to try bubble painting one afternoon for something different. Again, super easy to put together –  add some food coloring to some mini bubble wands, grab a piece of paper and blow some colorful bubbles on to some paper. Fun for all! Make sure to pop those aprons on and find a safe space to do this as bubbles can have a wandering mind of their own! 🙂

Outdoor fun

The kids are enrolled in a Gymnastics class that we attend every Saturday. During lockdown that is one thing that they really miss. Seeing how sad they were to miss it in the last lockdown we decided to purchase a few pieces of wood from Bunnings and make the kids their own balance beam for outside. They love being able to practice at home as well. This has really helped them keep up with practice when due to lockdown they cannot attend classes.

Create a Yoga Corner

One day when I was dropping the kids off at Kindy, I watched Millie run over to the fence where they had pictures of different Yoga poses and some Yoga Mats on the ground. Millie looked at the poses and without prompting started copying the poses that were in the pictures. I absolutely loved this idea and decided to set up a Yoga corner in their bedroom. When they need some time out they can now go up to their bedroom and chill out doing some Yoga. Perfect opportunity to introduce some mindfulness too! 

Baking

I love love looove baking with my little mini me’s. I have done this since they were little. They have their own little stepping stools they drag across the tiles whenever I am cooking or baking in the kitchen. We love making all kinds of different things. There are so many wonderful Ideas online about things to bake with kids. We currently love baking different muesli bars and bliss balls are also a huge hit.

Of course, there are days when all we want to do is snuggle up and watch a movie together. Millie is constantly asking me what movies I loved when I was little, so I have really enjoyed watching all my old childhood favorites with her. Millie’s current favorite is Annie and we are now extremely lucky to hear her walking around singing Annie songs at the top of her lungs. 

I hope you are all enjoying this time at home with your loved ones and that these activities give you some ideas to help keep you and your littles entertained. If you click on the image to download this list of ideas and keep them tucked away for when you need them!

Have a great week and please, stay safe & look after eachother <3 x

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Teaching Children Positive Affirmations

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Let’s talk about teaching our children the beauty of Positive Affirmations! This was something my parents would do frequently with me as a child without even really realizing that they were doing it. It is also something that I felt very passionate about teaching my children from a young age so that they can grow up with confidence, kindness, and respect for not only themselves but for others around them.

Last year during lockdown we were reading a book on kindness and Millie looked over at me and said “Mummy I think that I am very kind because I gave Ollie my bunny when he was sad” I was so proud in that moment as it hit me that by chanting positive affirmations and reading books to them that reflect these positive affirmations, really does have a huge impact on them in the best possible way. Win!

We were out for our daily lockdown walk one day and were collecting some leaves and fallen flowers (Nature’s treasure as my littles would refer to them) for some arts and crafts activities later that afternoon. As we were strolling along Ollie went running up and climbed onto a large concrete step, which was quite high and a decent jump for him down to the ground. He looked over at me with the most determined little face shouting “I am Ollie and I am so brave” before jumping down to the ground. It gave me a great idea for their afternoon arts and crafts that we could make our own Affirmation Board for us to hang up on our wall.

When we got home, we made a start. We found an old cardboard box and cut it into an arched window shape. We cut a face hole out of the middle as I originally had the idea to stick it on to the mirror that they are constantly admiring themselves in so that they would remember to do their affirmations while looking at their beautiful little faces in the mirror.  

As we made our affirmation board we discussed what we wanted to write on our window under the words

“I AM”

I am Kind” shouted Millie

I am Brave” said Ollie ever so proudly

The following affirmations were also discussed and added to our window:

I am Happy

I am Lucky

I am Healthy

I am Funny

I am Loved

As we finished writing our affirmations on the window Millie asked if we could also add a rainbow and some of the flowers that we had collected earlier that day on our walk because they were also beautiful and happy like our affirmation board.

This truly was a wholesome afternoon with my children that cost nothing but time and love that I hope will continue to enrich my precious little humans in the years to come.

I hope you all stay safe and sane whereever you may be and remember to be kind to yourself. And remember:

You are strong

You are kind

You are brave

You are enough

Chelsea xx


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Ice-Painting with the Children

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Hey Everyone! 

Since working from home more & more and having the twins sporadically in and out of daycare, I find that I have been spending so much time at the end of each day scrolling through Instagram, Facebook and Pintrest looking for fun activities that will entertain the kids so I can attempt to get some work done the following day. Anyone else feel this?

There are so many great Instagram accounts out there that I am inspired from. My dad’s wife is also constantly sharing toddler arts & crafts ideas that she stumbles across on Facebook with me.  I love looking at lots of different pages and getting new ideas of fun sensory activities to do with my little people. I’m not going to lie though I think I find these activite’s just as much fun as what they do most of the time. 

Millie and Ollie LOVE painting. Its so funny watching them concentrate and seeing how excited they get when they create a new picture or when they mix a whole lot different colours together. They look up and say “Oooohhhh pretty picture” and you can see it in their faces how incredibly proud of themselves they are.

As they love painting so much I started googling different styles of painting and came across Ice Cube Painting. As soon as I found this I loved the idea and I knew that Millie and Ollie would love it too. Such a great idea and super easy to set up.
To make ice cube paints you will need:
 
  • Ice Tray
  • Food Colouring (if you don’t have food colouring you can also use watered down paint)
  • Paddle Pop Craft Sticks (or tooth picks)
  • Water
  • Aprons (I cannot stress this one enough, lol)
How to make ice cube paint:
I recommend doing this the night before to give the ice cubes time to set. Add about 10 drops of food colouring into the ice cube tray sections. You can add more food colouring if you would like a darker colour. Keep it in mind though that the colour will melt and may temporarily stain hands and any other body part your child decides to paint. Top up ice cube tray sections with water. Use craft paddle pop stick to mix each colour and leave the stick in the tray to use as a handle for the paint. I used a bigger deeper ice cube tray so i could just rest the stick in and freeze but you could also cover the ice cube tray with cling film and poke a tooth pick through to hold the stick up ensuring the handle doesn’t fall out. 

Lets get ready to paint!
 
Once paint is set the ice cubes should pop out of the ice cube tray rather easily. If not run some warm water over the bottom of the tray and they should pop out. I drew a little picture on a piece of paper so that they would have something to colour in.
 
TIP – Don’t make the same mistake I did and not put an apron on the kids prior to letting them loose with the paint! 
 
Millie and Ollie really loved this unique painting experience. They loved mixing the colours together and understood the sense of urgency to paint as the ice cubes started melting. The really loved touching the ice cubes and telling each other that the paint was very cold. 
 
 

This was such a fun sensory paint activity. It entertained the kids for quite some time and they really enjoyed using their imagination and creating their ice cube paintings. I highly recommend trying this with your little people!! If your keen to check out and follow some instagram pages for more ideas, some of my absolute faves are @the.bored.toddler, @activelittles, @play_at_home_mummy and @ecocraftkids. 

Feel free to share your fave in the comments! Have a wonderful week, Chelsea x

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Life With Our Wild Ones

Let me introduce myself

My name is Chelsea and I am 37 years young, and mum to almost 4 year old twins ‘Millie and Ollie’. 
 
Life with Millie and Ollie is hectic to say the least. They are the most fun loving, adventurous little humans but my gosh they just don’t stop. They are constantly wanting to explore new places and things which I love although a small part of me wishes that just sometimes they would chill, put their feet up and watch a Disney movie. They certainly keep me on my toes!
 
I work four days a week while the kids go to daycare and look forward to Fridays where the three of us get to have a fun day together catching up with friends, discovering new parks or sometimes even spending a day at home in our PJ’s doing some fun arts and crafts activities together. Keep an eye out for these posts as I share my fave activities for you to keep your little ones just as busy!
 Weekends again are a time we look forward to as most do. Myself and my partner are both home and so we do fun weekend things like hanging out at the markets, going to the beach and finding other fun weekend adventures to go on. 
 
Life with Millie and Ollie is crazy but we would not have it any other way.
 
Currently with the Covid-19 pandemic we  have been spending a lot more time at home finding fun new things to do to keep Millie and Ollie entertained and their minds and imaginations active. 
 
I hope this blog inspires and helps you find some fun new things to do with your little people. Looking forward to sharing ‘life with our wild ones‘ with you all.
 
Chelsea xx

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