Fabric Covered Pencil Holder

We made these lovely fabric covered pen pots as part of our teacher gifts this year. They are really easy to make and are a lovely handmade gift idea!

Fabric Covered Pencil Holderfabric covered pencil holder

What you need:
Fat quarter – cut to size (more…)


Travelling with Kids

Travelling with kids can be both rewarding and stressful.

Our first few family holidays were riddled with disasters – sickness, ear infections, mozzy bites, cancelled before we even left and so on. Now our children are at an age where we can start to relax a bit more and have more fun.

Still, travelling with little people in tow can be hard work. Keeping them entertained on long journeys and keeping them occupied and safe whilst away is not easy.

family packing tipsHere are some fab posts on how to survive travelling with kids!

What to pack:

Freebie Finding Mom has this great printable travel checklist.

A mother far from home offers these ultimate packing tips for summer vacation.

Going on a road trip? RealCoake shares how to pack for a road trip.

Our Little House in the Country shares tips for packing plus list.

Travel with kids has a list of the top 10 car travel games and toys.  



air travelPlane Travel Tips: (more…)

We Love Weekends – Holiday Packing

Welcome to this weeks We Love Weekends linky!

We are currently (hopefully!) sunning ourselves on the shores of Crete.

I love this part of the world and have always had a particular affinity with this island, having spent two summers here as a student.

Last weekend was spent sorting and packing ready for our holiday and we also had a visit from Grandad Philip.
Travelling with children isn’t always easy, but if you are prepared and organised this makes things a whole lot simpler!
We made a great list of all the things we needed for our holiday and thought we would share that with you here.holiday packing list
Link up all your family friendly posts with us and check out some of the other great posts that are linked too :)
Our featured posts from last week:

we love weekends
Non-toy gifts showed us how to make a fabulous little baking for kids set which includes the dried ingredients, baking cases and recipes. Super cute for the young bakers out there.
Letters in the sand shared a lovely post on making paw print paintings – great fun for the animal lovers out there!
And our co-host playground parkbench introduced a great STEM activity based on blowing bubbles with household items.

Each week here on 101thingsotodowith kids we feature 3 posts from the week before. But even if we don’t feature you, one of my co-hosts might!

We Love Weekends is brought to you each week by 101 Things to do with the Kids, Peakle Pie, Playground Parkbench, Something2Offer and Witty Hoots. Please visit my co-hosts, check out their featured posts from last weekend, and follow them on social media.






* We try to visit and comment on as many posts as possible but sometimes life does have a habit of getting in the way. We are working on putting a new system in place so that we can visit and comment on all your fabulous posts. In the meantime, please bear with us and pop over and read some of the other posts on the linky, so we are all spreading a little bit of love. *


Quick coffee fairy cakes

wpid-img_20150711_200810.jpgI don’t always have the time to do the cooking at home, but occasionally we have a day where I manage to get home early from work and get into a cooking frenzy! This week, having felt rough for a fair few days I came home early and suddenly had the urge to get in the kitchen. I got the dinner sorted – well sort of, we already had the pulled pork so I made a potato and spring onion salad, and a bowl of mixed salad to go with it – and then the desire to bake cakes hit me. I try to vary what we are baking and this time Jack asked for coffee cakes. So here is the recipe we used to whip us up these quick coffee fairy cakes.  



150g sugar
150g butter
1 egg
150g flour
1 teaspoon coffee mixed with a dash of boiling water.

150g icing sugar
3-4 teaspoons water (more…)

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