Turning Something Old Into Something New – Farmhouse Table Upcyle Project

The L’s Papa is very handy when it comes to fixing things in the house. He can pretty much turn his hand to anything. Which was why it never surprised me when he decided to build Little L’s toy box or paint a wall mural in his nursery by hand. He’s made coffee tables and amazing pieces of furniture out of car engines. But what’s also great is that he enjoys what he’s doing. We recently came across some old furniture that needed some love so The L’s Papa wasted no time in giving it a new lease of life. So I thought I would share with you the project from start to finish.

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It was a mahogany wood farmhouse style table but it was in pieces when we came across it. Thankfully Little L was on hand to help his papa with the work.

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The first job was to fix the legs. The L’s Papa pieced them back together. Thankfully we had all the parts required which was lucky.

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It required a serious amount of sanding. I think most of the time it took to complete this project was pent sanding the wood down. This was to make sure any wax and paint would take to the wood.

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Look how different the table top looks after sanding and waxing.

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The finished table top. I think overall it took The L’s Papa just under three hours from start to finish. It is now a beautiful piece of shabby chic furniture which is making it’s way to a new home shortly. For the more visual among you we have done our very first YouTube video with the whole process from start to finish.

Do let me know if you want to see more videos from us. There will be another one like this going up very soon.

Thanks for reading and watching

The L’s Mum

Travel Considerations When You Have A Toddler And A Pre-Teen

Going on holiday isn’t as easy as it used to be. It used to be so simple. You would decide on a place you want to go, look for a good deal, get it booked and go. Now that there are children involved there is so much more to consider. Where we go on holiday needs to be suitable not only for an adventurous 3 year old who seems to have endless energy, but an 11 year old who get’s bored easily. If we want a relaxing holiday we need to cover all the bases. So I thought I would share with you some of the things we consider as a family. It might help you book your next holiday.

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Weather

The first thing we think about is the weather. One of the reasons why we think about going on holiday is to get away from the British rain. However it isn’t as easy as it used to be. The L’s Papa and I would want hot sunshine, because we would be happy to sit around a pool all day. These days I want the sun but I want a cool breeze. It makes it much easier to tolerate when running around after a little one.

Should we consider a Villa?

The L’s Papa is a huge fan of villas. It would be his preferred holiday choice every time. He likes the idea of it being your personal space and private. That you can often have your own pool and the facilities are great. I wasn’t always sure whether a villa holiday would be suitable. How could we possibly entertain children for the whole holiday? Would the villa be child proof? However, there are websites like Tots to Travel that provide child friendly villas at some fabulous holiday destinations. Meaning I can now compromise with the hubby.

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Travel time

It would have never phased me to jump on a plane for a long time before kids but now the thought of it scares me. It wouldn’t be do much Big L, he would happily entertain himself on an iPad. Little L would be a different case altogether. Things don’t seem to grab his attention for long periods of time. We would now consider detonations like Mallorca, Lanzarote and Europe. Until he is a little older. However, if anyone has any positive experiences about traveling long haul with a toddler I would love to hear them.

Location, location, location

The place we stay now needs to be in close distance of everything. We need to be near the beach, the shops and the restaurants. No more just jumping in a taxi to the resort centre. Failing that we would then need to be in a position to hire a car. Just to make sure we can get around with ease.

Easy booking options

Now that I am a busy working mum I need to know that I can book our holiday and all the amenities with ease. So an easy to use website is now a must. I can no longer visit a travel agent in a leisurely manner and chat for hours about a holiday. It needs to be fast, convenient and have all the information I need at my fingertips. Thankfully this is an easier option than it used to be.

I wish it were more simple to go away with the family, but once it is all booked I suddenly get excited. Nothing can beat that feeling of exploring new places with your brood. The memories you get to make will last a lifetime.

Thanks for reading

The L’s Mum

*Post written in collaboration with Tots To Travel*

 

Is Your Child A Fussy Eater? Here Are A Few Tips To Encourage Better Eating Habits

Little L must be one of the worst fussiest eaters I know. Well, I am biased, but it seems like each meal time I am fighting a losing battle. Although when he goes to nursery, he will eat all sorts, what’s all that about? I am trying so hard not to give up on encouraging him to eat more at home. Anything that isn’t a ham sandwich or a piece of toast would be amazing. So I have a few ideas on how I plan to encourage him to to try more food and make his eating habits better.

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Plant some fruit trees and vegetables

Little L likes to get involved in everything, so there is no surprise now the weather has warmed up that he is out in the garden messing around. So I think it would be good to take advantage of this and do a little gardening with him. We could plant some fruit trees or vegetables and watch them grow together. I am hoping that as he had involvement in growing them, he may want to try the food we produce. All I need is a good fruit tree supplier, and a little advice and we are good to go.

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Make the food more fun and appealing

The one thing I am not particularly good at is making the food look appealing. But I know that if it visually looks good, it may encourage him to try things more. If it is uninviting, then he is less likely to want to. I have heard people have great success with making smiley faces or little scenes on the plate. I may not be good at it, but I am willing to try anything.

Encourage him to cook with me

I think a great idea is to try and get him to cook with me. He is always asking to be involved. I tried it with cereal, and he ate the whole bowl. All he did was put it in the bowl and add the milk. So maybe this could work for his other meals as well.

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Relax during meal times

I certainly need to relax during meal time because I do think he can sense my nerves and anticipation. I also feel I may be adding unnecessary pressure. In theory, I could be my own worst enemy. I also need to accept that he won’t always try the food. Some meal times will be a success; others will just need to be written off. But that’s okay.

A rewards chart

A reward chart may not work for everyone, but it has when it comes to Little L’s behaviour. So I think I may try and use one specifically for food. Perhaps a sticker for every time he tries a new food or finishes his meal. I know things like this shouldn’t always be rewarded, but if it encourages him to try, I don’t see any harm.

Positive encouragement

Finally, I always need to remain positive and give positive encouragement when it is due. I do tend to focus on the negatives more than I should, and this won’t be giving off the message I want him to see. I want him to understand that trying new foods is a good thing, and nothing bad will happen.

Perhaps you have more ideas to share. I would love to hear them.

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Your Essential Party Planning Guide

Whether it’s a milestone birthday, an anniversary or any other special occasion, you’ll no doubt want your next party to impress. Preparing for an event like this can daunting though, especially if you don’t have much experience. Luckily, there is plenty of help on hand. To ensure your soiree is a big success, take a look at this party planning guide.

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Ensure you’ve got some great entertainment lined up

 No gathering is complete without some great entertainment, so start thinking about this well ahead of the big day. For example, why not take your music up a notch by having a live band or DJ rather than just a regular sound system and playlist? If you want your entertainment to be the focal point of your party, organising a murder mystery could really wow your guests. Forget clumsy plots and tacky costumes, it’s now possible to arrange for polished murder mystery performances given by talented West End actors. Unfolding over dinner, these dramatic storylines can captivate guests and they offer a truly memorable experience. Experts such as the Murder Mystery Collective can run these events in almost any location and for any number of guests.

 Send out your invites early

There’s no point in going to a big effort for your bash if hardly anyone turns up. To ensure your guests haven’t made other plans, it pays off to send your invites out early. Encourage people to RSVP too. This will give you a clear idea of how many revellers you’ll be catering for on the day. You can also get people to include any special dietary requirements on their replies to avoid any food-related fiascos.

 Don’t be afraid to ask for help

 Especially if you’re inviting a lot of guests, doing all the prep and making sure things run smoothly on the day itself can be a major challenge. To make your life easier and help ensure everything goes to plan, ask for help if you need it. This could mean anything from paying for professional caterers to getting friends or family to pitch in with decorating rooms or serving drinks.

 Create a kids’ table

If you’re planning a family friendly party, consider creating a kids’ table or play area. Putting out plenty of toys, colouring books and other supplies will help ensure the youngsters have a great time, and by encouraging them to stay in one area, the adults will be able to take it in turns to supervise them. This will give other mums and dads more of a chance to unwind and enjoy the occasion.

 Relax and enjoy!

 Once you’ve put in all the prep and it’s time for your guests to start arriving, all that’s left is to relax and enjoy yourself. Try not to worry if small things go wrong. You can’t control everything and sometimes things don’t quite go according to plan. As long as you smile and have a great time, your guests will too.

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