Sunday, 23 July 2017

Dragon Flies Craft~Bostik Challenge.

This month the Bostik box theme was nature, Little M my crafting buddy and I got together and really had fun as we went for a visit to our local aquadrome. There is a lovely lake there and lots of geese, swans, ducks and wildlife. We took bread for the ducks and geese and then had some hot chocolate and scones in the cafeteria.

At home Little M wanted to do some crafting, but I had to hang the washing, she was fascinated with the cloths pegs and wanted to play with them. She clipped them together to make caterpillars or that is what she called them and then made flowers with them. Its amazing how her imagination is so good at the age of 6. After the washing done, Little M looked through the Bostik Box and we decided to make dragon flies with the cloths pegs and pipe cleaners.

What you will need:

4 plastic cloths pegs
8 pipe cleaners
4 pairs of eyes
Some Bostik foam pads.

How to make your the cloths peg dragon flies:

1. Take two different pipe cleaners and cut one approx 1 inch shorter than the other.
2. Join each pipe cleaner to make a circle.
3. Squash the pipe cleaner circle in half and twist to make two wings, repeat for the second circle.

4. At the top end of the cloths peg stick on two goggley eyes using the foam pads.
5. Pinch the cloths peg to open and add the pipe cleaner wings placing the smaller one first and follow it with the larger one.

The dragon flies were really easy to make and looked so cute, Don't you think it looks a little drunk???

This craft is suitable  for young children although, adult supervision may be required for using scissors.

Being part of the Bostik 2017 bloggers with Tots100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

The importance of hydration whilst travelling.

Travelling and going overseas is something we do regularly, however to keep safe and healthy it’s important to be careful with what we eat and drink. In foreign countries its best to not eat street food but stick to meals that are cooked in hotels as street food vendors do not always have to follow the hygiene standards that we have in western countries. This may result in food that is substandard and can cause many upset stomachs and food poisoning.

The second most important thing is to keep hydrated whilst travelling, drink plenty of fluids, stick to water as carbonated sugary drinks are not healthy for you.  An adult should  drink at least 6-8 glasses of water in an a average day. Whilst travelling abroad, it is important to stick to bottled water however it can be expensive and if you are trekking or travelling in remote places it may not always be available. That’s when the pod+ bottle comes in handy.

The pod+ is a reusable water bottle with an inbuilt replaceable filter, recently launched by The filter has the ability to deep clean any type of water be it from the tap, dirty rivers or lakes and removes impurities. It has the capability to filter out 99.9% contaminants making any water safe to drink. The filter will last for 300 bottle refills, this is approx 175 litres of water making it more economical than using bottled water.

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The pod+ bottles come in 6 different colours and they are made from BPA free Tritan. The bottles retail at £19.95 and the replacement cartridges are £7.95 each. The bottles are available to purchase from Harrods and

***I was sent a bottle for review purposes,  all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Choki Dhani ~ Jaipur

On my recent blog post in my India travels series, I wrote about my trip to Jaipur, one of the highlights of the trip was to Choki Dhani, a rural village setting decorated with traditional artefacts and furnishings and serving Rajasthani cuisine in a very authentic and homely way.

 We enjoyed the village atmosphere and the Rajasthani ambience which was created by performances of traditional Rajasthani dance.

The dancers balanced stacks of pots on their heads whilst standing on steel tumblers. the sheer balancing and dancing to rhythm was mesmerising.

The Melody and tunes orchestrated by Rajastani musical instruments was very authentic and folklore musicians were really good as they performed folk songs .

There were many stalls selling ethnic wear, hand crafted bags, shoes and regional mirror work clothing. We particularly liked the fact that many old trades of carving, weaving,  printing etc were showcased at Choki Dhani, not only did it give tourists like our selves an insight to these fascinated trades but it also kept the livelihood of these tradesmen alive.

 At Choki Dhani we were able to see the art of carving printing blocks by local artisans and later saw the blocks being used to print fabric with fabric dyes. The designs were intricate and beautiful.

We were able to participate in making our own pot using a hand turned pottery wheel. It was wonderful to see that the age old art of pottery was being promoted and kept alive.

Lakh (glass) bangle making  and handmade glass jewellery was also on show at this place. The glass beads were hand made as were the Lac (glass )bangles bangles.

Jaipur is well known for its thread work embroidery, mirror work on bags and clothing and also for hand weaved rugs. The beautiful and colorful rugs were each hand weaved as the weaver laboriously weaved thread after thread to make intricate designs on the hand loom.

There were many stalls where you could sample Rajastani snacks and cuisine, and participate in magic shows, and join in some Rajasthani games also.

Finally to complete our experience we enjoyed a wonderful Rasthani Thali (platter of food) at the Choki Dhani restaurant which again was an experience in itself. After being grandly escorted like VIP guests to the courtyard restaurant we were invited to sit on the floor cross legged on plush cushions.

The waiters served a large selection of traditional Rajasthani cuisine on banana leaf plates and bowls set on low tables. We adorned Rajasthani turbans as we enjoyed our food.

The food was delicious and plentiful and it just kept coming, It was indeed a rich gastronomical experience and one I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!

Guests can also check in and stay at the Choki Dhani resort, which I believe is magnificent , however we already had our rooms booked at the Hilton and so did not have the opportunity to stay there. If you want to see and experience an authentic Rajasthani cultural experience, I would highly recommend a visit to Choki Dhani.

To read about my other posts in the India Travels series see the links below.


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