Travelling with toddlers

I’m hoping come July, this will have been one of my better ideas!!

Having been mindlessly scrolling through Pinterest a few weeks ago, I came across the idea of an activity bag made from a hanging toiletry bag. With a roaming and feral toddler and an energetic three year old to entertain on a flight to Spain, I HOPE this ‘plane activity bag’ will be just the ticket. 
So, I set to work on researching a cheap hanging toiletry bag and ended up settling on this black one. In an ideal world, it would have a proper handle but for £6 I can’t go wrong. It has two zip clear pockets and a large detachable black zipped bag. 

After a bit of thought and a wander round some shops, this is what went in.

1. Cars: my two love toy cars, so it was an easy decision to take a few cars and two planes (we are going on one of course!). You can get cars from Wilkinson’s from 50p – £3b 

2. Pens: I already had a packet of these pens, but I would recommended these if you’re going to a holiday home/holiday as they are washable! I bought these a while ago from Amazon for £3.30. 

3. Paper: these little notebooks were 50p each from Tesco. I picked these because they were small and I could fit two in the bag. 

4. Animals: I popped these in as I thought they were reasonably priced, were quite big so they wouldn’t get lost and I thought they would be durable around the pool/beach. Hopefully they’ll enjoy playing with them. These were the most expensive of the items at £3.00 from Tesco. 

5. Play-doh: fortunately we had some small pots of play doh from a birthday present, so these were perfect. I have put four pots in purely because we are going on holiday with two other children. I also added a couple of rolling pins, cutters and utensils as they were small. These retail at £4.99 for four pots of playdoh. 

6. Craft bits: my two aren’t overly enamered by crafting but I’ve picked up some pipe cleaners, Pom poms, foam stickers and some googly eyes. The last thing I need to add is some pritt stick but I might just buy a small one when we’re in Spain. I bought 2 craft packs from Tesco, both containing foam stickers, Pom poms and pipe cleaners, they were £1.50 each and I have used half of each.  The googly eye were 94p. 

7. Spyrograph and tic-tac-toe: these were a bit of an impulse buy. I don’t think my youngest will have a go with the spyrograph, but I’m hoping she’ll use the tic-tac-toe as a phone. The spyrograph was £1.00 and tic-tac-toe was £2.50 (pack of 4)

8. Mini click and catch and floppy snakes: another impulse buy. My oldest has played with a click and catch but I fairly positive this set will either lose the ball within 30 secs OR it will break within a minute. The floppy snakes will just be a bit of fun I think. The click and catch was £1.50 (pack off 4) and the snakes £1.50 (pack of 4), both from Tesco.  

8. Toiletry bag: I got this from Wilkinson’s for £6. 

 

Everything I had to purchase including the toiletry bag, the ‘activity bag’ cost about £15 and I still have craft bits left over to make up another if this one is a success. Hopefully I won’t spend the final 45 minutes of our flight picking up googly eyes and Pom poms! 

Bullet Journal #101

Dotted Leuchtturm1917

 

Back in the new year, I trialled the idea of keeping a ‘Bullet Journal’ in my trusty old Filofax starting with a 2017 Bucket List, and a Book List.  Last month, I decided to dive into the bullet journal world with two feet (with some encourage from the ever useful life guru that is Hayley from Home!). Well, what can I say, I am a bit hooked…

Here are Five Things that will help get you started on your first bullet journal:

1. You can use any notebook or pad – I had a trial go in my trusty Filofax notes pages. Only when I decided to get a bit more adventurous did I plum for the Leuchtturm 1917 dotted notebook because I liked the flexibility it gave with the dotted squares rather than lined or squared. But you can use virtually anything! There are some incredible people you can follow on instagram: ‘Adventurous_Planning_Cat’ uses a Filofax ballet hournal with some fantastic layouts. She even prints her own dotted paper. ‘Boho Berry’ uses a Leuchtturm and her pages are simply stunning.

July memories, Packing list, August, Book list, Birthdays, Blogs, linkies

 

2. You can start anytime – Unlike a traditional diary that will go from Jan- Dec or Sept-Aug; you can start whenever you like with a bullet Journal. You could even start mid month, that’s the beauty of a ‘Bujo’ !

3. You can set it out however you like – after doing a few pages here and there, I decided to start setting out a monthly page with a memories page afterwards. The ‘Memories’ are by far one of my favourites. It really showcases all the fun adventures we’ve had over the month.

Allotment plan and May memories (my favourite page)

 

4. Creative organisation – an easy way to describe a bullet journal is: all your to do lists, dreams and a diary all in one. Have you ever found some diaries just don’t meet all of your needs? A bullet journal is a way of having a diary, but set out exactly how you want. I’m trying a double page spread for the next few months with a corner for ‘to do next month’. Over the summer I’m going to do a spot of research and see how I might change my set up for the month and/or weeks for the new academic year.

June spread

 

5. Daunting at first but loads of fun – at first I was really quite apprehensive about starting as I didn’t want to make a mistake in my precious new notepad. I’m a bit OCD like that. I love everything to be neat, always have. I was nervous about doodling pictures for fear of it looking awful. I did an outline of my first page in pencil and then went over it in pen. However, a few weeks later, and I just go for it now, but I do wile away the time drifting through Pinterest searching for new ideas for pages, layouts, and doodles.

July, June memories, Recipes, Bucket list, DIY list Master shopping list

 

One thing to watch out for is ‘ghosting’. This is where the pen bleeds though the paper. I’m currently using the Staedler fine tips which are great, but prior to buying them I was using Wilko own which worked fine.  The only reason I bought the Staedtler was because the red ran out in my Wilko pack and I LOVE station. The Staedtler ones were ynder £10 from Amazon and only a couple of pounds more than the pack of 20.

Ideas and thoughts for new pages are always as welcome.  I’m currently thinking of starting a Netflix/Series one, but I need to pick some new series to watch first. I might try and keep a sleep diary for L for a month and see if there’s a pattern to her night wakings.

Happy reading.

Bloggers and Linkies to follow:

@boho.berry

@adventurous_planner_cat

@bulletjournaler

#bujo

#bulletjournal

#bulletjournalinspiration