Zimpli Kids SnoBall Play…

We haven’t had any snow in Eastbourne this year, it doesn’t look too hopeful either buuut it’s ok Zimpli Kids has come to the rescue with SnoBall Play. Amber was very excited for snow so we thought we’d head to the beach, as it’s our favourite place and then the children could make as much mess and noise as they wished!

We mixed it up gradually as we heard you didn’t need to use as much water as the box states if you want snowballs that stay together and I was curious to see the different stages while it was mixed.

Amber’s face in this picture says it all, she was thrilled when it started looking exactly like snow. But not cold, which was a major bonus according to Amber.

Jasper has never experienced real snow yet, but loved feeling this stuff. The packet states for over 3 years so we just kept a close eye on him. Plus it also states that the product is non toxic.

So this is where it got really fun, I mean look at that cheeky face!

Jasper literally has no clue what is going on, but I’m loving this series of photos, you can see how it stays formed in the air then explodes when it hits, just like real snow!

We were all covered in it by the end, but it was easily brushed off, no damage at all. Before we left I added more water to some left over, it just dissolved away, so no harm done to the beautiful beach and not as much mess as I feared it could be.

The happiness in Amber’s face here is amazing, we definately need some more! When Jasper understands more, or for playing with Amber’s friends.

Amber reckoned that SnoBall Play was better than real snow as it’s not cold and it feels lovely (the words of a nearly 5 year old)

We were gifted this from Zimpli Kids but all opinions are our own!


Dolls house…

So this is still a work in progress and probably will be for quite some years, we’ll probably constantly decide on improvements or change our minds about decor or furniture. But I think that’ll give us something to work on and build together.

I bought the dolls house a couple of years ago, and I had decorated it, however I hadn’t done it very well and Amber was very young, then it also went into storage for about a year so it ended up quite trashed!

I began the upcycling by collecting wallpaper samples and left over fablon, we needed a few new lights also as some of those were broken.

We were able to save the pink floral wallpaper in this room, which was lucky as it was Amber’s favourite!

We ended up moving the pictures from the living room and popping them on the stairs at the top of the landing. And we have a list as long as my arm of things Amber would like for her dolls house, it’s funny the little details a 4 year old thinks of, the details that are most important to her. She wants more pictures for the living room, a peg to hang a towel on in the bathroom, a bathmat, a bin for the kitchen, more beds and a dressing table, a pram for her doll baby and cot, and a clothes rail and hangers for her dolls clothes (very specifically a rail not a wardrobe!)

The kitchen is probably my current favourite room, I love the green palm paper and the marble floor, plus the kitchen units we already had are so cute too!

For Christmas I made Amber some little bits of furniture, a couple of beds with covers and pillows, a sofa and coffee table and a swing chair.

These were fairly easy to make using foam sponges and left over fabric scraps, Amber has since been through my fabric stash requesting a lot more bed linen and cushions!

The coffee table was made using an dolls house light fitting that had broken from the first time I decorated the house. Simply glued onto a round ‘table top’.

I’m not sure who will have more fun doing this, her LOL dolls and shopkins look so cute with our homemade bits, I think I spent way to much time arranging it all!

On the sofa and pink bed I’ve used earring backs as the ‘feet’, a little tip I found on Pinterest. On the grey suede bed I’ve used pearl beads.

The little bedside tables were made from beads and plastic sheet with the matching wallpaper to cover, I love this rose gold animal skin texture.

The swing chair was made from wire bent to create a cage and the chain and fittings from a broken dolls house light again. I’ve just been told off for dressing this LOL doll in the wrong outfit, oops!

Next on our list is the outside of the dolls house, it needs a repaint and the roof needs completely redoing, we’re thinking glitter roofing? Then I better go through Amber’s wishlist also!