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Mothers Day Crafts

Hiya everyone, Mother’s Day is almost here!

This week I have been busy with my nanny children making some Mother’s Day crafts.

With my first nanny family we baked some shortbread cookies and I had the trio decorate a banner saying ‘Happy Mother’s day’. I then got them to pose with it so I could take a picture. Then I went to get the nicest picture developed (organising three children who are five years old and under in a photo is harder than it looks!) I then bought a pretty frame to put the photo inside. Mum loved it and keeps it on her desk in her office.

With my second nanny family (the boys) we bought a decopatch box to decorate with some decopatch tissue paper! The box would be a little jewellery box. We also made some jewellery for her new jewellery box made from air dry clay. See below what items we used and click the links to view more!

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boxes.jpgWe also made a heart shaped necklace by using air dry clay. We used a cookie cutter to get the shape and used metallic purple paint too. If your choose to use metallic paint just be aware it can stain clothes so just be careful. You can use any type of paint though. If you see closely I got the boys to put their thumb print in the shape of the heart too, how sweet!

We also decided to make the same as the heart necklace but just make it into a keyring instead!

I hope you have enjoyed all of our Mother’s Day Crafts and that your Mum has a lovely Mother’s Day!

If you didn’t read my previous post about what the children made for mothers day last year for Mother’s Day then take a look here… Candle Making.

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Nanny gift guide

If you have a nanny and struggle for gift ideas then I have a little guide to help you! Nobody says you have to get your nanny a gift for their birthday or for Christmas but if you want to then just take a look below.

Nanny gift guide

  1. Homemade card or gift from your children! Something sentimental is my favourite gift to receive. I love a written card appreciating all my hard work too!
  2. A gift experience voucher. For example, a spa day.
  3. This Christmas just gone one of my nanny families (the one I have been at for two years) got me a locket that was engraved. My mum boss did say she was going to get photos of the boys printed out for me to pop inside but she didn’t know if I would have liked that. YES! Myself for one would LOVE that.
  4. Get to know your nanny – find out what she/he likes. My new nanny family children that I started with in January went undercover asking me questions to get ideas for my birthday! I had no idea. I thought they were just getting to know me. They got me some bath bombs and something for my new house I’m moving into next week! My other family also got me socks for Christmas – I always wear socks with various pictures on – mainly cats and dinosaurs.
  5. Vouchers – if your going for vouchers unless you know you nanny well and know what she likes I would recommend getting an all in one voucher so she has options where to spend it.
  6. Cash – cash is always good – especially if we are saving for something – a new car, house or a holiday etc
  7. Flowers and/or chocolate
  8. I personally love a Funky Pigeon/Moonpig card with pictures of my nanny children on the front! I have kept every card I have ever received from my nanny children. Even children I have looked after over the years in nurseries.
  9. A paid day off – perhaps her birthday!
  10. Personalised gift – such as a photo of the children with a special frame, a coffee/tea mug or a photo book of the children.

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*Just a little note*

This is a collection of ideas from nannies themselves. Some nannies said they don’t expect gifts, just a simple ‘happy birthday’ would do. The majority of nannies said they would prefer a thoughtful gift. This could be something that shows you know them well or something homemade!

If you are a nanny reading this comment below if you have any other suggestions! If you haven’t already go and check out my Parent Gift Guide!

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Birthday presents!

One of my nanny children have just turned 6! How crazy. Two years has gone fast. Too fast. I struggle on what birthday presents to buy for the boys. They have so many toys, so I would rather buy them something they need or something they can make.

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I bought him a couple of gifts. He has recently become quite interested in Science and has  some glow in the dark planets that hang from his bedroom ceiling. So I though this Planetarium Model was a good choice. Basically you have to assemble and paint each individual planet and then attach them on a model that moves around to imitate space movement! Each planet glows in the dark too so it’s a handy little night light. I can’t wait to build it with him! I will another blog later when it is finished so you can see the end result.

The second gift I got him was this gorgeous jumper from Baby Boden – it is so unbelievably soft! What’s better is that he is Scottish and has recently shown an interest in Nessie the Loch Ness monster so that’s an added bonus. You can find it here if you wish to view more.

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Parent Gift Guide

When I first starting working as a nanny I struggled for ideas of what to get the parents for their Birthday or Christmas. Whether it was a gift from the children or a gift from myself. So I thought I would put together a little gift guide to give other nannies some ideas or even parents to struggle thinking of gift ideas for their significant other from the children.

Christmas 

  • As always homemade cards are always a nice gift
  • Every year I like to make a personalised photo calendar for the following year filled with pictures of the boys I had taken that year. It’s really special and sometimes a surprise if they haven’t seen particular photos. I usually use Visaprint. I have always found them really good and they often have promotional offers on.
  • This Christmas just gone I made my bosses a hamper. They weren’t expecting it and they loved it. I added in some wine for mum, some ale and cider for dad, various cheeses, crackers, cheesy biscuits and some wild boar pate. I ordered the hamper set off Ebay too. The set came with the basket, straw for inside the hamper and the plastic wrapping with a bow.
  • Baked goods – gingerbread men, peppermint creams

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Birthdays

  • Last year I got a photo of the boys holding a chalk board with ‘We love Daddy’ written on it. I got the photo printed and bought a lovely photo frame to put it in. Dad loved it!
  • Homemade birthday card from the children
  • Homemade candles for mum! You can buy all the bits from Hobbycraft or online. See my previous blog on homemade candles and you see a step by step on how to make them and all the ingredients needed.
  • Homemade jewellery. I plan on getting the boys to make a homemade necklace for mum on Mother’s Day this year. I found this really cute necklace online at  http://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/heart-thumbprint-charm-necklaces/

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  • Flowers! My mum boss loves flowers. Every week she gets new ones so flowers are generally a good shout
  • A homemade coupon for a night of free babysitting!
  • Baked goods, why not try baking a birthday cake?
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Valentines Day 

It’s Valentines Day tomorrow so it’s time to start making some cards! My 3 year old nanny child made three. One for his parents, one for his brother and one for his little girlfriend! (Ok, not his girlfriend but they are like best friends!)

We used:

  • Red card – bent in half (foil card)
  • White card
  • Red paint
  • White paint
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

Step by step:

  1. Bend the red foil card in half to resemble a card.
  2. Cut the white card down to size to fit on top of the red card.
  3. Using a pencil draw a love heart on the white card (or get your child to draw one.)
  4. Get your child to finger paint! Using red and white pain inside the heart. Set aside to let dry.
  5. Inside the card write something special and emcourage your child to sign their name or draw some kisses.
  6. Glue the white card with the love heart ontop of the red card.
  7. You have a Valentines Day card!

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Candle Making

Last year I made a photo calendar for the boy’s parents for their Christmas present full of pictures of the boys I had taken throughout the year. While I was looking through the pictures this year to make another one I came across a picture of homemade candles which I made with the boys for mother’s day. So I thought I would share it as it could be a lovely idea for a Christmas gift or another occasion.

The 3 year old and myself took a trip to Hobbycraft (again!) to pick up some wicks, candle scent, crayons and a glass ‘bubble ball candle holder’. We also picked up basic pillar candles that we bought in ASDA for 50p each. You could buy wax in a bag ready to use but I found this way the cheapest. Follow the link below to be directed to the items…

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/crisa-bubble-ball-candle-holder-15-cm/565864-1000?queryFromSuggest=true&userInput=glass%20

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/home-crafts/candle-making

http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/coloured-wax-crayons-24-pieces/562636-1000

You will need either a glass bowl that you can pop on top of a saucepan (with a little bit of water in) to use as a double boiler. The boys didn’t have one in their house so I used a baked bean tin. I obviously emptied the beans out and cleaned the can thoroughly.

To make the candles we chopped up a basic pillar candle and put some wax in our tin (or glass bowl) with a broken up crayon. You can choose any colour crayon you wish. Let the crayon and wax simmer and melt completely. Once melted you will need to have your candle holder ready with a wick inserted in the middle. Pour a little candle scent in your mixture and stir. Then pour your mixture in your candle holder. Let dry completely, it took around 20-30 minutes for us. Repeat this step until your candle is finished. Just make sure you leave a window open! Your candle should be similar to this…

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If you are interested how we made the flower heads on their mothers day card we just used a fork! And then painted the stem.