Last minute Fathers Day card with Stampin up


Fathers day is tomorrow and Stampin up got in touch to see if we fancy making a last minute card for Fathers day.  We were sent a range of products so that we could do this. 

We were sent a black ink kit, a fathers day set of cling stamps, a clear block, some plain white cards and envelopes and last of all a set of Stampin write markers. 

When looking at the instructions on how to use the cling stamps I was unsure fully what to do.  I feel that the instructions over all need to be made more clearer to understand. This is especially important if like me you've never used them before. I did have a look online to see what to do and hopefully I've done it right, it seems to have worked so I must have.

If I've got it right you use the clear stickers in the cling stamp set and you sick them directly onto the clear block and then pop the rubber stamp over the top. You then use the stamp in the ink like you would usually do and press onto your card to make different designs. 

Then you use the double ended markers to draw and write whatever you like. What I didn't realise until now is that you can also use the markers on the stamps so that you can do different colours or a multi colour effect.

Blake and I opted to do a very simple design which is ideal for a last minute card. You could do so many different designs. If you have a child who has a wide range of arts and crafts products than you can get even more creative if you have the time. 

Making cards are a great craft activity to do with children. Blake actually has his own kids stamp set, so once I worked out we needed to put the stamps onto the clear block he pretty much knew how to use the stamps.  He then wanted me to use some of the markers that are metallic colours to do some swirly patterns to give the card a bit of colour. 

We will definitely be giving this a try again to make some much more colourful cards.

*I was gifted the Stampin up products in return for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Sensory toys


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Sensory support for someone with autisim is really important. With autisim a person can really struggle with processing everyday information with any of their senses being over or under sensitive.  This can then effect someone who is autistic's behaviour. However there are ways in which to help for example therapies and equipment.

 Each child has different needs and those needs change depending on various range of factors. I wanted to share with you today some of Blake's favourite sensory toys.

Calming toys

Lights are a great sensory aid. At night Blake has a star night light lamp which you can get from most toy places in various designs. It's part of Blake's routine to have it on every night. 

Another favourite is a light up spinning wand , Blake actually got one in a goodie bag a good few years ago when we went to see in the night garden live. Blake also has another which we currently keep in his backpack. 

One of my favourites are the liquid motion timers as they are so relaxing and mesmerising so are ideal for bedtime or for when Blake needs some down time.

Blake's ultimate favourite at the moment is the colour changing bubble fish lamp he got this as a gift at Christmas and can spend ages just watching the changing colours. He now says "All gone, bye bye fish" when he has had enough.

A great present Blake also got is the Glow Art drawing board. It's great for mark making practice. There are 36 different multi colour LED lighting effects transforming and bringing drawings etc to life.

Messy play

Messy play is touch and go with Blake dependant on he type of messy play for example he isn't a fan of shaving foam or slime and playdough however he loves the Learning Rescources Play foam  which is mess free along with arts and crafts, sand and water play.

Water play us definitely Blake's favourite and these Munchkin suction cup bath toys  are a very recent purchase that make bathtime so much fun. 

Blake absolutely loves bouncing around and his trampoline is a favourite. He has had this one for a good few years now. It's the Getgo fold away trampoline which we got from Argos although they no longer seem to sell it. 

I'll definitely do another post as we expand our sensory toys. Especially as I've got my eye on some other products that would be great for Blake with giving him more physical sensory feedback. 

Fathers Day Gift Guide 2019


Father's day is a tricky time this year for my hubby as it's the first one without his Dad around.  I know its going to be a hard time for him and he won't feel like celebrating. The first fathers day without your Dad around is certainly a day filled with a mixture of emotions and I remember the feeling well. Even so I still want Blake to give him a card and some gifts.

This year fathers day is Sunday 16th of June so you still have some time to find something to suit your Dad and hopefully these ideas will help.

Fathers Day Cards | prices vary |  Danilo, Clintons, Tescos and all good independent card shops

If you are looking for some humorous cards this year these ones are lovely jubbly.  

OSMO Shave Spray and Grooming Tonic | £9.30/£7.70 | Feelunique 

Grooming products are always a popular choice. OSMO have a great selection of products available. The shave spray is a weightless multi-tasking gel with soothing aloe vera, the spray moisturises and maintains making it ideal for skin fades and beard definition. The grooming tonic is a lightweight oil free formular that helps to refresh and stimulate the scalp without weighing the hair down. 

Black Leopard Moistuiser and eye cream | £23.49 / £18.99| Black Leopard 

Black Leopard’s Moisturiser is an essential choice for men on the go. Mens skin is thicker and less rich in water and is subjected to shaving/razor burn. This premium anti-aging men’s skincare product will nourish, strengthen, hydrate and protect the skin helping Dad to look younger and his skin healthier.  Black Leopard eye cream is great for helping Dad out to reduce fine lines. It also removes puffiness, lightens dark circles, and plumps skin. 

Steel Bonnets Blended malt whisky | £55 for 70cl | The Lakes Distillery
If you fancy treating Dad to a tipple than Steel Bonnets Blended malt whisky is a good choice. Steel Bonnets is the first cross-border blend of exceptional English and Scotch malt whiskies. At its heart is single malt whisky from The Lakes Distillery, created with love and great care in the Lake District National Park. Creamy vanilla and comforting woodsmoke are interwoven to create a whisky born of the unique rugged character and heritage of the of the Scottish & English borderlands. The whisky has creamy, slightly nutty & full bodied flavour.

Personalised Toblerone Bar | £12.99 | Toblerone

Treat your dad this Father’s Day to a Toblerone 360g personalised bar; a deliciously solid mountain of Swiss milk chocolate with honey and crisp almond nougat pieces. For that extra special gifting moment, tag the bar with your dads name, and make the day his. Be it a nickname or an inside joke. 

Green and Blacks Selection boxes | price varies | Green and Blacks

Treat Dad to a wonderful selection of chocolates from Green and Blacks this fathers day. With a wide range of different delicious collections available you are sure to find one suitable. The two featured above are the Tasting collection which contains 24 mini bars of milk, white and dark chocolate and the Treat collection which has a range of milk, dark and whitechocolate in various sizes. 

Blue Tea Subscription Box | £12.99 a month | Blue Tea Box 

If your Dad is a tea drinker why not treat him to a subscription box with Blue Tea Box. With a subscription Dad will recieve a letterbox friendly box containing 3 bags of loose tea along with tasting notes and information on the origin and farm where the tea is produced. You can choose what type of tea from the selection below or opt for the popular surprise me option. 
Black - breakfast, assam, early grey, darjeeling, etc
Green - includes sencha and flavoured
Connoisseur - includes oolong, pu erh, white, yellow
Fruit - includes fruits, mint, and infusions
Healthy and Herbal - includes detox, rooibos, herbal

If coffee is more your Dads thing than tea the Blue Coffee Box  is an option. 

Cheese lover hamper | £23.99 | Gift Pup

Give your Dad a cheesy gift this fathers day with the cheese lover hamper from GiftPup. The hamper is filled with several different cheeses along with crackers, pickles and chutneys to enjoy with them. Comes complete in a wooden slated crate and a card to send a personal message.

The Great Taste Charcuterie Hamper Box | £26 | Yumbles 

If meat is more your Dad's thing than cheese than the charcuterie hamper from yumbles is a good option. This beautifully packaged hamper box contains 3 of The Real Cure’s smoked wild venison salamis, all Great Taste Award winners, and to round things off they have included their 3 star Great Taste Award winning Hartgrove Coppa Ham.This really is the ultimate selection of cured meats to keep even the foodi-est of foodies happy! The hamper box contains: 

  • Wild Venison Salami - Smoked Sloe and Garlic 
  • Wild Venison Chorizo 
  • Venison Pepperoni - Smoked Chilli and Caraway 
  • Hartgrove Coppa 

*We were gifted the items featured for the purpose of this guide.