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Well, Muggles! It's Finally Time to Feel Like a Real Wizard and Join in The Magical Fun.

Calling all muggles! Calling all muggles. If you're not completely obsessed with the magical world of Harry Potter then this post may not be for you. But for the rest of you muggles that love the wizarding world we have something special for you. To say that the Harry Potter series is popular would be putting it mildly. The books and movies are a worldwide pop culture phenomenon and nothing has caused such a craze as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I remember reading it for the first time and being completely engrossed in the wizarding world reading about flying letters, wands, sorting hats, to potions, a changing staircase and even an invisibility cloak.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to disappear with a flick of a cloak? Well, muggles! It's finally time to feel like a real wizard and join in the magical fun with this WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak. This one is just like Harry's invisibility cloak when it made its first appearance in the Philosopher's Stone when Harry received it as a Christmas present. Who remembers the first thing Harry did with the cloak? So you can imagine our excitement to finally be able to feel like a real wizard and disappear. 

The WOW! Stuff Invisibility cloak comes with a free downloadable app. All you need to do is simply enter the unique authentication code that comes with the invisibility cloak on the app, follow the instruction and set the scene. Have you ever wanted to recreate those iconic scenes, well with the amazing invisibility cloak you can!

The WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak measures 139.7cm meaning that there is plenty of material for eager wizards wishing to disappear. The cloak is made from two high quality layers of fabric with one side being black and grey patterning, and the other side being lined with green silky material - the side where the magic happens. When the patterned side of the invisibility cloak is facing the camera it will be visible on screen. However, when you flip your cloak inside out so that the green lining is facing the camera, whatever or whoever is hidden beneath the cloak will magically disappear on screen.

You can view, take photographs or film family and friends through the app on your smartphone or tablet which all can be saved onto your camera roll. The Wow! Stuff app is suitable for smartphones or tablets running iOS 11 and Android 5.0 and above.

Setting The Scene 

Downloading the app is simple and straightforward, however setting your scene can be a little tricky at first. Inside the box you get a set of instructions, the cloak and a phone stand that is fully adjustable with rubber feet ensuring that it doesn't slip. However we needed to use a different phone stand for our magical fun due to the position of our scene we needed something a little taller than the one provided.

Once you have your camera in place, click the WOW! Stuff app and follow the instructions. To set the scene you need to make sure that the camera view doesn't include any moving people, toddlers or moving objects. While you are setting the scene you must keep your phone or device as still as possible, the slightest movement can reset the scene and you have to start all over. After you have set the scene then click the camera icon below to start the invisibility mode.

Now the real fun can begin. You can choose to take a photo or video when recreating those scenes with the cloak. Or record up to ten minutes of invisibility fun and there is even a countdown option to help you if you are the one behind the camera and the one in the cloak. It did take us a couple of times to get the process right, but in no time at all we soon got the hang of it all. 

I cannot tell you how much fun we all had with the invisibility cloak, that's not even including the kids. The cloak is aimed at children of six and over, but I think that older children and most adults will have more fun. The WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak and free app can take a little time to get your head around, but once you do the fun can really begin. We tried being creative with a household broom, levitating books, lanterns, pumpkins and even a toddler. Why not try and create those iconic scenes or become a floating head? The WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak normally retails at £45.99, but at the moment it's only £29.99 on Amazon and Smyths so grab yourself one now before they are all gone. I'm sure that this cloak will be on every Harry Potter fans Christmas list, if you're still unsure take a little peek at our video below to see how it all works. Just remember this cloak is not just for kids. 

We just wanted to thank Living with the Clarks for their help with making this video

** Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted our WOW! Stuff Invisibility Cloak  but as always all views expressed on this site are my own and do not represent the opinions of any entity. All images and video are subjected to copyright ©2019 .**

Autumn Leaf Hand Prints

It's half term for us at the moment and we have been busy little people, I'm actually amazed at how many activities we have crammed into our week already. But due to the rain most of those activities have been inside, so when the sun decided to make an appearance we decided to take advantage and go on an autumn scavenger hunt. We found so many wild and wonderful autumn treasures, but our autumn scavenger hunt excitement was soon met with the rain so we made our way home. After warming up with some hot chocolates and a snack or two it was time for an afternoon full of autumn crafts and these autumn leaf hand prints. 

Children love any chance to get messy, don't they? I know my little lady lady loves any opportunity to get her apron on and get her hands messy when craft box comes out. That's why I love these autumn leaf hand prints because they are a great excuse to unleash a little creativity, take in all the beauty of autumn whilst getting a little keepsake at the end. As long as you have wet wipes at the ready you will have lots of fun. 

For these autumn leaf hand prints you will need:

A4 white card or paper
Yellow, orange, red and brown poster paint
Assortment of paintbrushes
A black or brown felt tip pen.

1. Simply start off by squirting each colour around a paper plate or into separate pots if you prefer. 

2. For the lead paint your child's hand yellow, this is a great opportunity to encourage your child to take the lead and improve on their fine motor skills. Depending on their age you may have to be watch them in case they want to lick their hands or drip the paint onto the floor. 

3. One they have a yellow hand using different paint brushes for each colour; orange, red and brown paint dot the colours all over their hands. Just keep in mind to coat the hand in a thin layer of paint to get the best results for the leaf if not you have just have a blob of paint on your paper or card. 

4. When you have the desired colour for your lead simply take their hands to the paper and press down and make sure all of their hand makes contact with the paper and then gently peel away. 

5. Set aside to dry for 10-15 minutes and the take the brown or black felt tip one and draw some veins onto the hand print. You can be as creative with the colours as you want and add in some greens or more browns. 

We both enjoyed our afternoon making these cute autumn leaf hand prints, even if we did get a little messy. It's a great craft to do over half term and they also make the perfect little keepsake for family and friends. We have a scrap book full of all our daughter's creative flare so we shall pop some of these in there too. Will you try and make your own autumn leaf hand prints?

Sparkle Your Day with Sodastream

Water is the best thing you put in your body, yet even though we can all agree that drinking water is good for us we still don't drink enough. Water can help to control calorie consumption, boost kidney function, help with digestion, and improve our skin. Now I'm not going to sit here and say that I drink enough because in reality I just drink enough to keep going and over the last few week I have noticed a change in my skin, my hair and I feel really tired all the time. 

Drinking water has so many great health benefits, but let's be honest water can be boring. I know that I can drink around three glasses of water before reaching for the kettle, but I'm trying to limit my caffeine intake too. So over the last few weeks we have been looking at ways to drink more water and so far by jazzing up my water the whole family seems to be drinking more water. 

Infusing your water can make all the difference. It's so refreshing and I think it's far more appealing than just water and by preparing water in advance you can have as much ensure you keep to your water goals. We have even gone one step further by adding a little sparkle to our fruit infused waters, with our brand new Soda Water Maker the possibilities are endless. 

As a child a SodaStream was THE thing to have but for one reason or another my family never seemed to get around to getting one, so now we finally have one and can totally get behind the hype. My husband has been talking about getting something like this for a while but there are quite a few different types, styles and colours available on the market so we couldn't agree. But finally we decided on the SodaStream Spirit and its great way to add a little sparkle into our drinks. 

There are a number of reasons why we wanted to get a SodaStream the most important reason was to help and encourage us to drink more water, as plain ole tap water can be pretty boring. Not only that, over the course of a month my husband and I consumed far too many carbonated drinks on the go and it was pretty costly. We also have become more aware of our plastic usage and with this little SodaStream we can helped stop the single-use plastic bottle from going into landfill and help save the planet.

Our SodaStream Spirit is a compact cordless design that is super sleek and stylish, making it easier for use to enjoy a little sparkle at the touch of a button. The SodaStream Spirit comes in lots of colours including black, white, red, blue, pink, navy blue and dark purple to fit in with most kitchen decors. We had a black one but with our brand new kitchen the white would have gone so much better with the kitchen decor. You can buy the SodaStream on its own or with extras.  The hydration pack included the SodaStream maker, a gas cylinder, two 1 litre bottles, two 500ml bottles, Soda Press in the flavours Ginger Ale and Blueberry & Lime. 

The SodaStream Spirit comes with a single gas canister which can make up to 60L of sparkling water; so around a months worth. You can purchase additional gas canisters via the website, or from Argos, where you can take your old spent canister in and exchange it to save yourself the cost of a new one. Not only that SodaStream also have gas cylinder plans to choose from where you can choose to pay yearly or every three months making it more than affordable. Its going to be cheaper than buying single use plastic bottles which is also better for the environment.

How to set up your SodaStream?

To set the SodaStream Spirit up all you have to do is take off the back, twist the canister in and replace the back. It's that simple. Then fill your reusable bottles with water up to the line, place into the machine and push it back until you hear a click. Then press the button on the top for ten seconds or until the button feels harder to press and then pull the bottle forward and you're good to go. 

Now its time to get creative with the flavours and perhaps create a delicious cocktail or two. The bottle can then be reused as many times as you would like. You can either pour it into a glass as soon as you have made it fizzy or you can put the cap on the bottle and store in the fridge for later. We like to drink the water as it is or add some squash to it too. In our hydration pack we got two flavours Ginger Ale and Blueberry & Lime which are organic, less sugar content and no artificial flavourings. Honestly my favourite flavour of the two was the blueberry and lime but it still needs more than the two spoonfuls suggested. The Ginger Ale wasn't my favourite but its not really a flavour that I like anyway, but my husband preferred this one. 

Since we have been using the Sodastream Spirit we have been drinking so much more water, we still like to infuse with fruits, add the Soda Press flavours or squashes. It really tastes so much better than plain tap water. We are saving money, the planet and our health! So its a great change to make. 

** Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted our SodaStream Spirit and the Hydration Pack from SodaStream but as always all views expressed on this site are my own and do not represent the opinions of any entity. All images are subjected to copyright ©2019 **

Slap Ninja: How Fast Are You?

As my daughter is getting older she seems to be getting more into games, they are a great way to get some quality time as a family. However if your family is anything like mine then you will avoid games like Monopoly like the plague. But over the years games have seem to exploded with designers thinking of the most craziest ideas to get the whole family involved. Personally the best family games are the ones that you require a little luck with an element of surprise or tension, but most of all offer a lot of laughter as you play. The crazier the game the better.

That's exactly why I need to tell you all about our latest game Slap Ninja. Its fast paced, crazy and has an element or surprise with a zap or two just for fun. It is similar to the game you played in the school playground where you avoided your hands being touched or slapped at any cost, anyone else remember that game?

What is Slap Ninja?

Slap Ninja is the new fast paced skill and action game. Are you fast enough? You can play as a Ninja Master and use his huge karate chop SLAP to defend his coin from a very sneak opponents. Or play as a student trying to tap the coin in the Ninja's hands to try and defeat him. Three points need to be scored by the student or the master to win, its simple and easy to get your head around. On each side of the bench there are three sets of stars to help you keep track of the score, as it can be super quick and you want to try and aim for the stars to light up on your opponents side. The first player to defeat their opponent three times is the winner, and the loser gets zapped. 

I'm not normally a big fan of these types of games as they tend to lose their fun factor quickly but it was so much fun playing slap ninja with my daughter. We both enjoyed taking it in turns playing the master and then the student, the game is really fast paced so it kept us both interested. You really need to keep your eyes peeled though because if you don't you will most certainly get slapped and zapped. 

Slap Ninja is set up on a bench where the master and the student are trying to get to the precious coin which is clearly seen in the Ninjas hand. With the coin being red and pretty big in size really made it easy for each opponent to try and hit it before being slapped and zapped. On each side of the bench there are three sets of stars to help you keep track of the score, as it can be super quick and you want to try and aim for the stars to light up on your opponents side. The first player to defeat their opponent three times is the winner, and the loser gets zapped. The zap certainly packs a punch too, so make sure you get to the coin before being zapped.

The sound effects on the Slap Ninja are pretty intense and really take you by surprise. The first time we started to play my daughter wanted to be the student and jumped right out of her seat when she got zapped. I don't think we have ever laughed so much. It really is such a great game to play with the family. It definitely brings out a competitive streak in our daughter and for obvious zap reasons she wanted to be the master, every single time. 

One of the best parts about Slap Ninja was that it was so simple and easy to understand the aim of the game, we also loved that this each game was super quick and everyone was able to enjoy being a student and the master. We also got some cool red ninja bands included in out set so we could feel like a real ninja. However, my five year old wanted to play Slap Ninja with a blindfold to make it extra hard! Ha. Lets just say she wasn't a master for long. The only negative that we found with our Slap Ninja was that sometimes the handle would catch on the master side making it easier for the student to get to the coin, but other than that its a brilliant game. 

Slap Ninja is going to be that game everyone wants to add to their Christmas lists for sure, especially if you like getting slapped or zapped. Slap Ninja retails at £19.99 over on Amazon but they are available for only £14.99 at Very and £15.99 at Smyth Toys. 

** Disclaimer: We were kindly gifted Slap Ninja from Jakks Toys but as always my thoughts and opinions are my own **

My First Month on the MyBuBelly Plan

We knew that trying for a second baby would be just as tough as the first time around, but that logic didn't do anything to lessen the blow with each negative pregnancy test. And before we knew it two years had passed and despite our best efforts trying to conceive a second baby there was no sign of a baby. We knew that it was time to try something different and we started to look into the practical ways to could help boost our fertility and we came across MyBuBelly Program.

We began our MyBuBelly program last month and both my husband and I were feeling more hopeful than we have been in such a long time, so don't forget to check out our first post that gives you all the basics to the program. I am going to be completely open and honest, I was really dubious about the program at first. How could making simple changes to your food choices make an impact on the gender of a baby? It really did sound too good to be true, but there was only one way to find out.

So MyBuBelly is a fertility boosting program that is a natural and ethical way to choose the gender of your baby. It's a simple and straightforward program to help nature in the right direction. By making simple changes to your diet, taking supplements and boost your overall well-being can help determine the gender of your baby.

The Girl Program

When you first sign up with MyBuBelly you can either choose a boy method or girl method, with each being specially designed to make the MyBuBelly method and the dietary programme more effective. We decided on the girl method that combines a dietary programme to achieve and stabilise an acidic urinary pH. But it also focuses on cycle monitoring to target ovulation and conceive a baby girl on the right dates. We made our choice, downloaded the app and all we needed was to wait for our box to arrive.

The Girl Box had everything I will need to help stabilise my levels for 30 days, after that I will receive a new box each month with each renewal. For the girl method, the food supplements include sticks of calcium, sticks of magnesium and B6 vitamins and folic acid and vitamin D3. A bottle of pH strips to measure my pH at any time throughout my cycle, including during menstruation. A box of ovulation tests that need to be used from the very start of the method to help targeting my ovulation.

Phase 1

There are two phases to the MyBuBelly program with Stage 1 focuses on adjusting and stabilising your pH levels that can last up to three months. Stage 2 focuses on the conceiving, however you can only get onto this stage if your personal coach allows you to with regular stabilised testing and positive ovulation. It's super important to make sure that it's the right balance of minerals to ensure the program is successful.

The Big No Nos

With the MyBuBelly plan there are certain no nos that you have to do to ensure that the program is a success. You must stop all methods of female birth control from the very beginning of the method including pills and IUDs. As they could try alter your pH levels and not show signs of ovulation. During Phase 1, we have to forgo unprotected sex and use protection. At first, I thought that seem bizarre, how was I supposed to get pregnant if I was having protected intercourse? The first phase is focused of prepping my body for a baby and getting my pH levels stabilised, unprotected sex could affect that.

Online Coaching.

The MyBuBelly app has become a saviour. Everything I will ever need is within my app such as pH level measurements, cycle monitoring chart, food supplements, recipes, points to remember and even a coaching space with advice sheets. You can even set up reminder texts for pH measurements and when to take ovulation tests, for me this is was necessary. One of the main advantages to this program is most definitely the online coach Eve. She’s available every day and will always find a solution to your issues.

The personalised coaching by Eve and an entire team of experts like nutritionists, gynaecologists, psychologists and sexologists has really helped me grasp every aspect of the program, I'm getting a better understanding about my body and I'm learning so much about the food that I'm eating and about my lifestyle and overall well-being.

The Vitamins & Food Supplements.

For the girl method, the food supplements include sticks of calcium, sticks of magnesium and B6 vitamin and folic acid and vitamin D3. The food supplements have been specially designed to make the MyBuBelly method and the dietary programme more effective.

At the start of the day I need to have 1 calcium sticks and 1 folic acid tablet. The calcium sticks? Honestly? Are awful, I really find these hard to stomach in the morning as they leave a disgusting aftertaste. These would be so much better in a tablet form. However, as advised by Eve the calcium sticks goes better with yoghurt, fromage frais or a compote. In the evening I need to have 1 magnesium stick, these are by far the easier one to take, they kind of taste of sherbet that warms your throat.

The pH & Ovulation Tests

Throughout the plan I will need to undergo regular pH testing and get an optimal pH and ensure that these levels are stable to move onto the next stage. The ovulation tests should be used from the very start of the method, to help you practice targeting your ovulation and let you be more efficient later, during the conception phase. Before doing the MyBuBelly plan pinpointing my ovulation was pretty hard, but with tracking and consistent tests it's becoming more easier to understand the signs.

The MyBuBelly Diet

A key part of the MyBuBelly plan is of course focused on altering your diet. There are certain foods that are essential, some encouraged and some foods that are completely forbidden. With the girl program I have to drink up to 750ml of milk a day, which hasn't been the easiest if I am being completely honest. Two portions of green vegetables a day such as cabbage (that must be eaten every 2-3 days), sprouts, broccoli and or kale. Eat 1-2 portions of vegetables that are not on the restricted list. But also eat three small portions of fruit a day such as berries, oranges, tangerines or strawberries, but ensuring that they are all fresh or frozen.

One portion of some form of grain such as rice, pasta, or oats preferably served as part of your main meal at dinner time. Meat, fish are limited to 120g a day with no more than three servings of red meat and fish a week. You are allowed eggs on the baby girl diet however it is advised to eat the yolks instead of the whole egg. There are a list of foods that need to be eaten in moderation, but there are some foods that are completely forbidden. These include; salt in any forms, deli meat, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, crackers, mushrooms, potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers.

The MyByBelly program is a pretty strict program, but it has been exciting to develop new recipes that have been especially designed for the the baby girl program. At times, I do consider whether the program is right for me and whether I will see any kind of result. But so far this month we have pinpointed ovulation, taken regular testing with my pH and hit a monthly average of 6.1. The MyBuBelly program is going well for me at the moment and I think I have finally got my head around how the whole program works. So until next month.

Don't forget to read our first installment with the MyBuBelly plan

~ This is a partnership post with MyBuBelly ~

Little Monster Halloween Treats

As always this time of year is the busiest month in our social calendar and we have so many adventures to look forward to. But just in case we don't already have a million things to organise we added a little Halloween baking into the mix just for fun.

Halloween treats are the best and if you're looking for a quick and simple Halloween treat or party food, then you will love making these little monster treats. They are so easy and simple to make you'll can make a batch of these in no time at all not including the setting of course. We enjoyed making these monster treats for home whilst watching some Halloween favourites, but they are great ideas for a spooky party or for you to enjoy at school. 

No monster Halloween treats are complete without a monster apron, right? We can't get over how cute our monster apron  is and the fact that they can be personalised with her name is even better. My daughter gave her little monster apron a name, Boris! Of all the names she could pick Boris was the one! Gift Pup have a wonderful range of Halloween gifts for children such as aprons, mugs and notebooks to jot down all those Halloween recipes. So we have prepared all the ingredients we need for our little monsters, washed our hands and now we are Halloween apron ready...

To make these little monster treats you'll need:

For the simple and easy treats use:

12 Kelloggs Rice Krispies Squares (see below for homemade)
500g white chocolate
Squires Food Colouring in Green
Writing Icing Pens in Green, Red and Blue

For the homemade rice crispy squares

165g Rice Krispies
45g Butter
250g Marshmallows

For these little monster Halloween treats you can choose to either use Rice Krispies Squares for a quick and easy treat. But if you have time and you're feeling more creative you can make your own Rice Krispies Squares so continue to first step of the method. However, if you want to make a simple and easy treat skip to step four. 

1. Melt the butter in a large non-stick saucepan over a low heat on the stove. Once melted, add the marshmallows and stir continuously until melted into the butter.

2. Add the Rice Krispies into the saucepan and stir into the melted butter and marshmallows using a spatula. When thoroughly combined, line the base of a dish with parchment paper and pour the mixture in.

3. Press into the dish until compacted down and up to the sides of the dish. Leave to cool. Once set, cut into 12 Rice Crispy treats.

4. Insert a lollipop stick into the base of each monster treat and place onto a baking sheet. Then place the baking sheet into the fridge for 15 minutes. 

5. After 15 minutes. Chop your chocolate and place in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, stir occasionally until completely melted, no licking the spoon.  

6. Now to colour your chocolate. For best results, use a oil based food colouring when it comes to adding it to the chocolate. Even a drop of water can turn your melted chocolate into a gritty mess, so add the colour in small increments and stir in thoroughly before deciding whether to add more. 

6. Taking each treat carefully dip each one into the bowl of chocolate and ensure that each one is fully covered, if you want a less mess approach spoon over the chocolate over the bowl and turn as you go. Then place onto a baking tray lined with parchment, then give each monster two edible eyes before the chocolate sets.

7. Let the little monster treats to set for about fifteen minutes then it's time to give your little monsters a face, nose and eyebrows. But you can really be as adventurous you want and remember to try and be creative. Wait a few minutes and your little monsters will be ready to eat. 

These little monsters are so easy and simple to make you can make a batch of these in next to no time. We enjoyed making these monster treats for home to enjoy watching our Halloween favourites, but they are great ideas for a spooky party or for you to enjoy at school. 

* Disclaimer: For this post we have used affiliate links, so if you do buy anything from the links used I will earn a small commission. We were kindly gifted our monster apron from Gift Pup but as always my words and imagery are my own.*

Unravelling the Language of Reverse Mortgage Application

When you retire, there are a lot of things to enjoy. But one thing you may not enjoy is having a severe reduction in income. When you need more retirement money, a traditional mortgage might be your first thought. However, getting one means paying an ongoing mortgage bill. A reverse mortgage is a good alternative, but before you apply you need to understand the language of reverse mortgage application.

What a retirement only mortgage is...

A reverse mortgage is sometimes called a retirement mortgage or a retiree-only mortgage. That is because you can only get it if you are at least 62 years of age. It is a mortgage designed to give you the most living security during retirement without increasing your monthly financial stress. It does so by providing you with funds out of your home value to spend free and clear for as long as your home stays your main residence. Since that could be several years, that means you can be financially freer during retirement.

Why is it referred to as 'reverse'...

A reverse mortgage is referred to as “reverse” for one simple reason. It pays you instead of you paying it. If you select to receive regularly scheduled payments, it can simulate the income you lose from working, at least for as long as funds last. Since you do not have to repay portions of it early on like you do with a traditional loan, the cash flows in the one direction, to you.

So what is a reverse mortgage calculation tool?

It is not as easy as it sounds to figure out how much you can borrow with a reverse mortgage. It requires the help of a reverse mortgage calculator. The purpose of a reverse mortgage funds calculator is to access your total home value and then apply specific formulas to figure out how much of that value you can legally and safely borrow. Those calculations are necessary due to government lending limitations and other rules.

Figuring out how much you can borrow is only one issue when dealing with a reverse mortgage. Knowing what the reverse mortgage calculator says you can borrow is essential. But another issue you have to deal with is choosing between a regular reverse mortgage and an HECM after the reverse mortgage. An HECM is a home equity conversion mortgage. It is essentially the same as a reverse mortgage, except it is offered through a government agency and is thus protected and insured by the government.

Deciding if you want a home equity line of credit...

The term “home equity line of credit” is one commonly associated with reverse mortgages. It simply means an account set up like a credit card. It allows you to borrow from your home equity when and how you want or need. The two common alternative ways to receive your money are in planned equal ongoing payments or as a single up front large payment. Deciding if you want to set up the line of credit is up to you. It depends on your current retirement needs and any future financial issues you anticipate.

How a loan period relates to a reverse mortgage...

In the world of reverse mortgages, the loan period is not as much of a concern as it is in the world of traditional mortgages. That is because a traditional mortgage has a set loan period, or period of time in which the loan must be repaid by you. A reverse mortgage is only fully due whenever you stop living on your property. Therefore, the loan period is not defined when you first sign the loan agreement.

As you can see, the language of reverse mortgages is not always straightforward and easy to understand. That is why it may benefit you to talk to a reverse mortgage advisor. He or she can help you decode the language. Once you clearly know the meaning of everything in a reverse mortgage contract, you can sign it with confidence.

Autumn Leaf Printing

Well, it’s October so that means it’s officially Autumn, right? This has to be our favourite time of year with all the crunchy leaves, crisp air, pumpkin patches, bonfires and lots of pumpkin spice lattes. 

My daughter's favourite thing about Autumn is watching the leaves go from vibrant greens to deeper shades of yellows, oranges and brown. Is there anything better than going out in your wellies and kicking your way through leaves. Better yet, grabbing a bucket to go on an autumnal scavenger hunt? Well, that's exactly what we did as soon as the leaves started to fall. 

We found so many Autumn treasures on our scavenger hunt such as sticks, snail shells, "gems" also known as stones, pieces of bark and the biggest leaf you've ever seen. Honestly, it was the size of my daughters head! But after collecting all our treasures from our scavenger hunting, we knew that we wanted to take advantage of all these finds with a little creativity. 

Leaf printing is so much fun, it’s one of those things that I think is really easy and diverse – you can leaf print onto most things, from clothing to pottery, canvas to paper. But today we are going to keep it simple and use paper to do some leaf printing. This was super easy doing some Autumn leaf printing this afternoon and they all turned out so well. Basically all you need to is wash your leaves, allow them to dry, paint them and then print! It's always a great craft to do when you want to occupy little ones and you want to take full advantage of all the beautiful surroundings outside. 

For for this leaf printing craft you'll need:

A small selection of washed leaves 
An assortment of autumn shades of paint (red, orange, and brown)
Chunky paintbrushes
A4 paper or card

1. Pick a leaf, any leaf. Don’t pick ones that are too frayed or beaten up, you want mostly whole and the bigger the better. The easiest way to prepare you leaves for crafts are to quickly wash the leaves in lukewarm water to rid of dust, dirt and insects. Let leaves drip-dry before using them.

2. Paint your leaf in your chosen colour. For our leaves we used the colours red, orange and brown to make our printing autumnal. I would also recommend that you use a washable cover when doing the autumn leaf printing so the paint doesn't stain any fabric. Make sure you get all of the leaf, from the top to the bottom even the stalk! 

3. Then carefully pick up your leaf and place on the paper or card and lightly press but be careful not to press too hard so the leave won't move around and smudge the print.

4. Gently peel away the leaf to reveal the leaf print. Then set aside to dry. It should also be mention that you can only really use a leaf one or twice before it becomes a soggy, smushy leaf. 

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