A Different Sort of Relaxing & Entertaining!

August 19, 2014 at 9:55 am 10 comments

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Morning everyone! Sorry for my tardy posting.. these holidays aren’t half busy.. and I’ve still uniform to get hold of! Today’s card is a little less relaxing than the previous one but I thought I’d do more of a humorous one!

Last week we were breathing deeply with a substantially serene card. Today? not so much! I’ve made a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ relax card and it’s one that tons of you will relate to! The sort of card you’d send wishing someone a ‘great holiday’ or ‘big adventure’.
It’s that wonderful driving to your holiday feeling where you’re bumper to bumper with the car in front. It’s using this fun Lawn Fawn set ‘Happy Trails’




Cute huh! Despite us not being a camping family.. we have had some ‘camping’ disasters I can tell you (& it wasn’t all down to the camping πŸ˜‰ )

I die-cut the ‘relax’ using Cole’s ABC’s & as they seemed to disappear into the Let’s Polka paper (Lawn Fawn) background, I added a line of green marker around each letter & liberally squirted a significant amount of Stickles onto the letters!



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For any of you setting off soon, don’t forget the really annoying kids CD’s to be played full blast for the ‘delight’ of everyone else in the car.

Speaking of holidays and kids and entertaining.

I was thinking about my own childhood this week, as yet another kid said ‘what are we doing today?’

Now, my Mum will correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t remember having something to do every day that was amazingly exciting and fun. None of my friends did, and, at the risk of sounding older, I don’t think we did..we amused ourselves.

That’s not to say my Mum didn’t take us out for fun days or for treats. She did. We used to have this lovely coffee shop near where we lived in Nottingham and they sold ‘elephants feet’. They were a huge treat.

No, obviously not real elephants feet.

Choux pastry buns, slathered in chocolate and filled with cream.

They also had Coke in bottles with straws, and we loved going.

I am, to my kids, an entertainment organiser and I’m thinking of banning the phrase ‘what are we doing today?’!

I can’t do this ‘holiday club experience’. It would cost a fortune. One of mine told me recently,

‘Im bored, I have nothing to do’.

You’d think that I’d committed a parenting crime.

‘Good’, I replied.

They were somewhat shocked.

‘It’s important to be bored. To learn how to amuse yourself and go and find things to do. You have a ton of toys upstairs, please go and find something to do’.

They sloped off, and found a book that they’re enjoying quite a lot. We’ve also had a renaissance in Lego although my bruised feet are testament to the fact that their clearing away skills leave something to be desired.

Oh, and loom bands?

Wonderful absorbing hobby & I have quite a collection of bands and rings. However, I do not want to pick another one off the floor for quite some time!

Did you go out a lot on holidays or do you spend a lot doing tons of holiday day trips? I’d love to know!

Back tomorrow with a little metal action in preparation for school (arggh.. I’ve said it. The ‘s’ word!)

Keren xx


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  • 1. Clare Allen  |  August 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Hi Keren! Not being a parent I can’t share in your frustration with bored kids. However I can confirm that we didn’t have ‘stuff’ laid on for us every day in the school holidays. I was lucky enough to grow up in the country … so we just used to get turfed out and left to it each morning. Of course, it didn’t rain during the summer in the 70’s which helped!
    Clare :o)


  • 2. jgrayb  |  August 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Well, there were only two of you but you didn’t see a TV until you were 10 so you learned to be creative When you were smaller we did the usual baking , painting, shopping in the kitchen along with walks most days to park ,shopping , visiting, old people’s home across the road
    Later you had musical instruments( they took up a regular amount of time )and you took up calligraphy ; homework also figured largely
    Thankfully you enjoyed cooking and increasingly spent time in the kitchen Throw in little brother and arguments and you never seemed bored!!


    • 3. Dilys  |  August 19, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Then there was Broadstairs …. need I say more! xx


  • 4. massofhair  |  August 19, 2014 at 11:49 am

    We never got taken out as parents couldn’t afford it. We had to play in the garden which i didn’t enjoy. You see i loved to read and would rather have my nose in a book than play in the garden!

    I loved reading Enid Blyton books and any stories that took me on an adventure. This really helped with my learning lots of words and is where my blog name comes from, So Much To Learn…

    Words are powerful they can both hurt and heal.

    Good to know you are having lovely family time and do you know anywhere that sells proper elephants feet? They were a treat we were allowed from Armisteads Bakers and proper crunchy doughnuts filled with proper custard… Thanks for bringing back the memories:-)

    Great playful card, lovely shapes & colours
    πŸ™‚ xxx


  • 5. Marcie Sharp  |  August 19, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Your card is fantastic but your parenting experiences are spot on! This has been the summer of “I’m bored” and I keep explaining it’s not my job to be a full-time entertainer. πŸ˜‰ I made a huge list of activities they can do on their own or with each other with things we already have (crafts, toys, games, etc.) . If someone is bored there’s no excuse because there’s 100 ideas pinned to the fridge!


  • 6. Virginia Lu  |  August 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Love your card, Keren! The glittery effect on the sentiment is lovely! And about being bored, I’d say that let the kids fight their own war of boredom. Part of growing up is to find your own fun…I often told that to my kids. Being bored is totally not parent’s responsibility/fault! I think you did/say the right thing πŸ˜‰


  • 7. beaumama  |  August 19, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    The card is really sweet and reminiscent of camping trips in days gone by. As I recall, they weren’t all that pleasant for me, being the chief cook and bottle washer. Back to the card. Clever of you to outline and glitter the sentiment. Really pops beautifully. As I am a grandmother now, I, thankfully, don’t go on entertainment duty constantly. We do, however, have the kidlets here often. Yes, we plan some entertainment, but they know that if the “b” (for bored) word is spoken, I or their Granddad will provide them with something to do (usually a chore of some kind, not necessarily fun). So it’s a rule we live by. I’ve made it crystal clear that I don’t exist to be their activity director. This did not work to easily when they were very young, so we taught them how to do things around the house to our satisfaction. Just little show & tell sessions. What they have learned is NOT to use the “b” word around Nana & Grandpa.


  • 8. djkardkreations  |  August 19, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    I LOVE your relaxing tongue-in-cheek card, Keren! That is SO true of holiday travel here, too! And what really made me howl with laughter was the requisite children’s CD music blaring (which I happen to love, youngster that I am!)!

    You sound like a marvelous mother not jumping up to entertain your children every time they are bored!! I’m much older than you and I can tell you that we daren’t have said we were bored! We would have found ourselves peeling potatoes or scrubbing pan bottoms!! Hugs, Darnell


  • 9. Miriam Prantner  |  August 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Love that line up of cars! And I know, I only have the two and I do feel like I should be planning activities for them….I find that the will eventually go and entertain themselves, but then of course there will be the fighting…..


  • 10. tsurutadesigns  |  August 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I love your card…the bits of glitter are perfect.
    Aren’t kids funny…I feel the same way with my boy…it’s the usual:
    Where are we going?
    Who is coming with us?



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