The Weekend Box

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You know when you save something for a rainy day, then never quite get round to finding a day quite rainy enough to justify it?

Despite the weather, that’s exactly what I did with our first Weekend Box, and it took the arrival of our second box today to spur me into action.

The Weekend Box is a subscription service which is delivered either fortnightly or monthly (you choose), giving children aged 3-8 four separate activities to keep them busy. The boxes cost £7.50 each, but see the bottom of this post for a code to try one for free!

The activities in the box are themed – each box has something to make, something to explore, something to cook and something green. And almost all the things you need are included in the box – you also receive an email before your box arrives pre warning you of any cooking ingredients you might need, although anything other than store cupboard staples and fresh ingredients is included in the box.

Our first box included finger painting, map making, cooking snowball biscuits and making a kite using recycled materials.
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G was hooked from the moment she spotted her name on the box – so much so we almost didn’t make it out to nursery school in the afternoon! She intuitively understood the colour coding of bags, instructions and stickers, and loved running up and down the corridor flying the kite, and getting (not too) messy with paint.

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As an adult I had some niggles – the box wasn’t quite sturdy enough not to have been a bit battered in the post (the second box is the same) and I had to comb through the contents with an excited preschooler hovering over my shoulder to find out what we could do. The instructions were also all written rather than having pictures, which would be fine for older children but meant G needed me to constantly tell her what to do – she likes to be able to make things independently most of the time but at 4 years old is obviously not yet able to read the instructions herself.

That said, the activities kept her entertained for the bulk of the day, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. A big incentive for me was that we found ourselves doing things we wouldn’t have done otherwise – not just the activities themselves but, for example, we used up the leftover poster paint to do hand and footprints of both G and her baby sister.

Box two has arrived already, and as G already clocked it on the doormat I’m sure we’ll be doing that one very soon too!

I got my first box free using a referral code from a friend and you can too, by entering the code LORRAINE3707 at checkout. You can cancel at anytime so it’s well worth trying out! This post is all my own views and I haven’t been incentivised to post, although I do get credit on my account for every person who signs up using the referral code above. If you sign up you receive your own referral code to share.

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Nesting: Crafter Style

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They say that before you give birth women experience an insatiable urge to nest – cleaning, tidying, sorting ready for baby to arrive.

Having a deep rooted hatred of cleaning I didn’t believe a word of this until, 40 weeks pregnant with my first child, I found myself on my hands and knees scrubbing the tiles in the communal hallway of our apartment block at the time.

I mean honestly, it wasn’t even mine to clean! And it’s not as if baby was going to be crawling around on it.

This time round my natural urge to avoid cleaning like the plague seems to have stayed on top, helped no doubt by an edict from the physio to avoid hoovering to prevent me further hurting my poorly hips.

Instead, traditional nesting has been overtaken by an insatiable desire to craft, and at ‘just’ 5 days overdue I’m well on the way to a mostly-me-made nursery.

Having wisely roped in the other half (and less wisely, the 4 year old) to help with painting, the ‘completed’ craft list so far includes:

– new curtains with blackout linings
– coordinating bunting to replace the old fashioned pelmet
– curtain tie backs
– cot bed rail covers
– decorative tissue pom poms for the wall

And today’s project, pictured above, a cot tidy to store all those night time baby essentials, with both pockets and an elasticated strip which, if I’ve measured correctly, should hold bottles, dummies, muslins etc.

It still needs some buttons to fasten to the cot with, and it’s a bit on the wonky side in places, but I like to think that’s all part of the charm. And to be honest, the bump kind of gets in the way of me leaning over the table to get everything lined up.

In fact, the low point of this morning was The Bump (capitals justified by its sheer size – if baby doesn’t rock up soon it’ll deserve it’s own postcode) knocking a full box of pins all over the floor. One occasion when a pregnant woman’s tendency to leave things dropped on the floor for someone else to pick up had to be ignored.

I’m still not finished though. Still to come – a cot skirt, cotbed sheets, cushion covers, storage baskets and my first ever crocheted pram blanket.

Question is, will they all be finished before baby shows up?