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DIY creative water/sand table

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Sometimes September can be our best month for nice sunny weather. Typical!!! When the kids go back to school.

We want to make the most of these lovely sunny days because we all know what Ireland is like! But we’re going to be positive and hope that we will have some more of glorious sunshine this month.

I want to share with you a very easy water/ sand table that I made up for my little ones to enjoy, while they are playing outside in the sun. I had wanted to buy a water/sand table for my little girls 2nd birthday but couldn’t find a suitable one anywhere. I found that they were either very expensive or not very big (and there needed to be room for two kids to play comfortably together).

So then I thought, maybe I could just make something up myself that would be bigger and more affordable.The resulting sand/water table is exactly what I was looking for and was a big hit with the kids! They have been playing with it since early May (hence the slightly more wintery clothes in the picture!) and it’s still keeping them amused for hours.

Here is how I made it:

1) The frame of the table is the Latt kids table set from ikea, €22. You assemble the table as normal but just don’t put the white top on (It can be then used as a table again in the winter,so you get two 2 tables in 1 :) ). The frame of the table is not waterproof so I gave it a few coats of a clear, waterproof varnish that I had in the garage.

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2 ) The boxes (that hold the sand/water) are under-bed storage boxes from Argos. They cost €14.99 for two boxes and had two lids included. They are available in two colours so you will have a choice of pink or blue

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3)You can also pick up play sand in Argos or in toy shop or art & hobby store. Argos is the best value though in my opinion at just €3.49 for a 15kg bag.

Then you just pop the box into the frame, no screws needed. And you’re done!

A nice spacious water/sand table for your little ones and very little hassle for mum or dad :-)

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Ikea also have some lovey sand toys such as these cute little digging sets. You can choose from a range of different styles in the sandig range and prices range from €1.30 – €6 (for the sets).

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Now there is an excuse to head up to Ikea…as if we ever need one! 😉 Hope you enjoyed this post!

F x

How to Fit in Your Work Out

rsz_1blog_workout_4We all know that exercise is important. Besides maintaining weight it also has great benefits for our mood, our circulation (which benefits our skin) and our energy levels. It also has the added bonus of raising our metabolism so even at rest we are burning more calories

The main problem for most people though is finding a way to fit it in. Our lifestyles today are so busy and living in a country with very little sunshine and constant rain presents a further challenge! We know ourselves that you can have the best of intentions but sometimes life just gets in the way.

However, in the same way, there will always be a reason not to exercise so you do have to make it a priority. Any exercise is better than none but regularity is better than intense bursts. It has to become a habit but also be manageable with all your other commitments. The key is finding what works for you. Here’s our top tips for creating an exercise plan that will stick… (more…)