30 Days Wild: The Fun Begins! (Linky in Post)

Woohoo, day one of 30 Days Wild! Who is excited? I am, can you tell?!

Throughout June I will posting regularly about our wild adventures and activities, and I look forward to reading what others are doing too. Below is the linky, as promised – feel free to include any posts you wrote from last year’s 30 Days Wild challenge in this week’s linky too… Let’s all share our ideas and help to inspire each other further!

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So today, day one of the challenge, for me is about connection. After all, that is what this challenge is really about; connecting to the natural world around us. And I feel that an essential part of this is connecting with each other too; through discussing ideas and actions, sharing inspiration and mutual interests, working together to protect our wildlife… that is an important part of the challenge. Hence my linky idea! Feel free to drop me a comment or find me on social media to say hi too, I would love to connect with as many like-minded people as possible! 

Today is also about reflection for me as well; as we are right at the beginning of this year’s challenge, I will be spending time today (in the garden!) looking back over my 30 Days Wild posts from last year and thinking about the journey that the challenge took us on. I will reflect on what we learned, how we felt and, moving forward, what I hope to get from it this time.

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Last but not least, I would also like to share with you another challenge that is also happening this month: Plastic Challenge by Marine Conservation Society. I am sharing it here because the purpose of this campaign is about protecting our oceans and the rest of our natural environment; therefore it fits in perfectly with 30 Days Wild and could be done as part of that. Even though we have been on our own plastic-free journey for sometime, I have signed up for this challenge too, which I will write more about during the month.

Anyway, here is the linky… I look forward to reading your posts. And remember to tell all your friends about it too!


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An Early Start (In More Ways Than One!) #30DaysWild 

We woke up super early last Sunday morning and watched the sunrise out of an upstairs window. It was really relaxing and a lovely feel – good way to start the day! Here is a speeded up video clip of it. (Note to self: window cleaner needed 😉 Ignore the dirty marks!) 

We then went to Southend-on-Sea for a day out at the beach. It was so empty and peaceful early Sunday morning. Squiggle had fun playing on the beach, paddling in the sea and looking for crabs.

Turns out the beach is very peaceful at 8am on a Sunday morning…. who knew? 😉😄💙 #livinglifewild #bluemind

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We then walked along the seafront, past Adventure Island funfair and the pier, to Three Shells Lagoon. Squiggle enjoyed a lovely morning paddle/ swim in the lagoon. Unsurprisingly it was very cold apparently!

We also spotted bird footprints in the sand and we spent a few minutes doing a quick beach clean too, as there was alot of litter around sadly.

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Here are some other photos I took from the visit too….

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It was such a lovely and relaxing day!

Click for photos and a blog post I wrote from a previous visit. 

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#LivingLifeWild – The Missing Link(y)!

So, as you may have noticed, I missed this month’s linky. May 1st came and went, and it just didn’t happen. I then kept meaning to write the post but everytime I thought about doing it, other stuff just seemed to get in the way. I think on reflection maybe somewhere in my subconscious I kept putting it off, or at least not prioritising it, because I felt a little frustrated that we actually hadn’t been outside in nature as much as usual, or as much as I would have liked. We had been pretty busy doing other stuff and I guess life had just got in the way.

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Earlier this month at Cassiobury Park, Hertfordshire

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It probably sounds silly, but I have been feeling really bad about the missing linky! I hate saying I will do something and then not see it through; I usually carry out whatever I commit to and like to be reliable. So if anyone was wondering why the linky didn’t happen this month, I am sorry!

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Anyway, as there are now only a few days left of May, I feel it is time to move on from the lack of linky this month and look forward to next month instead! Throughout June, The Wildlife Trusts hold their 30 Days Wild campaign to encourage people to get outside and closer to nature. We loved taking part in this last year and I am really looking forward to doing so again this year!

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If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late to take part! You can still sign up to join the challenge here:

Get started!

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I’ll be posting about our challenges as often as possible – ideally daily, but I also do need to be realistic about it! I am also going to run a weekly #LivingLifeWild linky every Thursday throughout June – starting on 1st June – so that we can all help to inspire and motivate each other by sharing our posts.

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Even if you are not actually taking part in 30 days wild, I would still love to read your posts about outdoors, nature, wildlife and green living so please do stop by and add any related posts. You can also link up any posts from the last couple of months in the first linky too! I hope as many people as possible will take part in this, so please remember to tell everyone else about it as well! Thank you!

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Fun Family Activities To Celebrate Earth Day

​Today is Earth Day. So here are some lovely ways you can celebrate, either today  or any other (because really, everyday should be Earth Day anyway!) 

  • Nature art. There are lots of fun nature art activities that you can do as a family. One that is particularly great for Earth Day is to collect some large pebbles, arrange them in a solid circle, then paint them with a map of the world (I decided to add a peace sign too!)

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  • Make an Earth Pom Pom. Check out this super cute creative activity over on Monkey and Mouse!
  • Sign up to Global Guardian Project to get their monthly digital multi-media resource (learning capsule) full of stunning pictures, useful information, inspirational ideas and activities, and wonderful facts about the amazing world that we live in, and how we can care for it. This month the focus is on Israel. Use my affiliate code LIVINGLIFEOURWAY to get 10% discount off subscriptions. (Usual price $14.99 per month). This discount code can also be used for their new special edition National Parks capsule too.

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  • Go on a nature walk. Use all your senses to explore the natural environment around you. Stop for a few moments, be still and listen. What do you hear? What do you see? What can you smell? Touch the bark of a tree, go barefoot on the grass. Take it all in and connect with our earth.

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    • Make a paper mache globe. This project takes several days but is lots of messy creative fun! Head on over to The Crafty Classroom to for a detailed tutorial.
    • Give the earth a helping hand. Do something that helps protect our environment. Small changes can have a BIG impact. Maybe a 5 minute litter pick in your local park? Find ways to reduce energy consumption in your home? Pledge to say ‘no thanks’ to plastic straws with your drink? Or perhaps buy yourself a reusable cup rather than using disposable coffee shops ones? You could even try to give up single-use plastics completely! The possibilities are endless and remember, every small change helps. Other ideas can be found on my previous Make A Splash blog post.  

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    What are you doing for Earth Day? Tell me in comments, I look forward to reading about it!

    Bluebells: Spring Woodland Walk #LivingLifeWild 

    We went on a lovely walk to explore a local woodland that we have never been to before. It is a great time of year to visit because the bluebells are in bloom, so much of the area is covered in a gorgeous sea of blue. There are lots of beautiful spots to see them around Hertfordshire, and no doubt the rest of England too. The National Trust has produced a list of places to see bluebells near you.

    Here are my photos of our walk around Bricket Wood…

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    The Woodland Trust are holding their Big Bluebell Watch so don’t forget to add your sightings to their map! 

    Remember to link up your outdoor, nature, wildlife and green living posts over at my #LivingLifeWild linky. 

    Easter Bunny’s Garden Adventures by Squiggle

    Ever wondered what goes on whilst you are still asleep in bed? This, apparently…

    Easter Bunny really should jump to it getting those easter eggs delivered…

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    But there is always time for a quick game of tennis with a friend…

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    And badminton too…

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    Oh look! Bunny height basketball…

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    Shhh! He won’t spot me up here…

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    Now for a spot of tag rugby. Doh! So close…

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    Volleyball anyone?

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    And always time for a quick sack race too…

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    Now, must dash! Someone is coming and I got things to do…

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    HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!!! 

    Credits: 

    Concept, photography, set design and director ~ Squiggle

    Assistant ~ Andy (daddy)

    Captions ~ Katie (mummy)

    Term Wellies Review 

    From splashing in puddles and paddling in streams, to squelching in mud and wading through the wilderness (well ok, exploring the local woodlands anyway!) we spend a huge amount of time outside. With all our outdoor adventures, good footwear is a must; so wellies are an essential item for Squiggle!

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    I am sure her new wellies won’t stay this shiny for long!

    We received a pair of wellies by Term footwear to review. This is a small UK company who have been selling children’s shoes for 7 years. The husband and wife team began by importing and selling a variety of footwear brands in the UK, and have now partnered with some great suppliers and designers to launch their own brand. The wellies are manufactured in the EU and conform to EU standards.

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    The wellies come in a variety of colours so I showed Squiggle the website and let her pick out which colour she preferred. The wellies come with thick removable roll top socks, so they are sold as dual EU sizes (because they are an EU size bigger with the sock removed). It was easy to figure out what size to choose though because the website gives clear information on this. Once we had ordered, the wellies were delivered within a few days.

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    The wellies are really flexible and lightweight, and Squiggle reports that they are very comfortable. They retail at £21.99, which is more than I usually spend on wellies, but these will be likely to last much longer probably, especially with the removable sock/ dual size and also in terms of actual quality too. Squiggle loves them!

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    Term wellies can be purchased here.

    Follow Term footwear on social media: 

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    *Disclosure: We were sent a pair of Term wellies free for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

    Global Guardian Project

    Global Guardian Project is an inspirational digital multimedia resource – called a learning capsule- designed to educate children (and adults!) about caring for our planet, and to empower children of any age to take action and be change-makers. 

    “Our mission is to create learning tools that support the entire family in making simple, daily changes that will become positive habits.”

    Each learning capsule is delivered monthly to your inbox. Subscription costs $14.99 per month and can be cancelled anytime. You will only ever pay for what you receive. You can also buy one-off capsules for $16.99. 

    The capsules are beautifully presented, and contain a wealth of information and activities. They include things such as endangered species, interviews and spotlights, DIY and art projects, recipes, and guided meditations.  Each one focuses on a different country. The current one is about Sweden and coming next, on 15th April, it will be Israel. Here are some page samples from this month’s Sweden learning capsule…

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    I cannot express how much I love the aim and approach of this fabulous initiative. As home educators, we are always excited to find awesome new resources. But this one is an absolute dream because it matches our own values so perfectly. So I am genuinely SO delighted to have teamed up with them to offer 10% discount on subscriptions using my code LIVINGLIFEOURWAY To subscribe, click here and enter the code at checkout. Remember you can cancel anytime. 

    If you are not sure if you want to commit and would like to try it out first, you can get a free India capsule, worth $14.99, simply by signing up to the newsletter here. They send out useful emails once or twice per month. No junk. Promise.

    You can also download the free Oceans capsule here. This is a mini capsule, about 50% of the content of the full size subscription version. But it gives you a great idea of what the capsules are all about. And I am so happy that this one is dedicated to the ocean!

    Remember, if you decide to subscribe, my code is LIVINGLIFEOURWAY for your 10% off discount! I hope you love it as much as I do!!!

    *Disclosure: I am an affiliate. This means I get paid a referral fee for each person who subscribes using my discount code. You save money, I receive a fee, Global Guardian Project gets subscribers and our planet gains a tribe of protectors. Everyone wins! 

    Willows Activity Farm Easter Eggstravaganza 

    Willows Activity Farm Easter Eggstravaganza event is a fun day out that we have been to every year for a number of years and yet it still works just as well as it is suitable for a range of ages. This year we were lucky enough to get a free family ticket through Herts Big Weekend but we did wonder whether this might affect the size of the crowd. Luckily, although it was busy, it didn’t seem particularly packed. And there is plenty of space and lots to do which helps it feel less crowded too.

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    The schedule of events is carefully timed so that you can still do the majority of activities and shows even if you are only there for half a day, like we were, but there is certainly more than enough to do for a whole day out too. We were able to do everything we wanted without feeling rushed from one thing to the next but without much spare time to fill either! 

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    Squiggle meeting Lilly Bobtail

    Some of the highlights of this particular event include the Bunny Hop show, Easter Garden egg hunt, meet and greets with Peter Rabbit, Lilly Bobtail, Benjamin Bunny and Easter Bunny, and various shows by Peter Rabbit and friends – including a brand new show featuring all three characters on stage together. We didn’t see this particular show but we did watch the Bunny Hop show with the Easter Bunny.

    Squiggle loved this show and got really into it. One song in particular about chocolate really made her laugh and it was really catchy; she has remembered alot of it to sing to herself after just hearing it that once! 

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    Bunny Hop Show

    The Easter Garden is open for most of the day, daily throughout the Easter Eggstravaganza event. Here you are given a basket on entry and then search the garden to find five different coloured eggs. Once you have completed the hunt you can exchange the five eggs you found for yummy chocolate prizes. 

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    Easter Garden

    This is also where the Easter Bunny makes an appearance for meet and greet sessions, so be sure to check the schedule if you want to time your visit right! (Entry to Easter Garden is only permitted once). 

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    Squiggle meeting Easter Bunny

    Other activities also available at Willows include Peter Rabbit playground, agility course, sand pit, funfair rides, bouncy castle and slide, animal encounters, tractor ride, indoor role-play village, tractors, soft play, and arts and crafts. Plus of course lots of animals! There is also a large cafe and gift shop. For further information see Willows Activity Farm website.

    March Outdoor Adventures Round- Up and #LivingLifeWild April Linky

    Hi everyone! 

    How was your March? We are really enjoying watching Spring blossom and flowers develop, and have started to spot ladybirds, bees and butterflies around too. We have been on lovely countryside walks, wandered through parklands, hunted for minibeasts in the garden, had fun on a Spring scavenger hunt and climbed trees, amongst other things! 

    Here are some of our photos from our March adventures…

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    Walking in the countryside
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    Spring Scavenger Hunt in a local park
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    Aquadrome
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    Cassiobury Park
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    Climbing trees
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    Mini creatures in the garden

    I have also added some more of my Spring photography to the Signs of Spring Collection.

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    Signs of Spring Collection

    The #LivingLifeWild IG hastag is still going strong, so nip over and check out all the gorgeous photos there as well! 

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    Thank you for reading about our adventures, and hopefully sharing with us your own ones too. Please feel free to drop your links to any relevant posts below, and take a moment to show the other linkies some love too. 💚 Looking forward to reading your posts!