The Importance of Playing Outside: Play More with Sudocrem (Giveaway)

My readers already know how much I value spending time outside; my blog features heavily on outdoors and nature. So I was somewhat surprised, and saddened to be honest, to read that new research reveals that 1 in 9 British children have not visited a beach, park or forest in a year, and on average a British child only spends 4 hours a week playing in the great outdoors.

Squiggle outdoors in nature in the rain

Many kids are so disconnected from nature that over half of those surveyed admitted that they had never climbed a tree, a staggering 89% didn’t know what a buttercup was and 77% couldn’t identify a sunflower. The survey, carried out by Sudocrem, also asked 200 children between the ages of 4 to 8 years old to identify some of the creepy crawlies in Britain. It revealed that 89% of children were unable to recognise a butterfly, 51% didn’t know what a bumblebee looks like and 29% didn’t realise that bees make honey. These results are truly shocking!

The Importance of Playing Outside: Play More with Sudocrem (Giveaway)

There are so many benefits to spending time outdoors in nature; both physical and mental. This is why Sudocrem set up the award-winning Play More campaign, an initiative designed to encourage parents and children to get back in touch with nature.

According to children’s TV presenter and Play More ambassador Chris Packham, parents should be encouraging their children to explore the natural environment around them. “I was very fortunate when I was a child because I was encouraged to interact with the outdoors – looking under rocks and searching under logs and hedges to find creepy crawlies. If you just open your eyes, you’ll see that there is an incredible natural world out there waiting to be discovered.”

Chris Packham holding a Play More box

Vote For Your Local Nursery

As part of the campaign, Sudocrem are offering nurseries around the UK the chance to win support for playground regeneration or a mural, which will be painted by award-winning artist, Joy Pirkle. They have so far helped hundreds of UK nurseries improve their outdoor area. If you think you know a nursery that deserves to win, you can nominate them on the ‘Play More’ section here.

*All nurseries must be based in the UK and nominations close on 31.08.2018. For full Terms and Conditions, please visit www.sudocrem.co.uk/social-hub

Giveaway!

I’m also working with Sudocrem on their Play More campaign, giving away an adventure kit worth £40, which has been carefully put together to encourage children to play outside. The kit includes:

– Play More t-shirt

– Play More sun hat

– Bug Pot

– Frisbee

– Butterfly Net

– Magnifying glass

– Trowel or fork

Contents of Play More giveaway kit as listed

To be in with a chance of winning this fab prize, simply enter my rafflecopter giveaway below. Open to UK residents only. Ends 05/08/18. Other T&Cs apply.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Sudocrem.

Beginners Guide To Mountain Biking with Halfords

When it comes to mountain biking, are you more likely to go shredding, or end up OTB? (Hint: if you don’t know what these terms are, check out the guide below!) If you are a novice, or are yet to try it out but are keen to have a go, then this is the post for you!

Mountain biking is an excellent way to get outside and enjoy spending time outdoors. It is an excellent way to keep fit; fantastic for health and wellbeing. Not only that, with so many tracks to choose from throughout the UK, it can also inspire and motivate people to see more of the country too. Plus it is a lovely clean, eco- friendly hobby (or is it a sport?!) as well. So basically, it is pretty much perfect!

Whilst I am somewhat of a beginner myself, I do have some excellent expert tips to get you started, thanks to this very handy Halfords Beginner’s Guide to Mountain Biking, and also with the help of some very experienced fellow bloggers too…

Beginners Guide to Mountain Biking

Choose The Correct Bike

There are several factors to consider when choosing a mountain bike; style of frame, wheel size, type of tyre and what type of mountain bike itself. The Beginner’s guide talks you through these considerations, so check that out for further details. Halfords stock a great range of mountain bikes, so you’re bound to find the ideal one for you!

With regard to the type of bike; there is front suspension, full suspension and electric. I have noticed that electric mountain bikes can sometimes get negative press, as they are seen as ‘cheating’ or somehow missing the point. However, there are also benefits to them, as this article explains. I particularly wanted to give them a quick mention though, because I believe they might potentially make mountain biking more accessible for some SEND people, so that is certainly worth noting.

Get the Gear

Any experienced mountain biker will tell you, having the right equipment is absolute key! Safety gear – helmet, elbow and knee pads, and gloves – are essential. Welsh Mum also suggests mudguards so your legs don’t get covered, waterproof gear, a comfortable backpack, and the right shoes and socks all make a big difference. Check out the gear list in the Halfords guide.

Chronicles of Theo mountain biking

Image: Chronicles of Theo mountain biking.

Bike Trails

There are trails all over the UK and they are helpfully colour coded to a standard grading system, so you can pick the right level of difficulty. Green is the beginners route, if you are just starting out. You can find out more about locations in the Halfords guide. (Told you, it’s super useful!)

Expert Advice

Miss LJ Beauty spends a huge part of her life mountain biking, and has been lucky enough to travel the world. Here is her advice:

Why not join a local mountain biking group? To find like minded people of all ability’s The key to learning is have fun! Mountain biking is progressive sport there are always new things to learn. No matter what level you are. Also don’t be afraid to ask someone on a trail! We are a friendly bunch And are more than happy to help!

Get on your bike and come shredding!

Miss LJ Beauty Fort William down hill

Image: Miss LJ Beauty on Fort William down hill.

Have you been mountain biking? Why do you love it? Where is your favourite trail? Tell me in comments!

*Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Halfords.

Seaside Trip and Signs of Spring #LivingLifeWild

On Sunday we went to Southend-On-Sea for a day out at the seaside. We love the fresh sea air, sand under our feet and paddling in the water – at any time of year! Here are my photos…

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#livinglifewild, childhood unplugged, nature, outdoor adventures, seasons, seaside, days out, photography

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I have also added a couple of new albums to my photo gallery. I have added my Winter Collection (I thought I would finally share my photos of this season before it is over!) and Signs of Spring Collection too, as we have been out on nature walks over the past couple of weeks observing the changing seasons and spotting the earliest glimpses of Spring popping up. 

Thank you to Mammas School for sharing their snow walk blog post and beautiful photos of Sweden on Instagram and to Eps and Amy for sharing a lovely spot to go for a walk in West Sussex. 

Check out our hashtag #LivingLifeWild on Instagram, there are lots of fantastic photos! Here are just a couple of my faves…

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Remember this linky will be open throughout March. I look forward to reading your posts!

#LivingLifeWild


#LivingLifeWild – Growing Food and Latest News

This week our potatoes from the GYOP project arrived, so we are looking forward to growing these very soon. We also signed up for the RHS School Gardening Campaign too; Squiggle was actually talking really recently about how she wants to grow some of her own herbs, so it was the perfect timing for us to then come across this campaign! 

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I have decided that going forward I will run this linky monthly. It will open the first day of each month and remain open until the last day of the month. You can therefore link up anytime throughout the month, and you are also welcome to link up as many relevant posts as you wish (old or new). This linky will run until the end of this month now so please do join in and let other people know about it too! 

All I ask is that everyone takes some time to look at other posts that have linked up and comment on some too. I would also appreciate it if you link back to my post in yours. Thank you! 

My favourite instagram photos this week are:

This is the girl who refuses to sit down in the bath!

A post shared by Cat @ Mama Cat + Baby Bee (@mamacatandbabybee) on

I love this one because it is so cute and reminds me of Squiggle when she was that age – I have a very similar photo myself!

The next one is this gorgeous snow picture.

Remember this linky will now be open until the end of February and you can link up more than one post. I look forward to reading, thank you! Stay Wild!!!

An InLinkz Link-up

#LivingLifeWild Linky

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. There have been some lovely outdoor adenture posts, such as Squished Blueberries sharing their experience of watching the sun rise on the beach. Mummahub did a wonderful job of reminding us how great getting outdoors is for our stress levels and restoring peace, and over on instagram Mammas School has some fantastic unique ideas so do pop over and check her out for inspiration!

I have chosen two instagram pictures to share this week…

This is a stunning photo by Dermot Cosgrove. Read about his adventures in an interview with Phonetic Planet here. I love the quote too!

The second one, I simply love the way the photo captures the sunlight…

Please do link up your posts below, old or new, and use the hastag #LivingLifeWild  For more information, read here.

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Happy wild adventures!


Introducing #LivingLifeWild Community

Welcome! I am SO excited to introduce you all to #LivingLifeWild – the new hashtag and weekly linky for any posts and photos related to nature, wildlife, green living, environment and outdoor adventures…

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The Linky

Each Thursday I will post up a new linky for you to share your latest blog posts related to the theme. The linky will remain open until the following week, when the new one begins. If you do share a link, please comment on the linked up post directly before your own, the host post (ie mine) and at least one other. I will always try to comment on all of the links shared too. Also remember to grab a badge and share it on your blog post too! (Edit 22/01 teething issues with my badge! Please tag me in your post instead until I get the badge running, apologies and thank you!)

The hashtag

This does not mean you have to be a blogger to get involved! Anyone can join in; please tag me in your own latest nature, wildlife, green living, natural environment or outdoor adventure photos/ posts on instagramtwitter or facebook and use the hastag #LivingLifeWild to be part of our community. I will share as many on social media as possible, plus I will also choose one or two to share in the following week blog post too 💚

I hope this explains things well enough but if you do have any questions then please feel free to get in touch via the comment section below. 

#LivingLifeWild

So to kick it all off, I am going to keep it very simple for this week and just share my most recent instagram photo from this past week:

I can’t wait to read your posts and see your pictures! Have a wild week, see you next Thursday!

Katie xx