Organic Mulled Wine at Home

How fabulously fun! This is such a wonderful party piece and tastes so good. So good!
I had invited my closest over for a good ol’ girlie catch up and after trying my first real cup just weeks before at Riverford Pumpkin Day, I thought it would be a splendid idea to make my own to share with them. So I did!
I am so glad I did, this really is amazing, a little health tweak before the wine was brewed and it turned out delicious. Divine!
I have a slight confession, we enjoyed making it so much that it was all gone before evidence could be gathered for this post but believe me when I say how amazing it was, it definitely happened!
I didn’t get the wine I ideally desired and changed the sugar to Agave but these things had to happen to enable better knowledge in understanding the wisdom.

This is the perfect drink to raise your temperature, its deep and powerful taste overtakes your senses and the heat runs through your veins warming you from within. It is awesome.

Yum! Mulled Wine:

– 1 Bottle Organic Red Wine
– 1 Bag Organic Mulling Spices
– 1/4 Organic Lemon
– 1 tsp Organic Light Agave Syrup

To make your own mulled wine add the wine to a pan and heat on low, add the spice bag, lemon and agave and let it infuse for at least ten minutes.

The wine, mulling spices and lemons all came from Riverford Organic Farms.

This will create a wonderful aroma in your home, it will create warmth in your body and it will help create laughter that will warm your heart.

Here’s to a merry mulling!
Enjoy.

Painting & Stamping – Children’s Activity

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We all know how much children love getting mucky, right? With paint or mud being perfect options this particular day we chose paint! Along with the paintbrushes we have we also have several different stamps to create shapes and pictures with. The stamp pads clearly were not as fun as painting onto the stampers, they didn’t hang around for too long before the brushes were used instead.

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I just love the creativity in the art of painting the activity lets the children be totally free to literally paint their imaginations. The outcome can be many different things making it one of the most diverse activities out there.
The boys went free style finger painting and enjoyed painting their hands, they always show amazement at the fact that their hand print is now on the paper and I love to observe this.
One of my boys loves doing patches of different colour and the other prefers to mix them all together to create an almost tie dye like effect 🙂
One thing is for sure we never get the same results twice!
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Incorporating stamping gave a very aesthetically pleasing effect to the outcomes we achieved on this particular day. We had love hearts and smiley faces, flowers and cute little messages to liven up the free formed brush strokes and everybody had a wonderfully fun time.
Giving the children the option to create art free style gives their minds opportunity to expand and pushes them to think for themselves and remember what they have learned. What parent wouldn’t love to see their child’s mind on paper 🙂
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Cut Out People – Children’s Activity



What a great and simple way to set off a creative flare within your children, designing and making your own little people.

Having the children draw in their own detailing and possibly naming the figures helps the child become more involved in the activity encouraging them to deeper relate to the characters. It teaches them through demonstration and aids understanding of the nature of people, their features, expressions, activities and moods.

We created several backgrounds for the figures to explore various places from all around the world outside of a home. We also role played in these places to teach the children what people do at each place.

We used a collection of natural items we foraged from the woods on a previous outing to give detail to the backgrounds. This taught the children about using objects for different uses and brought out pictures to life.

The varieties of people that can be created and the background scenes that can changed about are of no end. The imagination can really be exercised.

All you need is paper, card and some colouring pencils for basics.
Draw the outline of the figures, cut them out. Design and create the characters. Design, draw and build the different background scenes. Take the cut out people on journeys into the different scenes to create a wave of learning through imagination for your children.
Anything can be incorporated into this art to create a lively background scene, for example the nature items or what about fabrics, dried foods like organic pasta or seeds, old pictures, used packaging etc. There’s so much diversity of inspiration out there that its all down to what you have around you and the creative mind at force.