Halfway in to the summer holidays and now is the time when I need some inspiration to keep my daughter occupied, and some budget ideas are always handy.
She's just decided she's going to try and stop biting her nails - a really big deal! We went off to the pharmacy and bought some of that foul tasting paint on stuff which I remember using at around her age. I was surprised they still make it to be honest, I'd have thought the health and safety brigade would have had it pulled, but there it was, still on the shelves.
In honour of this, I promised her a spa day at home and given the disappearance of the sun, it was great timing. This was actually a bit of mummy genius, because it means we can justifiably spend all day lolling around in our dressing gowns, plus I get a little bit of pampering too!
First up, we raided the kitchen looking for supplies. DIY face masks are really easy to make and you can use what you happen to have in the cupboard or fridge. We settled on avocado and honey, but you could also use egg white, banana, strawberries, yoghurt, oatmeal etc etc.
We took half a large avocado and mashed it with a tablespoon of honey. Then the green gloop was smoothed onto our faces while we relaxed for 10 minutes. Slices of cucumber on our eyes added to the 'spa' experience. Letting your young child slather this on to your face is a real exercise in trust!
I have to say, I'm going to make this again! My skin felt amazing afterwards, so smooth and it glowed. I'm wondering if there are enough avocados in the supermarket to make a mask for my entire body...
Next was a nice relaxing bath with a homemade bath bomb. This is a great activity you could do the day before. They are easy to make using bicarbonate of soda and olive oil, but you will need some citric acid from the chemist.
Body scrubs are simple to make too, again using store cupboard ingredients of oil and sugar, or you could make an oatmeal bath soak.
Some mutual nail painting and some relaxing meditation music in the background and hey presto, you've got through another day not just unscathed, but positively chilled.
If you're still looking for more holiday inspiration, then check out some of my favourite bloggers.
Kirsty reviews a great day out at Willows Activity Farm.
Penny has a great list of 13 things to play with in the garden that aren't toys.
Emma has some great tips on swimming safety.
Carolin has her top ten tips for camping with kids.
Or take Cass' lead and have a back yard camp out.
Rebecca has a review of the Harry Potter Tour.
Michelle recommends cliff walking.
Those inspired by the new BFG movie will want to have a go at Mari's Snozzcumber Ice Cream.
What are your plans for the rest of the holidays?