3 Fun & Easy Autumn Activities for You and Your Kids

Autumn and Halloween Naomi Mc Laughlan1. Autumn Treasure Hunt

Autumn Treasure Hunt Naomi Mc Laughlan

Why not explore your neighborhood, local park, the woodlands or the beach (depending on where you live) and get your kids to notice the little changes autumn has to offer?

We currently live close to the beach, but also have woods nearby, hence we went on a daily explorer walk over the past week and collected all sorts of items, and then decided to decorated the house with our treasures.


2. Autumn Window Decor

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1. Collect leaves – This was most fun for my youngest, almost like an Easter Egg Hunt 

2. Measure your window(s)

3. Roll out clingfilm based on your measurements (do not cut it off the roll yet) and spread out the leaves. Then cover once more with clingfilm and cut. Decorate your windows and secure it with sellotape.

 


3. Crayon Candles ( Up-cycled Nutella Glass Cups & Old Crayons)

 

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My kids looove Nutella, hence we have several dozens of glass cups, which we usually clean and use as kids drinking cups. However, after a big drawer clean up I collected a huge pile of crayons and thought I try out something I have seen on the web before. You also need candle wicks, which you can order online for only a few bucks or get from your local art store.

  1. Take of all paper of the crayons
  2. Choose your colors
  3. Melt one crayon and secure the wick on the bottom, middle of your glass
  4. Melt the rest of your crayons, color by color and slowly add to the glass (careful, as the wax is extremely hot! Children should be supervised at all times during this activity)

There are two ways of melting the wax; 1. You can use a microwave safe container and melt it in the microwave, 10 seconds at a time until, stir and repeat until everything is fully melted or 2. You can use a water bath on the stove.

Let me know what you think!

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

 

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5 Tips for Easy Air Travel with Kids

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I have been a frequent flyer my entire life, nationally and internationally, and as I have become a mother early, I can say that for the past 19 years, I have been able to gather some positive and negative experiences when traveling with my three children. Oh boy…like running out of nappies at the airport, because the luggage was already checked in and my baby girl had diarrhea… or having to live in the same cloth for days in a sh** airport hotel, because my luggage got left behind and I had to wait for it to arrive before being able to travel on in West Africa…but also the great ones, for example when my kids enjoyed watching planes take off or meeting highly interesting, lovely people along the journey.

There’s no denying that it has become more and more difficult to fly without running into snags or problems with the airport or the airlines. Enduring the line at the security check point in some airports is enough to put some passengers in a bad mood, especially the little ones ;-).

However, despite all of the inconveniences that come with flying, it is a necessity. There are several things that can be done to make flying easier and more hassle free, and all that is involved is a little bit of common sense and planning.

1. Get to the Airport Early 

Arriving at the airport early is a no-brainer, especially when the airlines tell passengers to arrive at least two hours prior to a flight’s departure time. However, there are many people who refuse to heed this request, and arrive at the airport just several minutes before a flight is scheduled to leave. If there is a line at the check-in counter or at security, this can create a very stressful situation. Not only may the flight be missed, but a new flight must be booked, and the passengers will probably have to travel stand-by on a later flight with no guarantee of a seat until the very last minute.

2. Take a Morning Flight

Leaving on an early flight does not necessarily mean a 4 a.m. flight must be chosen. However, flights that leave first thing in the morning are less likely to be running late, and they are less likely to be affected by weather problems across the country and/or other planes that may be delayed at other airports. Also, if for some reason the first flight of the day is cancelled or delayed, there will probably be several other flights throughout the day that, if necessary, can be taken instead.

3. Try Not to Fly During “Rush Hour” 

Airports, like highways, have rush hours. Typically, rush hour in the morning is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., and in the afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. These are the hours when airports are the most crowded with people waiting for flights. Crowds mean longer lines at the security check points, more people in the restrooms, more people waiting in restaurant lines, and more people taking up seats in the waiting areas. Flying at a NON-rush hour time of day can alleviate the need to stand in lines and sit with crowds.

4. Try to Take Non-Stop Flights 

Obviously, when a non-stop flight is taken, there is less risk of being delayed. Taking off and landing both take quite a bit of time, so avoiding having to do this twice is recommended. There will always be destinations when a non-stop flight is not available, but there are plenty of cities where non-stop flights are just as common as those that stop. It may even be worth a few extra dollars to book a non-stop flight to avoid an unneeded hassle and the possibility of being delayed.

5. Book Connections with Enough Time 

If a non-stop flight is not available to a desired destination, make sure to schedule enough time in between flights. When airlines book flights, they often have a layover requirement of 30 or 45 minutes between connections. However, this is often not enough time if the original flight arrives late. In order to avoid this stress, try to schedule connecting flights with at least an hour to spare between the arrival time of the first flight and the departure time of the connecting flight.

Lastly, do not forget to pack as light as possible, because depending where you are heading towards; you will be able to buy most items at your destination, so there is no need to ‘perform heavy lifting’ to get it there.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

All the Best,

Naomi xxx

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Donut Peach & Raspberry Jam

Once again we have been experimenting with some yummy food; super sweet and juicy donut peaches and raspberries, which we have transformed into jam 😉

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Donut Peach & Raspberry Jam

1.4kg Peaches

125g Raspberries

1kg Jam sugar (with apple pectin) or Caster sugar

Instructions

Step 1 Rinse the peaches, then half them and take out the stone, cut them into little chunks and put them in a large sauce pan.

Step 2 Rinse the raspberries and add them to the peaches.

Step 3 Bring the peaches and raspberries to the boil and simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Step 4 Add the sugar to the pan and stir until dissolved. Then boil rapidly for about 15 minutes or until the jam has reached setting point.

Step 5 Allow the jam to cool down for ca. 15 minutes, then fill it into clean, (sterilized) jars.

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Naomi

What are Global Goals or SDGs Q&A

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Q: What are Global Goals?

A: Global Goals or Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are concerned with creating a better future for the society and environment around the world

Q: Who developed the Sustainable Development Goals?

A: The United Nations (UN); the largest assembly of world leaders in history accepted the UN Millennium Declaration

Q: When were the Sustainable Development Goals initially agreed upon?

A: Initially, in September 2000 at the Millennium Summit, the UN proposed the so called 8 ‘Millennium Development Goals’, which obligated the assembly of world leaders and their nations to form a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015

Q: Were the Global Goals or SDGs always called that way?

A: In 2015, the United Nations have reconsidered the eight Millennium Development Goals and concluded by developing the 17 SDGs, which address the world most current important issues

Q: What can individuals do to participate?

A: Individuals can learn more about the #GlobalGoals by seeking information and taking part in initiatives within their communities and around the world

Q: What can businesses do to participate?

A: Business owners, from a micro business to a large enterprise can seek information, choose one or several goals which they like to focus on and initiate change within their company as well as in their community, and form sustainable partnerships with complimentary businesses to promote the goals


 

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Naomi xxx

Mother Daughter Tag – How well do you know each other?

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My daughter Jasmin has #dared me to make a video for my YouTube Channel and do a mother daughter tag with her. I was soooo sure that I knew most of the answers. Well, you’ll see how that went in our video below.

If you want to go ahead and to a mother daughter tag or a mother son tag too, here are the questions:

MOTHER TO DAUGHTER or SON:

Mom’s favorite color is….

Mom’s shoe size is…

Mom’s favorite flower is…

Mom is how many years old…

Mom’s favorite song is…

Mom was born in which State/City…

Mom has how many siblings…

Mom’s favorite dessert is…

Mom is how tall….

Mom’s favorite Sonic drink is…

Mom was how old when she had her ears pierced….


DAUGHTER or SON TO MOTHER:

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite color is…

Daughter’s/ Son’s favorite meal that Mom cooks is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite book is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite song is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite school subject is…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite vacation ever was…

Daughter / Son wants to be how tall when she grows up…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite Sonic drink…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite gift ever was…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite birthday ever was…

Daughter’s / Son’s favorite thing to do with mom is…

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Naomi xxx

Quick & Easy Vegan Family Lunch 2

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Once again I have been experimenting to serve my kiddos a healthy and yet quick, convenient lunch. So the following recipe is yet another successful and very delicious outcome of my latest ‘trial-and-see approach’.

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So I hope you will enjoy it too!

 

 

 


Chestnut Mushroom & Veg Mix Stir-Fry with Wholemeal Noodles

500g Chestnut Mushrooms (brushed or washed, peeled and sliced)

125g Cabbage Medley (White, Savoy, Spring Green and Tenderheart (convenience bag mix or freshly washed and cut into stripes)

1 Red Pepper (washed and diced)

½ Onion (washed and cut into rings)

2 Garlic Gloves (washed and pressed)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Dark Soy Sauce

Salt & Black Pepper

600g Wholemeal Noodles

Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients:

50g Brown Sugar

50g Malt Vinegar

150g Tomato Sauce or Ketchup

1 small tin pineapple chunks in juice

1 tbsp light soy sauce

2 Spring onions (washed and cut into slices)

Serves 4 / Preparation and Cooking Time ca. 30 minutes

Instructions

Step 1

Sprinkle the olive oil in a large pan or wok and when it is hot add the onions and garlic to it. Fry for ca. 2-3 minutes until they become soft and a little brown.

Step 2

Add the mushrooms, mix and let it simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Then add the soy sauce and pepper and stir fry for 2-5 minutes. Lastly add the cabbage medley and allow to fry for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Season with salt and black pepper. Cover the pan and set aside.

Step 4

Combine all sweet and sour sauce ingredients, except the spring onion, in a separate pan or wok and simmer for 5 minutes. Then add the wholemeal noodles and stir-fry them for 1-2 minutes.

Serve the mushroom mix and noodles together and garnish with spring onion.

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Bon appetite!

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Naomi

 

P.S.: To make this recipe even quicker, you can use ready-made, convenience sweet and sour sauce.

How to create Social Tales for your Autistic Child

 

Social Tale Blog Post Naomi Mc Laughlan

Social tales are created to teach your child a skill, elaborate a situation or invite to consider usual and unusual events, for example a visit to the dentist, how to understand other people’s feelings and what their body language may communicate and much more.

I have created stories to explain and prepare my youngest child many times in the past and I have found them to be very helpful, as I have found that I can create them in minutes and re-use or adapt them if I have to for future use.


How to create a Social Tale in 5 Simple Steps;

Step 1 Consider one topic or topic area

Step 2 Write down one to three aspects you want your child to take away from the tale

Step 3 Outline the tale (the beginning,main part and end)

Step 4 Write simple, short and focused sentences that describe what happens or shall happen. You can personalize your tale by using your child’s name and by adding names of places or his or her favorite toys etc. to it. State the ‘best case scenario’ and make active, positive statements, rather than negative ones.

Step 5 Illustrate your tale or add clipart to enhance your message visually

You don’t have to be extremely creative, but rather focus on the main goals or objectives you are trying to accomplish, as the tale is meant to teach or explain, rather than entertain your child. Although, you may want to create a mix of stories, some which are more descriptive and others that show a situation in a more detailed approach.


A couple of years ago, I wrote a story for my little girl, because she was very anxious of noises, insects and the like. Initially, I created the text and asked my son to illustrate the pages just for us, but eventually realized that it may also help other children who are on the Autistic Spectrum and suffer from fears and phobias. Eventually the book was published in 2012 as ‘Judy no need to be scared’, and has since helped hundreds of children to overcome fearful situations through reading and listening to the story.Judy no need to be scared Naomi Mc Laughlan Kindle book cover

The book is available at Amazon, as a paperback or Kindle version, so I invite you to have a look.

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Naomi xxx