Autumn crafts with yellow Moon

As the nights are getting darker earlier and the days are becoming chilly why not get creative with yellowmoon? They have a large selection of crafts available including many that are Autumn themed, based on leaves, hedgehogs and trees.

Yellowmoon sent us our termly parcel this month and within it was a few Autumn crafts. We received :

  • Leaf stained Glass Effect Decoration Kits – Pack of 6 – £3.99


The leaf stained kits comes in 3 assorted coloured leaf cards – red, brown and green. Each kit contains the pre-cut leaf shapes, coloured ribbon to hang the leaves and coloured cellophane. Instructions are included and easy to follow. My boys who are 4 and 8 found this activity a little hard and needed a lot of assistance with cutting out the cellophane shapes to stick on. Each leaf card has shapes that are pre-cut already, they just need popping out. Glue is not included.

PicMonkey leaves


We loved the finished leaves, the colours are lovely and bright


Love how the sun shines through, so effective

Love how the sun shines through, so effective

The sun shining through the cellophane made a beautiful colourful shadow on our wall in the kitchen



  • Squeezy flashing hedgehogs – Pack of 2 – £2.99DSC_2240-opt

These cute little hedgehogs characters light up the early nights by giving them a little knock. They may not be in the normal Autumnal colours but they are Hedgehogs. They are bright and fun to play with, but also ideal for sensory play as they not only flash brightly but have a spiky feel to them. The pack contains four hedgehogs in an assortment of colours, each hedgehog is approx. 5 cm.

They are strecthy

They are stretchy


Watch them light up in your hands, as they are soft and stretchy you can squash them in your hands



They would make great little gifts in party bags

  • Leafy Hedgehog Decoration Kits – Pack of 5 – £3.75DSC_2243-opt

A fun Autumnal craft activity that both my boys enjoyed doing. Each kit includes 4 assorted hedgehog coloured foam templates, self adhesive foam shape pieces, wiggle eyes and ribbon to hang.

PicMonkey hedgehog

Once the boys had chosen the colour of hedgehog and leaves that they wanted they began to peel off the self adhesive shapes for the nose, feet and ears to stick them in place. Following the instructions that were included, they then started to stick down the leaves. The boys enjoyed this activity and concentrated hard on peeling off the backing on the stickers and sticking them down in the correct place.

Rather cute, don't you think?

Rather cute, don’t you think?

This activity teaches children repetitive pattern and colour.

Yellowmoon have plenty of crafts online to buy, why not head on over to their website and have a browse

Thank you for reading this post. All items received were for review purpose, no payment was received.




Top places to visit in Malta

We have visited the beautiful Island of Malta many times, and over the years visited many places. The following places in this list are places that we have visited with our young children and would recommend a visit.

Popeye Village

Popeye Village is a film set that is over 30 years old, it’s the set of the 1980 Musical Production of ‘Popeye’ and it is now one of Malta’s major tourist attraction. Popeye the sailor and his friends are around the village to greet the guests and entertain throughout the day.

Take a walk around Popeyes cabin, explore Olives house, play games in the sawmill, become a part of the film in the main square or relax by the splash pool whilst the children have some fun.

Anchor bay comes alive in the summer with an inflatable adventure course, so whilst you top up your tan the children can have fun in the sea.

PicMonkey Collage

Popeye Village is open all year round.


St peters Bowl

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St Peters Bowl is the most beautiful natural swimming pools in Malta, situated South of the Island near the Fishing Village Marsaxlokk.

The drive and parking to St Peters Pool isn’t smooth but it is definitely worth it. I would advise anyone who has young children who are not strong swimmers not to leave them alone swimming. There are ladders to help visitors to get down into the water but for those who are feeling a little more adventurous, you can always dive down into the deep pool below.

There are no shop nearby, so take along everything you will need to spend the day there.

st peters pool

The sea water is crystal clear, the flat rocks surrounding the pool are ideal for sunbathing on and perfect for place to get away from the business of the sandy beaches.

The walk down from the parking area is about 5 minutes away

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My boys loved it here and spent ages diving into the deep blue water, they even plucked up the courage to jump down from the highest point (not when Mummy was watching though!)

Mellieha beach

Malta doesn’t have many beaches to boast about the ones that it does have are beautiful. Mellieha beach being one of them. The beach is long and there are plenty of beds to relax on and kiosks to dine from along it. During the summer months it hosts an inflatable playground, costing £6 euros for the hour. The boys enjoyed an hour of fun whilst I managed to grab an hour of peace reading a book. We managed to barter the hire of the sunbeds down from £12 euros down to £8.

melleiha beach

Lots of free parking is available and is easily assessable via bus.

Mdina and Rabat

 Located in centre of the Island, Mdina is the old capital of Malta.


Mdina is a fascinating place to visit, one of Europe’s finest examples of and ancient walled city, it traces back more than 4000 years. Tradition says that The Apostle St Paul lived here after being shipwrecked on the Island. Just outside the city walls, in Rabat, you can visit St Paul’s Grotto.

Mdina was built high up on top of a plateau. Standing on the edge of Mdinas walls you have some spectacular views of the surrounding fields and villages.




Mdina and Rabat is full to the brim of cultural heritage and history. Lamp lit by night,the Mdina is also referred to as ‘The Silent City’.


Take a walk around the cobbled, narrow shady streets and take in all of the historical beauty within.  It is home now to some of Malta’s noble families living in the impressive palaces that line the streets.


There are plenty of restaurants and cafes within the walls for refreshments and Souvenir shops to visit.

It is free the enter the Mdina but it costs to enter into some of the attractions, like the Malta experience and the Dungeons.


Mdina is a favourite place of my boys, they adore the Norman and baroque architecture in the buildings.

Just outside of the Mdina walls there are beautiful gardens to walk around and also a little play area for the children to enjoy.

Church in Rabat

Church in Rabat


The Splash and Fun park

Malta’s only water park, that’s not in the sea, ideal for all the family.  The Splash & Fun Park has several swimming pools, water slides, Children’s Dinosaur Park & Splash Land, a large wave pool, diving pools, lazy river and deck chairs to relax on. Throughout the day there is entertainment put on in and around the wave pool area. We sat and watched a spanish dance routine, took part in the aqua aerobics and the boys entered a football competition.

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My middle boys favourite thing to do was Dive from the high board into the diving pool.

PicMonkey Collage dive

On the way out of the water park we noticed that there was a trampoline enclosure, everyone had a good jump around before leaving

juming around



Pretty bay Birzebbuga

If you are visiting St Peters Pool then just a little further around the coast you will find Pretty Bay in Birzebbuga. It’s in the southern region of Malta.

The sight looking out from Pretty Bay isn’t spectacular, unless you like looking boats and dock yards, but the beach is pretty and there is a lovely play area and football pitches that runs along the beach. Also its the only beach that we visited where you can sit on the grass, and sit under a tree shielded from the sun.

Blue lagoon Comino

The only way to get over to see the beautiful blue water at blue lagoon, Comino is by boat or ferry. Situated in between Malta and Gozo, the island of Comino is only 3.5  square kilometers, it is car free and only has one hotel. The Blue lagoon is the popular attraction here, with the white sand and clear water, the sea becomes a gorgeous aquamarine. The water is clean and transparent, ideal for snorkelling and swimming, the water is shallow so it is perfect for young children to enjoy.

I would advice to attempt to get there early as in the peak times it can get very busy, and the beach is only small. Many people lay down there towels up on the rocks and walk down the steps to get down to the water.

There are refreshment vans parked up where the boats are, selling fruit, drinks and hot food.

Rinella Bay

This little bay situated just passed Kalkara is not normally a busy attraction to holiday makers, it used more by the locals. It is the beach that I myself attended regularly as a child when we holidayed in Malta as we had family living in Kalkara. Looking out from the beach you can see the Capital of Malta, Valetta. There are refreshment vans parked up and portable toilets to use.

Not only is this beach a little quieter than others it has a slide that goes down into the sea from the walkway.  Beware that the sea is deep here, there are some steps coming out of the water very close to the slide.

Smart City is just around the corner, a new build to Malta, where you can watch the water fountain and have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants and bars.

Kalkara marina is a pretty little place to stop after a swim, it’s quiet and peaceful. There is also a little park for the children to play in whilst the adults can sit on a bench and look out to the boats



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Luzzu (maltese boat) and fishing boats

I hope you like reading our top places to visit in Malta. There are many more places to visit like the peaceful island of Gozo, the stunning infrastructure of Mosta, the hustle and bustle of the capital city Valetta, the aqua marine park in Bugibba ( which also has a pretty impressive play area for the children to play in outside) and Marsaxlokk fishing village. I could on, but I think that I may have shared enough already :-)

Thank you for reading

Minced egg parcel

A minced egg parcel is similar to a Scotch egg but the hard-boiled egg is enclosed in mincemeat and not sausage meat. It is then rolled in flour and breadcrumbs and fried.



  • Egg
  • 450g Mincemeat
  • Egg yolk and white
  • breadcrumbs
  • flour
  • 1tsp coriander
  • 1tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp ground cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp mustard
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/2 tsp crushed ginger
  • 4 leaves basil, sliced
  • salt and pepper
  • Oil


  • Boil eggs in a sauce pan of boiling water for 6 minutes. Drain away hot water and leave to cool in cold water.
  • In a clean bowl mix together mincemeat, spices, garlic, ginger, basil, mustard and the yolk of an egg (keep the egg white) . Season.
  • Place some flour, and breadcrumbs onto separate plates. Put the egg white into a bowl
  • Place an egg into the egg white and coat
  • Take out a handful of the meat mixture and place onto a chopping board. flatten it out and put the coated egg onto it.


  • Cover the whole egg with the meat by squashing it with your hands. Smooth it round.
  • Coat it with some egg white, then roll it in the flour and then in the breadcrumbs
  • Place the meat ball in a sizzling pan of oil. Keep turning
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  • Remove once browned all over

These little egg parcels are ideal for packlunches and picnics. They can be eaten cold or warm.

They are quick and easy to make , my children helped with mixing the mixture and with covering the egg with the meat.

Serve with spaghetti and sauce or with a little salad



TIP: Don’t over boil the egg, It is nice when it is a soft yolk but not runny.

Thank you for helping me grow plaque

It is the little ones last few days with his childminder before he starts full-time in school. He has been with her for 3 years and I wanted to give her a special gift that she would be able to remember him by. She has done so much for him and he really cares fo her.

I had made Thank you for helping me grow cards for the teachers at the end of the summer term and thought that it would be a great idea to try to do the same thing but in plaster.

Thank you for helping me grow is a tree with the children’s finger prints on the branches as leaves.


Items you will need:

Resin Plaster 1kg – bought from HobbyCraft £7.99

Silicone mould – I used a 9″ cake mould

Water – to  mix in with the resin powder

Paint – brown, green and red

Small paint brush

Modelling tools

Fine line blank ink pen




  • Mix the plaster resin with 1 part water to 3 parts plaster. Pour the water into a clean bowl and sprinkle on the resin powder, leave for a minute and then mix together. Pour slowly into the mould.
  • Leave aside to set. Just as the mould becomes hard, putty like, using a moulding tool inscribe the shape of the tree


  • Now to add the thumb prints onto the branches, push down with some pressure in order to leave an imprint

leaving his print



  • Leave to set completely

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  • Once dry, remove from the mould. Using a thin paint brush paint in the lines of the tree and then finger print in the leaves



Once set I wrote on his name and the date of the last day he would spend in the company of his childminder ( I say childminder but I would like to think of her as an extended part of pur family)

The finger prints and name gives more of a personal touch and hopefully she will see the love that has gone into the gift. She will be in our hearts forever and hopefully as we will be in hers.


A gift that can be kept forever

Ghosthunters on icy trails trailer

Based on the bestselling novel by Cornelia Funke, this heartwarming tale of an unusual friendship, built out of the need to defeat an ancient evil, GHOSTHUNTERS.

When the often-fearful eleven-year-old Tom (Milo Parker – Mr Holmes) discovers a slimy green ghost in his cellar called Hugo, he is understandably afraid.  However, Tom soon realises that Hugo, who is an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), is not only completely harmless but also desperately in need of his help. He has been banished from his haunted house by a dangerous AIG (Ancient Ice Ghost) who has moved in and is spreading an arctic cold over the entire town in the middle of summer!

To help get rid of this AIG, Tom and Hugo enlist the services of a professional Ghosthunter, Hetty Cuminseed, who has just lost her job at the CGI (the Central Ghosthunting Institute). Hetty doesn‘t like children or ghosts very much but Tom and Hugo convince her to teach them the basics of ghosthunting. The three become an unlikely team – only with friendship, courage and self–confidence can they overcome their adversary and save the town from the AIG.

Will the unconventional trio overcome their differences, and manage to defeat the evil Ancient Ice Ghost, and save the town from an icy end?

Don’t miss the thrilling GHOSTHUNTERS at cinemas nationwide 2nd OCTOBER.

Director: Tobi Baumann
Starring: Milo Parker (Mr Holmes), Anke Engelke
Running Time: 100 mins – CERT: TBC

We have received no payment for this review. 

Being kissed by a hundred fish

Ever wanted a foot massage by fish?

Now i love fish but put them anywhere near my feet I slightly freak out, I can’t even walk into the sea and relax because of the fear of having fish swim by me.

We recently had a holiday to Malta and on an evening walk through the busy streets of Bugibba we came across The Fish Lounge. A spa that is all about the fish and your feet.

Everyone gets a personal dedicated spa unit which was specifically designed for this type of treatment with a powerful UVC-filtration system, which filters and sterilizes all the water every 6 minutes. In each unit there are over  hundred Garra Rufa fish swimming around waiting for feet to give a natural pedicure to as they gently suck away unwanted dead skin and clean the pores, leaving your feet feeling much softer, refreshed and healthy.

As soon as your feet enter the unit the little garra rufa fish immediately start sucking away at your dead skin1439626104002Before the fish massage can begin you have your feet washed and checked over for any little marks by a trained member of staff, they are then dried and placed into a pair of disposable over-shoes. You are then walked over to meet the little lovely darlings who are about to kiss your feet.

Now as I am completely not comfortable having fish near my feet I wasn’t very willing to place my feet into the unit. It did take a few attempts, especially after watching the OH face as his feet entered the water. Now he isn’t afraid of anything, but his face and the noise that came from his mouth said otherwise, although he said it didn’t hurt it just tickled.

The member of staff had to push my feet in, and as soon as they was in, the little suckers were like magnets to my feet and wouldn’t leave them be. All I can say, is that they must have been hungry!


I wouldn’t just say it tickles at first, as the fish keep moving around your feet, it can only be described as weird! It didn’t hurt not did i think it tickled. It was more like lots of little mouths doing lots of little strong sucks on your skin, now will I say that it is relaxing!


Although I am smiling in the above picture, take a close look at my hands. That is how they stayed for the whole 15 minutes, tightly clenched together. i may have dug my nails into my palms just take the odd feeling away.

It was funny and it definitely was an experience to talk about, and i would definitely have it done again, just not anytime soon!

Our middle boy, who is 8 wanted to try it out too, so we allowed him to have ago at the end of the holiday.

I must say my feet did feel soft after and the skin felt a little tight the next day, but it was good experience and I am glad i did it.

Have you ever had a foot massage by fish?