15 Clever Travel Hacks

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We all look forward to a well-deserved holiday.  And this year, we all DEFINITELY need to get out of the house if we can, even if it’s for a short break or weekend away.

Instead of looking at the same four walls, it will give you a chance to explore somewhere new, have some downtime from a world that seems to be a l-i-t-t-l-e crazy right now and possibly a chance to spend some time with your ‘bubble’ buddies.

But, let’s be honest, getting ready for the great escape can be a bit of a nightmare.  What should you pack? Can you get everything you want into a weekend suitcase?

I have to admit packing is not one of my favourite things to do when getting ready for my getaway.  However, with a few clever hacks, packing can become less of a chore, you can pack more than you thought, and it can actually be fun to do.

Here’s a great video we found online which covers 15 hacks, plus a few other clever ideas, for your trip.

15 Clever Travel Hacks

If you have any fun packing tips send them to rosehyslop@layhead.co.uk and we’ll share them on our blog.



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Afternoon Tea

Summer holidays are a great time to make memories for the family which will be talked about for years to come. Why not organise a special afternoon tea for your immediate family?

To make it super special, if the sun is shining and you have a garden, set up a tea table outside to enjoy the day.

Here are some ideas for afternoon tea.

Homemade bunting: Cut out large triangles of the same size out of stiff paper or old wallpaper and get the children to colour in each triangle. String the triangles together with a length of string and tie around the garden or room where you will be having tea.

Make hats: Why not have a theme and ask everyone you invite to make a hat to wear to the tea party. You could have a small prize for the best hat.

Homemade cakes: Get the children involved in making and icing some cakes for the tea party. Add some sprinkles to make them extra special

Homemade doyleys: Get the kids to cut out some doyleys to display their cakes. Here’s how 

Cake plates: Check out charity shops for serving plates and cheap teas sets if you don’t already have one. You can mix and match one of tea cups and saucers to give your tea party a quirky look.

Bake homemade bread: This is a fabulous way to make your tea party special. Let the children have a go at making bread. You don’t need fancy bread maker and it can be great fun kneading the dough! Here’s an easy recipe

Invitations to the party: Get the children to design and make some tea party invitations. This is great hand writing practice and they won’t even know it! They can cut out pictures from old magazines or draw their own designs. Remember to put the day, date and time of the tea party and it’s always nice to put the name of the person you are inviting.

Arrange some outdoor games: here are some super-fun ideas you can adapt for your tea party

Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourselves! Send us some photos of your afternoon tea party. We’d love to see them – info@layhead.co.uk

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You Rock!

The weather this year has been fantastic for most of the UK, with long hot summer days. Sadly, we haven’t been able to make the most of the great outdoors this year, but there’s still plenty of summer days left. So, fingers crossed the sunny weather stays with us.

If you’re wondering how you can keep the family entertained throughout the holiday season, here’s a fabulous idea that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Rock Painting

Rock painting is a craze that has been sweeping the country for a many years and is still gathering momentum. The principle behind it is you paint a rock and hide it somewhere in the local community for someone else to find and re-hide. Some rocks have been known to travel the world!

Lots of local communities have their own Facebook pages so you can take a photo of the rock you create or find, post it to the Facebook group and let people know you are going to hide it somewhere else.

Getting Started

Here’s a list of what you need to get started.

• Rocks of different sizes (usually ones that can fit into your hand)
• Acrylic paints of various colours (either tubes of paints or paint pens)
• Paint brushes
• Container to rinse your brushes
• Water
• Plasti-Kote sealer

Paints: You can find acrylic paint suppliers online or try your local craft shop. Acrylic paint pens are a bit more expensive but much easier and less messy to use if you have tots or you want to try drawing fine lines. You could also try using felt tip pens but be aware that the colour may run if you spray this type of ink with a sealer.

Rocks: Collecting rocks can be great down by the river or from the beach. Get the children to look out for weird shaped rocks like the kite and heart shaped ones in the photos below. Take a hessian or canvas bag to put your finds.

Do be aware of the dangers of being by a river and the beach with young children, and also only take a few rocks you are going to use, without disturbing the natural environment.

Painting Rocks: Wash the rock and allow to dry thoroughly (best overnight) before painting otherwise the paint won’t sit well. Adding a base colour to the rock will make it much smoother to use paint pens or brushes for your designs. If you are not sure how the designs will look, use chalk to draw out your design on the rock first as it can easily be washed off. If you are struggling with a particular design you wish to copy from a book, trace it out on tracing paper then turn the pencil side over onto the rock and rub the other side of the tracing paper using a pencil. This should give you a faint outline to work with.

Allow each colour to dry before adding another colour next to it or on top of it, otherwise the paints will run into each other.

Once you have finished your rock, allow it to dry and then spray it with a clear sealant. This will keep the paint new looking for a much longer time.

If you have found your local Rock Painting Facebook group, post an image of your rock on their page, and let everyone know you have hidden it. Beware! Rock painting can become addictive!

We’d love to see your rock art. Send us a photo to info@layhead.co.uk and we’ll pop it up on the blog. Happy painting!

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Here are five DIY upcycling projects to keep you busy.


In our last blog we wrote about the use of plastic and the worldwide effect if we all don’t cut down on its use. We did some research on the internet and found that there are some fabulous recycling projects – from the really easy to some pretty mammoth projects.

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International Plastic Bag Free Day

Did you know that last Friday (3rd July) was International Plastic Bag Free Day? Most of us have seen the images which are constantly being shown (and quite right too) on tv about the effect that plastic has on or sea life. Something that was once marketed as a really useful object has become one of the worst problems the world has seen.

Here are a couple of facts you may not know about plastic carrier bags.

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