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ByNicole Burton

NHS Colouring sheets

The NHS staff and so many more key workers put themselves at risk to help us. And while the current situation means we can’t thank them in person, we can show our gratitude with our colouring pages.

If you or your family are looking for an activity to pass the time and show your support, download our NHS colouring sheets and display them as thank you posters and signs in your window for key workers to see.

Colouring 1

Colouring 2

Colouring 3

Share your creations with us and we will share it on our Facebook for everybody to see!

ByNicole Burton

Happy World Earth Day!

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we wanted to celebrate the impact we can all have in creating a meaningful and lasting change to the planet. Earth Day is a significant day on our calendar so we want to help to increase awareness about our planet and environment.

All over the world, we have an effect on the environment through all our actions or even by simply living as we do. We use electricity and water, use of transport such as cars, busses and airplanes to go to school or work. Even in the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the deepest point on earth, scientists found plastic bags and beer cans!  So remember  Reduce – Recycle – Reuse!

Pollution causes damage to our Planet

The damage pollution does to our planet visible can be best seen with coral reefs. Colourful corals will die if the oceans they live in are too warm or polluted. They are dying as the oceans warm up due to pollution in the sky, and therefore the atmosphere traps more sunlight on earth and heats also the ocean water.

 

 

Global Warming affects us all

Climate change with tropical storms such as hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons all get their power from the warm ocean. So, the warmer the ocean, the stronger the storms are and the more often they happen!

Icebergs are melting

More pollution causes higher temperatures. When temperatures get higher than normal, they cause more drought in already dry regions such as Africa and also cause the ice to melt in the Arctic and Antarctic. This causes increases in the ocean/sea level. Over 525 square feet (almost 50 square meters) of ice to melt every year!

 

6 ways to Reduce – Recycle – Reuse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many things you can do to help us all make a difference and help the environment and the whole of the World!

  1. One way to reduce is to reuse. Instead of using plastic bags, bring reusable bags and Tupperware when going shopping or packing food or leftovers.
  2. Shop responsibly. When going out, purchase items that are easy to recycle. Avoid items that are individually wrapped or in single servings. Buying in bulk helps to reduce waste.
  3. Composting is your friend. Create a compost bin and throw food scraps and various yard waste into your compost bin. You can use leaves and yard trimmings to supplement the compost.
  4. Start recycling. Did you know that you can save 9 cubic yards of landfill space by recycling only one ton of cardboard? Over 87% of citizens are able to have their recycling picked up curbside. Utilising bin removal and recycling services can help you to manage waste effectively.
  5. Go paperless. Most stores now offer digital versions of receipts, and you can also receive bills online or on your smart device rather than in the mail. The average person receives around 30 pounds of junk mail every year; reducing this junk mail can make a significant impact.
  6. Buy second-hand. Purchasw your clothing from second-hand stores will provide you high quality, low-cost clothing items that benefit both you and the environment.

🌎Happy World Earth Day x

ByNicole Burton

Costa Coffee is with you all the way

Missing Costa Coffee? We sure do! We’ve handpicked just a few of our highlights to help brighten up your week and keep us together when we can’t all be together. From feel-good fixes, like how to master great homemade coffee, to how the community is making use of their garden shed, everything you need it right here.

Make iced latte you’ll love

First on the list is the complete guide to make the perfect iced latte you’ll love. With days getting brighter and days getting longer, Costa Coffee has shared their expert tips on how to make delicious iced latte – the easy way! Watch their simple steps YouTube video to find the hint and tricks to always make it extra special. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL VIDEO 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take a trip to Costa Coffee, in your garden!

With the kids still off school, it can be hard to keep them entertained and you sain! We LOVE how families across the UK have created their own costa coffee shops to take a visit to. Get creative this week and turn your house into its very own Costa Coffee shop! Decorate your own sign, write your own menu and even bake your own chocolate chip muffins! BBCGoodfood has a delicious recipe, CLICK HERE  TO VIEW THE RECIPE

 

 

 

 

But how do they make it taste so good?

Ever wondered how Costa create their coffee? We’d like to reveal a few secrets. From coffee’s discovery to the ways we harvest their beans today and make the perfect selection for slow roasting, the history of coffee might surprise you.

The coffee you know and enjoy has travelled A LONG way to reach your cup. Coffee is most often grown in the tropics, in places like Brazil, Ethiopia and Colombia. Young coffee plants are raised in nurseries and, when they are about a year old, are transplanted into the main plantation on the coffee growing estate where they are nurtured for five years.

After this, the plants begin to grow fruit called ‘coffee cherries’. It is the seed (or bean) of these ripe, red cherries that’s used for roasting and producing the coffee beans we recognise.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Protect the NHS.

ByNicole Burton

🐰5 steps to the perfect Easter egg hunt!

With Easter coming up, we’ve got loads of eggscellent activities for your kids to get involved in, including, yep you’ve guessed it, an Easter egg hunt!

1. Choose the length of the hunt – 

First of all, decide how many clues you’re going to need. It all depends how many little ones you have and how much chocolate is in the house, but we chose ten as a nice even number. We don’t want them eating too much!

2. Get crafty with ideas

Your 10 clues can be as easy or as complicated as you like, depending on the age of your hunters. Where you hide your chocolate will link into each clue you give your little ones. For example, if you’re hiding a clue in the bathroom, the clue to finding it might be: ‘This chocolate just loves a nice hot bath’.

 

3. Perfect your preparation –

It’ll be great to have some Easter-themed pictures to make the hunt more exciting, think images of chicks, chocolate eggs and bunnies to put up around your home and garden. Kids will love creating these. Arrows with ‘over there!’ written on them are great to place near the chocolate eggs to help your little ones find the treasure.

4. Get hiding the chocolate –

For a really good challenge, use as much of the house as you can – why not hide upstairs and downstairs, and don’t forget to use the garden too – the opportunities are endless!

5. The big finish-

Once each little hunter has their clues and the arrows are all set up in your home and garden, let them get hunting! They could also create their own fun Easter basket to help them carry the eggs they collect. Happy hunting!