Top things to do indoors on rainy summer days

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Summer is meant to be all about enjoying the weather and spending time outdoors, however the British weather often has a different idea. Gloomy weather can ruin even the cheeriest moods and can wreak havoc with our plans. Check out these suggestions for at home fun to ward off boredom for both you and the kids….

Have an Indoor Treasure Hunt
If you find yourself house bound with the kids, keep their day lively with an indoor treasure hunt. Make one set of clues for every player (try rhyming the clues for fun), each clue leading to the next one and, finally, to the treasure. Seal them in envelopes marked with a clue number (i.e., 2/7, or “two of seven”); this will help the treasure hunters keep track. Whoever solves the clues first and finds the treasure — a small toy, an IOU for a movie, maybe a stack of coins (regular or chocolate!) — is the winner. Or have your kids play as a team to solve the clues, and uncover the treasure together.

Create a Family Recipe Book
You’ll need:
• Unlined notebook
• recipe cards
• Wine or Champagne labels
• photos from family meals
• adhesive glue
• photo corners
• ruler
• alphabet stickers
• ribbon

How to make:
• Colour-copy all recipe cards, photos, and labels if you want to preserve the originals or make more than one gift book.
• Compile the memorabilia by time period, holiday, or any other theme that inspires you.
• Affix the items horizontally in the journal. Use photo corners for pictures and recipe cards and adhesive for labels and clippings.
• Stick a title on the front of the journal with alphabet stickers (using a ruler helps), and finish off with a ribbon.

Deep-Condition Your Hair
One for the ladies (or long-locked men!) If you’ve been wanting to give your hair a deep treatment but just haven’t had the time to get to the salon, you’ll be pleased to hear you can find your solution in the fridge – mayonnaise (yes, really!) Starting at the scalp, coat strands with ½ cup mayo. Leave on for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

chocolate-chip-cookieDo some baking!
Nothing cures rainy day blues like a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies. Dunk them in milk or eat ’em (practically) right out of the oven—a sure-fire way to happily weather the storm. Now, if you and your family fancy other varieties, that’s no problem. Check out some of our favourite cookie recipes here!


Organise Your Own Film Festival
Queue up some classics, old (like Singin’ in the Rain) and new (Toy Story 3), let the kids add a few favourites and have a marathon screening. Keep a cosy throw on hand to snuggle under, a big bowl of popcorn to dip into, and settle in to enjoy the show!


Pamper yourself with a homemade skin-softening scrub
Do a little spa therapy with a homemade scrub: blend up about two cups of oatmeal, a natural skin soother; add a few handfuls each of coffee grinds and brown sugar. Then stir in three or four spoonfuls of skin-nourishing honey and ginger. If you’ve got dry skin, add a good glug of olive oil too. Scoop into a jar ready and place in the bathroom with the lid off – the ingredients will fill the room with awakening aromas and you really will feel like you’ve stepped into a posh spa!

Get some online bargains
Unless you fancy traipsing the high street in this weather, if you’ve got shopping to be done, chances are that you’ll be doing it from the warmth of your own home. What better time to review that Amazon wishlist and demand some better offers! Just paste the product web-link into and get up to 15% off.

Enjoy a summer of fun whatever the weather!

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