Top tips for autumnal fun this October half-term

As the darker nights are drawing in, the signs of autumn are all around. This beautiful time of year provides the perfect opportunity to engage in some seasonal fun, which is why we’ve put together some great ideas that will guarantee to keep the kids amused for hours.

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Top 5 Halloween costumes you can make from home

With Halloween just around the corner, the kids are already likely to be planning their next spooky look. Trouble is, most of the character-themed creations on offer come at an extortionate price, particularly when you consider they are likely to be worn for just a few hours and will probably be too small by next Halloween! If you’re keen to help the kids look fantastically scary without breaking the bank, here are some fabulously creative ideas for costumes you can make from home!

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Back to school stain guide

The kids are back to school – hurrah! Each day they set off in crisp clean uniforms and return with a whole rainbow of stains that testify to their busy activities: the splatter of paint from art class, the grass from the playing fields, and the drip of gravy from lunch. As the washing mounts up and you feel the panic start to rise, fear not! ACE’s brand ambassador – the UK’s biggest cleaning blogger, ‘Queen of Clean’, is here to help you tackle some of the most common school-induced stains!

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Back to school: Ditch the plastic!

As the school term gets into full swing, you are probably finding yourself tackling mounds of school washing, endless packed lunches and staggeringly complex homework projects. As many of us are now aware, doing our bit for the environment provides benefits for everyone. It’s also teaching our children to think about choosing the right materials and the environmental impact caused by the products we throw away.

Plastic packaging is pretty hard to escape when shopping for school items, but there are a few ways in which you can help reduce the amount of plastic you are using on a daily basis. Here are some nifty ways in which you can swap plastic for more eco-friendly options:

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If your kids are struggling to know what to get you or your partner for Mother’s Day, why not suggest they help with a few jobs around the house? This present won’t cost them a penny and will probably mean more to you than another scented candle! Not only will the gift of cleaning help you, it will also help your little ones realise that making the bed or unloading the dishwasher isn’t as hard as they may have first thought. ACE has listed some jobs your little ones can do at a whole range of ages. They may only be small things but we’re sure they’ll make a big difference to your day, and you never know, it may become the gift that keeps on giving!

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We are sure that by now most of you have the costumes, the face-paint and the sweets ready for the trick-or-treaters – but what about the decorations? The team here at ACE have put together a few easy-to-make Halloween decorations that will make your house the spookiest on the street. Remember that when you have a bottle of ACE in your cupboard, there is nothing scary about a stain!

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The beginning of September only means one thing for the majority of us – back to school time. The past couple of months have probably been an exhausting whirlwind of play dates, days in the park and the classic ‘Mummy I’m bored!’, but now all of that is coming to an end it’s a little bit sad! To make the back to school organisation a little less stressful, ACE has put together a few things to think about over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget to use your ACE to keep those uniforms the colour they’re meant to be!

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Being a Dad means you’re a shoulder to cry on and someone to rely on whether your children are one or 51. Being a Dad, a step-Dad or a guardian of any kind means stepping up, looking after your family and making memories together. Dads get you through the difficult times and help to create the fun and messy times! For all the sons, daughters, wives and partners wanting to show some appreciation for the Dads in their life, and for all the Dads wanting to celebrate the best bits of being a Dad – we encouraged you all to share your best #DadMoments for Father’s Day. Here’s what you came up with:

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Hopefully you’ve already seen our honest baby milestone cards, looking at the less-celebrated events in the day-to-day life of parenting. At ACE we know that every day is special and how important it is to make memories – the messy ones, the funny ones and the frustrating ones! We’re here to help you keep those memories, but remove the stains that come with them. We asked you what your #RealMilestones are, and here’s what you came up with.

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Being a Mum means wiping tears, removing stains and losing sleep. Being a Mum means sharing laughs, being proud and making memories together. For all the sons and daughters wanting to show some appreciation for their Mums, and for all the Mums wanting to celebrate the best bits of being a Mum – we encouraged you all to share your best #MumMoments for Mother’s Day. Here’s what you came up with.

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