How To Survive The Heat With Preschoolers

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These last few weeks here in the south of England (or most of the UK, really) we have seen one insane heat wave. The last few days as I write this have reached mid-thirties (Celsius)! Mid-Thirties! That just doesn’t happen in the country.

One of our most famous stereotypes, after all, is constant rain and gray clouds!

So it can be difficult for most Brits to really get into the flow in these sorts of conditions. It can be inconvenient, uncomfortable and even, dare I say it, unpleasant for an adult when caught out in extreme temperature conditions, despite our love of the sun and rare time with it! However, if you’re a parent getting caught out can be so much worse. View Full Post

DIY Gift Bundle: Decorate Your Own Fairy Door!

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For Christmas 2016 My friends and I did a Secret Santa for the kids.

One of my picks was a sweet little girl who just loves all things pink and girly. She has four fairy wands! At the same time, I also needed something for my niece… hmm…

Two little girls but a four year age gap, I couldn’t possibly find something that would suit them both, right?

diy fairy door bundle gift title

Aha! Well, let me tell you about my ‘Decorate your own Fairy Door’ Bundle, officially the most awesome gift for little girls from toddlers up to double digits! (At least the reaction it got from both of them leads me to think so!) View Full Post

Does Christmas have to be about Santa?

This subject was one of contention in our house for a little while when we had our eldest.

You see, both Husband and I are a united front on this subject. Neither of us really see the point in figures like the Tooth Fairy and Easter Bunny, it just doesn’t feel right.

Family members tried to persuade us to get more into the Santa thing, citing childhood wonder and so on but we argued; why can’t Christmas be special with presents from mum and dad rather than a magical figure? View Full Post

Homemade Gingerbread Bath Salts

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Quick, Easy, Cheap! the three golden words one wants to hear when contemplating creating a homemade gift!

I discovered a passion a few years back now, making homemade gifts!

In particular, I love making bath things. Salts, fizzes, bombs, scrubs etc!

This year we’ve been a bit overwhelmed lately, so I wasn’t sure if I could muster the energy, but then the logical part of my brain stepped in and reminded me; making things makes feel better! So why wouldn’t I make something?

gingerbread bath salts

I thought about it whilst drafting my next eBook, which made think, why not make something frugal like my last eBook theme! This craft has an emphasis on being quick and easy, as my next eBook will reflect! (Ohh teaser…!) View Full Post

Kids Craft: Easy Christmas Baubles!

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One reoccurring theme that is dominating my Pinterest feed right now is Christmas decorations, mostly kids crafts. Hardly surprising, considering Christmas is just around the corner! But the bulk of them seem to be the kind you make out of salt dough and glitter.

I wanted to share some kids craft decorations myself but didn’t want to get lost in the sea of salt dough handprints and toilet roll angels, I wanted to contribute something easy, fun and unique. Then I happened across a bag of Assorted-size Polystyrene Balls, and I knew what had to be done!

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Fun and Easy Refillable Advent Calendar Ideas

It’s December!

Which means most kids are eagerly ripping open their advent calendars and gulping down their half-a-bite sized piece of chocolate before breakfast! Hey, I’m not judging! We did it last year, and if my friend hadn’t pointed me towards our cute new refillable advent calendars we’d be doing the same thing this year!

advent tree calendars

I showed you the tutorial for these beautiful hand-decorated advent trees in this post.

I decided that putting a single chocolate in each cute little drawer just wouldn’t feel right.  It wouldn’t do the effort I’d put into them justice!

So, I headed to the pound shop for some cheap but cheerful inspiration. View Full Post

Being far away from family at Christmas

Christmas can be a great time of year, likewise, it can be difficult for some. For us, it is a mixed bag.

We always have a lovely time at my in-laws with Gray and this year will be Rhyds first Christmas! The day is always filled with love, laughs, good food, and presents.

However, my side of the family live in Wales, approximately five hours away. View Full Post

Hand Decorated Advent Calendar Trees!

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It’s that time of year again!

On Halloween, I had to run to the shops for something, only to be shocked to see the Pumpkins were gone and in their place: Christmas trees! On Halloween, not even the day after!

I love the Christmas hype and all the fun of decorating, but really, it wasn’t even November 1st!

That being said….. I may be just a tad hypocritical with my rant….

You see, my friend told me about these amazing ‘Advent Trees’, refillable wooden Advent Calendars in her Baker Ross catalogue and well…

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Sweet Potato, Carrot and Apple Soup

The other day we got ourselves an early pumpkin, which Daddy and Gray carved to make an excellent likeness of a Boo! from Super Mario Brothers, something of an obsession for Gray at the moment.

boo, pumpkin

I decided to use the seeds to make a tasty snack and even managed to save some of the flesh, which I roasted with a little maple syrup. It was delicious!

The lovely sweet and rich taste of the pumpkin put me in the mood for a Fall flavoured meal, which is when I realised I had a bunch of sweet potatoes I really needed to use up. An idea began to form…

soup

I also had some carrots I should probably find a use for and voila! I grabbed the sweet potatoes, carrots, an apple and an onion I had on hand and decided to make a lovely Fall inspired soup! This soup is creamy and rich but also a little different, with a lovely sweet hint and a warming, spicy aftertaste. The perfect blend!

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Honey BBQ Pumpkin Seeds

Stop! Don’t throw away those pumpkin innards!

So much deliciousness goes to waste every year, it really is a terrible shame.

seeds

Pumpkin seeds are so good for you and make such a crunchy, tasty snack. They are pretty much a blank canvas you can flavour any way you wish, savoury, sweet, spicy, whatever!

Last year I tried a mix of flavours but I must say I prefer this combo!

They were such a perfectly balanced blend of sweet and savoury, which I somehow managed to cook to perfection! I loved the sweet honey taste you get when they first hit your tongue, followed by the savoury, salty tang which leaves you with a lovely spicy aftertaste. View Full Post