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Christmas Cookies: Vanillekipferln

When it comes to Advent and Christmas baking, there is a holy trinity of seasonal cookies that always get baked in Germany, at least in my circles: Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars), Butterkekse (butter cookies), and Vanillekipferl (vanilla crescents). I shared my recipes for Zimtsterne and Butterkekse with you last year, so this time it’s time to […] Read more…

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A Christmas Stick Tree

Last year, Oskar’s school had a big craft afternoon at the beginning of Advent, to decorate the school, and on the last day before the holidays they were then able to take home anything they had made. At the end of the Christmas season, I did what any self respecting blogger would do, and deconstructed […] Read more…

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Gifts for Creative Kids

I had such fun putting together the Gift Guide for Little Book Bugs last week, that I thought I would put together another one with some of my favourite ideas for kids to get creative. Of course, there are the obvious things, such as art supplies, play dough, dressing up clothes and Lego, which you […] Read more…

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5 Beautifully Illustrated Christmas Books

One of my favourite things about the Christmas season, is getting our Christmas picture books off the top shelf. We have quite a few – last year I pulled 24 of them together to create a Advent book calendar, but our collection has since grown. Today, I want to specifically recommend five Christmas picture books […] Read more…

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The Bear & The Fox Etsy Shop!

Exciting news, guys! The Bear & The Fox now has a shop on Etsy! I have been working on this in the background for months, and am so pleased to finally launch it today: So, if any of you are looking for some unique, handmade Christmas decorations, head over there now to have a browse […] Read more…

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REVIEW: WowWee “Chippies” Robot Dog

My boys would love to have a pet, ideally a cat or a dog, but unfortunately their daddy is allergic to pretty much everything. So a goldfish somewhere down the line is probably the closest they are ever going to get to having a pet. Then I got thinking, maybe if they’re not going to […] Read more…

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Festive Play Dough Play Mats + a Giveaway

It’s that time of year, where we like to huddle round the kitchen table on the dark winter afternoons, and get our arts and crafts on. Both my boys really love play dough. Oskar recently recreated some Ancient Egyptian canopic jars, that he had been learning about in school, out of play dough! And Mr […] Read more…

Gift Guide for little Book Bugs

Gift Guide for Little Book Bugs

What do you give a kid for Christmas who loves books? A book, of course! Or several books, even. When I was a kid, we always received a book for Christmas, and for our birthday, regardless of what else we got. But if you are looking to give something a bit more than a book […] Read more…

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Fundraising for ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’

This weekend is the beginning of Advent, the time of waiting leading up to Christmas. A time of giving. So, today I want to talk to you about a seasonal fundraiser me and my three ‘boys’ are taking part in. This is me, eleven years ago: I had just completed Edinburgh’s Santa Run, an annual […] Read more…

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Gift Idea: Personalised Children’s Books

This week, I have a slightly smaller round of book recommendations for you – just three, instead of five – because I would like to go in to a little more detail. With Christmas fast approaching, everyone is on the look out for great gift ideas, and in my eyes, books are always a perfect […] Read more…

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