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November Snapshots

November in snapshots, according to my iPhone (mostly)… My Friday date – he gets out of school early on Fridays and we have an hour to ourselves before picking up little brother. Sunshine yellow in the kitchen to battle the November greys. My favourite Sunday breakfast. If you’re gonna stand out, stand out big time! This […] Read more…

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Advent Calendar fillings for a new mum

Following on from yesterday’s suggestions on filling an Advent calendar for kids, I wanted to share some suggestions with you today on filling an Advent calendar for a new mum! Because new mums can always do with a little bit of extra TLC and some pampering. And it’s a chance for them to enjoy Advent for […] Read more…

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Advent Calendar fillings for 6 & 2 year olds

Yesterday, I shared our Advent Book Calendar with you, and today I wanted to share some suggestions on how to fill a more traditional Advent calendar, such as the DIY I posted about last week, or this beautiful hand embroidered one made for me my my mum over 30 years ago! My elder son has […] Read more…

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Advent Book Calendar

Happy First of Advent, everyone! The first candle on the Advent wreath is lit, we have some festive music playing, and this afternoon we’re planning to bake our first Christmas cookies of the season. However, since Advent starts so early this year, there are a few more days left before the 1st December to get […] Read more…

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Xmas crafts book review & DIY Advent calendar

So, the countdown to Advent and the pre-Christmas period is on! If it feels to you like it’s come early this year, then you’d be right – the 27th November is the earliest possible date the first Advent Sunday can fall on. It may give you less time to get things in order, but on […] Read more…

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Hooray for Hat! Birthday Cake Decor

Another week, another birthday. In November, birthdays are a bit like buses in our house – you wait for ages, then two come along at once! Having made such an epic cake for his big brother just over a week before, which took several hours to decorate (baking time not included), I was faced with the […] Read more…

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Apple & Almond Oat Cookies (GF)

When temperatures plummet and those crisp Autumn days really start kicking in, there’s nothing better to come home after a walk in the park than some yummy home baked cookies. We made these apple and almond cookies last weekend and the whole family loved them – they didn’t last long! Ingredients 100g dried apples 150ml […] Read more…

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Flower Press Tutorial

So, in my ‘Explorer Kit’ gift idea from the other day, I included a hand made flower press. Here, as promised, is the tutorial of how I made it! What you will need: Two pieces of wood, 17cm x 23cm, 6mm thick. I had them cut to size at a local DIY store. A sheet of […] Read more…

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Gift Idea: Explorer Kit

Autumn is birthday season in our family, and every year I’m faced with the same question: what gift to get kids that already have everything? Books are a given, but they have a playroom spilling over with toys, so I like to think of alternative ideas to put together for them, or things I can […] Read more…

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Holiday Snapshots Part 2: New York City

The Big Apple! I’ve been in New York a couple of times – once with The Husband – but it was the first time for both kids. Although there are about a gazillion museums in New York I still want to see, we again focused our itinerary on the kids. The weather was a bit […] Read more…

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