Archive of ‘Lifestyle’ category

Toys for Boys – An Alternative Gift Guide

In the run up to Christmas, the internet is always flooded with gift guides of all descriptions. My favourite gift guides for kids are those that are themed by interests – such as gift guides for explorers, music lovers, little cooks, engineers or architects, or my own recent guides for book bugs or creative kids. […] Read more…

How to Stock a Play Kitchen

As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, a play kitchen (see my tutorial) is a fantastic toy to encourage role play, and the one we made for our elder son five years ago is still going strong with his little brother. But, of course, a kitchen alone will only get you so far. What […] Read more…

Review: Busy Me Time For Tea Set [AD]

One of the most popular toys – apart from cars and Lego, of course – that our boys have is their play kitchen. A play kitchen is a fantastic toy for role play – we made ours for our eldest when he was 2, from a bedside cabinet (check out my previous post for the tutorial). He’s […] Read more…

Review: Adopt an Elf for Christmas [AD]

Do you have a Christmas Elf in your house? We will have one for the first time this year, as the folk from ‘Elf for Christmas’ have kindly sent us one of their Elf Toy & Magical Reward Kits for review. The idea of having a Christmas Elf come and ‘live’ in your house during […] Read more…

Advent Calendar & Stocking Fillers

Yesterday, I promised you some ideas for filling a DIY Advent Calendar. My boys are 3 and 7, and will pretty much be getting the same. A couple of things are recommended for ages older than 3, but the little one pretty much wants what his older brother has, and we supervise him with any […] Read more…

Alternative Advent Calendar Ideas

It’s that time of year again, when you think you still have a good few weeks to get yourself organised for Christmas, then suddenly realise it’s less than 10 days to go until 1st December and you haven’t got the Advent calendars sorted. There is the easy option, of course, of a chocolate calendar, as […] Read more…

A Paw-tastic Birthday

My youngest has just turned 3, and after giving his big brother a spectacular unicorn birthday surprise just ten days earlier, I felt like I had to make it up to him too. Luckily, his wish for a Paw Patrol theme was easy enough to accommodate, with a cake that looked spectacular but wasn’t that […] Read more…

Mapping Our World

Today, I’d like to talk to you about maps. I love maps! My dad taught me how to read maps when I was a kid, and I’ve always liked to have some hanging up, first in my room, then in my student digs and now in our family home. I’ve had maps of the world, […] Read more…

Guising & Turnip Lanterns – Scottish Hallowe’en

I love Hallowe’en! As you can probably tell, from the blog and my Instagram over the last couple of weeks. In Germany, Hallowe’en is not traditionally celebrated. When I went to high school there, is was virtually unknown, though in recent years it has gained in popularity, mostly in the form of a US import, […] Read more…

7 Tips for Keeping Safe at Hallowe’en

So, we’ve read our favourite Hallowe’en books, watched some Hallowe’en movies, and made our Hallowe’en costumes. As we prepare for the big night itself, I thought I’d share some of our top tips for keeping everyone safe this Hallowe’en, whether you are planning to go trick or treating, welcome trick or treaters to your house, […] Read more…

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