Life in Pictures: Camping in a Heatwave

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Last week, when it was hotter than the Maldives, we and our friends decided to go camping for the weekend. Which sounds like a little bit of a silly idea when I write it down, but actually it was really lovely. The only time it was the opposite of lovely was at the crack of dawn every morning, when I woke up in a pool of sweat feeling like I’d been hit by a sledgehammer due to the insane temperature of the tent. And both times I attempted to combat the situation by opening the tent. And both times that woke my kids up. Ugh.

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Mini Makers: Easy Fairy Wings

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These fairy wings are so easy! We LOVE a bit of sticky back plastic (AKA contact paper. Whatever TF that means). We use it a lot with our kids, along with double sided tape, because it allows kids to create a messy make without any glue or sticky yukky bits going all over everywhere. Mess-free-mess is our favourite kind of mess. You can make all sorts – suncatchers (and here) are a favourite of ours but as an alternative we made some fairy wings that you can actually wear. Mine wore hers all day, then had a massive meltdown in the evening because I wouldn’t let her wear them to bed. SO angelic.

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Finalists! WHOOP!

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We just wanted to say thank you so much if you voted for us in the Bib Awards, because we’re finalists!! Hoorah!!!! Your support means the entire world to us and we can’t say how much we appreciate the support of the people who read our blog. We always assume our posts only get read by our mums (and, to be honest, judging by recent conversation they don’t always seem to be following us either…). It makes it easy to write when you imagine no one is there at the other end to read, and we know we don’t have a humungous following. We’re a teeny tiny speck of a blog really, compared to all those giants out there. But for those of you who are out there, reading about all our little crafty makes, you should know we appreciate you, and we’re so happy to have you here with us.

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Mini Makers: Rainbow Painting

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Whenever we craft, Harper’s favourite thing to make/paint/draw is rainbows. Now whilst I love rainbows, making them the focus of every craft project can get a tad dull, and it involves getting all the paint out, doing a rainbow in a minute flat, and then leaving me to clear up.

So when we had a long day of waiting in for a courier last week and whilst Grayson napped, Harper suggested we make a rainbow Father’s Day card. I fibbed and said the paintbrushes were in the wash and let’s see what else we can find to paint with. So we found a clean sponge, a random balloon lying around, and her hands and feet. And do you know what…? We had a lot of fun, and made a lot of mess!

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Mini Makers: Superhero Badge Father’s Day Card

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All dads are superheroes. To our kids, their Daddys can do anything, fix anything, make anything and we love watching their little eyes twinkle with a love and wonder you only get when you’re 5. So with Father’s Day on Sunday we thought we’d get our littles together to make a quick superhero card complete with a BADGE.  As everyone loves a badge, right? We used shrink plastic, which is so much fun to do with kids as it doesn’t take long for the magic to work and they love watching it wriggle and curl.

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Personalised Father’s Day Tablet case

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Hooray for Father’s Day on Sunday! (note slight level of forced enthusiasm) My other half consistently tells me he doesn’t want any effort at all for Father’s day, but then MILKS it on the actual day. It’s like living with Caesar. But he works hard, so I don’t mind. Not much. I only mind a little bit.

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Life In Pictures: Life’s A Scoot

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So, something big happened recently. We entered a new phase in our family life, and started leaving the house without a buggy, a suitcase-sized changing bag and four coats. And it felt good. Grayson has decided that he’s a big boy who doesn’t need a buggy, and now wants to scoot everywhere. So that’s exactly what we did recently.

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Kids Activities: Water & Oil Experiment

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Here’s a really simple but fascinating kids activity which will keep your kids entertained longer than an episode of Peppa Pig! Dropping coloured water into oil makes a cool lava lamp style effect, without the lava… or the lamp. We show you how to do it in our latest video!

Laura & Tia xx

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Life in Pictures: Home

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This picture makes me laugh. Look at my child walking (up a hill!), all sweet and happy. Buuuuut no. The camera lies. She was wailing and begging me to carry her – and I was ignoring her and taking pictures which only pee’d her off more. This shot seemed to capture a millisecond of serene between wails. So in it goes!

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DIY Fidget Spinners

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If you’re a parent in the UK with a kid at school, you’ll probably already know this but school kids in this country have gone totally crazy for fidget spinners. We’re slightly behind the curve with this DIY but it took us a few attempts to perfect it and we’re very happy with the result. This is a super easy craft requiring only a few supplies – unlike a lot of the other fidget spinners tutorials we found!

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Bubble Art Projects with Trunkaroo

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If you’re regulars to our blog you’ll know that we do a lot of crafting with our kids. And we mean A LOT.  It’s basically the only way we know how to entertain our kids. So when the lovely people at Trunkaroo contacted us to ask if we and the Buttons wanted to try out one of their kids craft kits we jumped at the chance. You see, whilst we do do a lot of crafting with them, our craft cupboards are chaotic due to overuse and the kids can get stuck in a craft rut – Harper constantly wants to make/paint/draw rainbows and Amelie is a little obsessed with drawing princesses. So the idea of neatly packaged activities through the letterbox sounded good to us.

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Life In Pictures: A Forest Adventure

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Hasn’t the weather been c-r-a-z-y this week. Coats on one minute, then Factor 50 the next, and a total wash-out yesterday. Our Bank Holiday was a long weekend of broken-down cars, sickness bugs and a combined number of hours of sleep you could count on just one hand. We had Nanna and Grandpa coming down for a visit and we showed them a rather wet time in the car park of Halfords. So this Life in Pictures is nothing to do with this weekend, but instead a recent visit to their home in Norfolk!

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Mini Makers: Rainbow Dough

Rainbow Dough. Doesn’t that just sound amazing?? Rainbow. Dough. Well, it is actually pretty awesome. Fluffy, colourful, squishy and soft. This stuff is awesome. It takes about 10 minutes to make and only requires 3 ingredients. We made a little video tutorial to show you how to make it – take a little looksie and let us know if you like it.

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Palm Leaf Printed Tee

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Over on our other Instagram account Get Creative With everyone has been going gaga for this week’s challenge to #getcreativewith printing. There have been SO many amazing ways to print, that they’ve got me itching to try printing a tee.

You Will Need:

  • A4 sheet craft foam
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Duct tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Green fabric paint
  • Small paintbrush
  • Plain white t-shirt
  • Newspaper
  • White and green pom pom trim
  • White sewing thread
  1. Use the template to cut out the four leaf shapes onto craft foam. Cut squares of cardboard slightly larger than the leaves and use double-sided tape to stick them onto the cardboard.

2. To make the handles for the stamps, cut a length of duct tape and pinch it in the middle, then stick onto the back of the cardboard.

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Life In Pictures: A Yearly Photo Fail

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It gets to this time of year and our Instagram feed is filled up with beautiful bluebell fields with shots of angelic children standing in those fields, looking serene. After trying for two years to get said shots, last year we walked away vowing never again – but surprise surprise we ended up there again a few weeks ago.

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