Life in Pictures: January so far…

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Oh January, I have such mixed emotions over you. I love the shiny freshness of a New Year and the possibilities of New Year’s resolutions. If only you were a bit warmer, there was more daylight and I didn’t break those resolutions by the 2nd day of the month. I always try to eat less cake and fewer biscuits at the start of each year but when you’ve got a kid’s birthday at the same time, there’s no hope is there!

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Kids Craft: How To Make Salt Dough

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We’re going back to basics with our latest craft vlog. We’ve made tons of projects using salt dough and realised we’ve never shared how to make it with you.

We LOVE making salt dough with our littles ones as it uses 3 ingredients that you can find in your kitchen. This video is inneudo galore. Who knew craft could be so cheeky!

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DIY Scratch Cards (with a craft twist!)

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Ok, so I’m not promising these DIY scratch cards will make you squillionaires but they do make a fun gift and an easy project for kids to do. I made these scratch cards as part of a reward chart for my Buttons. We’ve had a lot of sticker charts recently for  everything and anything so I wanted to think of a way to spice them up! These scratch cards would also make a cute Valentine’s Day card or Date Night surprise.

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Life in Pictures: Walking with kids

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Back in the day before children (BC), I used to love a good walk on a Sunday, especially if it ended up with a big roast dinner and a glass of something alcoholic. Bliss. Now, life is different. We still go on walks, we just don’t get very far. The vision is always far removed from the reality. Our walks are perpetuated with desperate attempts to find things on the way that might make the little lovelies use their feet a bit more, with me acting way over-enthusiastic about things like rabbit poo and twigs. And there is a lot of bribery. But it’s slowly getting a bit easier.

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Strawberry charm bracelet

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We made this dinky strawberry charm bracelet for Hobbycraft a few months back (actually it was July, if you must know!) and completely forgot that we had made them. So we’re sharing them now instead, partly because we liked them a lot and, erm… also because our brains aren’t quite in gear this year yet and we haven’t got that many things made. Hopefully we will get some inspiration from somewhere soon. Any requests??!

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Kids Craft: Sparkly ‘Thank You’ Cards

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Every year it gets to this point after Christmas and I wish I’d started making and writing thank you cards in October. Harper had strong ideas over what she wanted to do this year. Normally I get to steer it, but oh no, not this year. This year Harper wanted to write the cards herself and make a ring for everyone. So this is what we came up with.

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Life In Pictures

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Does Christmas feel like a stretch ago to anyone else? We began the New Year with Grayson’s 3rd birthday, so this week is the start of getting to grips with 2018!

Christmas was in one word… cracking this year. We spent time with both sides of the family, hung out, played games, put our phones down and I got to get some training in for the Brighton Half Marathon next month.

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Mini Gold Animal Magnets

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A few weeks ago, I was in Anthropologie (hands down, favourite shop on the planet) and I spotted some cute little gold dog magnets. Here they are. Cute. I showed them to George, he thought they were hideous and refused to let me own them (not that I need his permission, but, you know). Then I saw a mug with my initial on it, he refused that too. So we had a bit of a row. Anyway, where am I going with this… oh yes, I thought I’d have a go at making my own version of these animal magnets. And they worked! AND he likes them. And they are the easiest thing to make, my three year old could do it (assuming she could operate a glue gun and spray paint. Details).

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Grayson Turns 3!

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Today, our littlest button, Grayson, turns 3. Judging by these photos, he can’t seem to eat anything without it going all over his face, and I have a penchant for dressing him up like Joseph and his amazing technicoloured dream coat. As it’s back to school and nursery today, we’re not doing much celebrating until the weekend, when he’s got a joint party with his little friend Audrey.  We also need a few more days to get some presents, as we didn’t realise until last night that he didn’t have anything to open today. Birthdays straight after Christmas are always tricky to buy for!

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Reading Chest Review

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With less than a week to go until Christmas just when we think we’ve finished the shopping, there’s always someone we forgotten to buy a gift for. If you’re in need of a gift for a school-aged (4-9 years)  kiddo, then we might just have the answer that will save you going to the shops!

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Life In Pictures: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

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It’s a week to go until the big day. We’ve got two more school and nursery days to go before we can switch our ‘out of office’ well and truly on. We’ve reached that magical age where both kids are super excited about all aspects of Christmas but not too old to wear a Christmas jumper every day in December and not complain about it!

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Quilted Christmas Cushion

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This little festive cushion will brighten up any bedroom and bring a cheery little smile to those excited kiddies! We wanted to make a cushion with a pocket so that we could pop little surprises in for our children to wake up to. Kids also love filling the pockets with treats for the elves, and lists (and more lists!) for father Christmas.

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Mini Pom Pom Wreaths

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For most of November, I went around like a lovesick teenager over this pom pom wreath in Mollie Makes by Christine Leech. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and really wanted to hang it on my door. Here’s the thing, Tia and I have been doing this craft blog thing for 4 years now and so many great projects created by other crafters come up that we can’t go near as they’re not ‘original’ LBD stuff. But with this project I feel like everyone needs to see its beauty.

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Fillable Baubles – 3 Ways

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Fillable baubles are super trendy this year and there are oodles of things you could pop inside them. If you’ve got your tree up and it’s looking a bit sparse, or you’ve still got presents to buy and have run out of ideas (That’s us) then maybe you should stick some stuff into some baubles too!  You can pick up a stash from Hobbycraft or online. In our latest vid for Channel Mum we show you three ways you could fill them to make the perfect last minute gift – with hot chocolate, fuzzy felt and festive slime filled baubles!

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Life in Pictures: Iceland

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I did something really unlike me last week. I saw a deal for flights to Reykjavik that were so cheap… so I booked it. Aaaaand then researched accommodation prices. And food prices. And I found out there would only be 4 hours of daylight. So, ah, I started to panic a bit that I messed up, that it was a stupid idea and it was going to cost us a shed load. Well, turns out, it did cost a shed load (a coffee is about £9!) BUT it was also amazing. Mystical, magical, cool and cold.

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