Life in Pictures: San Fransisco

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Sorry, me again, boring the pants off you with my hoards of holiday snaps. This is part two (of TWO. I promise!), where we travelled from Santa Barbara up the Big Sur coastline to San Fransisco. If you’re thinking of a trip to California, this route would be top of my list. San Fransisco is beautiful. And expensive ($15 dollars for a Toblerone. Wowzers.)

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Woodland Walks With Kids

A few weeks ago on a very soggy Friday we took the kids for a nature walk at Wilderness Woods. We  made a little video of our tips for exploring nature with little ones.

What are your kids favourite things to do on walks?

~ Laura & Tia xx ~

Mini Makers: Dream Jars

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“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams” – Roald Dahl

It’s Roald Dahl day today! So we thought we’d share the dreamy dream jars we made over the summer for Hobbycraft. Like everything we do, they’re easy to make with glitter and PVA glue and given a gentle glow with a battery-operated tea light.

If you fancy making your own glittery jar then our tutorial is over on the Hobbycraft website.

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Life In Pictures: The End Of Summer

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See ya next time, summer holidays.

This summer has been so busy for us. We’ve not spent a huge amount of time in Brighton without plans. We’ve been clinging onto the last days of summer for a few weeks now and have been in that funny limbo state between the holidays and the start of school. We have had no routine and haven’t known what day it is, and it’s all about to change again on Wednesday. Wednesday is Harper’s first day of school. Big milestone.

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DIY Desk Organiser

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Since beginning the blog back in 2013, I’ve been crafting out of our dining room and using the dining table as a desk/storage space/dumping ground. The kids have had to eat dinner around wet papier-mache helmets, giant dinosaur pinatas and more felt than you can shake your tail feather at!

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Life in Pictures – LA to Santa Barbara

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Just back from my holiday in California and I’m sulking in my being-home-is-turd bubble. The bubble that just pisses everyone else off and makes you look bloody ungrateful for your holiday. Which I’m not – my trip was awesome and I’ll probably never get one like it again (waaaaaaaail). Because this holiday was one I took WITHOUT my kids. They went to my (amazing, kind and wonderful) parents, whilst me and George guiltily (guiltily until my second gin at the airport. Then WAHOOO kicked in) flew off to LA for a road trip to San Fransisco.

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Back To School

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Hands up who’s got the back to school blues and has spent the weekend ironing labels into clothes?!

If you’ve got a child starting school in the next couple of weeks? Do you feel as disorganised, totally unprepared and confused as we did/do? Well don’t worry, because you’re not alone and we have loads of advice and tips for you right here! Get yourself a cup of tea and come and join us as we ramble on about school stuff for longer than we meant to

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Easy Neon Lights

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I saw a few ideas for cheap alternatives to fancy expensive neon lights over on Pinterest, so I thought I would have a go at making my own version. And I thought I’d share some of the other ace ideas I saw, that probably make my own makes look totally rubbish!

All you need to buy is some EL Wire – which you can get pretty cheaply from Amazon. It’s a thin neon cable attached to a battery pack and, whilst the effect isn’t as dramatic as neon tube lighting, it makes a pretty effective night light. I attempted two versions – a neon cloud and a star.

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Back to School Craft Round up

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The summer holidays are nearly over and another school year will soon be starting. For one half of us this means starting school for the very first time. For the other, it’s into year one with a child who suddenly seems very grown up, after a summer that suddenly seems to have vanished. So we thought we’d do a little round up of our favourite back to school makes from the web (like we did last year!):

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Life In Pictures: Camping in Croyde

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As a final hooray before the reality of school kicks in, we went camping with Harper’s bestie and her family. Now I’m not a camper by nature. The only time I went as a kid was with the Girls Guides, when I got food poisoning and had to go home early. Not the best track record. Last year was the first time I’d been as an adult and with the kids. We went down to Devon very unprepared, without a coat, wellies or a hairbrush. So this year I was totally all over it and made sure I packed my winter coat and wellies.

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Hidden Toy Soaps

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For the last few months I’ve had a situation on my hands that I wasn’t sure how to solve. Harper has had a case of the fibs over washing her hands after using the toilet. It’s been the classic case of fibbing where she swears she washed her hands when I know she hasn’t. So, like all good parents, I needed to think of a way to bribe her – but I’d exhausted the use of stickers and reward charts. Then, like an evil genius, I had a cunning plan to put her toys into soap because she’d want to wash her hands to get them out!

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Mini Makers: DIY Stamping Kit

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We’re sharing another project from our Big Book of 100 Activities today, and this one is a really simple idea for something that is fun to make, fun to play with and reusable. Triple boom. Kids can draw and cut out their own stamps then use them with ink pads to make their own pictures.

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Back To School With M&S

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We are feeling all the feelings as our two eldest Little Buttons are now not so little. Amelie is sailing into Year 1 and Harper is due to start school in just a few short weeks. I’m not sure it’s quite sunk in that she’s not going to be buzzing around me 24/7 asking me “what are we doing today?”, “can I watch one more My Little Pony please?” and “can I have a little snack?” on loop.

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Life In Pictures: Pembrokeshire Part 2

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We’ve spent most of the summer in anywhere but Brighton trying to cram in as much fun before Harper starts school in September. We spent a week in a cottage in Pembrokeshire with my brother and his girlfriend, both of whom the kids adore. I think they actually love them more than us at times!! I tend to be really snap-happy on holiday (who am I kidding, I’m like that all the time!) and shared the first part of the holiday in my last Life In Pictures.

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Mini Makers: Picture Bead Crown Hairclip

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STOP! Hama (bead) Time! We didn’t realise how much we heart Hama/Picture beads until Hobbycraft asked us to come up with a kids project using them. As our kids love dressing up in regal attire, we came up with an everyday mini crown that Queens (and Kings) can pop down the shops in! As with everything we do, it’s fun and simple to make. Be warned… you’ll be making loads of them to match on their royal outfits! Visit the Hobbycraft blog for our tutorial on how to make them.

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