Back to School Journals

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With Harper’s first full week of school, and Amelies second week in year one coming to an end, we’re all feeling a little bit on edge about school at the moment. If you’re feeling the same, we have a lovely little guest post from Seisha at Education.com with a nice idea to help kids get a handle of their new routine.

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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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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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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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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: 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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Upcycled Girls dress (from adult dress!)

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You may have seen a few weeks ago my post about turning an old maxi dress into a top. There was so much fabric left behind that I thought I’d see if I could turn it into a dress for Amelie, my 5 year old. I figured all I had to lose was my time. And I waste SO much time making crappy projects that don’t work, I’m used to that. One of these days I’ll write a post about all the crap I make that turns out to be so far removed from the vision in my head. That’ll be a fun read for you. But back to the dress. If you have a maxi-dress you no longer need, maybe you should shrink it too! Here’s how I did it.

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Life in Pictures

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We had a lovely day meeting up in Stanmer Park this week – it’s such a great place to just flop around on the grass whilst your kids fight over who has the frisbee (luckily we have learned to completely tune them out). If you’re local to Brighton and have kids we’d really recommend Stanmer Park as a place to take kids over the holidays – they have loads of events happening every day. We went to a hip hop class!

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10 Summer Crafts for Kids

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As the summer holidays creep on without a huge amount of sun, we’ve been looking for as many ways as possible to entertain our kids. We always head to the craft cupboard, so we thought we’d ask guest blogger Annabelle Short from Wunderlabel to tell us her top 10 ideas for summer crafting with kids. Below are some fab ideas for crafty and not-so-crafty mums!

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Nap Time Craft: Washi Tape Polaroid Magnets

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We’ve not done one of these in a while, primarily because our kids don’t nap anymore. We’re smack in the middle of holidays, with huge book commitments and limited child-free time, hence the reintroduction of short craft projects that can be fitted into nap times (or at least under an hour!). You can swap the artwork inside these Polaroid-style fridge magnets to keep your kitchen looking fresh.

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Panda Purses & Clay Biscuits

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Panda purses and clay biscuits…. not a sentence we’ve ever written before! We did a little crafting for our fave magazine Mollie Makes a little while ago and we’ve just received a copy in the post. It always makes us so happy when we’re featured, we’ve been reading the magazine for years now and it’s a good feeling to be a contributor, albeit a baby one! We made some little clay biscuits for them (click here for the full tutorial).

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Squirty Chalk Paint

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We’re sharing extracts from our books every month (so you buy them) and this month we’re doing a project from our Big Book of 100 Little Activities – which may just be our favourite one. But don’t tell the others. So we’re sharing a great quick craft for summer holiday boredom-punching-in-the-face fun: our squirty pavement chalk. This is super messy outdoor fun paint that creates wonderfully bright pictures. You can paint onto corrugated card or directly onto paving slabs. It won’t stain the slabs but it does need a little scrub to remove! You can use old sauce bottles or find empty ones online.

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