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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Make your own Ben & Holly Wand

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Ben & Holly is one of the very few kids TV shows I can actually sit and watch without feeling like my head is in a vice. In fact I was watching it with the kids the other day when I realised they had left the room and I was still watching it. That’s my life now. So I made a little Holly wand for my neice a little while ago, because she loves Ben & Holly too. Maybe even more than me. There aren’t many pics for this tutorial I’m afraid, for some reason I totally forgot to snap!

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Mini Makers: Bubble Wrap Pictures

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I have bubble wrap stacking up fast with all the online Christmas crap I’m buying at the moment.  It has no home, stuffed in a bag and shoved in my porch. Irritating. So I pulled it all out for Lilah to play with – she tells me bubble wrap is her favourite toy, poor child. Then we thought it might be ‘fun’ to chop it up and turn it into pictures!

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Life in Pictures: Rave-A-Roo

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We did something slightly outside the box at the weekend. We went to a Rave. For children. At Ministry of Sound. Am I cool enough? No, actually. Not really. But it was flipping ace anyway.

So you’ve probably heard of baby discos, which are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon pretending you still have a life. But this – a baby RAVE – is a whole new ball game. This was Rave-A-Roo. And it was SO MUCH FUN.

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Life in Pictures

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Apologies in advance for this random bunch of (slightly rubbish!) photos from our half term…. nothing much appears to be happening in my life right now! So I’m starting with Lilah, dressed as Alex the Lion from Madagascar, which is what she wants to be when she grows up. Amelie wants to work in a shop that makes plates. Bit odd.

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Super Quick Firework Craft

Ah we love Fireworks night we do! Following on from Laura’s (amazeballs) salad spinner art, we thought we would share another (slightly less amazeballs) firework craft to do with your kiddies: Glow-in-the-dark-firework-straw-type-paintings. With glitter. Catchy, eh? The kids loved it though, and that’s the main thing right. See our little vlog above – the first time we’ve ever done videos without each other. Terrifying.

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Paper Headdresses

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Do you like our feathery headdresses? We made them for Hobbycraft as part of the You Magazine makes we did, and we quite liked how they turned out. Paper-cutting is good for the soul – I’ve not done a lot of it, and I don’t think I have the patience to sit for hours and cut away at a picture (I’d get half way through, get cocky, speed up a bit and f~~k the whole thing up). But these feather headdresses are a nice gentle introduction and a lovely way to pass the time on a sunday afternoon with a movie in the background.

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10 Halloween Crafts for kids

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With Halloween and half term around the corner, we thought we would share with you our favourite spooky crafts for children from the internet. Pinterest is drowning in Halloween crafts, so we’ve trawled right through and found the best ones out there. Er, as well as a few favourites from our site, of course. Here’s our round up of the top ten Halloween crafts for kids:

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Life In Pictures: Wilderness Wood

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Behind the scenes at Little Button HQ (we say that to sound fancy even though we are, in reality, two mums sitting at computers in pjs with gigantic mugs of tea), we’ve been busy for most on the year on a very big nature-inspired project that has meant we’ve had to drag the kids outside at every free opportunity come rain or shine. They have become so used to following us around woods looking for suitable sticks, leaves and rocks! They look a little bit like ducklings walking around and, to be honest, for them the novelty of outdoor crafting has well and truly worn off!

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No-Sew Halloween Spider Web Costume

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Look at that cute little face! We thought we’d share a really easy Halloween costume for your on our YouTube channel. This easy peasy Spider web costume is made from just a few snips of a bin bag. Classy eh? And super quick – perfect for last minute mums, like us

Tia & Laura x

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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Animal Mirrors

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I saw these absolutely adorable little cork board bear mirrors on Hellobee.com a few weeks ago and I thought they were so cute, and I wanted them. So I thought I’d have a go at making my own, with hardboard instead of cork for a little colour. Which meant me + a jigsaw + total disregard for safety = probable disaster, and I had a few visions of it going horribly wrong and either sawing off a finger or part of my kitchen worktops (yep, I did it on my kitchen worktop. M-O-R-O-N). But thankfully they turned out pretty okay! I don’t think they’re quite as nice as the cork ones, but Amelie seems to think they’re the best thing ever.

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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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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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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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