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Dried Orange and Lavender Star Garland
If you are like me, you keep seeing gorgeous dried orange garland and salt dough garland EVERYWHERE.  We had a lazy Saturday to ourselves last weekend and I thought it might be the perfect day to try out this slow, but fun activity.  Thankfully I had a few oranges on hand and lots of dried ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
A slow and simple Christmas (and craft to make with little ones)
For me and for many, 2020 has been a year of 'Slow and Simple'. Our lifestyles and livelihoods were forced to slow down, to adapt or at the very least relocate to our living rooms. And many of us have had to scale back on things and to keep things simple so as to get ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Make and gift a festive simmer pot
Have you ever thought about how powerful the olfactory memory is? Many times, different smells take me back to a particular moment in time -- often a childhood memory. Spices have always been around our house.  African food needs quite a bit of it! The smell of delicately balanced ginger and cloves will always remind ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Pretty Paper Roll Snowflakes -- a wonderful way to recycle!
There is something special about staying warm indoors when it is cold outside. Although for little ones, an extended period of time in doors can be difficult. I have found that for my daughter, anything involving glue and glitter makes her quite happy! Thanks to quarantine we have lots and lots of paper rolls so ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Pretty paper flowers to decorate gifts or your house -- here's a simple DIY
I've recently been making these pretty paper flowers which are super easy to fold together, and perfect to use for gift wrapping or to decorate the house (I used them for our activity advent calendar this year). There's really not much to it -- the only things you need are: paper (preferably not too thick -- ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Little wreaths for little hands -- Christmas decor with foraged goods
We love making crafts over the Christmas season in our home, and this year, we fell in love with these beautiful, delicate, easy to make wreaths. They are very minimal, and look lovely grouped together. And all the items were foraged! Generally Christmas wreaths are very abundant, with greens, and ribbons and additional accessories. But ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Resist the temptation for a new Christmas Sweater -- make your own instead!
I understand the novelty of Christmas jumpers/sweaters each year... they are cute, fun, and festive. But honestly, it makes my brain hurt just thinking about how wasteful it is to buy one each year, for each person in your home (especially the kids that keep growing), and multiply that times all the families, homes, countries, ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
LOLA art boxes, the fabulous Holiday Edition!
LOLA Art Boxes are the most wonderful way to introduce creativity in your family. Every month, the talented LOLA (short for Lots of Lovely Art) team assembles everything you need to create three artist-inspired projects, including an introduction to the artist, recommendations on books or artworks to discover and galleries to visit, plus of course ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Maple seed dragonfly ornament
The last and the most simple craft tutorial from me for this year is this cute and delicate little maple seed dragonfly ornament. It is (again) made from dry, thin sticks and dry maple seed pods that are just about everywhere. At least here where I live. The four things you will need are: Thin ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Angel pasta ornaments, ridiculously cute and made of pasta!
As promised, here is my second tutorial, absolutely perfect for Christmas time. I think these angel pasta ornaments would also look absolutely amazing as gift decoration; we will definitely be using them that way. And these are made of things which I’m almost certain you have at home. And the outcome is ridiculously cute in ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Cranberry Garland -- a simple little Christmas craft and decoration
Growing up, we always made cranberry garlands for our Christmas tree at home, and after posting a photo of my daughter making them last year on Instagram, I was surprised to realise it is not common in Europe! People loved the idea, and kept asking me how to do it, so I thought I would ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Festive & Fragrant Pomanders -- a great tradition and an easy craft too!
Orange and clove pomanders are so very simple to make, oh so very beautiful, and exactly the festive touch every home needs too. The colour instantly brightens a room, but the very very best feature is their delightful scent! The smell is incredible! Fresh, yet warm, these oranges studded with cloves are the essence of ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Bright & Merry -- Holiday Cards which only take seconds to make!
Cute Christmas cards that take seconds to make and seconds to dry: that is surely a crafting win! After all, factory assembly line crafting is rarely fun for kiddos! So mass-producing handmade cards has to be super simple, and super quick. And don't you love the bright colours in our string of Christmas lights? They ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Little Acorn People Ornaments
I ask this every single year but still – can you believe it’s almost Christmas again? It really does come faster every single year! And again like every year, I am so NOT ready. But, since the vacation starts next week I want to write down at least some craft ideas to (hopefully) make with ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Make your own Christmas wreath -- it's easy!
  This was one of those experimental craft projects... but I figured there is NO way we can't make our very own Christmas wreaths. So, I gathered some supplies dropped by a friend's house, had a cup of tea, and got right down to wreath-making work. And we are so happy with our experiment.... and the ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Making beeswax candles -- a lovely holiday craft (and a perfect gift)!
Making beeswax candles is a perfect DIY project for these cosy months of the year. Beeswax is entirely natural, even edible! So it's perfectly safe to play with, even by the littlest children. But making beeswax candles (and decorating them) is a lovely activity for all ages. I really like playing around with the wax ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
An easy Christmas craft: clay ornaments and decorations
This is honestly the easiest Christmas craft, something the kids can do almost entirely on their own, and it has the prettiest result! Last weekend I handed the kids a package of Sculpey clay and some cookie cutters. I gave them each a glass bottle (to use as a rolling pin), and together they made ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Christmas Craft: Scandanavian Nisse from simple materials
I visited a friend's house recently and loved their festive decorations. These sweet, small, little elves stood out on their brunch table.  I asked for more information on the origin, and found out that she made them as a young child. She was quite nostalgic about them, and now her children look forward to putting ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Collage Candle Holders
I vividly remember being at the beginning of my pregnancy with baby Tisa at the same time last year and can’t believe it’s been a year already! I love the Christmas holidays and everything revolving around it; I only wish I had more time for crafts with (and even without) my kids. But still, this ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Easy Christmas craft: ribbon and stick christmas trees
Around this time every year we take our kids off to our local garden center to pick out a small Christmas tree for the corner of their bedroom. I did the same growing up and I can remember the excitement of choosing my very own tree, opening my special box of decorations and falling asleep ...
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CHRISTMAS CRAFTS
Easy December craft: 3D paper snowflakes
I took the children to school yesterday and noticed that Pim's classroom was so beautifully decorated with the prettiest paper snowflakes hanging from the ceiling. All white and delicate -- it looked so lovely and festive! I asked him to show us how they had made them later at home, which he did. It is super ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
Keeping Christmas Simple -- with Simple Matters author Erin Boyle
  Meet Erin Boyle, mama of one with another one on the way, friend of Babyccino, and author of both the fabulous blog, Reading My Tea Leaves and the super inspiring book called Simple Matters: living with less and ending up with more. We recently reached out to Erin to ask for her expert advice on simplifying ...
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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
KalenderHaus, a beautiful advent activity by Clever Gretel
We just enjoyed a lovely long weekend, in which we didn't do much more than cozying up inside our house in our pyjamas. The children played together endlessly -- they built huts, set up a shop, made a city on our living room floor using masking tape, set up their Playmobil horse farm, crafted mini ...
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