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OUTDOORS
Watercolour sidewalk chalk -- such a simple but genius idea!
I took this photo a few months ago here in Amsterdam on one of the last warm and sunny days of the year. This girl was drawing on the sidewalk with pavement chalk, and had the brilliant idea to add water and brushes to the fun -- resulting in deeper and brighter colours and a ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Pressed Floral Luminaires & Vases -- a craft farewell to Summer
Summer isn't yet over, and Autumn hasn't truly begun (at least not on the trees), but this weekend a grey and cold morning almost seemed to demand crafting in pajamas! Since we were tired (our third day home from the holidays, and the start of a new school year) we wanted a 'lazy craft' using only ...
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RECIPES
Watermelon Shark -- the hit of every party and picnic
It is never too late in the summer for a little more fun, so consider this your last and greatest trick... a shark carved out of watermelon, and a fruit salad bowl all-in-one! YES! It has been the biggest hit at every party and picnic for two summers straight. I can't believe I haven't posted ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Become a Mermaid -- jewellery made from beach and nature finds
A great summer pastime is strolling on the beach and collecting shells, stones, and seagrass. But after a month last summer of filling buckets and pockets, the sweet little Irish cottage we were staying in was bursting at the seams with our beach treasures. We had to either secretly save the best and transport the ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
A shibori party for Ava's 8th birthday party, so magical!
Did you ever try tie-dye when you were a child? I remember doing it at primary school and loving it! So for Ava's 8th birthday party, I thought it would be fun to make Shibori style tie-dye t-shirts with the girls. I had done tie-dye before with my children years ago (look at Casper in this ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Thoughtful Teacher's Gifts -- Personalised Portraits
It is nearly the end of school in the UK, which reminded me of the last-minute gift panic we experienced last year! And as the end of the year quickly approached with a non-stop list of activities : sports days, parties, picnics,  summer shows (!) we thought we had nearly run out of time to ...
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BIRTHDAY PARTIES
An ice-cream birthday party for Ava's 7th -- fun, sweet and easy!
Ava turned 8 last weekend and as I'm planning the birthday party for her friends, I realised that I never shared the photos of the super sweet ice-cream birthday party we organised for her last year. It was a really fun day, full of ice-creams (obviously!) and with a bit of creativity too. It was ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Botanical Hammer Printing - A Fun Activity for Older Kids
If you're looking for something a little bit different to try over the holidays or the kids simply fancy a change from the usual drawing and colouring then this is a great activity. Botanical hammer printing is a fun way to capture the colours of a season, it's super easy, oh and did I mention ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A DIY Fairy House Kit
Rose & Rex is a NY based toyshop that I've written about before -- I'm a big fan of their sustainable and elegant toys and their dedication to imaginative play. When we were camping at the seaside a few weeks ago we brought this adorable Fairy House Kit that they had sent us a little while ago. It ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
A Perfect Summer Activity -- Solar Prints
Growing up I absolutely loved making solar prints, and now I get to create them with my daughter who loves them as well! Solar prints are also great to do with friends on weekends away, and has been a big hit. Solar prints, also known as cyanoprints, or sun prints, are made using photoreactive paper, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY Yarn Wrapped Letters
How fun and cheery are these yarn wrapped wall letters! We're so pleased with how they turned out that I thought I'd share this simple DIY. The method is quite self explanatory but here are some tips to help you on your way, you'll need medium weight card, tracing paper, scissors and a selection of ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Fun Nature Hunt Memory Game
Last week, during a lazy afternoon in St James' park, the kids and I came up with a game to while away some time in the sunshine - we're calling it the Nature Hunt Memory Game. I actually remember playing something very similar to this at Brownies when I was younger and I'm sure it's ...
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EDUCATION
Biology and Beauty -- Hatching Butterflies at Home
While on holiday last month, we received the most exciting parcel in the mail. On the box, it said 'LIVE INSECTS, OPEN IMMEDIATELY!’ And sparked a lot of curiosity and excitement. We opened up the box, a gift sent from our very clever friends, and inside was a cup of caterpillars waiting to become butterflies! ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Rainbow scratch painting
Do you remember having invisible pens? I was completely obsessed with them as a child. The markers that changed color when the "magic" marker drew over them were just that in my mind: magic! My parents would splurge on the books that came with a magic pen to discover secret answers and hidden messages when ...
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SUMMER CRAFTS
Watercolour flowers
Last week Ava and I created invites for her birthday party -- a last minute plan, so we had to work with the materials we had in the house. Since we had come up with a flower theme, we watercolored little flowers on white cards, and it was such a sweet activity with such cute results that ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Symmetry sculptures
While I'm not a control freak, I have grown accustomed to having a lot of kids under my control at one time. And, I think I'm good at it. I run a fairly tight ship in terms of schedules and expectations, but am pretty relaxed when it comes to general raucousness and chaos. There are always ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Super sun catchers
We've been trapped.... ...inside for the past week as a wave of fevers swept the household. Luckily, they were pretty much symptom free, but the fact that they struck all six of us at once made parenting pretty much a lost cause. The silver lining is that it was less of relay race - lasting ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Scrape painting
When we moved to California, we down-sized SIGNIFICANTLY. But, what we lost in square footage, we made up for in weather. I was absolutely gutted not to have room for my super-amazing-ikea-hack-of-a-craft-table in our house here, but have started to look on the bright side, now that it's warming up and we can take ourselves ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Stick loom weaving
This has been a project I've been meaning to do for the past few summers on the beach, but have just never got around to doing. But then this year my year my friend, Kate, from Little Big House Tales made these with her kids (and put up a really great tutorial on her blog), and ever since we've ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
The Perfect Summer Craft: Paper Windmill!
Did you ever make paper windmills when you were a kid? We made them in kindergarten and it was one of my favorite crafts. I can still vividly remember how much fun I had running around with them and blowing at them later. I passed a store that sells them the other day and instead ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
DIY: Seashell Mobiles
Happy Monday everyone! We're back to regular posting this week. Thank you for all your sweet comments last week and for bearing with us while we enjoyed a blogging break. The kids and I spent the week (hardly getting out of pyjamas!) in our little beach house on Bainbridge Island. We went for long beach walks, ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Needle (or dry) felting
My kids (and I) have a new hobby: needle (dry) felting. We really love it! It's incredibly easy to do, and so fun. Relaxing too -- the rhythmic movement of poking the needle in the wool is actually really nice. For needle felting you need just a few supplies: a sponge (a simple kitchen sponge works fine), some ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Painting sand dollars
We've been spending our final days of summer holiday at our little beach house on Bainbridge Island. The weather has cooled down in the past week and the days have become noticeably shorter.  Autumn is definitely in the air! A couple days ago when the weather was cloudy and the kids were feeling a bit stir ...
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