My biggest ‘baby’ turned 7 yesterday, and that meant a cake was needed. Easy, you might say, go to Asda. But no, I wanted to make a homemade one so I could try out my new Wilton icing measuring mat that Mr C and I bought in Hobbycraft just because we had a discount voucher…… Continue reading The Disorganised Parent’s Guide to Birthday Cakes
Monday’s school run was just like any other walk home, a route we’ve covered hundreds of times. However, it suddenly became different when we crossed the road and discovered a walnut under a tree. There was just the one-the others had either been picked up or run over by cars, or just hadn’t dropped off…… Continue reading Why Couldn’t There Just Have Been Two Walnuts?
We all have an idea of how we want our lives to be, though some aspects are more realistic than others! Some things are dreams and long term goals (larger house, permanent job), whilst others are shorter term views of how we want smaller parts of our lives to be (managing to look like a…… Continue reading Life: Expectations versus Reality
Free pattern and tutorial for making a Worry monster for use in school or at home.
Like many parents, bedtime is one of our toughest times of the day. Despite trying various routines- giving warm milk to drink or having no drink, trying to wear them out or not letting them get over tired, stories before songs and vice versa, lavender in the bath, trying no screen time rather than letting…… Continue reading The Children Who Wanted to Fall Asleep
February didn’t feel like a very productive month, but I’m hoping that looking at my goals may prove me wrong (or perhaps prove me right, in which case I’d better pull my socks up!) The fact that it was a shorter month might have had something to do with it too. 17 cupboards/drawers/storage areas sorted…… Continue reading 17 for 2017 February Round Up
Our 5 year old has been asking a lot of questions lately, including “how do people stay on the Earth if it’s round”. Him and Mr C had a good chat and looked at some YouTube videos, but he still asked more. We are fortunate in that we live within a reasonable driving distance of…… Continue reading Exploring Isaac Newton’s Home
It’s cold here (well, it is December!) and the gloves are on. Experience tells me that the lovely new gloves will be lost, mislaid, kicked under the sofa or left in the car (or even worse the school cloakroom) and I’m fed up of it. It costs a surprising amount for a little set of…… Continue reading Old Fashioned or Just Common Sense?
Another person making salt dough? Who’d have thought it at this time of year! This was however a momentous occasion for me, as they actually worked. You know how you’re supposed to learn from your mistakes? It seems I missed that and I’m a huge glutton for punishment. Over the years (in my job!) I…… Continue reading Salt Dough Decorations
As well as the sewn advent calendar (the big reveal is tomorrow!), we have a book advent calendar. Last year was the first year of us doing it (having been inspired by Pinterest), and as we were on a fairly tight budget we started buying early. Basically our aim was to find 24 Christmas/winter themed…… Continue reading Another (Bookish) Advent Calendar