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DIY Painted Rock Tic Tac Toe

UNCATEGORIZED Our Third London ShopUp: Day 2 We started day two of the ShopUp with more sold-out workshops from The Mamahood — the wreath-making workshop with Bloom & Wild (seen below) was a particular hit. We love The Mamahood’s mission to build community amongst mums in their local communities. We are looking forward to watching them expand over …

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Your new favourite, easy peasy, allergy-friendly chocolate fudge cake

For our first playdate since lockdown has eased in the UK, I decided to bake a little chocolate cake with Joey to celebrate. I fancied a delicious, light, fudgy chocolate sponge cake, that was easy to rustle up with a 3-year-old’s help, and that everyone could enjoy. The tricky thing was working around the dietary requirements …

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Minikin handmade paper dolls by artist Adrienne Brown-David

I recently discovered the charming Minikin paper dolls by Adrienne Brown-David. This American artist and mother of four girls created a sweet line of vintage-inspired paper figurines. At first, she lovingly made them as  a special gift for her daughters to play with. She wanted her girls to have a uniquely personalised toy.  Eventually, that …

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Floral Monograms — collect the best of summer memories in this DIY artwork

The upside to lockdown for us was time. We used the time to be more resourceful, more experimental, and a bit more considerate with what we had and how we used things. I remember the one small container of glue we treated as if it was gold, knowing I could get more, but not as …

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The Night Before Four

As usual, bedtime has been a battle.  I don’t know if it is the situation with lockdown or if you just don’t need so much sleep but every night you are the last one awake, desperate to spend every moment  you can with me.  I wake up each morning with your face pressed up against …

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Children’s art inspired by black artists

Every month, our friends at LoLA (Lots of Lovely Art) assemble an art box with everything you need to create three high quality, artist-inspired projects: an introduction to the artist, recommendations on books and galleries to visit, plus all the materials you need to make a true masterpiece. The boxes are delivered to your front door, …

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Do your children follow the news? And do you discuss it with them?

The recent news about the tragic death of George Floyd and the successive, powerful growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has made a deep impression on me, our family, our city, our country, our world. A change so profound has been set in motion, in me personally, and in many, many people I know …

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A DIY salt dough mobile — so simple but so sweet and stylish!

The versatility of salt dough is a wonderful thing. Normally I associate it with seasonal decorations, but really, it deserves more! And normally I think of it as a ‘kids’ material, but it has the same beauty as fine porcelain ceramic art — without the need for kiln firing. It can be simple yet stylish …

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Things To Think About To Comfort You Through Tough Times

“ Be patient with yourself. …  “ Out of difficulties grow miracles.” — .. “ We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes—understanding that failure is not the opposite of success; it’s part of success.” — … It isn’t always easy to overcome obstacles, to …

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An at-home travel guide for the family, to stimulate all the senses

Hello everyone, I am thrilled to contribute an at-home travel guide to one of my all-time favourite blog Babyccino today. Courtney, Esther and I go way back, when we were perhaps on baby #2. I stopped at #3! I am Vanessa Boz, French based in London, though I like to think of the world as my oyster. …

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Beautiful Eggs Illustrated by Alice Lindstrom

Author and illustration, Alice Lindstrom, has produced this exquisite book, Beautiful Eggs and we’ve loved reading it this weekend. Beautiful Eggs celebrates egg decorating around the world. From beeswax drawing in Ukraine, using colourful straws in the Czech Republic to using washi paper in Japan. There is even an egg stencil at the back of …

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Home Learning – Week 3

I am still enjoying documenting our week, getting my camera out every day just for a couple of minutes and noting down how I feel as this lockdown progresses.  This is such an odd time, nobody knows what they are doing and the ‘right thing’ looks different for all of us.  Some families have a …

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Home Learning -Week 2

This week I have learned that ups and downs are going to be part of this new normal for a while.  We will have a series of good days, days where I wonder whether school really is the right place for them or whether this home-school life could work for us.  We have a series …

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How can we manage worrying information around our children?

Remembering days outdoors with my friend Sarah @abitofpink and her big girls As we are all well aware by now, we are in ‘unprecedented’ times. Endless news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too, are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the …

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Home Learning – One Week In

The children broke up from school on Friday and the weekend was quiet but didn’t feel that different.  Monday morning came around and I felt prepared, excited even.  I had a schedule, ideas, space and time, the only thing that was missing were children that actually wanted to do any of it.  This first week …

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Two and Two

The children are all really close in age, when Cora was born I had 4 aged 4 and under but the biggest age gap is in the middle.  They have always fallen into two pairs really, the bigger boys and the little ones (who until recently were referred to as the babies). Archie grew up …

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Chit Chat Tuesday With Madeleine Nasilens Owner of Sirius Star Production Company

We chat with Owner of Sirius Star Modelling and Productions Agency and Fashion Idol Kids Project Madeleine Nasilens. Scroll down to find out more on Madeleines upcoming Fashion Idol Kids project. When did you start Sirius Star? What was the original spark? I started the company about 20 years ago. Sirius Star is a modelling …

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Tomorrow You Are Five

It has been a long week since your brother’s birthday, you have checked several times a day how long you have to wait for your birthday but we are on the final countdown now as when you wake up tomorrow morning you will already be 5.  I still remember it so vividly, you were the …

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Finding the Right Baby Clothes Sizes & Telling if Baby Clothes Are Too Small?

It is a joy to watch babies grow, develop, and discover the world around them. And grow they do! It can seem like your little one is just a bit bigger each day. So that favorite outfit, that soft, cozy onesie, that go-to photo ensemble… Can you get one more wear out of it? Hmm…. …

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Can’t Find Family Pajamas with Baby Sizes?

Is there anything more precious during the holidays than the photos that result from this festive season? One trend that is always popular is taking Christmas photos with the entire family wearing matching pajamas. More and more retailers are offering cute sets to make these Christmas photo dreams possible. When you have a little one, however, …

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