Making a quilt from baby clothes

One of the things that I’ve promised myself this year is to do more of the things that I enjoy. For example, I want to read more books, get back into sewing and spend a little less time online and more time focusing on myself and doing the things I love. So far things have been going well. I’ve managed to find the time to blog on the days that I work, usually in the evenings or straight after work before I pick our girls up from school. This means that on my days off I can do other things…. [Read More]

Four Great Winter Crafting Ideas for Kids

Winter is almost upon us (even though Mother Nature would have us fooled that it is already here). With the weather getting colder, kids are likely to stay inside more, leading to ample time for them to drive their parents crazy. Don’t let them. Keep them preoccupied with some fun activities they can do indoors. More than likely, you will have to participate with them, but spending time with your kids and creating memories with them is a limited window so sit down with them and have fun watching them have fun. One of the best things you can do… [Read More]

Arts and crafts, the simple pleasures of life

Arts and Crafts Go Digital As children, most of us grew up engaging in the traditional form of arts and crafts. Either in a schooling environment or at home with our minders. Paints, crayons, papier mache or clay. The list of arts and crafts is endless. It’ a way to keep the mind sharp as well as being an enjoyable past time.  Needless to say, times are changing. Life has become digital. You can now video call your doctor, do banking online or even download design apps. These apps can be anything from knitting, house design, DIY or painting, to… [Read More]

How to Create Family Memories This Fall

The leaves are changing colors and you can smell the aroma of pumpkin spice in the air…what does that mean? Fall is here! Fall is, hands down, my most favorite time of the year.  I love everything about fall. The food, fashion and weather are things that just make my heart smile. Fall is especially fun if you have a family. Big or small, the fun you can have during this time of the year is totally different than the fun you have in the summer or winter.  Were going to look at how you can turn these fun fall… [Read More]

Review: Bargain Toys from PoundToy

Buying gifts for children can be expensive. If your child’s social life is anything like the social life of our six year old twins, then you’ll know exactly what I mean. Not a week goes by where they don’t come out of school with another birthday invitation. Of course, they absolutely love getting dressed up and going to all these wonderful parties, but for mum and dad, it can add up pretty quickly. Some parents I know will buy toys throughout the year in sales and clearances, then stash them all away so that when another party invite arrives, they’re… [Read More]

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2018

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. A day to celebrate our wonderful mums and spoil them with love, affection and presents! I’ve put together a few ideas to help you find the perfect gift for your mum. Feasts Cookbook Set £39.50 Available online from Sous Chef, award-winning author Sabrina Ghayour’s latest cookbook is packed with recipes and menu suggestions for sumptuous Middle Eastern banquets. Paired with a selection of essential ingredients so mum can get stuck in right away! Included you’ll find: 1 x Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour   1 x Nigella Seeds   1 x Aleppo Pepper – Pul Biber 100g… [Read More]

12 Fun Winter Activities for Families

Winter is right around the corner but that doesn’t mean that cabin fever is! In this article, we are going to look at some activities you and your family can have fun with this winter both inside and out! Snowball Fight The first thing you can do when the snow falls is bundle up for a snowball fight. This is a fun and safe way to bring out your family’s competitive edge. Make Paper Snowflakes You can easily make paper snowflakes on those days when the snow outside fails to fall. All you need to do is take a piece… [Read More]

Why crafts are great for children

With Twin Daddy’s DIY projects and my love of crafts, our girls are growing up in a crafty home – and they love it. R and M enjoy helping where they can, and they get so excited when we talk about the crafts we can make together. There is much more to children’s crafts than keeping energetic hands busy, with something nice to show for it at the end. Arts, crafts and many games in general are great for children’s physical, mental and emotional development, and we recently discovered that there are some games that have been developed to benefit… [Read More]

Fun Festive Christmas Resources from Twinkl

I’m a big advocate for home learning. Why should the learning and fun stop when the kids leave school? For that reason I absolutely love Twinkl. Twinkl is an online educational publishing house, producing teaching materials for children of all ages. You can get instant access to inspirational lesson plans, schemes of work, assessment, interactive activities, resource packs, PowerPoints, at teaching ideas! However, with Christmas just five days away, I’ve been looking through their festive resources and thought I’d share them with you! You can view their Christmas Primary Resources online here, and you can also find Welsh language resources here…. [Read More]

Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine Review

It’s no secret that I enjoy sewing, so it comes as no surprise that my five year old twin girls are following in my footsteps with their love of sewing too. When I get my sewing machine out, our girls are keen for me to show them what I’m doing. They also love pressing the foot pedal down and helping to feed fabric through the needle. They’re both very enthusiastic about sewing so when I was offered the chance to review the Cool Maker Sew N’ Style Machine I jumped at the chance. Aimed at children aged six+, children can magically… [Read More]