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Learn how to carve a pumpkin this Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and I’ve been promising the kids we will have an awesome pumpkin this year. We don’t really do the whole trick or treating thing, but the kids do like to dress up and have the house looking all spooky, and pumpkin carving has always been a little tradition we’ve stuck to over the years. It’s usually Ghostwriterdaddy’s job but this year I think I’ll have  ago myself. Want to learn how to carve a pumpkin this Halloween?

Learn how to carve a pumpkin this

A quick look online (especially Pinterest) will show you that the more eleborate your design, the better. But just how easy are these designs to carve when it actually comes to putting knife to vegetable? I love these clever tutorials found over at Better Homes, but they’re not really what the kids had in mind. We’re thinking Minecraft or Disney at the moment! These Disney inspired designs are awesome, but I’m not sure I can get away with any of them! Luckily, there are some stencils out there you can download and print at home to help. These Disney stencils are amazing, and we love these clever designs created by carving experts Sand in Your Eye for Ladbrokes too. (more…)

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Creating child friendly spaces

We are over run with kids! Now it is 4 :2 and there is no way we will ever rule the roost again. At least, not for another 18 years or so. Kids do move out when they’re 18, don’t they?! So seeing as we have more kids than adults and as they all start to bring their friends home for play dates and so on, we thought we may as well adopt the ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ theory… we’re looking to convert most of the rooms in the house into child friendly spaces. And after Elsie’s unfortunate accident at the weekend, it seems now is a good time to do that!

These are my top three tips for creating child friendly spaces in your home:

Creating child friendly spaces~ (more…)

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Tuff Spot A-Z: X is for X-ray!

We’re taking part in Adventure of Adam’s Tuff Spot A-X challenge once more and this time our letter is X! Spot A-Z_ A is for aquarium~

I have to admit, x-ray was the first thing that came to mind and I don’t usually stick to the first thing at all, but I could see so much potential for this one! Recent events have dictated this one in fact. Not only have we recently done a dolly hospital at home, but poor old me has only gone and broken bones too! The kids have been asking lots of questions about my poor broken toes, and what it was like having an x-ray, so I couldn’t really pass this opportunity up. So here we have it: Tuff Spot A-Z: X is for X-ray!

Tuff spot A-Z_ x is for x ray~

First of all, I want to say how pleased I am that this activity worked so well. THANK YOU Teach Preschool!

Since the kids were already up to date with what a broken bone is, and what a plaster cast looks like, all we needed to talk about prior to this activity was what an x-ray actually was. We used YouTube to watch a couple of videos of kids going to the hospital to have an x-ray, and the kids were enthralled watching the big camera. But no x-ray pictures! Good old Google Images came up with lots though, and we spent some time talking about what we could see on the photos. (more…)


Tuff Spot A-Z: H is for hospital!

We’re thrilled to be taking part in Adventure of Adams’ wonderful Tuff Spot A-Z again, and this week we have the letter H- for hospital!

Tuff Spot A-Z_ H is for hospital~ is an activity I’ve wanted to do with Bella for such a long time, and I’m so glad that the lovely Emma gave me the prompt that I needed!

The Preschooler has loved her dollies since she was old enough to express an interest in toys. She has SO many of them now, and she is never happier than when she is pottering around playing mummy (or sometimes daddy) with them all. We have dolly beds, dolly high chairs and dolly potties. We have prams, we have buggies and we have baby carriers. You name it, we have it! (more…)


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