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Learning Origami with Origami-Est at Southwood Stores

Paper. As a stationary addict, it’s one of my favourite things. Learning a new craft. Also one of my favourite things, as you’ll know if you’ve been following my blog or Instagram for a while. So combine the two in an origami workshop and you have Becky-Heaven.

A few weeks ago, I went along to Southwood Stores, near Milton Keynes, to learn origami with the lovely Esther from Origami-Est. It was a birthday treat to myself, and my sister Debbie, and one of my best friends (also called Becky) came too. There were two lovely ladies on our table, and another five origami fans on the other table.

Learning origami at Origami Est's workshop at Southwood Stores

Here I am getting my fold on. I’d just started and was really concentrating!

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Gizmo the Pug who saved Christmas

Gizmo The Pug: A Heartwarming Christmas Video

This is a collaborative post.

For some reason, I find dogs in costumes, doing human things one of the funniest things ever. Ask my husband and he will tell you of the times I have cried with laughter at dancing dogs, walking dogs, and dogs on skateboards. “You’ve Been Framed” is a favourite in our house for that reason, so I guess it can’t just be me that finds them hilarious!

As a lover of all things Christmas, I look forward to the festive adverts, and 2016 is no exception. This year, I am extra happy, as some ads that feature dogs doing cute or funny things. Now I do like the boxer on the trampoline. But step aside Buster, there’s a new (cuter) dog in town. Let me introduce you to Gizmo, the Vision Direct pug. Find out how he saves Christmas…

Gotta love a pug in a polo neck, right? I love this cutie, with his geek chic glasses and mournful eyes. I also really want his specs – I could do with a new pair! It’s such a cute video, isn’t it?  Continue reading

My Favourite 5 for November: Margaritas, Origami & Christmas Fun

November has whizzed by in a whirl of birthday celebrations and Christmas prep. I can’t believe Christmas is less than a month away! We are really looking forward to getting our tree up (well the girls and I are. Ryan, not so much.)

A date Night for my birthday

Ryan and I went to the cinema to see  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which we really enjoyed. We went to the posh Gallery section, which has a bar and extra comfy seats. You also get nachos, popcorn and soft drinks included in the ticket price. I don’t want to go back to the normal cinema experience after that though!Margarita cocktail in black and white

A 40th Birthday Costume Party

My friend’s husband had an excellent 40th birthday party, in a  marquee in their garden. As he was born in the 1970s, that was the costume theme and we had great fun coming up with our costumes. Ryan constructed a huge cardboard space shuttle.  We then had to deconstruct it to get into the car…

I went for a Clockwork Orange inspired costume, which is a nice easy one, if you are looking for a Halloween costume next year! I found a tutorial for the make-up, but essentially it’s just loads of eyeliner and false eyelashes. They feel quite weird but you get used to it!

My finished #droog look. I even make my own glass of ‘milk’ by spray painting a glass. #aclockworkorange #clockworkorange

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Colour Together Nature by Annie Davidson

Colour Together Nature Adult and Children’s Colouring Book Review

If there was such a thing, I’d have an A-Level in Colouring In. I did Art and Geography A-Levels alongside English, and would spend a lot of time clutching a handful of colouring pencils. Ava and Thea are following in my footsteps. When the guys at Andersen Press sent me a copy of their latest colouring book Colour Together: Nature to review* I knew we’d love to colour it in together.Colour Together Nature by Annie Davidson

The illustrator Annie Davidson has done a brilliant job – the illustrations are beautiful and there is a more detailed version on the right, with a simpler one on the left. Perfect for adults and kids to colour together. Ready to colour in the fox page of Colour Together Nature Continue reading

Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar boxes

Beauty Advent Calendar Hack for Christmas

I love a bargain and I love beauty products. So I couldn’t resist the Marks & Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar. And I wasn’t about to wait until December to open it, because I had a plan.marks-spencer-beauty-advent-calendar-with-christmas-lights

It’s £35 when you spend £35, and as I was spending that on some slippers and school uniform (how rock ‘n’ roll am I?) I decided to go ahead. It’s currently sold out online but there are loads in the shops, so don’t panic! Continue reading

Piccalilly organic kids clothes including dresses, skirts and an appliqué t-shirt

Why Piccalilly Organic Kids Clothes Make Great Gifts

Organic kids clothes. Hard to resist, right? There is some thing just so scrummy about little, soft, colourful kids clothes, for your own little ones, or as a gift. I’m delighted that Ava and Thea are Brand Ambassadors for gorgeous organic kids clothes company Piccalilly. They have sent us a gorgeous bundle of kids clothes to review*, and I hope you’ll like them as much as we do.

Sisters in Piccalilly organic kids clothing

Thea wears the Forest Tunic Dress and Ava wears the Town House Dress.

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What's in our Operation Christmas Child shoebox

Packing Our Christmas Shoebox

When I was growing up, my mum would help us pack up a Christmas shoebox of gifts for a child in the developing world. This year, Ava, Thea and I are taking part in Operation Christmas Child. We are packing up our own box of goodies for a child who probably won’t receive any gifts.

Ava’s school is collecting the boxes, and have been telling the children why they are doing it. Ava is really on board and came up with loads of suggestions about what we could put in it.Our Christmas shoebox Continue reading

Wise Words personalised kid's book on a white shelf

A Personalised Children’s Book from The Book Of Everyone

I come from a long line of bookworms, and our shelves are groaning. I firmly believe you can never have too many books, and Ava and Thea are of the same opinion. When the people behind The Book of Everyone asked me to review* their new personalised children’s book, I was pretty excited.

This gorgeous personalised children’s book is called ‘Wise Words for NAME from NAME‘. I wrote it to both Ava and Thea, but of course you can write it to just one child. Isn’t the cover beautiful?

Wise Words Personalised children's book from Book of EveryoneThis keepsake book contains words of wisdom for your kids to refer to in the future, which you can customise to your heart’s content. Your kids can read each page in order, or dip in and out, using the index. There are pages on how to survive school, what to do if you’re a bit stuck, and lots of other good advice. The artwork is stunning – really simple and colourful, so I think it would appeal to all ages, and boys and girls. Continue reading

Review: leaning how to arrange flowers online with Flowerstart

Learning How To Arrange Flowers Online with Flowerstart

When was the last time you did something for yourself? Something that requires time and commitment, just for your own pleasure or sense of achievement?

My evenings are mainly spent working, doing housework, planning a new kitchen, or doing bits on my blog. But I am determined to do something about that.

A Pretty New Hobby: HOW TO ARRANGE FLOWERS

I’ve always loved flowers, and did a day course in flower arranging when I was pregnant with Ava. But then Ava arrived and all my time was taken up. So I was excited when Julie Davies (The Florist That Teaches) offered me a space on her  online flower arranging class Flowerstart to review*. She’s just been named British Florist Association Florist Tutor of the Year, and I feel that her win is well deserved. Review: leaning how to arrange flowers online with Flowerstart Continue reading

My Favourite 5 for October: The Circus, London & Afternoon Tea

We have had a busy and fun-filled half term, and now the countdown to Christmas begins!

A Reward For Ava and thea

I spray painted some glasses and filled one of them with stones a while back, and when the girls help me, or get good feedback from school/preschool, or do anything else that warrants a little reward, I move stones from one to the other. When they fill the second jar up, they get a treat.

Pink glasses with a flamingo

All the stones are in the second jar, so the girls have earned a treat!

I prefer this to a reward chart, as they work together to fill the jar. You can find out how to make these pretty jars here.

The jar is full, so I took the girls to the Circus at Frost’s Garden Centre as their reward. I hadn’t registered that it was a Halloween Circus so I was a bit worried that Ava would freak out (she’s not a fan of Halloween). But luckily she was fine. There was a Mummy, but I heard her reassuring Thea that it was only a man in a costume. It was a fun show, with acrobats, a lady balancing words, some hula hoopers, and this man balancing on cylinders. The Circus at Frosts Garden CentreThere was also a clown. I am scared of clowns (the Killer Clown phenomenon hasn’t helped) and my friend made me have my photo taken with him afterwards. Note the hysteria. Me and Thea with a clown

There was also an act called Mr Slinky. Which was a man in a life sized slinky suit, I really got the giggles.

A trip to London

We took the girls down to London for the day, and the loved the train and tube. Thea and Ryan on the Tube Continue reading