Will You Be Joining Me at The Handmade Fair?

My name is Becky and I am a craft addict. I can’t help myself. I am definitely a ‘dabbler’ so going to events like Kirstie Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair are right up my street. Last year I had an absolute ball and you can read all about it on my blog post. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page you’ll see an EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNT CODE on tickets. Be quick, the offer expires on the 31st August!
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Wild Woodland Summer Ball

A Magical Afternoon at the Wild Woodland Summer Ball

We recently got back from a wonderful holiday in Cornwall, and were tipped off to an amazing local event that really made our holiday: The Wild Woodland Summer Ball in Tehidy Woods near St Ives. It was an absolutely magical event by Rogue Theatre.

Our local friends said we’d love it so we booked it, but we weren’t sure what to expect. We parked up in a field and went to queue up at the edge of some woods. We went on a magical trail through the forest, lit by a string of lightbulbs, and decorated by all sorts of ribbons, mirrors, pictures, teacups and dreamcatchers, to name a few.Tea and cakes at The Wild Woodland Summer Ball

Actors stood about singing or dancing and lots of them were dresses as fairies, so Ava and Thea were instantly enthralled.

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The props were so beautiful, and really created a magical atmosphere.

We are on a magical adventure in the woods! 🌿

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How To Make Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent

Have you discovered Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap? It is pretty amazing stuff. I’ve been using it in homemade natural laundry detergent, amongst other things.Use Dr Bronner's Organic Castille Soap, Soda Crystals, Bicarbonate of Soda and Essential Oil to make Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent that's effective and better for the environment.

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REVIEW: Salcey Forest Fire and Air Nature Club for Kids

It can be hard keeping the kids entertained over the loooong school holidays, can’t it? We often go to Salcey Forest, as it’s not far from us and gives us all a good walk and some fresh air. When Joanna from Fire and Air asked us to to review one of their Magical Lessons For Muggles sessions* in the forest, I was keen to give it a go.

I’m not the most outdoorsy person, I have to admit. But the girls take after their dad and love being out in the fresh air, so off we went to the forest and parked up. Although Salcey Forest is free to visit, you do have to pay to park, so don’t forget!

Fire and Air Educaton at Salcey ForestYou may have guessed from the title that the session has a slightly magical theme, and our guide Joanna was dressed as a very kind witch. She started off by showing us all some pictures, and samples of animal-related things, and got the kids to guess what they were. Joanna Shelton of Fire and Air

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My Favourite 5 for July: Prints, Lights & End of Term Fun

July has whizzed by in a whirl of end of term fun, work and DIY. We’re currently working on our utility room, so it should be ready soon. Ava has finished school for the summer, so I’ve been busy keeping her and Thea entertained, with a little help from the list I made this time last year. I’ve also been cramming in a bit of work here and there (the joy of being self employed).

Instagram Prints from SOCAL PRint Studio

I recently ordered some very cute mini photo books from Social Print Studio, filled with my Instagram photos of our family. I also took the opportunity to order some slightly larger prints, some of which are going to relatives, and some to update our photo wall in our cloakroom. They are such good quality, and I just love them.

Instagram prints from SocialPS

END OF TERM FUN

I’m struggling to believe Ava has done a year at school. It’s just flown by. From her end of year assembly, to the school disco and school, she’s been having such a great time.

This girl loves #sequins 💗 She had a great time at her school disco.

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She’s come so far over the year, and her teachers have been amazing, so she made them these brilliant thank you cards.

I was going to buy something from the list of teacher’s gifts I made a few weeks back but she was keen to make something special herself. So she decorated a mug for her main teacher, and a treat plate for the team to share.

CHEAP AS CHIPS SOLAR LIGHTS

Sometimes you spot a bargain that is just too good to pass up. And these solar lights from Poundland are a case in point. Needless to say I got quite a few and have just been to B and Q to get some cup hooks, so I can hang them up in the garden. They come in several colours but I went for clear. I did have to go to no less than four stores to find them, ha ha. Well worth it though, don’t you think?

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Ideas for Ava’s Bedroom with George at Asda

We have never really finished Ava’s bedroom. It looks fine, but has things left over from her old nursery, which she’s grown out of. When George Home asked me to take part in their Children’s Bedroom Makeover Challenge, I thought would be great to see what ideas Ava has.

Unsurprisingly, since her favourite colours are ‘pinky purple’ and ‘purply pink’ she’s pretty taken with some pink pieces. Her wardrobe and chest of drawers are pale cream, and her walls are pale grey, so I agree with Ava that these items would work really well. The girl has taste!

Ava's Bedroom Wishlist

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Plans for a Fresh New Utility Room

Do you have a Monica from Friends style junk cupboard? We do. It’s also known as our utility room. It’s the place where we put all of the random bits and bobs that don’t have a home.

THE RANDOM STUFF IN OUR UTILITY ROOM

There is a lot of stuff in there, including:

  • One comedy Australian hat, complete with corks
  • A buggy we haven’t used for well over a year
  • Bits of high chair that we will need when we sell the chairs in about ten years
  • Spare car seat covers
  • Bottles of champaign
  • One cool bag
  • One picnic set
  • Lots of Vanish
  • Several cans of spray paint
  • Loads of old shoes
  • A stairgate
  • A pool noodle
  • A camera tripod
  • Loads of pieces of stuff, screws and tools

Here it is, in all it’s glory.

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REVIEW: The Gruffalo at The Lyric Theatre, London

Over the weekend, I took the train to London with Ava and Thea to watch The Gruffalo at the Lyric Theatre*. We’ve taken them to London a few times in the past, but by car, so they were excited to go on the train.

Excited girls at the train station

It was the first time I’d taken them on a train by myself and they were super excited.

I was nervous as Ryan had to work so I was on my own, and the train was incredibly full. I was very thankful for our MyBugle ID bracelets, which have our emergency contact numbers engraved on them. The theatre is about a ten minute walk from Leicester Square tube station, and there’s a buggy park there, so somewhere to store your pram if you need it.

Before THe Show

The girls are big Gruffalo fans, and when they saw the big cut out of the monster himself, they ran straight over for a photo.

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Ideas For Teacher’s Gifts, Starting From £2

The end of the school year is looming, and I’m trying to decide what gifts to get Ava’s amazing teacher and other school staff. Ava adores her teacher, so I want to get her something really special, to show her how much we appreciate her hard work.

Last year, I let Ava run riot with some plain plates and pens, and she did a great job decorating them for her teachers at pre-school. I know they really appreciated the effort she had gone to.

Ava decorating a plate with Sharpie pens

One of my friends, who’s a primary school teacher, told me the best gifts she’s received:

A handmade and handwritten card from the child is always lovely. I’m always partial to wine, or book tokens. The most meaningful thing is when parents write a card with a message of thanks. I’ve kept all of those!

So, thanks to my Proper Post Subscription, I have some lovely cards that I will write myself. I’m always finding little cards and notes from Ava, so I’m sure she will love making one for her wonderful teacher.

I want to get her a gift as well, and here are some goodies I think any teacher would be delighted to receive.

GIFTS FOR THE STATIONERY FAN

In my experience, most teachers love stationery, so a gorgeous desk tidy like this one from Southwood Stores for £20 would useful as well as pretty, and comes in red and grey too.
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My Favourite 5 For June: Flamingos, Camping & Colouring

June has been a really busy month for us, with a camping trip over half term, a wedding anniversary, Father’s Day, Blogtacular, and Ava’s Sports Day. With only a few weeks left at school, I am frantically trying to fit in as much work as I can, so I can have the six weeks off with the the girls.

Flamingo Vans

I’ve wanted them for ages, and finally the Asher Flamingo Vans are mine. The only problem is I can barely wear them as I don’t want them to get ruined in this awful incessant rain. Flamingo Vans

Scandia by Zeena Shah

I recently rediscovered my 6th Form yearbook, and the caption by my name is something along the lines of ‘Never happier than when she has a fistful of colouring pencils.’ I did Art, Geography, and English Literature A-Levels, so I did a LOT of colouring in! One of my best friends got me a signed copy of this beautiful adult colouring book, by the delightful Zeena Shah. I treated myself to some new colouring pencils, and just need to find the time to get stuck in now. Scandia, an adult colouring book by Zeena Shah

Half Term Camping

We spent the coldest week that I can remember on the Suffolk coast, in my dad’s camper van (or the Gampavan, as Thea christened it).

Ava and Thea in their bunk beds in the Gampavan

They were so excited about their bunkbeds, but did go to sleep…. eventually, after a ‘goodnight handshake’.

We had a great time overall, but the weather was absolutely dreadful, and that did spoil it a bit for me, I must admit. We stayed at Haw Wood Farm  campsite, and it was brilliant – I’ll review it properly soon but if you’re looking for somewhere to stay with great facilities for kids, near lovely coastal towns, it’s a great place to go. We spent a lot of time on the beach at Southwold and Walberswick, and finally got a sunny day on the last day.

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