DIY present idea for a teenage girl

Teenagers’ birthday presents. Is it just me or are these the hardest ones to do well at? (Maybe other than the Father-in-Law!) It was our…


My six week summer holiday survival kit, for kids and me

I’m really excited about having over six weeks of Ava, full time, over the summer holidays, but I am also slightly worried about how I’ll keep…

Quick and easy homemade teachers’ gifts

Like all parents, my head is spinning with end of year activities and things to remember for pre-school. It was ‘Pirates Day’ and the school…

Ava's latest art work

Ava is a prolific artist, despite being only four and a half (the half is very important!) Every day she comes home, clutching an assortment of…

Easy Homemade Father’s Day Gift

We had fun this afternoon, making our Father’s Day presents, using nothing but plates and pens! It’s so easy and didn’t cost a lot: just…

Baby scan art idea: cute or creepy? You decide!

I’ve had a little plan to use my baby scan pictures for a while now, and I finally got around to making it! I found…

Fun kids’ activity: creating paper dolls

Lately, we’ve been really enjoying The Paper Dolls, by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, I think I possibly enjoy it more than Ava… It’s such a sweet…

Easy peasy dining room ‘art gallery’

One day, I’d like our kitchen/diner to be elegant and sophisticated, a bit like these pictures I found on Pinterest. But for now, I just need it…

Arts and crafts afternoon with daddy

Yesterday, Ryan bravely got out the poster paints. It started well. Ava’s crown was essential. Thea only ate a little bit of paint. And Ava…