Make & Do

The Pink family loves to make and do. We do a lot of creating: whether it’s art and craft, or baking and cooking, we’ll have a go. I am a huge craft fan, though I’m jack of all trades and master of none. That doesn’t stop me from buying all the kit though! Ava has definitely inherited my artistic streak, and Thea isn’t far behind her.

We also love a good day trip. We are National Trust members and love nothing more than a walk round an ancient property, followed by a slice of cake and a cup of tea in their tea room. We often review our day trips, either around North Bucks, where we live, or further afield when we’re on holiday.

A visit to Green Dragon Eco Farm, near Buckingham

The weather looked nice(ish) this week, so we decided to check out Green Dragon Eco Farm. We thought the girls would love it. We were right,…


How To Make A Little Mermaid Doll Ariel Birthday Cake

I recently wrote about Thea’s birthday party, and promised you a tutorial on her Ariel doll Little Mermaid cake. My mum used to make me a…

My Favourite Five for February: Tiger, IKEA & FitBit

1. Tiger geometric goodies. I can’t get enough of Tiger. Our local one opened fairly recently and I buy something or other every time I go past,…

Ava and Thea’s latest antics: IKEA and a VERY muddy adventure

We’ve had a fun week over half term. The girls have enjoyed not having a routine, and I have enjoyed not getting up and running round like a…

How To Declutter With A Swishing Party: Ours Was In Aid Of Tiny Tickers

This year, I am doing my best to #LiveLAGOM, which is a Swedish concept of having enough, but not too much. It all stemmed from…

Thea and Ava’s latest antics: stickers, brownies and scissors

Thea has been exceptionally cheeky this week. She decided that my new pot of ivy needed a bit of extra decoration… I really, really hate…

My Favourite Five for January

January is nearly over. It’s gone by pretty quickly for us, and we have been busy busy busy, so Christmas seems like a bit of…

National Trust’s Upton House and Gardens in Warwickshire

Over the weekend, we had a lovely day out at Upton House and Gardens, in Warwickshire, close to Banbury in Oxfordshire. It’s a National Trust…

Quick, Easy DIY Copper Polkadot Tea Light Holders: IKEA Hack

My home office has a copper and white theme. I got the lovely copper lampshade and table lamp ages ago and I need a few more touches…

Happy New Year! (And happy birthday to PinksCharming)

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and welcomed the new year with something sparkly. I woke up with a migraine, and…

Quick Christmas Gift Recipe: Peppermint ‘bark’

Here’s a super easy ‘Peppermint Bark’ recipe from my sister Debbie.  It’s perfect for wrapping up in pretty paper or bags and giving to teachers, neighbours, or anyone…

How beautiful snowflakes can help improve children’s lives

A few weeks ago, I wrote about all the (many) things I’m thankful for, but obviously not everyone is as lucky as us. I recently…

Breakfast with Father Christmas at Wyevale Garden Centre

We’ve never taken Ava and Thea to visit Father Christmas before. They’ve met him at school fetes and at nursery, but have never been to…

Christmas letters

Have your kids written their letters to Father Christmas yet? We are going to have breakfast with the man himself at Wyevale Garden Centre (and…

Five things I love right now: November

My birthday is in November, (or Yesvember, as Thea calls it!) so I’ve had no trouble finding a bunch of lovely things to share with…

What Thea did next: go away and it’s not funny! 

Thea has been a bit under the weather for the past week (though it feels like a lot longer!) So instead of lots of energetic activities,…

My Craft Day at Kirsty Allsopp’s The Handmade Fair

I love craft. It’s in my blood: my mum always has at least five cross stitch pictures on the go at any one time, as…

Easy gluten-free walnut brownie recipe

Who doesn’t love brownies? No one I’ve ever met, that’s for sure! I made these with Ava and Thea and they turned out very well,…

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…

One. Of. Those. Days: The benefit of having a Plan B

I had today all planned out: Lazy morning. Do the food shopping. Go to Gamma’s house for lunch to see her, Gampa, and my sister…

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…