This weekend has been all about being outdoors. After all the excitement yesterday, the girls had an afternoon nap and then we decided to do something a little bit calmer.  We were lucky enough to be sent some gorgeous crafting materials by Sykes Cottages and invited to make some finger puppets. They have the instructions on how to make them on their blog, and they’ve been kind enough to share them with us as well, so here they are: Now as you’ll notice, the penguins are incredibly easy to make with quite basic materials. Libby and I were assisted by some…

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For the last couple of years, hubby and I have been National Trust members. We love the fact that there are so many different places to visit for the cost of a membership fee.  The other advantage is that many National Trust places accept dogs, at least in the grounds. One such place locally is the beautiful Brockhampton Estate.  And it’s a sign of Libby growing up that today when we went to take back the map from our walk, she was offered a scrapbook to record her 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4.  I’ve been vaguely aware…

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This afternoon, my husband was very commendably having a clear out. This is a necessary evil as we will be putting our house on the market in a few weeks.  As he was putting some clothes aside to go to the charity shop, hubby dug out a jumper of mine. It’s a grey jumper that came from a charity shop a few years ago. Admittedly, it’s nothing special. In fact, it’s safe to say that it’s seen better days.  Hubby insisted that the jumper had to go. In fact, he went as far as buying me another couple of jumpers…

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This week, hubby has taken the week off and I’ve managed to spend every day and evening on work. This has given me the time to get really into setting up my palm oil free website.  Whilst I’ve been working really hard, I’ve also enjoyed it and I can see how much progress I’ve made.  The girls have enjoyed having the week with their dad. Libby in particular has delighted in taking him to ballet and playgroup, it’s a real novelty. It makes me realise how lucky I am to be at home with them all the time.  This week, the two…

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Drinking tea is a very British solution to everything. I for one find that however bad things get, they seem a little better after a good cup of tea.  As Jamer kindly pointed out, we have all been struck down with the flu recently and it really was tea that kept me going.  In the first couple of weeks of being a lurgy-ridden house, I was lucky enough to be doing a teatox. If you’re not aware of these, they are special teas that you drink morning and evening.  They are made from herbal ingredients that are specially formulated to…

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