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Thursday photo #157

Well, it’s been an eventful week. I picked Libby up from school on Friday and decided to tag along with some other families who were off to play at the park. Lia did her usual trick of insisting on being pushed on the swing for what seemed like hours, while Libby played on a balance beam with her friend. The next thing I knew, Libby was on the floor screaming. The safest thing in the park I have to admit, for a minute there I was feeling quite smug. Other children were climbing or playing on the top of the slide. My two…

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Easy baking with Craft and Crumb review and giveaway

I have written many times about the struggle I have with productivity. Working from home is so intensive that I struggle to find the time to take on additional tasks. Sadly one such task is organising birthdays. Thankfully this year, baking kits from the award winning Craft and Crumb website have come to the rescue. Don’t get me wrong, I want my girls to have the best birthdays possible. But they are SO demanding! When it’s my husband’s birthday, he’s happy with a chocolate cake. And I love making chocolate cake. We put some sweets on it so the girls…

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Taking control of my relationship with a time thief

If you’ve ever watched Doctor Who, you’ll know that messing with time means trouble. There’s never enough hours in the day and then something comes along and steals the time you do have. It can’t just be me who loses hours each week to the time thief. But here’s the thing, I don’t want to end my relationship with it completely. It has its good points, but it’s time for a change. So come on, what is the time thief? I start off each day determined to get through my to-do list and make every minute count. But then I pick…

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Upcycling an old photo frame to create a masterpiece

Like all children, my two love nothing more than getting the craft things out and creating a ‘masterpiece’. They are happy to sit and cut, stick and colour for hours on end. Churning out page after page of quickly scribbled drawings or carelessly stuck mosaics. As far as they are concerned, I should treasure every page. But let’s face it, it’s just not practical. A few years ago, my sister made the girls a lovely picture. She simply bought a frame from a charity shop and bought a lovely piece of wrapping paper to go in it. This has been…

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A breathtaking evening at the Chinese State Circus

There aren’t many evenings out that are fun for the whole family. Entertainment after a certain time tends to be aimed at adults and whilst children are often welcome, it’s not necessarily much fun for them. One clear exception is the circus. And as circuses go, the Chinese State Circus is by some distance the best I’ve ever seen. About the Chinese State Circus The Chinese State Circus is world famous for skilful performances that wow the audience. The team comprises 30 acrobats, jugglers, aerial artists and Shaolin Warriors. Each act is a few minutes long before moving on to a…

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