Ballet show outfits from Dance Gear

Libby and Lia have enjoyed being 2019 ambassadors for Dance Gear who make a range of beautiful ballet clothing. At this time of year, their ballet school always puts on a performance. The girls have done various classes at the ballet school over the years. Ballet, stage performance, rhythmic gymnastics and singing. This year, they’re both taking part with their ballet group and Lia will also be singing. Dance Gear kindly agreed to provide leotards for one of the ballet groups. We also bought Libby’s yellow leotard from them because she has recently moved up a group and we loved the…

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Thursday photo #290

Every year, Autumn comes as a surprise. That sounds ridiculous. It’s not a surprise that it arrives, I know it’s coming. But I love summer. I enjoy the warm weather, days out paddle boarding, surfing, wild swimming and being around the water. Family time while the girls are off school. Long, hot evenings sitting outside in dusky light until late. So, I dread autumn. I think about the grey days, the rain, the cold. Spending less time outdoors, being busy getting ready for Christmas and ferrying the girls around to shows and parties. Then when autumn actually arrives, I remember…

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Where Are You? Personalised books from Wonderbly

There’s nothing quite so engaging for children as a personalised book. It’s easy to tune out when you’re reading, or listening to someone read. Drift off into a different world and not really concentrate on what you’re doing. The one thing that always brings you back down to earth though is hearing or reading your name. The Wonderbly Where Are You books ensure that children’s attention can’t possibly drift away because each book is personalised so it’s all about that child. Where are you … ? The original Where Are You book is set in a parallel universe. When ordering…

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Mushroom stew with Opies Pickled Walnuts

When Opies asked me to create a recipe using pickled walnuts, I looked around for inspiration. I enjoy pickled walnuts but I’ve only ever had them on their own as part of a buffet. I’d never thought of cooking with them. When I looked for recipes, lots of people were using them with a meaty stew. I could see the attraction, the pickled walnuts would cut through a flavourful broth and give it some extra depth. A vegetarian stew with basic ingredients We’re vegetarian and eat vegan as much as possible. So, I decided to create a “meaty” stew that…

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Choosing wallpaper for a child’s bedroom

Years ago when the girls were little, we made the decision to put them in the same bedroom so I could have the spare room as my office. At the time I needed it. Working from home with children as young as they were, I had to have a dedicated space. As time passed, the girls learned to love sharing. They’d play together, chat as they were falling asleep and enjoy each other’s company. There was one problem though. Libby doesn’t need as much sleep as Lia. This came to a head a few days ago when Lia asked if…

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