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'Maria's Island', a beautifully illustrated chapter book by Victoria Hislop
Maria's Island is Victoria Hislop's latest book and we have fallen absolutely in love with it. I read this in one sitting before passing it over to Florence and it has never left my mind. Based on Hislop's best selling novel, The Island, Maria's Island is the children's version and it is beautifully illustrated by ...
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HALLOWEEN CRAFTS
Mummy Lights -- Simple Halloween Spookiness
We are big fans of making our own Halloween decorations, and these Mummy Lights are so much fun and so simple I just had to share them. Did I mention they are perfect for last minute crafting and decorating as well? I will share a few material options too so it is more likely that ...
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FUN
Holiday gift ideas from Soren's House
Soren's House is a UK-based web boutique with an enormous selection of children's toys, clothes, essentials, bedroom decor, books and crafts -- making it literally a one-stop shop for all your shopping. With the holidays just around the corner, Soren's House is also the perfect online destination for your gift buying too. I thought I would ...
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BOOKS
Everything Under The Sun -- a great new book and podcast series by Molly Oldfield
Everything Under the Sun is a new book out by Molly Oldfield, who I have recently become pals with on Instagram. Molly wrote to me to share about her new book, and I loved the concept of the book without even seeing a photo. She then sent me a copy of her book, and it's ...
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AUDIO BOOKS
Summer reading and audiobooks for the whole family to enjoy
I know I keep saying it, but hurray for the holidays! And, although this may sound daunting to some of you, we love a long journey. There's something fun and exciting about packing up the car and heading south. We've all chosen our holiday reads and as a family we select our picks on audible, ...
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BOOKS
The Wizards of Once series by Cressida Cowell
Florence received this fabulous series of books, The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell and she loved them so much, I bought the collection for my class too. All of the children really love them and tell me they are their new favourite books, so I just knew I had to share them here with ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Sandcastle Cake -- a show-stopping centrepiece
We had a very little birthday party celebration for our two year old, since we had just arrived the night before to our little holiday getaway by the beach. So to keep it very simple, I used some seashells as decorations, and then the seashell necklaces made years before for as accessories for her siblings! ...
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FUN
Introduce your children to yoga with this beautiful new book!
My dear friend, Kiki Morriss, has recently launched her book 'Nurturing Your Family with Yoga', and I couldn't be more excited to share about it here. I have watched and witnessed Kiki take this book from a dream to a reality, and while I knew it would be a beautiful book, I love it even ...
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FUN
'Arno and his Horse', a beautiful book by Jane Godwin and Felicita Sala
It is so special to find a children's picture book that appeals as much to adults as it does to children. Wilkie has requested this as his bedtime story every night for the last few weeks, and it's one of those books I never tire of reading. Arno and his Horse is a beautiful story, ...
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BOOKS
A Story About Afiya by James Berry, Illustrations by Anna Cunha
A Story of Afiya is a wonderful celebration of a little girl who has one dress which records all of her childhood memories. Jamaican poet James Berry, writes this lyrical story and shares the different occassions Afiya remembers when she was a little girl, from the roses in bloom to the day she visits the zoo. ...
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RECIPES
Victoria Sponge Heart Cupcakes -- Perfect for any picnic or tea party!
I recently made these sweet little cupcakes for my eight year old daughter's birthday picnic and simply had to share them as they are so delicious, and so perfectly pretty too. Victoria Sponge Cake, a staple of a British tea or celebration, is essentially a cupcake sandwich. A simple vanilla cake, filled and topped with ...
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BOOKS
Many Shapes of Clay -- A Story of Healing
This beautiful book, Many Shapes of Clay : A Story of Healing is written and illustrated by Kenesha Sneed, and it is an absolute treasure. It is a piece of art, every page filled with graphic shapes and sensitive lines to create the most thoughtful story on grief, loss, and celebration of diversity. It is ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Introducing your Children to Architecture – Why and How?
Do your children love to build towers, cities or playgrounds ? Do they play with legos, blocks, or doll houses ? Maia Tarassoff is an architect and mother of two children (age 6 and 9). She started Petit Architect in 2017 with the mission to make architecture more accessible to children and youth. Her goal to inspire ...
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FUN
Happy Earth Day! Some fun family activities to mark the day.
Tomorrow is Earth Day and this year's theme is 'Restore Our Earth'.  Earth Day was first held in 1970 in the US and has now grown to international dimensions with events across the globe. It provides a way for us all to demonstrate support for environmental protection, and is the perfect opportunity to help educate ...
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BOOKS
'When Green Becomes Tomatoes' by Julie Fogliano: Poems for All Seasons
I remember vividly as a child learning the poem, 'I wandered lonely as a Cloud' by William Wordsworth and have always loved reading poems. As the girls grew up they really enjoyed the rhythmic world of Julia Donaldson and all the fun wordery of Dr Seuss' 'Cat in the Hat' series. Even though the girls ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make a bright flower petals sun-catcher
For this bright flower petals sun-catcher craft, any available blooms you select will create a lovely effect. We used different flowers we had on hand from old bouquets. Here, we used a mix of  tulip, daffodils, cherry blossoms and daisy petals to create an 8-pointed star shaped display. If you have a school-aged child, it ...
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BOOKS
How to Be More Paddington : A Book of Kindness
Who doesn't adore Paddington Bear? I think he has to be one of my all time favourite book characters. We adore his fun antics and delightful escapades. This new book, 'How to Be More Paddington : A Book of Kindness' is an uplifting collection of inspiring quotes all taken from Michael Bond's classic books. 'How ...
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OUTDOORS
The Perfect Activity for Spring
As we move into Spring time here it provides the perfect opportunity to embrace growing both flowers and vegetables with children. Whether you have a garden, window box space or a small ledge inside, children can learn so much from the experience of growing something themselves. It can really demonstrate to them exactly how the ...
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BOOKS
Six of Our Favourite Family Books for Easter time
I hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend. We've been enjoying the long weekend eating plenty of chocolate Easter eggs and having fun in the garden. We spent our evening looking through our spring time books and I thought I'd share some of our favourites with you all based around eggs and lovely ...
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EASTER CELEBRATIONS
Make an Easter Party out of an Easter Egg Hunt!
Instant Easter Egg Hunt party success : Hang up a bunting, put out a picnic blanket and make a central station for the children to gather. Bring some healthy snacks and some real food to balance out the inevitable chocolate and sugar high hit. We made it a little outdoor tea time! For games we ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Make Your Own Easter Decorations: 'Snowflake' Easter Eggs
Here's a super simple Easter craft, which results in pretty decorations. My favourite kind of craft! The girls and I made these paper 'snowflake' Easter eggs to put in our windows now that the sun is finally shining again! (We've had weeks of nonstop pouring rain here on the east coast of Australia, and it ...
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SPRING CRAFTS
The cutest pom pom bunny for spring
Finally, spring is here, and with it all the pastel colours to inspire some pom pom making. What a classic thing it is to make some sort of bunny craft at spring time, don’t you think?… I remember making a few bunny things as a child. I think many of us may share similar memories! ...
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FUN
'The Tale of the Whale', a beautiful new book with an important message
This new book arrived in the post this week and became an instant bedtime favourite of Wilkie's. The Tale of the Whale by Karen Swann and Padmacandra is a poetic rhyming book that highlights the beauty of the underwater world and the importance of saving it from plastic pollution. The book takes you on a ...
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