Some Kids’ Stuff

The Dictionary of Difficult Words by lexicographer Jane Solomon

Florence was gifted The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon for her birthday and it’s been a great hit in our house. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us and words I have never even heard of before. Words like ‘bumbershoot’, ‘spaghettification’, ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and ‘ombudsman’ are carefully described and […]
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How can we manage worrying information around our children?

Remembering days outdoors with my friend Sarah @abitofpink and her big girls As we are all well aware by now, we are in ‘unprecedented’ times. Endless news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too, are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the […]
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Chewy chocolate chip cookies – a little treat during this strange time

We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of […]
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A paper doll chain — a simple paper cutting craft for all ages

Making a paper doll chain is a craft I remember enjoying as a child with my mother. It’s a fun one because it goes fast and is great entertainment for different ages. It can be as easy or complex as you want, and unfolding the chain is always a moment of magic! All you need […]
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A different world…

Dear friends, How are you? It’s a different world! Some of you may have been house-bound for a while now, and for some of you it’s only just beginning. Working from home, schooling from home, spending less time outside… No playdates, no sports or hobbies, no little trips to parks, pools, museums or even family. […]
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Going back to work — tips and thoughts

A couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend who is taking the big step of going back to work — in an office, with a commute, and with colleagues. It is such a massive shift, not only for her but also for her family! So I jotted back some of my random […]
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The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie

“The four women were still as differnet as they were the same. And they were still the best of friends.” The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie is a gorgeous picture book and it’s well celebrated in our house by both of my girls. It was also a treat to see it being used […]
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Laundry – Are we doing too much of it?

I’ve been thinking a lot about laundry lately, and it’s not entirely because I always seem to be faced with piles that need to be washed, folded, or put away (although yes, that is my reality!)….no, laundry has been on my mind because I think I am slowly coming to the realization that I’m doing […]
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A Den Kit that will make memories!

This is the outdoor den of childhood memories. The den you can imagine a grandfather finding in the corner of his garden shed and reminiscing about the time that him and one of his buddies once slept outdoors in it, watched the stars, then snuck back inside to raid the cookie jar. But this den, […]
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Blast from the past: the Goonies and other fabulous family films from the 80s

If you ask me what film I remember most fondly of my childhood, it must be The Goonies (1985). I remember it to be super funny, extremely endearing and crazily captivating. I never saw it again until very recently, when we were thinking of what to watch on our weekly winter family film night and […]
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