How to prepare for Christmas early

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In the past I always prided myself on being really organised for Christmas. It helped that it was always a nice family day, and even though we never had a big family Christmas, it always had its traditions.  But the older I get (and being married to a man who is a definite Bah Humbug about it, and has to work on it), I’ve slackened off.  Christmas always seems to happen, but it would be nice to be a bit… Continue Reading “How to prepare for Christmas early”

Winter wonderland – what makes winter so special?

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The temperature’s due to drop here this evening, and being out in the countryside we do tend to see some of the colder temperatures in our region. We’re also just getting the advent calendar ready so that means we’re out of the mellow mists of autumn and into the frosty ice-scraping mornings of winter. What makes the winter season a winter wonderland… Clear blue skies and crisp frosty weather Snuggling under fluffy blankets Hot chocolate Big winter coats Wearing boots… Continue Reading “Winter wonderland – what makes winter so special?”

Explaining no trick or treating

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Halloween is always interesting to explain to children. Especially once there’s the peer pressure from school to go trick or treating. In the past N has had some kind of costume to go to nursery in. Although he’s not really into dressing up so it had mostly just been a pumpkin t shirt or Dracula cape. And the last few years we have carved or decorated pumpkins. But that’s mainly for the excitement of picking our own, or getting creative.… Continue Reading “Explaining no trick or treating”

Easy Easter egg decorating ideas

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We don’t really do a big celebration at Easter.  N gets a few eggs from family, and there’s a big family meal.  Then we try and get out somewhere locally if the weather’s good.  We don’t decorate the house either, but last year I decorated eggs for the first time.  This year I’d been planning to try naturally dyed ones again, as well as using lace to dye a pattern, but decided to opt for an easier method, ie Sharpies.… Continue Reading “Easy Easter egg decorating ideas”

How to make cheat’s easy fortune cookies

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As part of our Chinese New Year themed Weekend Box, we made fortune cookies.  I always thought they’d be really complicated, and had no idea how they’re made, so I was pleased to see how we could make them.  Ok, so they might not be the traditional way, but for something easy that children could make, these are worth a try. Ingredients: Flour tortillas (we used wholewheat) Olive oil Toppings (optional) – melted chocolate, sprinkles, freeze dried fruit (chopped), sesame… Continue Reading “How to make cheat’s easy fortune cookies”