Guest post: Premature Births, Blindness and Autism by Astrid van Woerkom

Good morning lovelies!  As you will know by the sheer volume of posts about it, I am now in sunny Spain!  If any of you would like to keep up with our goings on in Tossa De Mar, please do feel free to add me on Instagram.  I will have access to WiFi and I will have my computer and phone – I know, typical blogger! My first guest post is from my lovely friend Astrid.  She has blogged her heart out for this guest post, to please do take the time to read and also visit her blog here. […]

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Low level play day: crafts and food play for exhausted and poorly parents – Easter Chicks and Home Made Sweets

Regular readers will be well aware of my seemingly near constant poorlyness.  For me, it’s all part of my plethora of interwoven conditions, several of which are auto immune.  This means I am constantly tired, hurting and incapacitated on some degree.  I’ve been particularly poorly of late after a nasty fall a few weeks ago so I have had to prioritise, delegate, pace, and make the most of the times I’m feeling ‘better’ (in chronic illness the word ‘better’ is a relative term, as you’re never really better). But time waits for no man, woman, or Mum – and as […]

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Let’s go fly a kite: crafting and outdoor fun – what’s the story? #getyourcrafton

Jess and I have been really enjoying our crafting on these wet and windy days we’ve been having.  In addition to our own independent endeavours, we have been lucky enough to receive free samples of both The Toucan Box and The Weekend Box.  They are generally aimed at a lower age group than our 11 and 31 respectively (my 14 year old prefers XBox), but we were happy to give the crafts a crack. What better on a windy day than an opportunity to make a kite.  It was very simple, make with drinking straws and carrier bags, but the […]

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Fun food crafting for older kids: marshmallow trees

Anyone who’s been on pinterest, or pretty much anywhere on the net cannot fail to have noticed the preponderance of  ‘sweetie trees’ that are available to buy and make.  The concept is pretty simple, a little flower or tree shaped structure, with a globe of sweeties on the top, such as this: They are very popular, and great as gifts.  I had the idea of making some either with flowers or sweets (for the candy bar) for our wedding, so I purchased a quantity of polystyrene balls.  This is what makes up the interior.  During one fun day in our […]

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The sweeter side of life: Crafty and sweet making projects for older kids – candy floss

Recently I’ve been reading lots of blogs by parents of young children, under 10’s and under 5’s, who have tonnes of fun with crafts and make and do projects with their kids.  I love to live vicariously, and the smiles and joy on the children’s faces in these blog posts are genuine.  You can see how much they enjoy not only the crafts, but spending quality time with a parent.  As a parent, I have to say we often enjoy this time together just as much. Now my kids are a little older (11 and 13), we don’t do the […]

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