My gift giving / receiving plan is starting to work!

Last year around this time of year I wrote a series of blog posts about changing the future of gift giving. I decided instead of just giving gifts, I would give good feelings, good times, secondhand or homemade items and help and support to loved ones and friends rather than a whole load of new stuff destined to
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My top five free summer days out near Brighton with kids!

I have two young boys under 6 and they are full of energy.  Getting out the house and into the fresh air on the weekends is really important to us.  We don’t want to spend money every time we leave the house though so frequently we pack our lunch and head off to one of
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10 free ways to distract your child when out and about!

Lots of kids aren’t great at waiting patiently for long and there are times when you need them to do just that!  You might be in a waiting room, in a restaurant, cafe, queue or anywhere it isn’t practical for them to get up/ walk off and run around.   I have found that although
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The great thing about homemade oatcakes is….

Since giving up sugar, instead of making oat and raisin squares I’ve been making Scottish oatcakes. They are a really healthy, filling snack and go well with a variety of dips and toppings.  I’ve been trying out different recipes, but the other day I tried out this one from Penny’s Recipes.   One great thing I’ve discovered about making
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What to do with broken toddler books!

I was tidying up the kids bedrooms and I noticed that several of their books had fallen to pieces.  They were really nice books with sturdy pages.  Throwing them in the bin or even recycling them seemed a bit criminal and I had been thinking about updating the decor in my younger sons room, so
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How to turn your child’s work of art into a fridge magnet!

During half term (yes I know – it seems like a distant memory now), we went to the library and they had a craft session on celebrating Chinese New Year.   They gave the kids some snakes to decorate, including some foam type ones, with sticky bits to decorate them with.  I was mentally tutting
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All wrapped up – in fabric!

Last year I wrote about some of the alternatives to wrapping paper.  Buying wrapping paper can be costly and it literally just gets thrown straight in the bin once the gifts have been opened.  I think it is just such a waste for the five second buzz of opening a gift.  I also think if the
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Entertaining the kids on a rainy day!

I woke up this morning  and my immediate thought was oh no what are we going to do with the kids today!  We have a flat roof above our bedroom and when it rains you can really hear it! Judging by the symphonies playing on our roof, the usual walks and cycle routes were not
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How to get your family to eat more vegetables!

Fruit and vegetables are a really important part of a balanced diet, but sometimes it can be hard to make sure every member of the family is eating the right amount each week.  When looking at portion plates recently, I realised my family are really not eating enough vegetables and I would like to up their
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