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Entries from December 2008

The Week That Was – 23

December 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Today is the last day of school for us. Finally we can shut our enormous school files and welcome summer into our lives… I don’t have that wonderful feeling that I had as a kid on the first day of summer holidays – Oh the heady freedom of no shoes for a number of weeks. […]

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Clearly Christmas: A Kids Christmas Craft Party in Se7en Steps.

December 5th, 2008 · 8 Comments

The wonderful thing about craft parties is that the kids do the work. They really enjoy, given the materials, the freedom to create whatever they like. Basically as long as you have glitter you have the tools for a Christmas Craft Party. Now a Christmas Craft Party can take on two themes… A Gifty Gathering: […]

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Tags: Happy Holidays · Practical Parties

Quick and Easy Tin Can Wind Chimes in Se7en Steps…

December 3rd, 2008 · 16 Comments

We live in a very blustery part of the world and December is notoriously windy. World Wind Surfing Championships are often held here in December and do you know why? Well because quite literally you can pick your hairdo up two blocks away on any given day. And you all know how I love tin […]

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Tags: Crafts for Kids · Outdoors · Recycle Crafts

Clearly Christmas: Spicy Christmas Cookies in Se7en Steps…

December 3rd, 2008 · 40 Comments

This recipe is fabulous and makes an enormous amount of cookies – perfect for us! It fills the house with a heavenly smell of honey and spices. All very Festive and Christmassy. We first made it a few years ago when we tried to make a gingerbread house – that was a disaster with conking […]

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Tags: Family Recipes · Happy Holidays

Se7en Do Advent…

December 2nd, 2008 · 13 Comments

So this is what my children used to wake up to on 1 December… I am a complete sucker for all things advent… and would get a whole new advent system going every year…couldn’t bear to part with the old and had to use the new – and frankly the whole thing became quite overwhelming. […]

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Sunday Snippet: One Wintry Night

December 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

This book is one of our Christmas Traditions: It is written by Ruth Bell Graham and illustrated by Richard jesse Watson. On the 1st of December it gets popped onto the bedtime story pile and we read a couple of pages every night all the way until Christmas Eve when we finish it with a […]

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Saturday Spot: There is a New Button in Town.

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

It has been a while of blogging and a while of book reviews and a while of letting the blogosphere know what we read, when we read, how we read and who we read… Just this week I was asked about discipline books and history books for kids, I was asked about easy chapter books […]

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