29 Nov 2016

Stay Warm This Winter on a Budget

Temperatures are dipping and the cold nights are drawing in as we head into December.

We all want to have a cosy home in winter but none of us want the cost that comes with it. You can start by looking to switch energy providers. There are lots of great deals available and some even offer cashback when you switch.

There are lots of additional little things that you can do around the home that can keep those bills down and help create a warm environment in an energy efficient way. 

Here are a few easy tips and tricks that can help you stay warm this winter on a budget.

24 Nov 2016

Bellz! Magnetic Game Reviewed

Christmas is a month away and it’s all about bells at the moment. Sleigh bells, handcrafted reindeer antler bells and me belting out Jingle Bells in a choir. Let’s add some more Bellz to the mix.

Bellz! Magnetic Game Reviewed

21 Nov 2016

Grandma's visit to Thomas Land

It is not often that we get a visit from J’s Aaji (Grandma, Nana). That’s because she lives 3000 miles away in India!
But she is here now, albeit for a very short time. And the idea behind her visit is to spend time with her only grandson, play with him and bond with him.

In order to make the most of this bonding experience, we decided to take her to the one place that J loves more than most. Thomas Land!

Grandma's visit to Thomas Land

18 Nov 2016

Christmas Crafts for Kids (with free printable)

Who else thinks November is too soon to put up the Christmas decorations? I like to wait until the first week of December to get going. But that does not stop me making my decorations in November.

You heard me. Making your own Christmas decorations is easier than you think. (There's a free printable at the end of the post to help).

Christmas Crafts for Kids

15 Nov 2016

Make Your Own Star Christmas Tree Topper (with Free Printable)

Who needs shop-bought when you can make your own? Nothing beats the charm of handcrafted and handmade. Now you can make your own star-shaped Christmas tree topper with my step-by-step instructions video.

All you will need are a couple of pieces of card; one a golden A4 sheet, the other a green corrugated one. Add to that some sparkly gold and silver sequins and shiny diamante detail and you will have a bespoke tree topper that is sure to be the ‘star’ attraction of this festive season.

14 Nov 2016

OKIDO - Arts and Science Magazine for Kids

“Children can bring either a book or a magazine for the independent reading session,” read the note from school.
“Aai, what is a magazine?” was the logical question that followed.

My son is an avid reader but he has never read magazines. It has always been books – baby books, toddler books, pre-school books and now, as he likes to call them, chapter books.

OKIDO - Arts and Science Magazine for Kids

OKIDO – the arts and science magazine for kids, was his perfect introduction to children’s magazines. I like that OKIDO is based on the concept of learning through play. It is full of stories, activities and games that stimulate children to question and create. It is a fun way to inspire scientific curiosity in inquisitive young minds.

11 Nov 2016

Tired of Tackling Housework?

Hand up if you like doing housework.

Hmm, I thought so. There’s not many of us who enjoy doing household chores. There’s always one, like a friend of ours, who finds ironing clothes quite therapeutic. Most of us don’t. We just do it because nobody else would.

Hands up if you like doing housework. Hmm, I thought so. There’s not many of us who enjoy doing household chores. We just do them because nobody else would. What if help was on hand? Intrigued? Read on...

8 Nov 2016

Sky Blanket 2016: October Update

It's been nearly a year since I embarked on what has come to be the biggest crochet project of my life. The Sky Blanket was my re-introduction into the world of yarns, hooks and crochet after a hiatus of nearly three decades. I invested in crochet hooks and bought armloads of yarn to reflect the colour of the sky. 

Sky Blanket 2016: October Update

There have been hiccups along the way - a month of absolutely no crocheting and plenty of catching up as I tried to keep up with what was meant to be a row-a-day project. After 9 months of crocheting (now doesn't that make it feel especially gestational), and running out of almost all my stock of yarn, I think my Sky Blanket is done. I still have to tidy up a few frayed ends and crochet a neat edge to hide the higgledy-piggledy sides. But other than that, my Sky Blanket is done.

7 Nov 2016

4 Reasons to use Linoleum for Your New Kitchen Floor

M and I have been thinking about updating our kitchen for a while now. So far, I have narrowed down on the kind of backsplash I want. We are still debating the layout, the types of units we would like to have and the overall finish. As if our own plans were not enough, I have been busy pinning to my Home DIY Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.

Here are four reasons why I am considering using linoleum for my updated kitchen floor.

One thing I do know. I want an easy-to-clean kitchen floor. We cook at home from scratch on a regular basis, and the kitchen floor bears the telltale signs of our culinary efforts more often than not. I cannot have a high maintenance kitchen floor. 

Linoleum is a material that ranks high on my list of possibles. Here are 4 good reasons why:

3 Nov 2016

Message in a Bottle - Discount Code and Review

“Aai, how did Kiki know where I live,” queried an incredulous J. We had just finished reading Message in a Bottle, the latest literary addition to our home library.

Message in a Bottle - Discount Code and Review

Let me tell you more about what prompted the question. Message in a Bottle is a personalised children’s book written by Tom Percival and illustrated by the incredibly talented Tuire Siiriainen.  I was part of the launch team for this book along with some fellow bloggers. We have seen the hard work that has gone into producing this inspiring tale of adventure.

2 Nov 2016

Help Your Kids Fight Cyberbullying

We live in an age where social media rules supreme and nothing in our lives is truly private any more. Peer pressure is a strange thing. Where grownups find it difficult to steer clear of oversharing on social media, it is even more daunting as a young person.

As more and more children are sharing their lives with their peers through technology, instances of cyberbullying are on the rise. Kids, parents, guardians and teachers, we all need to work together to tackle this growing menace. Here's what we can do...

As more and more children are sharing their lives with their peers through technology, instances of bullying via text messages, social media, and other digital platforms seem to be on the rise. This is known as cyberbullying, and unlike the bullies of old, this method of harassment is far more relentless. 

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