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Fairy Home Birthday Cake

Fairy Toadstool Birthday cake how to

I love making birthday cakes for my kids – I’m not great at it but I like how they can be tailored to their interests at the time and the themes for their parties. This year T had a Fairy Tea Party so along with the Butterfly Fairy Cakes that she and I made together I baked and decorated a Fairy Home Birthday Cake for her main birthday cake. Looking really effective it was relatively easy to make so I wanted to share a quick how to with you so you could recreate if you wanted to.

How to

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Tissue Paper Pom Poms

How to make Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Simple and easy to make these Tissue Paper Pom Poms are perfect for decorating a room or for a kids party. I made these for our Fairy Tea Party to decorate the room with the rainbow colours of the party.

Materials needed for Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Tissue Paper Scissors White Cotton

Quantities of Tissue Paper

For our Tissue Paper Pom Poms I used sheets that were 45cm by 35cm which came in 5 sheets. For the larger balls you need more say 10 sheets as most of the pom poms that we made were half a sheet in size.

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Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins – Coffee Morning Cakes

Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Time for another coffee morning cake recipe for me – perfect for sharing with friends when you have a play date organised these Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins are quick to make and can be served warm. These aren’t overly sweet and of course you can adapt the recipe for just 1 or 2 types of chocolate chip if you so wish.

Triple Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

Makes 12 Muffins

10 oz Self Raising Flour – check here on how to make it if Self Raising flour is not available in your area. 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 oz unsalted

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Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread – Coffee Morning Cakes

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread Recipe

Twice a month I get together with me friends and we have a coffee morning with cake (“real cake”) we take turns and bake a new cake or desert each time. I’m trying different recipes and have been making cinnamon pull apart bread.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

2 full cups and 1 cup almost full of all purpose (plain) flour 1/4 cup of sugar 1 packet dried fast acting yeast (aprox 2 and 1/4 teaspoons of dried fast acting yeast) 4 oz of butter 2/3 cups of milk (I used semi skimmed) 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla

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Children’s Art Caddy

Upcycled Children's Art Caddy

Keeping our art and craft supplies organised is one of my goals for this year and we have got off to a good start with a simple upcycle to make a portable Art Caddy that can be stored easily and come out when the kids are ready to use it.

Upcycled Art Caddy for Children’s Crafts

With homework, crafts and art being done regularly at home (more so than in the summer months) I needed somewhere that we could store basic supplies that are needed everyday as we have a dinning table that is used for everything and it needs

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Easy no-sew Christmas Sack

Easy no-sew Christmas Sack for you to make for your kids.

One of the great joys of Christmas is bringing out the same items year after year and remembering memories. Here’s an easy no-sew sack to make for your kids that can be brought out year after year and I promise you very little artistic ability is needed (in fact if you can draw around a plate and cut with scissors you will be fine).

Go over to iVillage for full instructions on how to create the Easy No-Sew Sack for Santa Tweet

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Pinspired – Craft Project #cbias #socialfabric

Pinspired Craft for Mums

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.

Are you like me and have a slight (ok a little more than a slight) addiction to Pinterest – do you Pin ideas and never get around to doing them well with a little push from the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community I opened up my Crafty Projects for Mum’s board and started to browse all I had pinned.

As I browsed staring at

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Simple Family Dinner – Traditional Sunday Roast

Simple Family Meals - Traditional Sunday Roast Beef

Simple Family Dinner – A mothering Sunday Meal

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK – we celebrate it according to the Christian Calendar on the 4th Sunday of Lent it was a day when people returned to their mother church and were able to spend time in the church with their own mother. More now it’s celebrated like Mother’s Day where children give gifts and thanks to their Mother’s. This is one of our simple family dinners that we cook to celebrate a traditional Sunday roast.

© Joseph Gough |

Part of our family tradition

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DIY Nativity

We don’t have our own Nativity set yet – just haven’t found the one that we want so I got crafty (yes me not the kids this time as J was at preschool and T napping) and created a quick one.

We have been lucky to receive a package from Baker Ross full of Nativity Goodies and one of the items is a set of Nativity Finger Puppet Kits which I set about making. Following the pictures they were easier to make an older child would easily be able to make them independently (if J was at home I

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