Family and Life

 

Sun Print Pictures, Autumn Walks and Bench Picnics!

We set off on an autumn walk to collect leaves and make sun print pictures!  Oh my goodness, I love Autumn! I'm split between wanting to be out on the water with all that clear, crisp air and the wind in my hair and wanting to walk through crunchy leaves with my hands...

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School Reviewer – A New Resource for Parents

As a parent (and ex teacher) who has navigated my way through our current school system often feeling baffled, unsure, ill-informed and confused I was very interested to read about a new site called School Reviewer. School reviewer aims to collate all the information...

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Palm Oil – Good or Bad?

Shopping can be a bit of a nightmare if you're trying to be vegetarian, eco friendly and fair to producers. I can spend half my shopping trip reading labels - something which was OK last month can suddenly contain something I wouldn't give houseroom to and some...

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My Vegetarian Story for National Vegetarian Week

This year's National Vegetarian week coincides with a rather special anniversary - twenty-eight years ago this May I had been vegetarian for 18 months when a dark-haired, blue-eyed boy swept me off my feet.  Mr TS arrived in my life with a selection of vibrantly...

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LaplandUK – Our Review

Last weekend Bonus Boy and I set out together to visit LaplandUK by special invitation from The Big Man himself and we were VERY excited! We parked in the forest and made our way to Reception, a large wooden cabin, manned by elves and housing the LaplandUK exchange where we swapped a few of our pound coins for Elf Jingles and collected our Passport.

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Make Your Own Christmas Village

I’ve always wanted a miniature light up Christmas village and I love making tea light lanterns so it seemed like a good plan to combine the two in one project. This is an excellent project for older children and adults, if you are doing it with younger children you may find the results are a bit wonkier but Christmas is all about the quirky, wonky homemade decorations so that’s no bad thing!

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Harrods Christmas Hamper – A Review

I do love a Christmas hamper, it is one of my favourite things to give to friends and family and I have made many myself over the years so I was chuffed to bits to be asked to review a Harrods Christmas Hamper – but which one to choose?! I spent a happy half hour in late October browsing the hamper selection on the Harrods website while family members tried to influence my choice in the background. I ignored them, there was something totally irresistible in the Grosvenor Hamper and I had to have it!

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Quick Homemade Christmas Wreath

I see a lot of blog posts about invitations to play for young children – a selection of materials to tempt them in, fire up their imaginations and keep their little fingers busy but it’s just as important to offer invitations to play to older children and adults. I left a tray of craft materials out on our table last week and this is what happened…

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A Teenager for a Day

Things are very different for my daughter who is living in a world where communication is available 24 hours a day with the tap of a phone screen than it was for me in the 1980s, so when Dove asked me if I would accept a challenge to take on the social media routines of 13-23 year olds for the day I agreed to give it a bash.

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Self Diagnosis – Good or Bad?

I’ve just been reading this article about self diagnosis which introduced me to a new word for the anxiety caused by googling your symptoms when you are feeling unwell, and which seems to sum it up quite well…

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Taking Stock

Things are changing here at Thinly Spread. Our eldest has just returned for the Summer having completed his first year at University, our second has just finished his AS Levels, our daughter faces GCSEs next year and Bonus Boy is about to leave his cosy First School...

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Supporting Bereaved Children

I started my teaching career back in 1991 in a Junior School in Bristol. I was 24 years old, I thought I knew everything there was to know and I was ready to share that knowledge with the 33 children in my class of 9, 10 and 11 year olds. At my first parents' evening...

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