Family and Life

 

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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Appleyard Mother’s Day Flowers Discount Code

I've been having a tricky week so the arrival of these beauties from Appleyard Flowers was very well timed! Appleyard Flowers are a flower delivery company which are new to me so I took a wander over to their website to have a look around and to find out a bit more...

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Outdoor Adventures, Whatever the Weather

Tempting as it is to shut the doors, close the curtains and curl up in front of the fire with a good book as the winter gets into its stride, I need to get outside. I need to breathe in that crisp air and blow away all the cobwebs as do all my children. Whether it's...

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Mudlarking on the Thames

London is such an exciting city to visit but there are so many places I 'ought' to go, exhibitions I 'must' see and things I 'have' to do that I can very quickly become overwhelmed. So when my friend Victoria suggested a walk on the beach and a spot of mudlarking...

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How To Make Sugar Mice – Cooking with Kids

Making sugar mice is one of those easy family traditions which make Christmas special. It is things like this, not the expensive gadgets and throw away presents, which make memories to last a lifetime. When I first wrote this post I had no idea that it would prove to...

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Decorating for Christmas – A Time-lapse Video!

If you've been reading my blog for a while you will know that I don't do Christmas by halves - we have seven Christmas trees scattered around the house and I'm a sucker for fairy lights! The children have a mini fake tree in their rooms which accounts for four, there...

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The Flu Vaccine – Protecting Children This Christmas

Through the 2014/2015 flu vaccine immunisation programme children aged two, three and four are now routinely being offered a free vaccination against flu at their GP surgeries. My second born has been immunised every year since he was diagnosed with asthma aged 4 so I...

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Fair Trade for Festive Friday – Ethical Gifts

Today is Black Friday which seems to be a new Christmas 'tradition' here in the UK, imported from the US. We have already seen fights and scuffles as people scrap over TV screens and other 'must haves'; the headline 'I got a Dyson but I don't even know if I want it'...

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How to Make Paper Pom Poms

Thinly Spread, along with several other European children's activities blogs, is taking part in the fabulous Countdown to Christmas organised by Cerys at Rainy Day Mum. Every Monday for the next four weeks will have a different theme which we will all be interpreting...

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Recycled Christmas Card Crafts for Festive Friday

This week I have mostly been cooking Christmas stuff and photographing it and I have had a LOVELY time! In between making fudge, baking cakes and rustling up a pie or two we've been making these! I'd love to see what you've been up to, do add your festive posts to the...

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How to Make Bath Bombs for Christmas

Welcome to Week 2 of #FestiveFriday - I am reliably informed that there are now only six weeks until Christmas so I am very keen to see all your creative Christmas ideas, do share any on the Linky at the bottom of this post! This week we have been making bath bombs,...

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How to Make Chocolate Spoons

Oh my word - who could resist these little spoons resting in that chocolatey loveliness?! These homemade chocolate spoons are the perfect Christmas gift or why not indulge your Valentine? How to Make Chocolate Spoons You can make these delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate...

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Win A Perfect Night In!

Would you like to win a perfect night in? For a chance to win a 40" HDTV, £250 of Sainsbury's vouchers, and 10 DVDs all you have to do is tell us what your perfect night in involves, details at the end of this post! My idea of a perfect night in changes with the...

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GoPro Hero 3+ – The Review

We've been the happy owners of a GoPro Hero 3+ Black for a couple of months now. We've shared our summer  adventures in a highlights video, throwing ourselves off things, getting good and wet, dicing with death on the ocean waves, climbing up things and generally...

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Beauty Legacy – What’s Yours?

I look at her as she skitters through her teenage years with a toss of her hair and a smile to die for. She oozes self-confidence, enjoying her quirkiness, exploring and experimenting, trying herself on for size. She doesn't care what anyone else thinks, she dresses...

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Starting University – Those Who Are Left Behind

Teen 1 is starting University. He's been gone for eleven days (not that I'm counting!) and it's a very weird time in my life as a parent. I last saw him, sitting at his desk in his teeny tiny room in Halls, waving me off cheerfully but impatiently;  keen to get on...

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#GoProAdventures – Sailing with the GoPro Hero3+

Oh we've had so much fun! GoPro asked us to review their new GoPro Hero3+ video camera along with a selection of mounts and cases - including a waterproof one; I can't tell you how happy this made me! I've been trying to capture our sailing by hanging over the side...

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