Oh Creative Lady: Meet Claire from Spoonful of Color

May 25, 2016

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

Claire from Spoonful of Color has a vibrant, sunshiney Instagram feed that radiates happiness and joy. You’ll find snapshots of her Californian life with her adorable toddler, Cora. I am completely enamoured with her “Life in Mini Palettes” project where she creates snippets of colourful genius with paint chips. Hanging out with her on Insty just makes me giddy and happy, y’know?
It’s my pleasure to introduce Claire.

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GUEST POST: Kid’s Music. Can You Shake It Off?

May 18, 2016

Life

Kids music - Gift Grapevine Think of Tash from Gift Grapevine as your Fairy Godmother of Gift Ideas.
She’s the lady to visit when you’re wondering “What do I buy an X year old?”
She blogs about gorgeous gift ideas for babies and toddlers.
Apart from that, she is fun, witty and just plain lovely. And has an awesome taste in music. You need to read more about Tash’s first ever concert experience (it’s a bit cute.)
Today she’s rocking out on my blog and it’s awesome to have her here.
Introducing Tash.

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Host a Dinosaur Birthday Party in 16 Easy Steps

May 13, 2016

Life / Special Occasions

Dinosaur Birthday Party We do love a themed birthday party round these parts.
Especially if it is based on a picture book. (Exhibit A: Where is the Green Sheep? party. Exhibit B: Hairy Maclary party.)
Unfortunately our young fella hasn’t shown a penchant for any book in particular so we went for the rather broad theme of Dinosaurs.
Here’s how to throw a Dinosaur Birthday Party in 16 Easy Steps.

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Guest Post: The Importance of Repetition in Picture Books

May 11, 2016

Books / Picture Books

Repetition Picture Books Do ALL of my stories begin with “I first met So-and-So on Instagram….?”
It’s really starting to feel like it.
So, I first met Claire from @alittlebookhabit when we bonded over the Chris Haughton board book “Oh No, George!” Claire shares fantastic book recommendations via her ‘Gram, and has recently started a blog to share all her bookish passion with the world.
Her enthusiasm for books and literacy (she’s a teacher) is contagious.
Thanks for hanging out on my blog, Claire!

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Oh Creative Lady: Meet Annemieke from Miekes Makes

May 9, 2016

Life / Oh Creative Lady

Oh Creative Lady - Oh Creative Day Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.

The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.

I first met Annemieke on Instagram via the #4ThingsILove challenge. And promptly fell in love with her whimsical way with watercolour. So much so, that I asked her to redesign my blog header. Yep- that’s her work up the top there. And see that “Oh Creative Lady” image? She painted that, too. “Working” with Annemieke was a pure delight. Every email she sent was like a little ray of sunshine sent over from The Netherlands. Her work reflects her personality- bright, cheery and oh-so-sweet. Just reading through her answers, it was clear to me that Annemieke is somebody who approaches every day in a positive way.
Meet Annemieke.

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9 Invitations to Create Before Dinner

May 6, 2016

Craft

9 Ways to Encourage Creativity Before Dinner There are so many possible titles for this post.
18 Invitations to Build and Create!
Free Printable to Help You Set Up Invitations to Build and Create
Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained so That You Can Focus on Not Burning Dinner (catchy, no?!)
Entertain the Kids Until Dinner with Invitations to Create.
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GUEST POST: 5 Afternoon Snack Hacks for Busy Parents

May 4, 2016

Life

5 Afternoon Snack Hacks for Busy Parents Play With Food Simone from Play With Food was my first online friend who became an In-Real-Life Friend.
The friendship was cemented by surviving Yum Cha with 4 kids under 4 upon our first meeting.
I love Simone’s passion for what she does. Her aim is “to delight the imagination and taste buds of kids with food!” Simone specialises in fussy eaters and is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to ending meal battles and creating happier family mealtimes. I’m forever drawing on what she has taught me when I sit down for meals with my smalls. Simone is sharing some Afternoon Snack Hacks to help busy parents get through to dinnertime with happy kiddies.

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DIY Dino Blocks

May 2, 2016

Craft

DIY Dino Blocks I asked my toddler what she was drawing.
“A coelophysis.” She replied, nonchalantly.
Rightio, then.
Thanks to Dino Block, an amazing board book by Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo, her dinosaur knowledge is pretty insane. This book is on very high rotation at our place. Best of all, it comes with a pronunciation key for each dinosaur (luckily for me.)

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