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Loving be a parent, trying to find enough hours in the day to do everything handmade and homegrown. Mum of one, blogger, attachment parent, wife of pub landlord, allotmenteer, prolific reader of books and over sharer on social media.
This site is dedicated to all the fascinating crafts, activities, projects, ideas and experience we attempt along the way!

loubiloukids:

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What inspires Juno Magazine editor Saffia Farr most about her magazine is that it’s written by parents.

“It’s real families sharing their real experiences,” explains Saffia, who lives near Bristol with her husband and three children. “Not experts telling us what to do.”

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mamafrog-makes:

I love lavender, and now is a good time to harvest it, so this week that’s what we did.

Today I have had a good work day. It’s been a while since I’ve been this busy with home chores, as I’ve been mainly keeping a toddler cool and out of trouble.

After a visit to the allotment and the market we harvested some lavender. Which this afternoon I’ve spent turning into homemade goodies, for (please don’t stone me) Christmas presents!

I’ve put whole stems in olive oil to infuse (making lavender oil) and loose buds in sugar (making lavender sugar).

Both will keep for a few months till I process them into cookies, soaps and balms.

mamafrog-blogs:

Lots of homegrown goodness. The view at our allotment today. Nearly using all our plot- but would still love suggestions for crops that can be sown July/August/September.

We’ve only had the plot two months and most of the seeds were from the local garden centres bargain bin for 25p.

I think the free chicken poo from our hens is definitely encouraging them!


So far growing well
Lots of squashes
Courgettes
Marrows
Carrots
Leeks
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Beetroot
Pak Choi
Sweetcorn
Runner beans

So go on, tell me what seeds should I order for my allotment?

mothernaturenetwork:

How to cook artichokes: 7 delicious recipes
Artichokes have so much more potential than you might suspect. These recipes will inspire you to add this nutritious superfood to your weekly menu!

mamafrog-blogs:

Channel 4s second series of Child Genius has returned. This controversial program follows some of the country’s most gifted children (and their parents) as they compete in mensa’s annual competition.

The parents range from proud, to domineering to those who are evidently working through childhood…

mamafrog-makes:

frozen dancing ribbon ring make


If your little one has been swept away by frozen fever - why not indulge their interest with this dancing ribbon ring.
Dancing rings are great for inspiring creative play and stimulate learning. The movement of the ribbons replicates how a child moves and is a great way to aid self expression in small children
Here we make ours frozen with blue and white ribbon. Perfect for mini Elsa’s to magical freeze their imaginary world, and brilliant girls birthday party favours.
What do you need to make a dancing ribbon ring:
3* 4ft stands of ribbon (hemmed or burnt to avoid fraying) 
1 unfinished wooden ring measuring at least 2” in diameter
The rest is pretty simple, thread fthe ribbon half way through the ring.  Then fasten securely to the wooden ring.  Double knot to reduce the risk of the ribbon unfastening and presenting a choking hazard.
Alternatively you can use shorter lengths of ribbon (2ft is good) to make a teething ring for babies and toddlers.
Visit our store to find our craft kits for the dancing ribbon ring (only £3.45 delivered).
Share your photos of this craft via our forum below. Did you add any extras that we should try?

mamafrog-blogs:

IKEA BÖRJA beaker review

When I decided to breastfeed my son, I followed the advice of La Leche league, and purposely didn’t buy any bottles.

The idea is that if you don’t have them, you can’t use them. It worked and we are still feeding at 10 months.

The only negative has been that we’ve really struggled finding a suitable sippy cup or breaker for him.

This issue is that he tries to “latch on” to them getting his nose squished against the lid. Which promptly causes him to quit trying.

We’ve tried all different makes, collecting a cupboard of redundant offerings in the process.

Someone I know rated Nuby, another TT and a further friend suggested another brand.

We even tried buying a bottle, but still no joy. Honestly, I’d kind of given up on the training cup thing, resigning myself to be my toddlers cup slave (your glass mama with lots of ice) for the rest of eternity.

But, today on a trip to Ikea for pub supplies, I was browsing the baby section, and a frog themed set caught my eye. Next to it was the borja breaker, which I passed to groggy to inspect on an off chance.

It has a really tall spout, so when he tried to latch on there was still plenty of space for his nose.

At £1.50 each I thought it was worth a shot. On the way home I filled it up to provide a car seat distraction, and he finished it minutes.
Such perfect timing too with this hot weather he really needs the extra water.

Other pluses, apart from the fact that he can use it , include:

Design is nice- green and white 70’s style color way.

Clear measuring points on the front of the beaker

The beaker is BPA free

And it’s handles are good size for toddlers

If you want more information on the borja beaker visit the Ikea product page here

mamafrog-makes:

Make your own natural wooden teething ring

Even those who ‘dont’ craft could do this simple tutorial.

Making your own costs less than half of that of buying.  The end result is great for teething pain relief and sensory play. 


You need:

3* 2ft stands of ribbon (hemmed or burnt to avoid fraying)

 1 unfinished wooden ring measuring at least 2” in diameter


The rest is pretty simple, thread the ribbon half way through the ring.  Then fasten securely to the wooden ring.  Double knot to reduce the risk of the ribbon unfastening and presenting a choking hazard.


Alternatively you can increase the lengths of ribbon (4ft is good) to make a dancing ribbon ring. 


Visit our store to find our craft kits for the teething ring (£1.95 including postage) or the dancing ribbon ring craft kit (only £3.45 delivered).


If you’ve made this I’d love to see the results. Share your photos of this craft via our forum below. Did you add any extras that we should try?

mamafrog-blogs:

Amazing outdoor book nooks

Another inspiring post by nurturestore intended for older children.

But why not creature an outdoor booknook for younger children too?

Top 5 books about outdoors/nature for small children

The gruffalo
Each peach pear plum
Peace at last
Where the wild things are
We’re going on a bear hunt

mamafrog-learningplay:

You probably have all you need to create this awesome @imaginationtree tutorial to hand at home. Perfect addition to a summer season table or heuristic play activity
Details here : a href=”http://theimaginationtree.com/2014/06/egg-carton-ocean-craft.html”> Egg Carton Ocean Craft

mamafrog-learningplay:

You probably have all you need to create this awesome @imaginationtree tutorial to hand at home. Perfect addition to a summer season table or heuristic play activity

Details here : a href=”http://theimaginationtree.com/2014/06/egg-carton-ocean-craft.html”> Egg Carton Ocean Craft