#CraftyChristmas. We’re really getting into this crafting now, and Isabelle is throwing herself in wholeheartedly wanting to know what we’re going to do next.
I can’t quite remember where I got this idea from, but mentally stored it away as we had some coloured lollipop sticks in our craft box and wasn’t really sure what to do with them.
So today we’ve made a Lollipop Stick Christmas Star.
You will need:
Coloured lollipop sticks which you can get in most craft shops.
Coloured craft jewels. We found some sticky-backed ones
String or Christmas ribbon
First of all add the jewels to the lollipop sticks making sure that you avoid the centre part of each stick where they will be joined together.
If using glue, wait for these to dry.
Using a strong glue, glue the sticks together to form your star shape. Not a job for the littles as I proved by sticking the star to my finger. It took quite a lot to get it off, nearly pulling the skin off my finger.
Once this is dry, turn the star over and attach your string making a loop.
As soon as the tree is up (I know, you’re way ahead of us) we will be adding our new addition.
To make these pizza’s you could cheat and use a ready made pizza base but we prefer to make our own. Here is the recipe for traditional dough base.
3 cups of strong plain flour
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of fast action dried yeast
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and cover. Leave for half an hour to give the yeast a chance to work.
After this time, divide the dough into 4 pieces and flatten with your hands. I then hand cut christmas tree shapes and put onto a greased baking tray.
Using a jar of pizza sauce (can be found in most supermarkets) or use tomato puree mixed with some dried oregano.
Then comes the fun bit of adding the toppings of your choice. I used a selction of peppers, sausage, chicken, salami, tomatoes and cheese. I let both of my kids decide what they wanted on their pizza. Put in the oven on gas mark 6 for approximately 20 minutes and they had them for dinner.
Well we’ve made it past the end of the world and this is the last of our Christmas Advent Calendar Competitions, and what a way to end it.
Just two years ago when Isabelle was born was made the decision to use cloth nappies. This received a variety of reactions, including disgust at the thought of having to wash the dirty nappies. However, once I started using them and friends and family saw how simple and like disposable nappies that cloth were they soon changed their minds. Since then at playgroups and baby groups there are more and more mums making the decision to use cloth.
I was told that I would become rather addicted to cloth which I dismissed until new ranges of colours and prints became available and I just wanted them all. Baba+Boo have a great range of reusable nappies in a variety of prints and colours to suit your needs. You can choose from the Classic range or the exclusive range which includes my favourite which is Master Frog.
Baba+Boo are so confident in their nappies that you can give a nappy a trial and if you’re not completely satisfied you can return the nappy and get 70% of the cost back.
As well as nappies they have a lovely range of nappy accessories, Bibs, Shoes, Hair Accessories and Hats. New to the brand are the Reusable Nappy Gift Sets which is a Reusable Nappy and matching Long Sleeve T-shirt. This is a fab New Baby Gift for a new mum embarking on their cloth journey.
Baba+Boo have just launched a great new idea to help mums who would like to work flexibly around their children. If you are a cloth user and are constantly recommended reusable nappies to friends and mums at playgroups then this is for you. You can become a Baba+Boo Clothee Break Agent which will give you the chance to earn some extra cash by chatting to Parents to be and New mums about the benefit of using reusable nappies.
We really love the Stardust Kids range of clothing. We’re big fans of the romper suits, and t-shirts but our favorite are the Skater dresses. There’s loads of designs and colours to choose from and we’d like the winner to choose the dress of their choice to suit their style.
This is quite a funky teether. When your baby chomps down on the antenna part of the bee it vibrates offering some comfort from teething pain.
It comes in pink and yellow and we’re offering the yellow one as today’s prize.
We had a quick dash into town yesterday and went up really early which meant we were there waiting for the doors to open. I’m so glad that I did that as it was fairly quiet and I got so much more done that it we’d left it until later in the day. I think, and hope that we have finished our shopping. Just the food to go and buy this evening (not looking forward to that).
We have another Lamaze giveaway today. Sorry to bombard you with these, but I think you will have to agree that they really do make a gorgeous range of toys for babies and toddlers. I love the multi-function of the range and hope to expand our range in the New Year.
All little girls like Pink and Princesses and Dolls. This is true for most, and as a small child I do remember liking pink, but I also remember cutting all the hair off my dolls, and of my friends doll (her mum was not impressed) to make them into boy dolls. You see I wasn’t a girly girl, but I was more into outdoor stuff and sports. As I grew older I was into make-up, hair and impulse body spray as much as the next teenage girl but pink just wasn’t my colour.
As I got older I became a ‘red’ girl. If I want to feel girly then I wear red and have a selection of red things including dresses, shoes, bags etc. When I was pregnant with my daughter we didn’t know the sex of the baby but I was adamant that if I had a girl she would not be a pink baby. Isabelle was born and still my aversion to pink remained and I was quite vocal that I didn’t want pink clothing for her. All of the toys, clothes and bedding were neutral colours with the inclusion of reds, greens and purples but definitely no PINK. Inevitably she was given lots of pink things and it bothered me less.
As time went on I felt more comfortable with pink and even started to buy pink clothing. At two years old Isabelle is a total Girly Girl and loves everything pink, princesses and dolls. She’s even changed me and now I’m the one picking out all of the girly stuff. It’s funny to think how adamant I was that she wasn’t going to be a pink girl and now we live in the world of pink. I even bought her her first petticoat dress for her second birthday which she looked totally adorable in!
I take back what I say as I plummet deeper and deeper into the world of fluffy, pink, fairies, princesses and sparkles and love every minute of it.
I was thrilled when I happened upon www.enchantedwishes.co.uk where you can find a gorgeous selection of Dressing-up costumes, books, beautiful jewellery boxes and petticoat skirts. This site is full of stuff from little girls dreams.
Enchanted Wishes is run by a mum of three little girls who are the inspiration behind the business and having only been running since October 2012 this is their first Christmas!
The Sugar Pink Pettiskirt is available in Small (1 – 3 years) and Medium (4 – 6 years).
To enter this great competition fill in the form below.