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Vega, aged 9 weeks, early morning cuddles with Kiki
Baya, aged 5 years, Alice in Wonderland {eating a yogurt!}
Kiki, aged 8 years, always making something
Lola, aged 11 years, packed and ready for guide camp

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Weekend Links

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Happy Saturday! It’s a normal-ish weekend here, though Lola has gone off on Guide camp for the weekend so we’re down to *only* three kiddos! Kiki and Baya have gym this afternoon, then we’re planning a girlie movie night tonight. We have family visiting tomorrow and Miss Lola will be home {no doubt tired and with a bag full of washing for me!

Here’s some of what I’ve been loving around the internet this week

This Mexican sausage and bean casserole sounds delicious

Inspired by Keri-Anne and now I’ve got the go ahead from my doctor, I can’t wait to get back into working out. I’m thinking of restarting the C25K I did a few years ago.

Wishing I had the space for one of these!

And one of these

These Nachos sound amazing!

Love these mountain brooches from Tigerlilly Quinn

Trying to decide what colour mocassins to get Vega – I’m thinking Ink or Cinnamon….

And here’s a video of my little cutie chattering away… kinda can’t believe he’ll be 9 weeks old tomorrow!

52 Weeks of Gratitude – Week Forty One

52 weeks of gratitude

* visits from friends… nothing beats a good old chatter over a cup of tea!
* exciting emails… nothing beats an email full of exciting news ;)
* bath time… Mr Vega finally loves his bath, so fun watching him splash around
* we took all four kiddos to a gig on Wednesday… Vega’s first gig {and my first night out since he was born!} He slept through the first half and we spent the second sat on the stairs nursing!
* enjoying the *slightly* warmer weather this week… def not as cold as it was!
* so thankful to have kiddos who adore their baby brother and help me out…. makes my life that little bit easier
* earl grey tea… I must have drunk a gazzilion cups this week {and actually Wrexham was just named tea-drinking capital of the UK!!}
* daffodils – daff’s in the house can only mean one thing – spring is on the way ;)

Weekend Box – Crafting fun

Ah weekends…. to be honest, they’re not that different to any day for us… Papa works shifts so often isn’t home at the weekend, I work from home and fit it in whenever I can, and the kiddos don’t go to school… PLUS Saturdays are usually full of various groups so we’re rushing around like nutters.

Still, I like to try and keep Sunday’s free… no plans, no where we have to be or things to do. It’s nice to have a day to just do as we please. Somedays we’ll go out for Sunday lunch, or take a long walk before coming home to an afternoon movie. Others, especially rainy days, we’ll cover the table in the entire contents of our craft cupboards and see what we can make {asides from a mess}.

girls crafting

Whilst it’s fun to start crafting with no plans in mind, or just create something spur of the moment, other times it’s nice to have an actual activity. The other wet Sunday we spent the day crafting with our Weekend Box. It was just before Chinese New Year so all of the activities were themed around that.

The box comes with four different activites, and everything you need to complete them {asides from food if it’s needed}. There are only enough items for one child to do each activity {though you can purchase extra boxes at a discount for siblings} but as we have a craft cupboard full of things, we dug out the extra bits so we could all join in.

weekend box

We got to make chinese dragons, a paper plate drum, paper lanterns and fortune cookies. It kept Kiki and Baya amused for a couple of hours, cutting and painting and glueing and thinking up fun fortunes. The fortune cookies were a big hit – all that crafting makes you hungry don’t you know?

If you’re looking for something that gives your child a fun afternoon crafting, then the Weekend Box is really worth a try. If you sign up through my link HERE, your first box is even free!

fortune cookies

baya crafting

kiki crafting

We were sent a free Weekend Box for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts are our own :)

Bedtime Stories – The Girl Who Lost Her Name

Bedtime stories – one of my favourite times of day. I love snuggling up with the kiddos and reading a story or two before they go to sleep. There have been a few firm favourites over the years, and when the girls were babies we read ‘Goodnight Moon’ every single night {I can still recite it without needing the book} – I’m planning on buying a new copy for Vega soon.

Kiki and Baya still enjoy a story before bed, though some evenings they’ll settle for a audiobook – a good substitute if Papa is at work and I have a noisy baby! But as often as we can, they pick a story. Usually Baya will opt for a picture story, and Kiki will have a chapter book on the go that we’ll read a chapter or two of together.

We’re always on the hunt for new stories – though the girls are often happy to have the same book over and over, I need a little variety if I’m not to fall asleep whilst reading. Thank goodness for the library!

bedtime stories

Following on from me talking about unusual names the other day, we received a copy of ‘The little girl who lost her name‘.

A personalised story about a girl {or boy} who wakes up and has forgotten her name. She goes on an adventure to track down the missing letters and finds that they spell out her name! It’s a lovely story, perfect for ages 2-6 {although Kiki and Vega happily listened in too!}. The illustrations are gorgeous – always a big plus for me, I think good pictures are just as important as the actual story in a kids books – especially for pre-readers.

lostmyname book - bedtime stories

I think most children love a book with their name in it – Baya did especially as we’ve not come across her name in a book before! Each book is custom printed when you order it, ours arrived well before the twelve days that they quote and the quality is great – nice thick pages and as I said, beautifully illustrated. It’s a book we’ll read again and again, and I’m sure Baya will treasure for a long time. I think I’m going to order a copy to put aside for Vega too.

I have one copy to give away, you get to pick boy or girl, and the name you’d like for the book. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, enter via the Rafflecopter box below

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