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Creating with a mosaic jewellery making kit ~ #BoredomBuster

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Show a little girl a jewellery-making kit and I’ll bet they’ll happily ‘make’ for hours.  (and little boys too, come to that!)  Our daughter loves making and using her imagination, like when she made pencil toppers and a Hello Kitty picture.  She gets absorbed into craft activities and it’s lovely to see.
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Predictably, that’s what happened with this mosaic jewellery-making kit that our little girl was given as a present.
She was making her own mosaic patterns for ages.
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First, she started off copying the patterns from the box, then her creative side kicked in!
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It’s a great little kit, as long as you organise yourself by:
  • preparing the mixture and allowing a good 2 days for it to set within the jewellery mould.  (although atmosphere and environment have a lot to do with this!)
  • preparing yourself to break off what seems like millions of tiny little mosaic squares from the frames.  It’s not millions at all I’m sure, but just be prepared because it feels like it!
Once you’ve got the prep out of the way, you can kick back and watch your little one creating to their heart’s content!  You really can, because (depending on their age), minimal supervision is required, just appropriate encouraging comments through out the  process!  Which, of course, I gave without hesitation!
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And here’s the (rather blurry) mosaic creation that she was very proud of… 🙂
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The best moments in parenting

What are the best moments in parenting?  Well it’s moments like these that make being a mummy so worth it!
I was pottering around, getting stuff done and our daughter was busying herself with colouring at her colouring chair.  I had my head in the washing machine sorting a load out when our girl came through to me.
“Mummy, can I show you this?”
Truthful answer:  “Not at the moment.  You couldn’t have chosen a more inconvenient time!”
Actual answer: “Of course you can!”
And so, with my head half in the washing machine, I was presented with this
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and immediately, the washing was forgotten and I got a big hug from a proud daughter instead!
There was no reason – it wasn’t mother’s day or a birthday… it was just because she wanted to!
This is what happens when you stop what you are doing and give your attention to your child.  These are the moments when it’s all worth while! 🙂

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How a Kinder Surprise moment perked me up ~ #poem

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I was feeling pretty rotten and our daughter picked up on this.

She made me a Kinder Surprise ‘get well soon’ present from some of her treasured My Little Pony haul…

Trust me, that’s special!

She carefully wrapped it all up in tissue and presented me with something to perk me up.

And it did.  Well, wouldn’t it perk you up?!

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And here’s a poem inspired by my ‘kinder’ surprise 🙂

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‘There’s nothing else quite like it…’

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When you’re feeling poorly and want to stay in bed,

When you have to get up and face the world instead,

When your daughter makes something for you to make you right as rain,

When it makes you smile and feel like ‘you’ again…

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It’s really such a simple thing that comes right from the heart,

It fills your heart with lots of love and that’s a great start,

It’s not on prescription and it’s completely free,

It’s the best medicine and it’s from her to me…

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It’s filled with lots of love and cuddles and kisses galore,

It really is addictive; it keeps you wanting more,

It’s unconditional love, for when you’re feeling low,

It gets rid of the nasty bugs and gives you a warm glow…

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There’s nothing else quite like it for when you’re feeling blue,

There’s no better way I know to make you feel like ‘you’,

There’s a natural drug that’s guaranteed to fight the bugs,

There’s a medicine that’s filled with lots of love and lots of hugs!

By Carol Cameleon 2016

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Why lego is good for imaginative play

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Our daughter loves lego!

And I can see why because I used to love lego too.  I never had any ‘fancy’ construction kits.  Just the standard pieces.  You know, in a variety of sizes and colours.

My favourite thing to do was to build schools and out of the remaining pieces, I would make families!  Our girl likes to role play schools too, not to mention when she got into the lego trading card craze!  I’ve got seriously happy memories of playing schools though, and whiled away many a happy hour in my lego world!

Our daughter does the same and it’s wonderful to see her imagination at work.  Lego is such an interesting concept isn’t it?  It can literally grow with your child:- from the chunky lego babies use to hone their fine motor skills, to the ‘themed’ packs which come with a picture of a princess castle or a car garage on the front.  To the packs which are literally just the bricks and basically tell our children to ‘get on with it’.  And they do!

They construct stairs and towers and robots and houses.

And gardens…

Here’s a short vlog to show what she thinks you could put in a garden…

Obvious really! 😉

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The imagination knows no bounds and lego is a great way to feed this.

It never seems to fail to encourage me as an adult to ‘let it go’ either; there are still occasions when our little girl will ask me to play lego with her.  I get down on the floor with her and let my imagination take me where it chooses to go.  Whether that’s back to school by way of role play or simply by building a tower.

Lego can be very relaxing and therapeutic… until you stand on a piece!

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Relish Autumn ~ #poem

 

There’s something so cosy when autumn comes knocking on the door; sitting and chilling with it raining outside.

After a perfect summer, I feel ready for autumn now and I’m celebrating it with a poem…

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Relish Autumn

The hats, scarves and glove sets are in the shops,

Summer sales are on show too.

I love the change of seasons,

From green leaves to a golden hue.

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The leaves that curl and crisp,

As they dangle in mid-air,

It’s journey’s end for them,

As they float to no-where.

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But does their journey end

As they meander to the ground?

There’s life after death

Where inspiration can be found.

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Artwork can be created

in many, many ways;

Like atmospheric instagrams

Of ‘kicking through leaves’ days!

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And you won’t find a family home

With small children living there

Without a fridge door full up

With art to make an ‘Autumn Fayre’.

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Take a piece of ‘living art’

Created by our daughter;

A snapshot of our memories

And our mini park adventure!

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So as you wave goodbye to summer

And the lazy, hazy days,

Relish autumn’s millionth leaf,

Natural beauty in many ways.

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By Carol Cameleon

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How to prepare for your child’s chosen career

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I’ve talked before of how adventures between our little girl and her daddy give me a warm, fuzzy feeling.  Particularly when I know she’s been thinking of me.  Their one-on-one time is important. Vital, even.

Just as vital though, is time as a family.  This quality time makes me feel fuzzy in equal measures, just in different ways.

Like the time we found ourselves on the beach and our daughter busied herself making and creating.

When I asked her what it was, she said, “It’s a seagull bed!”

Of course it is.  I can see it now! Can you? 😉

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A seagull bed… clearly 😉

 

At the last mention, our daughter’s chosen vocation was to be a singing vet, among other things – so that she can do alternate singing and vet days (love her!)

Therefore, it makes sense to make a seagull bed, doesn’t it? 🙂

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How to make a surprisingly non-scratchy itchy Easter bonnet

So although you can’t see it very well, our little bear is in fact modelling her Easter bonnet.

And here’s how to make said Easter bonnet:

  • Take one head-sized piece of cardboard from your stash of packaging (you knew you kept that piece of cardboard for a reason!)
  • Take said piece of cardboard and make a ‘pizza’ cut mark where the head will go
  • Cut the pizza cut and fold back the same pizza cut.  By now you should have a clever little space for your little one to put their head
  • Pop cardboard headpiece on your little one’s head, ignore the fact that it won’t sit right and mumble to them that it will look okay once it’s decorated
  • Next, delve into your little one’s craft things for – pipe cleaners (whiskers), googly eyes, pom poms (or cotton wool may be your saviour here. Hurrah for cotton wool!), stickers, card/paper
  • Draw a template for your little one to cut round for the bunny’s eyes
  • Do it yourself while your little one shows no interest whatsoever and instead asks for a snack over and over and over…
  • Until you give in and give them a snack while you realise that the hat will NOT sit right on their head
  • Tell your other half that if they’re good, they can have a snack too, while you make a mad-dash to the shop to get suitably cheap, itchy, scratchy hat to pop the cardboard headpiece onto to keep it stable
  • Go to the shop while realising that actually, your little one hasn’t done anything to ‘craft’ the Easter bonnet yet and this could be considered as cheating
  • Realise that this is actually ticking lots of Early Years Foundation Stage boxes.  Pat yourself on the back and get yourself a creme egg.  Make that 3 for £1 to share have all to yourself
  • Make your way home with surprisingly non-scratchy itchy, soft ‘straw’ hat, while scoffing 2 of the creme eggs.  Well, you deserve it
  • Get home to find that your other half has helped your little one to decorate the cardboard head piece with stickers and all manner of non-Eastery things
  • See the little yellow chick stuck to the other side of the cardboard head piece
  • Pop the surprisingly non-scratchy itchy, soft ‘straw’ hat on your little one’s head with the cardboard head piece on top
  • Stand back to admire the handiwork
  • Go all gooey at the sight of your little one sporting their Easter bonnet.  Oh wait, that’s the other creme egg which has now melted…
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Powerful

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I sat down, got comfy and was watching an audience.  The audience was watching a play.  I was in another audience watching the same play.  The same play was being linked up live from their venue to my venue.  I was about to experience something new and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Would I get distracted with my thoughts of feeling like I wasn’t really there, but was?  Would watching a play on a big screen feel too much like being at the cinema for me to enjoy the ‘theatre’ atmosphere?   Would I even feel the theatre experience?  Lost in my thoughts, the play began…

The first ‘thing’ I saw was indeed a ‘thing’.  It was the parts of a wooden/leather foal being held in the position/shape of a foal by 3 humans ‘acting out’ being a horse.  Odd.  But strangely realistic, strangely atmospheric and I was strangely drawn in from the word go.

A few scenes in and the foal dramatically yet seamlessly turned into ‘Joey’ the adult horse (excuse my lack of equine knowledge – this may not be the correct terminology).

There were now 2 humans actually inside the ‘carcass’ of the horse and it was absolutely incredible to watch.  The choreography, the stage direction and the ability of the actors to work together to bring the whole concept of adapting the novel ‘Warhorse’ to stage was mind-blowing and powerful.

I cannot not do justice to the outline of the novel by Michael Morpugo, the adapation of the novel to the stage or the deeply powerful themes of ‘Warhorse’ justice in a short blog post.  Therefore, I feel that less is more and instead will leave you with the aforementioned link about the novel and an image of ‘Joey’ the horse on stage… and yes I most certainly did get wrapped up in the theatre experience…

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My #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence is ‘powerful’.

Even this word doesn’t quite hit the spot…

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Quite simply ‘water’

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This week’s #TheThemeGame from The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘water’.  Here are my thoughts on the stuff otherwise known as H2O:

‘Water’

Wiping the dirt from my wellies, I’m simply soaking wet,

Wondering what tomorrow will bring, we simply don’t know yet.

 

Away from my family for another day,

They’re always supportive, they never say,

 

“Time you stayed home to look after us,

Time you stayed here for cuddles and fuss.”

 

Each of them know that wherever I go,

Others need help and you never know,

 

When nature will turn on you, show you who’s boss,

And that’s when we’ll need the British Red Cross.

 

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