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25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

25 easy Elf on the Shelf ideas for mums who are over the elf

A couple of years ago, you caved in and got The Elf. The kids loved it, you kinda loved it, that cheeky, funny, lovable elf brought the Christmas joy in sleigh-loads. You called him Noel (geddit?), and he was the most fun you've ever had in December while sober for a...

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

The gift giving formula: What kids really need for Christmas

Ah, Christmas. Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. I love you, I loathe you. Love the community, the festivities, the merriment and kindness. Loathe the STUFF. All that grabbiness from the kids, even lovely kids like mine. What kids really need for Christmas, and what...

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

21+ gift ideas for tween boys they will really love

At last, it's gift ideas for tween boys time! We've found gifts to sort the teen girls, teen boys and tween girls and here we are buying for adolescent boys. They are a tough crowd to buy for, let me tell you. If they're sporty, they've already got all the sporting...

Advent kindness calendar for older kids [free printable]

Advent kindness calendar for older kids [free printable]

Deck the halls! Or at least the living room! Christmas officially kicks off on 1 December with the advent calendar. This year, instead of the usual advent chocolate box, I'm urging you to try a kindness calendar. I first made a Christmas kindness calendar when my kids...

Make a natural Christmas wreath for your front door

Make a natural Christmas wreath for your front door

This natural Christmas wreath tutorial comes to you from my friend Louise Trevitt. Lou is a gifted artist and stylist who over many years of friendship has taught me to always make time for dabbling and tinkering. We came together to create this natural Christmas...

21+ gift ideas for teen girls they will really love

21+ gift ideas for teen girls they will really love

I've put together some gift ideas for teen girls that will solve all your Christmas shopping dilemmas. There's a gift ideas for teen boys over here too - both lists are good for any kind of teen. I find the older the kids get, the less gender "compartmentalisable"...

8 DIY Christmas gifts to make for friends

8 DIY Christmas gifts to make for friends

The great thing about a DIY Christmas gifts for friends is that they are generally inexpensive to make. So you can spread the love far and wide. Once you gather all the things you need and get yourself organised, DIY Christmas gifts are always surprisingly quick and...

Elf donuts: free printable elf donut labels for a merry Christmas gift

Elf donuts: free printable elf donut labels for a merry Christmas gift

Elf donuts are quite possibly the cutest class Christmas gift you'll ever find. This elf donuts free printable makes them the easiest gift you'll ever find too! Kids go gaga for elf donuts, even though they are really just boring old Cheerios with a fancy festive...

Merry Christmas lifesaver wrappers (an awesome class gift)

Merry Christmas lifesaver wrappers (an awesome class gift)

Here's a cute idea for a small Christmas gift for the class: Merry Christmas lifesaver wrappers. These fizzing, fun little fruit lollies sure beat a candy cane (does anyone actually like candy canes?). All you have to do is buy some fruit tingles (or any other...

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