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  • Athena & Arlo – November 2018

    Athena & Arlo – November 2018
  • Travel: Family holidays are an investment, not a luxury

    Travel: Family holidays are an investment, not a luxury
  • Personalised Calendars & Cards with Funky Pigeon & win £25 credit!

    Personalised Calendars & Cards with Funky Pigeon & win £25 credit!
  • Everyday Us: It’s five O’clock in the morning…

    Everyday Us: It’s five O’clock in the morning…

Athena & Arlo – November 2018

It’s a short post from me today, as it’s already a day late and I’m also feeling pretty crappy so haven’t got the energy to write much! Plus if I’m honest the kids relationship is still very much love/hate as it always is. Of course always a lot more love than hate but this morning Arlo threw a book at Athenas head and then whipped her with a boomerang – all before seven in the morning! They were in their room so I didn’t see the first one happen but they do love to wind each other up! Anyway, these photos were taken a couple of days ago as I seem have mysteriously not taken many outdoor photos in the past month other than a couple of blurry ones of…

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Travel: Family holidays are an investment, not a luxury

Do you go on holiday with your children? Is it an annual ‘thing’ that you do as a family, with the excitement building through the year until departure day? Research has shown that if you don’t ringfence downtime to spend holiday time together, you could be missing out big time. Here’s why holidays should be an essential part of your family life. A break from normal family routines While it’s important to give structure to your everyday living, it’s also nice to take a break from the routine every now and again. Whether you choose to go to Margate or Marbella, a holiday is the perfect opportunity to treat everyone in the family to a special time away from the daily grind. Did you know that about 60% of parent-child…

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Personalised Calendars & Cards with Funky Pigeon & win £25 credit!

I love giving personalised calendars as gifts because it’s something that will be used daily, and is a lovely way to remind the recipient of what you all look like if you don’t see them often! We send them to grand parents, aunts and uncles and sometimes god parents too. For the first time I’ve made a personalised calendar with Funky Pigeon this year, who currently have a half price offer on all calendars, meaning they start at only £5.99 at the moment! Choosing your Personalised Calendar There is quite a variety to choose from; with different size options, desk versions and calendars with columns for each family member. I’ve not used one like this so decided to create one for us at home to use too, to try and…

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Everyday Us: It’s five O’clock in the morning…

No, not that Lily Allen song but the time Arlo wakes up. Why five am? Who knows? We’ve tried changing various things, putting the heating on lower, higher, earlier, later, going to bed later, earlier, bigger dinner, less drink… nothing changes. He’ll suddenly shout for me, or cry out and when I arrive in his room he’ll say ‘I’m not sleeping anymore’ and that is that. Bringing him into our bed doesn’t work as he just wants to ‘put the telly on’. Leaving him in his bed doesn’t work as he starts to whisper ‘thena, THENA’ furiously until she wakes up to look at books with him. Well, books is a good day, a day like today? Well carnage would easily describe their room when I went in again at…

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Gift Guide: Inspirational Books for Kids

I love reading books to the kids, and Athena is now starting to try to read books herself- she’s definitely way more interested in the actual story-line these days rather than just looking at the pictures. I’ve put together a bumper selection of amazing books you can add to your kid’s Christmas lists, each one is either inspirational, a bit educational or just really special. Books that you’ll enjoy reading too hopefully! First up is the ‘Little Box of Books‘ selection, which is a subscription service offering diverse and inclusive children’s books. One’s that smash gender stereotypes and with non-typical family set ups, and more! I loved that each book came with a ‘thinking pad’, activities and puzzles connected to the storylines from the books, and three beautifully wrapped and presented…

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Festive Gift Ideas for Kids

Ahh, kids at Christmas – there’s nothing lovelier than seeing their happy faces as they open their gifts, and it makes all the anguish over what to get them worth it! This endless struggles over which items to leave off their list (we’re not made of money!) and the inevitable panic when they suddenly tell Santa on a visit to see him a week before Christmas that the one thing that they REALLLLLY want is something they’ve neither mentioned and that you’ve never heard of till now! Last year they both sprung on us that they wanted a Bubble Fairy and a Bubble Car respectively – thank goodness for Amazon Prime! I’ve put together this gift guide to give you some inspiration on smaller gifts, either for your own kids…

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All about me in Autumn

So this was originally the ‘October Blogging tag’ or something along those lines, so I’ve changed any mention of October to Autumn and am rebelling and posting this in November. I love reading things like this on other blogs as a great way to find out about the blogger, so if you’re new to Scrapbook Blog and don’t know much about me this post might help! There is an ‘about me‘ page here too, by the way! Name? Lauren. It used to get shortened to Loz when I was younger but not so much anymore! What is your favourite colour? Purples and Lilacs (Which I guess is purple) and I used to wear a LOT of purple but I don’t think I have anything purple in my wardrobe anymore! What…

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