10 reasons you should add the Just So Festival to your family’s 2018 bucket list

This year was our fifth adventure with Just So. Half of me can’t fathom how quickly those years have flown by, the other half can’t imagine a year without the Just So Festival knitted into the fabric of our family life. Five years in, I know my way around, I recognise the same volunteers, the same festival goers, the same costumes. We’ve got our festival rhythm down pat, but that feeling of magic, of being swept up in a glorious weekend of pure joy, has never faded. I still have those skin-tingling moments when you suddenly look around you and…

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16 imaginative gifts for creative kids

Today I’m handing over to my lovely friend Victoria (follow her on IG @justordinaryfolk, and she’ll hopefully have an awesome new blog up and running in the new year), because I know she’s full of absolutely brilliant ideas for imaginative gifts for creative kids that will stand the test of time. Victoria has four gorgeous children, ranging in age from eight (nearly) to one, so she knows what works and what doesn’t in terms of keeping kids happy and entertained. She’s also very creative herself, and she finds great ways to engage and encourage her kids’ imaginations. I’m kicking myself for being…

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Fun & easy art inspired by T&H Hirameki

We were sent Hirameki by artists Peng + Hu from Thames & Hudson to review and I could immediately see how it would appeal to the twins, age 6. Hirameki means ‘brainwave’ or ‘flash of inspiration’ in Japanese, and this book is full of pages of splodges and splashes of colour that you’re encouraged to turn into something amazing, just by adding a few lines or dots with a black fineliner. The splashes are arranged into seven sections to help you go from single drawings blot-to-blot scenes! We all know I’m a fan of the adult colouring book, and this…

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Hirameki: Quick and easy DIY watercolour Valentines cards

We’re always lastminute . com in our house, so if you’ve also left it til the night before to make a homemade card for Valentines (or Galentines) Day, then I promise this is a super quick and easy make. Inspired by a book we’ve been sent to review from Thames & Hudson called Hirameki by Peng + Hu (this is just a teaser as a full post about this ace book will follow next week), these cards won’t take much longer than 15 mins, and all you need is some paper, a set of watercolours, a brush and a Sharpie.…

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