sky tower

From our bedroom window we have clear view of the Sky Tower. For the passed couple of months Mima has been building "Sky Towers" out of anything. Here are a few.

fifth birthday : princess invitation

So Moo is turning 5 in just a few days now!

Moo had decided she wanted a Princess party. So we made Princess castle invites, suitable for all the princes and princesses being invited. 

You'll need:
Kraft Card / or what ever colour you chose for the castle (I use Kraft card cause it's cheap and you need to use quite a lot.)
Coloured card - for the turrets, doors and windows
Glue stick
Star sticker to close invite
Pens and glitter to decorate.
Invite insert to paste inside or hand write the info.
Templates- use my template or create your own.

Trace templates on to card and cut. Fold castle along fold line. Trace and cut out the turrets in coloured and glue. Decorate!

I really can't believe this has come around so quickly. I still love watching Moo sleep peacefully like she did as a newborn and I love the crazy beautiful little girl she's turned into.

Templates print out on A4 pages.


A few weeks ago we started to get our courtyard garden ready for summer. We are big fans of growing our own vegetables so this was our main focus. We brought a few seedlings and planted a few seeds, this will mean we will have vegetables ready at different times. Being slightly lazy I like to just use seeds that you can plant straight in the ground (parsley, greens etc), but this year Mima's Dad wanted to try some chilli and other seeds which need to be raised in pots. So I found a video for making newspaper seedling pots on you tube and got busy. 
While she recommends not using tape or staples to secure the origami pot, I found I needed to use a small piece of tape, I will remove this when I plant the seedling, pot and all!
I made eight pots which we then filled with soil, made holes and added the seeds, then labeled with popsicle sticks.

We left them in the bathroom (warm and humid), watering them regularly and now we have some seedlings to add to the garden.

cardboard box : car

Moo loves pretending to drive her dad's car so I decided to make her own cardboard car to have in the garage with keys, dashboard, working streering wheel and all.

1 small cardboard box 
1 large cardboard box
several coloured bottle top lids
1 5cm long screw
2 washers
toilet roll
glue gun
spare keyring
paper tape
paints and pens to decorate
1. Firstly turn boxes inside out if you are recycling old boxes like I am. The small box is you bonnet, the large box your main part of the car. Join the 2 boxes together, using the flap to create an angled windshield down on to your bonnet. Cut the sides to fit the shape and tape up all your joins.

2. Cut out a rectangle for your windshield and the top of the box for where you want to sit, and doors. Mark out with a ruler if you want nice straight lines.

3. To make the dashboard - using a spare piece of the cardboard cut a piece the width of your car. Cut out your steering wheel shape, make a hole in the centre of you steering wheel with a sharp pencil. Mark the place on the dashboard you want attach this, make hole with pencil. Cut a 3cm length from your toilet roll for your steering column. Glue to the underside of your steering wheel. Place one washer on your screw and push through the hole on your steering wheel and through the dashboard hole, attach 2nd washer and glue in place on back of dashboard. Your steering wheels should turn. Glue a bottle lid on your steering for horn and to cover screw end. Glue more bottle lids for buttons and decorations onto your dashboard. Tape the dash board into your car so it sits below the windshield, and so there is room your little ones legs to fit underneath.

4. Cut out different key shapes for your house and car and attach to the keyring.

5. Cut 4 equals circles for your wheels, decorate and stick to sides of the car using glue gun. Cut strips for front grill and circles for you headlights and glue in place.

6. Paint and decorate your car.... VROOM VROOM!

how to be 2

The other day I found this video of Flora June. June likes cows, her teddy and hot cocoa, but dislikes her carseat. The video is a totally adorable account of a two year old's morning.  Mima also a two year old girl, LOVES it. It is amazing how their lives are so different and yet exactly the same!

The video was made by Olive Us, a family living in the French countryside, their website is full of sweet videos featuring family's six the children.