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Earlier today at the bus stop…

K : God gave you two little children right mummy?
Me : two noisy little children.
K : two naughty noisy cheeky little children right?

Well… At least she knows.

We’ve been assaulted by the smog from the forest fires in Indonesia and have been seeking refuge in the aircon comfort of the airport. This is the first time the kids have had any experience with the haze of this magnitude and they aren’t taking to it too kindly. While I’m thankful that they haven’t had need to (deal with it), I wish they never did. J’s sneezing and I think his eyes are irritated. K sneezes on occasion and is irritable. Lets just hope it clears soon.


Was surfing the net the other day and discovered gorgeous foods to bake. So armed with an incredulous sense of wanting to involve the kids, we got to work on making some Cranberry Rose cookies. It sounded like a good idea but I think I’d either stick to baking without the kids, baking easier items or just doing away with the roses.


We started with a full cup of roses which had to have their petals picked and sepals removed. The kids got in on the action and whilst the child labour sounds awesome, in theory it wasn’t. Because the kids couldn’t sit still. They eventually toppled the bowl of freshly plucked petals (irony seeing these are dried flowers) and we had quite the mess to clear up.

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Ultimately, we got them done. They were yummy but they sure didn’t last very long! Pretty awesome stuff.

** Yes, I’m on yet another ‘all things roses’ craze again. Never died. Just took a hiatus.


Spent a lazy afternoon washifying more stuff… An easy to do DIY project that is simple and can be done by kids (if you so choose). If you are like me, you’d likely have these items on hand. A couple (or more) rolls of washi tape, empty packaging (mine’s of macarons and if you are like me, they don’t last long enough to stain the boxes!) and a blob of blutack.

A quick run-through if you can’t already tell…!


Easy peasy. Choose a firm enough box. If you’d like more structure and ‘coherence’, grab some blank canvas frames. Select your washi tapes (or use all!), and tape any way you’d like. And because washi tapes are so forgiving, you can simply lift and reposition if you aren’t completely satisfied.


For this, I just covered the box cover. I flipped the bottom around to be a nice contrast. Position however you like and blutack it on. Or on a hook. Whichever your preference. I might get down to washifying the rest of the boxes. We’d see!

** Paper flowers are from another DIY tutorial earlier this year. :)


Don’t Forget…

Sparkle Thots Ribbons

Bridal Collection

Sparkle Thots Pearls

We Heart You

Sparkle Thots Hearts

For The Lil Ones

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