Last weekend we decided to make some keepsakes as Fathers Day gifts – we came across one little problem though – my kids decided that they liked these salt dough finger print keyrings a little too much and they wanted to keep them for themselves – oops! If your kids can bare to part with them then these make lovely gift for people and if not? Well hey, you had fun and the kids have made something that only cost a few pence and that has to be a good thing too.

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There are few things that are more special than a handmade gift, created with love and care. Whether you’re on a budget or just want to do things differently, there are loads of cool ideas that you can make yourself. If you thought homemade gifts were simply paper mache and macaroni necklaces from kids- think again! Here are a few things to consider.

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This cute paper bag pirate is super simple to make and is the perfect way to recycle any paper bags you might have around the house. He’s also perfect for using as a simple DIY puppet which means you can play with him and have fun even after your crafting has finished.

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Last week I shared some DIY fidget spinner toy tutorials and it was so popular that I thought I’d make another little round up of fidget toys that you can make. None of the DIY fidget toy tutorials that I’m including today were in the fidget spinner tutorials that I shared previously so make sure you go and check that out for even more ideas! Some of the DIY fidget toys that I’m sharing today are from blogs and some are vlogs as I know that sometimes watching a video tutorial can really help when you’re trying to make something. What they do all have in common is that they’re all really cool so I hope you’ll find something that encourages you to try and make one too!

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Working from home when you have young kids can be a bit of a struggle, even if you have childcare. As a blogger I certainly don’t have an office to travel to or even an office of my own and I balance (ok, juggle) my work with looking after my son who is six and my daughter who is three and who does some time each week at nursery. As we’ve moved twice this year and I couldn’t face making the kids move school and nursery again I’ve been rocking nearly three hours a day doing the school run recent;y due to some particularly fun roadworks – can’t wait for them to end! So while working from home can seems like a dream it can also be a bit of an organisational nightmare. Over the last couple of years I’ve done my best to get the balance right and this is what work for me.

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