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Happy Midsummer's Day beauties
We've enjoyed celebrating the longest day of the year mainly by trying to find some shade on the allotment.
With friends we collected summer flowers, placed them under our fav tree and read flower fairy verse about them. We tied ribbons to tree branches, made wishes (all the kids wishes for strawberries) and danced (stumbled avoiding the brambles!) around our mulberry bush.
We then came home and had a cold bath!
Did you celebrate this auspicious day in anyway?
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I have two daughters, Tiny Creature, just 4 and Mini Creature, just 1. Recently I've been thinking about what it means to raise feminist daughters mainly thanks to The Guilty Feminist Podcast which I can't stop listening to. In my world of shitty nappies, being 'touched out' and not being heard (by TC!) it makes me laugh out load when not many things do these days....
If however like me you often don't know where to start with researching and seeking info. This website and FB page, A Mighty Girl is a great place.
TC takes great glee in telling me what a Mighty girl she is and flexing her muscles....
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Beatrice BraileyI'm trying to help my boy and girl to be feminists. Mostly it so far consists of trying to gently undo the cultural sexism that 3yo Ru already picks up from the world around him, and trying not to crush 15mo Hazel's spirit (she is a natural feminist we just have to help her hold on to her confidence as she grows). Love A Mighty Girl, and will definitely check out The Guilty Feminist, thanks! xx2 days ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartLove that page and I have a boy. It's important to me to raise a boy with understanding that women/girls are equal and can do everything that men/boys can do too :) x2 days ago   ·  3
Rachel ClarkeGuilty Feminist and Mighty Girl are both fab! As are you 😊2 days ago   ·  1

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Happy Father's Day to all you male beauties out there. Especially to those spending the day in a NICU with their tiny ones. I'm sorry we haven't made hearts for all of you but I have put together this rainbow collage just for you. I hope you are getting well looked after and receiving lots of love and respect from those that matter to you xx ... See MoreSee Less

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Makey Mamas shared Fatherly's This Playground Is Hand Knit And Seriously Awesome.

Imagine if the same thousands of women who made the hearts for our campaign made this.....I want one please
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This is the most insanely cool playground you'll see all day.

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Emma HopkinsCount me in hehe6 days ago   ·  1
Chloe AnyaEllie Sumpter6 days ago   ·  1

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Makey Mamas feeling lovely.

Look what makey mama nature has been up to......Perfect peas straight from the pod, with grubby hands to boot
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When Mini Creature was born just over a year ago we received an abundance of flowers. They were beautiful and I wanted to preserve them for her Baby Book. Tiny Creature, then 3, and I spent a long afternoon pressing as many of them as possible.1 year later and a much bigger TC, now 4, opened the flower press to find how the flowers had fared. Some were moudly, some were stuck together and broke when touched but most were beautiful and delicate and perhaps more perfect than before. Have you tried flower pressing yet? ... See MoreSee Less

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4 year old party.....DONE!
I tell you what, it was hard to be a makey mama and NOT make every single thing for the party. Essentially a kids party is a makey dream, there are just so many options for creativity; food, games, party bags....But like most of us mamas I have limited time and energy so this party was a bit of a test for me to try and do less. and I did. a bit.
I was determined that I would give hand made party bags if nothing else. I came up with these very quick felt 'envelopes' that were filled with a few goodies. I'm hoping fun can be had with these after the event!
I could talk about the details of this party A LOT and I might come back to it but for now I need a very large G&T or wine or chocolate or all of the above.
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Katie LyttleOohhhhh, what did you put in them? Great idea! X3 weeks ago
Jo MarshallFab party bags Misty. And a really lovely party. Thank you for having us over. Xx3 weeks ago   ·  2

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Am I the only person making rainbow fruit kebabs at 9pm on a Friday night?! 13 hours and counting until 4 year old birthday party....
And breathe....
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Rowan WebleyHa ha! That was me four years ago, for my daughter's 2nd birthday! She'll be 6 on Tuesday, and this year's 'theme' is blue (which has been a struggle food wise!) Hope you all have a lovely day xx3 weeks ago   ·  1
Maria HickmanI think that will be me next Friday! Happy celebrations 😊3 weeks ago   ·  1
Mairi Lovatt-SmithKyla, how's that for coincidence!3 weeks ago   ·  2
Indi AdeleHappy birthday to the mini person. Hope you all had a fabulous day :)3 weeks ago   ·  1
Kate BallOoh they look yummy! Have a beautiful party! 😘3 weeks ago   ·  1
Del SurmonThey look great Misty Hawthorne3 weeks ago   ·  1
Danielle Arrowsmithit'll be awesome i'm sure x3 weeks ago   ·  1

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I feel a bit stupid posting my birthday contribution for TC after Man Beast's amazing book ends last night....BUT I made mine with a very very upset Mini Creature slung to the front of me...and the dress is lined....and...and....and it's pretty...and it's the 4th year of the birthday dress tradition :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Makey MamasThanks you guys you are v kind :)3 weeks ago
Alix McKenzie-WainIt's beautiful. You nailed it. AND wearing a grump too. You are awesome Misty. Ever in awe ❤❤❤3 weeks ago   ·  1
Vanessa LammasIt's beautiful! Love the print. I'm sure she will love it xx3 weeks ago   ·  1
Joanna WellsAs always your a mama to aspire to ... dress is awesome,3 weeks ago   ·  1
Isobel HoughtonAnd it's got dinosaurs on it! Awesome 🙂 xx3 weeks ago   ·  1
Shelley BodyLove it 😍 it's gorgeous and you should be proud! X3 weeks ago   ·  1
Victoria BlanchardYou're amazing. What lucky girls you have Xx3 weeks ago   ·  1
Hollie BaxterLove the print!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Kate BallIts gorgeous! What a lucky girl! 😍3 weeks ago   ·  1
Pegah EsmailiMiss you 😘3 weeks ago   ·  1
Amanda Woodman-HardyLove it! Good work 👍3 weeks ago   ·  1
Emma HockridgeGorgeous! X3 weeks ago   ·  1

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Look what the makey Man Beast has been making for Tiny Creature's birthday....some book ends for her every increasing book collection. What a clever sausage he is! He is very modest about it all as well. ... See MoreSee Less

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Amanda Woodman-HardyLush! Could sell them on etsy!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Bryony RichardsThey look fantastic3 weeks ago   ·  1
Aquatic HarmonyWow that's amazing! X3 weeks ago   ·  1
Priscila TipladyAbsolutely lovely, Pete!!xx3 weeks ago   ·  1
Hannah RawBeautiful3 weeks ago   ·  1
Anja IpsenWow indeed !!! X3 weeks ago   ·  1
Kate TuckwellLovely lovely lovely! Nick Tuckwell - what a great idea!3 weeks ago   ·  1

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Whoop! I know lots of you will be very pleased to hear that the age limit got taken off this lovely thing... grandchildren can be any age. This is very nearly full.
I wonder if FB will put this in your feed, being that it's an advert....hmmmm?! Can you see it?
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Paul BidwellGrandfather's?4 weeks ago   ·  1
Heather BurltonDamn my mum would love this but she's here the Monday after that.4 weeks ago   ·  1

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Jo MarshallLove those cheeks. Xx4 weeks ago   ·  1
Jo MarshallLouis's have come on in a big way since you last saw him too. We can compare child cheeks on Sunday. :)4 weeks ago   ·  1

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Now this is what Tiny Creature (4 next week) made Mini Creature for her 1st.....
I have no idea what it's called... a 'fabric-pulley-outey-thingie'
Basically TC sewed about 5 long scraps of material together. She did this in a couple of sittings. It was her first time using a proper needle (rather than a plastic toddler) one. We then put them all in a wet wipes dispenser box thing for MC to pull them out. That's it. TC then folds them and puts them back (or I do). MC pulls them out. Repeat for hours!
It was MC's fav present by far!
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Harry BarryWow! That's so wonderful! 💖4 weeks ago   ·  1
Danielle ArrowsmithThis is so awesome! May I ask how old your eldest is? I can imagine my four year old would love to make something like this for her brothers 1st birthday 😊4 weeks ago   ·  1

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This is the birthday card that we made for Mini Creature's 1st. Man Beast was surprised at how much he bore a resemblance to the frog! ... See MoreSee Less

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Leila CornesThat went quickly - happy birthday mini creature!1 month ago   ·  1

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Many of you have suggested about me running some creative workshops for Grandmothers and grandchildren so I'm very happy to tell you that my dear friend, Pippa, from Mothering the mother is doing just this in her new project, 'Grandmother's Footsteps'.
First up is making a plaster cast of handprints to take home; grandmother and grandchild together.
My Mum and Man Beast's mum LOVE the casts of their hands and my girls' hands.
Beauties, please spread the word to Bristol based Grandmothers.
Pippa got some funding for this so it'll only be £2. Yes that's it.

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Makey MamasKate - is this for Esme and her grannie?1 month ago
Makey MamasThe age range of the grandchildren has now been taken off - any ages!1 month ago   ·  1
Annabel RussellLovely idea! x1 month ago   ·  1
Claire BywaterMore details please x1 month ago   ·  1
Emma RoeYes please x1 month ago   ·  1
Maria HickmanAnnabel when Jessica's a bit older! X1 month ago   ·  1
Rowan WebleyMore details please x1 month ago   ·  1
Annabelle FootMore details please :)1 month ago   ·  1

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Hi Beauties. We are back from our holibobs in Turkey. Tiny Creature captured all the best moments in her diary that she kept. She is desperate to show it to anyone who cares....
It was such a great activity for her to do daily- all I took with me was a small photo album, scissors, pencils, cellotape and glue. She cut and pasted and drew everything she could. Then the polaroids made up the rest- although very expensive the immediacy of having something physical was priceless! Recommended indeed!
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Beatrice BraileyWe are stealing this idea! (and borrowing your camera- thank you very much!) Maybe TC and Ru can get together after we get back and compare diaries xxxx4 weeks ago   ·  1
Indi Adelestill managing to get 'film' for that polaroid?!1 month ago   ·  1
Alex BuxtonIt's quiet without you guys xx1 month ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartOh love her, what a fab idea! Good one you! Hope you had a great time x1 month ago   ·  1
April IlesHow lovely! Xx1 month ago   ·  1
Sonia WadeFabulous idea!1 month ago   ·  1

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I just received a carnation and a little note from the hotel we are staying at in Turkey as today is their Mother's Day. It made me think of all of you Beauties out there and our 'Hearts for NICU mums on Mothers day' campaign.
Anneler Gününüz kutlu olsun!
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Kate StaniforthThat is karma if ever I saw it :) <31 month ago   ·  1
Chloé BodardIt's American mother's day no? X1 month ago

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Tomorrow, dear Beauties, the family and I are off on Hollibobs! The first one in many years. We are very excited. Before I leave I just wanted to pass on the most recent message from Mama Becky who received one of our hearts...
"Our poorly girl had only just been admitted to NICU in Southampton and everything was very overwhelming and emotional. It made me cry to know that someone made this with such love and it was wonderful to receive it at such a difficult time. I just wanted to let you know that our baby girl is now home and doing well. Thank you! Xxx
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Becky BrombleyHave a good holiday! And thank you for passing on my thanks. X2 months ago
Kim ParkerAhhh that's lovely have a lovely hollibobs xx2 months ago

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It's birthday central here at the mo.....with Mini Creature's 1st on monday, Man Beast's 40th last week, mine the week before and Tiny Creatures next month! Ahhhhh! I have spent the last few months working on this 40th memory book for Man Beast. You know the thing when you ask friends/ family to submit anecdotes/ memories and photos of the birthday person. Despite collecting all the content far in advance I left myself exactly 1 week to put it together. I was absolutly panicked and it ended up being a very basic affair with just text and photos and of course a few hearts shoved in for good measure. I was thrilled by his reaction to it but I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN....until next time! ... See MoreSee Less

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Kate StaniforthHappy Birthday Man Beast!!! And you and Tiny ones xx2 months ago   ·  1
Kimberley Louise McCoolHow wonderful Misty, happy belated birthday Pete! All sounds very exciting in your House! Enjoy! Xxx😘❣️🎂🎈2 months ago
Kim 'Audrey' PalmerI can not believe it's minis first so soon!!!2 months ago

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My Mini Creature will be 1 next week and I need your help Beauties. I have no idea what to make her....
For Tiny Creature's birthday I make her a dress every year and hope to carry on this tradition for a long time.With that in mind I'd like to do something similar (but not exactly the same) for MC. Something that can be made each year... at the mo I'm just thinking trousers but has anyone got any toy or otherwise ideas...

This photo was taken on day 1 of her life :)
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Indi AdeleI love all these ideas, but wonder if another item of clothing would help to avoid the potential upset of either sibling feeling the other is getting a better type of gift? I suspect that, as a young child, I'd have been really happy with a dress until I saw my sibling getting a toy ...2 months ago   ·  1
Allison TillcockFabric photo book- images transferred into fabric?2 months ago   ·  1
Beth KellieI make my son a book every year. The first year I bought a board book blank from amazon and stuck little rhymes and photos of him in it. The next year I did a photo book all about him and the things he enjoys as well as helping him to learn his age, where he lives etc. For his upcoming third birthday I'm thinking a book about him and his different emotions as a bit of a bonding/learning experience. He treasured these books and they are such a lovely keepsake. I'm actually having to mend the first year one as it's been read so many times.2 months ago   ·  1
Kate StrodeYou could recreate the above photo each year as she grows, or a canvas with her hand and foots prints on, like the idea of a quilt made from favourite outfits she's outgrown that could also be added to each year (and add a pillow when her clothes are bigger). Good luck lovely lady. xxx2 months ago   ·  1
Emma HopkinsSkirt instead of dress? Bear made out of clothes that she's out grown that year? Square for a blanket that each year gets added to. Rag doll?2 months ago   ·  3
Claire LittlejohnI like the idea of a quilt out of favourite outfits that could get bigger each year2 months ago   ·  2
Katie LyttleHow about a birthday cloak and crown? Each year you could sew a star on? Obvs it would be a bit big this year! Xx2 months ago   ·  1
Gemma SmartRussian doll idea where each year you make the next size. They could even have numbers on to represent the age ;) x2 months ago   ·  1
Emma CooperBeautiful photo 💕 You could make her a jacket every year?2 months ago   ·  1
Jan DormandA memory bag each year to keep all her precious artwork, special item of clothing, favourite photo etc, for that year.2 months ago   ·  1
Julia PurserRagdoll? Then you could make a new dress for the doll each year, maybe even a mini version of big sis' birthday dresses?2 months ago   ·  1
Jenna BrownDungarees all the way - just too cute not to!2 months ago   ·  3
Jasmine Hawthorne-TunksRag doll is a great idea...adding to it each year :)2 months ago   ·  1
Leila CornesSunhat?2 months ago   ·  1
Catherine DerrickKnit something.2 months ago   ·  1

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