Fathers Day Gift for a Music Lover by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

I’ve written about my papercuts every once in a while, over here on the blog, but I often forget to mention when I’ve created a new one. Until now!  With father’s day coming up next month, I thought I’d share my latest creation. It’s a hybrid of a genuine cassette tape and a papercut and — in my humble opinion — is the perfect fathers day gift for a music lover. The Best Fathers Day Gift for a Music Lover!…

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Pasta Meatballs and a Simple Puttanesca Sauce by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

‘The #SimpleBalancedMeals #CookingatHome campaign is sponsored by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) – the English, Welsh and Scottish levy bodies that between them cover all food groups in a healthy balanced diet.’ Do you have a favourite simple and balanced meal? One that you can create (practically in your sleep) with no recipe, using mainly store-cupboard ingredients at home?! Mine is pasta and meatballs with…

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A Recipe for Creamy Caramel Ice Lollies by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

With the weather turning warmer — and the Covid-19 lockdown in full swing — I raided our pantry on the weekend and, as a result, have come up with an alternative to my homemade Mini Milk ice lollies; creamy Caramel Ice Lollies. They’re such a delicious alternative; sweet, creamy and very moreish. But, best of all, as with the homemade Mini Milk ice lollies, these creamy caramel ice lollies are made with just 2 ingredients. A Simple Recipe for Creamy…

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Practicing Mindfulness and Good Mental Health by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

What does practicing mindfulness mean to you? Do you do it? Or is it something that you’ve never given much thought to. I definitely used to be in the latter category.   But at times like these, it’s so easy to feel bogged down by everything.  The state of the world is chaotic. And — as a result — we’re all trying to do a million and one different jobs at the same time. Work, home schooling, housework, cooking, cleaning. Too…

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How to set up an Easter Egg Hunt For Toddlers by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

Ever found yourself wondering how to how to organise the perfect Easter egg hunt for toddlers? The boys have been to a fair few Easter egg hunts over the years and I’ve come to the conclusion that — whilst they are a fun way to while away a morning — they’re not always weighted fairly for the littlest members of the party. More often than not, all of the chocolate eggs have been located before the toddlers have even grasped…

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Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Muffins by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

Hands up who has a couple of blackened bananas left in the bowl every couple of weeks!? I tend to keep a few back now because I love this recipe so much. I adapted it from a non gluten free Nigella one — this is my own version of easy gluten free chocolate banana muffins. I’m not a fan of banana bread but I really LOVE these. Mega simple to make, the hardest thing about them is spooning the mixture…

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Shortbread Biscuits with Edible Flowers by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

I created this recipe for shortbread biscuits with edible flowers a couple of years ago but (given the current situation with the Corona-Virus outbreak) as people looking for lovely things to do at the moment, I thought it would be a nice thing to share again. You can buy edible flowers online but also — if you have a garden or allotment — you can grow your own. You may even already have some growing! Find a list of the…

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How to make Iced Nutcracker Biscuits by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

So here it is folks. December is finally here and silly season is officially underway! Regular readers of my blog will know that (along with festival season) Christmas is unquestionably one of my favourite times of year. Although, this Christmas is already shaping up to be slightly different from usual. Generally on the first weekend of December (usually without fail), we head off to our local Christmas tree farm, to pick the Nordman Fir that will stand — in all…

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How to make a Grasshopper Costume by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

A new school term is underway and I’m wondering what weird and wonderful costume requests will be coming my way over the next few months. Since my little twins started nursery and school, I’ve had various demands for fancy dress outfits — for plays or theme days — but never a stranger one than: ‘Mummy, please could you make a grasshopper costume for me?’ Erm. Yes. OK… Cue frantic Googling of’ how to make a grasshopper costume’. Which, unsurprisingly,  didn’t…

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How to Make a Silk Flower Wreath Tutorial by The Twinkle Diaries – Parenting Twins Article

The internet is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Want to learn to make a curry? Ask Google. Want to know how to get wax crayon off a table? Google it. Want to know how to make a silk flower wreath? Hopefully your search has sent you over to my blog! I’ve seen so many beautiful faux flower wreaths online recently — particularly on Instagram. They’re a lovely way to pretty up an entrance and can be created to tie in…

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