Lottie’s fabulous fashion palooza

Fashion party palooza

When I posted the invitations to Lottie's fashion palooza, I mentioned that I was struggling with the whole concept of a 'fashion' party for a six year old. And only just-turned six at that! I thought long and hard about how to pull off a party that was suitably grown-up in Badoo's eyes, but not too creepy for the rest of us. I think I managed ...

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Step right up to a craaaaaazy carnival party

Carnival party

All week it rained and rained and rained and rained on our carnival parade. Despite going through the motions of party preparations, my heart really wasn't in it. Everything we had imagined and prepared was for an outdoor set up, so I moped about, staring wistfully outside at the sopping wet trampoline which I'd planned to turn in a jumping ...

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Roll up, roll up: it’s a carnival party invitation

And just like that, I'm back in party-planning mode. I have decided that next year is definitely going to be a '3 friends and a movie' kind of year for all of the kids. Of course, I've been saying that for about two years now and just look how well I'm doing.With a fair amount of urging from Cappers (who I suspect just wants to turn cartwheels for ...

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What kind of a mother am I?

We were meandering around Eden Gardens on Sunday. The Badoo was having a major meltdown because we wouldn't buy her a gelato and Cappers got one.Maxi didn't get one because at the cafe he'd ordered a chocolate brownie and chips for lunch and we let him.The Badoo didn't get one because at the cafe she'd ordered a bowl of broccoli for ...

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Little big girls

My Badoo is a little big girl. She has always wanted to be big."When will I get boobies?" she asks. We are folding clothes and she has fumbled her way into a bra, it hangs around her neck like a lacy noose."Someday," I say wistfully, hastily putting the bra away. "Not soon, but someday.""I never want to get boobs," Gappers pipes up. "They get in ...

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The young starter

 Our little Badoo clomped off to school today in her big shoes and her enormous hat and her even bigger bag.She has never wavered in her determination to get to big school as soon as possible. So she is young, certainly one of the youngest. I used to think that I would never send my child to school as one of the youngest in the grade, but I've ...

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This week I’m grateful for… homemade concerts

As girls, my sisters and I (that's Sister A and Sister C) were very big concert makers. You know the elaborate vaudeville kind that involves costumed 'acts' of every variety - singing, dancing, comedy (mostly unintentional). Our group performances culminated in a complicated rendition of the entire soundtrack from Grease, held in our ...

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The used pants

About a week ago a friend gave me a small bag of clothes that her daughter had outgrown. I accepted them with thanks; we are not fancy and hand-me-downs are welcome at our place. It's the least we can all do to be environmentally cautious. Re-use children's clothing and pick up good stuff off the side of the road on hard rubbish day.But there's a ...

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Preschoolers make the best cleaners

That lil' Badoo of mine, she loves to help. She's a lot like her mummy like that, with one major difference. The Badoo likes to help with the cleaning.Set her up right and she goes and goes and goes. I wrote about her six best chores today on Village Voices.Come on over for a read.{Image of Little Eco by my lovely mate Tricia at Little Eco ...

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One child versus 27 children

I would just like to mention that sometimes I wish I only had one child (as opposed to the other sometimeses when I wish I had none, of course). Easy there tiger, don't get all roar-y on me, I'm not wishing away my beloved girls, not at all.But sometimes I imagine what it must be like to have the one kid to... focus on. All the loving, all the ...

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