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This Week - 31/03/2019

It's been a long week. Not because I've been busy - I haven't - but because my back has been in agony. The worst seems to be over now so here's to hoping that tomorrow morning I manage to get out of bed unaided! On the blog I've been writing about My Favourite Dinosaurs , the new range of #SNAPSTAR dolls, MGA's old Novi Stars doll line, and a Mother's Day Gift Guide . Talking of Mother's Day, I got Marianna to answer a cute little questionnaire I found on Pinterest. You can read her answers HERE . Frugal Five  - a new feature whereby I document the details of five wins / bargains / etc from the past week... ★ Get a totally free card from Planet Cards with the code EPCARDFREE. You can personalise the front, back, and message to make awesome special occasion cards. ★ And another from mypostcard.com with the code JESSICAGJA6. You can check out my review of the site HERE ; they're really good quality and ship quickly too. ★ Don't

Mother's Day Interviews

I found this great little Mother's Day interview on Who Arted?  So I got Marianna to fill one out for me and my mum. Here are her answers... Jessica 30 do crafts Hello. Goodbye. Me! egg squash cut down the tree. Talk about some things and working. play with me cwtching me to the park she kisses me. Nanny Wendy I don't know. have cwtches Good morning, Marianna. me! strawberries tea going shopping to play with me sleeping to the moon she sleeps too much, and she eats strawberries and lets me eat them too.

Top Ten Dinosaurs

Cwmbran has become famous for its dinosaurs - well, dinosaur - over the last few weeks. Jerry Adams heard that Dan yr Ogof caves were selling off some of their fibreglass dinosaur models to make room for updated versions with sensors. Auctioned off on Ebay, the hope was that the dinosaurs would raise money for JDRF ( Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ). In the end Jerry paid £1600 to bring the 15 foot high dino home, and is in the process of raising even more via  JustGiving . Alun the Allosaurus has now set up residence in Jerry's front garden, attracting visitors from far and wide! So, in celebration of Alun, here are my top ten favourite dinosaurs... Dippy the Diplodocus From the moment William Harlow Reed found its thigh bone in December 1898, Dippy set about making dinosaur a household word. Carnegie Museum of Natural History - aka 'the house that Dippy built' - first put the composite diplodocus skeleton on display in 1907. Carnegie also donated p

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Traditionally, Mothering Sunday was the day when people returned to their mother church (typically the church where one was baptised) for a Laetare Sunday - the fourth Sunday in Lent - service. As time went on it became more of an occasion for visiting family, especially mothers, although the practice was waning by the 1920s. At least it was until Anna Jarvis ' work in establishing the US Mother's Day in 1914 inspired Constance Penswick-Smith to set up the Mothering Sunday Movement. Smith's 1921 pamphlet on the issue was quickly picked up by the card, confectionery, etc industries and heavily promoted. By 1950s the newly secularised holiday was celebrated across the UK. Today Mother's Day is so entrenched that forgetting will put you firmly in the dog house! Here are five categories of gifts to cover all eventualities... #5. Food and Drink Sweet or savoury, store bought or homemade, your mum is bound to have a soft spot for something. Whatever you get, fanc

MGA Novi Stars

In 2012 MGA Entertainment launched the coolest line of fashion dolls. Novi Stars were, so their packaging blurbs went, were alien girls who land on earth and want to shake up the teenage fashion world. The highly stylized dolls looked amazing thanks to the work of Varner Studios but, sadly, the actual production quality often let them down. MGA announced they were likely dropping the line in 2013, although a few more dolls were released in 2014 as European exclusives. Crystalline Toybox put together a great post about the prototypes floating around the net which never made it into development. Likewise, some pics here have come from the Novi Stars Checklist Blog . The dolls have simple articulation at shoulders and hips, and stand about 7.5 inches tall. (The Super Novas and Stellar Skinz dolls were taller at around 9 inches.) Another cool aspect of the Novi Stars was the fact that the box handles became headbands for kids to wear. Still, if you're looking for something di

General Wishlist

30 things I hope to buy over the next couple of years or so, collated here for ease of editing! :) ☆ Laser Printer ☆ Copy Paper ☆ Photo Paper ☆ Sticky Labels ☆ Toner ☆ Pressure Washer ☆ Polymer Clay ☆ Miniature Silicone Moulds ☆ Miniature Cookie Cutters ☆ Varnish ☆ Craft Knife ☆ Candles ☆ Glass Nail File ☆ Metallic Nail Tape ☆ Bangle Mould ☆ Resin ☆ Daylight Lamp ☆ Magnifier ☆ Craft Iron ☆ Pliers ☆ Socks ☆ Extra Glasses ☆ Prescription Sunglasses ☆ ipad ☆ case ☆ keyboard ☆ apple pen

Introducing #SNAPSTAR Dolls

YULU Toys , best known for their active play gizmos, launched a new line of fashion dolls this January. #SNAPSTAR is a range of six girls - each with 'their own unique personality and social influencer persona' - who can be teamed up with a smartphone to convince kids of the wonders of photo editing. I sound flippant but, actually, I think it's a great idea. On the one hand it makes for interactive play; each doll comes with a cardboard green screen and a free download of the Snapstar Studio App, so kids can change the backgrounds, hair, and makeup on screen. It also has the scope to be a real teaching tool, introducing the idea that social media reality is, well, not quite the same as everyday reality. Because it's all fun and games, but the truth is that the #instaenvy worthy shots kids see all day, every day, generally took a lot of time and effort to achieve - both before and after the picture was taken. Anyway, the first wave of dolls are now available f