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EASY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – Christmas ornaments that are so easy you can make them yourself.

This week’s projects include a cute little sled out of paddle pop sticks, a wine cork tree, photo blocks to hang on your Christmas tree and little stars the kids can decorate.

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HOW TO RUN A MARATHON – AND LIVE A LIFE

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Have you ever thought about what it takes to run a marathon?

I hadn’t – until recently when one of my sons entered one.

Brendan’s involvement made me curious and the consequent research led me to believe running a marathon is much like living a life.

You have to overcome fear, train yourself to focus, deal with physical pain, think positively, and show determination to make it to the finish line. And music always helps.

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HOW TO CRAFT A NATURAL CHRISTMAS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – crafting a natural Christmas.

I love all the sparkle and glitz of the season and it just wouldn’t be the same without some glitter and tinsel.

But there is something so beautiful in the simplicity of natural decorations, using nature’s gifts to help decorate.

This week’s projects include a pine cone wreath, stars and trees made out of twigs, and sweet and simple wooden gnome decorations.

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HOW PLANNING AHEAD CAN SAVE YOU FROM DEPRESSION

 

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A constant theme among the grandmothers in my circle has been a feeling of contentment – a sense that their life has come full circle and is complete.

There is no argument this is a wonderful feeling, but what if I told you that the contentment you’re feeling now could lead to depression?

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FOUR FUNTASTIC GIFTS TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project, funtastic gifts for Christmas.

These little gifts come straight from the heart but do not require special skills and expensive materials. In fact, they are funtastic.

They include a gorgeous teacup garden, a decorative tin, a personalised mug and a chalk board cutting board.

 

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FLUSH WITH SUCCESS – TANTALISING TOILET TRIVIA

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Dunny, outhouse, lavatory, loo, whatever you call it, the toilet is a luxury often taken for granted.

The average person spends around three years of their life sitting on the toilet.

That’s if they’re lucky enough to have access to one.

Around 2.5 billion people in the world do not.

They can be deadly – King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760.

 

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5 FABULOUS JEWELLERY PROJECTS TO MAKE FOR CHRISTMAS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project. This week I have some super cute and fabulous jewellery crafts, some that can be done in literally seconds!

The projects include some cute Christmas earrings made out of cardboard, a ridiculously easy necklace and bracelet using headbands, and how to turn kid art into wearable bling.

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HOW TO CRAFT YOUR WAY TO A BETTER LIFE

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When you come across a cardboard box, what do you see?

For many, the answer will be a box. Others will see a container in which to store things.

For crafters, the answer is possibilities.

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EASY AND CHEAP HOMEMADE TOYS – BOUNCING BALLS AND CATERPULTS

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Welcome to another Wacky Wednesday project – making homemade toys.

This week’s instructions are for a homemade bouncing ball, a catapult and a paper plate dinosaur.

Every child loves getting new toys but the joy and satisfaction they get from making their own are even better.

Teaching kids to make their own toys helps them to understand the value of things – the time it takes and the steps required to complete a project.

I try to find projects that do not require a lot of expensive craft items and these projects fit the bill.

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THE LAGOON –  WHEN ALL YOUR FEARS COLLIDE

Please note this is fiction and any similarity between real people  is purely coincidental.

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Anna stifled a sob as she lay on the cold ground assessing the damage and the imminent danger.

She was lying face down in the dirt after tripping over some unseen protrusion in her haste to escape the taunting teens whose aura emanated menace.

Anna could feel and taste the rust-like flavour of blood on her face and momentarily wondered if she had broken any bones. She gingerly allowed her tongue to test for chipped teeth.

A new rustle in the undergrowth startled her as she carefully tried to move her body into an upright position.

The noise was too soft to be her tormentors and was probably just a possum or bush rat. Thankfully this country didn’t come with predators such as bears or lions. But unseen forces could be just as deadly.

Shooting pain hit her left knee as she moved and Anna considered for a moment staying put and hoping her stalkers would not see her in the dark.

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