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Finding our feet in London…

It has been a long and exciting summer in our house.  I have had a little blogging break as we…

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Welcome to month six of #CraftyCorner.  I hope you have all had a wonderful summer and you are ready for school starting back next week!


This month will be the last month of #craftycorner.  I hope that it is something that can be picked up again in the future.  Things have changed hugely for us since we moved back to the UK and my focus needs to be on getting the boys settled in school, our house sorted and the small matter of me finding a job!  Laura also has other commitments so this will be the last month for the linkup.

However, for this last month it is business as usual.  I have loved seeing your fabulous posts, you are an amazing crafty lot! So please come and join us for one last month.


My favourite post this week is from The Queen of Collage, How to Make Colourful Lady Bugs.

I loved this cute craft and definitely one that I want to try out!

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So what is #craftycorner?

This is a place to link up all your creative posts and show us your creative flair! We love to see new ideas and to be inspired and cannot wait to see what you link up with.

Any posts with a craft theme is welcome, not just kiddies crafts!

Any posts with vertical images will be pinned as well to give you some extra exposure!

#CraftyCorner is a monthly linky, giving you plenty of time to join us.


Rules – We need to have some rules to make it fair for everyone…

  1. You can link up to 2 posts each month, new or old posts are welcome. Be sure to paste the #craftycorner badge on your post (code below – paste it into the HTML option of your blogging platform)
  2. Please visit and comment on one of Laura’s post’s and one of my post’s.
  3. Comment on at least the post before yours please.
  4. Please use our hashtag #CraftyCorner when you comment so that we all know where you visited from
  5. If you would like us to retweet your posts via Twitter please mention us in your tweets (@dearbearandbean and @von_nee) and include the hashtag #CraftyCorner
  6. Once you link up we will add you to the monthly email reminder. We promise, no spam!

Of course it would be lovely if you commented on more posts, as that is what makes the blogging community so fabulous!

Each month Laura and I will choose our favourite post and feature it in our linky post the following month.


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 Thank you so much for joining us, we can’t wait to see your creations!!!

Come and join us for #craftycorner. The linkup for creative bloggers! You can join in during first two weeks of every month!


Baking Scrummy Brownies

Baking Scrummy Brownies

Making brownies is a common occurrence in our house. 

Need to take cakes to work… brownies. 

Need to make some cakes for a party … brownies. 

Rainy Sunday … brownies.

Everyone in my house likes brownies. 

Even a few days old they are perfect heated up and served with some vanilla ice-cream (Green and Black’s vanilla is my personal preference.  Or Bailey’s Häagan Dazs if it is Christmas!).

I make these so often I have them done in around 15 mins and popped in the oven.  Although I know all the ingredients off by heart.  So why not give it a go?

What you need to make Brownies:

  • Sugar – 300g
  • Flour – 130g
  • Dark Chocolate – 200 g
  • Butter – 175g
  • 3 Eggs

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3, or 170 degrees C. 


How to Make Brownies

Melt the Butter and chocolate.  If you are doing it the right way you will melt it slowly over a pan filled with hot water.  I will admit though, I just pop it in the microwave for speed!

Mix the butter and chocolate in with the sugar.  Then sift in the flour and mix together.  Once combined add in the 3 eggs.  It will give it a oily consistency.

Then pop in a long flat dish.  I tend to line it with baking paper, however if you don’t have any to hand grease with butter instead.

Pop in the oven for 30-35 minutes, until the top is starting to crack. I personally like my brownies a little gooey so I don’t like to leave them in too long.

That is it, really very simple.  If I am pushing the boat out I sometimes add a little extra into the mixture – white chocolate buttons chopped up, chocolate orange pieces or even a little bit of chilli makes a nice change.

Why not give it a try this weekend and let me know how you get on?  I would love to know what you think.


Living with Allergies

Living with Allergies

A few years ago it came as a bit of a shock when our little boy became very poorly overnight.

He was covered in a rash, had a cough and his face was all puffy.  It was a really rough ride as we tried to work out what was wrong with him.

We were on holiday in the UK at the time and we were told by a few different doctors that he just had a virus.

Something didn’t seem right though, and one morning I took him to the out of hours clinic.

There we were sent to the children’s ward at the hospital.  Where a doctor diagnosed he had Measles.  This came as a huge surprise as he was fully vaccinated.

However, the doctor assured us that despite being vaccinated, children can still catch it – however the strain will be a mild form.  Without being properly tested, we were sent home to look after our poorly little man.  I have since found out that as this is a controlled disease, it should have been tested properly – but I didn’t know that at the time.

At the time we were visiting my mum – who had a pet free home – and L started to make a recovery.

When he was better we made the long journey home back to Germany.

After being home for a few days, the symptoms started to reappear.  This time the swelling on the face looked worse and I quickly made an appointment at our medical centre.

There the doctor took one look at L and said that she thought I needed to take him to the hospital for a proper check.

So we made our way to the hospital, where the doctors quickly admitted L for further tests.  There verdict – he was having an allergic reaction to something.

This week that was spent in hospital was a long one.

We missed Daddy’s birthday and L had all manner of drugs going into him via drip.  His little arm was like a pin cushion as the nurses took blood to be sent off to the lab.

At this point, I started to wonder if he was allergic to our cats.

My Mum and Dad have no cats so I did wonder if that is why he had started to make a recovery, only to get poorly again when we went back to our house.
However, the doctor in the hospital said that was extremely unlikely.  The cats had been living with L the whole time – I had the cats before I was even pregnant.  However, after a few weeks of tests going backwards and forwards, it turned out my mummy instincts were right.  He was indeed allergic to cats and to a small extent dogs.
Unfortunately, this led to my hubby’s brother adopting our two cats and giving them a new home.  We realised that we didn’t have a choice when the doctor said to us “put it this way, it is L or the cats.”
I really feel for my brave little boy.  He loves animals and they are drawn to him.  L talks constantly about how he loves cats and dogs.  He asks for a pet most days.  He would love for us to be able to adopt a pet but right now it is not something that we can consider.
Outbreaks seem to spring up on us; somedays he just wakes up with a rash.  The only thing we can think of is a cat has been prowling through the garden which has touched his skin.
Living with Pet Allergies

For the most part we are fortunate that we got to the bottom of it.

That is largely down to a fabulous person who works in our medical centre. She really fought L’s corner every step of the way.
We are hoping he will grow out of it (the expectation is that he will grow out of the dog allergy at least). For the next few years we just have to patiently explain to L that a pet is a not going to happen any time soon.  Something that makes him sad but is better than the alternative ill health.

Have your children got allergies?  How do you cope with this on a daily basis?


Craft with the letter D: Dinosaur

Craft with the letter D: Dinosaur


Following on from my previous alphabet post, Craft with the letter C: Caterpillar, on the same day we also did a craft with the letter D. This was a combination of it being a terrible rainy day and also D was very excited as that is the letter his name starts with.

It took a little while for D to decide what he wanted to do.  He spent ages deliberating whether he wanted a dog or a dinosaur.  Eventually we went for a dinosaur….

Craft with the letter D

What you need:

  • Card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Paper
  • Stickers to decorate

How to make a dinosaur

On some card, draw a large D.  Then cut out the a neck and head out of green paper and stick it onto the end.

Then run glue round the letter and then stick small pieces of green tissue paper to the D.

Once done you can cut out.  The cut out two dinosaur legs and stick onto the bottom.

It was another easy crafts, I like to keep it simple as I want the boys to be able to them largely on their own.  I was so chuffed to see both boys easily use the scissors to cut out the dinosaur, and previously the caterpillar.  It was definitely a proud mummy moment.

Craft with the letter D

The boys start school in September and both asked if there would be crafts in school.  I think they are excited to try out new things and I love that they have some incredible imaginations!

I hope you can recreate this simple craft at home.  Please let me know how you get on if you give it a try.  I love to hear from you so please leave me comment below or on social media.

If you liked this craft, you can check out the crafts with the letter A, B and C here: