Be like Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. Be A Hero.

It’s a popular observation that 2016 has claimed many famous people. One of the most recent being Carrie Fisher known for her role as Princess Leia.

Considering the amount of beloved celebrities that have taken their bow this year, Carrie Fishers death struck me the hardest. She was the one that was part of a crew that I grew up watching fight their way through the galaxy. I spent weekends at home watching VHS recordings of Return of The Jedi, and explored the other two parts during lunch times on the school video players. (I guess I was a geek back then as well).

And I guess that’s why it’s hit the hardest.

I’m getting to the age that I get to see my heroes of the big screen die.

And I guess that’s one reason why being an adult can suck.

The thing with Princess Leia was, she didn’t just get rescued. She took control, rescued others, and bossed the guys around in the process.

The character of Princess Leia opened the way for Rey and Jyn, and all three are action heroes for people today.
Heroes die.

But heroes can inspire new ones in their place.

Here’s one of my favourite Princess Leia scenes…

What is your favourite Princess Leia scene?

Title of this post inspired by manvspink, who has written a great piece on his defining image of Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia. Image from

Craft Ideas With Chalk Pens from Chalkola (And 20% Off Voucher!)

Craft Ideas With Chalk Pens from ChalkolaLooking for an idea for a crafty activity? How about something with chalk? Not pieces of chalk, although they are cool, how about chalk pens from Chalkola?

Not heard of chalk pens? Well chalk pens like Chalkola Markers are based on using water based chalk, this means it uses chalk, but acts similar to a normal marker pen. According to the packaging they can used on “non porous surfaces”, such as glass, whiteboards, mirrors, plastics, chalkboards, ceramics – I guess they could be used on any flat surface as long as you test it somewhere subtle first.

Using the chalk pens themselves are a great craft activity that offer an obvious difference to anything pen and paper based, and as such hold an instant interest for keen little ones that may have a short attention span.

So what can you do with these things? Here are some activity ideas we’ve tried with Chalk Pens.

Craft Ideas With Chalk Pens from ChalkolaDraw on glasses and bowls.

This was a great 20 minute activity on our kitchen table, where we let the little one loose on a drinks glass. The end result is just to the side here, and prompted a cry from the little one of “This is art!“.  The picture of santa above was also a result of the kitchen table session… (Santa has since been released for good behavior)

Reward ChartsCraft Ideas With Chalk Pens from Chalkola

We’ve brought a cheap mirror from the local recycling centre, hung it in the hallway, and drew a rainbow on it.

The idea is that, when the little one makes good choices, she moves up the rainbow. For bad choices, she moves down. Based on an idea from preschool, this seems an effective way to help encourage good behaviour, as little one is keen to get to the sunshine.

Notes For The Family

Need to leave a message for someone? Write it on the mirror!

Want to tell someone you love them? Write it on the bathroom mirror!

Christmas Decorations

Now this was cool. We spent some time drawing Christmassy stuff on our patio doors.

As a result, I now have a snowman looking at me from our window – and also looking out at our garden.

Here’s the snowman being… “built”.

A Note About Mess…

Don’t worry if you make a mistake or are ready to get rid of the chalk creation, all if takes is a wet wipe or two to clean the Chalkola Markers off. (Remember to test each new surface before letting the creative juices flow, we’ve only tested them on glass so far. If used on porous surfaces, it may be difficult to remove).

Futher information about Chalkola Markers can be found at

Chalkola Markers are a fun crafty accessory, that both little ones and grown ups can enjoy using.  If you’re interested in them, you can pick up  pack of normal 6mm pens from Amazon on this link, or the “Earthly Colours” pack on this link. Make sure you use the voucher code 20OFFSTR and get 20% off! 


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Christmas Events and Activities in Exeter, Devon

With Christmas now well and truly here, people local to Exeter / Devon will find there are plenty of activities and events happening. As we’ve just had a “pre-Christmas” holiday, here’s a round up of the Christmas Activities we found in the Exeter area.

Darts Farm

Devon does farm shops well. Darts Farm near Exeter is an example of a fantastic farm shop. Except it doesn’t just have a vast varity of fruit, veg, and meat. It also has a huge selection of ciders and beers (including gluten free!), all sorts of foodies treats, its own toy shop, and many other gifts.

On the lead up to Christmas it also a place to get your real Christmas tree, and… you may also bump into Father Christmas himself!

Details about when Father Christmas is at Darts Farm (and he’s around alot), can be found at the Darts Farm website.

Christmas Lights

Because which small kid doesn’t love Christmas lights? If you’re going to look at the Christmas lights in Exeter, make sure you check out, both the lights in the High Street, and Princesshay.

Food Markets

Do you like fresh locally sourced food?

Do you like sampling food and local cider?

Do you like supporting independent businesses? (The answer is yes to this, even if you’ve not answered positively to the above)

If your answers are yes, then look out for Exeter Street Markets. You’ll know them when you see them. (Or check out the website to find out where and when they are!)

Snow Globe


From The Express & Echo Website

Now this is cool. The Exeter Snow Globe is a giant snow globe found around the back of Debenhams in Princesshay. You and friends / family climb into it, and find yourselves transported to the most wintery scene you’ll probably find in Devon. It comes complete with fake snow that you can throw at each other.

Great fun for throwing snow at Daddy!

Christmas Markets

I cannot write a round up of Christmas activities and events in Exeter, without mentioning the Christmas Markets in the Exeter Cathedral Green. This years markets are in a different layout this year, (due to the Exeter fire at the end of October), but its still ram packed with Christmas presents, good food, Gluhwein, and possibly the best cider in the world. (Ok it possibly isn’t, but the guy manning the Northcotts stall was a bit of a legend, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt).

This is all in the shadow of the beautiful Exeter Cathedral.

Check it out, then have a nose down Gandy Street for other shopping choices. (And more great chocolate!)

Exeter is also filled with many random Christmas markets, Christmas fares, and a fair few hours that are lit up like Blackpool.

Where would you suggest?