Polly Tries: Making Salt Dough Christmas Tree Decorations**This post has been written by my 7yo daughter Polly.**

Yesterday our kindness challenge was to make salt dough decorations. We made the dough, then cut out shapes with our cookie cutters. 

Afterwards we sprinkled them with glitter and baked them in the oven on a very low heat. We let our decorations cool down over night, and painted them with our special pens this morning.

Which was lots of fun.

It was mostly very easy, but mummy mixed the ingredients and rolled the dough for me. I really enjoyed this activity, my favourite bits were squishing the dough, cutting the shapes out and decorating them.

salt dough decorationsHere’s what you’ll need to make your own decorations (batch of 20)

2 cups of plain flour
3/4 of a cup of cold water
1/2 a cup of table salt
1 tbsp of oil
Glitter if you like sparkles
Fabric pens such as these 
String

Here’s how you make them

  • Pre-heat your oven to 130C
  • In a large bowl mix together the flour and salt
  • salt dough decorationsThen pour over the water, oil and mix well
  • Bring the mixture together into a  ball shape with your hands
  • Roll the mixture out on a flat surface
  • Cut your decorations out with cookie cutters 
  • Don’t forget to poke the holes in the top  for the string to go in (we used a chop sicks)
  • Sprinkle a bit of glitter if you wish
  • I made letters out of the left over dough for my name, and my brother and sisters names
  • Put your decorations onto a baking tray and bake for 2-3 hours
  • Let them cool down completely 
  • Decorate as you wish
  • Thread your string through the hole
  • Now they are ready hang them on your tree

**this post is solely intended for parent bloggers, apologies if you aren’t one and find it annoying**

I used to be a serial blog hopper, then I realised they were taking up too much of my already sparse time, and took a step back from them. I think most parent bloggers that last more than two years have this epiphany; it can be the catalyst for a positive change or see the end of a blogging career. The lovely Caroline of Becoming A SAHM wrote about it recently.

It’s potentially why the internet is littered with the gravestones of bloggers that once were.

When I first started writing Mummy Tries, two and a half years ago, there were only a handful of linkies run by fellow parents. Nowadays every other blogger has their own linky. Themed blog hops can be great for information sharing, and forming supportive communities, and the non-themed ones are fab for getting your blog ‘out there’ and discovering new reads.

I’m part of the wonderful #WhatImWriting group, and joining in with the weekly linky on Writing Bubble and Muddled Manuscript was a god send for me when I was writing my book. I know others feel the same, and Emily Organ even included the group in the dedications section of her novel. How cool is that? 

I’ve been thinking for ages about creating a linky with a difference. For it to encompass all that I enjoy about blog hops (connecting with other bloggers mainly), and cutting out the bits that take up all the time (faffing around with badges, feeling obliged to comment on loads of posts for the sake of it). Rather than doing this I thought it would be wonderful to encourage folk to share other’s posts on social media. We all know how contagious spreading the blog love can be, and who knows, it could even trigger someone going viral.

Perhaps I had set my sights too high? Perhaps people didn’t get the rules. Perhaps there are just too many linkies out there?

I’m not complaining at all about my numbers. I had 63 posts link up the first week and 30-45 in the second, third and fourth, which I was really pleased about. I’ve seen previously huge blog hops with less posts on them recently, and it makes me wonder whether it has simply become a saturated market?

Which brings me full circle back to that most elusive of things: time. Running a successful linky takes up a LOT of it. In fact I’d be fibbing if I said I was prepared for the amount of effort it all was. I take my hat off to the prolific bloggers that run several every single week. I’ve decided that it’s not for me though.

In a nutshell I am going to quit while I’m ahead!

I’d like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone that joined in, it truly means a lot to have had such support.

For now I’m going to live by what I said a while back, and concentrate on my blogging objectives (whatever they are). I’m going to continue reading the blogs that resonate and inspire me. I will most certainly comment when I feel compelled, and I might even hit the share button every now and then.

Sharing is caring after all 😉

A Linky with a Difference #DiffLinkyWelcome to week four of a linky with a difference. Thanks so much to everyone that joined in last week, your continued support means a lot. I’m really enjoying reading posts from new (to me) bloggers, as well as catching up with lots of my faves.

Last week’s posts can all be found on the board below.  

Follow Reneé Davis ‘s board #DiffLinky Week 3 on Pinterest.

The Rules

– you can link up to three posts of any theme, and from any site, as long as it is your own original content.

– share other posts across all social media platforms; get pinning, tweeting and facebooking folks! I’ll be sharing every single post.

– no need to add a badge, but please use the hash tag #difflinky when sharing.

– only comment if you feel utterly compelled to because the post really resonates, please don’t write something as generic as ‘Great Post’ just for the backlink 😉

– the linky will go live on a Thursday evening at 7pm, and close at midnight on Sunday.

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A Linky with a Difference #DiffLinkyWelcome to week three of a linky with a difference. I’d like to say a huge and very heartfelt thanks to everyone that joined in last week, all 42 of you! Your support means a lot.

Again I managed to read every single post, commented on about half, share everything on Twitter, a few on Facebook and pinned every post to the board below. I’m really enjoying discovering new bloggers, as well as catching up with lots of my faves too.

Today I’m linking up three posts: my afternoon with Gino D’Campo, my latest YouTube video making silly easy beef stew, and a letter to my eldest which was published yesterday on the Huffington Post.

Follow Reneé Davis ‘s board #DiffLinky Week 2 on Pinterest.

The Rules

– you can link up to three posts of any theme, and from any site, as long as it is your own original content.

– share other posts across all social media platforms; get pinning, tweeting and facebooking folks! I’ll be sharing every single post.

– no need to add a badge, but please use the hash tag #difflinky when sharing.

– only comment if you feel utterly compelled to because the post really resonates, please don’t write something as generic as ‘Great Post’ just for the backlink 😉

– the linky will go live on a Thursday evening at 7pm, and close at midnight on Sunday.

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