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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Craft Time - Gift Bags

Today's post is from Maggy.  I saw one of Maggy's craft vlog's on her website a while back and loved it.  I've persuaded her to share it again here so that we can all make these gift bags.  All you need is an old magazine or comic and a glue stick!  If you have any questions then you can find Maggy on Twitter at @RedTedArt.  Over to Maggy...

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Hi!  I am very pleased to be here as a Guest Poster for Nickie! And what a lovely lady she is…

Over at Red Ted Art, my son (Red Ted (2)) and I (Maggy (old)) do lots of crafts projects. Sometimes Pip Squeak (0) joins us. Sometimes we are inspired by books, sometimes in the kitchen and sometimes by the great outdoors. I am a crafty sort and like to seek out clever crafty people and their ideas.

Here we have my wonderful friend and neighbour, Ali in my very first “How To” post. She shows how to make the most adorable and funky party/gift or popcorn bags out of magazines or old comics! To find out more about Ali, visit The Good Life Bloggers.

To find many more craft ideas (from No Sew Bunting, to Loo Roll Marionettes, to simple Paper Frames) visit me at Red Ted Art!

Hope you like!