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Rio Carnival is considered the largest in the world. See incredible samba queens and a rainbow of colour fill the streets. http://www.virginholidaysjourneys.co.uk/destination/item204405/latin-america/brazil

Rio Carnival is considered the largest in the world. See incredible samba queens and a rainbow of colour fill the streets. http://www.virginholidaysjourneys.co.uk/destination/item204405/latin-america/brazil

My children love sparkler fireworks but as a mum I find them a bit scary and worry about possible accidents and burns! Don't you? Whether you're celebrating Bonfire Night, Fourth of July, New Year or a birthday here's a fun Kid Safe Sparkler Firework Craft to add to the festivities.

My children love sparkler fireworks but as a mum I find them a bit scary and worry about possible accidents and burns! Don't you? Whether you're celebrating Bonfire Night, Fourth of July, New Year or a birthday here's a fun Kid Safe Sparkler Firework Craft to add to the festivities.

CARNIVAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

CARNIVAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

Best photographs of the day: the Edinburgh festival and the destruction of devil…

Best photographs of the day: the Edinburgh festival and the destruction of devil…

Festival glitter

Festival glitter

Christmas Rocky Road: It’s not that I felt my usual Rocky Road Crunch Bars needed any improvement (though fiddling with recipes is one of life’s pleasures) but I thought they would benefit from some seasonal adjustment. So, out go the Rich Tea biscuits and in come amaretti and – in the seasonal spirit – I’ve crammed in some Brazil nuts and glacé cherries (as red as Rudolph’s nose), along with snowy mini marshmallows.

Christmas Rocky Road: It’s not that I felt my usual Rocky Road Crunch Bars needed any improvement (though fiddling with recipes is one of life’s pleasures) but I thought they would benefit from some seasonal adjustment. So, out go the Rich Tea biscuits and in come amaretti and – in the seasonal spirit – I’ve crammed in some Brazil nuts and glacé cherries (as red as Rudolph’s nose), along with snowy mini marshmallows.

Rock in Rio 2011 - Concerto Sinfonico Legiao Urbana - The 2011 Rock in Rio festival kicks off with a variety of singers joining the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra for a tribute to Legi?o Urbana.

Rock in Rio 2011 - Concerto Sinfonico Legiao Urbana - The 2011 Rock in Rio festival kicks off with a variety of singers joining the Brazilian Symphonic Orchestra for a tribute to Legi?o Urbana.

This was one of the most amazing things I ever did.  A must do for all!! Samba School Parade in Sambadrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This was one of the most amazing things I ever did. A must do for all!! Samba School Parade in Sambadrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Festival Season is my favourite season   Earring are @fawnstar_  I used @anastasiabeverlyhills 'Sarafine' liquid lipstick as paint  @napoleonperdis Loose Eye Dust in 'Mosaic Gold', 'Contrary Conary' + 'Copper Element'  Lips are @ofracosmetics liquid lipstick in 'Bel Air' mixed with @anastasiabeverlyhills liquid lipstick in 'Ashton'

Festival Season is my favourite season Earring are @fawnstar_ I used @anastasiabeverlyhills 'Sarafine' liquid lipstick as paint @napoleonperdis Loose Eye Dust in 'Mosaic Gold', 'Contrary Conary' + 'Copper Element' Lips are @ofracosmetics liquid lipstick in 'Bel Air' mixed with @anastasiabeverlyhills liquid lipstick in 'Ashton'