The Guinea Pigs Have A New Home!

I mentioned recently that I have been researching new cage options for our guinea pigs. I’ve spent a fair bit of time on it, as I wanted to get it just right for them. They are now fully grown and though I had the biggest indoor cage I could buy for them, I felt that they needed more room. I decided that I wanted to make them a C&C cage (Cubes & Coroplast) which allows me to make any size that I like for them and I figured I’d go big! This was their cage set up, as I shared with Read more >

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Word of the Week 23/9/16

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


Orange & Chocolate Chip Biscuits

We don’t often have oranges in our house. The kids have never been overly keen and I’m not a big fan either. But over the weekend they chose some at the supermarket, so I thought that it would be nice to try a new recipe out whilst we had some in the house, as I do like a bit of orange zest in a cake or biscuit. Little Man helped me to decide what to bake, and he was very keen to wield a cookie cutter, so orange and chocolate chip biscuits it was! This was the first time that Read more >

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Let the Studying Commence!

Here I go again! A new academic year is beginning and my Open University materials have now arrived. My course officially begins on the 1st October, but I’ll be making a head start on that, as I always like to work ahead in case anything crops up – an ill child can easily put me behind by a week. Every module includes an online study planner advising you where you should be each week and I’ve yet to fall behind on that and I do not want to start now! As with last year, I plan to study on a Read more >


Preparing for School with Reading Eggs

My Little Man has just turned four years old and so he is now in his pre-school year. He attends nursery for two days a week and then on our three days together we like to mix up imaginary play, trips out and about with short bursts or phonics and numeracy work. I like to do this with him as I want him to be comfortable with his letter and number recognition when he starts school next year, to enable him to concentrate on adjusting to the social side of school and being away from me for five days a Read more >

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Word of the Week 16/9/16

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >


Siblings September 2016

It’s time to pause and take a little look at my two this month, for the Siblings Project. I love joining in with this as it means I have shots of the two of them together every month, something to look back on in the years to come. This month’s photos are all from our break to Blackpool. It was Little Man’s birthday at the start of the month, so the day after we drove up to Blackpool Zoo and then stayed in Blackpool that night so that we could show the kids the illuminations. We then took to the Read more >

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35 Things to Track in your Bullet Journal

Regular readers will know that a couple of months ago I decided to give using a bullet journal a go. And it worked for me. And I am now hooked! I cannot tell you how much I rate this system, though my 8 Reasons You Should be Using a Bullet Journal should give you a clue. Bullet journals are hugely versatile as you basically decide yourself what to include in them, how to use them and how to get the most out of yours. They should make you more productive, and can include journaling, art, collections, lists, schedules, trackers and Read more >


The Dads & Daughters Campaign

Today I wanted to share with you details about the Dads and Daughters campaign. The SSE Dads and Daughters series is celebrating the great work dads around the country are doing to encourage their daughters to get involved in football. It feels relevant to our household as I’m sure it does to thousands across the UK. The Husband has always been a keen footballer and we have a very energetic and active 6 year old daughter. They love playing football together in the garden and ‘Get The Ball Off Dad’ is a favourite game here. He’s really proud of how Read more >

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I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride My Bike!

Having discovered last month that I can still cycle after twenty years or so of not trying it, I’m taking a moment to reflect on how I’ve found the experience, and whether I am converted. First up, let me show my new ride off to you. Here it is, my Apollo Elyse from Halfords. I’m finding it to be perfect for my needs, novice that I am. It’s comfortable, the 18 gears help me getting up the many hills that I have now noticed I’m surrounded by (it’s funny how you don’t really notice them when you’re driving!), and I like Read more >


Word of the Week 9/9/16

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >

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Have You Discovered School Reviewer?

Have you discovered School Reviewer? I have to say, I hadn’t heard of it until they got in touch with me, so today I’m introducing it to you as I’ve a feeling it could be really helpful to so many of you. School Reviewer is the only site in the UK that not only gives parents the invaluable stats and knowledge about every UK school at every level, it also lets them know which homes fall into which catchment areas. It also allows parents to talk with other parents on school forums, both individually as single schools and nationally. It’s Read more >


Stationery Swap September 2016

Now what could brighten up the return to school and routine? Oh yes, it’s the #BringBackPaper stationery swap! For all of you stationery addicts out there, this is a chance to spread a little happiness and receive a pretty parcel guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It’s nice and easy to get involved. Just pop a bundle of stationery bits and bobs together, and send them out into the world to your swap partner so that they have received them by the end of September. You can include whatever you fancy, such as notepaper, jotters, stickers, pens, washi, Read more >

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At The End of the Summer Holidays

At the end of the summer holidays I feel sad. I don’t want to send my girl back to school tomorrow. The freedom that the holidays bring, no school runs, no restrictions on our time, is just magical. Having these two little faces around me at all times makes me happy. Very happy, even when they drive me crazy! My girl says she’ll miss me when she goes back to school. I suspect if she really thought about it, it’s her brother that she’ll be missing. They have that special sort of relationship that only siblings can have. They can Read more >


Happy Birthdays with Zazzle!

I know that I’ve mentioned before two of my kids’ great loves. For my girl, she’s discovered the wonderful world of Harry Potter and cannot get enough of it. For my son, it’s all about superheroes. So when the lovely folks over at Zazzle got in touch with me telling me all about their new Brands store, right at the time when I was arranging the kids birthday presents, it was perfect timing! Zazzle are now working with brand partners like Angry Birds, DC Comics, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter, Outlander, How to Train Your Dragon and many more. I have Read more >

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Happy 4th Birthday, Little Man

My Little Man is 4 years old today. I can hardly believe it! I thought Boo had grown up quickly, but Little Man’s years seem to be flying by. Four years ago today, Little Man made his way into the world by way of a planned cesarean section. He was a cuddly baby, always content as long as he was fed and sleeping near, or preferably, on me. So what’s changed in those four years? My son is still very much a cuddler, and it’s always to me that he rushes to when he needs reassurance and comfort. He still Read more >

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