The Pen Pal Sign-Up

When I talk about snail mail, here and over on YouTube, I often get people asking me about pen pals. So last week I shared Where to Find Pen Pals, and this month I thought I’d try to help out by putting some of you in touch with pen pals. This is a bit different to the stationery and book swaps that I run throughout the year, as hopefully it’s a chance to develop ongoing friendships via happy mail. How Will It Work? If you’d like to get a pen pal, send over the details to me that I’m requesting Read more >


When You Don’t Want Your Kids To Be Like You

I don’t know about you, but as a parent, I look at myself and the Husband and wonder how the kids will take after us. I wonder if either of them will love history (hope so!), I wonder which one of them will follow me and love scary movies (it’s looking like Little Man has a leaning towards the macabre), I wonder whether they’ll have a passion for reading (it’s looking good so far), I wonder whether they’ll have their dad’s flair for art (Boo’s got it) and I hope that they’ll follow in the Husband’s footsteps in sport and Read more >


Word of the Week 24/2/17

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 >


Where to Find Pen Pals

As I write quite often here about sending snail mail, and I talk about it over on Instagram and YouTube regularly, I am often getting asked where to find pen pals. So today I thought it would be a useful post to share a few places to connect. I adore putting pen to paper and writing a letter. There’s something so relaxing about it, and you do connect with people all over the country, or even all over the world. Then there’s that lovely feeling when you spy a handwritten missive in your pile of junk mail, and you just Read more >


What Does Your Bedroom Say About Your Personality?

What does your bedroom say about your personality? Is this something that you’ve thought about before? I do sometimes look around my home and wonder what it says about me, how it looks to others. Both the Husband and I are quite tidy, and neither of us are hoarders, so it’s relatively clutter-free and organised. I do like cosiness, so cushions, candles, lamps and lights are all over the place, but all in the right place, you understand?! The kitchen has as much clear worktop as I can create, with little on show. My desk space is clean and white, Read more >


Studying with the Open University - Can I do it?

Studying with the Open University – Can I Do It?

I am now just over halfway through my fourth module of my Open University degree. I completed the first two years whilst I was working full time, back in my twenties, and the last two I have done whilst working from home on this blog and looking after the children. Different challenges in fitting it in, but in both cases it has worked. I plan to do the final two modules together next year as my youngest will start school then so I’m going to use my newly freed up time productively! With this in mind, I wanted to share some Read more >


Word of the Week 17/2/17

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 >


52 Bullet Journal Collection Ideas...Just Because!

52 Bullet Journal Collections Ideas….Just Because!

If you stop by here regularly, you’ll know that I wouldn’t be without my bullet journal. It helps me to stay organised, be more productive and reflect back over my day and month in a way that makes me appreciate the little things. I do love it. So today I thought I’d share how I set mine up, along with some inspiration around bullet journal collections. Bullet Journal Set Up My bullet journal is set up really simply, with just a few monthly spreads at the beginning of each month, and then my daily to do lists and collections as Read more >


Siblings February 2017

It’s time for me to share a little update on my two this month, and initially I though that not much had changed. But there has been a shift, and it’s largely down to my daughter. Boo and Little Man still play together, still giggle and conspire together, and last week saw them having fun on a ‘sleepover’ together – they both slept in Little Man’s bedroom, at their request, which they loved. On the surface everything’s the same but it seems that my girl is growing up. We took them to the playground last weekend, nothing out of the Read more >


Word of the Week 10/2/17

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 >


12 Reasons To Pick Up a Book Right Now

I am passionate about reading. I am passionate about its value, its entertainment factor and in passing my love of books onto my children, as well as inspiring others to do so. So today I am sharing with you 12 reasons to pick up a book right now… To reduce stress. A 2009 study by Sussex University researchers showed that reading may reduce stress by as much as 68 percent, even six minutes can be enough to reduce stress levels by more than two thirds. To entertain. And the bonus? There are few hobbies cheaper than reading. Books are inexpensive Read more >

12 Reasons to Pick up a Book Right Now

What were the VERY best things about being a child 50 or so years ago?

I’ve been sent over the details of a survey that’s been completed asking people what were the very best things about being a child 50 or so years ago, and it’s been really interesting reading the results and then reflecting upon my childhood and the differences that I can already see in my children’s. The survey was carried out on behalf of McCarthy and Stone and asked 2000 people over the age of 65 fifteen questions about their childhood. Topping the survey was ‘Playing Outside Until It Got Dark’, followed by ‘Having Respect For Your Elders’ which I suspect is more a Read more >


Can We Call A Truce on the Competitiveness?

I have been reading a couple of books recently about parenting and education, The Happiest Kids in the World: Bringing up Children the Dutch Way and The Year of Living Danishly. Both European cultures but both so very different from our own. One of the biggest things that struck me was the lack of competitiveness, both as parents and as school children. I do think that here in the UK there is a pressure on kids to perform well from a young age. Grades, SATs, measurements, tests, I accept that these are all a part of school life. I can do Read more >

Can We Call A Truce on the Competitiveness?

Word of the Week 3/2/17

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 >


5 Tips for GCSE Students

My younger nephew is now doing his GCSE’s. Like many parents, his have been invited into school to listen to the new structure, grading systems and also to hear ways in which they can offer support to their children. We have been chatting about it, so I thought it might be helpful to share what they’ve been told here, in 5 tips for GCSE students… OK, first up, this is something of a pre-GCSE tip. Choose the subjects that you enjoy. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing or the best timetable options (though I know these can restrict Read more >


Stationery Swap

Stationery Swap February 2017

Yes, it’s time for another #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. I love snail mail!!   It’s simple enough 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 February. You can include whatever you fancy, such as notepaper, jotters, stickers, pens, washi, postcards – whatever suits you. We’re not talking Read more >

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