Word of the Week 29/5/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. Thanks to those of you that linked up last week, I look forward to reading all about your weeks this 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 […]

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My Doodles Watch Review & Give-Away

With Boo now at school and learning to tell the time, we were on the lookout for a watch for her, so it was great ‘timing’ when the team at My Doodles got in touch to show their range to us. Available in four different designs, the Owl, the Alien, the Penguin and the Bee, there’s a fun character to suit everyone, retailing at £15 each. We opted for the bee design, and both Boo and I are really pleased with it. I had been looking around at children’s watches, and I was surprised by how many of them were […]


In The Night Garden Party Time!

At the weekend, we went along to a fabulous and fun party at Alton Towers. It was to celebrate the first year anniversary of the In The Night Garden ride at CBeebiesland there, which was then made even more special with a Guinness World Record. We were actually there at Cbeebiesland opening weekend the same time last year, so it was lovely to be invited to celebrate the ride being open for a year. Boo and Little Man always enjoy going there, and the ITNG ride is a favourite – they love to see the Tombliboos peeping at them, Makka Pakka slow […]

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Papery Peep May 2015

Another month has gone by, so it’s time to take a Papery Peep again. Papery Peep is my monthly #BringBackPaper campaign linky, where I welcome you to take a little look at my month in paper, and invite you to do the same. It opens on the last Wednesday of every month. These are my new paper additions for this month: I popped to a garden centre and spotted this gorgeous writing set in there. And it was a bargain at £2.99, so I really had no choice but to buy it. I won a Twitter competition run by Banner as part […]


Let’s Go Shopping Peppa!

First up, I will declare that we are a Peppa Pig loving household. Yes, there it is, and I don’t just mean the kids, I like it, too. I find the show and books to be sweet, despite having watched and read so many of them so many times! So when I heard that there was a new book out from Ladybird, the story of one of Little Man’s favourite episodes, I was happy to share… Peppa Pig: Let’s Go Shopping Peppa! Peppa and her family need something to eat for lunch. It’s time for a trip to the supermarket! Mummy Pig […]

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Deadly Fun at the National Forest Adventure Farm

We love our days out at the National Forest Adventure Farm, and today’s trip there was no exception. Today Little Man and Boo were eager to get there, so along with Nanny, we set off so that we were there when it opened, ready to get exploring… There are a couple of new things for this half term. For this week only, there are Wild & Deadly shows three times a day, 23rd-31st May. This show is on for an hour, and I’d say is better suited to children older than Boo and Little Man, at 5 and 2 respectively. […]


Word of the Week 22/5/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. Thanks to those of you that linked up last week, I look forward to reading all about your weeks this week. It was lovely to have quite a few new faces last week, too, mixing it up with the fabulous regular #WotWers – welcome and thanks to all of you. 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 […]

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Proud to be Working with HUGGIES Pull-Ups

I am really pleased to share that this year I’m going to be working with a great brand, HUGGIES Pull-Ups, which means that I’m going to be talking a fair bit about potties and wee here. Fair warning! Little Man will be three in September, so my thoughts are turning to potty training. We’ve had a few chats about it, he’s open to the idea of it all and he’s very excited by his potty training HUGGIES Pull-up pants and his Bumble Bee My Carry Potty. I think getting him interested and excited about this next step is really important, […]


Pen Pals for Children

My daughter is now 5 years old. She’s in Reception at school and is thoroughly enjoying learning how to read and write. The messages that we get home are about encouraging writing in any shape or form, so that our kids are writing for a purpose, rather than just because they have to. So what better purpose could there be than sending a little happy mail and brightening someone’s day? You no doubt know that I LOVE to send and receive snail mail. It’s a big part of my #BringBackPaper passion and activities. It’s an opportunity for me to indulge myself […]

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What ‘Pro-Blogging’ Means To Me

I am a ‘pro-blogger’. Yes, there, I said it. It feels a bit odd to declare it, truth be told, but after I went along to a brilliant session at Tots100 Blog Camp last month, ran by Penny and Becky, it’s been made concrete and clear in my mind and also made me comfortable to say it aloud. The Reading Residence is a blog that I am proud of. I earn from being a blogger. I get to have great experiences with my family, review some fabulous products, and I accept sponsored content and ambassadorships, which all combine to mean that […]


I Am A Golden Eggsplorer!

Today I’m delighted to be sharing the news that I am now a Golden Eggsplorer! Well, the children are, to be more precise, which means we’re now proud ambassadors for Reading Eggs. I’m really pleased to be working with them and over the year I’ll bring you the latest news from them and tell you how we’re getting on with the programmes. This one’s special to me as Reading Eggs was actually one of the earliest blog posts that I wrote about, as Boo gave their free trial a whirl back when she was 3, and we liked it so […]

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Word of the Week 15/5/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. Thanks to those of you that linked up last week, I look forward to reading all about your weeks this 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 […]


My Garden, My Extra Room

Now that the summer months are looming, I am excited to spend time in my extra ‘room’, my garden. Since I’ve got into my gardening, I’ve started to view my garden this way. Before, it was somewhere to sit in the sun, for the kids to play out, for the dog to run around. Having spent time redesigning it and better understanding it all, I now view it as an extension of my home, another room to furnish and enjoy. Last year we got most of the major work done. We flattened a shed, created a cut flower patch, had […]

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Siblings May 2015

I love this point in the month, when I stop and reflect upon the relationship that my two children have with one another. The days fly by so quickly, it’s nice to stop and take stock. This month has been an odd one for my two. Boo was quite ill with a virus and off school for a week, which is of course unusual, and then Little Man had it last week, too, though that caused less disruption to our normal routines. On top of that, Boo had a horrible sick bug over the weekend, and had to have more […]


Brilliant Books for 5 Year Old Girls

Now that my daughter is 5 and in Reception, her reading has really taken off. I’ve always been a reader, so I’m keen to encourage her enthusiasm and keep her well-supplied with lots of enjoyable books. We’re fortunate to have a lovely library near us, some great bookshops in town and plenty of charity shops which are often great for finding a new chapter book in. Though Boo still enjoys picture books, particularly when she can read them to her little brother, we’ve moved onto the wonderful world of chapter books. I’m as excited as she is by this development! […]

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Top 5 Tips For New Bloggers

I’ve been happily blogging away here now for nearly two years. I love it now as much, well more actually, than I did back then, and I like to think that I’ve picked up a thing or two along the way. I find other blogs to be inspiring, chats with other bloggers, and Pinterest is an endless source of help, too. In fact, I have a Blogging and Social Media Tips board there, which you may find useful to follow. If you’re wanting to have a blog that does get read, that can grow and that you enjoy, then I’m […]

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