Word of the Week 20/10/17

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 >


Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure

There was much excitement here yesterday as last night we went to see Disney On Ice: Passport to Adventure at the Arena, Birmingham. As regular readers will know, we are all about Disney here at the moment as we are off to Disney World next summer, so this show was brilliant timing to get us all in the Disney mood. And even better, we surprised the kids by taking them along to the Meet and Greet before the show, which delighted them! A little about the show… “Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with all your favourite characters in Disney Read more >


Keeping A Birthday Journal

Today I am talking about keeping birthday journals, as this is something that I love doing for my children. What’s a birthday journal all about? Every year, after I put my kids to bed on their birthdays, I sit down and write in their birthday journal. It’s a keepsake that I am creating for them, building it up year on year. Why do this? I really enjoy keeping birthday journals. I can’t quite recall what gave me the idea, but I did think of it just before my eldest’s first birthday, so we’ve not missed any years. It’s very easy Read more >

Keeping A Birthday Journal

Photo Fun with Snapfish

A couple of weeks ago I spent some time playing around with creating a Snapfish photo book, thanks to their kind invitation to do so. I had a browse around their website and then set about designing an 11×8 landscape hardcover photo book, going for a simple theme for the pages as I plan to use this as a lovely custom Christmas gift. One of the first things that struck me was how many options are available to personalise this, ensuring that it really is a one-off thoughtful present or keepsake. There are so many layout designs available, covering the Read more >


4 Ways to Keep Your Family Fed and Your Finances in Check Over Winter

Many families in the UK are having to decide between heating their homes or making a meal. This shocking statistic has been revealed in a survey by prepaid MasterCard experts, icount. Higher heating and energy bills during the winter period has resulted in many of the UK’s population waiting to turn their heating on as late as November. Fortunately, there are small steps that you can take as a family to give you that helping hand when you need it the most. Read on to discover more about the shocking statistics found from icount’s survey, as well as four helpful Read more >


Catch Phrase Review & Giveaway

We have a new game here and we’ve been having fun reviewing it for you. We’ve been playing Catch Phrase from Drumond Park, and I also have a game up for grabs, so do read on… Welcome to the hilarious Catch Phrase board game. With its updated game-play and loads of brand new brain teasers you can enjoy the excitement of the TV game show hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Each player hosts a round of; Individual, Rapid-Fire and Super Catch Phrase puzzles. There are Bonus Catchphrases to solve and Mr. Chips to hold up the Catch Phrase cards. To add Read more >


Siblings October 2017

Another month, another Siblings update. This month has seen another birthday here, this time it was Boo as she turned 8. I now have an 8 year old and a 5 year old, yet it feels like only yesterday that I had a baby and toddler. The time is flying by, and never have I felt it more than this past few weeks as both of my children are now in school. We’re hurtling towards half term here and I’m not sure where that time has gone! Little Man seems to much more grown up and confident now that he’s Read more >


Word of the Week 13/10/17

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 >


Flooring Solutions for Kitchens

Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in the house, so it is incredibly vital that you get the design right, particularly the flooring. There are a wide range of options available, and in today’s blog we’re going to break them down for you. The first we’re taking a look at is possibly the best option on the market, vinyl tiles. It is the best alternative to hardwood, and has a very similar style and appearance. It offers incredibly good water and stain resistance and offers both durability and versatility. Spillages cause low levels of damage, and excellent slip Read more >


How To Teach Cursive Handwriting To Children

Is Handwriting Still Important?

How’s your handwriting? I know mine leaves a lot to be desired. I do write regularly, though, which I think helps, whether it be notes, plans, my bullet journal, or long snail mail letters. It means I don’t find the feel of a pen in my hand strange when I do put pen to paper, but I wonder how many of us do write this regularly in an age of texts and emails? Uniball share that ‘according to the Institute of Education, the quality of handwriting education in primary schools can have a direct impact on success into secondary and Read more >


A Train Trip to Birmingham

Last week was Boo’s birthday and she was very lucky and received some money. Whilst she wanted to save most of it to spend on her trip to Disney World next year, she was also keen to buy a few things. We decided to go shopping in Birmingham so she’d have lots of shops to choose from. Sometimes we’ll drive into Birmingham to shop, but whenever we want to make it more of an adventure, we get the train in. It’s only around a twenty minute journey and it brings us into Grand Central with its fab shops and right Read more >


Word of the Week 6/10/17

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 >


Make A Difference In Your Community

Today I’m sharing some details about a local project that’s been making a real difference to the declining bee population. Buzzing Hotspots are being created all over the city, with the support of funding from the Aviva Community Fund. This is good news for the bee population and this year’s Aviva Community Fund is now open for you to submit your project, so do read on for more information on that. Over the weekend, the Urban Buzz project had an installation just outside the Bull Ring in Birmingham to spread the news about what they do, giving away seed packets Read more >


Win a Wannabees Pack!

Today I’m excited to be introducing you to the Wannabees range, and I’m offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Wannabee pack, so do read on to find out more! What’s the Wannabees range all about? The Wannabees range is all about inspiring ‘playing for real’ in children. The award-winning range is ideal for 5-11 year olds and provides everything children need to ‘pretend’ to be the profession of their choice. They contain lots of exciting forms to fill in, stickers, and certificates that children will need to feel like they are truly ‘playing for real’. The imaginative role play Read more >


Book Swap October 2017

Hooray, it is book swap time! I do love a good old book swap. I’m not sure whether the best bit is receiving a surprise book in the post or choosing which one to send out! The idea behind the book swap is very simple and easy to take part in. It’s open to all, as long as you’re aged over 18. The idea is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may not have chosen themselves. It’s a really lovely item Read more >


Happy 8th Birthday, Boo!

Today my beautiful baby girl is 8. These eight years have just flown by, and my eldest has ensured that I have loved it all. From baby to toddler to pre-schooler to school girl, Boo has delighted in everything around her. She misses nothing, is freakishly observant, and absorbs all that she can like a little sponge. She wants to learn about everything and gets so excited to discover new subjects, facts, places to go, skills – it really doesn’t matter what it is, this girl approaches everything with bags of enthusiasm. She’s in Year 3 now at school, a Read more >

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