Finding Dory at The National Sea Life Centre

When the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham invited us along to check out their Finding Dory event running throughout the summer holidays, we jumped at the chance to go. We’ve not visited for a while, and the children were really excited to be going. Yes, that’s my Little Man’s excited face there… The Finding Dory event includes the children receiving two booklets to complete. If you give my daughter a stamping book she’s deliriously happy, so I knew from the outset that this was going to be a successful trip! The first book is a passport that requires a Read more >

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Word of the Week 29/7/16

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 >


Phew, I Passed! A Look Back at A200

I have now finished my Open University module for this year, as it ended with an exam at the start of June. I had my results through a couple of weeks ago and I was delighted to receive a Distinction. The time spent on revision was well worth it! I shared my 5 reasons to study with the Open University recently, as I have been really happy with them overall. This module was the third I have completed, so I am now halfway through my degree and I find myself itching to get started on the next module, a level 3 course that Read more >

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Books Read in July

Papery Peep July 2016

It’s Papery Peep time already! July has flown by, hasn’t it? I don’t know quite where it went. I know that I didn’t get as much reading done as I normally do, though I struggle to put my finger on exactly why. I need to get through loads of books in August to make up for it, I think! Here’s what I did manage to read.. Looking at it now, I’d say it’s a fairly eclectic mix! I then want to share some lovely stationery goodies that I’ve received in the post. The first is from a new stationery subscription company, Read more >


Stargazing with Nancy B’s Science Club Moon Scope

My daughter has had just one thing on her birthday wishlist all year now. A telescope. Having covered the solar system at school, she has become fascinated by the idea of seeing the stars and the moon up close, as well as taking a good look at the nature and sights around us. So when Learning Resources got in touch with me about their campaign over the summer focusing on the importance of outdoor play, including nature trails and stargazing, I knew it was one for us. And do read on, as I also have one available for one of Read more >

Nancy Bs Science Club Moon Scope outside

Simple Fruit Smoothie Recipes

Simple Fruit Smoothie Recipes

We bought a smoothie maker last week. Yes, just last week and yet here I am already blogging about it and sharing our favourite recipes. But though it’s only been around 10 days of smoothie making in our house, we have fit a lot of smoothie making into that time! We decided to buy one as we have a lot of strawberries and raspberries growing in our garden this year. Whilst these are my favourite fruits and the kids like them, we were still not eating them at the rate they were growing, so the idea of a smoothie maker Read more >


Word of the Week 22/7/16

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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The Slumberdown Fresh & Healthy Range

My daughter has become obsessed with dust mites. Yes, it’s a strange one. You see I made the mistake of telling her that they exist and now she fears that they are everywhere around her. Why was I even foolish enough to tell her about them? Well, we’ve been sent samples from Slumberdown’s new Fresh & Healthy range, designed to prevent dust mites, mould and fungi existing in the bedding. Clever, eh? Slumberdown have designed a brand new Fresh & Healthy range, launching this weekend. At least 12 million Brits suffer from allergies caused by dust mites, which are widely recognised Read more >


Stationery Subscription Boxes

You know that I love stationery. I also love snail mail. Combine the two and I am a very happy soul! Getting papery goodness through the post is always going to put a smile on my face and I know that there are many stationery addicts out there just like me. For today’s #BringBackPaper post I wanted to share with you a round-up of some great stationery subscription boxes and what they say about themselves, some of which I have had the pleasure to sample, and if so I’ll share the link so you can take a closer look, and some of Read more >

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Glow Art

Glow Art Board Review & Giveaway

When I was contacted to review a Glow Art board, my interest was immediately piqued. It’s a transparent neon effect board that allows kids to draw, trace and colour anything they want at any time. I had not see them before, but as I have a creative 6 year old here, I looked into them a little more, and discovered this video giving an overview of the product and what it can do…. I love the light effects! Now, I’m sure I am not alone when I say I sometimes see products that I think look amazing, but then doubt Read more >


Pokemon Go Has Got Me

The Husband came home a few evenings ago and showed me his phone with a Squirtle on our lawn. He threw a ball at it and trapped it, popping him in his Pokedex. He was so pleased with himself. He is 40 years old. A few hours later, he randomly started walking around the house whilst we were in the middle of watching Orange is the New Black. I asked him what he was doing. It seems he’d started his waft, so was looking to attract more Pokemon. Totally normal. By the weekend, I caved. As he showed it to my Read more >

Strolling for Pokemon Go

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Uncommon Gifts with UncommonGoods

I cannot be the only one who has those people in my life that are tricky to buy for? The ones who seemingly have everything and need nothing? So difficult to think up gift ideas for them, but perhaps help is at hand with UncommonGoods. UncommonGoods offers a range of unusual gifts, half of which are made by hand, and you can be sure that they are doing so mindful of the individuals and world around them, including donating $1 to charity with every purchase made. At the core of the company is a great respect for the integrity of Read more >


Word of the Week 15/7/16

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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Siblings July 2016

This month I wanted to share a few things about the kids and what they are currently enjoying, then how this brings them together. Boo has just one more week left in year 1 now. She loves going to school and playing with her friends every day. She is full of confidence, boundless energy and curiosity. She has an innate sense of fairness and her kindness and compassion makes me so proud to see. She wants to take on every new activity she hears about, and nothing daunts her. A new class where she knows no-one is taken in her Read more >


Stationery for the Summer with Got2Jot

The summer holidays are on the horizon, some of you may already have the kids at home by now. My two break up next Friday, and as we’re not going away we have many weeks to fill. And what better way to fill them than with stationery? Obviously. So today I wanted to share with you a few stationery suggestions from Got2Jot to keep the children busy this summer, along with offering you a chance to win a ‘My Holiday’ book. A few journals and logs for the kids to keep up with… My Holiday Book Holiday journal for children Read more >

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Disney Rummy Review & Competition

We have been playing a new game, Disney Rummy, so today I’ll share our thoughts on it with a review, along with offering one of you the chance to win a copy… Play with Buzz, Woody, Lightning McQueen, Remy, Nemo and all their friends! Disney Rummy contains two ways to play! The “Discovery” game helps children learn the basics whilst the “Family” game gives you all the fun of classic rummy! Make a run of numbers of the same colour, or a set of the same number but different colours! Watch out: when it’s your turn, if you cannot place Read more >

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