A Day Out With HUGGIES Pull-Ups and a Potty…

Over the weekend we wanted to get out into the fresh air, take the kids somewhere where they could run and run and run, and have fun in a play area. We decided to go to Birches Valley, Cannock Chase. Now, Little Man has been ‘intermittently’ potty training lately. We’re not going all out as he objects to being pushed on this, but some days, with increasing regularity, he is waking up and telling us he wants to wear ‘big boy pants’, and so we go with the flow. Our day trip coincided with such a day. I reflected that back Read more >

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Word of the Week 28/8/15

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 >


Gifts for Guinea-Pig Loving Children

As you’ll know, we’ve well and truly caught the guinea pig bug here, as the kids absolutely adore their new pets, Jessie and Leia. With their birthdays coming up (the kids’, not the guinea pigs’!), I have had a little look about for a few gifts that I know will make them smile, playing up to their new fascination.. Books For Little Man.. I’ve looked through both of these, and they look absolutely adorable. I Love Guinea Pigs, by Dick King-Smith, is something of a care guide, as well as a story. I am so looking forward to reading these Read more >

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Papery Peep August 2015

How is it already August’s Papery Peep? Where is the time going?! I’ve actually had quite a lot of new paper this month, so I thought I’d share it all with you today. I’ve bought new books… I have new stationery, all from Zazzle…. I’m loving my new planner there, and it’s tricky to see, but the clipboard is dotted with sparkly gold, which I love. My snail mail stickers are fun, and can you see those post it notes with the pretty flowers on? It also says ‘Jocelyn’ on that vase. Love. And finally, I’ve received my Open University Read more >


A Bedroom Fit For A 5 year Old Girl

As I mentioned last week, we have given Boo’s bedroom a full makeover. I shared a couple of pictures over on Instagram, and as people were telling me they liked it, I thought I’d share a bit more here for you, along with the details of where we got everything from (mainly good old Ikea!) Boo’s had the same carpet in her room that we’d had from when we moved in ten years ago, along with furniture that we bought then, too. She helped us choose a new carpet last weekend, and her main specification was that it be soft! So we Read more >

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Easy Gardening With Bedding Plants

Back before I really got into my gardening, bedding plants were my go-to buys every time. I see them as instant gardening, and often the bedding plants themselves are easy enough to keep, too. They’d brighten up our garden so that I’d enjoy sitting out in it, with minimal effort. They’re brilliant for novice gardeners in that way. Now I use them a little differently. I now have the patience to wait for seeds, enjoy watching my perennials bloom at various times throughout the year and I like to put my bulbs in in the autumn, anticipating their colours in Read more >


The Pinkertons, A Brand New Drama

Just about the only thing that makes the end of summer drawing near acceptable to me is that television programmes get a lot better as the colder months loom. I start to take more of an interest flicking through TV guides, looking out for anything new that appeals. The Pinkertons, a period crime drama set in 1860s Kansas City, is a show that would definitely catch my eye. It’s starting soon exclusively on UKTV Drama. The Pinkertons is an action adventure detective series, set in the Wild West. It’s based on a true story, with episodes inspired by real life cases. Allan Pinkerton was the Read more >

The Pinkertons - Picture shows: (L-R) Angus Macfadyen as Allan Pinkerton, Martha MacIsaac as Kate Warne, Jacob Blair as William Pinkerton

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A Visit to Avoncroft Museum

Yesterday, having spent the previous day building furniture, we were keen to get out and about in the fresh air and have a family fun day. We decided to visit  Avoncroft museum. This was our first time at Avoncroft so we were keen to explore and check out all that it had to offer, but only after refuelling in the pretty tea rooms…. Boo and Little Man had kids meals of freshly prepared sandwiches and gingerbread men, whilst the Husband and I went for a bacon sarnie and sausage baguette – all were yummy! I think the tea room set Read more >


Word of the Week 21/8/15

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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Studenthood = New Stationery!

You may have read about my deliberations and cogitations over resuming my Open University degree recently. Well, after much toing and froing, I’ve decided that I am going to go for it, as I believe I’ll regret it if I don’t at least give it a shot. Which means that I am now awaiting my study materials, which will be sent out day day now, and I’m eager to get cracking. And with studying comes stationery, right? One of my favourite things to do, every summer holidays when I was at school, was going stationery shopping ready for the new Read more >


Summer Learning with Reading Eggs

As regular readers will know, I’m pleased to be working with Reading Eggs this year. We’ve been using Reading Eggs for a little over two years now, starting before I was working with them when Boo was three and I shared how we were getting on with it back then. It captured Boo’s attention from the first and she still enjoys it now, as a fairly competent reader. She also loves Mathseeds, also aimed at children from 3 years and upwards, and I can see why, as both programmes are fun and engaging, whilst being educational. Little Man will be Read more >

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Pets Small World Play

With the kids loving their new pets and all things guinea pigs, including pretending to be them several times a day, I thought it would be fun to create a little small world play around them. My children wanted to make this about their guinea pigs, but any pet goes! You’ll need: A drawer/tray Hay/straw Play dough Googly eyes Play food Invitation to play: I got the small world ready, and invited the children to come and create their guinea pigs, name them, and then make them toys and keep them happy. There was a lot of wheeking noises! I Read more >


Our Big Savings Goal

We have a goal. A big savings goal, and we are squirrelling away funds here and there to help with it. We have the smaller aims, as we always have a Christmas savings account running, and then we have the savings for the home projects that pop up throughout the year and any short breaks and holidays. These are kept in separate savings accounts, and are pretty easy for me to get at. We then have the Florida account. Yes, this is the big one, and we are determined to take the kids there whilst they’re still both young enough Read more >

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Siblings August 2015

It’s the summer holidays. The kids are together 24/7, and they are enjoying being in each other’s company.  It took the first few days for them to settle into a new routine, and now Boo no longer asks to go to school and Little Man no longer wants her to! There’s the odd squabble over toys, activities or TV choices, but by and large, they are loving having so much time together. We’ve been away a couple of times, to Longleat and Bath, and then to Legoland and London, both thoroughly enjoyable breaks. We’ve then had countless play-dates, trips to the Read more >


Word of the Week 14/8/15

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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Becoming an Allergenius

Last week we were invited along to find out more about common household allergies, with ao.com and Hotpoint. As a family, we do have our fair share of allergies, so I was keen to find out more. The Husband has hayfever with grass pollen, whilst I have it earlier in the year with tree pollen. We’re both allergic to cats, and more mildly to rabbits. Both of the kids had mild eczema when they were little, with Little Man’s still flaring up in the colder months. I wasn’t allergic to anything as a child, but have acquired these problems as an adult, Read more >

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