Word of the Week 29/4/16

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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Helpful Advice for Parents of School Starters

With school places announced last week, I thought it would be useful to draw on the wisdom of top parent bloggers and have them share with us their advice for those parents who will soon have school starters. It is a scary time for many of us, as we wonder what the school days will bring for our children. Will they settle? Will they enjoy it? Will they be able to keep up? Will their teacher look after them? Will their be a surge of letters, workshops and homework? – most probably! I’ve asked top parenting bloggers to share their Read more >


Papery Peep April 2016

This month I’ve been capturing a few of my papery moments this month on camera, from snail mail to stationery, so here’s a glimpse… ‘To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart’ Go on, put pen to paper today and make someone’s day. A photo posted by Jocelyn (@thereadingresidence) on Apr 22, 2016 at 3:25am PDT My #bringbackpaper stationery swap has arrived! How utterly gorgeous? A photo posted by Jocelyn (@thereadingresidence) on Apr 20, 2016 at 11:30am PDT Whenever I’m studying I have to surround myself with pretty stationery and bright Read more >

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Disney Pictopia Review & Competition

Last week we were excited to receive Disney Pictopia…. Families team up in this uniquely collaborative yet competitive trivia game with 1,000 questions covering the World of Disney! During the game, everyone gets a chance to show off their knowledge – from Disney Jr. and Disney XD to the Disney Parks and classic films. Players place wagers based on knowledge of those images, and then work together or on their own, to answer the question. Game Play We played this one with my family, all as individual players with the kids helping out. Little Man wasn’t entirely helpful, but Boo Read more >


What Has Your Sofa Seen During Its Lifetime?

Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? We actually got our sofas just after Little Man was born. I remember commenting that for the first two or three weeks of his life he must have thought that only sofa shops existed in the outside world, as every time we took him out and he woke up, he found himself in one! So ours are around three and half years old now, though in that time, they’ve seen a fair bit of activity and have mainly had to deal with the kids leaping all over them. Ours has had our beloved and Read more >

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How Old Is Your Chit-Chat?

You’ll know that I love words and language here. Whether I be writing them or reading them, I find words to be fascinating and evocative, hence I created Word of the Week. I enjoy reading all of those language-based posts, finding out how people have chosen to sum up their weeks in just one word. Words are clever little things like that. I studied English Language as one of my ‘A’ levels and I vividly recall the blocks around the history of language. Etymology still fascinates me, and from time to time I find myself pondering how certain words came Read more >


Beating the FOMO Bug

What FOMO? OK, just in case you don’t know what on earth I’m talking about here, let me explain about FOMO in case it’s totally passed you by… ‘anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website’ The fact that you don’t know what this is probably means that you are happily oblivious and not remotely afflicted by this disease. Lucky you. If you’ve already checked Facebook a handful of times before 9am, you scroll your Twitter timeline without even noticing that you’re doing it and you’d rather just Read more >

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Game of Thrones Season 6 is Coming…

…and I suspect that Winter won’t be far behind it. Now there aren’t many shows that have me literally counting down until it starts again, the date of Monday 25th April emblazoned on my brain. But Game of Thrones will do that to you, won’t it? It will be simulcast with the US at 2am on Sky Atlantic and then repeated at 9pm. Plus the Catch Up episode will be available from around 3am. And if you’ve yet to get into this, seasons 1-5 are available on NOW TV, so you can still catch up! Season 5 has left me Read more >


Jigsaw Love!

My 6 year old is a huge jigsaw puzzle fan. Has been for as long as I can remember. Me? Not so much. Until now, until this puzzle…. I have now discovered Wentworth Wooden Puzzles and I find myself to be something of a jigsaw convert. Jigsaws have always been around as my mum and brother love them, so as I was growing up there would usually be one on the go in the house. I’d have to be in the mood to join in, and more often than not, if I did do it was only really at the Read more >

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Word of the Week 22/4/16

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 >


I’m Excited About…

Last week I was fortunate enough to receive a couple of emails that made me very, very happy. They were both invitations to events run by Wild Rumpus and I am so excited about both of them, so let me tell you more… A Day at the Lake A Day at the Lake is a major outdoor event 30 April – 2 May 2016, reimagining Rudyard Lake near Leek for one weekend only as it was in the late 1800s as a cultural destination for up to 20,000 day trippers a day to take in the spectacular outdoor arts of Read more >

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My Spring Wish Lyst

Ah, the days are getting lighter, the temperature is slowly creeping up. This means that my thoughts turn to spending more time in the garden, looking forward to summer and of course, breaking out the spring wardrobe! Having spent months huddled in warm jumpers, denim skirts and knee-high boots, along with a sheepskin hooded coat, I am rather looking forward to shedding a few layers and wearing some lighter, brighter clothing. I’ve recently discovered Lyst and have found it to be a tad addictive. Lyst allows you to shop in one place, bringing together a huge range of designers and Read more >


Bookawoo Review & Giveaway

A Bookawoo box has arrived here, making my daughter very happy. Bookawoo is a subscription service that sends your child a magical monthly box with 3-4 new books for them to learn and expand their imagination. Each month is a new theme and is designed to stimulate their love of reading. I decided to surprise Boo with her first Bookawoo box… Included in each Bookawoo box will be a factual book, an activity item and a keepsake novel or scrapbook, so there’s plenty to explore and enjoy with your little one. This month’s box for our 6 year old was Read more >

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5 Every Day Things That Scare Me

As I was doing something the other day that scared me, the idea for sharing these little fears of mine with you popped into my mind. I’m not talking serious phobias or anything here, just the every day things that I encounter that scare me. Totes normal stuff…. 1. Steamed vegetable pouches. Why do I even buy them? I don’t deal with hot things all that well, as the rest of this list will attest to, so I hate the gush of steam that comes out of these pouches when you cut them open. Where possible, I get the Husband Read more >


Life with Guinea Pigs

It’s been a little while since our furry friends featured here so I though an update on how we’re getting on with them would be useful… As you may know, we bought our guinea pigs during the summer holidays last year, and they are officially the kids pets. Boo has Jessie and Little Man has Leia. Ah yes, the kids pets. I clean them out, play with them, cuddle them and feed them twice a day. So as I suspected when I wrote my 5 Things to Consider Before Getting Guinea Pigs post, they really are all my responsibility. I Read more >

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Playing with PlayMais

Last week the children received this….. Intrigued? I was! This is PlayMais and it is quite unlike anything we have played with before. It is light, bright and colourful and feels like a cross between that polystyrene packaging material and maize baby snacks! It’s very versatile and can be used across all ages as it is a 100% safe and natural product as it’s made from maize and food colouring. There are a wide range of sets available, from mosaics to worlds to boxes simply crammed full of PlayMais. Which does bring me to the first thing I’d say about Read more >

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