Peace Of Mind: A Book of Calm for Busy Mums

I’ve been fortunate to receive a new book by Georgina Rodgers, Peace of Mind: A Book of Calm for Busy Mums. I’ve been reading about Mindfulness and Slow-Living lately, so this book was well-timed for me and welcome. I wrote earlier this year about how the Christmas break allowed me time to switch off and offered a different perspective and a shifting mindset. I am managing to maintain it, just, somehow, by the skin of my teeth. I’m now at that stage where I know it makes me feel happier in myself and in turn makes me a better mother, Read more >

Peace Of Mind inside pages

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The Pocket Notebook Box

Today’s post should come with something of a warning for all of you notebook fans out there, and I know there are legions of you. You see, I just know that this is going to tempt you. Sorely tempt you. But then I see it as my role to share with you any papery gorgeousness, so I really have no choice but to tell you about Pocket Notebooks subscription boxes. Pocket Notebooks subscription boxes are available in Small, Medium and Large sizes, with prices starting at £8.99 for a small box of 3 notebooks per month. You can opt for Read more >


Settling a Reluctant 3 Year Old in at Nursery

My 3 year old son has just started going to nursery. It hasn’t been an easy transition for either of us. A few years back, my daughter rocked up for her nursery settling in session, at the same age as my son is now, and ran off to explore her new surroundings without a backward glance. She was eager to get back there and remained very happy to go every single time. Ah, that was so easy. This time round it’s been painful. It’s made me feel ill, made my stomach churn, and I know that whatever I feel, my boy has Read more >

Settling a Reluctant 3 Year Old in at Nursery

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Five Under £5 for February

It’s time to take part in Julia’s #fiveunder5 series for this month, where I share with you five things that I’ve bought for under a fiver in the past few weeks. I’ve been trying to cut down on my spending, after spotting a few No Spend January posts, which I thought were a great idea. Unfortunately, the very day that I read one of these, I then went out and spotted a couple of bargains that I was unable to resist, so I failed at the very first hurdle! Books have also lured me this month, though I do tend Read more >


Word of the Week 5/2/16

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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Attendance Certificate

Why Celebrate 100% Attendance?

My daughter came home with one of these certificates a couple of weeks ago… Well done, she showed up every day. She’d been fortunate enough to be quite well through all of last term, bar the odd sniffle here and there. Of course, as soon as this arrived she has been jinxed and has had two bouts of illness in the past month. But here’s the thing, despite obviously hoping that my girl is always healthy and feeling good, I really do not aspire to gain 100% attendance for her. It means absolutely nothing to me. I want her to enjoy Read more >


February Book Swap

Yay, it is book swap time! I do love a book swap and these always go down well, so I thought it would be a nice way to kick of Bring Back Paper activities this year. The idea of the book swap is to send a pre-loved 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 fun way to discover new authors and a really lovely item of surprise happy mail to receive one gloomy February day. To join in, please email Read more >

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#loveisAtoZ with Zazzle

#loveisAtoZ

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, we are being bombarded by romantic gift suggestions, getaways, meals and more. The Husband and I don’t really go in for Valentine’s Day, and it probably helps that our wedding anniversary is just a few weeks later, so that’s when we make time to do something special together. But I do like the idea of Valentine’s Day being about love, and not just the romantic kind. Zazzle got me thinking about it all more as a #loveisAtoZ celebration, a time to treat and thank people around us that we love with little tokens of appreciation. Read more >


What Time Is Too Early For PJ’s?

For some people, winding down from the day is about gin. For me it’s about PJ’s.* Last week I was having a day where I wanted to be in my PJ’s at 3pm. Yes, it was that kind of day. My daughter was poorly for the third day, so we’d barely left the house for three days, and whilst she’s not a demanding patient in the slightest, she had had us up through the night so I was operating on around 3 hours of broken sleep. All would have been easy enough if it were just the two of us, but the Read more >

It's Never Too Early For PJ's

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Word of the Week 29/1/16

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 >


Win A Brilliant Preschool Book Bundle

We have been lucky to receive a rather gorgeous bundle of preschool books from DK. We’ve shared our thoughts on some other DK preschool books before, and as we like those ones so much, I knew this would be a treat. Both of the children were so excited when the package arrived, and Boo was very keen to help her brother start working his way through each of them. Aged 3, these should all be perfect for him, so I was looking forward to seeing what he made of them… A Little About the Books: Follow the Trail Farm Little ones Read more >

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Papery Peep January 2016

Welcome to the first Papery Peep of 2016! Papery Peep is that time in the month where I share anything papery that takes my fancy, and invite you to do the same. This month, I’ve been enjoying reading, so I thought I’d talk about that and update you on my #BringBackPaper pledge activities. OK, my pledge was to read 4 books a month this year, not including the ones I need to read for my History studies. I made it! I read my first Lucy Diamond book, Summer at Shell Cottage, and I loved it. I’ll definitely be on the Read more >


Strawberry, Apple and Chocolate Crumble

I have long been a fan of crumbles, yet I rarely make them myself. My mum used to make them all the time for my brother and I, so we’ll still eat the odd one there every now and again, but I don’t think to do them at home. It’s probably because the Husband doesn’t like them, so I don’t want to spend time cooking something that one of us won’t eat. But now I have found a super fast and easy recipe that is just so tasty, meaning I can have my crumble fix whenever I want it! This Read more >

Strawberry, Apple and Chocolate Crumble Fruit

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My 5 All-Time Favourite TV Characters

I do like a bit of escapism into a TV show. Whether it be a drama, thriller, horror or comedy, if it grabs me and entertains me, I am content. I don’t watch any daytime TV or any of the soaps. In fact, when I think about what I do watch, it tends to be shows from the US, with a sprinkling of British programmes. At the moment, I am loving Travel Man: 48 Hours in.. – I just laugh my entire way through this one. It’s brilliant. I’m watching Britain’s Bloody Crown which is both fascinating and gripping to me, Read more >


Word of the Week 22/1/16

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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To Be Read Pile

My Current ‘To Be Read’ Pile

As it’s the start of a new year, I thought it would be nice to look back over my book journal for last year and remind myself of all that I read and enjoyed. It seems that 2015 saw me reading 72 books, along with a handful or re-reads. Some I enjoyed, some took me a while to get through and others jumped out at me as they were brilliant reads. I got into reading more thrillers last year, my favourite reads of the year being Tess Gerritsen and Peter James novels. I also picked up a few authors that Read more >

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