Looking Back on Open University A326….

As you may have spotted on the blog on Friday, I am delighted to say that I have passed another of my Open University modules, this year’s A326 Empire 1492-1975. It was a module that, if I’m honest, I didn’t love. I think coming after A200 last year, which I thoroughly enjoyed, it just didn’t manage to live up to that for me. It grabbed me more from about the halfway point, as I struggled to really get into it for the first three blocks. I talked a little more about it here, if you want to take a closer Read more >

A326 Empire materials

Word of the Week 21/7/17

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 >


It’s The End Of An Era

Today marks the end of an era here. Today is mine and Little Man’s last day together, just the two of us whilst Boo’s at school. He’ll be off to his last day at nursery tomorrow, complete with a Leavers Assembly, and then after the summer he will start school. My baby. At school. Little Man and I have had three years at home together since Boo started school, and as he starts school two days after his fifth birthday, he’s been a constant around me for five years. He’s been going to nursery for two days a week since Read more >

Little Man waving on swing

SSE Wildcats training session

My Daughter Has Football Fever!

Yes, football fever has taken hold here! Last week Boo and I went along to our first SSE Wildcats session to find out what it was all about. SSE Wildcats sessions are for girls aged 5-11 years old to encourage them to get into football in a safe and fun environment. SSE firmly believe that everyone deserves the same opportunities regardless of gender and as the energy behind football they are looking to create opportunities at all levels of the game. They are proud supporters and as such are looking to spread the word about the Wildcats and encourage more Read more >


Siblings July 2017

My children are close. I always say that, I know, but it’s simply true. Yes, they have their moments when I have to play referee but these are pretty rare. Generally speaking they want each other first thing in the morning and play happily together all day when they get the chance to. Anything from board games to Playmobil and Lego to dressing up and making up their own stories to act out. I’m pretty certain that as long as I keep the food and drink coming, I am completely superfluous. This month has seen Little Man having his settling Read more >


Word of the Week 14/7/17

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 >


Money Saving Diary Challenge

I have been challenged by Scottish Friendly to take part in their Money Saving Diary Challenge, and it’s definitely one for me. As you may have read here recently, we have just booked a holiday to Walt Disney World next summer so we are all about saving at the moment! The idea behind the challenge was to keep a diary of all expenditure, however small, over a few weeks. I have been doing this for just over a fortnight now and I can already say that it has made a difference to my spending. The Learns I think it helps that Read more >

Money Saving Diary Challenge

10 Gorgeous Instagram Accounts for Bullet Journals

10 Gorgeous Instagram Accounts for Bullet Journals

As you know, I love to bullet journal. It keeps me on track, makes me more productive and is a lovely way of journaling memories. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, you can read Getting Started with a Bullet Journal, where I do stress that you needn’t be artistic to do this as I certainly am not! I’ll show you my bullet journal over on YouTube, a bullet journal for the unartistic! But that does not stop me oohing and aahing over gorgeous bullet journals over on Instagram, so today I am sharing a few of my favourites Read more >


Warwick Castle – A Must-Visit this Summer

We have been to Warwick Castle a few times this year so far, and we will definitely be there again this summer. I love the history, of course, and the kids and the Husband love exploring the grounds, watching the shows,  climbing the towers, and so much more. This is why I’m sharing with you why I think Warwick Castle is a must-visit this summer, and with the school holidays on the horizon, perhaps it’s one to pop in your diary. Let me preface this post with the fact that I am a Warwick Castle ambassador this year, so we Read more >

Warwick Castle – A Must-Visit this Summer

Word of the Week 7/7/17

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 >


Happy Blog Birthday To Me!

Yes, today is this little blog’s birthday, four years old today. Those four years have flown by and I can’t really imagine not blogging. My daughter was a preschooler when I started this and my son a baby. Boo’s about to go into KS2 and Little Man’s starting school soon. This blog has grown up with them. This blog has brought me so many wonderful opportunities, introduced me to great products and places, taught me new skills, kept me busy and happy, and has even managed to give me lovely friends. Clever blog! Blogging is a strange old world, one that Read more >


Bring Back Paper Book Swap

Bring Back Paper Book Swap July 2017

It is book swap time! Of all the swaps and sign ups that I run, this is my favourite simply because reading remains my favourite hobby. I find that I enjoy choosing the book for my swap partner almost as much as receiving my surprise book! The idea behind the book swap is nice and simple and easy to get involved with. It’s open to absolutely anyone aged over 18, worldwide. 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 Read more >


Bistrot Pierre Review

We were invited to visit Bistrot Pierre over the weekend, our first time visiting, and it won’t be the last. We had a 12.30 booking and arrived to a restaurant with a few tables filled, yet by the time we left it was packed. It’s fortunate that our kids like to eat early! We often visit restaurants where there are activity packs available for the kids. My two love them, and expect them now whenever we eat out. They tend to be a sheet or a page or two, we had not experienced anything like the wonders of Bistrot Pierre’s Read more >

Bistrot Pierre

9 British Historical Figures With an Intriguing Past

Regular readers will know how much I love history, so much so that I’m studying it at the moment.  But I’m aware that not everyone is fan, so I thought this might tempt some of you to look a little closer… Curious to know who they are? Have a look at the exciting lives of these British historical figures. 1. Edward VI At the age of just nine Edward VI became King of England. Unfortunately, it only lasted a few years, he died from tuberculosis when he was 15. It’s said that he used to have a savage temper, but who Read more >


AniMalcolm & a Big Book Giveaway!

Today we’re delighted to be taking part in HarperCollins’ Summer Reads Book Tour. We have been reading AniMalcolm by David Baddiel, so will share more about that with you, along with running a fabulous competition for one of you to win a big bundle of middle grade books, plenty to keep you reading throughout the summer! AniMalcolm by David Baddiel Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is NOT full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday. The Read more >


Word of the Week 30/6/17

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 >

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