Jocelyn


A Hampshire Mini-Break

Last week saw us spending a couple of nights down in Hampshire, exploring the area and enjoying a few of the many family attractions there. To be honest, we could have spent a lot longer than three days there as there was a lot to see and do, but we did manage to cram a lot in, so here’s what we got up to on our Hampshire mini-break… Getting There We travelled down from the West Midlands and it took us just under two and a half hours and was a very easy run. On the way back we decided Read more >

Manor Farm and Country Park

Why A Betta Fish Is The Perfect First Pet For Kids

Fish are awesome creatures to have in your home, which is true even if you aren’t a big fan of animals. Well, maybe your child has been begging you for their first pet, or maybe you think that a pet will do them some good. You may have thought about getting a dog or cat, but those can be boring and overplayed. So, what is the right first pet for your kids? It’s been suggested that a great first pet to get for your kids is a Betta fish. So let’s talk about why a Betta fish is the perfect first pet Read more >


Word of the Week 21/4/17

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 >


Little Man Has His School Place

I found out this week that Little Man has his first choice school place, at the same school as Boo. I was a lot more relaxed waiting for the email this time round, knowing that his sister was already there helped. I remember lurking my emails like a crazy woman when it was Boo’s turn, whereas this time, it did feel like more of a formality. So this is it, it’s real. My baby boy will be off to school in just over four months time. Before then we’ll be off to a parents welcome evening which should give us Read more >


What To Write To Your Pen Pal

Last month I ran a pen pal sign up here (I may well run more as it was very popular!) and I also regularly share snail mail tips and also Where to Find Pen Pals. So let’s assume that you are now all set and have a pen pal to write to. But the question is, what to write? Well, the first tip here is to be yourself. Just as when you meet a person face to face, be real as it’s the best way for a friendship to form. These are real friendships, as anyone who has been pen Read more >

What to write to your pen pal

Pinypon Fairy Tales Toys

Pinypon Fairy Tales Toys Review

We have received a bundle of new toys here, and they are going down well. We have new Pinypon toys, from their Fairy Tales range… We have the Pinypon Tales House Playset, two More Tales figures of Pinocchio and Rapunzel and the Prince and Princess playset. Each character comes with their own pet and accessories, and the House also comes with a character, Cinderella and her rabbit. To find out more about them and to see what they can do, check out the clip as the kids will show you far better than I can! My Thoughts: As I mention Read more >


Family Motor Show Events To Check Out This Summer

As the summer sets in, it’s time to turn to family days out. Make this summer holidays more exciting than ever by considering to visit motor shows and make it a summer of motoring. Over the recent years, motor shows have evolved drastically and are no longer the boring stuffy affairs with static displays. They have become family friendly, full of exciting turns and twists as well as unending entertainment. Here are some of the notable motor show events suitable for families to visit this summer: Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Held in the Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Chesire, this event is Read more >


Siblings April 2017

Little Man seems to have had a growth spurt this month. I find them tricky to spot as I see him every day, but his trousers seem that bit shorter and several people have commented on his height to me. Yep, he’s shooting up and is quite a bit taller than most of his friends. This means that although Boo is also quite tall, as they run around and play together, their age gap seems so much smaller. The near three year age gap is barely discernible when they play together. They each get to choose what to play, both Read more >


Word of the Week 14/4/17

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 >


BookBeat

BookBeat: Fitting More Stories Into My Life

It’s no secret that I adore books. I tend to read 3-4 a month at this time of the year whilst I’m also studying, and I manage to get through many more over the summer when I am free to do so. However, I have never tried audiobooks. Until now. I have been welcomed to the world of audiobooks through BookBeat. BookBeat is relatively new to the UK, having established itself in Sweden, then Finland and now we have it here in the UK. It’s been something of a revelation to me. What is BookBeat? Founded in 2015, BookBeat is Read more >


Our Stay Play Explore Break

Last weekend saw us having a Stay Play Explore mini-break around Leicestershire. I have only got really good things to say about this, so I will say right up front that I think this break represents fantastic value for money, is great for families and every aspect of our stay and adventures were crammed with fun and great service. What more could we need? How the Stay Play Explore Break works For a family break, you can choose 3 attractions to visit over the weekend (or indeed over three separate weekends if you’re relatively local and want to do it this way) Read more >

Stay Play Explore Break - National Space Centre

The Best Flooring For Your Child’s Bedroom

If you have children then you know that having carpet around the house, especially in their bedroom, can be a very dangerous game. Now, don’t get me wrong, carpet can be a great option for a child’s bedroom, it’s lovely and soft which is ideal if you have little ones tinkering about who are prone to taking a tumble! Carpet is also good for cushioning space, thus resulting in less noise – handy if your little ones like to stomp about like baby elephants. If you’re not sold on getting rid of the carpet, that’s fine, but what if I Read more >


Word of the Week 7/4/17

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 >


8 Things You Didn’t Know Your Plants Can Do

I am something of a latecomer to the wonders of gardening, but I am now very keen. For so many years I paid no attention to what was happening out there, but over the last 3 to 4 years I have found myself increasingly excited by seeing what the seasons will bring, planning the garden, spending time out there and choosing new seeds, plants and shrubs. Yes, I am a full convert, and one of my annual highlights is now visiting Gardener’s World Live with my mum – seriously, my twenty-something-year-old self would not believe it! My favourites are roses, Read more >


Bring Back Paper Book Swap April 2017

Oh, I do love a Bring Back Paper book swap! Reading remains my favourite pastime, making this my favourite swap, and I love the thought of an unknown book turning up one day. 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 not have chosen themselves. It’s a fun way to discover new authors and Read more >

Book Swap April 2017

A Wedding Anniversary To Look Forward To

We missed our wedding anniversary last month. Well, when I say missed, we knew it when it came around, we exchanged cards and thoughtful family and friends had sent cards and gifts. But our daughter was ill on our anniversary so the meal we’d planned to go out for didn’t happen and then my girl’s poorliness kind of took over for another week or so, our anniversary forgotten. It was already a strange one as it was the first one that the Husband didn’t have off work, fortunately with hindsight, as plans would have gone by the wayside anyway. We Read more >

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