An Open University Update – A326

I thought I’d share a little update on how I’m getting on with my module this year, and looking forward to next year. I have just had back my marks for my fifth TMA (tutor marked assignment) and it’s my highest mark on this module so far. I now have one more assignment to go and then the End of Module Assessment which is a 3,000 word piece designed to test my understanding of the entire module. You may have read that I struggled to really get into the first three blocks, but I adored Block 4 and am enjoying Block Read more >


Word of the Week 31/3/17

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 >


Brilliant Books for Young Boys

With my son starting school this September, I’ve started to build up a fun chapter book collection for him as he starts to learn to read. I am passionate about encouraging a love of reading in my children and arguably more so with my youngest than my daughter. She devoured books from birth, whereas my son has to be in the mood to pick up books during the day. He loves his bedtime stories every evening and we have recently started reading him chapter books, and it’s great to see how excited he is by them. I am very aware that Read more >

Brilliant Books for Young Boys

Dig In! Review & Giveaway

We have a new game here and we’ve been putting it to the test! We’ve been playing Dig In! from Drumond Park, and I also have a game up for grabs, so do read on… A rocket!!! It’s the rocket!!! I got my rocket!!! Yes yes yes – aaargh!!! It’s a PENGUIN!!! Dig and delve to complete your card – there are six crucial pieces to ferret out from the full-to-busting ‘Dig In’ bowl. Tricky, tricky… and we’ve not even mentioned the pop-up timer, which gives you just fifteen seconds of frantic rummaging before you’re done! Then it’s the pandemonium Read more >


Word of the Week 24/3/17

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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7 Jedi Mind Tricks To Get Your Teenage Sith Lord Out Of The House

7 Jedi Mind Tricks To Get Your Teenage Sith Lord Out Of The House

Parents throughout the country, this is your call to arms. Detaching your beloved child from their tech is becoming a near impossibility. The fact they’re unable to talk to you in anything other than monosyllables (while apparently being able to hold a conversation with everyone else on the planet with an onslaught of tweets, hashtags, emoticons, emojis and decaying Snapchats), means it’s time to act. With recent figures showing that 28% of people between the ages of 2 and 15 are overweight, it really is time to get your offspring up and outside. Like most things about parenthood, it’s going Read more >


Using a Bullet Journal for Gardening

Spring is finally here and as such, my thoughts are turning to my garden and I am itching to get going out there. Over the past couple of years I have kept a garden journal as a means to track what’s happening out there and capture any plans, but this year it makes more sense to me to incorporate this into my bullet journal as that’s where I keep everything else these days, so I’ve been thinking about how I can be using my bullet journal for gardening. I have always included a small section about the garden in my Read more >

Using a Bullet Journal for Gardening

YorkTest Results

YorkTest Food Intolerance Review

Early last month YorkTest got in touch with me asking me to review their food intolerance testing services. Now, I have long suspected that I have food intolerances, though I have never been tested. It’s been difficult to work out exactly what I react to, though I suspected it was wheat, as pancakes and too much cake, biscuits and the like make me feel bad. I was keen to figure out what it actually was. I will say at this point that whilst I knew that something was making me uncomfortable with bloating and pains sometimes, it was not unmanageable Read more >


Word of the Week 17/3/17

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 >


Papergang Box Content

Papergang Review & Giveaway

Today I am happy to be talking stationery with you. The lovely folks over at Papergang have sent me their monthly stationery subscription box. Papergang is from the team at Ohh Deer and all products are guaranteed to be different every month and most will be included in the box prior to being available at Ohh Deer. The box is currently priced at £9.95 a month + shipping. The Papergang is Ohh Deer’s way of expressing a deep rooted obsession with papery goodness. We can all relate, I’m sure. So onto this month’s box, their 1st birthday box as Papergang Read more >


Siblings March 2017

Another month has rolled by, so it’s time to take a look at my pair of siblings. This month they seem to be back to their energetic, buoyant selves. They are the very best of friends. They had a lovely half term together, lounging about in the mornings, playing and creating ‘shows’ for me to see, along with catching up with friends. Since Boo’s gone back to school, Little Man is quite content at home without her, but there’s no doubt that when she’s here, she is all he wants! They are often louder than I’d like, they often leave Read more >


Word of the Week 10/3/17

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 >


5 Reasons To Keep A Journal In Your Family Life

Today I am delighted to be bringing you a guest post from the lovely folks over at Say Nice Things Stationery… We humans have always kept written accounts of our everyday lives. Whether carved into tablets (the stone kind!), decorated on cave walls or painted onto parchment, we’ve always found a way to reflect and record events for the benefit of ourselves and others. More recently however, as the digital world begins to take over almost every aspect of our lives it’s easy to view the written word as out of date and old fashioned in an age of pixels, Read more >

5 Reasons to Keep a Journal in your Family Life

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Which Wedding Venue Is Right For You?

It’s with a strange and impeccable sense of timing that Simply Be sent over this rather handy infographic to me today about choosing the right wedding venue. You see tomorrow it’s mine and the Husband’s wedding anniversary, so I have actually had my own wedding on my mind today. Take a peek at this, and do tell me, which of these did you, or would you, go for? Please click here to view a larger version We actually went for somewhere between two of these options, as we married in an historic building (I know, you’re surprised I’d choose this!) Read more >


My New Tea Obsession!

I’ve recently discovered that I am cow’s milk intolerant, so I’m now trying to avoid all cow’s milk products (as well as egg whites, which is a whole other issue). I will share more about the food intolerance testing process and how I’m doing with this soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to talk about tea. I’m actually not a huge hot drinks consumer anyway, so I couldn’t have been taking in that much cow’s milk through them. I do not like coffee at all, I have a fennel tea to start my day off and then I usually drink water Read more >


Word of the Week 3/3/17

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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