Word of the Week 23/12/16

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 >


Gorgeous Winter Wear for Kids

If there’s one thing that I do like about winter, it’s winter wear. The scarves, woolly hats, boots and big warm coats. Then underneath all of those clothes there are the jumpers, with shots of glitter and sparkles, tartan prints, chunky cords and more. I do love it, and it’s all about the kids wardrobes, far more so than mine! That’s the great thing about being a child, outgrowing your clothes all the time so that you need new ones! Fortunately, I do like choosing both Boo and Little Man gorgeous clothes to wear over Christmas and then for their outdoors Read more >


20 Great Musicals for Kids

We are starting a new tradition here, and I for one, cannot wait! We have decided that every weekend, my daughter and I will watch a different musical. Yes, I love my musicals and it seems right to ensure that I am passing that love on to my firstborn. So far she shows every sign of taking after me as the ones that we have watched so far together have gone down very well. I can’t quite remember when I fell in love with musicals, and I’m not entirely sure where I get it from as my parents aren’t huge Read more >


Gruffalo: Puzzles – A Fun New App!

Now I don’t normally share apps, but when Magic Light Pictures got in touch about their new Gruffalo: Puzzles app, I could not resist – we all adore The Gruffalo here! It was one that I suspected the kids would enjoy and one that I suspected would be beautifully animated and it turns out I was right on both counts. Gruffalo: Puzzles App Based on ‘The Gruffalo’, the classic children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the app includes six different puzzle games to play. You can play with all the characters from ‘The Gruffalo’, Read more >


Word of the Week 16/12/16

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 >


Siblings December 2016

Ah, December is here and with it comes over-excitement, anticipation and endless questions. When will it be Christmas? How does Santa do that? What shall we feed the reindeer? How does the elf work? What will we do on Christmas day? – this last question has been answered many, many times, but they do not tire of hearing the answer! I do love Advent and the countdown to Christmas, and we’ve been fully indulging in our fair share of Christmas movies, songs, meeting Santa, looking at beautiful lights and catching up with friends and family. And the kids? They are Read more >


An Open University Update – Empire 1492-1975

I have just realised that I’ve not shared anything about my latest Open University module here, which is very remiss of me. Though when I think about it, I’m not surprised that I’ve overlooked it because the truth is, I’m not really feeling it this year. I went into this module off the back of A200 which I absolutely loved, and though there were the odd units that didn’t engross me, overall every one of the six blocks offered me something. However, I am struggling to really engage with the module and I doubt it’s the materials at fault, I think Read more >


5 Benefits of Using a Dehumidifier

A few weeks ago we were sent a Vax Power Extract 20L Dehumidifier to test out. As we’d never had a dehumidifier before, I was keen to see how they worked and what difference they made. I did a little bit of searching about to find out what benefits it was likely to bring, so for those of you wondering the same, here are just a few things that they can do: Reduce allergies. Many of the most common allergy triggers, especially dust mites, mould, and mildew, thrive in humid environments. Preserve food and furnishings. With less moisture in the air, Read more >


Amazing Guinea Pig Homes!

As you may know, we have two guinea pigs here, Jessie and Leia. In theory they belong to the kids, but let’s be honest, they are mine! They live in an indoor cage. We like ours being inside with us because it means that they get plenty of attention from us. I know plenty of owners are no doubt brilliant at going outside and spending time with their pets that way, and then bringing them in to play, but for us I suspect the kids would almost forget about them if they lived outside so having them with us all Read more >


Whose Homework is it Anyway?

Ah, the joys of homework. That playground chat stalwart for us parents, along with other firm favourites such as kids party etiquette, the bugs and germs going around, the merits of private tuition and desperately trying to help each other remember all that the children need to take in on any given day. You can be sure that these topics will come up most weeks! So back to homework. My daughter is 7 years old, in Year 2 at school. So of course, she gets homework. It seems from chatting to friends that the amount of homework that each school Read more >


Word of the Week 9/12/16

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 >


Warm Three-Cheese-Stuffed Bread

Warm three-cheese-stuffed bread is a title that would definitely get my attention. This is comfort food at its finest and its simplest, which is always a bonus. Now I should preface this post with two things; firstly, to name it a ‘recipe’ is really a stretch too far, it’s more a case of grabbing a few things and tossing them together, and secondly, once you try this you will want it again and again and again! This one came about after I spotted this delicious-looking Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread over on Pinterest and I knew it was one that Read more >


Christmas Bullet Journal Spreads

It is already December, it is all getting exciting now! I absolutely love Advent and Christmas and always have even before having the kids, though they definitely make it more magical for me. I like everything about it, even the planning and organising aspects which have been made even easier for me this year as I have my bullet journal. My beloved bullet journal. Now if you’ve not heard me going on about how useful I find my bullet journal before, or more to the point, what a bullet journal actually is, then do pop over to Getting Started with Read more >


Meeting Santa at The National Sea Life Centre

Over the weekend we took the kids to the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham to meet the man himself, Santa Claus! It’s fair to say that they were really, really looking forward to it. We had a brilliant time at the Sea Life Centre last time that we visited, for their Finding Dory event over the summer, and then to top it off, they were getting to have a little chat with Santa. Now going into Birmingham in December can be a little chaotic, but we had no problems. I’d suggest going early, if possible, to avoid too much traffic Read more >


Win Tickets to ‘What the Ladybird Heard’!

We are big Julia Donaldson fans here, as I imagine most households with young children are. So I am so excited that we’ve been invited along to see What the Ladybird Heard at Birmingham Town Hall, just after Christmas. We’ve yet to tell the kids, so this will be a lovely surprise for them to go along to as the thrills of Christmas die down. Based on the award-winning children’s book, What the Ladybird Heard will be performed at  the Town Hall from Tuesday 27 December 2016 until Wednesday 11 January 2017, with a specially adapted relaxed and BSL interpreted Read more >


The Giovanni Rana Famiglia Table Challenge

A couple of weeks ago we were challenged to take the the Giovanni Rana Famiglia Table Challenge. Not ones to shy away from a challenge, especially one that involves delicious Italian food, we decided to take them up on it. Italian food always goes down well here with all of us. I’d say it’s my favourite kind of food and fortunately the Husband and the children enjoy it, too. Nice and easy quick pastas are a firm favourite, so Giovanni Rana is welcome in my home! So what’s the challenge all about? Giovanni Rana is on a mission to make Read more >

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