Word of the Week 25/8/17

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 >


Influential Role Models Your Kids Should Meet When They’re Still Young

As the kids grow up, it’s easy for the years to fly by. Imparting lessons about life and the positive role models that certain people play in their jobs is an important idea to plant in the minds of the little ones. Here are a few important types of people who are worth meeting to open your child’s eyes to the possibilities for the future. Guarding the Palace When visiting London, seeing the Changing of the Guard is almost a rite of passage for anyone interested in pomp and ceremony. However, the role of guarding the British Royal family is Read more >


How to Start A Travelling Notebook

Have you heard of a travelling notebook? It’s a really simple but fun idea where you send a travelling notebook out into the world and wait for it to return to you all filled in. I do like initiating more snail mail, so today I want to share with you how to start a travelling notebook and maybe one or two of you will give it a go…. Why Send a Travelling Notebook? Travelling notebooks are both fun and educational. They can be great for learning more about your country or the world, depending on where your notebook goes. You Read more >

How to Start a Travelling Notebook

4 Nursing Qualities You Already Possess as a Mom

Nursing is an excellent field for women to consider. The number of career paths, career flexibility, and excellent pay are major reasons why. The fact that we cannot automate patient care is another benefit, though patients themselves wouldn’t want it. An aging population is increasing demand for nurses. Why aren’t more women in the field? Because they think they can’t handle it. The reality is, many of us can and are readier than we think. Here are four nursing qualities you already possess as a mom. Built-In Tolerance for Bodily Fluids There are jokes about medical students passing out at Read more >


Boo’s Dream Horse

Ever since Boo was around two or three years old, she has loved horses. Ponies, unicorns, zebras, any variation on the equine theme really, though I’d say that her absolute favourites have always been zebras. She used to adore Madagascar when she was a toddler, watching it over and over, and Marty the zebra was her favourite character, so I think this is where it came from. These days, she also has a love of soft toys. She doesn’t really ask for much, rarely mentioning any toys that she wants, but I can guarantee that the one thing she will Read more >


Word of the Week 18/8/17

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 >


A Day Out At Drayton Manor

One of the best things about being a blogger is getting invited to family fun days out, the kind that make my kids scream and jump up and down with excitement. It just makes me so happy to see them so happy. On Sunday we were invited to visit Drayton Manor, one of their very favourite places in the whole wide world, which is very handy as it’s about fifteen minutes from us. It was a sunny day which was just perfect, though that did mean that everyone else had got the idea to go there, it was the busiest Read more >


How to Make a Trip to the Library Fun for Kids

The libraries we have today are so much different than libraries a few years ago. Gone are the dull and boring image and the mostly-quiet reading rooms; they are being replaced by a vibrant collection of books and a wide range of extra facilities. Libraries now serve more functions and offer anything from digital books to access to high-speed internet. So, is taking children to the library a good idea? The answer is most definitely YES. There are great activities and other resources that kids will enjoy. Some libraries even have a dedicated corner for children, complete with fun events Read more >


Siblings August 2017

My kids are like two peas in a pod in so many ways as they are so very close to one another and seem to operate on the same wave length, inhabiting their own little world. Then in other respects, they are like chalk and cheese. Since last month’s Siblings post, my Little Man has left nursery. When Boo left she was upset in the run up to it and on the day itself, we had to carry her out as she was crying so much, worried about how much she’d miss everyone. Little Man? Not a backward glance, barely Read more >


Little Man’s Dream Pet

What would your dream pet be? A beautiful blue French Bulldog? A cute ball of fluffy kitten? Perhaps something more unusual, a pygmy hippopotamus or a big cat? We have our lovely guinea pigs here, though when asked about dream pets, it’s nice to think about other animals we could have. I’ve always loved penguins, so perhaps a sweet little Humboldt or Gentoo. Now you’ll notice that these pets are all real animals, but when asking my Little Man about his dream pet, it was brilliant to see his imagination take flight as he sat down to create his very Read more >


Word of the Week 11/8/17

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 >


We Are Sea Life Centre Ambassadors!

Today I am delighted to announce that we have been invited to work with the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham for the next year, as blogger ambassadors for them. We’ve visited Sea Life several times since having the children and they always enjoy their time there. As they have grown, they have got different things from it. When they were little the tanks and exhibits were mesmerising, as they grew they enjoyed the more interactive parts of the experience, the rock pools, trails and stamping machines, and these days, they also take in the information available about each species. Read more >


At Last I Have Actual Photos!

I take a lot of photos. I suspect we all do these days. Remember when we were little (and I am of a certain age here) and the camera only came out for Christmas, birthdays and holidays? And then you had to wait for the film to be sent off and developed before you could see the ones where heads had been missed off, the blurry shots and the random moments when you’d managed to get your hands on the camera. Admittedly the photos were worse than they are now as we can take and retake and actually see how Read more >

photo printing

Word of the Week 4/8/17

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 >


Stationery Swap August 2017

What could be nicer this summer, aside from sunshine, than a #BringBackPaper stationery swap?! Yes, the delights of a surprise stationery package awaits you, so will you join in? This is a chance to spread some happiness with beautiful happy mail as you enjoy putting together a parcel full of pretty papery goodies for your swap partner and then unwrap their offerings as a treat for yourself! It is nice and simple to get involved. You just need to pop a package of stationery bits and bobs together and send them out into the world to your swap partner so Read more >

stationery swap

WITHINGS PULSE OX

Summer Menswear

With our holidays coming up and the sun making an occasional appearance here, thoughts have turned to summer clothes. The kids always come first, so their shopping is all done and they are ready for summer. I’ve then picked up a few new skirts and vests over the past couple of months, which is basically what I live in over the warmer months, so it’s time to think about summer menswear for the Husband. We’ve been having a browse, thanks to a lovely invitation to do so from the folks over at Jacamo, at all of their range. It’s really Read more >

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