Word of the Week 21/9/18

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 >


An Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

An Introduction to Modern Calligraphy

Last weekend I did something exciting. I did something just for me, acquiring a new skill and indulging in a few hours of calm and creativity. I attended a Craft Courses workshop, giving me an introduction to Modern Calligraphy, and I absolutely loved it. Craft Courses is an online directory listing hundreds of courses across the UK to begin or develop creative, craft and artisan skills. I am delighted to be working with them over the coming months as I want to be able to bring you details of a variety of new experiences that I will try, on the Read more >


RoboVac 11 Review

We have been road testing a robotic vacuum here, something that I have always liked the idea of but have never been convinced that it would actually work. So when the team at eufy got in touch asking me if I’d be interested in a Robovac 11 review, I jumped at the chance, keen to test it out and share my findings with you. RoboVac 11 – “The Best-Selling, Best-Rated, Best-Valued Robotic Vacuum” 100% hands-free cleaning Low-profile design Vacuums for up to 1.5 hours Effective 3-Point cleaning system 4 specialized vacuuming modes Extra accessories included It arrived in a relatively Read more >

RoboVac 11 Review

Siblings September 2018

Little Man is now 6! Both kids loved celebrating his birthday a couple of weeks ago, on the last day of the holidays. It was lovely to see how excited Boo was for him all day, how keen she was to make sure that he was having a good day and how much he hugged her to thank her for his gift. But then the holidays already seem like a dim and distant memory now. The kids are back to school, and how those holidays flew by. Boo is now in Year 4 and Little Man in Year 1. As Read more >


Word of the Week 14/9/18

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 >


The Ultimate Guide To Chips

Among a plethora of tasty British favourites including afternoon tea, Yorkshire puddings, Eton mess and crumpets, the humble starchy chip is arguably the UK’s most simple and coveted food – and whether you like yours as a chip butty, fish and chips or a side-kick to your cheeky burger with a well-known takeaway chain, this versatile dish is certainly at the top of our most-loved food list! The rise in popularity of this tasty fried root crop vegetable over the last century is quite a success story. In current day, a whopping 12% of British potato crops are turned into Read more >


Do I Make My Children Read?

Do I make my children read? That’s a question that I have been asked this week. Interesting question. And what if I do? Is reading really so bad? Is that so very cruel of me? As it happens, the answer is ‘no’, I don’t ‘make’ my children read. Children that read are at an advantage at school, in life. Reading improves vocabulary, spelling and writing skills. It fuels imaginations, it improves concentration, it boosts memory, it increases empathy and it is a way to reduce stress and anxiety. All of these gains, with something that is fun, something that is Read more >


Foxy Pants Review & Competition

We have a new game here and we’ve been having fun playing it. We’ve been reviewing Foxy Pants from Drumond Park, and I also have a game up for grabs, so do read on… Put the chickens in the Fox’s pocket… … push his head down. Watch the fox closely and get ready… When his trousers dramatically drop, you must race to pick up as many chickens as possible. Fill your chicken coop to win the game! For 2-4 players, aged 4 years old and up. Foxy Pants Game The game took only a few minutes to prepare, as a Read more >


6 Reasons Guinea Pigs Make Perfect Family Pets

We love our guinea pigs here. Jessie and Leia. We have enjoyed everything about these animals, from the moment that we bought them through to their sweet little wheeks that we hear every single day. I’d like to share with you 6 reasons guinea pigs make perfect family pets, as if you’re on the lookout for some new family additions, I’d definitely recommend guinea pigs! They are easy to handle. Both of my kids have been able to get involved in looking after their pets since they arrived here three years ago. Little Man was then just coming up to Read more >

6 Reasons Guinea Pigs Make Perfect Family Pets

Word of the Week 7/9/18

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 >


Book Swap September 2018

A new month must bring with it a new #BringBackPaper activity. So this month I thought it would be fun to go for a book swap! If you’ve yet to take part in one of these, the idea behind the book swap is very simple and easy for anyone to join in. It’s open to all internationally, as long as you’re aged over 18. 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 really Read more >


Win Afternoon Tea For Two!

I have such a lovely competition today for you. A real treat. Read on for the chance to win Afternoon Tea for Two with Red Letter Days. Red Letter Days are the go-to gift experience company, offering a huge range of amazing and memorable experiences from animal encounters to monster truck driving to skydiving to spa breaks to weekends away, the list goes on and on. There are so many gifts to choose from at locations all around the UK and for a wide range of budgets, so there’s sure to be something to tempt you there. And today, they Read more >


Little Man is 6!

How can my baby be turning six years old today? Oh, and in truth ‘Little Man’ is now something of a misnomer. He’s taller than all of his classmates and most of the year above him! Little Man has been counting down the months, weeks and days to today. He has been desperate for his birthday. He has gone on and on about wanting Lego Dimensions for the Playstation. I can only hope that it can live up to the hype he’s created in his own mind. He desperately wants the Ghostbusters packs to go with it, and he’s asked Read more >


Word of the Week 31/8/18

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 >


What Are You Going To Do With Your Degree?

When I tell people that I have just graduated with the Open University, the first question I am normally asked is ‘what were you studying?’. So I tell them. History and Religious Studies. The next question is invariably, ‘what are you going to do with your degree?’. Hmm, not so easy to answer and I suspect that part of the problem here, along with my lack of clarity around this, is in the question. Throughout our school lives, we are geared up towards exams, tests, qualifications, goals and the next stages. We get these GCSEs, ‘A’Levels and then Degrees, so Read more >


Feasting At The Big Feastival

On Sunday we had a little trip out to Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds, to enjoy feasting at The Big Feastival. We’d not been before, so were keen to have a look around and see what it was all about. There were cooking demos on throughout the day, loads and loads of food to try, fun activities for the kids to get involved with, fairground rides, shops and stalls and of course, the live music. Unfortunately, I think we managed to be there on the worst day of this summer as it absolutely hammered down with rain all day Read more >