Word of the Week 20/7/18

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 >


I’ve Only Gone And Done It!

A little over twenty years ago I decided that I would like to go to university and get a degree. This week, I finally got that degree. So yes, it’s taken a while! I’ve written before about how I started this back when I was 21, completed a couple of years, and then it got shelved due to my career taking off and life getting a lot busier. I then realised that those early credits would expire if I didn’t use them before 2019, so the race was on for me to get another 4 modules in before then. With Read more >


The School Reports Are In

We had the kids’ school reports on Friday evening. It was Little Man’s first one, as he’s in Reception, so I was especially looking forward to seeing what his would say, and I always like seeing how Boo’s getting on. My two children couldn’t be more different to one another. They are like chalk and cheese. Their personalities are poles apart. It keeps me on my parenting toes! As such, I was expecting to read very different reports. Boo is confident, energetic, optimistic, full of curiosity about any new experience and happy and excited about everything that life has to Read more >


Siblings July 2018

These two have had a busy month. There’s so much going on at school and we’ve had a few fun weekends, too, so I’ve somehow lost the last few weeks as they have flown by. Boo had her first sleepover at school, away from family. She was excited, though a little nervous. Of course I struggled to rest and relax all night, even though I knew she’d be perfectly safe. I dread to think what I’ll be like when they go away for a few nights in a couple of years time! She came home emotional and utterly exhausted, but Read more >


Word of the Week 13/7/18

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 >


Lollipop Box Club Review & Competition

Today I am excited to be sharing with you this month’s Lollipop Box Club kit and a competition for one of you lucky folks to win a box. I think the first thing to say about the Lollipop Box Club is that it isn’t simply a stationery subscription box, it is a fair bit more than that, it really is a club. Along with the kit, there is a blog, a YouTube channel and a Facebook community group. Each month there is a theme to the kit and with each theme there’s a meaning behind the kit to help inspire Read more >


What Do You Look For In A Family Holiday?

I am on the search for inspiration. Having come back from a fabulous holiday a few weeks ago and looking back so fondly on our holiday last year, I am now starting to think about our next break. We’ve been so fortunate that our last two holidays were so much fun and just what we were looking for, that I am starting to worry that we won’t be able to find anything else to match them. But then I started drawing up a list (I do love a good list!) of what we would look for in a family holiday Read more >


Fun At Twycross Zoo

We had a fun day out at Twycross Zoo over the weekend. It is always a favourite place to visit, and we know it so well now that the kids babbled away excitedly during the journey there about all of the animals that they are looking forward to seeing. As we arrived as they opened, it was quite early in the morning and the animals were very active, more so than we’ve seen before. We also noticed that there were lots of babies around to see and we managed to spot most of them throughout the day. The zoo is Read more >


Word of the Week 6/7/18

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 >


Pen Pal Sign Up July 2018

It is pen pal sign up time!!! I get so, so many requests to run these, so I just know that this one is going to be popular! This is a chance to get yourself a pen pal or two. Of all of the Bring Back Paper activities that I run, I admit that this is by far the most time-consuming and tricky to organise, the last one took me several days, but I just love it! I know how much it means to so many people when they get that pen pal and start up new friendships. So do Read more >


This Is Why I Garden

I only got into gardening a few years ago. My mum has been a lifelong gardener and tried to attract me to it as a child and then as an adult, but it just wasn’t for me. I could appreciate a garden looking nice and when we moved from our flat to a house in our late twenties, I wanted our first garden to look pretty. I just had no interest whatsoever in doing it! Then I don’t really recall how it happened, but at some point three or four years ago, I started to get into gardening. It might Read more >


Word of the Week 29/6/18

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 Wait For Open University Results

I am in limbo. I am unable to concentrate on so many things. I am living with the interminable wait for Open University results. It feels like forever. Truth be told, they turn these things round pretty quickly, as deadlines and exams are all usually around the end of May, early June and then module results tend to be out around mid-July. But given that I needed to submit early, and given that I am living with this wait, the wait for Open University results feels like a really long time! All that I keep doing, in this unknown period, Read more >


Staying at Port Orleans French Quarter Resort

When we went to Disney World last month, we had the pleasure of staying at Port Orleans French Quarter resort. It is an onsite Disney World hotel, meaning that we were living in the Disney bubble for our whole stay and were nice and close to everything. I shared some of the reasons we wanted to stay onsite at Disney World here. Port Orleans French Quarter is a ‘moderate’ resort, and today I am sharing with you a few of my thoughts about staying there. Port Orleans French Quarter: The Resort Port Orleans French Quarter is the smallest of the Read more >


Word of the Week 22/6/18

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 >


Birthday Additions To My TBR Pile

Of course we all know that I needed more books. It was pretty much a given that I was going to buy a huge stack of them on my birthday, wasn’t it? A book-buying binge is pretty much synonymous with my birthday! You may be aware that I already have a significant To Be Read pile. I’m not sure of the exact number of books that I own and have yet to read, and I do my best to avoid checking and counting them, but I’d guess it’s in the region of around 40 books. Ish. Give or take a Read more >