Our Mini-Break in Devon

A couple of weeks ago we had a few days down in Devon. I was craving sea air and the good old British seaside, so we made a few plans and embarked upon our mini-break in Devon. I adore Devon. I have so many fond memories of holidaying there as a child, so it’s lovely to take my kids now. We did only have three nights there, I booked us into a Premier Inn in Bideford (the kids love their breakfasts!), as we wanted to explore a bit of North Devon. Our hotel was right opposite a small shopping outlet Read more >

Croyde Bay

Word of the Week 17/8/18

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 >


Siblings August 2018

We’re already halfway through the summer holidays, the time is flying by. These two love the summer break. We try to get that balance between having things planned in, places to go, people to see, and then having days where we have nowhere that we need to be. Those are the days that I really notice how close Boo and Little Man are to one another, as they can happily stay home all day, moving from one game to the next, throwing in a movie here and there and running about outside. They are content playing in their own little Read more >


A Look Back on A332 with the Open University

OK, I think I have now adjusted to the thought that I have actually finished my degree. I have graduated. I have a 2.1. It has happened! So as this news sinks in, I thought it’d be good to have a look back on A332 with the Open University, my final module with them, which was ‘Why is Religion Controversial?’. A332 was my favourite module of my degree. I have always enjoyed Religious Studies and I believe that this module is also on the History pathway as it fits within that subject, too. The module is divided up into four Read more >


Word of the Week 10/8/18

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 >


Using Zapper To Sell Books

As you may know, I have a lot of books. I like books! But with heaving bookshelves, a couple of weeks ago I decided to have a big clear-out. I have books that I have read and knew I wouldn’t re-read and then a stack of books I had had as university text books. I then had books that I had been given and had been on my to be read pile for a couple of years, so I decided to be ruthless and pass them on. If I hadn’t picked them up in all of those months, I was Read more >


But Is This Religious Education?

My daughter’s class have recently been asked to compose a prayer. It doesn’t sit comfortably with me. In truth, I don’t fully understand the context and how this was positioned with them, and I would like to better understand that. What’s the thinking behind this? Is it, as a wise friend suggested, because they are learning about the structure of prayers? Hmm, maybe. Is it to allow a freedom of creativity to the kids and an opportunity for them to formulate and articulate their needs, wants and fears. I can see the value in that, but I’d seriously question using Read more >


Word of the Week 3/8/18

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 >


The Bring Back Paper Club Facebook Group

So many people have asked me to form the Bring Back Paper Club Facebook group, so yes, I have finally got round to it… It’s a Facebook group for all things paper. It’s a group where we can share and indulge in our mutual love for all things paper. We can chat books, share snail mail tips, show papery tutorials, admire gorgeous libraries, giggle over bookish memes and share any paper crafts – anything papery is very welcome. I do often run swaps, so snaps of these can also be shared, so we can all ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over them Read more >


Laundryheap

Washing, Washing And More Washing

I have spent most of today working. I have been sorting through this month’s pen pal sign up and matching everyone up. It has taken hours! And in between that I have been ensuring that the kids have been fed and watered (they’ve been quite content as they have spent their time building and playing in a den) and getting two loads of washing done and then ironing all of it. Such thrills. You see, we’re going away for a few days tomorrow morning and that means that my mind’s presently on washing. Whenever we’re off on holiday, washing preoccupies Read more >


Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit Review

We were recently invited to try out a new and innovative product, the Nintendo Labo for the Nintendo Switch. I opted to try the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 01: Variety Kit to review and share with you, so the kids have been giving it a go. I confess when I first heard about the Nintendo Labo, I couldn’t really get my head around what it was and how it worked. I’m not much of a gamer these days, though having grown up as games consoles developed (Oh my, how I loved Sonic, Mario and Tetris!) I’m not completely hopeless. But this Read more >

Nintendo Labo

Word of the Week 27/7/18

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 >


Introducing the TABi – And You Can Win One!

Today I am introducing the TABi, a new stationery product. The TABi is unlike anything I have seen before, so I wanted to share it with you, stationery-loving people! It is a paper organiser using index tabs to allow you to locate your notes and ideas. Rather than having to flick back through pages and pages in order to locate specific notes or thoughts, TABi lets you write an index tab for EVERY page so you can instantly find your notes, making it easier to stay task focused and in control. Opening up the soft-touch black cover reveals plenty of Read more >


The Pirates League at Disney World

The Pirates League at Disney World

Today I wanted to share a little about our experience at the Pirates League at Disney World a few weeks ago. After I booked our holiday, I started to look into other extra packages and attractions that would make it extra special. A treat to look forward to in the middle of the holiday. I knew about the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique offering makeovers for princesses and knights, but I wasn’t convinced my two would enjoy it. Then I spotted the Pirates League and I thought it’d be right up their street. Both of the kids love the Pirates of the Read more >


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 >