Month: December 2013

The Readings Read – December

Another month, another pile of books! These have been our favourites this month: Little Man – In the Night Garden Buggy Book Regular readers will know about Little Man’s knew found love of Makka Pakka, and so we bought him a new board book for his pushchair, to go alongside …

Word of the Week – A New Feature

The written word is so powerful, so fascinating. I’ve posted before about my enjoyment of language, and I’ve now decided to challenge myself in 2014 and start up ‘Word of the Week’. I like the idea of reflecting back on the week, and the challenge of summing it up like …

Little Man the Destroyer

If you read my post a few days ago, you’ll know that we’ve not had the best Christmas here, thanks to an evil bug. When the kids haven’t been ill, we’ve still been pretty confined to the house, as everyone recovers, so there’s been a lot of playtime with the …

Not The Christmas We’d Hoped For…

It hasn’t been the Christmas of our dreams. Unfortunately, Boo came down with a sickness bug on the night before Christmas Eve, that saw her off to the emergency doctors on the night of Christmas Day, just hours before Little Man started being violently sick. The Husband fell foul of …

My Top 5 Advent Moments

It’s Christmas Eve. One more sleep to go. How I’ve loved the build-up to this Christmas. For me, the build-up is as good, if not better, than the day itself, though I’m sure we’ll all have a lovely day tomorrow. The magical anticipation is wonderful, and establishing family traditions with …

#ElfTakeover Week 4

Another week, another load of Marty photos…! The time has come to say goodbye to Marty. The Husband has been the Marty-mover each night, and whilst he has enjoyed it, I think he’s happy to see him go, as inspiration can run out!┬áHe will be missed by the children. Boo …

The Cathedral Visit

With the somewhat dodgy weather we’ve had here this past week, coupled with it being the week before Christmas, our options for outings have been a little limited. We’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of visits to the park, and one to soft-play, but then what? I’m not going …

A Great Shopping Experience

This is a ‘credit where credit’s due’ post. We’ve just spent an afternoon out and about, and popped in to John Lewis, Tamworth, on our way home, to pick up a Click & Collect order. It being a Saturday afternoon, a few days before Christmas, I’d prepared myself for mayhem …

Pooh Sticks in the Park

The weather seems to have taken a turn for the worse. It’s blustery and wet out there, so we’re having to get very smart with our planning, to make sure we can get out into some fresh air when we can – got to grab those opportunities when they arise! …

The Gobstopper Sweetshop & Give-Away

The Gobstopper, a UK-based on-line retro sweet shop, have been in touch with me. This is fabulous news for you, as it means that I have some scrummy sweets to give-away to one of you, but more on that in a moment… Starting out as a sweetshop in Cheshire, The …

I’m Loving….Livie & Luca

When I was contacted recently and asked to shop at any UK independent shop, and then tell you all about it, this shop quickly came to mind. I already had it on my list for an ‘I’m Loving..’ post, so this seemed the perfect opportunity to share them with you…. …

The Booktime Campaign

When I heard from Booktrust recently, sharing news with me about their Booktime campaign, I knew that it was something that I wanted to get behind and share with you… ‘Now in its eighth year, Booktime aims to inspire a lifelong love of reading and this year marks a very …

Just Use The Smileometer

How much do you spend on Christmas presents? How much is foolishly excessive and how much is just meagre? I don’t know! And does it vary depending on how many children you have and how old they are? My children are quite small – 4 and 1. This has it’s …

The Story Machine – Review

Our weekend post was fabulous. As well as several Christmas cards, we had books. Boo was beside herself! This is our review of the first one.. The Story Machine by Tom McLaughlin Elliott is a boy who likes to find things and, one day, he stumbles across a machine. At …

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