Month: June 2015

Magic Blackout Blinds & More

I cannot be the only parent who has used towels and sheets to try and black out the light in a caravan? Surely?! If we stay in a caravan, the beds are invariably right underneath the window meaning that I know my kids will be up at the crack of …

Win A Google Chromecast

Time for a lovely little competition this afternoon, and this one’s a fun one! I have one Google Chromecast up for grabs… Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use an Android phone, tablet, iPhone®, iPad®, Mac® or Windows® laptop, or …

Stop and Smell the Roses

How often do you just stop? Entirely, I mean? I know for me it’s a very rare thing. I realised this last weekend. The Husband took the kids out for a couple of hours. It’s not often I have time alone like this, and this was only because the dog’s …

Word of the Week 26/6/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. One of my favourite parts of my week is reading everyone’s words, so thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and link up. If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with …

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon Drizzle cake always goes down well in our house. It’s one of those favourites that every single member of my household eats, which is actually quite a rare thing for us. My mum sometimes bakes it for us, and it’s also my nephew’s favourite cake, so his birthday cake is …

Think About The Family-Friendly Floor

Flooring isn’t something that I gave a whole lot of thought to when we first bought our house. There were carpets I didn’t like, so we replaced them quite soon after we moved in, and that’s about as much as I thought about it. Oh, how things have changed! Now, …

Papery Peep June 2015

Welcome to this month’s Papery Peep. A chance to share all things pretty and papery, and I invite you to link up any paper-loving posts, too. I love to read them! It was my birthday this month. Friends and family know me well, so amongst other gorgeous gifts, I received …

Bobux Shoes Review

When New Zealand founded Bobux shoes got in touch with me, I have to confess I hadn’t heard of them before. More fool me really, as when I went over to their Bobux UK website, there were so many styles that appealed to me for my 2 year old son. …

The 30 Seconds Kids Book Series

We have discovered a new children’s non-fiction series here and we are absolutely loving it! Let me tell you all about them, and then I’ll give one of you a chance to win a bundle of them, too… Ivy Press publish these brilliant books, and there are several titles in …

Painting Fun Without Paintbrushes

My kids love painting. I love watching them, seeing the scenes that they create, the mess that they get into, the smiles on their faces as they do it. So yesterday I thought I’d let them loose on the lining paper, but make things a little different this time. I …

Tortue de Mer Review & Give-Away

Summer is here, and I’m hoping it will stick around for a little while. With a change in the season, comes a change in the wardrobe, so today I’m talking about French clothing brand Tortue de Mer, who offer lightweight summer wear for the whole family. Here’s a little bit …

Word of the Week 19/6/15

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week. One of my favourite parts of my week is reading everyone’s words, so thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and link up. Thanks for all of your birthday wishes last week, too, it was lovely thank you. If …

A Letter to Parents of Soon-To-Be School Children

It’s that time of year when settling-in sessions are taking place to prepare children starting in Reception this September. I can’t believe it was a whole year ago that this was us, it’s gone by so very quickly. I got very emotional in the run-up to her starting school, though Boo …

Mail Tag Ideas

I do enjoy #BringBackPaper. It means that every Wednesday I get to indulge my love of paper here, but even more than that, I’m amazed by how it connects people. It seems that there a lot of people out there who also like their paper, be it stationery, books, colouring, scrap-booking, …

A Family Weekend Break to York

Last weekend we had a brilliant time exploring the city of York, a place that we’d never been to before, but one that we’ll definitely be returning to. I thought I’d share with you what we got up to there, as a family with two young children, as I see …

5 Ways You Can Help Your Child Prepare for the 11 Plus

We keep hearing reports in the press of how much stress school children are under these days and how worried they get about exams and tests. The best thing we can do for our children when they are facing exams is to help them keep everything in perspective, keep them …

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