Ninja book box.


Subscription boxes are big these days aren’t they? I confess that I’m intrigued by the idea of regular parcels of goodness, but so far I haven’t subscribed to any. That might change with the launch of the Ninja book box – see it on kickstarter here Ninja Book Box is a new quarterly box shipping […]

Puppy in my pocket twitter party!

In my pocket twitter party badge

Yes, it’s that time again – I’m one of the hosts for a twitter party to celebrate the wonderful range of Puppy in my Pocket toys. the time: 28th September 1pm. the place: Twitter! Your hosts: @ukmumstv Use the hashtag #PuppyInMyPocket to join in and watch out for all the fab prize tweets to join […]

Martyn Ford: Dreams and regrets – UKYACX blog tour.


As part of the UKYACX blog tour (MG variety), I’m very pleased to welcome author Martyn Ford to the blog today, continuing on the occasional series of Dreams and Regrets guest posts. Over to Martyn Tasked with writing a blog post on “dreams and regrets”, we first have to define the words. I’m going to […]

Quick giveaway – win a family ticket to FunfestUK this weekend!

As I posted a few days ago I’m going to Funfest UK this Saturday 10th September at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire. And now I’m offering another blogger and their family the chance to come along too. I’ve got a family ticket on offer, that’s a blogger, their partner and two children, you get lunch, the […]

Make learning to read child’s play with Reading Eggs

Small child using Reading Eggs on P

Often, one of the biggest fears new home educators express is how they will help their child learn to read. There’s so much about about phonics, the right way to learn, the wrong way, which books to use, what order to do it all in, it can get really confusing. With Smallest, and now Tigerboy […]

August’s snippets


{playing} at being Tudors. We call it playing. It’s fairly hard work actually, given the level of research, the costume making, even just long days. And we are volunteers, receiving a place to put a tent and food in return for our participation. No matter how hard it is, I wouldn’t miss it for the […]

Who’s heading to FunFest Blogger Summit 2016?

I’ll be there – we had a great time last year, and the kids absolutely loved it all. (After all, who wouldn’t love the chance to balance a stormtrooper on their hands?) There are only a handful of delegate tickets remaining, and it all takes place in just over a week’s time on Saturday, September […]

A boy made of blocks by Keith Stuart


I kind of wanted to hate this book. Yet another story of an autistic boy, rescued from his lonely locked in state by some external power, this time in the form of a computer game. But I didn’t. I don’t entirely love it either. Repeated references to the autism scale, what is that? Spectrum, not […]

Walker stories in the Book People flash sale.

Handas surprise and Walker stories

It is no secret to anyone that I am a massive bookworm, and I am doing my very best to bring my children up the same way. We love picture books, sharing books, learning to read. And we do tend to feed our habit at The Book People. A while back we bought a bundle […]

Win a goody bag with the updated website.

N318-13106 Wacky Hair Dough 1

When Big was very small, one of her favourite shows was Dora the Explorer on Nick Jr. Now that she’s not so small, her little sister has taken over, and Dora is still a firm favourite in this house, particularly with the Spanish lessons included. So we were really excited to see the rejuvenated […]

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