The Penalty area by Alain Gillot (translated by Howard Curtis)

Buy at Amazon (affiliate) A heart-warming novel about overcoming adversity, making human connections, and football. Vincent once had a shot at becoming a professional soccer player but a career-ending knee injury put an end to his dreams. A tough kid from a poor family, he has become an emotionally cut-off man with frustrated hopes and […]

How to throw a We’re going on a Bear Hunt movie party

As I’m sure you’ll remember, last week we watched We’re going on a Bear Hunt the DVD, and then had a twitter party with UKMumsTV. The party was great fun, so I thought I’d share the activities we did, in case anyone fancies having a bear hunt party of their own πŸ™‚ Party tip no […]

Sunday snippets

{missing} a week that disappeared under a heap of appointments and not particularly fun activities. More of the same tomorrow :/ {feeling} hopeful that Vit D is making a huge difference to pain and energy levels. Now back to wondering about why my shoulder and hip are problems, but I’ve specialist physio this week, so […]

VicksTricks – for when your child has a cold

With 4 children in the house, colds are a fact of life in the winter. It has got worse since Big went to school – and she’s all about the sharing, sadly. It does have to be said though that last time she brought one home, I tried out the Vicks nasal spray, and I […]

100 ways to home educate – guest post Tammie Griffiths from Aspire Chaos to Calm

As yesterday’s blog on different ways to home educate was on fb, I’m reposting it here (with explicit permission!) so that it can be easily found as part of the blog hop πŸ™‚ You can find Tammie on facebook or twitter My article is in the comments ?via Ripl.com Posted by Aspire-Chaos to Calm-Connecting & […]

The Everything Machine by Ally Jennen – review and giveaway

What would you do if you accidentally acquired an intelligent machine that could print anything? (I’m thinking robot cleaner. Or an extra storey for the house, maybe a dozen extra bookcases…) The Everything Machine From Ally Kennen (twitter, web, facebook) Release Date: 2nd February 2017 Genre: MG Publisher: Scholastic UK Format: Paperback Cover illustration Chris […]

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – DVD review and party announcement.

This Thursday, I’m helping host a We’re Going on a Bear Hunt twitter party. There will be tweeting, from UKMumsTV and if you want to find out more about it all, just click on the party button above. I’m guessing that most of my readers are already familiar with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt […]

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas – an #ownvoices review

Pre order The state of Grace at Amazon (affiliate link). I’d like to introduce you to a girl. We’re going to have to pop back in time to the last 70s for this one, but I’m sure we can make it. She’s kind of scruffy, not very fashionable. Tends to frown a bit when she’s […]

A meal everyone will eat with Cypriot New Potatoes.

The holy grail of parenting/ meal planning – a meal you can serve up that everyone will eat. Doesn’t happen often in this house. I’ve got two children who are dubious about mixed/ wet foods (bolognese bearable to one, not the other). Tigerboy is relatively straightforward but likes to eat one thing at a time […]

100 ways to home educate – launching a blog hop.

It’s Monday morning, and all over the country children aged from 3 or 4 upwards are heading to nursery, school, college, what have you. Education, after all, is compulsory. There are lots of different schools out there. Mainstream, special, private, academies, and lots of different ways of educating within them. There’s also home education. A […]

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