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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 […]

(Not) back to school – home education planning with The Range.

sketchbooks and left handed pens

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias August. Hot days, but cool evenings, time for another camping holiday, and suddenly, all the shops including the Range are full of back to school displays, and parents are wondering where the summer went and how long […]

Bio-Oil Scars Uncovered giveaway.

bio oil giveaway

I’m not a big user of beauty or skin products. I just don’t really go in for much in the way of make up or pampering, but the things that I like, I really like. And I really like Bio-Oil. I *think* I first encountered it in a goody bag, maybe from Britmums? Or perhaps […]

Weekend snippets 14 August 2016


{trying out} bullet journaling. Well, I wrote out a weekly diary page three times in a notebook, ripped them out because I didn’t like the layout, and put the notebook in my bag anyway. So I’m thinking about trying out bullet journalling. And somehow I’ve restrained myself from buying yet another notebook even though it’s […]

Learning to draw: my journey so far.

day to day sketch kit

As I mentioned a while ago, (dear 15 year old me) I have spent most of my life convinced I couldn’t draw. When I took up photography a while back, I started seeing things differently. And then I started drawing. To begin with, I wasn’t quite sure what to do, or what I was interested […]

Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas – review and giveaway

wildflower bay cover

It is no secret to any of my readers here or on social media that I am a huge fan of Rachael’s work. I’ve known her for years – we first ‘met’ online on email lists back when we were very new mothers, and have been bumping into each on and offline ever since. I’ve […]

Blogs unblogged


There have been gaps in the archives of this blog before. They always make me a little sad, when I look back and I don’t have the reminders of our day to day life. I haven’t even been keeping up with my snippets post, and that’s a real shame. Small said the other day that […]

Squeezing the pennies – tracking day to day spending with #SagaSpendingDiary

saga spending diary kit

Recently I was asked to take part in a #SagaSpendingDiary challenge and sent some items to help me with this task. So, in the kit, there’s a copy of The Wealth Chef: Recipes to Make Your Money Work Hard, So You Don’t Have To at Amazon uk (affiliate link), a budget diary, and a joint […]

A day trip to Liverpool Biennial with Cass Art.

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Would you believe I’ve never been to Liverpool? Ridiculous, I know, but up until last Saturday, the absolute truth. But on Saturday, I got up at 5.30, and headed off for a day trip, invited to visit the Biennial 2016, a festival of contemporary art by Cass Art. Having never been to the city before, […]

Bottersnikes and Gumbles.

bottersnikes on train

A couple of weeks back, I took the two younger children down to London for the premiere of Bottersnikes and Gumbles, a new show available on CBBC and Netflix, based on an Australian book. At this point, you know as much as I did 🙂 If you mention Bottersnikes and Gumbles, you largely get blank […]

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