Happy birthday to me, or a day in the life.

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I’ve had a very low key day, which has been extremely pleasant. I got up to make Big packed lunch, but she said she already had it in hand, so I went back to bed. At the moment the level of pain I’ve got from left shoulder and hip is tiring me out, and the […]

Cover reveal: Domina from L S Hilton

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Everything you thought you knew about Maestra… You don’t. Publishing with Bonnier Zaffre, March 23rd 2017. I admit I’m intrigued. If you are too, you can pre-order at amazon here (affiliate) If, like me, you’re behind the loop on this one, you might want to look up Maestra: WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU’VE GONE […]

Contemplating home education styles, with a Teach My Preschooler kit review.

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When you mention home education to people one of the first questions (usually right after ‘but how will they make friends?’) is how will they learn to read? Or do maths? The answer to that is all sorts of different ways, to be honest. Some children just seem to acquire reading in the same way […]

What Autism is

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To me. (I can’t define it for anyone else. And if you don’t experience it, you do NOT get to define it for us or to draw us as suffering monsters. If you could refrain from that, that would be nice?) Back to me.  Actually I think you *can* see it in my face. It’s […]

Gravity by Andy Briggs

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Buy from Amazon here We very much enjoyed being part of the blog tour for Inventory: Iron Fist last spring, and I leapt at the chance for Small to read the sequel, not least because I love his reviews. I think you’ll agree with me that he has not disappointed 😉 I tried to go […]

#brighterFuture Unilever challenge.

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This post is an entry for BritMums #brightFuture Challenge, sponsored by Unilever Since having children, looking after the planet feels more and more important all the time. I went through a phase of using soap nuts, or make your own laundry gloop – these days I would rather use a washing product, keep the temperature […]

10 things you don’t need to home educate.

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1) A Tuffspot (or own brand alternative). Feels like every early years home education thread you go near on Facebook these days is all about the Tuffspots, and people worrying about how to home educate if they can’t afford/don’t have room for/just plain don’t want one. It’s OK. You don’t need to be laying out […]

Finding Black Beauty (and 10 other horse stories you might enjoy)

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Post contains affiliate links. Find it at Amazon. Finding Black Beauty by Lou Kuenzler. An enchanting retelling of Anna Sewell’s classic horse story, a moving and uplifting tale of friendship. A horse needs the help of a young girl… Aspiring groom Josie comes to love her spirited charge, a black colt called Beauty. When he […]

Diversification.

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That’s a big word for splitting yourself up into lots of different pieces isn’t it? Tell you one thing, I’m going to have to get a whole lot more organised. Hm. Anyway, I’ve launched the new reviews/competitions/money making/money saving site over at Not Just Kids Stuff. There’s a Shopkins giveaway running, so you might want […]

Taking the #FloraLunchbox challenge in sixth form

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For years and years and years I’ve been able to be smug about lunch box issues. Even last year when Big started school I got away with it, as she mainly ate from the cafeteria, and even though I winced at the prices, it meant I didn’t have to plan, buy and pack. This year […]

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