Harper and the Night Forest – review and giveaway.

There’s a book for everyone that they remember from when they start to read, I think. For Smallest it looks like it’s going to be Harper. We’ve had the first Harper book on our shelves for a couple of years, and she’s been completely uninterested, despite the shiny silver cover and the lovely pictures. It […]

Fingerlings – win your own interactive toy monkey.

As far as my kids are concerned, the best bit about me blogging is that every now and then fun stuff arrives in the post. Given that the Fingerling arrived the day after Smallest had to have a tooth extracted (there’s a fab way to feel like a failed parent if ever there was one). […]

100 ways, 100 days – showcasing the variety of home education

#100daysofhomeeducation is a picture based challenge so mainly to be found on instagram with crossover on facebook and twitter. I have to say, I’m loving having that daily picture to look back on to remind me of what we’ve got up to in the last month. (Given that I don’t blog our home ed lives […]

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 […]

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