Schleich horses in the garden.


When I was little, one of my favourite books was Fly-by-night by KM Peyton. (Amazon. ) The 11 year old Ruth is pony mad and ends up with a completely unsuitable pony in her back garden (my memory is insisting she wins a horse from a cereal competition, but the internet is not verifying this) […]

10 ways to celebrate 10 years of Augustus and his smile.


Augustus and his smile by Catherine Rayner is a very lovely book. It’s about being sad, and finding ways of not being sad. Including dancing in the rain, and going on a very long walk through nature. It *always* makes me smile, and quite often inspires me to go out for one of those walks […]

On the edge of gone by Corinne Duyvis


January 29, 2035. That’s the day the comet is scheduled to hit—the big one. Denise and her mother and sister, Iris, have been assigned to a temporary shelter outside their hometown of Amsterdam to wait out the blast, but Iris is nowhere to be found, and at the rate Denise’s drug-addicted mother is going, they’ll […]

Half term fun at the Swallow Brewer’s Fayre in Ipswich


A week or two ago we were fortunate to be asked to review the local Brewer’s Fayre with a view to checking out their facilities for half term facilities. The very friendly and professional staff were great to talk to, and it turned out that we were there the day they were planning half term […]

M is for autism by The Students Of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin

M is for autism

Buy M is for Autism at Amazon. Buy M is for Autism at JKP books. Buy M is for autism at Hive M. That’s what I’d like you to call me please. I’ll tell you why later. Welcome to M’s world. It’s tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside classrooms ready to […]

A Higgidy garden picnic while reading Rebecca

Higgidy quiche and Rebecca

A little while ago I was sent a lovely picnic bag from Higgidy and vouchers to try out their quiches. The idea was that we’d have a family picnic. The reality is that that was the week both the little children got sick in succession, and apart from shopping, the furthest I got from the […]

Dora and Friends – the Magic charm toy range

Dora dolls, charm bracelets and more

One of the things my kids love about my blogging is receiving exciting parcels. This one, with the Nick Jr logo on it promised good things. It did not disappoint. How’s this for a box of goodies? These are the new Dora and friends toys. Dora has grown up a little since Big was shouting […]

LatestFreeStuff – new money saving app


Like many of us, I’m all about the bargains and money saving in day to day life – I’ve got a family of four children to keep clothed and fed, and in that instance, every little bit extra helps. So I was really interested to review the new app from LatestFreeStuff on the iPad. I’m […]

Be a happier parent with NLP by Judy Bartowiak

Judy Bartowiak - Be a happier parent with NLP)

buy at amazon This may be an unexpected post to see on this blog – I’m not sure that I’ve ever reviewed or even mentioned a parenting advice book or manual previously. That isn’t because I don’t read them though it’s irregular, it’s more because I don’t believe any one system has all the answers. […]

Make eating a Doddl with revolutionary new cutlery.


I’ve been approached for a wide variety of Kickstarter projects recently, and most of them are kind of fun, but not all that relevant. However, I was intrigued by the idea of new ergonomic cutlery, and happy to take a look at Doddl. We’ve actually been sent one of the prototype sets, so that we […]

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