But what do you do all day?

hero shape and card game

Every day is different. At this time of year I’m trying to tease the children away from their screens and into the great outdoors, though to be honest, it doesn’t usually take all that much encouragement. This week, Smallest is enjoying Early Readers from Orion children’s books. She grabbed them out of my hands and […]

XYZBuilds: a review

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I was recently approached on twitter by XZYBuilds to review their new product a construction set for all ages. I was intrigued, so I said yes, and shortly afterwards, a small, but surprisingly heavy box arrived. Contents as shown. I was quite surprised that there weren’t any instructions. But the children didn’t seem to need […]

Mother’s day flowers from Appleyard London


I’m not a big gift flowers person. Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers themselves, but generally still attached to their parent plants. But I was offered Mother’s Day flowers from Appleyard London to review and I decided that a treat sounded pretty good to me. I’m glad I went for it, as the flowers […]

The unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – available on Netflix March 6th


On Wednesday, the lovely people at Netflix invited me to London along with a whole lot of other mums (and a couple of dads) to spend some metime, getting pampered (massage! cocktails! chocolate brownies!), and also have the chance to see the first episodes of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt before it’s available to stream on […]

World book day costumes and 50 books you should read before 16

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The first book I ever read to Big, when she was just weeks old, was Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I know, it’s an odd choice. But there I was with a baby who basically never stopped screaming. She liked to be talked to, and I didn’t know what to say. I didn’t have […]

We’re feeling Boovie. Introducing HOME: Boov Pop!


Emerging mobile publisher Behaviour Interactive, one of the largest independent game developers is excited to announce the release of their new title: HOME: Boov Pop!, the official puzzle game based on DreamWorks Animation’s 3D comedy adventure HOME. And I’m pleased to say we’ve spent a bit of time testing it out for you. The game […]

Half term entertainment with Attractiontix and Teksta newborn kitty

Teksta newborn kitty

You’re in luck then, as I’m one of a whole bunch of bloggers who contributed to Attractiontix guide for ways to keep kids busy in the school holidays. My suggestion was to visit the library. As well as the obvious (books!), and the secondary possibility of them doing events (you may well find that they […]

LeapReader Junior: Animals around the world book review

leapreader junior animals around the world

We’re huge fans of picture books here, and also of LeapFrog products. We’ve got a LeapReader, which Smallest very much enjoys, but this is our first encounter with a LeapReader Junior, and I have to say, I’m sold on it, as is Tigerboy. It’s just the right size for his chubby gorgeous little hands, *and* […]

The Weebles from Weebledown Farm


Buy Weebles Wobbly Farm Figure and Base Assortment at Argos. This here is a Weeble. It’s a dog. It’s part of a new range of Weebledown Farm toys from Character toys, and it should have a little friend, a sheep, but he seems to have wobbled off into hiding. Retailing at around £4.99, there’s a […]

Tech toys for Christmas.


We are a tech heavy family here, what with the phones, PCs, laptops and so on. The younger children will be getting extra games for their leappads (Smallest uses the LeapFrog LeapPad 3 – Green, while Tigerboy has last year’s ultra model). They’ve used the tablets for some time now, and I’m very pleased at […]

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