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). […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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