Planning a Playmobil Christmas.


Yes, I’m sorry, I mentioned the C word. But the one thing that you kind of need to plan before December is your advent calendar, and once again, we’re going Playmobil style, in our role as Playologists. My children will be counting down to the festivities with the help of a whole bunch of Playmobil […]

Fiction inspired food


From lashings of ginger beer (which apparently never actually existed) to midnight feasts including sardines, to enchanted hot chocolate, the books we read give us connections with food that we wouldn’t otherwise have had. The Queen took from somewhere among her wrappings a very small bottle which looked at if it were made of copper. […]

Meet Julia, the Bonikka doll.


We have a *lot* of dolls in this house. They pass in and out of favour, although some are more popular than others. And Tigerboy has never really clicked with any of them, until now. When I was offered the chance to review a Bonikka doll from Imajo toys, I confess that I assumed Smallest […]

What makes a good PR event?


Today I took the two smaller children into London. I got up at 6, so that I could double check travel arrangements, slightly nervous as I couldn’t find a route without a bus part of the way. We were heading to Surrey Docks Farm to visit the Huggies Pullups bus. The farm is a community […]

How to use Reading Eggs to help your child learn to read.

At the weekend, I posted a picture that I’m incredibly proud of, so I’m going to take this opportunity to share it again. This is Smallest. She’s 5 in November. She hasn’t started school – we home educate. And she’s reading her first book. We don’t do school at home. No formal sit down lessons. […]

A summer of Sylvanians

sylvanians at the beach

Recently we received a Sylvanian Family set to review. Buy at Amazon | Buy at Surprisingly, this is our first close encounter with Syvlanians. Many of the childrens’ friends have had them, we’ve just never got round to it somehow. Now that we have, I’m really not sure why. I was a bit nervous […]

Our summer with Playmobil, pirates and London ahoy!

pirate in the rigging

Followers of my various social media streams will have noticed an increase in Playmobil activity over the last couple of weeks. As part of the playologist program, we had a fabulous delivery of a 5135 Large Pirate Ship along with Jungle Animals and Off-Road Vehicle. As you can imagine, these are really rather popular There […]

What they wore Wednesday.

the outfits

Yesterday I took the two smaller children on a succession of trains to go to Freeport Braintree, a shopping village in Essex. If I could have driven, we’d have been there in an hour. As it was, Tim took us half way, and we then caught a couple of trains. There were difficulties to this. […]

Just in case we have a summer – reviewing UV sunsuits from the Beach Factory

four on the beach in uv suits

way way back, lost in the mists of time, I took Big and Small, when they really were Big and Small, camping, to Hesfes in May. I packed wellies, blankets and sun suits – I don’t like slathering children in chemicals, I’d far rather go for clothing based protection. Turned out we needed the blankets […]

Meal planning with Morrisons

bananas on scale

Now, I had intended to get this posted on Monday, hence the meal planning title. Yes, well. As no doubt you are aware, a number of bloggers were challenged last weekend to shop at Morrisons, buying the things that we usually do, in order to find out whether the new cheaper prices across the store […]

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