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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas – an #ownvoices review

Pre order The state of Grace at Amazon (affiliate link). I’d like to introduce you to a girl. We’re going to have to pop back in time to the last 70s for this one, but I’m sure we can make it. She’s kind of scruffy, not very fashionable. Tends to frown a bit when she’s […]

A meal everyone will eat with Cypriot New Potatoes.

The holy grail of parenting/ meal planning – a meal you can serve up that everyone will eat. Doesn’t happen often in this house. I’ve got two children who are dubious about mixed/ wet foods (bolognese bearable to one, not the other). Tigerboy is relatively straightforward but likes to eat one thing at a time […]

Sunday (night) snippets 22 January 2016

{feeling} tired. And tired of being tired. But apparently my inflammatory marker level (only bit of the blood test that’s back) is normal. Not that I have any idea what that means. {pushing} boundaries on drawing. Tonight I drew my sktchy portrait with a magic crayon. It was my 50th submission to the platform as […]

A boy made of blocks – the blog tour

I read and reviewed A boy made of blocks last September – you can read my thoughts here. To summarise from then: although some parts of the ending are kind of predictable, I totally admit that I was swept up in the emotions, and may have shed a tear or two (or even a few […]

Sunday snippets 15 January 2017

{struggling} to get back into the blogging habit. I did so well in December, but then took a Christmas break… {also struggling} with pain, exhaustion, depression? I don’t know. Hard to disentangle emotional states and their permanence or otherwise from a physical position of daily hurtingness and chronic tired. I went for a stroll around […]

The Dry blog tour

I just can’t understand how someone like him could do something like that. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn’t rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who […]

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