book advent

What is a book advent and how to make one

November 16, 2018 admin 0

Every year for the past 5 years I have created a book advent in December and it has now become one of our families favourite traditions. When I first started doing it the concept wasn’t very common and lots of friends and family were intrigued as to what I was doing and why but now the idea is definitely catching on more and more.   What is a book advent ?   Simply put a […]

Does anyone else think the whole pen licence thing is barbaric?

October 11, 2018 admin 3

Can we just take a moment to discuss the whole pen licence saga please? It really is a bone of contention for me at the moment and yet I find myself being tight lipped in front of both my child and his teacher. When in actual fact I want to scream and shout about the whole bloody thing and how in my opinion, it is a process that is causing children to be singled out […]

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Could boredom boost creativity in children?

October 3, 2018 admin 0

A 2018 study commissioned by Bic into the activities of modern day children uncovered some interesting findings that suggest children claim they are bored very easily and as much as up to 122 times a month, although I’m sure mine could do that in a week, if not a day sometimes! But in all seriousness it does make us wonder why are children are claiming to be bored so easily. Is it because they have […]

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Top tips for dealing with Eczema

September 18, 2018 admin 4

Living with eczema is hard as an adult, it can be painful, annoying and even debilitating and one of the only things harder when it comes to eczema than living with it yourself is  caring for a child who suffers from it. As with any illness, disease or disability it is difficult to watch your child suffer, it is difficult to know when they are in pain especially if they can’t yet tell you themselves […]

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My Year of Giving July

July 31, 2018 admin 0

I have just completed the 7 month of my year of giving project and I can’t believe how quick the year is going. My baby has just finished his first year in Reception and my eldest has just left year 3 and we are currently enjoying some down time over the holidays.   So far this project has taught me a number of things   1.) It is possible to give back without spending money […]

Our A-Z summer list

July 24, 2018 admin 2

Every year the boys and I make a summer wish list. We compile a list of things that we would like to do over the school holidays and use it as a guide. It is in no way a “to do” list and the boys know that we may not complete everything on the list, especially if they fill it with expensive days out but instead we use if for ideas when we are stuck. […]

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A review of Trentham Monkey Forest

July 5, 2018 admin 10

Last week my family and I went to Trentham Monkey forest,which is an outdoor attraction that houses 140 monkeys all roaming free. I was super excited abut this as monkeys are my favourite animals ever since I studied animal psychology and spent two weeks at Chester zoo analysing their every move. We decided not to tell the boys where we were going instead we gave them clues along the journey, which despite the multiple signs […]

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#MyYearofGiving the 6 month mark

July 2, 2018 admin 0

#myyearofgiving Six months ago I decided not to make any new years resolutions as such but to do two things, one was to say yes to the boys more when they ask to do stuff instead of worrying about the mess or time and just let them have fun and the second was to give back to the world more with #myyearofgiving.   The idea of  my year of giving project was to encourage myself […]

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Self employment – the six month mark

June 19, 2018 admin 0

In January I made the very scary decision to hand in my notice at the college where I taught, without a back up plan, without any savings, and without the faintest idea what I was going to do or how we would survive but with the support of my husband and the encouragement of my friends and family I handed in my notice to concentrate on my blog and the possibility of working for myself.   […]

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Our visit to Wightwick Manor and Gardens National Trust

June 12, 2018 admin 2

During the May half term we went glamping in Stratford-Upon-Avon which is about 2.5 hours away from where live and as we were travelling with the boys we decided to stop off on the way. Two days before we left I bought a family pass for the National Trust so we decided to see if we could you use this anywhere around the half way mark and found Wightwick Manor and Gardens in Wolverhampton which […]