A busy half term

This half term has flown by. I don’t know why I’m surprised, the school term always seem to disappear faster than I expect, but the longer Autumn term usually drags as the weather changes and nights become darker. Our routine has changed a little this year with Z at a different school to the girls, which means we leave earlier in the mornings, everyone a little more disgruntled, confused by the sunny appearance of the day but colder temperatures. We’re getting home later in the evenings, which seems to make everything a little more rushed.

On the positive side, Z has settled into his new school beautifully and is doing really well, little S seems to be finding a new love of learning in Year 1 coming home excitedly chattering about food chains and habitats. H is loving Year R, and has not, as I feared begged to stay all day, but instead enjoyed spending the afternoons at home with me.

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I’m hopeful that they’ll all have a really great year at school this year and feel blessed that they are at such lovely schools with great parents and friends.

We’ve been very lucky to be chosen as part of a group of bloggers testing Start-rite school shoes this term, you can read our first impressions here. Z’s have been brilliant and withstood his lunchtime football and den building miraculously. I’m always very grateful for the buffer around the toe, which seems to save a lot of scuffing of the actual shoe and is looking relatively unscathed so far. They seem really comfortable too, thanks to the adjustable strap. I’d definitely buy the same style again. [Read more...]

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Doc McStuffins Walk N Talk Doc Doll – Review

Do you have a little fan of Doc McStuffins? If so the the Walk N’ Talk Doc Doll is definitely one for the Christmas list. Doc really walks, pulling her Doc Mobile behind her, whilst singing the Doc Mobile song. When Doc is attached to the mobile, the whole thing feels very sturdy and works amazingly well. My girls have spent hours following her round the house visiting their ‘poorly’ toys for Doc to fix. It’s easy enough for children to work themselves too, you just press the pink siren on the top and Doc walks along happily.

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The back of the mobile opens up and is big enough to fit small toys, ours is currently full of Playmobil figures. [Read more...]

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Bottling the giggles

You know how sometimes, even when you’re tired and a bit grumpy, something happens to make you smile, something so simple and so special that you just want to fix it in your mind forever? That’s what happened in the park today, these two climbed on a swing together and giggled hysterically.  Such a welcome change from the more usual bickering over who gets to swing first. When they’re on form they are the sweetest, most loving pair of little girls you could wish to spend time with. They spent hours today making paper chains and building LEGO, chattering away. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer way to start half term.

 

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Spooktacular fun at Squires this half term

We just returned home after fun hour or so at our local Squire’s Garden Centre trying out their Create & Grow Spooky Half-Term Fun event before it opens to the public tomorrow. The fun drop in craft session and pumpkin pursuit are run at Squire’s Garden Centres ( excluding Chertsey ) from Monday 27 – Friday 31 October, between 10am – 4pm.

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Super Lottie – Review

I posted recently about Lottie Dolls as part of our review of the beautiful Autumn Leaves Lottie. Little H was beyond excited when a new outfit arrived in the post for Lottie especially because it was a superhero costume. The outfit was designed by a child for children and is the inspiration of six year old Lily, from Ohio, USA, independently judged by the Brave Girls Alliance. The set marks the first time that a crowd-sourced design by a child has gone into commercial production.

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Super Lottie has the power to be anything, to do anything, and to make the world a better place. She is unique and special in her own way [Read more...]

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Southern spelling #WotSoFunee

Just a quick one from me this week, as I forgot I was hosting, really sorry everyone. My brain has been full of school Christmas Fair tasks. Little tip for you…never volunteer to make a papier mach turkey…..

Little S has had her first spelling test at school this week, she is a really good little writer, but not the best at spelling, so it’s been a bit of a challenge for us all. However, what I hadn’t considered was the effect of her Southern upbringing, I’m from the North so never had a problem with adding an extra posh ‘r’ into words….

She tells me she needs to say ‘after’ the ‘funny way’ to get it right.

 

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Do you have a #funee to share this week?

 



 

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Trying to be organised

The last few months have been pretty crazy in our house. I keep thinking things will calm down and I’ll finally catch up on paperwork, blog posts, washing and generally get my life organised, but there just never seems to be enough hours in the day. I thought almost 3 hours a day when H started school would be enough, but it’s not, so now I’m thinking ( hoping ) that when she starts full time after Half Term that will make a difference, but I know that somehow the hours just get filled up and nothing will really change. I had good intentions of starting to run twice a week too and that hasn’t happened either.

It’s a sign of how disorganised my life is that I can’t find either of our iPads, despite having a very strong memory of moving one off the kitchen table to put it somewhere ‘safe’. Anyone got any ideas where I might have hidden it? I’ve already turned the living room and playroom upside down, and even looked under the sofas. In some ways it’s quite nice that the kids have stopped asking for it all the time, but it did make learning spellings a lot harder this week without the spelling app and I’ve missed doing my online food shop in front of the TV. Despite my love/hate relationship with technology and screens in general I have to admit they do make life much easier and save a lot of time, as well as being good time wasters too of course.  My husband is one of those people who likes to record everything in his phone or iPad whereas I still prefer a hand written list that doesn’t run out of power. Is it just me that’s so old fashioned? I still read actual paper books too instead of a kindle.

Fingers crossed I find the iPads soon and don’t have to buy another, although we did get a great deal from Tesco Direct, I’d rather spend the money on Christmas presents. Do you find things are calmer in school holidays or term time? I can’t decide which is easiest.

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Finding a bit of magic

The girls and I found ourselves alone last Sunday morning, so while Z and his Dad were having fun at rugby, we dressed up, made treasure maps and went out to find some fun.

The girls have been playing together brilliantly recently, lots of wonderfully imaginative games with dolls, playmobil or their rabbits. They set up school complete with crafting and reading corner and go on ‘holiday’ singing as they play. I could listen to them play and giggle all day long. S usually takes the lead, but H holds her own and isn’t just the follower. I love the relationship they have, that they always have a little playmate, someone to confide in, to give advice to and talk about their day. When H was first born, a two year age seemed like a lot, but these days it seems like hardly anything, especially as it’s just one school year. Little H has almost grown up too fast to catch up with her big sister.

Their different personalities are reflected in their choice of dressing up outfits, one a funny little Tinkerbell and one a happy, adventurous Jake.

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They are the sweetest little pair of girls, I just can’t explain how much they make me smile everyday, their creativity, confidence  and enthusiasm just blows me away. [Read more...]

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More than Coffee

I love coffee, I dread to think how much I’ve spent in Costa and Starbucks over the last few years, but more recently we’ve been making a conscious effort to buy less coffee and hot drinks out and about make them at home instead. The Tassimo is a brilliant for this and it’s not just coffee. We love the Costa Range, the Caramel Latte is a particular favourite, with just the right hint of caramel flavour. I just need a drizzle of caramel sauce and it’d be perfect.

Tassimo Caramel Latte

Did you know there’s even an Oreo Hot Chocolate Flavour? I bet it’s even nicer than our homemade peppermint Christmassy hot chocolate, which was also pretty amazing by the way. [Read more...]

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A very Playmobil Christmas

For the last few years the girls have been lucky enough to have a Playmobil Advent Calendar kindly bought by Grandma. They love opening it each day, setting the scene and finally finishing it on Christmas Eve. I think it’s a really lovely way to lead up to Christmas.

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As part of our role as Playmobil Ambassadors we were sent one of the 2014 Calendars to review. It did feel a bit wrong opening a whole calendar in one day, but we used it as a number recognition exercise for H, who was utterly overjoyed at such a naughty task. [Read more...]

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