Celebrating The Small Things:Week One

When I first started blogging it was a subject I knew very little about, and to say that I went into it blindly would be an understatement; but through the encouragement of family and friends I began my blogging journey and haven’t looked back since.

Over the past few years my blog has gone from strength to strength, it has now become my full time job and has bought me and my family some of the most amazing opportunities and allowed us to meet some wonderful people…some of which I would now class as good friends.

My blog is a place that I come to when I want people to find out about a great day out we have been on, somewhere I can give advice on great new products I have tried out or to celebrate big milestones in our lives; but as the New Year sets in and we naturally evaluate the different parts of our lives I have realised there is one area I have really overlooked when it comes to writing…The Small Things.

There are so many small moments in our lives that we take for granted or miss all together, moments that although may seem small and insignificant they give us great pleasure and we should learn to cherish and show our gratitude for them all.

I have decided to now do a weekly post highlighting all those little moments that would normally pass me by as a document to look back on in years to come and remember fondly.

Brotherly love: When it comes to the youngest two its always been a bit of a love hate relationship, with the latter certainly being more predominant, so when a special moment such as Frankie requesting to take his little brother out to share his birthday treat is an occasion that should be marked.

Lego: This may seem like a strange one, but the wonderful world of Lego has bought us all so much joy since Christmas in many ways. It dominated the youngest two’s christmas lists this year but has brought the whole family such pleasure and brought us together for some much needed quality time as we all muck in trying to make the next creation.

Storytime: Its been more than a few years since Izzy has requested a bedtime story, and to be truthful its not very often she willingly picks up a book! So after buying her the fantastic Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls it has been an absolute pleasure to see her engrossed in reading and sharing what she has learnt about a whole host of ‘kick arse’ women.

Magical Christmas Books By Red Shed

One of the best ways to get your children’s imagination running wild is through reading and Christmas time is a wonderful time to share the magic with a book.

We were asked to review some books from Red Shed and were over the moon when our parcel of beautiful books popped through the door.


The first one number three picked out was a heart warming story called ‘Socks For Santa’ about a little boy who was desperate to share his Christmas cheer by getting a present to Santa.  His journey was not as easy as he had hoped for!

The illustrations were bright and cheery and she loved sharing the story with her younger brothers.


Next up was a book that explains the true meaning of Christmas in a fun way that younger children will be able to understand.  With number four taking part in his first nursery play this book was perfect to help him get to know the story of the Nativity.


I love the addition of the pop out stable at the back of the book where the children can set up and play with their very own nativity scene.

My favourite book from our bundle though was ‘The Little Christmas Tree’.  The beautiful story of the animals from Emerald Wood coming together to decorate the last forgotten tree is bought to life with a spectacular pop up Christmas tree.


My usually boisterous three year old sat patiently with me adorning the tree with all the pretty decorations and bringing the characters to life with the little cardboard animals.


This one is going to be a favourite that will be bought and and loved for many Christmases to come!

A book really is a gift that keeps on giving and any one of these would make a wonderful present that any child would love.

 

Nemo And Giraffe Book Review

  
Pets in our house is a weekly topic.  Usually consisting of one of the children asking for one, and me saying no!  With a large family and both my husband and I having allergies to a lot of animals a fish is our limit.

My lovely Mother saved the day last year by getting a dog so that the children can have a furry friend at her house.  They were completely over the moon and love her to bits, but as children do number four can be slightly to affectionate and tries to drag the poor thing around by her tail, dress her up and just be continually in her way.

When I was approached by aspiring author Lee Hunter to review her new children’s book Nemo And Giraffe I jumped at the chance as the ethos behind the first in a series of books she is hoping to publish is about building positive relationships with pets.

  
Her background as a childminder for under fives with a house cat herself started her on the path to encourage children to treat animals as equals and understand that we can all be friends no matter what we look like or where we came from.

I sat down with number four to share this story with him the other day.  He is quite fussy when it comes to books as he has a few favourites that tend to get read time and time again, but he was drawn to the brightly coloured, cute charters drawn by Lindy Damen. Lee has set the book out so that it is very easy for the children to build a rapport with the main characters Nemo and Giraffe. He quickly grasped the idea Lee was trying to get across about us all being different and I could then relate to to ourselves and the animals in our life that he comes across.

I would highly recommend this book which you can easily pick up on Amazon for a very reasonable £4.99. You can follow Nemo and Giraffe on Twitter and Facebook. We will be following them and waiting for their next adventure.

I was sent Nemo and Giraffe in a PDF format to share with my children. All of my reviews are of my honest opinion and I only take on products that are relevant to myself and my family.

Sharing The Love On World Book Day

In our house there is always a big dilemma about costume choice in the weeks leading up to World book week.  It’s not unusual for around twenty characters to be considered and rejected before we finally choose.  Thankfully this year I only had one to dress and we finally came up with Wanda ( Where’s Wally’s girlfriend) without to many problems.

This got me thinking about the whole concept of World Book Day and reflecting on a family holiday in The Gambia when I was a child.  I remember being astounded that the children there could not go to school unless they had their own pens and paper.  Being a fairly typical ten year old child who’d moan and groan every morning about getting up for school, I remember being shocked by the Gambian children’s hunger for learning.

The memory of those children inspired me to search for a charity that supplies books to Third World Countries; and my search lead me to the Book Bus.  This fantastic organisation supplies children’s books to countries such as Zambia, India and Malawi.



I’m not sure how much they understood but from now on we will donate to The Book Bus each World Book Day as a reminder of just how privileged we are and that we mustn’t take our access to education and a good book for granted.

If this entry feels a little worthy, check in tomorrow for the antidote – the children and I are off to IKEA, I can feel my stress levels rising already!