Review of Rockford’s Rock Opera

What a fascinating experience it was to review this Ecological tale about Extinction for children… You can download the Apps from all the app stores, the first instalment is free and the next 3 parts are at a very low cost. We loved that it was all produced in the attic! We loved that children weren’t dumbed down to We … Read More

Don’t Panic!

Easter School Holidays are upon us (at least here the in the UK they are!) – they are a difficult one to plan as the weather at this time of year is a bit unpredictable. It could be anything from glorious sunshine (friend of the frugal) or knee deep in snow – this year the forecast is for the cold … Read More

Saving It Up

I keep singing Elton John songs today ‘Don’t wish it away’ is the line I keep repeating… As most schools in England break up for Summer tomorrow (we are going on until Tuesday!), and I can feel myself start to ‘brace’ for it – I’m also conscious that I don’t want to wish it away, I’m making a real effort … Read More

Happy Planning!

As our new series Staying Sane in the Summer continues, it’s made me realise just how much planning I do for school holidays – I’ve never written it down before and I was genuinely surprised that I could fill every day in July with ideas! I do find myself more able to enjoy time with the kids when I have … Read More

Water Woes…

It has been unbelievably hot here over the last few days, and so we have got the paddling pool back out and the kids have cooled off and had lots of fun soaking each other (and daddy!). But, inevitably my new way of thinking caused me to reflect on how easy it was for us to just turn on the … Read More

Unexpected Parenting # 16

That a gift ‘we’ve decorated the mantelpiece for you’ is one of the most genuine expressions of love you will ever receive – no alterior motives. It’s a beautiful thing even if it’s not what you wanted, it may be all they have to give, like the daisy they pick for you. Be gracious and thankful. They may not always … Read More

Win! Win! Win!

There’s a silly competition over at The Frugal Family to win a colouring pack, just guess the age of the person that coloured this (use the link above x)   

Unexpected Parenting #10

How can there not be an app for all the repeated phrases a parent needs? I could put them on a timer to just be randomly called out from a tannoy… “please don’t jump on the sofa” “is that safe?” “no pushing” “sit down to eat” I could go on and on and on – I bore myself sometimes…

Unexpected Parenting #9

How beautiful a tidy bedroom can be… Frustrating getting there but hugely proud of myself now – and tea I think.

Unexpected Parenting #3

That you can still be totally google eyes in love with someone that just bit your boob…