I was delighted to be asked to review a ground-breaking new iPad app, which has just launched on the App Store in the UK, called WriteReader. It is aimed at 3 to 10 year olds (and I have three children in that age bracket!). My children are absolute technology lovers, which I am okay with […]
Things I’m Loving…
Loving a moment of freedom at sundown on Monday, with just my six year old – Sophie, at Lyall Bay. Hubbie came home a little earlier than his usual 6.30pm to mind Alice and Charlotte (who were happy to stay at home). We found star-fish and hermit crabs in the rock pools, climbed the rocks […]
Things I’m Loving: Reading, Yoga & Romance!
There’s nothing like an approaching wedding anniversary on the calendar to stir up romance, memories and reflection in the marital home. Thirteen years of marriage we will celebrate next week and nearly twenty years of knowing one another. The traditional ‘gift’ for thirteen years is ‘lace’, which is perfect timing for the stage we’re at […]
Photo a Day MAY | What I am Reading
The past fortnight I’ve been gripped with ‘The Hunger Games’ trilogy. I’m nearing the end of the third book, ‘Mockingjay’. I haven’t been reading much since Alice was born, over two years ago, so it’s been great to break the drought! When I’m into a good book I feel so relaxed about everything else. I […]
Things I’m Loving: Laying Low!
Midnight on Thursday Alice was sick – I thought it was just the spag bog (quite a rich sauce), but it’s now Saturday morning and she’s still not holding down much. She must be getting some fluids through – as she’s not being sick straight after drinking (and she’s breastfeeding too), but every two to […]
My kind of bus-stop – if only I had the time to linger there…
As I rushed from Queen Sally’s Diamond Deli with coffee in one hand, baby in the other, eyes on my four year old crossing the road to the Diary, I suddenly stopped in my tracks at the sight of this in a bus stop in Lyall Bay… How wonderful! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! […]
Mummy says we can put glue on the window!!!
When the girls heard about this fun window collage activity, which I discovered via the Crafty Crow, they couldn’t believe their ears… They were actually being told to put glue on the window! They looked at me as though I’d gone mad or been reading too many Roald Dahl books. Madness is part true (makes […]
Christmas Eve 2009
It’s here! The children have been asleep for hours and went without wanting stories and much earlier than normal (Charli even tidied her room!). They have been incredibly excited and there is so much magic in the air. We have (I have) spent most of the day making a ginger-bread house… The girls started off […]
Remember the days of tying your shoe laces for the first time…
Do you remember those simple days? Tying your shoe laces for the first time felt like such a huge accomplishment. Charli brought home her first ever ‘homework’ book last week. She had a week to complete various tasks and one of them was to learn and practice tying shoe laces! Beautiful! She’s been quite good […]
Term 3 – we’ve arrived!
We’re into the sunshine term of hat wearing and late evenings. Early bedtimes for the girls are harder to achieve with sunlight streaming through the curtains. The garden is such a wonderful temptation and hard for them to resist. I’m having to work extra hard to ensure a proper ‘wind down’ at the end of […]
One Happy School Girl!
The week before term-break didn’t really feel like Charli’s first week at school. It felt more like a ‘taster’ before a two-week break of reflection and wondering about the future. I had so many vivid dreams of my childhood and schooling, as well as a few strange ones of being within Charli’s body in her […]
What’s on your bedside table?
In my first year of motherhood my bedside table was stacked high with a wide selection of parenting books. The subjects of most interest at that time were sleep, health, breastfeeding and developmental milestones. My reading of parenting and child psychology books became a little obsessive. There was a time when the only other items […]
“I see fairies.”
After my neighbour had returned from taking Charlotte out this afternoon she stopped by to say how delightful Charlotte was (sigh of relief from me!). She also said how Charlotte had mentioned a fairy sitting next to her in the car. The fairy was called Rosebud and was purple. Charlotte later explained that Rosebud can […]
My First FunFair
I went to my first funfair and Daddy won me a Rhino hat and took me on an elephant and on Brum