Teacher, Gifts, Xmas, Xmas Gifts

Fabulous Xmas Gift Ideas For Teacher For Under £15

How do you know what to buy a teacher for Xmas?  How do you tell them you appreciate what they are doing without looking too cheap or too flash.  What is the right amount to spend?  What are decent Xmas gift ideas? I find this a tricky problem to resolve.  Last year I bought gift vouchers.  But gift vouchers always seem the easy option.  Do you need to put a little more thought in to it to express that enough?  This year in trying to be a little more thoughtful Read on…

Kids christmas cards; christmas card ideas

7 Simple Christmas Cards To Make With Kids

My four-year old son has come home from school with a project to complete over the holidays.  Our assignment is to produce a Christmas card for a local schools competition.  Harry is not a makey-doo kind of child, and I don’t have much flare for it either.  I just have no imagination when it comes to anything creative.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.  I have spent hours  trawling it to pick my favourites – based on ease, time to complete and tools required. I thought I would share them with you Read on…

Halloween Food, Halloween, Healthy Snacks, Organix

Halloween Tips And Food Ideas From Organix

It’s that time of the year again – Halloween – when we dress up our little ones in anything from a pumpkin outfit to a blood splattered zombie.  Personally, the former is my favoured choice.  I prefer something that creates maximum embarrassment as they get older and see photos of themselves.  So, the pumpkin outfit it is, and the more orange and plump the better.  Plus photographic evidence is ideal blackmail material for when they turn in to a petulant teenager. A few of us may even choose to hold Read on…

Starting School, Early School, Reception, School

Starting School – Top 3 Tips For Parents

It’s that time of year again and everyone will be handing out advice to parents whose kids are just starting school for the first time. If you are reading this then I will assume you fall in to that category. There is so much information available so I will keep this brief.  My top 3 tips for parents whose kids are starting school for the first time are: Be on time Be prepared Be organised There, sounds easy enough doesn’t it. You could stop reading right now if that is Read on…

Thank You Teacher – 7 Reasons To Be Grateful

Harry has just finished his first year in Nursery Class.  On the last day of term I sent him in with a card and a box of chocolates for Teacher.  But I feel a £2 box of Dairy Milk and a piece of paper doesn’t really convey all the things I was grateful for over the last school year.   So this is my heartfelt official thanks and here are the 7 reasons why: Thank you for putting up with him taking everything (and I mean everything) off when he Read on…

Top 10 Wake-up calls, Morning Mummy

Morning Mummy – My Top 10 Wake-Up Calls

I no longer need an alarm clock to wake me up.  In fact I haven’t needed one for the last 4 years.  You see Harry is the most effective alarm clock I’ve ever had because he wakes at the same time EVERY DAY, his voice has no volume control and his “snooze” button doesn’t work.  I also never know what to expect out of his mouth as he greets me in the morning.  Some of the things I have woken up to have made me question whether someone gave me Read on…

Minion

He Said What – Part 2

One of the things about young children is that they say what they see.  It is said with innocence but it doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.  There have been so many embarrassing moments that they have just become common place.  Unfortunately my child doesn’t come with a volume control switch.  When he wants to draw my attention to something he usually points at it or – even worse – he runs over to it.  Over the last few months his observations have gone up a level as has my Read on…

Time Flies

There are some features of Facebook that annoy me – I DO NOT PLAY CANDY CRUSH SAGA NEITHER DO I WANT TO SO PLEASE DON’T INVITE ME – is a particular bug-bear of mine – and then those that make me smile, such as the feature that let’s you see your memories from previous years.  This particular reminder blew me away because remarkably it showed what had happened on the same day over the last 4 years, and so I wanted to share it here.  In my opinion it is a set of quite special photographs Read on…

When Chester Came To Stay

I’ve always had a competitive streak.  As a child it was a necessary survival instinct – I was the only girl in a street full of lads.  Football, British Bull Dogs, and bunny-hopping competitions on your BMX were a daily routine.  I got no special treatment for being a girl.  In school I always wanted to be top of the class, have the best report, be a Prefect.  In sport I always had to be in the team, be the captain, win.  As I got older my competitive streak was tempered by a dose Read on…

Pumpkin Patch

Magic Moments // Pumpkin Picking

I have never picked a pumpkin.  I don’t particularly like pumpkin so there has never been a need to.  But having a child means you have an excuse a reason to try new things.  I’d seen photos of friends that had gone pumpkin picking and it looked like good fun so I decided that we were going to give it a try. I had a romantic vision of fields full of autumnal colours, neat rows of pumpkins, and happy children skipping among them.  The reality was very, very, different.  Now, I have only watched Read on…