Children’s Books for Christmas

You will notice a conspicuous absence in this review, as my little partner in crime who normally helps me to review children’s books is not allowed to see them. When I was offered the opportunity to review a set of Campbell Christmas books, I jumped at the chance, because Libby had already got her old Christmas books out and was insisting on listening to Christmas songs. I thought these would be ideal for her to review, but then things took on a different slant. When we wrote our letter to Santa, Libby was very insistent that she wanted him to…

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Letters from Santa

This year is quite a special Christmas for us, because it’s Lia’s first Christmas, and it’s the first time that Libby has been really interested in Christmas, Santa and what’s going to happen. Libby, in her usual manner, is blissfully unaware that it’s only October. She has dug out her Christmas books and we are reading them on repeat. So when I was given the opportunity to review some letters from Santa, I reluctantly agreed. The Lapland Mailroom website gives you the opportunity to choose between different letters so that siblings don’t receive the same letter, and there is even…

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Doddle for Dogs Review and Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to review the Doddle for Dogs, a dog collar with an integrated lead. I thought this sounded quite convenient, so I said I’d give it a go. I decided to use it on Soxa, because being a Lurcher, Pluto can occasionally slip out of a collar so he tends to be better off with a slip lead. In recent years, Soxa has aged quite quickly. She is fourteen years old and has had two strokes, In dogs, a stroke is something to do with the ears, so I’m told. This has…

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Hello School!

Libby was only two in June, but already we are starting to get concerned about her going to school. Our local school isn’t a place that I’d like to send her to, and getting into a different one is going to be difficult and may involve a house move. We will need to apply next year, and if we only get offered our local school I’ll home-school Libby until we manage to move to somewhere with a nice school. One of the best chances she’ll have of getting into a nice local school is if she goes to the nursery,…

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Making the cut – a knife review

I have been lucky enough to review a few products from Ozeri over the past few months and I am learning a lot about quality. All of the products I have reviewed have been of a much higher quality than anything I would have bought myself. That’s why I was so delighted when I was asked to review a knife set, the Elite Chef Black Ceramic 3-Piece Knife Set. As you can imagine, I was even more delighted when they arrived and they were THIS shiny!  The knives and the blades are black, and yet they are shiny enough to…

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Treasure in the post

Libby and I have reviewed a few Zoe and Beans books in the past and we are always delighted to received our books to review. Today though, receiving a Zoe and Beans book in the post was more exciting than ever.  The latest Zoe and Beans Book by Chloe Inkpen and Mick Inkpen is called Zoe and Beans Pirate Treasure! To our delight, when we got home from our walk this morning, the book had arrived, along with some of our very own hidden treasure!  In the book Zoe, Beans and Oscar have an adventure on the beach. Right at…

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Learning my lesson in the kitchen

This blog post is a review of the Stainless Steel Earth Pan by Ozeri. But before I start, a confession and a bit of background. Confession: I have been an idiot all of my adult life. Fact. Background: As a child, I never really learnt to cook. That meant that my culinary skills developed at university, where I bought the most basic pots and pans and started to learn the basics of survival cookery. When I bought my own home, I didn’t have the money to buy furniture, let alone pots and pans and even now, I still have some of the…

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