Disney Animal World books and playset

This is a collaborative post.  Over the past few weeks, Libby’s reading has come on in leaps and bounds. Not least because she’s finally managing to read things she finds interesting. In fact, we’ve been reviewing the Disney Animal World books and they’re so engaging that even I’m learning something. Disney Animal World Books I was surprised how impressed I was with the Disney Animal World books. Because they’re Disney, I expected them to be more like a comic book with a cartoon format. I thought they would be based purely on favourite stories, rather than anything informative. In fact,…

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Thursday photo #208

Isn’t it nice to get to a point with work where you’re busy doing things you want to do? I’ve had a bit of downtime this week from my freelance work. I need things from both of my clients before I can move on. Usually, I’d take the time to focus on the blog and social media. But this week, I’ve taken a break from it all. I’ve exercised, been to the theatre to see the Little Mermaid with the girls, and had a couple of nights out. Perfect. Gratitude I’m very aware that the girls are incredibly lucky. They get…

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Little Mermaid – the circus sensation at Malvern Theatres

Last night, we all headed to one of our favourite local places, Malvern Theatres. The new Metta Theatre production of the Little Mermaid is an incredible, awe-inspiring take on the Hans Christian Andersen Story. It’s only 70 minutes long with no interval and a tiny cast. We were all utterly spellbound throughout. The Little Mermaid – the story The original Hans Christian Andersen story has been adapted in various ways over the years. The Metta show has its own twist in the tale. It follows the Little Mermaid, her Seahorse friend and all her sisters. On the Little Mermaid’s 16th…

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Jewellery to connect people from Kestia

Occasionally a brand comes along that is a little bit different from the norm. I don’t often wear jewellery, but Kestia is a game changer. You see, it’s not just about beautiful pieces that look good. One of the founders is a psychologist and this heavily influenced the brand and the designs. Because Kestia jewellery is all about connecting people. Taking time out of your busy life to show loved ones that you’re thinking of them, with a gift that brings you closer. The loss collection – “I will never forget you” keyring If you’re a regular reader of the…

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Thursday photo #207

After a couple of difficult weeks, this has been quite a good one. We’ve settled back into the school routine, the sun has been shining and it was my husband’s birthday. This of course means cake, and every good week needs cake. Exploring Herefordshire We live very close to the border between Worcestershire and Herefordshire. And I’m not sure why really, but we never spend a great deal of time in Herefordshire. So at the weekend, we headed that way for a day out. We had an amazing day at Goodrich Castle, then went to Hereford cathedral to see the…

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A dog friendly family day out at Goodrich Castle

Goodrich Castle in Herefordshire is widely accepted to be one of the most well preserved medieval castles in England. Located less than half an hour drive from the centre of Hereford, Goodrich Castle boasts views over spectacular countryside. It strikes the perfect balance between informative and authentic and better still, it’s perfect for both dogs and children. Getting there and getting in Goodrich Castle is an English Heritage property. I’m proud to be an ambassador for Wiki Places for Kids this year, and they’ve kindly provided us with an English Heritage membership. I’m not sure why we never invested in this…

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When gender stereotyping costs businesses money

Gender stereotyping. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue. Boys play with trains, girls play with dolls. Women are nurses and men are doctors. Males are strong, females are weak. Females show emotions, a real man never cries. It’s wrong, all of it. And as a society, I hope we are working on it. But it goes further than that and on an everyday level, businesses are losing money because of their attitudes. The bike incident My husband works in a small city and on his lunch break, he sometimes has a look around the shops. I’m not one for buying…

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