Selfie Saturday

I’m just starting to get into Instagram, and as a result we have all been doing our best to master the art of the selfie. As you can imagine, with a baby, a toddler, a dog and a cat learning to take selfies with me, we’ve had some classics. Here are a few of my favourites.  I hope you’re having a great weekend, we’d be delighted if you’d join us over on Instagram, I’m looking forward to finding new people to follow. 

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Children’s books, old and new

In my recent post about what to buy a baby bookwork for Christmas, I mentioned how much we all love the Julia Donaldson books, in particular the Snail and the Whale. Well, as luck would have it, Julia Donaldson is celebrating an anniversary. She has been writing books with Axel Scheffler (with whom she wrote the Gruffalo) for over 20 years. And ten years ago, they wrote Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book. This is a book about a boy called Charlie Cook, who is reading a book about a pirate, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, and so on. But…

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Our Thursday Photo #32

Poor Lia is completely exhausted. She is 7 months old now and she has carried a great weight on her shoulders since the day she was born. She has, with almost no assistance, carried the burden of making sure that I don’t get more than four hours sleep at a time. Well, as you can imagine, seven months of that can take its toll on anyone.  So last night, Lia just couldn’t cope with the responsibility any more. We have moved her into a bedroom with Libby this week and both of them have coped admirably, but it is clearly tiring work because last…

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Teaching kindness

Every day the media bombards us with the bad side of humanity. Terrorism, murder, rape, child abuse, cruelty to animals. The list goes on. Among all the bad news though, there is often a little reminder that most of us are naturally kind. Good news stories at the end of the local news, awards for unsung heroes, news bites on certain websites. Hashtags that take the world by storm, particularly following terrible events. The #illRideWithYou hashtag that has been trending over the past few days is a great example. On Monday, I took Libby to a singing group that we…

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Waiting for you

Mum lets play trains or read a book, I’ve got new crayons, have a look. I see you’re busy, you’ve things to do, I’ll sit right here and wait for you. Let’s play ball or take a walk, I’ll run around and you can talk. You’re going out, you’ve things to do, I’ll stay at home and wait for you. Daughter dear you have moved on, My house is lonely since you’ve gone. I’m keeping busy as you do, But really I just wait for you. My darling grandkids have you time, To come around and check I’m fine? I…

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Baby bookworm’s Christmas gift guide

The quandary I have faced this Christmas is perhaps somewhat unusual for the mother of a toddler. You see, all Libby wants for Christmas is a book. This is what she wrote in her letter to Santa, and she has insisted that she wants a book ever since. She is also certain that Lia wants a book from Santa too. Luckily, Santa wrote back and said that he would be happy to oblige, but I wanted to put  a little more thought into it rather than just buying books, so here is my Christmas gift guide for the baby bookworm.  1.…

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#AdoptDontShop

If you are on twitter or indeed any other social media network, you will have heard of the #AdoptDontShop hashtag. I think most people are aware that this refers to the ideal of adopting a shelter animal rather than buying a puppy. The benefit to the dogs of doing so is threefold. Firstly, you won’t be supporting puppy farming. Secondly, you will be offering a loving home to an unwanted, abandoned pet. And thirdly, you will free up a rescue space for another dog that would otherwise have been put to sleep if a rescue space hadn’t become available. It…

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