Book recommendations for primary school children September 2019

This month, the girls and I are continuing on our search for engaging books for primary school children. A summer of bedtime stories has finally got us through Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Without pausing for breath we’ve moved straight on to The Goblet of Fire. Aside from that, we’ve been looking for books they enjoy reading themselves to keep up their reading ability during the holidays. Plus, audio books have helped us out on long car journeys. We’ve found some really gorgeous, engaging books this month that I’m happy to recommend. As always, please do let me…

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Thursday photo #278

Just like that, the summer holidays are over. The children are back to school, the leaves on my favourite wall are turning red and there’s a distinct chill in the air. We’ve had a brilliant summer, making the most of every moment the girls were off school. Perhaps that’s why we’re all so ready for them to go back. Craving routine, time apart and a rest from all the chaos. New glasses For several years, Libby has been desperate for a certain style of glasses. Most of her friends wear the larger, chunkier frames that are fashionable at the moment.…

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A September resolution about priorities

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I’ve always been terrible at them. By 1st January, I always have a bit of a food hangover from Christmas. It’s usually so long since I’ve exercised that I’ve lost my trainers, so resolutions almost always revolve around losing weight. In September though, making a resolution to last me until the end of the year seems a lot more reasonable. So this September, I’ve decided to make a resolution to prioritise better. The to-do list Like most freelancers, work is always at the top of my to-do list. Of course, it sits alongside the…

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Best West Midlands Christmas days out 2019

Christmas days out in the West Midlands sell out fast! This is a comprehensive list of places to see Santa as well as other festive events. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any brilliant events off the list, I’d be happy to add them in. Advance booking essential at all attractions unless otherwise stated. If you’re looking for a Christmas event in a particular part of the West Midlands, click the county below to jump to that section. For more days out around the area at any time of year, check out my list of things to do in…

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Longleat Safari Park review: a family day out

Longleat Safari park is in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. A spectacular Elizabethan mansion and 900 acres of Capability Brown landscape would be worth a visit on their own. Now, throw in drive-through animal enclosures. Add a maze, boat ride and numerous other attractions and you’ve got a rather brilliant recipe for a family day out. We headed over to the park last week to see what it’s like. About Longleat Longleat Safari Park opened to the public in 1966 as a drive-through lion reserve. The first safari park of its kind outside of Africa. The house and estate…

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Win a family ticket for BRICKLIVE Birmingham 2019

This October half term, the NEC in Birmingham will host BRICKLIVE, the largest LEGO® exhibition in the UK. Visitors will have access to more than 10 million bricks to make their own creations. Experts are on hand with master classes, on-stage challenges and other unique experiences. This year for the first time ever, fans can join Chase, Marshall, Skye and the gang in a brand new, interactive PAW Patrol zone. Here, they’ll find brick-built statues of their favourite characters for selfie opportunities and much more. BRICKLIVE is a dream come true for LEGO® fans and you can win a family…

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Thursday photo #277

We’re into the home straight, the last full week of the school holidays. It has been brilliant. Chaotic, exciting, eventful and fun. Now though, I join the clamour of parents across the UK who are ready to get back to routine. I’m ready to have time to get my work done rather than fitting it in to the few minutes I have available. I’m ready for exercise, eating better and having time to myself. I’ll wave the summer a fond farewell and look forward to the autumn. Festival fun (tickets gifted) We spent the weekend at the Sunshine Festival which…

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