Children’s book review: The Great Cat-Nap

It is a sad reflection on the seriousness of second child syndrome in our house. For several months, our long-suffering youngest has been listening to bedtime stories aimed at much older children. In fact, the recommendation is that they’re for children age six plus – she’s three. So, it was time to redress the balance with an adorable new book for little ones. And it’s one she can wholeheartedly relate to. The Saccone Jolys and the Great Cat-Nap The Saccone Joly family consists of mum and dad, three children and six dogs. The girls giggled at the children’s activities that…

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The Snail and the Whale at the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

“This is the tale of a tiny snail and a great big, grey-blue humpback whale.” This is the tale of two little girls who love reading of snails who travel the world. The Snail and the Whale We’ve always been fans of the National Sea Life Centre and were ambassadors for them in 2016. You can read one of our reviews here. And when we heard that they had a Snail and the Whale trail there this half term, we had to visit. If you haven’t heard of The Snail and the Whale, it’s a fantastic children’s book by Julia Donaldson and…

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The rabbit who wants to fall asleep: Win!

Bedtime in our house is chaos. It’s everything the experts say it shouldn’t be. The girls have a nice, sedate story downstairs with their dad while I’m working. Then they both come bombing up the stairs giggling and it’s all down hill from there. Luckily, Libby is somewhat of a pro when it comes to sleeping. She started to sleep through the night at 8 weeks old and however chaotic bedtime is, she’s usually asleep within a couple of minutes of her head hitting the pillow. Lia is a different kettle of fish. Until she was 7 months old, she…

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Back to books

It is quite a well-known fact that Libby and Lia’s love of watching nursery rhymes on the computer drives me bonkers.  I don’t know whether it’s the fact that they’re so obsessed with them, the tantrums they throw when I stop them watching or whether quite frankly it’s just the fact that they’re so flipping annoying. Either way, I’m always looking for distractions that they prefer instead of being in front of the screen.  Libby loves to play doctors and is usually quite happy to play on her own with a teddy bear.  Both girls enjoy play dough so that’s…

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New books for the summer

I wrote a blog post recently about filling our days during the summer holidays. The fact that the children are not in school doesn’t mean that there’s no disruption to their routine. We’ve managed to keep busy, going out every morning to spend some time outside somewhere and wear the girls out for their afternoon nap. But I don’t like wasting the time that we do spend at home, and one of the best ways to pass the time is with some exciting books. Here are the brilliant new releases from MacMillan Books that we are enjoying this summer. 1. Bear and…

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Bedtime stories on the decking

This evening, Libby asked if we could eat dinner outside. It was such a lovely evening that I couldn’t possibly refuse.  And having spent a large proportion of the day outside, it seemed a shame to waste the last part of it and head straight back in afterwards.  So we spent some time outside with some new books.  Libby has recently started to really understand and follow stories. Which is a relief in many ways because it makes her more inclined to listen, but we do now tend to get stuck on the favourite book on repeat.  New books are…

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The best birthday present ever!

This morning, we headed to the singing group at the library that the girls go to. By the time we’d finished that and picked up a bit of shopping before heading home, our postman had been and gone.  I have to say, our postman is excellent. He never just takes our package back to the post office, he always leaves it somewhere safe or with a neighbour and today was no exception.  I wasn’t expecting a package, so I was a little confused when Libby started scrabbling around under our trailer tent when we got home. I was even more…

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