Did you know that In the Night Garden is celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year?  For the past 10 years, it has featured within the bedtime hour for many children – including my own.  A can still remember a colleague telling me about how her twins adored In The Night Garden and that I should introduce it to Roo.  From that first episode, she was hooked.  Awaiting for the CBeebies bedtime hour to come on each evening so that she could capture a glimpse of Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle, Makka Pakka and all their friends. … View Post

The Fizzle Trilogy – Shipley Manor Adventures

The Fizzle Trilogy – Shipley Manor Adventures

One of the objectives on Roo’s school report from the last term was for her to broaden her reading repertoire.  Whilst she is a confident reader, there are authors and genres that she turns to time and time again.  With this in mind, we have been browsing bookstores for different titles.  Earlier this month Roo received The Fizzle Trilogy by Tim Walker. Following the exploits of Polly and Tom as they seek to unravel the mystery of a special, seemingly magical water known as the Fizzle. Their action-packed adventures, set first in Shipley Manor – the ship-shaped country house in which Polly lives – then in the Caribbean and finally the Arctic, see them overcome a host of evil villains and deadly perils as they draw ever closer to meeting the Fizzle’s creator and discovering its true purpose.… View Post

Journey to the Night Garden this Christmas

Journey to the Night Garden this Christmas

Journey to the Night Garden this Christmas with this fantastic product range which inspires children’s imaginations and features the perfect Christmas treats for pre-schoolers and babies.

Roo, Tigger and now Piglet have all discovered and loved In The Night Garden over the past 10 years.  From the friendly characters, colourful activities and the fun adventures they enjoy together.  There is something about In The Night Garden that captures children’s hearts and minds.  … View Post

Christmas gift principles // Something to read

Christmas gift principles // Something to read

This year there is a big push on the four gift principles, something you want, something you need, something to wear and something to read.  Whilst this concept has been around for a number of years, I think we are all more aware of the financial burden that Christmas can be.  As well as the number of items we both gift and receive that are not necessary. With this in mind, I wanted to share with you the wonderful #giveabook campaign from Scholastic.… View Post

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

Earlier this year we were invited to the screening of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul.  Oh, how we giggled our way through the film.  I cannot remember when we last laughed that much.  Up until we had watched the film we were aware of the book series, however, hadn’t read any of them for ourselves.  Arriving home we ordered the first two books, with the remaining books soon following as we enjoyed them so much.… View Post

How to Throw the Ultimate Slumber Party

How to Throw the Ultimate Slumber Party

Roo is at the age where sleepovers are the highlight of her tween social calendar.  Whether she is heading off to stay at a friends house for the night or she is persuading me that hosting a sleepover at our house would be a great idea.  In the days where I would attend sleepovers, it was just a quick chat at the school gates between parents before heading home to your friends’ house.  Nowadays it is much more of an event, a social occasion if you will.  Planning, games, invites and goodie bags are a must-have for any great sleepover.… View Post

My Little Pony Movie Book Collection

My Little Pony Movie Book Collection

Hands up who owned the My Little Pony lunch box and matching flask when they were at school *I did, I did*.  I’m an 80’s child who was brought up with My Little Pony and can still remember to this day opening up the My Little Pony Nursery one Christmas morning – oh my, how I loved that playset.  So you can imagine my delight when Roo expressed an interest in My Little Pony a few years ago and has been something that Tigger and now Piglet have all picked up on.… View Post

Dragon’s Green: Worldquake Book One

Dragon’s Green: Worldquake Book One

Something that was picked up on Roo’s reading report from school last year was that she tended to select the same style of books.  So this year I have been on a mission to try to extend her bookshelves from the classic ‘girly’ books that she purchases with her pocket-money.  The Dragon’s Green: Worldquake book one was recently sent across to us and after reading the back of the book I have to admit that I was quite keen to read it too.… View Post

Make it Kids’ Craft: One-Sheet Sculpture: Amazing Creatures

Make it Kids’ Craft: One-Sheet Sculpture: Amazing Creatures

Colour and create 24 beautiful, three-dimensional animal-themed artworks! Use pens or pencils to colour in these stunning animal portraits, then lift the die-cut flaps to accentuate scales, feathers and more – creating wonderful works of art that can be removed from the book and proudly displayed. Complete with coloured sheets of paper you can lay beneath the pages to accentuate your 3D pictures.… View Post

Bath, Book, Bed with Goodnight Moon #GoodnightMoon70

Bath, Book, Bed with Goodnight Moon #GoodnightMoon70

There are stories that I can remember from my childhood that I’ve been excited about reading to my own children.  There is a list of classic stories that don’t ever seem to age and therefore are perfect to be introduced to the next generation.  One the classic reads Goodnight Moon is celebrating 70 years of being a bedtime companion.  I’m ashamed to admit that I had never read it until Mumsnet contacted me to see if I’d like to share the classic bedtime story with my children.… View Post

Isla Fisher Marge book collection

Isla Fisher Marge book collection

Tigger is now at the age where he is a confident reader.  Having always expressed an interest in books, following in his sister footsteps.  I often find them reading a book or a magazine together – which melts my heart.  So when it comes to adding new books to our bookshelves, I’m always looking for something that will appeal to both of them.  The new Isla Fisher Marge book collection is a trio of books that really stood out for me.… View Post

Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton {Book review}

Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton {Book review}

One of the things that I am grateful for with each of my children is their love of books.  From an early age, they have each expressed an interest and love for the stories that we share together.  With Roo forming an attachment to Commotion In The Ocean at the nursery.  So much so that they would attempt to hide it in the cupboard, however, she always managed to find it.  She is still a bookworm to this day, which is rubbing off onto Piglet as she loves to sit and listen to her older sister read to her.… View Post

Disney Pixar Cars 3 // The Essential Guide {Book Review}

Disney Pixar Cars 3 // The Essential Guide {Book Review}

The new Disney Pixar Cars 3 film has been noted on Tigger’s calendar for some time.  Needless to say, he was so excited to enjoy a special trip to the cinema to see the film ahead of the launch back in July.  As only he and myself have seen it, we have a few ‘in’ jokes about the film that we pass back and forth from time to time.  With the film watched his mind has turned to the toys and accessories that have been released.  As a lover of facts and information, the Disney Pixar Cars 3 The Essential Guide has been the perfect accompaniment for him.… View Post

Let A Love Of Reading Infect Your Family

Let A Love Of Reading Infect Your Family

Books are important for all of us. Even more so for our children. Through a love of reading, they’ll learn, develop empathy, and see the world through other’s eyes. Yet, if they fail to catch the reading bug in childhood, they’re less likely to find it when they’re older. That’s why you should do everything to get your kids reaching for the bookshelves.… View Post