27 Feb 2015

Jewellery for Mother's Day

Now I may not be a material girl like Madonna (though I may have taken the occasional tumble in full public view more than once), and I may not think that diamonds are a girl's best friend. But there is no denying the fact that, like a good few females of my species, I too like the occasional sparkle and bling. Whether it is a tiny trinket or a stunning show-stopper, I am not averse to the charm of the gild and the gold.

Mother's Day is just round the corner. And what better than a beautiful piece of jewellery to say, "I love you loads," to the one woman in the world who will always love you no matter what.

So if you are looking to get your Mum a little something without trying to break the bank (I bet you, she would not appreciate anything that daft), take a look at what netvouchercodes.co.uk have to offer. They have some fantastic deals on jewellery from H Samuel, The Jeweller.

25 Feb 2015

School Run Colours 25/02/15 - The Scarecrow

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He stood there, day after long day, braving the elements, fighting for his space.

He stood there, through wind and rain, snow and hail, light and dark, thinking of what lay ahead.

He stood there, searching for a hint of calm, the sunshine, the starry night under a cloudless sky.

He stood there, dreaming of the day, the time, the moment, when freedom would be his.

Freedom from the shackles that bound him to this earth. Freedom from the burden of responsibility that was his to bear. Alone.

He stood there, waiting for the mist to lift and the fog to clear, so he would see the world again. See it clearly, the way he always meant to.

He stood there waiting for the dawn to come. But reality stretched time into unblinking darkness.  

These are my School Run Colours for this week. If you are new to the School Run Colours linky, you can read all about it here, including how to link up.  

I am also linking up with Prose For Thought hosted by the lovely Victoria at Verily Victoria Vocalises and with The Prompt hosted by the wonderful Sara at Mum Turned Mom.

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24 Feb 2015

Make Your Own Calm-Down Jar

Parenting can be stressful at the best of times, but more so when you are in the grip of a crippling cold. It is extremely difficult to stay calm when your sinuses are bunged up, your head is ready to explode, and all you want is to curl up in bed with a hot drink and sleep. Instead, you are faced with a whining pre-schooler who is recuperating from a week of infections and antibiotics, and is demanding to be entertained. 

Enter the Calm-Down Jar, ridiculously easy to put together and effective in calming down raging tempers no matter what your age. By making our own Calm-Down Jar, I was killing two birds with one stone. It would give the child something to do and take his mind off the whinging. And it would restore some much-needed calm to the C-household. A win-win situation, if ever there was one.

Make Your Own Calm-Down Jar

18 Feb 2015

School Run Colours 18/02/15 - The Fever

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Fevered little head
Laboured heaving chest
Heavy eyes search
A calm moment of rest.

Little hands cling
Grasp me in earnest
Nightmares cry out loud
Long nights of unrest.

Flailing limbs find
 Solace around my waist
Sweet child of mine
Clasped to my breast.

Frail bud wilting
Regain your zest
Push through bracken
Thrive, stay blessed.


These are my School Run Colours for this week. The photograph was taken on the school run last week. The words were penned today, as I sat cuddling my little son, wishing him out of his fever and back to his usual chirpy self.

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I am linking up with Prose For Thought hosted by the lovely Victoria at Verily Victoria Vocalises and with My Sunday Photo hosted by Darren from One Dad 3 Girls.

16 Feb 2015

Pineapple Chow Made Easy

My first introduction to pineapple chow was at a barbecue hosted by a couple of lovely friends from Trinidad a few years ago. I was so taken by this exotic version of eating pineapple, so full of flavour and yet so simple to make, that I decided it was going to be my go-to pineapple recipe forevermore.

13 Feb 2015

Little Tiger Press Pop-Up Fun Books: a Review

Little Tiger Press does an imprint for their younger readers called Caterpillar Books. These books are great for little ones to develop a love of reading and learn through play.

February saw the launch of two brand new titles in this category as part of the Little Snappers series. We were sent a copy each of these two lift-the-flap board books titled Cheep Cheep Pop-Up Fun and Snip Snap Pop-Up Fun to read and review.

Little Tiger Press Pop-Up Fun Books

11 Feb 2015

School Run Colours 11/02/15 - Treasure

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Pretty florets hung in a row
Dainty pearls strung on a bough
Laden treasure, drooping low
Golden orbs all aglow.


Yellow heads bobbing in the light
Tender buds shimmering bright
Twinkling specks on a starry night
In winter's gloom, a brief respite.


These are my School Run Colours for this week. If you are new to the School Run Colours linky, you can read all about it here, including how to link up.  

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10 Feb 2015

On the High Seas at The IWM North

The Imperial War Museum North is gearing up for February half-term and we were lucky to be invited to take a sneak peak at what's being planned. The theme is life on the high seas, so families will get the chance to explore the past 100 years at sea through storytelling, craft activities and displays in the museum.

Our day started with a story session. We were sat under the Harrier in the main hall, and while we were waiting, I happened to glance up. Above me sprawled the belly of the Harrier. Not a view you normally go for when admiring this mean machine. That's what I love about visiting museums. You could visit every day and still discover something new each time.

Under the Harrier at the IWM North

6 Feb 2015

Children's Birthdays - Stop Making A Big Deal!


What is it with children and birthdays these days? There seems to be more politics surrounding children's birthday parties at the moment than the whole of Westminster and Capitol Hill put together.

Whatever happened to simple, fun birthdays where Mum baked a cake that looked like a volcano had erupted over it. Friends marched in with giant plastic clutter tucked under their arms, left clutching smaller junk, and still had huge grins stuck on their faces.

The amount of newsprint devoted these days to the fracas over some kid's seventh birthday bash seems enough to rewrite the complete works of Shakespeare.

4 Feb 2015

School Run Colours 4/02/15 - Winter


Winter

An ice maiden, a snow queen
The queen of flowers, glistening 

Crystals shimmer, sparkle bright 
In the harsh gaze of winter's light

A frail head wears the crown 
Encrusted jewels abound 

A radiant beauty, bedecked
Till it all drips away and melts.

Unburdened, ready to blossom
Biding time to unshackled freedom.

These are my School Run Colours for this week. If you are new to the School Run Colours linky, you can read all about it here, including how to link up. 

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1 Feb 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Love it or loathe it, but February would not be the same without Valentine's Day. Perhaps it is the post-Christmas blues in January that need some tender loving care. Perhaps it is the gradually lengthening days signalling the imminent arrival of spring that set the tone. Whatever your outlook, Valentine's Day in the middle of February is very aptly placed as a celebration of love.

Don't get me wrong. I am not going soppy. Just that I am all for ardent displays of affection and amorous overtures no matter what the day. If I had my way, every day would be Valentine's Day!

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