Making Memories with Wind in the Willows

making memories, reading with Wind in the willows

 

I’m still playing catch up with Blogtober17, hopefully that will be sorted today. Today, or yesterdays topic was ‘Novel’. As with most of the topics I have tried to keep them in balance with the type of content I would normally publish on my blog. So today I have asked Chris if he would like to write a small piece for this topic, to which he happily obliged. I asked Chris because he has such fond memories of reading with his mum when he was small. The Wind in the Willows has an extra special place in his heart and he has begun creating new memories of Wind in the Willows with Finlay.

So, here it is. Enjoy…

 

making memories, reading with Wind in the willows

 

If the qutote above sounds familiar, you are probably lucky enough to be one of the last generations to have enjoyed an almost technology-free childhood, before the “International Super Highway”, touch screen tablets and smart phones became honorary members of our family units – So rudely uninvited, in retrospect.… Read More

11 Not so Scary Halloween Films for Kids!

A few days ago I suggested 11 Horror Comedies for those who have a more faint disposition. Today the focus is on Children and the Not so Scary Halloween Films for Kids. Finlay loves to take part anything that’s going on and Halloween is no exception. To be honest, I think Horror is in his blood, Chris loves it and always did as a child. Finlay seems to be the same, nothing really scares him. However, don’t think I let him watch any old horror, there are boundaries as much as he pleads. So today I bring you 11 Not so Scary Halloween Films for Kids!

 

Not so Scary Halloween Films for Kids

 

11 Not so Scary Halloween Films for Kids!

 

Coraline (2009)

A young girl, finds a secret door while exploring her new home. She finds in there an alternate world that closely mirrors her own. In this idealised reality things are great until the paralle family try to keep her there forever.… Read More

9 Baby Products I Love For Little Girls!

9 of the best baby products for girls

 

Still a day behind with Blogtober17, I was hoping to get back on track this evening but Finlay has gone down with the puking bug from hell. Our house stinks, in fact I’m pretty sure everything stinks. We have been through two bed covers, one bath and one shower in the space of a few hours. Poor sausage!

Anyway, to lighten the mood and rid the stink, lets talk above love. The topic for Blogtober Day 12. There’s loads of things I could talk about here, but I have seen so many adorable baby items recently. I just had to share some of the most recent baby items I am loving right now!

 

9 Baby products for little girls

 

1.Next, Turquoise Jersey Dress, £8 – £9

I spotted this dress just after I went into the next sale last month. Actually I brought a unicorn one for a bargain £4 in the sale.… Read More

Mum’s Recommended: 5 of the Best Toy Kitchens

 

Mum's Recommended 5 of the best toy kitchens

 

Running late with this one! Here I have Blogtober17 day 11, which was yesterdays, oops! The topic is Kitchens!

My spin on todays topic is all about role play, toy Kitchens to be precise! I always wanted a toy kitchen when I was little, I never got one! So I knew I wanted to get one for my child. Even though Fins a boy, I didn’t want him to miss out on such a great toy just because he wasn’t the right gender. Luckily, when I began shopping for a kitchen for him, manufacturers had recognised this. As a result a lot more gender neutral designs were on offer. However, it was a minefield. So many to choose from. So I decided to do a round up of some of the best lovedtoy kitchens with the help from a few of my blogging buddies!

 

 

Mum's recommended 5 of the best toy kitchens

 

1.George Home Delux Kitchen, £40.00

This is actually the kitchen we own.… Read More

Today I am….7 Months old!

baby development milestones 7 months old 28 weeks

 

It’s October! Somehow, even though I am heavily involved in Blogtober17 and Blogoween, I am relatively on time with this one bar a few days. The only reason it’s slightly late is that when Emmeline turned 7 months on the 06th October it was in the middle of weigh in days. So I opted to go to the one after, which was today, rather than the one before. It does seem like it was only yesterday I posted Emmeline’s 6 month update. However, I was a few weeks late with that one! Well, this month has been a bit different to the normal. Find out below in Emmeline’s Today I am 7 Months old!

 

Weight: 15 lb 2.5 Oz

 

Weigh in has confirmed Emmeline is still a little one. She hasn’t moved up or down the percentiles but is nicely following the 13th percentile. I do worry because she is small.… Read More

11 Horror Comedy Movies: Halloween fun for the Fainthearted

11 Horror comedy Movies for Halloween

 

Halloween is the perfect time to sit back and scare yourself half to death with a good old Horror Movie. However, not everybody likes to be scared. Not everyone enjoys a Horror Movie. Then what do you do? Miss out? Because Horror is pretty much everywhere for the next few weeks. Lucky for you, there is the Horror Com Genre of film. Basically, it’s what it says on the packet, Comedy Horrors! These films take all the best bit’s of Horrors but instead of trying to scare the poop out of you, they swap the screams for laughs. I thought this fitted in nicely with Blogtober17 Day 10 – Jokes. It’s also not a completely obscure post as it sits nicely within my Blogoween Halloween Series too!

 

So today I bring you 11 of the best Horror Com movies for the more fainthearted Halloween fan:

 

11 Horror Comedy movies for Halloween

 

 

Hocus Pocus, (1993)

A trio of Witch’s are resurrected on Halloween Night and its down to two teenagers a young girl and an imortal cat to save the day!… Read More

Easy Halloween Freakshakes | 3 Frightful Recipes!

Freakshakes have quickly become a huge craze lately. If you haven’t heard of them and are wondering what on earth I am going on about, here’s the lowdown. Freakshakes are mega milkshakes. Full of ice cream, chocolate, biscuits, cakes, cream. A mash up of a drink and dessert. Although horrendously naughty, they are somewhat awesome! I have created 3 of my very own Easy Halloween Freakshakes just for you. We have Witches Brew, Frankenstein’s Monster and Zombie Brains!

 

Easy Halloween Freakshakes

 

3 Frightfully Easy Halloween Freakshakes

 

Easy Halloween Freakshakes

 

  • Milk
  • Ice cream
  • Purple food colouring
  • Squirty Cream
  • A jazzy biscuite bar
  • Jelly snakes
  • Orange and Green Midget Gems
  • Rice Malt Syrup
  • Green food Colouring
  • Orange and white straw

 

Method: Stir your Purple food colouring into your milk and set aside. Mix green food colouring into the rice malt syrup. Next spoon the syrup over the rim of the jar. Let it ooze down both inside and outside of the jar.… Read More

The Holiday of a Lifetime: Living St. Lucia!

The Holiday of a lifetime, Living St Lucia

 

Today is Blogtober day 8 and we have a topic of holidays. I would say this post can loosely be classed as a holiday, technically I was working and studying. In fact perhaps I am even clutching at straws because I was in St. Lucia for so long that I often class myself as having lived there!

 

However, this was a great time in my life and rarely get the chance to talk about it on my blog. So today I am going to be taking you back to 2008 when I was studying for my MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. I was given the fantastic opportunity to join Durrell and do my research thesis on an endangered population of whiptail Lizards from St. Lucia, which meant spending almost 5 months in the Caribbean! Lucky for me it wasn’t all work and no play and I got to spend many a day exploring this amazing part of the world.… Read More

7 Fundraising Tips and Ideas | How I raised £2500 in 90 days!

I’m sure there will be times in everyone’s life when we need money fast. Maybe for a new car or Holiday. Maybe like me, you need to pay for Medical treatment that isn’t available on the NHS. I set out to raise £2500 in 90 days and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would do it all again in heartbeat if I had to. It may seem small and insignificant to some, but for me it was everything. Here are my top fundraising tips and ideas to help you succeed in reaching your target!

 

Fundraising tips and ideas

 

Finlay was born with severe Plagiocephaly and form of flat head syndrome. His head was a rhombus shape, his skull plates were all crossed which resulted in his facial features being pushed out of alignment. This is a brief overview, but you can read in more depth here and here.… Read More

9 perfect Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets!

9 Must have Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets

 

Today is Day 6 of Blogtober and the topic is Flowers. I have decided to combine this with today’s Blogoween post. So I will be bringing you 7 must have Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets. As beautiful as they are, they are not quite Halloween enough for my liking. So for those like me who might want to add a bit more spooky fun to their flowers, I also bring you some must have Halloween Bouquet Accessories!

 

9 Perfect Autumnal Bouquets for Halloween.

 

1. Bunches.co.uk: Autumn Freesias and Roses Bouquet, £24.99

2. OK Boutique: Premium Black ‘Baccara’ Long Stem Roses, from £45.00

3. Bloom and Wild: The Marguerite, £40.00

4. Clare Florist: Fresh Tiger Lilies, £34.99

5. EFlorist: Ginger Fizz, from £39.95

6. Interflora: Glorius Shades Hand Tied, From £35.00

7. Interflora: Charmin Pumpkin Ceramic, £38.00

8. M&S: Autumn Bouquet of the Season Classic, £30.00

9. Flying Flowers: Amber Allure, £25.99

 

If you do a quick search on the internet, there are some amazing Halloween themed Florist sprays and picks, but unfortunately, these are mostly American.… Read More