Tips for engaging reluctant readers 1

Everyone wants their children to grow up with a love of books.  I know that I did and I have one bookworm, but I also have one reluctant reader.  Maxi is a capable reader, but he has never connected with books for whatever reason and it isn’t for lack of trying on my part!  The fact is that reluctant readers are often boys, but the lack of interest in reading books isn’t just a boy thing. So how do you engage reluctant readers?  I have teamed up with DisneyLife to bring you some tips for engaging reluctant readers.

Tips for engaging reluctant readers

Cook with your Grandkids

Cook with your Grandkids – #CookSomethingGrand 5

As you know I am passionate about cooking with kids and one of the things that make me sad is that my boys can not learn to cook and bake with my mum like I did, especially as this coming Sunday 2nd October is Grandparents Day.  But I am delighted to be working on this fab #CookSomethingGrand campaign about cooking with your grandkids.


Easing the Home to School Transition 17

Being at school can take some adapting to for children, especially after a holiday or for younger children who are just starting school.  So I am working with Highland Spring to bring you some small ideas and tips for things that you can do to help your children during this time which will make everyone’s the school transition so much happier.

Easing the Home to School Transition

Chicken Tikka Masala - Cooking with Kids

Chicken Tikka Masala – Cooking with Kids 3

This Chicken Tikka Masala was cooked by Mini aged ten from scratch and I can tell you it was absolutely delicious.  I am delighted to have teamed up with Uncle Ben’s to highlight their fantastic Ben’s Beginners cooking hub on the lead up to International Cook With Your Kids Day on 15th October 2016.


Design a Dream Pet – A simple drawing prompt 7

I find using a drawing prompt a great idea when sometimes children freeze when presented with a blank page. I love challenging the boys to draw their dream pet.  it is a great activity that uses their imagination and as it is a dream pet it doesn’t have to be real at all.  I recently looked after my best friends five year old and decided to challenge him to draw his dream pet.

Design a Dream Pet

Teksta Robotic Puppy 5.0 Review

Teksta Robotic Puppy 5.0 Review

My boys don’t often ask for toys, but have been interested in a Teksta Robotic Puppy for the last three years and due to poor reviews, I have managed to talk them out of it.  So when we were offered the new Teksta Robotic Puppy 5.00 to review I thought we would see what the fuss is all about and if they are worth the £59.99 that they cost.


Tasty Tuna Non Sandwich Lunchbox ideas 9

Over the last two years Mini has moved on to have packed lunches for school and as he isn’t really a sandwich person we have been working with Flora looking at non-sandwich lunchbox ideas.

Non Sandwich Lunchbox ideas

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A Mums view of Citroën C4 Picasso 9

Let’s talk cars.  Believe it or not I only actually learned to drive when pregnant with Mini who is ten.  Since then I have had three cars, each and every one of them French! I started off with a Peugeot 307 estate, then moved on to a Renault Grand Scenic and then downsized to a Citroën C3, which is five years old and called the snot rod. So what is it that Mum’s look for in a car?


Earn Money doing Surveys with Opinion Outpost 6

Can you earn money doing surveys?  Well, I have been putting it to the test by doing some with Opinion Outpost.  As a mum of two boys, I am always looking for ways to earn some extra cash and every penny counts and I have found Opinions Outpost to be a great way to earn money online.

Boost Your Income concept with young woman working on a laptop

101 Ideas for using Felt Scraps

101 Ideas for using Felt Scraps 8

If you are anything like me that you do not throw anything way and I have a box full of felt scraps.  Felt is such a beautiful material and perfect for making things with as it doesn’t fray.  After using some of our felt scraps to make our Kandinsky inspired trees I decided to come up with some other ideas for using scraps of felt.


Football – Getting Girls in the Game 9

I am delighted to be working with SSE in raising awareness of and increasing the opportunity for girls to get involved in football from a young age and am over the moon to be able to share with you this amazing video about football (soccer to my American readers) helping overcome life’s greatest challenges as part of SSE’s Dads and Daughters programme.

Football - Getting Girls in the Game

Yarn Wrapped Pumpkin Lanterns

Yarn Wrapped Pumpkin Lanterns 6

These yarn wrapped pumpkin lanterns are wonderfully hands-on and messy process art.  Not all children enjoy getting this hands-on, it is not something that Maxi my eldest enjoys, but Mini loves the whole sensory experience of making these.


Tips for finding moments of quiet in your day 7

Anyone that knows me will contest the fact that I am an introvert.  As much as I love my family and the noise and joy that brings, I need my solitude too and in a world of noise, be that digital and sensory sound it can be really hard to find moments of quiet in my day.

Tips for finding moments of quiet in your day

Are you saving enough for your child’s future?

Are you saving enough for your child’s future?

As parents, we always want to do what is best for our children, but the question of are you saving enough for your child is one that always leaves me in two minds.  I would love to be able to say that we are constantly saving for the boys, but at the moment, that isn’t strictly true.  


Back to School 2016 7

Back to school 2016, a bittersweet time for a lot of Mums.  My boys have had seven weeks off this summer and at the beginning of it, they were ready to kill each other.  In some ways, it has been the summer of bickering, but in others, it has been wonderful.

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Kids in the Kitchen with Ben's Beginner's

Kids in the Kitchen with Ben’s Beginner’s 9

I am a really big advocate of cooking with children and getting kids in the kitchen from an early age.  Some of my happiest memories are of helping my mum bake and cook, but more than just happy memories, she left me with the legacy of being pretty handy in the kitchen and this is something I am really keen to pass on to both my boys.


Kandinsky Inspired Tree made with Felt Scraps 10

We had so much fun making this Kandinsky inspired tree with some of the felt scraps that I have.  This is a super process art for working on scissor skills, especially as felt and circles can be tricky to cut.

Kandinsky Inspired Tree made with Felt Scraps