Monthly Archives: September 2016


Tips for engaging reluctant readers 6

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 7

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.


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

A Mums view of Citroën C4 Picasso 10

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?

A Mums view of the Citroën C4 PicassoA Mums view of the Citroën C4 Picasso

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. teens and adults including simple sewing. Felt is such a flexible craft material.

101 Ideas for using Felt Scraps