If you just looked in the shops it would sometimes seem that Mothers Day has to be something stupidly expensive, of course, not that most young kids are likely to pay for anything (kinder eggs being slightly higher on the pocket money desirable list round here) but that still means that someone has to pay. As a mum I know that the best gifts aren’t always that are the most expensive, but are instead the ones that make you smile, hug your kids and especially the ones where you can see your kids have done something just for you. With that in mind today I’m sharing our thoughts on the fabulous Mr Men My Mummy book and I’ve also got a little giveaway where you could win this book and two other Mr Men titles.
In the last 12 months I’ve moved house twice. It’s been, to put it politely, one of the most stressful things that I’ve done but as a family we’ve also known that it would be really worthwhile. Our first property was a flat in Southend – when we first viewed it the estate agent refused to even walk in as the smell was so bad and the carpets were all wet. I’m far from an architect or one of those people you see on Grand Designs but the work we did on it allowed us to sell it at a much higher price – in fact we had a open day for viewings and sold it that very day. We’re now renovating a Grade II listed property in Cornwall and hope that the money and time we invest in it will increase it’s value too. Saga asked me if I would share what I’ve learnt (and what I’m still learning!) as part of their #SagaHomeImprovements campaign so this is some of the things that we’ve done to add value to our home.
It’s fair to say that Easter is quite popular around our house, I know this to be true because last night my three year old refused to sleep for two hours because she was soooooo excited and when could she have her Easter egg hunt? Needless to say I’ve been questioning celebrating Easter this weekend instead! I do genuinely enjoy Easter though and I enjoy having something to look forward too as much as the kids do, I do get a slight panic though when I get asked to do something on a theme straight away though so this is the most recent of my free printable lists of activities so that you can print this out and pop it onto your fridge ready to give you some inspiration when you need some fun Easter activities for kids.
As a blogger there are times when I think about what I’m doing and I can imagine my parent’s rolling their eyes, and sometimes there are times when I want to give them a quick call because I know they’ll be impressed. When John Lewis asked me if I’d like to share what I’d include in a Mother’s Day hamper I knew my mum would be impressed because, well, one of the things that she appears to have passed down through her genetics is a shared love for John Lewis and all its general loveliness. As well as shopping there we’ve shared lunch in their restaurants many a time, my mum’s a vegetarian and it’s always been fun trying to find somewhere that offers something more interesting than a cheese sandwich but John Lewis could always be relied upon.
Over the last couple of weeks my daughter has suddenly become really interested in learning numbers, both counting and recognising the numbers written down. It’s made the school and nursery run a bit more interesting because she likes to yell out any numbers she recognises on the back of busses when we’re stuck in traffic! This number recognition game is super simple but there’s a couple of ways I’ll suggest to change it up too so that you could use it with older kids or use it for learning to count.