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We’ve spent the past few days doing two pretty random things: finding non-musical objects to make music with and singing “Do a little poo in the forest” to each other. We’ll have to blame the gigs we’ve taken in at Hoo Haa! Festival at Colston Hall in Bristol last week. The first I’ll explain in a minute but the second definitely requires music video explanation. Do show your kiddies this. They’ll love it – and so will you if you’re into toilet humour. On Friday we had Laurence’s brother with

So, thankfully Laurence has been working in Bath for the past couple of weeks, which means he’s been home in the evenings rather than just on the weekends. Unfortunately, we seem to have got into bad habits and now don’t want to watch things together. We made a film attempt with 22 Jump Street but I don’t think either of us were really in the mood for it. Actually, I don’t think I’ll ever be in the mood for it. Sorry if it’s your thing. As soon as it was

Talitha, Ophelia and I had great fun trying out Diddi Dance pre-school dance classes recently, along with Diddi Dance CDs which allow you to continue the fun at home. In fact, the CDs have pretty much become our daily soundtrack, with the three of us throwing shapes in the kitchen. Even Laurence has had a Diddi Dance-a-thon with the girls. I got Talitha a simple CD player for her to operate herself and gave her my old CD case since I don’t really listen to CDs much anymore whilst she’s

The other day my brother asked if he could be the one to introduce Talitha to superheroes. We spent many a Saturday morning watching Batman and, though he was far more into the comic book thing than I (his copies are probably still kept in plastic), DC characters are a big part of our shared childhood. I know there’s a saying that no child remembers the days the spent watching TV but, actually, those were some really good times for us! And he now works in video editing so maybe

I mentioned last week that Laurence is working in London so I’m flying solo during the week. It’s definitely been tougher than I expected – a lot of adjusting, a lot of facing things in myself that I need to work on and a lot for the kids to cope with. BUT…I get to watch whatever I want to watch on TV. There is, my friends, a bright side to everything. I’ve also just been invited to join the Netflix stream team. They’re giving me a subscription and some other

A few days ago, while Talitha and I were making supper, she suddenly said: “Mummy, we need to save the rhinos! People are trying to kill them because they want their horns and that is very bad.” I was surprised, to say the least. “Where did you hear about that?” I asked. She sighed with all the exasperation an almost four-year-old can muster. “It was in the iPad game we were playing the other day.” The “game” she was talking about was the iPad edition of National Geographic Kids UK

In the absence of laptops, we’d been thinking for a while that it might be useful to get another portable device. Laurence sometimes takes the iPad for work and I like to sit on the sofa and get a bit of writing in if Talitha is watching TV in the afternoon and Ophelia is napping. We also quickly watch little videos on a device together, especially when we’re trying to find the answer to something. Talitha has a few educational games she likes to play and while she’s pretty good

This weekend we ticked another one off our summer bucket list by going to see Alice in Wonderland at the Wild Place. It was a great setting for it because we got to walk around and see some of the animals before setting up our picnic supper for the play. It was the fourth play Talitha’s been to see and it’s just happened that my mother-in-law has either taken her or joined us each time. I have positive associations with my grandmother and trips to the theatre. I wonder if

Talitha and I have been loving watching Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat. It’s a series of ten short episodes of the well-loved British animation from the creators of Wallace and Gromit. It’s only just been released on DVD on July 21st. Ophelia’s been enjoying watching us, probably curious about her three-year-old sister’s full-throated laughter. Shaun definitely hits a note with Talitha’s sense of humour. There’s lots for me as an adult to appreciate. The detail that’s gone into this claymation surprises and delights, as usual. It’s definitely pitched at a

I first heard about Reading Eggs when I was stalking home education blogs for reading resources, more out of curiosity than anything else. Talitha was two-and-a-bit at the time and I felt a little weird about teaching her to read but she was clearly interested and it seemed counter intuitive to ignore and redirect that desire. I wasn’t sure about using a computer game series, though, which Reading Eggs is. We’ve always agreed that we’d like her to have a low-media life in the majority so she could spend these

In association with Sainsbury’s It’s barely mid-December and I’ve heard so many talk about feeling overwhelmed by Christmas already. At times, I’ve felt it too. So, it’s with interest that I’ve welcomed this post from Sainsbury’s about taking it all back to values. It’s easy in the hustle and bustle of the modern world to forget about the true meaning behind important dates in our lives. Nowhere is this truer than at Christmas when the pressures that we face to make everything perfect for the whole family can sometimes obscure

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