Sunday, 17 June 2012

Pinterest Party 18


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Another week another Party, cheating a bit this week as I am just going to direct you straight to my board, - it's easier.
And today there could only be one theme!

What you do....
  1. Log in or set up an account on Pinterest.
  2. Then in the search bar type in the topic/theme for this week.
  3. This weeks theme is DADS.
  4. Browse through the pictures until you find ONE picture that you like the most.
  5. PIN IT onto your board (Pinterest Party- you may have to create one)
  6. Blog about your choice of picture. Making sure you follow the RULES.(The rules have changed - pleased make sure you link up!)
  7. Return here and add your PIN to the linky.
  8. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  9. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
So HERE is my picture.

Find it, pin it, share it!


Silent Sunday! Look what I found on the beach!

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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Silent Sunday!


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Pinterest Party 17

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The two bank holiday's this week have thrown me a bit. It should have been a week where we have done loads but apart from one trip to the beach, the weather has allowed very little.
And today we have yet more rain.
The boys are beginning to go wild.
So the theme for this week is boy related (if you want it to be!)

What you do....
  1. Log in or set up an account on Pinterest.
  2. Then in the search bar type in the topic/theme for this week.
  3. This weeks theme is BLUE.
  4. Browse through the pictures until you find ONE picture that you like the most.
  5. PIN IT onto your board (Pinterest Party- you may have to create one)
  6. Blog about your choice of picture. Making sure you follow the RULES.(The rules have changed - pleased make sure you link up!)
  7. Return here and add your PIN to the linky.
  8. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  9. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
And here is my picture.
Blue sea glass
from Pinterest. Original Source.

I love the colour of this and the smoothness of the glass - oh I am such a tactile girl!

So go and join in - find it, pin it, share it!

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

One for the Dad's - Book Reviews


Quirk Publishing recently asked if I would be interested in reviewing two books for them, which I said I would happily do. Both books are aimed at Dads and seemed very interesting.



The first one is a great little information book on everything a dad needs to know about having kids. It is called 'Every Stuff a Dad Should Know' and is by Brett Cohen.




The book is split into different chapters starting with 'Baby Stuff', and I love the fact that the first section in this chapter is 'How to start saving for College'. It also gives basic information on how to change a nappy, how to burp a baby, introducing solid food and much more. The book follows the child from birth up to meeting your future in-laws!

Some of my favourite bits are 'How to rid a bedroom of monsters, the truths about cats and dogs, and what to do when your child gets their first parking ticket!
It is a lovely little book. It measures approximately 6 inches by 4 inches and would fit into a pocket! It is not the kind of book that you would read from cover to cover but one that you would delve into as and when you needed it! It is the kind of book that would sit next to your bed and you would flick through before going to sleep. I like the fact that it is small and the pages are quite thick so it would last a long time. I actually think this book would be perfect for a present for a first time dad. Everyone buys the new baby and the mother a gift but many dads are forgotten and I think this would prove to be a thoughtful gift!

The second book they sent me was 'The Art of Roughhousing' by Anthony DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen.

 You may ask what is roughhousing, well in our house it's called Rough and Tumble. (ie throwing the kids around). I guess we take this for granted, it is something we have always done with our boys. Their favourite at the moment is for daddy to pick them up by their wrist and ankle and swing them around in a circle. Some people are cautious about doing these sort of things but in our house we believe as long as they are safe then this is a way of interacting, building confidence and having fun during physical, active, play!  Quirk Publishing say that "The Art of Roughhousing teaches parents how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more. Drawing from gymnastics, martial arts, ballet, traditional sports, and even animal behavior, the authors present fifty illustrated activities for children and parents to enjoy together – everything from the “Sumo Deadlift” to the “Rogue Dumbo.”
I guess seeing this book shocked me a bit, that there is a need for something like this to be written. A book that tells you what type of things you can do with your children and picture diagrams showing you how to do it!


But I guess there are many children out there who will never experience this type of interaction with their parents/caregivers.


The book is well laid out, and is again split into different sections. It starts off with basic play, things you probably do already without realising and then goes onto more difficult techniques, through sections on contact, flight, games, imagination and then 'extreme roughhousing'! Each activity has a difficulty rating and the age range of the child they are aimed at, along with some essential skills!
The book is very users friendly and gives you plenty of ideas to try out.
The boys have great fun doing this and at times we just need a bigger house, more space and more parents to swing them and throw them around!

Stuff Every Day Should Know is published by Quirk Publishing and retails at £4.63
The Art of Roughhousing is published by Quirk Publishing and retails at £7.01. Both are available from 
The Book Depository
http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/








Sunday, 3 June 2012

Pinterest Party 16

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Okay so another week has passed, and I have not blogged at all.
I really must get my backside in gear and get on with it.
This week is half term so I am hoping to get writing but there is also a lot of other stuff going on.
Tomorrow we have our street party to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee,
Join the 2012 Jubilee celebrations with The Big Lunch
it will be a chance for our cul-de-sac to get together and for the boys to play.
I just hope the rain holds off or we could be .....
jubilee
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What you do....
  1. Log in or set up an account on Pinterest.
  2. Then in the search bar type in the topic/theme for this week.
  3. This weeks theme is JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS.
  4. Browse through the pictures until you find ONE picture that you like the most.
  5. PIN IT onto your board (Pinterest Party- you may have to create one)
  6. Blog about your choice of picture. Making sure you follow the RULES.(The rules have changed - pleased make sure you link up!)
  7. Return here and add your PIN to the linky.
  8. Have a look at the others and comment on their blogs and follow on Pinterest!
  9. Enjoy it and come back next Sunday!
As with many things I think you either love or hate the Jubilee celebrations. A neighbour today asked moors-daddy when we were putting our bunting up, her face in shock when he told her we didn't have any! I am not really looking forward to the celebrations, but will go for the sake of the boys, and no doubt will blog about it at a later date!


So my picture this week, you will either love or hate.....

Diamond Jubilee Marmite
Pinterest. Original Source

Whatever you are doing to celebrate... Enjoy it!
and remember to pin!!

Saturday, 2 June 2012

My Baby is no more......

So I have got a bit behind with the blog this week.

I just haven't had time to write.

I know I have promised you the next instalment of me coming out and why I started blogging and it will get to you soon, I promise!

But something happened this week.

Worm turned 2!

My baby is no longer.....a baby.

He has grown so much in the last few months.
He has finally found his feet and in those few short months, has become more and more stable on them.
He can now master the slide, the playhouse and the stairs all on his own (though mummy is never far away just in case!)
He has started saying more and more recognisable words, and is learning new words all the time.
He has settled at nursery. This week his move up to 'Ladybirds' went without a tear (or vomit!!!!!) He just looked so grown, happy to be there with the bigger children. He even ate his lunch!
He is becoming much more independent.
I am losing my baby.

Today, we made the decision to throw away the bottles.
It has taken him a while to get used to a sippy cup, but since his trip to A+E the other week, he hasn't had a single bottle. He is using the same brand of cup that Monkey uses.
Throwing them away melts my heart. Knowing that is it, there will be no more.
Even though I know that is it, however much I long for my sleep again, there is something about a tiny child, that makes me think......one day! (At least I can dream!)

Elly xx