Friday, 17 July 2020

When Your Child Hates School


Child in school uniform looking down at the floor sadlyNot all children like going to school for a number of reasons, such as; separation anxiety, not enjoying certain lessons, not appreciating some of their teacher's methods or even just objecting to following someone else's rules! If any of those descriptions applies to your child, or even if you have one of those children who are generally fine with school and loves it once they get there, but you still have endless problems getting them to go, then this may interest you. Many children go through phases of hating school and I've put together this guide with some ideas to help if your child is reluctant to go to school, based on my own, and other parents' experiences.

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Monday, 13 July 2020

Win a £100 Amazon Voucher in our Amazing Giveaway!


Everything has gone a bit bonkers since the lockdown started. Routines are up the spout, timetables are out the window and even blogging, for me at least, has had to take a back seat whilst I try to hang onto my sanity in the hellscape that is 'encouraging' a teenager to do his schoolwork. I won't call it homeschooling, because, honestly, who gets KS4 maths enough to actually teach it?! What I do know is that everyone is finding their own ways to cope and get the best out of this unusual lifestyle that we've all had to adopt. With this in mind, I've joined up with some brilliant fellow bloggers to bring you a giveaway to win a £100 Amazon voucher. Treat yourself, or someone you love and bring a smile to your day. There are lots of entries, but you can do as many or as few as you like and you might find if you've done Rafflecopter giveaways in the past, that you already follow a lot of us so it won't take as long as you think. Good luck! 


Lots of wonderful UK bloggers have teamed up together to be able to give away a £100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner! All organised by Sarah over at Whimsical Mumblings.
Find out who's involved in this amazing giveaway below, and how you can enter to win this fantastic prize!






I definitely recommend checking out all of these wonderful blogs!


The competition will run from 13th July 2020 - 27th July 2020. The prize is x1 £100 Amazon Voucher, which will be emailed directly to the winner. 

You can enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below, there are over 100 entry options, which means 100 chances to win! UK entrants only, must have a valid email address.

Once the winner has been verified and contacted, and the prize has been delivered, their first name and surname initial will be displayed on the Rafflecopter widget. All other information from every entrant will be permanently deleted after the competition is over.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!
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Friday, 5 June 2020

The Lockdown Birthday Cake Disaster of 2020


This is a story from a while ago, right at the start of Lockdown, on the very the first day that the schools were closed way back in March. With all the craziness that's been happening, I've only just got around to sitting down to write about it. This is the story of my son's lockdown birthday, which began with the greatest birthday gift he could have received, the closing of his school on his birthday, and went very much downhill from there. But doom and gloom have no place in a world where there are so many ways things could be worse, so read on to find out how we made the best of it all.

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Thursday, 2 April 2020

Home Beauty Treatments and Remedies - Tried and Tested


Pile of assorted lemons, one sliced, four whole, with text above the image.
All the beauty treatments included in this post can be made using ingredients you probably already have in the cupboard and I've tried most of them, so I know they work. Beauty treatments are a great way to relax and enjoy some me-time and that's something we could all benefit from at the moment. I've also included some remedies for common skin complaints, which could be really handy since it's hard to shop for beauty supplies right now. There is no reason not to look your best, even if you can't go out, it might be just what you need to lift your spirits and you could even rope in other family members to join you in some of the treatments too. 

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

50 Fun Activities for Families in Isolation


Normal life naturally inclines us to spend some time apart from our nearest and dearest but now, in the midst of the Covid - 19 Coronavirus pandemic, we are suddenly required to spend all our time together. It's an anxious time for many and keeping busy is going to be paramount for our mental and physical wellbeing during this period of social distancing and isolation. It's not always easy to come up with ideas to amuse a whole household every day, so I've compiled a list of activities to distract and amuse in these challenging times. You could work through the list for fifty days, or just scroll down to the ones that interest you.
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Saturday, 29 February 2020

This Country Book Signing and More About the Show


Two copies of the book This Country with the title overlaid Last weekend, Jade and I ventured into Bristol for a very exciting event. We have been fans of This Country since it first began and have really enjoyed following the characters as they've made their way through various adventures and disasters in their small village community. I was unaware that there was a book signing with the stars of the show and was amazed when Jade surprised me with tickets to attend last Sunday. It was a really enjoyable experience and I thought I would write a bit about the show, for the uninitiated, and what it was like meeting Charlie and Daisy May Cooper, who star as Kerry and Kurtan Mucklowe.

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