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IMG_9804This weeks photo is another photo taken in the soft play area on our day out for Poppet’s first birthday last Monday (You can read all about it here). I love soft play areas for taking photos because of all the colours. I have a beautiful one of her in the ball pool, looking right at the camera smiling. In this one it looks like she has fallen asleep but she didn’t fall asleep until she was safely in the car but she was so active in soft play it wouldn’t have surprised me if she had fallen asleep in there. I can’t believe a week has passed already. This time next week I will be in the middle of my first day back at work after over 12 months maternity leave!

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Living arrows 6/52

IMG_8033Another week of not leaving the house much due to bad weather/illness. We’ve been playing and reading books a lot. Here’s a photo of Poppet “reading” her In the night garden book. She’s really showing an interest in books at the moment, both listening to them, looking at the pictures and turning the pages herself.. I’ve put a few board books in her toy box and on the bottom shelf of her bookcase where she can reach them.

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We’re going on a bear hunt – What we’re reading

IMG_8002This week is National storytelling week so I knew I had to tell you about a story book this week, rather than a collection of nursery rhymes or number primer etc. We’re going on a bear hunt seemed the obvious choice. Who doesn’t love a childrens’ book with a sense of adventure and excitement flowing through the pages?

IMG_8003We’re going on a bear hunt is about a family who set off on an adventure to catch a bear. On the way they encounter various obstacles that they can’t go over or under so they have to go through. These include grass, mud, a river, a forest, a snow storm,and a cave. Once they get to the cave they discover a bear but instead of catching it as they planned they get scared and run back home through all the obstacles in their way.

IMG_8004Poppet enjoys it already due to the repetition and all the fun noises I make (swishy swashy etc) as we read through the book. I can see this being a book that grows with her though. When she is older, I can see her reciting the story whilst we are on trips out such as stumble trip, stumble trip, as we walk through woods. There are plenty of ideas for learning through play from this book available on the internet, such as this great idea for tuff spot play and these sensory bottles. There is even a stage version of it now.

IMG_8005There are various formats of the book available and we chose to buy the jigsaw board book. It’s a large (A4) board book with seven 12 piece jigsaw puzzles embedded in the book. At the moment Poppet enjoys it as a board book and as I mentioned last week, the large size is an advantage to her, as she finds it easier to turn the pages. I hope that in time she will still enjoy the story and will be keen to do the puzzles too.

IMG_8012I’m linking up again this week with Carie at Space for the butterflies. If you’ve been reading head over there and link up or look for more inspiration.

Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

300 picture book challenge

As I mentioned in previous posts, myself and Poppet have not been feeling well this week. Just horrible coughs and colds but I almost lost my voice at one point so we have not read as much we would normally.

You can find the full list of what we have read so far (and a brief review of each) on my pinterest board.


Number of picture books read this week – 6

Total number of picture books read in 2014 – 62/300

Number of trips to the library this week – 1


Dear baby…


**Another post that’s been sat in draft for almost a month!**

Dear baby,

You turned 8 months just after Christmas. You are despartly trying to crawl but you are not quiet there yet. You can get pretty much any where you want though by rolling and you are still happiest when you are on your feet (supported by someone of course). You were weighed a couple of weeks ago and you are now 17lbs 7oz. You love your food but you also still love your milk. I am still feeding you milk myself and you are still easily distracted (and rarely feed if anyone else is around) but it is easier now that you are drinking water and eating solids. You seem to mainly want milk when you wake up and before bed. You will usually have one or perhaps two feeds during the day but they are short and if we are out you will usually skip your mid morning feed.

Weaning is going well. You eat most things that I give you. We still struggle to get you to eat white fish but you will eat salmon. Other than that you have eaten pretty much everything I have given you. You happily eat mashed food and cous cous mixed with it, you are not put off by texture at all. You are getting better at feeding yourself finger food too.

We have just enjoyed your first Christmas. During December we enjoyed many festive activities together. We went to a Christmas messy play party where you enjoyed playing with jelly. We sang Christmas songs at rhyme time at the library and enjoyed a festive special at your regular music class. You loved all the glitter, shiny and sparkling Christmas decorations and lights especially Grandma & grandad’s fiber optic tree that you reached out for every time you were near enough.

IMG_7465Father Christmas (and all your family and friends) spoilt you at Christmas with lots of presents. You got a wheely bug ladybird to ride around on and a little kitchen that is also a walker, both of which you are still a bit little for yet but you will be enjoying them in no time. You got a ball pool, books and toys such as stacking rings, shape sorters and stacking cups which you are enjoying already. We spent a few days before Christmas and Christmas day itself with your grandma and grandad in Yorkshire and then on boxing day we travelled back to Cheshire to spend a few days with your other grandparents. We saw lots of your cousin whilst we were there too and he loved playing with your toys and you seemed to enjoy sharing them with him.

You are still a happy and content baby and you sleep fantastically. Bed time seems to be gradually creeping later despite us starting bath time at the same time most nights. You seem to be taking longer over your milk feed perhaps because you take less in the day. It’s not the end of the world though as you are usually asleep by 8:30 and you will then sleep through until anywhere between 7 and 9am. Every couple of weeks or so you will have one or perhaps two nights where you will wake in the night for an extra feed but I know we are very lucky that you sleep so well.

Love Mummy xx

My magical M&S dining room

dining-roomM&S are currently running a competition for bloggers. To be in with a chance of winning £200 of M&S vouchers we have to create a blog post showing our dream dining room and how we would dress it for a special dinner party, using M&S products of course.

This is my dream dining room in more ways than one since at present we do not have one. I would love a dining room so that we could have family over to eat without us all having to squash round our kitchen table, or worse, some have to eat on their knees in our living room. At the center of the room of course would be a big wooden table. This extending one is just perfect (Padstow extending table, £449) and I love how it looks with these chairs (2 Alton dinning chairs, £199). I love how well they complement each other and how they are modern and light. I couldn’t put together my dream dining room without somewhere for my baby to sit/eat. Since M&S do not sell high chairs, I’ve included my dream high chair, the Stokke Tripp Trapp. Doesn’t it look perfect with this table and chairs? Of course because the dining table and chairs are so simple a statement light fitting is just what this room needs (Original BTC drop 1 group 6 drop ceiling lamp, £619).

I don’t dream of fancy dinner parties but relaxed home cooking shared with our extended family. I love to cook but I’m not one for making starters or overly fancy food. My style is more roast dinners or big pans of pasta or risotto put straight on the table for my family to help themselves to. Along side there would be home made breads and to finish I would bake something if I had time or perhaps a simple fruit crumble. So with this in mind these are the items I would choose to dress my table for a special occasion. As you can see I’ve kept it fairly simple except for a few splashes of bright blue. Here’s the full details of what I have chosen.

4 Maxim red wine glasses, £15
Indigo serving bowl, £25
16 piece Avalon cutlery set, £25
4 Acacia placemats, £25
Indigo side plate, £6
Indigo dinner plate, £8
Cast iron shallow casserole, £65
Large urn glass hurricane candle holder, £25
Oak salad bowl, £39.50

This is my entry in to the M&S my maigical dining room competition.

Farmyard Hullabaloo – what we’re reading

IMG_7895We’ve had this book out of the library now for a couple of weeks and it is becoming a bit of a favorite in our house. It never fails to get a smile and an excited flap of my daughters arms when it is picked up from the pile. It’s not hard to see why she likes it.

IMG_7897IMG_7901Farmyard hullabaloo is written by Giles Andreae and Illustrated by David Wojtowycz. The book is simply a poem about all the animals on the farm and the noises they all make. Each animal gets it’s own page with a lovely illustration and a short verse. The book is slightly bigger than A4 size so the illustrations are big. They are also simple and bright so they instantly catch the attention of my baby. It’s written in rhyme with a really nice rhythm to the words so I enjoy reading it aloud and she sits smiling and hitting the pages which is her way of showing she is excited or enjoying something.

IMG_7907As well as reading the poem on each page I like to make the animal’s noise and point out something on the picture too her. I suspect we’ll end up buying this book for my daughter, I can see her enjoying it for many years to come. What’s more we’ve discovered a new auther/illustrator with a whole back catalogue for us to explore. That’s why I love visiting the library and joining in with the 300 picture challenge (see further down to see how we are getting on).

Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

I’m linking up again this week with Carie at Space for the butterflies. If you’ve been reading head over there and link up or look for more inspiration.

300 picture book challenge

As well as reading favorite picture books again, we have read 13 new ones this week. I’m finding it easier than you would think at the moment. As well as reading some ‘new’ (first read this year) ones from our collection and another visit to the library, we have also read a few whilst we have been at play groups. You can find the full list of what we have read so far (and a brief review of each) on my pinterest board. Other favorites this week were

Untitled-1Number of picture books read this week – 13

Total number of picture books read in 2014 – 43/300

Number of trips to the library this week – 1

Number of library books borrowed –  9 this week, 23 year to date