Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reading. Show all posts

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Project 365: Days 75 - 81

I didn't have the best week last week and took very few photos so didn't do a 365 post, but it made me more determined to do one this week.


Day 75: Enjoying an ice-cream
Day 76: My little book worm
Day 77: Silly hats in the office
Day 78: My cross training workout
Day 79: Enjoying the fine weather and a bit of scooting
Day 80: Ready for Sports Relief
Day 81: Ready for a party (not that you'd think so by the look on his face)

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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Project 365 - Days 5 - 11


Day 5: End of Christmas - The tree is down and this is all that's left.  I like to keep one Christmas item out until the 12th night so this is it.  I felt more than ready to take the decorations down this year.  

Day 6: Ouch! - This is the photo of my youngest son sleeping.  He was pretending to hang glide on my curtains (never a good idea in itself) when he knocked down a heavy wooden elephant ornament which landed on his toes.  As you can imagine, he screamed the place down for ages and refused to have ice put on it.  It was swollen and bruised and he cried himself to sleep.

Day 7: Dominoes - a rare photo of my two oldest children playing nicely together.  The old fashioned games are the best.

Day 8: Reading - O brought me one of his treasured Thomas The Tank Engine books to read.  We had a lovely time reading and looking at the pictures.

Day 9: Car Seat - I decided to move O into a high back booster as he looked too big for his old car seat.  He was so excited and said that he's a big boy now, just like his brothers.  It's very strange seeing him in this car seat.  He's not my baby any more (well, he will always be my baby but he won't let me call him that!)

Day 10: Trains - O is brilliant at building train tracks.  If I do make one for him he just takes it apart and changes it so now I leave him to it.  He changes pieces around until it all fits together like a big jigsaw.

Day 11: Food! - we decided to go to our favourite restaurant in Cardiff for lunch.  My boys love Bellinis Italian restaurant and order the same food every time we go, but it's great to see them enjoying their food so much.  We did have to ask the waitress for more parmesan cheese a few times - the boys are addicted to the stuff!

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Sunday, 16 June 2013

Project 365: Days 160 - 166


Day 160: Shipwreck - we went to Rhosilli Beach which is part of the National Trust coastline and had an amazing day. The weather was beautiful, we jumped over waves and checked out all the caves, and even saw an actual shipwreck. How cool is that?

Day 161: Reading - Ethan loved to read and tries to read anything and everything. He's in bed reading a Batman comic and doing the puzzles.

Day 162: Peppa Pig - we got a personalised book to review and it's now one of Ollie's favourites as he can't believe that it's actually him in the book.

Day 163: Who cares if it's raining? - my friends came for lunch and the children decided that they would like to go out to play in the rain. Ollie loved jumping on the trampoline wearing only his t-shirt.

Day 164: Monsters! - Ollie loved the Lego monster that his dad made for him and went around the housing roaring at anyone in sight.

Day 165: Girls weekend - I went on an overnight stay at a spa in Birmingham with my friends and it was amazing.  To be honest, it was more about the food, wine and gossip and less about the treatments for me.  And the food was totally amazing. This is my extremely chocolatey dessert.

Day 166: Home Sweet Home - I loved my night away and having time for myself, but I did moss my boys and it was lovely to get home and see them.  There were lots of cuddles.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Review: Personalised Peppa Pig book from Penwizard

My youngest son is following in the footsteps of his older brothers and has developed a love for all things Peppa Pig.  Over the last few years we seem to have built up quite a collection of Peppa Pig goodies, and I've even joked that the children's slightly English accent is due to them watching Peppa too much on TV.

Ollie is two and a half and at the age where everything is exciting.  He's constantly learning and becoming more and more independent, and also very assertive it showing his likes and dislikes.  He's also really hard to buy for because we've already got most things handed down from his older brothers.

So when Penwizard contacted me and asked if I would like to review one of their personalised Peppa Pig books I jumped at the chance.  I had a look on their site and found that there were four books to choose from: Swimming, Playgroup, Birthday Party and Christmas Party.  I chose the one where they go swimming as Ollie is a bit afraid of the water and I thought that reading this book might help him start to think about going swimming and having fun in the water.

The ordering process is very straightforward.  You can choose between paperback or hardback and then go on to create your own book.  Once you've chosen whether it's for a little boy or girl, you then go on and choose hairstyle, hair colour, skin colour and eye colour.  You can even add glasses.  The picture on screen changes as you choose your options so you can see exactly what your character will look like.

You can then add the name for the front cover of the book and a personalised which will appear on the first page.

Simple!





The book arrived very quickly and was extremely good quality.  I chose a paperback book which has a lovely glossy cover and is a really good size (it looks about the size of an A4 piece of paper). The story follows the style of the TV programme, and I even found myself trying to read as if I were the narrator!  My child's name is used throughout the book and also it the write up on the back cover.  
Ollie absolutely loved it.  His older brothers were also really excited to see his name in the book which pleased Ollie even more.  He kept saying "that's Ollie, that's me" with a  look of pure joy on his face.  I think he's at a really good age to appreciate this book, and it will also last for some time yet.  It's more than just a book; it's something that we will treasure as it's been created especially for Ollie.






Overall, I think this is a fantastic gift for any Peppa (or George) fan and perfect for the child who's got everything.


Disclaimer: I was given the book to review but all opinions are my own.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Project 365: Days 111 - 117




Day 111: New bed - my little one is asleep in his new bed but it hasn't been easy.  He keeps going back into my bed any chance he gets.  I'm sure we'll get there but it could be a difficult week.  Wish me luck.

Day 112: Spring cleaning - I've been sent a steam cleaner to review and I'm strangely excited at the prospect.  Is that wrong?

Day 113: Having fun - I got up to find my three boys playing and looking at books in our new mini library (how posh am I?)  It was a lovely sight to see them all smiling and laughing,

Day 114: For sale - I'm trying to make a bit of extra cash by eBaying anything I can.  The only downside is having a bedroom full of bags of items for sale.

Day 115: Colouring - my middle and youngest boys decided to do a bit of colouring today.  The only problem was that my youngest decided to colour himself in too.  

Day 116: Smiles - but unfortunately this was quickly followed by tears as my little one developed a really bad cough which I think is croup.  He was really poorly and I was up with him for most of the night.  I hope he gets well soon.

Day 117: Gardening - we did some planting today; the boys planted sunflower, pumpkin and sweetcorn seeds that we were sent to review.  They really enjoyed themselves and can't wait to do some more.


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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Project 365: Days 48 - 54



Day 48: Science day - we went to Techniquest in Cardiff Bay and had an amazing time.  The boys were completely engrossed in all the experiments and this photo is of my 5 year old putting the organs back into the human body.  He then went on to put the human skeleton together.  A future doctor maybe??  We all had a great time and will be going back there very soon.

Day 49: Reading -   I spent the whole day interviewing for new staff at work so was completely exhausted,  It was so nice to go home and see my boys.  I'm currently reading this Famous Five book to my oldest two and I love it.  I adored anything by Enid Blyton when I was young and I love being able to pass this on to my own children.

Day 50: Colouring - Another day spent at work but I had parents evening for my 5 year old after work.  It was so lovely to hear how great he is getting on in school and how much his fine motor skills have progressed since he started in Reception class.  His teacher raved about his reading and learning skills and I was an even prouder mummy than normal.  This photo is of a piece of work that he brought home.

Day 51: Sleepy boy - we had a bit of a bad day today.  We went to a friends for lunch where my 2 year old proceeded to cry, and cry, and cry.  I started to feel ill and ended up leaving before bursting into tears.  By the end of the evening I couldn't talk or swallow and felt very sorry for myself.  I spent the evening in bed before waking up and realising that I hadn't taken a photo that day.  I managed to get this one of my now calm child sleeping sideways in his cot.

Day 52: Family matters - it was the day of my uncles funeral which, as you can imagine was very emotional and tiring.  It was hard to see my mother so upset  and I felt helpless as there was nothing I could do or say to make it better.  I think that times like these do make you realise what's important in life, so this is me and one of my very important things.  My children and my family are what matters more than anything.

Day 53: After effects - I spent the day with my parents, reading sympathy cards and chatting about life in general.  My mother had a vase full of these beautiful lilies.

Day 54: Messy play - Ollie and I had a play date at a friends house to do messy play.  It was amazing and he loved playing in the dirt and with the water.  He wasn't so keen on all the food items and just pointed at them saying yuck.  We'll have to work on that one.

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Project 365: Days 34 - 40




Day 34: Very happy that he got his 25m swimming badge
Day 35: Reading time with dad
Day 36: My youngest licking the book as Percy is covered in chocolate!
Day 37: Percy is leading the trains on the track
Day 38: The only time he falls asleep in the daytime is when we go out in the car
Day 39: Tickly kisses
Day 40: Loving the bouncy castle at a birthday party

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