Monday, 29 October 2012

Music (See it Snap it Love it)

I think I've said before how important music is to us as a family.  We've always got music of some variety on in the background and we try to expose Meg and Eli to as many different types as we can whether it's current music, my Other Half playing his guitar or me singing (although recently that hasn't gone down so well!)

So we considered ourselves very lucky when we were given a piano in September this year as both myself and my Other Half have wanted to learn for a long time and we were keen for Meg and Eli to have the opportunity too.

Obviously the kids are still too young to be able to fully appreciate lessons in playing but my Other Half still gives it a go.  My favourite memory so far is of him trying to teach Meg "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and Meg putting her hand up to stop him and saying "It's ok Daddy, I know how to do it" before producing a complete cacophony of noise from the piano.  He does try and one day, hopefully Meg will allow herself to be taught!!


I love this quote from Plato about music, isn't that just so true?

I'm linking this post up with Dear Beautiful Boy's 'See it Snap it Love it'

Friday, 26 October 2012

Book Love: Set in Stone by Catherine Dunne

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Set in Stone by Catherine Dunne
Every family has its secrets.  Most are best left alone.


I found it quite hard to get into this book.  It doesn't help that I am about as useful as a newspaper in the rain when it comes to reading thrillers and I got in a bit of a tizz about what the 'secret' would be.  The book is quite dark and unsettling and I needed to know the outcome of the story so I skim-read the last few pages.

Catherine Dunne is very adept at storytelling, it's so easy to read and fast paced, every time I pick up the book I am completely transported into the world she has created for her main character Lynda.  I think perhaps that's what makes it more difficult as I find myself listening out for noises in the house when I'm reading it!

But I am so glad I read to the end of the book.  Even though I'd check the ending to make sure all the characters were still intact I had missed the big twist in the plot which completely made the story worthwhile!

I love books where the author makes you identify with the main character and I was willing it to all come good in the end for Lynda (I won't spoil it for anyone wanting to read it by saying what does happen!)

I would definitely recommend this book.  Catherine Dunne has taken an ordinary family and demonstrated what can happen when extraordinary events occur and it's interesting to follow their personal character developments.

My only criticism is that I found it a shame there was no real conclusion.  If the only purpose of the story was to follow the character development of Lynda and her husband then I think this is achieved but there are several questions which are never answered particularly relating to Lynda's son Ciaran and my overwhelming need for justice to be served isn't satisfied with the bad guy just disappearing off into the sunset!

And carrying on from last week, if you want to join in with my Book Love linky feel free to nab the badge and link up below.

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Currently Reading: The Venetian Contract by Marina Fiorato

Thursday, 25 October 2012

How Clean Is Your House?

I hate cleaning, really really hate it.  I can't think of any worse torture than having to spend the entire day tidying, hoovering, dusting and disinfecting.   It makes me shudder.

And this was all very well when it was just me.  I liked to live in a certain amount of organised chaos which went through stages.  Slowly I would allow the mess and bits and pieces to build up but it would still be very organised and I would know where everything was.  Then after a week or so it would all become too much and I'd spend a few hours sorting it all out and repeat the process again.

But now, now I have a husband and two small children and my house feels like it's in a constant state of turmoil.  Little hands move and adjust things so that when I recall the last place I left my keys and return to it, they have been moved.  My Other Half is the 'leave everything until it needs to be done' sort of person and so makes ten jobs out of one.  He will move an item to mere inches from it's proper home to be put away properly at some point in the future.

I have become a woman who hordes too, little tasks I put off 'until later' have just remained undone as life has carried on and I've never found those few minutes to return to them.  Life with two small children is just so unpredictable that when I do get precious minutes to myself I'd much rather stick my head in a book and transport myself off to a place where there aren't crumbs trampled into the carpet, a weeks worth of washing to sort out and I don't find a half eaten apple core stuffed behind the TV unit (thanks to whichever one of my beautiful children thought that seemed like a good idea!)

There must be a way to achieve it though, a clean and tidy house.  I've visited friends who have children of a similar age and their houses are so clean and tidy.  How do they find the time?  

This is more than just a case of a few toys scattered on the carpet, a few toys would be easy pickings, I seem to be raising children who have to empty three or four boxes of toys before they'll settle to play with the DVD's I've piled up so neatly on the bookcase or taking the batteries in and out of the television remote.

Is it just me?  Are you reading this and sitting in a pristine room thinking to yourself, "what is this woman moaning about?  I always find time to clean!"

Sometimes at the end of the day I just survey the damage and despair at where to begin!  I have decided though, to take baby steps and am going to attempt to reclaim some of the lost ground over the next couple of months.  Organisation is the key (I know it!!) so I'm going to make a plan and sort myself out!

But, for those days when it's all just going wrong, I found this little gem of a poem which I'm going to emblazon in my mind:


And I will try to remind myself that this isn't forever and soon I will be packing away all the brightly coloured noisy toys in favour of small gadgets and teenager stuff *gulps back sob*  then I'll be wondering when my two chubby little babies grew up and spend my time reminiscing about a messy house!

What about you?  Have you managed to find a balance between toddler chaos and having a clean and tidy house?

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

How My Children See Me Meme

When I saw this meme on Sticky Fingers I knew I wanted to take part.  Meg has recently got the hang of drawing people so I was confident that she could give it a go.

So, I armed her with some paper and a pen and asked her to draw mummy.  Here's what she came up with (along with the accompanying explanations I was provided with):


Other than the addition to my bodyless face of eight legs I don't think she's too far off the mark with this one!

Here's the photo unadorned by notes so you can see it in it's full glory:


Why don't you go over to Sticky Fingers and have a look at some of the other creations, it's interesting how little minds see things!

And because I'm kind I'm going to tag Emily at FamilyFourFun and Louise at A Strong Coffee to see how their kids see them!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Children: The Ultimate Narcissists

This week I read an interesting article about children and narcissism.  It suggested that in order for a child to feel loved and secure, for their very survival, it is necessary for them to display narcissistic behaviour.  They have to know that they are the centre of their parents world, that their every desire and need will be met. 

I totally agree with this.  Narcissism is often thought of as a negative emotion but I do believe that children need to know that their world is secure.  They need to know that when they are hungry, they will be fed, when they are sad they will receive reassurance etc.   And for one thing, I live with the ultimate narcissist.  She truly believes the world revolves around her and that what she wants takes priority over anything and everything.  

I suppose then the question is, when do you begin to teach your children that they are not, in fact, the only person in your life and that they need to learn empathy and awareness for other people?  At what stage can you begin to withdraw from the cycle of meeting every demand instantaneously but still have a self-assured child?

When I watch Meg play with her friends she is always the leader, the one navigating and directing the game.  When she's had enough, she gives the sign and they all go and play something else.  Is that her personality coming through or her inability to understand that what another child wants to do might take precedence over what she wants?

I'm often met with statements such as "I don't want to go to preschool" and no amount of reasoning will weaken her resolve.  That is what she has decided and therefore she will not go to preschool.  When she is, ultimately, dropped off at preschool despite her protestations I am often met with a meltdown.  This will be an out and out screaming, rolling round on the floor, bright red, tears flowing tantrum.  Simply because she hasn't been able to have her own way.  

I'm not one for testing out psychological theories on my children (who is?) but I do wonder that if we didn't provide Meg with the tools to understand the world around her and see that she isn't the only person in it whether there would be a natural progression in her understanding.    Perhaps it's linked with her mental development, and she simply hasn't got to that 'stage' yet.

Is it a gradual process that we begin to stop jumping to attention when our child cries or asks for something?  I find myself saying more and more these days "in a minute" and "not now" and I can't really remember how old Meg was when I started doing that.

My Other Half commented that he believes that narcissism is always there, hidden underneath.  He still thinks he's the centre of his parent's universe.  That when he needs them, they will drop everything and be there for him.  So, either he's emotionally underdeveloped or narcissism never really leaves us (I'm not commenting either way!)

The article also suggests that when our narcissism is responded to positively, we learn to love ourselves.  Without self-love, you cannot love another.  So it's vital that parents respond to the narcissistic demands of their children in order to aid them in their emotional development and so that they can love others.  Which seems like the egg and chicken really - if we don't teach our children that they are the most important person in our lives, they won't be able to love others.  But in order to love others they need to put aside their narcissistic tendencies.

I know there are no easy answers to these questions and really I'm just commenting out loud.  At the moment I'm spending a lot of time thinking and considering what things will be like next year and the level Meg needs to be at before she starts school.  I want to make sure that I've done a good job in equipping her to know who she is and to know that she's loved.  At the moment she still has a very narrow worldview, believing that she is the central point and I'm worried wanting to know that by this time next year we'll have done all we can to make sure that she is a happy well-rounded little girl who is able to have empathy for others and not just a "me me me" attitude. 

I haven't done the article justice in anyway so you can find it here if you're at all interested to read it.  Feel free to leave me a comment with your thoughts too.

For now, I'll end with a message from my lovely daughter demonstrating her view on the world:



Friday, 19 October 2012

Book Love: Lizzy Harrison Loses Control by Pippa Wright

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Lizzy Harrison Loses Control by Pippa Wright
'Have you ever noticed that the modern romantic heroine can be, not to put too fine a point on it, a bit useless?'


I mentioned last week that I thought I'd guessed the end of the book, and I'm sorry to say I had.  Whilst I found the book easy to read with a fair pace, I don't enjoy books which go out of their way to be 'different' only to end up being exactly as you expect them to be.  There were no curve balls or shock horror moments in this book, which is fine if you like that sort of thing, but I'm afraid it wasn't really my cup of tea.

The book does what it says on the cover, Lizzy Harrison does indeed 'lose control' but I thought it was all rather predictable.  Pippa Wright tries to distinguish Lizzy as someone who isn't likely to swoon after the first rugged man she comes across, falling helplessly into his arms and she does succeed in creating a 'leading lady' who is unlikely to behave in such a manner and a creates a character who is incredibly likeable.  I know I'm probably not the only person who could identify with many of her personality traits but throughout the book Pippa Wright leaves blatant indicators of what will occur later on in the story and I found myself wishing for a bit more mystery and intrigue.  She could have taken it in so many different directions!  I think it would have been better if Pippa Wright hadn't spent so much time convincing the reader that Lizzy was your upright ordinary girl in control of her life and had instead broadened the story a little more.

I think this book would be good as a light holiday read and there are some amusing laugh out loud moments.  I think perhaps I was the wrong person to read this book, as it was well written it just didn't do it for me.  

And look here, I have created my very first blog badge and linky!  If you've read a good book recently or written up a review please feel free to add it to the linky and steal the badge to share some book love!

Let me know what you think too :)


Currently Reading:

Set in Stone by Catherine Dunne
Every family has its secrets.  Most are best left alone...



Thursday, 18 October 2012

Play (See it Snap it Love it)

One of my favourite things about children playing is that they will take almost any object and turn it into something that can be played with.  The breadth of their imagination is endless.

The washing up bowl from our toy kitchen is often used as a hat (in preference to the actual dressing up hats we have!), the broom is a magic wand and we all know the age old cardboard box which can become anything a child wishes.

So mummy taking all the cushions off the chairs whilst cleaning was just treated as another opportunity to play and a soft landing area/fort/sea with snapping crocodiles was created!!

I think in this particular photo Meg was sinking in the sand and Eli was meant to be coming to rescue her!



I am linking this post up with Dear Beautiful Boy's 'See it Snap it Love it'.  Pop over there for more entries on 'Play'

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Wot So Funee: Christmas Songs

Would you believe that last night when we went out for dinner as a family, there was a fully decorated Christmas Tree in the restaurant?!?  I had to check we were definitely still in October!

This prompted a rendition of all the Christmas carols we know on the way home along with Meg's version of this famous song:

"When Santa got stuck up the chimney, 
He began to shout,
You Boys and Girls won't get any toys if you don't pull me out.
My beard is black,
I'm stuck in my sack,
My nose is tickly too.
When Santa got stuck up the chimney, achoo achoo achoo"

Poor Santa, was it not enough that he was already stuck in the chimney?!?

Wot So Funee?


Monday, 15 October 2012

Blogcamp: Top Tips

I am so so glad I didn't give in to my nerves and not attend Blogcamp on Saturday as I learned so much!

Blogcamp is a free event for bloggers hosted by Tots100.  There are several Blogcamps throughout the year and I went to the one in Manchester.

I have literally got pages of notes and when I left it felt as though my brain was in overdrive with all the different pieces of advice and lessons from the day.  

It's hard to think of what I found most helpful as there was just so much to take in but I think I've narrowed it down to the five things I can utilise or apply right now.  Once I've got those nailed I'll try and incorporate some of the other stuff.

1. Optimise my Facebook page
At the moment I use it just for sharing my latest blog post but Cathy from Nurture Store really opened my eyes to just how useful a Facebook page can be. I 'get' Facebook so much more than Twitter so it makes sense to focus on that a bit more.

2. When it comes to photography: Be Brave!
Becky and Tom from Ar-blog gave a brilliant talk on improving photography and this was my favourite tip from the whole day.  So many times I think about getting my camera out and then think "no, what if someone sees" and then I don't bother.  Last week I took the kids on a walk to a forest.  We were the only ones there and I still hesitated about taking some photos.  I know this attitude has meant I've missed recording some precious moments with the kids so I'm going to be brave and get snapping!

3. Be Intentional
I love this tip too.  I need to decide which social networking platforms I'm going to use and then stick with them.  I often feel overwhelmed with the sheer number of platforms available and I just haven't got the time to use them all.  At the moment I'm in a constant battle to understand Google+ and whilst I love Pinterest I need to spend some more time learning about it.  But I shouldn't put myself under pressure to have a presence on all of them if I'm optimising the ones I am part of.

I never really started this blog to get 'followers'.  Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that people take the time to read what I've written and I am beginning to enjoy the social aspect and the blogging community but that doesn't mean that I need to be 'everywhere' all the time.  It's unrealistic and will only leave me feeling like I've failed when I don't tweet every time I write a new post!

4. Love Your Blog
I need this printed out and stuck up next to my computer screen I think.  I've only been blogging since Easter and already I've had so many conversations with myself over why I blog and what I want the aim to be.  Hearing someone with a successful blog say this caused a lightbulb moment for me.  As long as I love my blog, and I'm enjoying writing then it doesn't matter does it?  I don't need to compete to review the latest toy and I don't need to compete to have the most page views.  I'm writing for me!

5. Another photography tip: the I-phone has a flipping good camera!
I was completely amazed at what the I-Phone camera can actually do.  I had no idea!  I found the session on photography fascinating as I do often say "if only I had a better camera" when really, armed with a few handy tips (from someone who knows what they're doing) I can do loads!

The most interesting tip was about locking the exposure on my phone.  If you want to take a photo in silhouette then point the camera at some bright light (the window for example) press and hold on the screen until it tells you it's locked and then take the photo.  I've been playing with this feature all day.  It's brilliant!  The same applies for an instance when you don't know which exposure to use.  If you're taking a photo of people, lock the exposure on your hand and then take the photo.

It's an amazing piece of kit really.  If only I'd known!

To be honest these tips don't even scratch the surface of all the stuff that was said and shared on Saturday.  But I did leave feeling inspired and more confident that I'm heading in the right direction!

I would really recommend it to bloggers, especially if it's your first blogging event.  It was overwhelming to begin with, especially as I knew most of the bloggers there and they didn't really know me (which made for a handful of awkward conversations) but the information shared was invaluable and also reassuring to know that I'm not getting it all wrong!

And of course, lets not forget the main reason I had for going - I got to eat cake :)

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Silent Sunday 14 October 2012


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I'm off to Blogcamp!

Yes, I am overcoming my stomach-clenching fear of new social situations and coming to Blogcamp Manchester today (it was the promise of cake that swayed me!) 

I am a complete newbie to the blogging scene so if you see me standing alone please come and talk to me...please please please!  I always come across as shy in first meetings but once you get to know me I never shut up...actually, that's probably an incentive not to introduce yourself!

Here I am in case you haven't seen me (yes, that's real terror in my eyes, this was taken this morning)

I'll be the tablet-less, laptop-less person making notes in a good old fashioned notebook :)


Friday, 12 October 2012

Book Love: The Girls' Guide to Homemaking by Amy Bratley

I find it very difficult to pass judgement on a book until I've finished reading it as I have, on occasion, found a book I've written off after the first chapter but by the end I'm shouting about how brilliant it was.  

So although the title says "What I'm reading" these posts will actually be "What I've just read" followed by "What I'm reading"

I'm hoping to get around to making a badge for these posts so other people can link up and we can share some book love!

'The Girls' Guide to Homemaking' by Amy Bratley
"Is home really where the heart is?"


This came as part of a summer reads set I bought from The Book People (love them, they'll probably feature a lot!) and it was the first one of the set I picked up.  It's a debut novel about a woman (Juliet) on a mission to have her 'perfect' white picket fence life only real life gets in the way.  So it becomes a story of her journey to find out what really is important.  

There are some interesting twists in the story, although I thought these could have been elaborated on further.  One of the 'big' secrets Amy Bratley hints at all the way through the story is revealed on the second to last page and it just announced and then moved on from which I found a bit odd.  It gave me the impression that she'd run out of story to tell or that she wasn't sure how to incorporate it into the thread of the story.

At the start of each chapter there are quotes from housekeeping magazines and books from the 50's which I loved and I found myself inspired to become a real-life 1950's housewife.  Then I came out of the book, looked around and realised that that would actually involve cleaning and being a more than adequate cook so I soon gave up that aspiration.  I would quite like to own one of the 1950's style aprons that Juliet makes in the book though so if you know of anywhere that sells them, please point me in their direction.  At least I can look the part then as my souffles sink and my cocktails aren't ready before my guests arrive!  (To give you some perspective on my cooking abilities, I managed to explode a bowl of scrambled eggs in the microwave yesterday).

I thought this was a lovely lighthearted read.  There are some moderately darker moments but these are in keeping with the theme of the book and not too heavy handed.  I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it.

Currently reading:

'Lizzy Harrison Loses Control' by Pippa Wright

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Animals (See it Snap it Love it)

I knew straightaway which photos I wanted to use for this week's See it Snap it Love it theme of 'animals'. 

As you may know, we got two rabbits in May and they are still as much a novelty now for the kids as they were then.  Eli in particular has a huge obsession with coming outside with me every morning to feed them and, mostly, to shout "hop hop" at them!  It's a good job they are so good natured and don't take unkindly to being screeched and prodded at!

I don't think it's ever too early to introduce the concept of taking care of other animals and the way Eli and George were cuddling up last night (George constantly trying to climb up onto Eli's shoulder) makes me realise how important a lesson it can be.  That said, there are still times when Eli forgets and gives one of them a good poke in the eye but it happens less and less now!


I am linking this post up with Dear Beautiful Boy's See it Snap it Love it.  Why don't you go over to Lucy's blog and have a look at some more entries?



Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Gallery: Yellow

I love this photo of Eli - the fact that I don't know whether he was trying to smell the flower, inspect it just that little bit closer or have a cheeky taste!

Either way, it's become a firm favourite!


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The best passport photo?

When Meg was 3 months old, we went on holiday to Spain with my parents.  In the build up to a holiday with a baby, one of the issues we obviously had to tackle was that of her passport.

I did a limited amount of aimless reading research on the internet trying to find out the best way to get a photograph we could use for her passport.  To this day I don't know why I didn't think to look on the Direct Gov website as that would have told us everything we needed to know!

Instead, we found a website who would print any image onto passport sized photo paper so one morning, armed with a white sheet and a semi-compliant baby, we set about trying to obtain a decent shot.

Of course, anyone who has a passport for their baby will know that as long as they don't have a huge dummy obscuring their face or someone else in the photo with them then they don't even need to have their eyes open.  But at the time, we didn't know that and so we spent a great deal of time trying to capture one with Meg's eyes open, looking straight at the camera.

I think it took us well over an hour to get a photo we were confident could be used.  And a whole load of photos that couldn't!

However, we did end up with my favourite baby photo of Meg ever:


I love the expression on her face.  I can just imagine her thinking "Erm guys, I don't know what this big black thing is that you keep waving in my face but I wish you would stop cooing at me and trying to make me look at you!"

Unfortunately I was overruled by my Other Half at selecting this one for her passport!

This blog post has been written as an entry into the Tots100 competition in association with Boots Mother and Baby.

Monday, 8 October 2012

No going back...

So, we did it - we filled in Meg's school application form online and sent it off to the Council.  So there's no going back now!

We've taken a slight risk in not putting our catchment school down as one of our three choices but without a doubt it is the wrong school for her and if it comes to it we'd rather move!

Our first choice is a C of E Voluntary Aided School so all being well Meg will get her foundation place and there won't be any issues.  We were informed by the school that they've never faced not having enough foundation places before so we just have to hope that the baby boom hasn't changed things!!  

I've had months to think over and consider Meg going to school but I still felt a bit emotional as I clicked 'submit' and sealed her educational fate.  Some days I know without a doubt that she will be ready for school next September, she's already chomping at the bit.  We've been 'prepping' her by explaining that when she is 4 she will be old enough to go to school, however we realised yesterday that neither of us are looking forward to the day after her 4th birthday when she wakes up expecting to go for her first day!

But other days I just want to squeeze her to me and pretend that she's never going to grow up and get wise to the ways of the world.  I found this picture online and I think it pretty much sums up how I will be feeling next September.


Without a doubt I will be back on here looking for support as I face sending my first child off to primary school but for now I can just focus on hoping that she gets a place in a school and wondering whether we were rash to not put her catchment school down 'just in case'!

Has anybody else ever taken a risk and not applied for their catchment school?  How did it turn out (not that I'm sure I want to know if the answer is negative!!).

Friday, 5 October 2012

Book Love

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I hope if you've landed on this page it's because you've just read a review sharing some Book Love!

I started this linky so that for those bloggers out there who simply love reading, we could share our recommendations and reviews with each other.

Each linky is open for a month and you are welcome to come back as many times as you like within that month to link up.  I aim to write a review every Friday but I know that not everyone devours books in the same way I do!


It would be great if you would use the badge and link back to my latest post if you decide to take part, but this isn't really necessary.  I'd just like to know you've joined in so I can read your review!


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Previous reviews:

Coming soon: The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin

The Water Horse by Julia Gregson
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell
A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Vanilla Salt by Ada Parellada
The Vintage Summer Wedding by Jenny Oliver
Half A King by Joe Abercrombie
Hood by Stephen Lawhead
Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe
Sealed With A Kiss by Rachael Lucas
The Hive by Gill Hornby
The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sweet Dreams, Little One by Massimo Gramellini
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
The Litigators by John Grisham
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
The Boy From Aleppo Who Painted The War by Sumia Sukkar
Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
The Declaration Series by Gemma Malley
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
The Pirate's Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson
The Detective's Daughter by Lesley Thomson
Wife in the North by Judith O'Reilly
The Patchwork Marriage by Jane Green
The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
The Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato
Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (review for Duck Egg Book Club)
The Bellini Card by Jason Goodwin 
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (review for Duck Egg Book Club)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I Heart London by Lindsey Kelk
The Queen's Confidante by Karen Harper
The Adulteress by Noelle Harrison
Tideline by Penny Hancock
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Venetian Contract by Marina Fiorato
Set in Stone by Catherine Dunne
Lizzy Harrison Loses Control by Pippa Wright
The Girls' Guide to Homemaking by Amy Bratley


Thursday, 4 October 2012

BIG Questions

When I was at college, every Wednesday I would go along to a local primary school and help out with their year two class.  I have a very clear memory of this one time, during a science class, when one of the little 7 year olds looked up at me and said "what's plastic made of?"  At the time I can remember blanching, my mind frantically searching for the answer.  I'm sure my Other Half will shake his head in shame when he reads this but I'm fairly sure I said "sand!"

If only I'd known at the time how much worse it would be answering the questions of a toddler.  Which come every 5 minutes, about all kinds of subjects I have no hope of knowing the answers to.  

"Why can't animals talk?"
"Why doesn't the moon fall down on us?"
"What happens to make it rain?"

All questions I have had aimed at me just this week alone!

The thing is, Meg has never been the kind of child you can fob off with a vague answer.  She wants specifics, actual hardcore answers that she can get a handle on.  The best I have ever been able to come up with is "let's ask your Daddy" which sure enough she does within seconds of him coming through the door.

So, you can imagine my utter relief when I saw that some of the biggest minds in the country had come together in this brand new book "BIG QUESTIONS from little people...answered by some very big people"

Launched today this book asks 100 real questions from children aged five to twelve answered by some of our most knowledgeable experts in a child-friendly way.  It's every parents gold-mine!  Or...mine at least!


The book was put together to raise money for the NSPCC with over half the advance and royalties going to the charity.

And if you have a burning BIG question from your little person that you're struggling to answer you can tweet them @BigQuestionsBK or use #BIGQs

I received my copy of the book today and I'll keep you informed on how I get on with it!!


Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of 'Big Questions from little people...' for the purpose of this post and my subsequent review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Colour (See it Snap it Love it)

I was a bit puzzled over what I could do for the theme of 'colour'.  As anyone with small children will be able to identify with, our house is full of bright colours due to the overflow of toys.  But that seemed too obvious.

In the end I chose this photo simply because I love it.  There's nothing special about the colour of it, just that there's a block of it.

It makes me smile to look at it and think of Meg just chilling out and having a rest from running around!  I wonder what's going through her little head.


I'm linking this with Dear Beautiful Boy's See it Snap it Love it.  Why don't you join in and go and check out some of the other entries?