Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson
Jul19

Dancing the Charleston by Jacqueline Wilson

We heard Jacqueline Wilson mention Dancing the Charleston the last time we saw her at Cheltenham Literature Festival nearly two years ago (we’ve seen her three times). So I knew we had to buy it as soon as I saw it in Waterstones. My daughter has loved Jacqueline Wilson for as long as I can remember. She’s 13 now, so she ‘should’ have grown out of her books by now, but does it really matter? Harry Potter books...

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18th birthday checklist
Jul18

18th birthday checklist

I started the year excited that my eldest was going to turn 18. Raising a child all the way to adulthood is a pretty big achievement. I wanted to make his 18th birthday really special for him and for him to know that I’d put the effort in. To be honest, I wanted to make it special for myself too. I wanted to look back and know that I’d done more for his 18th than I usually do for birthdays. I’d planned to start...

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Fix your annoying squeaky bed with these five handy tips
Jul16

Fix your annoying squeaky bed with these five handy tips

This is a paid collaborative post. Regular readers will know that sleep is not my friend. I have no problem getting to sleep, but I really struggle to stay asleep once the clock ticks past 4 (5 if I’m lucky). Which isn’t great, as we are constantly reminded about the importance of a good night’s sleep. We are bombarded by adverts all promising the “best nights sleep you will ever have”. I know I tried a couple of...

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Reflections on year 8, year 10 and year 13
Jul15

Reflections on year 8, year 10 and year 13

Well another school year is over, and for one of my kids school is actually over for good. I know parents always say it, but I can’t believe that time has flown by so quickly. I can’t believe I have one child who has left school, one going into GCSE year and one going into year 9, which is definitely no longer ‘new’ or ‘little’. (I think kids are generally still considered a bit new and little in...

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Silent Sunday 14.7.19
Jul14

Silent Sunday 14.7.19

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