Book Review: Rocking and Reading with Jungle Jam

Like most children, my girls love listening to stories and always run to the bookshelf to pick out a book for bedtime. So when we were asked to review a new children’s book, I couldn’t say no. We were kindly sent a copy of Jungle Jam, which tells the tale of Mikey the Monkey’s trip through the jungle and all the animal friends he encounters along the way – each playing a different instrument.


As soon as Clara saw it she kept asking us to read the ‘monkey book’, and we’ve since read it a few times (and as we usually have to read ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ every single night, trust me, this has made a nice change!)  (more…)

Christmas Gift Guide: Ideas for Preschoolers

It’s that time of year where toys are everywhere. The television is constantly streaming adverts, the shops are bursting with all things plastic and noisy, and the kids are talking about this toy and that game that they have seen.


This is the first year that Clara really knows about Christmas, and we have tried to explain to her the concept of Father Christmas. She’s taken to this quite well – a jolly stranger is going to bring her new toys? What’s not to like. So we gave her a toy catalogue and asked her to pick some things that she might like for Christmas. She picked a doll, a pram, a magna doodle, a toy dog and a my little pony. All sensible requests.

If you’re looking for some ideas for preschoolers, here’s our roundup of some of our favourite toys.


Christmas Gift Guide: Subscription ideas for all the family

A subscription really is the gift that keeps on giving. You can spread the joy of receiving presents throughout the year by choosing the perfect subscription gift for your loved ones. And it’s not just magazines anymore – there are subscription gifts to suit anyone and everyone; all interests and tastes are catered for.


Here’s a roundup of some of the subscription gifts that are available. (more…)

Our Weekly Roundup #26

  • Half term started off well enough with a trip to the cinema to see Trolls (which is awesome by the way!) and a visit to Keswick, but unfortunately went downhill from there. We were all struck down with a tummy bug which pretty much wrote off the rest of the week.
  • My two nieces were staying with us for a few days so we had a few nice treats planned. On Tuesday we had a day out with my sister and her two boys. The older kids used the climbing wall while the younger ones explored the adventure play area. At one point Clara got stuck in the ball pool, which meant that I then got stuck in my attempt to rescue her! We then visited an optical illusion attraction which was a lot of fun, right until Clara freed the mother of all nappy fillers and we had to buy her some emergency trousers – surprisingly the only children’s trousers we could find in the Lake District was a pair of waterproofs. She didn’t let it bother her though and was quite happy!



Christmas Gift Guide Linky

Welcome to my first ever Linky!

Christmas preparations are in full swing; I’m slowly adding ideas to my present-buying list but still need some inspiration for those hard-to-buy-for family members. Gift Guides are a great idea as they bring together the best present ideas from a range of different brands, stores and websites. I’m working on a series of blog posts, from gift ideas for Star Wars fans to the best Advent Calendars for all the family and I’ll be sharing them in this Linky, along with (hopefully) lots of other bloggers’ gift guides!