Monday, 11 September 2017

FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL & EMPTY NEST SYNDROME


FIRST DAY AT SCHOOL & EMPTY NEST SYNDROME

If your child is leaving to go to school, you may be feeling a little bereft. But remember the transition will be challenging for them too, even if they don’t let on that they’re nervous. After all, they’re the one taking the leap.

The good news? The first day at school is a transition that you as a parent can help your child with. Plus, it’ll make you feel better to know that they can manage on their own. Read on…


Sunday, 3 September 2017

34/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year



Esme, who is Harry Potter mad, has had her ninth birthday this week. Check out these thank you notes that she's designed. Not bad kid!

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A SCREEN FREE SUMMER


THIRTY GREAT (SCREEN FREE) IDEAS TO HELP PASS THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS
There’s no doubt the Internet has changed the way children engage with information, many now even known to multi screen – using more than one device at a time - but when they’re reported to be watching on average over six hours of screen time daily, isn’t it vital to remind them and us of what life was like before the digital era, and of the stuff that childhood used to be made of?

Sunday, 6 August 2017

30/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...

In France this week the girls made shrinkies with my friend's kids.

This delicate piece is my favourite:

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Today I found a note...

...and I simply must write it up for fear of losing it - something Esme said when she was six. She had not long been at Juniors, perhaps she was just seven? School had clearly had an assembly covering the charity Childline about feeling safe/being bullied. And yes, the number she quoted was correct; I remember looking it up afterwards to check!
Esme fights with Fia.
Esme stomps upstairs.
Finds Mummy working.
Tells Mummy that Fia is bullying her and has been bullying her every day this week.
Mummy says, let's make it better and have a story and a snuggle? 
Esme responds, Mummy, that’s not going to make it better. I'm going to phone Childline.  
Mummy baulks. What? 
Esme clarifies, If you've told someone you trust and they don’t help, and it doesn’t get any better, you should phone Childline. And, Mummy, I know the number. It is 0800 1111. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

28/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



Esme's painting has become much cleaner this year, she loves the result of her latest pottery!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Something to smile about - A review

Something to smile about... that's what the latest Colgate electric toothbrushes are. At least my elated 8 and 5 year old daughters think so. Honesty, the still very much mischievous 5 YO Fia has been going on and on about having an electric toothbrush for ages, and her face when she laid eyes on the bright Despicable Me themed battery brush was an absolute picture.
And then she heard it speak...

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Despicable Me 3 - A parental rite of passage

Sunday LIFE AS IT IS was invited to the preview of the new Despicable Me 3 movie at Leicester Square Odeon. It was of course completely brilliant and a great family day out. Parents, I'm pretty sure you'll be going... expect to laugh loads! #TakeYourMinions #InForATreat Here's me and the gang...



And here's Gru and Drew... not giving anything else away!



Friday, 23 June 2017

A World Like Nowhere Else - A poem



A World Like Nowhere Else

Spinning on its own Axis, where seas of silk lap graceful shores,
A world like nowhere else exists
Where quintessential currents run and elegance and power converge,
And tales of timeless greats are spun and showstoppers emerge
A world for all to celebrate; light years away from ordinary
A world which deftly radiates its realm; and bows to the extraordinary
Where earthly rigours found outside and lived outside are left outside
And wishes wished are realised through all the finer tastes this land will grant
To let its spell enchant; to walk its walk once through those golden gilded gates
To gaze at beauty styled and beauty stitched on graceful form adorned
To know that bay imperious Horse immortalised and cast in bronze is Yeats
That headlines here accomplished render sporting moments starred
This Kingdom... smiling Green Coats kindly guard; this universe beyond three centuries old
Such elements, such pieces of a jigsaw wrought to mould this multi-coloured globe
A blazing beacon to the most majestic sport of all where heroes rise and heroes fall,
And Royal Ascot's world stands tallest of the tall

Henry F Birtles

Sunday, 18 June 2017

25/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



Esme makes a windsock out of what she finds in the garden!

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Candy Crush Lip Balms - A review



Candy Crush Lip Balms
Flavours: Lemonade Lake, Chocolate Mountains, Bubblegum Bridge, Peppermint Palace
Available from: Primark
Age: Recommended for 6+
Price: £1.50 each


Sometimes the postman truly delivers. My children were absolutely delighted when they got home from holiday to find not one, not two, but four Candy Crush lip balms on our doorstop for them to try. Shame they never arrived in time to take away to Greece with us - they would have loved the 'grown-up-ness' of the soft and fruity long lasting glaze!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

24/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...

On holiday in Greece, the girls painted a picture for the kind lady Vasso, as a thank you for sharing her lovely home with us. The villa we stayed in was surrounded by bright flowers, so inspiration was everywhere!


Sunday, 28 May 2017

22/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



Priceless labelling - praise be for the CAT with the FOOT

Sunday, 21 May 2017

21/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



Using the word Reign, Esme writes an acrostic poem for spelling homework, I love the accompanying sketch of Buckingham Palace

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunday, 30 April 2017

18/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



















I love these bright pictures by the girls, each depicting Spring. Fia's recalling Easter and Esme's collage welcoming wildlife into the garden.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

17/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year
Creating crafts




















Easter Monday, before the children headed back to school this week, they kept busy with this Laurence King spaceship set

Sunday, 16 April 2017

16/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year

Esme Grace and Sofia Faith made bunny bunting this week at home...



Esme painted this egg...




















And here is Fia's card.




















Happy Easter!

Sunday, 9 April 2017

15/52 The GraceFaith year long art project

Choosing a favourite piece of art, each week of the year...



We went to the Grayshott pottery this week, the girl's really enjoyed it as always, but it struck me how much Fia has grown up in recent weeks. For the first time at this particular activity, she really focussed, concentrating on her layers of colour and design... the result speaks for itself.


Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Eric the Oracle series by Kate H.N. - A review


DETAILS:
Eric the Oracle series by Kate H.N.
Illustrated by: Tim Bulmer
Written for Key Stage 1&2 children, 7-11 years



Published by: Blockley Bank Books
Ebooks available from: March 2017
Price: ebooks £2.99, printed copies £5.99 or a set of 6 £29.95