To The Man In The Picture

I seem to turn to my blog when I’m hurting. Maybe it is still a little bit therapeutic.

Recently the world lost another soul. But this wasn’t a stranger, this was someone who is so loved, up and down the country and probably around the world.

You never really think about how many lives you touch until you are faced with loss. But this person touched so many lives. Including ours.

I had the most idyllic childhood. The older I get the more I realise just how lucky I was. One thing this childhood contained was the typical yearly holiday. But we didn’t just go anywhere. We went to one place.

Every single year.

This one place has been filled with hundreds of people and faces. It’s a second home for me and mine and it is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

Places like this are always made better by the people you meet. And my god didn’t we meet some amazing people.

We rented the same home every time we went. The people who owned the home became friends. They became real people that we really cared about.

As I grew up we stopped going. I became a moody teen and my brother and sister became adults with their own lives. But eventually, all of us hit that moment when we had to return. Sometimes for a night. Sometimes for several.

We always went back to the same people. People who never forgot us, who never stopped caring and welcomed us home each and every time we came.

I was so excited so give my own children that place we call home. To take them there when we need to escape. To see the people who always greeted us with a smile. Our holiday family.

But time is a bitch, Time takes things away.  Time is not always kind.

Which couldn’t be more true.

The man in the picture..

You made our childhoods amazing. You gave us such amazing memories. The photos and the stories, we wouldn’t have those if it wasn’t for you and your wonderful family.

All the time you gave, all the phone calls with dad, you were are a very special human to us.

Last year we came down. We knew the bad news. We wanted to come to thank you for everything you and yours gave us a family.

A second place we can escape to. A place filled with amazing memories.

And now you’re gone, I didn’t ever think to go to the same place and seeing those people, would give us those type of faraway connections.

But I know so many people feel the same.

Cannot imagine what the family are going through without you.

To anyone else you are the man in the picture, but your family are everything we love about escaping there.

The world lost an amazing man who touched so many lives. Those people are rare. This world needs more of those people.

We will never forget those memories. And our children will carry those memories on.

Thank you. So much, thank you x

The Great British Sewing Bee Sewing Studio

My oldest has been doing sewing club at school and is watching me while I’m using my sewing machines and desperately wants to have a go but I have always a little wary until now with  The Great British Sewing Bee Sewing Studio for ages 6 and over from around £43.00.

Now I am a fan of two things, number one sewing and number two, The Great British Sewing Bee, the show was and still is awesome and something that pushed me and Liv into the sewing world.

This is a fun and safe sewing machine for children to be able to get involved with sewing.

The machine comes with an easy to follow instructions in the form of a handy booklet. This machine is ideal for both a  beginner and someone who is more experienced. Everything your little one will need to start out is in the included in the box, including a first project kit for a clutch purse. There are a number of kits available from phones case to blankets.

There is a foot pedal so it is like a fully working grown-up machine, two spare needles, bobbins and a needle threader to help with that all-important task. There are patterns for the clutch bag and an assortment of fabrics.  Hours of fun can be had with this and is a great way to get your children involved with something else away from a screen. Sewing is a great hobby that could develop into something more. There are endless possibilities that can come from this sewing machine, clothes for dolls as well as people, bags and teddies. Liv loves being able to sew along with at me at home and I like knowing she has a safe machine to sew from, one that performs like a fully functioning machine that I would use. 

This is a great gift for Christmas and with the compact machine it will not take up much space and easy to store.

Here’s something made by Liv!

Mi-Mic Microphone

The Mi-Mic great Christmas present for any young girl or boy that likes to sing and perform either in front of the family or in their rooms, however, if they are anything like Eve, they will need a captive audience.

With different colors available to suit all tastes, you will find the perfect partner for your little one. 

With the Mi-Mic Bluetooth karaoke speaker you are able to sing along to any song direct from your device. You can add extra effects to the vocals by using the echo dial. The mic has 7 coloured lights that add to the performance!! And will flash along to the beat.

The Mi-Mic is Bluetooth compatible which is easy to pair with a device and with 2,5 hours of charging time via a usb connection with a lithium battery and up to 4 hours playing. You can be up to 10 meters away from device giving it a great range. It has full controls on the side within easy reach while singing you can pause, fast forward and rewind and of course the all-important volume control. The mic also has an sd card reader for music. The Mi-Mic will give you hours of fun as a great gift or even for some fun at a party.

Evie has had great fun with the freedom this Mic gives. I don’t think you can quite appreciate it until you have had on it on full run, on full blast, in the house, for several, long, loud hours. But let me promise you, this is the mic that can keep up the pace and have you all belting out tunes until the sun comes up. Or until mummy has heard its raining tacos for the 52nd time today and she just needs to hear something else.

The Mi-Mic is a love it hate it kind of toy. I love hearing the girls sing the sweet songs and belting out my own on the odd occasion, but I wish the girls didn’t know how to operate the volume!!!!!!

 

Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots

It is all in the name with these new dolls! Tinsy winsy weeny tots are small, tiny, little baby dolls that fit in the palm of your hand!

Our girls love to have something to collect and these dolls will not disappoint as there is 15 in total. They look very lifelike with great detail on their faces with lovely little expressions and of course, they have squashy soft bodies so they are great for hugging.

Another lovely touch is that each Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tot comes with his or hers own hospital wrist tag with its name and date of birth which is another feature that our girls loved.

The box the individual babies come in double up as a cardboard cot for them. They have lovely tiny outfits for them to wear and they come with a little toy, We had Baby Mia dress in a pink pajama outfit with a rattle and baby Logan dressed in a blue baby grow with his own ball. Some of the other outfits on the other babies are very cute with Millie on a rabbit snowsuit and India in a pink bedy bag and her hat has ears on.

Along with the 15 different Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tots to collect there are 3 accessory sets complete with a doll too, we have a lovely out and about set with a pram with a moving handle nappy and nappy bag everything your little one will need to take their Tinsy Winsy Weeny Tot out and about. There is also a Bedtime set with a lovely crib and the collectors case is a compact carry case has different compartments to put your baby dolls in their cots, drawers and cupboards to keep all their clothes and accessories and a fold out nusery comes with another doll and a selection of accessories including a bath and both great to keep theTinsy Winsy Weeny Tot up together

The individual tots are £7.99 each and the sets start at £14.99 these are great for birthday or christmas gifts with an age range of 3 to 7 years old these are available to buy from smyths.

 

Getting Ready For Summer With Education Quizzes!?

I know, the whole year has nearly passed already and you are still eating Christmas chocolate. I am the same. But we have to push on and go forth in the year and face facts that the 6 weeks summer holidays is looming.

We have six whole weeks to plan for! One thing I personally like to make sure I do is to keep the girl’s minds going in terms of learning. Whilst the six weeks is to enjoy, I think it’s equally important to keep it all fresh in their mind and help keep them on track at school, ready for the next educational year.

That is where Education Quizzes comes in. This pay monthly website has everything you need to keep those little minds ticking over. They even have things to keep those big minds ticking over!

From KS1 to KS3 and plenty of specialist subjects, they have something to keep them going year round!

For the girls, we have been using Keystage 1 and Keystage 2. 

As you can see from the image below they offer the whole range of subjects for each stage. Variety and the fact that this is done online means it is far more appealing to kids.

Boredom won’t be a problem here!

I know throughout the summer holidays this will be perfect because they are rarely without a device close by! Incorporating the two together has made this much more appealing.

The quizzes themselves are all setup to be easy to navigate and super easy to read, Evie is 5 and she can navigate her way through the site without much help needed from me. Liv, of course, has no problems. She likes that she can take it in stages. Take the times tables, each number has a separate quiz, meaning that she can concentrate and learn each number in stages. Times tables are something we will be working on more over the summer.

I won’t lie, I have taken some of the quizzes. I may have got a little carried away however there’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition!

An hour or so, several times a week during the holidays will give the girls a boost in confidence when they go back to school. Of course, the site will be great for year-round learning and it would be something I would like to see incorporated into schools in the future.

There is a monthly fee of £9.99 for use of the site, however when you think about it, buying workbooks and extra bits of material throughout the year can be costly, so I think it’s more than worth it, especially if you have multiple kids!

Education quizzes is the next step in online learning and we are really enjoying the experience.

 

This is a collaborative post. However, all opinions are my own.