Crafting With Annie


For the first time ever Annie sat down and actually used with the melty bead set she got for Christmas 2 years ago!

She’s brought it out before, but always gotten bored after 2 minutes and left the beads scattered all over the table for someone else (me) to clean up.

On Sunday however I came into the room to find her halfway through making a giant, colourful heart to hang up in her room.

Crafting with Annie | melty beads | Hama beads heart |

When she’d finished we ironed it and left aside to cool, then, I threaded a bit of twine onto it, and she went proudly upstairs to hang it up.

It’s a lovely to see her plan a craft activity in her head, work hard at it, complete it and then use it as she’d envisaged.

It looked like a fun thing to do, I think next time she gets the melty beads out, I may sit down with her and make something too :)

Did you do anything crafty last weekend?
Ever used Hama beads before?
Any suggestions for what Annie can make next?

Posted in category: Annie, Point & Shoot

Point + Shoot – 21.04.2015


Thank you to everyone who joined in with Point + Shoot last week.

My post this week is a crafty one courtesy of Annie

Our winning post from last week is from the lovely Emma and family at Somerset Yurts.

Spring Adventures at Hestercombe Gardens

Don’t forget, our joint favourite photo / post from the week will win 12 Instagram prints from our lovely sponsor,, even more reason to play along.

You don’t have to play every week, just drop by when you have something to share. You don’t need a fancy DSLR either, a phone camera works just as well.

As for the photos, they can be absolutely anything. If you saw it, or did it, at the weekend, then photograph it and link up.


Posted in category: Point & Shoot

50 Things That Make Me Happy


The fabulous Aby from You Baby Me Mummy has tagged me to share 50 things that make me happy.

I wrote a list of things to be happy about back in 2012 so was interested to see what had changed in the last 3 years.

  1. Clean bedsheets
  2. Watching Ez play trains50 Things that Make Me Happy | List Post |
  3. How good it feels holding Jonny’s hand
  4. My pink hair!
  5. How much Annie loves reading in bed before she goes to sleep at night
  6. Star Wars
  7. Hot days with blue skies
  8. A good book
  9. Photography
  10. Listening to Jonny play piano
  11. BBQs
  12. Little surprises (lovely ones, not poops!)
  13. Pre-bed dance parties with the kiddos
  14. A weekend roast dinner with the family
  15. Grabbing a bargain on eBay
  16. Editing our family movies
  17. Watching family movies with the kiddos :)
  18. Long conversations with Ez, with him perched on my tummy as I lie down, talking about anything & everything
  19. Annie’s confidence
  20. Bunting
  21. Walking barefoot
  22. A perfect mug of tea
  23. Bouncy castles
  24. Singing loudly and dancing round the kitchen to BBC 6Music
  25. The bubble machine blowing hundreds of rainbow coloured bubbles around the garden
  26. Lists!
  27. Collecting conkers
  28. Annie’s drawings and stories
  29. A freshly opened bottle of Rekorderlig after a long day
  30. The Totoro soundtrack
  31. The smell of second hand bookshops
  32. Anything written by, or staring, Tina Fey
  33. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  34. The smell of crisp, Autumn mornings
  35. Listening to Annie sing along to her favourite songs in her room
  36. Planning for Christmas (told you I love a list!)
  37. Random declarations of love from Ez
  38. Roast chestnuts
  39. That warm, dusty smell when you turn the heating on the first time in Winter
  40. My tacky Chinese lucky cat
  41. Ezra’s insistence that his middle name is Bear
  42. When the kids play nicely together without being threatened beforehand ;-)
  43. New baby cuddles
  44. That moment when I’ve finished the housework before the kids descend and mess it up again
  45. The 4 of us cuddling in bed on a Sunday morning, even as it deteriorates into a massive tickle fight
  46. Family road trips
  47. Long summer days in the back garden50 Things that Make Me Happy | List Post |
  48. The ‘unique’ outfits Annie comes up with!
  49. Great British Bake Off
  50. Rocking my PJs and a hoodie on a lazy day

What things bring a smile to your face?

Posted in category: general life


Wubble Bubble Review


The Wubble Bubble is described as looking like a bubble, but playing like a ball so I was intrigued and excited when we were sent one to review.

The pump takes 4 D batteries and there’s a bit of a knack to getting the nozzle sat right. We used olive oil and after a couple of attempts it was slowly inflating while the kids bounced around impatiently!

I think the best way to show the Wubble Bubble is with a wee video of the kids playing with it.

We didn’t throw it too much as it was a shockingly windy day, but this thing will go super high, even when thrown up by one of the kiddos.

We all loved the Wubble Bubble Ball, it took longer than expected to inflate, but once it was up, it was great fun. It didn’t get popped, which was my biggest concern given how lightweight it is and it kept the kids entertained for ages.

Next time I plan on taking it out to a park on a calm day and letting the kids run round and round until they’re exhausted, courtesy of the Wubble Bubble Ball!

Disclosure: We were sent the Wubble Bubble for free in order to review.

Posted in category: Review


My Secrets Diary Review


Annie was very happy to receive the My Secrets Diary and Activity Book from Interplay in the post the other week.

It is exactly the sort of product that 5 year old Annie loves. It has a key so no-one else can read her secret thoughts, has writing prompts and lists to fill in, suggestions for drawing activities and a calendar so she can keep track of her school clubs and weekend outings.

The hard-backed folder has activities for each month of the year and there is a zipped pouch at the front filed with stickers to decorate your diary.

The design suits Annie to the ground, all the pink, hearts, flowers and butterflies and collage style illustrations are Annie’s style to a T.

My Secret Diary Review | (1)My Secret Diary Review | (2)My Secret Diary Review | (3)

I’ve bookmarked the Diary on the Interplay website for the next birthday party Annie is invited to, as it would make a perfect gift for Annie of her female classmates or friends.

Disclosure: We were sent this book free for the purposes of review. 

Posted in category: Review