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Food

10 tips to achieve a successful bake

Walnut Teabread

I love to bake, and since embarking upon my Baking Bible Challenge (a personal challenge I set for myself to bake all 219 recipes in Mary Berry’s Baking Bible) I feel like I’ve picked up some new skills, learnt a few things about what not to do, and definitely baked some recipes that I would otherwise have flicked past in the cookery book. I am not purporting to be an expert, but I wanted to share a few tips with you…

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My family

Our Rainbow Baby: Matilda Alice

our rainbow baby

Just a short post, introducing Matilda Alice, our beautiful rainbow baby, who was born at home on February 4th. I’ll share a full birth story on the blog in due course, but for now, here are some photos of her taken on day three. We are thoroughly enjoying the newborn bubble at the moment, and getting used to being a family of four. Now if only we could crack the feeding… Welcome to the world Matilda!…

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Books,Reviews

Listening to stories and literacy learning with eBookadabra

eBookadabra app

Collaborative post* Rosalie is a big fan of books; we have read to her from birth and I am a massive advocate for books and the role they play in early speech and language development. We take regular trips to the library, and Rosalie has many of her own books, on shelves in her bedroom, and distributed around the other rooms of the house! Every night we find her with books in her bed where she has fallen asleep ‘reading’!…

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My family

Me & Mine – January 2017

Me & Mine Family Portrait Project January 2017

January has been a month of waiting. Waiting for our baby girl to arrive. I wasn’t sure whether or not she would arrive in time to take our family portraits for the month, so on the 27th we decided to cut our losses and head to the Common for some quick snaps. It was mighty chilly, but after a short while the sun made an appearance, so we hastily set up the tripod and took some photos. Afterwards Rosalie had…

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Pregnancy

Breastfeeding anxiety

breastfeeding anxiety

I am 40+3 weeks pregnant now; this is the point in my pregnancy with Rosalie when she decided to make her rather swift arrival into the world. The baby’s position, planning my home birth, fretting about the speed of my labour and whether Jim will get home from work in time, and whether Rosalie will be ok with our friends, have been monopolising my worries for the past month. But now I feel I am prepared as I can be, and…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Homes and Houses theme {playful learning}

homes and houses themed play

Our Playful Learning theme for February is going to be Homes and Houses. I partly chose this as I felt with a newborn in the house, a large portion of our days might be spent at home, but that I could make this fun for Rosalie if I planned it right. As with last month, I have created a theme poster which I’ll stick up in Rosalie’s play space, to remind us what our themes are; you can use it too if you…

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My family

An icy stroll and waiting for baby

icy lake

This proper winter weather is beautiful isn’t it? I love it when it’s cold, frosty and icy but so bright and sunny. We just had to get outside and enjoy it this morning, so we headed to our local nature reserve for a sedate icy stroll. With being 39+4 weeks pregnant, we haven’t been venturing too far from home, but you know, you don’t always need to go far or somewhere new to have an adventure! We had no idea that…

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Motherhood,Parenting,Play

Raising curious kids

exploring frozen puddles

Children are curious by nature, they ask a lot of questions, and rightly so; the world is a complex place for little ones (and adults) to comprehend, and it is our responsibility, as parents, to nurture that curiosity. The importance of nurturing curiosity I strongly believe that by encouraging imagination and curiosity in our toddlers we are setting them up for a lifelong love of learning. As parents, we want our children to have a thirst for knowledge, and empower…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Snowmen Tracing Activity with FREE Printable

snowmen tracing pre-writing free printable

I created Rosalie this snowmen tracing printable last week for some pre-writing, pencil control and fine motor practice. She loves using her whiteboard pens and tracing over things, just as much as she enjoys rubbing them out I think! To do this activity with your toddler, simply download the free snowmen tracing printable, print it out and laminate it. Set your child up with the printable and a whiteboard or dry wipe pen, and let them try and trace the…

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Pregnancy

Preparing for a home birth {38 weeks pregnant}

38 weeks upright birth preparations

A home birth was the logical choice for me, so even before we were expecting our second baby I knew I would want to give birth at home, if we were lucky enough to get pregnant again. I didn’t plan to have Rosalie at home, it just happened that way – my labour was very fast and there was no way we would have made it to the hospital, so she was delivered by ambulance crew on the living room floor.…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

How to create an Arctic Small World

arctic small world

This Arctic Small World proved to be a big hit with Rosalie, and with me because it was so simple to set up! It gave her opportunities for sensory play as well as imaginary play, and the instant snow is amazing! Setting up the Arctic Small World Here’s what I used to set up Rosalie’s arctic small world: Our trusty tray Water beads in blue and white Ice Insta-Snow Polar animals If you’re not familiar with water beads then you have…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Winter word/picture match game with FREE printable

winter themed word and picture matching game for toddlers

Last week I made Rosalie a little winter themed picture matching game*. She really enjoys playing with rice, and her winter sensory tray has been a big hit this season, but to change it up a bit this I spy matching game made for a fun variation. How to play Download and print the picture matching game. Laminate the sheet to make it durable and reusable (optional). Cut along the blue lines to split the game page into pictures and…

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Playful learning (2-5 years)

Snowman play dough

snowman play dough play - white, sparkly play dough recipe

As part of our Snow and Snowmen themed playful learning this January we made a batch of white play dough so that Rosalie could have some fun stamping out snowmen and decorating them. Our go-to play dough recipe is from The Imagination Tree, and we adapted Anna’s basic no-cook recipe to suit our theme. Because this recipe is made with cornflour the play dough has a different texture and behaves slightly differently (similar to that of a non-Newtonian fluid), giving…

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Books

On the bookshelf in January

winter and snow themed books for toddlers

Our Playful Learning themes for January are Winter, Snow and Snowmen, so I have loaded Rosalie’s bookshelf with appropriate books to complement our activities. Luckily (I planned it that way!) she got a number of wintry books in her book advent calendar.  So here’s what’s on our bookshelf this month: Charlie Crow in the Snow  A delightful story that looks at how things change in winter – the leaves fall off Charlie’s tree, the water in his stream turns to…

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