Wednesday 29 November 2017

The Tradition of Christmas Wreaths with Amara - Review


The Tradition of Christmas Wreaths with Amara - Review

I was asked to review* something Chrismassy from Amara. This was not as easy as it sounds as they have so many wonderful Christmas decorations and gifts. I eventually chose a Robin and Birdhouse Christmas wreath. It is beautiful, a little quirky whilst still being very traditional and it made me wonder about the history of hanging wreaths on doors and how it became a Christmas tradition. So I did a little research (well I Googled it).


Monday 20 November 2017

Hallmark Itty Bittys Star Wars and Disney Christmas Collection Review


Hallmark Itty Bittys Star Wars and Disney Christmas Collection Review*

We are very lucky to have the opportunity to review products on our blog. Bear knows that we have to take photos and then he is free to play with the toys, but he is only little and sometimes he forgets. Sometimes the toys are just so cuddly and cute that all he wants to do is give them a big hug. That was the case when we were sent some of Hallmarks itty bittys to review.

Saturday 18 November 2017

Easy To Grow Paper White Daffodils for Christmas


Easy To Grow Paper White Daffodils for Christmas

We all love fresh flowers and especially love having them in the house at Christmas, Paper Whites are easy to grow, look wonderful and have a scent that reminds me of honey. To be precise they are Narcissi, but are commonly called daffodils.

Friday 17 November 2017

Is It Bad Parenting To Serve Junk Food?

Is It Bad Parenting To Serve Junk Food?

I never asked this question when my children were little. We just fed them. We fed them junk food and nutritious, healthy, homemade food. They both had healthy appetites and ate whatever we served, well almost. I say almost because we both worked full time it was easier to cook what the children liked. They liked homemade food, cooked from scratch and they liked junk food too. 
We rarely had fast food, like McDonalds, as neither Mr P or I actually liked them. They were kept as a treat for the children. They had school dinners (I'm sure they had the notorious turkey twizzlers) and on Fridays we would have a takeaway curry and the children would have pizzas, or fish fingers, or burgers. Whatever their favourite was at the time. We had a chocolate drawer.

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Squidgydoodle Winter Wonderland Craft Box Review


Squidgydoodle Winter Wonderland Craft Box Review*

Squidgydoodle sell craft and party boxes for children aged 3 - 8 years old. Each box is handmade and full of art and sensory activities for children. We love crafts and were delighted to review this handmade box.
Delivery is included in the price and the box fits through the letterbox, so no need to stay in waiting for the parcel. The box is packed with everything you need to complete the craft.

Sunday 12 November 2017

#MySundayPhoto Remembrance Sunday


#MySundayPhoto Remembrance Sunday

These knitted poppies are in Roath Park, Cardiff. I have seen so many wonderful displays around Cardiff. Like many people I have relatives that died in WWI or WWII. Here are the names of a few of mine killed in action.

Lest We Forget

David Yorke aged 38
17th Feb 1915 Ypres

Albert Mackerness aged 24
15th Sept 1916 France & Flanders
Brother to Charles.

Charles Mackerness aged 29
25th Nov 1917 France & Flanders

Thomas Richard Sturley aged 34
16th April 1917 France

Alfred John Mackerness aged 30
21st Mar 1918 France

Swann Ripsher aged 25
15th Jun 1918 Italy

William Henry Ripsher aged 37
21st Aug 1918 France & Flanders

George Henry Sturley aged 34
24th Oct 1918 France & Flanders

Charles David Ripsher aged 26
15th May 1941 Galatos, Crete, Greece
(you can read more about Charles here)

Extract from For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

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