The rhythm of life

Rhythm of Life Crochet

I can't hear those four words without bursting into song in my head. My old school choir did an amazing version of The Rhythm of Life that used to make the hairs on the back of my neck just stand on end every single time. Somewhere at my mum's I'm sure there's a cassette recording of it which has to be reason in itself to dig out an old walkman and wire it up somehow. The rhythm of life has changed somewhat here over the last couple of months and it's taking a bit of time to get used to. Master C finished at nursery at the end of July and I strangely found the whole thing a bit emotional. ... read more

Crafty Catch Up – Attic 24 Ripple Blanket and Spice of Life CAL

Attic24 Ripple Blanket Crochet

It's been a while since I managed to pull together a my week in crafts post mainly because the school holidays have meant very little time to craft. I'm hoping that things are about to change though as Little Miss C is now back at school and Master C started pre-school last week. It means a totally different shape to each day, but one that I'm hoping to fill with plenty of crafty activities, both with and without the kids. Holiday crochet #crochet #rippleblanket #attic24A photo posted by Penny Carr (@realbeingmrsc) on Aug 28, 2015 at 2:32pm PDTThe main thing that has progressed this summer has ... read more

Ladybird Tuesday: Understanding Numbers

Ladybird Understanding Numbers

The thrill of the chase is one of the things I love about collecting Ladybird books. A trip to my local Oxfam bookshop last week to try to buy something else entirely resulted in me coming home with this Ladybird gem last week. It's a couple of years since I last featured a book from The Words for Numbers series (series 661) and it's not a series that I often find in charity shops, but this was sat on the shelf for just 99p, despite being in excellent condition, and there was no way I was leaving without it. Understanding Numbers is Book 1 of the Words for Numbers series and whilst I ... read more

Pom Pom the Champion – Sophy Henn

This was the first time that Master C and I had met Sophy Henn's adorable little panda creation Pom Pom, but I'm so glad we did. Pom Pom the Champion sees Pom Pom bored in the way that so many children always say they are when they don't know what to do. He has a house full of toys and games (which sounds very familiar) but he doesn't know what to do. After his mum suggests they play a game which Pom Pom wins he suddenly decides that winning is what he wants to do. He creates a load of challenges and races for himself which he managed to win and as you might expect he's rather buoyed up by ... read more

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle Wales

When you think of north Wales castles have to be one of the first things that come to mind. There are apparently over 600 castles in Wales and as you drive around you certainly keep coming across them. The castles, along with the gorgeous scenery and coastline, were one of the big driving reasons for wanting to visit Wales in the first place with the kids. On the first full day of our stay at Haven Hafan Y Mor we decided to get out and visit the nearest castle to the site - Criccieth Castle. Just a few miles along the coast Criccieth Castle is high up between two beaches and has some of the ... read more

Review: Learning Outdoors with the Meek Family

Wow! What. A. Summer. I'm sat here surrounded by bits of Little Miss C's school uniform that I've been busy sewing name tapes on to all evening. She's back to school in the morning and incredibly excited about it. It seems hard to believe that I was worried about 6 weeks of summer holidays stretching ahead of me as I just had no idea how to fill all that time. As it happens though I've had no real problems at all (although I won't deny that there have been some afternoons that have felt like forever!) and we've had a really busy summer with lots of days out, a planned holiday to Wales and ... read more

Our SwimFin Summer #SwimFinSummer

SwimFin SwimFinSummer

I was absolutely delighted to receive an email at the start of the summer asking if Little Miss C and Master C wanted to work with SwimFin trying out their funky swimming aids. Imagine being a child and being able to swim along pretending to be a shark whilst singing the Jaws theme tune to yourself and that's exactly what SwimFin allows you to do. We saw a couple of these in action at our local leisure centre earlier in the year and all three of us just stood their open mouthed at how utterly cool they looked and I'd even gone home and done a bit of google work to find out all about them. ... read more

Ladybird Tuesday: Ladybird by Design, the exhibition

Ladybird by Design Eight Shoes

Well that was a bit of a longer than planned break from Ladybird Tuesday - sorry! There's been no decrease in the Ladybird hunting activity here, but school summer holidays have got a bit in the way of writing about Ladybird books over the last month or so. But as September and the autumn arrives Ladybird Tuesday is back, and restarting with a bit of a different one. I had one of those getting older life events back in July and to mark it Mr C and I had a rare child-free day together in London. Over the years I've learnt that if there's something you really want to do, rather than dropping ... read more

Busy Being

Busy Being Mrs C

Things here have been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately and there's a very simple reason for that. I've been busy being. The only thing is, until this morning I wasn't totally sure exactly what it was I was busy doing. I then had a bit of a lightbulb moment when a friend of mine linked to this wonderful blog post by Richard Branson. If you don't follow his blog then you really should do. He writes on a huge range of subjects, but does so in such a way that you can easily imagine that you're just sat having a chat with him in a local pub beer garden over a cold drink - rather than him ... read more

Review: Tiggly Toys – expanding the digital world into the real one

Tiggly Math

I recently attended a course that our local school held all about parenting, and in particular parenting boys. It wasn't the first parenting course that I'd been on, but as I'd found before I learn something new with each course and this time what I learnt was all around the role of play, and in particular play involving screen time. Some parents hear the words "screen time" and just assume that it's all bad and something that needs to be limited for children, but I'm actually a little bit more relaxed than that. I agree that leaving your children alone to play mindless computer games or ... read more