Forest school, school books and toddlers #littleloves

Forest school, school books and toddlers #littleloves

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written a little loves post as Morgan who runs it was taking a well-earned summer break with her girls. I had planned to continue writing mine weekly but I didn’t. I have to say I’ve blogged a lot less this month too. I think part of it was because I haven’t been writing my weekly roundup, I’ve lost my motivation/structure to the week. I’m hoping to get back on track with blogging now. It’s been a busy month with lots of things that we have loved. We’ve been enjoying our days together, making the most of the time I have on Thursdays and Fridays (when I don’t work) with both girls before F starts school. I still can’t believe she starts in just under 2 weeks. She had her last day at preschool this week. I don’t think she really understands and I think we’ll both have a shock by the end of her first full week (she only did 2 days at preschool). E has really changed this month. She’s definitely a toddler now (despite wearing 6-9 month clothes!), more on that below. She still sleeps terribly though so I’m still not getting much time to myself in an evening. As a result, as usual, a lot of my little loves are related to the girls.


Lot’s of children’s books. I became part of the Books and pieces parent panel this month. We were sent a selection of children’s book which I will be blogging about soon.

We are reading lots of books with F about starting school at the moment so I shared our top 5 last week.

Books about starting school

I’ve also been joining in with a twitter chat each Friday night where we discuss our top 5 children’s book on a theme. Recently we’ve done pirates and books about books. Through this, we discovered this gorgeous book that F simply adores. I was given the chance to choose tonight’s topic which is bedtime stories. The chat starts at 8 pm if anyone wants to join in using #top5friday.


In my last Little loves post, I mentioned E had just started to take the odd step now and then. Well, last Friday she started walking more like 3 or 4 and has gone on to continue walking more and more each day. I love watching her take these first steps but it won’t be long before she’s a confident walker. I forgot how quickly they gain confidence.

I’ve been continuing to enjoy vlogs this month. On Monday I shared my top 3 favourite vlogs. Did you read it?


Yesterday, I took F to forest school. Regular readers may remember we’d been a few Friday mornings to a mums and tots session. I usually took both girls. We love it but E is still a bit young yet to get involved but too old to just sit in her pushchair for two hours. Yesterday was a special 3-hour summer session and also the last one F can go to so I arranged for my mum to look after E and I took F. It was a great session. We made clay faces, crowns, boats, slime and instruments. We listened to where the wild things are, went on various hunts around the woodland area, picked blackberries and read books in the hammocks. We also enjoyed camp fire snacks of hot chocolate, brioche toast, crumpets, pancakes and toasted marshmallows. I have to admit, I love these sessions as much as F. She really does adore it. I asked her what her favourite part is (today it was the clay faces) and what she didn’t like which made me laugh as it was going home!


I think we now have all F’s school uniform. I still can’t believe she starts school in 10 days. We bought her school bag this month. She chose a Peppa Pig one (I have a feeling she may grow out of Peppa pig soon but I have no doubt E will love Peppa soon enough).

We also got her some new wellies. How cute are these ladybirds? I love this whole outfit that E wore yesterday.


E had her health visitor check and passed with flying colours. I never had any worries as she babbling, almost walking (at the time of her appointment) and learning new tricks all the time. She was weighed and is just 18lbs at 14 months. Her height was checked and she is just 72cm putting her on the 9th centile for height so it’s no surprise she’s still in a lot of 6-9 month clothing. She also had her immunisations that day which led to her getting a mini dose of the measles last week. The poor thing was pretty miserable for a couple of days with it.

And lastly ….

I wrote my first guest blog post this month. I shared a review of Eureka! The National Children’s Museum on the blog Our Bullet List Lives.

I hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend. We have no firm plans but I hope we will get out and about so let’s hope the weather is nice.

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  1. August 25, 2017 / 7:30 am

    I always say it, but I love the sound of Forest School! Sounds so much fun! Well done to little E! I love the first stages of walking.. have a wonderful weekend xx

    • Claire
      August 27, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      It’s fab. The first stages of walking are lovely. I can’t believe how quickly she is progressing.

  2. August 25, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    It sounds like the past few weeks have been busy ones for you, so I’m sure all the time spent with your girls has been precious. Love the colourful outfit!! A happy weekend to you and your family!

    • Claire
      August 27, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you. I adore this outfit. I’m dreading the day F no longer wants to wear colourful clothes!

  3. August 25, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Your Forest School session sounds like lots of fun. We try to do some Forest Schools each half term with my class and they always love it. Those books all look great, I’ll look forward to reading your review to hopefully find some new ones to share with my class. I hope you enjoy the long weekend and the last week before school starts x #LittleLoves

    • Claire
      August 27, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      I love that you do some forest school with your class. I hope you are enjoying the last of your holiday before starting back.

  4. August 26, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    Aww poor little E getting measles. That always happened to me when I had my jabs. All those books look amazing. I do love reading with my little one. His favourite place is the library at the moment. I didn’t know you had another blog! I’m off to be nosey now! Have a great week x

    • Claire
      August 27, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Sorry, I don’t have another blog. It’s a guest post I’ve written for another blogger. I love that your son loves the library. F does too.

  5. August 27, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Forest School sounds so much fun. We went to a forest school birthday party for one of O’s school friends a few months ago and it was fantastic, much better than I was expecting. Good luck with F starting school, it’s funny how soon it becomes normal and she will love it! x

    • Claire
      August 27, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      Thank you, I’m sure she will love it. Love the sound of a forest school party, beats soft play!

  6. August 28, 2017 / 8:51 am

    I love those little wellies – so cute! I’m a bit late to the party with vlogs – so thank you for the recommendations, I will definitely take a peek!

    • Claire
      September 1, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      I hope you like them.

  7. August 30, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    Loving F’s colourful outfit, it’s definitely a combination that my youngest would love! xx

    • Claire
      September 1, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you. I love colourful kids clothes.

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