Primary schools, fireworks and a light box #littleloves

Primary schools, fireworks and a light box #littleloves

Did you see I published a blog post on Wednesday about a visit to Coombes valley we enjoyed last month? Blogging twice in a week is a pretty big deal for me at the moment. We are still not getting a lot of sleep in this house.

How was bonfire night in your house? I love fireworks but with our youngest being just 5 months we decided no to attend a big display this year. Our local display was on Friday this year so after the baby had gone down for the night wrapped the ladybird up warm and we went for a short walk to watch the display from the end of our road. I don’t think she was that impressed as she soon requested to go home! We had some sparklers on Saturday night and although she was too young to hold one, she seemed to prefer them. I think it is the bangs she is not a fan of.


We discovered this beautiful children’s book this week, The wonder.

I’ve been reading a lot of ofsted reports and school prospectuses as my eldest starts school next year. If you have any advice on how to choose a primary school I’d love to hear it.

I’ve also been reading up on weaning this week as my youngest has just turned 5 months (how did that happen?). I’ve also bought a bib and spoons, bowl and cup so we are ready to start when she is around 6 months.img_6592


Mostly you tube again. I forgot to mention last week, a relatively new vlog channel I’m currently loving. Kat Molesworth. I just love her energy and creativity.

I discovered a BBC one drama Ordinary lies one day this week. I watched the first series last year and really enjoyed it. This week was episode 4 so I downloaded the first 3 from the iplayer. It’s a new cast and new story line but the general idea is the same. It follows a group of ordinary colleagues with each one focusing on a different character and their secrets and lies. I’m only 2 episodes in but I’m not sure it’s as good as the first series.


My daughter is currently enjoying colgate’s 2 minute tales whilst we brush her teeth.┬áThese are 2 minute audio books written by Claire Freedman. There are lots to choose from too. The ladybird loves to listen to these tooth related stories. It the first time she has listened to any audio books and so far I’d say they are a hit.


Warm clothes and woolly hats! Although we didn’t get the snow that was forecast, it’s been very cold this week.


On Friday we baked parkin and made firework pictures. The parkin did not taste nice initially but luckily it improved with age (the recipe did recommend making 3-5 days in advance).IMG_6596.jpg

I also made a light box for the ladybird this week. I used the instructions that I found on The imagination tree to make it. I need to come up with a few more ideas of things to use on it though.

And lastly….

I’ve started my Christmas shopping for the girls this week. I’m struggling a bit with what to get them both. My eldest is 3 and every time you ask her what she wants she says something different. First it was a rocket and now it is dinosaurs. I’m guessing by next year she will be requesting more specific things, no doubt that she has seen advertised on tv. The tiny one is even harder to buy for as she has inherited lots from my eldest. I think we will be just be getting her a few toys and some little bits for ┬ástocking and no doubt practically bits like clothing.little-loves-badge


  1. November 11, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Love those fireworks pictures. I really need to get more crafty next year. And that book, The Wonder, looks great! It sounds like the kind of thing my little boy would also love a lot. I can absolutely assure you that next year your 3 year old will DEFINITELY be asking for things from the adverts…my boy is 4 next month and he does that exact thing. It’s hugely irritating and makes me want to only let him watch CBeebies! Hope you have a great weekend x #LittleLoves

    • November 11, 2016 / 1:21 pm

      Yes, I do love CBeebies for the lack of adverts! The wonder is really good. The pictures of day dreams are so detailed my eldest loves exploring them. X

  2. Mummy Hearts You
    November 11, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Its been a wooly hat kind of week here too! So cold!! I agree, the first series of Ordinary Lies was so much better! Have a wonderful weekend xx

  3. November 11, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Loving that light box, well done you! The Imagination Tree is such a fantastic creative blog isn’t it?
    I can’t believe it’s nearly time for weaning, they don’t stay tiny babies long do they? I weaned my girls completely differently, the first was all purees and the second baby led.
    Finding presents when they’re little is tricky isn’t it? Even my five year old is constantly changing her mind and adding things on to her list xx

    • November 11, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      I love the imagination tree. There are so many creative blogs for kids activities.
      They do grow up so fast. At the moment my plan is to wean them the same, purees and finger food. I don’t think I could do 100% baby led. X

  4. November 11, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I’m going to try my hand at some Christmas crafts with Parker this year. I headed to Wilko in the week and stocked up – such good value! I love your firework pictures. I’ve started Christmas now too, love getting organised! Enjoy your weekend xx

  5. November 13, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I’m totally not an arty mummy but those fireworks pictures look doable AND awesome! We didn’t have any fireworks this year. In fact, we had my in-laws over for tea – that’s about as exciting as it got! Second babies are much harder to buy for aren’t they!? We’re going with a Waybuloo doll (if I can find one) for my littlest as he loves the programme x

    • November 14, 2016 / 5:19 am

      Everyone is different but I love doing art with my daughter despite being rubbish at it. My eldest loved waybuloo at this age but my youngest has not seen it yet! X

  6. November 21, 2016 / 10:19 pm

    Fabulous firework pictures! My big girl is a bit fickle over Christmas presents but we say once you’ve done your letter you can’t change your mind ….

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