Tuesday, 2 September 2014

#DialaSmile for National Childhood Cancer Month

Did you know that September marks national childhood cancer month??


Neither did I until Bravery Boxes contacted me recently asking if I would help spread the word.
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Bravery Boxes are actually a small charity that make boxes filled with small gifts, aimed to distract children from any painful or upsetting procedures that they have to endure, a way of putting a smile on their faces during those tough times.

However just like any charity, they need our help to raise funds to keep these boxes bring made.

As a mother, how could I not try and raise awareness.

So this month Bravery Boxes would love for as many people as possible to 'Dial a Smile'

P is for ….. Packing

This week is the turn of the letter P in the Alphabet Project.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will already know that we had to move out of our house because the landlord decided it was time to sell.

So in my mind the letter P could only stand for packing.


Monday, 1 September 2014

Read With Me #35

Welcome to this weeks Read With Me. I can't believe that we have reached the month of September!! As much as I love my kids, I am now on the count down for them to be back at school, I've not had many moments to myself recently to curl up with a good book at a decent our of the day.

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Last week I was lucky enough to read a book that hasn't been been released yet!!

You can find my review of Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld in the linky below.

I'm so pleased to see week on week new people linking up, a couple of my favourite posts from last week :

Susan shared her review of The Case of The Exploding Loo by Rachel Hamilton.

This sounds like the perfect book to get you laughing, for boys and girls alike.

And the lovely Mummy Burgess has started up a new series of posts showcasing what her daughter Darcie has been reading, see what book was first up for review here.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld Review

I was recently sent an advanced reading copy of the latest book from Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds.

I have to admit I have never read anything from this author before but the blurb certainly had me intrigued.

afterworlds scott westerfeld
Darcy writes the words.

Lizzie lives them.

Landing a major publishing deal, teenager Darcy finds herself in New York City, and suddenly surrounded by the cream of YA authors. At the same time, Afterworlds, Darcy's grippng thriller, begins to unfold. A novel within a novel…

This is the tale of two stories, cleverly weaved together in one single book.

On the one hand we have Darcy, an eighteen year old getting her first ever novel published. Seemingly living the dream in New York City, we follow her as she struggles to re-write her book and deal with falling in love.

On the other hand we have Lizzie. The fictional character in the book that Darcy is writing. A girl who at first finds herself in the middle of a terrorist attack and winds up being able to cross over to the "afterworld"

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Project 365 Days 236 - 242

So this week has been a rather rubbish one.

Lots of rain has meant us being stuck indoors.

It has also been the final week of living in the place that we have known as home for the past 9 years.

We've seen the final boxes being packed up and this morning saw us walking out of our front door for the last time.

The girls have still managed to keep a dreary week full of smiles though, just take a look at this weeks project 365 round up…

Day 236

We've been making jelly and of course the girls decided it would taste best coming straight from the big bowl ;)

Friday, 29 August 2014

How Much Pocket Money?

So today I am busy moving house so the lovely Kate from Family Fever has stepped in to provide you with a post to get you thinking……

I read an article recently saying that the average child in the UK receives £12.74 a week in pocket money.

Now, I know that pocket money is always going to vary from family to family and area to area. But to me, that seems a lot? 

My children are 8, 6 and 1. We put money into their savings accounts each month, but I don’t see that as ‘pocket money’. 

The older 2 get £1 a week, and there is the potential to earn a little bit more if they help with some of the bigger household jobs such as washing the car, weeding the garden and hoovering their rooms. 

See, I did the maths. £12 a week equates to more than £600 a year, per child. I have 3. And I simply don’t have £1800 a year to give to my children. 


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