Elf on the Shelf: Week 1

We had a little visitor arrive this December.  She turned up unexpectedly on December 1st in her little box and a book explaining everything about her.  Quickly Pinky chose her name: Sparkle Heart (obviously!).  Miss Sparkle Heart found her way to the bookshelf very quickly where she was very comfortable for her first day, with a good view of the…

My Plans for 2017

I won’t lie I am looking forward to saying farewell to 2016. It has been a year of ups and downs for us in our household. Well the last 6 months have been anyway. It has often felt like one step forward and four steps back. Anything not 100% in our control has caused quite a few bumps in our…

5 Stages of Decorating the Christmas Tree

Each year we get a real tree for Christmas. I love it, the smell, the ‘full’ look and the fact that I don’t have to spend 30-40 minutes separating the fake branches. It does mean we wait a little later into December to get it so that the tree hasn’t lost all of its needles by Christmas day. When it…

A Letter to my Eldest

Dear Pinky, How do I put you into words? You are such a complex little thing, so sensitive, so kind, so moody! You can flick from mood to mood without warning. You keep me on my toes daily. You challenge me the most, perhaps because you are the first to do everything as the eldest. I know I get cross…

Science: Is it right this time?

Today I came across a ‘suggested’ article on my personal Facebook feed. It was an article outlining the findings of a study by Oxford University and The London School of Economics.   I have had some University experience, I am well aware of the high standing these two Universities hold so thought it may be worth a read.   The study they…