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Saturday, 24 March 2018

Five Fun Days Out with Little Bookworms

The last few weeks seem to have flown by and we are now on school holiday countdown again - hooray! This means that the Mini Reviewers are incredibly excited, while I'm desperately trying to be organised by arranging play dates and holiday activities in advance!  When it comes to keeping the kids entertained during the holidays, I think planning is definitely key and I always like to have a list of possible days out. Now if, like me, you are raising a little bookworm (or three!), hopefully you too will enjoy these ideas for fun days out...

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Non-fiction round-up: Let's hear it for the girls!

At the start of the year we promised to review a non-fiction book each month and although we have been picking our favourites, we have completely neglected to write about them, so we thought it was about time for a non-fiction round-up. As you'll see there's a bit of a theme, this was purely unintentional but it works well especially as it was International Women's Day at the beginning of March, so without further delay "Let's hear it for the girls!"


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Dear first-time mum (me)... #VicksBabyRub

When I discovered I was pregnant for the first time I was working full-time as a lawyer and I loved my job. Most of my good friends were childless and, in all honesty, I had no real understanding of what parenthood would bring and how life was about to change. 

Seven years on and I am now a full-time mum of three and my priorities in life have completely shifted. So when BritMums asked parents to take part in the #VicksBabyRub Challenge sponsored by Vicks BabyRub to give advice to their younger first-time-parent self, I thought it would be a great opportunity to reflect upon what I have learned from my own parenting journey so far.



Celebrating Snow Days #OreoCookieQuest

It’s snowing… again! But we really don’t mind, in fact we have been enjoying our snow days here. Over the past few weeks Mini Reviewer, Izzie (6) has found herself at home for a few extra days as her school closed due to the bad weather and although initially she was not impressed (she loves school!), she soon realised that it was the perfect opportunity to have some fun together! I also enjoyed the break from the dreaded school run and unsurprisingly completely embraced a slower pace of life for a few days.



Saturday, 10 March 2018

Chapter Book of the Month: Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair by Harriet Muncaster

Isadora Moon is back for her seventh adventure and this time she is off to the fair. If you haven't come across these books before, you are in for a treat! Isadora is half vampire, half fairy so totally unique and as Mini Reviewer, Izzie (6) is one of her biggest fans, this new release had to be our Chapter Book of the Month for March!


Picture Book of the Month (February): Superhero Mum

As tomorrow is Mother's Day our very belated picture book choice for February had to be Superhero Mum written by Timothy Knapman, illustrated by Joe Berger and published by Nosy Crow.


Monday, 5 March 2018

Babies, Books and Buggies! Our Trip to The Baby Room at Smyths #thebabyroom

We were recently invited to visit The Baby Room at Smyths in Leeds. Until receiving our invite we had no idea that Smyths had a dedicated baby department selling everything from bath toys and bouncy chairs to larger items such as car seats and travel systems.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Celebrating World Book Day with Scholastic #KeepReading

Happy World Book Day! The Mini Reviewers are all dressed up and ready to share lots of stories today, we hope you are too! Last year we wrote about our favourite storytelling ideas for World Book Day and this year we hope to encourage even more little ones to keep reading by sharing the latest news and a fantastic competition from Scholastic.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Five Favourite Books about Dogs

Mini Reviewer, Theo (3), seems to gravitate towards books about dogs at the moment and he has even put in his own request for a puppy! So when we realised that Chinese New Year will be celebrated this Friday and 2018 happens to be the Year of the Dog, we thought now was the perfect time to share Theo's Five Favourite Books About Dogs.



Saturday, 10 February 2018

Chapter Book of the Month: WE ARE NOT FROGS!

So February seems to be whizzing by which means that it is time for us to share our chapter book choice for this month. Mini Reviewer, Izzie, is getting quite into the swing of "team reading" longer books at bedtime. Having finished Matilda, all the current Isadora Moon stories and several Rainbow Fairy stories, we have just started Bee Boy and are trying to finish Pippi Longstocking. Unfortunately I seem to be getting even slower at writing about our favourites but please do bear with us!