The one thing I really love about home education is that we can make our own schedule. If we want to spend 6 weeks learning about bugs, we can. If we want to spend a whole day outside running around and exploring, we can. If we want to go to Costa Coffee in the afternoon for a babyccino, we can. If we want to devote two whole days to practising empathy, learning about charity, and dancing around the front room like loons, we can! Of course, home educating our children means that the responsibility to teach them about these things is all ours and ours alone, and that usually means a bit of hard work and some thinking creatively. But it also means that we have the opportunity and the time to really explore the things that interest us and that are important to us. Charity, empathy, kindness and helping others, are all things that are really important to me for our children to be exposed to and involved with. When I was thinking about Children in Need this year (ok it was the day before, advance planning is not my forte), I realised that not being part of a…

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Last weekend on a gorgeously sunny, early November day we headed to Hatchlands Park in Surrey for an afternoon out, or as we like to call it, ‘an adventure’. Now you may think that there’s nothing particularly adventurous about driving to Guildford, parking our car in one of the neat rows, National Trust membership cards in hand, and joining all the other families and couples out on an afternoon stroll around the grounds. And you’d probably be right. I mean we’re not exactly in Bear Grylls territory here are we? I think it’s fair to say that the word adventure is more than slightly over used in our house. ‘It’s adventure time, let’s go to the park!’ ‘Come on guys, it’s a Costa Coffee adventure today!’ ‘Are you ready for the Aldi adventure?’ (Well you’ve gotta stock those cupboards!) Yes, I am one of those annoying people that’s really over enthusiastic about everything that we do. But it’s all about the childhood we want for our children and the way we want them to see the world. Every day is the chance to have an adventure and I try to squeeze every last drop of fun and magic out of…

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I’ve not been a very good blogger recently. This post was supposed to be a look back on October, with some of my favourite pictures from the month but it seems I blinked and we’re now two thirds of the way through November. The truth is I’ve been spending a lot more of my time over on Instagram recently. At the end of a long day with the kids, I just find it easier to sit down, choose a pretty picture, spill my thoughts out into a comment box and press send. It’s nice not to worry about SEO or Pinterest or promoting it on Facebook and Twitter like I might do for a blog post… on Instagram I just type and post. Obviously add a few hashtags but that’s basically it. I like the simplicity. Blogging is a lot more complicated than I anticipated when I first set up my WordPress account nine months ago. When I started Blogging back in February, I loved it straight away. It was a creative outlet, something to primp and preen and make look pretty when my house looked like it had been ransacked by a gang of angry badgers and my face hadn’t seen a drop…

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I love Halloween, well let’s be honest I love any seasonal event that gives me a chance to be festive, but Halloween is in the gorgeous season of Autumn which makes it one of my favourites. So it goes without saying that I’m really happy it’s becoming more of a ‘thing’ in the UK these days. Every year there seems to be more themed goodies in the shops, more decorated houses and more parties and events being held to mark the spookiest day of the year. Add to that the extra children we seem to have acquired, which always makes a celebration all the more fun and Halloween just keeps getting better year after year. This year we celebrated with a surprise spooky movie night, that I managed to convince the girls had been set up by Halloween magic, a spot of festive baking, the customary pumpkin carving and trick or treating, and a ride on the ghost train at Exbury Gardens. I really wanted to find somewhere to go for a nice day out the day before Halloween, somewhere that was making a big effort for the occasion but wasn’t too scary for my little people who aren’t as big and brave as they might seem. It turned out that Exbury was the perfect place for a…

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Last week was one of those weeks when nothing goes to plan. A nothing sort of week. It was a week that started off slow and lazy, we were recovering after a busy week the week before and so we wore our snuggliest clothes and we had soup for lunch and we downloaded the new chipmunks movie (I know… Mabel loves it!) and cuddled on the sofa. But as the week went on, everyone started to come down with colds, Ernie was cutting another tooth, nobody was sleeping well… And to be honest with you, there was no big disaster, nothing was going on that we couldn’t ordinarily deal with, but I was feeling really really hormonal and just lost all my get up and go. And I find that once you have a couple of bad days in a row, it can very easily snowball. It quickly turned into one of those survival mission weeks, the ones where you give up on doing anything productive and you switch focus to just getting through it. Just keep everyone in one piece until Saturday, until the reinforcements arrive (in the form of Daddy). With a baby, a toddler, a 4 year old and a hormonal…

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Autumn is and always has been my favourite season and so far we have been treated to a gorgeously mild, dry and sunny October and I am really enjoying getting outside as much as possible. If there’s something else that I love as much as Autumn it’s a family tradition. I think we all have those simple little things that we always do at certain times of the year. This year we’ve added quite a few more to our list, for example I’m pretty sure we’ll always visit the lavender fields in August from now onwards, and the egg roll on Easter Monday at Butser hill is now a must for every year. I think it’s lovely to keep going back to the same places to do the things again that we’ve enjoyed before and I want our children to look forward to these fun traditions every year. The newest addition to our yearly ‘must do’ list is pumpkin picking! Last weekend we visited Pickwell farm in netley, Hampshire and had a brilliant time choosing the perfect pumpkins to take home with us. Greta was determined to carry her own pumpkin back to the wheelbarrow at the edge of the…

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> I love these bug themed playdough activities. It’s so easy to make your own playdough from just a few store cupboard ingredients, and it’s so versatile there are a million and one things you can do with it! Using playdough helps to develop fine motor skills and build up the muscles in their hands and arms that children will need for writing, so it’s a great material to use whenever you can. You can use it on its own or with added tools and playdough mats. To download the ones I’ve used for the bug themed playdough activities pop your email in here and I’ll get them straight over to you! FREE PRINTABLES My playdough recipe is very slap dash and it doesn’t make ‘the best ever playdough the world has ever seen’ so if that’s what you’re looking for then you might need to keep on searching, but I’m sure pinterest will serve you well. Our playdough tends to end up with all the colours mixed together and scattered all over the floor by the end of the first day, so I don’t spend too long making it or worry to much about it. I basically just chuck…

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I can’t believe the last week of September has been and gone already! I am a week late with this post, you may have noticed… this week has kind of run away from me. But we had such a great time last week, I’m just going to go ahead and tell you all about it and pretend like it’s on time and if you could all just play along then that would be great 😉 On Monday we started the week off right with some good old fashioned playdough fun, then after lunch we walked down to the pond and bought some seeds to feed the ducks (and pigeons… ok mostly pigeons) with. Then we hung around at the park for hours while the girls made a succession of friends as other families came to play and got dragged into their games. On Tuesday we had a slow start with iPad games in bed while I got showered and dressed (is there any other way to get showered and dressed these days?). The my Mum came over and we popped to the shops to find the girls their autumn/winter boots and to get Ernie his first pair of little shoes. My Mum had a week off of…

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