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What I Read in April

Clap, Clap! by Madalena Matoso My rating: 5 of 5 stars Non-Fiction, 2016. Fab activity based counting book with super cool illustrations! At The Beach: First Words by Katja Spitzer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Non-Fiction, 2016. The cool illustrations and bright colour palette really makes learning fun! My daughter loved pointing to the pictures as we read through the new vocabulary. The binding and paper are great quality, and the small size made us think of a Ladybird first vocab book made over for the modern day. The Journey by Francesca Sanna My rating: 5 of 5 stars Fiction, 2015. This is an incredibly powerful book, sensitively providing a way to open discussion about conflict and migration with children. The artwork is gorgeous, and the binding and paper quality is excellent. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. You can see my full write up of this book here - Murders of the Black Museum: The Dark

Friday Frivolity - Crazy Hairstyles

This week's host theme is crazy hairstyles, so I thought I would share with you all a selection of my own hairstyles over the years: Baby me! I'm about 18 here - check out Rhys' spikes! Totally obsessed with 40s and 50s fashion at age 19. Emo style at 20. Channeling my inner blonde bombshell at 21. All that bleach made my hair kind of fall out... I decided to start over! Now on to the link-up! :D The Hosts: Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google + // Instagram //  Bloglovin' Jessica is an amazingly funny and smart blogger from Wales who writes on a whole range of topics -- from entertaining vintage nostalgia, to technology tutorials, to book reviews, to raising her adorable munchkin, and so much more! This week Jess has been writing about how to Grow Your Blog with StumbleUpon and International Women's Day . Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google + // Bloglovin'

Win a 3 Month Subscription to The Maths Factor

It's no secret that I struggle with maths. On paper, I'm a maths whiz - I got my A at GCSE. But it took months and months of tears, frustration, and extra maths study every evening to get there. After the exams were sat it was like all that maths dribbled right back out of my ears! I wish now that I could have had some intervention at a much earlier stage, so maths lessons didn't feel like a nightmare. With that in mind, I'm really excited to be running a competition for a 3 month subscription to The Maths Factor. The Maths Factor is an online maths tutoring site for 4-11 year olds. It was set up by Carol Voderman in 2010 and, although it is geared towards the English primary curriculum, it is suitable for children all across the UK and beyond. It's results are pretty impressive too, with 8 out of 10 parents saying they see an improvement in their child's maths confidence within 3 months, and 6 out of 10 within the first month. There are five principl

Review: Nom Nom Kids Reusable Pouches

Somebody said to me the other day that my reviews are always glowing and positive. Well, that's because I pretty much only review things I am 100% glowing and positive about! The Nom Nom Kids Reusable Food Pouches are no exception to this rule - they are easy to use, kind to both the bank balance and the eco conscience and, most importantly, very popular with a baby named Marianna. I was super impressed with these, and they also got a seal of approval from Nanny Wendy when we tried them out at my parents' house. We even let Marianna have one in the car which, given Marianna's ability to make mess, is really saying something! What are Nom Nom Kids Reusable Pouches? Created by mum of two, Suzanne Moore, Nom Nom Kids came into being when Suzanne was unable to find a reasonably priced - and decently sized - reusable food pouch for her own kids. Most of the ones on the market were either single use, or needed a bulky filling station to get the food into the pouch. No

What I've Won in April

I still haven't got back into the swing of comping, and it really shows! All I've won this month is - ☆  Churchill umbrella on Twitter. ☆  Nescafe post-it notes from the #bigstart campaign. ☆ Bundle of Warner Bros Easter DVDs from the Emmy's Mummy blog . You can check out my success - or otherwise - in other months HERE .

Blog Calendar for January

Throughout the year there are so many awareness days, commemorative days, special days, celebrations, holidays, observances, etc, etc. These can be great as blog post inspiration, or just for getting a bit of extra traffic to an existing post by repromoting it as a tie-in. Read on for a list of notable dates for January - if the day has its own website or wiki page, I've linked to it. A lot of the weirder ones are USA based unofficial 'national days'; I've included them in the list if they've crossed the pond, or had a fair number of media hits when I googled them. I've included links to any posts I've written for a particular day. 1st ☆ New Year's Day . ☆ Commitment Day. ☆  Emergence of Slovakia Day. ☆   Global Family Day . ☆  Haiti Independence Day. ☆   Jump-Up Day - Montserrat . ☆   Kalpataru Day . ☆   Liberation Day - Cuba . ☆   Public Domain Day . ☆  Sudan Independence Day. ☆ World Day of Peace . 2nd ☆   Berchtoldstag

This Week #32

Marianna and I stayed at my parents most of this week, so Anthony could finish the painting. It was nice - on Wednesday we went to Tredegar House , and it was generally fun to catch up with everyone. But. (There is always a but.) Marianna was really hard work all week. If she and her partner in crime (Bracken the dog) weren't up to something, she was sticking her hand down the toilet or trying to get through the dog flap. I feel exhausted! One cute thing happened on Thursday night. My mum and I were sorting through doll shoes for ebay and Marianna came over and started trying to put the shoes on her own feet. We're talking tiny little Barbie shoes here! It was so sweet.  Anyway, we came home yesterday morning and I was very pleased to see our new fridge/freezer had arrived. It has a working light, and unbroken shelves, and all sorts of fancy things the old fridge could only dream of.  Out and about at Tredegar House, read more at www.babiafi.