Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Penpals at Home - Review

Penpals for Handwriting in the UK's leading handwriting product used in schools. The Penpals at Home series has been developed for parents to use at home with their children to help them gain confidence in their handwriting skills before they start school and are aimed at children aged 3-5 years. These books are published by Cambridge University Press.

We received two books to review with Miss C; Penpals at Home Forming Letters and Penpals at Home Getting Ready for Handwriting.


The pages in the books are laminated, making them wipe-clean so children can use them again and again. However, the books don't come with a pen so you'd need to buy one separately or make sure you already have one at home. A washable felt tip would work with these books. The pages are bright and engaging and the activities are well laid out on the page so Miss C didn't feel overwhelmed when she looked at them.

As well as the practising with a pen in the book, children are encouraged to practise forming the letters in the air and sounding out the letters.


I loved the notes for grown-ups at the bottom of the pages. They give really good tips and information so you can guide your child when they are practising. The books can also be brought to life through the app. The app gives a visual guide for children and parents to watch how the letters are formed.

The Penpals at Home books are available to buy from Amazon. These are a great set of books for children to use if you'd like to get them practising their handwriting in a fun way.

We received these books for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 


Creative #TheGallery

I'm not a creative person in the arts and crafts sense. I enjoy colouring in; I find that very relaxing however painting, glitter, drawing, cutting and sticking just aren't my cup of tea.

Miss C on the other hand, is very creative. She loves to draw, paint, colour, stick, cut and stamp. She has brought home some beautiful drawings and painting from nursery and school and has drawn me some amazing pictures at home.

Like this one...


I won't be forgetting this one in a hurry!

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Me & Mine #9


The end of September already?! This photo was taken on our recent trip to Cameron House, Loch Lomond. It's such a beautiful place to visit and it's always a fun visit as we spend the day with our very good friends, eating and drinking and relaxing.

This month I started college. It's been fun and hard. I'm only in college for a day and a half but it is tiring having to use my brain and sit through lectures, taking in lots of new information. It will be worth it in the long run though and I know when it is done, I'll be able to give our family an amazing life and know that I achieved something for myself. I'll also be able to say I'm doing a job that I love. How rewarding is that?

Husband has been working hard, as always, but he has also been getting to the gym more now that Miss C is in school and he doesn't have to collect her from nursery or stay in at night whilst I go out to work. He also has more time to catch up on his TV shows. I couldn't tell you which ones he's watching but they seem to feature gruesome beasties or Romans.

Z just amazes me every day and he has settled in to school life amazingly. I don't know why we were worried about moving him up a year because even his teacher says he fits right in, like he was always meant to be there. He announced that he wants to be a Doctor when he grows up and would like Santa to bring him a medical dictionary. And some LEGO too. So now I'm on the hunt for an appropriate medical book for a seven year old. Any suggestions?

Miss C has taken to school amazingly well too. She really likes her teacher and her classmates and she loves being able to see her friends at playtime especially her best friend, who is in a different class. The long days do make her tired though. She's loving horse riding, as always, and is really coming on at swimming lessons too.

dear beautiful


Monday, 29 September 2014

A Homework Award

Last week, Miss C came home with her first award; the homework award!


Miss C has started to learn to read with the Biff and Chip books at school. I'm not a huge fan of these books, as I've mentioned before, but Miss C loves them and she has been learning her stage 1 words since she started school.


She was so pleased to get her award, as were we. Daddy decided to get her a special treat for doing so well; a toy horse from Disney on Ice.






Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Week That Was #37

Last Sunday, we headed up to Loch Lomond to spend the day with our friends at Cameron House. We love it there and the weather was just glorious. We had lunch and then headed to the pool. The kids had a great time going down the slide and jumping in to the deep end of the pool. Husband and I took turns in the sauna and steam room. After our swim we headed back to the lodge and collected Z's golf clubs for a round of crazy golf. It was a really, really fun day.


On Monday, we were all off for the September weekend holiday. We got up and had breakfast and then headed off to the park with my friend's dog. We're looking after him whilst they are on holiday. We took a long walk around the park, through the forest and ended up climbing a steep hill when we met with a dead end. By the time we got home, we were all ready for a nap.

On Tuesday, it was back to school and college. I had classes on theory and the curriculum but I was only in until 1pm which was good. I came home, did my homework and had a quick up of coffee before heading out to collect the kids. We came home and did their homework, had dinner and took the neighbour's dog for a walk.


On Wednesday, I dropped the kids off at school and came home to do my college work. It was hard going and at lunch time I stopped to have lunch and catch up on Hollyoaks. I picked the kids up from school and we came home to do Z's homework. After dinner, the kids played outside but they were so tired, they were in bed for 6.30pm!

On Thursday, it was a miserable day! I took the kids to school then came home to do some more college work. After picking the kids up and having dinner, I took Z to the dentist to get one of his adult teeth checked as it is coming down in front of one of his wobbly baby teeth. The dentist assured Z and I that it was fine and to just keep wobbling the baby tooth. The kids took my neighbour's dog for a walk with Husband before bedtime.


On Friday, after a day of cleaning and housework at home, I picked the kids up from school and my hairdresser arrived to do my hair. Miss C also had her hair trimmed. After our pampering, we had pizza for tea and watched the Xfactor.

On Saturday, we took Z to karate and then came home for lunch. We were then off to watch Disney on Ice. We were so excited and we caught up with the lovely Susan and her gorgeous family. The show was amazing and our review will follow soon. After the show, we headed home and had Chinese for tea and watched the second night of boot camp on Xfactor.



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