Review | New episodes of Kazoops on CBeebies!

While I’m not a fan of too much screen time for my kiddos, we do watch a little, especially through the colder winter months. Beastie usually watches half an hour of CBeebies in the mornings if he’s awake when I’m working out {though sometimes he comes and colours/paints in the den with me instead}, and he’ll occasionally watch a show in the late afternoon too if we’re home. Thankfully, many of the shows on CBeebies are interesting and fun and often have some kind of educational aspect. One show he’s recently found a love for is Kazoops, which is all about thinking, imagination and friendship. Monty Kazoop is a spirited boy of six, whose best friend is the family pet pig Jimmy Jones. In each episode Monty confronts a grown-up preconception about the world and sets out to challenge it, embarking on a wild imaginary adventure with Jimmy Jones in search of fresh perspectives. Every adventure is set to a unique song and a rich variety of musical styles are covered across the series. They’ve some great new episodes coming out this week, and we were lucky enough to be sent them to preview. Tonight’s show, which is on at 3.45pm is…

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday! Hands up if you’re looking forward to the weekend? I know I am, for sure. While we aren’t stuck with school routines or 9-5 jobs, weekdays tend to be our busiest, with work, and kids projects, home ed groups, extracurricular groups…. it seems I don’t stop from Monday morning until Friday Night. I try to keep our weekends a little more low key, more unplugged and full of family time. Tomorrow we have friends coming over who we haven’t seen for years, totally looking forward to catching up. My brain is extra fried this week whilst I’m trying to figure out GCSE options for Lola. Now she’s back out of school, I’ve been thrown in at the deep end of trying to figure it all out. Yikes! Anyways… here’s a few ‘finds’ for you ahead of the weekend ~ * I’ve just made a batch of this Rosehip syrup with some rosehips we foraged. * Totally want to make these Day of the Dead skulls with the kiddos soon! * I just rejoined Creative Bug for a 2 month free trial – there are a few skills I want to teach myself over the winter, and the girls…

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Trying the HelloFresh Family food box – does it work for a family with mixed diets?

I seem to spend half my life either in the kitchen preparing meals or thinking about what I’m going to feed us. With one vegan {me}, two vegetarians, one fussy toddler and one who avoids too much lactose, it can be tricky to come up with meals that all of us can eat. I like to prepare one meal that we can all eat, rather than four or five different things, yet that doesn’t always happen. Kiki and Beastie both eat meat, I’ve always left it to my kids to make their own decisions on eating meat or not, while I’ve been vegetarian/vegan for most of their lives, and everyone eats predominantly meat-free meals at home, I don’t think it’s my place to make that decision for them. They know why I choose to eat a vegan diet, yet in the same way as I’d never force them to eat meat if they didn’t want to, I also don’t force them to live by my beliefs either. So when HelloFresh asked me if I’d like to try out a month of their Family Food Box I decided it would be a good experiment to see how easily I could adapt…

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Following your own arrow

“You’re damned if you do, And you’re damned if you don’t, So you might as well just do whatever you want” Almost a year ago, when I was embarking on this new path as a single Mama, I had a new tattoo {it’s now been joined by many more}. It was a little arrow on my finger. Late one night, whilst browsing Pinterest and most likely sobbing into my wine, I came across this quote about the symbolism of arrows ~ “An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. When life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming” For the past fourteen years, I’d played the loyal wife. Even when my heart told me it wasn’t right, I stayed. I was never very good at standing up for myself, for following my arrow, for doing what was best for me. I was always the type of person to apologise for everything. Even when it wasn’t my fault. Years of listening to someone else’s opinion of me, of being told I was crazy, or over-sensitive, over-reacting, that I was the problem meant I actually believed that.…

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6 ways to prepare for cosy Autumn evenings at home

With the days drawing in, and the clocks going back in a couple of weeks, I’ve been giving my home an Autumn refresh. Through the summer we spend more time outside than we do indoors. Sitting in the garden till late, kiddos playing, listening to music, making smores on the firepit, chatting the night away, sipping ice cold cider… it’s bliss. Now though, it’s getting chilly and we find ourselves drawn back indoors, evenings are now spent in the living room, the occasional movie, lots of card and board games, hot chocolates and cosy family evenings. I always find in late Septembre/early October I have the urge to ‘nest’.  Creating a warm, cosy cocoon ready for the coming cold months. 1| Clear out the clutter. I find over the summer the house gets a little messier – we don’t spend much time in there, and certainly not to clean or put things away! I like to give everywhere a proper clean, wash all the cushion covers, put the piles that have collected back into their rightful places, open all the windows wide to air the house and get everywhere back in order. 2| Dig out the throws. Chilly Autumn evenings call for throws…

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