Exercise is a wonderful thing to fit into your day, it can be something as simple as a leisurely walk in the evening or as challenging as a good long run. I love it purely to unwind after a day spent meeting the demands of four small children. I find it’s a great way to process my thoughts and give me some much needed headspace which in turn leads to a better night’s sleep. Regardless of the type of exercise you go back to after having a baby there are a few things you should check before you whip out the runners and stretchy pants. After my fourth baby I went back running a few months after she was born but my whole body was weak. I ended up damaging my knee in just one run which took a frustratingly long time to sort out. Continue reading
I won’t lie, our playroom is filled to the brim with colouring books….but since the girls discovered that my laptop has the wonderful ability to pull up any picture they can dream of to be coloured in they have me hounded. Terrible for the poor auld trees but great for my sanity. People often ask me how I find the time to get all the DIY things done around the house and I’m about to let you all in on a secret. Firstly, its not television that occupies the ladies while I’m busy creating my next Pinterest fail success, Continue reading
We have a rule that I ‘generally’ adhere to in our house – no phones beside our beds. And you know I have to say I think it’s a great idea (it wasn’t mind it was my husbands, he’s literally allergic to social media – well they do say opposites attract!). Lucy used to wake a LOT at night, actually it’s probably remiss of me to write that in the past tense because she’s only just figured out how to sleep through so I doubt we’re out of the sleepless woods yet. Anyway, I digress, I used to find myself picking up my phone once I’d settled her, you know to check all the incredibly important social media happenings that just simply couldn’t’ wait until morning….!! But for sure the bright light of the phone really messed with my ability to go back to sleep and it used to set my mind racing with ideas or thoughts. Continue reading
The last post I did on our favourite books was such a success I decided to follow up with a post on what the big lady is currently enjoying. We’ve joined the local library which is quite possibly one of the best value things you can do with children. Our local library is pretty new and the kids section is nicely removed from where the students who are studying tend to sit. Online if you want to buy books Amazon is great of course as is the Book Depository and the Book People. Continue reading
It’s funny, this blog actually started out peppered with lots of DIY’s I had done around the house and home. Lately I feel like I need to withdraw that claim as I haven’t done a single crafty thing (apart from mend holes in clothes) in months. So when I was sent Get Crafty by fellow blogger Ali Coghlan I was delighted, but not as delighted as the four year old who snatched it from my hands eager to get started. Continue reading
I’ve posted previously about subscription services, these are increasingly popular and what I love most is the breath of topics covered by these services from periods to beauty to doggie treats there is something for everyone. It’s no secret we love books, I’ve posted about the different books we love lots of times before Continue reading
Books, books, books, I know I bang on about it plenty on this blog but genuinely I just adore books and by extension so do the girls. There is SUCH a selection of books for children out there it’s incredible and fantastic. In fact there are so many books out there it can be pure daunting. I’ve pulled together some of our favourites, some that the big lady loved and now the small lady also loves. This post is specifically a list of books suitable for children less than 18 months up to two years old, a mixture of books with flaps for discovering and short stories for soothing. Continue reading
As regular readers of this blog will know, reading is big in our house. Every night our small ladies request a slew of books and we are obviously happily oblige. Although we all tend to favour actual stories at the end of a long day I find increasingly our small lady wants to be involved in the story –
incessantly inquisitively asking questions along the way. So when The Wonder Garden popped through the mail box I thought, ah ha, the perfect mix of incredible art, a little bit of story and lots of awe and wonder. Continue reading
The latest release in the Fairytale Hairdresser series came into our hands recently and we’ve been reading it at night with our 3 year old for about 2 weeks. This edition, The Fairytale Hairdresser and The Sugarplum Fairy, is aimed at the Christmas Market as the story revolves around Fairyland Villages Winter Ballet. Continue reading
My big lady was absolutely ecstatic to receive this book in the post recently, The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid written by Abie Longstaff and Lauren Beard. It’s a really lovely colourful book with lots of really detailed pictures throughout.
The story tells the tale of a renowned hairdresser, Kittie and her friend, Coral, the Little Mermaid who is desperate to be turned into a human so that she can find love. She has a beautiful voice and her singing catches the attention of Prince Marino across a crowded beach, who goes in search of the source of the beautiful voice. However, the Little Mermaid turns to the magical Sea Witch who changes her into a human but tricks her and takes away her beautiful voice. The little mermaid is devastated to have lost her voice so enlists the help of her hairdresser friend and so they go in search of the witch to get the mermaids voice back. The tale tells a lovely story of female empowerment and friendship and of course ends in love like all good fairy-tales!
My three year old adores this book and we’ve been reading it most nights since it arrived two weeks ago. If I’m honest, I tend to steer clear of fairy tales normally but that’s a very personal preference and perhaps not a fair one to push on a little girl who loves all things pink and sparkly. The story is quite long so maybe suited for a four year old and upwards, although we edited down the story downand referred to the pictures with our three year old and she still thoroughly enjoyed it. The book features ‘cameos’ from other fairy-tale characters which are fun to try and pick out, maybe it’s just me but I found some of them a little difficult to identify.
All in all a lovely book for any child mad about fairy tales and sparkly things! Have you read any other books from the series with your children? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
There are a large range of books in the series ‘The Fairytale Hairdresser’ available on Amazon.com and online in Ireland at Dubary Books retailing for approximately €11 (excluding postage). To find out more about the Author Abie Longstaff click here.
We were lucky enough to receive this book for free in return for a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own and are genuinely honest.