Miss A, I love you with all my heart. I am wishing you a very happy 4th Birthday today, and thought I would write a little post about the things that I love about you. I could fill the the world with things I love about you, but I need to finish wrapping your presents sweetheart, so here are 5 of my favourites.
- I love that you are mischievous you will always be my little minx. I always know you are up to something when the house goes quiet…even just for a moment.
- I love that you have a great sense of humour, and such a happy little girl. You have the most gorgeous giggle that is infectious! Sometimes you make me laugh so much, I really should write down the funny things you do and say. I can see that you have been a really good friend to the boys and girls you have met at preschool, and I think you will love your new school when you start in September.
- I love your gorgeous curly hair, you are such a beauty, with the longest lashes and tiniest freckles on your nose. I often daydream what you, and your sister will look like when you are all grown up.
- I love that you are such a creature of habit. You have a routine, and that’s great, we all know exactly where we are, which is lucky as you really are the boss!
- And finally I love those impromptu moments when you jump and hug and kiss me. Or tell me that you love me, it melts my heart. Or if I wear a dress, and you tell me I am beautiful and stylish. You are so sweet, and really caring.
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What gorgeous weather we have had so far over the bank holiday weekend. We took advantage of this and took to the garden all day yesterday. The girls had been sent (the above) gardening tools to try out and a pack of seeds from the Seedlets range by Chris Collins – The resident gardener at Blue Peter.
The range has three levels of ability - beginner, intermediate and expert. We were sent items from the first two age ranges. We had also bought some herbs and salads that needed planting, as well as some more seeds, so we were really ready to put the Seedlets range through its paces!
Miss A who is 3 (nearly 4 – she insisted I wrote that !) loved the gardening gloves (2.99), and hand tools (3.99) from the beginner range (ages 3-5) she found them very easy to use. They are well made, and the perfect size for little hands I think. She took to sowing carrots, rocket and watercress, very easily. As they are also some of her favourites to eat, I thought this would be a great place to start with her, and increase her knowledge about where food comes from. I spent a long time explaining the growing process, and she really drank it all in and enjoyed learning. We have also been given a farm to review recently, so I think this has helped too as she has hit the…”but why?” stage now.
The tools are well packaged, with helpful hints on the labels. The beginner range is also multicoloured, so easy to spot. It makes complete sense to have different tools for your children, as adult size do tend to be too heavy, and can be dangerous.
Miss N is 10, decided she wanted to pot up all of the herbs. We try to use as many fresh herbs as we can, in cooking, and Miss N is getting to the age where she really wants to help much more in the kitchen, so this seemed perfect. From the intermediate range (Ages 5-10) she was sent the watering can (8.99) and a mini tool set (5.99). I think for Miss N, the look and feel of the intermediate range tool set was a little too young. I would say it would be better placed at an upper limit of 8. However, it didn’t hamper at all her enjoyment of planting the plants.
Miss N declared she would love to plant more things this summer, we do usually grow a small selection including tomatoes and courgettes but unfortunately didn’t last year. So I’ve promised that she can choose a few more thing to grow, that we can then cook together afterwards.
It was such a lovely way to spend time together. Miss N is actually in her science class, observing and recording the growth of a runner bean in a glass jar. So this was a great activity to do to complement what she is being taught at school. We all enjoyed the activity and I really felt I was supporting their knowledge of where food comes from, which is so important.
The final job of the day was to water, always a favourite! The tin watering can was great, so much so we have decided to change our current plastic adult one to a tin watering can. It had a fine watering rose perfect for directing a fine spray of water to the base of the plants.
Overall we couldn’t recommend the Seedlets range highly enough. It is a great idea to encourage you children to get involved in growing things, and now we have the tools to do it, we will be definitely be encouraging the girls even more, to get into the garden and SOW IT, GROW IT & EAT IT.
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This post is brought to you in collaboration with Thomson Al Fresco
I really hope you are all enjoying the spell of warmer weather. We are, and have been spending the afternoon at the park, or in the garden pure bliss! I think as soon as the warmer weather arrives, it makes me think, even more about where we would like to go on holiday this summer. I love the idea, that for our next holiday we will embrace the outdoors. That’s why I have been considering a family holiday in Europe with Thomson Al Fresco.
I am by no means a camper, I like my luxuries far to much to consider a tent for two weeks. This however seems to offer, outdoor living but in real style. Thomson Alfresco have what are classed as mobile homes, with either two or three bedrooms they have air-conditioning, decking, kitchen, toilet and power showers, all under the one roof. That’s my kind of camping!
There are 57 parcs to choose from, all around Europe. Each of the parcs, are either near the beach or have swimming pools. The majority also have water complexes with tropical pools and slides, Miss N & A my daughter would love this in particular I also love that there are so many things for the children to do to. With kids clubs and activities, all the way up to the teenagers, so everyone is happy.
Fun for all the family is also encouraged, with ‘Family Fun’ games. Its sounds like such a fab idea to get the whole family involved in lots of traditional summer fete games, like the tug of war, and the three legged race. I can imagine this would be such a funny but memorable kind of event.
Finally (and it could be argued most importantly) there is the price. You pay for the mobile home, and parc that you choose, all in one price, so one price per family. You can bring everything else with you, like food and toys in the car, if you choose to use the Ferry.
Overall, I love the sound of the Thomson Al Fresco, I think it offers great flexibility and is suitable for families of all ages.
Photographs hold such memories. When Your Image 2 Canvas asked me if I would like to review a canvas I knew exactly which photograph I would pick. It took me a couple of days to find it (I really should name my images) but when I saw it again, it instantly gave me the same feeling as it did when I took the shot.
Miss N (then 9) and I were going on a girls day out. Shopping for new clothes, we caught a movie and even had a lovely meal out. I took this photograph on the bus on the way to town. A simple snapshot with my phone. It really does evoke in me my great love and the special relationship I have with my eldest daughter.
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