The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone

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  The Dreamsnatcher follows the story of twelve-year-old Moll Pecksniff who wakes one night in the middle of the forest, lured there by a recurring nightmare – the one with the drums and the rattles and the masks.  The Dreamsnatcher is waiting.  He has already taken her dreams and now he wants her life. Because Moll is more important than she knows...  The Oracle Bones foretold that she and Gryff, a wildcat that has always been by her side, are the only ones who can fight back … [Read more...]

An alternative valentines day

Are you unlucky in love? If you are Valentines can be a depressing day can't it. Everyone around you  showing off cards and choclates and flowers whilst you have nothing. Oh dear. It's getting me down just writing about it. You have other more cheerful options of course. You cold pretend the day doesn't actually exist, take a sickie and just watch netflix all day (nothing romantic). Or you coud lose yourself in a good book. This is always my preferred option for shutting out the … [Read more...]

Quick Reads for Busy Mums just £1

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  Quick reads are short books by well known authors especially written for people who are reluctant or have little time to read.  Quick reads is sponsored by Galaxy chocolate and is a World book day initiative to support literacy and reading amongst adults.  Over the past nine years, Quick Reads has introduced millions of people to the pleasure of picking up a book by providing short, books by bestselling writers. These books will be available from early February from … [Read more...]

Bella Boo and Bloomer Fen

  My children are a bit old for picture books now (are you ever too old for picture books though?)  but I was enticed to read this one because of its focus on self belief, by encouraging positive thinking in children. I am a big believer in the power of positive thinking. The book is about a lovely ittle girl called Bella Boo and her adventures in her enormous garden. She loves to  dance play and exploring in her garden, but she is rather lonely. Then she meets an unusual  little … [Read more...]

Baby books make the best presents

When my children were born I had lots and lots of gifts. People were so kind. I got dress after dress, baby grow after baby grow all of which were grown out if in about 2 months! Some were barely even worn. Such a waste. When my baby's were Christened I got a multitude of silver things! Sadly these are things that haven't really been used and that neither of them now want on display. There was lots of repetition. 6 money boxes! For their first Christmas? Well we were given so many cuddly … [Read more...]

Taming the Tiger Parent

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  Competitive parents everywhere Taming the Tiger Parent is for you ! Released today Tanith Carey's new book discusses the stress we are putting our children under with the constant focus on achievement and activity after activity test after test. It is well written and researched and  full of strategies for supporting a child's wellbeing and development in more positive and far less stressful ways. A much needed, highly recommended book that really made me think!! (and cancel a … [Read more...]

The best bedtime stories for your children

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Bedtime can be one of the biggest challenges for all the mummies out there. Whether it's settling a young baby into a routine or convincing an older toddler that he or she has to go to bed earlier than mummy and daddy, it's no easy task. Thankfully, there are a number of ways that you can help your child settle down, and a classic bedtime story is just one of them. Here are a few bedtime favourites that will guarantee to have your child's imagination whirring and send them straight off to sleep, … [Read more...]

Keeping your child’s reading on track

Everybody Learns provide workbooks for children to do at home to help  ensure their reading skills are maximised so they don't struggle to keep up at school. They act as a great way to help kids learn in the holidays, whilst also having a bit of fun. I don't know about you but I always encourage my kids to keep learning and reading in the holidays as I know they can slip right back if we dont keep on top of this. Here's a link to the website: The … [Read more...]

Hattie B the magical vet


My seven year old daughter has just read the first book in this new series from Puffin called  Hattie B the Magical Vet . Hattie B is just the kind of heroine I like my daughter to read about. Hattie is no twinkly tutus fairy loving princess (though we do like them too) no Hattie is brave, clever and independent. Qualities to admire for sure! Hattie B is (obviously) a magical vet . She discovers a world of fairy tale creatures and the animals come to depend on her for help. She cures them … [Read more...]

Review: The Compass of Now

  This week I have been reading DDnard 's bestselling book  The Compass of Now. DDnard is a best-selling self-help writer and spiritual healer from Thailand. She has sold over 1.4 million copies. In her book she tells the remarkable story of how she turned her life around from having debts of over $2 million to a fortune of over $4 million. All as she was coping with being recently widowed. She also runs retreats and speaks all over the world. I was hooked form the start I … [Read more...]