National Stationery Week!

UPDATE: this is some happy mail that came yesterday, just opening it with a cuppa – how cool is this. I’m going to send back the book I have just finished x. IMG_1709.JPG

National Stationery Week It’s come to my attention that it is a week to celebrate Statfree_138314ionery – something I’m always happy to do! This fits in nicely with letting you know about a stationery related passion of mine called Happy Mail.

I recently got involved with a Facebook group called Happy Mail, it’s a great way to connect and share happy stuff with a likeminded, albeit very individual group of people. The group has monthly ‘swaps’ where you send a parcel to your appointed partner, you can send whatever you feel you’d like to, it’s not about the amount spent but the loveliness of something other than a bill arriving on someone’s doormat. There are also monthly ‘snail mail’ options where you only send a postcard or letter. On occasion there have been special swaps, like a sweetie swap or sock swap which are great fun too. This is a closed group, so you have to wait to get involved x

Happy writing




Happy Monday…

Book a relaxing break they said, it will be good for you they said… Of course once we are there it will be brilliant, but getting ready for a self catering holiday with four kids is not child’s play, especially when the kids are at home needing you. I have lists to tick off but it’s been pretty hellish frankly!

We are leaving today, and I’m about to put on a 30min wash…all because I have a bad back so normal chores couldn’t be done let alone the extras for hols – the second we leave the house it will be so wonderful BUT we have to navigate that last bit. Hold your breath Mr A!

That really stressful,
last bit of packing,
super excited kids,
busy adults,
forgotten items, ‘
‘you can’t take THAT’,
packing the car,
praying for dry weather,
checking the list,
counting the kids,
feeding everyone random leftovers,
do last years sandals fit?,
sending off pets,
last quick list check,
finding the emergency 2am tumble dryer socks,
peeling children off the ceiling,
re-packing the car 🙃,
Happy Holiday Monday!


Books for Babies


Babies really love looking at books (well my four have…) and if you start young you can instil a real love of books and learning which will stand them in good stead for the future. The charity BookStart give children free books, usually via your Health Visitor at 6-12 months and 3-4 years, you can also collect these from your local library – the best source of free books for all ages!

If you are looking to buy or borrow books, good general choices might include the That’s Not My… series from Usborne Books. These cover the most amazing range of animals and other things children love, and make great gifts for newborns too.

You can’t go too wrong if you start the Mr Men or Little Miss collection for a child, and add to it at various times, again it can be fun to pick a characteristic that matches them in some way – or you can buy the whole box sets if you have no patience x. Other sure fire hits are books with textures (I would avoid flaps until age 2+), finger puppets, favourite characters they know, nursery rhymes, action books – things you find funny.

One thing to consider is that children will put everything in their mouth, so books that can be washed are often a good idea, and there are amazing books that are printed on paper which can be scrunched and chewed without being damaged, you can have a search online for ‘indestructables’ .  

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Thursday Thought 8

Our family project to use less, spend less and do more

By golly my kids are growing fast – and I don’t mean this in a philosophical sense – I mean they have actually grown out of clothes we only bought for Christmas! Kids clothes can be very expensive, we are lucky and have formed an informal ‘line’ so that our girls get lots of hand me downs, but our son not so lucky as he was our first child we don’t know many people with older kids…

We try to source clothes in charity shops, and cheaper places like Sports Direct or Supermarkets. However, I have recently decided to dust off my sewing skills and see if I can do anything clothes wise that fits with our frugal/recycling project. I think this will mostly suit the girls, but we’ve asked for clothes for Growing Boy’s birthday on Sunday so should tide him over until we can break out the shorts…

In keeping…

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