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Pop goes your name

Pop goes your name personalised childrens CD – Review 2

A while back Pop goes your name sent little Jen a CD, not just any CD though, it has his name in the songs. Unlike much music aimed at children it is not offensive to grown up ears. It has 12 songs, an un-personalised intro track, then 11 personalised songs. The music is decent, it is not the usual ultra cheesy toddler pop. It is sung by real people with real instruments, not just digital nonsense. My little guys name was sung by the same person that sang the rest of each song – I was half expecting the name to stand out, or worse to be in a totally different voice to the rest of the song. Thankfully it does not sound like an answer machine or Phoebe from friends. You can check out some sample tracks by Pop goes your name on their soundcloud. It is a little gift I would recommend to his friend’s […]


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Winston’s wish – Father’s day 1

I received an email from a local charity which I am sharing with you all today. The following is written by Liam at Winston’s wish. They are a specialist support charity for children that have lost one or both parents. With Father’s Day approaching this weekend, Winston’s Wish knows that for children and young people coping with life after the death of their father, this time of year can be particularly poignant. Winston’s Wish, the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK, supports bereaved children and families, helping them to rebuild their lives after the death of a loved one. This enables them to face the future with confidence and hope.


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The Manics in Cardiff 5

I am pretty sure people that know me well know I love the Manic Street Preachers. Last night was my Christmas present. Blokey gave me a xmas card with a note saying “this is a promise of a hotel booking, manics gig tickets for two and a babysitter”. We don’t get much alone time without the boys. A very thoughtful gift I thought although it was a long wait.


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Oxfam Christmas Toy Range 2

Jen and D received a lovely retro gift in the post thanks to Oxfam. It is a boxed set of glass “days-gone-by” marbles, although marbles aren’t modern, and unlikely to appeal to the 3DS generation my lads like them. On our recent holiday to Devon Jen wanted to buy marbles from every little gift shop we went near. As we were camping we refused to buy any, as we knew if they were lost camping in the woods there would be many tears and sniffling. When these marbles came Jen was very pleased, “Ooooooh these are them things I wanted to buy in Devon Mum!” Although we’ve had these in the house for over a week life gets in the way sometimes, parents evenings, dog adoptions, play dates with little friends, and we’ve just got around to playing with them – sorry Oxfam.   Like me you might have been unaware […]


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Phineas and Ferb – Rockin’ and Rollin’ Review

Following on from my Planes post earlier today, we have now listened to Disney’s Phineas and Ferb’s rather brilliant album Rockin’ and Rollin’. D is a big Phin&Ferb fan, and was very pleased to listen to this, if a bit disappointed he couldn’t get it in iTunes as the trial copy was stream only, no downloads. In honesty that is the only thing we could put down as a negative, and if we were a paying customer we wouldn’t even have that issue, so it’s a big thumbs up for this album in our house. If you’ve never watched Phineas and Ferb it’s one of the only good modern cartoons (In my opinion, no facts or survey results) as it is an intelligent programme. The soundtrack is out now, and it, well, Rocks! We honestly were laughing whilst listening to this, and unlike the Planes album it does not matter if […]


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Disney Planes Soundtrack Review 1

Little Jen was pleased to be asked to listen to the Disney’s Planes movie sound track. He adores Disney Cars, and was really excited before the release of Disney Planes. It was due to start showing in cinemas whilst we were on holiday camping in Devon, so he INSISTED we took 3D glasses with us. We actually booked it online from a tent, that’s a new experience. He loved it, he was counting down the days until it was showing and then during the end credits he said “Sooooo when are we getting the DVD mum?” but I couldn’t give him a date to countdown to this time! Planes is about Dusty, a crop-dusting plane. He dreams of being a racing plane, like a farmers boy dreaming of being a F1 driver. He dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With […]


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#SpecialK30 – How Things Change in 30 Years 4

Did you know Special K is 30 years old? Well it is. The lovely folks at BritMums sent me a box of new recipe Special K to try out. It’s better than I remembered, to be honest I used to hate the stuff, but I was happy to munch it this morning. So much so I might even buy it on the next big shop.This is my entry for the BritMums and Special K How I’ve changed Linky challenge. Priorities.. Cuppa, munch and Hair straighteners.   THEN.. Thirty years is a long time, I was a toddler so my memory isn’t perfect. I would have been in cloth nappies still (probably), and would have been a right handful on stairs and pavements as I was an inquisitive type. But the music was brilliant in the Eighties, and I loved leg warmers and jump rope. I wanted a chopper bike, but […]


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FSID Has Changed Their Name – The Lullaby Trust 8

From today, Wednesday the 10th of April, FSID are changing their name to The Lullaby Trust. Bright new future, in support of Edspire! This is a much more gentle sounding name and might help families feel more able to access the information and services that they provide.This was top secret until now, so look suprised? 😉 I’m sharing this music video to help spread the word about the new name change. I think it’s a beautiful song, and is also very relevant as I was encouraged to write this by Jennie Edspire whose angel Matilda Mae passed away. Her name meant “star of the sea” so Star Sailor’s Lullaby was the obvious choice for me to use, after a bit of careful thought. About FSID.org.uk / The Lullaby Trust.Online you’ll find lots of advice about trying to prevent cot death, but if you aren’t sure I’d check what your local […]


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Just Arrived at Hendra in Newquay 2

First impressions of the outside of our caravan, home for the next few days, wasn’t marvellous. They are all beige and uniform distances apart. Then we walked inside, pleasantly surprised! Some of the fitted furniture is better than the furniture in my house. Home from home I decided to bring some of our own bed linen to avoid an extra charge, and at least I know its washed in decent detergent if I’ve done it myself. I also took the Brolly sheet which you can’t see but it’s under Buzz Lightyear. The boys made themselves comfortable! Then we had pizza and a pudding pizza which I thought was great. 😀 yummy! Thanks Morrisons, never had a pudding pizza before, but it’s awesome.Now we are at the club bar ready for kiddy entertainment to start. Cheesy music but holiday parks are meant to be cheesy aren’t they. Here is the Caravan […]


Music

Why is music so controversial? If you dislike cheese or ham you are unlikely to argue with colleagues about it… But music you do? Its a bit odd when you think about it that people seem to hate punk or rock fans, and if you don’t like pop you are weird. Well consider me weird…. But im sat in a bar thinking im so glad my kids aren’t into pop either.