A Mothers Ramblings: January 2011

Monday, 31 January 2011

Halogen Oven's A New Way to Cook - A Review

My sister has long extolled the virtues of her Halogen Oven and I had been considering splashing out on one when I was asked by Clifford James if I would like to review one. Seeing as I had already been considering getting one I said yes and eagerly awaited it's arrival. When it did come I was surprised at the size of the thing, but after a quick phone call to my sister where we both measured our Halogen Oven's I discovered that they are the same size.

The boxed Halogen Oven

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Only one option - Baby Boy Giggles

Baby Boy was allowed to watch a film in bed last night as he went up to bed early.

"'Would you like The Cat in the Hat?" I said
"No!" said Baby Boy
"What about Scooby Doo" I tried
"No!" said Baby Boy
"What about Little Einstein's?" I suggested
"No!" said Baby Boy
"How about Fireman Sam?" I tested
"No!" said Baby Boy
"I don't know then! Which one do you want?" I asked
"Choose Ponyo" said Baby Boy
"Okay I choose Ponyo!" I said
"Hooray I like that one!" answered an excited Baby Boy

Baby Boy and Mummy

Saturday, 29 January 2011

The Origin of Top Ender

For most people, the Open University is a far off distant place that they will never see. If they are taking a one off course or are on the path to get a degree (or any other qualification with the Open University) they do most of the coursework at home, or in a local library, or at work in their lunch hour! The whole point of The Open University is that it is a place for distance learning, you never have to visit the head office.

That isn't the case for me though.

For me the Open University is a short drive away, a place I have seen regularly and know well. A place where friends and family work. To me the Open University isn't just a place of distance learning, or a work place, it's a place where Top Ender became a Top Ender. That's right Top Ender's nursery where she got her nickname is on the Open University grounds in Milton Keynes. I have told the story before, but it is something that we still get asked quite often; Just why is Top Ender called Top Ender?

Friday, 28 January 2011

Our Week of Maths Play

I regularly play learning games with Top Ender and Baby Boy that they don't actually think are learning games. I have mentioned them before in posts such as Helping your Children with Math Skills and Helping your Children learn to Read. This week though The Play Academy at NurtureStore is hosting a Maths Play Carnival and I couldn't resist sharing a few ways that Baby Boy, Top Ender and I have been playing with Maths this week!
play academy

Thursday, 27 January 2011

She'll get the message - Baby Boy Giggles

Baby Boy was in bed and as I finished cutting Daddy's hair we could hear him calling for us. As Daddy needed to go and shower to get rid of the hair I went upstairs to find out what Baby Boy needed us for. When I got in there it turned out that not only did he need his drink refilling but he also needed some comfort from the presence of someone to go to sleep with. I climbed into his bed with him, just for a few minutes, so that he could realise I was there and that it was safe to go to sleep. After a few minutes my back was cold from being pushed up against the wall and seeing as Baby Boy's bed is quite small I needed to get out before the contortionist position I was in became permanent. I made an excuse that I needed to tell Daddy that I was in Baby Boy's room and made my leave.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

What is the Good Life?

The theme for the British Mummy Bloggers Carnival this week is The Good Life. It really got me to thinking because whilst the Good life is something that nearly everyone aspires to it means something different to everyone. The only common theme is that it is making sure that the life that you lead has more than enough room for the things that are fun, the things that mean the most to you. So why was I struggling to clarify what the Good Life meant to me and my family? I decided to break it down into sections.

The A Mothers Ramblings Family having Fun

Chess The Musical - A Review

Chess The Musical Logo

When Mummy, through illness, had to back out of a chance to see Chess at Milton Keynes Theatre, an opportunity to dust off my reviewers hat presented itself. Now, despite being a former Theatre Studies student at A-Level, I was never particularly good at writing theatre reviews. My soul exception was a review of Lionel Bart's "Oliver" in about 1995, which I thought was worthy of an Olivier award of its own.

You might, therefore, excuse me if I turn to the guidelines of 15 years ago to bring you this review.

Swings at the Park - Wordless Wednesday

Top Ender on the Swings at the Park

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Western Digital WDTV Live Hub - Daddy Guest Review

Here at A Mothers Ramblings we like our media. TV, Movies and Music are key to our entertainment - we already enjoy a Full HD TV, a Projector, and Blu-Ray player. We love to listen to music in the house and on the road. When the children are restless at bedtime, we don't object to putting a short film on for them to watch in their bedrooms on any night at weekends. And while they do that, Mummy and I will happily sit together on the sofa and watch something else. So how will the Western Digital WDTV Live Hub help?

One thing we struggle with is centralising our media. On too many occasions Top Ender has decided to watch the same film at bedtime as Baby Boy - problem, only one copy of the DVD... Or, we've recorded a TV show on my server (that I hide in the loft next to the TV aerial!) and decide to watch it in the living room, only for it to take 30 minutes to transfer over the network - or worse, I have to travel up a ladder to collect it on a USB memory stick!

The first-generation WDTV Media Player that I bought in 2008 didn't really solve these problems. It did allow us to make the main TV, and later the Projector, a media source of sorts - but only with what we'd loaded it with in advance. And by "it", I mean the USB hard disk that we had to buy separately, copy the media to, and then attach to the player. As a result, it was only switched on after intense planning - not something our spontaneous family are known for!

Monday, 24 January 2011

Gluten Free Quiche - One that *I* made!

Many years ago I used to make Quiche quite often, then when Daddy was diagnosed as celiac working with home made gluten free pastry made making Quiche a chore rather than a pleasure. Top Ender and Baby Boy both like quiche and so I decided to give gluten free pastry for Quiche one more bash. Apparently the gluten free pastry understood that it was it's last chance and it behaved very nicely... I made up the pastry (200g Doves Farm Plain Flour and 100g Softened Butter mixed together using a fork) and instead of rolling the pastry out I just pushed it in to the Quiche dish as a base and pricked it all over before putting it into the oven for half an hour (gas mark 5). I don't use baking beans because I don't have any, but I find a lot of pricking stops air bubbles anyway!


Sunday, 23 January 2011

I'm not going to eat that! - Baby Boy Giggles

The other evening Baby Boy and Top Ender were talking to me whilst I was preparing the evening meal, (well actually I was preparing to prepare the evening meal but that just makes the story longer doesn't it!) when Baby Boy just started crying.

"Noooo!" cried Baby Boy between sobs
"What's wrong Baby?" I asked
"Have you hurt yourself?" asked Top Ender
"No it's the worms!" cried Baby Boy still sobbing

We took the sobbing Baby Boy into the living room and sat together and started to calm him down. It took a few minutes for him to stop sobbing and to work out what it was that he was crying about. It turns out that the mince that we were having for dinner was thought to be worms.

Mince or Worm?

I can see what he means though!


Saturday, 22 January 2011

Warburtons Wheat and Gluten Free Range... and why Pippa is never going to wash her hands again!

When Warburtons asked me to come to London for Breakfast I was excited. I love Warburtons bread, but we don’t eat a lot of it at home because Daddy is a Celiac and I always feel really bad eating some tasty bread products when he has something... well not tasty. To put it bluntly most wheat free bread products taste as if someone has grated cardboard up. Then Warburtons told me the breakfast they were inviting me to was to launch a Gluten Free range and I got even more excited as not only would I be able to buy Warburtons Bread again but Daddy would be able to eat it too! Talking to the Walburtons Team (in particular Darren Littler who was very kind in talking with me, Amy From Cooking, Cake and Children and Sally from Who’s the Mummy for a very long time) it was apparent that the new products (Brown Bread, White Bread, Crumpets, Tea Cakes and Sub rolls) are intended very much to be like “normal” bread products with even the packaging not being dissimilar from the wheat ranges.

Some of Warburtons tasty Wheat Free Range being used as Breakfast Goodies

It isn't that there is a stigma attached to buying Wheat Free products, it's just that sometimes when you are buying these food products which to you and your family and very much "normal" that you do wonder what others eyeing up your basket are thinking. Do they look at me and think that we buy them because I heard it was good for losing weight, or do they think that we are making Top Ender and Baby Boy eat a restricted diet or do they think that one of us might have a medical condition? Having them in normal packaging is just a nice change!

Warburtons Wheat and Gluten Free Fruity Teacakes

So back to the event itself. In the name of research I was a little bit of a pig and I had not only a white bread sausage sandwich, a brown bread bacon sandwich and a toasted teacake but also a smoked Salmon open finger sandwich too! I am a bit of a connoisseur of Wheat Free products now because Daddy and I are trying to find the best wheat free products out there for Daddy to feast upon! The white bread tasted nicer to me than the brown bread and the tea cakes were lovely, but I forgot to try the crumpets (which is one thing I am really missing eating whilst trying to give Daddy the solidarity of not eating wheat products!) so will have to wait until I buy some to see how nice they are!

Warburtons have worked with Coeliac UK (a charity group for People with Coeliac disease that gives support) and Celebrity chef Phil Vickery to make sure that the new products are suitable and as good as can be. In fact Warburtons have opened a bakery in Newcastle which is just making gluten free and wheat free products! This is a huge deal and I must admit that I kept saying to the Warburtons team how impressed I was that a mainstream brand was taking Gluten and Wheat free Diets more seriously by opening a bakery just for the Gluten and Wheat free products. Having a separate bakery means that there won't be any cross contamination as any Coeliac will tell you even consuming a small amount of wheat will lead to some nasty side effects.

Phil Vickery was lovely and didn't mind that I gave him several hugs (I am going to keep our good names good by maintaining that one us kept the hands above the waist rule but not saying who it was that didn't) whilst having some photos taken with him and even signed his new book Seriously Good Gluten Free Baking for me (I already have Seriously Good Gluten Free Cooking and have added the Seriously Good Gluten-free Living app to my ipod touch) and told me all about his sausages!

Phil Vickery with a slight look of terror over where Pippa has just placed her hand

So what did Daddy think of the products that I brought home for him to try? Well, there is the slight doughy taste that wheat free products tend to have, some of the slices of bread were sliced very thinly (as is sometimes the case with "normal" bread) and some of the slices of bread fell apart when looked at (made bread pudding with those pieces!). All in all the loaves are good for what they are and much better than anything I have made at home, but they still aren't as close to that "real" bread texture and taste that Daddy remembers.

Friday, 21 January 2011

I'm starting to hate January

Twelve years ago I was at the Dr's for an early morning appointment. I had had a summer job at the Doctors (cleaning) and so the Reception staff knew me well and I didn't even notice anything out of the ordinary when one of them stuck her head out the little window of the reception office and said to me that she just had to pop into see the Doctor before my appointment and could I just sit tight for a few minutes. The next thing I knew my Dad walked into the Doctors and told me that my Grandfather had died.

A year later (to the very day) my Nan's brother died and so did my Gran's brother. Three deaths on one day of the year. I suppose with the number of people in the world and the number of days in the year that it is likely, but it still seemed like that day was cursed to me. Over the next few years more and more people that I knew, that meant something to me died in January. A couple of years ago I was hit very hard when my Gran died on Top Ender's birthday. It just made me think that January (despite being the birth month of both Top Ender and Daddy) was out to get me.

This morning I was in London for a Warburtons Gluten Free Range launch when I saw I had a message on my phone. Daddy had text me to let me know that My Mother-in-Law's 2nd husband had died. I was shocked, we knew he was ill, we knew that he was going to die but we had been told that he had much longer than a few days. I felt cheated and angry and sad and suddenly I remembered that January and I have history.

I'm starting to hate January and now you know why.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition

For Top Enders Birthday Party, Disney very kindly sent over a copy of Beauty and The Beast on Disney Blu Ray for the girls to watch. The Girls chose to watch another film and so when Top Ender went back to School a couple of days later, Baby Boy and I decided to watch the film together. We watched it on our TV, instead of on the projector and cuddled up together on the Sofa.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Baby Boy Giggles - Tiptoe

To say that Baby Boy is a Mummy's boy would be an understatement. Don't get me wrong he adores his sister and his Daddy and Baby Boy often tells me that he would rather live with his Granny if I have told him off, but he is still a Mummy's Boy. Every morning (apart from Sundays) Baby Boy and I are the first downstairs and so he knows now that if it is night time it is Daddy that helps him (you know the sort of thing gives him his cup back, sorts out the bugs in his bed) and if it is morning time Mummy helps him.

Baby Boy in Bed

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Making Chores Fun - Clean the Stairs

I got a few funny emails after I posted about Making Chores Fun - Clean the Kitchen Floor, mainly people asking if I really did do that, or if it was staged. I really do clean the Kitchen Floor by getting Top Ender and Baby Boy to skate up and down on it with a bit of Water, Washing Up Liquid and a towel... just not every week. Cleaning the stairs and making it a fun chore however is something that we do every week!

What to do after breakfast!

There is always a short period after breakfast where nobody really wants to move from the breakfast table, or when someone is loading the dishwasher or doing the breakfast dishes and the rest of the family need something to occupy them with. So what to do after breakfast? Well it doesn't matter if you have had a cooked breakfast or a cold breakfast there is always something to do with what is on the table!

Whilst we were enjoying our Christmas Break we had the time to have a cooked breakfast for a few more mornings than normal. One of our favourite breakfasts was Boiled egg (with Soldiers!) and this gave Daddy an idea to make some egg people on the emptied out egg shells! Top Ender and Baby Boy loved this craft time, not just because it was time with Daddy (although that was quite cool too I imagine) but because they were using materials that were available to them then and there, they didn't need to go off and find paper! One of the benefits of making these egg people was that after we had taken the photographs of the creations we just threw them away into the compost bin. The egg shell people will be fertilising some farmers field in no time at all!

Egg Shell People

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Camping Daddy and Top Ender Style

Top Ender and Daddy are hoping to camp in every English county before Top Ender is 18. It is a huge undertaking (seeing as they only go camping once a year at the moment), but it is one that they are more than happy to undertake! They spend hours sitting at the PC looking for the ideal camp site in the area that they have decided to go to as they have several criteria even if they are only going to be there for a couple of days. Daddy likes it to have a good 3G signal (or WiFi), an electric hook up, be family friendly and to have a shower and toilet block! Top Ender prefers sites that have a swimming pool, a children's play park and her Daddy... so far they have managed to find ones that fit all their requirements and they have had great fun on their trips.

If they are going to get all the counties stayed in before Top Ender is 18 they are going to have to put some serious effort into this over the next few years! It is great for them to go away for a few days at a time, to explore a new area and to generally have some fun together. It is an extension of the Daddy Daughter Date nights I guess, and a great opportunity for them to develop their friendship and their Daddy Daughter relationship. So far Top Ender and Daddy have visited Caves, Bird Sanctuaries, Castles, Steam Railways, Beaches, Theme Parks, Museums, The National Motor Museum, Farms, National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Beauty. Daddy tries to plan it so that every visit they make is fun and educational and they get plenty of time to relax and enjoy the local scenery too.

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Saturday, 15 January 2011

How to be an Organised Mummy - Some of my Top Secret Tips

Just a few days ago Josie from Sleep is For the Weak suggested that I should share my perfectly organised Mummy ways with a wider audience and because I know that you are all eager to be as wonderfully prepared as I am, I couldn't keep my top secret tips to myself any longer. 

So I am going to share some of my top secret tips on the understanding that you tell me your tips in the comments below!

Funny Top Parent Tips on Twitter

Friday, 14 January 2011

Your Shape for the Xbox 360

On Christmas Eve, Top Ender, Baby Boy and I spent most of the day with my Mum. We got home early afternoon and as we walked in the front door we found a missed delivery card. Knowing that with the snow and Christmas closing that this parcel wouldn't be scheduled for an attempt at re-delivery until well into the New Year, Top Ender and I decided to take a risk and drive out to the depot before they closed for the day. With Top Ender on the phone asking the company to stay open until we got there and trying to programme the Sat Nav as per my instructions we somehow made it to the depot in one piece and before the staff left for the pub! We weren't very sure what it was that was being delivered to us, but as we had been promised some chocolates, Top Ender and I were hoping that is what the box contained.

When we got home and got the box open we discovered that inside was an Xbox 360, a Kinect sensor and the Ubisoft game Your Shape: Fitness Evolved. I was gobsmacked. You see just before Christmas I was asked if I would like to review Your Shape: Fitness Evolved for the Xbox 360. I had said that I would of loved to review this, but that I didn't have an Xbox. Apparently now I have an Xbox. So the plan is that I am going to use the Your Shape programme everyday to improve my fitness, my health and to achieve the one goal that really matters to me this year; To lose weight. 

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Do we know how to play?

Over at Baby Genie I was mentioned in a post about do we know how to play with toys. Not just using the toys and playing a little game, but actually getting involved in the play process. Instead of using bricks as just stacking blocks, using them to build a rocket, to make a castle, to make a bridge. It made me laugh because yesterday Baby Boy and I were playing a game and I was trying to sort the words out in my head to make it a blog post because it wasn't just an ordinary game, it was a game where we used our imaginations. It appears that Catherine and I were on the same wave length although she got there first!

A Castle Made from Mega Bloks

Making Chores Fun - Clean the Kitchen Floor

I have said time and time again that we are an ordinary household who just like to have fun with everything that we do. One of the things that is not fun that needs to be done is the household chores, things like cleaning, hoovering, dusting, mopping, doing the dishes but here at A Mothers Ramblings we try to make EVERYTHING fun and this includes the household chores like cleaning, hoovering, dusting, mopping and doing the dishes! The one chore that is the most fun for Top Ender and Baby Boy is cleaning my kitchen floor. It started off when Top Ender was small and I read something on Flylady we adapted it for us and thought we would share it with you. 

Monday, 10 January 2011

Top 100 Children's Books

One of the things on our Family Fun list is to read the Top 100 Children's Books together. This was something that I could of sworn was a list somewhere, a bit like the BBC's big read or you know those definitive lists of books you should read before you start your GCSE's or hit puberty or something. My Internet trawling found several lists, but none of that I would say were comprehensive and the books varied wildly on the lists so much so that most lists didn't have more than a quarter of the same books listed. So I did what normal people (by normal I mean Internet users like me!) do and asked on Twitter if anyone knew where there was such a list.

Of course the "like me" people could of sworn there was a list, but couldn't actually place a finger on where such a list might exist. And then it was suggested that I compile my own list. So I tried. Then I realised that all the books that I would list might not be suitable for all children. Whilst I have no problem reading Harry Potter to Baby Boy, I don't think most other two year olds would pay attention.

What is a girl to do?

The answer is to create a list with everybody's suggestions. I know I have said 100, but if we get more than 100 different suggestions I will put the ones everyone agrees on into the list and if we have space the ones with the least comments to the vote. So I have split the 100 in to roughly three sections; One for Babies/Toddlers (0-3 roughly), one for Young Children (4-8 roughly) and one for Pre-Tweens (9-12 roughly) as the lists that I saw for Teens were actually quite good!

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So can you please help me create the list of books that I am going to read with Top Ender and Baby Boy? I think that it is going to be an expensive list of books to buy. Which is why I am glad that on Christmas Eve, Appliances Online sent me an email asking if they could buy Top Ender and Baby Boy some of the books that will be on our Top 100 Children's list. Of course I know that you know that Appliances Online (who sell things like hobs and other Kitchen Appliances) are being kind and giving gifts to people who leave comments on blog posts (such as this one) that are relevant to them and that when you leave a comment here telling me what books you would add to the list or what books you read when you were young that you will be looked at as someone who might get a special gift too... So come on, what books would you add to my list? What books did you read when you were young? What books that have come out since you are a "Grown up" do you wish came out when you were younger? And was I the only girl who read all of the Judy Blume books before she was a teenager and still has a copy of Forever?

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Michael Jackson: The Experience for the Wii

We were sent the Ubisoft Wii Game Michael Jackson: The Experience to review. It really amazes me that people send me games like this, because they are the games that I love to play even though I have absolutely no dancing skills what so ever. I did think that I might have an unfair advantage over Top Ender and Daddy on this game (because my Sister was a huge Michael Jackson fan and so I had seen the music videos on loop for at least ten years of my childhood and I was sure that some of the routines must of been absorbed into my subconscious) but I didn't tell them that. In fact when Daddy suggested that we play on the projector using our wireless wii sensor bar I thought that it would be even better, as I could hide behind Daddy and Top Ender so they wouldn't see me not having to watch the dancing avatar performing but just dancing from my own memory! As you can see it is a big picture, about 80inches!


Saturday, 8 January 2011

Just Dance 2 for the Wii

I was really looking forward to Just Dance 2, after having had so much fun playing with Just Dance (which I discovered rather late compared to some people) that when I had Just Dance 2 sent to me in the post to review I was so excited! I have played the game quite a lot since it came in the post and even Baby Boy has joined in (with his Pez Dispenser Wii remote) and together we have been having a good workout dancing to some of my favourite songs on the game. Just Dance 2 is pretty much the same as Just Dance, (there wasn't any major tinkering going on between releases) but there does appear to be some better tracking of the dancing now (either that or I am getting better!) and there are some additional extras which I will explain more about now!

Pez Wii Remote

Friday, 7 January 2011

A Lego Duplo Expert

During 2010 Baby Boy was asked to become a Lego Duplo Expert; He may only be two but he knows one end of a Lego Duplo block from another! Just before Christmas we received a package full of Lego Duplo and I put it to one side so that we could open it up after the excitement of opening gifts on Christmas Day. As neither Top Ender or Baby Boy were going to get a lot of toys for Christmas I knew that we might need something to bring a little excitement to the pre New Year period! Sure enough a couple of days later before New Years Eve Baby Boy and Top Ender were both flagging a little and so I pulled out the boxes of Duplo. 

Lego Duplo Experts First Parcel contents

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Family Fun - Decorating Biscuits

Something that Top Ender, Baby Boy and I love to do is to make and decorate biscuits. It's great fun as we all get to sort out what ingredients we are using, what weights we need and then of course we get to mix them together and roll out the dough. Once they are cooked and cooled we all get to design something on top of the biscuits that we have made. Baby Boy loves decorating biscuits because he likes to see just how much icing, sprinkles and other assorted decorating bits he can pile on to one biscuit. Top Ender likes to decorate biscuits because she is developing her ideas about what it is that makes the perfect biscuit... we don't agree lol

Biscuits ready for the Oven

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

The London Marathon and Emma

One of my very good friends (Emma over at Me, The Man & The Baby) is going to be running the London Marathon in just a few short months. You can read all about it over on her blog and you can even sponsor her at her Just Giving Page, but what I would really love for you to all do is to send her a message of encouragement and to let her know via her blog, or on Twitter to keep up with her training.

Who knows maybe Emma will be my inspiration and I will start really seriously exercising again...

Alien Ice Cream - Wordless Wednesday

Baby Boy with Alien Ice Cream

Top Ender with Alien Ice Cream

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Baby Boy's New Years Day Cookies Recipe

On New Years Day Baby Boy and I were sitting on the sofa (just after 6am) together talking about what he wanted to have for breakfast. We had put away all of our Christmas Decorations over the previous couple of days and yet somehow he had managed to find a small paper bag which was designed for Christmas Cookies to be given as a gift in. The front of the bag was decorated with a Gingerbread man and Baby Boy decided that he would really like a Gingerbread man for breakfast. We didn't have any Gingerbread over Christmas and so I agreed that we could make some (as I had all the ingredients) and I could clean up the kitchen whilst Baby Boy was mixing and decorating. I started doing the dishes whilst Baby Boy played submarine with the washing machine door and ate a fruit salad and then I started looking for my Gingerbread men cutters.

I couldn't find them anywhere and so apologised to Baby Boy and told him that rather than having a Gingerbread family we could make some biscuits or cookies it was up to him which. Baby Boy decided that we would make both and so at 7am we started making them both. The cookies came out so well I thought I would share the recipe with you!

Baby Boy's New Years Day Cookies


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Fun and Games for All the Family

I was sent a book to read called Fun and Games for the 21st Century Family and is a book that has listed ideas that incorporates modern technology, (such as as a MP3 player or a mobile phone) into games that you can play with your family. It is the sort of book that I would buy at the start of the year (that would be now then) so that during odd moments this year I could organise an activity from the book. Each game has a key in the margin of who the game is suitable for, the age of the players, the number of players, where it can be played (indoor/outdoor/in the car sort of thing) and what modern piece of equipment you might need to play.

Book Cover for Fun and Games for the 21st Century Family

I read the whole book through the first time just to see what was in the book. I really wanted to see if there were indeed games that would be suitable for the whole family and hopefully a few games that weren't already something that most people were aware of. I was pleased to see that there were many activities that I wouldn't of thought of as making into a game for the family and plenty of old favourites with a modern twist too. There are several games that are suitable for the entire family and a lot that with a few minor adjustments could be made suitable for younger children or can be completed with help of an older family member.

Happy New Year!

Right now I am probably tucked up in bed, fast asleep having celebrated New Year with the Children earlier in the evening before they went to bed. Daddy is working tomorrow and so I figured that an early night for us all was in order! Anyway, I didn't want to not wish you all a Happy New Year, so I created this for you all!


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