CBeebies Magazine coverThe geekson and I were invited to a special event held by CBeebies Magazine at the Alton Towers hotel. We were told it would be a morning of fun activities, and we were promised a very special guest at the end as well. We’d already been told about the summer promotion that CBeebies Magazine are running where they are offering free child entry to certain Merlin attractions, so I was expecting a morning geared at promoting that. But that wasn’t what we had at all…

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TheBoyandMe's 365 LinkyWe’ve had more “juggling” than usual to do this week, with the geekdaddy having to work full days in his office to cover staff holidays (he can usually work from home), and the geekdaughter spending the whole week in “Mad Science” camp (more on that later). This means I’ve been dashing around trying to juggle work and childcare arrangements, and the poor little geekson has had to go into the office with his Daddy whilst I’ve been at work. Things didn’t let up this weekend either, with a trip for all of us to stay with some good friends, and a few hours of child-free time for the geekdaddy and I to enjoy the inaugural UK Podcasters conference. True friends are those who will get out of bed at 7am on a Saturday morning to let you drop your kids with them. Anyway, here’s this week’s selection of photos: [click to continue…]

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Manchester Mini Maker Faire 2014 programme coverAbout a year ago we had a really fun family day out at the Manchester Mini Maker Faire, and decided pretty much as we left that we should definitely go back this year. The date has been in our calendar for a number of months, but unfortunately at the last minute the geekdaddy discovered he had another commitment the same weekend and couldn’t go. I had to make the decision as to whether to try to drag both kids around on my own or to sit it out. Although I prefer the comfort of the 1:1 parent:child ratio when we’re out and about I decided to give it a go. Having been last year and therefore knowing the venue I was more confident that I’d be able to cope with the kids, and of course they are both a year older, wiser and more sensible than they were then. The Manchester Mini Maker Faire is held at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), which is a very family-friendly venue, with a nice restaurant to have lunch in and plenty of attractions of its own to look at if the kids get board with the Faire. As an added bonus some very good friends of ours decided to come along for the day which improved the parent:child ratio and made the whole thing more fun.
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TheBoyandMe's 365 LinkyAfter a lovely week at home with the family last week, it’s been a bit more back to normal this week, with me being back at work. The kids are still off school, so we’re trying to juggle childcare, which is always a challenge for working parents. This week my daughter spent two days at gymnastics camp with her best friend from school, which she really enjoyed. I do feel a little sorry for my son – we took him out of nursery so he could have some time with the family before he starts school, but then my daughter is going to a number of different holiday camps, all of which he is too young for! The kids are spending a lot more time together than they usually do, despite that, and they still seem to be getting on well (mostly!) and enjoying each others company. Here’s my selection of photos from this week: [click to continue…]

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A Photo A Day – weeks 30 and 31 roundup

August 3, 2014

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, with my daughter finishing at school, my son finishing at nursery, and our first full week of the summer holidays, for which I’ve been off work as well. Hence I didn’t get around to posting my photo a day roundup last week, so this week I’m playing catchup […]

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Introducing the #GoUltraLow campaign and the Nissan LEAF

July 31, 2014

When I first heard that the BritMums blogging network were looking for bloggers to test out ultra low emission (electric, plug-in hybrid and extended range) cars over the summer as part of the #GoUltraLow campaign, I put my name forward very eagerly. The geekdaddy and I have been watching the development of electric vehicles very […]

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Teaching kids the importance of secure passwords

July 29, 2014

The geekdaughter is six and a half, and we’re starting to allow her a little more freedom with apps and the Internet. Today she was playing with an app on her iPad which required her to set up a username and password. And gave me the opportunity to teach her a little about password security. […]

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A Tale of Two Sports Days

July 23, 2014

This year the geekson was old enough for the first time to be aware of the existence of Sports Day. We took him to watch his sister for her first school sports day last year, but I think he was mostly unaware of what was going on. This year his pre-school held a sports day […]

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A Photo A Day – Week 29 Roundup

July 20, 2014

Despite my Facebook and Twitter timelines being full of happy status updates from friends whose children have already started their summer holidays, we still have three days of school to go (and two days of nursery for the geekson). We’re into the final countdown though, with my daughter being extremely sad about the end of […]

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My introduction to Hotter Shoes

July 15, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to visit the Hotter Shoes store in Bury for a special blogger event. This was my first hands-on experience with this particular shoe brand because, despite a number of my friends raving about them, they were never a brand I had considered when I was out shopping for […]

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A Photo A Day – Week 28 Roundup

July 13, 2014

I’m late posting this roundup again this week, which is mostly due to us enjoying a family day out yesterday – we spent all day at the Mini Festival at Oulton Park. I’ll be blogging about this separately as I took LOADS of photos, and couldn’t choose just one for my photo of the day. […]

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A Photo A Day – weeks 26 and 27 Roundup

July 6, 2014

I’m posting two weeks worth of photos in this post as at the end of last month I got really really behind with my photos. I was still taking (at least) one each day, but hadn’t had a chance to post them either here or on my main Blipfoto site. I think I underestimated how […]

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Loving the Season with the Brabantia 50 litre laundry bin #review

July 3, 2014

I love this time of year. As the weather gets warmer, and we get more sunny days I get more use out of my lovely wall-mounted clothes line. Whilst the tumble dryer is very convenient, and gets a LOT of use, I think line-dried clothes smell so much fresher. And save me money on my electricity bill, […]

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Reflections on #AudioMo

July 2, 2014

listen to ‘Reflections on #AudioMo’ on Audioboo

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