What our family is reading

Hi, with World Book Day coming up on the 2nd of March thoughts of books as well as the anticipation of ridiculous requests for elaborate book day costumes are running through my mind. Daisy (8) has really taken to reading without being told and can now be found at long last with a book in her hand or her lamp switched on under the covers past bedtime! This has also inspired Finlay (10) so the pair of them have really enjoyed reading lots over the last half term. Teddy will happily sit and share a book at any point in the day and Florence is enjoying listening to us talk to her, she can explore the textures of the books as she’s grasping onto objects well now. So with this in mind I was inspired to share with you what we are all reading. We hope to update you regularly as our children’s ability and reading taste grows, and as we have new recommendations we will pop them on our social media feeds.

We have included books we have just finished, what’s currently on the go, and also a wish list for our next reads.

Charlotte is reading:

Dream a Little Dream – by Giovanna Fletcher (enjoyed her last book, and have just started this)

Baby led Weaning – by Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett (manual for parents willing to embrace the science behind and wonderful messiness that is baby led weaning)

The Little Book of Hygge – by Meik Wiking (perfect for curling up with a cuppa & sofa throw while storm Doris does her thing outside)

Gurgle Magazine (fuelling my shopping habit for Florence & a good source of new info & articles, I’m really enjoying this subscription!)

The Simple Things magazine (subscription was a Christmas present from Douglas- food/recipes, travel, lifestyle magazine. Cheerful and well presented with lovely photos accompanying the articles)

Douglas is reading:

Hello, is this Planet Earth? – by Tim Peake (a beautifully presented book of photography from his time on the International Space Station)

Cold – by Ranulph Fiennes (an account about both his adventures and historical expeditions in polar regions)

Nature’s Home – RSPB Magazine (we have a family membership – it’s full of wildlife news, articles & conservation issues)


Finlay is reading:

The Foolish King – by Mark Price (great introduction to chess – secret history, how to play & strategy tips)

The Christmasaurus – by Tom Fletcher (brilliant bedtime reading, a Christmas must-have)

The Midnight Gang – by David Walliams (continuing to cement his role as the new Dahl, this doesn’t disappoint)

Sands of the Scorpion – by Bear Grylls (one of the Mission Survival series, he loves these stories about a teenage adventurer – think Wilbur Smith for Tweenies)

Daisy is reading:

The Girl who saved Christmas – by Matt Haig (she REALLY enjoyed this book & told everyone about it)

Daisy and the Trouble with Piggy Banks – by Kes Gray (one of the award winning series of books, nice easy read)

The 13-Storey Treehouse – by Andy Griffiths (looks great fun, with lots of funny illustrations throughout)

Bird Life – RSPB Magazine (packed full of things to read and do, with plenty ideas for days out, competitions and craft activities for both indoors and out)

Teddy is reading (with us!):

Percy’s Friends The Ducks – by Nick Butterworth (enchanting stories and illustrations, perfect bedtime book)

You Choose – by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodheart (Teddy’s favourite, what 3 year old wouldn’t like to choose everything about his life? Great for discussing different ideas)

Noisy Bottoms – by Usborne (simply a book of fart noises with a hilarious story, press the buttons and watch him giggle himself silly)

Wild Times – RSPB Magazine (for his age group, lots of colourful stories, activities & craft ideas)

Florence is being read:

Baby’s very first touchy-feely lift-the-flap Play Book – by Usborne (she loves the different textures and the flaps really work her coordination)

Nature Pram Book – by Tiny Love (she enjoys the noises & textures, especially the mirror)

Wish list:

Happy Mum Happy – by Giovanna Fletcher (Charlotte)

Walking the Amazon – by Ed Stafford (Douglas)

Northern Lights Trilogy – by Phillip Pullman (Finlay)

Absolutely Fantastic – by Tom Gates (Daisy)

Just Imagine – by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodheart (Teddy)

We would also love you to hear your book recommendations.

#timpeake #markprice #davidwalliams #matthaig #ranulphfiennes #edstafford #tomfletcher #giovannafletcher #beargrylls #gurgle #nicksharratt  #kesgray #simple things #rspb #nickbutterworth

Winter Woods- Explore this half term



We love exploring the outdoors all year round. This time of year is all about blowing the cobwebs away and spotting the first signs of spring. Spotting the first snowdrops and daffodils really cheers you up!  So enjoy wrapping up and getting outside this half term. The kids can be free to climb a tree, play with sticks or collect stones & feathers. Take a flask of hot chocolate,  make up wraps on the go outside, or like us cook outside as food always tastes better out in the wild!

#freerangekids #winterwoods #mummyadventures #teamstein #doesntcostmoney #nature

My New Chapter

In the last year I have had my last pregnancy resulting in my final birth of our baby girl and my last year of my thirties. I have thought a lot about my life and aspirations as well as our family dreams and goals with lots of ideas and notions whizzing around my head. I started this year with a few goals I wanted to achieve before I’m 40 such as being more organised with my personal interests and so I can also have some more quality ‘me time’. I have spent the last decade having babies, working hard as a childminder and running most of the household duties just as us mad overworked Mummies do! This post isn’t necessarily about how very hard it is to be a Parent (I will save that for another occasion) it’s about how being a busy Mummy has led me down this path and I am aware my blogging will mostly be about being a parent but in turn it will be rewarding to me as a person not just as a Mummy.

Whilst being pregnant last summer I enjoyed many a hot day in the shade watching lots of fabulous Mummy vloggers and reading some beautiful blogs of which I identified with and then I started to think Maybe I could do this. The more I thought about it the more I thought this could empower me as a person, taking me out of my comfort zone, using my brain differently and to give me back more confidence as a person.

I have had my moments/days of self doubt mixed with ‘what ifs’ such as ‘what if’ no one reads my posts, ‘what if’ no one likes my content or reading/hearing negative feedback on it. Today whilst having some rare me time and first few hours away from Florence I laid on a lounger at the spa and closed my eyes and decided any doubts or negativity that may come with sharing your life with people will be outweighed with all the benefits I could gain from this. I came home and wasted no time in writing this very honest account of my journey.

So to all of you reading this and thinking about making any changes in your life however small, dont waste anymore time go ahead and try it! If I can find time and try something new and out of my comfort zone than so can you!

#believeinyourself #newgoals #justgoforit