Archive | October, 2010

The Gallery – Favourite Photo

18 Oct

It’s Gallery time again and this week’s theme is ‘Your favourite photo. And why.’ Favourite photo? What? Just one? I can’t do that, it would be like choosing between my children. Although, I only have one so it would actually be much harder than choosing between my, er, child.

About a minute after reading the theme I had about twenty pictures in my head. Don’t ask how many I had thought of by the following day. One small problem is that a lot of my stuff is still boxed up after moving house and I also have a storage unit that, when I dare open it again, will spill all of it’s contents out, pinning me to the opposite wall in true comic book style. I was not going to attempt the storage unit, not even for Tara and her lure of prizes. I spent far too much time this last week opening up boxes and trying to find one of my favourite photo’s but found none of the ones I had been thinking of. No pictures of me when I was two, no pictures of old family holidays, no birthday parties, no best friends, no grandads.

This is not my favourite photo. It is, however, a photo I’m very proud of as I am usually rubbish at taking sunset pictures. I love the colours and the texture of the sky. I remember exactly how I felt when I looked out of the window and saw the amazing sight unfolding before my eyes. I remember running for my camera before the light changed and it disappeared forever. I remember shouting to everyone to look out of the window. I remember waiting in Boots to get my film developed (yes, I still use one of those cameras) and the lady telling me I had some nice photo’s. I remember scanning the picture and emailing it to my dad. So here it is…

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Free Books!

16 Oct

Right, quick show of hands, how many of you read books with your children? One, two, three… yes, just as I thought. Lots. Hands up again please if you think it would be a good idea if everytime you read a book with your child then another book was donated to a charity at no cost to yourself. Good, lots of you again. Well then, I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that is exactly what happens over at We Give Books.

Choose a campaign to support, choose a book to read online and for each book you read they will donate a book to your chosen campaign. They currently have six campaigns running, sending books to places such as Haiti, East Africa, Zambia and Asia. There is a good selection of books to read, aimed at children from babies to around ten years old. My son loves clicking the mouse button to turn the page and we have read some lovely books that we would never have seen otherwise.

Imagine the difference we could make just by reading a few books with our children. Please click the badge and take a look, it only takes a few minutes to read a book…

Review – ZingZillas: The Album

4 Oct

I am quite a musical person. I went to a few gigs while I was pregnant and played a lot of music myself until I was too big to hold a guitar. So it came as no great surprise when my son showed an interest in all things musical. He would be quite happy jigging along to the music at the start and end of each tv show, but completely ignore everything that came on inbetween. The main exception to this is ZingZillas, he really enjoys watching it and *cough*sodoI*cough*. I’m guessing this is because of the fantastic musical content, not just because of the monkeys.

When Louise from Rock And Roll Baby World asked for people to review the new album I thought my little monkey would be a perfect test subject. The shriek when he opened the envelope would confirm that. The album features 26 tracks including an extended version of the infectiously catchy ZingZillas theme tune and he was up dancing within seconds of me putting it on, although he did keep looking a bit confused at the blank screen on the tv.

I think what makes this such a great album is the variety of music. As well as including different styles such as Rock, Bluegrass, Opera, Jazz and Bhangra, each song features a different instrument giving children a much broader musical experience than the usual pop tunes. Oh, and they are great for dancing to.

ZingZillas: The Album gets a big thumbs up from me and a big smile from my son. Can’t ask for more than that.

ZingZillas: The Album is released on 4th October and will be available on CD and digital download through all good retailers, RRP £9.99