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Halloween Me

30 Sep

It will be October in about half an hour. That means I can officially start getting ready for Halloween and not feel silly when people say, ‘What? Already?’ I’ve got some crafts ready to make which will be used as decorations, and I may have started making some notes about spooky food and party games. However, I can’t think of a better way to start the preparations than mucking about with the Halloween effects tools on PicMonkey. Try it for yourself, it is brilliant.

The lovely Jenny from Mummy Mishaps thought it would be fun to link up all of our freaky pictures in a Halloween Me linky, so here’s mine. Not me, but Demon Llama. Mwuaaahahahaha…


Where’s Justin?

29 Oct

He’s somewhere here, if you want to hear him wave or cheer!

Well done, you’ve found Justin!

Yes, I did say ‘hear him’ because I am very pleased to say that Justin Fletcher has made an album! I am lucky enough to have been given an advance copy of Hands Up which I will surprise my son with tomorrow. Cover your ears around 9am because you will probably hear screams of delight wherever you are.

Hands Up the single will be released on 14th November, followed by Hands Up the album on the 21st. If you want to be among the first people to get your hands on it then you can pre-order it now by clicking this link:

I want to put my Hands Up with Justin!

If you can’t wait that long and want a sneaky peek, pop over to Justin’s Facebook page where you can see a video clip of the new single. You can also say hello, hello to Justin on Twitter.

Paint Please

18 Mar

I love watching little’n paint and draw and I encourage it at (almost) every opportunity. Today though, it did not seem like the best idea. We had a bad night’s sleep with lots of waking and grumping and demands for feeding so I was exhausted and not in the best mood. Son was tired, which usually means that frustration gets the better of him, and paint does not mix well with temper tantrums. I do happen to know that it mixes very well with carpets though, so well in fact, that the two can quite easily become inseparable.

In my sleep deprived state, I did not fancy cleaning up paint. I also did not notice that I’d left the box of paints in full view by the playroom door.

“Mummy, paint”

“What was that, sweetie?” (like I didn’t know)

“Paint mummy, paint”

“Would you like to read a book?”

“No, paint”

“How about playing with the cars?”

“Maaaam, no, paint… please”

At this point he dragged me to the door, pointing dramatically

“Paint, there, please” and again, with signing, “Please, please”

Well, how could I refuse after that. I put down towels, I had packets of wipes on standby and I let him get on with it. I waited, ready to catch a flying paintbrush or scoop up a tipped over pot before the paint spilled, but it never happened. In fact, this was probably the nicest painting session we’ve ever had, and the one with the least amount of mess.

I know you’re dying to see the latest work of artistic genius that my son has produced so here it is…

What do you mean, what is it? It’s a crocodile about to snap an unsuspecting bird out of the sky of course!

I’m so glad that I just let him paint today. We had such a lovely time and his good mood carried on through most of the day. Had I refused, thinking it would be easier for me, I’m sure the tantrums would have really kicked off and I would have had to deal with them for most of the day instead. Which would have been a lot harder work than cleaning up a bit of paint.

How Do You Doodle?

30 Nov

If there was ever an excuse needed to show off my son’s latest masterpiece then this is it. Mummy’s Little Monkey would like to know ‘How Do You Doodle?’ for the chance to win some Feel Good Drinks. If you’re quick there is still time to enter but don’t forget to come back here and leave me a comment too!

My son loves to paint. He chooses his own paints and asks for a clean brush when he wants to change colour. He dips the brush carefully into the pots and takes his time making marks on the paper. He even stops to admire his work before continuing with the next bit.

I’d like to share with you a couple of my favourite pictures of his. Perhaps it’s just because I’m his mum and I want to see something fabulous in everything that he does, but these just stand out to me.

The first one was painted just before his first birthday. It was his first completely unassisted painting. It is, quite clearly, a mouse in a boat. Do you see it? Look, it’s even smiling!

This one was painted around bonfire night when he was 17 months old. I’m sure he intended it to be a phoenix rising from the fire. Granny insists it is a flamenco dancer. I think she’s been watching too much Strictly Come Dancing.

So, what do you think? Do you see things in your child’s paintings that nobody else can? Do people think you’re a bit mad when you try and explain that it really is a mouse in a boat? I’d love to know what you see in these pictures, please leave a comment and let me know and feel free to link to your child’s latest masterpiece.

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…

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1 Jan

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