Family Tradition of Friday Night Movie Night…..

The school year finally started for the kids on Wednesday, but I’m already saying TGIF. I love having the kids home on school holidays, even when the summer holidays start to get a bit long and weary towards the end of those six weeks. The last week to ten days has it’s moments but I still love having them home and soon as school goes back I miss seeing them and all the extra cuddles, kisses and craziness. So when holidays end and normal daily life and routines resume, I look forward to the end of the school and working…

The Handwritten Word: Bring Back the Pen…..

About a month ago I came across a blog post you may have seen written by Richard Branson titled Bring Back the Pen, which spoke of his shock about an article he read* of a study done by BIC stationary showing statistics that half of today’s 13 to 19 year olds have never written a thank you letter. Branson’s was further shocked that the study reported that one in ten 13 to 19 year olds don’t own a pen. Although we live in a technologically advancing time, I’m even astounded by these figures. How is it even possible we have…

Old Fashion Family Game Night on Trivia Day….

When I was growing up and birthdays and Christmas came around there was always an inclusion of games that could be played with family and friends. We had all sorts of games from Mastermind, Monopoly, Twister, Boggle, Scrabbled, Battleships, Chess and countless more not to mention things like pick up sticks and marbles. There were always games to play that were educational and challenged the mind and called on your trivia knowledge and even when Ben and I met and started dating twenty years ago my in-laws frequently had Trivial Pursuit nights with friends which we were often invited to…

‘Tis Christmas and halls are decked….

Ahhh Christmas, the season, the decorating, the spirit, the feeling, I love it. I love it more now than I ever did as a kid and I love it even more so since having children. It’s the joy of sharing traditions and memories with our children and the belief in magic and fantasy. There’s nothing wrong with a healthy, heartfelt dose and escape with fantasy and magic. I love the whimsy and magic that is created with Christmas decorating and putting up a Christmas tree with twinkling lights and watching my children lay on the floor before slumber, watching flickering…

Creative Writing Prompts for Letters to Santa…..

The Christmas tree went up earlier this week and this weekend we will be making some time to write our letters to Santa. The kids are eager to let Santa know what they want for Christmas, but when it comes to writing a letter they need a little assistance in various areas. As many of you know earlier this year I shared with you that Cohen is on the autism spectrum and whether you are aware of what some of the challenges can be like with autism the thing you need to know  most is, the challenges are different for…

Gran’s Christmas Shortbread…..

Shortbread and Christmas are a big deal around here. As far as Ben is concerned you can’t have Christmas without shortbread and by shortbread he means shortbread made by his Gran or from her recipe. Not only is the making and having of shortbread a big deal here with us, but it extends to Ben’s parents and his brother’s family too. It’s become a Christmas tradition with Ben’s family that his mum and dad, along with his brother and his wife and ourselves that we all attempt to cook shortbread for Christmas using Gran’s recipe. Every Christmas we test each…