It's still not sunk in that this time next week is Max's birthday. It feels like only yesterday he was a little chubby baby but now he's a boy. I can't even call him a toddler now he's at school. Looking back I don't think I would ever have thought we would have grown so much as a family. Little man, you've grown to be a fine wild thing. Never stop growing.
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Max's school are really good with setting home learning activities. We get most of a half term to complete them but they want family to be as involved as possible. This half term he was set the task of going on an autumn walk and discovering how it was different to summer. We hopped in the car and headed to the New Forest to see what we could learn.
Of course we needed a sit down and so we munched on these healthy Tracker bar's which are a favourite snack in our house. They are so much better than grabbing a chocolate bar and the boys love the variety of flavours.
But we needed to get back to work discovering the wonders of autumn. Max soon found leaves as big as his head, logs that had fallen and trees that reminded him of Christmas. Fortunately we got back to the car before it started raining. But we spent the afternoon and evening making a gorgeous story out of our trip.
Next time he wants to go on a bear hunt though.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
We are a family of bookworms. We've got pretty much every picture book you can buy but are always on the lookout for something new. So when Penwizard approached me about reviewing their personalised Ben & Holly Christmas book we couldn't say yes fast enough.
Penwizard are a fab company that create personalised books for children that feature famous faces such as Peppa, Frozen, the Snowman and of course Ben & Holly. Max has always had a soft spot for the show about fairies and elves so I knew he would love reading this book with us.
The process for buying the book was easy, you just put in the child's name, selected if they were an elf or fairy and then customised the colours so it looked like your child. I honestly didn't think it would be that easy as I had set aside a good while to work through the site when it was a few clicks of a button. You are shows the front cover so you can check spellings and then the book arrives within a few days.
We went for the new Ben & Holly Christmas at the North Pole book. It tells the story of your character helping Ben & Holly save the toy disaster before Christmas Eve is up. Max is learning to read at the moment and this book is the perfect level for him to read to us at bedtime. In fact he's read it every single night since we got it!
Max loved the fact that his name was there in the book and quickly pointed out his character with glee. It was such a pleasure to show him such a special book, one that will be treasured for years to come. The personal touches in the book made Max question me at least 100 times how he got in a book and if he could magic himself into his other stories.
We opted for the softcover book at £14.99 as it's easier to handle than a big hardback but even at £19.99 I think that these are a perfect price for a gift for a little someone. And with so many choices you'll be wishing there was one for you too.
As a bonus I have a £3 off coupon for all my readers. Just use the code PENWIZARD3 at checkout to get your money off. This is valid until the 15th December which is the cut off for Christmas orders
Plus I'm also giving away a Ben & Holly Christmas book to one of you fab readers. Just follow the instructions below. Good Luck!
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