Lost in…Night Time, an Usborne Peep Inside Book

Usborne’s Peep Inside Night Time is illustrated by Simona Dimitri, written by Anna Milbourne and designed by Nicola Butler. What a little gem it is.

The Blurb:
Peep inside the starlit darkness to discover swooping owls, flitting bats, busy bakers and lots more.  Continue reading

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The Ten Types of Breastfeeding Mother I Was

I listened to a particularly odious rant on my local radio station about breastfeeding the other day. Yes Radio Solent I’m looking at you.

Widely quoted across the press were the comments regarding the breastfeeding habits of two types of breastfeeding mothers: the ‘librarian types…earth mothers’ and the ‘classy…yummy mummies’.

This is obviously an extreme example but we can all be guilty of pigeonholing people. We can all sometimes forget that every person we meet is a complex, multifaceted individual.

So in a bid to remember my very own multi-facetedness (not a word), here are the ten types of breastfeeding mother I was:
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3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 3

I was nominated by Amy at Curiouser and Curiouser to take part in the ‘3 Days 3 Quotes’ challenge. Thank you one final time Amy!

I’ve really enjoyed it and a bit sad that it’s the last day today.

After two days of lovely whimsical quotes, I’m getting serious today. If serious isn’t your thing you can read day one here and day two here.

Rules:

– Acknowledge the person that nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote for each day)
Nominate three new bloggers each day. I have copied Amy on this rule and am nominating three people on day three (today!).

The Quote:

“Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.” 

We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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I love this quote. Doesn’t a fairer world and a happier world sound good?

I think it says a lot that I first came across this book at my mother in law’s house. I think I’m pretty lucky to have a husband that was raised by a feminist!

I think a lot about stereotypes and definitions and trying to find freedom within the ones placed on me (and the ones I’ve chosen for myself). There is safety in conforming to roles, rules and stereotypes in all aspects of life. But the safety is only superficial. I say let’s all work out what we actually believe in. Let’s raise our children to be bold. Let’s all be bold. Even if, for now, that makes us seem a bit different, a bit quirky!

Now, back to the fun and on with my three nominations…can’t wait to read your quotes! Although if you don’t want to do it, then PLEASE don’t worry.

Alice at Nipper and Tyke
Nicola at Book Bunny
Saffy at Mumzilla

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 2

I was nominated by Amy at Curiouser and Curiouser to take part in the ‘3 Days 3 Quotes’ challenge. Thanks Amy!

Today, as the title of this post suggests, is day two of three. You can read my quote for day one here.

Rules:

– Acknowledge the person that nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote for each day)
Nominate three new bloggers each day. I am going to copy Amy on this rule and nominate three people on day three.

The Quote:

“You is hearing only thumping loud noises with those little earwigs of yours. 

But I am hearing all the secret whisperings of the world!”

The BFG  Roald Dahl. Illustrated by Quentin Blake

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I have a beautiful BFG illustration and this quote framed on my bedroom wall. It’s a simple reminder to me each day that my ‘extra-usual’ big ears might belong to me for a reason!

Actually I can’t claim to hear secret whisperings of any sort but I am now very much in love with my ears (they run in the family) and only have the odd pang of self consciousness about them, as opposed to the overwhelmingly ear conscious years aged 9 to 22.

I think this means I’m now a grown up. It also means that I’ve been lucky enough to join forces with a man who is kind, caring and rude. The ear banter I’ve been subjected to over the last ten years has been the biggest healer and it’s no coincidence that we bought this picture together.

So cheers, big ears! And on with day three…

 

3 Days 3 Quotes – Day 1

I’m just returning from a blogging mini-break (that turned into a full blown blogging holiday) and thought I would ease myself back in with the ‘3 Days 3 Quotes’ challenge. I was nominated by Amy at Curioser and Curiouser, so thank you very much Amy, this is just what I needed!

Rules:

– Acknowledge the person that nominated you
– Post a quote for three consecutive days (one quote for each day)
Nominate three new bloggers each day. I am going to copy Amy on this rule and nominate three people on day three.

The Quote:

“I’ve brought you the moon, Little Bear” said Big Bear.

“The bright yellow moon, and all the twinkly stars”.

Can’t you Sleep, Little Bear?  Martin Waddell & Barbara Firth

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I’ve chosen this quote because, not only does LJ have a fascination with the moon, but it also signifies two special and profoundly important aspects of parenting for me.

Firstly the responsibility of me being LJ’s safe place. The context of the quote within the book is that Big Bear is doing all he can to make things ok for Little Bear and consequently Little Bear is not so scared with Big Bear. I believe I should do everything I can for my child to make him feel safe and warm inside.

Secondly, this is a moment of discovery for Little Bear. There is nothing I enjoy more than accompanying LJ on his adventures through life. Being his companion and curator as he takes in (and on) the world is my favourite pastime.

This seemed a fitting quote to share today in particular. LJ struggles to get to sleep (like Little Bear if you don’t know the book). I don’t know why half the time, except that he is his parent’s son and we are both rubbish at falling asleep! It has come to our attention recently, however, that the dark may be playing a part in our struggles. So, today, we have moved a special light in for him. A lovely moon night-light now adorns LJ’s bedroom wall.

We have brought him the moon.

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