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06 Mar, 2018

I used to listen to podcasts every day but when I stopped blogging, this stopped too. I’d forgotten how great they really are! I loved the conversation and all the weird and wonderful things you could learn.

Thankfully my husband, Mike, made me listen to this James Altucher podcast last month. Since then I’ve been avidly listening to the rest of his shows and finding them really motivating. Each one seems to inspire me to write.

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I tend to listen to podcasts whilst out walking the dog (hence the massive coat and headphones) or when I’m driving

Two weeks ago it was Sara Blakely (owner of Spanx) who rocked my tiny mind with her ‘I’m an awesome dork’ attitude. It got me to open up and write 8 things that have happened. I’m still cringing from that post but “embarrass yourself and fail often” were key features that stuck out from the Sara interview. (more…)

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Another milestone to independence

04 Feb, 2016

Reuben seems to be doing nicely in his 3 year old development. In fact he seems to surprise me every day with what he’s able to do.

The theme of Reuben’s development at the moment is independence and I feel like I’m walking a bit of a tightrope!

I never know when help is required and when I need to back off… the sanctity of peace is constantly in peril!

3 year old development – learning to dress

His latest trick is dressing himself.

It has been both awesome and distressing in equal measures!

3 year old development - learning to dress (more…)

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An interview with the award-winning Children's Author and Illustrator

02 Nov, 2015

Have I got a treat for you today… An exclusive interview with the award-winning Children’s Author and Illustrator, Tim Hopgood!

Click here for interview and information about Tim Hopgood's latest book, Walter's Wonderful Web

This time last week, Reuben and I were heading into the village of Corbridge to meet a special guest at the (oh so wonderful) Forum Kid’s Bookshop; Tim Hopgood and his latest creation, Walter’s Wonderful Web. (more…)

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05 Mar, 2015

Happy World Book Day! I’m sure across the land mums and dads have been busy sending their kids off to school in fancy dress – Reuben has packed his favourite book and pyjamas for pre-school!

World Book Day - win with Seven Stories and Action for children!

I’m really excited to bring you a fanatic, exclusive competition this World Book Day, which I have teamed up with Action for Children and Seven Stories to bring you… 

WIN! Over The Hills and Far Away, a Treasury of Nursery Rhymes book and a free Seven Stories family pass. 

World Book Day - win with Seven Stories and Action for children!

This is such a wonderful prize and I have 3 to give away! We are huge fans of Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, I’m always blown away by the exhibitions, I love the attic with that huge reading chair and I think their latest project with Action for Children is truly wonderful.

Action for Children, in partnership with Seven Stories, has launched a leading Early Years Arts project in the North East to encourage children to build a positive and life-long relationship with books.

I think this is really awesome, as Mark Benson, Action for Children’s inclusion officer, says: “Research shows that books are the most important indicator of future success for children, regardless of their circumstances or background. Action for Children will be hosting a series of workshops at Sure Start Cowgate and Blakelaw, Sure Start Ashington and Bedlington Children’s Centre based on songs and which bring a story to life and help spark young imaginations.”

Enter the World Book Day Competition

To celebrate this special collaboration and World Book Day (5th March), I’m thrilled that Mums’ Days can offer 3 lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the latest Seven Stories nursery rhymes and a free Seven Stories family pass.

To WIN, all you need to do is fill in the raffelcopter below and share your best story telling tip in the comments below!
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Action for Children provides early years child development, learning and childcare services to thousands of families through the UK, through its children and family centres.  Click here for more information on the Action for Children Early Years Arts project and specific classes.

You can also join in with Action for Children’s Giant Wiggle, which they are collaborating with The World of Eric Carle™, on 19th March 2015. A Very Hungry Caterpillar conga line? I’m in!

Giant Wiggle and The Very Hungry Caterpillar - world book day give away with Action for Children and Seven Stories

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25 Sep, 2014

Around about this time last year we were sent two books by the author, Jane Hissey, and I’ve been in love with her stories since! So, in light of the fact that we have her latest book to review, I felt it ideal for today’s Word Up to feature this wonderful author.

Word Up! Jane Hissey is my featured author today - click here for a review of her latest children's book, Ruby and the Naughty Cats: http://mumsdays.com/jane-hissey-word-up/

Jane is probably most famous for her Old Bear stories, which were around when I was little. But, these new stories about Ruby are also lovely. I love the rhyming, I love the imagery and I love the gorgeous hand-painted illustrations. It’s nostalgic but new. And best of all, even though I thought it would only appeal to Gabby (my preconception is that they are girlie, perhaps because I loved Old Bear as a child!), Reuben also loves these stories and as a 14/15 month old, Ruby, Blanket and Blue was the first long story he engaged with.

Jane Hissey – Ruby, Blue and Blanket

This book is so powerful on so many levels. It is a story of 3 friends who playing dressing up…but Ruby can’t decide who she wants to be so she tries everything! I did a review this book and Old Bear last year with Gabby and Reuben but I feel like I’ve got more to say on it, so bare with me!

Word Up! Jane Hissey is my featured author today - click here for a review of her latest children's book, Ruby and the Naughty Cats: http://mumsdays.com/jane-hissey-word-up/

Reviewing Ruby, Blanket and Blue last year

I have pretty much memorised the book, which seems so much easier when the tale rhymes…Reuben loves when Ruby dresses up as a ghost, so I will recite it back to him if a tantrum is imminent!

“I would be all shapeless and floaty and white,

And tiptoe around in my sheet in the night.

And if anyone said, ‘Are ghosts really true?’

I’d jump out and surprise them by bellowing…

Boo!”

So, a good story for Halloween too!

It has travelled the world with us and soothed a tired toddler on planes, a cold toddler after swimming and even a grumpy toddler who doesn’t want his nappy changed.

So, yes, I love this book… How does the new one compare?

Jane Hissey – Ruby and the Naughty Cats

Word Up! Jane Hissey is my featured author today - click here for a review of her latest children's book, Ruby and the Naughty Cats: http://mumsdays.com/jane-hissey-word-up/

Bed head: We like to read in our pyjamas after breakfast!

The latest story, Ruby and the Naughty Cats, is everything Reuben would want from a story; naughtiness in many different ways! There are also things with wheels, big tick, cake, bigger tick, painting, balloons, bubbles, mess and sleep. It’s just a lovely bunch of things that Reuben is really interested in at the moment, so it’s perfect for toddlers to engage with.

Word Up! Jane Hissey is my featured author today - click here for a review of her latest children's book, Ruby and the Naughty Cats: http://mumsdays.com/jane-hissey-word-up/

Gabby also enjoyed reading it to Reuben but let me tell you, it’s not the easiest thing to get your mouth around! It took me several goes to work out the tempo and the rhyming. But I love the challenge and then once you’ve got the hang of the changing tempo, then you can start to remember it and add in your voices!

Word Up! Jane Hissey is my featured author today - click here for a review of her latest children's book, Ruby and the Naughty Cats: http://mumsdays.com/jane-hissey-word-up/

And, again, as with Sue Hendra’s Word Up last week, I just love the moral of the story – if someone keeps spoiling your game, maybe it’s because they feel left out… An interesting concept that has been running through my head all week!

Word Up! Jane Hissey is my featured author today - click here for a review of her latest children's book, Ruby and the Naughty Cats: http://mumsdays.com/jane-hissey-word-up/

Do you read any Jane Hissey books to your kids? Which is your favourite? And, do you like reading after breakfast too?!

I love to hear your comments, so please do leave them in the section below! And, if you have a favourite author you would like me to include in Word Up, do make your suggestions below too.

If you are a publisher you can contact me via this email: mumsdays@gmail.com

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