Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Easy Wreath Idea

When we got the decorations out I decided that out old wreath was looking rather shabby, time to make a new one! I managed to find the wooden wreath base at Yuzawaya then I had planned to pick up some more decorations but then I spotted a couple of meters of tinsel that i hadn't used when decorating the house.

So... four meters of tinsel wrapped around the wreath base, 10 minutes and taa-daa....

Very basic and simple but it looks lovely!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Have you heard of Bitsbox?

This looks like such a cool idea, I hope they manage to raise the money to put it into production AND that they ship internationally!

So it is basically a monthly box that helps kids learn to code, not the drag and drop way of coding (which is great but defeats the object) this is to encourage kids to learn the language and understand the code, which I believe is fundamental to understanding computers properly.

Watch this to learn more...

We do use Khan academy to learn about coding but I think this would be a great addition to what you get at Khan academy. What do you think?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

In The Book Bag

When I was in town the other day I decided to pop into the new Book Off (yes, that's the name) it's part of a chain and there is also Hard Off and House Off!

I picked up a lovely Taschen Dali book and a couple of novels for Ebi-kun, that I have squirrelled away. 

I also picked up Wenny Has Wings which is marketed as a kids book but I wanted to read it first to make sure it was suitable. The books is a set of letters that Will, aged 11 sends to his little sister. The two of them were in a traffic accident and the sister, Wenny was killed. Will died for 10 minutes and saw the light but then came back to earth. 
The letters are touching and take you through the roller-coaster of emotions that Will goes through, from the guilt of not protecting his little sister, to missing her to hating her and all the family issues too.
This is not a feel good book, I ended up sobbing into my coffee! I talked to Ebi-kun about it and will leave it on the shelf, then if he feels drawn to it he can read it, at least he has the heads up before diving in. I imagine a child reading this will feel differently that an parent.

Ebi-kun is totally hooked on the Bear Grylls books, he has just finished up the third one and can't wait to get his hands on book four, he'll have to wait until Santa gets here! These are great books for boys and I imagine quite a few girls would like them too. Very exciting story lines.

What are you reading at the moment? How about your kids?

Friday, 12 December 2014

International Book Giving Day Big Reveal

As one of the hosts I was really excited to see the fab artwork for next years International Book Giving Day. It will the 4th year that it has run and people across the globe are encouraged to give books on Valentines day, getting as many books as possible into the hands of kids around the world.

The talented and award winning Chris Haughton has designed the poster, isn't it great ? You can download the poster HERE

I will be organising something fun nearer the day but if you want to get on board right now, Zoe from Playing By The Book is hosting a book swap, sign up over HERE. And for more info about International Book Giving day, click HERE.

There are some great freebies to be had soon, so keep posted...

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Want to have a book dedicated to you?

There is a new snowman in town but he needs a name, can your kids help him out?

The winning namer will get a free copy of the book AND will have the book dedicated to them! Cooool.

Just pop your suggestion in the form below.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Trying out the new cafe...

Just round the corner from our home, we have a new cafe whoo-hoo! We have been itching to try it out....

The menu is very limited for now, it was basically a choice of panini or carbonara. Hubby and I both had the panini and Ebi-kun had the carbonara, all of it was delicious. We got soup, salad and deviled egg too. Big thumbs up for the lunch, although it was more of a ladies lunch size rather than a strapping bloke sized meal!

Ebi-kun had hot chocolate which was really cute...

I got a caramel latte and we all got these cute little cookies. 10/10 for cuteness! I'm pretty sure the owner can speak English too, although she didn't when my hubby was there, I reckon she will if I rock up alone. This is great for me because my other favourite cafe has an owner who speaks English and used to be a tour guide!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What's going on here then?

Found Santa and baby Jesus hanging out, not entirely sure what they are doing...

Monday, 8 December 2014

Saturday Sadness

So Saturday I had a message from mom to say my step dad had been rushed into hospital, the crappy thing about being the other side of the world is that I can't be there to help out. Looks like he might be in for a while as they want to run tests but he seems to be doing a bit better for now.

The other sad event is that the boys football team went down to division two booooo. Which meant a rather sombre dinner!

On the upside, I found some new slippers! For someone who works from home, slippers are very important, warm and comfortable are a must!

Sunday, 7 December 2014


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Our Christmas Ornament Tradition...

We got out the decorations and decorated the house on the first. One of our favourite traditions is putting the 'special ornaments' on the tree at the end. When Ebi-kun was born I decided to buy him an ornament each year, here they are...

Bought from a shop in Omiya...

This is really heavy glass from Loft

I love this one from Providence Art Glass, the one I ordered got lost (and returned to her) in the mean time she sent me this one that I actually like more. Hand blown and stunning!

I think this is the overall family favourite from Squidglass

This is a ceramic snowflake from Emily Dyer

This little bird we got when we were in the UK

Fun little ornament from Whimsey Love (it has his name on it but I photoshopped it!)

This one was bought on the Southbank when we were in London, makes me laugh...

Ebi-kun chose this when we were in Laos, we were supposed to be at the Elephant sanctuary on the 25th but it got postponed for a couple of days because he was sick but he wanted an elephant so he would remember where he was around that time.

And this years is a giant squid putting a bow on a ship because... why not? It's from GlakLove

And there we have it! Do you have any traditions that you made up just for your family? Do tell...

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