Tuesday, 13 May 2014

How Lego got my 6 year old reading newspapers

This week's school run has involved a daily diversion to WH Smith to buy a newspaper. 

My 6 year old is Lego mad. And this week, if you buy the Daily Mail in Smiths, you get a free Lego toy.

Queuing outside Smiths waiting for it to open is not my idea of a fun excursion on the way to school, but it has, I've discovered, additional educational value.

As well as benefitting from a rapidly expanding Lego collection, I'm inadvertently teaching my boy maths and literacy. 

I encourage him to pay for the newspaper himself, counting out the correct coins, or working out what change he should expect from a £1 coin.

Better still, he's even asked to look at the paper. This morning, he discovered it has a sports section, where he could catch up on last night's QPR v Wigan match and read about the England World Cup squad.

Some of my earliest memories of reading are perusing the pages of my parents' Daily Mail. And, while it is no longer my newspaper of choice, I'm secretly really pleased that my little boy is so keen on enjoying reading the newspaper. 

Hopefully, even when the Lego promotion ends this Saturday, he'll still be interested in reading the news. 

The next education will be to teach him that you shouldn't believe everything you read in the paper.

Oh - and not to always get sucked into every marketing ploy.

Friday, 2 May 2014

The wanderer returns

Recently, a long lost acquaintance visited me. It had been four and a half years, with not so much of a whisper.

Maybe it was because she didn't like me breastfeeding. She tends to steer clear from women who are nursing. She also stays away if you are pregnant. So, I had not seen her since October 2009, when I fell pregnant with my daughter. She thought about returning in September 2011, but a swiftly fertilised egg soon put paid to that idea.

I've relished in the freedom of not having to worry about her monthly visits, which can often be painful affairs. The supplies for when she stops by had been gathering dust in the bathroom cabinet. Thank goodness they don't seem to have a best before date!

However, at the end of March, when I was away on a long anticipated girly weekend in France, she turned up, unannounced and with huge inconvenience to join the party.

And this week, she returned again, with a vengeance: heavy and uncompromising.

To be honest, I was beginning to miss her. I was starting to worry that she would never come back and that my dreams of having another child might not come to fruition. Her visits mark my womanhood. But she's been here for six days now and I'm bored of her company. I'll be glad to see the back of her...until next month. Unless, of course, another visitor takes up lodging. We'll see what my husband thinks of that.

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

The best eye make-up remover...ever

Recently, I was lucky enough to win products in an Adore Naturals competition, including the amazing Bskincare gentle eye make-up remover.

Made with calendula, jojoba, and benzoin, this is the best, and gentlest, eye make-up remover I have ever used. 

It comes out of the bottle in a bit of a thick, jelly-like gloop, but it goes on smoothly and manages to shift pretty much everything, while feeling smooth and soothing to the delicate skin around the eye.

At only £6.95 for a 100ml bottle, it's definitely value for money and a permanent addition to my beauty shopping list. 

Best of all, it is handmade in Cornwall so I'm supporting the south-west economy too.

Bskincare gentle eye make-up remover
Disclaimer: This blog post has been independently written and is my own opinion.