Bella and Russell (the dream sheepdog)

Recently we were sent a Russell the dream sheepdog from Sweet Dreamers, the creators of the iconic Ewan the dream sheep. The Toddler has had a Ewan since she was very small, so we knew already how fab Russell was likely to be. And we weren’t disappointed! Since The Toddler moved from a cot to a bed, she’s had a few unsettled nights where she’s fallen onto the floor or woken with no covers on so the timing of Russell was perfect! This is the story of Bella and Russell…

bella and russell the dream sheep dog_ cuddles~ ghostwritermummy.co.uk

A cuddly companion

The Toddler has inherited her siblings’ love of cuddly toys, so the minute she saw Russell she was in love! Nicknamed ‘My Purple Dog’, Russell has pretty much been by The Toddler’s side since he arrived and when he’s not he sits happily at the end of here bed. Because the toy is soft and cuddly, it makes a wonderful sleeping buddy too, even without batteries for the sounds and lights. Continue reading

Kids go free at Cbeebies Land Alton Towers!

We were recently lucky enough to be invited to Alton Towers courtesy of Cbeebies magazine, to learn a little more about the publication itself, and to have a look around the newly opened Cbeebies Land Alton Towers. How could I resist?

cbeebies land_ kids go free~ Ghostwitermummy.co.uk

The Preschooler has had a subscription to the Cbeebies magazine for some time now, and we love the way that each issue seems to cater for his interests so well. The Preschooler was especially pleased with the swashbuckling pirates edition, and from my point of the view the magazine is a wonderful way to enhance his learning ahead of his school start in September. So I was intrigued to see what our day at Alton Towers would have in store for us! Continue reading

Happy Birthday Prince George: celebrating with Frugi!

Celebrating Prince George's birthday with Frugi limited edition t shirt~ Ghostwritermummy.co.ukAs part of the wonderfully beautiful Frugi Family, the kids and I were delighted to be sent this beautiful limited edition Frugi long sleeved t-shirt to commemorate the royal birthday! Prince George turns one today and we’re honoured to be able to celebrate with him!

A child’s first birthday is a wonderful occasion for any family, and I have such happy memories of each and every first birthday party we’ve been lucky enough to hold at home. Each of my three have had a special birthday outfit which is now lovingly packed away into memory boxes. Mainly for me, I suspect. So how wonderful is it that Frugi has brought out this George and the Dragons t-shirt to celebrate baby George’s birthday? A true memory box outfit if ever I saw one!

Celebrating Prince George's birthday with Frugi~ Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

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Ways to play… with rainbow play dough

Recently I’ve been searching for lots of ways to play that allow me to take a less active role, in both the set up and clearing away, and the actual play too. I’ve been so sick with this pregnancy and I’m sad to say that we’ve spent far too many days doing very very quiet activities or nothing at all as I stick my head down the nearest loo. We’ve not been outside as much as I would normally either, and I cannot tell you how guilty this makes me feel. So I wanted to keep a hand in with the kids’ activities, as I know how much they love them. I had a very willing volunteer to help me make lots of different coloured play dough one rainy Sunday afternoon, and we used that in lots of play in the following days. So, here is ways to play with rainbow play dough!

ways to play with rainbow play dough~ ghostwritermummy.co.ukI always follow The Imagination Tree’s playdough recipe, you can find that here. I add colour and scent according to what we’re doing so in that case I made, red, yellow, green, blue, purple and orange. Continue reading