Best Boy’s Beds

Best Boys Beds - This cabin bed has steps rather than a ladder up to it perfect for younger children. It also has 3 drawers and lots of shelving. The white will lighten the room.

When we moved to our new house 6 months ago one of our key criteria was a bigger room for J. His previous bedroom wasn’t a box room but we expect that once he gets older he will want to spend more time in it and we decided we wanted him to have a bit more space to grow into. We found what we were looking for and more as J has a playroom too, so we have even more options for his play space that we had planned. Our whole house needs to be renovated and J’s bedroom is our first priority. I have been trawling the Internet to try and find design inspiration for layout, colour schemes, beds, theme ideas and furniture and am slowly pulling ideas together. If you would like to see more check out my Pinterest board Where Children Sleep, Play, learn, Grow & Explore.

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AWJ in May: Florida, Sunshine and Bank Holiday Weekend

J playing on the beach in his swimwear with the sea in the background

This month is going to be hard to beat this year as it has been absolutely fabulous! We came out of a very long wet and cold winter to start May on a major high with a trip to Florida. We spent the majority of our holiday at the Disney Parks, but we did venture out to see some alligators in the wild, to visit the white sands of Siesta Key and to Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic Coast to try to see a space launch.

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The Ideal Home Show 2018 – My Experience

Since we moved house in December and plan to entirely renovate/redecorate our house, I thought that it was a great time to visit The Ideal Home Show for the first time. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect but since it is linked to the Ideal Home Magazine which I buy to browse for ideas, I thought it would be similar. I had in mind – room sets, furnishings, wallpaper, paint suppliers, bifold doors, bathroom tiles, log burners, lighting, internal doors… Basically everything you may find in a house magazine.
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J’s Christmas Reads: GIVEAWAY James and the Birthday Balloon

James and the Birthday Balloon front cover. James with blonde hair and blue t-shirt and Ruby with red hair and a purple top holding big balloons in a garden with a table and a birthday cake and a present in the background. Ruby has a red balloon, James' is blue.

J loves books, but he hates chocolate, so it makes perfect sense to give him a book advent calendar instead. Some of the books I have chosen are ones which we already own, some will be borrowed from the library and some will be new but we will read a new one each day and call them our special Christmas books. Although many of the books will have a Christmas theme, some will just have a nice message or lesson in them that we can talk about with J. I will blog about many of the books between now and Christmas so you have ideas for stories to read to your own children, or ideas for Christmas gifts for them or family and friends. Next in J’s Christmas Reads series, I have chosen the heartwarming, ‘James and the Birthday Balloon’ by Nicola J. Rowley. ‘James and the Birthday Balloon’ is not a Christmas themed book, but it sends beautiful and important messages about being a good friend, being kind and the importance of thinking about others, which is perfect for this time of year.

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J’s Christmas Reads: The Night Before Christmas Mustard’s Christmas Wish

Mustard's Christmas Wish A photo of the front cover of the book. Mustard the sausage dog is walking through deep snow with a satchel around his tummy. Snowflakes are falling from the sky and there is a tree behind him to the left.

J loves books, but he hates chocolate, so it makes perfect sense to give him a book advent calendar instead. Some of the books I have chosen are ones which we already own, some will be borrowed from the library and some will be new but we will read a new one each day and call them our special Christmas books. Although many of the books will have a Christmas theme, some will just have a nice message or lesson in them that we can talk about with J. I will blog about many of the books between now and Christmas so you have ideas for stories to read to your own children, or ideas for Christmas gifts for them or family and friends. To start off J’s Christmas Reads series I have chosen the fabulous, ‘The Night Before Christmas Mustard’s Christmas Wish’ by Sophie Scribble.

 

We welcomed a new addition in to our family at the beginning of the year, Orion the black labrador. It was incredibly tough going, which considering we have owned a puppy before was rather a surprise. For a start, we had not expected to spend two weeks coaxing J off the sofa because he was so afraid of the bouncing, biting, toy eating creature that had invaded his home! Anyway, as a result we still like to reinforce positivity of dogs and books are a great way to do this because they are given human emotions and characteristics that make them even more relatable for children. When I saw that new book, ‘The Night Before Christmas Mustard’s Christmas Wish’ was being published by author Sophie Scribble I thought it would be a great opportunity to encourage some puppy affection.

 

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