Life with two Smalls and a fistful of daydreams

WWW Wednesdays


Joining in with Should Be Reading’s W W W Wednesdays for the first time in… possibly years.

So, here we go:

What are you currently reading?

madnessThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

On loan from the library with an ever approaching deadline so it has bumped to the top of my TBR list.


What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Joe Hill’s NOS4R2 this morning – it has been waiting for me to pick it up since I bought it at Christmas and I finally read it as part of the House of Blog Book Club this month!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor because I preordered the sodding thing and have had it sat by my bed for months looking beautiful AND STILL HAVEN’T READ IT!

The Fish with the Deep Sea Smile by Margaret Wise Brown fish

Illustrated by: Henry Fisher

Series: N/A

Published: Parragon Books Ltd., 2014

Edition: Paperback

Narrated By: N/A

Length: 32 pages

Genre: Picture book, children’s fiction, poetic fiction

Where Did I Get It? Kindly received from Parragon Books as part of their Book Buddies scheme.


Opening Line(s):

They fished and they fished,

way down in the sea,

down in the sea a mile.


My Review: A simple whimsical tale of fishing for a special fish – the fish with the deep sea smile – a group in a boat travel far and wide over the ocean catching all different kinds of wonderful fish as they go.

The illustrations are bold and bright and cheerful but no too busy. The Smalls really loved all the fish that were caught and describing what they looked like as we turned each page – from the fish with terrible teeth to the fish with eyes on stalks! They giggled at the pictures and the simple, lilting, repeating narrative kept their attention throughout.

It was quite a calming story as well as an interesting and fun one – it helped to settle them before bed, particularly Arthur. I didn’t mind reading it twice over either as I enjoyed it too.

I could see this being a great book for younger children too, books about the ocean usually went down well with my two when they were tiny.

My Rating: 4/5*

Last week didn’t go entirely to plan as we had an impulse trip to the beach on one day and then went out for dinner with friends another so you might notice that some of the things on this week’s menu are the same as last week – I have all the ingredients, we just never ate them!

Monday: Chicken fajitas

Tuesday: Macaroni cheese

Wednesday: Toad in the Hole

Thursday: Slow Cooker Lasagna

Friday: Hoisin Pork belly strips with noodles and veg

Saturday: Probably pasta or soup – Not sure if the kids will be here or not so depends on that really

Sunday: Could well be dinner for one tonight so it will be whatever I fancy!

I'm linking up with Mrs M's Meal Planning Monday linky

I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky


206julAs a surprise treat for the soon-to-be-five year old, we packed the kids into the car this morning and headed off to visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay for the day. We had a great time there, rounding off with a good long play session in the brilliant adventure playgrounds there and grabbing a treat Macdonald’s for tea on the way home.

207julThe cake got made and she loved it (the inside was full of sweets – she couldn’t decide which to be more excited about – that or Olaf on the top!) We had a nice day, quiet play with presents in the morning then an afternoon tea party with my parents, Liberty and her boyfriend over before a quick park trip in the sunshine before bed time.

208julBirthday celebrations continued into today with a second party tea and round of presents at English Folkfan’s house. The new sand pit went down a treat with both Smalls!

209julSomeone got facepaints and lots of dressing up clothes for her birthday so today she became Sleeping Beauty the Tiger!

210julCaius took today off work and we decided to make the most of the sunshine and headed off to the beach at Rhyl. The kids loved it, especially Artie – sometimes I wish we didn’t live in a totally land-locked county.

211julA quiet day after the excitement of the rest of the week, we spent it doing activities out of the Summer Jar – here Arthur is painting himself a pet lizard :)

212julBack at English Folkfan’s house for the afternoon, we went on a bug hunt and I managed to catch a butterfly!


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Did a bit of swapsies on days last week but that’s okay. Today is Tori’s fifth birthday (how on earth is she five already?!) so it is going to be a buffet style birthday tea with my parents – Party Rings at the ready!!

Monday: Party Tea Buffet (I have mostly cheated and bought things… the cake took up all my time and energy!)

Tuesday: Out for birthday tea take two!

Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognese

Thursday: Pasta and cheese with peas and sweetcorn

Friday: Toad in the Hole

Saturday: Make Your Own Pizza with garlic bread

Sunday: Freezer Food

I'm linking up with Mrs M's Meal Planning Monday linky

I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky


199julWith next week being the last of term, we spent today making Thank You presents for Tori’s teacher and assistant.

200julI have been a bit adventurous with the plan for Tori’s fifth birthday cake and so despite her birthday not being until Monday the first two layers got baked (and frozen) today.

201julIt was the Pre-School end of year play today – they did a mini version of Sleeping Beauty and then some of them took it in turns to stand up and sing songs by themselves. Artie went first and sang Old MacDonald, much to the surprise of his teachers as he’s usually quite shy when it comes to circle time activities.

202julTori took Splash with her to school today for a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and came out sporting her own teddy ears!

203julToday marked the end of Tori’s year in Reception class. I can’t believe it’s over already – where has the time gone?

204julFirst day of the Summer Holidays and we started out with a really easy but good fun craft session making scratch art dinosaur magnets.


Today we spent the afternoon at my nephew Riley’s 2nd Birthday Party. It was good fun and the kids had a whale of a time :)

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A couple of weeks ago I posted about my dread of the Summer Holidays and my plans to make a Summer Jar. Well the day is finally here once Tori is home from school this afternoon, the Summer Holidays begin – time to put the Summer Jar into action!

What went into our Summer Jar in the end? Well there’s a mixture of crafty things I have bought kits for and other ideas that I have picked up from around the place. I know a few people have been hunting for ideas too so I thought I’d write out a list of all the things we have written on bits of paper in our jar.

There are two types – one off activities that get removed from the jar once they have been done (usually the craft kits) and other activities that can be dropped back in and reused another day.

First up, The Repeatables (I have put these on paper that is coloured on one side so they are easy to recognise once unfolded but look the same when folded up. We could have just used different coloured paper or pens)

  • Play with your Fuzzy Felts kits
  • Go to the park (We have several parks within walking distance – I am going to try and go to a different one each time)
  • Play Happy Finger Families (Available at Mothercare and previously ELC but I think it has been discontinued)
  • Go for a walk/scoot/skate/bike ride
  • Build five Duplo cars
  • Play with chalks outside
  • Go to English Folkfan’s (We are lucky to live close by to Caius’s mum and she has a very exciting garden ;) )
  • Dress up!
  • Play the Very Hungry Caterpillar Game (Available on Amazon)
  • Read a story together
  • Read independently for 15 minutes
  • Play Picture Dominoes
  • Make No-Bake Cookies (Recipe from
  • Play with your colouring/activity books
  • Play Snap
  • Go on a treasure hunt outside (Find: a leaf, a flower, a stone, a stick, a woodlouse, a seed)
  • Have a picnic (Indoor or out, real or pretend. Everybody help make the food and set up.)
  • Play Build A Beetle
  • Potato/Vegetable Printing/ Painting with cars
  • Go on an indoor treasure hunt (Find: 5 red things, 5 blue things, a yellow crayon, a train, 2 cars, something round, something square, 3 pink things)
  • Play with the Story Cubes (I have three sets of Rory’s Story Cubes, the kids love them. You can buy them from Amazon.)
  • Draw a picture of our house
  • Make pizzas
  • Play with all the Cars toys
  • Make a train track
  • Watch a film you’ve never seen before
  • Water the plants
  • Tidy the front room floor
  • Tidy your bedroom
  • Draw a hopscotch grid and play with it
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Water play
  • Watch TV for 20 minutes
  • Make an obstacle course in the garden
  • Have a bath!
  • Dance to some music
  • Tidy and sweep the back yard
  • Tidy up the shoes and coats

And secondly, The One-Offs (I will say where I got these from, with links where appropriate – the Wilkinsons kits were all on a 3 for 2 offer)

I will add things to the jar if the kids get any more activity sets or come up with new ideas – I think we should be plenty busy over Summer now and we can carry on using the jar afterwards for weekends and other holidays. I picked up a bargain Hallowe’en Craft Pack from a sale on the Yellow Moon website too – I’m definitely going to keep an eye on their webiste to pick bits up through the year!

I hope this helps if you are making a bored/Summer jar of your own or are just looking for activity ideas – if you have any suggestions for things I can add please let me know!!

(NB. I have not been asked to write this post and have not been sponsored in any way – I have purchased all the mentioned craft kits myself and am just sharing ideas for others to share)


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