Running a business from home, I need a space where I can work and keep my party supplies altogether. When we were planning the extension, we decided to turn our small toilet into an office. It was originally going to be a space primarily for my husband to study, but as the planning and building work took longer than expected, he’d actually finished his Masters before the room was ready. I therefore claimed it as my own, and decided to make it a beautiful place to be. It is still a work in progress, but welcome to my work space, my sanctuary. Continue reading
Ah, New Years Eve…
2012 has generally bought good things for the Bizzy household. Highlights include tea with the Queen, a promotion, a successful transition to secondary school, a successful introduction to nursery and pre-school, completion of a Masters degree, a Champagne Yacht Reception, The MAD Blog awards, some great new friendships and an extension. There have been lows, but I’m not going to dwell on them. They can be left in 2012…. Continue reading
My lovely friend Tara, who makes my rather special Advent Calendar each year, also gives me another gift- the gift of peace.
The first time Tara handed me a box with a label saying ‘Karen’s Five Minutes Peace Box’, I was intrigued. On opening it, I found a treasure of children’s activities, all appropriate for my two girls aged 3 and 9 or for my son, aged 11. Tara has an amazing ability to pick the perfect activities that really are guaranteed to offer me five minutes peace. Continue reading
Now, I hate speaking behind someone’s back, especially about someone as
egotistic lovely as Father Christmas, but it has to be said…I think the power is going to his head.
We went to see him a couple of years ago when my daughter was 5 and she asked for a Baby Annabel. Rather than nodding and helpfully telling her that she would get it if she was a good girl, he gained a glint in his eye and I’m sure beneath that beard was a smirk lurking as he said;
“And would you like Father Christmas to bring you the pushchair and the cot as well?’ Continue reading
A few years ago, I met a lovely lady called Tara. It soon became apparent that she is ever so slightly obsessed with Christmas. She loves it, and spends a good few months making sure everything is perfect, particularly for other people. Continue reading
When I was teaching, receiving presents from parents on the last day of the Autumn and Summer term would bring a strange mix of emotions. It felt slightly wrong to be given twenty plus presents just for doing my job, but boy was it exciting!
As we’re probably starting to think about what to give teachers as a gift for Christmas, I thought I’d compile my Top Ten teacher presents. This is based on personal experience as a teacher and parent, but also extensive research (well, I asked for opinions on Facebook…)
So here we go… Continue reading
This has been on my mind for a while now.
My children do nothing to help out around the house. Wait, maybe this is a slight exaggeration. Every now and then they do something they are asked to do, but it is done alongside much winging and moaning. The usual reply I get when I ask one of them to tidy is ‘But I didn’t make that mess’. For some reason though, it is fine for me to tidy everyone else’s mess. Continue reading
Out of the blue yesterday, my son asked this question. I looked for a hint of a glimmer in his eye, but he was too absorbed playing a game on the computer (and yes, I did check it was really the game he was staring at on the screen…) It was actually a genuine question. Continue reading
As I write, I am sitting in a Starbucks above the O2 Arena in Leicester. I am taking a break from watching the Rubik’s Cube UK Open 2012. In the Rubik’s Cube world, this is a big deal. Cubing fanatics have arrived from all over the UK and beyond to compete for a range of titles. There’s the classic 3X3 solve, 5X5, 2X2, and even a blindfolded solve. I’m here because my son is competing. Continue reading
I have always loved Le Toy Van’s range of wooden toys, so I was delighted when we offered the Twinkle Tower for review.