Blogtober Day 17 – 10 Bible verses to share with your preschooler

Blogtober Day 17 – 10 Bible verses to share with your preschooler

Proverbs 22:6 tells us to “Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it. With this in mind I have always tried to share my faith with Monkey. For me that means so much more than just taking her to church each Sunday. It’s also about trying to live a Christian life and giving her a good knowledge of the bible. Young children learn so quickly so it is never too early to start.


Here are ten of my favourite verses to share with young children.

Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

Deuteronomy 6:5

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

1 Corinthians 10:31

Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Psalm 136:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Luke 6:31

As you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Matthew 19:14

Jesus said “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of Heaven.”

Psalm 118:24

This is the day that the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.



Blogtober Day 16 – Phobias

Blogtober Day 16 – Phobias

There’s nothing quite like writing a post about phobias to make you realise how soft and mard you are. I did ask Monkey what she was scared of but I just got a look of disgust and “Don’t be silly mummy. I’m VERY brave!” After seeing her reaction to cats the other day I’m not entirely convinced but to be honest not much bothers her and she’s definitely braver than me.

I appear to be scared of everything. Here are my top seven phobias.

Pogonophobia – the fear of beards

I can’t cope with this new fashion for hipster beards. Not only do they look stupid, they terrify me. I always wonder what they’re hiding under all that hair.

Acrophobia – the fear of heights

I don’t know when this one started. I can’t remember a time when I was good with heights. As a child I remember even little muddy rides having to be stopped to get me off because I was screaming. I have got better as I’ve got older but I still don’t like it.

Astraphobia – the fear of thunder and lightening

I know it’s only the lightning that can actually do me any damage but I think the thunder actually scares me more. It’s just so loud and angry sounding. I’m not sure what I think is going to happen but the only way to cope with a storm is to wrap myself in a duvet and cover my ears.

Globophobia – the fear of balloons

I’m ok with balloons if they’re tied up well out of the way of anything or before they’re blown up. I’m just paranoid about them popping. I hate it. I’m just not good with sudden loud noises.

Pyrophobia – the fear of fire

I’m 38 years old and can’t light a match! In an absolute emergency I can sometimes light a lighter but only certain kinds. Bizarrely I love bonfire night and fireworks though, but only from a distance.

Telephonophobia – the fear of talking on the telephone

This is probably the one that causes me the most problems. It’s not just official phone calls or people I don’t know that I struggle with, I find it difficult to talk to friends or duly on the phone too. I hate it when my phone rings and have to really psych myself up to actually phone anyone myself. I’ll do anything to get out of a phone call. I’d much rather send a text. It can make me look rude at times so I do try but I get in such a panic about it.

Nosocomephobia – the fear of hospitals

Pre- Monkey I was terrified of hospitals but after three years of her hospital appointments I’m almost cured. I still don’t like the places but I wouldn’t say I’m scared anymore.



Blogtober Day 15 – Photos from my family tree

Blogtober Day 15 – Photos from my family tree

I love looking at old photos. I find it really fascinating to see how much has changed but also how much remains the same. It was this that first sparked my interest in researching my family tree. I’ve got quite far back but writing this post made me realise just how few photographs I have. I’m going to share some from my dad’s side of the family here but I will dig out some from my mums side for another post.

Monkey born 2014


It’s not easy to find an old photo of someone who is only three but this is one of the earliest ones. Things are so different for her generation. It’s so easy to take photographs these days, I take photos of her all the time. In years to come people will be able to get much more of a picture of her life than I do from some older photos which were much more formal and usually taken for special occasions.

Me born 1979


I love old photos but not of myself! No idea what is going one with my fringe or my outfit here! I’m not sure where this picture was taken but I’m going to guess at the local Labour club where I spent a big part of my childhood. I used to help with putting sellotape on posters, stuffing envelopes and most importantly selling raffle tickets! I could be very persuasive.

My Dad born 1951


My daddy and Monkey’s Grandad Tom ❤❤❤ I’m not ashamed to admit that at 38 years old and with a child of my own I am still a complete daddy’s girl. My dad is amazing and has brought me up to care about other people and stand up for their rights. We’ve been all over the country watching football and rugby league together.

My Grandad Tom 30/9/1922-19/11/1990


My Grandad Tom, not to be confused with Monkey’s Grandad Tom! I remember him spoiling me rotten as a kid. I think he was slightly disappointed when I started going to the rugby but he was so chuffed when my dad started taking me to United just as he’d done with my dad years before.

John Stott 11/6/1890-March 1960


John Stott shown here with his wife Teresa. My dad’s grandparents. You can see in this picture that John has no right hand, he lost it in an industrial accident around 1910.

Have you ever researched your family tree? What did you find out?



Blogtober Day 14 – Monkey’s favourite books

Blogtober Day 14 – Monkey’s favourite books

From the very first day we brought her home from the hospital we have read to Monkey every day of her life. I always wanted her to grow up with a love of books and reading and at age 3 I think I can safely say job done. Monkey is a real little bookworm. She loves having books read to her and she loves reading them to her babies. I asked her to tell me some of her favourite books. It took her a long time to come up with a list because “I like all my books mummy” but eventually this is what she gave me.

Little Bear’s Big Jumper by David Bedford

This is a bedtime favourite and we read it most nights at the moment. Little Bear is very excited to get his big brother’s favourite jumper when he outgrows it. But when he makes a mess of it the brothers fall out. Will they make friends? And what will happen to the jumper?

Monkey says “Big Bear is grumpy and silly but I like this story. But the jumper fits Little Bear better.”

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

It’s a classic! Such a simple story but such beautiful pictures. I love the repetition in this story which means Monkey always joins in. It’s a great book to read snuggled up together.

Monkey says “Everybody at nursery likes going on a bear hunt and we read it lots. I know all the words.”

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Another classic that doesn’t really need an introduction. This was one of my favourites as a child so I’m glad that Monkey enjoys it so much.

Monkey says “The Tiger is very greedy and he eats everything up. Sophie has to go to a cafe with her mummy and daddy because there is no food left. She goes outside in her nightie and that’s a bit silly but it’s ok because she had a very strange day. I went to see it at the theatre and there was a real tiger and lots of songs.”

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Monkey loves Winnie the Pooh and we have read the original stories with her. The language is quite old fashioned though and she does struggle with them so we read more shorter stories designed for young children. We both prefer ones with the more original style illustrations to the Disney style ones.

Monkey says “Pooh bear loves honey but Tiggers don’t like honey. Yuck!”

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Another book with quite old fashioned language. Monkey loves the pictures in these books but still struggles with the storyline. She is building up the collection as her Granny and Grandad get her one each birthday, Christmas and Easter.

Monkey says “These are very special books from Granny and Grandad. I’m going to get them all and read them when I’m big.”

George’s marvellous medicine by Roald Dahl

A few months ago at the library Monkey decided it was time she read a big grown up book. Ronald Dahl were the first chapter books I remembered enjoying so seemed like a good place to start. To be honest, I didn’t think she would have the attention span to listen properly and follow the story but I was amazed! She loved it and knew exactly what was going on. She now wants the Roald Dahl box set for Christmas.

Monkey says “At first the medicine was blue but George put brown paint in it and then it was brown. When Grandma has it she goes up through the roof”



Blogtober Day 13 – My Little Pony The Movie

Blogtober Day 13 – My Little Pony The Movie

Way back in the 1980s I was a huge My Little Pony fan. I was obsessed with those moulded bits of plastic and although they didn’t actually do anything I could spend hours brushing their names and tails. I made up all kinds of stories and adventures for them.

I remember being so excited when a My Little Pony film was released in 1986. I can’t remember anything about the storyline (if one even existed) but I do remember going to see it. I went with my mum’s friend and had a lovely day. We even went to McDonald’s for dinner!

Fast forward more years than I want to think about and now Monkey is a My Little Pony fan.  I’ve got over my whole strop that they’ve changed them and now I’m just enjoying reliving my childhood with her. And once again I’ve got a film to be excited about!

The new My Little Pony – The Movie was released this month and I’m planning a mummy and Monkey day out. Monkey’s never been to the cinema before but I think she’ll love it. And so will I!


Blogtober Day 12 – Monkey & Minion, a love story

Blogtober Day 12 – Monkey & Minion, a love story

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll recognise Monkey’s face but there’s probably another little face you might recognise. Monkey’s best friend, known here as Minion! They have been friends more or less since Minion was born. It goes beyond friendship, further then best friends, these two proper love each other!


Their story started back when Monkey was born in June 2014. I started taking her to Baby Bistro, which was our local breastfeeding support group. I made lots of good friends there but at this point the babies were very definitely my friend’s babies rather than my baby’s friends.

Just before Christmas that year Minion arrived with her mummy. We spoke but with her being nearly five months younger she wasn’t really part of our group at first.

One of the things we talked about quite often at Baby Bistro was the lack of things going on locally. When we discovered that the sensory room at the children’s centre could be hired out a few of us started booking it regularly. I think that’s when Minion and her mummy became more part of our group. Whenever it was, that was definitely when they bonded. They were very definitely attracted to each other and right from the start would smile at each other and pass things to each other.

As we started seeing each other more outside Baby Bistro, the friendship between the mums grew. We would meet up in the park quite a lot and again Monkey and Minion seemed drawn to each other.


Minion was definitely the first friend Monkey chose for herself and since those early days their friendship has just grown and grown. I thought they might grow apart as Monkey started nursery and made new friends but it hasn’t affected their friendship at all. She always asks to see her when she’s not at nursery and Thursday is their very special day together. When Monkey plays with a toy phone, it’s always Minion she rings. She’ll tell anyone who asks (and most people who don’t!) exactly who her best friend is. Apart from going to different nurseries they do almost everything together.

They’ve celebrated Christmas together in matching outfits! Completely unplanned but they were so excited.


They’ve celebrated birthdays together.


They’ve had lots of days out.


They even go to the loo together!


It really is the perfect little love story. I hope they’ll always stay this close.




Blogtober Day 11 – Kitchen

Blogtober Day 11 – Kitchen

Back in 2012 I was lucky enough to have a little lottery win with my work syndicate. It wasn’t a life- changing amount, in fact it was the lowest ever pay out for five numbers, but it was a good amount and especially as an unexpected extra.

I used my win to get a new kitchen and as I have nothing else kitchen related to share with you I thought I would share some pictures from then.

Of course now I’ve actually found the pictures, they’re dark and not that great but I’m going to have to work with what I’ve got.


Looking back at this win also got me thinking about what I’d buy if I ever won again. Obviously it would depend on how much but on my list is,

  • A house with a garden.
  • Round the world cruise
  • Trip to Disney
  • Visit Father Christmas in Lapland
  • A holiday home in the Lake District

What would you buy with a lottery win?