Rediscovering the 'Me' in 'Mumeeeeeee'

'I have always thought that there is no more fruitful source of family discontent than a housewife’s badly-cooked dinners and untidy ways'. (Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, 1861)

June 14, 2011

Dads Rock

Oh, I know I've complained about them a few times, but mainly Dads are wonderful creatures (aren't they?!) so I thought I'd praise them this week, given that it is Father's Day on Sunday. Which reminds me that I need to post a card off to my own Dad - bugger, forgot about that.

Anyhoo, Dad's are officially cool so I, for one, will be encouraging the boys to draw a fabulous picture for him and make him something dramatic with their Lego as a present because, erm, well, what *do* you get Dads for Father's Day?

My own Dad gets a paltry selection of stuff like Rod Stewart CDs and books about Geoff Hurst and the occasional carved, wooden thing and a card with a Kingfisher on it and things like that, but I don't think a Dad who hasn't yet hit his forties would really be that pleased with such tasteful fare. So, I'm just going to stick with the Lego I think - it probably counts as 're-gifting' - making something with the Lego which Santa got the boys for Christmas, so that's got to be good for the environment hasn't it?

Failing that, if you're stuck for ideas, how about doing something totally radical and sending him something from Interflora - they don't just do flowers you know, they have hampers and a whole range of father's day gifts. Interflora also do a same day flower delivery, so you could always accidentally order yourself a lovely bunch of summer flowers at the same time. Well, he didn't send you any for Mother's Day did he, so why not? (stamps foot).

If hampers or flowers aren't his thing, how about an instruction manual? Dad's like them don't they? Tim Atkinson, the man, the dad, the genius behind the incredibly successful blog 'Bringing up Charlie' has poured all his hard years of research and experience in the matter of Fatherhood into his very own book 'Fatherhood: The Essential Guide'. Essential reading for all new dads - and some of the not so new dads too (ahem). This is an excellent book which I would highly recommend.

So now you have no excuses: Hampers, Flowers, Books or, failing all else, Lego spaceships.

Dads. Rock.

That is a picture of Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, by the way. He is a dad. And he rocks.


June 2, 2011

Over The Moon

A very 'proud mummy' moment occurred in my house yesterday. As I pottered around in the kitchen whipping up a nutritious dinner whilst scrubbing the floor and polishing the silver (oh alright, I was having a cuppa and reading a magazine), I heard my five-and-a-half year old's little voice from the sitting room.

" Over...the...moon." He had picked up one of his early reader library books and without anyone prompting him to do so, or having ever read the book to him, he was sitting at the table reading to himself! I sat and listened to him, working out the sounds and the delight when he figured out what the words were.

I am so proud and so excited for him that his ability to read is the start of such an exciting journey. He has been flicking through books on his own for years now, well after his light should have been turned off, and I can't wait for him to be able to pick up the book I've been reading to him, and carry on where I left off.

Over the moon - he couldn't have read more appropriate words if he had tried!!

On another note, I am also very proud and over the moon about two things:

1) I am delighted to be featured Author of the Month for June on, where I talk all about the inspiration behind my ebook 'Hot Cross Mum - Bitesze Slices of Motherhood'. You can get a 15% discount on the book by entering the code on the widget at the top of my blog, and I am also going to be running a competition next week to win a Sony eReader and gift vouchers for the directebooks site. So, watch this space!

2) I am also now writing a new blog for Hello Magazine called 'Off the Shelf'. It will feature book reviews and interviews with the authors. The first review is of a gorgeous book by Jojo Moyes: 'The Last Letter From Your Lover' - you can see the review and interview with Jojo here.

All in all, a very 'over the moon' kind of week!

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