31 January 2013

January View (Nozy's Nature Pictures)

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22 January 2013

More snow - tiddely-pom

The more it
SNOWS - tiddely-pom,
The more it
GOES - tiddely-pom,
The more it
GOES - tiddely-pom,

And nobody
KNOWS - tiddely-pom,
How cold my
TOES - tiddely-pom,
How cold my
TOES - tiddely-pom,

He sang it like that, which is much the best way of singing it, and when he had finished, he waited for Piglet to say that, of all the Outdoor Hums for Snowy Weather he had ever heard, this was the best. And, after thinking the matter out carefully, Piglet said:
     'Pooh,' he said solemnly, 'it isn't the toes so much as the ears.'

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18 January 2013

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember...


12 January 2013

Skylanders Giants

Sunnyboy has been fascinated by Skylanders for several months since he bought a Skylanders character (Dino-Rang) for 50p at a car boot sale and has spent many hours watching Skylanders games on YouTube and creating Skylanders characters out of Lego.


During December Sunnyboy entered a Tots100 competition to design a new Skylanders character and was chosen to join Team Skylanders. He was delighted to receive a Skylanders Giants Starter Pack to review and Dino-Rang finally came to life!

Playing Skylanders Giants for the first time

Dino-Rang on the Portal of Power

The Skylanders Giants Starter Pack includes a Skylanders Giants video game, Portal of Power, 3 Skylanders figures (Tree Rex, Jet-Vac and Cynder), character poster, 3 trading cards and 3 sticker sheets.

This is Sunnyboy's review:

What did you think of the game when it first arrived?
I was very happy.

How easy is it to play?
Quite easy.

Do you like the new giant characters?
Yes. Tree Rex has good powers and does do some good stuff like smashing things, lifting things, running and shooting.

What's your favourite character?

What do you like best about the game?
That you get to have different characters and you can stop a giant robot called Kaos.

Is there anything you would like to improve?
I'd like the Skylanders characters to have pets they can collect.

What other Skylanders accessories or figures are you hoping to try out in future?
I'd like to try Thumpback, Hot Dog, Ninjini, Wrecking Ball, Trigger Happy, Eye-Brawl and Shroomboom.

Trigger Happy made with Lego

Eye-Brawl made with Lego

Tots100 Index

Note: We received a Skylanders Giants Starter Pack (PS3) to review but have not received payment for this post. All opinions are our own.


4 January 2013

Inspiring links from 2012

Inspiring Links

Baby Bubbles at Broedkipje
The Butterfly at Team Baby
9 Ways to Play With Nature Indoors at Childhood 101
What We Learned From Playing With Rocks at Dinosaurs and Octopuses
50 Outdoor Activities Your Children Will Love at Living and Learning
Transformational Walks at Little Acorn Learning
Kiss Flip Book at Frugal Family Fun Blog
Accidental Altered Mint Tins Collection at glitter brain
What Not to Say to Someone With an Uncooperative Uterus at Clay Baboons

I'm a Woman with a Plan (and a Routine and a System) at Modern Parents Messy Kids
Forget Tiger Mom and French Mom: Meet Hunter-Gatherer Mom at Slow Family Online
25 Things my Kids Have Learned from Watching Scooby Doo at Interest-Led Learning
swirl. drip. paint. draw. just...don't wait. at finding joy
An everyday playground adventure, from a child’s point of view at rethinking childhood
Be Gentle at i like polaroids

unschooling little house on the prairie at Mama Scout
Your Children Want YOU! at The Power of Moms
The Gift of Nature Study at HodgePodge
One Boy, a DIY Arcade, and the Most Uplifting Flashmob of All Time at Colossal
Please Ignore...; or, Infertility Revisited at Park Slope Promised Land
Where the Sidewalk Ends, Keep Going at Living and Learning

Enjoying Summer Close to Home at All Things Beautiful
Taking a Closer Look at the Everyday, Ordinary Moments at famiglia&seoul
16 Ways to Enjoy Outdoor Dining with the Kiddos! at famiglia&seoul
What is nature study, anyway? at Itsy Bitsy Learners
What does learning look like? at Project-Based Homeschooling
Did it rain? at grit's day

Hello me.... at solo pronto
How My Little Pony turned a little girl into a computer scientist at Boing Boing
45 Ways to Awaken a Child's Senses Outdoors at famiglia&seoul
building family connections and creativity: ways to embrace do-nothing moments at wordplayhouse
boys have Long Hair too at Taming the Goblin
How to Love Your Home {Even When You Don’t Like It} at (in)courage

The Simple Mom's Idea Book, free ebook (PDF) by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Moment of Impact at Hands Free Mama
Why I don’t worry about my kids’ screen time, Part 1 at Project-Based Homeschooling
Why I don’t worry about my kids’ screen time, Part 2 at Project-Based Homeschooling
Observe The “Goldilocks Effect” In Action at Laura Grace Weldon
Normal-People Experiences at Hope To Be Daddy: A Guy's Infertility Voice

It's Right There at Hope, Trust, & Truth
This is Serious Play at Kids In The Studio & Beyond
Homeschool Inspiration and Philosophies at The Parent Vortex
It was not the first day at school at five green acres
Making Time for Quiet Reconnection at rhythm of the home
Allowing myself to be happy at An Unwanted Path

Searching For Our Seasonal Traditions at The Mahogany Way
Just for the Sake of Pleasure at Pink Dryer Lint
a few rules for homeschooling and life, the marvel edition at Wonder Farm
real creative family living at Mama Scout
Do Childhood Books Shape Us? at Laura Grace Weldon
25 Rules for Mothers of sons at Team Studer

Why I Try to Do Some Things Every Day, Without Exception at PositivelyPositive
tips for creating change at simplify101
10 Creative Ways to Declutter Your Home at becoming minimalist
Quick-reference by-timeline poets, musicians, and artists at The Usual Mayhem
LEGO Finds Spare Discontinued Set So Boy Who Saved Up For 2 Years Wouldn’t Be Disappointed at The Consumerist
Making Merry at SouleMama
The Spaciousness Of Simplicity at Kate Northrup
Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Slow Family Online
Winter Solstice 2012 at Spirithelpers