How to host a tea party

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When Our Little Bear busied herself and told me not to look, I was intrigued.  Then, all was revealed: “Mummy, I’m inviting you to my tea party!”

And invitation gracefully accepted, I got down on my knees to share the spread.  Our Little Bear proceeded to ask me what I would like to drink and she handed me a cup complete with saucer to enjoy.

I thoroughly enjoyed our little bear’s tea party.  Here’s what you need to recreate your own:

A blanket or two tastefully laid down – I felt like royalty!

A suitable tea set.  We used a pretty Rapunzel tea set but others are available (including a Frozen one, which I’m told by our bear, she would really like for her birthday!)

Oodles of plastic food including foods that really don’t go together like croissants, peas, orange segments, bananas…

‘Table’ manners!

And lashings of fun and love :)

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 48

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This is where I share my pick of the best blogs that I’ve read in the last week or so and I invite you to do the same. Please link up your favourite blog post (or posts) of the week (funny, serious, somewhere in-between, part of another linky or stand-alone, sponsored post or giveaway… anything goes!).  Then sit back, read a few other posts in the link up and enjoy…

Tweet @AllSortsHere with #AllSortsofBlogs and your blog post url and I’ll retweet. :)  I’ll also share every single post on twitter and a few on facebook and pinterest too.

The link up is open from  6 am Saturdays to midnight the following Friday.

And my favourites were…

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Emma at TheJoyofFive talks about the sad decline in outdoor play and highlights some seriously crazy stats about jumping/splashing in muddy puddles…

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Doctomum wonders if she can afford to go back to work because of childcare costs.

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Madeline at ThisGloriousLife looks at encouraging a positive outlook in children.

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How to make a potion

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There’s a  potion to be made in the garden today

With weeds and with sand, she’s stirring away!

Like a hotpot, it gets left for days to stew

So I’d pretend to taste it, if I were you…

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The cats look on with concern on their faces,

She finds ingredients in the strangest of places…

There’s glitter, there’s grass, old stickers and more,

But what’s there the most of? There’s gloop galore!

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This potion is special, this potion’s the best

This potion is better than all the rest,

You can search high and low but you’ll never find

A potion that’s better, it’s one of a kind!

By Carol Cameleon 2015

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Just her and her book ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Our little princess is absorbed in her world,

It sends tingles right through me as the pages are turned,

I’m so careful to capture this moment in time,

As I take a pic of this sweet child of mine.

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Don’t want to disturb her or get in her face,

While she’s taken off to another worldly place,

Where the magical fairies they save the day,

With a sprinkle of dust, you blink, they’re away!

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This moment is priceless, just her and her book,

And her little chair, her reading nook,

As she slowly reads, sounds the words on the page,

It could’ve been me when I was her age!

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

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Righting the writing with morning yoga

I’ve recently worked some morning yoga into my daily routine and as a result am righting the writing with more focus.

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By setting my alarm ‘just’ half an hour earlier (just?!?), I am finding that I’ve got the time to do 10 minutes yoga and have a nice cup of hot lemon water.

The benefits of this morning yoga are many –

I feel more alert, more energised and more ‘with it’ of a morning and therefore the rest of the day.

I’ve got more time in the evening to do things like writing, blogging and housey/family stuff too because I’ve already done my zen-thing for the day!

As a result of the previous point, I can truly focus on some writing without so much clock-watching.

I’ve got Vicky at HonestMum to thank for getting me back into yoga after her inspiring post.

I’ve been pinning different routines to give me some yogi variety too :)

As for my writing… well, since my children’s project had a positive set-back (yes, there is such a thing!) halfway through the #AtoZChallenge, I’m working with my illustrator to revamp the pictures and am now writing a marketing campaign to really push it forward by the end of June :)  I’ll share more about that next week!

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“Grandma, Mummy killed Talking Tom !”

Picture the scene:

Our Little Bear asks to go on ‘her’ ipad to look after Talking Tom (The ipad that is really mine!)  The app loads up and the picture’s all red.  If you’re not familiar with it, there are little icons at the bottom of the screen that denote whether Tom:

Needs sleep

Needs the toilet/a wash

Needs food

Needs cheering up

They change colour according to where his ‘happiness’ is, from empty to full.

They. Were. All. Red.

 

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Our Little Bear holds Talking Tom in such esteem that when she next spoke to Grandma, she said, “Grandma, Mummy’s killed Talking Tom!”.  Grandma did not know who or what Talking Tom was…  She does now!

I failed!  I didn’t keep checking in on Tom when Our Little Bear was tucked up in bed, safe in the knowledge that Tom was in good hands.  Or not!

One deleted app and one re-installed app later and Talking Tom started off a brand-spanking new life!

Lesson learned.  For now…

I was never any good at keep the Tamagochi alive either.  And that was in the days when all I had to concern myself about was homework and who was number 1 in the Top 40.  I didn’t have the escuse of running a house and working back then!

What have you ‘killed’ of your child’s?  Go on, ‘fess up.  Your secret’s safe with me 😉

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#AllSortsofBlogs ~ Best Blogs to Read… 47

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This is where I share my pick of the best blogs that I’ve read in the last week or so and I invite you to do the same. Please link up your favourite blog post (or posts) of the week (funny, serious, somewhere in-between, part of another linky or stand-alone, sponsored post or giveaway… anything goes!).  Then sit back, read a few other posts in the link up and enjoy…

Tweet @AllSortsHere with #AllSortsofBlogs and your blog post url and I’ll retweet. :)  I’ll also share every single post on twitter and a few on facebook and pinterest too.

The link up is open from  6 am Saturdays to midnight the following Friday.

And my favourites were…

Imagine Today included a fantastic quote from Nelson Mandela about conquering fear.

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Isabella at Fairy Pirate Blog echoed exactly my sentiments on the c-section…

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Blinds Supermarket initiated interesting discussion on preparing a nursery for baby.  There were some really varied opinions here.  I would add a black-out blind is an absolute must in my humble parenting (of 5 years) opinion! 😉

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And the following blogs linked up to my #WonderfulWorldofWriting linky:

Antonia at 38to39 left me intrigued about her writing project.

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This limerick from Maddy at Writing Bubble left us pondering if you can send a tweet from the top of Eiger…

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When no news is good news

Our Little Bear was asking her Daddy what he was watching on the ipad.  He was watching the news and said, “It’s not really for children, let’s watch something else.”

And she did.

She watched a sugar-coated episode of Sofia the First.

But it got me to thinking abut child-friendly news.  I enjoyed watching programmes like Newsround when I was younger.  For the benefit of the International readers and the younger (!) readers, this was a great programme presented by John Craven in a very simplistic way that made it very easy to understand and digest.  Our Dad used to like watching it with us too.  I think it took the jargon out for adults too!

This was on at 5pm or thereabouts – always just before we had our tea.  I loved it.  Granted, I was a fair bit older than Our Little Bear, who is currently 5.

Yes, the news is usually full of depressing stuff BUT it’s important to keep astride of world events, I think.  Even from a fairly young age.

But what are the best ways of introducing a young child to the news, without tainting their innocence?

Any suggestions?

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Friendship is free…

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These little creatures are all in a row,

There’s a new place in town where they all want to go!

It’s Our Little Bear’s cafe, it’s groovy, it’s cool,

Where anything goes, and there’s only one rule…

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To laugh and have fun and sample the cake,

A place to bring family and new friends to make,

These creatures are different, not like you and me,

They still fit in though cos friendship is free!

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

Just a little note – the link to Our Little Bear’s Cafe will take you to my ‘old’ parenting MummyBearsBlog  which has since merged with this VirtuallyAllSorts blog.  :)

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Down on the farm ~ poem #WonderfulWorldofWriting

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Down on the farm …

What is this in my Pop’s hand?

It’s a little black seed that he plants in the land.

“How does it grow?” I ask my Pop,

He tells me how he looks after his crops.

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I wonder aloud, “Do you plant with a spade?”

He tells me how his crops are made:

In bygone years tools were pulled by a horse,

Now we have tractors to take the force.

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Our little bear at five years old

Is taking it in, and learning tenfold,

Like the sun and rain helps the crops to grow,

She’s growing from Pop telling all that he knows.

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Down on the farm, you can see that she thrives,

What a special time to have when you’re five.

She explores with her cousins, and a grown-up too,

With the farm at her feet, there’s so much to do.

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Today she’s dressed up, she’s been a Princess all day!

But usual attire is for outdoor play.

Good job we remembered her Frozen wellies,

For trudging through soil and farmyard smellies!

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No matter, it washes, who cares about dirt?

With soil in her nails, mud on her skirt,

She’s having a ball, she’s free, she’s alive!

Memories to last for the rest of her life… :)

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By Carol Cameleon 2015

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