Competition | Instant Family

I was recently invited to a preview screening of Instant Family – a film about fostering and adoption. Billed as ‘a feel-good movie for everyone’, I was intrigued. Pete and I have often muttered that our experience as adoptive parents is worthy of a sitcom, but to see an adoptive family on the big screen as light entertainment? Would it ring true? Would I just cry all the way through? Only one way to find out.… View Post

Review: The Very Wobbly Christmas

The Very Wobbly Christmas, the latest book from Sarah Naish, is a (hilariously?) accurate portrayal of the struggles of an adoptive family at Christmas. All the different worries and consequent behaviours of the children are covered with an appropriately light touch, reassuring the children reading/listening that the adults in their life know what is going on for them. I really appreciated the tone of the book – no judgement of… View Post

Review | WhotChilli numeracy card games

WhotChilli is a collection of family card games designed to promote numeracy to children in fun and engaging ways. It consists of six sets of six numbered cards, a 12-sided dice, and instructions in numerous languages. The whole box is the size of a deck of playing cards, so it’s pleasingly portable for travelling or keeping in a bag as an emergency distraction! I tested out three games with help from… View Post

Blurt BuddyBox: a review

I am a long-term fan of The Blurt Foundation. I love their dedication to self-care and the way they seem to genuinely enjoy brightening people’s days. The Blurt BuddyBox is one of the ways they do that. You can buy them as a one-off or by subscription, and as long as you place your order by the end of the previous month, it turns up in the second week of… View Post

Review | The PCOS diet plan

PCOS is really common, especially in the adoption community, and can cause weight gain amongst other symptoms. Enter specialist eating plans to help lose the weight and improve the other symptoms. If you like your meals to be heavy on the science and intense on the planning front, The PCOS Diet Plan could be just the book for you. My PCOS experience I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) at the… View Post