Friday, 24 November 2017



  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  2. Answer the questions honestly (skip any you don’t feel comfortable answering)
  3. Tag 10-20 bloggers to take part (let them know on social media)
  4. Post the questions without your answers at the bottom of your post so that they are easy to copy and paste for the people you tag


Q1: What’s your name? A: Pippa
Q2: Any nicknames or aliases? A: Pip
Q2: Your gender? A: Female.
Q4: Your star sign? A: Cancer and a stereotypical one too!
Q5: How old are you? A: 40
Q6: Your relationship status? A: Hand fast!
Q7: Any children? A: Yes. 2 boys
Q8: Any pets? A: 1 snake, 1 Bearded Dragon, 2 time share tortoises, several tropical fish!
Q9: Any tattoos or piercings? A: Ears and belly pierced! Like to Henna rather than tattoo as my likes change so often.
Q10: What do you like about yourself? A: My gentle nature and the fact I take everyone for who they are.
Q11:  What do you dislike about yourself? A: Anxiety and my naivety. 
Q12: Righty or lefty? A: Righty but eat like a lefty!


Q13: The last thing you drank? A: Cuppa tea! My life would not be complete without tea.
Q14:The last thing you ate? A: Graze box Garden of England box
Q15: Your last phone call? A: Someone trying to sell me cheaper Electricity.
Q16: Your last text message? To my sexy man!
Q17: Your last email? A: An enquiry about childcare 
Q18: The last song you listened to? A: "See you again" Wiz Khalifa
Q19: The last book you read? A: currently reading through "The genius of birds" by Jennifer Ackerman
Q20: The last time you cried? A: Watching my friends restaurant burning down in the middle of the night last week. Feeling so helpless.
Q21: The last blog you read? A: 100 Truths by Relentlessly Purple 
Q22: The last person you spoke to? A: My man to ask him the last time I cried!
Q23:  The last place you visited? A: Treacle's tea room, for a full English breakfast in Thame.
Q24:  Your last holiday abroad? A: Barcelona in 2001


Q25: Have you ever gotten back with an ex? A: I had on and off brake ups with my first serious boyfriend.
Q26: Have you ever been cheated on? A: Not that I know of but know one of them was capable of it so trust was lost.
Q27: Have you ever cheated on someone? A: No.
Q28: Have you ever lost someone special to you? A: Family members and my dog who was my best friend! Broke my heart!
Q29: Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? A: Yes a couple of years ago because of someones vodka measures being 3 times what I thought I was getting!!
Q30: Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? A: Yes... see previous answer about being cheated on.
Q31: Have you ever met someone who changed you? A: lots of people for  good and bad reasons. 
Q32: Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? A: Yes. quite recently and I now have a smaller but truer circle of friends for it.  It was a good thing!
Q33: Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn’t have? A: Yes
Q34: Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? A: Yes!
Q35: Have you ever broken someone’s heart? A: So I have been told.
Q36:  Have you ever kissed a stranger? A: No
Q37: Have you ever had your own heart-broken? A: Not by a man. Every time a pet dies. I just can't cope with it.
Q38: Have you ever had sex on the first date? A: No. I have had sex on a non date. 
Q39:  Have you ever been arrested? A: Nope.
Q40: Have you ever been attracted to someone who isn’t the gender you usually find attractive? A: I know lots of woman who I feel are attractive but I wouldn't say I have been sexually attracted to any woman.
Q41: Have you ever done something you regret A: Yes
Q42: Have you ever had a threesome? A: No
Q43: Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public? A: Oh soooo many times!
Q44: Have you ever misjudged someone? A: Yes sadly. I have had too many people show their true colours after time. But it always shocks me to the core. 


Q45:  Do you believe in God? A: I believe in a God but not as he is betrayed by religion!
Q46: Do you believe in yourself? A: yeah
Q47: Do you believe in Santa Claus? A: of course! If you don't believe magic is dead!
Q48: Do you believe in ghosts? A: Yes. I feel them.
Q49: Do you believe in aliens? A: It would be pretty crazy of us to think we are the only life out there!
Q50: Do you believe in miracles? A: Yes
Q51: Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? A: It is how I live my life. 
Q52: Do you believe in love at first sight? A: I believe in LUST at first sight.
Q53: Can money make you happy? A:Only in the way that it makes your life comfortable. Too much or too little is a bad thing!
Q54: Would you describe yourself as a feminist? A: Not if being a feminist is anything like the man bashers I have come across online the past few years. They just seem to be Anti men! I believe in equality for all. But I also believe men and woman have natural strengths and weakness that come with gender. 
Q55: Are you pro-life or pro-choice? A: Pro-choice.
Q56: Do you have strong political beliefs? A: Yes...... I believe politics is pants and full of lies.
Q57: Do you have strong religious beliefs? A: Nature is my religion.
Q58: What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? A: unconditional love, gentle but firm guidance and boundaries, your time.


Q59: Are you eating anything right now? A: My youngest just made mince pies for pudding! They taste soooooooo good!
Q60: Are you drinking anything right now? A: Nope. I am feeling the need to go make a cuppa!
Q61: What are you listening to right now? A: Watching a film. 
Q62: What are you thinking about right now? A: Pausing the film, making a cuppa and eating another mince pie!
Q63: What are you waiting for right now? A: My man to say he will go make the cuppa!! ........ Still waiting.
Q64: What are you most excited about right now? A:CHRISTMAS!!!!!!
Q65) What’s your pet hate right now? A: Not being able to Hibernate through the winter and having a teenager that leaves a crapnado in his wake.
Q66: What’s your favourite thing right now? A: Laying in bed nice and warm having cuddles with my man.
Q67: If you weren’t answering these questions, what would you be doing right now? A: Writing another blog post.


Q68: Your first best friend? A:Tasha. She is still with me now and we will always be best of friends!
Q69: Your first kiss? A: I can't remember!
Q70: Your first celebrity crush? A: Shaking Stevens when I was about 5 years old!
Q71: Your first holiday? A: Canada when I was 3
Q72:  Your first pet? A: My first pet that was my VERY OWN, was my rabbit Snokey! I used to treat him like a baby!
Q73: Your first regret? A: No idea.
Q74: Your first job? A: Working in my parents shop.
Q75: Your first childhood memory A: I was about 3 years old in Canada. Lots of little memories from there. The plane, family, camping in the mountains, watching divers jump off a rope bridge. all sorts of memories.


Q76: Love or money? A: Love every time!
Q77: Twitter or Facebook? A: Twitter.
Q78: Hook up or relationship? A: Relationships.
Q:79: Dogs or cats? A: Both for different reasons. They are both amazing!
Q80: Coffee or tea? A: Tea.
Q81: Beer or wine? A: Can't stand either! VODKA!
Q82: Sweet or savoury? A: Mostly savoury.
Q83: Introvert or extrovert? A: An Introvert mostly.
Q84: Vampires or werewolves? A: Werewolves!
Q85: Seaside or countryside? A: Countryside.
Q86: Summer or winter? A: Summer
Q87: Books or movies? A: Books.
Q88: Horror or comedy? A: Comedy


Q89: Do you wish you could change your past? A: Sometimes but the path I have taken has lead to where I am now and I can't imagine not having my family and living where I do.
Q90: What’s your dream job? A: I think I am doing it! Would love to get in to more support and training within the early years sector. 
Q91: What’s your guilty pleasure? A: Chocolate
Q92: What are you afraid of? A: Loosing my kids.
Q93: What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? A: A hairdresser
Q94: If you could have any super power, what would it be? A: Invisibility!
Q95:  If you could change anything about your life what would it be? A: Having anxiety.
Q96: Would you want immortality? A: Nope. Sounds awful.
Q97:  If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose? A: I have no idea.
Q98: Would you say you are happy?  A: Yeah. The happiest I have ever been!
Q99:  What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen? A: Get counseling for your anxiety sooner so you didn't have to live with it so long.
Q100: Where would you like to be in five years’ time?  A: Right here!
So that's me in a nutshell..... or 100 nutshells!
Now think about who you would like to tag and find out a little bit more about your blogging friends! I am actually cheating and only tagging 5 bloggers!

Dadgeek UK
Daddy Poppins
Picking up toys
Autumns Mummy

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Lets talk POOP! 

We all need to do it and it is guaranteed that your child will ask for a poop at the most inconvenient time! This happens at our forest school and we have to hand people a spade and send them off to a far corner with the instruction to dig a hole and then re-cover once finished! 

We have some exciting news though! TOLC has been offered the money for a funky new compost toilet! We just need to raise the extra for the delivery, VAT and some installation aspects. So  have set up a Just Giving page with the hope that we can make the call of nature on our site a little less..... out in nature! Still keeping the green ethos and having zero waste by turning the poop in to compost! 
Win win situation for all!

 Look at this funky little beauty! 
If you would like to donate or share our Just Giving page we would be most grateful! 

Thursday, 9 November 2017


Can you see him?

Still small but so much bigger than he was a few weeks ago! He is now being taken out for extra food and he seems not to be pushed around as much as he once was. He still seems to struggle with the water trough and he nearly ended up in it head first again when I was there!

The hard part is done now. Most runts die in the first 6 weeks and it looks like he has a full ,life ahead of him! The farm have told me that he will now stay with them. He will not go for meat. Which makes me very happy. I think everyone has become very attached to him!

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


I recently bought an annual pass to a local farm. I love getting out and about with the little ones to fun places that get us outside and exploring nature. This farm is an Eco farm and includes nature walks on it's land so it seemed a no brainer. 

It means I can now offer the children regular experiences such as this. Pony grooming! This lovely girl is so relaxed with the children and seems to love being pampered!

"J" gets to help look after a horse and learn about them as he does so. He is getting really confident with the ponies now and has only groomed them a handful of times so far!

Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal,Social and Emotional
  • Understanding the world

Tuesday, 7 November 2017


We like mixing our resources here and feel strongly that it it brings new learning and interest to familiar activities. play dough is one of those very activities that can be given a new spark by adding additional items to it. 
Considering the current season or interests of the children, we think about what new and interesting things we can add to our dough. Each time the children great the activity with interest and renewed excitement.

Autumn is now in full swing and after running and jumping in the fallen leaves, we chose to bring some home with us. There are other treasures such a acorns, pine cones and sticks that we brought home with us. These were all offered up with balls of dough for the children to get stuck in to.

To start with most of the children pushed each item in to a ball of dough. It always seems to be the first thing they do. Push everything in and see what stands up and what falls over. Once an item is removed, the children suddenly notice the marks and holes that the item has left.

This is where I see much deeper thinking taking place and the really learning through play starts! Selecting items one at a time and pushing them in to the dough and then checking the mark it leaves after it has been removed. Some items are rolled over the dough. Pinecones are good for this and leave cool patterns depending on the type of cone and how open or closed it is.

Acorn cups work well too. Some marks leave recognisable shapes behind. Little "B" noticed that the acorn cups made circles in her dough. She brought it over to me and had great delight in showing me how she could make perfect circles! Reinforcing her knowledge of shapes.

Little "A" spent a long time rolling a pinecone over her dough. She had watched another child do this and noticed the pattern they had made. She tried for herself but you could see the disappointment as she lifted her cone and there were no marks to see.  She tried over and over but no marks were made. As she became frustrated by this she pressed a little harder and suddenly she got the results she was looking for. Shouting for the rest of us to look!

She then tried out the acorn to. Little "A" hasn't yet told me the names of any shapes so I  talked about what I could see her doing and included language around shapes and size.
" Wow! You made circles on your dough. Look at all those little circles".

Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal,Social and Emotional
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Mathematical 
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

Monday, 6 November 2017


You will need: 

  • Cardboard cut in to the shape of an owl
  • Googly eyes
  • Colourful paint
  • Colourful leaves 
  • Glue
First you need to paint your owl shapes. Any colour is good! I let the children select the colours they wanted and then set them free with the paint. It is best to let the owls dry before moving on to the next part.

Once dry we used glue to position and stick on the eyes. Some children stick them in the standard eye spot.... others are a bit more random with the positioning. But that is fine. Let them put them were they want. For that matter... let them add as many eyes as they want too!

We take the same approach with the leaf wings. One of our owls only has one wing.  The art is the children's to take ownership of so stand back and let them decide where things need to be stuck.

Display your finished owl with pride!

Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world


Forest school is generally a grubby place full of mud! Today was a bit different! We had a particularly busy session and I had many cups to wash. So out came a bucket of soapy water and suddenly I was so very very popular! This had to be the cleanest Forest school activity ever at one of sessions! Thank goodness for wellies and waterproofs.

Little "B" is renowned at our sessions for being a rather feral baby! She hates to be restrained.  Is at her happiest when left to explore the ground, chew on sticks and cover herself in mud. Several people have tried to "Help" her but have only been screamed at for their troubles. Today they saw a very different side of her. Looks like she is equally as happy in a bucket of bubbly water! 

I have to say it made clean up much easier on this day. I always get her cleaned up and in new clothes after our sessions so that she is ready for nap. All the fresh air and outdoor play exhausts her! She was super clean this week!

Today's play meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Physical Development
  • Personal,Social and Emotional
  • Communication and Language Development
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Understanding the world

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


We always enjoy Halloween and try to find new ideas to include. My sisters came over with my nephew this year and they brought some fun things to enjoy, with them! 

This fun spider web activity gives children the chance to make the web by threading the yarn or string through the washing basket and then adding the spiders. We talked about what spiders like to eat and found plastic fly's to feed them!

Decorating pumpkin shapes with a selection of buttons in tones of orange is a very effective craft. Older children would add more buttons which would look amazing but it still looks lovely with just a few added to the template. Then add a green stalk (where ever you fancy) and you have a cool pumpkin!

Ceramic pumpkin tea light holders can be bought from most art suppliers. Such as Baker Ross. These are easy to decorate with a range of media. we used acrylic paint. Add a battery tea light and you have a sweet little night light for the child's bedroom!

Resistance painting with paper bats on black paper looked really effective! Use a sponge and bright paint to dab over the top of the bats which you can place on the black paper and hold down with a dot of blue tac. Once dry, remove the bats and you are left with a fantastic Batman type image on your paper!

A nice messy sensory activity is shaving foam in a large tray, with drops of paint in it. Add some creepy bugs and spiders and let the children get mucky. I recommend a big bowl of bubbly water near by for the clean up!

Get creative with your potion making activity and offer some interesting ingredients! Toe nail clippings (or soap shavings), sashes of unicorn hair (or tea bags) make some amazing props for this activity!

Set up a pumpkin hunt and find out what the Halloween word says! Great for letter recognition and observational skills!

Check out my previous Halloween posts for more spooky ideas!

Monday, 30 October 2017


When we carve pumpkins I like to let the children draw their design on to the pumpkin and then carve out the pieces. I find this works especially well for the preschoolers. They find the carving hard and get bored quickly with the intricate designs.
This way the pumpkin becomes a real piece of art for them.
They decide where everything goes and draw it on. I then cut it out for them or support older ones with the cutting.  They are so happy when they see the results and love that they have a pumpkin that looks just as they wanted it to!


I love Pinterest. It is such a fantastic creation. Having one place online to put all the things you find and want to look back at some time. I used to have a long list of book marked pages to look though but this has put an end to all that.

Everything I pin is put in to a folder so I can easily find it again. Recipes have probably been the one thing that I found pinning most useful. If i like the recipe after making it then we add it to our recipe book at home but if we don't then it can just be deleted. I often see things online that I would like to try cooking but they tend to pop up on social media at a time when I am not near a pen and paper. So Pinning it means I know where to find it again with no messing. 

The other thing I pin a lot of is kids activities. I have everything in little folders under celebrations, themes, and the 7 areas of learning in the EYFS. I have soooooo many different boards but each one is filled with some really cool ideas for play and activities for young children. There are so many creative people out there. I have no idea how they come up with new things to make and try.

If you fancy looking at my boards and looking through some of my folders then you can find them here!

Sunday, 29 October 2017


I signed up to this years ago (when the logo was a retro looking camera), put a few pictures up and shared it with friends but then got bored and stopped. Over the past few years it seems that Instagram has gone BOOM and everyone uses it. Not just for sharing photos it would seem but as another platform for self promotion.

When I first joined it was more like Flickr. But now it seems more like Twitter for pictures! I enjoy sharing pictures. Especially if I can get a nice shot or a picture with great colour or contrast. I find a lot of everyday pictures on there now which seems less along the lines of Flicker and more along the lines of standard social media. Everyday snapshots rather than the arty shots I used to see.

It also seems that hashtags are as important on Instagram as they are on Twitter.
I like to use the Hashtags to find photos of nature. By following the hashtag #AutumnColours I can find some amazing pictures of golden leaves and Autumn settings. It is a helpful way to filter your searches.

I am still getting to grips with how everything works and how to get the most from it. I know many people that use it for marketing but that is not for me. I just like to share pictures with family and friends and this seems to be a good platform for that.

There is also the option for stories. This is a function that you add to over a 24 hour period and it gives snippets of your day to your followers. I know a few people that use this function and the live video feed that is available. I have done a couple of very short videos but I do not feel brave enough to do them very often. It is something that seems to be more and more popular especially if you want to make a name for yourself in your chosen field online. If I want to take my EarlyYears advisory further and promote play based learning online, then I am going to have to get over my video shyness and dip my toe in to this area. Maybe I should practice with Instagram live videos for a bit until it becomes more natural for me. You can all laugh at me while I practice!

Saturday, 28 October 2017


I tried Twitter a few times over the years and never really "Got it"! It wasn't until I became frustrated with Facebook and the way people use it (see my last post about this) that I decided to give Twitter another go. I really didn't understand it and found the limited characters annoying. Now I really like Twitter and I dip in and out of it several times a day. I have made so great online contacts and found it a place where others want to help!
I thought I would talk about some of the things I found hard and mistakes I made in the hope that someone reading this might find it useful. 

Jump in to conversations -  This took me a while to get my head around. It seemed far too forward for me. Especially if there was a conversation already established. But more and more people told me it was fine. it is what Twitter is about. Jump in and chat! Once I did that I found an amazing group of people that I chat to almost daily and we have shared posts and advice on blogging between each other. It has become a real network.

Links V Engagement -  This was a fine balance that I hope I have now achieved. I was told Twitter is great for sharing blog posts and business related content. It is a great marketing tool. Which is true! But people won't follow you for long if you only schedule posts to come up on your feed and offer nothing in the way of engagement. People tend to feel a bit spammed. People like to know who you are and connect with you on a personal level, not just on what you are selling or your brand image. Be funny and post about aspects of life that others might relate to. Chat with people and join in on poles. Then add a sprinkling of advertising and blog promotions.

The mute button - Sometimes chats can become MEGATHREADS! Well they do with my lot so something that has come up for those not wanting to leave their phone for an hour and come back to 200 notifications, can mute a thread using a little drop down arrow on the right of a message. If you want to mute the whole thing then remember to go all the way back to the original tweet and mute that one. Then you will not be notified of all the subsequent comments.

Auto-DM (Automated Direct messages) - Some people use like these but most seem to HATE them! This is a message that is sent to your direct messages box from someone after you follow them. It is a bit of a thank you for following me which is nice.... but then they follow up with a list of their social media accounts and blog links  that you might might want to look at or a pitch on how they can help you in some way with your business or life. If you decide to use one of these then please think hard about what you might like to receive. I think a simple "Thanks for the follow and I look forward to chatting" is more than enough. Anything else and you just feel like one of many that are being sent a fishing message with the hope of a bite!

Lists -  This one is still new to me. You can create lists on your feed so that certain groups of people are all in one news feed. So for example, I have a list of people that tweet about Early Years and the EYFS. I can look on that list and it filters out everyone who I have not added. I have another for nature based tweets and another for tweets about my local area. So far it seems a useful tool. 

Hashtags # -  These I knew about but had no idea how to use. Basically if you include a hashtag then people who are interested in a topic can find your post and interact with you. So fro me i use #EYFS #EarlyYears #nature #ForestSchool tags a lot because these are things I post about and I am interested in. I can then click on that hashtag and it will tale me to a list of tweets that use it. I can interact and find new people to follow and others can find me and my posts. They make sense on Twitter and are a useful tool to find new people to engage with and like minded people to follow.

I think that about covers the things I found tricky and hopefully helps anyone who is about to try out Twitter or who is new to Twitter! 

Friday, 27 October 2017


I used to be a daily Facebook user. But that changed after 2 points in my life when I realised that people (including so called friends) use it to say things that they would not say to your face. The keyboard warriors seem to to feel free to treat people in ways that they would not otherwise do. It does not bring out the best in people. There are several things that have made me move away from daily Facebook use and I will try and explain some of them. 
You might ask why I don't just delete my account but there are some good aspects that keep me visiting. It is great to keep in contact with family that do not live close. I have a childcare support group on Facebook with over 10,000 members and I know I am doing good there.

So the things that drive me crazy!

  • Attention seeking posts. Everyone knows about these. They are the cryptic posts that imply someone is sad or something bad has happened. they want to tell the world... but they don't want to? So you get the replies of concern from friends asking if everything is ok. Instead of saying what is wrong they say "I'll PM you hun" If you are not going to tell everyone what is up then don't put "fishing" messages up!
  • Relationship lived online. One day you complain about your partner and make public their faults...... then the next you are saying how amazing they are. Some of these things have been pretty horrid. He has been physical or had an affair. it's all over facebook. All your friends give sympathy and tell you what they really think of this person. Then a week later you are all loved up and he really didn't mean it don't you know. So now it is awkward for everyone. The things have been said. friends have told you what an arse he is.... but hay it's all ok now so lets go for a drink next week like nothing happened!?  Keep your relationships private affairs PRIVATE! It is not something to be spread over social media. And while we are at it.... can we just do away with the "It's complicated" statuses as well!
  • Keyboard warriors. Just because you are behind a screen does not give you the right to be nasty and critical. Facebook is social media not a job interview, typos and spelling is not important. Don't like my views on anti fox hunting or nature then delete me. or better still skip over my post. My wall is filled with stuff I like. I don't start an argument on your pro fox hunting post. I don't agree with it but I just scroll past. If you post lots of things that I don't like then I will just delete your account from my list. I don't dislike you, I just don't want to see your stuff. 
  • Distasteful images. These are the exception to the rule above. These I do scroll past but I do feel they have no place on social media. I don't need to see dead dogs and other such images come up on my feed. By all means share a story for the sake of awareness but do not post these images. I choose not to watch the news or read news papers because i do not need to have the awful things in this world thrown at me day after day. I know it happens. I can not help that dead dog. I can just make sure I am a better pet owner than the one who harmed that poor creature. I have even had images of dead people pop up on my feed. Have some RESPECT people!
  • Lies! I have had had this a few times. If you live your life online then you need to learn to be a better liar. You owe me money... "Sorry totally broke till next week".... Facebook that night. images of brand new TV being shown off......  "Sorry can't make it tonight after all, not feeling well"........ Pictures of hanging out with someone else or going out for a meal. Don't lie. Either tell the truth or don't put your life online for all to see. It hurts to know you have been lied to.
So that is what has lead me to move away from Facebook. I am far more active over on Twitter and life is better for it! You have to really think about what you want to say with just a few characters to write with.  You might see my Instagram pics pop up on facebook but very little else. 

How do you feel about Facebook? Has it had it's day? Is it good for us as humans or should we wise up to what it is creating? Would love to hear your views!


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