Ever since I became a parent, I appreciate the odd spare moment I get to unwind around the home. Those moments are precious I can tell you! To relax and unwind I love to read. I can read anywhere. The bedroom , living room, bathroom and garden. Even the kitchen if I’m reading a magazine. Ultimately it’s the living room on the comfy sofa with a hot chocolate at this time of year.

In the Summer I find a shady spot in the garden or under the parasol to do my reading. Rattan Direct have some lovely garden furniture to unwind in the garden. Next Year when we move house I want to treat us to new garden furniture.

Reading in the garden - unwind, relaxing

View Post

Happy Sunday!

Earlier in the week we were getting dressed ready to go out and I happened to catch this shot of baby girl staring at the washing machine while in her red racing car walker. Now Autumn is here we have brought out the woolly bunny ears hat!

 

My Sunday Photo 25/09/2016 - Ready to go out!

I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

 

rachelbustin.com

Photalife

Hello, and welcome to this week’s New Mum Stories from the fabulous Cécile over at The Frenchie Mummy. Cécile shares her feelings with us over her Baba’s operation to repair his faulty heart.

Over to you Cécile

frenchie-mummy

I am not in the right set of mind today. I think it’s pretty obvious with the title of this post really…Frenchie Mummy doesn’t feel like being funny aujourd’hui. She has a lot on her mind and all those horrible ideas are not going anywhere. It’s a shame, vraiment. The day is gorgeous. I could have been out with Baba. But I don’t feel like it.

Tomorrow it the BIG DAY. Le grand jour when it will all happen. As I explained before, Baba has a congenital heart defect called a VSD. He needs surgery to repair his faulty organ. We have been to the hospital yesterday for the pre-op arrangements. It’s been an exhausting and tiring day.

I am already in such a state… And it was only the pre-arrangements before the big day! We haven’t been through anything yet. I am dreading tomorrow. I don’t know how I will cope and if I will be strong enough.

We went to St Thomas’ Hospital at 10am and didn’t leave before 5pm. It was full of emotions. I know my baby is in good hands and the best cardiologists are taking care of him. But it was so depressing to be there and to go through everything: scan, IRM, ECG, blood test…

View Post

During my hunt on Twitter for items to add to my Christmas Gift Guide list, the lovely people at Gotrovo contacted me asking if I would like to review their treasure hunt game.

Ever since I was a kid I have loved treasure hunts. you could always find me and my older sister out hunting for treasures as kids around the old rough mine areas where we lived. We used to find old bits of pottery, old coins and pieces of fool’s gold.

So you can imagine the big kid inside me getting all excited over the chance to review a treasure hunt game!

the gotrovo game review - Rachel Bustin

So What Is Gotrovo?

Gotrovo is a family treasure hunt game suitable for ages 3-8 years old and 1 or more players. The objective of the game is to follow a trail of clues to reach the treasure at the end. You collect gold coins as you go.

View Post

I have always been a bit of a Science nerd, well more than a bit! I did my A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. So I am constantly always on the look out for Sciencey articles to read, and now since I have baby girl, its activities I can do with her when she’s older.

A while back I wrote a review on the Little Passports kit that we got to try out, and they actually have their own blog extending on the Little Passports kits that they offer.

Little Passports - 30 days of Science

Little Passports aim to inspire and educate children about the world through their subscription service and lots of fun stuff to do on their own blog. This month they have been doing the 30 days of Science challenge.

The 30 Days of Science continues on the Little Passports blog with many show-stopping experiments, here are few  to get you started.

So grab your kids and start exploring science!

View Post