You know me and how much I love books, right?
Well when I was offered to review a kids book with a little difference and a story to be told, I couldn’t say no. TJ and his Wheelable Chair by Amanda Kehoe is a wonderful picture book explaining to children that disabilities are not a barrier to living a happy life.
The story is written by Amanda Kehoe, who gave up work to care for her son Tadhg on a full-time basis after he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and global developmental delay at 10 months old.
TJ cannot walk or talk, but he still loves to listen and play with his friends. Join him as he shows that disabilities are no barrier to a happy and fulfilling life…
It is an inevitable aspect of life, but it is also an unpleasant one. All of us succumb to illness during our lives, with some obviously more perilous than others. Illnesses such as flu, a cold and migraines are not necessarily dangerous, but they make us feel terrible all the less. There are illnesses which are much more hazardous to our health, and ones which can affect us for the rest of our lives. There is no need to mention these as we all know which types are the most dangerous and which can affect us the most.
Redecorating a home or even a single room can present a series of unique challenges for parents. After all, you not only need to think about finding a design that meets your specific preferences, but you also need to consider ways that you can make every room as fun and safe for your children as possible! While wrapping everything in kid-safe materials might not be the perfect option, it is crucial to find a balance between your own personal style, and your children’s needs.
If you’re lucky enough to have your own conservatory, you should do what you can to make the most of it. The best way to think of a conservatory is as an extension of both the living room and the garden, bringing the outdoors in and vice versa. By working on this premise, you can create a stylish, comfy conservatory to keep the whole family happy.
We are planning to have a new conservatory built when we move into our new home. It’s one thing I have always wanted and can’t think of anywhere else I would love to cosy up with a book and a slice of cake!
As a busy mum, it can be hard to find time to spruce up the garden. If there is ever any downtime, it can be nice to just relax, get some work done, or get some much-needed jobs done around the house. So the garden doesn’t really feature, especially over the winter months. This spring, though, everything will be blooming and flourishing. Unfortunately, that includes the weeds! So if you are looking for ways of creating a low maintenance garden over the coming months, now is the time to do it. By summer, you’ll be needing to pull out weeds every couple of days.
Here are some ideas of how you can create a low maintenance garden.
Change the Lawn
The ultimate way to create a low-maintenance garden is to get rid of the lawn. In peak seasons you might need to be mowing it every week. No weeds can grow in it if it isn’t there. Laying down pebbles or gravel is an alternative. If you have got young children, though, you might prefer it to be like one large patio, with large tiles laid down. If the idea of having a green space does appeal, though, there is a lower maintenance option. More and more people are choosing to get artificial grass in their garden instead. It will need an occasional clean but is softer for little ones. I’m not sure I’m sold on the idea but I’ve seen bloggers on Instagram that have it, and it does look good.
Today it’s my turn to host the blog tour for Walking Wounded by Anna Franklin Osborne. I have an extract for you to read and a competition to enter so you have the chance to win your very own signed copy of this fantastic novel.
Here is a little bit about Walking Wounded to give you an idea of the story before you head on down and read the extract.
Born at the end of the First World War, a young girl struggles to find her own identity in her big family and is pushed into a stormy marriage through a terrible misunderstanding from which her pride refuses to let her back down. As her own personal world begins to crumble, the foundation of the world around her is shaken as Germany once again declares war and her brothers and young husband sign up with the first wave of volunteers.
Walking Wounded tells the story of those left behind in a Blitz-ravaged London, and of the web of loyalty, guilt and duty that shapes the decisions of the women awaiting the return of their men-folk as the war draws to a close.
Spanning the period from the Armistice of the First World War to the exodus of the Ten Pound Poms to Australia in the 1950s, Walking Wounded is a family saga whose internal violence is mirrored by the world stage upon which it is set.