Weekend Book Club

Share your book loves (and hates) in the Weekend Book Club

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It is another week, which signals the start of another #weekendbookclub which is hosted by myself as well as Suz over at Beauisblue and Sarah over at Letthembesmall.

Each week I love reading through the book reviews that are shared on this site and last week I loved the sound of the Losing Heart shared by A Mum Reviews. It was only 83 pages long but sounded thrilling.

For the kids I loved the sound of The Little Girl That Lost Her Name shared by Kizzy, Izzy and Baby. The idea of having a personalised book sounds great to me and is something I would consider buying Molly when she is older.

The reason for the Weekend Book Club is so that you can let us know what you have been reading, or what your children has been reading. Do you have a book you love? Loathe? Think was okay? Then share your reviews with us here.

So welcome to the Weekend Book Club. Join in sharing what you have been reading with us each Saturday to Monday.

If you share your links on Twitter use #weekendbookclub or tweet @trainingmummy, @beauisblue or @MsSBurns and we will do our best to retweet your posts.

Rules:

  • You can share as many links as you want, old or new.
  • Books can be for anyone from babies to pensioners.
  • Grab the badge below and post it on your posts.
  • Comment on at least two other posts.
  • A linky isn’t a linky unless you visit other people’s links, please do.

The linky will open each Saturday and will close on a Monday.

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A couple of great kids books

Minnie Blooming Bows – Disney

Molly is a great fan is Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Her bedroom wallpaper is covered in Mickey and Minnie and her duvet is of Minnie Mouse so she has a great association of them. So when we got this book as a birthday present I just knew that she would love it.

Minnie’s neices, Millie and Melody, have visited Minnie at her work dressed up in their pageant dressing up costumes.

Throughout the visit they petals that make up their costume start to fall off, tearing their costumes apart and leaving them upset as they think they can not take part in the school’s Posy Pagent.

Minnie is left with the task of saving the day but will she manage?

A great wee book for Molly to enjoy right now as she recognises the characters and will be one she can continue reading as she gets older and understand the story.

Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

Dear Zoo is a much loved book, one that almost every child seems to enjoy and Molly loved this book. Another great birthday present.

It has some great flaps to open, which Molly loves, to unveil the animal that the zoo has sent.

I love this because it can be used to teach so much, lifting up, down, to the side. It teaches how things can be too tall, or too fierce.

There are also a number of animals that are sent that allows the reader to learn about animals, what they look like and ,with some added sound effects, how they sound too.

Molly doesn’t often sit through the reading of a book and normally gets some bedtime stories read to her but this is one that she is happy to sit on the sofa and to read. Much of that is the flaps, as she does tend to love a flap book, but it is also the animals!

 

Baba+Boo, a good review

Cheaper than some but just as good

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I have only recently become a fan if Baba+Boo and I can honestly say it was love at first site. I had always been a Totsbots girl, and I do still love them, but I felt like a change so I bought some of these.

Baba+Boo nappies are pocket nappies, meaning you get the waterproof outer nappy which you insert a booster or two into them. I find this means they dry faster, especially the outer cover which means if you have more boosters than nappies you can use it more often. They are designed to fit babies that weight 8 or 9 lbs up to potty training at around 35lb.

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Baba+Boo are cheaper than other brands of nappy, at £12.95, and although this is more expensive than they used to be I still think that they are good value for money (though I preferred getting a nappy for less than £10 and if you look around some websites have them at this price still). For this you get the waterproof outer, two microfibre inserts and a guide on how to fit the nappies.

The things I first noticed about these nappies are very generously sized- at 12 months Molly is still on one of the tightest settings for them – there would only be one more popper I could use to tighten it so I don’t now if they would have fit her when she was very little. Now I will say that Molly is little, 17lb 10 at 12 months, and so I have always found cloth nappies to be a bit gappy in the thighs (she doesn’t have thunder-thighs like her mum!). I only with these a few months ago and I can’t see that I would have been able to use them before Molly was 4 or 5 months old. Don’t let this put you off thought because once your baby does fit them, and I have seen newborns in them so every baby is different, then you will love them.

What I do love about these nappies is they you can tighten the width round the leg using the poppers so I do feel like you can get a tighter fit round the leg than velcro nappies.

I do find poppers to be slightly more fiddly than velcro nappies but once they are on the are fine. I have snagged Molly’s skin when trying to do the legs up but that is my fault rather than the nappies.

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The fleecy inner of the nappy is thin but silky soft (and much brighter and hard wearing then my internet cheapies) and with the two boosters in you can easily get 4 hours plus in one nappy. To be honest I am not entirely sure I always need to use both boosters as the nappy often feels bone dry when I take it off but no doubt if I was to only use one booster Molly would pee for Britain so I just keep using the two.

The designs are so cute, I love Mr Fox and this was the nappy that got me interested in Baba+Boo in the first place. I love that many of the designs are unisex, meaning we will get a huge amount of use out of these in the coming years when the family expands. Yes there are designs more suited to boys of girls but the majority of these can be used for either sex.  Also, although I haven’t bought any, you can get clothing and shoes that match your nappy.

If you are unsure about the nappy Baba+Boo have a scheme where you can try and nappy and, if after a couple of months if wear, you don’t like it you can return it for a 70% refund which I think is ideal for parents who are unsure but are worried about spending money on nappies they might not use.

I would recommend these nappies to anyone who is wanting to try out nappies as they are so absorbent and great quality.

Mami 2 Five

Cloth nappies – a journey to love

A slow start but it is now love

Back when I was expecting Molly I thought about using cloth nappies but after much humming and hawing about the initial start-up costs we decided against it. To us it seemed to high a cost to pay in one go for something that we didn’t know if we would like or get on with. There were also far too many nappies to choose from. Brands, types, prices. How on earth are you meant to decide when you have not got a clue?

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When Molly was around 12 weeks old I decided that maybe I did want to try reusable nappies and since Boots had a 3 for 2 deal on Totsbots v3 nappies in the nursery rhyme prints I bit the bullet and bought three.

Then I went online and bought some internet cheapies, in our case Little Bloom and CannyMum nappies, which were so cheap I did not really expect much from them. I was surprised to find that they worked and worked perfectly adequately.

At first I did not get on too well with them, but since it was summer and Molly was only wearing a nappy it didn’t really matter that much. Soon I was always having to change her because of leaks and pretty much stopped using them all. I was gutted as they looked so cute.

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After a wee while of not using them I went online and asked for help from Twitter. I was clueless about cloth nappies and it turns out that I needed to boost the nappies. I did that and voila no more leaks. I am so glad that I did not give up completely as now I love to have Molly wear cloth nappies during the day. I don’t have her wear them as much when out and about as I will confess I forget about them and we end up with leaks. It is not because I don’t trust the nappies it is because I don’t trust myself!

Now 12 months on I am constantly looking at all the latest designs of nappies, lusting over them, wishing I was not on SAHM non wages so I could buy more.

I have used a few preloved sites and managed to add to my collection and now as well as loving Totsbots nappies I love Baba+Boo ones.

How do people afford to buy nappies from all brands to try? There are so many adorable patterns out there. I have seen so many nice ones I want to buy but my purse remains empty.

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Overall I have, obviously, enjoyed using cloth nappies and hope to continue wearing them in the future as with more children I will see even more savings and maybe with those savings I could sneakily buy more nappies for our stash?

Keep an eye out for my reviews on the nappies we have tried so far, which I will post up in the next few days.

What about you?

What nappies do you like to use? What are your favourite brands? What are your favourite designs?

 

Junk Food Kids – A form of child abuse?

Just one of those things? or is it more serious than that?

Watching Junk Food Kids on C4 was nothing more than an excuse to get angry with the TV. I watched children who were so over weight they could not get clothes to fit them, and who had such bad diets that they had to have mouthfuls of teeth removed at such young ages.

One of the children the programme was a four year old who was overweight (so much so that her mum could not find a uniform in Tesco, despite increasing the sizes, that would fit her), and who had a mouthful of decayed teeth. A four year old!

Her mother was what made my blood boil. She refused to believe that her daughter’s weight was down to wrong eating. I was stunned about the size of the jacket potato her daughter got for her tea – it was bigger than anything I would serve to myself and I know I eat too big portions. This is the same lady who said a 20 pk of crisps would only last a few days. There were only three of them. It had nothing to do with the snacks of sushi (I would eat this as a meal at lunchtime) that the children ate as they walked around Tesco. Nor the Kinder Egg chocolate that they got half way round despite all the empty threats of them not getting anything as they had not behaved. Nope this child’s weight issues were, according to her mother, due to thyroid problems.

This same child had huge problems with her dental hygiene. She complained that almost every tooth in her mouth hurt her. So as part of dealing with the problem the wee girl had to attend a hygienist appointment. We watched as the family left the house with 10 minutes to spare until the appointment, just to miss the bus. It then transpired that they would have been late because the appointment was nine miles away and took at least 30 minutes by bus to get there. So they complained about sleeping in, turned round, and went home!

The mother then sat brushing her daughter’s teeth whilst stating that there was hardly any point as it wasn’t going to help them anyway. What a thing to teach your child! She then said she couldn’t see the point of going to hygienist as she didn’t think her daughter would be interested in learning how to brush her teeth anyway! Again, what a great attitude.

Now Molly has been brushing her teeth since her first tooth came through aged eight months and has just got her third tooth today. She currently really enjoys teeth cleaning time but I do imagine at some point this will be a less fun activity. What I do know is that whether she likes it or not she will clean her teeth.

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Thankfully for the wee girl she did end up getting help from the dentist who seemed shocked at the “mouthful of abscesses” that the girl had. The teeth were so bad she was scheduled for surgery to get many of them out! More teeth than I would ever want to have removed from anyone.

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The dentist, when interviewed, expressed his annoyance with the system in that no-one was at fault for the dreadful teeth he saw in youngsters. He was annoyed that when asked about the children’s dental hygiene the parents would always answer in the way the dentist wanted, therefore indicating that they knew how to look after their children’s teeth it is just a case that they just don’t do it.

This parent did say that she did things, like giving junk food, for an easy life. For convenience. She wanted an easy life at the detriment of, it seemed to me, the health of her children. She did not want to deal with tantrum over food, or teeth cleaning, so she gave them unhealthy foods to make her life easier. Surely to give healthier snacks and to protect her child’s teeth would have been the easiest thing for her as she would not have to watch her daughter cry in pain from rotten teeth.

Other children featured on the show were older, and more independent, meaning they could get the food that they wanted, when they wanted it. What differed from some parents was that some moaned but did very little to change things whilst other parents went out jogging with their son, trying to encourage him to be more active.

What annoyed me about the situation, especially for younger children, was that nothing seemed to be done to protect them from what I would class as child abuse, or neglect. If you did not wash your child, and they ended up covered in skin sores you would end up being reported for neglect. If they have a mouthful of rotten teeth nothing much seemed, or not that I saw, was done. If you starved your child you would be reported for neglect. If you feed your child so much rubbish and they are overly obese nothing was done.

I know not every case if clear cut like this but it seems to be more acceptable to let your child’s teeth rot, or eat so much rubbish food they get so large and their health suffers.

Maybe I am being a bit over the top? What do you think?

 

Mami 2 Five

 

A couple of murder mysters

Fleshmarket Close – Ian Rankin

Fleshmarket Close centres round the death of an illegal immigrant, who was found murdered in an Edinburgh housing scheme.

Inspector Rebus is drawn into the investigation, trying to solve a murder and prove that he does not need to retire.

At the same time Rebus’ partner, Siobhan, has her own cases to deal with – a teenager has disappeared from her home, the daughter of a family that she has worked with in a previous case. A case of rape and suicide. Now their second daughter is missing and her parents are worried. Siobhan is suck into the search mission.

oh and the case of two skeletons who are found buried in concrete in the cellar if a pub in Fleshmarket Close.

The cases make seem unconnected but are they? There seems to be a connection between the two cases so Rebus and Siobhan work together to get the best possible result.

As usual with Rankin books you get a murder mystery as well as getting to learn more about the characters in the book.

The book is full of whodunnits and keeps you guessing until the end. You also get an insight into the darker side of Edinburgh.

The Missing And The Dead – Stuart MacBride 

Another murder mystery but this time set in the North-East of Scotland.

I am a lover of all Stuart MacBride books as they are set in parts of the country that I know so well, but what I really enjoy about his books is the humour.

In a book that sees a little girl’s body being washed up in an outdoor pool in Banff you would not think there could be much humour, or that it could be insensitively used but I will say that I have read all his books and in each and every book there are a great number of times I have caught myself, or been caught, laughing out loud.

Although this is part of a series of novels it is possible to read and enjoy the books separately, without having read the previous books.

Logan, is sent to pastures new as part of a development opportunity, but DCI Steel doesn’t leave him alone for long, dragging into investigations that he maybe shouldn’t be involved in.

There are murders, drugs, mystery and laughter. At the same time Logan has to try and save his job after a number of disasters in crime cases make his superiors very angry.

Weekend Book Club

Share your book loves (and hates) in the Weekend Book Club

weekendbookclub

It is another week, which signals the start of another #weekendbookclub which is hosted by myself as well as Suz over at Beauisblue and Sarah over at Letthembesmall.

Reading is very important to me and so I am always looking for new books to read. At the same time I am keen to find new recommendations for books to read with Molly.

The reason for the Weekend Book Club is so that you can let us know what you have been reading, or what your children has been reading. Do you have a book you love? Loathe? Think was okay? Then share your reviews with us here.

So welcome to the Weekend Book Club. Join in sharing what you have been reading with us each Saturday to Monday.

If you share your links on Twitter use #weekendbookclub or tweet @trainingmummy, @beauisblue or @MsSBurns and we will do our best to retweet your posts.

Rules:

  • You can share as many links as you want, old or new.
  • Books can be for anyone from babies to pensioners.
  • Grab the badge below and post it on your posts.
  • Comment on at least two other posts.
  • A linky isn’t a linky unless you visit other people’s links, please do.

The linky will open each Saturday and will close on a Monday.

weekendbookclub
Weekend Book Club

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