We all know Judith Kerr, OBE as the beloved writer and illustrator who brought us Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the very moving When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I already had my suspicions that Ms Kerr has a fondness for all things feline and her latest title has confirmed that. Katinka’s Tail is a heartwarming story about a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail. Katinka’s Tail has already been hailed as a classic in the making and I couldn’t agree more. At the end of this review you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Katinka’s Tail.     Born in Germany, of Jewish background, Judith came to Britain with her family in 1933 amid the rise of the Nazis. Following the families escape from Germany Judith lived in several European countries before settling in London. Due…

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One of the best things about having a ‘proper’ toddler is that they get to fully experience occasions, attractions and seasons. Last Autumn and Winter Luisa was 1.5 or so, she was walking and starting to chat more but she couldn’t really join in thing properly. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t wishing away the baby days but it is so exciting to be able to look forward to all the season fun with my little friend this year.     I’m having a bit of trouble with writers block right now so i’m taking part in a ‘blogtober’ challenge where I’m going to write, most days, to a prompt. Todays prompt is ‘date’. If you know me at all you’ll know i’m not about to write anything romantic so here we are with a tenuous link to the calendar aspect and a toddlers Autumn to-do list.   Collect leaves,…

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As a child I was a total book worm, even as a teenager I read books many times over due to running out of material between library visits. I suppose I was a bit of a Matilda character but without her supreme pancake making skills. I’ve always hoped that Luisa will develop the same love of reading that I have and i’m always looking for new ways to encourage her. Our house is coming down with books and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For now she mostly reads with our help, she is only two after all, but there are a few books that she’s memorised sections from and takes great pride in reading them aloud to us.     Given that I’m a first time mum without a teaching qualification I was a little worried that I wasn’t doing ‘enough’. I know we all have those thoughts…

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Like all babies, Luisa was born pink and fuzzy, not dissimilar to an over ripe peach. Within a matter of weeks, she filled out, her soft creamy rolls the topic of many a conversation. After all, everyone loves a chubby baby. During the first twelve weeks of Lu’s life, she had the usual baby skin complaints, a touch of cradle cap and some milk spots. It didn’t take long for these to clear up and she didn’t have any more issues. I think the fact that she was born during a mild May made it easier for us to look after her skin. She was able to get lots of fresh air but was never exposed to strong sun or wind. If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I like to keep things simple as a parent. If something is working just fine, I leave it well alone. Whilst…

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Whenever I was pregnant we decided not to find out if Lu was a boy or a girl, we stayed team yellow throughout and I’m really glad. Like a lot of people, I felt like there aren’t many surprises left and I wanted to keep the sex of our baby unknown. I honestly wasn’t really tempted to find out, I love gender neutral clothes and even if we had known I wouldn’t have made a huge amount of pink or blue purchases anyway. I’ve seen this topic addressed in tonnes of Youtube videos recently and I just love watching them so I thought I’d bring it to my blog today. The only slight drawback to not knowing is it can be a bit harder to visualise yourself as a parent. I do think for some people being able to picture their baby more clearly and pick out names is a really…

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I’m sure you’re all like me in that you love a bargain, especially when it comes to those baby and toddler essentials we seem to be buying weekly. I always like to keep an eye out for the best offers and stock up when I can, particularly on nappies, wipes and Luisa’s favourite snacks. When you’re a bit of a shopaholic like myself it feels good to know you’ve saved on the everyday essentials and it totally means you can get spendy when the A/W clothes hit the shops soon. Right? Well Pharmacy are hosting a special baby event throughout August, which will see the store slash prices so that you won’t find a better deal elsewhere. They have branches all over the UK but if you’re not sure where your local one is, click here to find out.     Some of the offers you’ll find in-store include 25% off…

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Toddlers aren’t known for being cooperative, especially when it comes to important things like suncream, taking medicine or brushing their teeth. I think we’re quite lucky in that Lu still sees brushing her teeth as a really fun activity, she likes to be in the bathroom and stand on her little step. She loves to wash her hands and pretend to shave, just like Daddy. With that said, she is fiercely independent and does not appreciate my input when it comes to reaching her molars! I’m absolutely a ‘pick your battles’ kind of parent – if she wants to sleep in her clothes I let her. If she insists on using a spoon with a glass of juice that is no problem. Anything to appease the tyrant, eh? Of course, dental hygiene isn’t somewhere I can compromise, those tiny teeth are getting properly cleaned no matter what. Did you know…

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Lu, we really need some space. Not metaphorical space, actual space between us. Sweet girl, you need to sleep in your own bed, by yourself, for at least half the night. Please. One of the main reasons we moved to this new house was to give you a big bedroom all to yourself. A space to sleep and play with room for all your toys and keepsakes. We’ve got tonnes of storage, pretty artwork, books galore and yet you spend next to no time in there.     Don’t get me wrong I love the late night cuddles and the toothy grins in the morning but I am really over the cramp in my arm and creek in my neck. I want to sleep deeply without worrying you’ll fall out of my bed, I don’t want to share the duvet. Baby, we need some space. So here’s the plan. We’re going to…

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No matter what age your kid is it seems like the world and his wife have two priorities, A) finding out what ‘naughty’ things they are currently doing and B) warning you of the hell to come. Lucky for me I have a A-level in eye rolling and a degree in ignoring unsolicitied parenting advice. Luisa was always what you might call a ‘good’ baby. She was easy pleased, or maybe we were just excellent slaves – who knows. Either way she never gave us much bother. Sure she didn’t (doesn’t) sleep through the night but she’s always been a happy wee soul.     But, as Bob Dylan aptly put it, ‘The times they are a changing” so if you’re here to feel smug about my unruly toddler you’ve come to the right place! This kid is a force of nature. She drives me up the wall and tests…

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