20% OFF AT DRAYTON MANOR THIS WHITSUN!

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Drayton Manor Park and Zoo discount Thomas Land

It's nearly Whitsun and we're about to pack our bags and head to Granny and Grandad's house as the mister has been taken away to IBM land.  The boys are excited to see their cousins and celebrate their youngest cousin's birthday party - and they're really looking forward to visiting Thomas the Tank Engine in Thomas Land at Drayton Manor Park and Zoo again!

FUN PHONICS WITH DISNEY TSUM TSUMS

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It's Phonics Screening week at Jensen's school in a couple of weeks.  If you're clueless or bored with the normal "a...a....apple", we're over at the spectacular Mum in the Madhouse blog with our Fun Phonics Disney Tsum Tsum game - but be warned, it gets competitive!

SEVEN

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Despite this weekend being somewhat of a disaster, life was pretty good this past seven days.  On the failure to launch side, Lyoto's sick meant no BlogCamp, the electrics in our car and MOT meant no Thomas première - and a phone call from work meant the mister was taken out of our equation too and back to IBM land, which effectively cancels out my plans for later this week.

PICTURE PERFECT [A WEEK ON INSTAGRAM]

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We like our instagram to be pretty - but just because I like to add a little 'polish' before I hit publish, it doesn't mean that those moments didn't happen.  Here's what happened this week in Instagram land - if you're on Instagram come and say hi!  We're Keep Up With The Jones Family.

MORE 'US' TIME WITH CHARLIE BIGHAMS

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Charlie Bighams Spaghetti Bolognese

So, what would we do with three nights where we could just throw the food into the oven and wait?

BEDTIME BOOKCASE [CHAPTER 1]

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Our bookcase is bursting.  It's burst, even.  Under the bed, on the bedside table, at the bottom of the bed, downstairs....there are books everywhere.  We thought we would share our favourites every week in case you're searching for something new to read.  Each one of us is going to pick a favourite book, and I'll decipher Hero's choice by the amount of flapping in our faces that he does with a particular book.

DISNEY ART THERAPY COLOURING BOOKS [PARRAGON BOOK BUDDIES]

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Last month we were sent these Disney colouring books by Parragon Publishing.  Each has 100 beautiful and intricate designs for peaceful, detailed art therapy.  The Frozen book is my favourite thanks to the sweetest pattern featuring Sven [the reindeer] and I would love to spend hours carefully penciling him in with chocolate and toffee hues, but in reality I know there will be six over exuberant hands in there, colouring him green, pink and and adding some glitter or stickers to the mix.

THE PERFECT GIFT WITH JOJO MAMAN BÉBÉ

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Life is so much sweeter when your little people all get along - when a new baby arrives, it's easy for little ones for feel pushed out or ignored.  Now, I'm not smug - there are days when our two oldest boys are in a never ending cyclone of teasing an shrieking at each other, and I wish I had a lock on the bathroom so I could hide, just for a few minutes.
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