Don’t Blink Game

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Do you need a quick, easy and most importantly free game to keep the children occupied for a few precious minutes (or perhaps a boredom reliever for adults at airports etc.) Then the ‘Don’t Blink Game’ may be just the ticket.

The aim of the game is to be the person who doesn’t blink for the longest amount of time.

The beauty of the game is that it can stretch to any amount of players from one upwards. When there is only one player, do the timer challenge and keep a score chart to make it more fun. Another plus is it can be turned into an impromptu party game when running short of ideas, too much time is left towards the end (or everyone is over excited after too much cake!)

Much love xxxx

When life gives you lemons…

For the last few months I’ve been very restricted in most areas of life due to health issues. However, on Sunday it was a lovely crisp morning, my husband lit the fire pit, sorted cushions so that I would be comfy and made sure I was all wrapped up snug. I only lasted the shortest of time but it was like a mini holiday having some fresh air, smelling the wood smoke and watching the flames. Reading was out of the question but the sensory experience my husband had created outside the back door was marvellous. As Eldred Hubbard said  ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’
Much love x

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr – A Review

 “I always knew we should have brought the games compendium” said Max “Hitler’s probably playing Snakes and Ladders with it this very minute.”

 This novel is billed as a children’s book for 9-12 year olds. However I would argue that it is a book for all ages from nine upwards. The story simply told and is based on the childhood experiences of the author Judith Kerr as part a Jewish family whose famous father is wanted by Hitler in 1933. It is so beautifully written with thoughts and observations of the children. It captures so wonderfully how children find the good in situations and also how perceptive and resilient they can be. I think it’s also rather relevant with so much displacement going on in the world and may be a good chapter book to share at home or in the classroom to open up discussion regarding this or World War ll. It is funny, sad and thought provoking but especially for children it is a good  adventure story that moves along.

On a personal note I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Out of The Hitler Time trilogy:

  • Bombs on Aunt Dainty (formerly The Other Way Round)
  • A Small Person Far Away

I hope you all have a wonderful reading year!

Much love x

The Little Book of Hygge The Danish Way To Live Well by Meik Wiking A Review

 

 

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Published by Penguin Life, part of Penguin Random House, this A5 size chunky hardback book has a beautifully decorated cover which really catches your eye on the shelf.  I managed to resist it a couple of times but finally succumbed as it’s loveliness kept calling out to me.

Once home and curled up under my blanket with a hot chocolate, I soon discovered that I am a natural at Hygge – I had already assumed the position!  But seriously, this book describes in a variety of  diagrams, statistics and becoming photographs what Hygge is, why the Danes are more often than not at the top of the Happiness polls and gives us numerous reasons why and ways how, we can all get on board with something that can only make us feel more relaxed and do us good.

The book itself feels substantial to hold and looks lovely on a coffee table.  It is something you can flick through over and over again to remind you of fun ideas to do with friends or family and even contains traditional Danish recipes.  I will be buying this book again as a gift and I am sold on Hygge.  Meik you can definitely count me in!

 

Hyggekrog – The nook of a kitchen or living room where one can sit and have a hyygelig time”

The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking

 

Do you have a Hyggekrog? Mine is my favourite corner with the Union Jack chair as seen in The Snug’s logo.  I love to curl up there and read.  What’s yours?  Do share.

Best Wishes,

 

Lou x

 

 

 

 

 

 

A book rich Christmas

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Oh what a wonderful book rich Christmas we have had here at the Snug with something for everyone! So much so that I have just had to take some (not quite so expert) photos to to let you into the magic of these wonderful treats.

Miss Snug is building up her Early Years resources and received these beautiful books suitable for toddlers and preschool children. The Owl Babies comes with it’s own baby owl to accompany the story  and in a small plastic case making a smart classic gift. I’ll review these books very soon, keep checking back.

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I keep a ‘must read’ board on my Pintrest account. Having read a rave review for The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83¼ Years Old just before Christmas, I promptly added the book to my board. Imagine my surprise when on Christmas day I received a copy as a gift because Miss Snug had used my list to give hints to Mr Snug! Pintrest is very useful indeed in our house!  I’m looking forward to getting my nose stuck into this book and comparing my thoughts with the review that caught my attention – I’ll let you know.

Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Baby, The Diaries – Being a major fan of Bridget Jones both movies and books, what could be a better gift. Many years ago, I remember trying to wash up with one hand and read the original Bridget Jones’s Diaries with the other.  Will this be as riveting?

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Guy Martin’s Worms to Catch has been a real page turner for Mr Snug over the past couple of days and although he has told me some bits and pieces I will get a full review and post it for you once he’s finished. Jamie Vardy – From Nowhere, My Story will be next on his list so look out for that one too.

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You may recognise these three titles from the Zoella Book Club. Miss Snug has already started The One We Fell In Love With by Paige Toon.  I think I may also be seeking permission to have a read of these as they look so tempting!

Well I think I had better stop there although there were a couple more books in the sacks but they can wait for another day.  Which titles did you receive in your stockings and how do you choose which one to read first?

Hope your Christmas season is continuing to be a happy one.

Much love

Lou x