The Lolly List - Friday 9th October 2015

A quick list of the things that have got us intrigued, excited and interested this week, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and around the web. Most of it child or parenting related. Some of it...just because.

1. National Poetry Day...

This Thursday was National Poetry Day so we celebrated by watching Michael Rosen Videos on Youtube. Seeing his expressions as he performs, and marvelling at the timing and physicality of his reading is great fun. A brilliant way to get kids excited about poetry, I promise you will all enjoy watching! Check out Michael's Youtube Channel, and do let me know what your favourites are. We love We're Going on a Bear Hunt for little ones, and No Breathing in Class and Chocolate Cake for bigger kids...and adults.

2. Cutting Baby's Fingernails...

I used to hate cutting my kids' fingernails when they were babies, and they didn't like it much either. I tried cutting them while they were feeding (One handed? Trick-eey!) and even when they were sleeping (Durrrr, that resulted in one very awake and upset baby. Faill!). This video, however, features the cheekiest giggly baby ever, who thinks that having her nails cut is all a hilarious game. If you need cheering up today, just watch this video.

3. We love Great British Bake Off's Nadiya..

Some heroes and heroines arrive in our lives in the unlikeliest of places and ways. As the weeks of the BBC's Great British Bake Off progressed we got a little bit obsessed with Nadiya Hussain in our household. From her self depreciating humour ("That was stressful. Oh my God. I’d sooner have another baby. I really would") and her brilliantly expressive eyebrows, to her incredible inventiveness with baking (She made fondant icing out of melted marshmallows, for gawdsakes, even Mary Berry had never tried that!). What I really loved about Nadiya, though, was watching her gain confidence. When she won the final on Wednesday night she described having been at home with her children for the last 10 years as a real luxury and a privilege, but that now she was ready to do something for herself. Nadiya echoed what many women feel as they emerge from the early years of parenting; a loss of confidence in ones self and ones own abilities, but also a desire to take the opportunity to re-establish oneself anew. I really hope to see much more of Nadiya in the future, she's our kinda gal. I've a feeling there will be no stopping her now: "I'm never going to say I don't think I can. I can and I will." You can read about Why the world needs more Nadiyas on The Pool.

4. For Your Listening Pleasure...

Do you listen to podcasts? I have become rather hooked on This American Life's weekly downloads. I tend to stack a few up, then binge listen as I walk to and from work, or wait at yet another after-school club or appointment. Covering diverse subjects and fascinating stories, all beautifully told, this is broadcast journalism at it's very best, available whenever I am in the mood to listen. I get completely engrossed and then bend my husband and friends' ears for ages recounting it all. Please do me a favour and subscribe to these podcasts too, I love having people to discuss them with. This American Life's sister program, Serial, is about to start a new season too, which, if it is anything like the last, will be utterly intriguing and compelling and really worth listening to. If you didn't catch the first series you still can, and really should. Just prepare to be gripped!

5. Muuuuuuuuummmmmm....

This blog post Seven Ways to Summon your Mummy - by my daughter made us chuckle in the Lolly Loft this week. From The Machine Gun (Mum? Mum? Mum? Mum? Mummy? Mummy? Mum? etc) to The Philosopher (best saved for bedtime: ‘What happens when we die?’ ‘Why do we have to die?’‘What is God made from?’‘Is there any babies in my tummy?’) there are some VERY familiar techniques in here. Anyone would think toddlers actually get taught this stuff.

6. Sonny Angel and Collégien slippers...

We have re-stocked our Sonny Angels and Collégien slippers, yippee! If you haven't checked them out yet, please do. Collégien's slipper socks are made in France and feature brilliant non-slip rubber soles. Machine washable and cosy, they are great for kids to wear around the house and as they are like socks, they tend to stay on, (Is it just my kids who like to leave their discarded slippers in the middle of rooms, under the table, on their beds...grrrr!). Sonny Angel are super cute collectable figures from Japan. These little half-naked characters are so funny, and as you don't know which one of the series you have until you open the packet...they are a little bit addictive too. The Halloween Series would make great gifts for a spooky themed party bag.

Sonny Angel Tiger from Yellow Lolly

Happy weekend, friends!

Ellie x

Ellie Horry
Ellie Horry


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