Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Book Review: The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog: Master Of Disguise

Title:  The Hundred Mile An Hour Dog: Master Of Disguise *

Author:  Jeremy Strong

Illustrator:  Rowan Clifford

Publisher:  Puffin

Rating:  9 / 10

Molly's Book Review

What is the storyline?

The story is  about Streaker (the main dog) who is extremely speedy.  He gets a disguise so he doesn't have to go to doggy behaviour boot camp.

Meanwhile Charlie Smugg and his gang are stealing and kidnapping animals which means that Streaker and his owner Trevor have lots of things to think about and do.

Lots of funny things happen which made me laugh out loud lots of times.

Who is your favourite character?

My favourite character is Tina. She is very funny who does many things that make me laugh.  My most favourite thing to do is to laugh and have fun while reading so Tina makes this book brilliant for me.            

As I love dogs, I also really like Streaker and he could be my favourite character too.

What is your favourite part of the story?

My favourite part was reading about all the crazy chaos that happened before the main characters ended up with the police. Tina, Trevor's parents and Streaker made me giggle.  I don't want to tell you any more about it as you should read it yourself!

My Thoughts

This is yet another silly funny book in the Hundred Mile An Hour Dog series which Molly really enjoyed.  Full of laughter, great language and lots of imagination, it was a page turner for her during our camping trip in the summer!!

Many times I heard her laugh and giggle whilst reading the story.

Do your little ones read this Jeremy Strong's series?

Live Long and Prosper
Karen x

* We were asked if we would like to review this book.  As soon as Molly heard it was a Jeremy Strong book, the answer was a resounding yes please!  All opinions and photographs are our own.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

A New Start in September - Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

I've been thinking about my blog for a while now.  Will I start writing again?  Yes.  Then no.  Then yes.  Then no.

So rather than torture myself, I thought I'd wait until a natural opportunity came along to start again.  And when it did, it would push me either way......

Well that natural opportunity arrived today (well technically three days ago at the start of the month).

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

My cancer journey is one of the reasons that I started this blog so I couldn't let this month pass without spreading a little awareness and asking all you folks to check your neck.

If you couldn't be bothered faffing though my older posts, then here's a reminderof how to check your neck.  Please do it.  It only takes 5 minutes.  You deserve the 5 minutes.

Check Your Neck

It's actually very simple to self-check!
1. Have a feel of your neck area – start at the base of your neck and work your way up to under your ears.  Move along the left and right sides and then into the middle.  You’re looking for any lumps or swellings that are not normally there!  If you find any, no matter how small, go see your doctor!

2. Have you persistent trouble swallowing? If this is not normal for you then go see your doctor.

3. Difficulty in breathing especially when sleeping?  Go see your doctor.

4. Do you have a persistent hoarse voice? If this is not normal for you then go see your doctor.

Now listen - thyroid cancer is a rare cancer.  So, if you tick yes to any of the above points - don't panic!  Instead of panicking, go see your doctor.  It's highly likely to not be cancer. 

Want to know more about Thyroid Cancer?

Click here for more info on thyroid cancer and to watch a video on how to check your neck.

My Final Ask

Will you let me know when you've checked? 

You know the way, you say you'll do something.  Then one of the kids need a drink, or a snack or a bum cleaned (!) so you do that and then forget to do the thing that you were going to do.

So tell the kids or the dog or your boss to wait just 5 minutes and go check now.  Then remember to tell me that you've done it.

You can either: 
1.       Post a comment below 
2.       Tweet me @karengribbon1
3.       Instagram me @raisingmightygirls
4.       Facebook me Raising Mighty Girls

Hope to hear from you all soon ;)

Live Long and Prosper
Karen x

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Have You Tried 'Baby Sensory' Classes?

When my littlest one was a small baby, we went to baby yoga classes and massage classes.  To be truthful I went in the beginning as it was an opportunity to catch up with a few friends and get out of the chaos in the house caused by a new baby.  You know what I mean, right?

Anyways, turns out that my teensy baby and I loved it.  It was very soothing, relaxing and enjoyable for us both.

Baby Sensory

Baby Sensory South NI's profile photo

A friend recently started a business called 'Baby Sensory' and having listened to her talk about it with such passion, she has convinced me it's a perfect outlet for parent (or grandparent) and baby to bond in a relaxing fun way.

Here's what she has to say about it all....

As a first time mum, I attended Baby Sensory classes with my son in 2014.

Initially they were to give me something to do and get me out of the house, but I can truly say the classes became so much more than that. Baby Sensory changed my life!

Over the weeks I watched as my little boy responded to the sensory activities and experiences, developed and reached key milestones and even began signing at only 8 months! Most of all, Baby Sensory classes became OUR time and we had fun!

I can remember coming home after classes and trying out all of the new things we had learned that day and then waiting patiently for dad to come home from work to show him too.

Being a Primary School teacher, I could see the value and the impact it had on me and my son and I understood the research that went into each class.

I knew I had to be part of it. So...here I am 2 years later running classes across South NI.

So, how about giving it a go? 

If you'd like to find out more about Tierna and her fab new baby programme, check out her Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/babysensorysouthni/

You can also find out more about the concept and classes on the Baby Sensory website http://www.babysensory.com/en

Live Long and Prosper
Karen x

Friday, 29 April 2016

Hope's Relief Intensive Dry Skin Rescue

I'm always on the look out for a good moisturising cream that I can use on the girls.  At an early age, they all had dry skin of some sort.  Nothing serious, just dry skin mostly on their torso that needed a little TLC every now and then.  

Recently, an Australian brand called Hope's Relief contacted me to ask if we'd like to sample their new Intensive Dry Skin Rescue cream.

I was interested so I checked out the cream first as I didn't want any harsh chemicals on the skin. 
Here's the science ;)

'...packed with Natural Active ingredients including: Hospital Grade Organic Manuka Honey NPA 10+, Gotu Kola, Aloe Vera, Organic Calendula and Licorice Root to soothe and repair damaged skin.

It is free from sodium laurel sulphates, parabens, coal tar, artificial colours and fragrances and contains no mineral oils or petrochemicals.'

And a little bit more info:

'Hope's Relief's intensive dry skin rescue cream is one of the world's leading natural creams carefully formulated to relieve eczema prone, itchy, cracked or dry skin. Having already established a trusted reputation amongst mums everywhere, Hope's Relief is gentle enough to be used on skin of all ages for long term use.'

The range is suitable for all ages, even for newborn infants.

Our Thoughts

We give it an 8 out of 10 - pretty good results I think.

After only 3 applications at night before bed, I could feel a definite improvement in the littlest Gribbon's skin.  In fact, we've been using it a few times a week and we've been 'dry skin free' for a while now.

I've also been using it on my hands and had good results - personally I feel that it can be quite oily for use on the hands, so only a little bit is needed to deliver good results.

Have you heard of it?  I'd give it a go if you need an effective moisturising cream free from all the nasties.  Check out stockists on their website.

Live Long and Prosper
Karen x

We received a free sample of this cream for our use.  All opinions are honest and our own.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Lily's Driftwood Bay: Message In A Bottle DVD

A few weeks ago, The Gribbon Girls were invited to a fun packed day full of Lily's Driftwood Bay adventures.  Unfortunately we couldn't make the event as we had other plans but the event organisers kindly sent us the new DVD to enjoy.

lily's driftwood bay dvd

As soon as it arrived in the post, little fingers had it out of the jiffy bag and into the DVD player ready to watch.

The Story

For those of you who haven't seen the series on TV yet, here's a little insight into Lily's world. 

She is a 6 year old girl who lives with her Dad and her best friend 'Gull' on a beach.  Everyday she creates an adventure packed world full of imaginary characters that she creates from the driftwood and surprises that wash up on the beach.

The DVD (featuring 10 episodes) was definitely a hit with the Littlest Gribbon as she practically watched one episode after another.  She usually watches the series on Nick Jr, so she was already familiar with Lily and the other main characters such as Salty Dog the Sailor and Wee Rabbit the Art Lover.

A Local Company

One of the best things for me about the programme is that it is made by a local Northern Ireland company, Sixteen South.  I always like to give 'local produce' a little push :)

We believe that Lily has all the makings of a mighty girl - full of imagination, curiosity, courage and kindness. 

I think your little one, boy or girl would love her too.  Check her out and let us know what you think.

Live Long and Prosper
Karen x

Family Fever

Note:  We received this DVD free of charge but were under no obligation to blog about it.  We did blog though as we enjoyed it so much!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Gribbon Girls Review: Blown Away by Rob Biddulph

Title:  Blown Away

Author:  Rob Biddulph

Illustrator:  Rob Biddulph

Publisher:  Harper Collins Children's Books

Rating:  8.5 / 10 (Two little thumbs up!)

Blown Away Rob Biddulph

What is the storyline?

The story is about a penguin called Blue and his first adventure flying a kite. Along the way, he meets lots of other animals who live in the cold like him such as a polar bear and a seal. 

Blown Away Rob Biddulph

The kite takes them to a country which is too hot for him and his friends and he meets new animals such as a pretty peacock and a clever elephant.

His new friends help him make it home again.

I enjoyed looking at the pictures and some of the story was funny.  Like when the elephants use their trunks to blow the penguin back to his home!

Who is your favourite character?

Wilbur the seal is my favourite because he looks cute and is very kind as he tries to help his friends. 
Blown Away Rob Biddulph

What is your favourite part of the story?

My favourite part of the story is when the elephants use their strong big trunks to blow Penguin Blue and his friends back home.  I think it is very funny that an elephant can blow a kite across the world. 

Blown Away Rob Biddulph

My Thoughts

We got this book from our local library recently and the youngest Gribbon Girl has read it over and over.

The little penguin takes us on his surprise adventures from cold home to a warmer new climate where he meets new friends who are different but very willing to help him get home.

With a little teamwork, bright ideas and fun - they succeed!

Rob Biddulph has beautifully illustrated his own tale, making this a sweet easy bed time story for young girls and boys alike.

It also got us googling the old question of 'can penguins actually fly'?  Well, what do you think?  Can they???

Live Long and Prosper
Karen x