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Isolation Junction | Book Blog Tour

This week I have been reading new book Isolation Junction, which was hot off the press in January. I love…

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The 73 Questions Vlog Tag…

The 73 Questions Vlog Tag…

Last week I was tagged by Laura at Dear Bear and Beany, to take part in the 73 questions vlog tag.

The only problem is I have never done a vlog before, nor had I even got as far as setting up a You Tube channel.  I do have it on my never-ending to do list, so thought this was as good a time as any.

I have to admit to cringing a bit when I watch it back, and I have been tempted to just hide it away.  But, I decided to be brave and just put it out there.  First video is always going to be the hardest right?

I did have two lovely cameramen helping me with the video, I think they did a pretty good job apart from the odd random zooming in and out!

Anyway, enough of me rambling on, if you want to see our first Vlog attempt then you can see it here:


If anyone wants to take part, then here are the questions, be sure to tag me on social media so I can see your answers…

  1. What’s your favourite movie?
  2. Favourite movie in the past five years?
  3. Favorite Hitchcock film?
  4. A book you plan on reading?
  5. A book that you read in school that positively shaped you?
  6. Favourite TV show that’s currently on?
  7. On a scale of one to ten how excited are you about life right now?
  8. iPhone or Android?
  9. Twitter or Instagram?
  10. Who should EVERYONE be following right now?
  11. What’s your favourite food?
  12. Least favourite food?
  13. What do you love on your pizza?
  14. Favourite drink?
  15. Favorite dessert?
  16. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?
  17. Coffee or tea?
  18. What’s the hardest part about being a mum?
  19. What’s your favourite band?
  20. Favourite solo artist?
  21. Favourite song?
  22. If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?
  23. If you could master one instrument, what would it be?
  24. If you had a tattoo, where would it be?
  25. To be or not to be?
  26. Dogs or cats?
  27. Bird-watching or whale-watching?
  28. Best gift you’ve ever received?
  29. Best gift you’ve ever given?
  30. Last gift you gave a friend?
  31. What’s your favourite board game?
  32. Favourite country to visit?
  33. What’s the last country you visited?
  34. What country do you wish to visit?
  35. What’s your favourite colour?
  36. Least favourite colour?
  37. Diamonds or pearls?
  38. Heels or flats?
  39. Pilates or yoga?
  40. Jogging or swimming?
  41. Best way to de-stress?
  42. If you had one superpower, what would it be?
  43. What’s the weirdest word in the English language?
  44. What’s your favourite flower?
  45. When was the last time you cried?
  46. Do you like your handwriting?
  47. Do you bake?
  48. What is your least favourite thing about yourself?
  49. What is your most favourite thing about yourself?
  50. Who do you miss most?
  51. What are you listening to right now?
  52. Favorite smell?
  53. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
  54. Who was the last person you sent a text to?
  55. A sport you wish you could play?
  56. Hair color?
  57. Eye colour?
  58. Scary film or happy endings?
  59. Favourite season?
  60. Three people alive or dead that you would like to have dinner with?
  61. Hugs or kisses?
  62. Rolling Stones or the Beatles?
  63. Where were you born?
  64. What is the farthest you have been from home?
  65. Sweet or savoury?
  66. Lipstick or lip gloss?
  67. What book have you read again and again?
  68. Favourite bedtime story?
  69. What would be the title of your autobiography?
  70. Favourite sound?
  71. Favorite animal?
  72. Who is your girl crush?
  73. Last photograph you took?

Making Butter with Children

Making Butter with Children

This week we decided to try a old science favourite:

making butter with children.

The boys were not quite convinced when I told them that we were going to make butter. Lots of ‘how?’ and ‘why?’ being asked when I first came up with the idea.  However, they were soon very excited to get started.

So, I headed off to the fridge to collect some cream, only to realise we didn’t have any – doh!

Unfortunately, we then had to revert back to the other favourite experiment, making volcanos! Which I will come to in a future blog post.

I had completely forgot about it the next day, until I picked the kids up from school.  The first thing they asked was if we could go and get cream.  So, we did just that!

Here is how it went…… (p.s. top tip if you are making butter with children, get them to do all the hard work!)


Making Butter with Children

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 tub Heavy Cream
  • 1 Jar


  1. Pour the tub of heavy cream into a large glass jar.

  2. Get your shake on…. take turns in shaking the jar. Shake until your arms feel like they are going to fall off then pass to the next person.

  3. After 10 minutes, the cream will turn into a fabulous sold chunk of butter. We opened the jar a few times to let the boys see the change in consistency.


  4. Either use as butter on toast. Or go for the L technique, toasted waffles, butter and honey. I am told that is the best!

We are making butter with children on the blog today!

This was an incredibly simple and fun thing to do.  The kids loved it and kept asking if it was magic that it was turning into butter.

Why not try it out at home?  Let me know in the comments how it went.

We have been making butter with the kids this week. Why not try it out with your children! It is a great family activity.


Oh My Blog! Love is in the air | Mummy is a Gadget Geek

Oh My Blog! Love is in the air | Mummy is a Gadget Geek

Welcome to Oh My Blog! A brand new monthly interview series featuring a whole host of fellow bloggers.

Each month, there will be different themed posts, showcasing the very best bloggers out there. This month, the questions are based on the fitting February topic of love!

This month, we’re meeting Lauren from Mummy Is A Gadget Geek, who blogs about gadgets and family life…

Tell us about yourself and Mummy is a Gadget Geek:

I’m Lauren, and I blog at Mummy is a Gadget Geek. I’ve had an online diary since 2001, but in 2011 while I was pregnant with my second child D, I decided to start up this blog and write there instead, including overviews of parenting gadgets and tech that we had come across – this was following feedback from friends that I always had an answer for a parenting problem!

As someone with a disability, tech and gadgets that make parenting less physically difficult and help encourage my children to be independent have been important to me, and I enjoy sharing our experiences of this with others who may also benefit from them.

I’m also a little bit obsessed with zombies. And I like tents.

What is your current relationship status?

I’m in one. Actually we have been together 10 years this year which has really gone by very quickly!

Do you ever celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Not really. Often the kids and I will do some themed crafting and sometimes OH and I might sit together and watch a movie after the kids have gone to bed, but we don’t go out and we don’t buy each other gifts usually. Well not now anyway, maybe we did in the first year or two!

I guess I kind of feel like any day can be a day to celebrate a relationship, it doesn’t have to be a specific commercialised one. Chocolate is always welcome though, if you’re reading this OH…

It’s your first date! Where do you go?

Hmm… from memory, we went to Carluccios, and a duck race (that’s where loads of plastic ducks get dumped in a river and you sponsor one of them, then hope it wins!). If it were to be a first date now, then I’d quite like to go to the games pub that has opened near me. Or some live music somewhere. Or somewhere with nice food.

What’s the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?

My ex bought me a little giraffe, and wrapped its leg in masking tape and wrote a really lovely note with it, when I had a knee operation many years ago. It sounds a bit random but we had only been together a couple of weeks and he was so kind and caring – it meant a lot to me that he’d gone to that effort (I’m almost as keen on giraffes as I am on the topic of zombies).

What is your favourite romantic film? Cheesier the better.

Er… I don’t really do those kinds of films. Does Trolls count? I really like the bit where Branch sings ‘True Colours’ to Poppy.

Oh, and Beauty and the Beast of course!

Spill the beans! Who’s your celebrity crush?

Jemaine Clement.

(He’s from Flight of the Conchords, which is an awesome tv series and if you’ve never watched it then you should)

Flowers are pretty popular at this time of year. Do you like receiving them or do they really not float your boat?

I do like them, but only certain types – gladioli and tulips are my favourites. And you can’t beat some cheery daffodils! I do prefer them living rather than cut, although saying that I am rubbish with plants and plants would probably prefer to be cut that endure the slow death I inflict on them. Definitely don’t have green fingers.

I’d be quite pleased with a cactus actually, if I’m honest.

Do you have children? Do you want any (or any more)?

Yes I do, three of them. We are definitely done – my body couldn’t take growing any more, and my mind / wallet couldn’t deal with any more either.
I am an antenatal teacher though, so I get to enjoy newborns vicariously pretty often (and remind myself – on the odd occasion that I do get broody – whilst teaching other people what to expect in the early days exactly why I don’t want another one myself!).

What would be (or was) your choice of song for your first dance at your wedding?

We haven’t done the wedding thing yet so I don’t know. I joke to OH that it will be the salmon dance, who knows, maybe if we ever get round to it it will be.

Do you have any plans yet for Valentine’s Day 2017?

See above, hehe.

Raw oysters are pretty famous for being an aphrodisiac. Have you ever tried them?

Yes, I first had oysters in South Africa, and more recently in New Zealand (OH is a Kiwi). The south of the South Island is famous for bluff oysters, they are delicious 🙂

Mummy is a gadget geek is on the blog !

Imagining money’s no object, where would you go for a romantic getaway?

One of those places with beds on the beach and white sands and warm water, and a butler that brings cocktails. I don’t know where that is but I know such things do exist. Actually Magnetic Island in Australia would be pretty cool, not sure if they have cocktail butlers there though. Last time I was there, there was a crocodile that kept sneaking up on the beaches which is not quite so romantic – unless someone is heroically rescuing you from a crocodile whilst wearing no top and singing something appropriate maybe.

What’s the best Valentine’s gift you’ve ever received?

I got sent flowers to my work office unexpectedly once. They got sent to the wrong Lauren and went all over the place before they finally made it to me, just before I went home. The most famous bunch of work flowers ever!

Finally, what is the number one most important thing you value in a relationship.

Mutual appreciation of zombie movies?

And being able to talk to each other about anything (including zombies), I guess that’s important too 🙂

If you want to see more from Lauren at Mummy is a Gadget Geek, you can find her here:

 To see my guest post, pop over to Odd Hog and read what I had to say:

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