If bloggers had beatitudes, what would they look like?
What do you think of these ones?
Blessed are those with low stats, they show how to blog for the love of it
Blessed are the shy and self-effacing, they will end up getting awards
Blessed are those who mourn because sometimes even virtual hugs can help.
Blessed are those that make space on their blogs for charities and good causes, they will get a feel-good factor from making a difference.
Blessed are those who read and comment on other blogs, they will make blogging friends
•Blessed are those who do not chase stats and awards by whatever means, they will be able to look in the mirror and be proud at what they see
•Blessed are those who speak out when they see bullying or trolling, they will show the path for others.
•Blessed are those that have the courage to tell their truths, they will help countless other people and gain a little comfort too.
* Blessed are the blogging glitterati who make loads of dosh from blogging, always get awards, get invited to the best events and have millions of readers. They too have their stories and no doubt occasional wobbly moments.
I wonder what your blogger’s beatitudes would look like.
One of the world’s most loved children’s characters is venturing out of his cave and onto our screens once again with the launch of the first ever Gruffalo: Games mobile app.
Just in time for the new school term, children will be able to test The Gruffalo’s quick-thinking and super smart moves in a series of simple but classic games, helping complement the key skills they’ll soon be learning at pre- and primary school.
The games are based on traditional and well-known children’s games that everyone will be familiar with, including snap, three-in-a-row, matching and jigsaws – but each with a monstrous twist!
In two of the games, 3 In A Row and Snap, children are able to play against The Gruffalo himself, who, despite his terrible tusks and terrible claws, is surprisingly good at card games. Children will find plenty of challenge trying to beat him!
The beautifully designed and illustrated app is aimed at 3-7 year olds and features six games set to music from the films. Gruffalo: Games captures the essence of the stories by featuring both The Gruffalo and other popular characters from the book, including Mouse, Owl, Fox and Snake.
The enduringly popular children’s character comes to life in this new mobile app which has been designed to entertain children and engage them with the real world, as well as The Gruffalo character.
The Gruffalo:Games follows in the footsteps of the highly successful Room on the Broom app which was launched by Magic Light Pictures in October 2013.
Martin Pope, co-founder of Magic Light Pictures, said: “It seemed a great time to launch the Gruffalo: Games this year as it coincided with The Gruffalo’s 15th anniversary celebrations which have been taking place across the country this year.
“The games are fun, challenging and encourage imagination and we’re thrilled that The Gruffalo’s many fans will be able to enjoy them as much as we do!
“It’s been a pleasure and honour to work with Julia’s wonderful rhymes and Axel’s amazing illustrations, and we’ve worked closely with them to ensure we stay true to their characters.”
Magic Light Pictures developed the app with Stormcloud Games, who they had previously worked with on Room on the Broom: Games released late last year.
The Gruffalo: Games iOS app is available to download priced 2.99.
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She could not remember meeting him. He was a full-on personality with is own unique vocabulary and although not the tallest guy, his spirit filled a room.
He was kind to her when she felt so out of her depth. When she struggled particularly socially he would find an easy way for her to get round things.
It was very much like those American films where the female student drops her books and the good-looking and popular guy picks them up for her.
At a party, he drunkenly sat on her knee and said something amusing. She was smitten. She was not the type to make a move on a man so settled for friendship. Sneaky coffees and talks about everything and anything.
One day, her brother came to see her. As they chatted, there was a knock on her door. When she opened it there was nobody there but looking down there were two bunches of carnations from HIM. Pink and beautiful.
She blushed. It was the first time a man had bought her flowers.
Her brother smiled and said “These will not be your last flowers but none will ever mean quite as much”
You may think he got it right and I could not possibly comment.
It is good when it is smiles all round in a family.
It is always a good sign when I post my weekly reasons to be cheerful late on a Friday or beyond.
1. Him Indoors has had positive feedback on how he is doing in his new job. I am not sure it is 100 per cent the right job for him but for now it gives us some much needed breathing space from total insecurity.
2. My eldest son came home thrilled to bits that his RS teacher has said he is on target for A or A star at GCSE level. I knew he would love this subject and good results must suggest he is settling well in his new school. He is also reporting having a laugh with new mates so all good.
3. My daughter is so keen on our home education journey. When I finish teaching for the day, she often carries on doing her own thing especially on the art and design front. We are studying Ancient Egypt in quite an in-depth way and both of us are enjoying it.
4. My youngest son refused to go to school on Monday. By Tuesday after a lot of long conversations we had made the decision that home education was the best option for him too. This was rather daunting as he is the most strong-willed of my children and not always easy to persuade of the things you want him to do. However, I am pleased to report that the week has gone well.
4. We had a lovely session this afternoon with all 3 children working together whilst I had a bubble bath. The shared what they knew about Egypt and it was interesting to see how they all tackled the task in different ways. We then watched videos about the River Nile and they did a crossword only struggling to find the word “arable”
5. My husband seems reassured that I have looked at the National Curriculum and will put that learning in place but only as a minimum. There is far more learning and fun to be had than that.
6. I love not being chained to laying out uniform, checking bookbags, stressing about homeworks and having to be somewhere at the same time every day for school runs. I like the freedom and flexibility of home education. I am also inevitably less lonely during the days. I also adore snuggling up to learn together.
7. We went up to London at the weekend for a creative food workshop organised by Actimel for Kids. We then went on to the Museum of London for muffins (not me!) and drinks. Him Indoors and my son went on a tour where my son ended up presenting just as much as the tour guide apparently. Myself and my daughter took a more leisurely approach exploring the bits that interested us most.
8. Him Indoors is working shifts which means we get some mornings together. It also means I can be in charge of the remote in the evenings. Result!
9. I am looking forward to the weekend and visiting a museum locally. We can’t get enough of this learning business.
Aldi have some great news for mums and mum-to-be. From 18th September they will have a range of lovely goods in store while stocks last as part of their Special Buys range.
When you are expecting, you want to look great but don’t want to invest huge amounts in clothing that by its very nature is short-term. The ultimate capsule wardrobe for the mum-to-be includes leggings, fashion tops and dresses all at amazingly affordable prices. What’s not to love about a Maternity dress for just £11.99?
Aldi will be every mum’s beat friend with padded Nursing Bras for £6.99, non-wired for comfort and not missing out on style with pretty lace detailing.
Out and about
Check out Aldi’s stylish waterproof Baby Changing Bag for £14.99 complete with lots of pockets for the multitude of things you need with you when you leave the house with baby.
Baby and Toddler
Welcome a new baby with Bramble Bear, Bonnie Bunny and Country Creatures gift sets at just £9.99. The presents include a photo album, frame and brilliant bunting.
Make sure your baby is comfy and cosy thanks to Aldi’s great-value range of cotton-rich clothing. Including Baby Socks 5 Pack (£2.49), Baby Bodies 3 Pack (£2.79), Baby Sleepsuits 3 Pack (£3.99) and Baby 3-Piece Set (£6.99)
For toddlers there are Infants’ Jeans (£3.99), Infants’ Tights (£1.99) and Toddlers’ Canvas Boots and Shoes (£4.49)
Aldi are not forgetting the important of learning through play with brightly coloured Build ‘n’ Learn (£6.99) and Puzzle Car (£3.99), or the Colour Me Playhouse (£7.99).
Aldi’s Specialbuys go in-store every Thursday and Sunday and are only available while stocks last.
One lucky reader has the chance to win an Aldi Specialbuys Baby Changing Bag from the new range by leaving a comment telling me their top tips on preparing to have a baby for parents to-be.