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    Books,  Guest Posts,  Parenting

    Five Favourite Books For Encouraging Speech In Toddlers

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, we love to welcome contributions from other writers and bloggers. Today we welcome blogger Kim Hogg for this special guest appearance, where she will be sharing which books are her favourites for encouraging speech in toddlers. My eldest son is 3 and while he is now seen to speak, it hasn’t always been this way. He was over 18 months old before he finally said “mum”, and he was nearly 3 before we could start to have a vaguely sensible conversation with him. I have spent a lot of time working on his speech at home, and have found a variety of activities that work…

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    Events,  Parenting

    Review: Jawsome Sharks at Sea Life Loch Lomond

    Last week was our half-term break here in East Ayrshire. I was faced with the problem that all parents encounter during school holidays. What was I going to do to entertain my very bored seven-year-old son? Well, for the first half of the holidays he was ill so it wasn’t an issue but by the end of the week cabin fever was setting in for both of us. Hasbro had invited me to visit the Sea Life Centre at Loch Lomond Shores because they’re running an event called Jawsome Sharks. It came at just the right time! I received a complimentary visit for me and my family to enable me…

  • Lifestyle,  Shopping

    January 2019 In A Nutshell

    I want to do a monthly wrap-up post at the end of each month where I share what I’ve been reading, listening to and photographing. Because affiliate links are basically how I make a large chunk of my income. If you click one of the images below and then go on to buy that item within 24 hours, or if you go straight from there to something else on Amazon, I receive commission. I got the idea from the Girl Who Reads blog and since I’m crediting her, I hope she doesn’t mind me pinching her idea! What I’ve Been Reading Sex Drugs & Opera by Roland Orzabal is a…

  • Mental Health,  Personal

    January 2019 – The Fall and Rise of Shaz (Again)

    With all the 10 Year Challenge stuff going around a few days ago, I started thinking about what my life was like 10 years ago. In January 2009 I was making mistakes left right and centre. But what I remember about that time of my life is the blogging. Back then I was on Blogger and my site then was called The Fall and Rise of Shaz, so called because I was having a run of bad luck and I was full of plans for getting back on my feet. Little did I know, life was actually pretty sweet then and I didn’t appreciate it. I just kept on making…

  • Parenting,  Personal

    Seeing Results

    I just want to do a short post today because I’m busy finalising the latest Leger story. I do think this is worthy of a mention on my blog though. For those who don’t know, I have a seven-year-old son named Luke. Luke has faced many challenges in his short life but he has also had a lot of love directed at him and been given many opportunities that I never had, for example travelling. Luke was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of four. He wasn’t able to communicate in a traditional way or as expected, although the communication is always there. We had minimal help and…