Author: Mel Bridge

I am a home educating mother of four creative, unruly, spirited, marvellous children who want desperately to be free! Elizabeth has High Functioning Autism, she is 9 years old. Imogen is 8, Leon is 5 and Oona is just 1 year old. I have been happily married to Paul for almost 10 years!

Advent Day 5

Oops I nearly forgot to update you guys and I bet you are just dying to know what we got aren’t you? Well… it was Oona’s turn And believe me I tried to keep her still for the picture but there was no way! she got another sheep for our flock. There she is in her Paw Patrol nightie and… Read more →

Advent Day 4

It happened, I knew it would! They chose Pez sweets again! I might take the other two packs out of the bag just so they choose something else tomorrow ha ha! Imogen’s turn today A little lamb. he can go in the barn and wait for his friends and the shepherds. The film they chose was Mog’s Christmas which despite… Read more →

Advent Day 3

I’m in bed. I did too much cleaning of the house yesterday and my back is all swollen so when the kids were asking to do the advent calendar I sent Elizabeth down with my phone. I could hear Oona throwing a tantrum because she couldn’t find her pez dispenser and then all went quiet because Elizabeth gave her hers!… Read more →

Advent Day 2

Today it was Leon’s turn to open the door on our calendar. We’ve not started decorating for Christmas yet, as you can see our Autumn leaves are still up! Today we got an angel. He sits on one side of the stable. He picked the biggest parcel! It was four Pez dispensers! They were totally chuffed.  I bought extra pez… Read more →

Advent day 1

This year I’ve done something a little different. My two eldest now ‘know’ about Santa so I wanted to add more excitement and decided to do an Advent lucky dip. Since September I’ve been buying bits and bobs and wrapping them up so that the person whose turn it is to open the door on the calendar also gets to… Read more →

Scooby Doo Stretch Scooby

Leon is a massive Scooby Doo fan, he already has the haunted house and the mystery machine and loads of figures including glow-in-the-dark ones and monsters. When the opportunity came up to review the Stretch Scooby I put Leon’s name forward.  Scooby arrived today. He looks great in his lime green and orange box! Getting him out of it was… Read more →


My Elizabeth has a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism and she’s the reason we began our home eduction journey. She just couldn’t cope in school, the stress was affecting her mental health. Since my back operation and subsequent pain and mobility issues, Elizabeth’s needs haven’t been being met to my satisfaction.  She needs constant emotional support and intervention. She struggles… Read more →

Crafty goodies from Baker Ross

The kids were already excited for Halloween because our tickets arrived for the East Lancs Railway’s Halloween Scare Train and they were begging to get the box down so we could decorate the house when the latest super surprise box come from Baker Ross. Here’s a picture of Imogen  and Leon excitedly opening the box. Oona is busy jigsaw-ing in… Read more →

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