Saturday, 25 June 2016

Guess Who!

Bonjour! Is it still okay to say that? Now we're out of the EU? You've probably heard the news about what's going on in the UK. It seems to have tipped everything up-side-down and back-to-front. Well, besides all the crazy politics that has dominated the last few days, we have had a great week! Lots of happenings here. We of course celebrated father's day (no portraits of Daddy and sons, as the boys were not playing ball!) and Noah turned two. And a couple of days after that, I turned 30! I'm still coming to terms with this. I would have rather stayed in my twenties, but time waits for no man, although I wish I could have cut a deal.

Noah is a bit of a billy-no-mates compared to Jack. With your first you have time to take them to Mum's and tots, and they have all these wee chums their own age. I've found with my second, there's no time for baby groups. We're too busy on the school runs, carting Jack to birthday parties and youth club, or his friends houses (he has some social life) and poor Noah just comes along for the ride. Even still, we had a birthday party for him with the regulars in his life. Grandparents, great grandparents, cousins, Aunts and Uncles, and the few friends he has attended a get together in the park for tea and cake. He had an amazing time! I was so busy thinking about this I didn't think much about my own birthday.

On Monday morning, I woke up expecting a normal day. That husband of mine totally surprised me! He had secretly taken the day off work, arranged childcare, and had a whole days worth of activities and pampering lined up for my birthday! I couldn't believe it! It was the best Monday ever. I was so touched by the thought and care he had put in to the day. And it doesn't stop there. He's throwing me another little party tomorrow with some friends. What a guy, eh? If you have to turn 30, this has been the way to do it, let me tell you!

As if all this has not been excitement enough, Owl and Dog Playbooks asked us to review their first book, Guess Who. Owl and Dog Playbooks is an independent children's book publisher, based in London. 

With their product design background, they see books as objects, and formats to be challenged, rather than being a standardised vessel to contain images and words. Especially in today's digital age where kids are bombarded with tablets, computers, and apps, which threaten the existence of the humble book!

Guess Who Book £8.99

We were delighted to be asked to review the book. We like books. Jack and Noah have a bookshelf filled to capacity... but there's always room for a little one. Here's a little bit about Guess Who, from Yeonju, one of the founders of Owl and Dog

 Our first title is "Guess Who!", a clues-and-answers set of three books.
The books can be opened and read in different ways, without affecting the rhythm and rhyme. When the book is completely open and turned over, it reveals the answer with shape and patterns.

Jack and Noah really enjoyed the book. They enjoyed the clues, yelling over one another to guess first (Well, Noah was just repeating everything Jack shouted, but louder.) But mostly, they just loved playing in the mask when the book was completely unfolded.

I think these books would be great in a nursery setting. Don't you? Can't you just imagine how excited a bunch of kids would get as the clues were given, and another flap revealed a little more of the animal? You would have to make time for each child to have a little fun in the mask too! 

These guys are one to watch. With plenty of ideas, and some new titles in the pipeline, Owl and Dog Playbooks are sure to appeal to kids and parents alike! Yeonju says:

We are interested in new, unusual formats, halfway between books and toys,
and exploring the theatrical role playing involved in reading a book to a
young child. Our books are designed to be read and used creatively, with a
vision to celebrate this fun ritual of book reading, and to promote magical
moments of discovery.

As the style of our books will be always different, we hope our overall
vision will become easier to understand as our list grows. We have lined up
four books to be released in 2016, and all of them play with the same principles.

Thanks so much to Owl and Dog Playbooks for sending Jack and Noah a copy each of Guess Who. And do check out their website. Here's our exciting week that was!

1. "Happy Birfday, Mummy!"
2. Noah's 2nd Birthday Party
3. Rainbow Jellies, (it's not a party without them according to Jack)
4. 10 years since our first date!
5. Noah is 2!
6. Birthday breakfast in bed
7. 30 and my Mammy still bakes me a beautiful cake!
8. Birthday bouquet - spoilt I was!


  1. thanks for sharing your week :) lovely!

  2. Aha, looks like a lot of fun, and what a cool idea, Clio lending a helping hand for Coombe Mill

    1. A very Happy birthday to Noah and you, sounds like a lovely way to spend both birthdays. (Fiona)

      Thank you for linking up at #CountryKids

  3. What a great activity book and would make a fantastic gift! Great piccys! #MySundayPhoto xx

  4. Happy Birthday! Amazing cake and as always lovely photos of your family! #countrykids

  5. Happy birthday. Looks like a great book, lots of fun

  6. Happy birthday all round! What a great surprise for you.., love books, these look pretty cool, I like the mask aspect 😀 #countrykids

  7. Awww so much cuteness in this post. Your photos are amazing. And happy bithday!

  8. Sounds like a fab week for all of you especially for the birthday celebrant, I'm sure you had a good time. Have not seen this book before, but it does look interesting with lots of activities and fun. #Brilliantblogposts,

  9. What a great version of the Guess Who! game. I hope everyone in your house had great birthdays.

  10. Beautiful captures as always :) Wishing a belated Happy Birthday. #MyCapturedMoment

  11. Looks like a lot of fun. Happy Belated Birthday! Lovely captures...especially love the 1st one!

  12. These look fab, great outfits, activities and book #funkykidfriday

  13. |I adore those rainbow jellies. Belated Happy birthday to both of you. I stopped at 29, refuse to turn 30.
    I agree on subsequent children have to fir in round the older ones, feel sorry for poor Spud being the 5th on in our family, poor kid stands no
    over from #my captured moment

  14. Aww how lovely! Happy Birthday! Gorgeous photos :)

    Thanks for linking up to #FunkyKidFriday and #MyWildOnes xxx

  15. Lovely photos as always. I particularly like that hubby has joined in the mask wearing and you had a birthday to remember. #mycapturedmoment

  16. Ah happy birthday! Hope you had a great one. As always I love your pictures and these are no exception. I especially like the elephant shots! Thank you so much for linking up with #MyCapturedMoment xx