It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


My goodness where is the time going? I really cannot believe the Festive Season is upon us already. It is true what they say, time flies when you are having fun, and I am, so no complaints about life I assure you, but do you ever wish that time would stand still for a while? Isabelle and Oliver are growing up so quickly, everything is just rushing by and I’d like a little time to breathe some days!


Our Christmas festivities have been wonderful so far. My family and I attended the children’s Nativity play where Izzy was a snowflake and Ollie a shepherd. The confidence that oozes from all the little children (aged 3-7) is astounding; children really are a joy and this for me is the true magic of Christmas. Izzy has already reduced me to tears with the statement, “Christmas is for giving, loving and sharing” along with her very simple letter to Father Christmas requesting a hug and snow! I hope she retains these thoughts for the years to come and perhaps share them with her brother who would like to go to the T-Rex Restaurant and Mickey Mouse’s House or Christmas!


Amongst all the usual Christmas festivities I attended a particularly special event on December 1st – my first book signing in a book store!  Waterstones in Poole, Dorset organised this event which was wonderful as I got to speak to so many parents about our project and spend the day in one of my favourite places surrounded by books.  I am a lover of technology for sure, but there is simply nothing better than physically holding a  book in your hands and sitting down with a nice hot drink to relax.  I also loved the fact that lots of people came into Waterstones letting their children browse and select books themselves.  Whilst online retailers also have their place, a book store is definitely the place to observe you children to see what books they are attracted to as oppose to simply selecting books you think they may enjoy.  Naturally this occurred when  Jason brought Ollie into visit me, he left the store very happy armed with his own reading material!  All in all a very productive day provoking many reading memories of my own whilst I was surrounded by my childhood favourites of Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl.  Thank you Dee and her team at Waterstones for hosting my book signing, I thoroughly enjoyed the day and the trip down memory lane!

On that note, I must bid you farewell for now.  I have poured myself a Mulled Wine, Michael Buble is calling (sadly just my CD!) and Operation Christmas Wrapping has commenced.  Enjoy your Christmas festivities.

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Izzy and Ollie is a new Children's Safety Education project which was inspired when 2 and a half year old Isabelle called an ambulance for her Mum when she experienced a life threatening allergic reaction. The incident made Joanne consider how wonderful it would be if all young children could be educated about emergency situations. To simply learn their full name, age and address as early as possible (as her 1st book illustrates) could be highly beneficial not only to themselves, but it could also contribute to help save other people’s life. The books follow characters Izzy and Ollie who find themselves entangled in various situations. They encompass Child Safety issues together with simple courses of action that children could learn and replicate should they ever find themselves in the same situation.

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