Spotted! A second of fame

Most of you may be aware that my boys do acting and modelling, they really enjoy doing it but it’s even better when they get to spot themselves in magazines, on TV or on posters.

Back in February, my son done a photoshoot. When we received the booking we was only told that it was a still, which is a photoshoot. I was at work so I couldn’t take him along to the shoot so dad took him, he was there for 2 hours. When he returned home I asked him what it was all about and where would the pictures be shown. All Joseph could tell me was that he was a Director and had to hold up a huge megaphone that was getting too heavy for his little hands so they had to attach it to some wire to hold it up for him. I didn’t hear anything from the agency about it and without knowing who the shoot was for I had no way of seeing the pictures or finding out where they would be shown.

Last week we was up London for a day out and whilst walking through Embankment Station, I spotted a poster through the crowds of a megaphone. I had a feeling. We walked over towards it, as it wasn’t near the entrance to the platform that we needed, to take a closer look. I then noticed that they were Joseph’s shoes dangling from a chair.



Joseph done the shoot in his own clothes, so we knew straight away that it was him. It was a poster advertising an event at Hampton Court, Movie Making Mission. Celebrating 500 years of history, Hampton Court are exclusively showing a movie made of 1000’s of drawings created by children showing the history over the past 500 years.

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He was so proud to see himself there.

We was really lucky to notice the poster as it is only up for a short while. We took a few shots of him stood by it and came home with a story to tell of how Joseph spotted himself on the underground.


The day my son was a Director for the day! 🙂


Survival of a rainy day (play-dough recipe)

I’m always trying to think of new ideas to keep my boys amused and away from the television as much as I can (especially in this horrible weather) and making play dough with them is the best, it’s quick, easy and fun for all of us (whatever age).
Not only do they get to make the play-dough and get really messy whilst doing it they get to play with the result.
It keeps for about 2 months as long as it is wrapped in a polystyrene bag or in a tight plastic container (I do both).
The boys love getting stuck in with their hands and they like to choose the colour they want it to turn out like, although we have arguments in our house so we do two batches (one colour for Jak and one for Joseph).
I let the boys do all the measurements and mix all of the ingredients together but I do the kneading while it is hot, once it’s cooled they take over.

Play-dough is good for creativity, imagination, exploring, expressing and fine motor skills.
It’s great for toddlers hand development by feeling the texture of it, pinching, squeezing, rolling and poking it.
By letting children help you measure, pour, mix and colour it teaches them concepts such as wet/dry, hot/cold and empty/full.
By adding a flavour/scent (such as vanilla, almond, peppermint, lemon, coffee) to your play dough it will create a new sensory experience for your child, you could encourage your child to describe the smells with words.

Although this recipe has lots of salt in it, it really won’t do the child much harm if swallowed apart from leaving a horrid taste in their mouths.
You could add glitter to your recipe too, makes it very sparkly.

Joseph choice was the colour red with lemon flavouring.

Play-dough recipe
1 cup of plain flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of water
Flavouring (optional but I recommend it)
1 tablespoon of oil
2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
1 teaspoon of food colouring

Wooden spoon
Teaspoon and tablespoon

Mix all of the dry ingredients together then add in the colouring, flavouring and water in a microwaveable bowl

Microwave for 2 minutes

Stir (remove any dry bits from the side of the bowl)

Microwave for a further 2/3 minutes until cooked

Remove and knead until cooled (be careful as its hot!