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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Review : Ikea LÖMSK Swivel Chair

Ikea very kindly sent us the LÖMSK Swivel Chair to try out.  My first impressions were that it was wasted on a two year old and I wanted an adult version!  

As you can see, Amie has had enormous fun as chief tester - spinning, hiding, chilling - and even keeps her favourite toy hidden in there so that Uncle Jake can't steal it when she is not here.

The chair is made of hard (polypropylene) plastic and has an extra wide (and heavy) base to prevent it from falling over.  We tested the red version but it is also available in blue.  The idea behind the chair is that the spinning motion (when not being used as a toddler version of the Waltzer at the Easter Fair) can have a calming effect, and boy, do we need plenty of help with that in this house!  The hood is an ingenious idea as it allows the child a hiding place - or somewhere for a couple of minutes time-out - a private space in the busy atmosphere of a family home.

The chair is available from Ikea stores and retails at around £45 (at the time of publishing).

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Ikea have recently launched their Make The World Play More Facebook page which is well worth a visit.  The application allows parents and children to create their own book, complete with illustrations, following one of three scenarios.  Also Ikea are running a competition called Your Fridge Door where you can upload a photograph of your child's artwork and win the MALA set.  There are more details about these competitions if you follow the links.