Brothers: A New Family Dynamic


Things have changed somewhat in the Cawood house recently. The family dynamic has altered. Right now it’s all about the brothers. My two have always been close and almost always got along fairly well. There’s an age gap though so for a while they didn’t play together much.

Over the past month or so, and especially over the recent half term it has been ALL about the brothers. K has a cool man den/attic bedroom and they just both disappear off up there and hang out. They are at the age now where they are fairly self-sufficient, or mostly. I love their new-found independence and the fact that they get on so well. They’re considerate of each other, have hobbies in common and just get on SO well. The thing is, they don’t seem to need me so much anymore.

I have to admit that when it first became all about the brothers I was thrilled. Then a bit miffed at being completely surplus to requirements. Now though, I love it. They disappear off upstairs for hours, which reminds me, I must check for snack plates, cups and so on, and love spending time together. It’s new but it’s great. A new chapter sort of. They still need me. We all still have family time together. They just prefer to have brothers hanging out time more, and more often. 

I won’t complain. At least they aren’t bickering!

Itty Bittys From Hallmark: Fun for Play and Collecting

I’ve been a Mum for over eleven years now and have seen many popular toys and games, crazes and fad come and go. Imagine my glee then when I was introduced to the Itty Bittys from Hallmark. These are not only brilliant as standalone toys but make great autumn/rainy day fun prompts and are fabulous for collecting too.

Taylor was sent six of these fab fun characters and we have had a great time with them as they may be used in so many ways.


itty bittysBeing slightly more grown-up than Taylor I’d be tempted to have the Itty Bittys as display items but then he’s 6yrs old and I’m….not. I have Funko Pop figures of my own to play with but these smaller, cuter versions of favourite Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics and SuperHero Girls are perfect in size and style for younger children to have as favourite companions. Taylor has had a different Itty Bitty for a bedtime mini teddy (or a teddy for his teddy) every night. He’s also had one in his pocket when going for an autumn foraging adventure. These make awesome companions.

Hide and Seek

Cute and fun, Itty Bittys are great for playing games with. Our favourite is hide and seek when we take turns in hiding the characters in Taylor’s room for the other one to find. There was that one time I thought I’d be clever and hide Robin in Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine toy and forgot all about him but Batman came to the rescue eventually and set him free.

Roleplay Toys

I’ve come across Taylor simply playing with the Itty Bittys. Yoda has been kidnapped and so the rest of the gang, led by a distraught Chewie has battled evil to find him and set him free. There’s really nothing better than watching your children come up with their own scenarios and act them out.


These Itty Bittys are soft and fast. You can play catch with them. You can make them fly. You get the picture.

Itty Bittys as Collectables

We have six of these fab Itty Bittys and they are very much loved. We have to have more! There are so many to collect and Taylor has asked if he can use his pocket money to get some more. Who am I to refuse? These Itty Bitty things are nothing short of awesome.

From a parent’s point of view, I love these Itty Bittys. They are very well made, look great and have offered us hours of fun so far. If you’re looking for stocking fillers, collectables or just some awesome gifts for your little ones these Itty Bittys fit the bill perfectly.


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