My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin! I am 6 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

A peek into the world of the Instapets with Bratz

It's #Selfie Time!

"The Bratz believe in thinking for themselves, creating the things they dream of, and making every day an absolute adventure".

The world of Bratz is one that has often intrigued Munch, but one that she has never delved into ... until now. 

When she was sent a doll from the new Instapets range to review, she was so excited! Recently, she started to follow them on YouTube and the TV adverts have caught her attention more than usual, so to get her own doll and have the opportunity to explore the features of the product as well as look into the messages each of the Bratz carries for young girls made her very happy!

This is Jade. She is one of five dolls. Her besties are Yasmine, Cloe, Sasha and Raya. Each doll has her own style, her own distinguishing features and her own unique personality. The range that we are looking at here, as mentioned before, is the Instapets range. Each doll comes with her own Spirit Pet, as well as the accessories needed to create a twinning style!

The Bratz girls are known for taking their fashion inspiration from everywhere – including their insta-famous InstaPets. This collection is all about showing off your adorable pet by snapping Insta-worthy cute pics and posting it on social media for the world to see! Whether you are donning cute animal ears, a fluffy tail or bouncy antennae, the Bratz want to encourage you to join in their craze and officially make it a thing!

Jade comes with her adorable pet cat, whom Munch lovingly named, and according to Munch, they should never ever be separated!

As soon as Jade was removed from the box, Munch started adorning her with her accessories, and at that point, she was completely fixed! She actually hasn't stopped brushing her hair since she got her. The accessories included with Jade and her pet are:

A colour coordinated hairbrush
Cat shaped earrings
a hairband with cat ears
Sunglasses (with whiskers)
A mobile phone (for those essential #selfie moments!)
A phone case/holder in a cute cat design

In addition to this, Jade comes dressed in a cute outfit that matches her furry companion perfectly.

With a sassy style and a look that will be, undoubtedly, admired by little girls everywhere, the Bratz dolls with their Spirit Pets are set to take social media by storm with their selfie skills as they attempt to get their own unique hashtags trending!

For this review, Munch wanted to have a go at recording her own video, telling you all about Jade and her pet. Her doll had only been out of the box for around twenty minutes when this was recorded, but I suppose she's the best person to extract first impressions from here ...

I don't know about you, but I think she makes a promising little vlogger!

Munch has relentlessly brushed Jade's hair, undressed her, re-dressed her, equipped her with accessories and relieved her of accessories. And not to mention spent quite a lot of time doing this ...

... Munch does love a selfie!

From a practical point of view, the dolls are very well made, with movable arms and legs, a head that turns and can move from standing to sitting positions easily. What more could Munch want?! Apart from the other four dolls now to complete her collection ...! They are lovely dolls and have added a whole new angle to her role playing and another excuse for her to use and perfect her American accent

The Bratz Instapets range are sure to be on the top of many Christmas lists this year. They have just made Munch's list a little longer!

We were sent a Jade doll from the Bratz Instapets range for the purpose of this review. No other payment was received and all words are our own.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Celebrating Halloween with Bing Bunny!

As Halloween approaches, pumpkins are being carved, the spooky costumes and face paints are being dusted down and the buckets of treats are being filled for all the disguised doorstep visitors. However, this year, we have an extra activity to enjoy!

The DVD release of a new selection of Bing episodes!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited Plumlet gets at the very mention of Bing Bunny! Since the very first episode aired in 2014, it has been his most favourite show on CBeebies, and it has since formed an important part of our weekday morning routine! We will take the girls to school, and the first thing he says on our return home is "It's Bing time, mummy!" He'll watch his morning episode, giggling at the antics of Bing, Flop and their friends (usually accompanied by a line up of his cuddly Bing character toys) before going on with his day.

Described by its creators as 'Reality TV for Pre-schoolers', this much loved show celebrates the whirlwind of emotion found in the life of a three year old! The highs, the lows, the laughter, the tears, the excitement,the tantrums ... which can all be experienced within a short, ten minute time frame whilst doing something as simple as building a brick tower or understanding the word 'No'! With Flop, his guardian, always by his side to help him through each dilemma-filled day, pre-schoolers and parents alike can relate to the events in each show as Bing Bunny learns valuable life lessons in a gentle, non-preachy way. Praised for its supportive, positive and non-judgemental approach, the award winning show, now affectionately known as 'microdramas' amongst Team Bing, brings the truth and authenticity of the life of a pre-school youngster to life in a fun, engaging and gentle way!  

So, when we were asked if we would like to create our own little Bing themed Halloween party at home, the idea was met with nothing but approval! The kids love the idea of Halloween, but celebrating the occasion at home and experiencing the excitement beyond the front door are two very different things. The children are all still very young, and the thought of roaming the streets in the dark and having close encounters with elaborately painted witches and werewolves covered head-to-toe in synthetic fur can, in reality, be rather daunting. Whilst the girls do like to venture out, early evening, for a spot of trick or treating within our neighbouring streets, it doesn't normally last too long, and a little party at home appealed to them immensely!

 With a party box full of goodies, we were well and truly ready for a special kind of Halloween!

As well as a copy of Bing's new DVD which was released this week, we have been treated to all sorts to make Halloween more fun than frightening!

There was no trickery involved with this treat!

Carrot cake is most certainly a favourite here, especially with Plumlet. And with some strategically placed themed cake toppers, it is instantly transformed into the perfect Halloween treat! Skeletons, witches, spiders and black cats are suddenly scrumptious rather than scary! 

And placing a couple of novelty straws into a glass of chilled carrot juice is how every Bingster should be celebrating Halloween! According to Beastie and Plumlet, this carrot juice was made by Bing Bunny himself using the infamously hungry Brenda Blender! And two straws means ...

... It's perfect for sharing!

Halloween just wouldn't be complete without some creepy crafting! And these little polystyrene pumpkins got the kids very excited!

All three kids have decorated their own little pumpkin in preparation for the end of the month and have decided  that they will be displayed with their real pumpkin!

They've even given  them names ...

Plumlet's Pump, Munch's Spook and Beastie's Rollo
All this fun whilst Bing's new DVD plays in the background kept the kids happy for quite some time! Show ... and other episodes is the latest in a long line of DVDs that have been released starring Bing, Flop and their quirky friends. Featuring eight episodes of fun, including a few of Plumlet's many favourites, this includes the familiar shows 'Show', 'Not Yours', 'Mine', 'Lunch', 'Woof!', 'Eggy Head', 'Toy Party' and 'Mobile Phone'. 

At this rate, the disc could well be worn out by Halloween! However, our fiendish fun won't be stopping here. We'll be using our pumpkin carving tools to create a very special illuminated pumpkin closer to Halloween itself, and watch  this space to see how we use the other goodies from our Bing Box!

We were sent a selection of Halloween treats and a copy of Bing's new DVD in return for writing this post. All words are our own, and no other payment was offered or received.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Baking is best After Eight ...


When I was a child, After Eights were always considered to be special. They were chocolates that would come out at Christmas, and the box was never big enough! Sneaking 'just one more', silently from its iconic paper sleeve when no one was looking, after being told you'd had more than enough, is a memory I hold dear! 

Conventionally intended as an after dinner mint, After Eights have been considered a luxury since the early 1960s, and are enjoyed today just as much as they were then.

So, when I was asked if I wanted to try baking with Nestle After Eights, I couldn't respond quick enough! I had actually never come across any recipes featuring the luxury brand as the priority ingredient, so I was both excited and intrigued! 

I decided that the After Eight Cheesecake sounded just too good to pass by, so this is what I decided we would make. With my ingredients at the ready, and my recipe card to hand, I started my bake with a sense of nervousness that I'd mess it up in an epic fashion and end up having to present the family with some catastrophic, unrecognisable monstrosity instead of the Mary Berry worthy image I had in my head!  

I'd like to admit now, that I have never before in my life made a cheesecake. And here I was, about to make one for the world to see ... what's the worst that could possibly happen?

I gathered my equipment which included:

A 23cm Cake Tin
A couple of mixing bowls
Kitchen Scales
A couple of wooden spoons
A large dose of strong will power to stop me from munching the After Eights before they met the rest of the ingredients!

The ingredients for this epic recipe are:

120g digestive biscuits
300g pack of After Eight®
50g unsalted butter plus 5g for greasing
700g light cream cheese
150g caster sugar
200ml reduced fat soured cream
3tbsp plain flour
4 free range eggs lightly beaten
2tsp vanilla extract

Grease your cake tin ...


1. Preheat the oven to 150°C
2. Grease and line the base of a 23cm cake tin with unsalted butter
3. Crush the biscuits
4. Melt the unsalted butter and add the biscuit crumbs.
5. Stir to combine then place the mixture into the base of the cake tin and spread  in an even layer.
6. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until golden, then remove until cool.

Bake your biscuit crumbs (Instruction #6)

For the filling:

7. Beat together the light cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
8. Add the reduced fat sour cream and flour and beat again.
9. Gradually add the eggs and vanilla essence, beating well between each addition.
10. Pour the cream cheese mix onto the cooled biscuit base.

Add cream cheese mixture to your biscuit base (Instruction #10)

11. Place After Eight® onto your cheesecake mix and bake in the oven for an hour

Decorate with After Eight (Instruction #11)
12. Once the cheesecake is cooked, leave it to cool in the oven - this prevents it from cracking.
13. Allow the cheesecake to cool completely before removing it from the tin.

When decorating your cheesecake with After Eight, I don't believe there is any wrong or right way of doing it. I chose to arrange mine as shown above as I felt it would allow the chocolates to melt nicely into the cream cheese mixture, creating a pretty marble effect. 

Then, all that there is left to do is make yourself a cuppa, pour yourself a glass of something chilled (whatever your tipple may be) and ...

... tuck in!!!

More recipes can be found via the After Eight Facebook Page.
What will you create?

We were sent ingredients and a recipe card for the purpose of writing this post. All thought are our own and no additional payment was offered or received for our participation.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Taking the Flora Lunchbox Challenge

Happy yet healthy lunches with Flora!

Sometimes, making packed lunches both healthy and appealing to the children can be a challenge. We take the children shopping with us so that they can choose the bits that go inside their lunchbox, but this isn't always a success due to the fact that we won't let them fill their boxes with biscuits and chocolate!

 Beastie isn't so much of a problem as she would quite happily fill her lunch bag with salad and fruit, but still, trying to teach her that although these foods are extremely good for her, she needs to consider a balanced diet and that her lunch needs to contain a variety of foods in order for it to be deemed healthy.

Munch is a whole different ball game! She is immensely fussy with her food. She turns her nose up at most vegetables, will only eat a very few varieties of fruit, and lives by the theory that if she has never tried it ... she won't like it! So, making lunches for her can be quite a struggle.

Plumlet is a bit of a 'picker' with his lunches. He likes lots of variety, but rarely eats anything in its entirety. 

Therefore, when we were invited to take part in Flora's Lunchbox Challenge with Britmums, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show the kids how their lunchbox should look and that their choices don't have to be boring or restricted, as well as a great chance to give me some inspiration, because when it comes to preparing lunches, my ideas fall a little flat and I feel extremely underwhelmed at the thought of trying to please both girls enough to ensure that they are actually going to eat what I have prepared. We were tasked with using Flora's Lunchbox Builder to guide us through and to help us as parents to ensure that we are providing our little people with a wholesome yet appealing lunch.

With only 1.6% of children receiving a lunch which satisfies the nutritional standards set for school meals (according to a Flora study), I like to think that I am feeding my children the recommended variety of foods. We sat down together and created a huge number of combinations of their 'ideal lunches'. This made our next shopping trip much easier!

The lunchbox builder has allowed us to include a great deal of variety whilst ensuring that each essential food group is covered. Whist the girls were at school, Plumlet and I created his ideal lunch, and this is what we included ...

We started with homemade egg mayonnaise inside a wholemeal soft roll, using a thin spread of their favourite - Flora Buttery. Egg mayo is a firm favourite in this house, so when I made up a big bowl of it to keep in the fridge, all 3 kids were delighted! And of course, we made it with low fat mayonnaise!

Bananas seem to be the 'go to' fruit of choice with all three of the children. They are really versatile as well as a great source of energy. When I was a child, one of my most favourite desserts that my own mum used to serve was mashed banana covered in milk, so there are many ways in which bananas can be eaten. So when asked which fruit he would like in his special lunchbox, bananas was his first choice! A new love for Plumlet is blueberries (thanks to Beastie!) He will happily eat them by the handful, so we included a small pot of them too. 

As mentioned before, Plumlet is very much a 'picker' when it comes to his meals, so instead of adding cucumber or tomatoes to his sandwiches, he much prefers to have a small side salad so he can pick at it during his lunch. His salad contains cucumber, tomato, red peppers (which is a vegetable he is not 100% with yet, but using the art of regular exposure, I am trying to encourage him to accept it into his diet!) and sweetcorn. He loves the different colours this salad brings to his lunch, so making it as varied as possible is always key.

Finally, another favourite is breadsticks. He loves them on their own, although I did keep catching him sticking them inside his roll to cover the end in egg mayo! Pack it all in his new special Flora lunch box, and he's a happy boy!

The Flora Lunchbox Builder is broken down into four different meals:

The T-Rex Lunch Box; The lunch for monster appetites
The Florasaurus Lunch Box; The Mighty Herbivore meal
The Velociraptor Lunch Box; The Beast of a Lunch
The Stegosaurus Lunch Box; The Epic Sized Lunch

According to the guide, Plumlet has a little bit of each of these lunches! However, we have been sure to choose a main, a snack and a suitable amount of fruit and veg to pack our lunch full of goodness!

And I can safely say, he demolished every bit of his lunch! The lunchbox builder is now attached to the front of our fridge and I will be using it every time I pack a lunch for any one of the children! At least I know that I will be able to please each of them whilst knowing that they are consuming a filling, healthy meal!

More lunchbox ideas can be found at www.flora.com

What's in your lunchbox today? Can you set yourself your own #FloraLunchBoxChallenge ...?

This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here <http://www.flora.com/article/category/1104207/healthy-kids 

Friday, 30 September 2016

Creatively Fruity with Robinson Crusoe

My Fussy Eater

Anyone that knows Munch will know that she is an immensely picky eater. She'll eat fruit ... as long as it's bananas or strawberries. She'll eat meat ... as lolng as it's minced and served with spaghetti. She'll eat vegetables ... as long as they're not, well, vegetables! (in other words, she likes to claim that she eats vegetables, but in reality, she really doesn't!) As parents, we often find ourselves trying to sneak fruit and veggies into her food, but more often than not, we try to make fruit and vegetables more appealing to her. After all, we want her to be aware that she is eating the foods that are good for her. We want her to look at these foods and get excited like her little sister does rather than recoil and immediately decide that she will not like it.

Films like Robinson Crusoe (2016) can really help with such battles. Fruit plays such a major part in the film, and children will watch as the characters, all living together on a small island, satisfy their hunger with delicious fresh fruit that they find around them. We were asked about our fun, fruity ideas for delicious, healthy snacks for children (and grown ups!) which has seen us eating more fruit than usual.

Quite often, when asked what she would like as a snack, or for breakfast, or for dessert, there is not much that appeals to Beastie's tastebuds more than this ...

This was actually her lunch choice the other day! She loves to select 3 or 4 different fruits and ask for a bowl with them all chopped up into a fruity salad. Nothing particularly adventurous here, just apples, bananas and strawberries all sliced up and tossed into a bowl. Easy to make and relatively 'mess free'! However, when she asks for this, so does Plumlet. Also, Munch sees how excited she gets and how much praise she receives for choosing something so healthy, and it has been spurring her on to ask for her own version. Ok, so hers (for now) would be minus the apples, but we're working on that!

Munch, Beastie and Plumlet all love yogurt. however, whilst Beastie and Plumlet are happy to try pretty much any flavours that are placed in front of them, Munch tends to stick to what she knows, preferring to stick with the strawberry or apricot flavours. We tried something different, and served up fruits of the forest yogurt. Initially, Munch turned her nose up at the thought of trying something different, until we served it up like this ...

All it took was a few plates with a selection of fruits and the instruction to "help yourselves" ... and this happened ...

It really was a hit, and second helpings were requested! Again, a simple yet effective way to encourage Munch to eat fruit.

Another favourite fruit, especially with Beastie, is watermelon. She absolutely loves it, and would eat it slice by slice until there was no more!. Munch, however, likes the flavour of watermelon, but is put off by the texture and by the fact that it has pips. Because of this, she refuses to eat it. I thought it was a shame that there was a fruit which Munch enjoyed but rejected due to its texture and appearance, which prompted our next little idea ...

... A recently discovered favourite, the watermelon smoothie! Well, watermelon and strawberry. It is super easy to make and so delicious. The best bit is, Munch can enjoy the flavour and the goodness of watermelon which she loves, without having to worry about disliking the texture! Here's what we use to make it:

3 cups of diced watermelon
2.5 cups of strawberries
1 cup of vanilla greek yogurt
1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Simply place all of your ingredients into a blender and blend until completely smooth. Your smoothie is then ready to pour into glasses (or plastic beakers in our case!)

In the past couple of weeks, we have found that Munch is eating more fruit. Partly because we are being a little more adventurous in how we serve it to her, partly because she is playing a part in choosing the fruits we buy when we are out shopping and partly thanks to her younger siblings and their love of fruit! After all, she wouldn't want to be the one missing out on anything good now, would she ...??

We'll have her scoffing fruit like Robinson Crusoe and his island friends in no time!

Robinson Crusoe is now available to buy on DVD and Blu-Ray. So whether you have a fruit picker or a fruit scoffer, this fun filled family film is definitely one for the collection!

We were sent a selection of Robinson Crusoe goodies in return for writing this post.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Getting Snap Happy!

When the lights are low ...

Anyone that follows us, especially on Instagram, will know that we love taking photos here in the Munchkin Patch. And lots of them! I will admit that it has only really been a love for me for the past few years, and growing up, I never appreciated the science behind a good photograph. My dad has been a photographer (and a damn amazing one!) since long before I was born, running his own photography business throughout much of my childhood. Until I was nine years old, we lived above his studio and shop, and he will today tell you stories of waves of inspiration that would consume him in the small hours which would find him downstairs in his studio, snapping away before the moment slipped away. And today, a year into his retirement, it would be extremely unusual to see him without his camera bag attached to him!

Today, here I am, thirty-something years old, living away from home with a beautiful family of my own, parenting three wonderful children with ... a photographer! Someone else who will grab his camera at any given moment, day or night, so as not to miss that magical moment. Because that is what photography is all about ... the moment. Miss that moment, and what could have been an amazing shot could quickly turn into a mediocre one. The right photograph tells a story, stirs an emotion - long after it is taken, and takes you back to that moment no matter how much time has passed.

Nowadays, so many people rely on the trusty, handy smartphone camera to take their everyday photos. This is still sometimes the case for The Man, even though he has a whole host of expensive equipment to use. The quality of smartphone cameras has improved so much in recent years, and many can achieve incredible results with them. However, they are still limited. We need to rely on a number of other natural factors around us, ones which are often out of our control, especially in the absence of good post editing knowledge.

One of these biggest factors is light.

We're now rapidly reaching the end of September which means shorter, duller days and much earlier loss of natural daylight. The evenings draw in suddenly, the curtains are closed, and very rapidly, those wonderful, vibrant photos we were taking just a few weeks ago are not so easy to capture. I own a bridge camera which has many fantastic features that can combat these often murky conditions, but artificial light can be a killer. It changes the temperature of a photograph, its shades, its overall quality. And the smartphone cannot always handle the conditions. Although I often have my camera nearby, my smartphone is still more handy, especially with our passionate use of Instagram, the phone is the trusty go to. In cases such as this, simply knowing how to use Instagram's range of filters and quick basic editing tools can help rescue a photo that lacks in quality, but even these can only enhance what is already there.

When I have photographs to take for a blog post, especially when I am taking product shots for a review that don't require the presence of the children, this is quite often what my front room will look like once they have gone to bed. However, by this time, I have usually lost the luxury of the light pouring through the windows which  would normally give the subject a much more pleasant appearance in the finished photo. This set up is ideal in this situation, as the flash and the light box overrides the unstable, artificial light and can create a more consistent glow exactly where I want it. However, I am aware that this is not an everyday arrangement of equipment and not everyone is lucky enough to have this kind of apparatus to hand. And with the darker evenings drawing in, many will be looking for ideas of how to achieve good quality photographs when natural positive elements are not on our side.

When you experience poor quality lighting, it is very important to keep the camera as still as possible in order to achieve sharp images. Travel tripods are inexpensive and can ensure a steady, stable camera, and when coupled with a remote shutter, there is not even any need to touch the camera to fire shots. I love using the remote, as it means I can be close to the subject, controlling its position and angle, whilst taking the shot without causing any extra camera shake.

In the absence of a tripod, there are a number of ways in which you can keep your camera still, and  when using a proper camera rather than a smartphone, facilitating a timer mode can also help to reduce the movement of the camera and to prevent the blurry effect in your photos.

This photo was taken in the evening time, with no daylight at all, but the natural highlights are achievable on any subject. Without the use of a light box or an off-camera flash, you can attempt to create your own light using a torch or a lamp, which allows you to direct the light at your desired angle, and using something as simple as a sheet of white card can help you to reflect the light onto the subject to really make it pop.

Essentially, getting to know the camera you are using and becoming familiar with  the settings available to you is very important. Whether you are using a DSLR, a bridge or a smartphone, explore the functions thoroughly so that, when that moment presents itself, you are ready to catch it in all its glory, without having to fiddle about too much either before or after the shot is fired. If you have a camera that is equipped with a selection of modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority or a manual mode, you can override the automatic settings to capture higher quality photographs.

If you are ever in doubt about the way your chosen camera works or about the different features it offers, YouTube can provide a wealth of information, and you may be pleasantly surprised about what you are able to do with the flick of a switch! It is such a valuable resource as many will upload reviews and 'How-To' guides relating to the equipment you have and the task you are trying to complete. These videos can often be more helpful and much easier to understand than the instruction booklet that is provided with your camera!

The biggest thing to remember is explore and experiment with the equipment you have. Many things can be possible in poor light conditions with just a little bit of knowledge and creativity!

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Dear Miss L ...

She's a Beast, but ...

Two years ago, almost to the day,
I wrote a letter here to Dear Mrs O.
Now I'm here again with a bit more to say,
With one or two things I think you should know.

First it was Munch, my baby Number One,
Who was cautiously leaving the nest.
Now we have Beastie, a bundle of fun,
But each day can be quite a test.

Me and my Beast, from the start of her life,
Have been through the good and the bad.
She's a whole lot of wonder and a huge lot of strife,
An emotional rollercoaster for her mum and her dad!

But Beastie is a joy to all that she knows,
Even when she is proving quite a task.
She's adorable in her highs and cute in her lows,
"Why Beastie" they will usually ask.

Beastie was born with a cute little growl,
As her teeth were already cutting a bit.
This cute little sound has evolved into a howl,
And the nickname has become a perfect fit.

Testing us daily with her tantrums and tears,
Melting us with her quirks and her smiles.
A joy to have round as the days turn to years,
And the little steps turn into miles.

But Beastie can fool you, as what you can see,
Is not always what's there inside.
Sometimes she'll go quiet, and between you & me,
This may be when she has something to hide.

She'll appear to be confident, trouble-free and bold,
She'll be everyone's very best friend.
But sometimes she just wants a caring hand to hold,
And a listening ear if you have one to lend.

She loves to be helpful, this gets her quite psyched,
She loves to be part of a team.
She loves to be challenged and wants to be liked,
And on her best days she can be quite a dream.

She likes to be a Superhero and a girly girl too,
Her loves can sometimes seem quite a muddle.
She'll dress like a princess then out of the blue,
She'll twirl into the muddiest puddle!

She loves to please everyone, she'll wear you all out,
She'll find hidden heartstrings and give them a tug.
But when you work out what she's really about,
You'll see what she loves most is a reassuring hug.

This tells her you're happy and she's doing ok,
This pushes her to do her very best.
She'll try hard when working and be kind through play,
And she'll make you appreciate your short times of rest!

Beastie is such a big character, you'll see,
A huge impact on every long day.
She'll leave a big hole where her antics would be,
A quiet space once filled with her noisy play!

I'll miss all her craziness in our daily routines
Endless demands for strange this and that.
Now she starts school, this big change means,
For a while things here may seem rather flat.

She's a whole host of feelings, in the most positive way,
She'll make every day interesting at the very least.
And through this letter what I'm trying to say,
Is enjoy our wonderful, beautiful Beast!