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Siblings November 2017

Another month has rolled around! So what’s this last month brought to my pair of siblings? We’ve had half term, a welcome break and it was great to see the two of them enjoying each other’s company all week. It’s funny how quickly I’ve adjusted to not having my Little Man at home with me during the week, but that being said, I do love school holidays and having them both with me. The week went by way too quickly, where they crammed in an overnight trip to Legoland and the Roald Dahl museum, catching up with friends, colouring, crafts Read more >


10 80s Movies That Your Kids Must See!

10 Eighties Movies That Your Kids Must See!

We love our films here. We have a family movie night every weekend, and I’d say that our kids have watched a fair few classics as well as the more recent releases and a whole raft of Disney pictures. As children from the eighties, the Husband and I have a real soft spot for 80s movies, from Rocky to Ferris Bueller to the Breakfast Club to Ghostbusters to Top Gun to Rambo, they cannot be beaten, and yes I could go on listing so many more favourites for a long time! And then there’s all of the brilliant family films Read more >


Bassetts Vitamins Supporting Family Fun!

The summer is now a dim and distant memory. The darker days are drawing in and it’s definitely feeling chillier. The heating is on and it’s so tempting to just stay in and hibernate until the spring! I have always preferred summertime and the warmer months, and there’s no doubt that they are better for us as they get us out and about. With autumn here and winter drawing in, we do find ourselves indoors that little bit more. We do try to get out at the weekends as it’s important to get as much daylight and exercise as we Read more >


Little Man’s First Parents Evening

Last week we went along to parents evening at the kids’ school. I was really looking forward to meeting with Little Man’s teacher. He tells me very little about his days, but what has delighted me is how happy he has been to go every single day since he started. He never really took to nursery, and though he settled there over time, he’d always prefer to be home and there were still wobbles on drop offs all the way up to his last day there. That being the case, I was unsure how he would get on at school, Read more >


An Energy Boost For The Holidays

Now that both of my children are at school, I have found that I’ve settled into something of a routine Monday to Friday each week, generally revolving around blog work, studying, the gym and housework. Yes, all the exciting things happen here! I am used to being alone for several hours each day and setting my own pace. Well, now it’s the half term holidays so I’m thinking that that’s all set to change! I am looking forward to throwing the routine out of the window and having slower starts to the day and then having plenty of fun planned Read more >


Keeping A Birthday Journal

Keeping A Birthday Journal

Today I am talking about keeping birthday journals, as this is something that I love doing for my children. What’s a birthday journal all about? Every year, after I put my kids to bed on their birthdays, I sit down and write in their birthday journal. It’s a keepsake that I am creating for them, building it up year on year. Why do this? I really enjoy keeping birthday journals. I can’t quite recall what gave me the idea, but I did think of it just before my eldest’s first birthday, so we’ve not missed any years. It’s very easy Read more >


Siblings October 2017

Another month, another Siblings update. This month has seen another birthday here, this time it was Boo as she turned 8. I now have an 8 year old and a 5 year old, yet it feels like only yesterday that I had a baby and toddler. The time is flying by, and never have I felt it more than this past few weeks as both of my children are now in school. We’re hurtling towards half term here and I’m not sure where that time has gone! Little Man seems to much more grown up and confident now that he’s Read more >


Happy 8th Birthday, Boo!

Today my beautiful baby girl is 8. These eight years have just flown by, and my eldest has ensured that I have loved it all. From baby to toddler to pre-schooler to school girl, Boo has delighted in everything around her. She misses nothing, is freakishly observant, and absorbs all that she can like a little sponge. She wants to learn about everything and gets so excited to discover new subjects, facts, places to go, skills – it really doesn’t matter what it is, this girl approaches everything with bags of enthusiasm. She’s in Year 3 now at school, a Read more >


Reflecting On 8 Years of Being a SAHM

OK, so strictly speaking I suppose I am a WAHM, but the reason I’m at home and gave up my old career is to be home with the kids, so I pop myself into the SAHM category first. My Little Man has now started school and September also happens to be when my maternity leave started with Boo, eight years ago. Eight years. I was coming out of Sainsburys yesterday and I drove past some mums with their pushchairs on their way to a playgroup that we used to go along to. I actually have many more memories of taking Read more >


Exciting New Look for Letts Key Stage 2 Revision Success

My children are both in primary school now, so of course, those SATs tests do lurk around corners for them. Boo completed her KS1 SATs in May and remains unaware that she did so. Her school handled them really well, with no stress or pressure put on any of the children, as should be the case for 6 and 7 year olds. I know that the KS2 Year 6 SATs are more formal and the kids are aware that they are taking those. When that time comes around, I’ll do all I can to reassure and keep any stress at Read more >


Siblings September 2017

Over the past few weeks, since my last post, we’ve had our first holiday abroad, more fun in the summer holidays, Little Man’s fifth birthday and Boo’s return to school with Little Man starting school. It’s been a busy month! And with all of these events and changes, my two have had so much fun and grown even closer. Our holiday was fabulous, we all loved it and didn’t want to leave. The kids played from morning ’til night and then we could hear them giggling together at bedtime as they enjoyed the novelty of sharing a bedroom. I’ll share Read more >


Little Man is a Schoolboy

Little Man is now a schoolboy. How did that happen?! He started school a couple of days ago, and is just going in for the afternoons this week. He will be there full time from Monday. I really wasn’t sure how he would get on, as he struggled to settle for a while when he started nursery. Although he’s come a long way since then and really enjoyed his settling in sessions just before the summer break, I didn’t want to be overly confident that all would be well. But it was. It is. Now, he is just doing afternoons, Read more >


Little Man is 5 Today!

Today is my Little Man’s birthday, he’s 5 years old today. Five. Just wow. Where did those years go? I’ve seen this boy as a sleepy and cuddly baby, a cheeky daredevil toddler, a shy and imaginative preschooler and now we’re here turning five, as he’s about to become a schoolboy. Little Man is funny, cheeky, imaginative, quiet, determined, loving and he is passionate about the things that he is interested in. He loves playing with his superheroes, Star Wars toys and Lego and adores playing on the Playstation and cuddling up and watching movies. He’s been seeing family for Read more >


The Weaning Days

With my baby about to start school, I have been getting sentimental and looking back over the past few years. The birth, baby days, weaning, toilet training, development milestones, you name it, I’ve reminisced about it recently! So today I want to talk more about their weaning days, as I did things differently for each child, and then I’ll share a few tips… For Boo I had my Annabel Karmel cookbook, I made batches of food in copious amounts of tupperware and we also had jars of Hipp Organic for when we were out and about or in a rush. Read more >


Siblings August 2017

My kids are like two peas in a pod in so many ways as they are so very close to one another and seem to operate on the same wave length, inhabiting their own little world. Then in other respects, they are like chalk and cheese. Since last month’s Siblings post, my Little Man has left nursery. When Boo left she was upset in the run up to it and on the day itself, we had to carry her out as she was crying so much, worried about how much she’d miss everyone. Little Man? Not a backward glance, barely Read more >


photo printing

At Last I Have Actual Photos!

I take a lot of photos. I suspect we all do these days. Remember when we were little (and I am of a certain age here) and the camera only came out for Christmas, birthdays and holidays? And then you had to wait for the film to be sent off and developed before you could see the ones where heads had been missed off, the blurry shots and the random moments when you’d managed to get your hands on the camera. Admittedly the photos were worse than they are now as we can take and retake and actually see how Read more >

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