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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 >

photo printing

Little Man waving on swing

It’s The End Of An Era

Today marks the end of an era here. Today is mine and Little Man’s last day together, just the two of us whilst Boo’s at school. He’ll be off to his last day at nursery tomorrow, complete with a Leavers Assembly, and then after the summer he will start school. My baby. At school. Little Man and I have had three years at home together since Boo started school, and as he starts school two days after his fifth birthday, he’s been a constant around me for five years. He’s been going to nursery for two days a week since Read more >


My Daughter Has Football Fever!

Yes, football fever has taken hold here! Last week Boo and I went along to our first SSE Wildcats session to find out what it was all about. SSE Wildcats sessions are for girls aged 5-11 years old to encourage them to get into football in a safe and fun environment. SSE firmly believe that everyone deserves the same opportunities regardless of gender and as the energy behind football they are looking to create opportunities at all levels of the game. They are proud supporters and as such are looking to spread the word about the Wildcats and encourage more Read more >

SSE Wildcats training session

A Letter to My Daughter ’10 Things I Admire About You’

My daughter is now 7 years old. She’s already counting down and making plans for her eighth birthday, which isn’t until October. Fortunately, the gift request list is yet to materialise! She seems to be growing up so quickly, the days are just flying by as I see a beautiful little girl maturing and developing in front of my eyes. I am very proud of Boo. Yes, she drives me potty sometimes, but of course I absolutely adore her and wouldn’t want to change a single thing about her. As mums are entirely allowed to do, I can declare her perfect, Read more >


An Interview with Little Man, Aged 4 Years Old

When Boo was 4, I was tagged to interview her and write a blog post sharing her answers here. So I thought that now my son is the same age, it would be nice to ask him the same questions and record them here to look back on… 1. What is something Mummy always says to you? No! 2. What makes Mummy happy? Books 3. What makes Mummy sad? Crying 4. How does Mummy make you laugh? Scares me and tickles me 5. What was your Mummy like as a child? Small 6. How old is your Mummy? Old 7. Read more >


Little Man Has His School Place

I found out this week that Little Man has his first choice school place, at the same school as Boo. I was a lot more relaxed waiting for the email this time round, knowing that his sister was already there helped. I remember lurking my emails like a crazy woman when it was Boo’s turn, whereas this time, it did feel like more of a formality. So this is it, it’s real. My baby boy will be off to school in just over four months time. Before then we’ll be off to a parents welcome evening which should give us Read more >


7 Jedi Mind Tricks To Get Your Teenage Sith Lord Out Of The House

Parents throughout the country, this is your call to arms. Detaching your beloved child from their tech is becoming a near impossibility. The fact they’re unable to talk to you in anything other than monosyllables (while apparently being able to hold a conversation with everyone else on the planet with an onslaught of tweets, hashtags, emoticons, emojis and decaying Snapchats), means it’s time to act. With recent figures showing that 28% of people between the ages of 2 and 15 are overweight, it really is time to get your offspring up and outside. Like most things about parenthood, it’s going Read more >

7 Jedi Mind Tricks To Get Your Teenage Sith Lord Out Of The House

When You Don’t Want Your Kids To Be Like You

I don’t know about you, but as a parent, I look at myself and the Husband and wonder how the kids will take after us. I wonder if either of them will love history (hope so!), I wonder which one of them will follow me and love scary movies (it’s looking like Little Man has a leaning towards the macabre), I wonder whether they’ll have a passion for reading (it’s looking good so far), I wonder whether they’ll have their dad’s flair for art (Boo’s got it) and I hope that they’ll follow in the Husband’s footsteps in sport and Read more >


Can We Call A Truce on the Competitiveness?

I have been reading a couple of books recently about parenting and education, The Happiest Kids in the World: Bringing up Children the Dutch Way and The Year of Living Danishly. Both European cultures but both so very different from our own. One of the biggest things that struck me was the lack of competitiveness, both as parents and as school children. I do think that here in the UK there is a pressure on kids to perform well from a young age. Grades, SATs, measurements, tests, I accept that these are all a part of school life. I can do Read more >

Can We Call A Truce on the Competitiveness?

20 Great Musicals for Kids

We are starting a new tradition here, and I for one, cannot wait! We have decided that every weekend, my daughter and I will watch a different musical. Yes, I love my musicals and it seems right to ensure that I am passing that love on to my firstborn. So far she shows every sign of taking after me as the ones that we have watched so far together have gone down very well. I can’t quite remember when I fell in love with musicals, and I’m not entirely sure where I get it from as my parents aren’t huge Read more >


Whose Homework is it Anyway?

Ah, the joys of homework. That playground chat stalwart for us parents, along with other firm favourites such as kids party etiquette, the bugs and germs going around, the merits of private tuition and desperately trying to help each other remember all that the children need to take in on any given day. You can be sure that these topics will come up most weeks! So back to homework. My daughter is 7 years old, in Year 2 at school. So of course, she gets homework. It seems from chatting to friends that the amount of homework that each school Read more >


The Last Year

I’ve now been a mother for seven years, seven years this month. I have been at home for seven years. It sounds a long time when I say that, but it has absolutely flown by and I’m not too sure where the time has gone. The kids are at that point where they are getting easier, now that Boo’s 7 and Little Man is 4. They still need us of course, but not for as many every day little things. There’s no more nappies, no more need to carry everything but the kitchen sink with me when we go out, Read more >


The Truth About Toileting Accidents and Bedwetting

It’s not an exciting subject and it’s one that’s rarely talked about, yet it affects so many of our children. As parents we talk about whether our kids are sleeping, eating properly, developing, but not very often about post potty training accidents or bedwetting. So I’m going to talk about it today in the hope that it helps some of you out. And just to give you a heads up, poo will be mentioned a fair bit in this post. I recently read a book that has changed the way I think about all of this. It has changed my Read more >


Just 3 Days

Just 3 days. That’s all it would have taken for things to be looking quite different around here now. My Little Man was born on the 3rd September. He will be four years old in a couple of weeks time and is so looking forward to his birthday, his Avengers birthday cake and a trip to the seaside. I can’t believe he’ll be four and as I look back over the year, it’s been wonderful to see him grow so much. This time last year I remember having play dates where as soon as friends arrived, my son would run to Read more >


School Days

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a campaign about first day school memories over on the Asda Life and Style blog, and it got me thinking about my school days. My school days were, on the whole, happy ones. I enjoyed going, learning, playing with friends and I did well enough. I have flashes of recollections of my nursery and days there and I can remember most of my primary school teachers and all of my friends. I remember the odd lessons here and there. I vividly recall having The BFG and Mrs Pepperpot Stories read to Read more >


We’re DryNites Ambassadors

I’m very happy to share that this year I’ll be working with DryNites®, bringing you advice and sharing our own experiences. DryNites® pyjama pants offer discreet, age-appropriate protection for your child to help them feel as grown-up at night as they do during the day. DryNites® pyjama pants are super absorbent for a growing child, and the stretchy sides make them easy to take on and off like real underwear. The range that my son wears have Spiderman on them, which he absolutely loves so he’s very happy to be putting them on each night. They give him confidence as Read more >

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