Parenting


Siblings June 2018

What a month these two have had! They both absolutely adored Disney World, as did we all. They amazed me with how much stamina they had, we saw so much, walked so many miles, stayed out so late, but they managed to keep up. And whilst keeping up, they remained the best of friends. I don’t recall a single squabble, they got along together so well. Boo ensured that she looked out for Little Man whenever he was uncertain around new people, rides and play areas, always sticking close to him checking that he was OK. She is such a Read more >


The Husband As A Dad

I wrote a few weeks ago about my own parenting, wondering when I’ll feel that I really have this motherhood thing down. It’s had me thinking more about it all recently, and has had me stopping myself a few times and reflecting on things that I could do differently. However, when I then think about how the Husband parents, well I think that he has absolutely got it right. Fortunately for the kids, he seems to know what he’s doing! In the big things, we parent in the same way. We give consistent messages to the kids, we set boundaries, Read more >


Siblings May 2018

We have actually had a little sunshine this month. Not much, but enough to get out and enjoy the garden and have a few days out. Little Man and Boo are like chalk and cheese with most things, and the sunshine is no different. Boo loves the warmer weather, sees it as a chance to be outside all the time, invariably running around exploring everywhere. She’s always been the same, full of energy and curiosity. Little Man is more of an indoors, sedate kinda person! He’ll go out, then get bored quickly and retreat back inside, to Lego, Star Wars Read more >


I Wonder When I’ll Be A Good Mum?

I wonder when I’ll be a good mum? I wonder at what point my super mum skills will kick in and I’ll absolutely nail it? I’ve yet to really find my feet at this ‘mumming’. Some mums are fabulous at the baby stage. They are like baby whisperers, filled with endless patience, adoring the tiny bundle screaming in their arms. I loved my kids at this age, think back fondly on those days though only when I am picturing them asleep, hungrily feeding or happily gurgling from their baby bouncer at me. Then I remember everything else, and I can’t Read more >


Siblings April 2018

These two have absolutely loved the Easter holidays. We’ve not got up to much, it’s been a nice mix of catching up with friends and family, a few trips out and then lots of time playing and relaxing at home. They have enjoyed it all, whether they be playing ‘Peter Pan’ in the garden, exploring the Sea Life Centre, colouring side by side or snuggled up for a movie night, they have been happy. They’ve had a couple of sleepovers, once at my mum’s house and then once here as they shared a bedroom. They love doing this, and they Read more >


The Best Things About Nephews

The best things about nephews (or nieces for that matter, I simply don’t have any) has got to be that balance of complete love with very little responsibility. It’s perfect! I am fortunate enough to have two nephews, two brilliant nephews. Nope, no bias here at all. I have been there to watch them grow and develop, having seen them pretty much every week of their lives. My eldest nephew, now 21, was around eighteen months old when I first met him, as I started dating the Husband. He was the first grandchild, the first nephew, the first son, so Read more >


Siblings March 2018

These two are too close this month, just too close! I think it’s a combination of a few things, from awful weather weekends keeping us inside a bit more than usual, the excitement of our upcoming holiday and Little Man being poorly a couple of times. All of these things together mean that their energy levels are high and their desire to be as close as they physically can to one another has got up a notch. Boo hates it when Little Man is ill and counts down the moments until they can play and cuddle together again. And given Read more >


My Music Starts Here

Today I’d like to introduce you to My Music Starts Here, and share a little about it. My Music Starts Here is an online learning platform for young children, ages 3-8, featuring over 100 fun and engaging music educational videos. Kids will learn to sing different children’s songs, move to music, keep the steady beat, sing songs using solfege, be inspired to compose their own music, and even have the opportunity to learn beginning skills at the piano. It was created by Mary and Mike Anderson, experts in early childhood music education and piano pedagogy as well as parents to Read more >


Siblings February 2018

A new tradition has started in our house. Apparently, every Sunday is now Disney Day! The kids decided this two to three weeks ago, when we got our Disney World holiday countdown up and running. They tell me that as it is now this year that we are going, they need to have a Disney Day every weekend to prepare for it. A Disney Day tends to involve watching at least one Disney film, playing Disney music and dancing round to it, colouring in Disney colouring books, playing Disney board games and getting their vast number of Disney toys and Read more >


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It’s The Little Things That Count

I sit and write this at the end of a long day. Nothing too traumatic or dramatic, a common enough occurrence for any parent. Little Man has a sickness bug. As such, I’m running on about two hours of broken sleep and have been cleaning and taking care of him all day, along with trying to get my work done where I can. I’m sure pretty much every parent has been there at some point. Yet unusually for me, as I hate these bugs ordinarily, I’m feeling pretty good. ‘Tis strange. And the reason for my weirdly chipper mood has Read more >


A 5 Step Guide to Child-Proofing Your Home

Whether you’re a well-established parent or a newcomer to our whacky (but wonderful) world, the safety of your young one(s) is imperative. Baby-proofing your home and ensuring your little one will be safe can seem a little overwhelming. But, there’s no reason to panic. We’ve put together a smart little guide to ensure your home is as safe as possible – and even thrown in a couple of our top tips for child safety as your bambino grows up. 1. Avoiding bumps and lumps It’s unavoidable that your home will be full of tripping hazards. Luckily, there are a few Read more >

A 5 Step Guide to Child-Proofing Your Home

Siblings January 2018

We had a brilliant Christmas break, a much needed fortnight off school for these two. We broke up quite late so they only had a couple of days off before the big day itself – it’d be fair to say that excitement levels were high! It actually worked quite well as they then had a couple of weeks together playing with their new toys and activities. And my two do like to play together. I’d say Boo likes to have the odd hour or two to herself here and there where she takes herself up to her room and plays Read more >


Meet the HiPP Buddies and the New Range!

As you know we’ve been working with the lovely team over at HiPP Organic sharing my reflections on the weaning days and this month they have a new savoury range out to shout about. Read on to meet the HiPP Buddies and the new range along with the chance to win some pouches…. Kids Takeover The team at HiPP Organic suggested that we have a kids takeover day, and it would be fair to say that they revelled in it! The kids took over for the day last week, making all of the normal decisions that I make. What do Read more >


The School Run Mums

It’s a funny old thing, the school run. With Boo now in Year 3, I’m into my fourth year of doing them, and to be honest, they felt like old-hat two weeks in, so nowadays they are very familiar ground. Of course, with Little Man recently starting in Reception, it’s added a new dimension to our mornings, but little’s really changed. Some new faces for me to get to know, and they are a lovely bunch. The thing that I have noticed most about these daily pick-ups is the level of camaraderie that they bring. It’s realising that some days, Read more >


Siblings December 2017

Ah, the excitement levels in our house right now! And we still have over a week left at school as my two break up on the 22nd. Christmas is such a special time, and of course children get excited by it all. With my two, as one is excited, then the other gets more excited, which makes the other more excited, and so it goes on. You’re picturing the noise and energy in my house now, aren’t you? I suspect it’s replicated in many households world over! Little Man performed in his nativity play last week, much to his big Read more >


Educational Fun with the Kids

Like many kids these days, my children love technology. They are growing up with it, it’s perfectly normal for them to use it and I suspect they will soon be surpassing me in finding their way around the latest gadgets. I’m pretty good, but I am from the generation that had one computer in primary school – oh, the excitement when it got wheeled into our classroom and it was our turn! Both Boo and Little Man are good at getting their homework done and enjoy  completing little projects and quizzes at home. They like it, but if I can Read more >