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    Keeping the routine – how we’re structuring our day to stay safe and happy

    So we’re inside for the foreseeable future. While for some people this wont be a problem at all, for me and Spike it is not usual. We’re always doing something. Spike has been at nursery, then school, every weekday since she was 10 months old. I usually have work and if I’m not at work I’m meeting friends or going to an event etc. Weekends are spent on days out and lots of walks. We’re not stay at home type people. Until now, because we have to be to stay safe. Structuring the day Spike is a very routine child and that probably comes from the fact we’ve had a…

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    The difficulties of learning as an adult – trying to better yourself whilst still sleeping!

    Following three years in the same job, I felt the time had come to do more learning around my area of expertise. I have known for a while that I wanted to better myself, get more qualifications and in turn get to the next level of my career, but some things have been getting in the way. One of those things is finding the time. Learning and full time work, while also having a child to look after and entertain isn’t easy…  My work and what I’d love to learn I work in digital marketing. It’s a role I fell into after a copywriting background because of my blog. I…

  • A Letter to Spike on International Women’s Day
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    A letter to Spike on International Women’s Day

    Dear Spike I want you to be whoever you want to be. I want you to believe that anything is possible. And I want you to know that sparkles don’t have to be pretty, just because you are a girl. Plus, boys can like sparkles too.  At the moment when you are asked what you want to be when you are older you tell me ‘a mummy doctor.’ And that makes me so proud. I thing that you want to be a mummy because you love me and look up to me. That brings me so much joy. And the fact you want to be a doctor is perfect, because…

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    Taking her dreams with her – a Dreamimals Daydreamimals review

    Spike was lucky enough to be gifted a Dreamimals keycharm a few weeks ago. She’s always writing and drawing and I thought it would be a great little gift for her to take her dreams with her to school every day. The Dreamimal Dream Pillow  The Dream Pillow was the original Dreamimal. A large, soft pillow with a pillow opening where your child can place pieces of paper. Your child is encouraged to write or draw what they want to dream about on the pillow then they take the pillow to bed with them. It helps build a positive attitude towards sleeping and has helped many children form a lovely…

  • A fun filled walk with children in Grizedale Forest
    Family,  Travel,  Walking

    Playing tunes, finding sculptures and enjoying nature – a New Years walk in Grizedale Forest

    I love a good walk, and a good forest walk is even better! For the last couple of years I have persuaded the brood to head out and clear out the cobwebs on New Years Day. This year the target location was Grizedale Forest.  Grizedale Forest  Grizedale Forest is to the west of Lake Windermere in the southern Lake District. We looked at going last year but because we were still living near Preston, it was a little far for a day out. Now just an hour or so away, we decided it was the perfect place for a New Year walk.  Getting to Grizedale  I’m not sure if we…

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    The longest of them all – Spike’s first term at school

    So we’re through the long one. The longest term of the school year – autumn term. It’s been a learning curve. There were ups and downs, a parents evening, a lot of parenting guilt and more. I thought I would share a bit of our experience with you all. New routines – leaving the house Spike started school this year, so it was our first full term. We got to grips with the school run quite quickly. Or at least we did. We know exactly what order everything needs to be done in for it to be done before we need to leave. Spike is still getting to grips with…

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    Our November in pictures

    We halve had a few super busy months and not everything is possible to share as one full post. So I thought I might start sharing a monthly round up of what we’ve got up to in photos! Light up Lancaster We recently moved to Lancaster and this city is beautiful. One of my favourite things is the Light Up Lancaster event they hold each year over the weekend closest to Bonfire Night. A chilled weekend of DIY and a quick run to the Trafford Centre We spent the second Saturday putting some more finishing touches to our new home. With a small new build we’re having to be careful…

  • A super busy half term blog title image with spike lying on a bench at Seven Stories in Newcastle
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    A super busy half term – Our long weekend in County Durham

    So its taken me ages to get round to writing this. Spike has been a little difficult lately and it has stopped me from wanting to write anything. We’re finally over what I’m hoping is the worst of it but we’ll see. The difficult bit started just after we got back from our lovely little holiday in County Durham. It’s kinda put a dampener on the holiday but we had so much fun while there that I have to share some of the highlights, in the hope that it encourages more people to visit this little part of England that doesn’t seem to get many visitors!  County Durham as a holiday…

  • Check on me in five minutes - how we are getting round a sudden fear of the dark
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    Check on me in 5 minutes, ok? – How we’re getting round a sudden fear of the dark

    Spike has never been scared of the dark. She always went to bed in a dark room with the door open a tiny bit, with the landing light turned down low. It’s never been an issue. Until now.  Starting school, moving house, who knows A fear of the dark came about in early September. It coincided with starting school, but we also moved house 3 weeks previously. So it could have been caused by either thing, or neither. Everything I’ve read says that 4 year olds can often suddenly develop an irrational fear of the dark, which apparently goes with time in most cases.  Bedtime stalling I’ve written before about…