• 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…

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    Getting lost in the maize – Our experience at Lakeland Maze Farm Park

    I’ve wanted to go and do a Maize Maze for as long as I’ve known about them. Living in the north west we have a few to choose from. But I’ve heard good things about Lakeland Maze, so we decided to catch it at the end of the season on what will probably be the last nice day of the year!  About Lakeland Maze Farm Park Just south of Kendal, not far from the motorway, it was really quick and easy to find Lakeland Maze farm Park. It has play areas, outdoor trampolines, soft play, animals and an incredible Maize Maze. The maze chances every year and this years theme…

  • How Spike has reacted to starting school
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    Clinging, crippling shyness and resistance to everything – how Spike has reacted to starting school

    For 3 years Spike has been full time in nursery. We knew from the changes that occurred within that setting that she takes time to adjust. The first week or so after moving rooms in nursery she was always clingy at drop off. So we kind of expected more of the same starting school…  A staggered start  Spike’s school opted for half day starts for those starting school this year. She was in 9-11.30am for 4 days, then 9-1 for 3 days and then began full time. They have a high intake of kids who come straight from home, or part time at nursery. So I kind of understand why…

  • Keeping the 3rd bedroom from turning into a junk room - finding the right storage solution with Wayfair
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    Keeping the 3rd bedroom room from turning into the junk room! – Finding the the ideal storage solutions with Wayfair

    In our previous house we had two reception rooms, and a separate kitchen, as well as an outside room that was perfect for storing bikes, chest freezers etc. The understairs cupboard houses all our Christmas decorations, the hoover, our mounds of memory boxes. There were 3 bedrooms, and a huge cupboard on the stairs for towels, bedding etc. The new house, lets just say its much, much smaller. However, the front reception room was literally a junk room… Being smart with our space  We have moved to a new build.  There is no understairs storage (It’s a toilet). The living room and kitchen are open plan. There’s two grass filled gardens,…

  • What we learnt from our latest house move
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    “How much stuff do we have?!” – What I learnt from our latest house move…

    Last week we made the big move we’ve been talking about for so long. We packed up all our belongings and moved the 35 miles that we’d been travelling every day for the past 3 years.  While the house is slowly starting to look like a home, there are so many things we learnt from this move. And so many tips I can now pass on to others (especially parents) looking towards their next move. Changes from our last move We were in our old house for over 6 years. Meaning during the last move we had our stepson part time, he was only 12, didn’t have that much stuff…

  • Find our favourite Paw Patrol Character in the Brickburn Trail
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    Finding our favourite Paw Patrol characters – The Brickburn Paw Patrol trail

    This bank holiday we were lucky enough to spend time with our friends in the sun. Looking for something exciting to keep the kids entertained we thought the ‘Brickburn’ Trail would be fun!  What is Brickburn?  Featuring Lego built statues from kids hit show Paw Patrol, the World’s First Paw Patrol Brick Trail takes place this week, for one week only, in Blackburn town centre. Pick up a map, and head to the 15 locations, following the trail to answer the questions about the statues. Submit the answers, along with the Paw Patrol Quiz, and be entered into a prize draw!  What the kids thought  With our group we had…

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    Thank you for helping shape Spike into the girl she has become – An open letter to my daughter’s nursery

    Dear Spike’s nursery, For the last 3 and half years you have looked after Spike when I couldn’t. There were days when I needed to drop her off because she was testing my patience and others, more, when I wished that I could stay with her. But each and every time I left her, I knew she was safe.  She was being looked after by people that loved her. People who I could trust. People I knew would keep her safe no matter what.  When Spike started, she was only with you 2 days a week. But she was treated like any other. The enthusiasm I got from all the…

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    I’m bored mummy! Where are we going today? – Banish the boredom with these great North West summer activities for the kids

    Even though school holidays don’t come into play for us with Spike staying at nursery this year, we still fall victim to the boredom fairy every now and then. We do a lot with Spike. We go out and enjoy fun days out wherever we can. And because of that I’m always on the lookout for fun things to do. This year we’re looking for the freebie options as moving house is proving to be more expensive than we thought… So I thought I’d share some of our favourite options with you!  Things to do near Manchester  Manchester’s Museum Obviously my biggest, happiest place to recommend in Manchester is the…