• Discussions,  School,  Toddler

    Learning to read – Watching Spike learn to read through phonics

    Last week I really enjoyed sitting down with Spike to read a storybook. She’d picked this particular book up off the shelf at home and asked to take it to Grandma’s with her so I told her to put it in the bag without really looking at which book it was. Ant and Bee, a learning to read book The book in question was Ant and Bee. A lovely book blogger friend sent me it when I had Spike saying it helped her to read and thought it would be nice for Spike. It introduces simple words starting with each letter of the alphabet and puts those words into a…

  • Get 50% off your first Buckt Box with this code and enjoy Date Nights every month!
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    The ideal subscription box for your partner this Christmas – get 50% off Manchester’s Buckt subscription!

    Are you always looking for things you and your partner can get up to on those oh so important date nights? I know I am. They are few and far between for me and T these days. After Spike was born we forgot about making time for each other. But I’m hoping Buckt will change that! What is Buckt? Buckt is a subscription box which gives you 5 activities to take part in each month. For just £25 you and your partner can book onto the activities with no extra charge. Launched for Greater Birmingham, the company has 5 stars on Trustpilot and Facebook, and is now available for us…

  • What to expect when you give blood for the first time
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    “Oh! Mummy, what have you done!” – My Friday night giving blood

    Back in August I made the decision to finally look into giving blood. I can’t remember what spurred me on. It’s something I have wanted to do for ages. I looked into it a few years ago but I had had a tattoo recently. Then I looked again after having Spike. But too soon after having her. Finally, last Friday night, I was able to donate my first pint of blood. The rules around giving blood There are a lot of rule around giving blood. You can’t have had a tattoo in the last 4 months. Have had a child or been pregnant in the last 6 months. You have…

  • Picture of me and spike in the leaves with blog title and tag line in box
    Discussions,  Family

    Crunching leaves, wrapping up warm and stumbling on awesome adventures – why I love Autumn

    For the past few weekends we have had very little on. Its been a bit like the calm before the storm. As soon as December begins we are here, there and everywhere because of various different Christmas events and plans. November has been exactly what we needed because we’ve spent true time together. We’ve built snowmen out of rainbows, had our first taste of hot chocolate and crunched through as many leaves as possible. Its made me remember why I love Autumn so much. And I thought I’d share the things I love with you all today. Crunching leaves on Autumn walks For some reason I think we spend more…

  • My thoughts on the concept of only having 18 summers with Spike
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    Make every day count – my thoughts on the idea of 18 summers

    Back at the start of summer there was a post going round facebook and other social networks from Motherly. This post discussed the idea that you only get 18 summers with your children before they fly the nest. It created a number of lovely blog posts about the idea of making the most of summer, including the one I’ve been tagged in by Arepops. The aim of the original post was to help you stop and take stock of everything you do. But that’s not what it made me do. Our summers so far If I was to take notice of this post, it would have panicked me. We are…

  • Peter Jackson the Jeweller sign on wall in Preston store with blog title overlay
    Days out,  Discussions,  Reviews

    Everything is so shiny! – Mummy’s night out with Peter Jackson the Jeweller

    Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to be invited along to the very first Peter Jackson Jewellers blogger event. It promised to be an evening of excitement! There was a make up artist, jewellery cleaning station, diamond mining talks and an engraving station. I couldn’t resist the invitation and now I’ve been, I know that there will be more visits to the store in the future! Peter Jackson is a North West based Jeweller. With their flagship store in the centre of the larger of the two shopping centre’s in Preston, it was somewhere I was familiar with prior to the event. However, I had never actually stepped through the…

  • Raising a cuppa for Pregnant Then Screwed's workplace Equali-tea day!
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    Mums want workplace Equali-TEA #mumsequalpayday

    According to the fantastic Pregnant Than Screwed today marks the day in the year where women start working for free. Today, due to the gender pay gap, marks the day where the 30% pay difference between mothers and similarly educated fathers shows. In true solidarity, the team over at Pregnant Then Screwed is asking mothers to take a break, put their feet up and share a cup of Equali-TEA! We all want workplace equality. I am lucky to have understanding employers. However today I am actually off for the day, having to take annual leave, due to my role as a working mother. Not only does today mark the day…

  • Discussions,  Family,  Nursery,  School

    Working bank holidays – missing out on that extra little us time

    I work in the travel and tourism industry. Although I work an office job, I’m one of a small minority for my company. Therefore our contracts are written like those on the holiday parks we manage. We aren’t meant to have a large chunk of time off within July and August. And we work bank holidays as standard days. The only exception to this is Christmas. Working Bank Holidays I don’t really mind too much as my parents were never off on a bank holiday. I grew up in a shop where my parents time was spent working 7 days a week, 363 days a year. The only days they…

  • Photo of Spike looking happy and grown up with caption 'Applying for school places wanting the best for Spike
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    Applying for school places – Trying to get the best for Spike

    The time has come to look at schools for Spike. It scares me how fast the last 3 years has gone. Starting nursery seemed like hardly any time ago, yet now we’re looking at school places! The idea that she goes to school next September is already freaking me out. My school preferences The first thing I did was look into schools in our area. I have always said I do not want my child doing to a church school. T is atheist, I am undecided. I am most connected to Paganism and I really hate the idea of organised religion. Having attended a church primary school and growing up…

  • Discussions,  Personal posts

    Knowledge, age and confidence – what is the deciding factor in believing in yourself

    Did you, as a teenager, look at most adults and think about how put together they were? To me, most adults seemed to exude confidence, and I remember thinking “one day, one day I’ll be like them.” I’ve always been an anxious person. There are different types of confidence. I come across as confident to some people because I do what I want to do. As someone who chooses not to shave, to wear what I want and do what makes me happy, I can come across as confident. But I am not. There is being comfortable in yourself, and there is being comfortable projecting what you believe you know…