• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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    Getting Creative with Wayfair – win up to £300 with the Room for the Stars Room Planner Competition

    Ever seen a scene in a TV show or movie and thought ‘I wish I could have a house like that!’? I know I have, many a time! I love interior design and often picture what I would love my dream home to look like in my head.  Wayfair’s Room Planner The team at online furniture and homewares store Wayfair have  also seen movies and thought the same! They have gone a step further than thinking about their ideal room in their head though. They want you to recreate the scenes from your favourite TV show or movie with their Room planner for their Room for the Stars competition.  The…

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    Confidence building at its best – Why I wish I’d found my street dance team sooner

    A year ago I took the plunge and joined a street team class. This took a lot of doing for me. As I got into my late 20s I lost a lot of the confidence I used to have. In the past few years my confidence has been as low as it ever has been. I didn’t want to put myself into any new situation around others. However I pushed myself to throw myself into this class for a number of reasons  Getting fitter for my health  As Spike grew older I realised how unfit I was. I’d run after her down the street, or chase her in the park…

  • Our tips for renting in a town where there are no houses to rent
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    Our quest for a new home – Finding a house to rent in a town with no rentals

    I don’t know if its just in the North West, or if its difficult anywhere these days to find a decent rented house. However when we moved house 6 years ago, we had no trouble finding something to move into. There were loads of houses to rent and they were on the market for a while before they were taken.  The whole thing back then seemed much less stressful! No there are fewer houses and more people wanting them. Here’s a little about how we’ve managed to find a rental in that kind of market. A bit of background about our move  Since we started working in Lancaster we’ve toyed…

  • Spike signing her home school agreement after us changing her school after her primary school offer had been received
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    Moving before starting school – our experience of moving house and school the summer before your child starts reception

    So last year I mentioned that Spike was starting school this September and we had a few options about where to send her. We were considering schools around here. But we were also considering moving before the application had to be in to make things easier on us all. Things were undecided for a long time but finally, with a few months to spare. They are now falling into place.  To move or not to move  That was our main question. We wanted to move closer to work. We live 30 miles from work at the minute and its getting a lot. But with Spike so settled in nursery we…

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    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…