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    Getting Create 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    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…

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    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…