• Blog post about judging the suitability of toys, books and TV shows for your child, with blog title in graphic and two images of Spike, one reading a Jurassic Park book about dinosaurs and the other watching Jane Goodall’s Documentary on my knee
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    Taking stock of what your kids are taking in – judging the suitability of your child’s toys, books & TV shows for yourself

    I recently read a thread by Jack Monroe about the David Williams books and what’s in them. As an avid book lover I was shocked to discover the theme and language used in these books. However I couldn’t help but think that this is what happens when we don’t take stock of what our kids are taking in. Or think about the suitability of toys, books and tv shows aimed at them. Having an awareness  It’s good to have an awareness of what Spike is taking in. I like to watch stuff with her then have conversations about what she’s watching. I like to read the books she reads first…

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    Our August In Pictures

    This August was a strange one for us. We were meant to have a family week. We were expecting to go away for the first week of the month. But it didn’t happen. Instead we’ve been desperately trying to fit in our days out around work, kids club and other commitments. August is also my birthday month, which always means a fun day out in the sun (sunshine not always guaranteed.) And thankfully there was no exception to that this year. Days out – Grizedale Forest, Loughrigg Tarn, Rydal Caves and Bolton Abbey We had a couple of great days out in August and I loved each and every one.…

  • Spikes haircut and new school jumpers and shoes in the back to school preparations
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    “Will I be a big 5 when I go back to school mummy?” – Starting year 1 and what I’ve learnt from a year of school

    Its been a year since Spike started school. A year since we upped sticks and moved to a new city. We threw her into a place she knew no one and had no friends. But she’s coping pretty well I’d say. A Year On What a year its been. Spike has always been slow to make friends, and school was no exception. She was just starting to really make friends when the sh*t hit the fan and school closed its doors for what, at the time, we thought would be an extended Easter break in March. 4 months later and Spike has set foot in her school three times. She’s…

  • Why I buy second hand clothes for Spike and myself. Blog title graphic with two images of Spike warren second hand clothes I've bought her
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    Buying second hand – Being environmentally friendly, money conscious and giving a helping hand

    If you’ve got children you won’t be surprised with the fact that they grow out of everything in a blink of an eye. Spike is a slow grower and when she turned 5 she was still in mostly 3-4 or 4-5 year clothing. Then she shot up another 5cms and I was pilling up the clothes that didn’t fit. Thankfully I’ve found something that helps the wallet when these growth spurts happen… buying second hand clothes. Needing a whole new wardrobe after a growth spurt As I put clothes to the side that she was growing out of, the drawers started to thin out. With my furlough wages I couldn’t…

  • Kids plasters always come in handy on days out when you have a little one as clumsy as Spike
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    Being prepared on a day out – dealing with the inevitable with a little help from Safe and Sound Health

    This post was written in collaboration with Safe and Sound Health , but all words and pictures are my own. Spike is so accident prone. She falls on also every day out we have. So in addition to the standard lunches and water bottles, I like to be prepared with the essentials like kids plasters whenever possible. Our trip to Grizedale Forest Last week we made the most of the sunshine and headed to our nearest Forestry Commission Forest, Grizedale. We’d spent New Year’s Day here and loved it. We spend a lot of our weekends travelling out to places like thi. Spike loves to explore and me and T…

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    Grey hairs, fitness levels and a strange year – How I feel about turning 32

    I don’t usually post about my own birthday unless its to talk about what we got up to after the event. But this year I wanted to. I wanted to share how I’m feeling on this very strange day in August 2020. Grey hairs My family is a family of young greys. So I didn’t really expect anything other than grey hair from my 30s. I have dyed my hair since I was 13 and its not a problem to continue doing so. But I recently realised that I’m now struggling to keep on top of them. They sprout up from nowhere and are pure white more than grey. I…

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    Our July in Pictures

    Last month I thought Lockdown had gone quick. It’s nothing compared to how fast the last two weeks had gone. I’m back at work, Spike is back at kids club. It seems like two minutes ago when I was collecting our June pictures together. July just wizzed by. July 2020 We managed to fit a fair bit into July. Visiting friends. Spending some time in a coffee shop. Climbing a big hill. paddling in rivers. Visiting one of our favourite day out locations in Cumbria, Lowther Castle. We had a week where my sister stayed to look after Spike while I worked so she got to explore amazing trees. Plus…

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    Our final lockdown update – Back to a whole new normal and what I’ll be taking with me

    It’s been 4 months since lockdown was announced. 4 long months of uncertainty and homeschooling. And things are moving towards the ‘new normal’ we’re hearing so much about. With that in mind I’m reflecting on where we are as a family at the minute and what I’ve learnt from the whole experience. What our new normal looks like Spike has started the summer holidays. I have returned to the office and T continues to work from our bedroom each day. With the first week being looked after by my sister, Spike hadn’t yet gone to kids club but she did on Monday. She is in a bubble with ‘little group’…

  • blog title graphic- Our family kitchen cupboard essentials - with blog title and two images. first is a jar of pasta and the second is a layout of our breakfast
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    Our family kitchen cupboard essentials – the items we always have in, just in case

    As a family it’s always a good idea to have a range of items in the cupboard just in case. ‘Just in case’ for us usually involves me making something Spike decides she doesn’t like. After eating it 100 times before. Or realising once we’ve left the house for the day that I didn’t get chicken out of the freezer. Or getting in from work and not having the energy to cook the 45 minute recipe I had planned. I thought I’d share a bit about our family kitchen cupboard essentials and would love to know if yours match in the comments! The tinned goods So as standard we always…

  • Blog post graphic with Reading to your baby title and two images. First is of spike at 6 months old with a picture book and the second is of me and Spike at around 1 year reading in front of a yellow wall at the library
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    Reading to your baby – Why I read to Spike and why I think its important

    I’ve read to Spike since day one. I literally don’t think there has been a single day in her life that she wasn’t read to. At 6 months old I started reading the first Harry Potter book to her while she was snoozing on me. In fact, I even did a little bit of reading to her when I was pregnant. She developed a love for reading early on and days were spent reading books when she was a toddler. Now she’s learning to read herself, but I wanted to reminisce and share a bit about the reasons why reading to your baby is important. Reading from an early age…