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    The longest of them all – Spike’s first term at school

    So we’re through the long one. The longest term of the school year – autumn term. It’s been a learning curve. There were ups and downs, a parents evening, a lot of parenting guilt and more. I thought I would share a bit of our experience with you all. New routines – leaving the house Spike started school this year, so it was our first full term. We got to grips with the school run quite quickly. Or at least we did. We know exactly what order everything needs to be done in for it to be done before we need to leave. Spike is still getting to grips with…

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    Our November in pictures

    We halve had a few super busy months and not everything is possible to share as one full post. So I thought I might start sharing a monthly round up of what we’ve got up to in photos! Light up Lancaster We recently moved to Lancaster and this city is beautiful. One of my favourite things is the Light Up Lancaster event they hold each year over the weekend closest to Bonfire Night. A chilled weekend of DIY and a quick run to the Trafford Centre We spent the second Saturday putting some more finishing touches to our new home. With a small new build we’re having to be careful…

  • A super busy half term blog title image with spike lying on a bench at Seven Stories in Newcastle
    Days out,  Discussions,  Family,  Holiday,  Travel

    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…

  • 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…

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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…

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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…