• 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…

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    Our favourite child friendly walks in Lancashire and Cumbria

    We’re an outdoorsy family. Choosing to spend time outside whatever the weather. We always go for long child friendly walks on weekends and when we aren’t working and have done for years. For a while we had to limit what walks we were doing due to pushchair use and when Spike stopped using the pushchair longer walks were harder. But even then, we still went out when we could. Walking in Lancashire and Cumbria The North West has some fantastic walking routes so we are lucky where we live. Lancashire has loads of walks across its 1,000 square miles. The Lake District in Cumbria is only a half hour drive for…

  • finding time to listen to my favourite podcasts, image is of two photographs - Raimy a 31 year old woman with dark purple hair bullet journalling with headphones in and the other Raimy's bullet journal and pencil case with her phone playing The Guilty Feminist podcast
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    Finding some ‘me’ time – my favourite podcasts and how I fit in listening around parenting

    This year I have been focusing on getting ‘me’ back. I used to listen to so much, read some much and watch so much that I always had things to talk about with people – other than parenting. Yet during 2018/19 I discovered this wasn’t the case any more. I wanted to do more to be me. I started slowly with dance during the start of 2019, then started hoop when we moved. Slowly I’d been reading more and more too. But my latest love is podcasts. I have learnt so much and discovered so many new people from my podcasts lately. So I thought I would share my favourite…

  • Our June 2020 in pictures blog graphic with blog title and two images. First shows a 5 year old blonde girl with her arms outsretched under a canopy of trees in the woods, the second shows the same girl painting a money box shaped like a cat.
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    Our June in pictures

    I think time sped up when lockdown begun. Do you agree? I can’t believe we’re at the end of June. But with lockdown no on the wind down and me facing the prospect of returning to work, I thought I might start reflecting on our months. June 2020 June was a lot of the same as previous months. We worked on our lockdown project a little. Spike started playing with some friends on our estate and because social bubbles are a thing we got a visit in with Auntie K and a socially distanced garden day with grandma. Natures playground We have made the most of the slow pace and…

  • our latest lockdown update and the return to school for spike, with two images of Spike, 5 years old, designing a pirate ship for school and counting inside tens frames
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    Our 14th week in ‘lockdown’ – Getting ready to go back to school and our new normal

    We entered our 14th week of ‘lockdown’ this week. With the new rules in place I don’t even know if we can call it lockdown now. I don’t understand whats going on. We live in a world where Primark and Ikea are open but taking your child to the park isn’t a thing? Thankfully we’ve been lucky enough to have natures playground right on our doorstep and have found some great places for Spike to play. The last few weeks We celebrated Spike’s 5th birthday in lockdown during week 11 (I think…) It was half term. We had started getting a very moody, emotional and downright horrible Spike on our…