• Discussions,  Family,  Toddler

    There’s nothing like leaving it to the last minute – Planning a party

    Spike turned 3 recently, and we booked a local play centre for her party lsat weekend. Bad move, as we should have foreseen this beautiful weather and stolen the Mother In Law’s back garden like we did the year Spike turned 1… Darnit! With the party booked months ago, the actual date has crept up on me quite quickly. I only realised the other day that if I didn’t get my finger out and buy some decorations, we would be sat in a very bland party room. Theme ideas So the weekend before last was spent trying to figure out what theme to go for. This is very important for…

  • Discussions,  Family,  Toddler

    Growing, growing, grown up! – When adding 2cm is a cause for celebration

    Spike has been the same height for about a year now. You might think I’m kidding when I say this, but I’m seriously not. She’s teeny, I’ve written about it before. At football every week she is the shortest by almost an entire head, not that it stops her joining in! I know that growing is not a part of growing up. She’s getting cleverer and growing into her own personality all the time. I can see she’s growing up, but I can also see she’s not growing. I used to worry about it. but these days I take it for what it is. She’s healthy, she eats plenty and…

  • Discussions,  Family,  Personal posts

    Friendship and non-judgement – my theory on being a better person

    Friendship is a weird thing isn’t it? You may have never thought about it but we all have friends. And I bet you all met those friends in a million different ways. We use our intuition at first to determine whether or not we want to talk to someone, get to know them better. Then we build on a tiny glimpse into their similarities to us to build a friendship. What gets me is that this tiny glimpse into that person’s life or personality is quite often the thing that makes us dismiss them too. And unless you are forced together, it means friendship hard. Friendships I have been thinking…

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    Days out,  Discussions,  Family

    In The night Garden Live 2018 – Discount code

    Is your little one obsessed with In the Night Garden? Would they love to go see Iggle Piggle and his mate live in their very own show? Well, In the night Garden Live will be perfect for you – and them! And what’s more, I have a great In the Night Garden Live discount code for you too. We went to the Manchester In the Night Garden Live show last year and Spike absolutely loved it. She loved seeing the characters she watched so frequently on TV come to life on the stage. This year might be a little different as she doesn’t seem to love the show as much.…

  • Discussions,  Family

    Our Valentine’s Day – A day like every other

    I love my partner. He works hard. Supports our family. Makes me laugh like no other. We have been together for nine amazing years. Have made a beautiful daughter together. We drive each other crazy. But love each other dearly. Yet none of that will ever, ever make me celebrate Valentine’s Day with him. We celebrated Valentine’s Day when we had first got together. We went out to Frankie and Benny’s and ate off their set menu. It was poncy. They had tried to make everything ‘perfect’ and we felt out of place. It was also stupidly expensive and was full of other try hard couples that we just had…

  • Days out,  Family

    Dear Zoo Live – Coming to a stage near you!

    I’m sure many of you will remember the classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo from your own childhood – I know I do! It was a fantastic book full of every animal imaginable and I loved seeing which was behind which flap! I was over the moon when I got a copy for Spike when she was tiny. Even more when she loved it. It’s still battered and bruised on the bookshelf and comes out frequently. It’s even better now she can make the noises associated with each animal. Spike loves animals and the book just as much as I do. I was so excited to hear that Dear Zoo Live was…

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    Discussions,  Family

    9 years later – the story of one drunken night and where it has led to

    Picture the scene. Nine years ago, I was a 20 year old uni student. Working in River Island almost full time to pay for my drunken lifestyle. Coming out of one of the worst states I’ve been in when it comes to anxiety. I was in my second year at my second uni. Having transferred out of my first year into a different uni because of the people I met during my first year and the size they made me feel (very, very small). I was enjoying life with my best friend in a new city. New city, new me. That Christmas though, after 4 months of happiness, the anxiety…

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    Family,  Photography

    Capturing those special moments – Families Online’s #everymomentcounts challenge

    As some of you may have noticed on my Instagram feed last week I joined in with a very special campaign for Families Online. This campaign asks families to capture those special moments. To take in the time you get with your family and make it count. After all #everymomentcounts. As part of the campaign we were given a theme for each day between Monday 18th and Sunday 24th September. We were then asked to capture a moment that fit the theme. I joined in excitedly knowing that we were on holiday and I would be capturing the moments as they came anyway. The campaign was easy in most case…

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    Are you ready for the Drumstick Bucket List Challenge?

    Did you know the amazingly iconic Drumstick Lolly is 60 this year? An achievement that must be celebrated well. And Swizzels are doing that with an epic giveaway! Join in the Drumstick Bucket List Challenge and you might be in with a chance to win!   We absolutely love sweets in this house and drumstick lollies were a definitely a feature in my childhood. In this house its amazing that Spike hasn’t developed a liking for Swizzels’ sweets yet as we always have them in. Both me and T are obsessed with their Squashies sweets and I think one of those was the first sweet she ever ate! I didn’t…

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    Confession: how the Cbeebies schedule helps us start the day

    I always said that I wouldn’t let my child watch TV. However if you have tips to get  a child ready for nursery and yourself ready for work, all while leaving the house by 7:30 without it, I’d welcome them. It’s hard to get anything done with a toddler hanging off your legs. At that time of day, she doesn’t want to play with anything. So to distract her, and ensure we have enough time to grab showers, make lunches, make ourselves presentable and all the rest of it, we live by the Cbeebies schedule. Things are pretty tight in the morning. The two of us have to eat, shower, and get sorted…