• Image showing Photowall Print on the wall of our bathroom, and close up of the print we chose form Photowall, with blog title in between them
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    Brightening up the house – Giving a bit of colour to a tiny space with Photowall

    We live in a new build, its rented, and that means that every wall is white. Every carpet if beige and every space feels very minimalist. Now don’t get me wrong, we love our minimalist home. But we like living somewhere homely and not like a showroom. Which is why I was happy to partner with Photowall to bring some colour to a tiny space in our home. Is there anything more depressing than a tiny colourless space? We quite quickly made our mark on the living area, and the kitchen has bright accessories. So the only downstairs space that wasn’t making me happy was the downstairs toilet. Its tiny,…

  • Homeschooling life in lockdown, working with Spike homeschooling alongside me
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    Comparing our experiences in lockdown 1 and 3 – How we’re coping with homeschooling this time round

    January has been so long hasn’t it? Like I swear its lasted about 16 years. Except I still have a 5 year old, not a 21 year old, and I’m still in the probation period of my new job. Both these things are adding extra stress to my life daily. December was so full of news about vaccines, about the end of the sh*t that was 2020. There was so much hope for the new year. But that hope hasn’t been realised yet, as we were plunged into another lockdown. This time it seems so much worse than the last too. The colder weather isn’t helping. Our Previous homeschool experience…

  • Me and T on a walk at Arnside Knott, and on our maternity bump to baby photoshoot 6 years ago
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    Almosts and what ifs – 12 years on

    Do you ever wonder ‘what if?’ I do, I love finding those little ‘almost’ moments that might have resulted in something completely different. T is the same. If something goes wrong and we leave the house late, he’ll even say that maybe its stopped us being involved in something scary on the motorway. He was about 20 seconds behind a pile up on the M6 last week and that shook him too, thinking about the what ifs. What if I hadn’t moved…. Today, me and T have been together 12 years and there are so many what if’s about our story. We met on a random night out in Preston,…

  • Our Christmas Traditions with two images, the first is T holding Spike up o she can put the star on the tree and the second is spike at 7 months old sitting up with her christmas eve teddy and book, One Snowy Night
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    Our Christmas Traditions – how we’re still feeling festive in the new normal

    So this year is going to be a little different for everyone isn’t it? Some Christmas Traditions are having to fall by the wayside this year because of Covid. It’s sad, but hopefully it’ll just be one year and by next year the celebrations can be back to normal. I hope so anyway as next year we’re hoping to go away with Spike’s Grandma to the home of Santa himself! Our Christmas tree traditions Usually our tree makes an appearance the first weekend of December. However this year, we did put it up a little earlier. Lots of people have to spread the Christmas cheer it what’s been a rubbish…

  • Catching the distance learning bug; a blog post graphic with blog title and images of a person with a notepad on their legs and another of a MacBook with a notepad next to it.
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    Catching the distance learning bug – my diploma progress and what I’m hoping to do next

    A few months ago I wrote about learning as an adult and fitting in learning around Spike and other commitments. I thought it was about time I gave you a little update as to how thats looking for me and what is coming next, as I’ve definitely caught the distance learning bug. My ‘up to 3 year’ diploma When I signed up in January I had 3 years to complete the diploma I signed up for. I knew that they recommended the least amount you should take on it was 9 months. I managed one assignment between January and March. And figured it would definitely take longer than 9 months!…

  • 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…

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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 graphic with title - our plans for summer 2020 with two images of Spike a 5 year old girl with blonde hair. First image Spike is looking away from the camera looking at a water feature at Haigh Hall Country Park and the second she is posing for the camera in a floppy sun hat and 70s style top with flower on in front of a river in the sunshine
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    Our plans for Summer 2020 – What we’ll be doing during Spike’s first summer holidays

    Summer 2020 was meant to be Spike’s first proper ‘summer holidays’. With me and T both working full time we arranged a week at Spike’s aunty’s for her, and a week off work together for a holiday. With the rest of the summer spent at kids club for Spike. But of course, because of Covid-19, things were a little up in the air. Now though, it seems to have settled and as long as a second wave doesn’t arrive we’ve got things sorted – though they have changed. Working full time in school holidays We always knew that having full time, 9-5 jobs meant that some of the summer would…

  • 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…