• Discussions,  Personal posts,  School

    Keeping the routine – how we’re structuring our day to stay safe and happy

    So we’re inside for the foreseeable future. While for some people this wont be a problem at all, for me and Spike it is not usual. We’re always doing something. Spike has been at nursery, then school, every weekday since she was 10 months old. I usually have work and if I’m not at work I’m meeting friends or going to an event etc. Weekends are spent on days out and lots of walks. We’re not stay at home type people. Until now, because we have to be to stay safe. Structuring the day Spike is a very routine child and that probably comes from the fact we’ve had a…

  • Discussions,  Personal posts

    The difficulties of learning as an adult – trying to better yourself whilst still sleeping!

    Following three years in the same job, I felt the time had come to do more learning around my area of expertise. I have known for a while that I wanted to better myself, get more qualifications and in turn get to the next level of my career, but some things have been getting in the way. One of those things is finding the time. Learning and full time work, while also having a child to look after and entertain isn’t easy…  My work and what I’d love to learn I work in digital marketing. It’s a role I fell into after a copywriting background because of my blog. I…

  • A Letter to Spike on International Women’s Day
    Personal posts

    A letter to Spike on International Women’s Day

    Dear Spike I want you to be whoever you want to be. I want you to believe that anything is possible. And I want you to know that sparkles don’t have to be pretty, just because you are a girl. Plus, boys can like sparkles too.  At the moment when you are asked what you want to be when you are older you tell me ‘a mummy doctor.’ And that makes me so proud. I thing that you want to be a mummy because you love me and look up to me. That brings me so much joy. And the fact you want to be a doctor is perfect, because…

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    Discussions,  Personal posts,  School

    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…

  • Check on me in five minutes - how we are getting round a sudden fear of the dark
    Discussions,  Home,  Personal posts,  School,  Toddler

    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…

  • Spike with blog title graphic
    Baby,  Family,  Nursery,  Personal posts,  School

    Thank you for helping shape Spike into the girl she has become – An open letter to my daughter’s nursery

    Dear Spike’s nursery, For the last 3 and half years you have looked after Spike when I couldn’t. There were days when I needed to drop her off because she was testing my patience and others, more, when I wished that I could stay with her. But each and every time I left her, I knew she was safe.  She was being looked after by people that loved her. People who I could trust. People I knew would keep her safe no matter what.  When Spike started, she was only with you 2 days a week. But she was treated like any other. The enthusiasm I got from all the…

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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…

  • Blog title in image with photo of Raimy and T at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester
    Child free,  Days out,  Personal posts

    A date with a difference to celebrate our anniversary – an afternoon at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing

    Last month T and I celebrated a huge 10 years together. We aren’t the romantic type, so we don’t celebrate with gifts and things. However that milestone did seem a big one so we decided to have a day date at Whistle Punks Axe Throwing in Manchester. Buckt box activity  The axe throwing was part of our January Buckt Box subscription. I knew as soon as I saw it in the booklet that it would make an awesome day date activity. We booked on quickly and easily through the Buckt website and with a quick message back we were confirmed.  Whistle Punks Axe Throwing Manchester Whistle Punks is in the…

  • Rethink Mental Illness and Virgin Trains team up for Christmas Kindness campaign
    Christmas and New Year,  Family,  Personal posts,  Travel

    Virgin Trains spread a little kindness this Christmas – It’s a wonderful line from London to Glasgow

    This Christmas Virgin Trains and Rethink Mental Illness are encouraging you to spread a little kindness. They have teamed up to paint the entire Script of Its a Wonderful Life on the train platforms between London and Glasgow Central. Spreading the story Its a Wonderful Life is a Christmas Movie like no other. Its about kindness and about the lows that can be found at this time of year and how other people can bring you out of them. Its a story that makes you think and believe in the kindness of others, and makes you want to spread that kindness. Our mission Virgin Trains asked us to pop along…