• My Sunday Photo,  Photography

    #MySundayPhoto – Meeting Baby R

    This weeks sunday photo is an extra special one. We went to see T’s sister yesterday who has just given birth to Baby R. Her third boy, our nephew and Spike’s new cousin. This little bundle of joy and cuteness means Spike is no longer the baby in her dads side of the family. But thats ok, because it was love at first mention and she’s been desperate to meet him since she heard there was a baby in her aunty’s tummy. Obviously this isn’t an arty shot. It’s not one to brag about, especially with Spike’s dodgy hair (she styled it herself) but you can see all the love…

  • Photography

    Top 5 instagram photos – June 2018

    I really need to start getting better at doing these. I forget and then the next month has gone. But not for June. It might be half way through July but I remembered and I’m gunna post them anyway! Last month was a bit of a hectic one. We did loads, but also not a lot. We had crazy weekends followed by boring weekends and it was nice to sometimes do nothing at all. I enjoyed some quality time with Spike and I think once the start of the month was over and Spike started to be the relaxed and happy daughter I thought I had it was much better.…

  • Nursery,  Toddler

    Stress, tiredness and a sad Spike – Our latest experience moving rooms at Nursery

    Moving rooms at Nursery is hard work for some kids. Spike is in a relatively small nursery. There are three main rooms baby, toddler and preschool. Having been in the same nursery since 9 months old, Spike has now moved nursery rooms twice, once from baby to toddler room, and recently from toddler to preschool. Moving rooms at Nursery Obviously the main reason they move kids from one room to the next is because of the educational learning possibilities vary by age. Spike’s nursery has three rooms but others may have more, some even may have none. I believe its rare for a nursery to be one large age range,…

  • My Sunday Photo,  Photography

    My Sunday Photo – 1st July 2018

    Yesterday we spent the day with friends at a beautiful wedding. This unusual British weather we’re having proved to be the perfect backdrop and T managed to capture this stunning image of my girl in the evening sun at around 6:30! I love everything about this photo. She was being super mischievous so has the cutest smile. The lighting was just at the right level and the colours in her dress fit in with the natural setting. It, as I say, isn’t one of my photos but it captures everything I love about my girl and photography. Props to the Mr for getting it when I couldn’t… I was holding…

  • Discussions,  Personal posts

    Knowledge, age and confidence – what is the deciding factor in believing in yourself

    Did you, as a teenager, look at most adults and think about how put together they were? To me, most adults seemed to exude confidence, and I remember thinking “one day, one day I’ll be like them.” I’ve always been an anxious person. There are different types of confidence. I come across as confident to some people because I do what I want to do. As someone who chooses not to shave, to wear what I want and do what makes me happy, I can come across as confident. But I am not. There is being comfortable in yourself, and there is being comfortable projecting what you believe you know…

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    Mermaids, Giants and magic everywhere – Down by the Riverside Festival

    Spike and I spent the start of last weekend having a mummy daughter day with friends at a tiny family run festival close to home called Down by the Riverside. With the theme of Giants, we expected magic around every corner and thats what we got. There were giants dotted around the festival site everywhere, and a special appearance by a Mermaid right next to the river. You could swim in that part of the river, and there was a little beach there but we decided to keep our feet firmly in our welly boots as the weather was not exactly on our side. Our first real festival experience This…

  • potty training,  Toddler

    I need a weeeeee! – Potty training update #3

    Spike starting potty training back in January and I wrote about it here, and a bit here. But I haven’t given a full update since and I thought it was about time, now that she’s now dry through the night and rarely has any accidents anymore. Quick results We decided to do the quick change thing of going cold turkey with nappies from the start. Spike was only wearing nappies for bed from day 1 and she did really well, really quickly. Within a few weeks there were no accidents and she was telling us without being reminded about going to the potty. Night time potty training One night, between…

  • 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…

  • Gift Guides

    Maybe a present for our friend? – A gift guide for a 3 year old who doesn’t want anything

    No word of a lie, my child is an odd one. Most nearly 3 year olds would have a list as tall as they are for birthday present ideas. Spike, on the other hand, just wants to get our friends baby a present instead. So I’m writing this gift guide for a 3 year old as things I believe she will enjoy for her upcoming birthday. Dress up items Spike does to dress up, but she only really does it at nursery as we didn’t have any dress up things until recently. I’ve noticed lots of other kids her age love it too and she will pretend to play dress…

  • Discussions,  Travel

    What have I forgotten? – Packing for a self-catering holiday

    As you may have seen from my Instagram at the weekend, we went on a mini-break to Northumberland. We loved it and Spike did NOT want to come home. I spent the entire 3 hour journey on the way to the lovely caravan convinced I had forgotten something though, so I thought I’d share with you a little post about the dos and don’ts of packing for a self-catering holiday. Do not drink the day before, and work the morning before I spent the day before our trip in Edinburgh with my work colleagues in a Harry Potter themed pop-up bar and drinking gin. So needless to say, I packed…