• Image of Spike enjoying the Spring sunshine with blog title of Why I do so much with Spike, and why you shouldn't believe everything that Instagram shows you
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    Why I ‘do’ so much with Spike – and why you shouldn’t believe everything that Instagram shows you

    Ever see another parent on Instagram and think their life is perfect? Do you think they are acing it and doing a great job? They are, we all are. But they aren’t doing a better job than you, or anyone else you know because they capture a few perfect moments. My Instagram feed I capture sweet moments and things that I get up to with Spike. I share them and I share day to day bits of our lives. If you read my captions its not always sweet but the photos usually look it. For the most part. However that doesn’t mean my sh*t is together as much as you…

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    Putting my back into it – My quest to health with yoga

    Have you tried Yoga? I have, and surprisingly its going quite well! I never thought I was the yoga type. I always saw it as a bit of a waste of time. Plus, I didn’t think I would ever be able to bend the way you need to in order to do some of the positions. But with a recurring back pain showing up, I decided I needed to do something that might help. Being body positive I don’t hate my body. I am quite body positive and feel that if I am happy then everyone else can go screw themselves. However I am not stupid. I know I’m overweight…

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    Top five instagram photos – March 2018

    I haven’t shared my top five Instagram posts since last October. Which was so long ago! I love seeing what people loved the most on my Instagram feed each month. Sharing my top five is a great reason to look over the past month and see what I loved about my instagram moments too. March was a fun month with us finally spending a little more time outside than we have done for a while and spending lots of time with family. Spike is really starting to build on certain aspects of her personality and our fifth most liked photo of the month shows the mischievous side of her personality…

  • Spike enjoying a stroll through the family picnic area at Formby Beach with blog title of Our Easter Sunday a Day on the beach caption
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    Our Easter Sunday – A trip to the beach

    We’re not religious. So much so, I would have probably done without Easter Eggs for Spike but I was told I’d be a spoilsport. But our non-religious belief means that we don’t have any religious traditions for Easter Sunday. I don’t think we did anything before Spike was around. I guess because there’s a bank holiday before and after it, we probably spent them drunk or chilling out before Spike arrived. Then the first year she was born I think we just spent the day at her Grandmas after spending the days before at my parents’ house. Last year we took to the great outdoors and visited local nature reserve…

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    My Sunday Photo – 01/04/2018

    We’ve been treated to a little bit of great weather the last week or so. Which means we’ve been getting outdoors a little more than usual. Last Sunday we took to our local park and T managed to snap this action shot of Spike. It makes for a great #MySundayPhoto don’t you agree? I’m not quite sure if shes casting a spell or brandishing a sword as she is obsessed with Wonder Woman at the minute, but whatever she’s doing, she’s doing it in style!

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    What’s Coming Next Mummy?! – Dear Zoo Live review

    This Easter we were very lucky to have tickets to head along to the Charter Theatre in Preston for a showing of Dear Zoo Live! Dear Zoo, celebrating it’s 35th year, has hit the stage for the first time. And with fantastic props, a great storyline and some great audience interaction, it’s the ideal place to take your little ones this Spring. The start of the show We head to the afternoon show at 2pm and took our very fortunate seats centre stage on the first row. I say took our seats – Spike didn’t want to sit in her seat as it kept trying to flip back up with her…

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    The ‘I don’t believe you’ phenomenon – talking about lifestyle choices with other women

    Have you got a lifestyle choice that is different to the norm? I have. I don’t want to get married. Ever. It’s not just a passing phase, and there are multiple reasons for it. But that is my choice, and I constantly have to defend it. Lately this has started really frustrating me. When I used to say it before me and T had Spike, I was told ‘You’ll feel differently once a baby comes along’. Then when Spike came along and we gave her my surname I was lectured at by the registrar. I was reminded not once, not twice, but FOUR times that I ‘would have to return…

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    Letting my hair down – A new style for mummy

    I have gorgeous long locks. Or should I say had? Until recently I had hair so long I could sit on it. People commented on it loads and I loved having it so long. Last month however, I decided it was time for a change and went in for the chop – big style! going in for the chop On a Saturday in February, I headed along to my local hairdresser and told him to just chop it off. I didn’t care what he did, I was just sick of it. I wanted to donate it to something like The Little Princess Trust but as its dyed a red/purple colour…

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    Clothes shopping for Spike – Bending the gender stereotype rules

    We delved into the deepest darkest part of town last weekend, Primark! I say this because our local Primark is like a jumble sale. Its horrible, with clothes thrown everywhere and people getting in your way constantly. We got round this a little by visiting between 10:30 and 11am on a Sunday morning – when you can’t even buy anything. It helped. There were far fewer people in there than there normally are and Spike was still happy at that time of the day. We hit the grown up section first, with me grabbing new leggings and a skirt as quickly as I could before she started moaning. I picked…

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    Jumping into action – kickstarting our house savings with a Help to Buy ISA

    In January I wrote a post about the year ahead and things I wanted from it. In that post, I mentioned I had started a Help to Buy ISA and I wanted to write more about what that means for those who may not know. Essentially, the most important thing when it comes to buying out own home is money. We could save a tiny bit each month ourselves, buy a run down terrace house and spend the net ten years rebuilding it. But I would probably hate the work involved and it would cost loads. I know what state our previous rental was in, and the current one isn’t…