• blog title graphic- Our family kitchen cupboard essentials - with blog title and two images. first is a jar of pasta and the second is a layout of our breakfast
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    Our family kitchen cupboard essentials – the items we always have in, just in case

    As a family it’s always a good idea to have a range of items in the cupboard just in case. ‘Just in case’ for us usually involves me making something Spike decides she doesn’t like. After eating it 100 times before. Or realising once we’ve left the house for the day that I didn’t get chicken out of the freezer. Or getting in from work and not having the energy to cook the 45 minute recipe I had planned. I thought I’d share a bit about our family kitchen cupboard essentials and would love to know if yours match in the comments! The tinned goods So as standard we always…

  • 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…

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    Our favourite child friendly walks in Lancashire and Cumbria

    We’re an outdoorsy family. Choosing to spend time outside whatever the weather. We always go for long child friendly walks on weekends and when we aren’t working and have done for years. For a while we had to limit what walks we were doing due to pushchair use and when Spike stopped using the pushchair longer walks were harder. But even then, we still went out when we could. Walking in Lancashire and Cumbria The North West has some fantastic walking routes so we are lucky where we live. Lancashire has loads of walks across its 1,000 square miles. The Lake District in Cumbria is only a half hour drive for…

  • finding time to listen to my favourite podcasts, image is of two photographs - Raimy a 31 year old woman with dark purple hair bullet journalling with headphones in and the other Raimy's bullet journal and pencil case with her phone playing The Guilty Feminist podcast
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    Finding some ‘me’ time – my favourite podcasts and how I fit in listening around parenting

    This year I have been focusing on getting ‘me’ back. I used to listen to so much, read some much and watch so much that I always had things to talk about with people – other than parenting. Yet during 2018/19 I discovered this wasn’t the case any more. I wanted to do more to be me. I started slowly with dance during the start of 2019, then started hoop when we moved. Slowly I’d been reading more and more too. But my latest love is podcasts. I have learnt so much and discovered so many new people from my podcasts lately. So I thought I would share my favourite…

  • Our June 2020 in pictures blog graphic with blog title and two images. First shows a 5 year old blonde girl with her arms outsretched under a canopy of trees in the woods, the second shows the same girl painting a money box shaped like a cat.
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    Our June in pictures

    I think time sped up when lockdown begun. Do you agree? I can’t believe we’re at the end of June. But with lockdown no on the wind down and me facing the prospect of returning to work, I thought I might start reflecting on our months. June 2020 June was a lot of the same as previous months. We worked on our lockdown project a little. Spike started playing with some friends on our estate and because social bubbles are a thing we got a visit in with Auntie K and a socially distanced garden day with grandma. Natures playground We have made the most of the slow pace and…

  • our latest lockdown update and the return to school for spike, with two images of Spike, 5 years old, designing a pirate ship for school and counting inside tens frames
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    Our 14th week in ‘lockdown’ – Getting ready to go back to school and our new normal

    We entered our 14th week of ‘lockdown’ this week. With the new rules in place I don’t even know if we can call it lockdown now. I don’t understand whats going on. We live in a world where Primark and Ikea are open but taking your child to the park isn’t a thing? Thankfully we’ve been lucky enough to have natures playground right on our doorstep and have found some great places for Spike to play. The last few weeks We celebrated Spike’s 5th birthday in lockdown during week 11 (I think…) It was half term. We had started getting a very moody, emotional and downright horrible Spike on our…

  • Managing money and savings when you have a family. Image is blog title with money in jar with a plant growing out of it and a screenshot from the app MoneyWiz 3
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    Managing money and starting to save – top tips for forecasting your spend and stop living month by month

    If you had mentioned the idea of doing a post about money on my blog just a couple of years ago, I probably would have laughed in your face. Me and T have never been overly careful with money. We lived month by month and had credit cards and store cards. A few years ago, just after we had Spike in fact, we started talking about saving for a house. But it seemed so unrealistic at the time. Managing money wasn’t even in our vocabulary! Our situation when we started saving Renting our house, paying off old debt and spending more than we made. They are all traps that get…

  • Lancashire and Cumbria days out. Two photos of Spike, a blonde haired brown eyed preschooler enjoying Lowther Castle and Mrs Dowson's Farm
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    Our favourite North West Days out around Lancashire and Cumbria

    Lancashire and Cumbria are awesome places to explore and while a lot of attractions are currently closed, it still has a whole host of places to enjoy for walking and playing in nature. We’ve been talking a lot about our favourite attractions and walks in and around Lancashire lately, to put onto our Lockdown wishlist and I thought it would be good to do a little round up of some of our favourite Cumbria and Lancashire days out! Free days out I’ve a whole blog post about free Cumbria and Lancashire days out from a few years ago, but to be honest we hadn’t even gone that far when I…

  • Blog title graphic - sitting at the table for mealtimes - with two images. On the left is Spike, a 4 year old blonde haired brown eyed girl eating cake, the the right is Spike eating beans and sausage looking very cheeky
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    Sitting down together at the table for mealtimes – what we’ve noticed since we changed our ways

    Growing up our dining room table wasn’t used. It was an extension of the shop that my parents owned. Often covered in newspapers, magazines or stock that needed to go out into the shop. I think I just about managed to eat breakfast on it most mornings. But that was it. And I can only remember eating together as a family around it at Christmas. Breakfast would often be eaten alone, tea time was spent in the living room around the TV. Or in my bedroom. Even when I spent mealtimes in the living room, my meals were often at different times to my parents once I was in my…