Dancing On Her Own! Lily’s First Solo Dance Class

I started Lily at a local dance school when she was just 18 months old. She was still rather wobbly on her chubby little legs, and she mainly just ran around in the opposite direction to everyone else, but she loved it. The dance routine was the same every week, in fact it’s still the same now. So the children get familiar with it, and despite them doing it every week it still brings big smiles to their faces. When I first walked in to dancing I didn’t really know what to expect. None of the other mum’s really spoke […]

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#PassTheStoryOn with Tesco: The Everywhere Bear & The Highway Rat

Lily and I love reading together. It’s fantastic for children’s learning in so many ways: it stimulates their imagination; helps with their language skills; their concentration; and their listening. Not to mention the benefits of spending that quality time one on one with your child. A love of reading is definitely something I want to instil in Lily, as all too often books are forgotten about once children get into games consoles and TV. #PassTheStoryOn Recently Tesco gave myself, Sarah at Whimsical Mumblings, and Nicola At A Blog’s Life the opportunity to take part in a fantastic book share. They […]

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The Ups and Downs of my Breastfeeding Rollercoaster

As I’ve spoken about in passing before, I breastfed Lily for 18 months. Once we got the hang of breastfeeding it was fantastic, but that wasn’t always the case. We got off to a very rocky start. I wrote about our breastfeeding journey for a feature on the lovely Kelly-Anne’s blog over at Mimi Rose and Me. Now I thought I would show you guys what I wrote, here is my breastfeeding story: Looking back on my breastfeeding journey, I know it sounds cliche but I can only liken it to a rollercoaster. When I found out I was pregnant I knew I […]

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Vital Baby Review: Stick & Slide and Swim Rings

Lily is a water baby. She loves swimming, jumping in the paddling pool in the summer, and she loves bath time. So when we were sent some bath toys from Vital Baby we were thrilled. Presentation Opening the box we loved the beautiful and smart packaging. Lily couldn’t wait to get her hands on the toys, so they are most definitely enticing for children! She was most drawn to the Swim Rings, to be honest I was too, they just looked fun and exciting. Bath Time Although Lily loves it when she’s in the bath it’s always a bit of a […]

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Fingerprint Easter Card: Toddler Friendly Arts & Crafts

Another craft for another occasion! We love an excuse to get the arts and crafts box out.  Actually boxES- we now have two, plus a large section of Lily’s wardrobe dedicated to crafts. Who would have though it a year ago! This week we’ve been making Easter cards. I must admit I’ve never bought an Easter card for anyone and I’m pretty sure I haven’t received one either. But we thought we would make some as a nice arts and crafts activity. As usual this was totally toddler friendly so you’re not left sticking and gluing too much whilst your […]

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Anxiety and Me: When Worry Takes Over

“Drive carefully” Are the words I say to anyone either coming up to visit us or leaving our house to go home. “Be careful” I say to Joe every time he leaves to drive somewhere. It’s especially bad when it comes to cars, my anxiety. Every time anyone goes to visit my younger brother who lives a couple of hours away I have a knot in my tummy until they tell me they’ve arrived safely. Making plans fills me with confusing emotions as I want to go out, I want to meet up with people, but at the same time I […]

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Mother’s Day Craft: Footprint Flowers

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! It’s come round so quick! If you haven’t got a present yet for your Mum, or if you’re a Dad reading this and you haven’t got anything on behalf of the kids for your other half yet…Do not fear. This simple yet thoughtful craft is easy to make and will make the receiver very happy. Here is how you make a beautiful bunch of Footprint Flowers, we gave these to Joe’s mum and she loved them. And if you don’t fancy this craft, or are looking for another, you can see my Mother’s Day Medal […]

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Hetty and Betty: Gifts and Home Decor to make a Beautiful Home

I’ve been lucky enough recently to receive a few beautiful items from Hetty and Betty, a gift and home accessories online shop. We are also able to offer our readers a special 10% off discount code! You can find it at the end of the post! What Did We Think? We moved in to our family home over 2 years ago now. For the first couple of weeks Lily and I stayed at my Mum’s, so that Joe and my in-laws could decorate the new place without us having to live among paint and wallpaper. They got the upstairs done, […]

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Oh My Blog: Natalie from Floral Republic & Her Mum

I’m really excited to be taking part in Oh My Blog this month. Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them! This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and we’re hosting Natalie from Floral Republic. 1. Introduce us to your mum. What’s her name? What does she do? Reveal her age if you dare! My mum is […]

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15 Bugbears I Have Now I’m A Parent

At every stage of life there are bugbears– those things that irritate you immensely. For example when you’re a toddler it’s pretty annoying when your parent’s won’t let you have chocolate for breakfast. Or when you’re given a drink in a purple cup when you wanted pink. In fact, pretty much everything is annoying for you when you’re a toddler- hence all the tantrums. When you’re a teenager it’s annoying when your parents snoop in your room, or won’t let you go to a party. At this stage in my life as a parent myself I have many, many bugbears. So […]

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