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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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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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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Mother’s Day Craft: World’s Best Grandma Medal

Another month and another occasion drawing nearer… this time it’s one of my favourites- Mother’s Day! I love Mother’s Day as it’s the start of spring, the days are starting to feel a bit brighter, flowers are starting to show their faces, and it’s a day to give your mum a good spoiling. As a mum myself I love getting spoilt too! As Lily and I have discovered a love for all things arts and crafts I decided this year to MAKE my mum’s presents rather than buy them. Plus what Grandma doesn’t adore a homemade gift from their darling […]

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Terrible Twos & Tantrums: 1 strop, 2 strops, 3 strops, more!

Argh! The terrible twos have come late to the party, and bit us on the bum! Or maybe it’s early threenager: Lily will be 3 in May. Up until now, excluding about 3 months some time between the age of 18 months and 2 when she decided to throw tantrum after tantrum about the smallest of things, she has always been a pretty relaxed little thing. I think that tricky blip was due to her suddenly realising that she was this independent person. She wanted to do her own thing, and did not want to be told no. Luckily for us that […]

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3 In The Bed And The Little One Said… Part Three

You may remember a couple of my previous posts: 3 In The Bed… Part 1 and Part 2. Well the issue of nighttime has come back to light lately. Yet again we are trying to get Lily to sleep through in her own bed. Background The sleeping issue: When Lily reached a year old I decided to stop all night feeds, however the knock on effect of this was that she stopped settling at night when she woke up. Whereas before I would feed her at midnight and it would get her sleeping through until morning, since cutting that feed she would wake up and […]

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Mum Guilt- What is it & Why do we get it?

Mum guilt. We all suffer it, mine hits me with a good wallop in the evenings usually. Just as I sit down to relax the little niggles start to creep in: “Was I a good mum today?” “I shouldn’t have shouted earlier.” “Lily really should eat more veg, I’m going to start planning her meals better.” “Is she getting enough social engagement with other kids? Maybe I should start taking her to more groups.” I could go on and on to be honest. Mum guilt- what a b***h. But what exactly is “Mum guilt”, what causes it? I asked Joe, […]

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