Birthday Party Tips For A Stress Free Day

Recently Lily turned 3 and I cannot believe how fast she is growing up! We threw her a small birthday party to celebrate and much to my relief it was a total success! Truth is though, I didn’t have to spend much time or effort planning it! That sounds awful, but I mean it in a good way. It was simple but effective, and stress free. In fact her birthday itself was great fun too, as we took a trip to the zoo with some of my family. With pre-school children I know some parents don’t go the whole hog with […]

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Crimson Publishing ‘Mum Hacks’ Book Review: Time Saving Tips You Need In Your Life

Recently my life feels ultra manic. juggling work with Lily along with housework, cooking, family days out, it can get a bit crazy. So it’s great when someone shows you a “Mum hack” that can save you time or energy, and you can then put that energy towards something much more important like family time. Then there are the fun hacks or the hacks that can just make life as a parent run slightly smoother. For example I have my own mum hack about leaving my tea on the radiator in winter so it keeps it warmer longer! One that’s […]

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3 year update: Lily’s Birthday Celebrations!

Today is Lily’s birthday! I can’t believe it was 3 years ago that our adventure in to parenting began. So much has changed in that time, not only has Lily changed so much from that tiny baby, but I’ve changed a lot too. The developments that happen to our children in the first few years is really astonishing. When I think back to that 7lb baby who couldn’t even smile or helps her head up, and now my big girl who never stops talking and running around! Speech and Language This time last year, Lily was saying odd words but […]

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“Cherish Every Moment”: Is It Possible?

This may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been away from Lily all day and therefore also away from the stresses and strains of being around a toddler for hours on end. Along with the fact that I am so broody at the moment! But I was just tucking Lily in to bed and looking at her and had a little soppy moment. It feels like lately she is becoming so much more of a little girl rather than a baby. I know she’s not been a baby for a while now, we have had the full blast […]

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20 Facts About Me!

You may have seen the #20FactsAboutMe Tag going round lately, I love it as so often we end up blogging about our family and others and we don’t speak much about ourselves. I have loved discovering more about the men and women behind the blogs!     I’ve been tagged by the fantastic Erica over at The Incidental Parent, she came up with a great list of facts so go over and have a read of hers as well! So, here goes my 20 Facts About Me: 1. I don’t drink caffeine, but I love coffee, so go for decaf […]

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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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