Hello Threenager, the best age yet?

Lily is now 3 and a quarter. Although I thought the terrible twos were challenging in many ways, I can definitely see how the name “threenager” came about. I have heard many parents’ say that 3 is harder than 2, and in many ways I agree. We have delay tactics in a massive way right now. Every time I ask Lily to do anything it’s “in a minute”. Just this evening she started dancing with her teddy, which was apparently extremely important, when she should have been cleaning her teeth. If I had a penny for every time I said […]

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Breastfeeding… “I just find it a bit weird”

If you’ve ever had to breastfeed your baby whilst trying to eat your dinner as they simultaneously flail their arms about knocking said dinner out of your hand, then you will know that breastfeeding is far from glamorous. However, it is a totally natural process that is proven to be nutritionally the best thing for your baby. But breast or bottle, if you and your baby are happy then all is good. This is not a debate about that. Lately, I have stumbled across quite a few women who seem to think there is something strange, odd and even sexual […]

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My Struggle As A Working Mum: Abracadabra! Make Mummy Stay Here!

“Abracadabra! Make mummy stay here!” The words Lily said with passion as I got ready for work on Tuesday. Seriously, talk about pulling on my heart strings. I so wish I could have made it come true for her as well. I don’t want to have to go off to work, aside from the fact I really don’t enjoy my job, I don’t ever want to leave Lily. My maternity leave was the best time of my life so far. Day after day spent with my beautiful baby girl, walks down the harbour where we lived, days out with friends […]

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Help! I Need Me Time… But How!?

Before I had Lily I always said that when I had a baby I would make sure to get some “me time” in. Well let’s all have one big laugh at that shall we?! Along with “I’ll make sure I exercise and lose the baby weight.” Not forgetting “We’ll have monthly date nights to spend quality time together.” Or my personal favourite “I won’t let the baby control my life, it will fit around me!” Pre-baby me was an idiot. Once that bundle of joy comes along life turns upside down, in the best way, but also in an all […]

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TOMY Toy Review: Spin & Splash Jellyfish; Shake & Sort Cupcakes and Aquadoodle

I don’t know who was more excited for our delivery of TOMY toys, Lily or me! I’m such a kid at heart and I love it when Lily gets a new toy to play with. We were lucky enough to receive three TOMY toys through the post to review. Here’s what we thought.. Spin and Splash Jellyfish We love a bath toy, and one that doesn’t include squirting water out as those only seem to last five minutes before they get that black water mould on them, and have to be chucked. This fun toy fills up with water and then […]

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Happy Father’s Day: Thank You To The Dads

Happy belated Father’s Day! I hope you’ve all been spoiling the men in your life rotten. Or if you are a Dad yourself I hope you’ve been thoroughly spoilt! It’s often discussed how hard it is to be a woman, as I’ve spoken about in the past. But let’s not forget the men out there too, specifically the Dads. The unsung heroes they often get a bit of a hard time. Popular memes talking about Dads as the back up slightly rubbish irresponsible parent. About children walking past Dad on the sofa and going to ask mum for a drink (although […]

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How We Chose Our Nursery, Or Rather How Our Toddler Did…

I’m of the opinion that nursery is fantastic for young children. Often thought of more as a childcare solution for parents, nursery is so much more than that. It is the start of their education journey. An opportunity for them to learn through play in a sociable environment. Developing both their early academic skills but more importantly their social skills. Don’t get me wrong it is convenient for us that Lily will be attending nursery on the days that I work, so childcare is a part of it. But even if I wasn’t working I would still take her. Lily […]

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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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