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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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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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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Why My Blog Is Making Me A Better Mum

As I mention in my first post introducing myself, this is my third attempt at writing the A Blonde And A Baby blog. However unlike the previous attempts I am so much more committed this time, and actually I am really enjoying it. It’s slotted in to my life now and I almost can’t imagine not blogging, I think I’m hooked! Not only is it fun to write my blog, but I truly believe it is making me a better mother. Here’s why: 1. It allows me to vent. There are times when you just need to let go of all the tangled […]

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#TheLittleOne Tag

I’ve been nominated by the lovely Hayley over at Devon Mama to take part in #TheLittleOne tag. Where I have interviewed Lily, and will be showing you all what her cheeky character is really like. She’s the baby to my blonde, but so far you haven’t ever heard directly from Lily herself. Well she’s a little young to type, so I’m typing for her. (However judging by how fast she learnt how to use the Ipad I’m sure it will be the laptop next!) I have recorded her responses below:   1. What is the best thing about being two? […]

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Arts & Crafts for Toddlers: Sweet Wrapper Suncatcher

One of my New Years Resolutions is to cut out sweet treats in the week…but why do we make these goals just after Christmas when we have a million sweeties and snacks in the house!? Because of this I have been trying to get rid of all junk food in the house..by eating it all- cue me scoffing my body weight in Quality Street. The plus side of me gaining another stone to lose is I have saved the see-through wrappers to make this sweet little suncatcher with Lily. It’s a pretty simple craft but here’s how to do it: […]

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Christmas craft for Toddlers- Christmas Tree Twigs

These pretty Christmas Twig Trees are a surprisingly easy Christmas craft to make, and are perfect to make with younger children as well. It also involves a little fresh air first as you will need to go and collect some twigs beforehand.                   What you’ll need: Twigs PVA glue Secateurs Lollipop stick Sequins Step One: To start your Christmas craft, use the secateurs to trim the twigs *GROWN UPS ONLY*. The longest piece should be around 9cm long, and you want around 8 pieces, getting smaller in size. Step Two: Next, take the lollipop […]

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The New Meaning of Christmas

I have always been a “Christmas person”. I love decorating the tree, listening to the Christmas songs, wrapping presents, seeing a happy face when I give a loved one a gift they will really love. Above all I like the focus on family and friends. Before I had Lily I loved Christmas, but what I didn’t know was how amazing it is when you are a parent! The thing is I was sitting here thinking about how many presents I have got for Lily so far, there are so many great toys and games out there, and there is a […]

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