Sparks and daughters penguin jumper and card
Reviews

Getting set for winter with Sparks & Daughters

This is a collaborative post with Sparks & Daughters, but all views are my own. The clocks went back at the weekend and there’s now no denying that we’re on the rapid descent from ‘bit chilly’ to ‘absolutely freezing’. As ever, I’ve been caught out by the sudden change in temperature and last Friday before …

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Parenting

Regrets, I’ve had a few…..

I’m not one of those people who looks back on their life and says ‘If I could do it all again, I wouldn’t change a thing’. I’d love to say that I have no regrets, but that would be a lie. I have plenty.  If I was to talk about a couple of my biggest …

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birthday balloons
Reviews

In a present-picking panic? Just ask Wicked Uncle

This is a collaborative post with Wicked Uncle but all views are my own. Our 4 year old started school last month and already she’s had so many birthday party invitations that we’ve had to start turning them down. Shoehorning birthday parties into our already hectic schedule is one thing, but the hassle of buying …

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Toddler playing at baby club
Parenting

The Baby Club, the Baby Club yeah…

If you know, you know. Of course I’m talking about CBeebies’ The Baby Club. There is something about this programme that captivates both my 4 year old and 1 year old. Everything stops for The Baby Club. They can be immersed in play or a packet of Pom-Bears, but as soon as they hear the …

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Angry face held up by two hands
Life

Five things I could do without, frankly

Maybe it’s because we’re almost at the end of the school holidays and I can’t decide if I’m more upset by how many pounds I’ve put on or by how many pounds I’ve spent since the middle of July. Or maybe it’s because having both children at home means I have no time to tidy …

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Woman sitting in bed at night watching films on laptop and not sleeping
Parenting

Three signs that you probably need more sleep

Sleep, for parents, is a funny thing. Yep, it’s absolutely hilarious. Because when your children are babies, you’re awake more than half the night with them and end up barely functioning due to sheer exhaustion. But then, as they get older and start to reliably sleep through (if you’re lucky), you could feasibly return to …

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Parent holding melting ice cream cone at the beach in hot weather or heatwave
Parenting

Four reasons why parenting in a heatwave is no fun

Now, I love a heatwave as much as the next person. That is, if the next person is a frazzled mum of two, sweating buckets, wearing weather-inappropriate clothes and longing for a nice cool, cloudy day. Because you see, since having children, heatwaves (much like holidays) are not what they once were. Whereas the mention …

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child painting at preschool
Parenting

The end of pre-school

For the last couple of months it has been periodically hitting me (like a saucepan to the face), that Little B is coming to the end of her time at pre-school. And now her final week is here. I won’t lie: she’s beyond ready for school and has been for a while now. But I’m …

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