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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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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mum and two children at animal kingdom in disneyworld
Parenting

The Mum Tag 2019

I was tagged by Josie from Me, Them and the Others (about 6 weeks ago – oops!) to answer 15 questions about being a mum. It’s been a long time coming, so without further ado, here are all my answers: 1. Favourite mum hack? I’m not sure I’m sufficiently sophisticated at parenting to have a …

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Oh the joy of messy play
Parenting

Messy play: All good clean fun?

I’m a big fan of baby and toddler groups. My little girl had a full schedule of them up until she started preschool. They were great for her confidence and also helped to get us into a good routine. We did them all: gymnastics, music, swimming, dancing, playgroups…. However, there was one thing I just …

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Life

Mission Impossible?

I like to think that I’m fairly resilient. I’ve climbed Mount Fuji with nothing more than a banana to eat, navigated my way by train through India, and have even ventured into Sainsburys on Christmas Eve. I’m not afraid of a challenge and won’t easily be beaten, but I have to be honest: I think I may …

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