The importance of learning to swim

The importance of learning to swim

Learning to swim is a big thing in our house.  I love to swim; it is great exercise and fun.  Growing up, I swam.  I swam in competitions and ranked well.  I miss competitive swimming.  Although, this is not the reason I have enrolled my children into swimming lessons. Boyo, naturally, was first.  He was uncomfortable with water, well if that water was in a container larger than a bath.  At 6 months we started Water Babies, he hated every...

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Win a Year’s Subscription to OK! Magazine

Win a Year’s Subscription to OK! Magazine

I don’t drink often… in fact I much prefer to chill on the sofa with a cup of coffee but there are those occasions that call for a wine glass and a toast.  Rather than being filled with wine or champagne, my glass is usually filled with the delights of Shloer – the perfect non-alcoholic alternative to wine. I now have another reason to head off and buy another bottle of Shloer; from 15th September until 7th November we can all claim a free copy...

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Baby’s First Tastes Part 5 – Brother Max 1st Stage Weaning Pots Giveaway

Baby’s First Tastes Part 5 – Brother Max 1st Stage Weaning Pots Giveaway

I first mentioned the Brother Max 1st Stage Weaning Pots last week.  They are perfect for small portions of pureed food for tiny tummies, and are designed to be used in the freezer, the microwave and the dishwasher.  They also make GREAT snack pots later on down the line. There are 6 small pots that connect together for easy storage in the freezer. They are purposefully designed to make making and storing your own food for baby hassle-free....

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Baby’s First Tastes Part 4 – Boon’s Squirt Spoon Giveaway

Baby’s First Tastes Part 4 – Boon’s Squirt Spoon Giveaway

I first mentioned the Squirt Spoon from Boon last week.  An ingenious invention that helps you feed your baby on the go and takes away the jar and the mess.  Although, you know the mess created by a baby blowing raspberries with a mouth full of bright <insert colour here> food?  It, unfortunately, does not take away this mess.  Sorry! We have already tried out the Squirt and it did indeed make feeding Comma a fruit smoothie easier while...

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We have been married a year!

We have been married a year!

Yesterday, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary. At 3pm on Saturday 14th September 2013, I started walking down the aisle on my Father’s arm. At the end of the aisle stood a nervous man, my soon to be husband. I remember little of that day, it passed so quickly. The last year, our first year of marriage, has passed just as quickly. Here are a few of my favourite photographs from our special...

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Dear Comma – 6 months old!

Dear Comma – 6 months old!

Comma, You have now celebrated your half-birthday!  You are 6 months!  You are amazing! You are cuddly, cwtchy and I love the little personality that is now shining through… The more children around the more relaxed you are. You are a little bugger in the evenings when Daddy is working but a little angel when Daddy is home.  (You know you can wrap Mummy around your little finger don’t you?) Your big brother and sister started back to school...

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Baby’s First Tastes Part 3

Baby’s First Tastes Part 3

We’re at such an exciting stage with Comma; he is exploring food himself.  The pleasure on his face when I hand him a banana, a carrot stick, a piece of chicken or fish is quite exhilarating to watch… in fact, watching him play with a few peas at dinner time today was brilliant.  He was quite puzzled by the fact that it rolled away.  However, we didn’t start off with finger foods.  Like the vast majority of babies, Comma’s first tastes were...

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Baby’s First Tastes Part 2: Quinola Mothergrain (& Giveaway)

Baby’s First Tastes Part 2: Quinola Mothergrain (& Giveaway)

There is such a huge variety of baby food available on the market that sometimes it can be totally confusing which brand to get… organic, vegetarian, lumpy, mashed… the choices are endless.  The variety available is massive now compared to when Boyo was born 9 years ago. As much as I like to cook my own food for Comma, sometimes it is convenient to pick something that is ready made for him… I know it is safe… I know the salt content isn’t going...

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Opinel Le Petit Chef Knife, Peeler and Finger Guard Set

Opinel Le Petit Chef Knife, Peeler and Finger Guard Set

I have recently started giving Boyo and Princess Pants more responsibility around the house.  Recently, they have been helping out by washing the dishes after dinner, getting the laundry in off the washing line, tidying the living room, helping to look after Baby Comma and helping with dinner preparations. I am hoping to encourage a life-long love of food and cooking in each of my children and I hope that getting them active in the kitchen...

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I’m taking a break…

I’m taking a break…

Next month, I should be starting the second half of Level 2 of my degree.  I registered and printed off the financial support forms way back in April.  However, this was before my break down at baby clinic 3 hours before my exam for A200 was due to start. Since my breakdown, I sat an exam and I achieved a grade 3 pass in it.  I felt certain I would be able to return to studying in October, fresh and with enthusiasm to learn. As July ended and...

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Baby’s First Tastes Part 1

Baby’s First Tastes Part 1

Comma will be 6 months on Sunday… and I was planning on waiting until the recommended age before introducing food.  However, Comma’s interest in food piqued at the beginning of August when I became unable to eat a meal without the little man squealing at me until I gave him something off my plate. Inevitably, we decided to introduce the smallest one to food.  He is my third, so it should have been easy, yes?  Wrong!  I felt like I had no clue...

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#BacktoSchool – The First Day

#BacktoSchool – The First Day

Today, I woke up to two excited children. Today, I woke up with a heavy heart. Today, I made an effort to plaster a smile on my face. Today, I made breakfast before 9am for the first time in 6 weeks. Today, I ensured teeth were brushed, hair done, all dressed before 9am. Today, I took photographs of my children in their fresh, new school uniforms. Today, I got us all in the car at 8.45am for the first time in 6 weeks. Today, I pulled up at the...

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#BacktoSchool – Shoe Shopping for Wide Feet

#BacktoSchool – Shoe Shopping for Wide Feet

Every time we go shopping for shoes for Princess Pants we face a challenge.  We face a challenge to find suitable shoes for a four year old with wide feet, a high instep and a larger than average shoe size for her age.  Not only this but finding something practical is also a challenge. We visited Clarks as usual this summer… and walked out empty handed.  Not completely, we did manage to buy shoes for Boyo (£42!!!! Really???) But poor Princess...

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Babywearing – The love is growing

Babywearing – The love is growing

I spoke a while ago about my new found love of ‘babywearing’.  I am more in love with babywearing now than I was 6 weeks ago. I can’t really recall the last time I used Comma’s pram.  When I go shopping, I wrap him; when he is grumpy, I wrap him.  When I just want to ‘do something’. I wrap him.  That being said I haven’t wrapped in a few days. There is so much I love about babywearing. I love being able to hold my baby close to me, comfortably....

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Dear Boyo – A letter to my 9 year old!

Dear Boyo – A letter to my 9 year old!

Dear Boyo, Two weeks ago we celebrated your 9th birthday.  9 years old!  Where have the last 9 years gone! You were a surprise!  The best surprise we have ever had. The last 9 years have passed too quickly.  We have watched you grow from a tiny infant, to an intelligent toddler, to a nervous pre-schooler.  The last six years has seen your confidence grow. You are bright and intelligent and the top of your class in maths.  You are a friend to...

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