#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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#BacktoSchool – SAMBRO Sofia the First Bag (& a giveaway)!

#BacktoSchool – SAMBRO Sofia the First Bag (& a giveaway)!

With school just one week away I’m busy finalising my check lists and ticking off everything… and I’ve also started packing the ‘back to school bags’.  You see, I’m really very organised for the first week (it all goes downhill after that) and they have freshly filled water bottles, PE kits, spare clothes (well Princess Pants anyway) and their home-school link book.  At the moment I’m concentrating on PE kits and spare clothes… lining it all up...

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#BacktoSchool – EdPlace: An Educational Resource for parents!

#BacktoSchool – EdPlace: An Educational Resource for parents!

I don’t know about your little ones but mine get sooo bored at the end of the holidays leading up to going back to school.  We’re already attempting to get back into a more school friendly routine and I have found something to help ease Boyo back into term time. He is a bright lad, and loves nothing more than exercising those brain cells and he has recently been using worksheets provided by EdPlace. EdPlace is an education resource for parents;...

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#BacktoSchool – Twinkl Resources & Giveaway

#BacktoSchool – Twinkl Resources & Giveaway

Princess Pants is starting school in 2 weeks; she is able to write her name; she has good pencil control and she can recognise the numbers 1 through to 9.  My aim at the moment is to help her progress that little bit more.  And she is.  All thanks to Twinkl. Twinkl.co.uk is an awesome online resource for parents, teachers, teaching assistants and basically anyone who spends a lot of time around children.  There are hundreds of resources...

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A family holiday in Greece? Or an historical excursion?

A family holiday in Greece?  Or an historical excursion?

With summer coming to an end I cannot help but think that a nice (hot) holiday would have been great.  Do not get me wrong, we had a wonderful time in Cornwall; however, it would have been amazing to just relax on a sun lounger next to a pool with an alcoholic beverage in hand…  Who am I kidding? I have three children, there is no way I could ever kick back and relax with them running around.  Not to mention the fact that I’m really not a kick...

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Weight Loss 2014: The Short One

Weight Loss 2014: The Short One

I believe I missed my weight loss post this week.  It has been a massive week… with Sim visiting from Ooop North and Boyo celebrating his 9th birthday (which does mean, given the amount of cake in the house that I won’t have lost anything when I weigh in on Monday!). I’m not going to blather on today but I did lose a little weight. Previous Weight:                  19st 12.2lb ~ 278.2lb ~ 126.2kg Current Weight:                   19st 9.4lb ~...

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#BacktoSchool – Organix No Junk Challenge

#BacktoSchool – Organix No Junk Challenge

Cut the Junk from Children’s Lunchboxes Join us at www.organix.com/nojunk Mums want healthier food for children, without the added junk, according to a survey released earlier this year to launch the Organix No Junk Challenge – and that means No Junk Lunchboxes too. We know it’s not always easy to make good food choices.  So the Organix No Junk Challenge, with the help of supporters such as Holly Bell (finalist in Great British Bake Off and...

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Baby Comma – 5 Months Old

Baby Comma – 5 Months Old

Baby Comma, You were 5 months old on Thursday! You are such a cheeky chappy.  Your smile lights up a room and you are surrounded by people who love and dote on you. Your personality is really starting to come through now.  You are impatient (you get that from Mummy); you are sociable (you didn’t stand much chance of not being so with Boyo and Princess Pants around); you are nosy (but then, show me a 5 month old who isn’t). Recently we’ve...

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Post Natal Depression – Real Me Vs PND Me

Post Natal Depression – Real Me Vs PND Me

I wrote this the other night while feeling so miserable and anxious and stressed out.  Writing it was therapeutic.  Writing it helped me to categorize all the emotions and deal with them individually.  Writing it helped me to realise I don’t have to be defined by my PND. I’ve switched off.  My house could fall down around me but right now, I couldn’t give a shit.  I am writing these words now, while I am feeling them in the hope that one...

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#BacktoSchool – On time, clean and healthy

#BacktoSchool – On time, clean and healthy

Going #backtoschool often requires precision planning on a parents’ part.  Not only do we need to buy school uniforms and various other supplies (pens, pencils, lunch boxes and coats to name a few) but then there is the act of getting the children there promptly, fresh, clean and ready to face the day ahead.  If, like me, this is a bit of a challenge then maybe these 3 things could help. Proximo from Kensington So, what always hinders a quick...

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#BacktoSchool – Proximo Giveaway

#BacktoSchool – Proximo Giveaway

Do you keep losing your keys but never your phone? Do you keep losing your phone but never your keys? Or maybe your handbag keeps disappearing in the chaos of family life? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then this is the perfect giveaway for you! Proximo, from Kensington, a fantastic key fob that connects to your phone via the Proximo App using Bluetooth, makes sure that you never lose your phone, keys or handbag ever again. ...

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Weight Loss 2014 – I am ‘Morbidly Obese’

Weight Loss 2014 – I am ‘Morbidly Obese’

I am ‘morbidly obese’; I am at risk of numerous health problems (diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease etc. etc.).  But, do you know what?  I’m actually healthy. I am not diabetic; I am not arthritic; my blood pressure is within normal limits; my cholesterol is ok, as is my ticker.  However, I am not naïve enough to think that I will be this ‘lucky’ forever. Obesity and the problems associated with it don’t...

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