Malcolm & Gerald Personalised Children’s Clothing Review

In October last year we were sent some personalised clothing items from Malcolm & Gerald and since then P1s pink jumper has been a firm favourite when the weather is a little chilly. I couldn’t say no when I was asked to try out some more bits for the kids as the quality has been really satisfactory. We were sent three …

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Making Mini Syrup Sponges With Kids

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School holidays when you are a work at home mum is all about balancing everything. I’ve struggled in the first few days to accept the fact I’m getting a million demands in one hour let alone the full day! One particular day had been pretty darn stressful, we’d had yet more bad news for the car and panic set in …

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Is There A Right Way To Clean? Tips & Tricks From The Experts

Cleanliness is vital where children are concerned. When a new arrival appears on the scene it’s vitally important that the home is as sterile and clean as it can be for a few months, while the baby’s lungs strengthen. In a year your little one will crawl and then toddle, putting everything and anything in their mouths including juicy looking …

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Big Family Holiday To The Isle Of Wight – Day Six

I think by the sixth day, heading towards the end of our week, everyone was getting rather emotional and tired. The girls were becoming a little bit difficult but thankfully we had a new experience for the girls to enjoy, a Steam Railway. To be honest I don’t really know much about the Isle Of Wight and it’s history so …

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Special Needs Diary #6 – Pathological Demand Avoidance?

Dear Diary, As the weeks go by and especially now it’s the school holidays, I feel like I am learning more about P1. I read a lot of things now because I’m trying to fill my brain with the information that will be key to helping her. Something that has become evident to me is that I’m nearly certain that …

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LeapFrog Leaping Letters! Review

I have recently been looking to switch up the types of toys that I have for the girls. I feel like they have a lot of bits and bobs but nothing really that entertaining now that they are older. I was thrilled to receive the LeapFrog Leaping Letters game to review as part of our LeapFrog Ambassador role. Inside the …

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Big Family Holiday To The Isle Of Wight – Day Five

After a pretty hectic day at Blackgang Chine, I was as exhausted. The girls were incredibly emotional and we all just needed a bit of a down day. A day to recooperate and rest. It was a brilliant day for some beach fun! So we packed up the car and headed with hubby’s MiL and Nan to St Helen’s beach. …

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How to Prevent Brain Drain Over the Summer Holidays

The kids have been working hard all year, and it’s finally time for the summer holidays. But, six weeks out of the classroom is undoubtedly going to have an impact on their organisational skills and ability to learn and remember things. So, while it’s important that children get time to rest and recuperate over the summer, it might be worthwhile …

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Special Spontaneous Visitors

There’s lots I miss about my home town and living near my family but on the other hand there’s many more things I don’t miss. The one thing that always gives me a heavy heart whenever I think about it, is the ease of seeing my Grandad. When I lived in Essex I was always just five or ten minutes …

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Say Goodbye To Gardening Aches & Pains

I have so many different plans for when we have our own garden. I want the girls to have a little bug hotel, I want a sandpit and I want to have my own little vegetable garden and pretty daffodils. I honestly think that I have the green fingers bug before I’ve even got my own place to put those …

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Big Family Holiday To The Isle Of Wight – Day Four

Everybody had been going on about visiting Blackgang Chine but I wasn’t entirely sure what it was. We’d arranged to go with my MiL on our fourth day and we headed off with me doing zero research beforehand. Which is very unlike me. Now that I’ve been I can tell you that Blackgang Chine is most definitely suited for children of …

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Tips For Packing A Great Lunchbox #HartleysYourLunchbox

P1 extremely fortunate to receive school meals by the school. The menu is phenomenal and definitely exceeds anything I could ever come up with. So the school lunches are a bit alien to me. In fact packing a picnic was always something I forgot to do and I was never known for having snacks in my bag at all. Then …

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My Little Piccolo Review

We are well past our early weaning days. In fact I went down the babyled weaning route with both P2 and P3. However, when Piccolo got in touch and asked me to sample their new range of pouches I couldn’t say no. Not only did the website and packaging appeal to me when I took a little look but I …

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Big Family Holiday To The Isle Of Wight – Day Three

In the morning of our third day the farmer at Kempshill Farm popped by to see if we wanted to watch the cows be fed. Of course the kids were really excited so we headed round the barns. He was really informative about the cows meat and explained how he operates and what types of meat we should actually be …

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Win £50 Worth Of Letts Books

I just can’t believe that we are just a few weeks away from throwing ourselves back into school runs and routines. We’ve had such a jam packed summer holidays that I’ve barely had time to think about all the school bits and bobs we need! Are you read? Finding the time to choose the best books though may not always …

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Special Needs Diary #5 – Going To The Supermarket

Dear Diary, It’s very rare that P1 comes to a supermarket because we tend to do our food shopping during the week when she is at school. Now that it’s the school holidays I am seeing a new wall that P1 has to knock down or hide behind. I watched a short little clip on Facebook about disabilities not always …

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A Visit To Howletts Wild Animal Park

Two weeks ago we celebrated a big birthday for my MiL. Seeing as hubby’s grandparents were down ready for the big family holiday, it was decided that we were all going to go to Howletts Wild Animal Park.  Funny enough it was one of the places of my list of to dos since we’ve moved to Kent. The girls were …

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Big Family Holiday To The Isle Of Wight – Day Two

Despite having a long first day on the Isle Of Wight P2 still woke in the night. I hoped that the black out blind and being at the other end of the barn would help her sleep. It did a little bit on our first night as she only woke at 5 am which was much better than usual. However, …

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Big Family Holiday To The Isle Of Wight – Day One

Last week we spent a full seven days on the Isle of Wight with nearly all of my MiLs side (nearly 20 of us) celebrating my MiLs big birthday. I will be posting several posts about our holiday over the next few days or maybe weeks as we have been getting up to so many things in the past week …

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Managing the Family Finances: How to Succeed

A recent study from Shelter has shown that one in three families are only a month’s pay away from losing their homes. It’s a worrying result, and is enough to make all of us question whether or not our family’s finances are in good order right now. Here’s some advice for improving your family’s chance of success: Understand your income …

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