Tag Archives: life

Happy 100th Birthday Roald Dahl! #RoaldDahl100

I don’t think there’s a single person that hasn’t heard of the name Roald Dahl. If you haven’t then where the heck have you been because today is Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday! I wasn’t actually aware that this amazingly talented author passed away before I was even born, in 1990. Roald Dahl directly wrote 39 books but the ones I …

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Getting Active With PITCH Brioche Pasquier

We have gone about three months without a car recently and I have never been so active in my life. I think I’ve been living in a mix of complete exhaustion but actually feeling quite good about it. Being active has so many benefits and I definitely think I’ve started to feel some of them in that time. We were …

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A Family Meal At ASK Italian Rayleigh

It has become a very rare thing for us to eat out as a family. We always have good intentions of a nice relaxed bonding time over a meal cooked for us in a nice restaurant. The reality of it is, going out for a meal with three small children is one of the most stressful experiences in our family …

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Special Needs Diary #7 – Going On Holiday

Dear Diary, I am writing this just four days after our big family holiday, but you most likely won’t be reading it until a few weeks later. Holidays are always something I really get anxious about with P1. As she’s getting older she is becoming more aware of her surroundings, she has preferences and can get rather emotional and hard …

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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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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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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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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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