The First Day Of School…

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Dear Max, It's finally here. Your very first day of school. We've spent the last few weeks looking at the photos of so many other children, dressed so smartly in their school uniform and with that nervous / excited smile on their faces, and now finally it's your turn to put on your uniform and walk into your classroom. You said to me just last week, "Mummy, I going to miss you when I'm at school", but I think we both know that it's me who's going to miss you the most! You've been my constant companion for the last 4 years and it's been such a pleasure watching you grow into the most kind, thoughtful, and loving little boy that you ...

Were Our Merlin Annual Passes Good Value For Money?

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Last year was our first year having a Merlin Annual Pass. We'd had Legoland Annual Passes before, but when Merlin ran their January Sale back in 2017, the offer to get your Merlin Pass for just £129 was too good to refuse. We've now reached our full year of having them, so I wanted to look back over all of our adventures and work out whether our Merlin Annual Passes were worth it. As a family of 4, we needed 3 Merlin Passes, as our youngest was born in June 2017, and we opted for the Premium Passes so that we weren't restricted on entry days and didn't need to pay for parking. Our 3 passes cost us a total of ...

A Super Start To School With PJ Masks

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I still can't get over the fact that soon I'll have a little boy in school. I keep getting asked if we're both ready, and I'm so conscious that I want to make sure that Max is as ready as he can be (even if I'll never be ready!). He's a child who often finds it difficult to adjust to change, and it's clear that school has been on his mind a lot lately. Despite the fact that outwardly he seems really excited about it all, there are lots of signs that he's more anxious about it than he's letting on. One of the things I've worried about most is the fact that he's really not interested in reading, writing, or ...

Reclaiming A Touch of Me Time {with Lyons Coffee}

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If I think back to my pre-children life, I always find it's the little things that I miss most. Curling up with a good book, taking a long bubble bath, or enjoying a hot cup of good coffee. I guess you'd call me a coffee snob really - I don't like instant coffee, and we grind our own beans each morning for a proper cup of coffee to start the day. When we lived in London, part of our weekend routine was to head to Monmouth Coffee at Borough Market and get a flat white and buy our beans for the week. How different life was back then! These days, once my day gets going, with two children to run around ...

10 Of The UK’s Most Instagrammable Flower Spots

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We're so lucky in the UK to have some spectacular floral displays each year. I adore flowers, and chasing down the most beautiful flower fields has become a little hobby for me now - every year I try to visit particular favourites, as well as looking for new ones. I've put together a little list of my favourite Instagrammable flower spots to take you through the year - starting with the first of the flower displays, the snowdrop...   Snowdrops at Welford Park, Berkshire I love seeing snowdrops appear. After a long winter it's always the first sign that spring is finally on its way and they're so welcome. I visited lots of places across Surrey, looking for a beautiful display and was ...

A Visit to Paradise Wildlife Park

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I don't think it's a secret that in our family we love dinosaurs! Max is a huge fan of them, and I recently redecorated his room with a dinosaur theme. So when we were invited to Paradise Wildlife Park, which is also home to the World of Dinosaurs, we jumped at the chance! We love a trip to a zoo or a theme park - it's one of our favourite things to do as a family and Paradise Wildlife Park is only about an hour away from us, being located in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. We headed there on what must have been one of the hottest Sundays of the year - it was definitely a sun hat, sun cream, and ice cream ...

More Postcards From St Ives

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We visit St Ives every year, but this was the first time we'd visited in the height of summer and we really couldn't have been luckier with the weather! We headed down after our week in the Cotswolds, which had been very busy, so I'd decided it would be best to have a really quiet week in Cornwall and just stick to playing on the beach and exploring St Ives. Which turned out to be exactly what we all needed! I love visiting a place that is now so familiar and finding new ways to see it - new angles, different times of day - there's always something new to see. I went for a walk early one morning and took ...

Being The Outsider

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For as long as I can remember, I've always felt like an outsider in social situations. It started in senior school, when I suffered with the usual 'mean girls' friendship issues, and it's something that has followed me ever since. I've always had that worry that the people I'm with secretly don't like me, or are just humouring me in having me around. And once that fear takes hold, I can sense myself starting to distance myself from them, putting myself in the position of the outsider. I'll turn down invitations to go out, stand on the edge of a group, and stop instigating contact with people. All of which pushes you further and further away. It really is a ...

5 Tips You Must Read If You’re A Parent Of A Reluctant Hair Washer

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This is a sponsored post, as part of my Brand Ambassador role with Johnson’s Baby   I can’t be the only parent out there who sometimes (ok, scratch that - often!) dreads bathtime. Max has been through lots of ups and downs with bathtime, and although he now loves it, washing his hair is still a struggle. Sometimes I think our neighbours must question our parenting from the screams that echo down our street during our bathtimes! If the thought of hairwash night brings you out in a cold sweat, then read on for my top tips for how we’ve managed to ease the stress of the hairwash.     The Moby Waterfall Bath Rinser Whale This little whale has been a total game changer for ...

The Best Splash Parks in Surrey

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We've made it our mission this summer to try out all of the different splash parks in Surrey. When the summer is as hot as this one has been, cooling off in the water is a great activity for the summer holidays, and when entry is free, it makes it a fantastic cheap day out. I think this is a comprehensive list of all the splash parks and paddling pools in Surrey - have you tried them all yet?   Priory Park Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7RL Priory Park in Reigate is by far our favourite splash park to visit. It was opened in 2017, so is lovely and new, and as well as the splash area, which has lots of water jets ...