5 Happy Things #13

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After a bit of a stressful week last week, this one has been very much on the up! If you read my previous post you'll know we've had a few days away in lovely St Ives last weekend and got back on Tuesday feeling relaxed and refreshed. We had some lovely trips to various Cornwall tourist hotspots and it was lovely to have some time away together as a family. Max adjusted really well to sleeping in a new place and in a new bed, and seemed to love the novelty of being 'on holiday'! He loved the beach, and was really keen to explore everywhere - I've never seen him do so much walking! The only thing he didn't like was ...

An April trip to St Ives

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We've just got back from a wonderful few days away in St Ives - it's been a bit of a stressful time at home lately and the timing was perfect to get away. St Ives is one of my favourite places - there's something almost magical about it that makes you relax instantly. As soon as I'm down there, my hair remains unstraightened, most of my makeup stays in it's bag - I'm just happier to go with the flow. We were blessed with amazing weather considering it's April, but we seem to get lucky on the weather front every time we visit. We visited last with Max when he was 7 weeks old, so it was lovely to be able to revisit ...

Parenting Blogs you should be reading

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I've been a big reader of blogs for a long time now, but it's only in starting to write my own that I've begun to read less well established blogs as well as the big names. It's amazing the amount of blogging talent out there, so I thought it would be a great idea to list some of my favourite 'newer' parenting blogs for those who haven't come across them yet!   Squished Blueberries Louise is a mum to Mabel, Greta and Ernest (such fabulous names!) and posts about daily life as a mum of 3. Expect lots of fun Days Out posts, but also heartfelt writing about the ups and downs of motherhood. I love Louise's first post 'Something for me', about ...

Fixing my ‘tired mum’ eyes

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I'm sure motherhood has contributed a lot to my ageing face - there's the laughter lines, the frown lines, but what I find most bothers me is the dark circles and eye bags. My eyes are my favourite feature, and it's really noticeable when I look in the mirror and my tiredness really shows up in my eyes. Of course, it may also be something to do with my age and I shouldn't blame it entirely on my poor child - according to Liz Earle's website, at age 32-38: Eye brightness starts to diminish, while deeper lines and crow’s feet can begin to show as a result of stress caused by dynamic facial movements such as laughing or squinting. Fabulous stuff then! I've not ...

Things I’ve learned from 6 months of blogging

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April marks my 6 month anniversary of blogging - 6 months since I first started typing out my thoughts and putting them out there for people to see. What started as a pretty private diary of things I was up to, and my musings on life, has become my own space where I'm proud to put myself out there and where I've managed to connect with so many other like minded people. I love blogging! I feel I've learned a lot over the past 6 months and it's been amazing to see how my blog has developed over the months - hopefully the next 6 months will bring me more things to learn!   01. If you don't promote yourself, no-one else is ...

Books for babies who don’t like to read

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When Max was little, I used to hear lots of other mums proclaiming how their little ones loved to be read to and they'd reel off all of the books that their baby was loving. Max on the other hand, did not enjoy being read to - he struggled to have the patience to sit down and have that quiet time, he just wasn't at all interested and would wriggle around until I gave up. But I'm nothing if not determined - I've always been a big reader and I believe reading is one of the most important things you can do for your child. So I persevered and sought out books that were more interactive and would capture his attention ...

5 Happy Things #12

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I'm not going to lie - it seems like it's been a difficult week over here. We have a lot of family stuff going on which is getting me down, and the weather being so up and down is really throwing my mood off. But even in a pretty rubbish week there are positives to look at - isn't that what a Happy List is all about? :)   01. We had such a lovely weekend last week celebrating Max's birthday. We went to Legoland on Saturday and he was so excited to be back he shouted all the way up the drive to the car park (I'm amazed he remembered it as the last time we went was in December!). He ...

Anxiety and the Modern Parent

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I'm a mum who tends to worry a lot. About whether my child is hitting their milestones, about whether he's happy, if I'm doing the right thing sending him to nursery, if I'm doing enough crafting with him, if he should know his colours by now. These are worries that I can put aside, but then will pop into my head again, just when I think I've got past them. I'm clearly not alone in this, as I read similar concerns from other parents on a regular basis. It seems to be the curse of modern parents.   Testing, testing, testing... Generation Y parents are used to being tested. My school year was the first to encounter SATS testing in Year 6, before being tested again in Year 9, ...

A Birthday Celebration with Baker Days

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Last weekend my little guy turned two and I can't believe where the time has gone! It seems simultaneously like he's been in our lives forever, but also like it was only yesterday when we bought him home from the hospital. And a key feature of any birthday celebration for me is cake, and lots of it, so when the lovely people at Baker Days got in touch to ask if I'd like to receive one of their Letterbox cakes* to celebrate Max's 2nd Birthday I was delighted! I love the concept of receiving unexpected things through the letterbox - letterbox flowers have taken off recently, and cakes are the latest thing to go letterbox sized. We all know the hassle of ...

A Letter to my son on his 2nd Birthday

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Dear Max, Today you are two - Happy Birthday! It seems like only yesterday that we bought you home from hospital, a little red, wrinkly, screaming bundle - and yet at the same time that seems ages ago, as you've changed so much in those two years. Over the last year, you've learnt to walk - first taking those really tentative steps, but now you're running around faster than I can keep up with half of the time. You're such a little professor and you love a puzzle, or to figure out how something works. I think you'll end up being an engineer, just like your Daddy.     Your personality has developed so much over the last year too - you're a child of extremes, ...