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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   We missed out on throwing Max a birthday party when he turned 3 back in April, but last week we had a little party with his cousins and we invited my blogger friends Laura (Dear Bear and Beany) and Gemma (Life is Knutts) and their lovely children. The kids all had such a fun time together, and I absolutely love this photo of Max after he'd eaten one of Gemma's yummy blue cupcakes - he thought it was hilarious! I'll be sharing the full blog post about the party tomorrow, but I love this little taster!  

#SharingtheBlogLove #59

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! Are you embracing autumn yet? Every year I'm the same - I start out in mourning for the end of summer, but after a few weeks I'm all about the conkers, red leaves, golden light, and pumpkins. We've been out enjoying collecting as many autumn things as we can this week - we have a house full of acorns and conkers already!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance to introduce you to new blogs and to share the wonderful writing that exists in the blogging world. All you have to do is link up your post, ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 59

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. I hope you enjoy our featured posts here and find some great new blogs to follow along the way. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! Meme and Harri After you've been blogging for a few months, maybe even a few weeks, you realise what an up and ...

Fear-Free Feeds with the Milk Monster

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If you've read my post on Life Lately from last week, you'll know that I'm really struggling with the tiredness at the moment. Although I'm mainly breastfeeding, the one thing that we regularly do to try to allow me to get a tiny bit more sleep, is for John to do the first night feed when Ben wakes up. But that first wake up can vary hugely - sometimes he'll wake as early as 9.30, but it can be as late as 1am. And because John prefers to take the milk up when we go to bed, rather than when Ben wakes, it can be difficult to remember whether you made it within the 'safe' time limit of 2 hours ...

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   I always think that the thing that being a parent has taught me more than anything else is discovering the joy in the little things. We had a trip to Nymans on the way down to Brighton last week and Max was overjoyed at discovering a little piece of Christmas tree on the ground. It really is the little things sometimes!  

Life lately…

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We're through the newborn haze now. We've passed the 12 week mark, and we've definitely settled into life as a family of four. And yet you may have noticed, the blogging has taken a bit of a back seat. Sure, I've posted a few days out, and some reviews, but those are the easy posts, the ones that write themselves. And there's a simple reason for that. I'm tired. I'm so tired. And that's boring to read about - you don't fully understand the tiredness unless you're living it, and even then, it's boring. But the tiredness gives you that fogginess to your thought process; the feeling that you're wading through treacle; that feeling of blankness when you come to put pen to paper ...

#SharingtheBlogLove #58

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A big welcome back to #SharingtheBlogLove linky! Last week felt like a bit of a new start at #SharingtheBlogLove after the school holidays, and it was such a lovely 'first week back'! We had so many great posts to choose from, I could have listed so many in the showcase. I'm guessing that everyone is back to school by now, and I hope you've all had a great start to the school year without too many tears. It was lovely reading so many starting school posts last week - it really is such a huge milestone!   What's #SharingtheBlogLove all about? If you are new to Sharing the Blog Love it is a weekly showcase of our favourite posts that have linked up. It's a chance ...

Sharing the Blog Love – Showcase 58

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A big welcome to our weekly #SharingtheBlogLove Showcase. It was such a lovely set of posts we had linked up last week - I could have chosen so many to feature! I hope you enjoyed the ones you read, and that you enjoy our featured posts here. If you're new to #SharingtheBlogLove, these are mine and Laura's favourite posts from last week's linky. As part of the linky we'd like you to choose one post from each showcase post (one from mine and one from Laura's) to head over to and leave a comment to show them some extra blog love. It's always lovely to take a look at our featured posts this week and see how many extra comments they've had from you guys! Little ...

A Visit to Loseley Park Gardens

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I'm always on the lookout for new gardens to explore and Loseley Park is one that's near to us, but I only discovered it for the first time last year. It was full of beautiful late summer planting and I love the small scale of it, but the fact that the way it was divided up into so many little garden rooms meant that there was lots to explore. We visited again this summer after a week of illness for Max. I've never seen him so wiped out - just lying on the sofa, sucking his thumb and having cuddles. He seemed a bit better, but I was conscious of not asking too much of him, so I thought the small ...

Living Arrows 37/52

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth – Kahlil Gibran   It's felt like a really busy summer, but last week we had a really low key one and it was lovely to just take things a bit more slowly. We headed to Bushy Park to feed the ducks and collect acorns. I love this shot of Max as he was feeding the ducks and this pigeon decided to try his luck too!