12 things I’ve learnt in 12 months, A First Birthday Post

12 things I learnt in 12 months, A first birthday post

This weekend was Baby’s first birthday, I honestly can’t believe it! It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that she was a tiny squishy baby, and now she’s a larger, squishy, fast moving baby! People always tell you that the time goes so fast, but you never believe them until you find yourself saying the same thing. For me it seems particularly crazy as Baby has gone from not being able to crawl at all, to super crawling in the last week before her birthday and now she’s tentatively trying to pull herself up already! We decided that […]

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Review: Mini Me Gift Box Shop + Giveaway

Review: Mini Me Gift Box Shop

About the Mini Me Gift Box Shop The Mini Me Gift Box Shop is an online retail outlet specialising in gift boxes for newborn babies. Gift boxes range in price from as little as £30 to £70 and each gift box contains a number of items such as muslins, clothes, toys, and skin care, making them the perfect gift for baby showers. For the purpose of this review I have been provided with one baby girl gift box containing: A pair of baby booties; A cotton muslin square; A cotton and bamboo swaddle; 2 bibs; A wooden keepsake; A bar […]

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Winning the lottery: A flight of fancy

Winning the lottery: A flight of fancy

This weekend I bought a lotto ticket for the first time in a couple of years and it got me thinking back to the first ever UK lottery draw back in 1994. I was only 13 and everyone in the family was excited at the prospect of our numbers coming in. For days before hand all anyone could talk about was what they would do with all the money. My mum wanted a house by the sea, my dad wanted a posh car, and my grandmother was adamant that she would buy a yacht. After the draw there were lots […]

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5 Alternative uses for Dummy Clips + Baby Wings Giveaway

5 Alternative Uses For Dummy Clips

If you had said the words “dummy clip” to me before I had Baby I would have stared at you blankly but now I can’t walk across a room without passing at least three of them! I love dummy clips as they are so handy and not just for preventing Baby’s dummy from disappearing to the same place as all of her left socks. I often find myself using them to clip, tie, and attach things that are way outside of the usual dummy clip remit and although I’ve tried lots of different clips, my favourites are still Baby Wings. […]

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Home buyers beware: Things to look out for in your new home

Buying a house is one of the most expensive and stressful things you can do but on those days when your solicitor is ignoring your calls and your completion date is slipping off into the sunset, you can at least console yourself that once the keys are in your hand everything will be plane sailing. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. It doesn’t matter how new your house is, how experienced a buyer you are, or how carefully you inspected your new home, there will always be snags and nasty surprises. When Grumpy Dad and I moved into our […]

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5 Prosecco cocktails to try this summer

Prosecco Cocktails

Despite the decidedly autumnal weather we’ve been having in the past week, summer has arrived so what better way to celebrate (and dull your senses to the sound of hundreds of children who suddenly no longer have a bed time) than with a nice refreshing prosecco cocktail. Here are some of my favorites to tickle your taste buds. Lemon Sherbet Fizz Sherbet lemons are some of my favorite sweets and this is as close to an alcoholic sherbet lemon as you are likely to find. Ingredients Lemon Sorbet Lime Cordial Prosecco Lemon to garnish Method Dollop a heaped teaspoon of […]

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The day I found out I have high blood pressure

High Blood Pressure

Yesterday was not a good day for me. It started normally enough but by mid-morning I was convinced there was something wrong with me. You see, since last Saturday I have been doing the LighterLife which is a very low calorie meal replacement diet. As a result I had been feeling very tired, light headed and achy, but had thought nothing of it. This is unfortunate as it masked the symptoms of my blood pressure inching higher and higher. Towards the end of my pregnancy I began to have symptoms of pre-eclampsia (read about my difficult pregnancy) and as a […]

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Designing My Perfect Me-Space

Designing my perfect me-space

When we moved from my one bed flat to our four bed house last year, the thing that excited me most was that I would now have an office of my own. The kids would all have their own bedrooms. Grumpy Dad would build a cabin in the garden to use as a music room, and I would have the dining room to turn into an office of my own! Unfortunately, a year later the cabin isn’t finished and my office is Grumpy Dad’s music room and a general dumping ground for things that are still in boxes. But that’s […]

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Holiday road trip survival guide

Britax Road Trip Survival Guide

I don’t often post content that wasn’t written by myself but I’m making an exception today because these tips from Britax are remarkably handy as we draw into the summer holidays. So, if you are embarking on the endurance test of a long road trip with children during the holidays, keep reading for tips on how to keep them happy, entertained, and slightly less feral. TRAVELLING WITH LITTLE ONES: THE ROAD TRIP SURVIVAL GUIDE Half term is upon us and with many families packing up their cars and setting off on day trips or for a staycation, Britax Romer has […]

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5 tips for better sleep in hot weather

5 tips for better sleep in hot weather

There was a time in my life when weekends were about staying up late and sleeping in until midday… Then I became a mum! I’ve been so lucky with Baby as she sleeps brilliantly, but even so there are times when I struggle to scrape together 5 hours of broken sleep, and things only get worse when we have the sort of heat waves that have been coming and going over the past month. Over the past couple of weeks I must have tried a hundred ways to get a good nights sleep despite the sweltering heat, some have worked […]

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