Category Archives: Family

Alphablocks reading programme

There is no better pleasure than getting lost in a good book. S is just as much of a book-worm as I am, which pleases me no end, and little O is following closely behind with her love of ‘reading’ us a story at bedtime memorised from her favourite Maisy books.

When it came to teaching S to read I was at a complete loss. I was all fired up to start with the flash cards my own mother used with me, thinking learning by sight-reading was still the way to go, when her pre-school teacher stepped in and advised that the teaching of letters and sounds was something best left to their reception teacher with all their phonics training. Being a first timer in all this school and learning malarkey I nodded and went along with what she said like that true teachers pet I am!

After S being in school for a month or so I have the phonics down, and felt confident that when it came to little O starting to read we could get a head start on the phonics at home.

A few months back, just as O turned three, we were offered the Alphablocks reading programme to review for the blog. Perfect timing if you ask me. We had already started working on a few basic Read More →

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I come from what may be described as a blended family.

Growing up it all seemed quite straightforward.  There was me, my mother and grandparents. Simple.  Then, in my teens, I met me father and with him came two grown-up half sisters, a step-mother and four step-siblings. It was quite a shock to say the least.

Our new-found relationship was turbulent. Partly down to teenage angst, partly down to family drama and in a large part down my my fathers drinking. Oh, and the small fact that he lived in America!

It wasn’t untill I became a mother in my early twenties, and he began to spend more time in England, that I really started to get to know him.  It’s funny what being a parent yourself does to you, but somehow Read More →

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About this time six years ago I had my friends round for a pre-baby girls night in (this was before baby showers were really a ‘thing’ over here) and I asked them if they had any advice.  However, being only 24 at the time, not many of the friends in the room had children, but a few of my family members all come up with the same advice.

‘Enjoy every moment of them being small – it’ll be over in the blink of an eye’

Now, due to the fact I already felt like I had been pregnant for about five years and still had at least six weeks left to go, I found this very hard to believe. I smileed, inwardly rolled my eyes, and carried on eating cake!

Yet here I am, six years later, with my biggest girl about to turn six.  She has thoughts and opinions of her own, she can Read More →

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The more I have tried to find one thing a week to be thankful for, the more I realise I have about 100 moments a day to be thankful for. Life itself is such a precious gift, it’s a shame that’s it’s all to easy to take it for granted.

I live a very simple life really. Our house is a modest one (but one we are incredibly lucky to own) and you wouldn’t look twice at my car, we wear high street brands and most of our holidays are taken within the UK but, thanks to this very blog, it’s a like that has its perks.

We have had days out, new toys and even some wonderful holidays thanks to this little blog, and thats something I am very thankful for. I may not be the best writer in the land, and I know my proofing skills leave A LOT to be desired, but I hope that through my words you can see that I love my family, and that this little blog will allowed them able to see all the fun we had, even during the years they may not remember. Read More →

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Does one day really make a difference? Will waking up today on January 1st with a plan really ensure that all my dreams come true? Can this year really be ‘my year’ just because I say it will?

Probably not. But what’s the harm in hoping?

2014 had some amazing highs, but a crashing low that I’m not sure I’ll ever fully bounce back from.

Anyone who has lived through having a loved one with a terminal illness will know all too well the limbo it causes. You say it won’t control you, you say it won’t beat you…but inevitably it does. It takes hold, little by little, and starts to control decisions without you realising. Going abroad is out in case ‘the call’ comes and you are needed, birthdays and Christmases become bittersweet, as the true reality Read More →

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The decorations are down, toys in their new homes and in very exciting news we have workmen booked in for the end of the month to re-do most of the downstairs of our house. We’ve hit the ground running in 2015, it’s all going to plan so far.

Life is going by so fast, in less than two months my oldest daughter turns 6. SIX? How did we get here so fast? She is the most amazing young lady. Funny, driven, caring, loyal, beautiful. She makes every day an adventure. Firecy strong willed, with the most highly enquisitve nature. She’s going to rule the wold one day, im sure of it.

I’m so thankful that I have had the pleasure of watching her grow and thrive.  The pain I feel when I think of her first 18 months, with me working full time, is heartbreaking.  It needed to be done.  We were buying  house, we were young and just finding our feet.  I had to work and I’m very proud Read More →

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Family Board Game Ideas

One of the things I have found hard recently is family board game ideas for a game we can all play together. O has reached an age where she knows her own mind and is very independent, just about to turn three she wants to join in with everything her big sister does now. Not happy to be ‘mummy’s helper’ in a game, she wants her own turn and can become very vocal about this desire if we say no!

This has led me on the hunt for some new family board game ideas to ask Father Christmas for.  Some we can all play together and then some that The Essex Husband and I can play with S when O isn’t around (something that can stretch her encyclopaedic mind….but then again something with questions I know the answer to as well. No one likes to be out smarted my a 5-year0old now do they?)

During my search I have discovered so extremely fun games that we will be adding to our collection. Read More →

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Lego, who doesn’t love Lego? Well apart from my bank balance- it’s not cheep is it? Especially if you are as addicted to buying it as I am! But with the wonderful people at Suppose searching around for the best deals on so many toys, including lego, I have been able to find more and more excuses to stock up on new sets for the girls.

Currently on my girl’s Lego wish-list are…

Police helicopter
Lego friends juice bar
Little Mermaid Lego
Lifeboat Lego
Plus all of the Lego Movie range!

Being the super mum I am Read More →

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The Big Feastival 2014

Another weekend, another festival.  Only this time, it was ALL about food. #winning

We were invited to spend the weekend at The Big Feastival 2014 with Wyld Wood Cider, and boy, what an amazing weekend we had!  Wyld Wood has been a firm favourite of ours ever since we were treated lots of the scrummy stuff on my birthday earlier this year, so when in the invite came along we jumped at the chance with two feet. Read More →

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Yesterday turned out to be one of those day.

It started with me being woken at 5.30am by a two year old who needed a poo and ended with me being pinned to the sofa by said two year old (in tears) all day.

There were tears in the playground when her big sister left, tears in the car because I didn’t need petrol (if only she knew the real tears are needed when having to pay for pertol) and tears at home because I gave her too much cheese.

She had ear ache, belly ache, finger ache and hair ache.  She wanted cheese and crackers, but then didnt eat them. She wanted to watch Peppa Pig but the wrong episode was on. She wanted a cuddle, but I was doing that wrong too. One of those days!

In fact, it’s shaping up to be one of those weeks. Read More →

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