The ones where everything conspires against you

The one where your children have forgotten that if you are looking for a school jumper the wardrobe is a good place to start

The ones where nothing is where you left it the night before

The ones where the shower is cold and the towel is damp

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Thanks Santa, hope to see you soon…

…this is how S ended her letter to Father Christmas this year.  For some reason it really made me laugh! With her literacy skills flying at school I was really excited to let her loose with some of my treasured stationary and see what letter she could come up with all on her own.

I was a little worried as to what she may put down present wise without my supervision, but she knew that her and O could ask for just 5 things each so I trusted her judgement and allowed her some first steps towards independence.

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Last week saw the Joules SS15 preview show ride into town, and I could honestly have taken every item home with me there and then!

The children’s range is exquisite, full of fun and adventure.  Read More →

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Peppers Stuffed with Fennel Risotto and Rosemary Potatoes

I love food. Just as men think about sex every three seconds, I think about food! This is why I will never be thin.

Due to this love affair I am hater of food waste, I flat out refuse to throw anything away that could be eaten again. In addition to using up left-over’s saving us money on our shopping bills, I actually enjoy the challenge of deciding how best to use the previous night food to make lunch the next day.

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Next month Baby Essex, aka O, turns Three. THREE! How is that even possible?? Time is flying by crazy fast.

Choosing birthday gifts for a second child, especially if they are the same gender as your first, is a very tricky project.  A lot of what they love you already own and have passed down, and the additional toys they would like are noramlly a lot ‘older’ than they toys you would have bought your first born.

O’s wish-list consists of dollies, Barbies and Lego!

Being Three – A Big Girl’s Birthday List

Having an older sibling around can actually be a godsend at times like this, S has been my second-in-command on this project.  Testing out the toys in question to make sure they’ll be suitable for O, and that they’re toys that’ll get played with again and again. She was quite the harsh toy critic! Read More →

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Dearest S,

The first 6 weeks are over and we are currently enjoying a hard-earned week together away from the pressures of school and work.

As always I’m so proud of you S. Your intelligence astounds me, but it’s more than that, your dedication and general zest for learning makes my heart burst. You are so driven, so focused, so willing to learn. You make every day an adventure. School wise you have flown through the term, reaching level nine in your reading and working with year two for your literacy lessons. You are my mini-me geek and I love it! 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!

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AW14 Clarks Picks

Shoes….who doesn’t love shoes!

If you’d have told me 5 years ago that my shoes this season would be AW14 Clarks picks I’d have laughed your socks off (gentle foot pun there for you all – you’re welcome).  Yet something has happened, somewhere between me having children and Orla Kiely collaborating with Clarks, the shoes got good!

Goodbye shapeless, clompy shoe school throwback…..hello beauties! Don’t take my word for it, you can see for yourself. Read More →

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Things to do in Bath as a family.

With half-term nearly upon us it’s that time where we all start thinking about ways to keep the children amused, while not making the bank manager sweat! Thanks to an unscrupulous client that has only paid me 50% of my final invoice, and a wonderful, yet costly, pre-school taking all my money, this half term is going to have to be a rather low key one.

Alongside our planned day trip to France (hellllo Christmas wine stockpile) and a visit to Bewilderwood for a swing in the trees, we have a little mini break to Bath in the pipeline too.

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