Mummy Mondays – Keeping my Family Warm This Winter with AO

Although I’m nearing the big 3-0 and I have three children, I sometimes struggle to remember that I’m an actual adult. It feels like just yesterday that I was a carefree teen. I can safely say that this month I definitely felt like I had made the transition into a ‘proper’ adult though, when I took a delivery from AO for an indoor heater. When I was kindly offered the...

5 Things I Want my Daughter to Know

At the end of last week my daughter Carly turned five. She’s growing up into a bold and beautiful little girl, and I’m really proud of her. This world can be a scary place and growing up in it can be tough. These are five of the things I want Carly to know and remember as she grows up…. Never Dull Your Shine for Somebody Else I grew up with...

Mummy Mondays – The Kingdom of Carly – Another Wonderbly Birthday!

Last Thursday my not so little girl turned five! She’s always felt like my baby, even when I went on to have Benjamin last year, so it has been strange adjusting to her starting school recently. In the past couple of months she’s really grown up and I was so proud when her teacher told me she was a pleasure to have in the class, and that Carly is really...

Mummy Mondays – Gift Guide for Children Aged 5-8

With three kids, Christmas can be incredibly expensive. All three of our children also have birthdays in the months leading up to Christmas, so I need to be strict on budget when it comes to this time of year. Generally speaking, buying for children is easier than adults as they always have lots of ideas of what they want, but without sounding mean, sometimes what they want isn’t necessarily that...

Reading to our One Year Old – The Birthday Thief 

I have always loved reading, from a young age I could be found with my head buried in a book. Having a parent who was a teacher, I was read to a lot as a child and I try and read as much as possible to my children as well.  Cameron and Carly love to snuggle up with a book before bed, but reading to Benjamin has been a little...

Mummy Mondays – Benjamin Turns One! 

I still can’t believe my baby boy, my youngest child is now one! The last year went by in a flash, and yet Benjamin has grown up so much over the past couple of months, his development has come on leaps and bounds and I’m so proud of him.  Talking  Benjamin loves the sound of his own voice and will now copy or attempt to copy a fair few words...

Mummy Mondays – A Baby Birthday on a Budget 

Benjamin’s birthday is coming up in a few weeks and although I’m majorly excited, I’m also well aware that we have to be careful with the pennies now that Ed is doing his teacher training course and I’ve handed in my notice at work (argh!). I have also ended up with three children whose birthdays fall in September, October and November, shortly followed by Christmas, so autumn is a season...

An Incredible Intergalactic Birthday 

Last week marked seven years since I became a mummy, as my eldest son Cameron had his seventh birthday.  Amongst a vast amount of Lego, because what seven year old doesn’t love Lego, one of his favourite gifts was a book from the makers of Lost my Name (rebranded as Wonderbly).  Cameron absolutely loved The Incredible Intergallatic Journey Home because it was personalised to be all about him! From the...

Carly Bear, On Your First Day at School…

Last night I stood over you for a little longer than I usually do, watching you sleep, seeing the rise and fall of your chest. It seems impossible that my little girl is going to school. It’s a total cliche, I know, but these past five years have really flown by and it feels like so little time ago that I was eagerly waiting your arrival. Now, with just a...

Food & Fitness Friday – Back to School Lunchbox Ideas 

The summer is drawing to a close and it will soon be time for school to start once again. Fortunately for us, both of the children will be having free school meals, but if you plan on providing a lunchbox for your little one, I’ve come up with a list of items for inspiration to keep things mixed up throughout the week!  It’s worth noting that some schools have stricter...