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...

Mummy Mondays – Why Working from Home Works for Me 

Recently, whilst on my maternity leave, I handed in my notice at work. I’ve mentioned before how hard a decision this was for me, and that perhaps it might not have been my first choice had childcare not been an issue.  However, having had a few weeks to reflect, I’ve come to terms with my situation and, although still lonely during the week, I’m feeling a lot more positive about...

Mummy Mondays – From Bubble to Best Friend with Shnooks by Zuru

Carly totally takes after me and therefore tends to become obsessed with toys, books and films very easily. I can always tell when she falls in love with something because it’s all she can talk about.  It’s recently happened with Arthur Christmas (yes, we are watching Christmas films in our house already), and when we were sent the rather adorable Shnooks by Zuru, it happened again.  Carly was 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...

I’m a Stay at Home Mum and My Loneliness is Suffocating Me 

Today is the day I would have been due to return to work after maternity leave. I took a year off when I had Benjamin as I knew my decision of whether to return to work or stay home would be a difficult one.  The thing is, I like having a job. It gives me a sense of purpose, it gets me out of the house, and it guarantees at...

Mummy Mondays – The Only Items We Consistently Used in our Baby’s 1st Year

Babies. They’re expensive, right? There’s no avoiding the fact that having a baby is going to have some level of financial strain on your family, but having now had three children, I’ve come to realise that you can get by as a parent without some of those ‘must have’ baby products.  Benjamin is coming up to one (crazy how fast this year has gone) and I’ve been looking back at...

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...