An Open Letter to Myself Before Children

I don’t really know how to start this. It’s all a little strange writing to yourself isn’t it? What I do know is that if you could read this letter, it would bring you some comfort knowing that, although your life is about to change completely, it will be for the better. Trust me. Right now you are unsure of yourself, of what you want to be ‘when you grow...

Benjamin at 2 Years – An Update

Benjamin turned two back in October and I realised I hadn’t posted an update in awhile so thought it would be nice to catch you up with how he’s developing. If you are interested in following his journey, you can see regular updates from when he was born. Here’s what’s been going on in his life lately. Moving  Benjamin confidently climbs up and down stairs, will run around and walk...

Portrait Photography: Why You Should Invest In Professional Family Photos

There is no denying that there is something very special about portrait photography, that a smartphone just can’t capture.  The high quality and the setting play a role in this, yes. But really it is the people, the families, the beautiful children, that make portrait photographs so magical.  Going to a studio for portrait photography is an experience in itself too. It’s a chance for all the family to get...

Mummy Mondays – Carol Concerts & Christmas Jumper Days – Why I’ll Be Skipping the Mum Guilt Next Christmas

Christmas is always going to be a hectic time. With three children, two of school age, this time of year throws up a whole host of extra things to add to the diary and desperately try to remember. The school run in the cold and rain is not fun. Add in a million and one things you need to remember before you leave the house and it is a nightmare....

Mummy Mondays – Encouraging Good Oral Hygiene Early

I have always been quite nervous about going to the dentist. I had to have several fillings, teeth taken out and a brace fitted as a child and it has made me wary about going for check ups. I don’t want this fear to be passed onto the children, but I also want to do everything I can to ensure they have good oral hygiene to hopefully prevent issues with...

Mummy Mondays – Our First Real Christmas Tree

I think it is probably clear by now that I am a huge fan of Christmas. I start getting excited as soon as Halloween is over and I always without fail have my tree up by December 1st. This year, I was fortunate enough to be sent a Christmas tree from The Christmas Forest and it was extra exciting for me as it was actually my first ever real Christmas...

Mummy Mondays – The Festive Displays You Need to Visit this Christmas

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited along to two festive events. Although based in different counties, the two events had some similarities, both centred around beautiful displays that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you are looking for something to do with the family in the lead-up to Christmas, I would highly recommend both Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland and the Christmas at Beaulieu...

Mummy Mondays – Why I’m Not Planning Any More Children

Wow, that title all sounds a little bit final, doesn’t it? The thing is, typing this out has had me second guessing myself, but ultimately I know it makes sense for our family to stay as it it. For us, three kids is enough. Any more and I honestly think we would struggle, that the whole family dynamic would be stretched, and that isn’t something I am actively encouraging, despite...

Mummy Mondays – The Perfect Personalised Present

Benjamin turns two in just over a week and, disbelief at how fast the past two years have gone by aside, we have been looking at what to get for him now he has started to properly understand the concept of receiving gifts. Benjamin, like his older brother and sister, has started showing an interest in books and loves being read to. When the team behind In the Book got...

Mummy Mondays – Why I Feel the 18 Summers Mentality is Damaging for Parents

Recently I’ve seen something floating around social media about only having eighteen summers with your children before they are grown up. The sentiment is that we need to make the most of their time as children, to make the most of our time as parents and the emphasis is that we should be making the most of this time in their lives. Now, you may be thinking, what’s wrong with...