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Read The Parenting Books, But Do It Your Way Anyway

Parenting books

This morning I walked past our bookcase and noticed all the parenting books I’ve bought over the last couple of years. From trying for a baby to how to care for them when they arrive, I’ve amassed 12 of these ‘must-read’ books. Surprisingly, despite loving to plan and research my everyday life, I had no desire to buy a pile of parenting books before rocket man was born. But towards the end of my pregnancy I caved and bought some. I was lack-lustre...

Halloween Home Décor Photo Tour

Halloween Home Décor photo tour - witches

Happy Halloween everyone! Well, in a few days anyway. I’m still in shock that we’re in October. However, over the weekend I decorated our entrance, hallway and kitchen with a few Halloween knickknacks (I love that word)! As we live in the UK I always feel we’re a bit half-hearted when it comes to Halloween decorations, parties and celebrations. However, over the last few years I’ve definitely seen an increase in merchandise available and more and more people are hosting parties...

Watergate Bay Hotel – A Child-Friendly Sanctuary

Watergate Bay Hotel

If like me you trawl the internet for child-friendly holidays, you’ll know how exciting it is when you find somewhere that really caters for your little treasures (and not at the expense of adult enjoyment either). Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall, is one of those places. I’ll say straight away that I’m a hotel snob. I’m a very fussy customer because hotels are not cheap and they have a fairly simple service to provide – bed and breakfast as a...

When Is ‘Just One More Photo’ One Too Many?

Camera - photos

Last week we had a fantastic time in Cornwall. We stayed at the beautiful Watergate Bay Hotel and only left its glorious confines for a day trip to Padstow. We were taking a few days to relax and had no agenda apart from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rocket man enjoyed the hotel’s kids zone on a couple of mornings and we walked on the beach, went swimming and generally chillaxed. One thing we didn’t do was take a million photos. We...

Gloucester Services – Second to None

Gloucester Services - Quick Kitchen

I feel compelled to tell you about Gloucester Services because it’s like no other motorway services I’ve ever visited. As a general rule I try to avoid service stations because they are so noisy, busy and full of the same selection of eateries. I normally aim to get in and out as quickly as possible. But this week we stopped at the southbound and northbound Gloucester Services and what a glorious surprise. Gloucester Services is a family-owned business with no...

Today I Wasn’t Enough, But That’s OK

Its a bad day not a bad life

Today was one of those days. One of those, ‘I’m not cut out for this’ days. Rocket man just wasn’t feeling it and as his mum and safe place, he felt very OK with letting me know. At 15 months old communication takes the form of behaviour, so we’ve had screaming, food throwing, collapsing on the floor in hysterics and complete displeasure in pretty much everything. When I look back and put it into words it all sounds a bit...

My Inspirational Day At Christmassy Blog On

Blog On MSI Gingerbread

A couple of weeks ago I told you I was attending my first bloggers conference. Well, Sunday was the big day! After six short weeks of blogging I rolled up at Blog On in Manchester. To say I had butterflies would be putting it mildly. Having devoted the last year and a half to looking after a tiny person and spending most of my days repeating, ‘Be gentle,’ ‘Be careful,’ and ‘Mind your head,’ I wasn’t even sure I’d manage to...

25 Reasons Toddlers Cry Before 8am

Toddler Tantrum

Rocket man is going through a crying phase at the moment. If anything isn’t to his exact requirements or if he has the slightest displeasure, a meltdown is on the cards. Today has been a particularly trying day, with multiple so-called ‘reasons’ for him to have an outburst. I have been a good mummy and shown understanding of his complete devastation that he has to wear clothes to leave the house and can’t squash strawberries on his head. But in order to...

Grand Days Out: Our Tremendous Adventure at Tatton Park

Roald Dahl 100 - Grand Days Out: Tremendous Adventures at Tatton Park

I’ve been a fan of Roald Dahl’s books since I was a little girl. I used to spend hours getting lost in the adventures of Charlie, Matilda and James. This year marks 100 years since the birth of Roald and there have been celebrations all over the country. So when I found out that Tatton Park in Cheshire was holding events throughout the year, I couldn’t wait to visit. For a start we couldn’t have been luckier with the weather. Mid-September...

Decisions Decisions #2

life is the sum of all your choices

Welcome to my second decision list, where I keep a record of some of the never-ending decisions we make every day. As days come and go so quickly, I’ve decided to compile regular decision lists, so we are able to look back on all the little things that crossed our minds. It will serve as a lovely reminder of what life was like during these crazy child-rearing years. My decision lists will be a mix of all sorts because that’s...