Jack at 14 months

On the 13th of March Jack turned 14 months old. The first year I actually didn’t think went too fast (which I loved) but these last two months have gone super fast!

The poor thing has had chicken pox and was really poorly with it, it’s been an awful few weeks but thankfully hes back to smiling again 

So Jack is still not crawling but he does get around by bum shuffling. He is standing unaided all the time now and is so proud of himself. He has walked a couple of times holding hands and he confidently walks with his walker but I think we’ve got a while yet until he’s walking.

He now has 7 teeth. 3 at the bottom and 4 at the top and all are at the front.

He eats really well and is only fussy when teething or poorly. Sometimes we still spoon feed but 90% he eats it by himself.

He nods for Yes and shakes his head for no. And can say the following

  • Mama
  • Dada
  • Yeah
  • Ganda (Grandad)
  • Nana (nanny and no)
  • Uf Uf (woof woof)
  • yuv ooo (love you. He’s only said this once but I’m still adding it)
  • Harra (Harry)
  • Buh Buh (bottle)

And a whole load of gobbledygook 🙂

He loves to pinch and bite but also loves to give kisses. If someone is crying he will ask for a kiss.

He’s funny and cheeky, always making us laugh. His new thing is when we’re all laughing, he will join in with a fake laugh.

He still hates baths but loves to be in the room when someone else is having a bath.

He is still super clingy, especially with me but sometimes with Tom too.

I’m always getting stopped while out and about so people can chat with him because his smile is very welcoming and he has the most beautiful eyes.

We all love him and struggle to remember life without him now <3

He fills my world with love and happiness and I wouldn’t change him for anything.


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Bob the Builder – Dig This DVD Giveaway




Bob is back! With tools at the ready, the nation’s favourite builder returns with a new DVD collection of tales of teamwork and friendship “Bob the Builder – Dig This”, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 17th April.

Grab your tool belt and hardhat and join Bob and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and working together. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to get to work in Fixham and Spring City.

This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way. No project is too big or too small – from fixing a leaky roof to repairing a skyscraper. After all, the fun is in getting it done!

In Dig This, Team Bob are digging the foundations for a skyscraper in Spring City’s new business zone, but work has to stop when they come across some ancient Roman ruins. 

This new collection features seven fun episodes: Dig This; Saffi’s Treehouse; Out of the Woods; Stormy Weather; Bear Mountain; Bentley’s Bones and Home on the Range.

Do you have a Bob the Builder fan at home? You can win a the brand new DVD here. Just enter the rafflecopter below 🙂

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Fireman Sam DVD Giveaway 




Everybody’s favourite fireman is back with a new DVD collection of tales and rescue in “Fireman Sam – Sam’s Birthday”, released by Abbey Home Media on Monday 3rd April.

Fireman Sam is marking 30 years on our screens in 2017, and is set to celebrate in this new collection of tales from the ultimate hero next door and his crew. Fireman Sam lives in the accident-prone town of Pontypandy, where he helps with fighting fires, manning the lifeboat, helping the mountain rescue, or joining up with the emergency medical services. With his colourful cast of helpers, he is always there to lend a hand!

FIn this new DVD release it’s Fireman Sam’s birthday and Charlie has asked Joe to make Sam a remote control model of Jupiter as a surprise present. At the Fire Station, Station Officer Steele has told Sam, as it’s his birthday, he should relax for the day. However, will the birthday party go ahead as planned for everyone’s favourite hero next door?

Episodes featured in this charming collection are:- Sam’s Birthday; Pontypandy in the Park; Paddle On; The Great Party Panic andPizza Pandemonium. 


Do you have a Fireman Sam? Why not enter my giveaway to win a copy? To be in with a chance just enter the raflecopter below, good luck!

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Wordsearch Junior Game Giveaway

With the emphasis placed firmly on fun, Wordsearch Junior also helps to develop young learners’ visual acuity.   The little ones can dive in straight away and search for images and patterns on the starter-level blue picture pattern cards. Here they will be developing those crucial early recognition and reasoning skills, such as sequencing and spatial awareness.

The next – red – level takes players through the picture hint cards – finding words with picture hints to help them in their search.

This prepares them for the green word-only cards, where they’ll be learning to look for consonant clusters and vowel combinations – increasing their reading skills without even realising it!  The vowels in the word puzzles are helpfully printed in red so children can easily distinguish them from consonants.

So how does it work? 

Wordsearch Junior is based on the same clever ‘turntable’ design of the original Classic Wordsearch! version, and is easily set up for play.  Clear assembly instructions are included in the box, and once you’ve selected a puzzle playing disk and inserted it onto the table-top ‘wheelbase’ you’re ready to go. The nine double-sided puzzle disks have three different levels covering a myriad of topics, so the game can be enjoyed by children aged 4 and upwards:

  • Blue for finding picture patterns and sequencing – choose from cards illustrating Zoo, Pets, Fruit, Fairy Tales, Faces and Balls;
  • Red for finding words with picture hints – featuring Summer Holiday, Garden, House, Forest, Farm and Animals;
  • Green for finding words – choose from Transportation, Sports, School, My Body, Food and Clothing.

The object of the game is to find the most words or pictures, and cover them with your coloured marking chips.

At the end of the game, the player with the most chips of their colour on the board wins!

Our Views

We really enjoyed this game. We started of with the pictures and harry enjoyed it but now he’s 4.5 and at school, he soon got bored and wanted to move on to the smaller words with pictures. I love how much fun he was having but had no idea he was learning in the process. He’s not ready to move onto the green games yet but I’m pleased because now I know it’s a game that will grow with him. He is so proud of himself when he gets one right on his own. I like how this teaches him to look for the whole word and not just the first letter. I also ask him to read what letters I need which he sees as a responsibility so is eager. I love how he loves to learn.

Also in a couple of years, Jack will be playing with it.

With Harry he started school after just turning 4 so didn’t have much time to learn words etc before school but Jack will be 4 in January and wont start until the following September so games like this will be great for preparing him.

This game is for ages 4+ for 1-4 players and has an rrp of £18.99

This is a big hit for us and I definitely recommend.

For Stockists visit www.drumondpark.com

I have been lucky enough to have been given the chance to offer one as a giveaway. To be in with a chance, just enter the rafflecopter I below..

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Silent Sunday

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I think I have an addiction 

So I have a confession. I think I have an addiction. It’s been going on for weeks now and I have to finally admit it. I have an addiction to…. Buying dresses from Lindy Bop! I just cant help it. I bought my first one last year in July for a 1940’s weekend I was attending and I fell in love with the site. I browsed loads after that but resisted until I treated myself in January where I bought another two. Since then I’ve bought another 5! Oops!

I just adore them. Every one has been true to size and fitted me well and they make me feel so great when I’m in them, which is not easy lately.

Here are the ones I have purchased so far….

Aren’t they all just lovely? Do you have a shop that you’ve just fell in love with?

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Mum guilt with teens 

When you become a parent we always get that thing called guilt. Nine times out of 10 there is no need for that guilt at all its just something that we’ve created in our own heads and the children don’t even know why or don’t even have a clue about your guilt. Mostly when you tell people about your guilt they usually say oh honestly don’t even worry about it your child will not even know. We usually get told there is no need, and they’re usually right. 

Then you have teens and it’s a whole lot different. Usually it’s still the same ‘feeling guilty for no reason’ but the children DO know and WILL make you feel worse. You would think as teenagers they would understand when things happen out of our control, but sadly they don’t. 

For instance on the day of my daughters 15th birthday I was in hospital being induced. We obviously knew about the induction so we treated her the day before and made that day special instead. 

As a parent you will know that I was shitting myself about the induction (had previously had a bad one) and I was feeling guilty BUT do you think that registered with my daughter? Of course not. She still went on about her rubbish birthday. 

P.s he came the next day. 

And then a year later when her 16th came around and my son’s first. Firstly she moaned about having to share it with her brother (even though I said several times that they are two seperate days) and then she moaned because I was ill and didn’t do a lot on her birthday. 

For months we asked her what she wanted to do and she eventually said “the ice cream parlour with some friends and shopping” 

Her birthday was on a Tuesday (so she was at school for half of it) We got up with her and watched her open her presents and sang happy birthday to her but then I spent the whole day in and out of sleep in bed. I was so ill with flu, it was horrendous! I felt so guilty for not doing anything with her and apologised to her BUT do you think that stopped her slamming doors and being in an obvious mood with the whole household? Nope! 
Even though we had booked the ice cream parlour she asked for on the following Saturday (which I did even though I still felt poorly) and she had planned a shopping trip with all her friends for the Saturday after. 

Also at the moment my 14 year old son shares a room with his 4 year old brother because we live in a 3 bed house. We will be moving to a bigger house at some point in the year, possibly next but of course it’s not that simple. I already feel guilty about this because I know he wants his own space BUT instead of just understanding, he goes on about it ALL THE TIME! 

There are many other times they make me feel guilty too and usually it’s when I already do. 

Parenting is so hard sometimes. 


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From a one night stand to a love story

I talk a little bit about Tom on my blog but not a huge amount so today I thought I would share with you how we met. Firstly because it’s a nice story and secondly because I want to show that sleeping with someone on the first night is not all bad. Obviously I don’t encourage it for all women on a regular basis (even though that is quite up to you if you do) but just that it’s not always a mistake.

I wont go into my whole life (It would take too long) but just before we met I was a single mum to two children. I had been single for a couple of years and wasn’t looking for anyone, I was quite happy on my own with my children. A guy I had known for a few years asked me several times if I would date him but I just wasn’t interested.

One night I was around my friends house and she asked if I wanted a night out with her. I hadn’t been out in years, my children were visiting their nan’s for a week (who lived 4 hours away and who they have not stayed with again since) so I agreed.

Saturday night came and we had been out an hour or so, enjoying ourselves. The guy who had asked me out several times text me and I said I was out and he said he was too so we agreed to meet up (I wasn’t interested, we were just friends). It was myself, my friend, said guy and his friend Tom.

We all chatted and had a great night and even though quite drunk I really got on with Tom. I told him about my children and it didn’t scare him away and we ended up going back to my place together we had sex (and he said he loved me) and went to sleep. The next day I thought would be awkward but it actually wasn’t. I felt like I had known him ages. The next day he even met my mum and step dad! That was a little awkward 🙂

While the kids were away I manged a couple of dates with him. We went to the cinema, had a meal out and even a hotel stay.

After that things moved quite quickly. He met my children and we went on a few days out together. The kids loved him and he was really good with them.

A couple of months later we were engaged and had rented a house together.

11 years later and we have two more children, another house move, lots of holidays and are more in love than we have ever been. We have been through some really rough times but they have only ever brought us closer. When I think back now I can’t believe how fast we got together but I just knew it was right. We know each other inside out and I know we will be together for the rest of our lives.

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