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Now You’re 5

5! How can you be one whole hand? It only feels like you were born about a year ago. My 6LB baby is now a walking, talking cheeky boy.

You’re super funny and make us laugh daily.

You don’t do react well to being hungry or tired.

You’re very affectionate and love cuddles and kisses.

You’re a water baby and love being in the bath!

And You’re a wonderful big brother to Jack.

You’ve had some big changes in your life in such a short space of time but you’ve handled it really well. I couldn’t be any prouder of you.

We all couldn’t be happier to have yo in our lives. Love you lots Harry xx

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What you will need when your child first starts school

As I have 4 children, 1 having left school and two still at school, I like to think that I’m in the know when it comes to what a child needs to start school. My eldest has left school now and Harry is just about to start year one and in that time, nothing has changed!

It is an emotional time when your child starts school (no matter how many times you do it) so the last thing you need is stress over what to get. So I thought I would write a little list to help.

1) A good pair of shoes. We’ve bought cheap and they just don’t last, I’ve had to buy a few pairs in the term and it works out more expensive. If you pay a little more for shoes they last, and they sell well when the child has outgrown them. This year we have these Kickers for Harry from Jake shoes.

2) School uniform. I’ve found 3 pairs of trousers, 2 shorts (girls may prefer skirts or dresses) 4 polo shirts (if allowed) 2/3 jumpers (depends on how messy your little one is) to be enough. We usually buy 2 of everything for P.E (because they come in two packs) because it’s not an everyday thing.

3) Bags. Most schools have 1 book bag and 1 pump/P.E bag.

4) 1 drink bottle.

5) A lunchbox if you’re making lunches but we’re using the free school dinners for reception and year one.

6) Name Tags. Your child will need their name on everything! Firstly it helps them to identify their name but also will help reduce lost property. We use the My Name Tags ones.

And that is it. You may also need wellies/raincoat/hat etc if they have outdoor activities like forest school etc but you wont need those until they actually start.

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In The Night Garden Live

On the 24th of July myself, teen daughter, Harry and Jack headed to Birmingham on the train to watch In The Night Garden Live. Both Harry and Jack are fans of the show so we’re super excited! 

We got there an hour early which we thought would be annoying but actually we discovered it was actually a good time to arrive because the doors to the show opened half and hour before the show starts. 

When we first walked in their is a huge stand with lots of goodies to buy, you cannot miss it and it’s near impossible to go past with the kids and not buy something. 

Then we were put in a cue. Premium ticket holders in one and standard ticket holders in another. We had standard tickets but we’re first in our cue. It didn’t take long for it to soon get very very busy! I’m glad I asked what we do with the pushchair because was told that she would open the line to let us in and you would either walk in or walk the other way to park your pushchair which just seemed like a pain in the bottom with 2 kids so I parked my pushchair and then waited in the line so I could just walk straight in. 

Once in we found a seat and it was basically very large stairs. So when you sat down you were just above the people in front of you. So if you’re attending next year, don’t panic about getting a good seat because basically you can see the show wherever you sit. 

I thought the kids would get really bored and play up for me in half hour but actually there was lots to keep their minds active. We were in a big dome and there were lots of things projected onto the roof including all the characters and every few minutes the pinky pink would fly past which made the boys watch so they could put it out. Also the narrater Derek Jacobi would keep us reminded of the time and how many minutes was left which made everyone get excited. 

Once the show started the kids just stared in awe! We thought Jack would get bored being only 18 months but he loved it! The show was 1 hour long but I would say about 45 mins was Jacks limit until he started to want to wonder but luckily not too bad. 

It was a great show and I would recommend it to all parents with a child who is a fan of In The Night Garden. 
* I was given tickets to this show but all words and opinions are my own. 

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A Nonessential Amino Acid Can Become the Most Essential Part of Your Sex Life

Erectile dysfunction is not a jargon for men who are unable to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex. You might have seen advertisements or overheard two men talking about supplements which can help to increase sexual performance and wondered if they really work. Most of the erectile dysfunction supplements and other natural remedies have long been used in Chinese, African and other cultures. But unlike prescription medications for erectile dysfunction, herbs and herbal supplements haven’t been trusted much for some reason or other. Some can cause side effects or interact with other medications. And the amount of the active ingredient can vary greatly from product to product.
Shift From Prescribed To Herbal Remedies

There is no shortage of promising treatment options if you’re dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED), you may be willing to consider any number of promising treatment options. The quick cure amongst all which does not need any prescription is herbal supplements. Though there is a little evidence supporting the use of most supplements to effectively treat ED, one of the more common supplements marketed to help treat ED is L-arginine. It’s found naturally in meat, poultry, and fish. It can also be made synthetically in a lab. You may find supplements or combinations of supplements with L-arginine in the market or on sites like if your diet is still not sufficient.

However, not everyone may need this amino acid to get and maintain erections on sexual arousal. There could be some other lack or reason for your erectile dysfunction. In that case, taking L-arginine might not help. So before you start its dose, it is really important to know what it is capable of doing and how can you make the best use of it on taking it alone or in combination.

Using L-arginine alone

L-arginine is an amino acid that helps make proteins. It also becomes the gas nitric oxide (NO) in the body. NO is important to erectile function because this gas helps blood vessels relax so more oxygen-rich blood can circulate through your arteries. Healthy blood flow to the arteries of the penis is essential for normal erectile function. L-arginine has been studied extensively as a possible treatment for ED and many other conditions. L-arginine is a chemical building block called “an amino acid.” It is obtained from the diet and is necessary for the body to make proteins. L-arginine is found in red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory and used as medicine.

The results suggest that the supplement, though generally safe and well-tolerated by most men, won’t help restore healthy erectile function. The Mayo Clinic gives L-arginine a C grade when it comes to scientific evidence of successful ED treatment. However, L-arginine is often combined with other supplements, which have different results.

Using L-arginine with Pycnogenol

As you read, l-arginine alone may not be able to treat your ED completely so researches further continued their study on this compound and found that a combination of L-arginine and an herbal supplement called pycnogenol may help. This was found in a study mentioned in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy where a significant number of men ages 25 to 45 with ED achieve normal erections without side effects by using L-arginine and pycnogenol supplements. If you have not heard about Pycnogenol before, it is a trademark name for a supplement taken from the pine bark of a tree called the Pinuspinaster. Though other ingredients may include extracts from peanut skin, grape seed, and witch hazel bark which are again all natural. You need not worry buying both L-arginine and Pycnogenol separately and using it to treat ED as there are pills like Prelox containing both which you can use as recommended by your doctor.  

Better be safe than sorry

There are a number of nonprescription products which may claim to be herbal forms of Viagra. Some of these products contain ingredients in unstipulated amounts to the medical standards, which can cause dangerous side effects. Some actually contain the prescription drug but sold without prescription. For all these category of products the Food and Drug Administration has taken legal steps and banned many of them but some potentially dangerous erectile dysfunction remedies remain on the market. Don’t fall in the trap of such supplements.

Talking about L-arginine, it is used in combination with a number of over-the-counter and prescription medications for various conditions. However, it shouldn’t be taken with Viagra. So even if it is not prescribed medication, you can always ask a doctor for the correct use of the supplement if you really care for you and your partner.
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1940’s Day at Black Country Living Museum

On Sunday the 16th of July myself, Tom, Harry, Jack, My Mum and step-Dad headed to the Black Country living Museum for a 1940’s day. It was actually on all weekend but we just went for the one day. It’s not compulsory to dress 1940’s but we chose to (as many others did) because we love to.

I love this photo I captured of Jack, Harry, My Mum and step-Dad. I put it in black and white for a more realistic effect. I’m going to get it printed and up on the wall.

When there it feels like you have been taken back to a village in the 1940’s. It covers 26 acres and has houses you can look in, vehicles, fairground, stalls, and a complete street with a pub and shops plus much more.

When had fun at the fair

We waited 40 minutes for fish and chips but they were so worth it. They tasted amazing!

We watched a re-enactment of a fire being put out caused by a bomb.

I had some victory rolls put in my hair

And we watched a Lancaster bomber flypast which was incredible and left me quite emotional.

And it was just an all round fantastic day of walking around, singing, dancing and having fun. I will definitely be returning next year!



*This is not a sponsored post. I purchased the tickets myself and just wanted to share our great day out.

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