Moving House!


After months and months (not going to go into that now) of total stress we are finally moving house!

We got the keys yesterday. Our plan is to do some glossing and putting down flooring (downstairs) today, more of the same friday and then moving everything on Saturday and living there thereafter. 

This is a very exciting big change for us. It’s about 40 mins from where we currently live so Harry will need to move schools, which he is very nervous about but is coming around to the idea the more we talk about it. We will still commute for the last 6 or so weeks of school and then get him into his new school at the start of year one. 

So this post is mostly to update you what will be happening over the next few weeks. So I will try and keep posts coming as often as I can but I won’t be as active on social media as I usually am because we won’t have internet in the new house until the 30th. I will be popping around to my dads every now and again to check up with everyone but not as much as now. 

But when I’m back to normal expect lots of interior posts because the house is totally stripped back at the moment ready for us to put our own stamp on it. 

I can’t wait! 

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#Babylove My Toddler Life Book Giveaway 

#BabyLove: My Toddler Life is the second book in Corine’s #BabyLove Book Series. The first book in the series, #BabyLove: My Social Life, won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Picture Books 0-5. 

In #BabyLove: My Toddler Life, a curious toddler loves to play… especially with his mommy’s smartphone!

 When Mommy finds him using her phone without permission, it’s the perfect teaching moment. Mommy reminds her little one that what matters most in life is time together filled with love and attention.

 Her simple reminder: Put down our phones.

I must admit this is something I have been guilty of. This book is a lovely way of reminding me and the children loved it! 


About the Author:

 Corine’s inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life. When she is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family.

 Corine is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC. She is also the author of Buddy’s Dream.

 Corine recently moved to Dallas, TX from NYC with her family. Readers can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. To learn more, go to BooksByCorineD.com

I have a giveaway for one lucky reader to win a copy of this great book. Just enter the rafflecopter below 🙂 

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Days out in the Midlands

As a family of 6 including 4 children ranging from teens to toddlers (I hate saying toddler, I’m not ready) we do struggle to find days out that have something for all of us to enjoy. We find days out are either aimed at younger children and the teens get bored or we find something for the teens and the little ones don’t enjoy it. But there are some places out there that do cater for all. These days out have all been visited by ourselves and we have/will visit again. All these places, I think, have something for all ages but are also good if you only have young ones or only have tween/teens.

  1. Coombe Abbey Country Park
  2. Bosworth Water Park
  3. Drayton Manor Theme Park
  4. West Midlands Safari Park
  5. Black Country Living Museum
  6. Cadbury World
  7. Dudley Zoo
  8. St Nicholas Park in Warwick

Do you know of any places we could add to the list?

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Silent Sunday

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Saturday is Caption Day

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The Liebster Award

So I was tagged by Aly from Bug, Bird & Bee in The Liebster Award. I love this tag because it is given to bloggers by other bloggers and its a great way to find new blogs to read. I usually click on everyone that’s been tagged with me and when I read theirs, I also see who they tagged.

Before I begin, let me just say that these questions are hard so I was a bit pants at giving an answer 🙂

  1. What is your favourite movie? Ooh that’s a hard one. I like lots of movies. If I really had to choose one I’d probably say dirty dancing.
  2. What is your least favourite food? Again there is quite a few things. Hmm I’m gonna say beans.
  3. If you had to choose only one social media to use for the rest of your life which one would you pick? Oh god. I cant choose but it would be between Snapchat or twitter
  4. Why did you start a blog? I saw lots of people documenting their children’s development and milestones and I had just had Harry so thought I’d like to do that too And is that still why you still blog? Yes, I do still blog primarily about my children but I’ve added other content over the years too.
  5. Are you a happy person? I think so. I obviously have my days/weeks/months but in general, yes.
  6. Can you sing? Well I’ve been told I can sing and I won some competitions singing when I was a kid but I don’t think I can.
  7. Which country that you have never visited would you most like to? Definitely America. There is so much I would love to do there.
  8. What do you do to relax? Listen to music, play games on my Ipad or colouring.
  9. Do you always take off your makeup at the end of the day? Yes because my eyes get itchy and sore if i have make up on too long.
  10. When was the last time you painted your nails, and what colour were they? About two weeks ago now and it was a light grey colour.
  11. Which book(s) are reading at the moment and are they paper or digital? If only! I love reading but I just don’t have the time lately.

11 random things about me

  • I collect bookmarks
  • I have 1 tattoo
  • I don’t like tea, coffee or milk
  • I had my first child when I was 18
  • I love organising
  • I have 1 sister and 2 brothers
  • I’ve only been abroad once
  • I used to smoke but stopped one day and never did it again
  • I am addicted to buying candles
  • I’ve only recently found a love for make up
  • I prefer savoury over sweet

 

So there you have it! I now tag

Sarah from The Herniman House

Jo from Ojo’s World

Kim from Northumberland Mam

 

 

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Jack, what changed? 

We’ve all been joking lately that someone has swapped our old Jack for a new one but it really does feel like that. I don’t know what it is but something in him has just changed. He’s still the happy little boy we all know and love (apart from the odd tantrum that have come from nowhere) but  since he turned 15 months he just suddenly changed, and for the better!

He used to hate cheese. I’ve offered it lots since we started weaning and he’s always thrown it on the floor. One day we were at Tom’s mums house and he pinched Harry’s cheese off his plate and ate it all. We thought it might have been a one off but I’ve offered it a few more times at home and he’s eaten it.

Since birth he has hated baths. And I mean would scream the house down as soon as you put him in and until you got him out. But he turned 15 months and just decided he really loves them. He gets excited when you say “do you want a splash splash” and will start to undress. Now he only cries when you’re taking him out! This has just completely shocked us all. We used to dread bath time.

Also at 15 months he took his first steps, twice in one day. And two days later, he climbed the stairs! And not just a couple, no, the entire stairs!

He’s never been interested in the TV but now he will sit and watch a whole episode of Something Special or The Teletubbies.

There has been one negative to him turning 15 months and that is sleep. He’s always been pretty good but lately it’s gone downhill. It’s a real chore to get him to have a nap in the day now unless we’re out for the day and he’s in his pushchair. Only occasionally will he sleep on me now. In the day anyway, at night he will only sleep if he’s cuddling me. Sometimes we can get away with rubbing his back or arm while he’s in his cot. And he’s started waking in the night/very early hours for milk. It’s not every day though so I am grateful for that. I know he’s only 15 months so it’s not unusual but it is when he’s not done it for months and months.

I only remember the other 3 changing as in they suddenly seemed older, never this much in one month.

Did any of your children do something similar to Jack?

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Monski Mouse Baby Disco Ticket Giveaway


Why toddle when you can dance? Celebrating 5 years of baby boogieing on London’s Southbank, join our resident dj-mumma, Monski Mouse and her Dancers for 50 minutes bopping family fun. There’s no better place to do a chicken-dance, all summer long, it’s time to 1, 2, 3 DISCOOOOO!

This international hit, early childhood event lets parents and under fives loose on the dance floor in this friendliest of discos. Selling out shows around the world find out why Monski Mouse is a hit with the under 5’s AND their parents/carers.

London-based Australian DJ, Producer and Mum of two, Monski Mouse, has designed the Baby Disco Dance Hall as a super-fun session of dancing and play with your small person. Dress to impress disco style and get your disco-dancing-booties on! (that means you too Mum & Dad!)

One reader can win 1 x Family Pass on the Late May Bank Holiday Weekend (4 tix – at least on of the party must be a child) for either Sunday 28th May at 3pm or for Monday 29th May at 1pm – winners choice

All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below 🙂

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Silent Sunday

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Saturday is caption day

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