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Kids & Parenting

A Letter to my Daughter

In honour of International Women's Day 2020; the words and my wishes for the little woman in my life!

Kids & Parenting

World Book Day Costume Ideas

World Book Day is once again nearly upon us. Which character will your child be dressed as this year? Not got anything prepared yet? Here are 30 easy costumes you can make with clothes and items you probably already have at home

Kids & Parenting

How to make mealtimes easier with young children

One issue I have struggled with for a little while will not be unheard of for parents of toddlers: Dinnertime.
Our problems are threefold:

1. Healthy eating
2. Sitting nicely
3. Speed (or lack thereof!)

poppy day, crafts, remembrance
Kids & Parenting

Simple Remembrance Day Crafts for young children

With my grandad, dad and husband all serving in the armed forces Remembrance has always been an important time for me, and something that I want to pass forward to Little K. Her due date was also 11th November so very apt!

One way I found best to get her involved was to create an activity based on Remembrance of her level and talk to her around this.  Last year, we created some poppy based crafts, which she really enjoyed, and I wanted to share these ideas with you.

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My Stock Image Life.: For Your Eyes Only

When I was younger my parents bought me a door hanger for my bedroom which said ‘Geniuses thrive on clutter’, I still live by this. I am clearly a genius.

Kids & Parenting

How to prepare your toddler for their pre-school boosters

Yesterday I took Little K for her Pre-school booster immunisations. I know many parents hate taking their little one’s for their jabs but without wanting to sound cruel, it actually doesn’t bother me.

30, thirty, birthday, party,
Self Care & Personal Development

Things to do before I’m 30 – Update

I thought I'd give you an update on how I'm doing... With only 3 months to go, I think I need to get my skates on!

International Womens Day. #strongwomen #raisingawarrior #daughter #feminism #equality
Kids & Parenting, Self Care & Personal Development

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2018

  Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means at no extra cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Affiliate links are marked with a * Am I a feminist? I never used to think of myself as a feminist. Feminists are man… Continue reading International Women’s Day – 8th March 2018

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14 Realistic Self Care ideas for Mums

I am really into the current trend of Self Care which seems to be dominating my Pinterest feed at the moment. I totally buy into the  ‘You can’t pour from an empty cup’ theory. Especially as a parent. You can’t be the best for everyone else if you aren’t looking after yourself. Not that it… Continue reading 14 Realistic Self Care ideas for Mums

Decluttering - How and Why. 8 reasons you should start right now
Self Care & Personal Development

A Beginners Guide to Decluttering: 55 items you can get rid of right now (and not feel guilty!)

A beginners guide to decluttering: 55 things you can remove from your home (donate, recycle, repurpose or just dispose of) RIGHT NOW

BabyMel Frankie Changing Bag #babymel #changingbag #review
Kids & Parenting

Changing Bag Review: Babymel Frankie

Six months down the line, I figured it’s a good time to let you know how I got on with the BabyMel Frankie Changing Bag I was so please about purchasing last year.

Decluttering - How and Why. 8 reasons you should start right now
Self Care & Personal Development

How to Declutter your Life

The decluttering process: It always feels like such a mammoth task. I seem to be stuck in a constant loop between amassing clutter and decluttering, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one. It can often feel like a never ending process. But it doesn't have to be... and once it's done, it is so worth it!

Toddler Tantrum Number 10 - She didn't have enough cushions... She had ALL the cushions!
Kids & Parenting

10 Toddler Tantrums before 10am

Don't get me wrong, Little K is just like any other toddler. She has tantrums like the best of them. But this morning was different. It was like she woke up and just thought. Today is a day for tantrums.

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My London Bucket List

As previously mentioned my husband is in the army and it is very likely that we will have a new posting at some point this year. It was only once this was confirmed I realised that I have spent seven and a half years living in London, 4 of them in Central and there are… Continue reading My London Bucket List

Kids & Parenting

Babyballet: Her Mother’s Dream

In honour of International Ballet Day, I figure there’s no better time to write about our experiences at Little K’s babyballet classes.

The morning of her first class I was so excited. As a former dancer, I couldn’t wait to see my little angel in a pretty dress, spinning and prancing like a fairy… Oh, I was so wrong!

Kids & Parenting

Winnie-the Pooh : Exploring a Classic

Isn’t it funny how your priorities change as you get older?

Once, my birthday would have been spent on a pub crawl, or dancing the night away in a crowded club… How did I spend my birthday this year? I went to the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibition at the V&A Museum.

Self Care & Personal Development

30 things to do before I’m 30

It’s my birthday! 29 today and I don’t feel a day over 28…

I’m not usually one for birthdays, but with my next birthday being 30; it has made me realise how fast time really is flying!

When I was 25 I wrote a 30 before 30 list. I can’t seem to find it, but I know for a fact that I have not completed even half of the entries. When I became a mummy I slowed down on ticking things off my list, as I was too busy concentrating on her lists (changing, feeding, development, experiences, weaning… it’s never ending). So, with one year left, I figured it was time to re-evaluate this list and see what I can do in the next year. 

Kids & Parenting

How NOT to Potty Train your Toddler…

A guide to accidents, self-doubt and parenting guilt... and a plea for advice!

Self Care & Personal Development

Time to make a change…

I woke up today, feeling all positive and mentally prepared. Packed my healthy lunch and snacks and headed to work feeling pretty great, knowing that I was finally making the changes I needed to…

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Kids & Parenting, Self Care & Personal Development

Diaries of an Ad Lib Mummy

I have always tried to keep a diary or journal. Ever since my childhood. I like to write things down. It just works for me. Whether it is fictional writing, diaries, ramblings, musings, lists. I like letting things out. My journal/diary habit started with an angst ridden diary in my mid- teens, which has lead… Continue reading Diaries of an Ad Lib Mummy

Kids & Parenting

Frozen – A bit of a fixer upper…

Not that I had anything against Frozen, I actually wanted to dislike it, but when I did get round to watching it, to my surprise I thoroughly enjoyed it.

HOWEVER.

I have to say after the 20 something-th time of watching, I started to become aware of some issues with this film, and the more I watch, the more I notice. So here’s 23 problems I have with Frozen…

Birthday cake-
Kids & Parenting

Hosting a kids birthday party

We are fast approaching Little K’s fourth birthday (FOUR? How on earth has that happened so quickly?!) and we will also be hosting her first proper children’s birthday party.