• Three tips for a super summer

    July 13, 2017

    There’s only a week or so left of school – how has it gone so quickly? – and the summer holidays are looming large. Does everyone have lots planned? We are on holiday for a week and we have some days out, but that is about it so far. I think everyone’s exhausted and it…

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  • Things we’re liking lately…

    August 7, 2016

    Here’s  a little round-up of a couple of things we’ve been doing and trying recently:

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  • 26 signs you’re a mum in summer

    July 19, 2016

    It is hotter than an oven with the thermostat stuck on ‘roasting’, in a furnace, on the sun, wrapped up snugly in hell, so obviously the glorious pre-schooler dress code of choice = wellies, knitted hats and tights.

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  • Blue sky thinking

    August 9, 2015

       How lovely were the past few days? It is actually summer weather in…summer. Massive shock. It feels like I’ve been away for ages, so here’s a bit of a catch-up. After coming back from Bournemouth and Sheffield, last week at home was mainly spent retrieving my baby from inappropriate places (like halfway up the stairs, several…

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  • Swingball, Screwballs and sprinkler bans – the summers of my childhood

    July 16, 2015

       Having a toddler who’s now old enough to really enjoy summer – and all the associated paddling pool paraphernalia – is bringing back so many memories about my own childhood, growing up in the 1980s and 1990s. Wasn’t the summer brilliant when we were younger?  The six week holiday was second only to Christmas…

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  • The real school sports day, mum and toddler style

    July 7, 2014

    It’ll probably come as no great surprise that I hated school sports. From the autumnal wet netballs deliberately aimed at your cold legs, to the frosty winter hockey pitch and the scorching heat of summer athletics, when you’re trying not to break a sweat to avoid the ritual humiliation of the communal shower, it’s fair…

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  • 99* (toddler) problems with summer

    June 10, 2014

    1) Waking up with the sun at 5am, but finding parents seem to have a surprising lack of enthusiasm for cereal and bed bouncing at that hour. Must try them again tomorrow 2) Not being allowed to have ice-cream for breakfast 3) In the garden, but there’s no Macca Pacca 4) And where are the…

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