VLOG: Vogue 73 questions

Eeeek, I’ve only gone and recorded a bloody vlog. The lovely Charlie from Mess & Merlot nominated me to answer the Vogue 73 questions which are floating around at the moment. It was her first vlog too and you can watch it here! It’s a good way to get to know more about bloggers, like any blogger tag. I was intending to answer these questions as a blog post. But 73 questions is, well, quite a lot. Then I was sleep deprived and so made the foolish decision to film myself answering the questions instead. Apparently you are meant to do it all in one take which is handy as I have no idea how to edit. I can’t imagine anybody is going to watch the whole thing as it is 16 minutes long – how ridiculous! I was aiming for 8, I think…HA. Succinct has never been my strong suit.  Continue reading

Babies, biscuits and books: #6

I don’t appear to have a proper schedule for this but I think I’ll probably do a book post once a month. My little man appears to love books more and more as he gets older; I will often find him sitting on the floor looking through a book. It’s the easiest way to calm him down if he’s a bit grumpy – we have a little cuddle and a read and he’s normally back to his cheerful self! This is another load of books from the library, most of them are age appropriate but would work well for slightly older toddlers, too. TM is particularly enjoying books which have flaps that he can lift and reveal things underneath.

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A rude awakening

My delightful son doesn’t seem to enjoy sleeping in his cot much these days. Like many lazy parents before us we’ve resorted to bringing him in with us, usually in the mornings so that we don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn. With this comes all the delights of being woken up by a mobile 10 month old. It does make me laugh but it’s not the most gentle and calm of wake up calls. I thought I’d try my hand at rhyming again as it seemed to go down well last time. Here’s my little rhyme about how our mornings usually go.

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A tribe, a thank you & a reason to blog

This post is a bit of a jumble, really, of lots of thoughts I want to share. It’s kind of threefold – why I want to continue blogging, a thank you, and in praise of virtual friendships.

Sometimes I feel like sharing my blogs and expecting anyone to read them is silly. In a world where there are millions (I guess) of parent bloggers and each week I am discovering new ones, it is definitely a saturated market. I read blogs by people who earn money from their writing, who work with huge brands, win awards and have made blogging their career. I read blogs by people (like myself) who don’t really go in for the constant social media promotion and write what they feel like to a relatively small readership. And I’ve read blogs everywhere in between. What unites them all, though, is they’re amazing. Honestly, each week I am blown away by the incredible things I read; I am often moved to tears or hysterical laughter. In almost all of the blogs I read I recognise something that I can liken to my own experiences as a parent or experiences that family members have been through.

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Sunshine Blogger Award

I love a good blogger tag (as you know…) and the lovely Brenda at Kids, Coffee and Chaos nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I love these tags for getting to know other bloggers and spreading the #bloglove. It’s the standard format, I answer the questions put to me by Brenda and then write my own questions for the bloggers that I choose to nominate. Thank you so much for the nomination – please go and check out the Kids, Coffee and Chaos blog as it’s so honest and funny. The Sunshine Blogger Award post is a good one to get you started. Brenda is also a really supportive and kind member of the blogging community! Snaps for Brenda (yeah, I watched Legally Blonde recently…) Continue reading

An ode to Center Parcs

We recently had 5 days, just the 3 of us, at Center Parcs. I absolutely loved it and felt so happy and relaxed that I was prompted to write this ridiculous ode one evening:


I wish we could stay at Center Parcs forever. We’d have leisurely strolls through the woodland, push TM on the swings, swim twice a day and share our patio with ducks, rabbits and squirrels. We’d read books while the baby crawls around the (fairly baby friendly) chalet, sipping prosecco and watching the sun set over the trees. We’d take the boy to the play centre to mess around with soft play and ride on toys (not very often, that shit costs extra).

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The Battle of the Nap

One of my favourite parent bloggers has to be Dawn at Rhyming with Wine. I think it is SO clever how she writes all of her blog posts in rhyme and they have made me both laugh hysterically and cry. She’s a beautiful writer and I often read her posts aloud to B because they’re just so fabulous! (She’s also blooming lovely!) When she started her guest post series, Cheers!, I knew I had to try and write a rhyme so I could get in on the action. I’ve mentioned before that I write a lot of poetry but I’ve only recently started sharing it and it never usually rhymes. I was quite pleased that I managed to knock something up for Dawn’s blog. Without further ado…

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