Blog entry

Here you will find blog posts about everyday life of being a parent. The ups and the downs. Times things went well and I wanted to share them with you all and the times when I was near rock bottom and needed to share it with someone. These blog post are like a form of therapy for me I write what ever I'm thinking about at the time. In the hope that someone has felt the same and can tell me it's going to be okay. Or if you land on my page at 3 o'clock in the morning after the 5th hour of being awake with your little one. You will be able to see that were all in the same boat. We all get through it, so keep on going your amazing !

  • Blog entry

    Starting school in a pandemic

    Ava has nearly finished her first year of school and what a strange year to start school . She had no induction days, we weren’t able to go into school at any point during the year . I don’t even know what her classroom looks like . She had a gradual introduction to school which was hard on her to get to grips with and also a logistical nightmare for us. We had time off school because of staffing issues , she went to school through lockdown but was in a class with children in multiple years. Ava had to be off school when we had to isolate due to…

  • Blog entry

    Skincare Musts For Pregnancy from creams to body oils

    When you are pregnant and even after giving birth, your skin and body will still be going through changes as your body prepares for the incredible process of giving birth. Your hormones may be a bit imbalanced, your hair, skin and body may feel different, but it’s important to still take care of yourself.  Here are a few skincare musts for pregnancy to keep in mind and stick to a routine with: Body Oil Body oil helps to avoid stretch marks and helps to deeply hydrate your skin. Take your time when applying body oil. If you are in the market for a new body oil, the Blue Lagoon body…

  • Blog entry

    7 free or cheap activities ideas

    Even more so this year I feel that I want to provide my children with a fun summer holiday. The only problem is that days out cost a lot of money and like many people, money may be a little tighter this summer. We are hoping to take the children on a few bigger days out during the summer holidays, but there will be days where I just need some free or cheap activities to do with the kids. For me planning in advance means that I have a selection of different activities I can call upon. It means that when the kids start to moan they are bored I…

  • Blog entry

    My experience of having Covid-19 and not displaying any of the three main symptoms

    I have spoken to so many people who have had COVID-19. Each person has experienced different symptoms has recovered differently. For some there are more long term effects. These people range from early 20’s to 60 plus. It’s affecting a lot of people and each person has their own story. So I thought I would share mine . As maybe someone is feeling the same but because they don’t have the three main symptoms they think they are fine. Just going about their daily life. Isolation period started My isolation period started because I had been in contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19 . This in itself…

  • Blog entry

    Motif photo book and Calendar: review and giveaway

    I have been sent the photo book and calendar for free from Motif. In return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Who would have thought this time last year that we would be heading into a global pandemic? Which completely changed the way we live. Not seeing family and friends for months on end and being furloughed from work. If I’m honest I didn’t even know the word furlough until around March this year. It’s easy to think about this year as the year we stayed at home and did nothing. Which isn’t actually correct.. well not for us anyway. Yes, we haven’t been on holiday or…

  • Blog entry

    7 reasons why having a puppy is like having another child

    You may have seen that we have just had a puppy called Luca . He is such a beautiful little thing but gosh it’s like having another baby. I knew it was going to be hard work as we’ve had dogs in the past but this made me realise that for sure don’t want another baby ! Already in a few days he has changed so much and is setting in. However there are some things that remind me of the early days of having a baby. 7 reasons why having a puppy is like having another child. They keep you up at night The first night was really difficult…

  • Blog entry

    Just when I though Asthma wasn’t a problem in our house anymore – updated

    Just when we thought trips to the hospital because of Asthma was a thing of the past . Last weekend I ended up in hospital not because of Ava having breathing difficulties but because Alby was. I will take you back to when it happened. As I know people have said in the past they have found it handy me describing to them what happened. The thing is with Asthma it can flare up at any time and knowing the signs that something isn’t right can really make the difference. I had been out at a physio appointment and had come back in to both children snuggled up in blankets having…

  • Blog entry

    Potty training a boy isn’t actually any harder than potty training a girl

    Alby is now fully potty trained . It’s been pretty plain sailing . I was actually really worried about potty training Alby as I heard so many times that boys are harder to potty train than girls . Don’t know why but so many people I know have said their boys just seemed so much more laid back and weren’t bothered by potty training. Our potty training journey with Ava was so easy like too easy . I think she only had maybe 2 accidents. Non of which were poo accidents so that was amazing . If I’m being honest she has more of an issue with toileting now at 4 then…

  • Blog entry

    Visiting Dudley zoo after lockdown

    Coronavirus has made me very nervous about taking the kids anywhere there may be a large number of people. However, we wanted to celebrate my birthday last week and also do something nice for the kids. So we went to Dudley Zoo. Before going we took a quick look on their website to see what their new procedures were for booking. As I have seen many places are now only taking online bookings. Dudley zoo is also only taking online bookings. You also have to pick a time slot you want to go to. You have to arrive at this time but you can stay as long as you want.…

  • Blog entry

    Dougie’s Diary series 1 : Review

    Both my children are book lovers. From a young age, we have read to them and looked at different printed media. Working in the Early Years for many years I have learnt why books are so important. Children can learn such a lot about books. Most of the time they don’t really realise they are learning. I have recently been gifted some new books to add to our collection and they are series one of Dougie’s Diary by Mandy Khaira. There are 5 books in the first series of Dougie’s Diary which covers a wide range of different topics from how important it is to say thank you to everybody…

  • Blog entry,  Reviews

    So Sand DIY satisfying studio review |AD

    At the moment I’m always on the lookout for something new and exciting to entertain the kids . For my two if it’s a sensory activity it’s going to be a winner and one they will want to play again and again . Last week we were sent the So Sand DIY set . Which has been out nearly every day since we have had it and they haven’t got bored of it . The So Sand DIY set comes with Bags of sand with magic sand components A variety of different tools you can use to cut and shape the sand. The So Sand DIY satisfying magic sand studio.…

  • Blog entry

    Switching up my exercise during Lockdown

    Fitness for me has never been the top of my priority list even though it should be. I always thought for me to get fit I needed to go to the gym or differnet classes.With Jordan working shift patterns and me working part time and having the kids. It something that I never got the time to do. For a lot of people being in lockdown has given them the time to do things that they have been putting off. We no longer have the excuse of not having the time anymore. At the start of lockdown I was loving running I was doing couch to 5k and really enjoyed…

  • Blog entry

    Aska Maternity Movement bracelet : Review

    Near the end of my pregnancy with Ava I was in an out of hospital a lot with reduced movements. It was such a scary experience. Thankfully as soon as I got on the monitor at hospital she would always wriggle around and I felt like I could breath again. I would always worry that the nurses at the hospital would get sick of seeing my face. Which they didn’t of course they were always so reassuring and lovely. It’s only been just over 2 years since I was last pregnant and the different products that have come out in that time are so different to what I had during…

  • Blog entry

    Knowing how children learn can make home schooling so much easier

    Schools have been doing some great work over the last is it 8 weeks sending things via email or online portals for parents to do . Many of what I have seen have been worksheets . I guess these are easily accessible and they can be send to a mass amount of children. Is the the way all children learn though ? I have seen via social media parents finding it hard to get their children to do these sheets sent from school . Mainly because they find them boring . Which results in everyone getting frustrated with each other and doesn’t make for a very nice learning atmosphere. Some…

  • Blog entry

    Being furloughed is a mixed bag of emotions

    I have now been furloughed from work and it’s causing me some really mixed emotions . There hasn’t been a time apart from being on maternity leave . That I haven’t worked since I was 16. Well actually before I was sixteen as I used to help at a dance school every weekend when I was younger than that. I’m one of those people that actually likes going to work . I always have done . I haven’t really had a time where I didn’t want to go .Working in the childcare sector you have to love your job otherwise you wouldn’t do it . More so since becoming a…

  • Blog entry

    The Lockdown Silver Lining

    What are we on now is it week seven of lockdown? I’ve not seen my parents in 9 weeks which for me is a long time. As they were on holiday before lockdown. Well I say they were on holiday they had one day of a holiday then the hotel went into lockdown. So they had to stay in their room and be escorted to get food. My Brother and Sister in law had a baby in January. I love being an aunty it’s such an amazing thing. I am so sad that I’m missing her reach her early milestones . She is so different to the last time I…

  • Blog entry

    Easy activities to do at home with a toddler and a preschool aged child.

    Keeping two kids entertained all day whilst in lockdown is hard work. We do try to have a good routine which does help a lot . Most nights though I’m tapping away on Pinterest trying to find something that will keep them both entertained. With them being 2 and 4 they are at different stages of their development . Ava will happily sit and concentrate on an activity for a good amount of time . Where as Alby looses attention pretty quickly if it’s not activity he likes. With Ava starting school in September I’m trying really hard to make sure she is school ready. Majority of the important things…

  • Blog entry

    How I plan to survive coronavirus self isolation with children

    A week ago I really wasn’t too worried about the coronavirus. As this week has gone on though I have got more and more worried. Working in the early year sector my week has been taken up by putting together documents to ensure everywhere is cleaned multiple time a day . What staff can do if we have to close and contingency plans. It’s really been a full on week . I know it’s going to be like this for a few weeks. By which time I will need a holiday or even just a break . A darkened room by myself is pretty appealing at the moment. One of…