Oh the joy of messy play
Parenting

Messy play: All good clean fun?

I’m a big fan of baby and toddler groups. My little girl had a full schedule of them up until she started preschool. They were great for her confidence and also helped to get us into a good routine. We did them all: gymnastics, music, swimming, dancing, playgroups…. However, there was one thing I just …

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Reviews

Christmas is coming and so is the Smyths catalogue!

It’s started. September is here again, and so begins the descent into winter and the countdown to Christmas. Each year there are five tell tale signs that summer is long gone, and that winter and Christmas are on the way: The rain and drizzle returns and that spare bedroom, which has spent the last few …

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Reviews

Review: Jordan & Judy honeycomb glass bottle

I spent all summer chasing my 3 year old around the garden with her water bottle, panicking that she wasn’t getting enough fluids during the seemingly never ending heatwave. I also tried to get water into my 4 month old to make sure he didn’t end up dehydrated (although he was having none of it, …

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Parenting

Preparing for preschool

It’s that time of year again, when parents up and down the land are dusting down their fireplaces and polishing their front doors, ready for the obligatory ‘first-day-back-at-school-in-oversized-uniform’ photo. Thankfully we’re not quite there yet. Partly because our front door is beyond redemption but mainly because Little B only started preschool in January and has …

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Life

40? How did that happen?

It’s my 40th birthday tomorrow and I cannot believe it. I feel nowhere near old enough to be 40. I still haven’t even got used to referring to myself as a woman. In my head, I’m still a 20 year old girl, bopping away in the local indie club with my corduroy jeans and pixie …

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Babies

Back with a baby!

We have a new baby!  Fourteen weeks ago we became proud parents to a lovely (endlessly hungry) little boy. He is particularly special as there were times when we doubted if another baby would ever be possible. We became pregnant with Little B so quickly, but this little man was another story. For well over …

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