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Dear Darcie, Little, Tiny, Big Sister

16th October 2017

Dear Darcie,

Today something really special happened. You won’t understand it at all yet but today I told you something amazing, something you definitely don’t hear every day. I told you that you are going to be a big sister. I showed you a blue and white stick that had two lines on it, one very faint but definitely there, and I cried and told you how amazing it is and that Mummy is going to give you a best friend for life. You looked at me as I cried tears of happiness and you laughed and tried to grab the stick and put it in your mouth, that made me laugh and then we were both laughing while I was still crying. Continue reading “Dear Darcie, Little, Tiny, Big Sister”

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Pregnant Again!

Unless you are somebody who solely reads this blog and doesn’t follow me across social media, then you will probably have already seen my pregnancy announcement last week! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to share this news with the blog as we wanted to make sure we had told all of our friends and family in person, where possible, before we posted the news online. I am now 15 weeks pregnant and due on the 24th June 2018. That date seems so far away but from how quickly time has flown by since having Darcie, I just know that it will come round before we know it.

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The Best of 2017

There is no denying that 2017 has been good to me and to my family. From celebrating Darcie’s first birthday to falling pregnant with baby number two, there have been so many wonderful things to celebrate this year. I won’t deny that there have been tough times too, but I’m here today to focus on the good bits. The bits that made 2017 one of the best years of my life so far. Here are my highlights: Continue reading “The Best of 2017”

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Foodie Homemade Christmas Present Ideas

pexels-photo-688017Anyone who knows me will know that I am very much partial to a homemade present. Some years that will be because money is just quite tight and other years it’s because I just really enjoy making things for people (no matter how much they may or may not want to receive my creations! Sorry family…) Over the years I’ve tried many different homemade presents and I think it’s something that quite a lot of people would appreciate some inspiration for. So I’ve compiled a list of some great festive goodies that you could make for your family and friends this year. These are good ideas for any presents that you’ve left quite last minute too as they don’t require much planning or preparation so there’s still time before the big day. Continue reading “Foodie Homemade Christmas Present Ideas”

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2017 Christmas Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Rachael at From Rachael Claire to take part in her 2017 Christmas tag. Rachael is one of the most festive people I know, which is saying something seeing as I consider myself to be pretty festive anyway! She was the perfect person to create this tag and I’ve really enjoyed taking part. At the end of the post I’m going to tag some other bloggers to take part and it would be amazing for you to go over and take a look at their blogs too. So let’s jump straight in!

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Christmas Gift Guide For Toddlers

With Christmas looming I’ve put together this gift guide for toddlers to hopefully give some inspiration to any parents out there who are struggling for ideas. Let’s be honest you can go into any Early Learning Centre, Toys ‘r’ Us or Argos and be bombarded with choices and ideas of all the latest toys to buy your toddler, so I’ve focused on some more alternative ideas that you might not otherwise have thought of and to support some smaller or lesser known brands in the process.

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Christmas Gift Guide for Dads

I don’t know if I’ve ever met a single woman who doesn’t struggle to buy for the men in her life. For some reason men can be absolutely impossible to buy for and the ones in my life are no exception. I’ve put together this gift guide that contains some items that you might not have thought of before and also some trusty old faithfuls. I hope it helps anyone who might have  just realised that it is only three weeks until the big day and that they still have no presents bought for the men in the family. I know that feeling oh so well, so here are a few ideas for you: Continue reading “Christmas Gift Guide for Dads”

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Christmas Trees, Toddlers & Traditions

I’m sure if you are up to date on my last few blog posts that you will have realised that I’m pretty excited for Christmas at this point. For me most of the excitement is in the build up to the big day; it’s in putting up the decorations, baking gingerbread men, doing crafts with Darcie all while having the Christmas radio stations on all day every day and then snuggling up to watch Christmas films with hot chocolate and mince pies. It’s one of my favourite times of the year and so I like to make the most of it. Growing up our Christmas tree would always go up a couple of weeks before Christmas and we would always decorate it together. There would be the annual argument over whose turn it was to pick the colour scheme, the lights would go on and then we would cover it in as many decorations as the poor thing could handle. It was one of the things that we always did as a family and those memories will always make me smile. I’m so keen to carry on this tradition with my own little family, just with one difference; I’ve realised that one of the best parts of adulthood is getting to decide when the tree goes up and so in our household it goes up the first weekend in December!  Continue reading “Christmas Trees, Toddlers & Traditions”

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Tips for Moving House With a Baby or Toddler

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We’ve moved house twice now since having Darcie; the first time she was four months old and the second time she had just turned one. Throughout these two house moves I have learnt a few lessons that could be helpful for anyone reading this who is faced with the prospect of moving house with a young child in tow. I can honestly say that neither times have been too difficult, the first time was certainly easier as she wasn’t yet moving, by the second move she was into everything and using packing boxes to cruise around. She was old enough for unpacking a box to be the best game ever and so everything certainly took longer. Moving house is never going to be totally stress free but here are my top tips for reducing some of that stress. Continue reading “Tips for Moving House With a Baby or Toddler”

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Where to Visit Santa Around Southampton 2017

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I know some people are still in denial about the impending arrival of Christmas, but not me. I’ve been ready for festivities since basically October, but now that we are in December I feel like it’s acceptable to start mentioning the Christmas word on the blog without getting too much aggro from any Scrooges out there. As a parent it really helps to be organised for Christmas, but this is where I tend to fall short. I love Christmas and I get so excited in the run up but when it actually comes to getting organised for the big day, I like to just put it off and have the inevitable Christmas Eve breakdown instead. This year once thing I am determined to do is to take Darcie to see Santa, she met him briefly at a baby group last year but this year she is so much more aware so I want to start a tradition of taking her to a proper Grotto to see Saint Nick. Luckily I’m spoilt for choice and Santa seems to be popping up in numerous places around Southampton, what a clever man to be in more than one place at once hey? I’ve listed some of the places you can find Mr Claus in Southampton this year so that we can all be organised parents together! Continue reading “Where to Visit Santa Around Southampton 2017”