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Practical Ways To Find Confidence in Driving

pexels-photo-210053.jpegI’ve talked at length about my fears of driving and how this can affect my every day life. I so badly wish that driving came naturally to me and that this fear didn’t take over every I get behind the wheel of a car. One of the most important things when gaining confidence as a new driver is to have faith in your car and to be up to date with all of it’s maintenance. We recently bought a new car and knowing that it hasn’t been ragged around by a previous owner certainly gives me peace of mind, but of course it’s important that we now  keep the car in great condition too. I’ve put together a list of practical things you can do to make sure your car is in great condition so you have one less thing to worry about when you’re out and about.

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Days Out · Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones · Other Good Stuff · Southampton

Easter at the Farm

I’m sure Easter is becoming a bigger celebration nationwide each year. This year I’ve seen people going all out with Easter Baskets, extravagant egg hunts and even Easter Trees. Easter traditions are becoming as popular as Christmas ones and while I’m definitely not an Easter Scrooge, I also certainly couldn’t be bothered to go all out in the same way that some people have. (That’s no shade on those that do, I just don’t have the energy this year!). We kept Easter quite low key, of course we got Darcie (and ourselves) a few Easter treats and I cooked us a roast dinner for lunch. But the highlight of the day for me was taking Darcie to a little Easter Egg Hunt at our local farm.

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From A Nursery to A Toddler Room

pexels-photo-860882As we countdown the months and weeks to baby number two, it’s dawning on me more and more that Darcie will soon be ‘the big girl’ of the family. I want to do lots of things for her around the time of Ernie Bump’s arrival that will make her feel special and hopefully ease the transition from only child to older sibling. One of the things I was keen to do was to update her bedroom so it’s less of a nursery and more of a toddler room. She has clear interests, likes and dislikes now and so I love the thought of her having a bedroom that is ‘her’s’ and full of things that she likes. The transformation is nowhere near complete but these are just some of the things we have added or changed so far.

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10 Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week 23.03.18

The week before last was a tough one for many reasons. Most of those reasons involved expensive things breaking and needing to be replaced. It was also cold and I was stuck inside for most of the week. This week has been the opposite, it’s been a week of new, unbroken things, getting out the house and the weather finally realising that it might in fact be Spring. So here are ten things that made me happy this week: Continue reading “10 Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week 23.03.18”

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Gift Guide For Men

pexels-photo-447570.jpegAlthough Father’s Day is a while away yet, gifts for men have been in my thoughts lately as we celebrated Dan’s Birthday last week. I’ve only recently become self employed and so having my ‘own’ money is very much a novelty to me at the moment. I was excited to finally treat Dan to a good present after a good couple of years of not really being able to do so. But the hard question was, as always, what to get? I’m sure men are just so much harder to buy for than women, that’s a huge generalisation I know, but I stand by it. I narrowed my options down to five items which I will list below for anybody else out there struggling to buy for the man in their life.

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My Favourite Things About Darcie at 22 Months Old

I’ve always intended to do frequent updates on Darcie as she grows and develops into a little person. But time goes so fast that I never seem to actually get around to just sitting down and writing them. I thought a nice way to do a little update on her at 22 months old would be to write down a few of the things that make her so amazing at this particular point in time. She changes so rapidly that it’s hard to keep up but I hope I’ll stick to writing these lists from time to time.

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To My Mum on Mother’s Day

Dear Mum,

You’re not really one for big emotional outbursts so I hope that me writing this and showing it to the world won’t make you uncomfortable.
We don’t do these soppy moments often and so I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and to celebrate you as my mum. Because as you, and everyone who reads my blog will know, I am an emotional person and I like to have these outbursts from time to time. Continue reading “To My Mum on Mother’s Day”

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Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery

As a stay at home mum I often find myself slipping into the same routines with Darcie. We have park days and soft play days, play dates and family time. We also have our Longdown and Paulton’s Park annual passes which get a hell of a lot of use and always make for really good days out. As much as I know that I do a lot with Darcie (we hardly ever actually spend time at home!), sometimes it can all begin to feel a bit samey and I’m constantly thinking of different things we can do that will help her grow into a well rounded little person. So for this reason, I was really pleased when I heard about the Please DO Touch Trail that is currently running at Southampton City Art Gallery. Continue reading “Please DO Touch Trail at Southampton City Art Gallery”

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11pm Thoughts

It’s 11pm and everyone is asleep. I know that it won’t last long and so I am making the most of this time. When the house is quiet and I can drink my tea before it goes cold. I’m appreciating times like these more than ever these days as it is so rare that I get to just sit and collect my thoughts. I get to sit and be still and feel my little baby boy wriggling around, and just be. With my first pregnancy I had all the time in the world to think about it all, but with baby number two it’s not the same. Now I have a toddler taking up most of the room in my brain. So these quiet moments are precious and today my head and my heart are full. I feel like it’s been ages since I have just sat at the computer and written my thoughts. Today there’s no drafts, no brands, no links. Just me and my thoughts.   Continue reading “11pm Thoughts”

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Valentines Gift Guide For Mums & Mums To Be

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Valentines Day is basically the Marmite of celebrations. Personally I’m in the ‘love it’ camp mainly for the reason that I love having any excuse to celebrate. Pre kids, Valentines used to mean a weekend away, a romantic meal out or some other indulgent surprise. But when you add children into the mix, there’s no denying that things do change. The little thoughts and gifts mean a lot more when you spend all your time looking after little people and putting yourself last. I’ve put together a list of a few things that I think any mum or mum to be would love. And you can trust me on this as I currently have an insiders opinion on both! Continue reading “Valentines Gift Guide For Mums & Mums To Be”