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Finding Confidence Behind The Wheel

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Driving. Driving has become my nemesis. At this moment in my life, driving is the biggest battle that I need to win. I’ve spoken about this frequently on the internet and even more frequently with friends and family. While I am obviously not proud of my fear of driving, I am also not ashamed to admit it. I find the whole concept of getting in a car, with my precious daughter and driving on the roads, absolutely terrifying. Continue reading “Finding Confidence Behind The Wheel”

Days Out · Mum Life · Other Good Stuff · Uncategorized

I Had The Best Day With You Today

Sometimes it’s the days you least expect to be anything special, that make you thankful for the life you lead. For me, Friday was one of those days. After a week of too many small things going wrong, I had almost written it off entirely. My original plan for the day was to take Darcie to our local farm. However, when I woke up and realised how cold it was I decided not to do the long walk to the farm with Darcie freezing in the pram, but instead to take her for a little walk in some woodland nearby to us. At least if she was walking she wouldn’t get so cold and we could both get some fresh air and relieve some of that cabin fever we were both suffering from after a rainy week indoors. Continue reading “I Had The Best Day With You Today”

Money Saving · Mum Life · Other Good Stuff · Uncategorized

Ways To Save Money This Year

January is well known for being a difficult month. The excitement of Christmas is over and extravagant spending over the festive season could well have left you feeling more than slightly strapped for cash. I’ve been very open on my blog about the fact that we are always trying to save money. Although Dan works very hard and earns a very good wage, it is still only one wage, for three (soon to be four) people. We try to be as frugal as possible and so I am always on the lookout for new and smart ways for us to save money. We are currently saving up to buy our first house and so every penny really does count. I know I’m not the only one trying to find new ways to save money as all my other money saving posts have done well in the past. So, here is an updated list of ways that you could be saving money this year. Continue reading “Ways To Save Money This Year”

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Win a BabyMel Changing Bag With Sudocrem Changing Room Awards

WIN A BABYMEL CHANGING BAG.pngChanging rooms were never something I really gave much thought to until I became a mum. But since having Darcie they have become a subject I feel I could go on endlessly about (I won’t, don’t worry, I know you’re mainly here to win the changing bag!). Well, I’m going to go on just a little bit to introduce this campaign that Sudocrem are running in association with the charity PAMIS (Promoting A More Inclusive Society). I was shocked when I read that there are 800,000 disabled children across the UK and only 1058 Changing Places toilets that meet all of their needs. This leaves many parents having to resort to changing their child on the floor in the toilet, which we all know is not the most hygienic of places at the best of times. I know that when I am out and about with Darcie I will always try to find the best place to take her to change her because it is awful having to change a nappy in unsanitary and smelly conditions. Luckily baby changing facilities on the whole are okay and so I can barely imagine what these parents and children have to go through on a daily basis when they simply need to get them changed. Continue reading “Win a BabyMel Changing Bag With Sudocrem Changing Room Awards”

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones · Other Good Stuff · Pregnancy

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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Quitting Blogmas

pexels-photo-699372.jpegThe savvy amongst you may have noticed that my heart has not been in Blogmas lately. I’ve found myself with nothing to post and having to rack my brain for ideas just to quickly get something up that day. And so for this reason, I have decided to call it a day on Blogmas. I’ve always been a quitter, I write that with pride not shame as I firmly believe that if your heart isn’t in something or it isn’t making you happy, then it is time to walk away, to quit. I don’t want my blog to become a chore and just something to tick off my to do list. I want to keep it my hobby, my passion and so I won’t be forcing myself to write content just to fill the days and tick ‘Blogmas’ off my to do list. Continue reading “Quitting Blogmas”

Food · Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones · Other Good Stuff

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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We All Need a Mum Friend

pexels-photo-712324.jpegA little while ago I wrote a post called The Great Thing About “Non Mummy Friends”  which had a great reception and I think a lot of you could relate to what I was saying in that post. I firmly believe that you need a mix of mum friends and non mum friends in your life but I recently realised that I had never actually written a post about how amazing Mum friends are. I feel fortunate to have a couple of really great mum friends, lots of mums that I regularly chat to at baby groups and also a whole load of amazing fellow mum blogger friends. I’m so grateful to all of these girls for making Motherhood less lonely and way more fun. We all need a mum friend sometimes, and this is why:

We all need a mum friend to tell us that everything we are feeling is normal. That they’ve had days when they’ve considered selling their kid on eBay too and that it’s okay to sometimes crack open the wine at lunchtime just to get through. Continue reading “We All Need a Mum Friend”

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Pamper Products To Take The Stress Out Of Christmas

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but even I’m getting a bit sick of the word. The run up to Christmas is my absolute favourite part but once we get to this point in December, the excitement turns to stress and I start realising how much I still need to do before Christmas and how much money we are going to end up spending even though we almost certainly shouldn’t. With that in mind I’ve decided to put together this list of some amazing pamper products that I think we all need in our lives to take the edge off the stress that is Christmas preparation. These could make excellent last minute gifts for anyone in your life that you think deserves a little pampering or maybe you should just treat yourself to a pre Christmas pamper. Whether you’re a busy mum, an overworked teacher or a hardworking nurse, we all deserve a little pick me up pamper session some days. I’ve got a wide range of products here so I’m hoping there will be something here for everyone. Continue reading “Pamper Products To Take The Stress Out Of Christmas”

DIY · Mum Life · Other Good Stuff

Making Salt Dough Ornaments With A Toddler (And Recipe)

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew exactly the sort of mum I wanted to be. I wanted to be doing crafts every day with my children, making all of my meals from scratch and living a totally eco-friendly and organic lifestyle in my Pinterest worthy family home. It is safe to say that I have fallen short on all of those things (as most of us do!) and as much as I try I will never be the Pinterest mum that I envisioned. One thing I knew I wanted to do at Christmas time was to make salt dough ornaments with Darcie. Last year was my first attempt and to be honest it was nothing short of a total disaster. She was only 7 months old and so she was too young to be involved with making the dough and she just wailed when I tried to get her chubby little hands to make a print in the decorations. Then when I put them in the oven, I must have had the heat too high because instead of coming out perfectly formed and ready to decorate, they rose and basically any trace of those chubby little hand prints that I’d struggled to get, disappeared.

This year however we had much more success, Darcie absolutely loved helping me to make the dough. She sat up on the counter and helped me mix it and then roll it out. She loved using the cookie cutters to make all the different shapes and then was thankfully distracted by putting them all in and out of the container so that I was able to get on with putting the salt dough shapes on the baking trays and into the oven. Continue reading “Making Salt Dough Ornaments With A Toddler (And Recipe)”