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10 Things That Have Made Me Happy This Week 22.03.20

Long time readers of this blog will remember the days when I used to manage to churn out one of these lists once a week. They’re some of my favourite posts to look back on but somehow I got out of the habit of writing them. In the light of everything that is going on right now, I have decided to bring them back. Because although these are very difficult times for all of us, there is still a lot to be happy about and thankful for. This week we’ve been in self isolation after returning from Spain and Ernie has got chicken pox, but there have still been countless things that have made me smile, and I want to record some of them here. So that I can look back at this bizarre period of time and remember the good bits, not just the news headlines. Here are ten things that have made me happy this week: (more…)

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2020

If you read my last post on What Mother’s Day Means To Me then I won’t need to tell you again just how important I think it is to celebrate Mother’s Day. I love the excuse to celebrate not just my own motherhood but all the women around me too. We’re raising the future, just as the generations before us have done. They deserve thanks and recognition, and so do we. So just in case you are stuck on what to get for your mum, or a friend, or a grandparent this Mother’s Day, here is a list of ideas that I really think you can’t go too far wrong with!

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What Mother’s Day Means To Me
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What Mother’s Day Means To Me

Mother’s Day – I have to admit it’s one of my favourite days of the year. And not simply from a ‘everyone needs to buy me chocolate and treat me like a queen’ point of view, but more because it’s actually a day to celebrate what I would consider to be my greatest achievement in life – being a mother. And to also take the opportunity to celebrate other mothers around me. Because, let’s be honest, on a day to day basis it’s very easy to forget to celebrate all of the things that mothers do for everyone around them. I find myself so caught up in every day life that I hardly ever stop and realise quite how much I do for my children. At the end of the day I often wonder what I have actually achieved, but even on those days I’ve kept my babies alive, well and happy – which is a great achievement in itself! (more…)

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Why We Chose A Forest School & Our Experience So Far

Whenever I mention forest school, whether that be ‘in real life’ or online, I am always met with questions. ‘What do you mean they are outside all day?’ ‘What about when it rains?’ ‘Does she enjoy it?’ ‘Like seriously, outside all day?!‘ You can imagine! So I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, in the hopes that it can be helpful to anyone considering a forest school setting for their child, or just to satisfy the curiosity of anyone else. Darcie has been going to forest school for four months now, and is a third of the way through her time there (sob!), so now seems like a good time to write this. We’re settled in, and we’ve basically got to grips with forest school life – by which I mean the mud – so here I am to spill the beans on what it’s really like to have a child at forest school. (more…)

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Charity Shopping Tips & Tricks (From Someone Who Used To Run One)

A slightly different post for me, but I made a decision to write about more of my interests outside of motherhood this year, so here we are. The subject for today – charity shops! One of my biggest loves throughout my life has been rummaging through charity shops seeing what bargains I can find, and it was a small dream come true when I got a job as charity shop manager just before I fell pregnant with Darcie. The timing was unfortunate and I would have loved to have spent longer in the role but everything happens for a reason and all that, and now I wouldn’t change a thing about how life has panned out. (more…)

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Wedding Planning Overwhelm
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Wedding Planning Overwhelm

We got engaged nearly a year ago now, and something that I find I’m getting asked a lot now is ‘how’s the wedding planing going?’. And the truth is – it’s not! I don’t deal well with pressure and get quite easily overwhelmed by to do lists and deadlines, so much so that I’m just kind of putting off planning anything until I feel like I have the head-space to deal with it all. With two small children to look after, that could be quite a long wait! (more…)

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