A day out in Birmingham

This morning, we all headed off early for a day out in Birmingham. Working there made me realise what a great city it is. There’s always something going on and children are particularly spoilt. Our first stop after getting off the train today was the Town Hall to see the AMAZING Three Little Pigs musical. This was a bit of a shock to me. I knew the girls would enjoy it, but I had no idea that it would be enjoyable for the grown ups too. The music is catchy, actors are engaging and it’s only 55 minutes long so it…

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Our Thursday photo #64

I can’t believe another week has passed already and Thursday has come round again. Mercifully, tomorrow marks the end of my month of working all hours god sends to try to earn a bit of extra money. It has gone quite well and I will be able to start looking at my business again as of next week. Having a month that has been even more difficult has led me to form some small aims for some time to myself. From next week, I intend to make time to do an hour’s exercise at least twice a week. I also aim…

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Giant Lego trail at Slimbridge

Today, we spent a lovely morning on the trail of the amazing giant Lego figures at WWT Slimbridge. We were lucky enough to be joined for the day by an fabulous local photographer. The weather was not kind to us, but nonetheless we had a lovely day, as we always do at Slimbridge. I think I have mentioned before that Lia is rather a big fan of ducks. This  makes Slimbridge her ideal day out. For Libby, anywhere outdoors, especially where there is a park, is great fun. Slimbridge is relatively local to us and it’s one of those places that we…

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New books for the summer

I wrote a blog post recently about filling our days during the summer holidays. The fact that the children are not in school doesn’t mean that there’s no disruption to their routine. We’ve managed to keep busy, going out every morning to spend some time outside somewhere and wear the girls out for their afternoon nap. But I don’t like wasting the time that we do spend at home, and one of the best ways to pass the time is with some exciting books. Here are the brilliant new releases from MacMillan Books that we are enjoying this summer. 1. Bear and…

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Inspirational Parents #6

I’m lucky enough to have heard from some pretty amazing mums over the last few weeks as part of this series. So, I thought it was about time the dad’s get involved. So, as they say, here come the boys. And what a way to kick off with the inspirational dads. Martyn has been one of my favourite bloggers for a long time. His blog, Inside Martyn’s Mind is unusual in that he is a home educating dad. The posts are always engaging, entertaining and incredibly informative. I pick up a lot of tips for activities to do with my children.…

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Beauty and the beet

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the fact that I want to create my own makeup from natural ingredients. As with everything, time is my biggest enemy. But today, I managed to find the time to make some pretty amazing things. But the story about what I made doesn’t start here. In fact, it starts some years ago. In 2008, my (now) husband and I headed off to travel around New Zealand. During our trip, we went to visit my cousin who lives over there. We had a brilliant night in the pub with my cousin and her friends, during which…

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Little moments

Last weekend, we were invited to Drayton Manor to hear all about what’s going on there for the rest of the season. They’ve got some amazing events coming up, we’re particularly looking forward to the fireworks (set to War of the Worlds – fabulous) and seeing Father Christmas. We’ll be heading there for Halloween too, although the girls are probably a bit young to understand it. The thing that really struck a chord with me though was their #LittleMoments campaign. They’re encouraging people to stop and appreciate their little moments. For me, this is a really pertinent message. Not just…

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