News on twitter: Too much too soon?

I don’t imagine I’ll be blogging much over the coming weeks. I won’t lie, the last couple of days have been tough. Yesterday, my husband was late home from work. His motorbike wasn’t there when I got back from taking the girls to a dance class. I thought he must have been held up at work, so I got the girls in and started cooking tea. As time passed, I realised that inconsiderate though he is at times, I would probably have heard if he’d been that late finishing work. So, I gave him a call. He didn’t answer, so…

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The Isle of Wight with dogs

Our dogs have always been part of the family. At home, they’re always there. If we go for a day out, we take them with us if we can. So when we go on holiday, we actively look for places to go that the dogs can come along to as well. The Isle of Wight was one of the most dog friendly places we’ve been to. A camping holiday in the Isle of Wight For us, a holiday is all about being out and about in the fresh air so camping is the natural choice. Of course, this means that…

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Our Thursday Photo #72

I’m happy to say that this week has been notably better than last week. We’ve managed a trip to Drayton Manor, a lovely day out in Birmingham and a relatively small number of toddler meltdowns. All in all, I class that as a good week. Libby has settled in brilliantly at nursery and loves going every day. I may have flattered myself a little bit when I thought she was going to be upset at me leaving and that she might miss me just a little bit. She couldn’t care less. Lia has had a surprisingly productive week for a 16…

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Free activities for toddlers in Birmingham

We always enjoy a day out to Birmingham and the girls are particularly excited by the fact that we go on the train. It does often turn out to be quite an expensive day out though, what with paying to get in to places and buying lunch. My usual trick for bringing down the price on a day out is to take a picnic. But with rather unreliable weather at the moment, I decided we’d do free activities and treat ourselves to lunch. Musical picnic So today we went for a different sort of picnic, with the girls taking part…

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Inspirational Parents #9

Benedict Allen is an inspirational parent in the truest sense of the term. He has achieved things that most people couldn’t even dream of. His incredible answers to my mundane questions really made me stop in my tracks. 1. Tell me about the most unexpected change to you as a person or to your life since becoming a parent? I no longer set off on really hazardous adventures- though I’ve been an explorer most of my life. Even as a child I was determined to be some sort of “pioneer” – my dad was a test pilot and it seemed…

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Fun days out and Fundraising

Today we headed to Drayton Manor for the day with my sister who is heading back to Uni next week. We are proud to be ambassadors for the park and always enjoy it there. There is just so much to do that a full day is never enough. We arrived just before 11 am, went on ride after ride, had lunch by the lake, rode on both Rosie and Thomas, played at the park and went on some more rides. Both girls were exhausted by the end of the day, it’s such a brilliant day out. We even had some…

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Why you can’t trust the Guardian on Palm Oil

When I first became aware of the palm oil issue, I was pleased to see that the problems caused by the industry were regularly raised in the Guardian newspaper. But as with most things, there always comes a time when you have to take a step back and remember that you can’t believe everything you read in the press. At the moment, fires rage in Indonesia, filling neighbouring countries with a polluting smog, destroying rainforests and killing birds and animals in their millions. I found it odd that this was the time the Guardian chose to run an article about palm oil…

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