My baby is growing up: Moving to a bed

When I had Libby, a friend of mine kindly gave us a cot bed for her. The intention was that she would use it as a cot until she was big enough for a bed, then I’d take the side off it and she would have it as a bed. What I hadn’t planned for was the arrival of a destructive baby. Lia was about six months old when she managed to break Libby’s cot bed. I’m not sure exactly what she did, but she managed to go straight through it, which meant that Libby had to go into a…

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Inspirational Parents #13 – Love from Mim

As parents we all look for inspiration, and there’s nothing more inspirational than people who are positive, upbeat and winning at parenthood despite having a tough time themselves. Mim blogs at Love from Mim, a family and lifestyle blog and she is an inspiration for so many people, I’m honoured to feature her on my blog. Here’s Mim with her answers to my somewhat testing questions. 1. Tell me about the most unexpected change to you as a person or to your life since becoming a parent? The biggest change is to my personality – since becoming a Mum, I no…

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Thursday Photo #107

I seem to spend my life waiting for things to calm down. Waiting for the time when I’m going to do all the things I’ve been neglecting over the last few months. Waiting for the day I don’t have work to do or arrangements to stick to and I’ll catch up. I’ll sort out the huge pile of clothes that’s staring at me from the bedroom. I’ll dig out the lovely things that have been hiding at the bottom of the pile for months. I’ll paint the children’s bedroom, buy them some bunk beds and make the room both functional…

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A world without Twitter

I’ve read a lot this week about the fact that Twitter is struggling as a business. It seems absurd that a company as big as twitter is failing. Lets face it, it seems to have the perfect formula. It’s self-promoting, it’s one of the most popular social networks worldwide and people use it for both private and business purposes. But for whatever reason, we are falling out of love with it. The number of users is plateauing and the company’s profits are through the floor. They admit that they’re currently trying to rescue it – reshaping it, changing it and…

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Konfidence: Review & Competition

Swimming has always been an important part of my life, so I’ve been taking the girls swimming regularly since they were a few weeks old. As well as swimming in the pool, I love open water swimming – whether that’s in rivers, lakes or in the sea. I recently discovered Konfidence, who produce some amazing children’s swim accessories – just the sort of things my girls need. We were all delighted when Konfidence offered to send us a few of their products to try out, and we put them to good use on a sunny day in the paddling pool.…

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When I’m a bit older

When I listen to my daughters chatting and playing together, the conversation always turns to what they will be able to do, “When I’m a bit older.” It reminds me of my own childhood and the innate yearning for all the exciting things that come with age. I smile wistfully at the idea of them wishing away their childhood. The few, short years of their lives that afford them the luxury of being free from adult worries and responsibilities. When the most important decisions they have to make revolve around whether to have water melon or ice lolly for pudding on…

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Dinosaur Roar: Review

Since Lia could speak, she has been a huge fan of anything and everything to do with dinosaurs. I have no idea where this came from, Libby isn’t particularly into them and we’ve never really had dinosaur toys or watched dinosaur programmes on television. But whatever the reason, she adores them. Dinosaur Roar Book A couple of weeks ago, we were sent the Dinosaur Roar book by Paul Stickland and Henrietta Stickland. It was written in association with the Natural History Museum and published by Macmillan Books.The book is really colourful with bright pictures and very simple text. It is…

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