Choosing a flower girl dress

Last year, we were all delighted when my sister’s long-term boyfriend proposed. And nobody was more delighted than Libby and Lia. They immediately assumed that they would be flower girls and luckily, my sister didn’t let them down. Choosing the dresses I remember the trauma of choosing bridesmaid dresses for my own wedding. I was no bridezilla but I did expect a bit of hassle choosing my own dress. I’m not usually one for dresses, especially anything that makes me stand out. This isn’t helped by the fact that I was a competitive swimmer for many years and I never…

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Thursday photo #198

Doesn’t half term fly by? For months, I’ve been looking forward to being able to pick the girls up from school at the same time. After half term, I’ll be able to do just that. Lia will be in preschool three days a week for the same hours that Libby is in school. And now it’s nearly upon us, I wish time would slow down and half term could last a little longer. All Things Wild After much debate, we headed to All Things Wild near Evesham on Monday. We’d intended to have a day out on Saturday, but Lia…

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Win a teapot with cups and a vast selection of tea from Adagio

There’s little more comforting than a hot cup of tea. But all teas were not created equal. Adagio tea is all hand picked and sourced from origin. Their flavours are natural and they contain no added sugar as well as being vegan and gluten free. As these are loose leaf teas, Adagio also sell teapots. And they are some of the cutest teapots I’ve ever seen. Adagio tea Adagio sell an incredible selection of loose leaf tea and I’ve been trying out a few of them. Their teas range from standard black tea and Earl Grey, through to green teas, white…

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Kids eat free in school holidays at Bodega

It always seems like a massive error to feed children for free. Mine aren’t the type to pick delicately at few mouthfuls. Sometimes, they eat as much as we do, so feeding them is expensive. But regardless of my disapproval, Bodega in Worcester, Birmingham, Leicester and Derby are giving children a free meal for every adult spending £10 on food. The South American restaurant serves delicious food and rather good cocktails too. We checked out the menu at the Worcester branch. The children’s menu The kids menu was really sweet. Based on the same sort of dishes as are on…

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Thursday photo #197

Isn’t it strange how you don’t realise how organised you are until your usual routine goes out of the window? We’re on week two of my husband being away and I’m starting to feel a little frayed. Luckily, he was back for the weekend and we all managed to get up into the hills. If only someone walking past hadn’t told Lia she might get blown away and induced a huge fear of the wind. Pancakes without Nutella Do pancake day and valentines day usually fall this close together? There seems to have been an awful lot of commercialised faux-celebration…

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Mum guilt – 15 tips to get you on the road to recovery

Mum guilt. It’s a thing. Well actually, it’s not just mums is it? There’s dad guilt, parent guilt and probably grandparent guilt to look forward to as well. And if you’re anything like me, it’s all-consuming. Breathing down your neck at every turn. You’re working? You should be with the children. You’re with the children? You should be cooking dinner. You’re doing something for yourself without the kids? You are a terrible mother and someone will probably call social services. So, I’ve asked the experts for some tips on coping with mum guilt. And what makes them experts? They’ve been…

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7 tips to take the stress out of travelling with children

According to the Telegraph, going on holiday has a plethora of benefits for a child, helping with everything from family bonding to stress relief. For us parents though, travelling with children can strike fear into our hearts. Will the journey be horrific, will they fight and most importantly, how can we keep them safe? Here are 7 tips to take the stress out of travel with kids and a giveaway to make it easier. 1. Slow it down The first rule of travel with children is that it takes longer. So, don’t rush. Leave time for stops. Not just toilet…

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