One of my biggest parenting flaws is my reluctance to be in the same house as my children. I know, it’s a pretty big flaw. But when we’re indoors, everything is just so difficult. They get bored, watch too much television, start bothering me and we drive each other mad. But all that changes as soon as we step out into the garden. I have big plans for my garden over the next 12 months. We’ll be fencing off an area that we’re currently unable to use. It will become the children’s play area and we’ll have a little vegetable patch too.…

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I expected to plummet down to earth with a bump this week. We’re home from our holiday, my husband is back at work and I’m juggling work with looking after both girls. But at the start of the summer, we wrote our summer holiday list and now we’re ploughing through it. Days out with the girls I don’t mind admitting that I’m a rubbish mum at home. I’m easily distracted by work and yet I feel horribly guilty when I’m not giving the girls my full attention. But when we’re out, it’s different. I may still get distracted by important emails, but I’m…

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Earlier this week, the girls and I headed to the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham to check out their Octo-Glow Explorers event. We are delighted to be blogger ambassadors for Sea Life Birmingham this year. We’ll be heading there regularly to review all the latest events. Relaxing at the Sea Life Centre Whenever we head to the National Sea Life Centre, my reviews focus around the children. But I thought it was worth putting together a quick video to show you how relaxing it is for everyone. Interactive sea life I’m a big fan of interactive learning. Libby in particular is always…

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It is a sign of how exciting the summer holidays are that the past fortnight has flown by. We’ve been camping in the mud in Kielder Forest and having a bit of a tech break. There was no phone signal at all and somewhat sketchy WiFi. So instead we spent time cycling, walking and generally enjoying the scenery. Now that we’re back to civilisation, I can’t wait to hear what everyone else has been up to! Featured posts Carrie and I had a bit of a dilemma about our featured posts this week. I had initially chosen Dave’s post about glamping…

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We bundled the kids and dogs into the car and set off on a mammoth drive to Kielder Forest. After setting up camp at the beautiful Kielder Village Campsite, we embarked on an epic battle with mud, rain and midges. Here are our top tips for visiting Kielder Forest. 1. Be prepared for the midges We thought we were prepared for the midges. We had both cream and spray repellant with us and we knew we’d need to keep the tent doors closed to avoid letting them in at night. But this really wasn’t enough. Our first mistake was that the insect repellant was…

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I walked into the brand new YO! restaurant in Worcester with two children who were so excited they were out of control. I made a pathetic attempt at conversing with the restaurant manager before being distracted by the girls jumping onto the benches. Before I knew it, the manager had legged it, leaving me with the two Tasmanian devils grabbing at the conveyor belt. About YO! YO! Is a Japanese street food and sushi restaurant that has been feeding hungry diners across the country for the past 20 years. And at last, it has opened a branch in Worcester. YO! is the…

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We strolled into the school playground, my eldest daughter laden up with bags. The only bags I carried were the ones under my eyes from sleepless nights, worrying about letting my little girl go. The first goodbye It is easy to think of the beginning of school as the end of an era. The pre-school days are over. The late starts, afternoon naps and lazy mornings at home. But more than that, it is a glimpse of a time when you will no longer be needed. We walked together to her line in the playground. Parents were milling around, waiting…

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