Our Thursday Photo #32

Poor Lia is completely exhausted. She is 7 months old now and she has carried a great weight on her shoulders since the day she was born. She has, with almost no assistance, carried the burden of making sure that I don’t get more than four hours sleep at a time. Well, as you can imagine, seven months of that can take its toll on anyone.  So last night, Lia just couldn’t cope with the responsibility any more. We have moved her into a bedroom with Libby this week and both of them have coped admirably, but it is clearly tiring work because last…

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Teaching kindness

Every day the media bombards us with the bad side of humanity. Terrorism, murder, rape, child abuse, cruelty to animals. The list goes on. Among all the bad news though, there is often a little reminder that most of us are naturally kind. Good news stories at the end of the local news, awards for unsung heroes, news bites on certain websites. Hashtags that take the world by storm, particularly following terrible events. The #illRideWithYou hashtag that has been trending over the past few days is a great example. On Monday, I took Libby to a singing group that we…

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Waiting for you

Mum lets play trains or read a book, I’ve got new crayons, have a look. I see you’re busy, you’ve things to do, I’ll sit right here and wait for you. Let’s play ball or take a walk, I’ll run around and you can talk. You’re going out, you’ve things to do, I’ll stay at home and wait for you. Daughter dear you have moved on, My house is lonely since you’ve gone. I’m keeping busy as you do, But really I just wait for you. My darling grandkids have you time, To come around and check I’m fine? I…

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Baby bookworm’s Christmas gift guide

The quandary I have faced this Christmas is perhaps somewhat unusual for the mother of a toddler. You see, all Libby wants for Christmas is a book. This is what she wrote in her letter to Santa, and she has insisted that she wants a book ever since. She is also certain that Lia wants a book from Santa too. Luckily, Santa wrote back and said that he would be happy to oblige, but I wanted to put  a little more thought into it rather than just buying books, so here is my Christmas gift guide for the baby bookworm.  1.…

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#AdoptDontShop

If you are on twitter or indeed any other social media network, you will have heard of the #AdoptDontShop hashtag. I think most people are aware that this refers to the ideal of adopting a shelter animal rather than buying a puppy. The benefit to the dogs of doing so is threefold. Firstly, you won’t be supporting puppy farming. Secondly, you will be offering a loving home to an unwanted, abandoned pet. And thirdly, you will free up a rescue space for another dog that would otherwise have been put to sleep if a rescue space hadn’t become available. It…

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Friday Feature #3

I am really starting to love writing these Friday features, it is heartening to discover that there are some fabulous ethical, generous businesses out there that are doing their bit for charities and communities. This week, I am proud to be featuring a business that is really close to my heart in terms of the charity it supports. So without further ado, allow me to introduce… Artisan Designs UK Gaynor initially set up her fabulous bespoke handcrafted jewellery company in order to produce hand crafted, unique pieces at a price that more people could afford. In fact, she makes limited…

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Our Thursday Photo #31

Well what do you know. Hubby thinks that my last post wasn’t entirely factual (it was). He seems to take offence at me producing something mildly amusing at the expense of cold hard facts (knob). So to satisfy hubby, here is an accurate account of our week since my last Thursday Photo post.  Friday: Nursery, eat, sleep, eat, sleep.  Saturday: Soft play, eat, sleep, eat, sleep. Sunday: Swimming (just me), swimming (everyone), eat, sleep eat, sleep.  Monday: Singing group, eat, sleep. Drama group, eat, sleep. Run (just me).  Tuesday: Drop Libby at her nan’s. Eat, sleep, eat, sleep.  Wednesday: Ballet, eat, sleep, eat,…

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