The dynamic of my extended family changed for good about two weeks ago when my 14 year old brother experienced a life-changing event. Nothing too dramatic for the rest of the human race but for a teenager, it was the end of the world as he knew it. For the rest of the family, it was a shock to say the least. What was this catastrophe? He VOLUNTARILY sold his X-Box. He decided that it was taking up too much of his time. He has never been so right.  Since that day, we really have seen a lot more of…

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This morning, I could hear the postman struggling to push a parcel through the letterbox. I was convinced I’d probably won some sort of competition, or my husband had bought me a surprise present. As if. But no, I should have known, it wasn’t for me. Nonetheless, it still raised a smile when I opened it. It was some brand new Zoe and Beans books.  The Zoe and Beans books Libby was lucky enough to receive three beautiful Zoe and Beans books to review. Two of the books were nice chunky card books- Zoe and Beans: Look at Me! and Zoe…

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This morning as Libby and I were getting ready to take the dogs for a walk, my sisters called in and brought Libby a wonderful surprise… a bouncy castle! From that point on, our day took a different course.  We went out into the garden and Libby played whilst my sisters and I took it in turns to blow up the bouncy castle using the really quite effective pump. It only took us about 20 minutes and then we piled on. The bouncy castle said that it was only suitable for age 3 and above, but Libby loved it despite…

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At 11 months old and just about taking her first unaided steps, Libby would currently class herself as a keen gardener. She is excellent at digging (grabbing handfuls of soil); pruning (pulling leaves off plants) and watering (spilling her drink on the lawn). As she gets older and more capable, I hope to harness her enthusiasm for the garden and turn it into something more productive. There is nothing she likes better than being outside. If I take my eyes off her for a moment, she immediately heads for the nearest exit.  Whilst it may be a bit early, I…

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At the beginning of the month, I wrote a blog post about the Boots Feel Good Forum for the Mumsnet Bloggers Network. Last week, I was lucky enough to receive a fabulous package in the post containing some beautiful Boots goodies. It was a stylish No.7 paper bag, full of creams, makeup, face wipes and other exciting things.    I love Boots products and I’d really been looking forward to receiving it. A couple of weeks ago though, I heard that my local animal shelter were struggling to raise funds. One dog in particular was difficult to rehome because of…

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As one of 5 siblings, the phrase “what are you getting for dad” is one of the most overused sentences in our family. Christmas, birthdays and Father’s day, none of us can ever decide what to buy him. He doesn’t need anything and therefore he doesn’t want anything. He is also honest to a fault, so if we get something he doesn’t like, he will make it very clear what he thinks about us wasting our money on that.   So, I got to thinking. We can’t be the only ones with very little imagination and a dad who has…

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