Rex the baby Tyrannosaurus was off his lead, surrounded by children when it happened. Nobody could know for sure what triggered it. Something in the crowd perhaps, a sudden noise. A baby crying. And suddenly, he was off. Running towards the kids, roaring like a crazy beast. They scattered everywhere, screaming for mercy. The dinosaur show The dinosaur show at Eastnor Castle featured a person in a very realistic dinosaur suit. The ‘keeper’ presented the show, starting off with ‘Rex’ on a lead. He was introduced, complete with lots of educational facts about dinosaurs. That’s when the fun started. Rex…

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I knew my husband was worried as soon as the vet answered the phone. “Hello, out of hours vet, how can I help?” “I think my dog’s drank bleach!” It wasn’t long after my husband had bleached the kitchen floor that the dog started to vomit. It was like something out of the exorcist. Even the dog thought she was dying. Cleaning hard floors safely When you’ve got both children and dogs, it’s really important to keep floors clean. The last thing I’d want is the children getting ill because of the dogs. But floor cleaner is such a nasty substance,…

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School mornings are chaos in this house. Missing shoes, dirty socks and chewed reading books. Uneaten breakfast, spilt drinks and needy children. But I’ve realised I’m getting it all wrong. The girls are craving independence, so for this month’s Bostik Blogger craft, they’ve created a storage device to give them just that. Upcycling a storage unit into a back to school organiser We’ve had an old storage unit gathering dust for a while now. I didn’t want to throw it away because if there’s one thing we do need, it’s storage. And over the last few days, I’ve been doing…

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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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