Our Thursday Photo #79

18 months ago almost to the day, I decided it would be great to launch a series on my blog called Our Thursday Photo. I thought it was a lovely idea to photograph both girls together every week. Lovely to look back on, I thought. Great opportunity to make sure I get loads of photos of both girls together I said to myself. Let me tell you now, I was a fool. The first few weeks were easy. In fact, several months passed before I started to realise that this wasn’t such a great idea. It wasn’t until Lia started walking…

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5 Christmas Preparations for November

I’ve agonised over publishing a Christmas gift list in November. There are a few pretty amazing things that I can recommend ready for Christmas but I just can’t bring myself to do a gift list just yet. But still, I know most people are actually starting to get ready for Christmas right about now so I’m going to meet them half way and write about things that actually do need a little bit of time to prepare. Here are my five Christmas preparations that it is acceptable to do in November. 1. Sleep Back in the days before I had children,…

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Dear Toddler

Dear toddler, Every day you’re learning. The world is bright, new and exciting and every day brings new joys and challenges. At the moment, you see everything with curious eyes. Each leaf, tree, butterfly, cow and tiny ant is a new discovery. Every day is a fresh start and a reason to smile. Each time we see each other, you laugh and I wag my tail to show you how much I love you. I was there when you took your first few steps. I was so pleased for you but I couldn’t explain. I tried to tell you but nobody…

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10 Christmas days out: West Midlands

*** UPDATED FOR 2017! New post here: https://plutoniumsox.com/whats-on-west-midlands/21-west-midlands-christmas-days-out-2017/ *** UPDATED FOR 2016! New post here: 10 West Midlands Christmas Days Out 2016 I’ve always found it a little bit difficult to get in the mood for Christmas. I just think it starts a bit too early in the shops and it’s a difficult transition from scrooge to Christmas fairy. Since having children, the one thing that has helped me to get into the spirit of things is a good day out with decorations, carols, a cheeky glass of mulled something or other and of course, the man in red. I’ve researched the…

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Being organised: Black Friday deals

Every summer, I decide around August time that this year, I’ll be ready for Christmas. By the time November comes around, I have usually realised that my decision was absolute nonsense. If I’m honest, this year is worse than ever. Last Christmas, I finished making my Christmas cakes sometime around midnight on Christmas Eve. I’d overdone it on the fruit soaked in brandy and there was quite a lot left over. Well, enough for another cake. So, I decided that when we’d finished our Christmas cake I’d make another one. I didn’t. Until the end of August when we were…

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