Spirit Riding Free stable sleepover

As the doors opened on the children’s bedroom for the weekend, there were shrieks of delight. Eleven girls in one big dormitory. New toys, balloons, fairy lights, Spirit Riding Free duvets and pillows on their bunk beds and a whole load of new friends to share it with. Spirit Riding Free If you have children of primary school age, you’ve probably heard of Spirit Riding Free. It’s a sweet, upbeat animation shown on the Pop TV channel about a group of children and their relationship with their horses. The central characters are a girl called Lucky and a horse named…

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Thursday photo #229

The anticipation of September. Two children at school and five days a week to work, exercise and do what I needed to do. And yet, deep down, I knew what would happen. Because nothing ever really goes to plan, does it? September sniffles This week, it was Libby’s turn for the sniffles. She’s had it very mildly and it hasn’t bothered her at all. Except for the cough at night. Whenever Libby has a cold, she gets a cough at night. It’s not a chesty cough, more of an irritation. But it always happens and quite often, she coughs in…

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What to pack for a family holiday

Single travellers visiting Beaches may have their backpacks full of clothes, food, and electronics. But parents have a whole different set of things to think about. The first thing most parents pack is a first aid kit. Here are a few other things you might want to consider. 1. Driving license Forgetting your driving licence really could ruin your holiday. Unless you’re not planning to drive a hire car on holiday, you’ll need to have it with you. It’s also advisable to take a photocopy of the license and even scan a copy into your email. 2. Chargers Chargers can be…

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Can you make money blogging without spending a fortune?

Blogging can be a brilliant way to make an income. It’s flexible, offers some amazing opportunities and best of all, it’s great fun. But is it one of those occupations where you need to have money to make money? Do you need to invest in  a DSLR camera, a go-pro and expensive hosting? I don’t think so. Here’s why. Blogging on a budget Last weekend was the BlogOn conference in Manchester. This not-for-profit conference boasts numerous talks from experts to help bloggers up their game. The great thing about it is that individuals can choose which sessions they go to.…

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10 tips to relieve the symptoms of chickenpox

This is a collaborative post. It’s chickenpox season. The schools have started back and the germs are making their way around. Luckily, my two have already had chickenpox so hopefully they won’t have it again. But I thought I’d share my tips on what worked for us. Above all though, remember that this too shall pass. Because chickenpox is rubbish, but it will soon be over. Here are a few things to help you on your way. 1. Don’t use ibruprofen Seeing children in distress, in pain or itching is horrible. Naturally, you’ll want to help them. But according to…

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Thursday photo #228

I don’t often have time away from the children. I don’t mean the days when they’re in school, but actually staying away for a couple of days. And when I do, I realise that I need it. Don’t get me wrong, I missed them. But a couple of days only thinking of myself made me feel so much better. BlogOn conference The BlogOn blogging conference takes place twice a year, in May and September. It’s a well organised, not-for-profit conference that gives bloggers and brands the chance to get together and chat. There are also numerous sessions for bloggers to…

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9 tips to prepare your child for tooth extraction

We were camping in Pembrokeshire earlier this year when I noticed Libby had an abscess on her gum. It was caused by a bump she’d had a couple of years before that led to the teeth becoming infected. Several dental appointments and one more abscess later, she needed to have both of her top, front teeth removed. Mercifully, the dentist was amazing and it all went swimmingly well. These are our tips for preparing a child for tooth extraction. 1. Which anaesthetic is the best option? When we took Libby to our local dentist, he referred her straight to Birmingham…

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