Easter craft for toddlers

I very rarely blog about crafts I do with my children, it’s just not that sort of blog. To be honest, I’m not that sort of mum. But Libby does love craft, and I feel guilty that because I’m so bad at art myself, I rarely do anything with her. I’m feeling particularly guilty at the moment, because she is getting on so well with drawing and writing since getting her glasses. So, against my better judgement, we embarked on an Easter craft project. It’s gone remarkably well so I thought I’d share both the process and the results. Making an Easter…

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We treat them both the same

I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve heard people say, “I don’t know why my first and second child behave so differently, we treat them both the same.” Really, do you?  My first baby had my full, undivided attention for the first three months of her life. I was there to attend to her every whim, as us mums do when we are cooing over our first born.  Then I went back to work when she was three months old. She started having to be formula fed during the day and looked after by either me, her Nan or…

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Woods Alive

Most weekends we try to get out and about at least one of the days. After a hideous day of rain yesterday, this morning was looking a bit more promising.  Breakfast was rather a relaxed affair with poached eggs on toast and chocolate croissants on the menu. Lia is able to feed herself now, but she hasn’t quite got the hang of doing it without any mess.  So after a rather urgent clean up and clothing change, we headed to the Worcester Woods Country Park. Today, they had woodland crafts and working shire horses in the woods for their Woods…

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Learning about the world

It may be a surprise to people who have only known me since having children to learn that pre-kids, both hubby and I did quite a bit of travelling. I’ve done several stints of travelling, some with hubby or with friends and some on my own. Both of us have friends and family in various far flung locations, and we are itching to get back to seeing the world.  I know that a lot of people travel with young children, but I personally would prefer to wait until the girls will get something out of it. At the moment, UK…

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Unexpected flying toast

You know those beautiful blog posts you read about how much of a blessing young children are and how people are doing the best for their bright, well behaved children?  This isn’t one of them. This is about real life.  This is about the minor things that go wrong every single day that make bringing up children a bit like swimming through treacle.  There are the normal things that you expect. Getting ready to go out, thinking for once that you’re going to be on time to a baby group. Then one dirty nappy, and a toddler needing the toilet…

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Enjoying a rainy Sunday

Weekends tend to be a time for days out as a family. They usually include a walk with Pluto and we like to be outdoors. Today though, the weather was looking dreadful so in contrast to our usual weekends, we headed into town.  Both girls had a nice lazy morning listening to some music before we went anywhere. Lia in particular was thrilled by her first experience of listening to music on headphones.  The next exciting thing was a ride on the train. Libby has always been a huge fan of trains and she’s getting Lia in on the excitement…

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Pre-school half term

Odd though it may seem, I never really realised that half term was a thing before children went to school. But pre-school half term is definitely a thing, we checked.  We have our little routines each day. We are busy every morning with activities we’ve been doing since Libby was tiny. Singing groups, playgroup, ballet and a morning a week at nursery for Libby. She also goes to my mum’s one morning a week while I take Lia to sing and sign.  This week though, everything has been different. Despite the lack of our normal routine, we’ve been hugely busy.…

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