The little things

I have never been keen on the consumerism associated with Christmas. Without wishing to sound ungrateful, I’m not particularly enamored with either giving or receiving gifts. It always seems a little bit false.  Gifts tend to be things that are bought for the sake of it, unless there is actually something that someone really wants or needs, in which case I am more than happy to buy it for them. The point is though, I don’t really care what time of year it is, if I know there is something that somebody wants and I can buy it or make it for them,…

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The power of sound

Lia has never really been a particularly good sleeper. I can’t remember a full night’s sleep since she was born and at 7 ½ months old, this is starting to drive us mad. As you can imagine, five hours of broken sleep a night for months on end becomes a little tedious. So I was willing to try anything to get her sleeping through.  A few people recommended white noise generators to me. These are supposed to sooth the baby when she wakes up so that she drifts back off to sleep naturally without help from mum. I was reluctant…

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Streaking into January

To say I’ve overindulged during the festive period would be an understatement. I don’t even dare stand on the scales because I’m worried about what I’m going to see.  I know that the natural solution would be to go on a diet, but I’m just no good at those. I usually enter myself into a race at around this time of year, not to race in now but one that doesn’t take place until the summer. It gives me something to aim for and keeps my fitness going through the rest of the winter. The problem is this year, I…

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Friday Feature #4

My Friday Feature each week aims to raise awareness of an ethical business and a charity. This week, I have reviewed an online paediatric first aid course from Spearhead Compliance Training Ltd. Not only is this course essential if you haven’t had any first aid training, but it costs just £20, a small price to pay for saving a child’s life. Of this, £10 goes to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. If you’ve got children then, like me, you may be wondering whether you should do a paediatric first aid course. So before you read on, just have a quick look at…

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Our Thursday Photo #33

Libby and Lia have both had a wonderful Christmas. Having asked for nothing but books, they have nearly 50 new books between them, as well as some book themed items and a few other things thrown in for variation. Christmas lunch was somewhat unusual, with Lia having the time of her life rubbing parsnip into her toes, while Libby made the most of the pirate themed Christmas crackers. Having been an absolute nightmare last night, Lia woke up this morning full of the joys of spring, whereas I have been feeling the effects of sleep deprivation in a big way.…

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Getting ready for Christmas

Well, Christmas eve really has crept up on me this year. I haven’t wrapped any presents other than helping Libby to wrap the one she got for Lia. So tonight, we will be sitting down with a few mugs of mulled elderflower wine (recipe below), wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas cakes. I can’t wait. Mulled elderflower wine The preparations for this little tipple started way back in June, when the elderflowers were at their best on the trees. As I’d recently had Lia, my dad was kind enough to pick a carrier back full for me. This was added…

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Guided tour of the Sea Life Centre

This evening, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend Birmingham Sea Life Centre for a guided tour with just a few other families after the centre had closed to the public.  On arrival, we were greeted with some lovely mince pies and drinks, and the girls were adorned with suitably ridiculous hats before we headed over to the penguin area.  After a few minutes watching the penguins, we were met by a friendly member of staff to start the tour. As parents, going around any attraction is never a leisurely business so having someone telling us about everything we…

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