Octonauts at the National Sealife Centre Birmingham

This morning we were lucky enough to be invited to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham to take part in an Octonauts mission. The Octonauts are children’s television characters who have underwater adventures and rescue sea creatures who are in trouble. So a mission at the National Sea Life Centre is ideal! Libby isn’t really into television and I’ve never really pushed her because a lot of the children’s television programmes don’t really hold that much educational value in my opinion. However, having heard a bit about the Octonauts today, I will be getting hold of a DVD or…

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Our Thursday Photo #22

This week has been well and truly exhausting. Lia appears to be teething so none of us have had any sleep (except for Libby, who would sleep through a nuclear war). I’ve ordered a Sophie the Giraffe for Lia, I’ve heard good things about them and I’m willing to try anything, so although I wouldn’t normally pay £12 for a teething toy, we’re desperate! Our house hunting has taken another interesting turn. Because I’m now self employed, my wages as it stands won’t be taken into consideration for a mortgage. They take the self employed average of the last two tax…

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It’s the small things after all

I love a challenge. Usually it’s a physical challenge like beating my husband in a half marathon, beating my husband in an open water swim, beating my husband in a triathlon… you get the picture. Today though, I’m taking part in the #MorningWin Challenge sponsored by Belvita. Blogging, on the whole, is more of a relaxing pass time than a challenge, but Britmums and Belvita have thrown down the gauntlet by asking people to write about a small victory that makes the morning better. I love a post that really makes you think! So I started off by thinking about…

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Our Thursday Photo #21

This week has been all about decisions. We’ve booked an appointment for someone to come and put our house on the market on Tuesday, but we really can’t find anywhere that we like the look of to move to. I’m making an appointment to see someone at a nice little local school where rumour has it we might be able to get Libby a place even if we don’t live in the catchment area. Unfortunately I’ve heard these rumours too many times already so I’m not holding out too much hope. We’ll try anything though because we’d love to be…

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If only I was that talented

I have always admired people who run their own business, particularly when they make their own products. I’ve also always been a fan of home made clothes for babies and children, but unfortunately I don’t have the time, talent, artistic capability or patience to make them myself. That’s why I’m incredibly fortunate that an old school friend of mine has started a business selling her gorgeous reasonably priced hand-made children’s clothing. Joe can only be described as an inspirational parent. Whilst I haven’t seen her for years, seeing her posts on Facebook about babywearing inspired me to research it when…

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Our Thursday Photo #20

This week we have been deliberating and agonising over what to do about school for Libby. We don’t want her to go to the local school where we live at the moment, and this would be our catchment area. The only way to guarantee that she will get into a nice school is to move house. We love the house that we live in, it’s a great location, close to family and it’s just coming together as we want it. Ultimately though, the school that Libby goes to is too important to take a risk on, so we have reluctantly…

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Establishing a routine

Libby and Lia are much too young for school, but that doesn’t detract from the need to establish a good tea time routine that will make life easier when they do start school. The most important thing for me when it comes to tea time is that we all eat together as a family. I think this encourages children to eat well, enjoying the same food as us and eliminating the need to cook several different meals at different times. I like to cook fresh food, using a variety of ingredients, particularly fresh vegetables to make sure that the girls…

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