Thursday Photo #93

This week, I’ve taken a bit of time off work and we have filled the week with lovely days out and time together as a family. I have enjoyed it so much, I can’t wait for my next week off with the girls. We have managed to cram in the Sea Life Centre, @Bristol, Drayton Manor and Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds. We also managed a quiet day at home for some recovery time in between all the excitement. We have finally got around to investing in an iPad, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Whilst I hate the…

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Travelling through fear

There is an ingrained societal belief that travelling alone is dangerous. A lone traveller is vulnerable, especially a female. We could get lost, kidnapped, coerced, raped, murdered. The prognosis is grim. So, we don’t travel. We stay at home and follow the expected path. Or we travel with friends, family, boyfriends, husbands or on arranged tours and with groups. As the years pass, the yearning to travel grows. But so does the fear. Fear is a learned response, children are not born fearful of travel, freedom or being alone. Fear breeds in adults. We believe it is common sense to…

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Making memories

For just four sweet, short years, you are mine. I watch you grow from the tiny baby they placed into my arms into a beautiful, kind, caring little girl. A little girl who is sociable, polite and ready to go to school. In six months, you will be leaving me every day, skipping off with your new friends without a second thought. I will carry on, enjoying precious time with your sister. But every moment, I will be thinking of you. But for now, you are here. We are all together making memories, enjoying every minute. In years to come, you…

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10 tactics for negotiating with a threenager

Three year olds. The kind, caring, sweet natured, manipulative, stroppy, uncooperative, helpful, enthusiastic, cheerful little whirlwinds that live among us. Communicating with them can be a battle of wills. Maintaining a pleasant atmosphere at home without giving in to their every demand can be near to impossible. So, I’m here to help. It is widely accepted that there are four stages to negotiation. So here are 10 tactics for negotiating with a threenager based on those four steps. Preparation 1. Go into battle fully equipped  The threenager is rapidly becoming a television addict. Their favourite programs must be available on…

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National Sea Life Centre Birmingham: Review

Today, we were lucky enough to be invited to the National Sea Life Centre to check out their Ancient Oceans event. We are all huge fans of the National Sea Life Centre and visit regularly. However, the Ancient Oceans event was particularly exciting for my dinosaur loving girls. National Sea Life Centre Birmingham: Review The National Sea Life Centre is home to native and tropical fish, sharks, otters, rays, an octopus, a turtle, jellyfish, starfish… the list goes on. But arguably, the star attraction is these gorgeous little chaps, the Gentoo penguins.    On entering the National Sea Life Centre,…

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