Paste your Google Webmaster Tools verification code here

Thursday photo #97

Our week this week has been consumed by one thing: Chickenpox. Lia came down with it a couple of days ago and we had a night of hell where we both got about half an hour’s sleep in total. Luckily, the following day I managed to find some rhus tox tablets. Say what you like about homeopathic medicines, these things are amazing. I remember having chickenpox as a child and I took these and hardly itched at all. And sure enough as soon as we managed to get them for Lia, the itching stopped. I’d initially tried to find them in…

View Post

Prezzybox: Review and competition

This week, the girls had a surprise package in the post. They were lucky enough to be asked to review a few products from Prezzybox.com to celebrate the re-launch of their Kid Pundits scheme. Prezzybox is an online gift store that has something for everyone. It’s really easy to search for a particular item if you know what you want, but you also have the alternative option of looking for ideas based on who you’re buying for. Kid Pundits is a section on the Prezzybox website where children review one of their gifts. They tell you a little bit about it,…

View Post

Thursday Photo #96

Since Libby was 13 months old, we have been going to a ballet class every Wednesday. Both girls adore ballet and it has done so much for their confidence, particularly for Libby who has progressed to a stage performance group within the same ballet school. This half term, the ballet class has moved to a different day when we are unable to go. This has thrown me a bit. I’ve spent so long trying to do the right thing and take them to an educationally or developmentally beneficial group each day that in the absence of our usual routine, I…

View Post

In defence of boundaries

We have come so far from the terrible times that my dad tells me about when he was a child. He and his brothers would be beaten by the teachers simply for having a German surname. Even when I was young, it was considered acceptable for parents to smack their children who were misbehaving. These days, such punishment is quite rightly frowned upon. Increasingly, the focus is on raising well rounded, confident children. Giving them the building blocks to one day function as strong, independent adults. Many people go as far as to avoid using certain words to their offspring,…

View Post

New Beginnings

New beginnings don’t need to be about life-changing decisions, new year’s resolutions or grand announcements. Sometimes, they can just be about stopping and taking stock. I am terribly guilty of taking on too much. There are so many things I want to do, places I want to go, career aspirations and personal goals like losing weight and getting back to competitive triathlons. The problem is, I get so tied up in trying to be all things to all people that sometimes, I forget to take the time to just stop and smell the flowers. I spent mother’s day putting a new…

View Post