Thursday photo #230

Things are finally falling into place. When the girls went back to school, I was so sure it was going to be easier with both of them at school. The reality was a little different. But after several weeks of playing catchup, I finally feel like I’ve got to where I need to be. Exercise It was always the plan that when Lia started school, I’d exercise each morning before starting work. Not for long, but an hour of running, swimming or cycling. Instead, I fell into a routine of thinking I had too much to do. So, I’d go…

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Best October half term and Halloween events 2018 West Midlands

Creepy crawlies, ghouls and ghosts are making their way around the West Midlands this half term. Halloween and half term combine to bring you a plethora of family days out in the region. Many events are suitable for children of all ages but there are a few aimed at adults too. All Things Wild – Worcestershire It’s time for a Halloween Howl at All Things Wild this half term from 20th October to 4th November. Race broomsticks, make slime, sling spiders and play spooky skittles. And on 28th October, head to All Things Wild between 2.30 and 4.30pm for a Halloween party.…

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Spirit Riding Free stable sleepover

As the doors opened on the children’s bedroom for the weekend, there were shrieks of delight. Eleven girls in one big dormitory. New toys, balloons, fairy lights, Spirit Riding Free duvets and pillows on their bunk beds and a whole load of new friends to share it with. Spirit Riding Free If you have children of primary school age, you’ve probably heard of Spirit Riding Free. It’s a sweet, upbeat animation shown on the Pop TV channel about a group of children and their relationship with their horses. The central characters are a girl called Lucky and a horse named…

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Thursday photo #229

The anticipation of September. Two children at school and five days a week to work, exercise and do what I needed to do. And yet, deep down, I knew what would happen. Because nothing ever really goes to plan, does it? September sniffles This week, it was Libby’s turn for the sniffles. She’s had it very mildly and it hasn’t bothered her at all. Except for the cough at night. Whenever Libby has a cold, she gets a cough at night. It’s not a chesty cough, more of an irritation. But it always happens and quite often, she coughs in…

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Can you make money blogging without spending a fortune?

Blogging can be a brilliant way to make an income. It’s flexible, offers some amazing opportunities and best of all, it’s great fun. But is it one of those occupations where you need to have money to make money? Do you need to invest in  a DSLR camera, a go-pro and expensive hosting? I don’t think so. Here’s why. Blogging on a budget Last weekend was the BlogOn conference in Manchester. This not-for-profit conference boasts numerous talks from experts to help bloggers up their game. The great thing about it is that individuals can choose which sessions they go to.…

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10 tips to relieve the symptoms of chickenpox

This is a collaborative post. It’s chickenpox season. The schools have started back and the germs are making their way around. Luckily, my two have already had chickenpox so hopefully they won’t have it again. But I thought I’d share my tips on what worked for us. Above all though, remember that this too shall pass. Because chickenpox is rubbish, but it will soon be over. Here are a few things to help you on your way. 1. Don’t use ibruprofen Seeing children in distress, in pain or itching is horrible. Naturally, you’ll want to help them. But according to…

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Thursday photo #228

I don’t often have time away from the children. I don’t mean the days when they’re in school, but actually staying away for a couple of days. And when I do, I realise that I need it. Don’t get me wrong, I missed them. But a couple of days only thinking of myself made me feel so much better. BlogOn conference The BlogOn blogging conference takes place twice a year, in May and September. It’s a well organised, not-for-profit conference that gives bloggers and brands the chance to get together and chat. There are also numerous sessions for bloggers to…

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