9 Real Truths Mums Need to Know About Starting School!

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It’s that time of year when a lot of mums are experiencing the excitement of their little ones starting school for the very first time. However, it’s a time that is also filled with fear and dread. The unknown is scary and I know all too well. I was there this time last year. The panic and anxiety. Will he be OK, will I be OK? well, I hope I can ease some worries and calm some nerves with what I have learnt this year. Here’s what you need to know and remember, if we survived, you most certainly will!

 

1: You will cry on their first day and their last day. You will probably cry several times throughout the year too. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Most of the other mums will be crying too. Put some tissues in your bag. My only advice here would be, try not to blub too much until after your child is through the door.… Read More

Anxiety and the Case of the Missing Blogger

 

It has taken me over a week to write this post. Something that on paper should be so simple. Just a short note to explain my absence over the last few months. It’s ridiculous it’s been so hard. I have pondered and procrastinated. I have typed and deleted. This paragraph alone must be my third draft! All I want to say is in the months I have been gone anxiety stole my life. However, even in today’s society where mental health openly discussed, I feel almost shameful to admit that I let it take hold that bad.

 

Anxiety from a mummy blogger

As a lifelong anxiety sufferer, it never really goes away, but there’s periods of highs and lows. I was in remission (what I call it) for a long long time, but the last few years haven’t been easy. I have tried to manage it, some days more successfully than others, but in general, I have been doing Ok.… Read More

Breakfast with the Elves: Fort Fun!

Christmas family days out sussex breakfast with elves fort fun Eastbourne

 

Fort Fun is Eastbourne’s best adventure park  bursting with so many different activities from indoor soft play, a massive outdoor adventure play area, bouncy pillows, American golf and much much more! This Christmas Fort Fun has introduced ‘Breakfast with the Elves’. Every Saturday and Sunday in December leading up to Christmas, from 9 am you can enjoy a buffet style breakfast of pastries and cereals followed by a traditional English breakfast. All while the North pole Elves make sure you have an enjoyable and magical experience! I jumped at the chance when I was asked if we would like to pop down one morning to see what was on offer. It was just up Finlay’s street and I have loved Fort Fun Since I was a little girl myself!

 

Christmas family days out sussex breakfast with elves fort fun Eastbourne

 

We arrived just after 9 am and we were greeted by the friendly staff. Then one by one Santa’s Elves appeared to greet us.… Read More

Festive Family Days Out: Tulleys Christmas Experience!

family days out sussex Tulleys Farm meet Santa Christmas

 

For the second year in a row now, Tulleys Christmas Experience has blown us away! Tulleys Farm is situated in Crawley, West Sussex and is renowned worldwide for unique experiences for families, adults and groups. One of these is the Tulleys Christmas Experience, set within the beautiful woodland grounds of Tulleys Farm. Where you and your family can enjoy a magical and unique Christmas experience where there is something for everyone too. We once again visited last weekend with the lovely Beth, from A Blonde and a Baby and her lovely little family. Here’s what we got up to:

 

family days out sussex Tulleys Farm meet Santa Christmas

 

We booked our tickets well in advance online.I’m guessing you can buy your tickets on the day in person but the chances are the sleigh rides (you choose your time slot) may be sold out. They were quite limited already when we booked back in October! This option is great actually as it keeps the queues to a complete minimum.… Read More

Today I am….9 Months Old!

Baby Milestones development 9 months old 36 weeks

 

Today is a very special milestone for little baby Emmeline. Today, and yes TODAY (I haven’t missed this update, first time ever I think!) Emmie is 9 months old. Special because she has been out in the big wide world for as long as she was tucked away in my tummy. So it’s been another month since Emmie’s 8 month update and another 4 weeks that have passed far too quickly. She is growing up very fast and has come leaps and bounds this month. without furthur ado, Today I am 9 months old!

 

Weight: 16lb 5oz

 

Emmie and I popped along to clinic this morning after I dropped Finlay at school ready to self weigh. I stripped Emmie off and popped her on the scales. The scale read 7.465kg, I didn’t have my little red book, but It was only 4oz heavier than her last weigh in.… Read More

Luxury Christmas Food Hampers: Prestige Hampers Review

Christmas Gift ideas Luxury Christmas Food Hamper Prestige Hamper Review

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The magic has well and truly arrived.  I don’t know about you but I get quite nostalgic when it comes to Christmas. Although I have very few memories of Christmas as a kid, I have a few special snippets. Little things can trigger those memories and I love it. Growing up in the 80’s was awesome, and I do remember that hampers were everywhere. Whatever the occasion there was a hamper. It wasn’t like today no way. In my day some old ‘Del Boy’ would turn up at the door, take your order and a few days later it would arrive on a milk float! How I remember the Hamper of Multicoloured Fizzy pop turning up. A hamper that today would have every health professional having a heart attack, but I loved it!

 

So when I got the Chance to review a luxury Christmas Hamper from Prestige Hampers, I got that that little fluttery feeling deep inside and those luminous bottles of pop from my childhood danced inside my head!… Read More

Win a Selection of Children’s Christmas Books

Win a selection of christmas children's books for xmas

 

A few days ago I posted about how I was making a Christmas Book Advent Calendar for Finlay this year. Last year we had bought him a Toy advent calendar to go alongside his chocolate one. This year however I wanted something a little bit different. Actually I decided early on in the year and began my planning early. Now planning and oragnising are not the same thing as I had totally forgot what books I had already bought and also how many I needed. So I have ended up with 5 books the same and 5 too many! Not so great for me, but excellent for you. I have decided to run a little giveaway for you with these books as the prize.

 

They will make a lovely little present on xmas day. Otherwise you could pop them in your Xmas eve Box, or have a mini Book advent counting down the last five days until xmas.… Read More

Felix Christmas Goody Bag Tin – The Purrfect Christmas Gifts for Cats!

Pet Christmas Present Cat Felix Goody bag tin petshop.co.uk

 

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge animal Lover. I have had animals in my life since I was born and to be honest I couldn’t ever imagine not having one around. Nor could I imagine the children growing up without a pet. To us, our pets are extended members of our family. We like to spoil them as much as we spoil the kids! This year has been tough, we lost our old Ginger Moggy. He was a beautiful old soul and he has left a very big hole in our lives. None more so than in Sebastian’s, our posh pedigree Havana Brown, Oriental Shorthair. So he deserves some extra special love, treats and affection as he adjusts to life without his much loved brother from another mother!

 

When Petshop.co.uk got in touch to ask if they could send Sebastian a little treat, it was a big fat yes!… Read More

How to make a Christmas Book Advent Calendar!

How to make a christmas book advent calendar for xmas

 

There’s something special about books. I think with all the technology about these days, it’s a special moment to be able to pick up a good old fashioned book. To sit with your child and make memories. I still remember the odd the occasion my mum read to me 30 odd years ago. Snugging up to her while she helped me bring the book alive with just my imagination. We read to Finlay a lot and I hope, he too, one day will be able to rember these moments with fondness. What better time of year I say for this, than Christmas?!

 

So last year Finlay had his chocolate advent and we bought him a luxery toy advent calendar too. I decided that come this Xmas, I would make him a Book Advent to go alongside his chocolate advent. Really it has been no more expensive, in fact probably cheaper than buying a Toy one!… Read More

Hugzzies Review: Keeping Cosy on the School Run With a Warm Hug!

hugzzie review keeping warm on the school run in winter

 

Summer is now well and truly behind us and I have definitely noticed a dip in temperature this past week. Although it’s officially Autumn, Winter is coming and Jack Frost has most certainly been nipping at all our toes. It isn’t the most pleasant of things having brave the cold every morning for the school run, but none the less it has to be done. I am always cold, always have been, probably always will be. So I always wrap my babies up with this in mind come the colder weather. This annoys Finlay, he would go out in pants in the middle of a blizzard if he was allowed too. However, Emmie can’t protest yet and being so little it’s very important to make sure she’s warm.

 

A few weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to try out Hugzzies. Super soft teddy bear with a microwavable lavender infused wheat bag inside that hugs around the waist giving the feeling of a warm hug, for use at home or on the go!… Read More