Bump watch: Tiny Tupen #2 Week 18

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I apologise Bump watch was delayed this week as I intended to post it every Friday. Last week, however, was a pretty heart-wrenching day. Our beautiful old cat was rushed to vets with breathing difficulties. He has been diagnosed with heart failure and heart disease. I was pretty heartbroken and penned a post to him. I could really think about writing much else. Today I’m feeling a bit more positive, so here’s this week’s instalment of Bump watch albeit a little. On a plus I get to link straight up to #MaternityMondays

Week 18

I still feel pretty small for 18 weeks. Not that I can remember how big I was with Finlay. I never documented it so I’m relying on my terrible memory! I don’t remember being able to hide the bump so well last time round, so that’s what makes me feel I am smaller. It may be just because I didn’t have to hide it last time.… Read More

#MySundayPhoto – Dear old Friend Milo

Milo#MySundayPhoto – Milo.

Some people are not animal people, some people are. I fall not the latter. My family would not be complete without a little furry friend part of it. As far as I can remember animals have alway been a big part of my life and I would not have it any other way.

Milo entered my life 13 years. A present for my 21st birthday. I always thought of myself as a dog person, but to have a dog would have been unfair as I worked full time. So I decided I would love a cat to keep me company. Independent enough to not need me 24/7 and that I could go to work and not worry.

Milo slotted into my life perfectly, he was my little fur baby. Unlike most cats he was actually very needy. He was a brute in size, but scared of anything and everything.… Read More

My Dear Friend – Where did the years go?

my-dear-friendMy Dear Friend,

Thirteen years ago I met my dearest friend, that friend, was you. Little did I know that the gangly little ball of ginger fur would become a huge part of my life. Your dedication to me never faltered, for that, I thank you so much.

You were such a character from the moment you came home with me. Huge for your age, but terrified of your own shadow. How you made me laugh. One time I remember, putting you in the lounge so you didn’t finish your smaller brother tea as you always did. You were only a few months old. The crying made my heart melt and I opened the door pretty much as soon as I closed it. There I found you sitting in a small patch of wee. I don’t know if you thought we were all going to abandon you, but you never had to worry about that.… Read More

Good Reads For Toddlers

 

I started ‘Good Reads for Toddlers’ on my old blog and have decided to resurect it. An tag where you can come and discover books for babies, toddlers and children. It may be recommendations of those very famous books every child should read, or some fantastic less known ones.  I am not a parent who religiously reads to their child every night. I work and sometimes I honestly just do not have the energy. Does this make me a bad parent? Maybe according to the ‘reading police’ but I say NO of course it doesn’t! Finlay is read to regularly, he has loads of books which sometimes he just loves to look at. So don’t feel guilty if your child doesn’t have a story every night. Actually a little trick I learnt recently, if you are too tired. Get your child to read to you! It doesn’t matter if they don’t tell the right story, but it helps develop their imagination and storytelling!!… Read More

The Terrible Threes no one told you about!

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The Terrible ones, twos and threes

Whoever termed the phrase the ‘Terrible Twos‘ blatantly never had kids. They obviously never experienced the ‘Terrible Threes’.  I knew when Finlay began crawling just shy of six months I was in trouble with this one. Very determined, very head strong. Little did I know what was in store for me!

As Finlay turned one, the tantrums began, we seemed to hit the magical Terrible Two’s a whole year early! Most things would result in a huge meltdown. Not being able to balance his toys, the offer for help, not being able to get to get somewhere quick enough, anything and everything would set him off. The worse part was watching him hurt himself. Nearly every tantrum would involve Finlay furiously banging his forehead on the floor at full ferocity. The resulting bruise almost became part of him, it was always there.… Read More

Saving Pennies: Top Tips on saving money and making money!

Saving Money

One of the reasons I got back into blogging was to have a place to document ways I have been Saving Money. Not Just saving money, but also making money. With the hope that one day, I may be able to start working from home one way or another. I realised the other day that while I have been busy beavering away, researching. Silly me, hasn’t actually documented anything on the subject. I don’t claim to be a money saving expert, but my finances have always been very tight. Therefore I have many years experience of living on a shoestring budget (I wish I hadn’t but hey I appreciate every hard earned penny I have!). So I would suggest don’t cut your hair or wash it, wear your clothes out until you get confused for a tramp, don’t…. Only Joking!!

Really, I have been looking into ways to increase my earnings from home over the past few months.… Read More

#MySundayPhoto – The Masters Apprentice

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#MySundayPhoto – The Masters Apprentice.

Thomas Smith established The Royal Sussex Trug way back in 1819, just before Queen Victoria ascended the British Throne. Thomas Smith invented the Sussex Trug by reinventing  the historic ‘Trog’ an idea dating back from Anglo Saxo times. In doing so, Thomas Smith had a profound effect on Sussex and the English Garden Scene as we Know it.

Finlay’s Grandad, Robin Purchased the company in 1989. Since then the company has had its fair share of ups and downs. The company was hit particularly hard by the recent recession, as were many small independent businesses. However, with passion a perseverance  the company has come out fighting. Today it continues to go from strength to strength, selling Trugs all over the world. Some of its famous customers include HRM the Queen and Alan Titchmarsh!

For many years, Chris was the Master Trug Maker for the company, producing thousands upon thousands of handcrafted Trugs.… Read More

Bump Watch – Tiny Tuppen #2 Weeks 1 -17

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Welcome to my first ever Bump Watch post. It seems so long ago now when I first found out I was pregnant with Tiny Tuppen #2. In fact, I think initially, I was in a bit of denial. It wasn’t that this baby wasn’t planned or wanted, but I was smack bang in the middle of a work dispute. Chris and I had been discussing expanding our family earlier in the year, but when I was issued with my ‘At Risk of Redundancy’ notice. The sensible option was to wait and see if I still had a job.

I learnt my job was safe and babies once again became a topic of conversation. However, as the universe likes to test us, I was then told my working pattern no longer fitted the  organisation. My hours were cut, and my working pattern completely changed. It left me in a very difficult situation financially.… Read More

Tiny Tuppen Number 2 is cooking!

Tiny Tuppen number 2EEEK, So I have been keeping this a secret for quite some time. We have a Tiny Tuppen due, our little family of three is going to become four!!

I haven’t really told many people, mainly because of all the issues I have had recently at work. I needed to get everything officially sorted before I let on. Luckily, this little babba has been good to me so far and I have only just begun to show at 17 and half weeks. Still easily disguise as bloating!! I will be letting work know tomorrow – anxiety is setting in!

Anyway, this is the best news I have had in such a long time, I am so excited. I will update with a more detailed post of this pregnancy so far and I really look forward to being able to document the rest of the pregnancy, but for now – Pink or Blue, whats your guess??… Read More

#MySundayPhoto- Budding Rockstar

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This is my first time taking part in a linky and I have chosen #mysundayphoto as I like the simplicity. I am still trying to get into the swing of things having only had my blog up and running about a month, so here goes, hope its right!

#MySundayPhoto this week is actually my favourite photo I have taken in a long time. We have had such a hard time the last few weeks with this little man. At three and a half he has really begun to push the boundaries, testing and pushing us at every turn. I feel I have spent the last month in a constant battle of wills (god knows what the neighbours must think!). Finlay is so stubborn and headstrong that every little thing is an assertion of his growing Independence. We decided to try something new with him today, to try and distract and occupy him.… Read More