The Holiday of a Lifetime: Living St. Lucia!

The Holiday of a lifetime, Living St Lucia

 

Today is Blogtober day 8 and we have a topic of holidays. I would say this post can loosely be classed as a holiday, technically I was working and studying. In fact perhaps I am even clutching at straws because I was in St. Lucia for so long that I often class myself as having lived there!

 

However, this was a great time in my life and rarely get the chance to talk about it on my blog. So today I am going to be taking you back to 2008 when I was studying for my MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. I was given the fantastic opportunity to join Durrell and do my research thesis on an endangered population of whiptail Lizards from St. Lucia, which meant spending almost 5 months in the Caribbean! Lucky for me it wasn’t all work and no play and I got to spend many a day exploring this amazing part of the world.… Read More

7 Fundraising Tips and Ideas | How I raised £2500 in 90 days!

I’m sure there will be times in everyone’s life when we need money fast. Maybe for a new car or Holiday. Maybe like me, you need to pay for Medical treatment that isn’t available on the NHS. I set out to raise £2500 in 90 days and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would do it all again in heartbeat if I had to. It may seem small and insignificant to some, but for me it was everything. Here are my top fundraising tips and ideas to help you succeed in reaching your target!

 

Fundraising tips and ideas

 

Finlay was born with severe Plagiocephaly and form of flat head syndrome. His head was a rhombus shape, his skull plates were all crossed which resulted in his facial features being pushed out of alignment. This is a brief overview, but you can read in more depth here and here.… Read More

9 perfect Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets!

9 Must have Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets

 

Today is Day 6 of Blogtober and the topic is Flowers. I have decided to combine this with today’s Blogoween post. So I will be bringing you 7 must have Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets. As beautiful as they are, they are not quite Halloween enough for my liking. So for those like me who might want to add a bit more spooky fun to their flowers, I also bring you some must have Halloween Bouquet Accessories!

 

9 Perfect Autumnal Bouquets for Halloween.

 

1. Bunches.co.uk: Autumn Freesias and Roses Bouquet, £24.99

2. OK Boutique: Premium Black ‘Baccara’ Long Stem Roses, from £45.00

3. Bloom and Wild: The Marguerite, £40.00

4. Clare Florist: Fresh Tiger Lilies, £34.99

5. EFlorist: Ginger Fizz, from £39.95

6. Interflora: Glorius Shades Hand Tied, From £35.00

7. Interflora: Charmin Pumpkin Ceramic, £38.00

8. M&S: Autumn Bouquet of the Season Classic, £30.00

9. Flying Flowers: Amber Allure, £25.99

 

If you do a quick search on the internet, there are some amazing Halloween themed Florist sprays and picks, but unfortunately, these are mostly American.… Read More

Primary School Application Process | 13 Tops Tips to ease your Application

I remember facing the daunting obligation of the Primary School application process. I knew absolutely nothing about it as a first timer. It was confusing and scary. Information was conflicting and inaccurate. Although we lived near a school, it was a church school. It had its own catchment and was hugely popular and hard to get into if you didn’t apply for a ‘religious’ space. We also lived on the edge of this catchment. While we lived relatively near to a few other schools, the distance was quite far. I wondered how I go about selecting a place with this in mind. I was convinced we would end up placed anywhere due to our location and from word of mouth. I was determined to find out how the primary school application process worked if anything to just ease my stress over it all. I couldn’t believe how difficult it was, and year after year I hear the same questions from parents.… Read More

82 Days Until Xmas – Dates for Your Diary!

82 Days Until Xmas - Dates for your Diary

 

I didn’t did I? I didn’t just mention the ‘C’ word? Blame writer’s block. Today is day 4 of Blogtober and today’s theme is Date. I couldn’t really think of a significant date that I haven’t already talked about in one respect or another. I haven’t got many date stories that spring to mind. Mine and Chris’s first date went pretty well, lol, we’re still together. However we just talked and got along, he was handsome, I was pretty (er) and the rest is pretty much history!

 

So I was racking my brain and I thought ‘How many days until Xmas?’. Bam! So I thought I would update you all with how many days we have left until the big day. 82! That really isn’t that many, chop chop! And what we have to worry about before them, so here are some all important dates for your Diary!

 

countdown until xmas - Dates for your Diary

04th October: 82 Days left until Xmas Day

 

29th October: British Summer Time end.… Read More

Halloween Toilet Tube Craft ideas for Kids

Halloween craft ideas for kids toilet tube

 

This has been one of my most anticipated posts. Not just because it’s part of Blogoween, but I have had my Halloween crafts sat in a box for weeks and I’ve been dying to sit down with Finlay to have some fun! So please join me if your looking for some fantastic spookily fun Halloween Craft Ideas for your Kids this Halloween!

 

So for this, you will need:

  • Toilet tubes
  • Green, purple, orange, black paint
  • White toilet tissue
  • Black and white craft foam
  • Glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Green Card
  • Boggly Eyes
  • Black pen/sharpie

 

kids halloween craft ideas using toilet tubes

 

Halloween Toilet Tube Craft Ideas

 

Black Bats: Fold down and pinch together the top of your toilet tube to form the bat ears. Paint the whole thing, Black. Using the black foam, cut out some Bat wings. Cut it so that both wings are on one piece of foam. Glue the centre of the bat wings and stick it across the back of your tube.… Read More

Little Tikes Cosy Coupe – Yay or Nay?

 

I’m taking part in Blogtober17 and today’s topic is Cars. I could tell you I have a Vauxhall Corsa but that’s pretty dull, so I thought a little bit out of the box! I was once told that a toddler owning the Little Tikes cosy coupe was a right of passage. This was immediately followed with ‘but it will end up faded and unused at the end of the garden’.

We, of course, bought one for Finlay. It has been well loved. He has had so much fun playing with it. Sometimes not what it was designed for. Like the time I caught him using it as a ladder and standing on its roof to peer over our 6ft fence into the neighbours garden! Other times it has sat in one place for days at a time. Overall though, it has been a great purchase. However, of late, it has been played with less and less.… Read More

VBAC – Emmeline’s Birth Story

Successful VBAC after cesarean section Birth Story gestational diabetes

 

I realised Emmeline is now 6 months old and I haven’t yet got round to posting about her birth. So as I am taking part in #Blogtober17 and today’s topic is babies. So the perfect opportunity to do so!

 

I had an Emergency Cesarean with my first baby due to him being an undiagnosed breech. I also had post birth complications and I had a lot of anxiety around having to have another cesarean. From the start, I knew that if I was able to I wanted this birth to be a natural delivery or VBAC as they call it. My consultant fully supported my choice as long as A) baby was head down and B) arrived before induction. The baby could not be turned or be induced due to my previous section.

 

Emmeline certainly like to keep me on my toes. At her 20 week scan, she was breech, typically.… Read More

Welcome to Halloween 2017 – #Blogoween Day 1

Happy Halloween and #Blogoween, grab your free activity pack here!

 

Today is the 01st October and that means it is officially Halloween season! It was only a few weeks ago that we were threatened with an Indian summer and all of a sudden there’s a certain crispness to the air. The seasons have changed and a cosy autumnal feeling is now all around. It won’t be long until that long awaited ‘All Hallows Eve‘ on the 31st October!

Halloween has to be one of my favourite holidays – It’s just so much fun and there is so much to see and do on the lead up to the actual day. I can’t wait to visit some local Halloween attractions and hopefully this year get some great pumpkin patch photos. I have completely stocked up on Halloween themed goodies which is something I have always been rubbish at doing. So this year, we are well and truly ready to go!… Read More

Today I am….6 Months Old!

baby milestones development 6 months 24 weeks

 

I know, I know I am late with this one again. Emmie turned 6 months on the 06th September, wow! Half a year, how did that happen?! The last few weeks since my last update have passed in a bit of a blur to be honest as Finlay started school. So we’re just getting used to our new routine. So really Emmies half year milestone kind of blended into life, I hear that happens a lot with number two, and well anymore after that just have to be thankful for a birthday card haha! Seriously though, I don’t remember time passing quite so fast with Finlay. How it happened I don’t know, but today Emmie is 6 months old!

 

6 Months

 

weight: 14lb 4oz

 

So last month I began with Emmie’s slight drop on the percentiles as it kind of threw me off guard. To be honest, it was silly, but as I am a natural worrier it got to me.… Read More