School Admissions Procedure: Applying for a Primary School

School Admissions Procedure: Applying for a Primary School

 

It’s day 5 of Blogtober and today’s topic is Education. A perfect topic as Finlay has just started school. He is now into his 4th week and has settled in amazingly well. I feel so guilty that I totally underestimated him. He has surpassed all my expectations and is really enjoying what school has to offer.

 

I remember a year ago facing the daunting process of the Primary School admission application. I knew nothing, absolutely nothing about the admissions procedure. It was confusing and scary. I battled through determined to know how it worked. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my experiences and offer some tips!

 

School Admissions Procedure: Applying for a Primary School, My tips!

The Equal Preference Admissions System

 

In previous years schools were able to favour applicants who had put the school as a first choice under the old ‘preferencence first system’. This meant someone who lived quite a distance from the school but had it as a first choice could be offered a place over someone who lived closer but had it as a second choice preference Admission authorities are now legally required to operate an ‘equal preference’ system.… 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

PJ Mask Magazine Review: Powerful Fun for Little Heroes

If you have a pre schooler and you haven’t heard of PJ Mask, where have you been? PJ Mask has been a firm favourite in our house for a long time now. Finlay loves following Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on their adventures. I thought I was in the know with this trio, but apparently not when Finlay corrected me for pronouncing Gekko wrong the other day, my bad! Anyway, Finlay was thrilled when we were given the opportunity to review the new PJ Mask Magazine which hit the shops this month!

 

PJ Mask Magazine Review: Powerful Fun for Little Heroes

 

I have to admit, I’m not usually a fan of children’s magazines. Usually I give them a wide berth when we go to shops. I just find that most of these magazines are so expensive, filled with tat, get read for 2 minutes and then end up in a crumpled heap. There’s usually better things I’d rather spend my non existent pennies on!… Read More

A Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis | A Mums Story

Not so long ago I wrote a post about Gestational Diabetes. I wrote this post because at 28 weeks into my second pregnancy I had my Gestational Diabetes diagnosis. I was probably the healthiest I had been in a long time apart from some stress, I had a healthy BMI, my diet was good, I took regular light exercise. A Gestational Diabetes diagnosis was the last thing I was expecting.

 

Gestational Diabetes Diagnosis

 

I was registered for the GTT at my booking in appointment. Only because there was Type 2 diabetes on my mothers side. Although my mother doesn’t actually have diabetes, she is borderline Pre-diabetic. My midwife was originally reluctant to book it in.  Usually you are only referred if you have a direct relative with diabetes or other risk factors. This was my only risk factor. In the end, she decided it was safer to do so and booked me in for 28 weeks.… Read More

Baby GUND: ‘Jungle Friends’ Monkey Toy Review

GUND: Jungle Friends Monkey Toy Review

 

Everybody loves a gorgeous, soft baby toy. I was lucky enough to be asked by GUND to review a couple of items from their new 2017 ‘Jungle Friends’ range, and boy do GUND do gorgeous, soft baby toys!

GUND –  is America’s most prestigious soft toy company with a heritage that reaches back to 1898. Famous for creating the world’s most huggable soft bears and animals. GUND create quality products with unparalleled huggability and have launched an exclusive range of plush baby toys and activity sets. The items within the new ‘Jungle Friends’ range are certainly no exception.

I was sent:

 

Monkey Rattle: The Monkey Rattle is priced at £6.95 and is made from special heathered fabric. This gives the rattle a really beautiful hue to it’s appearence. The fabric is also very soft and inviting to touch. Inside, the stuffing is dense but produces a really soft squishy feel.… Read More