Review: Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Live

The way my life has changed since becoming a parent can be summed up quite well with the following fact. The last show I saw pre-parenthood was a performance of Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart. This…

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How can I convince my toddler to share?

They say manners don’t cost anything. For something that’s supposed to be free, it sure does take a lot of effort to instil manners into a toddler! We’ve always wanted our toddler to be polite.…

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Leaving my children overnight for some “me” time

This weekend I travelled back in time. I went back three years, to a time when there was no children and I wasn’t pregnant. There was no bedtime wrangle, no nighttime wake ups and no…

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Pinterest party planning for a first birthday

Cake, banners, balloons, bunting, food, cups, plates, napkins, games, and party bags are just some of the stuff that can appear on your endless list when planning a first birthday party. It’s funny that we…

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6 times mummy was last and why we need to win sometimes

We don’t need to win all of the time. Well, maybe some people do but I can’t imagine it’s a very relaxing attitude! However when it comes to family life us mummies are never number…

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There is no ‘right’ way to wean

The thought of weaning was incredibly overwhelming with my first baby – as if raising a child wasn’t daunting enough. Between all the books, recipes and advice my head was spinning. Should I do baby-led…

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Mum squad meet-ups: Picture perfection vs reality

When I was pregnant with Bubba One I pictured many things through a set of very rose-tinted glasses. I pictured what the birth would be like, how I would feel afterwards, how I would follow…

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Breastfeeding tips from a shy mum

I didn’t grow up in a naked house. That’s not to say I’m not comfortable in my own skin, it’s just I don’t want strangers to see all of it. I’m a get dressed under…

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A parent’s sickness survival guide

We are not a sick house. Me and my husband are pretty resilient to bugs and rarely get really ill. The most I had ever suffered before having kids was after eating oysters. After three…

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7 things that cause parenting paranoia

I read way too much. How can that be possible? Surely reading is a good thing? Not when it sparks ridiculous paranoia in parents. My paranoia has been a niggling problem even since before I…

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Feeling torn between two children

Having two kids is like that brain teaser where the farmer has to cross a river with a fox, chicken and bag of grain. His boat can only take one at a time. You can’t…

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Should I ditch breastfeeding?

I’m in a bit of a dilemma about whether I want to continue breastfeeding my seven-month-old baby. I never thought we would last this long, it’s taken me by surprise how easy breastfeeding has been…

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Homemade giant bubbles recipe

My toddler is mad about bubbles and it keeps her entertained for hours. So if loads of little bubbles are pretty exciting then one giant bubble has to be even better, right? As we are…

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Family friendly recipe: 10 ideas for leftover roast chicken

My tummy rumbles just at the thought of a chicken roast dinner with all the trimmings. But it’s not just the roast dinner that’s exciting, it’s everything you can do with the leftovers later in…

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25 family days out in Surrey

Here’s the final part of my family-friendly days out series in the south east. I’ve already posted my 25 days out in Hampshire and 25 days out in Berkshire, so this final list makes it…

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Being the default parent

‘Mummy’ is the most used word in our house, or perhaps a close second to ‘Peppa’. It’s a real double-edged sword when your children turn to you for everything. They have a default setting that…

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Why boredom is good for children

It goes against your natural instincts as a mum, but sometimes we just need to back off. Letting your child be bored, plus the brain-drain whinging that accompanies it, seems like bad parenting, like you’re…

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Why the later months of baby’s first year are the best

For some people there’s nothing more irresistible than a newborn. They’re all scrunched up and tiny and they make the cutest little noises. Plus the giggling in their sleep, that’s enough to melt the heart…

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Why I love the National Trust

Before having kids I saw National Trust membership as something grandparents had. Something about it all seemed a bit old fogey-ish to me. Old houses, gardens, woodland walks. It wasn’t really where my head was…

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Why I ditched baby and toddler groups

Getting out and seeing other mums is such an important part of the first year as a parent. Meeting other people that are going through the same difficulties and look just as worn down as…

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