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Time to Celebrate a Great

September 13, 2016



This morning the feel good atmosphere in the school playground was at it’s best.  Our entire school was dressed up as their chosen character from a Roald Dahl book. Why? Well today we celebrate the great author himself as he would have become a Centenarian.


There is not a child who is not touched in some way by his books and transported to his wacky worlds.  As a parent it is truly wonderful revisiting his tales.


Today showed the magic continues, the sense of togetherness that a love of the same books, especially Roald Dahl’s,  can create is still as strong as ever and long may it continue.


It really is time to celebrate one of life’s greats.


No guessing who we went as today……………




Back To School….Back to Blogging

September 4, 2016

Wow, it’s been ages! Infact it’s been so long that not only the weeks have gone by but the months since Baby and Us last posted.


I feel sad that I left it so long, but actually it was the right thing to do.  Just to stop writing for a bit and be us.  Now though it’s time to fire up my trusty old laptop again and start writing and what better time to start than just before M starts school again.  New beginnings and all that.


Anyway, how DID that happen? How is it an entire year since M told me on her 5th birthday as she got ready for her first day at school ‘I think you should phone in and tell them I will be in tomorrow because today is my birthday’. How did my girl go from that new, reception gracing tiny girl to the settled, self assured girl who everyone loves and who is now so familiar with our school routine?

Time really does fly.


I cannot wait to start posting again, we have had lots of fun and will continue to do so.


But for now, M go back to that familiar, safe place where you will continue to grow and be loved and keep being the beautiful girl that you are.


Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.’  Nelson Mandela



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Swing into Spring

April 10, 2016

The weather is definitely changed and it’s feeling more and more like spring is on us doesn’t it?


I’ve just sat down in a very quiet house (M and J) have gone out with Daddy as I slept from my 12 hour night shift but of course, I slept and as every Mum does used my alone time to do jobs! Today I cleaned the house for the first time in a very long time without a two year old in tow and wow what a difference it makes! The house actually feels and looks clean and smells of spring.  I love it!


I also really love picking up a few items when the seasons change.  Spring makes you want to leave the heavy winter clothes behind and buy things that are new and fresh feeling.


This week I picked up these treats which are perfect for spring.




I’ve been needing a new make up bag for ages and for whatever reason never picked one up until now.  This Ted Baker one from Boots is perfect and actually has matching items.  It was only £8 which is fantastic but what’s even better is I used my points to buy it instead.  Boots points are a fab way to treat yourself and add up quickly if you are a member of the Parenting Club.





This is probably one of the nicest denim shirts I’ve seen for a long time.  It’s so soft and the colour is amazing, I was actually looking for a white shirt when I saw this but this is fantastic! I’m pairing it with black jeans and tan ballet pumps at the moment.




I’m am so into saving and getting bargains where you can but there are some things you just can’t compromise on and you really do get what you pay for.  Jo Malone are my all time favourite perfumes.  They are all amazing and honestly, I wouldn’t wear anything else.  This hand was a Mummy treat with some birthday money I managed not to spend on food shops or likewise.  It’s Lime, Basil and Mandarin and you couldn’t get anything fresher its just lovely and perfect for sunny days.

Happy Easter!

March 27, 2016

Happy Easter All!!


In our house we’ve actually been excited about Easter Day since Boxing Day, or so it seems!


The count down until Easter Bunny arrives, until the chocolate eggs appear and adding to the excitment this year, the hatching of the class chicks.


We love Easter in our house and make a big deal of the festival of new starts, new hope.  It’s almost as exciting as Christmas but without the hectic build up.  I have noticed though that each year the shops are getting more and more decorations  and items for the home, which we just love.  We have a very special big Easter Bunny who takes pride of place next to the fire, she comes out year after year and was the first thing we bought for Easter after M was born.


These are our new additions to our Easter celebration this year.



This bunting looks fantastic, it was so easy to make and will definitely be used each year.


 I just love these Easter eggs they make the perfect centre piece, the only trouble

is convincing J they are not to eat!!


These are the cutest things! M and J just love them, we have them on the fireplace

and the window sills in between vases of daffodils.


These two cuties are my favourite buy this Easter.  J has a nut allergy so in

our house Easter Bunny has to be imaginitive! These are by Tiramasu and are adorable.

Apart from the bunnies all our decorations were under £2.00 which is amazing! They can be brought out year after year.  Look out in the shops this week because shops often have excess stock and you can grab some real bargains to put away for next year!

Enjoy your day x






Acorn Venture Urban Farm

March 12, 2016

Didn’t today feel like winter was nearly over?


Like spring was definitely on the way?


It did to us and we had a trip out to Acorn Venture Urban Farm.  This place is ideal for this time of year where it feels good to be out again after a long cold, wet winter but it’s not warm enough to spend whole days out just yet.





We headed here because M’s teacher has hired an incubator from the farm and they have given the class ten fertile eggs which on the 21st March will hatch!! It’s to show the children how new life begins and it’s just the loveliest idea.


For such a small, charity run farm there was lots to see and do and it was so well kept.  There was even a sensory garden with musical instruments that everyone thought was really fun!








M decided her favourite animals were the rabbits.  J and Daddy decided theirs were the pigs.  And  mine were definitely the tiny, newly hatched chicks darting around their enclosure.


The farm was just big enough for little legs to walk around and leave some energy for the playground.




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Acorn Farm, we had a lovely day, and at a mere £2.50 and £1.50 admission fee, we will definitely be back.



World Book Day

March 1, 2016

Given half a chance little people just love to dress up don’t they? M and J are no exception to the rule.


This school week sees our first attempt at World Book Day.  I first heard of this when M was just a few months old and I saw pics of a friend’s little girl all dressed up.  For the next 5 years I’ve been planning to send M in as her namesake from my favourite Roald Dahl book, but of course as they do, M has completely different ideas.


So Goldilocks it is!!!


I am really pleased though. I managed to get hold of one of these from our local Aldi store, it comes complete with headband with bow detail too and as of a few days ago they were still in stock.  At £3.99 its a bargain!



















Nights In And Cold Remedies

February 29, 2016

Tonight I’m off work, I’m full of cold and it’s miserable!


Don’t you just hate it when one minute you are fine, the next you have been struck by a horrendous cold? And while it’s only a cold it stops you in your tracks and your get up and go has gone and your energy level is 0!


That’s how I feel right now.


This winter seems long and drawn out and I was starting to feel more and more eager for spring to arrive, I have loads of plans for the garden I haven’t got round to achieving yet and that excites me.


But for tonight I’m checking out cold remedies and have come across this one.  It is so easy and cost effective to make you can’t go wrong, plus it keep for months in the fridge.  I feel better already.


Honey, Lemon and Ginger Jar.




1. Slice 2 lemons and place in a jar (kilner screw top ideal).

2. 2 x 3cm pieces of ginger, peeled and sliced.

3. Pour 1 cup of honey over the lemon and ginger making sure they are completely covered. Place lid tightly on jar.

4. Add a few tea spoons of syrup to some warm water as an when needed.








Happy Half Term

February 12, 2016

Today has been one of these types of days and it’s been great….





Cups of tea and birthday cake with lots of stories, just me and my boy.  I loved it and he loved it and these all simple times need to be enjoyed.


And now as half term is looming I’m looking forward to the few days were 1 baba becomes 2 babas again and the days become a little more hectic and lots more fun. Equally I look forward to this.   And of course…..




Enjoy x

New Year, New Us

January 2, 2016

To be perfectly honest I’m not really a fan of New Year’s Eve and never really have been.  My lovely Mummy’s birthday falls on new years day and i’d much rather enjoy this day, hangover free and ready to face the new year ahead.


New year brings new hope, a new chapter and the chance to make changes.  Every year I always think, this is the year I’m going to get more organised.  This is the year I’m going to get more healthy and above all try to dedicate a bit of time looking after myself.


With a house half renovated and two small children this is near impossible.  Life is getting easier though.  The exhausting, totally draining sleepless nights that come hand in hand with a baby are becoming a distant memory.  M and J are really starting to play together and in the blink of an eye things have really changed.  It’s this time that in the midst of the newborn haze you just cannot picture, however hard you try.  But Mummy’s reading this, don’t give up hope it does get easier, a lot easier!


So yes, 2016 is hopefully going to be that year when I can enjoy a bit of time out.  This doesn’t have to mean regular weekend trips to a spa (although this sounds amaze).  It can just be something that can be done easily at home and with little cost.  It just needs to be done regularly so you know that in the busy, none stop days of being Mummy, you have something to look forward to at the end of the day.


I started having these baths about 12 months ago and cannot tell you how relaxed you feel after it.  They are a perfect post-Christmas treat and are known to draw out toxins, restore PH balance and lower stress inducing hormones. If you can, keep it for after the babies are in bed so you can enjoy uninterrupted.


All You Need Is;

A hand full of epsom salts

10 drops of lavender essential oil

Lavender petals are optional


The above can be added straight into a warm running bath.



Then all you have to do is relax and enjoy.



Once a week for 20 minutes, sit in a hot bath that contains a handful of Epsom salts, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and a half cup of baking soda. This combo draws out toxins, lowers stress-related hormones, and balances your pH levels.  I need to try this sometime this weekend!:


Happy 2016!! x