Getting in the Christmas mood at Winterval

You know the feeling, it’s early December, the Christmas tunes are on every radio station, the shops are full and every business known to man tells you that they’ve “got the ideal gift this Christmas”. You’ve bought lots of presents, got the Wise Man costume for the five year old,…

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Smarties Cookies

I’ve written about the chaos that can ensue when I bring my children to the supermarket, the running up and down the aisles and the general mayhem. One of the things that they beg for are the bags of cookies in the bakery aisle as you go in, the smell…

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Bedtime Tales

Ah, bedtime. The time of day that parents worldwide await. The children go to bed, and parents retreat downstairs to silence, some adult time. Or that’s what you’d think. Alas, it’s rarely the case. So, to further my pursuit of honesty and openness in the world and to bust any…

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Hospital Food Horrors

I’ve been lucky enough to only have spent time in hospital when my three babies were born, so thankfully my experience of hospital food is limited.  However, I had learned enough from my stays for the boys’ births in 2008 and 2010 that before I went in to have my…

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers

I’ve already done posts on gifts for Baby and for Toddlers so here’s the next in the series, for preschoolers (3 and 4 year olds). Here are my disclaimers first: Obviously different kids have different interests, some hate colouring, others have no love of board games. I haven’t mentioned any…

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Butternut Squash, Chicken and Couscous One Pot

Butternut squash reminds me of introducing my kids to solids, both boys loved it and it destroyed many’s the bib.  For some reason I rarely cook it these days, but all that will change soon as Miss L is about to enter the world of “real food” consumption. The motivation…

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Rolling with it on a Friday afternoon.

I made a vow after three wet days in a row a few weeks ago that every dry day of my maternity leave I would bring the boys out for a run in the fresh air. It’s been lovely, we’ve been to the town park and playground lots of times,…

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Five Things That Make My Life Easier

I am all about making my life easier, bit by bit. I try to embrace the things I learned from The Happiness Project but it’s probably (definitely) time to dust off my copy and do some revision. Lately as I’m spending more time at home I’m starting to notice and appreciate…

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Last Week’s Dinners (featuring many quick fixes)

I’m getting tired now of posting our dinners, especially when they are like this week’s (nothing to boast about) so this might be the end of this short series.  You’ll notice that dinners here at the start of the week are very homemade and healthy and that as the week…

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Bumbles of Nice Things

There are often bits and pieces that I want to share but that I don’t get around to blogging by themselves for one reason or another, so I’ve decided to do a “Bumble Bulletin” to bring all the snippets together and get some bits off my “to blog” list. There’s…

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