Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

World's Biggest BookApparently two thirds of parents don’t have enough time to read to their kids, and a third say they suffer from guilt as a result.

In a bid to get families reading Alton Towers has unveiled the world’s biggest children’s book (pictured), which at more than 18ft high is taller than a giraffe and is available for families staying in the park’s new Enchanted Village to use. What fun!

While I hold my hands up to skipping creatively adapting a book when it’s too long and I want to get bedtime over so I can cook dinner (aka pour a glass of wine), we’ve always had two stories at bedtime. Not one or three, it always has to be two. I don’t remember when or why this tradition came about, it just did. But recently the routine has evolved to become one book, and one ‘talking story’. Continue reading

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Who’d have thought the best bit about a holiday could be a break from pumping milk?

Easter hols main picIt turns out we couldn’t have picked a better week to have our first holiday of the year – a post-Easter staycation. The sun shone practically every day last week and all four of us have been sunkissed.

I’ve got a red nose, BB has pink cheeks, Misery Guts has t-shirt marks and even Little B has a touch of colour despite copious amounts of sunblock and the repeated ramming of a sunhat on his head (why do they never, ever stay on?)

Holiday activities included meeting a baby goat, hunting for Easter eggs, playing on Granny and Grandad’s lawn, eating chocolate, walking in the New Forest, eating more chocolate – and ice cream, dusting down the Birkenstocks and wearing shorts which had a year off last summer owing to the bump of Little B, and entertaining friends on Brighton Pier. Continue reading

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Bing DVD review: this bunny will last beyond Easter

Bing DVD reviewWe’ve decamped to Dorset and the New Forest to grace the grannies with our presence over Easter. This year we’ve got an extra string to our bow in the activities stakes: a lovely shiny copy of the new Bing DVD.

For those of you unfamiliar with the CBeebies series, Bing is a bunny who gets into lots of mischief but his carer Flop is always on hand to help. Sounds a little on the simple and possibly boring side, but BB has always loved Bing so when we were sent the DVD to review I knew she’d be glued to the screen (pictured). Continue reading

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Lindt Easter chocolate review: the diddy lambs are almost too cute to eat (but not quite)

Lindt chocolate review 4Easter has come early in our house. In fact most seasonal events – Halloween, Christmas, Pancake Day etcetera – tend to come early owing to the fact we get sent things to review, which means we have to open them before the big day. I’m not complaining though, and nor is BB (pictured).

Our latest treat is Lindt’s Easter offering and let’s face it, it wouldn’t be Easter without a Lindt gold bunny. This year’s range includes chocolate Little Chicks (£3), Little Lambs (£2), a strawberry and cream white chocolate egg (£8.99 but it’s currently £8 in Tesco) and giant cuddly bunny.

The Little Chicks have a milky white filling and being bite size are the perfect portion size for little people after tea (although admittedly I had to go out and buy another packet for the purposes of this picture because I ate the previous lot myself…)

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Shared parental leave: it could easily end in divorce

Shared parental leaveThe new shared parental leave policy comes into force next week. Having just returned from maternity leave, I don’t think it’s for us. Not now, not in the past, not ever.

There’s no doubt about it, working from home and being a mum at the same time is hard. Juggling my latest commission with a baby and a pre-schooler while trying to keep on top of the washing, the shopping, the cleaning and the cooking can drive me to distraction and the thought of being able to get up in the morning and leave the house for somewhere else, where I can think, wee and eat in peace while focussing on just one thing at a time and sipping a cup of tea that is actually hot is more than a little appealing.

But, the breast feeding issue aside, would I want Misery Guts to come home and take over? Absolutely not. On the days we do have Granny day care I get Catholic guilt separation anxiety after just a couple of hours. I wouldn’t want to be away from them.

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Is it ok to go straight from the school run to the pub?

BB 2015We’ve had a sobering email from BB’s preschool. After Easter they’re going to start introducing phonics and teaching the children how to write letters in preparation for starting school in September. They’ve also asked us to let them know what school she’ll be going to so they can start ‘thinking about friendship groups’.

It seems like only yesterday that I started this blog when I was preparing to give up breast feeding, and now my baby has turned into a little girl (pictured) and is about to start school. I’ve got absolutely no idea where that time has gone.

We’ve already decided to both take the day off work on BB’s first day so we can wave her off and collect her again. Misery Guts reckons he’s going to be a blithering idiot (his actual words) and I reckon I’ll need a stiff drink. Is it ok to go straight from the school run to the pub do you think? Continue reading

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I thought it was poo then realised it was blood

Nose bleed shockThere’s nothing like a good shock to wake you up in the morning. I went into BB’s bedroom one morning this week and found what I thought was poo smeared all over her face.

My first thought was that there had been some kind of poonami in the night which had somehow spread throughout the bed, until I looked down and realised there was blood. Everywhere.

All over her face, all over the pillow, all over the duvet and sheet and all over her nightie, dried to the colour of rust. Or poo. Continue reading

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