MUMMY! HE HIT ME!

I’ll start by setting the scene:

It’s 10am on a dreary, supposedly Summer, weekday morning, and soft play is largely deserted. A few toddlers are scattered around the under 5’s area. Their parents are generally glad to have something  to do that is guaranteed to entertain and tire out their little one, the vibe is as relaxed as soft play gets.

BAM! A loud slapping sound, followed by a sharp intake of breath. 

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5 Alternative Halloween Costumes for You and Your Toddler

I’m not sure I really get the sudden hype around Halloween in the UK and I feel more than slightly uncomfortable dressing my 2 year old up like a corpse, but Halloween themed events at nursery/playgroups do call for a certain level of ‘joining in’. So here are some alternative Halloween costumes I think would be perfect for any toddler-parent combo looking to dish out some scares!

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Review: Holiday Village Kos

I adore going on holiday. I mean, who doesn’t? We spend 50 weeks of the year looking forward to those precious weeks away in the sun, where quality family time and relaxation go hand in hand. There’s very rarely dishes to wash or cooking to be done, just plenty of time to work on your tan and enjoy plenty of splashing in the pool or sea.

As a parent, or just an adult in general, you’ve always got to be prepared for the worst when it comes to travelling. What if there’s nowhere that sells nappies/sun cream/your child’s favourite snacks?? The world will most likely end. Similarly, the stress of booking the right hotel with the most perfectly timed flights whilst not breaking the bank could easily send the calmest person in the world into a full blown meltdown.

We decided that, for us, booking through a travel agent would be the easiest route to a stress-free holiday. The friendly staff and swish store interior at our local Thomson’s was a winner for me, and they ended up finding us a two week holiday at Holiday Village Kos which landed bang on our budget.

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If I have to wash one more dish…

If I have to wash one more dish,

Or pan, or plate, or tree of mugs,

I’m going to have to switch my wine to something stronger,

I mean vodka, of course (not drugs).

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If I have to sweep up one more crumb,

Or raisin, or cheerio, or forgotten piece of toast,

I’m going into hibernation,

Which will make such a difference to my jam-packed social calendar, obviously, almost.

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Should I just let our house descend into squalor?

Would it be any different from its current state?

I’d like to think of course it would! Yes!

But as the last time I hoovered was four days ago, I’m probably a bit late.

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There must be more to adulting than cooking, washing, cleaning,

I thought I’d be eating cake for breakfast and embarking on a daily Netflix binge,

But alas, there’s little time after all the daily tasks,

And don’t get me started on the lack of cake, I wouldn’t like to whinge.

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The bits in between; the cuddling, laughing, playing,

They are the gems of adult life,

They drag me out of bed in the morning,

And make me feel like a person, as well as a housewife.

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I’ll be over it tomorrow, a glass of wine tonight will do its job,

A cleaner won’t appear, no matter how hard I wish,

I’ll cook and clean for my family with love and no complaints,

Just don’t make me wash another dish.

 

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Our June Favourites.

Okay, it’s mid way through July now, can we just pretend it’s not? It’s the 1st of the month and this post is totally on time?! Yes? Thankyou. (I’ll try better next month, promise)

Firstly, how on earth is it July already?! George is almost two and a half, and I’ve been faffing around with this little blog for almost 6 months! I’d like to have thought my favourites would have become more summery by this point in the year, but with the wettest June on record, that’s sadly not the case.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide.

I love giving gifts. My bank balance isn’t such a big fan, but I really think there’s something special in seeing someone enjoy an item/experience that you’ve specially picked out for them.

But sometimes, it is a bit hard to think of something unique and interesting to give to someone, there’s only so many novelty pairs of socks in the world after all. I have three people to buy for this Father’s Day, my Dad, my Step-Dad and of course, George’s lovely Daddy. I’m usually okay finding something for Frankie, but when my Dad and Step-Dad come into play it all of a sudden becomes a lot more difficult, especially when their go to statement on the whole affair is, ‘don’t get me anything, I don’t want anything!’ 

So, to ward off any last minute buying I’ve compiled a little selection of gift ideas that might just be the one for your loved one, or at least give you some inspiration, and a push in the right direction.

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The Terrible Twos: Are They Of Our Own Creation?

I’m forever thinking to myself that I deserve to be cut some slack.

So what if the dishes haven’t been done? So what if I haven’t got anything sorted for tea? So what if it’s 4pm and I’m wearing my dressing gown?

I try really hard to be the best Mother, Girlfriend, Daughter, Friend I can possibly be, and fulfil as many expectations that people have of me as I can, but sometimes I just don’t feel like putting 100% in – and do you know what? I think that’s reasonable.

However, I’ve recently been thinking about how many expectations I have for George’s behaviour, routine and general mood. He has all the love in the world and we make sure he’s constantly doing enjoyable activities, why would he be naughty? We’ve had the same routine since basically day one, why would he sometimes decide to turn it on its head? He is provided with constant love and attention, why would he ever be unhappy or grumpy? Because, some days he doesn’t want to give 100% either. 

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