{Family Day} Easter Monday 2017 …

We live a stone’s throw away from a few National Trust sites, and we have probably been to one in the 7-8 years of living in the area. With a family of 7 we have always put it down to being too expensive, and never bothered to even look at the membership options. My sister on the other hand has had a membership for her family of 6 for a while now, and they often plan their trips to holiday homes via National Trust properties on the way there and the way home. She said the kids get to stretch […]

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It’s just a bed …

Yesterday we went to Ikea to pick out a new bed because ours is literally on its last legs. Even though we desperately need a new bed I’m feeling a little emotional about saying good bye to this one. It was bought when I was on my own, my first ‘big’ purchase after a car. It was part of my fresh start after Ells bio dad left us. It became our safe place for a few years, both of us snuggled in there together most nights. Then it became my marital bed when I married my amazing husband. Then the […]

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{Our Weekend} 9/04/17 …

This weekend has been a funny one. Time seems to have been slowed and stretched at the same time. I’m not complaining because we got loads done! I might be the only one who usually finds I wake up Saturday, blink and find it’s already Sunday night. But this weekend has been wonderfully slow and relaxed.   S A T U R D A Y Saturday morning, the first official day of the Easter holidays, we managed a lie in – unheard of in our house as the youngest is usually up at an ungodly hour. Ells took him down […]

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Surviving the Easter Holidays …

The Easter Holidays are a bit of a weird affair. It marks the end of Spring term and the start of Summer term. It is invariable at different fortnightly intervals across the UK, making the planning of meeting up with family near and far a pigging nightmare! Here is how we survive the Easter Holidays with a teen & a pre-schooler: 1. Let Them Pick Every week we do a meal plan and shopping list. It is a total pain in the backside sometimes to decide on 7 meals that everyone will enjoy. So to make life easier I let […]

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Our Kids Online ….

As a kid it was a naughty mag my brother hid and tittered at like a girl with his mates (I think!) and other generally back room, top shelf, dodgy, dirty stuff chaps in trench coats went around hoarding. I assure you today it is much worse than that. I worked for the past 3ish years for a psychotherapy practice which specialises in sex and porn addiction. It is not something I have ever really spoken on much because let’s face it, it is a bit awkward to talk about in the local soft play with the ‘Mum’s What Lunch’. […]

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One down …

I am still digesting a conversation from Tuesday. It is a conversation nearly 3 years in the making and it made me need to take a seat. Anyone who has gone through Umbrella Pathways will tell you it is not an easy route. It is a long exhausting process and you will need to fight on behalf of your child. You may well have to go toe to toe with a GP to get a referral sent, you will definitely know everyone’s names and direct numbers, and they may even sigh when you call yet again. But Tuesday’s conversation is […]

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Lily and the feathers …

Mother’s Day is a bitter sweet day for us. Sweet in that we get to make memories with our children, eat great food and spend quality time together. Bitter in that there are children who aren’t with us. Little ones gone too soon that we never got to meet, that we never got to see grow. My gift from my husband and children this year was just perfect. Being a Mummy to 2 rainbow babies means there are babies we never got to meet. I always think of them around Mother’s Day, what they would have looked like, what little […]

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Mother’s Day ’17 …

The one thing I had asked for Mother’s Day this year was not to have to raise my voice. I will have to wait till next year for that one! The loss of an hour, the rush for church, and the usual ‘get your Doodles on!’ slightly manic shout was we all hurried out the door saw shot of that hope.   Anyway, after a morning at church wishing all the Mummies a happy Mother’s Day, we made our way home for some light lunch with my own Mum. She has a penchant for fine bone china cups, and I […]

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Thalassophile …

Although born in England, I spent most of my growing years travelling the world with my family. Wherever we landed we never seemed to be too far from the sea. No wonder my love for the seas and oceans grew deep within my heart.   Every now and then we make the trip from middle England to the coast, and we absolutely love heading to Brixham.  Mr J’s parents live there, so there is always a valid excuse for the trip down. I love getting there early enough to nip into Paignton so we can stretch our legs out with […]

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{Family Day} March ’17 …

The work/life balance is a pain in the rear the vast majority of the time, so we picked the 3rd Saturday of every month to do something together, just the four of us, a designated ‘Family Day’. To help decide what we would do we used lollipop sticks numbered 1-12 in a jar. The numbers correspond to an activity we can do together, so it had to be age appropriate for a teen and a pre-schooler. We picked a couple and we asked the kids to pick a couple. This, so far, has made the ordeal of making a decision […]

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