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How soon can I get my children involved in clubs and hobbies?

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I could not wait to sign Olivia up to all kinds of clubs and lessons!

This weekend, she went to her first one - a local tots and mums dance club and she absolutely loved it. She is 2.

The club is aimed at children under the age of 2 and a half, and involves loads of props including sparkly fairy wands (anything sparkly is a win for Olivia), flags, pom poms, bean bags, a big colourful parachute, and teddy bears.


I've been looking at so many things that I want her to do. A little while ago at a fun day organised by our Grenadier Guards Welfare, she had the chance to ride a donkey. Her face was an absolute picture. I was excited because she was so excited. After that, I started looking at horse riding lessons for her. I did find one place close by that would take children aged 2 and up, but it was too far away for me before I was driving!



Once she hits 3, there are so many more things that she'll be able to do! Horseriding is a must - she has a real af…

Mental Health Monday: Please don't kill yourself...

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This is so hard and difficult to write because what has happened is still so fresh, but I need to share how I'm feeling and hopefully work on a bit of prevention with my beautiful friend.

One of my dear friends has this week attempted suicide twice. She knows who she is, and to protect her this letter will remain anonymously addressed.

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My darling friend,
Please, don't kill yourself. I don't think you quite comprehend how terrifying it was to be told the first time, let alone the second, what you'd done and that you were in hospital. I don't think you quite know how many tears I cried and how much I wished I could be there, 80 odd miles away to hold your hand.
I may not know your illness, but I know how it feels to think everyone and everything is against you. I know how easy it is to isolate yourself and to feel like you have nobody when in fact you have so many people…

Pyloric Stenosis: when vomiting isn't just reflux

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If you're reading this, chances are you have (or have had) a very 'sicky' baby. Chances are, your friends and family told you 'it's just reflux'. And fair enough, it might be. But it might not be. If you're not convinced, read on to find out more.



My little monkey was always a very 'sicky' child. Ever since she was born, she'd be sick after every feed. While that sounds normal, the amount of sick wasn't. She'd always vomit up at least half of her bottle, and then cry because she was hungry. We endured it for 3 weeks before we insisted on her having a medical assessment. She was diagnosed with a dairy allergy, and we were told that a hypoallergenic milk prescription would fix the issue. It didn't. We took her back to our doctor countless times, and were berated for wasting GP time as she just 'had reflux'. We tried countless reflux medications, but everything just seemed to make the issue worse.

Onc…

Do I follow my head or my heart?

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Recently I made the decision to leave my partner of 5 years and move back in with my parents. It's a decision I never thought I would have to make and this made it even harder. My head was saying leave but my heart wanted me to stay so I was very conflicted about what to do. So what do we do when our head and our heart have different opinions? How do we finally reach that all important decision?

1. Ask for advice from friends and family
This was the biggest help for me as my friends are usually the ones to remain unbiased and give me tough love when I need it. They were able to organise my thoughts without hesitation and made things really clear.

2. Don't rush it.
The last thing you want to do is to get caught up in the moment, make a rash decision and then end up regretting it. Take as much time as you need to decide what is best for you.

3. Think about the outcomes.
Weighing up the outcomes of your decisions can be very helpful in stressful situation…

How I use my bullet journal to finally get my parenting shit together!

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You may have been a queen at organisation before you had kids... HA! How is that working out for you now, hmmmmmm?

Like it or not, actually trying to organise your time effectively isn't going to be easy peasy. For someone like me, who plans out every second of my life so as to suck out the chance of fun and spontaneity (because I am well and truly a fun sucker), this inability to do anything really ground me down.

However, I have a solution, and I am sharing it with you all. It's my Bullet Journal. I actually love this thing, possible more than my child.

Here are 5 ways my bullet journal has made me get my shit together...
1. Shopping lists Look, I know this is incredibly anal of me, but I made lists of what I can buy cheapest where. Yes, it took a lot of time, and yes, it was totally worth it. I try not to shop at Tesco (even though it's most convenient, literally being at the end of my road), and if I'm able to, I shop around and check sp…

Traditional Boozy Make and Mature Christmas Cake

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Let me start by saying this: if you don't want your Christmas cake to pack a serious boozy punch then this is not the cake for you. This is for grown ups only.

You may also be wondering why I'm talking Christmas cake so early... well, the clue is in the title. This cake takes some serious maturing. So this recipe will be broken down into a rough schedule to help you pack the biggest boozy punch into your Christmas cake.  I have written this recipe so it's easy to make half, the written recipe is for a large family sized cake.

September
Soak 1kg of mixed dried fruit (raisins, sultanas, dried peel - the works) in 200ml of whichever booze you choose. I start soaking in early September in a clip sealed lunchbox and give it a good shake once or twice a week, whenever I remember really. This just makes sure all the fruit gets a good soak and not just the bits at the bottom.



This year I am using Honey Jack Daniels, last year I used Captain Morgan's…

Living away from your partner during pregnancy

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My pregnancy was spent largely alone - the unexpected nature of my expectant motherhood meant that things had to continue as planned as far as possible. I stayed at university to complete my law degree until I could go on maternity leave, but that also meant living over 100 miles away from Jamie for virtually the entire pregnancy.

It was my housemate, Shannon, that helped me through the morning sickness. It was my housemate, Elliot, who covered for me when I had a UTI. It was Shannon, again, who would accompany me to the first doctors appointment, and the midwife appointments, especially when I absolutely hated that first midwife in Southampton! So, I suppose I wasn't really alone alone - but it's something quite different from doing those things with your partner.

Everyone jokes about pregnancy hormones making you over-emotional, and yes, there are times when the hormones are slightly ridiculous... but usually, the feelings underneath the exacerbat…

4 Woodland Themed Activities for Little Explorers

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Butterflies

This is a really simple and quick activity we did. I cut butterflies by folding a piece of plain A4 paper in half and cutting a large number 3 and opening it up. We used stickers and a large coloured stamp for finger painting to make butterflies like the ones we saw on our walk.


Bug hunting!

We were looking under logs and leaves to find what different bugs lived there. But we also found wild berries, fungi and rabbit holes on our wander. 

Rainbow Nature Hunt 

On our rainbow nature hunt we were looking for flowers, leaves and whatever other items we could find in the woods to glue down on to our hunt sheet. This was a chance to get my daughter talking about the different names of colours and doing colour matching. 

Decorate Your Own Woodland Animal Masks



I found these masks in Poundland and my daughter used acrylic paint to colour them in. I used them to talk with my daughter about the animals that live in the woods and next time we go she can wear t…