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Is Halloween More of a Trick than a Treat?

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This year has been the first so far that Olivia has been able to properly enjoy Halloween. It's been so exciting! For weeks she has been asking to put her Halloween outfit on, she knew she had Halloween parties to go to and was super excited for those too!

On Saturday, we drove back home from Nanny's house and arrived back in Aldershot at around 1pm. FOR FIVE WHOLE HOURS SHE WAS ASKING TO GO TO THE GOD DAMN PARTY!!!!!

But that's another story (look out for 'What to do when your kids drive you absolutely bloody insane').

One thing I won't do, however, is take her trick or treating.

Maybe it's my job (I'm exposed to people who do truly unthinkable things to their own children, let alone anybody else's!), or I'm just a horrendous cynic for all things that are actually nice, but the whole premise of trick or treating for children really terrifies me. For now, she is not old enough to understand 'stranger danger', …

ENDED: Perfect Puppets Giveaway - just in time for Christmas!

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Here is your chance to win one of our favourite products from the fabulous Fiesta Crafts



"Children who love story time will adore these hand and finger puppets which have been beautifully designed to spur on even the wildest of imaginations. Reflective of the key characters in two of our most treasured children's stories, one large hand puppet plays a key character supported by a series of embroidered fabric finger puppets to make the retelling of these classic fun and fully interactive! Not only is it a great toy for individual play, it is also designed to encourage role playing with others - improving confidence and social / communication skills. The finger puppets can be stored in pockets on the hand puppet after play making it easy to keep the whole set together in one place.


Beautifully made and thoughtfully created, the hand puppet and finger puppet sets which will stimulate and entertain, encouraging children to retell classic stories in thei…

Our Favourite Fiesta Crafts toys!

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Fiesta Crafts create traditional toys with fun contemporary twists! They design and manufacturer toys that help children to develop their creative, imaginative, communication and language skills. Here are some of Mummykind's tried and tested favourites!

Push N Roll Toys...



For walking, for crawling - a perfect developmental toy. The dinosaur push n roll along is beautifully colourful, sturdy and fantastically crafted. The Push N Roll Along toys are designed to be the perfect play toy for small children- supporting and encouraging them as they develop from sitting to crawling to walking. It comes with a detachable wooden rod that inserts easily into the back of the toy. The Push N Roll toy can be rolled (sitting or crawling) or pushed (walking) via the wooden rod with an easy-to-grip  handle. This 2-in-1 toy with its moving parts will keep little ones greatly entertained. The bright colours and attention to detail are sure to make this toy a much-loved addi…

Why being a step-parent is harder than being a parent...

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When I met my husband, he already had a 3 year old daughter. It was never a problem for me - even though I had only just turned 18, I was possibly more maternal then than I am now after having my own daughter! However, the minute I mentioned our relationship to, well, anyone, I was told not to go near him, he had baggage, blah blah blah! I'm pretty sure my "baggage" is worse, and it doesn't come in anywhere near as cute packaging as Kiera - how can a child be "baggage"?

I'd always grown up around children (being the eldest of 5); I had an almost maternal bond with my youngest siblings, too. But even that could not have prepared me for the absolute shit storm that came hand in hand with becoming a step-parent.

Kiera was possibly the most adorable little 3 year old I'd ever met - that's probably why Jamie knew that he could get me to go out with them both if he just sent her my way asking me to take her to the park with…

Tips and tricks for tummy bug troubles

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Unfortunately, it's the time of year where stomach bugs are rife. I was recently in the hospital twice in the space of two days, as my little one had a severe case of gastroenteritis. While I was there, I had many in depth conversations with paediatricians, nurses and the matron, who gave me many materials and ideas about the prevention and management of gastroenteritis, and how to recognise the signs of dehydration.


Gastroenteritis (or more commonly known as the 'tummy bug') is an infection of the intestines and stomach which causes vomiting and diarrhoea (D&V). It is often caused by infections like the norovirus, or rotavirus, though it can also be bacterial.
D&V caused by tummy bugs is common in children younger than 5, however lots of diarrhoea and vomiting can cause dehydration, which is a serious complication. This is unusual, and most children can be cared for at home following advice from a qualified healthcare provider.  In most cases, diarrhoea usually la…

Leah's Birth Story and One Week PostPartum Update!

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❤25th September!❤

[3am]
I woke up and rushed to the loo thinking I'd pee'd myself (something I hadn't done throughout the entire pregnancy)
There was a small trickle but it didn't smell like urine our have the normal yellow tinge - it was clear and in all honesty smelt like a mix of bleach and semen. I put on a pad just in case it happened again and headed back to bed. 
[4am]
Low and behold a slightly bigger gush in the exact same scent and colour so I changed the pad again and decided to wake Ben for advice - he said to put on a pad and call triage if I got any contractions (worse than the ones I'd been getting since the 9th) or got a bigger gush. Disclaimer; I didn't call triage due to us having an appointment at 9am at the hospital anyway. 
[5, 630 and 730am]
Repeated the pad change with a little less fluid than at the 4am change. 
[8am]
Left home for the growth scan with contractions slowly getting more intense, and with Ben starting to be…