Childbirth Isn’t As Scary As I Thought: 8 Ways To Reassure An Expectant Mother

I don’t know about you but I had a lot of pre-conceived notions about childbirth. I thought it would hurt like hell, I assumed the ‘pushing part’ would be over in seconds, and there was no way I’d be losing control and mooing like a cow (which I did apparently, thanks Matt). Here are 8 things I wish I could…

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Thanks to the lovely @Trinimamabebe for tagging me into the ’20 Things You Didn’t Know About Me’ thread. Here are my answers;   1. I studied for my degree at Cardiff University where I learnt to appreciate rugby, leeks and daffodils. 2. My first TV job was on ‘Blind Date’ with Cilla Black. I was a Production Runner fetching teas…

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5 Essential Books for Bedtime (0-5yrs)

We love books in our house. Our bookshelves are overflowing with trips to Narnia and Hogwarts. Today I decided to bring order to our literary chaos. I did this by dividing the books up into two categories – 0-5yrs (Jess) and 6+ (Emily). Now each girl has an age appropriate range of stories in their bedroom. The bit before bed is the best time…

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The Great ‘Build-A-Bear’ Con (& How I Fall For It Everytime)

I took the girls to Build-A-Bear yesterday. It was a treat for Emily as she’s done so well in the BBC R2 Short Story Competition and Jess has managed to keep her new glasses on for 50% of the time. Before the Easter Holidays we were in single digits so it’s a big improvement. We haven’t been to Build-A-Bear since…

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The Lake District: 3 Must-See Experiences For All the Family

I’ve spent many Easters in The Lake District. My parents were keen walkers and by the age of ten I’d been dragged (and bribed) up most of the mountains in Cumbria. Tradition is a wonderful thing, especially when you have a family of your own. A small shuffle of the cast and you get to reboot some of the best moments of your…

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Bedtime & Routines: What Works For Us

I saw someone post their bedtime routine on another page recently and I loved the idea. When the kids were babies I was always on the hunt for tips to tame my little Sleep Raiders. It took a bit of trial and error to perfect our routine but this is what works for us* *except when the 4yr old is tantruming and…

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