These two made the most out of the limited amount of snow this morning. They scraped what they could off of my car and had the tiniest snow fight. Then walked the school run with icy cold fingers and soggy socks!

I then had a #quiet dog walk, lapping up the weather. I do love the snow. The route I chose was not the best as half of it was sloshy mud and poor Snoopy kept limping as the ice was clumping to his paws.

I stopped for a break on the dog walk, at a tea shop and had tea with a friend. I’ve never done that before. I’m not sure if the dogs enjoyed it but even they got a treat which was nice.

After school was slightly less calm; poor Noah had a terrific accident at lunch and collided with the playground. He has a swollen knee, grazed hip and elbow and a swollen mound on his forehead. He went to bed feeling rather sorry for himself. Bless him.

It terrifies me when the kids run on concrete. I wish I could bubble wrap them up sometimes!


These two made the most...

It’s Wednesday again. I’m not sure how. But it is. I love this shot of the kitchen in our #home. We’re renovating a 1960’s house that had, from what I can gather, original kitchen, bedroom carpets, the oven looked original when we moved in too. You can see the before and after images on my blog, under the our home category.

I love that we’ve made the kitchen space brighter. Painting the doors have made a huge difference. We need to get the tiles off the wall, get a new worktop and splashback for our lovely oven. It currently has an old orange extractor fan and it looks horrendous. I’ll show you the awful sight in my stories!

We’re starting work on the utility room soon too, our new floor tiles have been ordered from @harveymaria. They are beautiful and I’m 100% sure they’ll do the original 70’s style tiles justice! Can’t wait to see it all.

Do I go for white walls or colour?


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The kiddies requested a Maccie D’s style breakfast for dinner 🥞 - so I made American style pancakes, with sausage and maple syrup.

They had 6 pancakes each and demolished the lot. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I wish they ate all meals with such conviction but peas and parsnips clearly don’t float their boat!

Not the best photography! 🤷🏼‍♀️ I had no time to take them as the kiddies couldn’t wait any longer.

Who else has pancakes only for their meal on Shrove Tuesday? I have to have pancakes. Happy to have a savoury one as long as I get a sweet one too! 🥞


The kiddies requested a Maccie...

I love this photo from half term. It’s whooshed past so quickly. I can’t quite believe it’s gone already. The 6 week countdown to the Easter Holidays has begun.

We always fill our weeks with lots of things to do, it just means they zoom by. The kids go from one #activity to the next. They have after school clubs, boxing, football, swimming, drama and cubs after school. Friday is the only day they do not have anything booked in. It’s so manic.

Before I know it Saturday is here again and I’ve not done anything significant. I guess I’ll have to make my Saturdays full of significant things 😂. Who else thinks the week go by too quickly at the moment?


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We had a lovely day today. No plans whatsoever when we woke up. Which felt marvellous. I stayed in my PJs until 11am 😱. Sunday is the only day that’s possible, so I like to make the most of it. Not sure why, but it feels like you’re winning when you have extra hours in bed clothes!

We then arranged an impromptu dog walk with Nanny & Grandad. Which was lovely as the kiddies have missed them. The weeks are flying by at the moment and we’ve not seen them for 5 of them! It’s terrible as the kids saw them twice a week, every week up until a year ago. It must be hard for them all not having that regular routine.

Isla often cries her heart out for Nanny & Grandad. On Thursday evening, after a long day she was so emotional and cried for them. It breaks my heart, as at 8pm I can’t really do anything about it.

When I was growing up I stayed at my grandmas once a week. It was slightly different as I lived in the same town, which helped with school and my normal routine. But I had that closeness with my grandparents that never goes away. It’s my safe place.

I really want the same for my kiddies too! I guess it was a kick up the bum to make sure I plan that time in and not let the weeks get on top of me! #familytime is just perfect. 
We had a nice walk in the mud. Everything was thick and gooey. The kids, of course, loved it. I asked them not to get muddy: do you think they listened? Nope! Covered!!
Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 

We had a lovely day...

It’s been a day of fun and #games today. Noah had a football match this morning, Daddy said it was a good game and very close. Whilst Noah was slide tackling everyone, Isla and I took some soups to Grandmas. Hubby made some carrot and coriander soups for her this week as fresh ingredient soup is just the best!

Isla then went climbing with Daddy. They love going to Big Rock in MK. Isla is so brave. She climbs right up to the top of the really tall walls. It amazes me.

We then snuggled to watch the final Harry Potter. We’ve now watched them all. We have waited 5 years for this moment and we all loved it. I got a little confused with Snape’s memories but I think I’m back on track. I must finish the books now 🤣

Has anyone else had a busy Saturday? #mummyphotoaday

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When it comes to a #horizon, I couldn’t not share this. Back from our trip to the Peak District. It was meant to be Summer. It felt like this week: windy, raining and unpredictable.

The views went on for miles at the top of his peak; Mam Tor wedged in between Castleton and Edale.

It was a beautiful area, picturesque and a treat for your eyes. I love places like that. It’s a shame we didn’t get to stop & enjoy the local beer gardens and cafes due to the weather.

We go on lots of adventures throughout the year: weekend trips camping, staycations and holidays abroad. Our next adventure is pretty epic too and every time I think about it I get butterflies! 🥰

We are off to Dubai soon! 😱😱😱 it must be real I’ve said it out loud. I’m so excited I might explode and I’m pretty sure the views will be nothing like this Peak District. Because the views we will have will be extraordinary. It’s our biggest adventure yet as a family. Biggest as in flight time, cost, special and unplanned. We’ve booked our flights and we’re super lucky to be staying with friends. Other than that we have no idea! What are we going to do in Dubai? Anyone been? Any ideas?


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Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what a great way to see each others furbabies. Well these are mine:

Photo 1 = Rambo the Jack Russell & Snoopy the Cockerspaniel. As many of you know, Snoopy is blind and partially deaf which is challenging. However, he is such a happy pooch and loves a snuggle. I think Rambo has lost a little hearing too as he’s getting old. He will be 13 on April 3rd! It’s gone by so quickly.

Photo 2 = Rocky. He’s my Tom cat fluffbag and I like to call him Rockstar! He was my engagement present from Hubby. He’s the best cat. He snuggles with me every night, under the covers, he’s very set in a routine.

It’s funny how furbabies get their own little #pattern to make it through the day. All the pets sit by the bed at night for a treat. And I think Rambo is very cat like and Rocky is very dog like too. They definitely have those characteristics.

Rambo is 12, Rocky is 11 and Snoopy is 10. Noah is 9... then we broke the pattern as Isla is 7 🤣 (it wasn’t intentional). #mummyphotoaday #dogsofinstagram #catsofinstagram

Ah it’s #loveyourpetday - what...

Cold sores in children: causes and treatment

Cold sores, also called oral herpes or fever blisters, are small blisters that form on and around the lips, cheeks, chin, and nose. The blisters usually develop within 6 to 48 hours and may pop after a few days. They then turn into a crust and ultimately heal in one to two weeks.

Causes of Cold Sores

Despite the name, cold sores are not caused by colds. In children, the condition is caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus is different from the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which causes lesions in the genital area called genital herpes. However, both virus types can cause sores in any part of the body.

Most kids are first exposed to the virus when they are between one to five years of age and may get infected by the virus occasionally. This is because even after the sores dry up and heal, the virus lies dormant in the nerve cells until something triggers its activation. 

How Do Kids Get Cold Sores?

The virus that causes cold sores is highly infectious. It spreads through skin-to-skin contact, saliva, or sharing objects with someone infected by the virus – such as kissing an infected person, or sharing utensils, towels or razors. The virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin. A parent with a cold sore can easily spread the virus to his or her child in this way.  

Symptoms of Cold Sores in Children

Symptoms vary from one child to another. Some kids don’t have any symptoms with the first infection of the virus, while others may have severe flu-like symptoms and ulcers around the mouth and on the lips during the primary infection. After the first infection, symptoms of cold sores are usually not severe.

The most common symptoms of the condition include:

  • Tiny blisters on and around the lips
  • Swollen and tender lymph glands
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Irritability and drooling
  • Tingling, itching, and soreness of the lips and mouth that can last up to a week

Sometimes, the symptoms are so mild that parents may not notice any of them. 

Triggers of Cold Sores

As mentioned earlier, the herpes simplex virus type 1 lies dormant in kids who were once infected until something triggers it. The condition is more likely to return when the skin becomes irritated or when the immune system is weak.

Common triggers include:

  • Stress and fatigue 
  • Illness like flu or cold
  • Poor diet and dehydration
  • Exposure to too much heat, sunlight or cold

How to Treat Cold Sores in Children

There is currently no cure for cold sores, but the good thing is that they usually heal on their own within two weeks. Cold sore treatment options like pills, ointments and skin creams do not treat the condition but can speed up the healing time and ease uncomfortable symptoms like painful blisters.

While there is no cure for cold sores, there are several things parents can do to prevent the spread of the infection, relieve discomfort during a flare-up, and avoid possible triggers.

Here’s what parents can do to:

Stop the spread.

  • Prevent the kid from picking or scratching the blisters.
  • Don’t let an infected child share utensils, drinks, toothpaste, towels, and other items to avoid spreading the virus. Be sure to wash items in hot water after use.
  • Keep your kid home if they are having their first outbreak or experiencing severe symptoms. 

Ease discomfort.

  • Apply a warm washcloth or cold compresses to ease discomfort
  • Give your child chilled foods and drinks to avoid dehydration and soothe their lips. 
  • For severe symptoms, ask your pediatrician to prescribe a pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. A prescription anti-viral cream or an over-the-counter cream can ease symptoms and shorten outbreaks.

Avoid recurrence

  • Ensure your child eats a balanced diet and gets enough sleep and exercise.
  • Make sure your kid uses lotion before heading outdoors to avoid skin irritation.

I hope these tips help to combat any cold sores in your children. Isla had them really badly after a cold, it isn’t nice seeing your little ones in distress or poorly. If you have any other tips I would love to hear about them in the comments below.


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  • Lorna Ledger
    January 25, 2020

    This is a daft story, but I got my first cold sore from our family dog aged 10! My mum had a cold sore and she used to “kiss” the dog, but not us (so not to spread it)….well I got one too, and a few days later , we worked out how when our dog patch had a little blister on his muzzle!

  • Joanie S
    January 25, 2020

    great post – thanks for the tips – cold sores are very irritating

  • Susan Mann
    January 26, 2020

    Great post. My daughter has one just now x

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