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! 🥞

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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!!
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Hope everyone has had a lovely Sunday 🤩
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I’m off to watch @callthemidwife.official finale now 😫😭 I hate it when it gets to the final episode. 
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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

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Sometimes I like to have fun with images. I don’t do it very often but it is amazing what you can do with a photo using filters.

The first image is the edited version, I’ve added a #bokeh filter on it. I’ve used @pixlr for this. It adds an orangey colouring to the photo and enhances the sun rays.

The original, swipe left, is still good and has its own bokeh and sun rays shining on it. But is less orangey and doesn’t seem as bright. It’s still a good photo though.

I took this with my iPhone. Sometimes when I need a quiet moment, one where I can play with the filters and change the feel of a photo it helps me to unwind. Gives my brain 5 minutes to regain itself and then I’m ready to crack on with whatever it was!

Which one do you prefer? Just out of curiosity - there’s no right or wrong answer! 🤣

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Toddler Resistance

indexI subscribe to emails from babycenter and it is really amazing, just how accurate their emails are: for example the most recent email I have been sent was discussing Resistance and babycenter have done it again – bang on accuracy! All Noah says at the moment is “NO”!

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The main concern I have with my little man at the moment is that when he says “No” and I try to coax him into actually doing what he is saying no about, it ends in meltdown. This really isn’t good when you are in a public place, for instance, the next blogger event at London Zoo last week, when Noah was told to get off the scooter, which he of course said no to, we have tears/screams and lots of loud noises coming from his general direction whilst he had his paddy. He soon forgot about it, well until he got home to his own Micro scooter of course!

babycenter say that a 2 year old refusing, is just because they can, they have learnt this new technique of refusing things and they are going to practice and practice with it.

“They’ve just found out that they have a will, and they want to exercise it,” explains Susanne Denham, professor of developmental psychology at George Mason University and author of Emotional Development in Young Children.

It really is quite amazing, when you think about how they are learning and picking things up from us, parents, we are always telling them no, usually for their own safety and they are just copying us and throwing it right back at us. babycenter have some great advice:


What you can do

Offer choices. Offering a limited choice is one good way to avoid a showdown with your toddler. “Do you want to wear the white shoes or the red shoes today?”, “Do you want juice or milk?” or “Do you want to put away your blocks or your cuddly toys?” Two choices are enough at this stage, and this technique can be used for everything from getting dressed to solving playdate disputes: “Do you want to play nicely with Josh, or do you want to play by yourself?”

Counting sometimes works with an indecisive 2-year-old: “I’m going to count to ten and then you choose, or I’ll choose for you.” Chances are your child will make up his mind pretty quickly once you start the countdown. Be careful to use this technique only as a last resort, though, because it loses its power if you use it too often.

Offer the appearance of options. To make this work, you have to keep two important facts in your mind: you know more than your toddler does and virtually everything can be turned into a choice. Try saying, “Do you want to get out of the car now or play for two minutes and then get out of the car?” Either way, she gets out of the car. Or say, “Do you want to put your jumper on back to front or the right way round?” You both know she’s probably not going to put her jumper on back to front, but what you’re doing here is using humour to break the deadlock. Either way, she thinks she has a choice.

Teach your child other responses. One of the reasons toddlers say “no” so much is they don’t know very many words. Your toddler might be fond of “no” partly because she constantly hears the word directed at her. If that’s the case, try to cut back on your own use of the word and use alternatives to “no” whenever possible. One tactic is to replace the word with other phrases more specific to the situation in hand, for example, “It’s not safe to play on the stairs. Let’s play with your ball instead,” “We don’t hit the cat,” or “Use your indoor voice, please.”

You can make a “no” response less automatic (and maybe even get a “yes”!) if you set up a situation in advance with a silly question: “What would a bird say if you said, ‘Mr. Bird, would you like a worm?'” When your toddler responds with, “Yes!” you follow up with: “And what would you say if I asked you if you’d like some eggy toast?” With any luck, your toddler will be giggling too much to refuse the eggy toast.

Stand your ground. There will be times when, despite your best efforts to avoid or distract, you end up in a showdown with your toddler. If she stops in the middle of the road and refuses to move, for example, you’ll move her pretty quickly. But safety concerns aren’t the only reason to be firm. Your toddler has a will of her own, but if she gets to exert it too much things will get out of hand.

It’s perfectly appropriate at times to say, “I’m sorry, but this is the way it’s going to be.” You might even pull rank: “I’m the mummy, that’s why.”

* Taken from babycenter


I am definitely going to attempt some of these options above, but I really cannot see Noah understanding the “stand your ground” parts – but maybe that is because I am underestimating him. He is a bright little man and I am very sure he knows a lot more than I think he does – or that he is letting on…

I follow babycenter on Twitter: @babycentreuk  there is always hundreds of interesting tweets coming from their account and RT’s of other peoples experiences.

You can sign up to babycenter here: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/

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1 Comment
  • natalie hagan
    April 19, 2013

    I like to read your posts, they are really helpful!

    Thank YOu

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