Monthly Archives: January 2014

My Dream Shower

My Dream Shower

As you may or may not know, Husband and I eloped and got married on the tiny, tropical island of Vakarufalhi in The Maldives. We spent two weeks living in a beach-side bungalow, surrounded by white sand, reefs filled with tropical fish and sea that closely resembled bath water. The island was as close to paradise as I could ever hope to witness and our accommodation was seriously swanky, too. My favourite feature was our …

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Arguing in Front of Kids

Arguing in Front of Kids

Earlier this week, I was scrolling through my Facebook timeline and I saw a post from Mama Syder, one of my favourite bloggers, who’d seen a debate on telly about the potential damage done to kids when they see their parents argue. According to the expert findings “Destructive’ conflict – including sulking, walking away or slamming doors – puts youngsters at greater risk of a range of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, said relationship charity OnePlusOne”. …

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Billy No-Mates

Billy No-Mates

When I was around 20, my whole life revolved around my friends. I was a social butterfly, to say the least, and my phone would be constantly abuzz with texts about nights out and things that I was doing that evening. My friend Jamillah and I used to joke and say that Tuesday was the new Friday because pretty much every night of the week was an excuse to be out, in the thick of …

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Moments That Matter

Moments That Matter

Lloyds Bank are currently running a campaign to get us to show our ‘Moments that Matter’ and have kindly produced a .gif for me, made up of our very own moments: Obviously, one of our biggest moments this year was finding out that we’re expecting baby number 2, but there’s been a lot of other stuff along the way. Sausage discovered her love of horse-riding and started her first course of lessons in the summer. …

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Sausage, Rainbows and the Religious Conundrum

Husband and I have been looking for an after-school club to send Sausage to for some time; there are clubs run through her school but they’re for slightly older kids. She’s a bright, outgoing little girl but being an only child means that she lacks interaction and sometimes is a little under-confident in social situations where she has to push her boundaries. We were aware that a few of her classmates went to Rainbows so …

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Jayne, 29, Pregnant, Fed Up…

Jayne, 29, Pregnant, Fed Up…

I’m now getting to that delightful stage of pregnancy where everything is uncomfortable. Any clothes which sit under my bump fall down, while over-the-bump stuff makes me itch and all of my long tops are *just* that little bit too short to cover everything adequately, so I feel like I’m fighting a constant battle with the lower 1/5 of my stomach. Bump bands (you know, the stretchy strips of fabric which go under clothes to cover your …

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My M&S Magical Dining Room

Now that we’ve got another baby due, Husband and I know that we need to move as soon as possible. We’ve been saving like mad over the last few months, and we have a really definite set of specifications about what we want from the new house. One of those things is a dining room; I’ve not had a dining room since Sausage was tiny and having had to eat off of our laps for …

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Win a Jelly Jamm Bundle!

Win a Jelly Jamm Bundle!

If you haven’t already seen it, Jelly Jamm is an absolutely gorgeous kids show which manages to be really fun and educational at the same time, which is a real bonus. Sausage loves the brightly coloured characters and all of the fab songs in the show, so when we were asked if we wanted to offer our readers the chance to win a bundle of Jelly Jamm goodies, we jumped at the chance! Here’s what …

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10 Household Money-Saving Life Hacks

10 Household Money-Saving Life Hacks

Sponsored post The many expenses of running a household can add up quickly, even without us noticing. Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to cut down your expenses by making small changes to your habits. In fact, some of these money-saving life hacks are not only better for your bank balance, but better for the environment, your health and even your peace of mind. 1. Make a Meal Plan The average household wastes over …

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How to Teach Your Kids About Sex

How to Teach Your Kids About Sex

I’m not a parenting expert, not by a long shot; I’m more of a “fly by the seat of your pants” kinda girl (the fact that I’m quoting a fictional hooker has probably undermined any potential expertise I’d have gained, anyway…). Having said that, I like to think that Husband and I are doing a reasonable job of raising Sausage, who’s a kind, bright, inquisitive little girl and one of the things that has set …

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