Surviving the Preschool Germs & Colief Breathe Easy Patches

Isn’t it funny how different two siblings can be? Arlo seems to leap from one cough or cold to the next with only a matter of days in between, it seems. The poor kid had his first bad cold at about two weeks, and more than likely picked it up from his sister, who was surrounded by other kids at nursery but never seemed to suffer with anything for more than a day or two. Fast forward three years and Arlo has just started at preschool himself, so I am preparing for the onslaught of bugs and germs that is heading our way! After two weeks of him being pretty sick with a parasite I really want to help him stay as healthy as possible for the rest of the…

Project #14to10 – Finally getting fit

I’ve finally decided to get off my bum and do something about my fitness and how I look. I have the agility of a sloth, the endurance of a goldfish and according to the NHS Bmi calculator jobby I am obese. I mean, I beg to differ with that last one and am convinced that being short doesn’t work in my favour, but it still stung. I’m a size 14 and 5’3 and am rounded in all the wrong places, but I didn’t think I was obese… just pleasantly plump! Anyway, hopefully I won’t be for much longer as I am now a woman on a mission! I haven’t done any real exercise since I had Athena, almost 5 years ago. My wedding dress was a size 10, when I…

Review: All New Kia Sportage

We spent a week of our Easter holidays in Wales, via a day and night in Gloucester, and we were lucky enough to have been given a Kia Sportage for the week to put it to the test; both on winding Welsh roads and motorway driving to see how it fared as a family car for a week away. The Kia Sportage is a great car to travel in, comfortable and spacious inside and fun to drive. It is a really smooth drive on all sorts of terrains, with plenty of features for both comfort and safety. We had the All New Kia Sportage 3 1.7lr CRDi, which is the most environmentally friendly Sportage model. With 19″ Alloys, 8″ touch screen Sat Nav/Media system, reversing camera, Dual A/C, heated seats…

A Disney Vampirina Boo-tiful dress

Athena discovered Vampirina a few months ago, and it’s definitely in her top 5 favourite TV shows at the moment, and it’s also one that the kids will happily watch together, despite the main character being a girl (Arlo is a very typical just turned 3 year old boy, despite us trying to get him to like or even just appreciate everything he is very firmly of the ‘boys are better’ opinion right now!) Anyway, the show is about a little Vampire who moves to a new town as her family opening a B&B for ghouls and ghosts and the like! It follows her story as she starts a new school and makes new friends. For the eagle-eared parent you may spot two well known voices as her parents as…

Sunday Scrapbook: The one where we’re all sick

I feel like our Easter holiday was a bit of a washout, it’s simultaneously flown by and also dragged its heels. Arlo turned three on Easter Saturday, but that was also the same day he started throwing up, and he’s only just stopped two weeks later. Long story short (and I’m bored of sharing it!) but he is one of a largish handful (14 or so reported when I last saw the newspaper) of people that picked up a parasitic bug called cryptosporidium from a petting farm. It meant he had V&D for almost two weeks, and although he kept pretty cheerful throughout he was definitely not himself and it would have been a much nicer birthday/week in wales on holiday/ Easter hols had he not been sick! We didn’t…

Athena & Arlo – April 2018

I took these pictures on our holiday in Wales in the first week of the holidays, I love the first one in particular as I think it shows the kids at their most ‘normal’. Arlo is clearly thinking about how he can get away from the posed picture and Athena is paying no attention at all and is more interested in the quiz she was given by the nice National Trust lady to complete. Everything is about to change for Arlo as he starts Preschool tomorrow, he’ll be going three days a week from 8.30-2.30 and then will be going to the childminder for the other two days, which means no more ‘Mummy and Arlo’ days in the week- something Athena will be pleased with as she was always a…

5 Gifts for a Guy that has Everything

Cosmetics, jewellery, flowers… buying presents for gal pals is super easy. Finding the perfect gift for the man in your life? Not so much. Trinkets, scatter cushions and new nail polish doesn’t seem to go down as well as it does with the girls, and when most blokes see something they like, they tend to just buy it for themselves then and there. If you’re bored of giving your guy the same old socks-and-cufflinks combo, here are five less-conventional ways to show him you care. Throw him a party If he’s not one for gifts, remind your partner how important he is by arranging for a group celebration at a special venue. For the low-key guy, booking a big table at his favourite pub will do the trick, but if…