Kids Stocking Filler Ideas

One of the most exciting things for me at Christmas was always waking up to find my stocking on the end of my bed filled with little packages.  There’s something so lovely and nostalgic about a stocking isn’t there?  I always remember one of my favourite stocking gifts being a bottle of Spice Girls deodorant!  Random but true!  Here are a few kids stocking filler ideas for you….

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kids meals at amazing restaurant in Portrush, Northern Ireland

Kids Meal Deals This February Half Term

If like us you like to eat out it can get expensive once the kids start eating their own meals too.  Long gone are the days when they sat on my knee and nibbled a few chips off my plate!  As a result I’ve researched what eateries are offering kids meal deals this half term to make eating out more affordable for families. Continue reading

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Teacher thank you gifts

What Gifts Do The Teachers Really Want?

It’s that time of year where school is drawing to a close for Christmas and parents everywhere are frantically trying to come up with something nice for the kids to give their teachers as a Christmas gift.  Let’s be honest.  There are only so many mugs and tins of chocolates/biscuits that one person could possibly need, right? Continue reading

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I Haven’t Taught My Son The ABC

As the end of the summer holidays is rapidly drawing upon us I am starting to think more about Cody starting full time school in September.  I’ve been pushing it to one side because in all honesty I’m not ready for him to go.  I know that sounds pretty selfish on my behalf.  It’s not that he isn’t ready. He can’t wait and is so excited to wear his uniform and go to big school.  But to me he is my baby and the thought of him going to school full time at what feels like such a young age (4 years 4 months) I am finding really hard. Continue reading

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Our Trip To Ireland

I’m sure you are all sick of hearing about it by now but in case you hadn’t heard – we’ve just got back from a 2 week trip to Ireland!  We are lucky enough that my father-in-law has recently moved over there (back home after living in England for 30+ years) giving us a base to stay and explore from. Continue reading

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The Sun Is Out!

So the sun has finally decided to make an appearance and I decided we really needed to make the most of it so after the kids swimming lessons this morning we packed the dog and a picnic into the car and headed off to Basildon Park. We are lucky that this National Trust Site is only 12 miles away so it’s ideal for a doggy walk in the sunshine. Continue reading

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Finding Out What The Kids Really Want To Do This Summer

I have found in previous school holidays that we’ve crammed the weeks full of activities and the kids have got so worn out that actually all they want to do is chill out at home.  So this Summer I am determined to find the right balance.  I’m going to try and plan 2-3 outings a week (not necessarily big days out, just a local farm or park) and stick to it rather than running ourselves ragged trying to do too much every single day. Continue reading

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