Our garden plans for Spring/Summer 2018

This time last year, almost to the day, we had just moved into our house. Spring and Summer 2017 was all about getting settled in our new home, doing the the essential decorating (there was some feature wallpaper that we could NOT live with) and we also had a new kitchen fitted. It was a busy and expensive time for us.

Fortunately, we now had a sizable back garden which the girls could enjoy when we had good weather. It’s a garden that’s mostly laid to lawn and relatively low maintenance (certainly compared to our previous back garden which required far more gardening skills than I possess). It was great to be able to fill up the paddling pool and watch the girls play happily. We are all so much happier when we’re outside. Read more...

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Grubby feet

I’ve decided I need to write more so that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll write every day (if I want to) for 5 minutes or 20 minutes, or for however long I can squeeze it into my day. I won’t edit myself or overthink it, this isn’t about creating ‘quality blog content’ (sorry), it’s just about me recording my days and my thoughts. Ramblings, basically. If people happen to like reading it, cool. If not? Cool.

Today has been glorious as I’ve mostly spent it outside. After several days of unrelenting rain, we’ve finally been blessed with a sunny Spring day. The air is cool and fresh but there’s still a noticeable warmth on my skin. It feels like it’s been a long time coming. I spent a good chunk of the morning tidying up the front garden. I’ve no clue what I’m doing in terms of ‘proper gardening’. But I do know that I was chopping things down with gusto! Oh and intermittently running after E who kept making her escape out of the garden and onto the footpath outside our house, she loves being chased. It’s the early afternoon and my step count is currently on 14,000+ steps. That’s how much she loves being chased. Read more...

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Introducing the latest Smyths Baby Catalogue…

When I think of Smyths, I think of children’s toys. That’s what they do, right? They sell toys.

But that’s not all. I recently found out that Smyths have their very own baby catalogue which has 84 pages filled with the top baby products and brands. Everything you’d need for a new baby, including car seats, bouncers, pushchairs and highchairs. You name it, they’ve got it.

I’ve been browsing the Smyths baby catalogue myself and thought I’d share some of my favourite picks: Read more...

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5 things that helped my toddler to sleep better

It was only a month ago that I wrote a blog post about how I was considering hiring a sleep trainer for E. I was at my wit’s end. She was waking up almost hourly, breastfeeding like a newborn and refusing to go back to sleep. Instead, she would throw herself around our bed, like a fish out of water, screaming her head off. Quite frankly, I’m surprised our neighbours haven’t yet called the police because anybody would think a murder was being committed in our house.

But I am pleased to report that things have changed dramatically over the last few weeks and we’re all getting considerably more sleep. I feel happier and brighter and able to parent better. And as for E, she is like a different child. She’s well rested and happier too. Read more...

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5 Fun things to do with kids in San Diego

San Diego is a city on the Pacific coast of California and known for its beaches, parks and warm weather. San Diego is definitely on my ‘hit list’ of places I want to visit some day because it has so much to offer in the form of art galleries, museums and gardens. If we ever do visit this wonderful city, I’d love to go with a big group of extended family and friends and hire out one of many gorgeous San Diego mansions. If a job’s worth doing, right?!

One of the things that appeals to me most about San Diego (and California in general) is that there are so many wonderful places to visit with kids. Here I’ve compiled a list of 5 places I’d love to visit with my children, in and around San Diego. Read more...

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