Before we went on our first family camping trip, I was approached by All Personalised Blankets to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their blankets. Straight away, I liked the idea of having something made that could be our family camping blanket – one that we could take on all our camping adventures. I had visions of us all snuggling underneath it around a campfire, drinking hot chocolate, toasting marshmallows and watching the stars… and whilst that didn’t happen in Wales, I’m still hopeful it’ll happen in the future!

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We survived! Our first camping trip with a toddler was fairly successful, I think. We all certainly had a memorable time and despite the Welsh weather doing it’s best to dampen our spirits, we powered through and made the most of the sunshine when we had it. Camping with a toddler wasn’t as stressful as I though it might be, and I think that’s partly down to some clever packing and remembering these handy items that helped us out. If you’re thinking of taking your toddler camping, I can’t recommend these five things enough.

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Even though I’ve been out of school for what feels like forever now, I still get the summer holiday feeling during August. It becomes ingrained, doesn’t it? You can almost smell the promise of new stationery! Even if your little one isn’t at school, September can often bring changes – if not a new school class, perhaps a new room at nursery or moving up in a baby class. To celebrate this new milestone, and following on from the success of my last big giveaway, I’m delighted to be offering a new competition on Little Pickle’s Mom – this one…

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It’s only a few days away from our camping adventure now and to say I’m excited would be an understatement. Well, I say excited… it’s now that all the nerves start to kick in too. There’s so much to pack and have we got everything we need? What if we forget something really important? And the big question: will it all fit in the car? I’m terrible at doing things in advance, and after the last few family holidays we’ve had, I want to do as much in advance as possible. I do not, I repeat: I DO NOT, want…

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August, the month of camping for us. Always has been, and I hope, always will be. I think this time last year, I was just started to get a bit more freedom – Pickle was beginning to sleep without needing to be in my arms and so the number of blog posts I managed to get written definitely increased! I’m sure if you’d have asked me last year how well I thought Pickle would be sleeping in 2017, I’d have no idea that he wouldn’t actually be all that better. Last year I wrote about getting a six hour stretch!…

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