Dear Pickle: Your First Parents’ Evening

Dear Pickle, Oh, my baby boy. We are so very proud of you. This month, we had your first ever Parents’ Evening at Nursery and I don’t know why, but I was quite nervous beforehand. You see, it’s difficult to know how you’re doing, developmentally. I’m not a toddler expert. I don’t know what’s normal at your age. It’s difficult to know if you should be doing more. Saying more. Communicating better. Or whether you’re doing exactly what’s expected of you. I don’t want to compare you to your friends, as all children are different! Some of your friends are incredible…

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The New Rides at Peppa Pig World

Last Friday, we headed down south for our first (and definitely not our last) visit to Paulton’s Park, to check out the new rides at Peppa Pig World. It’s a fair journey for us to travel from the Birmingham area to Southampton and the outskirts of the New Forest, but we had such a lovely time at Thomasland over Christmas that I knew the journey would be worth it. I’ve never been much of a theme park junkie, but it turns out – children’s theme parks? Exactly my cup of tea! The main reason for our visit was primarily to…

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Spring in my Step with Joanie Clothing

I don’t have anything to wear. How often have I whined those words? With a wardrobe filled to bursting, how could I possibly never find anything to wear? It’s certainly a mystery to LPD (Little Pickle’s Dad), who can’t comprehend my frustration at constantly feeling like I don’t have a wearable outfit. Whether it’s nipping round to my Mother-in-Law’s for a Sunday afternoon, a big day at work or an evening out with the girls, I’ve always struggled to put an ensemble together. And it drives me mad. Revamping my wardrobe It may sound like a counter-intuitive way to solve…

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The Ordinary Moments – Feeding the Ducks

This week, whilst I worked on the local election count, I got chatting to a family friend. Her lovely family feels like part of our family, and she told me that she always reads my posts and is glad I’m taking the time to document as much as I can of Pickle’s early life. She told me these memories are so precious. And that I’ll be so glad of them in the years to come. It’s easier to remember the big moments: the birthdays, the big days out and the holidays. And it’s all so easy to forget The Ordinary Moments.…

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How to Photograph your Toddler

Without a doubt, the best skill I’ve acquired through blogging has been my improved photography. It’s been a long learning curve, and it’s a journey I hope to continue: constantly improving, trying new things and finding new ways to capture my family but the huge photograph collection I’ve been building of Pickle is worth so much to me and I know it’s something I’ll be incredibly grateful for in years to come. Learning how to use my DSLR has taken me some time, but whether you’re shooting on the latest DSLR model or your trusty camera-phone, here are some tips from me to…

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