Splashing with our Muddy Puddles Lottie Doll

I’ve been reading a lot recently about gender stereotypes, especially when it comes to children’s clothes and toys. Whilst I wouldn’t say I’m a gender-neutral parent, I’d like Pickle to grow up without assuming pink and dolls are just for girls and that he needs to play with trucks and footballs to be a ‘proper’ boy. He’s spent most of his time so far playing with things like stacking cups, wooden peg blocks and balls but I’ve been keen to get him a doll for a while – partly so he has a variety of play choices and also because…

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Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play at mac birmingham

If I like something, I stick to it. So with my frequent trips to Cannon Hill Park and mac birmingham recently, it’s fairly obvious I’m pretty obsessed with them both. After enjoying In the Night Garden Live and a rainy play on the park, this time we were back to try out the Treasure Basket and Heuristic Play session at mac birmingham.

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Feeding Pickle the Foods I Hate

This is a collaborative post with Rattan Direct* Whilst I’m definitely not that fussy when it comes to food, there are certain things I’d rather not eat if given the choice. There are certainly particular foods I avoid buying at the supermarket, but I’m trying to make a bit of a concerted effort to make sure Pickle still gets to try and eat these ingredients. Just because I don’t like them, doesn’t mean he won’t either, and it’s unfair to not introduce him to certain tastes and textures. So today, I’m sharing the foods I really need to make more of an…

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Theatre Review: In the Night Garden Live at Cannon Hill Park

We’re definitely a CBeebies household. In fact, there aren’t any other children’s TV channels that we watch and whilst we’re usually morning TV viewers than pre-bedtime (In the Night Garden plays during the CBeebies’ Bedtime Hour), I have found myself humming Iggle Piggle’s theme song on more than one occasion. When we were offered the chance to review the In the Night Garden Live theatre show, currently on in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham in their specially erected Showdome tent, I jumped at the chance, and started to make much more of an effort to ensure Pickle watched the show on…

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Preparing for First Night Away

I can’t believe I’ve not done it sooner, but this weekend will be my first night away from Pickle as I’m off to Bath for a weekend of hen-do antics to celebrate the upcoming marriage of one of my NCT Mummy friends. This time last year, the idea of leaving him for a few hours let alone overnight filled me with absolute dread. And although I was absolutely gutted to have missed my best friend’s hen do, there was a bit of me that was a little relieved that I wasn’t going to have to leave him for so long…

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