Painting with the DoddleArt Box

Initially, I was nervous about sending Pickle to Nursery. I was worried he’d be confused by it all. I was worried they wouldn’t care for him in the same way I would. And I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the money. But I needn’t have worried – Pickle absolutely loves it there. In fact, most nights he doesn’t want to come home. He gets to play all day long with his friends, he loves eating with them all at the little table and they spend lots of time outside – which is always his favourite way to spend time.…

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Inspiration From the Teletubbies Playdate Pack

I’ve surprised myself with how much I’ve enjoyed being back at work, but if there’s one thing I miss from my extended maternity leave – it’s midweek playdates with the NCT girls. Not only are they a good chance to catch up with the women who have become such treasured friends and been the most incredible support network, but seeing our toddlers playing together, learning from each other and having a blast is the most heart-warming thing to see – even if it is hard work at times! I want to make the most of it before they start arguing and whining about…

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Taking a Toddler to the National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

I don’t take advantage of living on the outskirts of Birmingham half as much as I should. Every time I venture into the city, I’m amazed at what it has to offer and try to remind myself to take the short train ride more often. The city centre has so much for families, and this weekend we braved the school-holiday crowds and ventured down to the National Sea Life Centre. I’ve been meaning to take Pickle to the Sea Life Centre for ages, and as I’d offered to take my foster brothers out for the day, it seemed the perfect…

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Afternoon Tea with the Easter Bunny at Wyevale Garden Centres

Oh Sunday. What a glorious day it was for the clocks to have gone back. Not only were we treated to some absolutely gorgeous sunshine (very welcome after all this Beast from the East chilliness), but the beginning of British Summer Time meant we got to enjoy the glorious light for longer into the evening – meaning we had time for a stroll down to the lake and a play on the park before bed even after we’d gotten home from a very cute afternoon having tea with the Easter Bunny at a Wyevale Garden Centre.

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My Mother’s Day at Charlecote Park

I didn’t need asking twice about what I wanted to do this Mothering Sunday: I wanted a family trip out to a National Trust property. And it was pretty much a no brainer for us which one to choose – Charlecote Park is located just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon and we literally have to drive past LPD’s Mum’s house en route so it was easy to pop by and see her too. Two birds, one drive. Our Last Visit to Charlecote Park We’d not been to Charlecote Park since our Halloween trip when Pickle was only about five months old. Back then, we’d only…

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