CBeebiesland at Alton Towers with Peperami

I’ve spoken many times about how we’re a CBeebies family. You may judge me for it, but it’s pretty much on every morning in our house, in the background whilst we eat breakfast, get dressed and pack our bags for the day. My cousin once told me they use the scheduling to help keep them on time for the school run – if they’ve not got their shoes on by the time Octonauts comes on, they know they’re in trouble. I could probably sing the theme tune to any of the programmes, without needing a prompt (Go go, go go… Go…

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Nurturing Boys: Pickle’s First Baby Annabell Brother

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I try not to adhere too much to gender stereotypes. I’m more than happy for Pickle to have things that are pink, to play with dolls and enjoy anything he wants no matter whether it’s aimed at ‘boys’ or not. It’s only a little thing, but LPD and I purposefully have swapped our toothbrush colours, as I mentioned in my Father’s Day gift guide, as a subtle way of showing him that pink is not just for girls. I’d always said that if I were to be pregnant again, I…

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Laugh & Learn with Fisher-Price

Every day, I’m amazed at how Pickle’s comprehension is improving. His understanding of the world and his place in it is growing bit by bit with every passing week, and never is that more apparent to me than when he engages in imaginative play. To see him appropriately use toys as he’s seen adults do in real life is a scary reminder of how quickly he’s growing, and I love seeing him explore the world this way. We’ve been perhaps a little uneven in the toys we’ve previously bought for him. He has a lot of construction blocks, a lot of…

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Wicked Will is a Wicked Uncle

It’s perhaps a silly thing to get sentimental about, but when I found out that a photo of Pickle was the background on my brother’s phone, I felt strangely proud. Not of Pickle, but of my brother. Does that sound weird? I’m very lucky to have three younger brothers, and when I found out I was pregnant, I wasn’t sure how fussed they’d be. None of them have long term partners or any immediate plans to start a family (as far as I know!), and so I had no idea how they’d react to becoming Uncles. And even less of an…

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A Weekend at Cornbury Festival 2018

As we drove through winding roads and pretty little villages on our way to Cornbury Festival 2018, I felt increasingly more relaxed and chilled with every passing country pub and hanging basket. The sun was shining, our car was packed full with our camping gear and the toddler car seat was noticeably empty. We were off on our first baby-free trip away, and I couldn’t quite believe we were finally getting some time to ourselves. Ahead of our Cornbury Festival experience, we debated whether to go as a family or not. On the one hand, I’d read some wonderful reviews…

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