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  • Pickle feeding the ducks at our local pond golden hour

    Finding our New ‘Lake’ at the New House

    We’ve been in our house about a month now, but it still feels very new. There are cardboard boxes piled high in almost every room and although I feel each day we get a little closer to be officially unpacked – there’s a lot still to do. We’ll get there. It’s just taking time. Sometimes I never feel we have enough of these days. As much as I want to get it done, I don’t feel any pressure to hurry along or get stressed about it. We’ll take it slow and steady and just celebrate each little victory.

    Before our move, my main worry was for Pickle. I wasn’t sure how he’d cope with a new home, taking him away from everything he’s ever known. But I couldn’t have been more surprised with how well he’s taken to his new environment. Like a duck to water – which is a very pertinent phrase as part of our explorations of our new neighbourhood included a walk down to the local duck pond. read more

    / October 15, 2018
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    The Victoria Inn, Barnt Green

    You can always tell if I like somewhere, as I’ll be planning my return visit before I’ve even gotten home. I must get that trait off my parents, who were sat during dinner last Wednesday, making plans to bring back their friends to The Victoria Inn in Barnt Green (and I’m tempted to come back to celebrate my birthday next month!). It’s recently undergone a beautiful refurbishment, and it was an absolute treat to spend the evening there earlier this week with LPD (Little Pickle’s Dad), my Mum and my Dad to preview the new look and sample the Autumn/Winter menu.

    Having worked at a pub before, during and after a refurbishment, I know what the excitement is like. To see your place of work undergo a transformation is weirdly thrilling and the sense of new beginnings and a fresh start means everyone ups their game. As soon as we walked in, to the smell of freshly painted walls, and were greeted by the Victoria Inn staff, I got the feeling that they were willing us to like it as much as they did – and guess what? We did. read more

    Dining Out, Lifestyle
    / October 14, 2018
  • Needing a home with lots more space with children

    Designing the Perfect Home for Babies & Toddlers

    This is a sponsored post.

    Once we found out I was pregnant, moving house was high up on our agenda. At the time, we were living in a first floor maisonette, which was lovely but incredibly small. We knew we’d need more space for life as a family of three, but the specifics of exactly what kind of space would be best were lost on us. We had no idea. We moved into a lovely little two bedroomed house, complete with small garden thinking it’d be absolutely perfect. read more

    Lifestyle, Parenting
    / June 2, 2018
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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 each other (because, that’s inevitable, right?).

    As they get older, it’s harder work to keep them amused. In order to avoid tantrums, arguments and escape attempts, the toys available need to be increasingly exciting and the activities on offer have to be more and more engaging. It’s also a difficult age to plan for: as I talked about in my First Parents’ Evening post, Pickle and his friends are all very different, and excelling in different areas. They’re starting to show their individual interests and preferences, and they’re not afraid to show their distaste if something isn’t to their liking! Finding the common ground is essential… and this week? That common ground was Teletubbies. read more

    18-24 Months, Parenting, Reviews
    / May 25, 2018
  • Pickle in his stripey jumper in the midst of a patch of bluebells on the way to Arrow Valley Lake, Redditch

    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. Which is why I make sure I write about them whenever I can.

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    #TheOrdinaryMoments, Countryside, Parenting
    / May 6, 2018
  • Sitting at the top of the slide at 360 Play Redditch

    Lots of fun at 360 Play Redditch

    If you missed my little announcement on Instagram last week, I’ll soon be rejoining the world of work. Later this month, I’ll be heading back to work for four days a week, and whilst I’m excited about this new change, I’m desperately trying to make the most of the time I have left as a Stay at Home Mom. I feel incredibly privileged to have had the last twenty months with Pickle, and now with just a week to go, there’s still lots I want to do before he goes to nursery. Thanks to a lovely invite from 360 Play in Redditch, one bucket list activity has been ticked off the list: visiting their new play centre in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre. And if you keep reading, you can win a family pass to check out your nearest 360 Play Centre too.

    What is 360 Play?

    [epq-quote align=”align-left”]Somewhere to go whatever the weather and not just another indoor play centre but something where the whole family could enjoy a day out all year round and which would help with children’s general health and development.[/epq-quote]360 Play is more than just your normal soft play centre. Yes, it has the normal soft play elements you would expect: a massive climbing frame with multi-levels, fun slides and obstacles galore… but it offers so much more on top. It has an imaginative play street which boasts a supermarket, post office, pizzeria, vet and mechanics. There’s a whole section just for lego! There’s a creative station for drawing, painting and chalk. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s even a carousel and bumper cars. It’s a treasure trove of fun, somewhere to delight children (and adults) of all ages. read more

    Days Out, Parenting, Reviews
    / January 31, 2018