When Chester Came To Stay


Parenting and Lifestyle

I’ve always had a competitive streak.  As a child it was a necessary survival instinct – I was the only girl in a street full of lads.  Football, British Bull Dogs, and bunny-hopping competitions on your BMX were a daily routine.  I got no special treatment for being a girl.  In school I always wanted to be […]

Magic Moments // Pumpkin Picking


Parenting and Lifestyle

I have never picked a pumpkin.  I don’t particularly like pumpkin so there has never been a need to.  But having a child means you have an excuse a reason to try new things.  I’d seen photos of friends that had gone pumpkin picking and it looked like good fun so I decided that we were […]

He Said WHAT!?


Parenting and Lifestyle

Harry’s speech is coming on leaps and bounds and as it does the opportunities for public humiliation multiply.  As most of us know, a toddler has no volume control.  Most of the time it is set at maximum.  There is also no filter.  He repeats himself often just in case you didn’t catch it the first […]

Potty Training – The Grand Finale


Parenting and Lifestyle

If you read my first post on potty training then you will know that this is NOT a “how-to” guide.  Following the response to my last one, here is a follow-up to let you know about our progress.  For reasons that will become clear I was toying with the idea of calling this post: “Happy Hippos, High Fives, and […]

The Waiting Room


Parenting and Lifestyle

Last week saw us attend the drop-in clinic at my doctor’s surgery and have to wait for 3 hours for an appointment.  Yes I will say that again, 3 hours.  And that was 3 hours of having to sit in the waiting room for your name to be called.  I had been told the horror stories of how […]

Potty Training – Part 1


Parenting and Lifestyle

This is NOT a “how-to” guide to potty training.  If that is what you are looking for then I suggest going elsewhere.  In fact I would go as far to say that this post is more like a “how not to” guide to potty training.  I have referred to it as Potty Training – Part One, because I […]

The Joy of Xmas?!?!


Parenting and Lifestyle

I had been so looking forward to this Xmas.  Don’t get me wrong last year’s was special but it wasn’t that…..interactive. To be honest, H wasn’t that bothered with any of it.  No ripping open of presents, no hiding in boxes, and no preferring to play with the wrapping paper.  In fact, after all the sentiment […]

First Family Trip To The Cinema


Parenting and Lifestyle

Harry loves dinosaurs.  I would go as far as to say that he is obsessed with them.  They accompany him at meal times, in the bath, in bed, to the childminders, and in the car.  They even have their own special “dino” bag that they are transported around in.  So when I saw that Pixar were coming out with […]

Splish Splash Splosh


Parenting and Lifestyle

I am a huge advocate of teaching your child to swim.  Not only is it great exercise and good fun, more importantly it is a life saving skill.  Trying to teach Harry swimming has had it’s fair share of ups and downs.  The down’s have included such things as showing my post-pregnancy body off to a […]

Perfect Start To Autumn


Parenting and Lifestyle

At this time of year you are never sure how many opportunities you are going to get to go outside and not come back frozen and looking like a drowned rat, so last weekend’s mild weather was a real surprise. Not ones to miss a chance to be outside, we threw our coats on, packed […]