The Mummy Tag

I love reading about other bloggers’ approaches to parenting in my weekly Parenting Pep Talk guest post series.  We’re all so different in the choices we make, trying to do what works best for our own families.  A couple of months ago, I was tagged by Fizzyjazzle to take part in the Mummy Tag and share some of my approaches to parenting.  It’s taken me a while to get around to answering the questions but here they are:

Me and my girls on a day out at Osterley Park - The Mummy Tag


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My Sunday Photo 24/07/16

When our girls were babies, we bought a namesake rose bush for them – a Pretty Jessica rose bush for Jessica and a Sophy’s Rose for Sophie.  Sadly, it seems we’ve accidentally dug up the Sophy’s Rose as it’s completely disappeared from the garden, but the Pretty Jessica is doing well and I love the beautiful blooms that have been appearing throughout the summer.… Read more

Sculpture of two pigs at Beale Park

A rainy day at Beale Park

I’m a big believer in the mantra that “there is no such thing as inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothing” when it comes to getting out and about with my girls.  So it was quite ironic really that I was the least appropriately dressed parent at the preschool day out to Beale Park and not at all prepared for the fact that it was cold and wet all day.  In my defence, it had been sunny when I’d got dressed that morning but I really should have checked the weather forecast before leaving the house – this is England, after all!… Read more

Jessica and Sophie on a wooden tractor in a play area at Odds Farm Park

The Friday Focus 22/07/16 – Soaking up the sunshine

With the glorious weather we’ve been having this week, my word of the week has to be sunshine.   Summer has well and truly arrived and we’ve been making the most of it! We’ve had the paddling pool and parasol out in the garden and have been enjoying ice lollies galore.  Let’s hope this lovely weather lasts for a while.… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #23 – Dear Bear and Beany

Parenting Pep Talk is a weekly series of guest posts all about encouraging other parents by sharing some of our happy moments, the advice that has worked for us and some positive words of encouragement.


Today’s post is from Laura who blogs at dear bear and beany.  Over to you, Laura!… Read more

Our Summer Activities List - post-it notes showing some of our planned activities for the summer

Our summer activities list

I’ve spent most of this year being scared to look too far ahead.  Knowing that another surgery was on the cards for Jessica, possibly before she was due to start school felt like a huge cloud hanging over my head.  When we were told a few weeks ago that the cardiac team were happy with Jessica’s progress and that they were not planning to do her next surgery for another year or two, it felt like a huge weight suddenly lifted from my shoulders.  To be able to relax and look forward to the summer is the most amazing feeling.  This summer feels like a significant one too – the last summer before Jessica starts full-time school and I’m determined to make the most of it and fill it with wonderful memories before September comes.  This year, for the first time, I’ve sat down with hubby and the girls and we’ve created a summer activities list together.… Read more

A brief moment of tidiness

It’s such a satisfying feeling when all the housework’s done,
So I stop and enjoy the moment because it doesn’t last for long.
Look, I can see all the floor! The toys are put away,
(It’s like the Hamleys bomb’s gone off when the kids come down and play!)

The windows are all shiny, no fingerprints or smears,
I’ll give it fifteen minutes before they start to reappear!… Read more