#366daysofgratitude – Week 48

Throughout 2016 I will be posting a photo on Instagram each day, sharing something that I am grateful for each day as part of my #366daysofgratitude project.  Here are the things I have been grateful for this week:

A working fridge, a sunny November day, cold frosty mornings, Sophie dancing on the bed, books, the church Christmas tree and help doing my first flower arrangement - the things I'm grateful for this week


Day 332 – I am very grateful that our fridge has decided to start working again – I have no idea why it went on strike for a few days but it seems to have sorted itself out – fingers crossed it stays that way!… Read more

Mel from Le Coin de Mel with Sophie, Jumpy, Jessica and Wriggly at Rickmansworth Aquadrome

Making new friends at Rickmansworth Aquadrome

One of the things I love most about blogging is the friends that I have made because of it. It’s even nicer when those friends live within a reasonable distance and we have the opportunity to meet up outside of blog events.  During the October half-term break, I met up with the lovely Mel from Le Coin de Mel and we got to meet each other’s children for the first time too.… Read more

Friday Focus 02/12/16 – Let the festive season start!

December is here, the chocolate Advent calendars are being opened, and the girls are getting excited that Christmas is getting nearer! We’re doing a book Advent calendar again this year and I’m looking forward to snuggling up together each evening and reading a Christmassy story together. We also have a lovely Advent scene that the girls’ lovely godmother bought for them – each day we add another character and gradually build up a picture of a school Nativity production.… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #41 – Volcano Mama

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 Rachel, who is a Montessori teacher, mama and writer. She blogs about the Montessori philosophy, educational activities and parenting at www.rachelpeachey.com


1) Tell us a little bit about you and your family.

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Me, hubby, Jessica and Sophie in the photo booth at the Friends of PICU party

Me and Mine – November

I can’t quite believe that we’re at the end of November already – and Christmas is now just around the corner! That said, we’ve started to get in the festive spirit already – the girls have seen Father Christmas twice already and will be seeing him at least a couple more times in the run-up to Christmas Day!… Read more

A weekend with Monty the Monkey

I love the weekends – two whole days to spend with my two little monkeys.  This weekend, we had another not-quite-so-little monkey join us – Monty, the class toy. He’s almost as big as Jessica, who was very excited to be taking him home with her for the weekend.  It was a good weekend to have Monty – we had plenty of activities planned and the girls loved bringing him along to them.… Read more