The Friday Focus 28/10/16 – Celebrating Sophie’s birthday

This week has been all about getting ready for, and celebrating Sophie’s birthday.  I can’t quite believe that my baby girl is now three – and telling me quite firmly “I’m not a baby, I’m a little girl!”  Quite right too, but she’ll still always be my baby no matter how big she gets!… Read more

Now you are three

Darling Sophie

Today you are three years old.  Those three years since you were born have passed by in the blink of an eye.  No longer a baby, no longer really a toddler – you are a little girl who likes to be as independent as possible.  “I can do it myself!” is a phrase I hear frequently – and you are determined to at least give it a try even if you sometimes do end up asking “can you help me, Mummy?”  I love your determination and your willingness to try.… Read more

A moment when I am just mummy and nothing more

There are days when motherhood feels overwhelming. Days when the to-do list seems too long and the time too short.  Days when I feel like I am trying to juggle too many balls in the air.  Days when tempers flare too easily; when the small irritations feel like last straws.  Days when it feels like the simplest of tasks takes forever to accomplish and the demands of small children feel relentless.… Read more

Review – Large Talking Messy Monster

Jessica and Sophie love watching Messy Goes to Okido on CBeebies so when we were recently sent a Large Talking Messy Monster from Golden Bear Toys to review, I knew they would love it.  They were both very excited when they first opened the box and spotted Messy. Pressing his tummy and hearing some of the phrases that he says in the TV programme had them in fits of giggles.… Read more

#366daysofgratitude – Week 42

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:

Rehearsals, drawing, a quick visit to the GP, dads, the wonder of autumn leaves, a big room for the church weekend and Jessica enjoying drawing - the things I've been thankful for this week

Day 290 – I am grateful for rehearsals for the church concert which mean I still get the opportunity to perform on stage.… Read more

Do you want to build a scarecrow?

I’ve never attempted to build a scarecrow before but when I spotted on Facebook that a nearby farm shop was organising a community fundraising day to build a scarecrow and help raise funds for CalAid, I thought it sounded like fun.  Family time together plus doing something for a good cause – what wasn’t to like?  They were also collecting clothes for the refugees in the Calais jungle which was very handy as I’d just had a big clear-out.… Read more

Parenting Pep Talk #36 – Little Steps

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 Dean who writes about motherhood and country living in Little Steps.… Read more