Baby passport photo attempt 1

Taking Baby Passport Photos at Home

Leaving The Country With Your Children

I’ve had a couple of really nice holidays this year with my children. We staying in a caravan in south Wales and we enjoyed a week away with friends in Whitstable. We were lucky to have great weather on both holidays but living in sunny Britain, great weather can never be guaranteed.

We have decided to go to Majorca later this year which will be Olivia’s first flight and George’s first flight where he has his own seat. We booked flights as soon as Olivia was born but then the timer started ticking… time to get her first passport.  Continue Reading

yellow wellies with a reflector

Back To School Gear – Custom Ideas from Etsy

Back to School

Retailers gear up for “Back to School” before your children have even broken up for the summer. I remember his time well as a child. Without exception, I would want a new bag, new stationery and anything else which would set me apart from everybody else when I returned to school. I would take pride in my equipment and so I already had all of these things in excellent condition but it didn’t matter.

Last Minute Purchases

As I got older my purchases would come later and later and in the end I would usually go to a supermarket for my equipment where possible. The problem with this is… that’s where everybody else goes!!!

Get some custom gear with Etsy

Some of the following links are affiliate which doesn’t cost you anything but means I may get a small kickback from the site.

Reflectors for bags

I love these reflectors from Aiste’s Reflectors Shop and I have had the pleasure of testing on out this summer. The reflectors come in different designs and are on an elasticated string as we all know how good kids are for getting things snagged. The catch for attaching the reflector to clothes or a bag is of good quality so should hold. They look nice and are a nice custom safety feature for your children going back to school.

Custom Name Tags

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These cute name tags from MammyMadeMe Shop are fab for customising generic items. Some of the back to school items you get from supermarkets are great value, quality and functional but adding a tag can make it special for your child.

Personalised Pokemon Tags

Exclusive Personalized Pokemon Keychain - Backpack Tag - Pokemon Keychain - School Supplies - Gamer Gear - Best gift under 20

These Tags from FiveFeathers5 can be customised and are a great idea if you are allowing your child that precious “key to the door”. As a teacher I have dealt with numerous “I’ve lost my key” complaints from children. Using a tag like this you can customise they key chain without giving away the address and hopefully making it easier to be identified if it gets handed in to lost property. A great back to school item.

Custom Bags

Mini Personalised Backpack with ANY NAME Pre School Young Children Kids Children School rucksack

These bags from EdwardsPrint Shop are a great idea, especially if your child goes to nursery and they are always losing/soiling clothes. It will help staff return items to your child’s bag without getting mixed up. Siblings may also like a personalised bag if they want the same style or colour yet squabble over ownership.


Stay Hydrated

These custom bottles from MollyDollyDecal Shop should ensure your child is proud of their water bottle and prevent any mix ups. The bottles Come in four different colours and you can also add a football or unicorn decal as well. If you already have a bottle sorted, no worries, this seller can also print a decal for you to add to your own bottle.

Personalised Pencil Case

Purple Retro Kids Pencil Case Personalised Luxury Deep Filled case, Back to School, Stationery Supply for Boys and Girls

I just adored this personlised retro pencil case from TheGiftedFoxShop Retro is totally in at the moment and these cases can be customised with any name. You just need to let the shop owner know after the order has gone through. Another back to school must have.




I’m a bit of a stationery nut so I think I’m going to write some more posts focusing on the best stationery gear. I’ll add the links here as I go along.

Let me know what you think of the products or if you have any products that you would recommend.

Thanks for reading.

Mother and son playing this little piggy

Mummy Medals August 2017

Mummy Medals

Feel free to comment or make suggestions for the regular questions I should ask myself in my Mummy Medals feature. If you would like to write your own mummy medals and appear as a guest post, please get in touch. 

Mummy Medals Achieved This Week

  • Juggling Mummy – went to a playgroup on my own with to children
  • Tantrum, What tantrum?

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Mother and baby pose for a photograph

Mummy Medals – July 2017 Part II

Mummy Medals

Feel free to comment or make suggestions for the regular questions I should ask myself in my Mummy Medals feature.

Mummy Medals Achieved This Week

  • Visiting my own mummy
  • Becoming a confident mummy
  • Making time to have an evening out with my husband
  • Photo frame hanger

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Proud mummy cuddling baby Olivia

The Mummy Medals

Mummy Medals

Parenting can sometimes seem like a long slog. It can be frustrating  yet fun and frantic. It has been almost 15 weeks since the arrival of my beautiful Olivia. It has gone so fast. I want to make sure I remember the important milestones so I’m making a “Mummy Medals” regular post to help me remember what these little ones are up to when I look back. Its also good to make myself that I’m doing a good job even though sometimes it doesn’t feel like it.

Feel free to comment or make suggestions for the regular questions I should ask myself in my Mummy Medals feature.

Mummy Medals Achieved This Week

  • Gardening
  • Marking
  • Cold call redirect
  • Juice making
  • Nappy changing
  • Reunited with monkey

What am I proud of myself for this week?

I planted a rockery this week and pulled out all the nettles in my overgrown garden to make it safe for George and Olivia. The garden still has a long way to go but I feel like he can play and enjoy being out there now without being in too much danger.

Alpine rockery newly planted with patio and stone walls to the rear
Alpine rockery freshly planted and watered in my garden

How did George make me Proud?

George makes me proud every day. This weekend we had some friends over with toddlers. George was tired and spent the first couple of hours either napping or in a sleepy tantrum. Eventually he woke up and started to play with the other children. It was so nice to watch him play and interact with others.

Toddler George plays on a red Keyboard in a lush green garden
George practicing his music skills on the keyboard

George has also started to make longer sentences although his favourites are:

  • Open it
  • Get down
  • I do it
  • More juice

How did Olivia make me Proud?

She has started to give us one of the best gifts a baby gives it parents… sleep! She has started to sleep much better at night and it almost feels like we get a good nights sleep most nights. She has the odd 4am wake up but I can’t complain as George was up every 2 hours until he was 10 months old.

She has also practicing her amazing cuteness with lovely cues.

Baby Olivia cooing and looking at the camera
Baby Olivia caught cooing

He neck strength is improving and she had her first bounce in the Jumperoo this week, although I think she still needs a couple of weeks as it did seem a little overwhelming for her.

Funniest Moments

I put George on the phone to a cold caller. He had quite a conversation. I expect a new energy pack through the door any day now.

Toddler drinks juice and hold phone to ear listening to a cold caller
George drinking juice and chatting to a cold caller

Mummy Medal: Cold call redirect

I caught George putting some of his board letters in his mouth. I told him “out your mouth”. He complied, then I saw him hide his mouth and put a letter in again. He thought because I couldn’t see his mouth I didn’t know what he was up to. I had to hold in the laughter as I told him “out your mouth” again as I was starred at with suspicious eyes.

Frustrating Moments

I think the most frustrating moments have involved an overtired George. He seems to be dropping his daytime nap now unless he has a car journey. He gets really grumpy and throws himself on the floor at the first sight of not getting what he wants immediately. For Example: I managed to place him in the pushchair asleep as I “nipped” into Morrisons. I placed his toy Rattie with him but when he woke up he wanted Monkey! I spent most of the trip around the supermarket with a crying toddler who only wanted Monkey. I tried to get out as fast as I could but it was frustrating to watch as I just wanted to make him feel better, poor thing. I was glad Monkey was waiting for him in the car… Phew!

Mummy Medal: Reunited with Monkey

Guilty Moments

I have been marking GCSE Chemistry and this has been taking my time where I wanted to spend it with the kids. It will pay for our summer holiday spending money though so I can’t feel too guilty. I just don’t want to miss out on any previous moments.

Any Plans?

I’m looking forward to the Crich Village Fete on Saturday. We haven’t been before but it is supposed to be great for kids. I might even meet some other mummy’s with toddlers George’s age.

I also have a meal with my work colleagues on Thursday. One colleague is leaving and another retiring. I’m so happy for them both as they are going onto new adventures. It will be nice to see them and give them a send off.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my Mummy Medals. What are your Proud moments this week?

Baby sleeping with her arms out to the side

Sleep – The Hot Topic For All Parents?

How are you sleeping?

I remember the days when I could rely on the weather as a good old back up for conversation… “it’s been quite mild recently  hasn’t it?” or “it’s set to be the coldest winter yet”. I don’t need to rely on the weather now for chit chat. I have a young family… now I can chat about sleeeeeeep. Continue Reading

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