I’m not ready for school!

This week we had the second and third of three of sessions to introduce Little H, Sam and I to her new primary school. Last week we started it off with a 30 minute visit for Little H and I, where we spent the time mixed with the existing reception classes and got a chance to meet her teacher and some of the teaching assistants. It was a really great visit and a real success as Little H enjoyed it

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Riding the rollercoaster of emotions

Man, I feel like I’ve been through the emotional wringer this week. In fact, up-and-down emotions seem to be becoming ever more common place in my life. Of course hormones occasionally play a role but to be honest I don’t think I can blame those little chaps for the majority of my mood swings. The truth of the matter is that the life juggle is tricky before you then throw two kids into the mix. And to be honest, whilst

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What we’ve been doing lately #9

I’ve noticed a common trend these days. On the rare occasion I find myself with time to sit down with no washing to fold or bags to pack, and where I’m not falling asleep, I get my laptop out and then find myself unable to summon the words to write. Throughout the day I have streams of words flowing through my head but somehow they are gone by the time the washing-up is finished. It’s incredibly infuriating! But I’m shall

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Four go to Sherwood Center Parcs (as going abroad felt like too much hard work!)

In late 2018 Sam I discussed going abroad for our 2019 family holiday. Little H starting school in September means this would be our last opportunity before needing to pay crazy school holiday prices. But Christmas came and went. Then I started back at work. Yet still nothing got booked. One evening over dinner Sam suddenly mentioned that he wasn’t sure he could be bothered with a holiday overseas. I sighed with relief – on top of everything else going

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The garden comes into its own.

I’ve always been obsessed with plants so it was no surprise to me at all that as soon as we bought our first house, I developed a real love of gardening. Gardening as a mother has always been tricky though. In my previous life I was able invest solid hours or days out in my patch of the outdoors, doing whatever I needed to. But that freedom of personal time is rare now and needs to be spread across more

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What Little H Did – 4.1, 4.2 & 4.3 years

Ah my biggest little girl, you have hit four and continued to grow and develop at an astounding rate! Your speech is almost flawless and you are so sharp, you don’t miss a trick! And you are so caring and kind with your sister. I take such pleasure in watching the bond you both have grow and strengthen. I know in a year or so that the two of you will be off in your own little games that Mummy

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Slow living – how it’s helped me do less to accomplish more

Over three years ago now, I read about a concept called ‘Slow Parenting’ – a topic which I researched quite a lot and wrote a blog post about at the time. The premise is about not feeling the need to over-schedule our children and give them time to just ‘be’. It’s something that has stayed with me ever since then and an approach I have become more and more converted to since becoming a mother for a second time. With

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The daily reset

Without a doubt, my favourite social media platform is Instagram. For years and years it was Twitter but after my sister convinced me that my blog should have an Instagram presence, I set-up a new account and haven’t looked back. Admittedly I don’t really tend to post pictures of my own these days, but there is something so alluring about the beautifully curated squares shared by others that draws me back. I rarely go a week without finding one of

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A balance of relief and sadness: The realities of mothering small children

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Little Z has just started self-feeding with a spoon over the last fortnight and she’s got really good really quickly!. Now, unless she instructs me, I am no longer allowed to feed her. For the most part that is fine by me – I can actually eat my own food . But I did also feel a small tinge of sadness when I realised that a milestone had been hit and there is no going back. Little H has also

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What we’ve been doing lately #8

Since my last update at the start of March, our weekly routine that sees the girls going to nursery and me heading to work has become a bit more normal. After a couple of tougher nursery weeks during weeks three and four, Little Z got back into the rhythm and has seemed to enjoy her time there since. Her key worker has said that her personality is really starting to shine through and most afternoons when I collect her she

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Hello, I'm Angela. I'm Mum to two small people (4 & 1). I'm a Gardener, am houseplant obsessed and addicted to tea. By day I work in tech and also look after my littles. I'm trying to get our family to live a more sustainable life. I also have far too many opinions...hence the blog. You can read more about me here. You can also follow me on Twitter so you never miss a post. Hope you enjoy reading!

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