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For me potty training has to be one of the worst parts of parenting.  I really wasn’t looking forward to potty training my youngest daughter, and was literally hoping she would just decide she wanted to wear big girl pants and that would be it.  She likes to do everything her big sister does, and I really hoped this would include using the toilet.  There’s so much wishful thinking here it’s untrue, and I’m sure it won’t come as any surprise to you that it wasn’t quite as simple as

We are a family who loves to travel, as you’ve probably guessed already.  It’s taken some practice to make getting around with 2, and sometimes 3 kids, stress free but we are starting to feel like we’ve nailed it from where to take the family on holiday to making packing for the kids as easy as possible.  Family road trips?  Well we’ve got those covered too, and this list of ultimate family travel hacks is going to help you out no matter what kind of holiday you are thinking of

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to the Dorchester Hotel to find out what has been happening with ASDA Little Angels Nappies.  A group of Mummy bloggers sniffed, tugged and generally put the new nappies under rigorous scrutiny whilst enjoying the luxurious surroundings of the Dorchester Spa.  Not bad for an afternoons work, hey?

Witches Cauldrons are so closely associated with Halloween I just had to feature a children’s craft for how to make one on Zena’s Suitcase.  Here’s last year’s easy toddler witches cauldron if you want to take a peek.  This year it’s all about the paper plates, as they are the perfect shape for adapting into this spooky halloween cooking pot.

Recently I’ve been thinking about how to keep the girls busy through the autumn.  There is a little part of me that is sad about the wet and cold weather coming, and getting them out to the park becomes not being quite so easy. One thing I haven’t been doing with the both of them over the summer is going to play group.  I took Princess when she was at home with me, and I’ve been to plenty of Mother and Baby groups with Little Pudding but I’ve not took

One thing I find really hard about having children of such different ages, is writing about them on the blog all equally.  I guess featuring them all equally is difficult when they are at such different stages of their lives, and possibly a tall order. So that’s where the idea came from for the family update.  It means I can talk about each of them, knowing they have all got some air time on here, and there is something for us all to look back on.  There’s been a lot

One thing that sporty parents are always keen to do is introduce their kids to sports from a young age. The idea is that if you get them hooked early, they’ll grow into athletic children and, later on, fit and healthy teens. But how early can you start teaching sport to your offspring? You might be surprised to know that you can teach kids as young as toddler age some basic sports skills. Here are some great sports to teach your toddler. Don’t worry, most of these have some modifications

Princess requires a lot of interaction, and it’s not always possible to give it to her with the needs of a baby to meet at the same time.  I have three days a week when it’s just me and Little Pudding at the moment, but I have spent very little time with just the preschooler.  As her behaviour becomes increasingly challenging, the reality of this situation has hit me, and I wonder if she feels that her needs aren’t being met. It’s one of those things that just creeps up

Preschoolers use every occasion as an excuse to get crafty, and Easter is no exception. Here’s a quick stain glass effect Easter egg that your child will love to make, and is low on mess and materials. What Do You Need: 2 pieces of coloured paper 2/3 sheets of tissue paper Scissors PVA glue

I think one of the biggest challenges for a busy parent is providing their children with a healthy balanced diet.  It is something I struggle with almost daily along side juggling the demands of busy family life. I know when I’m at work, having just finished the 9-5, coming home and providing a good home cooked meal is sometimes just beyond me.  I have been that Mother that pops something in the oven that goes with chips and waits for it to pop out 20 minutes later.  We’ve all done,

Princess turned 3 last week, and she had been waiting for this day for about 6 month’s.  It wasn’t the birthday, per se, but the idea of a party that had captured her imagination. She’d been to a few now, and was looking forward to one of her very own.   We haven’t had a party until now as we wanted her to be aware of what was going on and really able to enjoy the experience. Keen to keep costs and stress to a minimum we booked a mid

We have been buying tickets to go to the Children’s and Families events at the Djanogly Theatre since September last year, and everytime we go we have been buying the tickets for the next production.  Last time I was feeling a little rushed, and made a snap decision to by the family tickets to the dance production, Innocence. The chap at the Box office explained that there were no allocated seats for the performance, and this made me really curious about what to expect.  A few days later I started to

We’ve had a rough time of it these last few weeks with the children and getting sick.  To say I’m sleep deprived is an understatement, but so is everyone else in the house.  We are passing a grumpy hat round as we can only have one person be grouchy at anyone time to avoid complete fall out! I picked Princess up from nursery the other week, and she was covered in chickenpox. Apparently they appeared in the space of half an hour.  Fortunately it was the end of the day

Right, stop the press. Prepare yourselves readers, I have an astonishing announcement to make. It may surprise you all to know that I am not a perfect parent.  I know, I had you fooled didn’t I! I can make this declaration safe in the knowledge that I have got many things wrong in my parenting journey, but rest assured my children have survived and come out the other side relatively unscathed but on a daily basis it does present some challenges.

We really love taking the girls to the theatre, it is definitely one of our favourite places to go.  Princess really enjoys it now, and gets really excited when she knows we are going to see a performance.  Even Little Pudding, at 8 months, is transfixed by the storytelling that the theatre can bring to life now she has been a few times.  I love how they are both growing to enjoy going as much as I do. We visit the Nottingham Djanogly Theatre at Lakeside about once a month

I was so looking forward to the Christmas break, having family time and eating too many chocolates then the nursery Christmas newsletter arrived and it all came flooding back. The truth about Christmas with a toddler is that nursery is closed for a week and a half. Oh no!  What were we going to do.  Playgroups cease to exist, toddler groups come to a standstill and the number of places you can take a feisty 2 and 3/4 year old dwindle rapidly.

When HUGGIES® challenged us to get our little ones swimming this winter, I really wasn’t sure how it would go.  If you read my last post you’ll already know that I can’t swim which makes motivation a little difficult.  I’m desperate not to pass on my fear of water to my children, and I have managed to make one confident swimmer, so getting two more shouldn’t be so hard should it. Our first swim went so much better than I expected, and I think the thing that made it the success it was

If you need a last minute toddler craft activity then look no further as I have the perfect witches cauldron for you!  You can use it as a picture or decoration and you little one will love making it and sharing it with the whole family. 1. Mummy got things started by cutting out a cauldron shape and sticking it to some white paper.  The only other things you need is some tissue paper, a tub for paints, a glue pot and some glue and a toilet roll for painting

I have a confession to make, well I probably have several but for the purposes of this post the one I’m going to reveal is that I cannot swim.  It’s something I’m not particularly proud of.  It stems from a fear of water that developed from an incident in the school pool when I was child.  From then on I’ve never been able to conquer my fear of water. When Teen was a baby I didn’t let this stop me getting him in the pool as I didn’t want him

I know how this stuff works.  I’ve been in this parenting game for nearly 17 years now.  I should be well practised at it for crying out loud but I didn’t appreciate what a game changer having 2 under 3 years old would be.  It’s not that it’s easy with one, but when you have two or more, with very different needs, it’s a daily challenge to be calm and consistent. I aspire to be a calm gentle parent, I know it works and I know how to do it.

I have always been a fan of Ella’s Kitchen, since way before my blogging days.  I used their range regularly with little Princess.  It soon became a brand I relied on and trusted when it came to weaning and snacking for my little one.  I found their products complimented my home cooking really well and helped to add variety and sometimes convenience to the oh so difficult world of child eating. I was pretty excited when I found out Ella’s Kitchen had introduced a new range of snacks for age 12

After feeling like things were going a little awry with the teenager and the husband last week I decided a family day out was called for, the whole family.  We do a lot with the girls and leave the teenager at home quite often.  It often suits him that way but from time to time it’s important for us all to do something together.   Having such a big age gap in the family, 14 years to be exact, can be challenging when it comes to finding activities that we can

Aren’t toddlers one of the most challenging little beasts you’ll ever come across?  We are starting to witness some interesting developments in Princess at the moment, which are causing concern for the current Nursery Peace situation.  All Leaders are convinced she is harbouring plans to achieve World Domination, and will stop at absolutely nothing until she has achieved her goal.  The Parental Peace Mission has had to be mobilised at alarming speed.   Reports have previously suggested Princess has a sweet and gentle nature, but it appears she can employ

  I always find myself apologising if the issue of Princess’s sleeping arrangements arises with anyone, friends, other parents and even family.  You can never be quite sure how it’s going to be received.  I find myself apologising for being such a bad parent.  I had one of these very conversations just the other day with a friend and she told me that she was the youngest child in her family and her parents co-slept with her for several years.  She is confident and ambitious and achieved a lot for

It was such a lovely day that Mummy decided that we were all going on an adventure.  It was somewhere called Sundown Adventure Land.  I’d not heard of it before, but it sounded very exciting.  It sounded like we were going to have lots of fun.  Mummy and Daddy took me in the carriage, we passed lots of fields and houses.  I couldn’t possibly sleep as there was so much to look at.   When the carriage came to a stop, I knew we had to be there.  It didn’t

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