What you don’t want to hear

What you don’t want to hear

When I was anxious about M starting school I was worried if he would like it, if he would make friends, if he would be bullied and if he would learn things we didn't want him to learn about yet. It is inevitable that attending school teaches you far more than reading and writing. There are social skills to learn, fun facts your friends teach you and thanks to one child, several swear words. Up until quite recently M thought saying bugger, bloody and idiot was swearing. He would whisper bloody bugger under…continue reading →
My size is not a measure of who I am

My size is not a measure of who I am

I am overweight, granted I am not as overweight as I once was, but I still have weight to lose to be considered healthy on an NHS chart. Before people say "pfft NHS chart ssshhmenhs chart", I know I am overweight and I am actively making lifestyle changes to make myself healthier. I fear many things an overweight person fears, the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and weight related illnesses. I don't want to be a drain on the NHS nor do I want to die prematurely due to my weight.…continue reading →
The Travel Bug

The Travel Bug

The weekend just gone we jetted off on a whirlwind trip to Lanzarote to take part in a photoshoot for Airbnb (more about this in a future post). What began as a very anxious trip for me has ended in me googling ways to take M out of school for a year to travel. I've been well and truly bitten by the travel bug. I've always loved travelling, I just HATED the flying side of it. M is a total breeze to travel with compared to me, or at least compared to the…continue reading →
Light Evenings

Light Evenings

When both parents work full time and your child is in full time education, you have to grab family moments where you can. Even if that means rushing to the beach at 5pm trying to catch the last of the light before the sun sets. We are so excited to start enjoying light evenings again, it really feels like such a long time since we spent time on the beach after work. It's also great that we can be at a beach within 40 minutes give or take. M was really happy when…continue reading →
Seven years since our big move

Seven years since our big move

Seven years ago we made the move from a small studio flat just outside of London to the start of our family adventures in Dorset. We made the move as we decided if we were going to marry and settle down, that we'd want to start and raise our family in the countryside near woodlands and beaches. Boy what an adventure it's been. Since moving to Dorset we've moved 7 times and lived in houses, studio flats, with family and have now bought our own home. We've also had a Civil Partnership, had a…continue reading →
Weird and wonderful at Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, London

Weird and wonderful at Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, London

Last month during our family time in London, we were invited to see some weird and wonderful exhibitions at Ripley's Believe it or not museum. Both C and I had visited Ripley's before, but our little man was super excited to be making his first visit. Ripley's is really easy to locate on Piccadilly Circus as it sits several stories high and has a constant stream of visitors feeding into the entrance. We didn't have to wait long in the entrance queue, which provided M with some time to check out the very…continue reading →
How to throw a Lego birthday Party

How to throw a Lego birthday Party

Ever since we met our friends over at West Country Mum, we've been constantly impressed at the parties they've thrown for their little boy. The first party we attended was a fab digger party, last year was a Superhero party and this year it was a rather awesome Lego Birthday Party. The level of detail our friends put into their parties is pretty epic. Food, crafting, Lego building and somewhere to run, or in this case bounce off steam, all added the perfect touch to the party. As soon as M walked through the…continue reading →
“What’s in a name?”

“What’s in a name?”

As the great Shakespeare once wrote “What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” ? William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet For the last, almost seven years, I have thought about this often. When Clara and I got married we didn't have the spare funds to change our name and all the accompanying official documents that go along with it. We chose a married name and made sure we used it whenever we could, in unofficial situations, but when it came to official documents…continue reading →
He needs a hobby

He needs a hobby

Our little man has always been an energetic little bean. As soon as he started walking at 8 months he's wanted to move constantly. We call him our little hummingbird as he doesn't seem to stay still, even when sleeping. Now that M is at school we have realised he needs a hobby to burn off all the excess energy he is lucky to have. Even with trips to the park and time spent scooting he still bounces around all day long. We didn't want to put him into any clubs he wouldn't…continue reading →
The 6 month mark

The 6 month mark

It’s funny how some dates stick in your mind and no matter how long it’s been always fills you with the same feeling as when you first experienced it. Today is one of those days. Today our little Monkey is exactly 4 ½ years old and I’ve found myself wondering where that time has gone and thinking back to those stressful first 6 months. Most people who have had children will agree with me that the day your new little bundle of joy turns 6 months old is a huge deal and will…continue reading →