One of my favourite weddings

One of my favourite weddings

Last month I got to be the best..... as my friend asked me to be his Best Person during his marriage to the love of his life. My best friend and I had discussed us being each other's best people a long time ago and he was my Best Man over 8 years ago at our wedding. So it felt great to finally undertake my role as Best Person for him. With me living a couple of hours away from my friend I didn't really have much of a role in helping him…continue reading →
Eat Like a Pro with Beko – Managing Screen Time

Eat Like a Pro with Beko – Managing Screen Time

This post is sponsored. We were recently sent a new piece of research by Beko as part of the ‘Eat like a Pro’ campaign, which we have had the pleasure of working with them on, relating to the impact of too much screen time and how it affects our children’s behaviour. I found some of the statistics very interesting, some relatable and others not so. The research is as follows – Nearly 40% (39) of parents say their children’s behaviour gets worse after they’ve spent time in front of a screen. More than…continue reading →
Picking our pumpkin for Halloween

Picking our pumpkin for Halloween

A couple of years ago we started a tradition where we visited our local PYO farm to pick our pumpkin for Halloween. We had a lovely time each visit, so we planned to visit every year as M grew. The tradition took a break last year though due to a mega busy calendar, so this year we made sure we kept a day free to visit. The day we chose to visit ended up being a glorious sunny day, which was a big change from the wet and windy weather we'd been having.…continue reading →
The waves can both calm and overwhelm

The waves can both calm and overwhelm

If you're a regular reader of our blog you may have noticed we've been quite quiet on the blog recently, in fact across all our social media we've not been as active as we used to. In part this was down to our lives taking a busy path with work, volunteering and time with M, but mostly it was down to the overwhelming dark waves threatening to envelop me. I've spoken of my OCD before and my experience with Endometriosis and the chronic pain it causes, but I've never really spoken of the dark…continue reading →
Eat Like a Pro with Beko Vacuum Blender

Eat Like a Pro with Beko Vacuum Blender

When it comes to encouraging M to try new foods, it is no secret that we have struggled in a big way. However, over the past year or so we have noticed that M does not exhibit any form of anxiety or reluctance to try new drinks, so we were thrilled to be asked to review the Beko Vacuum Blender, as part of the ‘Eat Like a Pro’ campaign which aims to inspire families to eat a healthier and more balanced diet in a fun and exciting way. Before I jump straight into…continue reading →
Back to School – Year Two

Back to School – Year Two

Just like that another Summer is over, the shops are full of Halloween goodies and our little dude bounced his way back to school into Year 2. This year is the year more independent learning is encouraged and is also the year M takes his SATS. We expect a lot of changes in M this year. When M went back to school in Year one we thought he looked so little still against the rest of the school. But over the year he seemed to go through some major growth changes both mentally…continue reading →
Quitting the Fizz

Quitting the Fizz

My name is Clare(ra) not Clar(ra) and I am a fizzy drink addict and it’s starting to take over my life, once again. So from today, Wednesday 5th September I am setting myself the challenge of giving up fizzy drinks for the entire school term. This includes all full fat drinks, all diet drinks and all carbonated alcoholic drinks, no exceptions. Not even on special occasions. I will be going completely cold turkey! For some people this may sound like a piece of cake and you may be sitting there reading this post…continue reading →
Sailing the Camp Bestival Sea – 2018

Sailing the Camp Bestival Sea – 2018

This year the theme at Camp Bestival was setting sail. Leading up to the event we'd experienced one of the hottest Summers ever, so we were sure we'd have a super sunny time. We also knew the British Summer was not to be trusted, so despite packing 3 roll on sun creams, we also packed our wellies, rain coats and an Ikea bag to pop wet and muddy clothes in. The weekend started out super hot. Thursday is traditionally known as the set up camp and relax day, so we arrived super early…continue reading →
Year One, Smashed it!

Year One, Smashed it!

So that's it, the polo shirts we could never keep white are in the bin, the lunchbox has been washed and packed away and the table is covered in school projects and workbooks from the past year. Year One is over and our little man just turned 6. The last few months have flown by, with M seeming to leap forward in so many areas of his life. His reading and writing improved so much in such a short space of time during the year, to the point where one minute he was…continue reading →
Life’s a picnic at the end of the school term – Sponsored

Life’s a picnic at the end of the school term – Sponsored

This picnic post contains Sponsored content. All views and opinions are our own. Those of you who are regular readers of the blog will know we try to grab every possible moment to spend quality time outdoors as a family. So when the lovely team at Wayfair asked us to set off on a family picnic with a beautiful hamper, we just couldn’t say no. One of the many reasons why Kirsty and I moved to Dorset was to raise a little family in a slower, more relaxed environment, which the countryside provides…continue reading →