Letters to Santa Competition

My girls love going out on their bikes, through the spring and summer we take them out most days after dinner for a bike ride, as well as taking them to the park. I remember learning to ride my bike, and going on long bike rides with friends. As I got older, a bike meant freedom…. it meant being able to ride to see friends, or go into town by myself. When I started work it was my means of transport for getting there. Kiki has been nagging for a new bike for a while now, she’s obviously had a growth spurt and has almost outgrown her current bike. The last couple of bikes that we’ve bought the girls have come from Halfords, they always have a great range of affordable bikes, and it’s nice to shop somewhere where the staff can answer any questions that you have! She did think about asking Santa for a bike, but there were so many other things she wanted that it’s not made it to the final list this year {meaning Mama and Papa will be splashing out in the new year!}. If your child has added a bike to their list this…

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Koko kids wall stickers

Ah! Almost teenagers and their bedrooms! This biggest girl of ours apparently very much dislikes putting anything away/tidying up ever. She’s the lucky one as she gets her own bedroom, while her sisters have to share. We don’t make a big deal on her keeping her room perfectly tidy – I remember being her age and needing to have space that was mine, and mine alone, though we do have a few rules – dirty washing in the laundry basket, cups/plates etc in the kitchen, clean clothes away…. Every once in a while, I’ll give in and help her have a good clean and tidy {more for my sake than hers I think!} Anyway, her room was slowly turning into a hovel when help came from Koko Kids. They are a Brighton based company that make the most gorgeous range of fabric wall stickers for kids {though I’d happily have them all over my house}. After drooling over them all for half an hour or so, I figured that they might just make a good bribe into her having a tidy up session {crafty, eh?!} We picked out these pretty ‘Birds in Flight Wallstickers‘. They arrived a couple of days…

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Maternity Series – Week 34

SIX WEEKS TO GO!!! Yikes…. while I’m practically ready, there are a few last things that I need to sort out, hoping to get it all done this week, whilst finishing up the painting, stocking the freezer, *trying* to get ahead on some work…. maybe I could do with a few extra weeks?! Feeling good still this week – a little tired, but that’s to be expected. He’s still sitting really low down and is as wriggly as ever. I’m not especially uncomfortable unless he decides to do some major acrobatics in there. We’re all really excited to meet this little one now, I have my 34 week midwife appointment tomorrow then we’ll be getting things organised for a home birth. I’m thinking of making another belly cast this time – I have this one from when I was pregnant with Baya – it’s actually from about 3 days before she was born as she was early! While I’m sure I’ll miss my bump, I’m kinda looking forward to not being pregnant, I’m running out of clothes that fit and it’s getting more and more difficult to put my socks and shoes on ha! You can read last weeks update…

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Family Meal Time

Family mealtimes have always been important to us as a family. From as soon as Lola was big enough to join us in her highchair and eat, we’ve made it a priority to all eat together. Of course, there are nights Papa is at work and it’s just the girls and I, the odd night when oen fo the girls are at a group and not home for dinner…. but as a whole we eat together every day. We have a ‘no-technology at the table’ rule… free from any distractions, family meal time is a great way to reconnect, to catch up with each other, to chat about what has been going on, to plan things we’d like to do and just have each others full attention. No matter how busy daily life gets, I like the rituals of a family meal. We have little traditions that make it special, candles burning in the middle of the table, maybe flowers, homemade napkins, placemats, cutlery, vintage plates. All these little touches make it feel extra special and encourage us to sit, slow down, savour the food and the company. The girls love to set the table for me, putting out the…

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