As a child I was lucky to have a very hands on Dad – he worked hard to give us everything but he was always there for weekends and every spare second he had – he still is, although these days it is more for leaking taps and car brake emergencies (true story). I am so lucky that Ell is also a very hands on dad to our children – like my dad he works so hard to provide for our family and yet is always there for every parents evening, sports day and everytiume a little person cries out…

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I know I’ve said this a million times before, and I will say it again. My kids are clumsy. Izzie was never a climber, but she managed to trip and fall or bump on a daily basis (although it has got better as she’s got older). The boys are a whole other level of clumsy. They scrabble, and they climb as a result bump. Mason, who has just turned 2 is notorious for being able to scale things with the ability of a baby monkey. In the last few months he has climbed out of his cot more times than…

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*This post is an entry for the BritMums #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge, sponsored by Prezzo* No matter how hard I’ve tried with my kids, they aren’t the best at mealtimes. We’ve always made them sit to the table from weaning age onwards, but they seem to fidget so much, and find any excuse not to eat what I’ve cooked for them. I feel bad saying this, but for this reason, we often avoid taking them for meals out, as it usually ends in tears (mine) and fighting (them). They can never agree what they want to eat, and whatever one has, the…

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When you have three kids of varying ages, it can be frustrating because the little one always wants to do the things the older ones are, and that isn’t always possible. Take Bike Riding for example. Izzie has just managed to let go of her stabilisers, and Ollie is riding confidently on just one. Mason who has just turned 2 is too small for a regular bike, and struggled with more traditional balance types bikes as he couldn’t keep them upright. Therefore I was so excited when I heard that we were being sent a Toddlebike2 to review. I’d not…

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This post is an entry for the BritMums #TearsintoSmiles Challenge, sponsored by Elastoplast. It’s a standard joke in our house and amongst our family and friends that we are a clumsy family. If there is something to trip over or fall in, one of us Brushneen’s will find it. I have never known anyone other than Ell who has been able to shut their own head in a door – I’m still not sure how he managed that. I fall up the stairs on a daily basis and unfortunately it looks like all three kids are following suit. I was…

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It’s no secret that we LOVE Child’s Farm toiletries in this house…we are Brand Ambassadors for them for a start. We were so excited to receive a lovely parcel in the post from Martha at Imagination PR, containing some of the lovely CF products. I’m very conscious about what I’m using on my children’s skin and I love that Child’s Farm products have no parabens or mineral oils, are suitable for eczema prone and sensitive skin and they smell lovely. I always find with other ‘kind to skin’ products we’ve tried that they tend to be unscented, but whenever we…

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