One of my favourite parts of being a dog owner is that it makes us get out of the house. When the kids are tired from a week at school and preschool, it would be very easy to sit around the house on a Sunday. Our Saturdays each week are taken up with Ell playing football, so Sunday is our only day for proper family time. Tying this in with walking Harley, and getting some fresh air, and letting the kids explore the outdoors means its a triple whammy. If you know me in ‘real life’ you’ll know I am…

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We are so very lucky to live 10 minutes away from Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. Having a springer spaniel that loves to walk, and three kids that love to wander, ‘the trees’ (as it is known in our house) is the perfect place for them to do just that. We are members of The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum, which we pay a yearly fee for, and with our joint membership, the kids get to enter for free. We get very good value for money from our pass, which we use several times a month. There is a cafe, shop and…

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This year both Izzie and Ollie started back to school and preschool on the same day – Monday 5th September 2016.       . Ollie was starting his new preschool. His previous one shut at the end of the summer, and we were devastated – both Izzie and Ollie loved it there, I had been on the committee for three years and it was so unfair it had to close – unfortunately, like many rural preschools, it had been running at a loss for a while and there was no way of saving it. It has been very much a…

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A selection of photos from my 30th Birthday weekend….. I was seriously so lucky. I had an amzing surprise night out at our local, organised by my best friend on the Friday evening – plenty of friends,  dancing, singing and prosecco. Saturday evening, was a trip to the cinema and a Nandos date, again with the Bestie – we saw Bad Moms – it was hilarious – and drank slushies – totally what you do on the eve of turning 30! Then Sunday, my actual birthday, was a lovely family meal at Egypt Mill, Nailsworth, where me and Ell had…

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Week  6 – 29th August – 4th September If I struggled last week, this week was just painful both kids were totally ready to go back to school and routine, and were totally fed up of me!   This week mainly consisted of labelling this lot…. ….tidying up this ….and trying to keep this one sat down in a highchair with no straps – luckily me managed to get some to fit – thanks Hauck! The iPad was highly utilised this week….   ….and mummy was ready for Autmn to come! We had a really fun morning on Thursday making…

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