As a family of five day to day life can be incredibly busy. Between school runs, dog walks, homework, housework and everything in between it can be so easy to miss out on special family moments, whilst you are all rushing around with so much to do. We were all very grateful for the snow the other week (yesterday’s snow, not so much – FYI Mother Nature, it’s nearly April!). It gave us some time to spend together as a family, just enjoying each other’s company – although admittedly there were still some squabbles over who got to ride on…

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Dear Gemma {circa 2010}, Congratulations, you are pregnant (and expecting a little girl). I know you weren’t planning to fall pregnant so quickly – and I certainly know that Ell was hoping to get in a bit more ‘practice’ first – after all you had only been married 3 months when you discovered you were going to be parents. Remember that day? Ell had told you to wait to take a pregnancy test until you missed your period, after all ‘how expensive!’ are those tests. Of course you snuck upstairs when he was mowing the lawn – one day you’ll…

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It’s the end of February – we’ll actually it’s the beginning of March as I’m writing this – I forgot to take some family photos in February, but luckily Mother Nature sent along some snow and we managed to grab these! February for me was the month of illness – mainly for me. I thought I’d done well getting this far without hardly even a sniffle but I then ended up with a tummy bug and then a cold and cough which made me ache all over. Because of this, February felt like it was so battening down the hatches…

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I swear by Next for the kids wardrobe staples. I fondly remember the days of izzie being a tiny baby, and me and my mumpratcially buying out the shop of gorgeous pink clothes. Boys clothes are maybe not as exciting – I don’t always feel you have as much variation and choice, but I love in the Spring and Summer when there are loads of lovely bright wardrobe staples. Next quality is and has always been fantastic – Mason is now going into Ollie’s outgrown clothes again, and it all looks like new. As I’ve been poorly lately, I’ve been…

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Its no secret that I’m a HUGE Joules fan for kids clothing (and my own), and I particularly love their Spring and Summer Ranges, as the colours are all so bright and gorgeous and the quality is amazing. At the Summer range is now in the shops, I recently did a huge shop, as I like to get in there early so I can have the pick of the summer clothes before they start to sell out. I’ve made a video (linked at the bottom of this post) where I show you everything, but I thought I would write this…

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