For the majority of the year, my mornings, lunchtimes and afternoons revolve around the school and preschool runs. Izzie and Ollie do not go to school/preschool in the town we live in – when we were looking at schools for Izzie, the local primary school was massively oversubscribed, and so we chose to apply to a smaller village school in a village 10 minutes or so away. Ollie attends a preschool in the next village along from Izzie’s school. This means our whole school runs are spent in the car. Our mornings are hectic – between three kids there are…

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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 is our first time linking up with The Me & Mine Project. I’ve been reading the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me‘s blog for a long time, and her Me and Mine posts, and always thought what a lovely idea it was to get a family photo once a month. As a family of five, photos with all of us in are rare. Either someone is asleep, or having a tantrum, or at work. Also when taking a photo of all of us, the key element is having someone to take the photo. Because I’ve decided to start blogging…

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I was really pleased to hear about the campaign Tommy’s are running to raise awareness of monitoring fetal movement, as it is a cause very close to my heart. Tommy’s are a charity that fund research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. Tommy’s campaign aims are to: increase awareness of the importance of monitoring fetal movements give women clear information about what to do and what they should expect when they seek help empower women and give them the confidence to seek help. Reduced baby movements can be the first sign that a baby is in distress.…

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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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