A new year… and a plan revealed

At the start of 2012, I made a New Year’s promise to my children. A promise that this year will be different. And I’m determined to keep it.But how will

How to survive the cinema with a toddler

Yesterday was the first time that Olivia had stepped inside a cinema. She’s 2 years old, but soon to turn 3. Up until now, my husband and I had thought


A New Year's promise

Dear Olivia and William,2011 has been a fantastic year for our family.  William, you forged your way into our home and hearts from the moment you were born and I


Toys, tantrums and the worry of over-indulgence

Christmas is now finally well and truly over for us.  Both sets of grandparents have been seen and all presents exchanged.  It has been exhausting and, I’m not afraid to


No more sleeps 'til Santa!

Christmas is a time for peace on earth and goodwill to all men.Not much can be done about the first part of that sentence but I’m pleased (and a little


One sleep 'til Santa

We had a visit from a special man last night.  I’ll see if you can guess who…Don’t worry, you haven’t missed Christmas Eve! Last night the local Round Table organisation


Two sleeps 'til Santa

I was all prepared for a bout of mince pie making this week. I thought it’d be a lovely idea to do some home baking with Olivia. My husband however,


Four sleeps 'til Santa

My pre-Christmas to-do list is slowly getting smaller.  That’s a good thing considering Christmas Day is less than a week away – eek!In fact, there’s only one major thing left


Five sleeps 'til Santa

Well, this is it.  The final countdown.  Santa will be putting the final touches to his list and thinking about saddling up the reindeer right about now.  What will you


Six sleeps 'til Santa

Yesterday (sad news aside) was the end of the Christmas party season for my family. Not that my husband and I have been enjoying any drunken festivities, oh no. Our

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