National Trust Adventures – Hinton Ampner

I officially became a national trust member a few weeks ago; something I never thought I would be. This year the girls and I have found ourselves out and about enjoying  walking, exploring and picnics a hell of a lot more it just made sense to get a national trust membership. There are so many great places nearby to us which we were going to and paying for regularly, having the membership just gives us the freedom to pop to the ones locally when ever we fancy but it’s also made me think about setting our sights a little further…

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How to Enjoy the Playground as a Parent

CAPTION: Be as interested in other people’s children as you’d like them to be in yours. Credit: Pixabay  When you go back to school as a parent, it can bring back memories of your own first days at a new school, when you wanted to fit in and for everyone to like you. Although you’re the grown-up now, settling in at a new school community can be a daunting experience.  Recent research from money-saving website Voucherbox has shown that even a primary school playground has the potential to be a toxic environment, with one in three parents saying they disliked some…

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The importance of routine

Today as I type the girls are back to school and nursery and I feel like my life is on the verge on normality again. I get a lot of messages from other parents, sometimes after tips and advice. I am by no stretch of the imagination a parenting expert but I do have children, three to be precise. The answer I give for 95% of queries is .. keeping a routine whether thats bed time, dinner time, tying to get your children to read with you more – I find a routine is key. Children enjoy consistency. This christmas…

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2017 – What’s the plan…

So here we are a brand new year and as a lot of people like to see it a fresh start. A love a new years resolution I know some dismiss them but I just am a geek who enjoys setting goals and making plans all year round – new year seems as good a time as any. I really wanted (and needed) a break over christmas and new year so I took it. It was lovely – I didn’t worry about what post had to go live, I didn’t look at my stats, I didn’t check my inbox 7598 times…

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A look back at 2016…

We are well into 2017 now; I have had such a lovely little break just enjoying some time with the girls. Today is the first time I have actually opened the laptop up in about a week!! Bad Bad Blogger – but we all need that little online detox from time to time, now I am back in business Happy New Year Everybody!!! (When do we stop saying happy new year?) The end of the year and start of a fresh is when most are feeling reflective and looking back on what the previous year brought them. I was recently asked to…

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