This week… 22-28 June

Family day trip
After a mammoth 9.30 lie in on Saturday morning (both kids had been up quite a lot during the night) we decided to go out for the day. First stop was Castlerigg stone circle, where we had a picnic. Izzy enjoyed racing around the circle, playing hide and seek behind the stones and playing ‘tag’. Then we headed into Keswick to feed the ducks and go for a walk. And of course visit the chocolate shop!

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Big school
In September, my little girl officially becomes a big girl as she starts school. Her Pre-school is right next door to the Infants and she has been spending a little bit of time each week since January exploring her new school, checking out her classroom and meeting her teacher.

On Monday we had an induction meeting. All the parents, sat on teeny tiny chairs in the hall, listening to the headmistress tell us all about the rules, what they will be learning and what to do on the first day. Izzy is really looking forward to going to reception class. It’s a little sad that she is growing up so fast, and I will miss her when she is at school on the days I don’t work, but she is so ready for ‘big school’.

On Friday all new starters were invited to attend the school for dinner, so they could see what it is like. Izzy met a couple of children who will be in her class and when she finished her lunch she went up to the dinner lady, said thank you and told her she had had a lovely time. Obviously sucking up early to make sure she gets generous portions!

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The lovely Mara from Hook, Thread and Tinker featured my pregnancy and birth story on her new blog series, Mums Around The Globe. You can read my story here.

We made a memory jar full of baby keepsakes.

I’ve also been doing some research on going self hosted. I want to stick with wordpress and I think I’ve found a host, but I just want to make sure I’m well prepared and I’ve thought of everything before I take the plunge! Any advice or tips would be gratefully received. 

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Baby Memory Jars

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A memory jar is a cute way to store and display some keepsakes and mementos from baby’s first year.

  1. Find a large jar and lid. For her birthday, Clara was given a pair of pyjamas in a jar – when we went to use the pyjamas the jar was too cute to just throw away, and that’s what gave me the idea of reusing it as a memory jar! You could either buy a jar, or recycle one. Just make sure that if it has had food in you give it a really good wash and sterilize it before putting your precious keepsakes inside. Warm, soapy water will easily remove sticky labels.

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  2. Decide what you want to put in it. We chose:
    • Clara’s first ever baby grow, that she wore on the day she was born.
    • Teeny tiny scratch mitts
    • The little pink hat she was given in the hospital by the midwives
    • Her hospital bracelet
    • The cross she was given at her christening
    • A small piece of ribbon from her christening cake
    • A scan picture
  3. Place the items carefully in the jar. Clothing will need to be rolled up quite tightly and placed in the centre of the jar, with smaller items around it.

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  4. Cut a circle of material to cover the lid, and secure with a thin rubber band.
  5. Add a ribbon or piece of string – We used the tag that was placed on Clara’s cot in the hospital which has her name, date and time of birth and weight on it.

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This Week… 15-21 June

Father’s Day 
Izzy chose Daddy’s present herself. She asked me if I would buy her a pirate game and when I said no, she tried the old “You know, Daddy would really like this for Father’s Day.” And it worked. After all, I thought it was nice for her to pick her own present for Daddy. Even if she really picked it for herself. They had fun playing the game together though, and she also made some lovely cards at school. Clara bought him the TFI Friday CD and I was really pleased when nursery helped her make a card with her little hand prints on.
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For both Grandads, Izzy painted garden gnomes, which she was really proud of.
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Britmums Envy 
I’ve been following the thousands of updates on social media and have been feeling quite sorry for myself that I wasn’t part of the awesome and inspiring event that is Britmums Live. It looks like it was a great weekend and it is definitely on my to do list for next year!

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 
Over the past year a lot of my friends (and myself, sob) have turned 30, so we have had lots of birthday celebrations. On Saturday we had a mad hatter style tea party for my friend Gemma, complete with novelty hats, cocktails in teapots, vodka jelly, scones, and lots of cake.
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Review: Claudi & Fin Frozen Yoghurt Lollies

Check out the cute packaging!

The sun making an appearance last week was the only excuse we needed to dig out the picnic blanket and have lunch in the garden. Izzy loves having a picnic. In fact, she loves anything that involves food, so it’s unsurprising that eating outside makes it on to her list of favourite things to do.

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Still smiling even though Daddy took a bite of her lolly!

As we wanted something to cool us down, this was the perfect opportunity to try out the new range of frozen yoghurt lollies from Claudi & Fin.

Both of my girls will devour 2 or 3 pots of strawberry fromage frais at a time (and still ask for more!) so I knew that they would love the strawberry frozen yoghurt lollies. I had to encourage Izzy to share with her little sister, as she wasn’t keen on giving up any of her new favourite treat, but I didn’t think Clara would have managed a whole lolly on her own. Oh foolish me! Poor Izzy nearly lost a finger as Clara desperately tried to eat as much of the frozen yoghurt as she could before her sister could take it away from her!

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In Izzy’s own words “That was deeeelicious… can I have another one?”

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All finished!

The next day we played outside in the garden again and Izzy asked if she could have “one of those special lollies”.

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The lollies are available in two flavours – Strawberry and Mango. Clara tried some of the mango frozen yoghurt lolly – she was licking her lips and doing the cheeky grin she does whenever you give her something sweet to taste. Izzy wasn’t so keen, but she can be a bit fussy with some fruits and doesn’t like fresh mango so I wasn’t too surprised. I also wasn’t gutted as it means more for me – and they are really yummy! At 56kcal for the Mango and 52kcal for the Strawberry, they are a tasty and refreshing snack without the guilt – and not just for the kids! Designed by two London mums, the lollies are enriched with vitamin D and contain all natural ingredients, greek-style yoghurt and real fruit.

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The best of many attempts at taking a selfie!

I like that I can offer the kids a healthier alternative to ice cream – as a snack, after meals and especially when they are playing outside in the warm weather (fingers crossed we get more sun!)

Check out the cute packaging!
Check out the cute packaging!

Claudi & Fin frozen yoghurt lollies are available from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado and Budgens, RRP £2.50 for a pack of 4.

We were kindly given 2 packs of Claudi & Fin frozen yoghurt lollies to review.

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This week… 8-14 June

We have been enjoying the temporarily nice weather this week, with a picnic in the garden, a walk into town (and back up the killer hill!) and a trip to the park – which ended in this face when Izzy didn’t win Piggy in the middle after 5 seconds of playing:
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Other than this tantrum we have had a lovely few days. I finished work on Wednesday just in time for Clara’s immunisations. Literally just in time – I arrived just after my Mum had taken Clara into the nurse’s room so I hurried to join them. She cried a little and gave me ‘the look’ but she forgave me soon enough. Especially when I let her have a couple of chicken nuggets at McDonalds afterwards!

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Picnic in the garden
Enjoying a hot dog after a walk down to the harbour
Enjoying a hot dog after a walk down to the harbour
Looking cute in her summer outfit!
Looking cute in her summer outfit!

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12 months old

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My baby isn’t so little anymore – soon she will be moving into toddler territory! Now a one year old (!) here is a look back at the past month and all the new things Clara has done.

  • Loads of firsts! First time on an aeroplane and a bus, first holiday abroad, first time on the beach and in the sea – lots of new experiences and family memories!image
  • Pointing is a new trick. She will point at food/drinks/toys and grunt until you give her whatever or whoever it is that she wants. It’s a very cute way of her telling us what she wants.
  • She has become a right little chatterbox making lots of new sounds – baba (dolls or babies), Hiya, Clara, “nana” (night night or banana!). Sometimes it sounds like she is trying to say Isabel and Grandad too.
  • Dancing is one of her favourite things to do. She will wiggle and wave her arms to any music. The funniest thing is watching her copy Izzy at dance class – moving her head from side to side and trying to click her fingers. And she loves a bit of Uptown Funk!
  • We have a little flirt on our hands! On holiday she loved blowing kisses to all the waiters, waving and smiling at them. Just like Izzy did the first time we took her on holiday!

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  • This month I stopped breastfeeding. We had started introducing the odd bottle of formula here and there a few months back and then this month I started by cutting down on a feed at a time until I had stopped altogether. Clara has not had any issues – she didn’t seem to mind at all. She will happily guzzle away a full bottle of formula.
  • She loves trying lots of different food. Strawberries are still her favourite – she has a huge grin on her face when you show her them and gets quite upset when the bowl is empty!

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  • Clara started nursery, which is going quite well considering she isn’t used to being apart from me!

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  • A ninth tooth (on the bottom left) has made an appearance, helping her eat strawberries at the speed of light!
  • And of course to top off the month she celebrated her first birthday.

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Enjoying a macaroon from Betty’s Tearoom.  A little present after being away for the weekend.

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This week… 1-7 June

This has very much been my week. As in, I don’t have much to write about the kids, as I have barely seen them! I have missed them loads but I’ve had a huge dose of ‘not being mummy’ time, which has been a welcome reminder that I am more than ‘just’ a mum.

First up was my return to work after 13 months of maternity leave. To be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I survived my first week (a whole three days) without any lasting damage and the initial feeling of dread has been replaced with something that almost feels like optimism. And not just because I get to wee without an audience, or dress like an actual grown up. Though that does help. 

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Getting herself ready for dance class... wearing my work shoes!

Then after a day of doing the school run, taking Izzy to dance class and then putting her to bed when she felt ill, it was time for a weekend away!

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Enjoying a mojito

My friend is getting married in July so 29 of us stayed in this lovely guest house and cabins near Harrogate for her hen party. Friday night was quite messy. By the time the suprise naked butler arrived to serve drinks and help with some games the alcohol had been flowing for several hours already. I had to call it quits at 10.30pm, because I am a lightweight completely out of practice.

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The huge guest house

Saturday morning, I was broken and still had the shakes at the wine tasting. I wasn’t a big fan of the wine but it was really interesting to learn all about it and it was a good laugh with a large group of us. The evening was slightly more civilised than the previous. We headed into Harrogate for a lovely meal and then on to a bar for a couple of drinks before going back to the guest house for a dip in the hot tub. 

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Very posh afternoon tea

The weekend was rounded off perfectly with afternoon tea at Betty’s Tearoom. I think I’m getting old as I just needed a good cup of tea by that point!

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A present for Izzy. Honest.

It was really nice getting to catch up with friends that I don’t get to see very often now we are all spread out over the country (and in other countries!) Even those of us who live close by don’t get much time to see each other. Mainly as I’m the first of the group to have children and am in bed by 9 instead of partying am rubbish at fitting everything in!

I did miss my crazy girls and I got big hugs when I got home. It sounds like they had lots of fun at a wildlife park though, as Izzy volunteered to hold another snake!

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It was hard work trying to get these two to both stay still long enough to take a photo! This is what most of our family photos look like – one child not looking, one child pulling a face and waving her arms!

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