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Our Summer Bucket List

Our Summer Bucket List

So summer is officially here and I am determined to fill the next 10 weeks with adventures with my little family. We’ll be on a bit of a budget because we’re still saving so I’ve picked out a bunch of mostly free things we can […]

Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

With William now almost four months I am loving introducing him to different play. I especially love watching Florence playing with him. We’ve been sent some really adorable soft play balls for the children to play with from Dooballs from BabytoLove and over the last few […]

Florence, Now you are TWO

Florence, Now you are TWO

Hey little girl,

It seems like Mama’s fallen a bit behind on all the birthday bits on here. I can only say that it’s because we’ve been super busy celebrating you turning two over the last few weeks and I just haven’t had a second to sit down and write your little birthday post until now. I hope that when you’re old enough to read these little posts I do for you that you will take no notice of the dates!

So Florrie bum, you are TWO! Two whole years old and I’m sat here half wondering where the time went and half not able to remember what life was like before you. Over the last couple of months you have grown so much and learned so much that I sometimes find myself almost running to keep up.

It’s been quite a big year for all of us but for you especially I think. 6 days after your first birthday, Mama found out she was pregnant and spent much of the next three months horizontal and hardly able to move. You coped so well with our slower paced days. When your brother William arrived in February you took so well to your new role as a big sister. You adored him from the moment you met him and while sometimes you might think he’s in the way you are already a funny little double act who I suspect will be thick as thieves as you get older. God help me! You fret if he’s not in the same room as you and are often on guard if anyone but Mama & Daddy are holding him. You truly do love your ‘WeeWoo’ and we are so proud of you for the way you’ve approached big sisterhood.

We moved back to Dayday’s house (nanny’s) and while we planned to only be here a year, we are going to be here a bit longer. It suits you though! You love all the attention you get from everyone here and are spoiled rotten!

You are so incredibly kind and so incredibly sassy. You’re a whirlwind of calm and crazy and wonderfully funny. You really are a little wild flower.

You love to sing and now confidently sing your favourite songs ALL DAY LONG. The wheels on the bus, Waffle Doggy and Mary Mary quite contrary all form part of your repertoire with dance moves to go with them too! Of course, while singing is fairly new dancing is not. You’ve been boogieing on down with Auntie Bits to Bangers N Mash pretty much all year!

You are all of a sudden obsessed with trains & track and so at least once a day the living room becomes a pretty impressive rail network. More often than not, your little Hey Duggee characters hop on as passengers.

To think I was concerned about your speech not so long ago… you talk and talk and talk and your vocabulary builds and builds every day. We have proper little conversations now and your little (actually pretty big) personality is shining through even more.

You are still a little book worm. And now that you’re that bit older you have more of attention span for a longer story rather than simple board books. Your favourites include Elmer, Mavis & Marge and The Gruffalo. In fact you can almost recite the words of the Gruffalo As I read them. Bedtime Story time is one of the only times each day when it’s just you and me and has one of my favourite times of the day.

We see Aunty Donna, Josh and ‘Car Key’ (Charlie) at least once a week. Usually we head to the Lakes and have a Tesco café lunch half way around. Our little outings with you fabulous foursome are always chaotic and 9 times out of 10 leave me and Aunty Donna a bit dazed but Watching all you littles grow up together is so lovely. You and Joshua have become such good friends.

You’re such a sociable little thing and have made some really lovely little friendships just lately but animals take the lead over people in your book any day. Alfie and Tots are your best friends and you love trips to the farm or to feed the ducks at the lakes. Every animal you see is ‘aww cute’ and you chat away to them as though they’re about to talk back. We think you’re destined to be a vet or work with animals some how.

This next year, your third year, is set to be a lot quieter and I’m so looking forward to soaking up every last second I get to have you to myself before you go to pre-school.

My, our, darling little girl, we love you so very much. Now you are Two.

Things you do & say that we don’t want to forget…

Dayday – Nanny

Bits – Aunty Libby

Uncle ‘Dick’ – Craig

Uh oh!

Paw Patrol often sounds like Arsehole – oops!

Are you okay? – over and over and over again

Kisses!

Weewoo

Cheeky boy!

You love to watch Hey Duggee, waffle the wonder dog, Peppa Pig, Peter rabbit & Aristocats.

Your cake addiction

Helping mummy in the kitchen

Tilly & Alfie’s garden walks

Deeeelicious!

You’re a blueberry monster

Dolly & Yoda

All Aboard the Potty Train! : Day one of potty training

All Aboard the Potty Train! : Day one of potty training

There we have it, day one of potty training complete. It wasn’t planned but when we woke up to yet another day of rain keeping us indoors it seemed like a sensible time to do it. And so we did. I started the day making […]

Florence’s Farm Themed Birthday Party

Florence’s Farm Themed Birthday Party

Anyone who knows me knows that planning parties is totally my ‘thing’, it’s just something I love doing. This weekend we celebrated Florence turning two with a fun filled farm themed birthday garden party. This year I also put a lot of emphasis on the […]

Being (one of) the Spice Girls Best Ever Fans | AD

Being (one of) the Spice Girls Best Ever Fans | AD

In just over a week my sister and I will be heading to Wembley Arena to see the Spice Girls perform as part of their reunion tour. To say I’m  a little bit excited would be an understatement.

As a little girl, I lived and breathed the Spice Girls. One of my most vivid memories of my childhood was sitting with my Nan and writing a letter to them all about my day and putting a Smartie each inside the envelope for them (I can only have been about 4, and while I loved them, I clearly still wanted the rest of the smarties myself.)

I had every CD and knew every song off by heart, watched the Spice World video on repeat, recorded every TV advert they were ever in, tuned in to every (child friendly) TV appearance, learned every dance routine, put on my own little Spice Girls shows with my friends and was lucky enough to get to go and see them perform live twice! Every birthday, Easter & Christmas was filed with some sort of Spice Girls memorabilia and I remember having a Spice Girls Birthday cake at my 5th birthday party – DAY MADE. The Spice Girls were my heroes and I sobbed my little heart out when the news broke that they were splitting up.

19 years on I’m still listening to their music. I still dance it out to Wannabe in my living room. It seems my love for the Spice Girls never ran out as my sister (who is 10 years younger than I am) knows every word to every song and my daughter (aged 2) joins in too. I’d be inclined to say that the five ladies who taught me everything there is to know about Girl Power, the importance of loving your Mama, that real friendship never ends and to never give up on the good times are top of the list on the role model front. Not to mention the fact that they are, after all the Queens of female empowerment.

So imagine my excitement when Florence handed me my card on Mother’s Day and inside were two tickets to go and see them again! I think it might be time to recreate this photo…

The Spice girls have reunited with Walkers in a bid to find their #BestEverFan and their campaign was launched on ITV last night when their new advert was aired in the AD break of Britain’s Got Talent – did it give anyone else all the nostalgic feels seeing them & ol’ Gary Linnekar back on the TV promoting the Nation’s favourite crisps as they did all those years ago?

The Spice Girls remaining tour dates are:

· Monday 3rd June – Coventry – Ricoh Stadium

· Tuesday 4th June – Coventry – Ricoh Stadium

· Thursday 6th June – Sunderland – Stadium Of Light

· Saturday 8th June – Edinburgh – BT Murrayfield Stadium

· Monday 10th June – Bristol – Ashton Gate Stadium

· Thursday 13th June – London – Wembley Stadium

· Friday 14th June – London – Wembley Stadium

· Saturday 15th June – London – Wembley Stadium

It goes without saying that you should only buy from official advertised agents if you’re thinking of going along to one of their shows.

Say you’ll be there?

 

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

This is a paid collaboration with Walkers crisps. All thoughts and views expressed in this post are my own.

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Getting Started with Cloth Nappies

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With a Cluck & a Moo & a Cock-a-doodle-doo, Florence is turning 2! : Plans for a second birthday party

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