Thinking about preschool

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Winston will be starting preschool next September, so over the past few months I’ve been to visit the two options near our house and asking my local ‘mum friends’ what they think. We always knew nursery would be most probable; but the conversations why, and if we wanted him to go were certainly still worth having. Neither of us believe that nursery is essential in the grand scheme of life, and I’ll be at home with Rufus so does it really matter? I wouldn’t class myself as a clingy mother and I don’t feel the need to protect him from anything, I’m just quite nonchalant about the whole thing. I believe that if a child already mixes with lots of other children; there’s not really anything else you can’t teach, or try at home. The number of parents choosing to home school is steeply rising in the UK, and children in the UK are offered a school place one, or even two years earlier than almost all other European countries. Both of which I’m sure you knew already. It is so interesting.  Continue reading


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“A portrait of my boys, once a week, every week, in 2014″.

I managed to capture a rare moment when Winston is willingly sharing a toy. His usual response is to scream at the top of his voice when Rufus is within two metres of the toy he is playing with. Rufus ‘the grabber’ is pretty bold and will target the toy Winston has in his hand – following him around the house. It’s incredibly mischievous!

Winston remains the person that makes Rufus laugh the most – all he has to say is something silly and Rufus is in fits of laughter.

Winston also insists on wearing his football kit EVERY SINGLE DAY…I’ve given up trying to get him to wear something else. The green shorts are so garish. I only wish Jared had chosen a different colour! Paired with an oversized jumper that his dear cousin gave him (that he also insists on wearing) – he is quite a sight!

E xx

Review & Giveaway – NibNibs

Jared was away Thursday, Friday and Saturday the week before last, and the boys and I had a great time together (that sounds awful, but you know what I mean). The three of us returned home on Saturday evening to a parcel of MiniNibs, so we did what people in our situation would…sat on the lounge floor munching away (in a very uncivilised manner, might I add). What can I say? They are just so moreish. Jared didn’t get a look in. We were sent Salt & Pepper Jumbo Peanuts, Cheddar & Spicy Chilli Straws, Cheddar Cheese Straws and Cheddar and Cheeky Onion Straws by the kind people at NibNibs, and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole ruddy lot. My favourite MiniNib was the Cheddar & Chilli Straws – Winst and I love a bit of chilli.

NibNibs is the brainchild of a husband and wife team from Ripon, Yorkshire. Their aim is to “create exceptionally delicious snacks using oodles of quality British ingredients”…Winston, Rufus and I couldn’t agree more. I have a thing about food that is too dry and the refreshing thing about these; is that they are dry, but not too dry – terribly important.

NibNibs are giving you the opportunity to win a selection of their products, which will be sent directly to your door. I would like to add that NibNibs would be just as tasty enjoyed in a civilised manner – at a table perhaps?

Now, the only question left to ask is: “where do you nibble yours?”


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Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

  • The giveaway is only open to those in the UK.
  • The giveaway is for a selection of NibNibs.
  • The winner will be drawn at random from validated entries via Rafflecopter.
  • The winner will be announced on my Twitter page and I will contact you separately.
  • If the winner does not respond within 36 hours, another winner will be selected at random.

E xx

We were sent a selection of MiniNibs free of charge for the purpose of this review and giveaway. 

Gift Idea for Young Boys – Nature Craft Box

I have a couple of nephews, plus Winston to think about this Christmas, so instead of getting them a vehicle of some description, I thought I would create each of them a nature craft box. I’ve selected nine crafty projects that I will include in the box – each in a separate bag with materials and instructions. Project number ten will be a list of more ideas to get them more involved with nature. I’ve started collecting things and can’t wait to put it all together. I hope they like it!

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Fall Fashion Challenge at Junction 32


I live a few miles (four to be precise) from the Junction 32 Shopping Outlet Village, so I was thrilled to be invited to take part in their #fallfashionchallenge where I would get to purchase an AW14 look. Last Saturday I spent the day with my sister-in-law (and Rufus) shopping…along with some other bloggers –  Hannah from Cagney and Lace, Heather from Pret a Mummy and Laura from A Forte for Fashion. All super lovely and all from Yorkshire. I do love Yorkshire! Continue reading