Tuesday, 27 November 2012


A starts ballet in January after nearly a year of hounding us and and a year of us pretending we can't hear her...it is a christmas gift from her Nana and she is so excited. I have to admit I am less excited about the list of clothes and shoes she will need! I know nothing about ballet but her keen inerest, albeit the interest of a three year old that might only last two weeks, has spurred me to look into it...

I would love to go and watch live ballet. LOVE to. Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty looks spectacular and it's not too far from us but I think the Nutcracker is also going to be played across national cinemas?

Anyone out there a keen ballet fan? Where do I start!?

Monday, 26 November 2012

Making an entrance

As a bride what would you walk down the aisle to? The traditional Bridal March or something a little more alternative? We chose this and I don't regret it at all..

Photography by Matthew Rycraft.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Mummy, I just can't get back to sleep...

A won't sleep. And it's really awful...

No really. It is awful. For everybody involved. We just don't know what to do anymore.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

All change

Would you move abroad with two children under five and where would you go if you did?

My husband works for an international company and has the opportunity, should he desire, to work abroad for a while.

50% of me thinks it would be a great idea to explore the option, especially whilst the children are young enough to adapt and are not too far into the education system. The other 50% of me however freaks out at the mere mention of it. What about family, friends, support, language barriers and simply not knowing where we are?!?!

Anyone out there bit the bullet and moved abroad? According to The Telegraph earlier this year, 123,000 of us left for posts abroad and a further 78,000 left to search for work abroad!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Beautiful Stationary

I've a little bit of a love affair with notebooks. But it doesn't just stop with notebooks, I'm one of those weird people who thinks a trip to paperchase is a day out...
Here are just a few beautiful items I've got my eye on right now

* one * two * three *

Choosing a school

We have a few weeks left to let the local council know of our choice of school for A's imminent compulsory education...We've had the form for months but it's proving trickier than I imagined. All we have to do is write in our preferences right?! But there are so many aspects to choosing a school I don't know where to start! We seem to be going around in circles and it suddenly seems like the biggest decision and one that may affect her future profoundly. What if it all goes wrong in the future and it is becasue we chose the wrong school based on the wrong criteria!?

Ofsteds, intake, SATs results, church schools, community schools, small schools, lage schools...what is the most important aspect of choosing a school for you and what would you base your decision on? Having weighed up all of the above i think we are finally going with our 'gut'...


Also...check out this guide ot help parents choose schools written by teachers themselves!

Saturday, 17 November 2012


What time did you go to bed as a child? And what time, if you have them, do your children go?

My parents were hot on bedtime; it never faltered, and there was no getting around it. Christmas, birthdays, days out...if it was bedtime, it was bedtime, end of discussion.

7pm was calling time and I can still remember the deep frustration rising in my tummy as I sulked off to bed and listened to everyone else playing in the street in the summer sunshine. The injustice of it all!

Our little ones go to bed even earlier than I did (what a hypocrite!)...6.30pm. Is that shocking!?

Looking back I may have got the hump about going to bed at 7 and having to dodge awkward questions about the evenings tv scheduling at school the next day but in the long run I know it was best for me. I always got 11/12 hours sleep, was ready and at school on time and hardly ever "too tired" to play out with friends or go on a day long bike ride...had I been in bed at 9pm I never would of been able to make it through a school day. I also knew my routine and felt safe within it. I knew what was expected and I'd never really kick up too much of a fuss, after all I didn't really have a leg to stand on, even when I tried to stay awake I'd pass out by 7.45!

We didn't want A going to bed at the same time as us and being completely unready for having to get up at 7am when school finally started for her. She goes up and has a bedtime story and some songs before bed every night so she settles around 7 and is up at 6am. I was always up at 6 as a kid so the early rising doesn't bother me: I dread her turning into a teenager who won't get out of bed!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

The Hour

Its Back. Tomorrow. Gone are my Wednesday nights...


Monday, 12 November 2012

Me and the Zoo...

Our brood is resembling a pack of animals lately and it has nothing to do with the animal hats...

We've just returned from a long weekend in the Lake District, and compared to our previous adventures there, it was wild.

Sunday, 4 November 2012


Here is a true sunday song to mellow you rmind and one to kickstart your week ahead...My friend introduced me to these guys a while ago and I actually uploaded Sol when I first started blogging but for some reason I deleted the post...I've been meaning to rectify that for the longest time.

Image from wearemausi.com

Quick drying nail polish...

Has anyone told you the secret to fast drying your nail polish? No, it doesn't include a hairdryer....


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