Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tired days, sleepless nights - a haiku

Days awake, busy
Night time again, please sleep through.
Hoping rest comes soon.

Don't you just love haikus?  The pattern of syllables, beating, reassuring, succinct in their brevity.

This one sums up my week perfectly.

I'd love to hear about yours.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hosting #childcarehour tonight 8-9pm

I'm very excited to be hosting #childcarehour tonight (that's Tuesday 16th September) from 8-9pm on Twitter.

Founded by the lovely Michelle @blueyandbaloo, it's an hour dedicated to tips and conversation about childcare, parenting and education. We have parents and professionals join in, and the conversation is always busy!

Drop me a tweet if you'll be joining, or if you have anything you'd like to share or talk about.  I'd absolutely love to hear from you.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Recovery position, disaster week

The last week has been horrid.  We all expect days or weeks when things go wrong, but I'm not sure everything going wrong all at the same time is usual.

First thing, everyone's ok.  And that, as they say, is the most important thing.

But the little things all piled up on me.  Work was a catastrophe.  Everything I did, or didn't say or do, went wrong.  Home was a disaster.  I said the wrong thing to the wrong person, more than once.  Pressed the wrong button.  Toddler girl wasn't sleeping.  At all.  As a result I was exhausted, which only compounded the problem.

I lost motivation with absolutely everything.  Ever felt like that?  It's difficult to recover from quickly, but I knew I needed to.  So here's how I continue to try and get some va va voom back...

I slept like no other at the weekend.  Finally, finally toddler girl slept for an extended period.  Husband took both kids swimming on Saturday morning and I stayed in bed until 10am.  10am!

Switch off
Work has the capacity to fill my brain and drain it of everything else.  Faced with a few difficult problems, I switched off from it for a couple of days.  No email checking, no thinking about it.  I parked it in the 'think about it on Monday' space to give me some perspective.  It helped.

It took a quiet evening talking with husband to reboot.  Who do I work for?  Actually our family.  Rebooting made me realise what I was doing all this for.  Which helps.

A plan
I've hatched a plan for a day off when the kids are being looked after.  This small thing, which is a few weeks away, is enough to get me through the next few busy weeks.

So all in, I feel better.  Not perfect, but better.  Perspective helps a lot.

How was your week?  I'd love to know how you get through when everything seems to go wrong.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

What is it with washing machines?

So far this week I have found the following in our washing machine:

  • One jar cajun spice
  • One small ball
  • One jar Chinese five spice
  • Half a breadstick
  • Two limes.

Is this a new cooking technique?  I doubt it!

You don't need to be a detective to work out the culprit. 

Guilty as charged!

Toddler girl is currently obsessed with our washing machine, or specifically, putting things in our washing machine.  Why?!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Win tickets to The Baby Show, London Olympia 24-26 October

The Baby Show is a great day out if you're expecting or have young children. I've been to the Baby Show at the NEC a few times, and love to see what's new as well as catch up with some of my favourite brands.

The Baby Show returns to London Olympia between 24 and 26 October and I have a pair of tickets to giveaway for your choice of day. All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter below and keep your fingers crossed!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you're not lucky enough to win tickets, you can purchase discounted tickets (Friday £11.95, Saturday/Sunday £12.95) by entering the code BLOG at the following link:

Let me know if you go!


  • You must be resident in the UK to enter.
  • Competition runs from 8th September 2014 until 23:59 on 15th September 2014.
  • Entry is via one and/or more of the methods in Rafflecopter widget.
  • Winner(s) will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.  The winning entry will be checked and must be current at time of checking.
  • There is one prize.  The prize is two tickets to The Baby Show London Olympia 24-26 October.  The winner can choose which day to attend.  The winner will receive a code to redeem online and must print their tickets.  There is no cash alternative.
  • The winner(s) will be contacted by email or on Twitter (if appropriate) by 22nd September 2014 and asked to re-confirm their email address.  If no reply is received within 48 hours, a new winner may be chosen.
  • The winner's name, as registered when logged into Rafflecopter will be displayed after the end of the competition.
  • Judge’s decision is final.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Early morning park fun

We're really lucky to have a few great parks close to our house.  Toddler girl was up early this morning and the sun was shining so off we went to the park.  She loves the slide and this big swing, and happily sat there swinging around for a good five minutes.

As we were out early, I really noticed the changing season too.  It was warm, but there was dew on the ground and a slight chill in the air.  We definitely needed our fleeces on.  Next weekend I'll take our son, I noticed conkers on the trees and he will love trying to get them.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 5 September 2014

Label #WotW

This week's word of the week is:

Like many parents, I spent an hour or two labelling school uniform on Monday.  There was something strangely therapeutic about it.  Perhaps because I knew the rhythm of autumn days was very close again.

In a really positive way I also spent some time in our son's school, seeing his classroom, and talking to his teachers on Wednesday.  It's good sometimes to make sure he hasn't been labelled in a certain way.

Have you labelled anything this week?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Back to school with a long exhale

I feel like doing a long exhale...... the summer holidays are over and our son is back at school.

I have loved these holidays with him, his longest time off since he was born really.  Nursery and full time working parents meant he's never had an extended break. 

All holiday he's been brilliant, well behaved, polite and caring with his sister.  But six weeks has taken its toll and my energy and bank balance as well as my inspiration of things to do has run dry.

He wanted to go back, and was so pleased to see his friends again this morning.  I was so proud of him as he walked in to his new classroom, tall and smart, and didn't look back at me once.

Lots of parents would hate that, but I think it's great.  He's happy and secure at school, and knows I'll be there if he needs me.  And this morning, he didn't.

So it's with relief really that the school wheels start turning again.  We can all get back into a routine, and the days, once again become predictable.

It reminds me of a song.  To everything - turn, turn, turn.  There is a season - turn, turn, turn. And a time to every purpose, under heaven.  I'm not religious, but this is so fitting right now.

How was your summer?