Center Parcs Here We Come

Today were are officially heading off on our first family holiday. John, Erin and I have been away quite often over the past year but we haven’t been on an actual holiday. Today we’re going to Center Parcs Elveden Forest for 5 days with my sister and her fiance. I have been so excited about this for months. Although we didn’t know this when we booked our holiday, Erin is now in a really big exploring kind of phase. She LOVES being outside and will be out in the garden regardless of the weather, if I let her! She loves

Bullshit, Lies And The NHS

Since the beginning of the year I have been posting on and off about the choice John and I made not to have any more children. After a really traumatic pregnancy and birth, we decided that the risk of me getting pregnant again is not worth going through what I did last time. Earlier in the year we made the decision for me to go ahead with a sterilisation and after months and months of waiting for an appointment, I finally got booked in last month. Last Wednesday I received a letter from the hospital cancelling that appointment. Upset is

Weekends With The Family And A BBQ

A couple of weeks ago it was John’s birthday and we had my sister and her fiance Chris to stay for the weekend. The weather was supposed to be nice so we decided to have a BBQ. We had recently got one from Weber Compact Charcoal BBQ from Hayes Garden World so it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Luckily, the BBQ was super easy to put together. It took me, John and Chris about 10 minutes to put together but it could easily be done if you’re on your own. The BBQ also comes with a users

How To Save Time At Home & Spend More Time As A Family

A couple of months back I quit my job at Sainsbury’s to work full time from home. It was scary as hell. Working from home means putting in a lot of hours and burning the candle at both ends some days. This doesn’t leave a lot of time for cooking and cleaning and I don’t want to spend precious time that could be spent with my family doing these things instead. I recently went on a mission to figure out how to save time at home and spend more time as a family! I have found some fantastic products to

The Importance Of Family Meals

Just recently Erin has been an absolute nightmare with food. She has been going through a horrible phase where she just would not eat. If that wasn’t bad enough, we’ve also had the 18 month sleep regression too! Generally, apart from a few short phases before now, she’s always been a pretty good eater. I always thought it was teething that caused this kind of thing but apparently being a toddler causes it! The not eating thing had been going on for about 2 weeks and during a visit from my sister meant us changing how we do things at

Fun Ways to Keep Fit With Your Little One

We all know that as soon as you have children, you spare time goes out the window. That run you used to go for? Not going to happen. An hour in the gym? Maybe next week. We might not get enough time to exercise for ourselves but it’s also important to teach our children to be fit and healthy. With that in mind, here are some fun ways to keep fit with your little one! Make The Most Of The Park I think the key to getting children excited about exercise and keeping fit is to make it as fun

Child Friendly Date Night Ideas

Finding time to have a date night with your partner is so hard once you have children. Some are luckier than others and might have family on hand close by for a night of babysitting now and again. However, if you’re like us you need to find ways to have date nights in another way. Here are some Child Friendly Date Night Ideas. Movie Nights John and I love our films. We have a big dvd section in our living room for years of collecting and we have a bit of everything, from musicals to horror to animated films. If you’re

3 Top Home Dates For After The Kids Have Gone to Bed

Juggling children, work and the day-to-day demands of life doesn’t leave a lot of time left for us. It can be all too tempting to just dive-bomb onto the sofa, after all the kids are feed, watered, bathed and finally asleep in bed. However sometimes it’s important to go that extra mile and find time in the evenings for ourselves and our spouse. Staying connected to your partner in a world of children’s gym kits, constant food shopping and breakfasts, lunches and dinners, is not always easy and we can very easily lose ourselves in it. Therefore finding time in