Drink more water: Begin at home

Robinsons set up the Enjoying Drinking More Water campaign in January of this year to help children stay refreshed after active play. I honestly believe that the best way to get children to drink more water is if they see their parents, or other adults, doing it as well. Over the past few (quite a few) years I have got into a really bad habit of drinking too much Coca Cola. It all started when I lived in Toronto, Canada. I was really  surprised to see that they don’t seem to have any kind of squash products for drinks. I used

Smoke free: 5 months!

I honestly cannot believe I am writing this post. If you had asked me last year there is no way I would have said that I could quit smoking. So, anyone who actually follows this blog will know that my daughter is now 5 months old, meaning no, I didn’t give up smoking while I was pregnant. I tried a few times and I just couldn’t do it. I was really ill during pregnancy and smoking seemed to be the only thing to get rid of the sickness and heartburn at times. I wish I could have given up while

What a sh*t week!

This is so far from something I would normally post. I nearly didn’t write this post at all but then I thought about what I wanted my blog to be. I want it to be an extension of me, my life and what I’m feeling. Generally my posts are happy, excited and enthusiastic. That isn’t what this post is. The first thing putting me in this awful mood is that Erin has had her first cold. She did not deal well with it at all and neither did I. The poor little thing couldn’t quite figure out how to breathe

The social life of a 4 month old

Last week I realised that my four month old baby possibly has the best social life imaginable. Not really just for her age but in general. Before she was born I knew that I wanted to take Erin to as many classes as I possibly could. However, it took me a while to realise that there is a lot more to do in the little town of North Walsham. I was a bit annoyed to start with because I thought there was very little to do here. Oh how wrong I was! As Erin was premature, I wanted her to have

Toy Box Project

Late last month I was walking past a shop in town and saw a fantastic piece of furniture. The shop is sort of a furniture shop, it used to be anyway. Now it’s part of a shop that really sells everything. It’s not a charity shop but instead has a load of random things spilling out of the doors. One shop is for normal items and the other is for furniture. Anyway, I came across this fantastic white chest. For some reason this was the only thing that didn’t have a price on it. The guy working at the shop

Project Erin

Being painted in neutral colours means that Erin’s nursery is quite plain. We have a lovely, large tree sticker on one wall and there are little bits and pieces of woodland themed items but nothing major. Money is always tight now though with me being on maternity leave but I want Erin’s room to be nice. I want there to be different things in there that she can discover when she’s old enough. I want her to have something different and a room so special that she loves spending time in there. I want Erin to think of her bedroom as a

Erin’s memory box

Something I wish I had from when I was younger was a memory box. Not even really from when I was a baby but even from when I was a young child. I don’t really have anything at all from my childhood apart from a few photographs stolen from my mum. I have always wanted to put together a memory box for Erin. Not having physical things to remember my childhood by makes me quite sad and I don’t want that for Erin. I want her to have a box full of things she can look back at and have

Bounce and Rhyme Time: North Walsham Library

Something I have regretting since being pregnant then having Erin is not ever learning to drive. I did start when I was 17 but hated my instructor so I just gave up. I’ve never really needed to learn though having lived in places with fantastic transport. It was moving to Norfolk that made me realise I really should have learned at some point. Anyway, my worry about not driving was being able to take Erin to do different activities. I want her to be able to do whatever she wants when she’s older and I want to take her to