#TuesdayTreasures 6/12/2016

Ahoy Matey! Welcome Aboard #TuesdayTreasures Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky share. #TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old. The Blog With The Booty Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by myself to share with you all. I love finding new blogs to read. I often find that the best place to source new blogs are through reading my current subscriptions. Tamsin from ‘Chasing Esme’ recently interviewed ‘Alina Davies’ from ‘We Made This Life’ as part of her ‘Blog Of The Month‘ series. I knew within seconds of reading Tamsins post that she had pointed me straight in the direction of yet another blogger I would add to my reading list. Tamsin began writing upon Motherhood whilst pregnant with her daughter Esme. After a few months of writing she realised that it was something that she greatly enjoyed and so began her very own blog. You can read more of Tamsin’s posts here. <div align=”center”><a href=”http://www.rachelswirl.co.uk” rel=”nofollow” title=”RachelSwirl”><img src=”http://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/images/tuesdaytreasurewinner.jpg” alt=”RachelSwirl” style=”border: none; height: auto; width: 200px;” /></a></div> I would like to thank Tamsin for her… View Post

#LivingArrows – Looking Back At Christmas Past

With Christmas currently at the forefront of my mind it got me thinking how things have changed each Christmas for the past couple of years. I decided to use this weeks #LivingArrows post to take a little wander down memory lane to reflect on Christmas’s past. J’s First Christmas Here is J at my parents house on his first ever Christmas day, he is snuggled up to his Steiff Bear rolling around in his funky new walker. He seems so tiny in this photo, you can even make out the famous ‘crown’ stork marks on his forehead. Wow he’s grown and so many things have changed since way back then! E’s First Christmas Here is E, our beautiful little Princess on her first Christmas. Bless she had barely any hair back then and was suffering with a high temperature and a horrid bug. She seems to have a bit of a thing about getting ill on Christmas day it’s happened twice now so we have our fingers crossed for a ‘healthy’ Chrimbo this year. I cannot believe how much my kids have grown since these pictures were taken, I also realise how similar they look well obviously they are siblings but you know what I mean!  Let’s hope this… View Post

#MySundayPhoto: D-Day

So ‘D-day’ finally arrived, ‘D’ standing for decorations of course!  We usually dedicate a whole day to decorating our house for Christmas. It is a day that I once looked forward to but following having children began to despise! Rather than the sounds of soft, twinkly Christmas songs playing in the background as the tinsel was merrily being hung, there would be sounds of screaming and shouting as the children ransacked the boxes of decorations before the tree was even standing. There’s usually be tinsel and baubles all over the joint before, maybe if I fell lucky the odd bauble would make it to the tree but usually they would all be hung from various pieces of furniture as the children took Christmas into their own sticky mits. Trying to get the children to calmly and carefully decorate a Christmas tree which is a fairly simple task in my eyes was much like trying to discipline monkeys high on crack – entirely pointless and mostly impossible! Now that the kids are that little bit older and able to actually help rather than hinder, the decorating process was far speedier and far less stressful. There was still the odd whine here and there… View Post

#LittleLoves – Downloads, Dye & DIY

Welcome to this weeks edition of #LittleLoves, December has finally arrived and there is so much to do and of course, so much to love! Here’s are a few of the things that I have particularly loved this week. Read I am a great lover of reading, I first began teaching J how to read back when he was almost three-years old. Over the years J has become a really good reader but I have had some recent concerns regarding his lack of enthusiasm for reading. Personally I think J is a little lazy when it comes to reading books and as I like to keep him challenged I have asked for his school to provide us with some higher-level reading books which may stretch J a little further in terms of his reading ability. I was really impressed with J’s reading this week, he put in the extra effort and made great progress in his reading ability. We really enjoyed reading together, J was spurred on by the idea of reading at a higher-level and I was taken aback by his sudden found ability to add expression and different voices for each character. J really seemed to enjoy reading ‘The Blue… View Post

December Has Arrived And It’s The Final Countdown

It’s officially the season to be jolly fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!  The advent calendars were neatly laid out this morning ready for the kids to snack on chocolate before breakfast because that’s what Christmas is all about right?  Having eaten todays chocolate allowance E then proceeded to fill her wooden advent calendar with Shopkins, she sure knows how to make a massive mess in less than a minute! The kids were over the moon that December has finally arrived, it means that we can decorate the house for Christmas and count down to the big day. I am 99% done in terms of Christmas shopping and J and I have completed writing hundreds of Christmas cards which are now sat on the piano ready to be sent. I made a rather large online grocery order earlier in which is included a few books of stamps so that I can get another job done and dusted. As for wrapping and labelling gifts I haven’t even started yet and despite it only just being December I already feel pretty stressed at the idea of how much there is to do! I literally have two wardrobes stacked to the rafters with gifts which I need to wrap, label and put into bags. God knows… View Post

#TuesdayTreasures 29/11/2016

AHOY MATEY! WELCOME ABOARD #TUESDAYTREASURES  Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky share. #TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old. THE BLOG WITH THE BOOTY Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by myself to share with you all. Having a daughter myself, I found that I really related to Dear Little Daisy’s beautiful post ‘Number One Fan’. It is a beautifully written post explaining the difficulties of parenting whilst having a creative soul, I too agree that finding the time to fit everything in can be rather challenging to say the least. Based in Hertfordshire, Jodie is Mum to Daisy and partner to Andrew. Whilst Jodie would love to blog on a full-time basis one day she currently works as a part-time carer assistant and social media consultant. Jodie’s partner Andrew works full-time as a catering chef and spends his free time either with his family or working upon his many cars. As a family Jodie, Andrew and Daisy enjoy travelling, photography, drinking coffee long walks and discovering new places. You can… View Post