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5 Ways To Save Money On The Run Up To Christmas

If you’re anything like me, you start Christmas shopping super early-with a lot of family, two kids, a husband and a November MOT on the car to pay for, it’s important I’m always super organised!

I’ve popped together my five top tips for saving money on the run up to Christmas, I hope you find them helpful!

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Reading Eggs

Learning to read with Reading Eggs

Those of you that know me personally, or follow me on my social media accounts, will already know that I’m a massive fan of Reading Eggs.
It’s been in my life for six years now, because both of my children learned to read using it!
For those of you that don’t know what it is, or haven’t heard of it, here’s some more information…..

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dream

Do You Have a Lifelong Dream? Mayflower Blogs

A little while ago I was speaking to a fellow blogger regarding how hard the whole Blog Job situation is…..emails are quiet-no one is getting work, and we got to chatting about what we’d really love to do-if money/home life/lifestyle situation was no issue.

Mine?  I’d absolutely love to open my own florists!  I love floristry and flowers, and it’s just the most perfect dream I could ever have-however, I’m never going to be able to do it!

I asked some of my blogger friends if they had a dream to do something in life that they couldn’t envisage actually happening…..

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Mum's Birthday

Mum’s Birthday Gift Guide – Mayflower Blogs

July is so ridiculously busy with Birthdays filling the majority of the month.  I’m usually a dab hand at choosing gifts, but I’m starting to have less and less time to find unique gifts, and I know others are too.
I decided to help you all (and myself), by putting together a handy gift guide with some fab idea for your Mum/Mother In Law/Step Mum etc….

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nursey

A letter to my Daughter’s nursery-on her last week.

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
Franklin D.Roosevelt.

 

Dear Nursery,

18 months ago, our three year old wandered into a whole new world-a world filled with bigger children, new grown ups, so many activities, and the unknown.

18 months ago, that three year old tentatively let go of my hand and took hold of another grown up’s.

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18 months on, and here we are-our last week with you.  I saw “our” because really, you’ve become as much of a welcome place for me, as you have for her-it’s almost like coming to a safe place every other day when I drop her in.

I know you all tell me how much she’s changed and how you can’t believe it’s been so long since she started-but I wonder how much you actually really see of the change in her.
We all know she’s always been confident and willing to learn-but when starting something new, or doing something as big as starting nursery, you expect those qualities to disappear for a little while.  If anything, she’s more confident and more willing to learn, but you’ve also added some special parts of her personality we hadn’t seen before.

You taught her everything she needed to start the rest of her life-her manners, her attitude (although I still attend parent/keyworker meetings confused as to the little girl you explain never gets in trouble or acts up!)

You all know her, she’s funny, she’s a character-but she’s even more than that now.  You’ve brought out the full force of her personality-and we couldn’t thank you more for that.

For 18 months you’ve kept her safe, you’ve never let any harm come to her, and you’ve cared for her as if she was your own child.  I didn’t think anyone could love her as much as you all do, but you have often told me how much you think of her, and how much you’re going to miss her.

Honestly, I’m not scared about her starting big school, I’m not even too fussed about her growing up as quickly as these years seem to go by.
I’m scared of how unbelievably sad I’m going to be when next week comes….

I don’t ever want you to leave her life-and I know some of you won’t, because we’ll see you around-but it’s almost like you should always be there, because I worry who she’ll become without you!

She’ll never ever forget you-I won’t let her.  How could any of us forget the people that shaped her into the amazing little person she now is?

This week is going to be the hardest time for all of us, and I didn’t want to leave without letting you know how much you all mean to us-because lets face it, I’m about to spend the next week being a complete wreck-probably unable to form words!

You do though, you mean so so much to Olivia, and I can’t thank you enough for that.

Whenever you see her photos, whenever you hear of her achievements at big school, or her first day pictures in her new uniform, remind yourselves that you had a massively important role to play in getting her there-and that you absolutely smashed it.

nurseryThank you 

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Social Media-Do You Really Know Who You’re Sharing With?

Even at the grand ol’ age of 31 (almost 32), there are still life lessons to be made.  During the last 24 hours, I’ve learned a valuable one-one I thought I’d share with you all.
Now bear with me, because I think you’re all going to assume you’ve got this down-that you know the answer to the above question “Do you really know who you’re sharing with?”
Some of you really may know exactly who you’re sharing your personal thoughts and feelings with, and that’s great!  But I learnt the hard way, and I wanted to make sure no one else had to go through the same thing!

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past lives

Past Lives, After Life and Superstition-what do you believe in?

This is a bit of a niche random blogging subject from me, especially in comparison to subjects I usually write about!

What has prompted it though, was a conversation with a stranger in my local supermarket.  As myself and my four year old Daughter were leaving, a random woman made a passing comment; “oh she’s been here before!”
Thinking she meant in this shop, I replied “oh yes, we come here all the time as we live around the corner.”
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one year

One Year….Changing Schools and Changing Lives

Some of you may already know the story (or some of it), of why and how we ended up moving Kye, mid-term from his last school to his current one.
Most however, don’t know the full story, and I have rarely told it.
I couldn’t tell you what stopped me really-I think it was a mixture of things; not wanting to rock the boat; I know people who’s children still attend the previous school-and I know there’s a loyalty there.  I also think a lot of my reasoning, was sheer stubbornness-I didn’t think I needed to share our reasons for changing something so huge in our Son’s life, because we knew we were doing the right thing for him-and no explanation was needed for that. Continue reading
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confidence

Don’t Mistake My “Confidence” for Confidence

confidence

noun: confidence
definition: a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
synonyms:
self-assuranceself-confidenceself-reliance, belief in oneself, faith in oneself, positiveness, assertivenessself-possessionnervepoiseaplomb, presence of mind, level-headedness, cool-headednessfirmnesscourageboldnessmettlefortitude

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Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding Fever-I’ve Got it, Have You?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few months, you’ll know that in less than a week’s time, Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle.

Those of you  that know me, will know that aside from Prince Louis being born, this is the highlight of the year for me-something I’ve not only had pencilled in my diary since the date was confirmed, but that has been permanent marker-ed in there since it was confirmed.

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