25th August 2014 Helen 8Comment

Sweet Jesus my life is one messy play day after another.  Spidey is infatuated with his big-boy scissors so I sweep up about 1 metric tonne of paper scraps from the floor every day. Yoda passes countless hours scattering ‘napping’ dolls covered head to toe in tea-towels so downstairs looks like the scene of a gruesome mob murder.  There’s the lego, the action figures, the wooden train track, the hotwheels, the ponies, the Twistables and the bloody play dough. It’s messy. I’m messy. The kids are messy.  Play is messy. So, it really is a great reflection of how much I like April over at…

20th August 2014 Helen 4Comment

Expectations of picnics around in our house are high.  A trip to the playground – about half a mile from home, usually involves at least one demand for food. Anything more significant definitely requires a flask as tea-loving Spidey and Yoda arrive at their destination and generally sit down and expect a feed.  Added to this a husband that balks at the idea of a shop bought coffee (yawn) and you can why we’re self proclaimed picnic-aholics.  So, to get a look into our picnic basket, and also to have a snoop inside a few others I’m joining the August blog linkup with the…

5th August 2014 Helen 7Comment

So, exciting news, World Breastfeeding Week 2014 runs from Friday 1 August to Thursday 7 August.  Bet that snuck up on you and has you wondering where the last year went, eh?  Well as a proud owner of two breasts that are currently in ‘milk production’ mode I wasn’t aware of the ‘big event’ myself ’til just the other day, so don’t feel too bad. The Irish Parenting Bloggers are hosting a blog linky on real-life experiences breastfeeding their own mini-people.  For my own contribution this year I’ve decided to save you all updates of missing breastpads and friends getting milk squirts in…

8th June 2014 Helen 10Comment

From the time I was expecting my first baby, and ever since, I am frequently told how fast time flies and children grow. How one day you share your house with megalomaniac toddlers, and the next with moody teens. Nearly five years on, I can already see how true the cliche is.  It’s only when I look back at photos or sort through teeny tiny baby clothes that I remember the stages of their lives, and ours, that have gone by, and that won’t be back. For them there have been the big milestones – the first smiles, teeth, steps…

30th May 2014 Helen 4Comment

Lucy over at Learner Mama writes a lovely blog full of honest and funny anecdotes about the perils and joys of being a mother.  She is running a blog linky this month on the 10 random things she has learnt in motherhood and so far has a great compilation from bloggers that are well worth a read. I’m having one of those weeks where I seem unable to string an actual sentence together but it seems I can manage a list so here goes…. Image sourced from Pinterest (uncredited) 1. My kids didn’t lick their most annoying character traits off…

2nd May 2014 Helen 7Comment

Bumbles of Rice is running a lovely blog linky (A Week in Dinners) to look at what real families are eating for dinners – and not what makes it to Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest. A little like our dinners this week, my contribution is slightly slap-dash but very honest and (hopefully) not too disgusting!  It’s also painfully short of photos so apologies in advance. Our topsy turvey week has involved the tail end of the Chicken Pox, Daddy having study deadlines and not getting home til after bedtime, and evening time cluster feeds. Spiderman’s return to Montessori has given me…