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Pop Up Play Village Berkshire

Role play for me was such a massive part of my childhood, I had a wooden house in the back garden filled with all the mod cons (plastic of course) and many happy memories playing mum to my dolls, sitting and feeding them, pretending to wash the dishes – if only that was the case now ! Role play is vital for young children, as it encourages communication and problem solving skills, It provides independence and active exploration whilst learning about the world around them. So when I saw a new venture setting up in town I had to take a further look. Pop up Play Village is for children who love to role play. It’s made up of a vets, supermarket, cafe, baby nursery and a hospital. Its aimed at birth to 8 years, with a baby area especially for the younger ones while older children can explore the various features while learning reading and mathematical skills in the supermarket using the pre made shopping lists, encouraging the children to communicate with each other …

Festival Magic 

As summer is approaching, all the festivals are starting to announce their headliners and lines ups, even the words ‘festival announcement’ make my tummy fizz. Now, one thing you must know about me is that I’m at my most happiest knee-deep (and I have literally been) in mud, with a cider in my hand and the rain/wind blowing through my unwashed hair. It’s where I belong. In a field with the music and the people. I first discovered festivals while working for Vodafone back in 2010 and since that point it got me and it got me bad. I can’t even begin to think of a summer without one, I’ve actually lost count how many I’ve done in 7 years, I know it’s over 30 and this will be my 8th year. Some People think I’m crazy wanting to pitch up a tent in the good old British weather and join thousands of others in the mud but there’s something about those thousands of people coming together, my hairs stand on end, the wave of emotions, the …

Count to Ten…

One of the hardest things about parenting isn’t the sleepless nights, well I mean, it is in the baby / toddler stage as I’m there now with Oscar, but long-term whats harder than that is them turning into a young adult. Curfews, Friends, School… nobody tells you just how difficult being in charge of all that is, it’s an emotional roller coaster that’s for sure. There have been enough tears in this house to last a lifetime over attitude and the fear of doing it all wrong. I can only speak from my own experience and I know Hollie isn’t the easiest of Teenagers,  she’s very strong-willed, argumentative and sometimes an absolute idiot ! We have very quickly learned that using the “I told you so” method just doesnt work, if anything it makes her more determined to make it work. I think we forget so easily that the need for adventure and to explore is so critical at this age, they are stepping out, away from the parental bubble we have wrapped them up …

How An Earth did I End Up With A Baby Model  ? 

  *Edited* As we are now into spring/summer 16, the fresh new clothing lines are pretty exciting especially in our house, not because I’m some fashionista who loves the lastest fashions but because our little Oscars face is about to be spread across the country. Back in September I joined Oscar to an agency, it was one of Sam’s bosses wife’s agency so I though ahhhh why not, not thinking much would come of it. A couple of weeks later, I had a phone call asking if I could take him along to a casting in London for M&S, I was well up for an adventure so off we went not really knowing what to expect. I walked into the studio and immediately Oscar was beaming, I passed him over to a lovely lady who sat with him and played with him while the photographer snapped away. It was so nice to see him so happy and having so much fun. I left feeling proud and of the attitude that, well if nothing came of …

Lets Go Outside…

When Sam brought me my National trust membership as wedding present, a rather accidental spontaneous wedding present I had all good intentions of using it. Well, that was in September and today I’ve finally put it to use. About 6 miles down the road is a lovely little place called Greys Court, filled with secret gardens and rolling green rather icy hills. My first stop was of course the coffee shop, I could smell it as soon as I got out the car my nose led me straight to it, that and a massive slice of victoria sponge cake. The day was off to a good start. I also wanted to test out Oscars new Regatta all in one, I was constantly removing stains from his clothing as since he’s got into Peppa pig those muddy puddles are even more inviting. So I got onto Amazon had a little look and came across this little beauty see here. I’m not a huge fan of character clothing, I never have been with any of my children, even Hollie …

Teenage living 

Hollies bedroom was by far the worst room in our house. It was drab, cold and it had lost its way. She had been banging on about a new room for months and it was something we were putting off in fear of loosing our life’s in there. The problem with teenagers is that one minute their into One Direction the next minute they are wanting to live as a hippy,  you need a blank canvas so it’s possible to change when they’re  having an interior meltdown without being boring or having to spend their university savings on doing it up. It needs to be light for homework ( yeah right), it needs to be as spacious as possible for all those screaming headache inducing sleepovers and it needs to have their personality written all over it. So we went into it knee deep in paint or rather Sam did and got off to a relatively positive start. My wonderful landlord put down a much needed neutral carpet with underlay which to be honest made …