Themed Paw Patrol Birthday Party & Joosed! Giveaway 1

Pumpkinella will be 3 this November and I am SO excited to be planning the celebrations. the very first thing I do about 2 months before her birthday is to ask which of her favourite toys, cartoons, or superhero’s she’d like at her party. This gives me a theme to work with. For her first birthday she chose Raa Raa the noisy lion. For her second she chose Hey Duggee. Both birthday parties were amazing to organise and I’ll be doing a series of posts to show you just how I put them all together. This year however, Pumpkinella’s decided on […]

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Joosed! Junior Drinks Giveaway 104

The wonderful people at Bensons the Juicers recently contacted me to see whether Pumpkinella would like to try their new range of children juice drinks. I find it difficult to get her to drink anything other than milk and that can cause problems because she’s also a fussy eater and only eats white food at the moment. I know Pumpkinella loves fruit so the big question was how she would handle a bottle of fruit juice, something she’s been shunning for over 6 months now. I needn’t have been concerned though because as soon as she saw the bottles, she […]

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7 Reasons to visit Bluestone

This year, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to take a holiday with one of my oldest and dearest friends. Being someone who lives for holidays I was very excited at the prospect of my first group family holiday. Before becoming a mother, I loved city breaks.  Wondering the streets in search of local food haunts and unique sights were the main things on my agenda. However, now I have 2 and a half-year old  daughter who is energetic and impatient; this has slowly but surely led our traditional style of holidays in a different direction. The things I look […]

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Hosting your WordPress site

Mess with your hosting and domain name provider at your peril. My web site went down for over a week and then was up and down intermittently over the couple of weeks after that. But why do you care? Well my contract was up for renewal with 1 and 1 and my last bill was a massive 5x more than my first year’s bill. As they generate the bills they also take out the money automatically using the bank details you have to give them when you first sign-up. I was shocked to see the prices so much more than when i originally signed up so […]

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Be like a swan graceful but furiously paddling below the surface 4

Be like the swan, glide gracefully on the surface but paddle furiously beneath the water I’m normally full of apologies. I always think the next person is doing it better than me and has some mysterious nugget of wisdom that I can learn from. I am cool under pressure but only to the point where the pressure isn’t consistent and relenting. I can be soft, gentle, but have a sharp bite when I’m pushed too far. I used to be so timid that I would hold all my feelings inside, wearing a smile and offering jokes even in the face of criticism. But that […]

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