Our Weekly Roundup #14

  • This week has been a busy one. Hubby has been away and juggling a really busy few days at work with looking after the kids has been tricky. We are all feeling pretty tired and I’m bracing myself for next week being even more hectic!
  • Clara seems to have regressed when it comes to sleep. We have been quite lucky with both kids. Apart from those exhausting first few months, they have always been pretty good at sleeping through. But for the past couple of weeks Clara has been refusing to go to bed and screams when we leave her room. She’s completely fine when we are with her, and will fall asleep on our knee, but as soon as we try to ninja her into the cot she wakes up! It means getting very little time to ourselves in the evenings and sometimes one of us ends up spending hours sat in her room.
  • IMG_20160519_180137At least on Thursday we got to have a child-free evening out. We went to see comedian Romesh Ranganathan – he was really good, and it was nice to just have a night off!
  • Izzy went for a hair cut. She loved chatting to the hairdresser and was telling her all about the things she had been learning at school – including that snakes smell with their tongues! Clara thought she was going to get her hair cut too and kept saying ‘my turn’. Izzy looks so grown up now with her short hair.
  • IMG_20160522_220721Despite the lack of sleep, Clara could not have been any cuter this week. She has been chatting away to people, much more confident than usual, and saying all kinds of new things. She asked for a ‘butterfly sticker’ at the library, as she remembered she had got one the week before, said ‘Sorry Izzy’ after spilling her milk and ‘Thank you Mammy’ after I helped her cut up her food. She’s developing a great vocabulary and using words and phrases in the right context. Izzy teaches her so many things, the latest being how to sing Happy Birthday!
  • IMG_20160521_103235Izzy did her third medal dance on stage and was really pleased with her medal! She did really well and remembered all the steps. Clara was shouting “There’s Izzy” when she came out on stage – she was a very proud little sister.2016-05-23 20.18.27

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Linkies for Bloggers

Blog linkies are a great way for bloggers to build an online community. By taking part in linkies you are getting your blog out to new readers, increasing traffic and also discovering new bloggers – giving you plenty of reading material!

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There are linkies about all different topics, general ones where any post is welcome and specific ones, such as for crafts or reviews. Most have some ‘rules’, such as you must include a badge on your post (which links back to the linky host) and you must comment on 2 or 3 other posts. These are useful so that all the bloggers taking part can benefit from increased traffic and comments.

There are lots of linkies out there and I find it hard to keep track. So I came up with a list of the ones that I like to join in with. I’m sure I will be adding more to this post as I discover them!

Do you take part in any linkies which are not on this list? Please let me know in the comments!

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Stay safe on the road with Point S

Anyone who has ever broken down will recognise that awful sinking feeling you get when your car comes to a stop. You can feel so helpless and frustrated, but it must be even worse when you know it could have been prevented. According to the AA, flat tyres are the second most common reason for calling a breakdown service, and while some punctures are unavoidable, there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the risk of ending up stranded with a flat tyre. We’ve teamed up with Point S, a nationwide network of car tyre dealers, to bring you some top tips.

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I haven’t had a punctured tyre but my car has broken down before. The first time, about 7 years ago, my car completely cut out while at a roundabout, blocking traffic and leaving me stood in the pouring rain. The most recent time was a couple of months ago, when my engine started spluttering on the way to work and I had to wait for over 2 hours in the freezing cold. It’s a horrible feeling!

I have to admit, I’m pretty rubbish when it comes to cars – I know how to check my tyre tread and pressure but I tend to leave it up to the other half most of the time! But it is so important to know how to carry out basic maintenance. Not only is it illegal to drive with tyres below adequate tread or pressure (you could end up with a hefty fine and points on your license) it can also be incredibly dangerous. It can increase braking distances and reduce grip on wet roads. Safety is the most important factor and we all want to be sure that we are being safe, especially when we are responsible for driving around our loved ones.

Here’s a few tips to help you stay safe and stay moving:

  • Regularly check the air pressure in your tyres, even if they don’t look flat. Most fuel stations have air pressure facilities, or you could use a foot pump with a pressure gauge.
  • Make sure you know the correct pressure for your tyres by checking your vehicle’s user manual or the inside of the car door. Sometimes front and rear tyres require different levels of inflation, so always check. The legal limit for minimum depth of the tread on your tyres is 1.6 millimetres.
  • If your tyre needs inflated and you have to drive to access a pump, reduce your speed to make sure you have control over your car.
  • If your tyre is completely flat, then find a safe, level location away from traffic. If you have spare and are able to, you can change the tyre yourself. The Point S website features some tips on how to change a flat tyre.
  • If you don’t have a spare or are unable to change the tyre, then you will need to call a garage or breakdown service. I know what I would prefer – I don’t think I would attempt to change a tyre myself but it’s always good to know how to do it, just in case you find yourself in a situation where you need to. You should never try to change a tyre on the motorway or at the side of a busy road.
  • When fitting a spare tyre to your car, check if there are any limits – some spares have a top speed limit or can only be used for a certain number of miles.
  • If you need new car tyres – if yours continue to deflate or the tread is low – then check out www.point-s.co.uk, who can offer you a range of tyre manufacturers and fit them for you properly.
  • It’s a good idea to keep the following in your car – a torch, a reflective jacket, a blanket and warm clothing (during winter), water and snacks in case you are stranded for a while, a first aid kit and an in-car phone charger so you don’t run out of battery if you need to call for assistance.

*This is a collaborative post in partnership with Point S.* 

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The toddler’s first hair cut

2016-05-11 06.27.29Clara has had her first ever haircut. Some of you may remember a few weeks ago I wrote a post about how our youngest daughter pulls her hair out. We managed to find a solution to stop her pulling in the evenings and she had stopped pulling quite so much during the day, but her hair was a mess.

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Her hair on one side had grown quite long, while the other side was short and wispy. She looked like she was sporting some crazy asymmetrical mullet. Plus the side that she previously didn’t pull was growing so long she could then reach it with her non thumb sucking hand and started to pull that out too.

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So we made the decision to cut her hair. Even as I walked into the hairdresser’s I wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do. Even as the blonde locks were tumbling to the floor I wondered if I’d been too hasty. But as soon as the hairdresser finished and Clara was sat there with a big grin on her face and a cute new ‘do’, I was relieved.

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She looks so cute and it’s much neater. She was amazing in the hairdressers. I wasn’t sure how it would go – I expected tears or at least some apprehension. Confident, chatty, and smiley, she sat on my knee and wasn’t phased at all. She was just really proud to show off her new do!

And I’m proud of her. My beautiful, smiley girl.

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23 Month Update

It really amazes me just how much Clara grows and develops every single day. She’s like a sponge, just soaking up everything around her. I try to think back even three years ago when Izzy was Clara’s age and I feel guilty that I can’t remember how old she was when she did certain things. At least for Clara I will have these updates to look back on, even if I am pretty rubbish at keeping up with them (it’s been 3 months since our last update!).

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  • When it comes to talking, I don’t really know where to start! Clara is learning new words every single day and constantly amazes us when we hear her say something for the first time. She puts together several words at a time, and she can usually tell us what she wants, or what she has been doing at nursery. Her latest news words and phrases include:
    • “Mmm, delicious!” (while eating broccoli – I don’t think she knows what delicious means!)
    • “Where Moo Moos gone?” (when she can’t see the cows out of her window)
    • “Come on Bella!” (while gesturing with her hand for Izzy to hurry up)
    • “I need snack / drink / hug / cake.” (Everything is “I neeeeed”)
    • “Anna”, “Elsa”, “Feber” (Frozen Fever)
    • “Oh no, what happened?”
  • She can count to five, although when she says four it unfortunately does sound like she is swearing!

She calls Izzy “Bella” and she loves her so much. She will climb into bed with her, or up on the sofa, always giving her hugs and kisses. They run around together, hold hands, and just love being sisters and best friends. Of course they fight, and Clara has a habit of pulling Izzy’s hair, but Izzy is fiercely protective and when they are out together she is always looking out for her little sister.
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  • She has a habit of waving at strangers and calling then Daddy, which gets a few funny looks! I think she thinks all men are called Daddy, and all women are called Mummy.
  • We haven’t started potty training properly yet but there is a potty in the bathroom and now and again Clara will sit on it and make us all clap for her even though she is yet to actually do anything in it. She has a book called Princess Polly’s Potty which she likes to look at.
  • Mealtimes are hit and miss, She has got into the habit of throwing food and climbing out of her high chair, so sometimes it can be a bit of a nightmare!
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  • IMG_20160407_175156[1]She loves books and lately has been enjoying The Tiger That Came To Tea and Giraffes Can’t Dance.
  • Unfortunately she has been pulling out her hair – it is growing back really quickly and she was doing really well, but the past couple of weeks she seems to have gone back to pulling her hair out quite a lot during the day, which is a shame.
  • Our little poser loves looking at photos of herself. Whenever I take a photo she says “I see” and insists on looking at the phone or camera.
  • “I walk” is another often uttered command, as she loves walking everywhere. Of course its not always practical and she’s generally quite content in her pushchair, but its so nice just strolling along holding hands, while she points out the birds and trees.
  • IMG_20160314_220947[1]One of the funniest things lately has to be when Clara hurried through to the kitchen to get a dustpan and brush shouting “I made mess!” On following her through to the living room I found that she had tipped dry cereal all over the floor, but bless her she was trying to tidy it up all by herself. Of course she made even more of a mess but it was still cute that she tried.