Our Weekly Roundup #16

  • During half term we had an amazing family trip to Legoland and Chester Zoo. We all had a great time and the girls went crazy when they realised we were going to Legoland – as we pulled up to the entrance! All the way in the car they had been shouting that we were going Slough and were really excited even though they had no idea what they were going to do there. I’ve got a couple of posts planned all about Legoland, which I’ll hopefully post next weekIMG_20160604_081941
  • Of course,  that’s if I ever get any time to blog! Clara is being a bit of a monkey at night times. For weeks now she has been refusing to sleep without one of us holding her or at least being in the room with her, then waking up in the middle of the night, sometimes for hours at a time. It means that by the time we get her to bed I then have no time left to do anything else – or I’m too exhausted to after having broken sleep the night before!
  • IMG_20160610_222740To try and solve the issue we thought it might be time for Clara to move from a cot to a bed. The first night we found her asleep on the chair, the next asleep on the floor behind the door. She seems to be getting the hang of it though! Typically she learned how to open her bedroom door the same day we took the cot down so we have had a little visitor in our room a couple of times.
  • On Sunday we attempted to blow away some of the cobwebs off with a walk in the Lake District. We went on a Gruffalo and Stick Man hunt at Whinlatter – Clara was excited everytime she saw a picture or sign, but wouldn’t go near the Gruffalo or Gruffalo’s Child sculptures. “I scared!”
  • She’s been loving dressing up as Jessie from Toy Story this week. She got an Elsa dress for her birthday but it was really tight so when we took it back to the shop she spied this one and kept saying “Yee ha!” Both girls love dressing up – I think their fancy dress collection is bigger than my actual wardrobe! IMG_20160611_162407

Our Weekly Roundup #15: Happy 2nd Birthday Clara

DSC_0824This week Clara turned 2. She’s been talking about her birthday for the past couple of weeks, telling everyone what cake she was having and singing happy birthday to herself randomly!

Izzy was at school on Clara’s birthday so Hubby took the day off and we made the most of some rare time just the 3 of us. We took Clara swimming, and then to pick her birthday balloon. She chose a massive minnie mouse balloon which then had to come all round town with us. We had babycino treats at Costa before picking Izzy up for the school Spring fayre. Later we all went for tea together and before bed the 2 girls were running around dressed as Neverland fairies playing in a new princess tent. Clara was over the moon with the celebrations and Izzy was really proud and telling everyone that it was her little sister’s birthday.
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The next day Clara and her friend Rosie, who turned 1 a few days later, had a joint first and second birthday party. They had lots of fun playing with their friends; it was nice to see Clara playing with her friend from nursery, apparently they are inseparable and follow each other around all day, so it was nice to be able to witness that for ourselves. She has a whole life inside nursery that we usually don’t get to experience. She also loves Rosie and was excited to share their birthday celebrations.

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It also meant a lot of baking. I made two cakes – a Minnie Mouse one for Rosie and a Daisy Duck one for Clara. Clara kept asking when she could have cake – she kept asking me to lift her up so she could look at it. It was so cute when we sang happy birthday and she blew the candle out herself.
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I can’t believe we have a 2 year old. It’s crazy how quickly the past couple of years have gone!

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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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!

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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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