Centerparcs Elveden Forest: Toddler’s Holiday

Elveden Forest Centerparcs with a toddler
A holiday in the forest

We are just back from a week at Elveden Forest Centerparcs with our two year old.  We took it as a respite from the daily grind of February in the UK. Honestly, February is the worst month of the year. January is grim, after the excitement and cheer of Christmas, but by the time February rolls around, getting up and going home in the dark is starting to wear PREEEETY thin. In pre-LP times, we jetted off for a sneaky bit of sun in Lanzarote, to take a week off the tail-end of winter, but it’s not so easy or stress free to holiday abroad with a toddler.

This is why we resorted (see what I did there?) to Centerparcs, which is wonderfully set up for families. We have been before, but not to the Elveden one. I was drawn there following my Google searches on “which Centerparcs is the best” and the promise of muntjac deer as well as the obligatory waterfowl and squirrels. Read More

What if being tired is just the new normal?

is tiredness the new normal

This is how I feel right now, but with more hair

At what point do you accept that actually you’re not tired – that actually this feeling that you may once have called tiredness is just the norm now?

I’m getting to a point that I’m so used to being tired, there hardly seems any point mentioning it. Or more accurately, that I sound like such a broken record of someone saying they are tired that I’m bored of remarking on it – and I’m sure my husband is. Maybe it’s just being a parent? Maybe I’m getting soft? Maybe I work too hard? Maybe it’s just getting a bit… older?

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not exhausted-sleep-deprived-crying-can’t-function tired, like I was when I had a Read More

Kenilworth Castle: toddler’s day out

Kenilworth Castle toddler's day out
We had a lovely day out at Kenilworth Castle today. It’s a perfect excursion for the days between Christmas and New Year – crisp, bright and festive. We all had fun exploring and LP tired himself out clambering over the ruined ramparts, so now he is having a snooze while twilight falls, and I’m writing this in the glow of our Christmas tree lights.

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DIY Window Paint for Toddler Play

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Window art for young children

We tried out this recipe for DIY window paint last Saturday when the wind and icy drizzle succeeded in dampening our (mommy’s) interest in exploring outside. It’s a fun, creative and most importantly – easy – toddler activity that doesn’t make *too* much mess. An excellent way to spend time on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Take a deep breath, have a coffee and get mixing!

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Things that only happen at Pilates

what really happens at a pilates class

Hey guys, we’re just hanging in the Pilates studio, nothing embarrassing happening here

Certain things happen at Pilates that normally stay in the Pilates class. You get yourself into all kinds of weird positions. Events take place. There is a silent understanding that those events will go no further than the class door. Until now.

That’s right – I’m lifting the lid on the Pilates studio to reveal what really takes place in a Pilates class! Some good some bad – all part of the process. Here we go:

1. *ALL* body parts are freely discussed by the Pilates instructor

 
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Nappy changing and the art of Zen

nappy changing and the art of zen

You discover things about yourself when you become a parent, some more surprising than others. And nappy changing is one of the most educational parenting experiences of all. It occurred to me that in rising to the challenge of a stinky nappy, you attain a certain sense of zen.

Warning: this is not a post for the easily disgusted or anyone wanting to preserve some mystery about parenting.

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Picture summary of the last two weeks

The last couple of weeks we have been:

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Celebrating birthdays

 

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Planning to move house

(and savouring the favourite views in our current house, like the sun on the stairs on a weekend morning)

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Attempting to take a lie-in to get over all the action

Normal blogging service will resume soon… probably.

An intense day of parenting

One thing that non-parents don’t understand is that an intense day of parenting can take it out of you just as much, if not more, than a hard day at work. Hey, no one does understand it until they have kids. But after a few (lovely, well-meaning) people told me to have a nice day off and relax when I finished work last week, I thought I would share exactly what I have been up to on my day away from the office, to show just how relaxing and rejuvenating it was.

Hint: not that much.

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LP at 19 months

I wasn’t feeling well last weekend. For once it wasn’t LP’s fault, I caught a terrible cold from someone at work, so unfortunately, it was me infecting him this time around.

Portrait Drawing of a ToddlerThis resulted in me not having the energy to do much apart from sit on the sofa and LP blessedly having a three hour nap to get over the bug. So I took out my sketch book and decided to draw something based on this photograph. This was LP’s first time on a boat – a ferry – taken on our recent family holiday in Padstow. Which is a gem on the Southern coast by the way – sea, white sand beaches, beautiful countryside and good food.

Anyway, here’s the drawing:

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20 minute workouts for people who just don’t have time

20 minute workout videos for busy women

If you have a personal jetty you can exercise there – if not, your bedroom will work

We’re all busy and it doesn’t matter what the government recommends, sometimes 30 minutes of daily exercise just aren’t possible. Where can a gym session fit in, between getting up early to dress the kids and yourself, making lunches, working, a two hour drive to a client meeting, getting home late and then preparing dinner?

Lengthy exercise doesn’t always fit into the schedule and there’s no point beating yourself up about it!

However, even a 15-20 minute workout can get the blood pumping, loosen up stiff shoulders, cheer you up, relax you, give you energy or help you unwind before bed. I’m not a sporty person, nor could I ever be described as a “gym bunny” (yuck) but getting a bit of exercise always makes me feel better.

20 minute workouts anyone can try

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