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Inside my mothers day card

These are the prints
You’ve often seen before,
On the kitchen wall
And bathroom door,
Those you quickly washed away,
These you’ll save for a future day.
For they will remind you
When I’m big and tall
That once I was little
And my hands were small.
Happy Mothers’s Day Mummy, I love you!

(how cute)

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Do you have a Tiny Taster?

Little Dish are looking for 6 new Tiny Tasters to join our taste testing panel. To apply, please visit our Tiny Tasters app on the left at

To enter, parents will need to submit photos of their children eating and complete a simple application form.

I have applied . It looks like a fantastic opportunity.  Good luck all.





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Its not fair…………Where did my baby time go?

As today is Alex’s 2nd birthday I find myself feeling very lost. Where did my baby time go?


To Alex
I was very much looking forward to meeting you as I had 2-3 sessions of flu through my pregnancy and just wanted that first cuddle, even though it was funny watching you kick the remote off my big belly. You even managed to arrive on time as the 23rd was my due date.

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We were really worried they your big sister would find it hard to share her parents but she has been wonderful. I know she loves you with all her heart and will always protect you with every fibre of the being. She knows that both of you are very special and both of you are very loved.

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You show us a little more of your character every day. You love music and dancing and play with toys far more than your sister. You have a big love for trains which has to be genetic as your daddy and grandpa are very pleased you are following their example. You love getting messy and I am sure you have lots more muddy puddles to play in. This year we did wellie watch as you decided to wear your wellies all day long even at home. (We had to hide them so you couldn’t wear them to go somewhere special). You got up to over 23 consecutive days.

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I am looking forward to all the special time I have to spend with you but please don’t be in such a big hurry to grow up and remember to give your mum a big hug.  I am sorry if you catch me shedding to odd tear on your birthday, next year I will try harder to be a good girl and stop driving my poor husband around the bend.

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 Happy Birthday Alex



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An amazing Christmas

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We have out first Christmas at home and not bouncing between the alternate in-laws. PC250048 An amazing Christmasit was lovely.

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Halloween Thank You

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My daughter was very successful on Halloween,

I was so happy for her as she usually cries when no one will open the door.

I  just wanted to say Thank You from the bottom of my heart. You made me a happy mummy.

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Tea party

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The traditional summer tea party is sometimes overlooked as old or unoriginal. However it can be used to teach your child so many different things.

At a tea party, large or small, a child gets the opportunity to interact with others in a social setting. This is a very important skill that children need to master. It encourages children to say thank you and teaches them when to use such niceties, for example when a child gives you something or when they are given something by another. The actions in a tea party are very repetitive which gives the child more opportunities to learn. You can decide if you want your child to pretend to eat or drink or if you want to introduce small pieces of food and water.

Extra questions can also be introduced,  i.e. Asking your child to “find me something red”  (more colours can be introduced as your child progresses and grows). Or “Find me something big or small”  Or “can you put all the blue cups together.”

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What we did this summer

Camping is a brilliant way to teach your child about the world in which they live, and dressing up is a fun way to show them how different cultures dress as well as a way to just have some fun so what happens when you combine the two???

Lots and lots of family fun.

Don’t forget to dress up too!  When we went camping for our summer holiday  (with a big difference) the whole campsite dressed up as pirates. Yes,  pirates. Over 500 people camped in Derbyshire in order to do some Geocaching (high-tech treasure hunting) and have good family fun on a campsite.

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If you don’t feel that dressing up in public is for you, then why not try dressing up at home? My son learnt so much that weekend that  I would recommend this activity to anyone.


This post is an entry into the Tots100 Best Western School Holiday competition.

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Geocaching (treasure hunting) is a good family friendly activity that all children seem to love. It can be undertaken all year round but is far more enjoyable in the summer.

There are thousands of hidden treasure boxes (large and small) all around the world. It’s a good way to find new friends and the best parts  of each area of Britain because the treasure boxes tend to be hidden by locals who know what areas are interesting / family friendly to visit.

The caches (treasure boxes) are posted on the internet with relevant information ie is it accessible with a car or do you have to walk to find it, If you do have to walk,  how far and is the terrain pram friendly.

Once you have found the box you can sign a little book to prove you have found it. There maybe coins and small toys that can be removed from the box if you leave something in its place.  Then you hide it in the same place for the next person to find.

More information can be found at It gets you out and about in the countryside and the children have a more interesting time as they focus on the finding of the cashes.

I must warn you it can be addictive and many people have commented that it is a big part of their life.

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