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Driving Home for Christmas – Be Road Trip Ready

The festive season is well and truly upon us! My tree went up last weekend, the Christmas adverts have started and the shops are filled with festive tat. It might only be November, but by now most of us have started thinking ahead to our Christmas plans. Shopping lists will be written, presents stuffed in cupboards ready to be wrapped, turkeys ordered ready for the big feast. You may also be making plans to travel this festive season, but are you prepared for the big Christmas road trip? Many people travel long distances at Christmas. With family members often dotted […]

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Our Autumn Family Bucket List

Autumn is my absolute favourite season, without a doubt. Whenever I was younger, I preferred summer for obvious reasons. Six weeks off school won over anything else, and I was a bit of a sun junkie too. I do still enjoy summer, because it’s great to spend lots of time with the kids, but it just doesn’t have the appeal it used to. I’d happily move the big school holidays to the autumn if I could. Imagine, nine weeks of crisp autumn walks, evenings spent in front of the fire, hot chocolates. Sounds like bliss to me. Anyway, because autumn […]

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

A good night’s sleep is something I crave, all of the time. I love my bed. I love snuggling up under my duvet, and could happily spend the whole day in bed if given the chance. Of course, I’ll never be given that chance now that I’m a parent of two. My children are lovely little creatures but they definitely could do with sleeping a bit more. As most parents will know, time spent sleeping is precious. From the moment mama finds out she’s pregnant, sleep (or lack of it) becomes a big deal. From the uncomfortable nights with a huge bump, […]

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A Visitor – The Ordinary Moments

Last week my mam came to visit us from England. Since moving to Northern Ireland seven years ago, I’ve seen my mam only a handful of times. That’s the problem when you are separated by a body of water, it’s not so easy to visit. It’s not as easy as getting a return on the train and meeting up for the day, or taking a drive on a day off. Visits now tend to be reserved for special occasions, usually Christmas. Unfortunately this Christmas the cost of plane travel was too much, meaning my mam couldn’t visit over the holiday […]

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The Anxiety Diaries – Mummy Wales

Hello everyone, welcome back to The Anxiety Diaries guest post series. Today I would like to welcome Nicola from Mummy Wales to the blog. Nicola is a Welsh mummy of two living in the South East of England, blogging about her family life. Today she is sharing her story about her anxiety in social situations, something which I struggle with too. I’m not shy. Nevertheless, throw me into a crowded room alone, or ask me to give a speech in front of a hundred people and, guaranteed, my cheeks will turn red quicker than you can ask ‘what’s wrong with your […]

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