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    #SaveFoodToSaveTime with Food Works Sheffield and Tetrads Events.

    I was recently contacted by the Tetrad Events team and invited to try out three meals from the Food Works kitchen along with their limited edition activity bag. I visited the  Wybourn hub to collect mine but there are also hubs in the Sharrow and Upperthorpe areas of Sheffield.  I will be the first to admit that I am usually quite apprehensive about food that is nearing it’s best before date and as such waste more than necessary. Recently we have been freezing a lot of our meat and bread, then defrosting it as and when it is needed, I have switched cotton wool for reusable alternatives and we are using our car much less.…

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    Beauty Samples I have used up lately.

    I used to save any samples or travel sizes that I picked up in gift with purchases or goody bags. Squirreling them away for times that I may get the chance to travel or fancy a change, but for the most part they just sat in a basket in my cupboard. With the likelihood of any travel looking quite slim for the next year I decided to work my way through them and try out some new products and rediscover some old favourites. Empties posts are some of my favourites so I hope that you enjoy this one too. I have used the coloured hearts below as a guide for…

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    Reflecting on 2020.

    2020 has been tough. There is absolutely no mistaking how much the world has changed in the past 12 months. We could never have imagined that we would spend the majority of the year unable to see our family, queuing outside supermarkets and tuning in to Boris’ speeches with our hopes pinned on being in Tier 2. I can’t say that it has been a year of joy and ease. We lost two very important people in my life, my Uncle at the end of last year and my Granny just before Christmas. We haven’t been able to visit Rosie’s nursery and see her new classroom. We were unable to…

  • Parenthood

    Why we love toy rotation.

    Rosie, like so many other toddlers, is very lucky to have a large family who love to spoil her with toys and books. I am also a serial bargain hunter and the majority of the toys and books I have bought Rosie have been second hand. As you can imagine, this means we have a lot of toys which can often be forgotten about.  Toy rotation involves having a smaller amount of toys and books out at one time. Quite often they are displayed openly, on shelves or a bookcase to allow the child to freely pick what they want to play with. By having an edited selection of toys at one…

  • Christmas,  Parenthood

    Our Christmas Book collection (Toddler/Board Books)

    I have loved books since being tiny and ever since finding out we were expecting Rosie, I was excited to read books with her. We are very lucky that we have a huge collection of books (thanks to a very kind Auntie Timmy and my charity shop addiction) so I store seasonal books away when not being used. We are still very much in the board book stage as Rosie is not only incredibly independent but also very heavy handed. These are a selection of our favourites that I would recommend that you add to your Christmas book collection. Dear Santa – Rod Campbell: I absolutely loved ‘Dear Zoo’ as…

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    Mess free painting with toddlers.

    I first made these ‘mess free paintings’ when Rosie was about 9 months old. It was a rainy afternoon and I was looking for something that would keep Rosie occupied, could be used as a gift for Father’s Day and used things that we had in the house so that I didn’t have to brave the supermarket. The great thing about them is they are completely customisable and dont take much time (or effort) at all – they would make a fab homemade Christmas present! You will need: Paper or Card Paints Glitter, Glitter Glue, Sequins etc Scissors Large Ziploc/Click and Seal bag Photo frame Sellotape To begin, trim your…

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    Play: Update your puzzles with this quick step.

    A while back I saw on Rebecca from northyorkshiremama (https://bit.ly/2IDPsH) share that she had put some photographs behind the pieces of one of her little boy’s peg puzzles. As they are a similar age, I made a mental note to try it for Rosie but then life got in the way and I completely forgot.  I was having a browse in our local charity shop and spotted the Melissa and Doug Latches Board, in perfect condition for £2. I had been looking at similar busy boards previously but thought they may have been too grown up for Rosie, especially as they advertise being suitable for 3+. With it being such…

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    The Essentials: Medela Swing Flex Electric Breast Pump.

    Before having Rosie I hadn’t really even considered buying a breast pump. I naively expected that everything would come naturally to us both. But of course, it didn’t and I ended up in Boots at Meadowhall. So there we were, on the way home from the hospital, 4 days postpartum, scanning the aisles for a breast pump. On the advice from the countless support workers and midwives who had been guiding us, I ended up picking up the Medela Swing. I had been using the Medela Symphony in hospital so my attachments and bottles would all be compatible which saved a lot of hassle and expense. I used my painstakingly…