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Wonderful Women Interview with Anna Lewis (Sketchy Muma)

Welcome to the latest Wonderful Women. This week I'm speaking to Anna Lewis, a mum of one and published Children’s illustrator from Cornwall. Whilst being a new mum she beginning making illustrations inspir...
four in the bed

There Were Four in the Bed

If you've found my blog through some explicit adult only Google search (!) let me start by pointing out that, sorry, it's not that kind of post. Today is about my kids sleeping in my bed-both kids, a fair few times a week. We call it 'Musical Beds' here, are you familiar with this 'game'?
Watching TV

The 10 Best Kids Films of All Time

We absolutely love films here, I'm a filmmaker and come from a family of cinephiles, and my kids not surprisingly love movies too, from live action to animation, across all genres and it really is such a joy reliving my youth through their film choices.
holiday collage

A Week in Marbella with James Villa Holidays

Last week saw 'part' of this family spend 7 days in Marbella, staying at the palatial Casa Haniel, a James Villa Holidays' villa in San Pedro, above, for a fabulous, relaxing, fun and invigorating week away.
happy

When Your Kid Loves Nursery

Those who follow my blog know that settling my youngest son, Alexander, now 2 1/2 into nursery has not been easy for either of us. Having spent most of the first 2 years of his life with either myself or my Mum, initially starting nursery at 2, felt totally foreign to him.
Xander

Nursery is Not Working Out

So those who follow me here and on FB know that Alexander, 2 and 4 months, trialled nursery last September after his 2nd birthday and HATED it.
Ooba Cosatto Pram-Honest Mum

Review of Cosatto’s Ooba Travel System

Last week saw us visiting the magical RHS Harlow Carr gardens in Harrogate, a usual family haunt of ours and a perfect location to show off the luxurious ride that is the Cosatto Ooba Travel System in duck-egg ...
My 1st Years robe

Alexander in Hooded Baby Robe by My 1st Years

I cannot believe Alexander is 16 months already, time sure is flying! I feel like I'm enjoying every second with this little one too. I found first time-motherhood tougher, a foreign world in many ways, a shock to the system (amazing too of course) but I'm a seasoned pro with my second son now!
Thomas party

Party Time Thomas Style!

Oliver had a fabulous 3rd birthday party with a few friends yesterday (27 being a few *cough). Held at a well known private leisure centre it was Thomas the Tank Engine themed (O's obsessed with that excitable little train and declared on seeing his cake, "I'd like to eat the funnel and boiler first Mama"). I might have had to ask him to show me which part was the boiler. What?
Oliver playing a tamborine

The Birthday Boy

Yesterday my baby child turned 3! 3 whole, flipping years! It seems like yesterday I brought him home from hospital all tiny and sweet (now he asks me questions I can't answer like, "If lions can't talk, why can Raa-Raa, Mama?" Well Cbeebies, what have you got to say for yourself?
Oliver

A Big Day for a Big Boy

Wow, a big day for a big boy. Forget big today was massive. Momentous. Huge. Like the opening ceremony of the Olympics or when Robbie left Take That (then rejoined 15 years later)...Drumroll... It was Oliver's first day at preschool... although anyone would think it was my first day at school, I was so flipping nervous.
Alexander

Besotted

You know when you look at your baby and see all the people you love in him and just melt. That. I'm totally besotted and walking on air. I feel like this all day, every day. Apart from the 4 am feed of course and when I can't watch Take Me Out without the subtitles on because the kid's wailing. Then, maybe, then, I'm slightly less besotted.
Oliver bike

Back on the Saddle…Oliver and his Strider Bike

Sunday was a perfectly sunny Autumnal day so we hit the park to enjoy the rays. Oliver adores his Strider ST3 Balance Pre Bike kindly sent to us earlier in the year from Learning Early. You can watch his excitement at opening his present here.
Eating lunch with the boys

Three Weeks Old Already…

I cannot believe little Alexander is 3 weeks old already-the days (and unbelievably the nights) have flown by.
big brother in waiting

Big Brother in Waiting…

I can't believe my 'baby' is soon to become a big brother. He adores babies, is the most caring of toddlers and kisses my bump constantly.
Pregnant Vicki

Bump Watch Week 38 and a Bit…

I simply can't believe I'm 38 weeks and 2 days already. This pregnancy has been pretty easy going and has just flown by. I'm ecstatic not to have OC this time roud and the baby will be here in no time at all. The C section is booked (as advised by my consulant as the safest for baby and I after an emergency first time) and I am ready, ready, ready folks (well as ready as I can be)...
Oliver's card

Happy 2nd Birthday Oliver!

My baby toddler turns 2 today. TWO WHOLE YEARS! So much has happened since his dramatic entrance into the world. We've lived in 3 different cities, had time off, started work again, made films, changed jobs, friends, houses and all the while our lives have been irrevocably, indellibly transformed by one charismatic and delightful young man. It's amazing that such a small person can make such a HUGE impression.