• Full of Fear of Failing

    Back To Work: Full of Fear of Failing

    I’ve been getting prepared for going back to work for some time now. From meal planning to talking through with Mr C how our routine will need to adapt once I’m back. We’ve covered all bases; how we will all get to the right places at the right times, when we will do household chores like grocery shopping, family times carved out, time scheduled for batch cooking for the week ahead, and everything in between. Planning At Its Finest! It’s safe to say we’ve talked about, and mentally  worked out, pretty much every last detail. And yet still, as D-day draws ever nearer (t-minus 4 days, people!) I am feeling more…

  • Back to Work Easy Midweek Recipes Dolmio

    Going Back To Work: Easy Midweek Recipes

    I’m always after quick and easy recipes that the whole family will eat, and with me returning to work at the end of March I’ve been worrying quite a lot about keeping up with all of the fresh, home cooked meals we have been enjoying. So when Dolmio sent us the ingredients for a quick midweek spaghetti Bolognese I was intrigued to see if it would work for us, taking into account all of our likes, dislikes, and dietary needs. I like for food I cook to be suitable for everyone, from toothless Wills, typical toddler Amelia, and Slimming Worlder me (Mr C will pretty much eat anything). The last…

  • My Name is Leon emotional

    I’m An Emotional Wreck: My Name is Leon

    I did something this week that I haven’t done for a really long time. I read an actual book, from start to finish! I had no idea when I opened the front cover that by the end of the day I would already be half way through, and by the end of 3 days I would have finished the whole thing! And I had no idea when I started that within minutes I would be reduced to a blubbering emotional wreck. Because that is just not me! I have never been an overly emotional person (until I became a parent). In fact, a friend of mine who has known me since…

  • Birthday Party Prep

    Birthday Party Prep: My Little Pony – Moana – Frozen

    This week I’ve been preparing for Amelia’s 3rd birthday party. Initially, we weren’t going to have a party because, let’s face it, she’s 3, and the likelihood of her looking back in years to come and saying “Yeah, I totally remember when you threw me that really expensive party for my 3rd birthday. That party, like, shaped my childhood, man” is pretty slim. But, for reasons I’ll go into another time, we decided that we would throw her a party, and actually I think we got a pretty good deal on a local soft play centre. The venue hire includes a hot meal for all of the kids, but obviously…

  • Sleep Training: Have We Been Brainwashed?

    I happened across a blog post this week reacting to a recent episode of Panorama which was centred around sleep training. On first read, the article really hit some nerves with me, as it tackled some points that I have often thought about and regretted, in terms of how I dealt with Amelia’s sleep. I went back to read the post later in the day, and while I still agreed with lots of points the post made, there were a few points that I didn’t entirely agree with. Sleep Training is Wrong The post talks about sleep training, and why it is not the right approach for children, as it can…