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Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 20

mummy bears best blogs shout out 20

Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 20.  Here I will share my favourite parenting blog posts of the last week or so in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of the week too!

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One day I would love to take our little bear to a festival, like the one that Pollys Little World is going to!…

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A very interesting debate about the age from which our children should be taught sex education from Farmers Wife and Mummy

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Brits get asked the funniest things, according to ClarabellaQ! Love the pic on this blog post too :)

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And finally, I absolutely love the beautiful pictures in this blogpost from Running In Lavendar and the telling of a vibrant day out! So glad I stumbled upon this one :)

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I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.

What was your favourite post this week?

Comment or tweet me or both!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Making child’s play of an ‘Elsa from Frozen’ plait… kind of!

How to do an 'Elsa from Frozen' plait... kind of!

How to do an ‘Elsa from Frozen’ plait… kind of!

Each morning in our house, I ask our little bear how she would like her hair.  True to our obsession with ‘Frozen’, it tends to alternate between ‘Elsa’ and ‘Anna’.  Occasionally she chooses just a head band but invariably she plumps for plaits…

Fortunately, years ago I used to be able to do a french plait on myself… I knew the practice would come in handy again one day ;)

I grab a section at the top of  our little bear’s head and ask her to keep her head still (this usually works…)

Then I grab a little section with the little finger of the appropriate hand and sort of match it up with the main part.  Then I do the same again with the other side and the other little finger!

This is repeated until we run out of hair… and then quickly pop a ton of hairgrips in to stop it all falling around our bear’s ears!

See, easy when you know how ;)

(who am I trying to kid?!)

Have you got a  funny ‘how to’ post that you would like to share?

Link up your post in the comments below using ‘comment luv’ and then hop over to Jenny at Let’s Talk Mommy for more blog posts :)

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Getting prepared for school ~ a uniform list!

A pretty ‘uniform’ school list…

Very soon our little bear will be starting ‘big’ school.

This week I realised that I ought to go through my checklist of things we need.  I’d say it’s a pretty ‘uniform’ list (pun intended – sorry!), so feel free to follow this list yourself (although it’s not unisex so please consider that!..)  If I’ve forgotten anything glaringly obvious, please give me a nudge by commenting ~ I’ve still got a couple of weeks…thanks:

Cardigan/jumper

Pinafore dresses/skirts/trousers/polo shirts

Tights/socks

Shoes

Plimsols

P.E. kit

School coloured hair accessories

School bag for holding lunch box/spare clothes

School book bag

P.E. kit bag

Autumn coat

Name tags!

Lunch box

Drink bottle

Envelopes for dinner money etc

Change pot to keep somewhere handy for collecting loose change for said dinner money etc ~ every penny helps, right?

Tissues (for me on the first day!)

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So please tell, have I missed something?

Do they need pencil cases and basic equipment to go in them at this ‘tender’ age?

Now to label everything up!… I may be some time.  Although I have done some already and not a needle and thread in sight ;)

It was pretty clear to me that my Word of the Week had to be ‘prepared’.

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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A day at the seaside… Magic Moment

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It was a decent day and we had promised our little bear a trip to the seaside when we were both off work.  So I grabbed the bucket and spade, a couple of towels, some drinks and snacks… not forgetting our little bear and hubby, and off we went on our merry way!

We’re only an hour from the nearest coastline but we’ve only been to the seaside a couple of times with our little bear.  And it didn’t take long for her to want to feel the wet sand beneath her feet.  We were there by 9am so had the beach pretty much to ourselves.  Of course, we had to build the obligatory sandcastles, collect a few pebbles and have a go with a handful of 2 pence pieces in the amusements.  That Minion was still clinging on for dear life when we left…!  There were also cockles on the menu (yum – although our bear didn’t think much to them!), fish and chips and I’ve forgotten something.  Ice cream!!  What trip to the seaside would be complete without an ice cream?

I absolutely love being near to water and although a bit nippy in the water, we had the best day ever :)

Read about more Magic Moments over at The Oliver’s Madhouse blog…

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 19

mummy bears blog shout out 19

Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Best Blogs Shout Out 19.  Here I will share my favourite parenting blog posts of the last week or so in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of the week too!

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To be honest, I don’t usually ‘do’ style blogs or read them.  They tend to just go over my head but let’s be honest; as a busy mum, it’s important to feel good about yourself.  Here’s how to do just that, thanks to Kelly at To Become Mum…

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And what do you think of post pics on facebook?  Are you a ‘deleter’ like Miss Fanny P?

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I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.

What was your favourite post this week?

Comment or tweet me or both!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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I’ve been cramming in Summer Holiday Activities…

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With a week off in the Summer holidays with our little bear, with strictly, absolutely no clock-watching, we’ve been doing lots of activities.  We’ve been cramming in a non-busy way ;)

 

There have been no rules really.  Just enjoyment, relaxation and a few lie-ins!

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Hubby and I are firm believers in ‘down time’ and letting our bear do what she likes in holidays and at weekends, basically following her lead.  But I had a mental bucket list that I wanted to keep in mind, ready for those “I’m boooored” moments when she needs that extra stimulation and so far mummy, daddy and our little bear have:

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Been outdoorsy.  We’ve visited the local parks.  If our bear had her way, this would be a daily occurrence but she has to go in the paddling pool in her Ariel swimming cossie and unfortunately the weather’s been a bit chilly at times!  The local recs haven’t had a look in.  It’s the ‘big park’ every time.  We don’t get the opportunity to do the park all that often because of work/childcare time restraints in the week and often the weather’s not great at the weekends.

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Been crafty!  Because there’s nothing our little bear likes more than making and doing, we had the paint box at the ready.  She painted her bedroom wall with daddy bear and this week she has painted a mural onto that wall.  We’ve also made crocodiles from a Toucan Box we had stashed away for the hols.  I’ll be blogging about that very soon…

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Been cultural.  We visited the local museum just today and in the process learnt about dinosaurs, the local area during the war and in the Ice Age.  Our bear flitted from one room to the next but she did enjoy it!

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But the biggie, the cherry  on top, the icing on the cake, was a desk that we put up for her.  This is no ordinary desk though.  It’s one we converted from her old cot :)  More on that on the blog in the coming weeks too…

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So, our week has been enjoyable, restful, invigorating, stimulating, lovely and crammed (in a sort of non-busy way!..)

And that is my word this week ~ “crammed”.

What’s your word?

Join in at The Reading Residence.

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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How to give your child a creative outlet

How to give your child a creative outlet blog

So we’ve let our little bear get creative and paint a mural on her bedroom wall!

She’s constantly colouring and cutting – at home and wherever else she may be!  When we have the time and the opportunity arises, she also loves messy play painting.  Although, it’s getting less messy each time now.  Sign of the times…

Recently, hubby and our bear painted a wall of her bedroom.  She decided on sky blue, so that she could later paint a rainbow, clouds and a flower on it too.

She used to have her own wall space downstairs that she experimented on (we’ve just recently had a decorating splurge so it’s been painted over).   She knew she could colour, paint, do what she wished with that wall, and that wall only.  It was ‘her wall’.  And she never bothered with pushing the boundaries and trying it on any other wall…

Give her an inch and she takes a mile – in the place she knows she’s allowed to… in her own expressive way.  And the result?  A creative outlet for her to be proud of.  And she is very proud of her wall :)

Just in case it’s not obvious (!), the above picture shows a finished painting of mummy (that’ll be me then!) and a work in progress of daddy!  (‘I’ was still wet so had no facial features at this point…!)

What creative outlet has your child got?  I’d love to know!

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Hop over to ‘Share With Me’ with Jenny at Let’s Talk Mommy…

~ Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 18

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Welcome to Mummy Bear’s Shout Out 18.  Here I will share my favourite parenting blog posts of the last week or so in the form of links to the relevant blogs.  Feel free to comment, perhaps with a link to your favourite blog post of the week too!

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First up this week, Peanut Butter on the Keyboard talks about giving our children a chance to be children.

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Kelly at To Become Mum salutes all mums but especially single mums (and dads!).  And I quite agree… How DO they do it?  I’d love to know!…

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Finally, Tom at Ideas4Dads asks ‘does size matter?’ in relation to tax codes and payslips, while attending a pre-school function.

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There  you have it then – I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did.

What was your favourite post this week?

Comment or tweet me or both!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Flexible working starts here!

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It’s been a week of new beginnings in the Bear household!  After several weeks of nail-biting meetings with my manager at work and HR, I started my new flexible working hours!  From the minute that I submitted my flexible working application form at work, to the minute I found out that they would meet me half way, I thought of very little else to be honest!  I had to request my new hours because otherwise we wouldn’t have managed to work out the school run in September when a new chapter begins.  So to say that it was a massive relief is, quite possibly, the understatement of the year… Well, that and getting our first choice of school for our little bear :)

 

Yes, this was the week that I started my new hours.  The same amount of hours, just different ‘shifts’ without the actual shift work.  If I’m not making much sense, then please forgive me but I’ve spent most of the week waking up, working out what day it, what shift hubby is on, whether I’m starting work at 9 am or later, what time I need to get our little bear off to the childminder…!

 

And now that the week’s over, it’s time for a week off work!  Yippeeeee!

 

How’s your week been?  What word sums it up?  Join in with Word of the Week over at The Reading Residence… 

 

 

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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Being stretched to the limit but holding it all together… just!

Quite honestly, my word of the week can only be …

word of the week elastic blog

…because I have been pulled in all directions, I have snapped, I have been wrapped around little fingers, I have been stretched in every way, shape and form imaginable, I have pinged back and ‘lost it’ but then more importantly, I have kept it all together.

 

Well, to be honest, that last one about keeping it all together is debatable!  You see, we have been decorating, dealt with blocked waste pipes, I have been a pushover with our little bear and I’ve just about managed to keep my sanity through it all…

 

Wonder what on earth the next week of the school summer holidays will bring?!

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Read my emotional and inspiring true story ‘Diary of a Complicated Pregnancy’. Available now through my website at Virtually All Sorts. 50% of sales to the charity Action on Pre-Eclampsia. …and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @ComplicatedPreg

Also available – my indispensable guide to avoiding ‘Working Mum Guilt’. Whether you are about to return or have already started back, this book offers practical solutions and feedback from real Mums with real families in real situations. Covering topics such as Post Natal Depression, childcare options, yours and your child’s development and time management – Ditch the guilt today! … and visit my facebook page or follow me on twitter @WorkingMumGuilt

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