The trials of single parenthood: a guest post

This beautiful and honest post has been written by a friend of mine who wants to remain anonymous, but wants to share her experience of being a single mum. I know it’s hard enough sometimes with kids when there are two of you, but to do it all on your own must be incredibly difficult sometimes!

The trials of single parenthood

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Getting married in less than 2 months has meant a lot of change for both me and my 8-year-old daughter. For the first time in her life, she will have a family in the traditional sense and from the many conversations we’ve had, I know that it means the world to her. After all, most of her friends have a family with a mum and a dad and she has always struggled to admit that – for her – family life was different.

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Hippychick Waterproof Tencel Sheet Review

As a proud Beebies Baby Store ambassador, I get the opportunity to see and try out new products which are going to be listed on the website. The latest additions to the Beebies catalogue are the Hippychick tencel waterproof sheets.

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 They are available in a selection of sizes – crib to kingsize in the fitted range, and cot to double in the flat sheet range, Unlike normal waterproof sheets, these are beautifully soft and feel lovely, not plasticky and sweaty, and making that horrible rustling sound! We were sent a blue flat sheet to review to go on Harrison’s single bed. He is still in pull ups at the moment at night which do occasionally leak, so these are perfect.

The sheet draws moisture away but prevents it soaking through to the mattress. If it gets damp, you simply pop it in the wash ready to put back on again – no more worrying about drying out the mattress.

I think I would personally prefer fitted sheets as they do stay in place better at night – at the moment we are using this under his normal fitted sheets. The flat sheets start at £14.99, and the fitted ones at £22.50. It sounds pricey but it really is a great investment for protecting mattresses.

*We were sent one of these sheets for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

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Say bye bye to head lice with Vamousse

The new school year is looming (or has started for many!) and with that comes the increased threat of some very unwanted visitors – head lice. You’re scratching your head now aren’t you?

It only takes one or two of the little critters to start an infestation. The easiest way for them to spread is through physical head to head contact, although sharing hats and hair brushes can spread them – they can live for up to twelve hours off the body,

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Twycross Zoo

With the end of the summer holidays looming, we decided to make the most of a decent sunny day and take the boys to Twycross Zoo. I went there a few times a child on school trips, and we went for a day out with my brothers a few years ago.

Now, I’m not a massive fan of zoo’s usually – I don’t think the animals get enough space, and I do think that keeping wild animals enclosed for our pleasure can be cruel – but Twycross Zoo do a lot for conservation, which I think is brilliant. They are currently involved in many conservation projects, but the main thing I like about the zoo is that the animals aren’t in tiny enclosures – they all have lots of room. In fact, there is a huge ‘gibbon forest’ being built – it’s massive!

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Freida’s Pantry Feeding Bars Review and Giveaway

I haven’t breastfed Benjamin for various reasons, but I breastfed Alex until he eventually self weaned two months before his second birthday.  I never had a problem with my milk supply, although I always struggled with expressing.

Breastfeeding can burn a lot of calories, and you need to make sure that you are replacing those calories with something healthy and filling. When you’re sleep deprived and stuck on the sofa feeding a new born, it is all too easy to reach for the biscuit tin! That’s when snacks such as these breastfeeding food bars from Freida’s Pantry are useful.

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Superparent Saturday #5

Happy Saturday! Unlike last week, this week has absolutely flown by! I can’t believe this is Harrison’s last full week at school before he starts reception at school. I sill need to get his uniform.
As always, there were some fantastic posts linked up last week, but Laura from Mind Mood Mommy and me chose this one about what to expect as a new mother from MamaMim as our favourite – go and have a read!
Onto this weeks…
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6 Things I Do That Annoy My Other Half

 

6 Things I do that annoy my other half

I was tagged by Laura at Laura’s Lovely Blog to come up with a list of six things that annoy my other half, Graham. I *think* I was supposed to list things that I think I do that annoy him, rather than ask him outright, but I cheated. I thought he may struggle with this one. Turns out he could list a lot more than 6…

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Through the eyes of a 4 year old…

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Harrison has spent his life being photographed, and seeing me take photos. Whenever he had the chance, he would get our iPhones and take pictures.  I think photography is a fantastic skill to have, and we obviously wanted to encourage him, so we bought him a VTech Kiddy Zoom Digital Camera last Christmas.

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Teddy Bear Mood Night Lamp Review

Teddy Bear Mood Night Lamp

As regular readers will know, a couple of weeks ago we went on our first camping trip. We were horrifically disorganised, but managed to borrow all the bits and pieces we needed.

The one thing we didn’t have was any sort of lamp or light, apart from a torch. A torch is great for finding your way around, but we wanted something a bit softer, to pop in the tent at night for the kids if they woke up. We were sent out this cute teddy bear mood night lamp from PK Green Shop, which was perfect. Continue reading

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Superparent Saturday Week 4

Happy Saturday!! This week has seemed a very, very long week!! I didn’t get chance to tweet out everyone’s posts but I added them all to the Pinterest board!
As always, we have had some fantastic posts link up, and it was difficult to choose our favourite, but we absolutely LOVED DIY Daddy’s Life lessons to share with your children – go and have a read.
Onto this week’s…
Parenthood Highs and Lows

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Choosing a Rug

Living in a rented house means we don’t get much of a say over decor. In our last house were able to replace the carpet (thank god Graham is a trained carpet fitter), but in this house we have a laminate floor.  A laminate floor is brilliant when you have kids – it’s easy to clean – no worrying about spilt drinks or splashes of paint, but it can also be very cold, and a little bit sparse looking. The most practical, cost effective and easiest way of adding a bit of warmth and personality to the room would be to add a rug. It also means you can change them if you do have the opportunity to redecorate, and if you move house, you can take them with you.

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Creating a Play Area in the Home

Creating a Play Area in the Home

When it comes to jobs we all love to hate, picking up the kids toys is right up there. In fact, according to a survey published earlier this year by Bright and Beautiful Home, picking up toys and clothes is the task most-hated by mums in the UK. One of the things that makes the constant toy clearing so annoying is the fact that dolls, balls, Lego bricks and colouring books seem to spread themselves across any surface in every room, especially the floors!

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Top Tips for Keeping Burglars Away

Top Tips for Keeping Burglars Away

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Did you know that a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK? We all know that certain times of the year, such as the summer or Christmas are prime times for burglaries to take place, and that there are certain areas of the UK that are more susceptible to burglaries, but did you know that being a renter increases your chance of being burgled? Legal and General have written an article about lifestyle choices that can make homes particularly attractive to criminals, and it makes for some interesting reading.

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Vango Starwalker Sleeping Bag Review and Giveaway

Vango Starwalker Sleeping Bag and Review

Last week, we went on our very first camping trip. I’ll be blogging about it later this week, but I can safely say we all loved it, and are hoping to make camping a regular thing.

Because we were complete camping virgins, we had very little in the way of equipment. We were given a tent and some air beds, borrowed some fold up chairs off my brother. We were going with Graham’s sister in law, who is an experienced camper so she had all the cooking stuff (thank god!).

The one thing we needed was sleeping bags. My brother had a couple we borrowed, and we were very kindly sent out a Vango Starwalker Sleeping Bag to review.

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Organix Baby Biscuits

We are huge fans of Organix snacks here – Harrison and Alex loved the carrot sticks and sweetcorn rings when they were babies, and now Benjamin is enjoying them all.

The latest addition to the range is the Organix baby biscuits, which we were sent to try.  They come in three flavours: creamy vanilla, strawberry and banana.

Organix Biscuits

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Superparent Saturday: Week 3

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone has had a good week? We went camping for the first time this week, and absolutely loved it! Watch out for some tips for camping with kids next week.

We had some fantastic posts link up last week – thank you to everyone who joined in. It was so hard to pick our favourite but we loved Nipper and Tyke’s tips for getting children to walk down the road – if you haven’t already, check it out here.

Parenthood Highs and Lows

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Superparent Saturday Week 2

Laura from Mind Mood Mommy and myself were over the moon to see six people join in with our very first #SuperparentSaturday last week – not bad for the first one! Thankyou to everyone who joined in and commented. They were all fab, but we particularly loved Nigel from DIY Daddy’s top ten dad tips – go and have a read if you haven’t already!

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Back to School with Bic Stationery

I always did the back to school thing as a student and then as a teacher – now I am doing it as a mum, and man, does it feel weird!! We will be going to get Harrison’s school uniform in the next couple of weeks, and making sure he has everything he needs to start the new school year.

He will be starting in Reception, so technically doesn’t need any back to school stationery, but just like me, he LOVES pens, pencils, notebooks, folders – a wander around Staples or WH Smith together would be our idea of heaven. At last count, he had eight notebooks on the go (almost as many as me!), and a pencil case full of pencils and pens. He loves to sit down and write notes, and draw pictures in his books, and he takes them everyone.

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Snowman and the Snowdog Personalised Book

I never normally mention the ‘C’ word until at least November, and I do tend to leave present buying to the last couple of weeks. Because Christmas was a bit of a blur last year with Benjamin being so poorly, I am determined that this year is going to be fantastic, and that means getting a little bit more organised. I’ve already started pinning ideas for presents, and looking out for bits and pieces as we go along.

One thing that I love buying are personalised gifts, especially for the children.We have reviewed Penwizard personalised books before for Harrison and Alex, which we loved and are still firm favourites at bedtime, so when we had the chance to review a personalised copy of The Snowman and the Snowdog, I was reall pleased – it was time Benjamin had his own book!

The Snowman and the Snowdog

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Pass Around the World

Pass a rugby wall around the world for your chance to win!

Allianz have teamed up with Saracens RFC and are honouring and celebrating the 2015 Rugby World Cup with the ‘Pass Around the World’ campaign.

The idea is to encourage people to film a short video clip of a rugby pass, and upload it to the  Pass Around the World website. All the videos will then be linked together to show one continuous pass – hopefully around the world!

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