Meal Planning in 2019

Sam already has nicknamed me “Dannii the list,” for my annoying lists that I insist on writing up, then ticking off tasks as I go along. I love my lists because they are so useful, not just in my personal life but in my professional work life too. These lists also fall under the meal…

The Dummy Diaries – the challenge

Who knew giving up the dummy could bring so many tantrums? At nursery, Emily hasn’t noticed one iota where her dummy or even her blanket for that matter, until I arrive to pick her up and it’s kick-up-a-fuss dummy screaming. Oh the joys of toddler tantrums when a dummy isn’t allowed (or anything, toddler tantrums…

I went to Kaspas and I loved it,

If, like me you’ve been to Kaspa’s in Broadstairs, you’ll know what the fuss is all about. Kaspa’s are a chain of exciting new dessert houses that offer the world’s favourite hot and cold desserts under one roof. Their emphasis is on high quality desserts, good customer service and an overall amazing dining experience for…

Emily tried a ballet class and loved it

Last Thursday, a few hours after nursery, Emily and I went to a dance class trial at the Star Dance Academy in Minster. It was a free trial session, as seen advertised on Facebook a few months earlier and something I had been thinking about doing with Emily for a while, but a little hesitant….

I think you should watch Three Identical Strangers…

Last year a film was released called Three Identical Strangers by Channel 4 and the film premiered at the 2018 Sundance film Festival where it won the US documentary special jury award for storytelling. This year, Channel 4 showed the documentary on tv. I had read an article about these three identical strangers earlier this…

Emily loves to get into the groove

They say if you want to influence your kids music tastes, you should get in there early. Emily has loved music since my she could kick in my tummy. Sam and I have our own tastes in music, and although broad, we have always shared our passion for different music genres with Emily. Due to…

Dummy no more?

At Emily’s nursery, in her toddler group, dummies are forbidden. Plenty of times I’ve dropped Emily off with a dummy in her mouth as she refuses to give hers up and I pick her up and she’s without it. I’m fine with this. After all, a dummy limits a child’s speech and that’s the last…

This fasting marlarky is tough, but I’ve got to do it

Its bloody hard. But, I need to do it. It’s the only diet that I can really feel the results working. I’ve tried plenty of other diets since I’ve had Emily and just feel that I can’t somehow commit myself to them. Am I lazy? Maybe. Could I push myself more? Possibly. But, it doesn’t…

How do you speak to your toddler?

I was out in town the other day and a woman said “why bother speak to your child if she can’t fully speak back?” Her remark baffled me. Emily’s 2 years old and although she’s not saying full sentences just yet, she’s a lot more confident speaking since she joined nursery and I will continue…

Will you be watching the new Frozen movie when it comes out?

If you’ve been on a different planet, you may have probably missed the biggest bit of news Disney gave out to the world the day before Valentine’s Day last week that Frozen 2 will he hitting cinemas at the end of the year. Fan or not, the 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy film that…

Childs Farm skincare range is perfect for all the family

Since Emily was born, her skin has been always something I’ve been worried about. With a family history of eczema and psoriasis, it was obviously going to be on my mind from the start. But thankfully, Emily hasn’t experienced any dry skin, just a little sensitive skin, much like Sam. Because of this, finding skincare…

A Chinese & Thai Foodie Fakeaway Eve with Friends

Who doesn’t like a takeaway? Chinese, Thai, Indian, curry, fish & chips, cheeky Nando’s, pizza, burgers, kebab – the options are endless. Us brits love them. You only have to sit and watch tv and notice the endless stream of adverts that can confirm this – JustEat, Deliveroo, Dominos. It’s easier to eat in, than…