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Think Toddler Sized: Feed My Little Pal!

Think Toddler Portions: Feed My Little Pal_Ghostwritermummy.co.ukMealtimes at our house can be a fairly stressful affair at the best of times. I know the kids need a balanced and healthy diet, but when you have one child who literally only wants to eat white food, another with allergies and two others with incredibly fussy palates, it’s easy to give in and let them dictate the menu. The thing is though, these little people are my responsibility and I want them to be healthy and strong; I know that the UK has a problem right now with poor health linked to bad diets, and I know that the education has to start now, while they’re young. We need to get them into better habits! This is why the Think Toddler Size campaign is one that really resonates with me. I need help. I need to find ways to ensure my kids are getting the right balance of foods every time they sit down to eat. And, more over I need ideas for meals! A few months ago I wrote about toddler portion sizes and as a follow up to this, the Infant and Toddler Forum are now running a competition to try and source the best and most innovative ways to help parents plan, prepare and deliver balanced and nutritional meals for toddlers- using correct portion sizes for little tummies. Allow me to tell you about The Think Toddler Sized campaign, and the Feed My Little Pal app! (more…)

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Three Beautiful Home Decor Ideas for the Work at Home Mum

  1. When I decided to work from home, I had all these dreamy ideas of what it was going to be like. Leisurely school runs (we could take our time seeing as I didn’t have to rush to the office on someone else’s schedule), followed by a hot coffee at my desk before settling down to the day’s tasks. I’d take on board all the advice I’d read by popping to the gym during my lunch hour, and making sure I took proper breaks to stretch, to potter and to simply enjoy being at home amongst my own beautiful things. The reality? Yep, it couldn’t be further from this actually. The mornings are rushed, despite having been up working since 5am. There is no time for hot coffee because that time is used to clear up the mess from breakfast and to put on yet another wash, which then causes the washing machine to rattle and bang for a good hour whilst I try to concentrate on what I need to do for the day. I do make time for the gym, but it always means even more work piling up afterwards. And enjoying my surroundings? I would, except that almost six years in and now I’m getting a little tired of them! We recently converted our garage into an amazing office space and since then I’ve been coveting accessories and home decor ideas that are going to make the dream of revelling in my space a reality. So with this in mind, here are five beautiful home decor ideas for the work at home mum from Uncommon Goods- because let’s face it. When you’re stuck with the same four walls all day and a never ending to do list for work, you need your space to look good!Three Beautiful Home Decor Ideas for the Work at Home Mum_Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

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This is Everyone’s Business

I haven’t been able to write much lately. Most days have felt as though there’s a fog hanging over life, with the briefest of snags through which the sun dares to poke a tentative ray. But the snags have been few and the light has been short lived, because I always seem to end up back where I started. Lethargic, uncaring, unwilling. I’m almost four months into my CBT sessions and I can tell you that they’re not getting any easier. Each week is now preceded with feelings doubt, dread and doom because I know what’s coming. And the days immediately after I am exhausted, and not just emotionally. My bones seem to take on the weight of whatever my mind cannot cope with, and I know that one day my body will collapse and bring it all tumbling down after it. Unless I get back up and fight. This is what I know I must do, and this is the hardest thing in the world for me to contemplate right now. I haven’t wanted to write at all, but this is everyone’s business and you need to know.This is Everyone's Business_Ghostwritermummy.co.uk

You need to know what it’s like. To sit in that small room with it’s strange temperature fluctuations (or is that me?) and it’s bare, empty walls. To sit in that not quite comfortable chair and open up your heart to lay it all bare in front of a relative stranger. To leave that rooms to fall into the arms of nobody, to know that once this hour is up there is nobody there to give you a hug. You need to know what it’s like to have to reach so deep inside yourself that what you see there makes you cringe, makes your skin crawl. What you see there makes you want to beat your fists against the wall and wail and scream. What you see there is both a shock and yet just what you expected all along. (more…)

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Fit to Dance with Disney!

Back in October Bella and I were invited to go and see Disney’s Frozen on ice show in Manchester and it really couldn’t have been more of an exciting opportunity! Bella has been a huge Queen Elsa fan for as long as we both can remember; one of the first songs she learned to sing was ‘Do you Wanna Build a Snowman’ and since the song was released we’ve barely stopped playing both the DVD and the CD. It can get a little much sometimes, but I have to tell you that she’s not the only one more than a little bit in love with the film! Along with attending the amazing show, we were also asked to take a look at Disney’s Fit to Dance resources designed to help bring the fun to life, and to encourage kids to get active and start moving at home and school. This is our Fit to Dance with Disney story!

First of all, I need to let you know just how exciting this opportunity has been. This is Bella’s face when we first arrived at Disneyland in Paris last Christmas. As we walked through the gates, from her vantage position on Daddy’s shoulders, Bella immediately spotted Anna and Elsa in their ice carriage and she was. blown. away. I mean, look at that face!

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