Why I can’t bring myself to start potty training my toddler

Potty training my first child took 6 months! There were accidents all over the house, it was tiresome. It’s put me off potty training the second until he’s a bit older. What are you experiences with potty training?

The Mummy Bubble

I spend way too much time thinking about, talking about and doing stuff involving bowel movements and urine.

I wasn’t particularly thrilled at the prospect of handling another person’s poo and wee requirements when I was pregnant with my first but I really didn’t think it would be as huge a thing in my life as it has become.

Not a day goes by when me and my husband don’t have some kind of poo-related chat. We may occasionally make a casual comment on wee, but it’s poo that dominates the nappy chat.

Here are some of the things that happen as I find myself obsessing about my children’s messy output:

  • I know both children’s poo faces, and the faces/noises that precede that moment. Come to think of it I actually know when my toddler is pooping even when she’s out of view as she has a very quiet grunting…

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Camp Bestival 2017 Review

Family festival – Camp Bestival. Mum’s review. Next year perhaps?

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Wet, Wet, Wet.

And we’re not talking about the band! Pop Stars and Rock Stars descended on Lulworth Castle for Camp Bestival 2017. Camp Bestival is the younger festival of Bestival and Common People. Every year hundreds of families enjoy a quality 4 day holiday to Lulworth Castle in Dorset, England. There are 6 main camping zones, Backstage Hospitality, Boutique, Camping Plus, Pre-Pitched, General Camping and Campervan fields.

Preparation is key for UK festivals!

People had been avidly checking the weather forecast in the lead up to the festival and thankfully having the super organised daddy that I have, we came prepared for the worse and hoped for the best. We were due for rain over the weekend and the worse weather Camp Bestival had seen in seven years!

Camp Bestival 2017 Review A bright start to Camp Bestival

Thankfully the sun shone on Thursday when we arrived. After a major trauma of daddy…

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What’s in a slogan?

It's just a T-Shirt? Right? I am inspired to write this after seeing a Tweet today about children's t-shirts in Morrisons. Innocent enough right? Wrong! In a nutshell, Shelley Roche-Jacques tweeted a picture of child t-shirts in Morrisons, as she was horrified by the messages: "Little Man, Big Ideas," "Little Girl, Big Smiles" and "King... Continue Reading →

Comparing pre-loved designer handbag websites. Is there a difference?

Thank you for s brilliant synopsis! Time to go bag hunting!

When you want the real thing, the designer handbag, but not necessarily at the original retail price, it is time to say hello to pre-loved shopping.  There are a variety of places to shop,  both offline and online, however, I decided to do some search engine queries and read the fashion editorial recommendations.  Five destinations frequently came up in my results.

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The one working mother stereotype you are wrong about

I just love this article!

The Inconceivable Adventures of Parenthood

Let’s talk about mis-perceptions and stereotypes about working mothers.  Here are a few stereotypes that are mostly wrong….

  • Working mothers don’t pay enough attention to their families
  • Working mothers only work because they want to avoid taking care of their children
  • Working mothers look down on stay-at-home mothers
  • It’s impossible to be a good mother and for a working mother be good at their job
  • Working mothers are only working because their husband doesn’t earn enough to let them stay at home

Are your eyes rolling yet??!

And it is this particular one that I want to talk about….

Working mothers must hate that someone else is raising their kid.

I don’t speak for all working mothers obviously, but for me this is very wrong.  Firstly, let’s talk about someone else ‘raising’ our kid.  Chris and I are BOTH raising Aviana, whereas the teachers at daycare are doing what they…

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Made in Basingstoke Festival

So lovely to see lots happening in Basingstoke for kids! We must pop by as it looks like fun

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Dear Mummy, Basingstoke is my hometown and we are lucky that there’s always lots to see and do. This summer from the 14 July to 13 August 2017 Made in Basingstoke Festival is happening across the town and comprises of four themed weeks entitled Create, Taste, Discover and Make. The Festival will showcase the town’s artists, foods, attractions and people through a comprehensive programme of daily activities to be staged at key attractions, shops, museums and shopping centres across the town.

Made In Basingstoke Festival Review

We were lucky enough to head down on the opening week of the festival for the ‘Create’ week and visited The Malls and Festival Place, our local shopping centres to try out some free activities. On the day we visited we saw some local craft stalls selling handmade products from fine drawings to beautiful ceramics underneath white marquees.

Made In Basingstoke Festival Review

My mummy had the opportunity to participate in an Eco Chalk Workshop at The Malls, which…

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Mum squad meet-ups: Picture perfection vs reality

I would be lost without my mummy friends, you are so right about our meandering conversations over the tantrums! As for Gina Ford and other such books … burn them!!

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When I was pregnant with Bubba One I pictured many things through a set of very rose-tinted glasses.

I pictured what the birth would be like, how I would feel afterwards, how I would follow all those oh-so-simple instructions in the baby books and how I would manage day-to-day by floating on a bubble of new mummy joy.

Fast forward two years and two babies later. I would love to go back in time and snicker at my old self, maybe clue myself in to the s**t that’s about to go down. But it is impossible to communicate the reality of parenting to a non-parent. It’s like trying to explain the full plot of Lost to someone who has never seen it. With the island, the polar bears, the crashing plane, the big electromagnetic field nonsense and all the vomit (think that one slipped in from the parenting stuff actually)…

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