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My month in Instagrams: September 2014

September saw two significant milestones: my birthday (21 again, obviously) and Toby heading off to primary school for the first time. But before he did, we made sure his last days of freedom were packed full of fun. Beaulieu and the beasts Although they’re now at the same school, the boys started term a week… 

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The Blood of Olympus – Preview & Competition!

A very short post, offering you a sneaky peek at the new book from Rick Riordan. HEROES OF OLYMPUS Book 5- THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS! In what could be Percy Jackson’s Final Battle, Rick Riordan’s series of demi-god adventures reaches a climax as a handful of young heroes face off against Gaea’s army of powerful giants. The… 

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The Blood of Olympus – Preview & Competition!

A very short post, offering you a sneaky peek at the new book from Rick Riordan. HEROES OF OLYMPUS Book 5- THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS! In what could be Percy Jackson’s Final Battle, Rick Riordan’s series of demi-god adventures reaches a climax as a handful of young heroes face off against Gaea’s army of powerful giants. The… 

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The Force, According to Max

*This story is from 2012* “When Daisy flew to the death star, saved the princess and blew it up,” sings Max, in the theme of Star Wars. (The walk home should be interesting) “You know, daddy, I really like Star Wars,” says Max. “Yeah, I kind of got that,” I reply. (For the record, Max… 

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All My Friends Are Turning 40 C/O @DBTHSocialPR

Growing Up Doesn’t Mean Growing Old I’ve just turned 40. There I said it out loud. The idea of turning “middle aged” has terrified me for a long time. You remember the scene in Harry Enfield when Kevin turns 13 and immediately turns from a polite young lad in to a monosyllabic stroppy teenager? I… 

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Review: Medela Breastpump & Nursing Pads and Bravado Nursing Bra

  Since we had Baby L just over seven weeks ago, we (or should I say Hayley) have exclusively breastfed. We’re not against formula feeding and would have done it if the little one hadn’t taken to the boob so well, but as she did, it has made sense to feed her as naturally as… 

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Supermarket Baby!

“Baby’s crying!” Shouted the toddler in the buggy at the neighbouring checkout. That’s the point I realised my shopping trip was falling apart… My new household job (potentially a permanent one) is to go food shopping on Saturday morning with our baby girl in tow. This, while my wife charges round the local park on… 

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FAIR GAME

The smell of funnel cake greeted us as we entered the fair, the powdered sugar teased our taste buds with every step forward and the sight of rides already in motion a small hike away welcomed us back. Last year was Madison’s first time experiencing the fair and she’s been asking to come again ever… 

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A Dad’s Experience of Mumsnet’s Bumpfest 2014

Rather than a normal Saturday of lazing around the house watching football and generally being a slobby pain for the missus, I actually left the house today and travelled into London for Bumpfest 2014 organised by Mumsnet. Not only was this my first trip to the Capital for a few months which brought back unwanted memories… 

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Warfare in the classroom

So I started teaching my class about Hitler yesterday. That’s a lot for these 10 and 11 year olds to take in, right? However, at the same time, they demonstrate a remarkable emotional maturity to deal with major themes, horrible tragedies and difficult topics. It was the first time I’d had them all totally hooked… 

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Bring Back The Spice Girls C/O @fhoodstories

One thing I’ve noticed since being a parent is that I find myself saying things that I never thought I would say. Regularly these bizarre, ridiculous statements seem to fall out of my mouth before I even realise what I’m saying. Sentences like “I can smell poo but I can’t find it. Where is the… 

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A Parenting Fail Does Not Make You A Failure As A Parent C/O @ParentalShift

Parenting is tough. Anyone who says different is not trying very hard or isn’t a parent themselves. It can be an uphill battle with no clear path to the top. Those of us that are trying can go crazy from our efforts to do the right thing all the time, which will put you as… 

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