My little princess is four next month and she still likes to sit in carriage…

Okay so there is allot of controversy around this ‘pushchair’s and when to give them up?’

I personally love having a pushchair with me it’s almost like I need it more than my little girl. It’s great you can put all you shopping in it and have your hands free. And if you’re on a long shop, as I will be next weekend on the last day of the Harrods sale… we both need it. Princess can’t walk for that long and I need something to carry all my shopping. Yes Harrods does offer customer collection, but it’s not sensible to use it on the last day of the sale as you’ll be queuing up to collect your shopping.

So I had the ICandy raspberry the 1st model that came out but last week I took it to the history museum and not sure how but I broke it at the wheel of the chassis!

The raspberry is just the best its compact and it carry’s allot in the basket. My daughter sleeps fine in it, it lies flat! I took it to Dubai, India and was looking forward to taking it to Germany and Pakistan next month.

Only drawback is when I washed the black seat with a jet wash it dried and there where white water marks? Not sure why. Also the straps to lock her in could do with being longer as my girls pretty small and at four she’s finding the straps tight.

I am now looking to get a new pushchair because I think I need one for another year or so. I babysit my nephews often too and that means I take 3 kids out. The youngest being 2 years old. And I have another niece or nephew on the way. So I guess I would like to get a buggy that easily converted into a double and can have a child stand and ride. I believe that ICandy do a great version the Orange. Does anyone have one can I have some feedback on what it’s like?

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What we did this winter…

Keeping toddlers entertained is hard work, especially if you don’t want them to be just sat in-front of the television all day!

For those of you who aren’t aware my girl attend one of the best Nurseries in London. It’s an outdoor nursery ‘Little forest folk’ I’d highly recommend it shes been there for almost a year now (after being on the waiting list for 1 Year!). Okay I’m diverting, will come back to the nursery in another post.

So I am mummy who hates the TV and if I lived on my own I wouldn’t have one in the house seriously (will write another blog later about my views on technology). I want to plan our winter holidays and keep my daughter well entertained. So what we did….

We went Ice skating at the Natural history museum in the first week of her Holidays. She wanted to ice skate in December 2016 when she was only 2 years and 10 months old, and I refused because I was scared I have never been ice skating. And when I inquired at the ticket office there were no tickets till much later that evening (and they were so expensive).

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So why in December 2017? Because I saw an advert in the the ‘Angels & Urchins’ magazine that said it was only £11 for one adult and toddler to ice skate before 3pm and get a free hot chocolate each from the Hotel Chocolate van! What a bargain.

Except when I tried to purchase the tickets online it just when to a blank page every time I went to the payment page. So I decided to buy them once I got there only to be told that the offer expired last week! I was so upset because the magazine didn’t state any exclusions. So now I had to pay £17 for an adult and £11 for a child and that is not including any hot chocolate (which came at an extra price of £3.50 each). So I set of from home hoping to take my girl on a trip that would only cost me a train ticket and £11 for ice skating and a hot drink (as I had already taken a packed lunch for us both). We had a look around the history museum which was free and my little girl can never get enough of the Dinosaurs. Except she was devastated to see that Dippy wasn’t there! She screamed down hall ways. Seriously she was distraught… it took ages to calm her down we had to get the museum staff to talk to her and explain why etc.

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How empty does the hall look without Dippy…. its just naked!

 

It was a great day out all in all. I did follow up the advertised price and we managed to bag a free pair of ice skating tickets on our chosen day. So we went back on the 7th January 2018 and it was great (the ice rink gets taken down on the 7th January). We ended our day with a trip to Harrods where she got her locks curled, sprayed with glitter and had a glitter tattoo all for free on the 3rd floor (Toy Kingdom).

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She also went to the Transport Museum with her Aunt and cousin which she enjoyed but was exhausted.

I did want to take her to Kew gardens but just didn’t get round to it as she had parties to attend and we had plenty of family time at home, visiting family etc.

 

Twickenham nursery schools….

The search was crazy. So I put my little girl in at 18months. 

But it was so difficult at first to select a nursery there’s so many out there. 

I looked at the ones closest to home ofcourse. But nothing quite tickled our fancy.

My brothers boys attend an Asquith Hounslow, the staff were great nice room. Well equipt. Great child friendly furniture. Balanced diet menus. But the garden was tiny. And when I say tiny I mean tiny!

The rooms didn’t have enough natural light and the mangers all seemed grumpy. 

Only upside was great room staff and good food and furniture. 

All in all it didn’t feel like my daughters place.

Then we went to all the other Asquith branches, including Richmond, Twickenham and Teddington. I was impressed by the food except that some branches didn’t have on site kitchens (which put me off) so food was deliver in. Some staff were nice, including managers. But it just seemed like they were churning out children and the staff were pressured to fill in loads of paper work.

I then popped in to a rather unusual nursery.

Annie’s Nest

It was the one…

A home from home…

Well rather a long waiting list, but do still enquire places do pop up.

When I called to visit it wasn’t easy to go and see them because they are just such a busy nursery and restrict visits to Friday mornings early so it doesn’t distrust the children routines. And rightly so I was impressed by this.

As I drove pass to park on my visit my first thought was ‘what an unusual building!’

So I walk up and there’s a gate with PIN number access. Good security! 

Then the front doors opened by the owner a parent himself of two boys ‘Kenny’; a uplifting smell of lemon grass oil hits me wow that’s a very fresh smell for a building full of babies. Nice! 

The three floor building is filled with natural light, you have to see it to feel the difference between this and a standard nursery.

The rooms are large, long and have plenty of open space. They are not cluttered with toys, unlike other nurseries I’ve visited. They have a nice sandpit space as you enter.

I knew it immediately this is our chosen nursery. They have no garden. Thats right but it the best bit about it… Why? you ask, 

Because the children are taken to one of the seven different parks that surround the nursery!

They leave the building to go for a walk in the fresh air and play in a different park daily. I think that’s much better than having an outdoor play area.

They are the by far the cheapest nursery in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. They have great staff that are well paid and only work four days a week and have three days off, so they have plenty of rest so that they are fresh and full of energy when they return to work.

I have to make my daughter a packed lunch. I don’t mind because I know what she’s eating. They provide breakfast, milk and water. 

I highly recommend it. 

The children learn Spanish. The staff are loving, effectionate and give plenty if cuddles.

You get a diary of what your child did that day, pictures and what they ate, when they slept, how many nappies they changed etc. This is sent to you before you collect your child.

When my daughter went for her first settling in session she was there for about two hours. When it was time to go home, I had to carry her out and she was screaming…. 

Because she didn’t want to go home! Now that’s how you know your child’s in the right place and you’ve made the right choice.

She still at Annie’s nest and still loves it at three years old.

*please note I have not been paid or given free childcare to write the above by any parties.





MA in Applied Linguistics & English Language Teaching.

So finally five years later I’ve completed my masters. 

But now what?

The reason I started the MA five years ago is no longer the direction I wish to take. I’m so confused help me….

For all of you who don’t know I started the master when I was single and not a mother, I had planed to use it to get me a job abroad travel and earn some tax free money. But during the course of the five years that it took me to complete allot has happened since, I got married, pregnant and divorced before I gave birth. So I’ve had a bit of a journey, my MA was placed on hold through this and the motivation to complete it had died.

Only up until recently after my daughter tuned 2 I realised that I only have 2016 to complete it if not I loose everything I’ve done. Yes… There’s a deadline you have to complete it in five years. So I pulled my socks up and made it happened. I just received an email and letter yesterday inviting me to the graduation ceromony, which I’m reluctant to attend but I feel I should. Why? To put a smile on my parents face.

I don’t even know what to do with this MA. Sorry I’m repeating myself.  I don’t even know how I managed to get it my English sucks. 

I’m not even happy that I completed it and I have no excitement. So strange isn’t it. A piece of paper granting me an MA and I’m just not bothered. I feel no gratitude or achievement from it. I feel empty actually.

Please do comment and give me some direction as to where I should go with this MA.

Potty training! About time…..

I thought I would have my girl out of nappies by the time she’s 18months! Sounds crazy right? 

It’s not really I was at a gymnastics session and noticed a little girl who looked like she was just 14months with leggings on and there was no bulging nappy or pull-up…
So I asked her mother is she potty trained ? And to my shock she was. Her mother told me she was 18months and she trained herself!

Really? Are you serious I thought. She said that she had an older sister who’s 4 and she would just follow her to the toilet and copy her. 

This little girl refused to wear nappies even at night, so her mother told me she had to wait till she fell asleep to put one on. Funny girl. So it’s possible to have them dry at 18months. 

But here I was with my  2.5 yr old still in nappies! 

I sat her on a potty every morning from the time she sat upright… Seriously! So in actual fact you could say I started or semi started potty training at 7months. But she wasn’t dry till 30months!

There was an advantage to this as she sat on the potty in the morning I would give her a book and get on with my morning routine, brushing my teeth etc.

And before I knew it she was weeping & pooing in the potty every morning. So this was an introduction to the potty. And we didn’t really get any further than this introduction for a very long time. I only realised the advantage of what I had done when my Brothers son was being trained and he was dry at 2 but he had an absolute fright when it came to pooing on a potty or toilet! Crazy, then I heard so many parents face this problem. So I gave my self a pat on the back for doing something right.

Potty train in India!

August 2015 

 We were going to Kerala for a month to an ayrevedic resort and I would be totally free to just eat, sleep, be massaged and potty train ofcourse.

At this time my girl was 18months and I was convinced she could do it. I hadn’t read any books I just took my potty and pull-ups with me. This was my mistake taking pull ups don’t do it!

When you potty train they remove a nappy and wear a under pant there is no in between. They just exchange a nappy for a pant. So anyhow I tried to train her for the full month! And failed ofcourse. 

So I came back to London and read some books and articles and learnt a few important points:

1. If you try and fail stop and give it a break and try after a while maybe a month or so.

2. Each child’s different some are dry at 18months others at 3 yrs old. It’s when there ready.

3. Don’t stress it works when you and the child are both relaxed, so have time for it put everything down when you plan to train and just dedicate your one whole wk to potty training. They will be dry in 7 days I’ve tried it after failing.

4. Swap nappies for underpants not a pull up

5. Let them see you go to the toilet and encourage them to use the potty at the same time.

6. You don’t need to buy a potty training toolkit. All I used was a potty and under pant the towel ones are good they soak up accidents and prevent there’s being puddles on the floor. I would put her two underpants in order to absorb any accidents.

I bought a pourty potty from Johnlewis for 9.95 gap a little expensive I thought but great pouring feature well worth it.


And I used bambino Mia training pants, I bought 5. And the underwear I liked was from gaps toddler range the fabrics thicker than the standard ones you get from any other brand.

* please note that I have not been paid to mention these products nor was I given them for free to write about them.


Her diary of potty trading went a bit like this she started training at 2.5 after I witnessed an 18months old with out nappies.

Day one 7 accidents

Day two 5 accidents

Day three 2 accidents

Day four 1 accident

Day five 1 accidents

Day six & seven she was dry no accidents.

7. You need a potty, underpants and pleanty, a bucket which I filled with water and soap and put all her soiled or wet clothes in when she had accidents. A treat to bribe them with I used dry fruit you should know what your toddler likes. I tried the reward chart but it didn’t work for my daughter, it might work for your toddler.

8. Once accomplished don’t get upset if they have the odd accident because it’s natural. When my daughter gets very tired or gets carried away with playing she can sometimes wet herself.

9. Its simple don’t complicate it. Keep a paper to jot down how often they wee, poo etc and this will give you an idea of how often to remind them to go to the toilet and eventually they will start telling you themselves.
Feel free to ask me any questions I would be very happy to advise. 

All the best.

BMW X5…. ‘no’ I candy peach 3!

Try it to believe it…

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Feels unusually light. Clean attractive appearance. Was simple to remove from packaging when it arrived easy to put together and get started.

It glides on the pavement.

 My daughter sits init like she’s on a throne!

A princess is how she makes out to be ( not sure if that’s just her personality or the way she feels when in the peach 3).

She rode init to the baby show and we tried it out on the bus, underground, overground and British rail all for the very first time. It was exceptionally easy to get on and of trains despite the large gap on the British rail at some stations I managed as the large wheels assist with this. Richmond park was fine on the paths but we could have done with all terrain wheels.

Whats important to us all when we buy our babies wheels is how easy is it to fold and opens? Easy, if my mum can do it so can you check out the demo video. It fits in my A class boot fine only have to remove one wheel; that’s easy too just the press of a button. The seat recline positions are great and the adjustable handles easy to adjust with a push of one button.

What would I change if anything? If only the seat lay flat I wouldn’t need to buy a separate carry cot. This ones for you Icandy, can you create the next version without the fixed angle so it lies completely flat and folds flat when stored? Also can you sell a set of all terrain wheels?

My daughter sleeps well init at 8 months even without the complete flat seat. It’s almost impossible to find a pushchair in this range on the market that does a lie flat position.

Forgot to mention rain covers great easy to put on too.

My mother the Gran gives it the thumbs up and that’s all  that matters in my family… Lol.  One last note the shopping basket is easily accessible and carries loads!

Any one got a pair of theses wheels?

what are your views on the peach 3?

 

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Kew gardens

 

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my nephew wanted to jump in the basket for a picture

 

Little Bu …..

Just when I made a rule that I won’t let my little girl wear nail varnish as a child I had to break it.

Rules are to be broken right?

So I was at the baby show this year and came across “Little Bu” and for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, it is a safe, odorless, non-toxic formula nail polish that washes off or peels off making it safe for kids. They are not tested on animals and are vegan (I had no idea you get vegan nail varnish!)

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How can I possibly say no to my daughter if she asks to paint her nails after all it washes off!

They are available in a wide range of colours & make great gifts all year round for the “Sweetly sophisticated girls.”

You can buy them online at Harrods or directly from Little Bu