I often get asked about my favourite kids brands. I have a few: Monty & Co. for the hardiest dungarees and shirts, The Simple Folk for the softest organic basics, Jaggery for bright knitwear. But honestly, my all time preferred place to shop? My parents’ spare room where, built into the wall and painted a pale shade of orange, lies a wardrobe of forty year old jumpers, trousers, baby grows, dresses, coats and more holding a lifetime of knee scuffs, holiday ice creams and slow mornings. (ok yes, probably some moth bites and baby sick ups in there, too, but hey.)

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I freakin’ love dinnertime, which since lockdown started, have been full on, family affairs with all of us sitting down to eat together as one noisy, messy, sometimes semi-dressed unit.

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💆🏻‍♀️Close your eyes, take your first two fingers and massage your temples
🍨Book an online food shop and throw in a tub of Ben n Jerrys
💄Put on a slick of lipstick
📺Stick the kids in front of the TV
😴Stay in PJs the whole day
☎️Phone an old school friend
✍️Write a letter to an elderly relative
🐩Brush your hair, like really brush your hair
👗Pull on a dress you put away for ‘best’. Add tights if you, like me, still struggle with hairy legs
💪🏼Stand up, clasp your arms behind your back and pull downnn
📻Put the Dawsons’ Creek theme tune on real loud
✍️Write a page of a journal. In fact, forget the word ‘journal’, just write something, anything down
📲Turn your phone off for the whole day
👣Moisturise your feet
🛌 And finally…. get yourself into bed tonight at 9pm.

BOOM ⚡️

What have I missed?

Emma xxx

Well, that was a fun one.

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As you can probably deduce from the title of this post, my head is buzzing with random titbits I want to share with you all. The problem, however is that – WOAH September is busy not least with my middle one starting school – and so I’m struggling to find the time to articulate them. (see also overflowing nappy bin above). So I thought I’d just outpour two small things on my mind right now, and see how that goes.

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Man, do I love pressing play and have another adult entertain the kids just for a short while. Rainy day? Long car journey? Struggling to sleep? Stories – whether via a podcast or an audiobook – answer so many of these every day scenarios for us. Here’s a quick round up of some of our faves:

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We’ve been potty training Abe since he could sit – around 8 months – here’s a little video with some tips and tricks if you were interested in trying the same with your little one.

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Yesterday morning, after a trip with the kids to the GP (me: “please don’t touch anything, guys”, Sonny: “I just touched the bin, is that OK?”) and en route to nab a coffee (me) and a chocolate croissant to share (them), I found myself wheeling the buggy alongside another mum who like me, was trailing 3 young boys in her midst. And when I say trailing, I mean that thing when a parent has no hands free to hold on to anyone and the kids are half walking, suddenly stopping, then running ahead, then running behind and all you can really focus on is keeping everyone alive.

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