I Can’t Believe It’s Been Two Years

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I can’t believe it’s been two years since we welcomed you into the world. Since, after making me wait an extra week to meet you, you finally entered our lives. For the last two years, you have brought nothing but love, joy and wonder to our lives – every single day you continue to amaze me. You’re such a clever little thing (perhaps too clever for your own good) and it’s almost hard to imagine you as the tiny little baby that entered the world on that Sunday morning.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know many two year olds, but you’re definitely the best one.

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Seven Summer Treats For Your Holiday

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Well that’s it – the school holidays have started and summer is officially upon us. Let’s just ignore all of the thunderstorms and impending rain and enjoy the hell out of it. It’s super likely that a lot of you will be jetting off to all sorts of exotic locations on your summer holidays, so we’ve teams up with name badges retailer Badgemaster to bring your our top seven summer treats just for you!

Whether you’re lounging in the pool, having a barbecue in your back garden or looking for ways to entertain the little ones whilst they’re off school, we have something for everyone on this list of awesome. 

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Mount Tiede: 5 Things To Know Before You Go

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What seems like an age ago, we were in Tenerife. It was beautiful, we had lots of fun escaping reality for two weeks and I’ve just about gotten over the holiday blues (where I was googling 2018 holidays for a week straight). I still want to talk about it though, so if you’re thinking of going to Tenerife, this is a post for you. Tenerife boasts a whole host of amazing attractions and according to TripAdvisor, it’s home to some of the best in the world. One of them, is Mount Tiede, an active volcano at the centre of the island. It’s marketed everywhere as a must-see attraction, and I have to say that I agree – if you are in Tenerife, you must see it.

However, as we found out during our research and subsequent visit to the volcano, there are some points that you should know before you head on out on your journey. Tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your journey and enjoy it to the very full. Hopefully, this little lot will save you some time and money along the way.

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Increase Your Blog’s DA – Oh My Blog! – August 2017 Edition

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With summer very much in full swing, it’s time to look ahead to August’s edition of Oh My Blog – the monthly blog link up that is designed to help bloggers of all sizes, shapes and niches increase their domain authority. Unbelievably, we’re heading into the 8th month of the year (it’ll be Christmas before we know it!) and I’m afraid it’s getting to that time where the little’uns are preparing to go back to school. With that in mind, this month, the theme is School Days and we’re encouraging bloggers to re-live those awkward school discos, ridiculous crazes and questionable fashion choices! C’mon, it’ll be fun!
The sign ups are now open, so if you would like to take part, be sure to comment on this post to confirm your interest! 
Oh My Blog! is a linky with a difference. It’s designed specifically for one reason, really. To help increase Domain Authority of the blogs that participate. I’ll not go into detail about what Domain Authority is (there are loads of blog posts about that already), but if you want for your blog to be found then you need it. The way to get it, is guest posts linking back to your blog.

Oh My Blog featuring Pickle & Poppet – Holidays!

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Happy Summer everyone! The sun is out (for now at least), I have a tan (for now at least) and it’s time to relax and enjoy the long days, warm nights and all the fun and games summer time brings. For this months Oh My Blog series, we’re finding out what bloggers from all across the country have to say about holidays. Be them in the UK or abroad, it’s the season to kick back and relax. So what does Jo from the wonderful Pickle & Poppet get up to before the kids head back to school?

I caught up with her to ask fifteen burning questions about her summer holidays.
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Guest Post: My Child, My Choice

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Soooo I’ve been banging on about it for ages, but I’m finally on holiday! Wohooo! So, I’ve called upon some of my wonderful fellow bloggers to babysit The Mighty Duxburys for me whilst we’re away (the blog, not our actual family, that would be weird). Today, I’m hosting a post I absolutely love from the wonderful Hayley over at Devon Mama.

When it comes to be a parent, one of the first things you learn is that everyone has an opinion. Worst of all, that opinion is almost always right. Yep, rightly or wrongly, parenting brings with it a whole raft of comments, thoughts and opinions on how things should and shouldn’t be done. None more so than from those nearest and dearest to you.

Now, some of the time those little tips and insights are going to be singlehandedly some of the most useful things you learn. Some of the time. Because the shame of it is that the majority of pieces of advice you’re offered aren’t. They’re not wrong (well, sometimes they outright are), they’re just different to yours and it can be hard feeling like you’re making the wrong choice for your child or parenting incorrectly.

You’re not.

How do I know that? There’s no such thing as parenting incorrectly. On the whole anyway. Yes there are always going to be extreme examples of people who frankly shouldn’t have been allowed to have children but that’s a whole different matter. What I mean is, you could take a thousand different parents and each one would raise their child with a slightly different blueprint, different rules, different methods and yet each and every one of them is right. Because the idea is that parenting has to be right for you and your family. Not anyone elses.

There’s no opinion more divisive in a family than that of a parent and unfortunately it’s usually the mother in law who bears the brunt of this. Having raised her own child (clearly well enough for you to decide to have a child with them!), she’s primed to pass over information about how to do it properly. Especially if your mother in law is akin to mine and has raised a number of children already, she has an opinion that she’s not afraid to share and frankly, does it one too many times. She’s close enough for it to feel like a personal comment and yet not close enough for it to feel as well intentioned as it was probably meant and I’ll admit that it’s the source of many an argument between my husband and I.

The truth is that regardless of how she, or anyone else for that matter, feels about my parenting techniques they’re exactly that. Mine. Well, mine and my husbands. And we intend to keep them that way. After all, my child, my choice.

Devon Mama is run by Hayley – a 30 year old mama, wife and recovering sleep addict. Living with her husband, son and the world’s bounciest dog in rural Devon, she can usually be found attempting to cook, Googling everything and embracing the strange new world that is parenting. Add in a house with ‘a lot of potential’ and a return to her ‘real’ job as a Company Director and it’s organized chaos at the best of times.

You can follow her adventures here: