Monday, 15 May 2017


I have been incredibly lucky to experience many of Jack's firsts. From those early firsts like the first smile and first tooth to more recent firsts like him learning to ride on a scooter and jump on a trampoline, I have seen them all. Yes, being a stay at home parent can be lonely and some days I really miss adult conversation and the ability to wee in peace but I also get the absolute privilege of watching Jack grow.

Jack recently turned three. I remember the days where he could only say a few words and used to cling to furniture as he walked. Now he chatters away to me all day - the loneliness in the most part has started to wane (I still need to make some mom friends) as I get to spend the day with someone that I would put above everything else. As Jack has grown, I have too. I have grown as a mom and as a person. As a mom, you are always putting your child's needs above your own. As Jack has grown, my life has changed too and it will change again very soon when Jack starts Nursery.

 As I write this, I am a day or two away from finding out if Jack has a nursery place for September. Going from spending every waking minute with a little human to dropping them off at school for 15 hours a week is going to be tough for us both. The only difference being that he will be very vocal about it and I will be crying out of sight! If he doesn't get a place at Nursery we will need to consider other options. He is at an age where he needs more than just me. He needs social interaction and friends - i'm hopeful that Nursery will offer new experiences and will allow him to blossom.

In the meantime, I'm going to savour the summer months and spend as much time doing new and fun activities with Jack. I'm going to savour every second as time really does fly by. Before I know it Jack will be a teenager!

My Petit Canard


Thursday, 23 February 2017


With Summer approaching, Jack's wardrobe of thick knitted jumpers and long sleeved t-shirts just isn't going to cut it. He is desperately in need of a few new bits and as a huge fan of all things Zara Kids, I do not need much persuasion to take a look at their Spring/Summer Range. What a great range it is. From quirky leggings to cute slogan t-shirts they have so many things that I really like. Here are some of my favourites! (Hurry up Payday)


1. I love this camouflage sweatshirt. Paired with Black Leggings I think it would look fantastic.
2. The arrows on the knees of these leggings are really eye-catching. I like Zara leggings and can't wait to buy these.
3. I love a slogan t-shirt.
4. I'm very much into black and white colours at the moment. These fabric plimsolls will go with most outfits i think.
5. I love to put Jack in a denim shirt and leggings. This Palm Tree shirt is fantastic!
6. I love colourful t-shirts so this one is a hit.
7. These black dungaree are so simple and will look fab on a trip to the beach in the Summer.
7. I really like the stripes on this jumper.


Monday, 20 February 2017


So if you follow me on some of my social media channels, you may know that I am ever so slightly addicted to Instagram. From real life pictures of the bits your toddler gets up to, to glossy monochrome feeds. I love them all. 

Last year, I often posted a My Week In Pictures post on a weekly basis. I really enjoyed creating this post as it was lovely reflecting on my previous week and gathering all my pictures into one place. After a short blogging break, I've decided that this is something I should reinstate. I don't have a glossy Instagram feed or a high resolution camera but I do have a beautiful little family who I love photographing at every opportunity. 

Feel free to leave your Instagram handle in the comments below. Here's My Week In Pictures.

1. Bath time for my toddler. He absolutely loves these bath toys.

2. Relaxing at his aunties house. We were watching Toy Story again.

3. Getting all of his Paw Patrol toys out, obviously.

4. I love Monday's. Fresh start to the week.

5. A cup of tea and a bit of youtube = perfection

6. Just one of those days where I was beyond tired. This is what happens when you have worked a night-shift and have been awake for 28 hours!

7. For a child that hates colouring, this Paw Patrol colouring book sure was popular.

8. My new lush storage. A cake stand from Ikea.

9. Taking the boy to the park.


Friday, 17 February 2017


After a period of fairly inconsistent blogging, I've decided to start writing down my thoughts and rambles again. In many ways my blogging break occurred as I began to feel disillusioned with blogging. I felt like it was one more thing to add to my already busy life. The longer time has gone on, the more I have missed the online blogging community and the relaxation that writing down my thoughts provides.

Today, I thought I would share something that has been playing on my mind recently and rose to the fore today after a little trip to the park.


Jack is 34 months old, so very nearly three. He remains home with me during the week and is yet to start nursery. In an ideal world, I would love Jack to attend a few nursery sessions a week. I feel it would allow him social interaction with children his age and a chance to do activities that we do not do at home.

Currently aside from looking after Jack during the week as a stay at home mom, I also work two nightshifts a week as a manager in retail. This is how I manage my life and ensure that Jack has childcare at all times. As a family, we never qualified for the 15 free hours childcare that some children can get at the age of 2. Whilst I would have loved to have sent him for a day or two a week, financially as a family we just couldn't afford it. I used to take Jack to toddler classes and playgroups but as a non-driver (Wayne drives though) they are sometimes difficult to get to. Aside from that we have moved house and are now too far away to meet up with the parents and children I met at those classes.

I'm settling into a new area and am trying to find different classes and groups in the area that I can take Jack to. In September, Jack will be able to start Nursery as he will get some funding towards this. Is it too little too late? Jack is at an age where he wants to play with other children and is a little bit bored of being with mummy all of the time. Equally, I'd love to meet some local mums.

Today we went to our local park and as we arrived we saw there was a little boy playing in the playground. As we got into the playground, the boy and his mother left. Cue tons of tears from Jack who wanted to play with the little boy. Jack loves playing with children his age and I'm not able to offer him the chance to. He is a loving, affectionate child who loves playing with others. September seems a long way away and I need to find a way of making mom friends soon. Being a mom is the most amazing experience, I just hate the mom guilt that comes with it.

My Petit Canard

Twin Mummy and Daddy

Monday, 12 December 2016

The Go Ahead Range: Review

As a mom to a toddler, I rarely get the time to sit down and prepare a healthy snack. I am often guilty of picking up a chocolate bar instead and eating it on the go.  If i'm honest I am not the healthiest of eaters so when I was recently sent some products from the Go Ahead range, I couldn't wait to try them to see if they were something i could incorporate into my diet. 

The Go Ahead range has a variety of different snacks including Yogurt Breaks, Crispy Slices, Fruity Bakes and Cookie Bites. The very first thing that caught my attention was the Cookie Bites. My love of chocolate and treats meant that the word cookie caught my eye. 

I got sent both the White Chocolate and Raspberry cookies and the Cheeky Chocolate and Orange cookies. I demolished the chocolate and orange very quickly. They were quite the hit in my house. With an RRP of £1.99 for 6 packs, each pack contains just less than 100 calories making it the perfect snack. I will definitely be reaching for them again.

I also got sent a variety of the Yogurt Breaks, Crispy Slices and Fruit Bakes.

I really enjoyed both the Fruity Bakes in particular. Golden basked bars, filled with a fruit filling - they made a lovely mid morning snack. The strawberry flavour in particular was lovely. 

All low in calories, the Go Ahead snack range is the perfect snack to get you through until dinner time. I would most definitely recommend!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Why I Needed To Take A Blogging Break

I have recently taken a break from blogging. I had been struggling to put a sufficient amount of time into the blog for a while and was struggling to balance blogging time alongside family/work and other commitments. Rather than putting up posts I wasn't happy with, I decided to have a bit of time out. A few weeks off to see if I missed it and if I did how I could give it the time it deserved.

The good news is that I have missed blogging and the fantastic community that goes alongside it. I've missed writing and expressing myself. Blogging was an outlet for me and gave me something to focus on in my spare time. 

Up until this point my blog has mainly been family focused. It will continue to be but with a few added genres. I'm really trying to lose weight and get fit and have recently entered a marathon *don't laugh.* I'm currently not very fit and very overweight so thought I'd share my fitness journey too. Other than that I'm going to include more posts about where we go as a family and will pretty much right about anything that takes my fancy. I want the blog to be cathartic and don't want to be afraid to write how I truly feel.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

A Trip To The RAF Museum | Cosford

With both myself and Wayne working opposite shifts, quality family time tends to happen every Sunday. This is by far our largest chunk of time together during the week and is usually filled with outdoor activities and park trips. This one day passes by far too quickly with us often wishing that we could rewind time and enjoy it all over again. The past two weeks however, has seen a pleasant change. Both myself and Wayne were off work. With us already meeting my tolerance quota of trips to Soft Play, we thought we would venture slightly further afield to the RAF Museum in Cosford.

Jack from a young age has been fascinated with aeroplanes and helicopters. We have many toy versions scattered throughout our home often with a propeller or a wing missing. Getting to see a lot of them up close is his idea of heaven.

Aside from a small parking charge, admission to the RAF Museum in Cosford is free. Something which after visiting seems all the more amazing considering how much there is to see. We arrived at 10am just as the museum opened and headed straight in. I'll be quite honest here and say that I didn't appreciate just how many different types of aircraft exist. I very quickly realised that we hadn't just come to see a few different types of aircraft.

After walking through the visitor centre we viewed a few of the different aeroplanes that were located outside on the grass before heading into the first hanger called Test Flight.

In this hanger were many different types of aircraft. I had never really appreciated the size of aeroplanes before standing right next to one. Jack was the most excited I have ever seen him. I constantly was explaining to him that he wouldn't be able to sit inside an aircraft. I was wrong as in this hanger there was an aircraft set up which allowed you to sit in the cockpit. Also in this hanger was the Fun N Flight area and the 4D experience. Whilst we didn't go on the 4D experience, we did walk around the Fun N Flight Area. This area was perfect for children as it allowed them to become hands-on and interact with the different experiments in this area. Whilst Jack was too small to understand a lot of it, he really enjoyed trying out some of these different zones.

After enjoying this area, we headed into the other hangers which included War Planes, the National Cold War Exhibition and Hanger 1. Each hanger contained more missiles, tanks, helicopters and aircraft from different periods in time. My experience on this day out was made more special by the people working there. Upon seeing that Jack was holding his toy helicopter and realising his interest in them, they explained that the museum also housed several helicopters and proceeded to explain where each one was. If I thought Jack had been excited when seeing the different aeroplanes, this hit another level when he saw the helicopters. He had never been up close to one before and the expression on his face said it all. After popping to the shop to pick up another toy helicopter we headed to a nearby bench for a spot of lunch. Cue a toddler meltdown as Jack broke a propeller of his 5 minute old helicopter.

We spent three hours at the museum and donated to their collection as we left. I would happily have paid for this trip and think it may have been one of Jack's favourite day outs we have been on. He has already asked to go again!

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