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Cervical Screening at lowest in 19 years! It was in the news last week that cervical screening/Smear tests are at a 19 (!!) year low. Back in 2009 Jade Goody lost her life aged just 27 to cervical cancer. Her cancer battle prompted a huge campaign and awareness of the importance of girls getting having their smear tests and, as a result, figures showed an increase in the numbers of girls attending their appointments. It’s so sad that just  8 years down the line ‘The Jade Goody Effect’ is no longer working and numbers have dropped … massively. It’s been reported that 1.2 million women are failing to get their tests done. Honestly, it’s something that takes a few minutes. Yes, some people might think it’s embarrassing or a little uncomfortable but surely that’s better than the alternative? It’ll be 8 years in April a group of us lost a dear…

On Friday C went on his first school trip. He only started school back in September so I was surprised they would be going on one so soon. They went to the Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium. It’s about an hour away from us. The week leading up to his big trip the theme in the classroom was space and the planets. When I dropped him off I would see tables full of activities to do with space and posters up around the classroom. He didn’t mention much throughout the week about the trip. I collected from school on Thursday afternoon and the first thing he said to me was “Mummy I don’t want to go on the trip tomorrow” I reassured him he would be fine and that he would have lots of fun and that was the end of the conversation, he didn’t ask or talk about it…

My Top Tips for Visiting Disneyland Paris in the Winter Months. It might be freezing cold but it won’t stop you from having a wonderful time. We went to Disneyland Paris in February last year and although the weather was cold we had a fantastic time and we didn’t let it spoil our time there. On the lead up to us going I was reading on some forums that fountains had frozen over, drinking water fountains had frozen pipes and all sorts. It was kind of handy to be honest because we have never been on a ‘cold’ holiday before so it enabled me to be prepared for our trip. I made sure I packed things that would help us on our trip and I thought they would be handy to share my tips and tricks with you if you have a trip planned for the colder months. Layers…

Happy New Year! The start of a brand New Year – I saw online a quote today saying it’s like a fresh clean book with 365 plain pages for you to make a story. I quite like that. I hope my 2018 book is full of happy memories and lots of adventures. 2018 will see L finish year 10 and join her last year of school in September (OMG seriously?!?) and C finish his first year in foundation and begin year 1 and he will turn 6. We have a weekend away in London to look forward to, L is going Skiing with the school to Italy in March just after her 15 Birthday (again OMG how is it possible she’s 15 soon) lots of days out including one of our favorites… Paultons Park, especially until our season tickets expire. More days soaking up the sun at our local holiday…

Prestige Flowers – Winter Warmer Bouquet – Review I don’t know about you but I absolutely love having flowers in the house. They cheer the place up on a dull day and just make me generally feel happy. I also love having flowers delivered to the house too, it feels more special receiving them & it’s much nicer than going into a shop. Prestige Flowers are a UK online flower delivery service, delivering flowers and gifts to your home by the next day* (*for next day delivery orders must be complete before 9pm) and also the same day delivery* (when your order is placed before 3pm, how good is that?) Prestige Flowers deliver flowers seven days a week and each bouquet is designed by their head florist with 25 years experience. They have so many different bouquets to choose from, all different colours and sizes so there really is something for every…

As the title says we’re having separation anxiety issues with little C at the moment and he’s now 5. I think a lot of it has to do with starting school because looking back it seems that’s when most of this started. I’ve had him with me for the most part of 5 years. I was a stay at home Mum and apart from him doing a few session a week at pre-school he’s had me to himself for all those years. He started school back in September – being one of the oldest he didn’t start until around the middle and until half-term, he only did half days until 12, so I collected him and we still had lunch and our afternoons together. Despite the separation anxiety he’s really loving school and he has settled in so well …. once we have parted ways in the morning that is!…

On Wednesday 4th October I was very excited to have been invited to #BlogCampOnBoard hosted by Tots 100, and MSC Cruises, on board the MSC Preziosa cruise liner. I had never been to a blogging conference before let alone on a cruise ship, hence my excitement. The MSC Preziosa was going to be docked in Southampton for the day so this gave us the chance to explore the ship as day guests as well as attend various blogging sessions if we wanted to. When I arrived at Southampton docks it wasn’t hard to spot where I needed to be. The Preziosa was absolutely beautiful and that was from afar. I couldn’t believe the size of her (not surprising seeing as she has 18 decks, 14 of which are for guests). The sun was already shining and it got me excited to get on board and explore what she had to offer.…

Hello Autumn! Here we are already a few days into October! Honestly just where has the year gone? It only seems like 5 minutes ago we were at the beginning of the year! Summer feels like it has well and truly finished now. Some days there is still a bit of heat coming from the sun, but the leaves are turning a golden brown on the trees and falling one by one. The evenings are getting colder and darker a lot earlier and the mornings are darker for longer. I’m having to pop the heating on every so often and I have changed my wardrobe from my summery dresses to winter knitted jumpers and my sandals have been replaced by comfy winter boots. I absolutely adore the sun and the summer. I never complain it’s too hot and I love spending days out at the beach … but I do also secretly like…

We visited Kidzania London last weekend for a Birthday treat for C. He was 5 on the Wednesday and seeing as it was his first week at school we decided to make it a nice weekend. Kidzania London is situated in Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd Bush. We’ve never been but I have heard lots about it. Kidaznia is basically an indoor city, just for kids. They have the opportunity to experience various different jobs and careers to earn money, have the chance to spend their earnings on fun activities or to open a bank account to save their cash. Kidzania is pretty easy to find. Westfield is a huge shopping centre and Kidznia is situated on the first floor by Marks & Spencers. When you arrive there is a desk opposite where you hand in your confirmation. I also assume you can buy tickets there as well, as long as…

Monday 18th September 2017 is the date that’s been in my mind and diary for the last five months. It’s the day you start school. Funnily enough, the 18th September 2012 was your due date. Five years on and the date remains an important day in my calendar. Five years ago (well almost, you’re just two days away from being 5) you come bounding into the World. You never think then how fast the next few years will go of being at home together – you just assume it’s years away and it’ll take forever to get there and you just take in for granted those days spent together will last forever. I know people say it all the time and it’s such a cliche but they have honestly whizzed by so quickly I can’t quite understand where they’ve gone. You’ve gone from our little newborn to a happy…