My life seems to be full of clichés from strangers. As a parent of twins, I have pretty much heard every twin one going (double trouble/got your hands full etc etc) But as they’ve gotten older and dress so differently, I have a new range of probing questions. Bearing in mind my girls for ONE MORNING a week…I don’t even get to eat  lunch in that time slot. But apparently when you get three whole hours once a week you’re a lady of leisure.The amount of times people instantly ask the following, surely I can’t be alone? 

 

  1. Are you going to get a job? If I had a quid for the amount of times people have asked me that then I wouldn’t need a job ever! It’s the FIRST thing people say to me as I mention they have started at nursery. Now. Let me think. At present, they go from 9-12 on a Friday. Come September they will go every afternoon so fair enough asking. HOWEVER. hey officially start at 12.30ppm, then you read with them until 12.45pm so by the time I get home it’ll probably be 1pm. I have to leave the house about 2.50pm to go get C, so if anyone wants to employ me 1pm until 2.50pm every afternoon, term time only and subject to illness and school activities then YES, please do snap me up.
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As you will recall, we are ambassadors for Geronimo and are super excited. With only a couple of months to go, it’s really starting to get close. It doesn’t matter if you’re two or 12, there is something for everyone at Geronimo Festival. Whether your kids are adrenaline junkies or craft-mad, animal enthusiasts or music lovers, the North’s biggest family festival boasts a jam-packed line up of live shows and amazing experiences for the whole family to enjoy.
Back on the festival scene for a second year in 2016, Geronimo is returning to Tatton Park in Cheshire over the weekend of 29th – 30th May and debuting at Harewood House in Leeds from 1st – 2nd May.

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For the pre-schoolers:
For anyone 3ft and under, there is a fab line-up of experiences tailored for the little ones including: The Tumble Tots Play area, Baby Ballet, Baby Massage, Soft Play, Baby Yoga, Little Tiddlers Soft Play and Moo Music.
Combined with live stage shows from TV favourites including our Cbeebies heroes Justin Fletcher (see dates for when he is there), Mr Bloom, Cook & Line from Swashbuckle, Andy Day and Alex Winters, your Geronimites will be enthralled and entertained all day. View Post

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We are super excited that in a few weeks we are off to see the girls favourite piggies in Peppa Pig’s Surprise tour.  peppa pig's surprise tour
The Peppa Pig live stage show, Peppa Pig’s Surprise, is currently on tour and is visiting theatres across the UK & Ireland until this autumn in 2016. This brand new show marks the seventh consecutive year of wonderful Peppa Pig live theatre tours (the first tour was in 2009) and the fourth Peppa Pig stage production in total. We are really excited as the girls are huge fans and never seen her live.

In Peppa Pig’s Surprise tour audiences will enjoy interactive fun, games and, of course, surprises. This charming, colourful new show features new songs and new life-size puppets. Peppa Pig’s Surprise promises to be the perfect theatre show for all pre-schoolers.  View Post

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On Monday we ventured down to London for a sightseeing tour with Charlie in which we crammed a lot in for the 26 hours we were in the big smoke (and didn’t my feet know about it!) 

  

We live in a small town with a bus that goes hourly to the next closest “big” town and the service stops at 5pm and doesn’t run on a Sunday at all! The closest train station is a 30 minute drive so it’s safe to say we very rarely go on public transport as it’s so dire and far away, so when we do it’s quite a novelty. We travelled down to London on the train which was a somewhat painful almost 3 hour journey as we opted for the cheaper tickets meaning it took forever. As we arrived into London, as it was heavily raining we hopped in a black cab to Madame Tussauds which was Charlie’s first ever experience in a black London cab. He was fascinated by the fact you could sit facing backwards!

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I spent a lot of time in London when I was younger but haven’t been sightseeing for about 20 years so I thought it would be lovely to take Charlie and show him around. The husband and I talked and decided that we would go just the three of us. Charlie can sometimes get a little overlooked when we have the girls so we thought we would make the trip all about him.

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We were very lucky that the lovely folk at Travelodge offered us to stay with them as the one thing Charlie really wanted to do was go on the London Eye. The hotel we stayed in was the London Central Southwark hotel which was a very short walk from the Southwark tube stop which was very handy. The London Eye was 0.9 miles from the hotel but as it was so soggy we hopped on the tube for our visit. The Globe theatre, Tate Modern, London Aquarium and Big Ben are all within a mile of the hotel so it’s a great spot.

We arrived just after 3pm and there was no queue for check in so quickly were given our key and the receptionist took a shine to Charlie and he got a lollipop which he was chuffed with! We were in room 710 and the room had the most perfect view of the Shard from our window. View Post

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After reading Jocelyns post it really got me thinking about my “if I could” things. I love questions like this, it’s fun to pretend and kinda like the if I won the lottery question!

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If I could live anywhere:

Dorset. It honestly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to and there’s just so much to see and do. I’ve never seen such beautiful scenery it’s just stunning. We went again this year and had such a fantastic time. No trip is complete without a day at Monkey World which is why the love affair with the county started. 

If I could have any home:

I would love a big barn with high ceilings and gorgeous full length windows which let so much light in – I hate dark rooms! However I don’t think the countryside life would suit me as I couldn’t be doing with the nice and rats that come along with it! But I would just love a light, airy open place house with a huge island in the kitchen and lots of wooden beams. I really want a playroom and huge utility to hide all the toys and washing – the dream!!!! 
If I could have any garden:
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Unless you live under a rock you will see that we are in the grips of a ruddy heat wave. Not just a few hot days A  HEAT WAVE people – this is not a drill. Along with your make up, deodorant and ability to walk upstairs without keeling over, our rationale goes with it. Just as with the snow as soon as that Mercury starts climbing us Brits go a little bit loco and start having crazy ideas such as:

  1. Look into getting air con installed in your house because a couple of days a year warrants this thousand of pounds system to ensure you can sleep and it’s definitely an investment (so the husband claims)
  2. Go out in full on swimwear. It’s ok when you are abroad and no one knows you as your waddling about with your pale flesh on show but when the little old lady from number 11 sees your bingo wings and muffin top in all its sweaty glory it’s safe to say your relationship is ruined forever
  3. Drinking at any given time of the day. But remember you do actually have kids. And they will wake up in the sticky heat. A LOT.
  4. You install a pool and/or hot tub in your garden and spend half of the heat wave filling it up, all whilst totally forgetting that 95% of the year you’ll freeze your arse off if you even look at it as it becomes a swamp haven
  5. We start looking at buying a convertible cars. It quite possibly is the only way to travel in this climate dahhhling View Post
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