Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in days out, Featured | 0 comments

Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Yeah, so I have been a bit quiet round here haven’t I? Relief isn’t it really, not having to read my infernal blatherings on a daily basis, well enjoy the peace because for the next few weeks whenever we are in the house my laptop, the one I need to write and work on, has been seconded into the world of Minecraft so my appearances here may be limited. That’s the downside of the summer holidays, the upside is all the fun stuff. The weather has been glorious and we have mostly been at the beach. We are blessed to live a 9 minute train ride from Weymouth beach and it is one of the few places that appeal to both nearly 3 year old and the ten year old.

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Double Feature

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Featured, Nonsense | 3 comments

Double Feature

The Cisco household has been merrily strolling our way down to Smiths this month. The lovely At Home Magazine included my little ol’ blog (yes, this one you are reading right now!) in a list of Brilliant Blogs for Mums. So nice to be in a list that also includes some of my very favourite blogs to read. If you fancy seeing it for yourself, it is in the August Parenting edition guest edited by Jo Frost of Super Nanny fame.

 

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Biscuit of The Week – Mint Choc Chip

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 18 comments

Biscuit of The Week – Mint Choc Chip

Oooh, it has been a while since I have done one of these posts, and as usual I must start with my special homemade jingle, go on, you know you want to hear my lovely singing voice again…. 

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Win a gorgeous kids art frame from The Handpicked Collection

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in competitions, Featured | 46 comments

Win a gorgeous kids art frame from The Handpicked Collection

The Handpicked Collection is an online emporium of gifts handpicked by their expert panel. They choose the most unusual, specialist and innovative products from on and off the high street so that you don’t have to trawl it yourself. The range includes home and garden accessories, must-have gadgets, beautiful jewellery and classic children’s toys and games.

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Swumpy

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Featured, Nonsense | 11 comments

Swumpy

I had to invent a new word to sum up my last few days. It has been too hot, that oppressive humid kind of heat that means wandering to the kitchen for a cold drink is all it takes to bring you out in a sweat.

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The Accidental Extended Breastfeeder

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in Featured, Parenting | 42 comments

The Accidental Extended Breastfeeder

Syd turns 3 in three weeks time and I am still breastfeeding. In my own head I imagine extended breastfeeding to be the domain of earth mothers, vegans who knit their own organic yoghurt. But that isn’t me.

Well, I am vegetarian and I do read The Guardian but the only knitting I do is of my forehead when people who, upon learning I am breastfeeding Syd, respond with the word ‘Bitty’, the Little Britain catchphrase used about the grown man breastfeeding.

Totally creeps me out when people say that, as does the thought of David Walliams anywhere near my breasts in any capacity, let alone feeding him. *shudders*

That bloody sketch has a lot to answer for. I swear it is partly to blame for the fact I feel slightly conflicted about feeding a toddler. Plus why anyone would say that about a Mother feeding a two year old is beyond me, there is a world of difference between those two mental images!

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A Cabinet That Knows It’s Stuff

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Featured, Politics | 15 comments

A Cabinet That Knows It’s Stuff

So there has been a Cabinet reshuffle, and Gove has been demoted – you could hear the cheers of parents and teachers up and down the country at that one! I would like to hope he has packed all his stupid ideas into the cardboard box along with the droopy spider plant and framed family snap from his desk, but what if his replacement is even more annoying?!

I know it seems unlikely that that is possible, but these days I would not be surprised. I am just waiting for them to introduce factories for children to be dropped off at shortly after birth because us parents are deemed to be doing such a terrible job.

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An aghast Cathedral and other adventures.

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Featured, holidays | 37 comments

An aghast Cathedral and other adventures.

A Perfect Moment: Feet in socks on the dashboard, window open, wind-blown hair stuck to lips, blue sky mottled with cotton wool fluff, music blaring. A road on top of the world peers down on the patchwork delights of Dorset green and the sea beyond.

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What am I doing now?

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Featured, Nonsense | 16 comments

What am I doing now?

The lovely and gorgeous Mari at Mari’s World has tagged me to answer the following questions about what I am doing right now. Obviously what I am doing at this exact moment is sitting at the computer tapping out this very blog post, but that would be a short and not especially sweet answer, so here is the fuller version.

Currently I Am: Preparing to turn 41 tomorrow. 41 sounds older than 40, mostly because it actually is. I guess it is properly in my 40s as opposed to just dipping a toe in. Well, I am ready for it, if you read my post earlier in the week you will know I am all about the positive at the moment. Miss Fierce is in the house, and she isn’t going anywhere. Well, except to Exeter for a night of child free time with my other half at the weekend….which reminds me, I must pack!

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Operation Bring Back Miss Fierce

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Featured, Nonsense | 38 comments

Operation Bring Back Miss Fierce

You know that bit inside yourself, the fun bit, the rebellious bit, and dare I say it – the sexy bit? Well mine is called Miss Fierce. (Is it a sign of mental health problems that I have named her?! Nowt to do with Beyoncé you understand, she is named for an Adam Ant song where Miss Fierce kisses a drummer. I have kissed a lot of drummers, even married a couple of them, but in the end I kissed the right one and this time it’s 4/4 ever….. #musicpun)

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