The world of a fussy eater!!


My little girl was very unwell recently and because of that I got to see what it would be like to have child that is a very very fussy eater, she basically stopped eating.

Cece usually eats most things, there are few things she will not try, instead she takes them in her hand and plays with them, or bats them away. There are some foods that she also spits out, for example cucumber, I have tried a few times to put it in her sandwiches and she managed to eat the bread but spit the half eaten cucumber back out again, gross but quite skillful.

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Foodies Festival 2017


I am a big foodie, I love it, if I had one of those metabolisms that let me eat whatever I wanted I would, cheese, bread, cake, creamy vegetable dishes, you name it and I will pretty much eat it. So for me Foodies Festival is part heaven part hell, which I will elaborate on later.

This year we decided to go along on the Saturday as it was supposed to be a nice day and we had no other plans. I did my usual and bought a special deal, if you are thinking of going to any of them in the future I would recommend signing up to the mailing list as they often send out 2-4-1 offers or half price ticket deals.

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What a May Day Weekend


Another long weekend, so I thought I’d write one of these blogs. Firstly it was so nice to have Jon around for an extra day and so once again we tried to do some fun things as a little family.

On Saturday we went to Foodies Festival on Hove Lawns, it was a really fun afternoon and I have decided to do a review of the event separately rather than make this post really long!

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What an Easter weekend


As it was an extra long weekend and Easter so Jon and I decided we wanted to do something different, so we dusted off our National Trust passes and off we went for a weekend of culture and chocolate!

On Saturday we went to Petworth House, it was lovely. I had never been to the house before, I’ve walked round the very picturesque town, but never ventured through the gates of the big house. My first impression was that it’s a lot bigger than I thought it was and considerably older, for some reason I thought it was 19th century, but was actually built in 1688 by the 6th Duke of Somerset.

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A mother’s instinct


I have heard many people talk about a mothers instinct, they say oh you just know when something is wrong, you feel your baby is not quite right. Their instinct tells them how to differentiate between the cry for I’m hungry and the cry for I want some love.

If I am entirely truthful I am not sure I ever really had that level of instinct. When Cece was a new-born I could sometimes differentiate between cries, but usually it was 50% guesswork and 50% learning through trial and error.

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At Nursery


Cece is now in Nursery one day a week, I dropped her off for her first full day today and have to say I found it a little emotional. This is, I suppose, a very normal motherly feeling to have – I don’t know why it still surprises me that I experience all these things. I guess I still think of myself as a tough cookie, who would never be a soppy mum who can’t bear to be apart from her little one. However there are times, like today, when I realise I am a bit like that! I know I will miss her and I feel sad to be giving her to someone else.

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First Mothers Day


Ok so this is another one that is a little late…actually very late but you know what they say…better late than never.

So I had my first Mothers Day this year, last year it was very early and I was still pregnant, so I’ve had to wait a while for this one …but, well, I certainly got spoilt and in fact I got two Mothers days!

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One De-chox Complete


So it’s been seven days since I finished my De-chox for British Heart Foundation and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I did not struggle nearly as much as I thought I would and I also stuck to my own self imposed ban on sweets and biscuits, (see other blog) well for most of it, I did have a few slips right at the end but I can truthfully swear not one teeny tiny bit of cocoa passed my lips during the whole month of March.

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Happy Birthday!!


Yesterday was a big day; it was my little girl’s first birthday. At times I still find it hard to believe I even have a child, let alone a child that is now one year old, a one year old! It was 365 days ago that I was in hospital having her; there are times when it feels like just a few weeks ago and other times it feels like 5 years ago. Having her was one hell of an experience, but not one that I am not going to dwell on. No, what I am going to dwell on is Cece’s party, we wanted to do something nice for the day and so I planned a meal with the grandparents and then we all went to a soft play area. Jon had the day off, so we were able to spend it together as a family, which was (cheese alert) the best bit.

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Meeting some Fairtraders


As part of Fairtrade Fortnight I recently attended a talk about the subject in Brighton.  Hosted by education charity Think Global UK, it was a very enlightening evening and certainly fortified my opinion that Fairtrade is achieving some great things.

One of the speakers was Atif Choudhry, the director of Zaytoun and I had a quick chat  with him after the proceedings. Zaytoun is British Import Company that brings Palestinian products to the UK. They sell Olive Oil, dates, various local grains and almonds. Originally two local producers were due to speak about how Zaytoun and Fairtrade directly benefits them. Unfortunately the visas were denied last minute and so Atif had do his best to represent the in their absence (which he did very well).  I started by asking him to tell me about the situation in Palestine.

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