Life Changes....

so, my girl starts school on 10th September, she will barely be 4 years old and I am understandably just a little concerned about how it's all going to go. Legally she doesn't have to start school until September 2015 but my philosophy is, if you don't at least try something, you will never know if it was the best fit for you.

The letters have already started coming.... Welcome Miss MLM to your new school, we are inviting your mummy to come (daddy can do dinner, bath & bed) on the 1st July to meet the teachers, the school nurse, the govenors and more people I can't even remember now.


Then we have 3 afternoons, afternoons she would have been at her pre-school, for her to meet her new school friends and lastly a teddy bears picnic, now that I will enjoy!

So, as far as I am concerned, the school countdown starts from 1st July where I have to meet countless people to gauge who they are and how they fit into my tiny daughter's school life. Where I have to decide whether or not to buy a school uniform or 2 in advance and generally try and take it all in.... again.

We have to give notice to the pre-school where she has been so carefree and happy this year by 10th July. I'm almost hoping that June will last a long time this year, July is looking a little too serious for a precious summer and birthday month.

I've been a little quiet here of late, I seem to be so busy with one thing or 10, but I have been

a) been enjoying my time with Miss MLM, this summer is so important to us both, life is changing yet again for us both in September. We've been out & about enjoying!

b) at City Coastal Life & Style, my laid back lifestyle, photography, interiors blog.

c) at Nutritious Deliciousness where I love mostly to photograph food but also to write about it too!

but I can't help be here again to document our new school days and all that comes with it, I don't "know" it's all going to go pear shaped and everyone speaks highly of the school and the teachers, etc but I do have the t-shirt, hoping for a better experience this time.


Mr Gove has been getting on my last nerve for months now and me & Mr J widely differ on our views where education is concerned.

Buckle up, it's going to be emotional !




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A Blogging Happy New Year

Wow, just where has another year gone!

I seem to have taken a bloggy holiday over the last couple of weeks (or so!).  Like most of you I haven't had much time to spare with all the festivities, so blogging/writing has taken very much of a back seat and so it should where family and making memories are concerned.  Life has gone by in a whirl of all that Christmas entailed and we have had some relaxing family time together.

Along the way we had a pre-school party with (very young) Santa, a visit to (more mature, more believeable) Santa at a local farm (neither of them would she go near) and I managed 3 parties of my own in one week, one with the girls, one with visiting friends from Canada and one with family.  With so many early mornings and late nights it's no wonder I caught my second cold in 10 years within weeks, my immune system was sorely tested but I wouldn't have missed a thing!

Last night we saw the New Year in celebrating with friends and fireworks (we just got them in before the rain came down!), with our messages to loved ones gone but never forgotten for a minute and a glass of fizz raised to the dark starry skies and heavens in remembrance.

I love New Year, time for fresh starts, new beginnings.  New Year seems to have lost its sparkle for many, I asked the young girls at pre-school how they were celebrating the new year and all said they didn't, I was so surprised, at their age we were at Trafalgar Square every year whooping it up and walking home at 2am, sounds like hell to most but we loved it and I hold very fond memories of those times.  

I can't say that 2013 was the best year but also not the very worst I have ever known.  It has been a frustratingly disorganised year with delays in what seemed like anything and everything.  If I can do one thing for myself in 2014 it will be to get life around me more organised and to finally finish our house, there's a lot to do and I can't wait to get stuck in again!



The stand out memory I have for 2013 was the glorious summer, it really did seem to go on forever *sigh* oh how I miss it!  TC and myself had the best time together, we did so much and I look forward to many more glorious summer moments with her this year.  

So, what will you be hoping for this New Year, more of the same or will you be trying to change things in your life, I know I will as there are things I really need to adjust/get on with/move forward on.  They say If you change nothing, nothing will change or words to that effect, simple but so true.



Wishing you all a very 



Secret Santa - Fun Gifts Under £5.

It's that time of year again when I seem to be involved in several Secret Santa's.  The budget is usually up to £5.00, here are a few fun gifts most of which come in under budget!


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