Posts Tagged ‘NCT’

Ballerina Girl – preschooler sweet nothings

| Food & Drink, Observations

turquoise birdcage cake

It’s always good when your child starts saying nice things about you.  It’s not often N says much about people. Thankfully we’ve not had him pointing out people in the street and asking about babies etc, given he’s recently got a bit obsessed with sticking his ‘babies’ (ie his Peter Rabbit and taggy blanket) up […] Read more…


Point and Shoot – cars, canals, fetes and cheeky monkeys

| Days out, Link ups/Blog hops, Photography

tea on the green

We had a manic weekend this weekend.  I can’t believe N was still waking up at 5.15 each morning, even though he was on the go all day.  Quick naps were needed for the first time in ages. On Saturday morning my brother and I did a car boot sale.  We’re trying to clear out […] Read more…


Thrifty nearly new sales with toddler in tow

| Children's style, Hints & Tips, Lifestyle, Thrifty ideas, Toys & Gadgets

Happyland pirate ship

Today was the day of our local NCT sale.  I love volunteering, but it’s pretty difficult getting someone to look after N for a full day as the volunteers are there from 8 until 3.  I did decide to sell though, as I had a big pile of clothes and toys to get rid of […] Read more…

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Socialising vs life and work

| Observations

Bubbablue and me avatar

I’m now back working full time. My old job was an hour’s commute so to do nursery runs, I had to reduce my hours. Unless you’re very lucky, it’s hard to find a job that’s shorter hours.  Then there’s the toss up between reduced salary, spending time with children, part time by reducing days or […] Read more…

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It’s Christmas…party

| Christmas, Food & Drink

Christmas party shepherd

Today was our NCT group’s Christmas party for this year.  We decided to do morning rather than afternoon as most of the toddlers sleep after lunch which means afternoons are a nightmare for timings of getting together.  We decided to do Secret Santa again as it always seems to go down well. Costumes were decided […] Read more…


Secret Santa excitement

| Toys & Gadgets

I’m really excited about Secret Santa this year.  I refuse to take part in the work ones, after my first job where everyone took the mick out of one present I was give n because it was wrapped in newspaper by the ‘rubbish’ guy in the office (squash balls – perfect gift for me at […] Read more…


Nearly new – more hard work, bargains and fun

| Odds and sods, Reviews, Toys & Gadgets

Yesterday saw me again doing a volunteering stint at our local NCT nearly new sale.  Even though it means a knackering day of hard work, and missing N while he gets looked after (this time by Grandma), I enjoy doing it plus you get the benefits of an additional 5% revenue back on any items […] Read more…

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What makes one group work and another not?

| Observations

Over the past year and a half Nathaniel & I have been to lots of different baby & toddler groups.  We were lucky at the beginning having had a group of good NCT friends where we could all agree to meet at one group or the other so we didn’t have to be the one […] Read more…


Natural mum or be prepared?

| Odds and sods

I was astounded yesterday as a work colleague (we’ve only been working together since I was back after maternity leave) asked me if I was ever going to have more kids.  Her reasoning was “you seem like the type to have a brood of 3 or 4″.  I almost fell off my chair laughing. For those […] Read more…


Rainbow cake & stripy jelly

| Odds and sods

Ok so Nathaniel’s first birthday was a week or so ago, but our NCT group of mums & babies decided to do one of our regular celebration get togethers in honour of all the first birthdays.  We were hosting it at ours, so I spent lots of time cooking in preparation (everyone always brings bits […] Read more…


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