Danni

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Boys boys boys…

Hello again… it’s Dave here. Back in January I audaciously gatecrashed danni’s blog… the great blog hijack of 2016… within the Salford South Parliamentary Constituency. My purpose then was to reflect on the journey (literally, in parts) that led me to fall totally head-over-heels in love with this adorable, beautiful, wonderful little lady. But today’s
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The many photos you take of your children

  I’m constantly taking pictures of my little angels – granted about 90% of them are outtakes. There are many standard shots that parents take of their children, so I’ve taken it upon myself to list my favourites… The ‘look what my child has gone and done now’ snap These are frequent in my house.
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Finding love again (part two)

Whilst edging into the new year still recovering from a night of gin, prosecco, Cards Against Humanity and New Year’s Day on 2 hours sleep with 4 kids, I found danni’s post (Finding Love Again…) such a heart-warming read. Despite having had a, and I quote, “tough, tough, tough” 2015 (to say the least), it was wonderful
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The rise of the roller children

In collaboration with Proline. Is it just me or do children mainly transport themselves using wheels these days. Over the many years I’ve been on Gods green earth, I’ve seen a whole evolution of wheeled children. The first time I began to notice this was when I was out shopping for my weekly wine stock, when suddenly
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Finding love again…

Possibly the cheesiest blog title I’ve ever written. I’m allowed a bit of cheese aren’t? Lord know’s I’ve drank enough wine to allow a bit of cheese. Anyway, I’ve probably said this in every single post for a while now but I’m going to say it again once more with feeling… things have been TOUGH…. tough
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My Christmas wish.

This time last year I hadn’t a clue what was lurking around the corner… I didn’t know that my life was about to turn upside down and never be the same again and I certainly didn’t know that it would be our last Christmas together as a family. I’ve felt Christmas creeping up on me for a
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Cutting corners

It’s verging on 10 months now since the separation. A lot has happened in that time, more than I could have ever imagined; some epic lows and some indescribable highs. Although I feel a lot more positive about how my life has changed, I’m also accepting that some things may always induce that heavy feeling of falling
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Don’t worry, be happy.

You may or may not have noticed I seem to have dropped off the face of the blogging planet recently. It was never my intention to leave it so long but I’ve tried not to give myself too much of a hard time about it with everything that has gone on this year. I’ve actually
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#MumsKnowBest (sort of)

It was my mum’s birthday recently so when Littlewoods asked me to share one time when mum really did know best I simply couldn’t resist joining in. The problem is I was quite a rebellious and stubborn teen… in fact, I’m still pretty stubborn in my now 30s. I can think of lots of times
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The beginning of our new chapter

This is a post I never thought I would ever write and it’s probably (I hope) the hardest I will ever write. In all honesty I was in two minds about even coming back until tonight when I received a message from one of my readers asking if I was okay – cue the tears. Anyway,
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Eleanor, today is your first birthday.

I cannot believe that this time last year I held you in my arms for the first time. So tiny and delicate… and just so darn precious. The whole family fell in love with you at first sight and who could blame us? It was a tough start –  the breastfeeding problems, the slow weight gains, the sleepless nights but we
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Win a Samsung LED Smart TV with The Co-operative

Before Christmas I attended an event with The Co-operative to find out more about their top notch Christmas food. I’ll be honest, I’d never really shopped at Co-operative before so I had no idea what their food was like but after trying some of these delights my head is officially turned.  The #Onthelist evening was much
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A festive break in Wales

After getting acquainted in the lovely Mulberry Inn hotel for the next 2 days in North East Wales, we made the short trip over to Erddig and their National Trust park at Erddig Hall. Being a crisp and dark night, the ground were the perfect setting for their Christmas special, the ‘Erddig Glow’ where “Victorian parterre,
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A review of The Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart train

It’s sad to say it out loud (or type), but “ma Bobs”, our second little baba is growing up fast. With each day she seems to be learning something new, having preferences and opinions on different things and foods, and becoming more and more of an actual little person. Which is no good. Our little
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An evening at Manchester’s Winter Wonderland

Last year for Squish’s birthday we headed down to Winter Wonderland at Event City. Having just turned 4 I didn’t think he could have been more excited than that day running through the entrance, realising what lay before him…I was happily proven wrong the other day. We were kindly invited to the press night for
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Peter Pan Goes Wrong does everything right

So last night, Squish and I were whisked away to that magical place where boys and girls can never get older: Neverland. Although this Neverland was possibly the clumsiest and funniest land of adventure we’d ever seen on stage. Peter Pan Gone Wrong takes the classic tale by J.M. Barrie and literally turns it on
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Butlins for Christmas

I’ve not really shouted about this much on my blog yet but you may have noticed my shiny Butlins Ambassadors badge that I’m proudly displaying. As part of our new ambassadors role we will be going on 2 Butlins holidays at 2 different resorts, so we can rush back to tell you all about it – I
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If this bed’s a rockin…

Feel free to come in, as it’s just Yawnofthedad and I failing miserably at getting into bed quietly. Yep, it’s another night of sneak in, successfully manage to make absolutely no noise so we don’t wake Bobs up, then crawl into bed…..”CRUNCH”, “CRUNCH”, “OTHER LOUD, SPRING-RELATED NOISES”. Yeah, the first 6 months did not go
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Winter Ramblings

Well it’s now officially winter. When I say “officially”, I don’t mean because we’re now in mid-December, but more because of the easily audible screams of Yawnofthedad as I try to warm my feet on him in bed. Being residents of Manchester/Salford we tend not to get much of actually wintery weather. By that I
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A review of The Mulberry Inn, Wales

Last weekend we were invited to experience what North East Wales had to offer during the festive season. I’ll be covering a couple of special events we attended in another post but first I’ll be writing about our accommodation – the Mulberry Inn. The Mulberry is a newly refurbished 4-Star luxury bed and breakfast accommodation ran by
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DressingGate 2014

I’ll admit it, as a dad, going from having a boy to having a girl you build up a few preconceptions and dreads. One of which is clothes. Oh god, you think, it’s going to all be bloody cats and unicorns with bows in their hair. There won’t be any sight of a Batman or
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The fastest kid in the North West

I often find it comforting when I take Squish to the park, because I see all the other kids there actually almost identically to him, albeit with much better balance than him anyway. Being the eldest of our two, he’s paving the way to new grounds in parenthood, so like I say, it’s good to
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Little Tikes Activity Garden review

So it’s official -our Bobs is now a crawler, and not just a slow one, a ridiculously fast one (especially if there’s a banana at the other end of the room). And even “worse”, she’s now over the last few days, started to pull herself up onto things. Our little girl is growing up fast (she
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Joie i-AnchorSafe™ System car seat review

I must confess, I get really confused when choosing the right car seat, it just seems so complicated… different sizes, different ages, different weights, different bases and some face different ways too! Yet, car seats are one of those purchases you make very informed decisions about. If you’re looking for a safe but flexible car seat for a
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My Jane Plan journey: the beginning

So, let me start this blog by saying I’m not very good at dieting… temptation is a good friend of mine and so is chocolate… and crisps…. and biscuits… and… I could go on. If there’s an excuse for eating, I’m there and one of the biggest most celebrated excuses for indulging myself is pregnancy. That
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Introducing the Doona

Every so often, a product comes on the market leaving me wondering why it’s never been done before… and this is right up there with the best of them! Allow me to introduce the Doona from Simple Parenting… The Doona from Simple Parenting is a car seat but, not just a car seat, there is one fundamental difference… it has
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Get your home ready and germ free for Christmas

Christmas is a time when family and friends get together and enjoy the festivities, but the holidays can also bring colds and bugs so taking care when preparing meals and keeping your home clean are important. Planning is the best way to ensure that everything will go smoothly over the course of the Christmas period.
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SpongeBob SquarePants Invisible Boat Race

If your kids are fans of Mega Bloks or Spongebob Squarepants (or better yet, BOTH) then look no further than the ‘Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants Invisible Boat Race’ as an ideal present for Christmas. I’ll start with the only bad point about this toy, the construction. We’ve got quite a few Lego toys around the house
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Wrap, pack, send, repeat

Christmas time. A time for giving, good will to all men (and women of course), festivities, merriment…and a whole lot of sweating when it comes to wrapping everything – especially when we’ve left it all until Christmas Eve. Well not this year, Christmas! *shakes fist at where the Christmas tree will eventually go*. No, this
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A monkey’s for life, not just for Christmas…

Obviously I’m not talking about an actual monkey, but instead our not-so little Squish. Over the last year we’ve been increasingly pestered about the dreaded “P” word. That’s right “Pets”. With both sets of Grandparents having cats (lots!) and dogs, it was only a matter of time before he started to ask why we don’t
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Like father like son

A while ago we were approached by House of Fraser to take part in a project they were running called ‘Inspired by Dad’. The first thing that came to mind was – what a GREAT opportunity to get some pictures of my boys! It’s not often we get nice photos of these two dossin’ about
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Winter’s snow joke

First off, let me apologise for what might be the worse pun in the history of puns. Even worse than the one that follows this paragraph. It was literally the only thing I could think of at the time to write as a title about a winter blog post. Now that we’ve all recovered from
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The meaning of weaning

Ah yes, weaning. Those precious months where you end up with more food on the floor than in your fridge, freezer, and cupboards collectively. The time where Yawnofthedad physically itches because his OCD tendencies won’t allow him to let the mess remain on the floor for more than a couple of minutes. It’s even worse
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Citadines Apart’hotel review

Belated Belated, I know. But yes, back in September I attended the MAD blog awards down in busy ol’ Landan tarn (sorry, it’s my bleak attempt at a written London accent…. be thankful you’re not getting the vocal version!). Anyway, as the Mads is a notoriously drunken affair and that I admittedly live way too
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Buzz Lightyear to the rescue…from boredom!

Being a parent for almost 5 years I’ve learned a lot of stuff on this incredibly tiring-but-rewarding journey: how to survive on 2 hours sleep a night; being able to change nappies on any surface, whether it’s mobile or stationary; ingesting food at an alarming rate. But one of the less useful skills I now
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10 things to master before having children

1. You must learn how to achieve the most basic of tasks in complete darkness and without making a sound. Sounds easy but have you seen this on ‘The Cube’? No. There’s a reason for that… it’s damn well impossible. In the first few months we had to develop ninja type skills creeping into our own
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Whodunit? Truth is…

A while ago I attended my first ever Murder Mystery night – yet another genius idea for a blogger night – brain child of the lovely people at Joe Blogs blogger network in collaboration with BGO. There were lots of familiar names on the attendee list so I knew we were already in for a good
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InstaBobs

I had forgotten just how fun babies can be and this post might explain why I’ve been a tad quiet on the ol’ blogging front recently. Yes, Eleanor or ‘Bobs’ as we’ve now loving started calling her, might well still be waking us up at least once a night but it’s hard to stay mad
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Box Upon a Time review

Recently we had the opportunity to review a box of goodies from Box Upon a Time. The concept is similar to other box subscription type programs that are on the market however this one appears to be more tailored. Box Upon a Time specialise in children’s designer brands offering a selection of clothes chosen from
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#ClarksMoments

Whenever the name ‘Clarks‘ is mentioned it brings back lovely memories of shopping for school shoes as a child – it was the go-to place for quality long-lasting shoes. Fast forward over 20 years and I now find myself shopping in Clarks for my own children’s shoes. We popped into Clarks a few weeks ago
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Introducing the Stokke Trailz

Last Friday Eleanor and I made the long journey to London after snapping up an invite from Stokke to the fantastic Baby Show held at Olympia. London and I have a love hate relationship…. I love London but my oh my do I hate the travelling. Eleanor has been to London 3 times now in
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Meeting the Cussons Mum & Me midwife

Last Friday, I visited Cussons Mum & Me at their head office which just happens to be very local to our little family. We were treated to a host of delightful treats including a carriage of cake – yes you read that right…. a CARRIAGE of cake. With a few sandwiches and a good brew or 10 thrown in,
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From Mice Builders to Pinky Ponks

Ah kid’s TV, a necessary evil in our house. Whilst we limit the time their tiny eyes lay on the Gogglebox, sometimes it’s nice to have that moment of peace where an oversized character attracts their moth-like attention span. There’s enough of the stuff to go round too, a deluge if you will. A complete
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Stokke Tripp Trapp review

I’ve been really looking forward to writing this review. And why? Well, the Stokke Tripp Trapp has been one of my absolute favourite purchases for Squish and marked the start of my Stokke love affair. Stokke is a brand that I openly go on and on about on my blog because time after time they’ve delivered
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Stuck On You review

Hands up if you’ve ever come home from the school run with another child’s jumper… or wellies… *raises hand* I think the problem you discover when your children start school is that most the class seem to have the same clobber which opens up a whole new world of confusion. We opted for the good
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And then there were four…

Another post from @yawnofthedad… Some 6 months ago another little person popped out of my petite little wife. We’ve had some massive ups and downs, such as tongue-ties, colic, reflux, severe weight loss, but it finally seems that things have settled down and we can finally enjoy having this now-massively-fat baby. It’s taken a while
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Asda Direct baby range review

One place we always turn to when it comes to getting budget friendly baby items is good old Asda Direct (their online store). In my opinion their baby events can’t be matched and I was delighted to be approached to pick £50 worth of items to review. You’ll actually be quite surprised at how much I
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What’s your biggest niggle? #nigglefix

niggle – slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety. We all have them. I guess one of my personal niggles is not getting through everything on my to do list but to be fair this is a daily occurrence and I’m a heavy… HEAVY procrastinator. I have a little voice in my head telling me what I
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Falling from the Gumtree and hitting every branch

So recently we’ve been trying to make a bit of money out of some of our older, less wanted items. We’ve had a relatively unused pram from back when squish was a baby that’s in great condition. So with bills and car services taking the usual toll on the joint account, I thought, why not
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How to inject colour into your home office

All workstations, whether they are based in traditional offices or in your very own home, can be dull. If you believe your working area suffers from this problem, now could be the time to take action. Bear in mind that, if your home office is uninteresting and uninspiring to look at, this could have a
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