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Laura Nelson (BreastestNews)
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When you have your first child it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. It’s a major learning curve no matter what age you are and for most of us you’re basically winging it and hoping for the best, I’m still doing it now! I’ve often heard people say that child number one is a practice run, ha ha, but now that I’ve had a second child there’s a few things I’ve learnt from the first and I’d love to share a few of these wisdom's with you lot. It’s nothing hard and fast and of course I’m still learning, every day’s a school day, hopefully some of these ring true with other parents though.

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Finding the right shoes for your child can often be a pain in the bum. You worry about sizing, do they fit correctly are they too tight? You then see the price tag and worry about that, why pay so much when their feet grow so fast! And of course you want them to look good and match with your child’s cute and stylish outfits which often means you have to purchase a few pairs to go with different things. Ah the stress, I can feel the pressure building already. Picking shoes for your little one shouldn’t have to be so complicated and that’s where Dotty Fish come in.

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The school holidays are a brilliant time to get the family together however sometimes those 6 weeks feel like a life sentence as it’s so hard to stop the kids from getting bored. It’s especially tough for Logan as he thrives better on routine and not having anything set out from day to day can be difficult for him to process. To break up the 6 weeks a little bit for us I booked up a summer holiday to Benalmadena in Spain. It was a short flight from Edinburgh airport (2.5hrs, 3hrs at most) and a short bus ride to our accommodation. I played it safe and went for a week as after a little while Logan starts to miss home. And lets be honest a holiday with kids is never really a holiday as everyone’s running around so by the end you’re knackered and need a holiday from the holiday!

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Most of you will know by now that I love a good piece of clothing for the kids so I was really delighted when Polarn O. Pyret sent over some fab holiday clothes for the kids to review before we all jetted off to sunny Benalmadena.

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It was the other half's birthday a few weeks ago so I decided to treat him (and the kids) to a long weekend at the lovely Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. I'd noticed a lot of good reviews and write ups from quite a few different bloggers so thought why not give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. I'm glad we did as it really was fab.

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There's something quite intriguing about magic and even from a young age children are captivated by it. I know the other half loves a good magic show and Logan's became more interested as the years have gone on. Luckily for us we have a magic festival right on our door step in Edinburgh of all places. Have a read on to see what's happening and since the school holidays are almost upon us it'll be a great way to keep the kids entertained and out of trouble!

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This year has been the year of travel and mini breaks for my family. It’s been fab visiting new places and making awesome memories together, Logan enjoys it so much in fact he’s been asking to have a break away every weekend! Although the breaks are great it’s often hard to think of which toys and games to take to fill in the down time between exciting adventures. Some toys and games are far too big and cumbersome so clearly not ideal for travel when you’re cramming in so much stuff as it is. For this reason I was very thankful when Orchard Toys offered Logan the chance to review one of their new Mini Games.

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To the overly sensitive lady at the soft play centre the other weekend. What gives you the right to shout at my child as if you were disciplining your own? Did it make you feel big shouting and pointing in the face of a boy who’s probably a 7th of your age? So what if my child pushed your child off an arcades game. There wasn’t any money in it, it wasn’t as if your child was actually sitting and actively playing the game. These things happen all the time at soft play centres, kids will be kids and are just learning social boundaries which by the way are harder for my son since he is autistic granted you wouldn’t have known this. What happened to quite simply saying “now that wasn’t very nice was it, my son was going to play that game and you pushed in. Can you please come off so my son can have a shot.” Yes the chances are my son wouldn’t have came off the machine or even acknowledged you however I watch my son quite rigidly at soft play centres since I know he struggles and I would have came over to take him off the machine. That of course didn’t happen. Instead you literally shouted in his face hanging over him, pointing and accusing. It’s not right and it’s not clever. Yes my son can be a little sh*t at times but come on, are your kids so angelic they’d never push someone out of the way to get to something they wanted?

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I really take my hat off to all the Mummy and Daddy bloggers out there who manage to post on their blog almost every day or at least once a week. They must be super organised and I have to say I envy you folks. For the love of me I can't seem to nail down a blogging rhythm, I've tried but nothing sticks. I do enjoy blogging but I like doing it for me and not because I've got someone breathing down my neck about their review piece (although I of course take on reviews that interest myself and my family). Also the inevitable happens, life! It takes over as it always does, you think you're sailing along then BAM!! Out of no where you're back to square one juggling life and whatever is thrown at you and my poor blog, well it has to take a back seat for a while.

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Harlow is now 16 months old and she’s desperately trying to talk. She’s not quite there yet but sometimes the odd word pops out. For example it sounds like she’s trying to say shoes a lot which would make sense as she has a major fascination for shoes! Typical girl. As with last months update she does say Hi now and again and is definitely learning Mummy and Daddy although they come out of her little mouth as “Mummm mummmm mummm” and “Dadada dadada dadada”. It’s accurate when she’s trying to get my attention or her Daddy’s attention which is cute. Logan and I were playing with her the other night and it sounded like she was singing E-I-E-I-O from Old MacDonald had a farm. Logan of course found this hysterical, what else are big brother’s for than to laugh at you!
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