On the borders of Worsley, Manchester, there is a hotel and golf course (some of you probably already know about it). It is quite a prestigious hotel and honestly, I’ve never visited prior to a few weeks ago. Mostly because I thought you had to be a ‘private club member‘ or just be really good at playing golf ha! Fortunately for me, I was invited to try out the new menu at the Grill in the Park restaurant within the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club (along with some other bloggers and their family members) and boy, was I totally surprised!
Since Bear was born, I wanted all the toys for him. Well not ALL of them, but lots of brightly coloured, noisy, flashing lights, take-up-the-living-room type toys. I’m not totally against them, but recently, I’ve had my eye elsewhere. Wooden Toys. They’re just so beautiful and look so well made so when I was contacted to review a Hape Toys wooden toy, I jumped at the chance. I do want to change a lot of Bear’s toys over to wooden (obviously there are some toys he still loves and plays with) but I am wanting to introduce more to him. We were sent the Monkey Pop-Up Track* and it has quickly become one of his favourites. Also helping with his speech (I’ll explain that in another post), his counting and his sequencing, which is absolutely fabulous in my eyes.
Oh little bear, sometimes you break my heart, and my sanity. I love you so damn much it hurts, but this last leap has been so testing.
Having a 15 month old, I’m pretty used to these mental leaps, growth spurts, the testing times. But this recent one, has brought me to tears, mentally & emotionally exhausted me & wondered ‘what the fuck even is this?!‘ We are now seeing light at the end of the tunnel, ’cause we all know we get there somehow right?! But one thing is for certain, while I was struggling to figure out why my toddler just wanted to bite me, push the boundaries, and whinge more than Bing Bunny does in the space of an 8 minute episode, I knew it would be over soon, and gosh did I wish I drank more wine (it was most certainly needed).
Something you may not know about me is that I am a huge stationery lover. I love cute notebooks, different styles of pens, craft papers, adorable accessories. You name it, I’ve probably got a secret stash somewhere (remember the gel pen craze of the 00’s?) Something I have never tried before though, is chalk markers. When I was younger, I loved drawing and writing with chalk on the pavements and in the street (we lived in a cul de sac and it was gonna rain and wash it all away anyway) but now, chalk really goes through me. That is until Chalkola contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their chalk marker pens, and the fun part for you guys, keep reading and you could bag yourself some!
I’ve said before that I’ve been broody for a long time. I felt I was ready for children before my partner & I started a relationship but obviously, I wasn’t going to compromise anything at the time & I was still finishing my studies at college. When we found out we were expecting Podge 5 years into our relationship, I was over the moon to say the least. It was everything I’d hoped for, especially after all of the troubles we faced with PCOS & contraceptive issues. During the pregnancy though, I still felt incredibly broody. My child would be born soon & I just wanted him/her here right now. And then another. It didn’t take long after he had entered our lives that I felt ready for the experience again.