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Go Wyld and Enjoy an Ice Cold Cider

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Fact one; parenting is stressful.  Fact two; being a single parent is another level of stress entirely.  Fact three; being a parent drives you to drink.

We all know that the time between 5pm and 7pm every day is effectively the witching hour.  It’s the two hour window of tea time, bath time, story time and bed.  Mother’s everywhere watch the clock like a hawk.  Sanity is hanging on by a thread and as soon as lights are out and the toys are tidied away you breathe a long sigh and reach for the fridge for your reward, a long cool drink.

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Pretty Gifts for Teachers

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I don’t mean to cause a panic but in 18 days time the kids finish school….yes really in 18 days time!  Already there is a flurry of activity as I panic buy school uniform early whilst they offers are on and sizes are in stock, and I spent far too long scouring the local shoe shops sale section yesterday looking for a bargain pair of autumn school shoes.

One really should get out more, or maybe less; who knows.

There’s also the dilemma of what to get the teachers for that all important, sentimental end of term gift.  Teachers gifts is a new thing – we certainly didn’t have them in my day (gosh that makes me sound old!).  A quick search on the internet for teachers gifts and I ended up at Gift Cookie, which is an online Aladdin’s cave of personalised gifts from notebooks to sweetie jars and tea cups, there is so much to choose from.  The team at Gift Cookie had kindly offered me the chance to choose a piece to review from there and so for Addison’s teacher I wanted to choose something a little bit different.

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Highs and lows and a new identity

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Wow, what a day.  Seriously its 11pm at night and it’s just been a 3 hour bedtime comforting session with my girl as she got herself into a right state over what to a grown up seem silly nonsensical things, but in reality to her are things that really really matter. To say I feel like downing the glass of red wine to the side of my desk would be an understatement; wine really is a mother’s ruin and her consolation at the same time.

The day had started off so well; after a lovely weekend getting some extra time with the new man in my life, an exhilarating gym session and a scrumptious Chinese I woke up today ready to take on the world.  I woke feeling renewed and made the decision whilst sitting in the hairdressers reading the latest issue of Cosmopolitan magazine to change my blog and give it an overhaul.  Gone would be the mummy blogger that I had become synonymous with and out would come the new blog written about the things I love; welcome to the eclectic world of What Lottie Loves.

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I’m evolving….

time to make a change and grow

I’ve been doing lots of contemplating over the last few weeks.  Contemplating change and where the blog is going.  Over the last year it’s definitely become less parenting focussed and more about me, my lifestyle, the things I love. There has been less parenting drama and it has become increasingly apparent to me that I don’t want to be in the nice market that is ‘mummy bloggers’.  Not that there’s anything wrong with mummy bloggers, it is after all where I started six years ago and what the blog was originally intended to be.  But as bloggers we grow.  Our creativity shifts and as we get older our style changes and so does our outlook on what we write.

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Creating a Kids Garden with Plant Me Now

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Now that Roo and I have moved in our new house for the first time ever I find myself in control of some green space, a garden, a little place for us to enjoy after a day at school.  Now we had a garden at the old house but not being a gardener or in any way remotely green fingered I have to say we opted for the easy option of no lawn, raised beds with railway sleepers and lots of slate chippings.  Great for grownups but not that great if you’re a 5 year old and want to do the things kids do in gardens like trampolines, swings and space hoppers (or is that just me?).

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