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This week has been a tricky one as we are just back from holiday.  I have been trying to get…

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Guest Post: Blogger Spotlight – My Random Musings

Guest Post: Blogger Spotlight – My Random Musings

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For those that regularly read my blog, I am sure you will have heard me mention Debbie at My Random Musings before.  If you don’t know her, this is what her blog is about in her own words:

“This blog is my little place to write my random musings as the title implies; thoughts, feelings, ideas, opinions, rants, raves, discussions, debates, pretty much the works. A place to write about anything from my deepest thoughts to light hearted stories from my daily life, anything goes.”

She started me on the road to the A to Z challenge, which completely changed my blogging outlook, as well as the author to Twisted Tales which I reviewed last month.

Debbie recently started a guest series where she interviews new bloggers.  Today – you guessed it – she interviews me!

In the interview we talk about all things blogging.  Why I started blogging, what my goals are etc….

So please pop over to her blog to read what I have to say and say hello to the wonderful Debbie.

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Blogger Spotlight – Double the Monkey Business

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Meet Other Mums – HELLP Nearly Killed me

Meet Other Mums – HELLP Nearly Killed me

Back from holiday

We are back from our holiday now and definitely got a case of the back-to-school blues.


Sad to be back home…

We didnt have good internet when we were on holiday. This week, I will be, slowly, catching up with what I missed.  It was nice to have a break with the family and the boys had a great time.  It definitely gave me the chance and space to think about what is next for the blog.  Number one on the list is tackling Instagram and improving my photography.  I even managed to work out how to add an Instagram feed page to my blog, check it out here.

You may have noticed I sneakily redesigned it yesterday as well.  I hope you like it.  I would love to know what you think.

The holiday has provided plenty of blog material to keep me going for the next few weeks.

Meet Other Mums: HELLP Nearly Killed Me

When we were away, I was thrilled to find out my second post was published on Meet Other Mums.

You can find the article in the below link:

It is great to continue to raise awareness of HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia.

Check back later on in the week for another book review and the first chapter of our holiday adventure.

If you missed my first post to be featured on this website please visit here.

To see my previous about joining the Meet Other Mums blog squad then visit here.

To read my full HELLP story please see here.



Twins – The Positives

Twins – The Positives

When I first found out I was having twins, I was petrified a little worried!  I was wondering how on earth I was going to cope with two babies.  I was a first time mum, with no experience.

In hindsight, we were lucky.  We had a lot of support from family, particularly in that first year when we needed it most.

I have been reflecting lately on what direction I want my blog to go in, especially now that I have a gaping hole where I used to blog about my HELLP story.  Then I thought, why not share what it is like to have twins!  The Good.  The Bad.  The Ugly.

I am going to blog about what life is really like as a twin mummy.  From sleeping, weaning and breastfeeding… through to more practical things like what buggy we bought and why.

So, to kick things off, I am going to start Twin Talk by talking about the top ten reasons having twins is the best!  ***warning it may get a little cheesy***


Twins – The Positives

  • Double the hugs.  This is my standard response to ‘double trouble’!
  • They are the same age.  You might be thinking duh, but let me explain.   When I had my first scan, as I said above I wondered how I would cope.  The first year is hard, there is no getting away from that.  But, there is something easier about having two children, the same age and in the same routine.  In particular, I think this helps with sleeping, when one went from two naps to one nap, the other one did.  I am guessing this is much easier than having a toddler who has one nap and a baby who has two.
  • Strangers offer you help.  They may have done this anyway but people do go out of their way to help you when you have twins.
  • They always have a best friend.  Now my two are by no means best friends all the time – they are four and they fight over what toy they are playing with, or who gets to pretend to be Luke Skywalker – but they will always have each other.
  • They always have someone to share experiences with.  When they started kindergarten, they started together. When they start school, they start together. Learning to swim? They will learn together. You get the idea…
  • You only have to be pregnant once.  Alright that pregnancy is harder than a normal pregnancy, but it is still only one pregnancy.  In our case – as we don’t plan to have any more – this means I only had to be pregnant once and had two babies at the end of it, result!
  • They can share a birthday party every year.  Admittedly when they grow older, they may have different groups of friends, so it may have to be a mega party.  But still, once a year!
  • People always remember you.  Actually they always remember the twins.  If people see me on my own they don’t usually recognise me, which can also be a little frustrating.
  • Marvelling at their differences.  I find this incredibly fascinating.  They are both so different and I love to watch them become their own person.
  • Watching them comfort each other if they are upset.  It would melt the hardest of hearts this one, nothing is nicer than watching one of them hug the other and telling them not to be sad.
  • They are stronger together.  I have noticed this in kindergarten, they are a force to be reckoned with.  Mess with one, you mess with both.  If one gets pushed then the kid will have to answer to both of them.  I imagine this may turn out to be pretty useful in the school playground.
  • Watching them sleep next to each other.  I marvelled at how adorable the boys were when they shared a cot in the early days.  We loved going to check on them when they were in separate cots and they were holding hands through the cot bars.  I love that when they were moved into big boy beds, they insisted that the beds were right next to each other – with no space between them – as they told me, they sleep better that way.twins

Please let me know in the comments, if you want to add anything to this list.

If there is anything you want to know about having twins or you have any questions, leave me a comment.

Depending on the question I may dedicate a blog post to it!!

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Sommerfest – Kindergarten

Sommerfest – Kindergarten

The kindergarten recently hosted the annual “Sommerfest” celebration.


Each year the parents are invited over to the kindergarten for an afternoon, to celebrate Sommerfest.  The deal is that each parent turns up with a plate of something tasty to be added to the buffet.

The afternoon commenced with a series of games.  Actually that is not true.  The afternoon started with the boys giving me a tour of the kindergarten.

I have to point out that the boys have been at this kindergarten for a year next month.  I also need to point out that I do 95% of the pick ups and drop offs.  So I may have seen around the kindergarten before.

However, it was lovely that they were excited to show me around.  I loved hearing what they thought and seeing it through their eyes.

So, back to the games…

They had a load of activities for the kids to do, including bowling, cycling and football.  For each game they played they got a stamp on their card.  They kids thought this was great fun.

Despite being British, the boys are not great at queuing though.  So there was a lot of trying to skip to the front and I was a little worried we were on borderline tantrum territory at one point.

The favourite game of all was the football one though.  The boys have decided they love football.  Daddy recently bought them a football in the style of the Euros 2016.  They ask Daddy all the time if football is on.

When Daddy has been watching the Euros, the boys have been excited that the ball on screen matches their new football.  Hats off to Bob L for noticing that, because we never pointed that out to him.

One of the wishes for the hubby is for some of the German football skills to rub of on one or both of the boys.  However, I think they may have a way to go yet, judging by the fact they kept missing the goals.


Anyway, if enthusiasm is anything to go by, they are half way there.  They even made the hubby by a German football top the other week.  Hubby did suggest an English shirt but they were not so keen on this idea.  They want to be like their friends who ALL have German tops.  All of them.  Every single one.  Including the teacher apparently!


Once the games had finished, we heard a familiar tinkle.  The kindergarten teachers arranged for an ice-cream van pop by.  Free ice-cream, what a treat.  Even the parents!!!

Sommerfest Storms

One of the things about living in mainland Europe is the thunderstorms are immense. I have never seen, or heard, anything like it.  This day was no exception, after a week of gorgeous weather, the inevitable thunderstorm started half-way through the event.

Anyway it was pretty good timing really, as we settled down inside to eat cake.  It could have been much worse.

Then the children were all presented with a certificate and a medal for taking part in the day in a heartwarming award ceremony.  The children all loved it.

On the way home Bob D said to me: “Do you like my kindergarten mummy, I like my kindergarten”.

I wholeheartedly said yes!


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