Author: Cheshire Claire

Meme – please respond, link back & pass it on!

I am responding to the post by Kate Morris http://writingandmoaning.blogspot.com on British Mummy Bloggers so I am going to have a crack – I have to answer these questions and then tag 8 more people to do the same, who and how to tag I haven’t got a clue so that is today’s personal challenge!  Full instructions on what to do are at the end of this post. 1.  What are your current obsessions? Getting ready for family holiday to Cornwall, new bathroom work in progress, new kitchen work starting 1st June, moving baby number one out of cot & into new bedroom to make room for baby number two – due 5th October! 2. Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often? Maternity jeans given to me by my friend Sarah, very little else fits, old maternity wardrobe wring season & three sizes too big!  Need to shop, but need time to shop! 3. What’s for dinner Have pork mince in fridge … what it will turn into I don’t know yet, may have to freeze it and get take away due to lack of inspiration! 4. Last thing you bought? “Who knows whose nose” game from Early Learning Centre http://www.elc.co.uk/toy/who-knows-whose-nose-game/  5. What are you listening to? Birds in the garden and drilling from the bathroom! 6. Do you have a pet and if not, why not?...

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Vaccination update …

Prepare for everything and require nothing … why is it always the way?!  The jab didn’t happen!  By pure chance the doctor at the private clinic happened to be a doctor from our NHS GP Practice and apparently it is a complete no, no and strike-off-able offence for a doctor to treat a patient private who is registered at their NHS Practice.  Humpf!   Needless to say, I was neither impressed nor amused, however rather than put my time and energy into ranting about the lack of competence and process to check the relevant information before H missed a nursery session (already paid for of course) and I missed a days work (therefore not paid for)!  I shall simply say we have rescheduled at another clinic for mid May and the silver lining is the cost of the jab is £35 cheaper.  Next stop holiday – list making has started and the final countdown has...

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Pox – the chicken variety!

Tomorrow I am taking my only just two year old son H to a private clinic for a chicken pox jab – I have debated this with my husband, myself, my mother, myself, my friends, myself and just about any other person that will stand still long enough!   I hate having jabs myself yet find myself not only voluntarily taking my son for an additional one but also paying for it too – I have surprised myself that’s for sure.  I’m happy with the decision for H to have the jab it is for all the right reasons for him and our family but as always I am not looking forward to the actual event – I have worked out easy leg access clothing for H and have my bag packed with homepathic remedies (for both of us!) to help, plus calpol & neurofen, dummies, chocolate, have held back some birthday gifts for extra treats and will be heading straight round to Grandma & Grandpa’s house for some extra cuddles & spoiling.  Wish me luck – I’ll report back on the experience! ...

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Mums in Control

A mum in control I don’t profess to be – I try – like us all!  But generally by 8am I have failed!    But this post is about the magazine Mums in Control and not me (for a change!) – they supported Dandelion Lounge in our first year of trading with editoral coverage and are now launching their own website in early May 2009 www.local.mumsincontrol.co.uk/SK9 so I am keen to reciprocate the support with a “plug” and link to their site which is sure to be a great read as their magazine is the UK’s number 1 magazine for working...

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Doing the juggle…

That’s what I’ve been up to … what’s the juggle I hear you ask?  The mummy juggle of course!  Still not sure then let me explain … I have H who is now a mere eight weeks from his second birthday, I work on a freelance basis in marketing, I run Dandelion Lounge http://www.dandelionlounge.co.uk I also run my home, kitchen, laundry, H’s childcare, Husband and try to ensure thank you, birthday & anniversary cards & gifts are with the right people for the right date.  Usually this is a fairly hectic but balanced weekly pattern, I can’t say routine because I don’t really “do routine” and working freelance isn’t a routine work choice – which is why I like it.  Anyway, there I was at the beginning of January in dark, cold, mid credit crunch Britain thinking I’ll be at home concentrating on home, family and Dandelion Lounge – no one will have budget to use a freelancer … wrong, diddly, wrong wrong … bang, squeak, squeal … that would be the sound of the wheels in my life going off  the rails!    The last three of four weeks has seen me on trains before 8am, my son staying over with Grandparents, me working back into an office (I usually work from home visiting offices for meetings only) and worst of all me wearing a suit – I hate...

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