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Last week the kids and I headed up to London, we were lucky enough to be offered a family ticket to see the lastest Family show in the West End.

The Go! Go! G0! show

Go!Go!Go!

It  was the first time we had headed into London since we moved. So I anticipated a slightly longer journey on the train. As it happened a train pulled into the Station as I got my ticket and within 32 minutes I was at Charing cross. The kids love the train especially the ride in.

We got to Leicester Square an hour earlier than I had planned so we wandered around. I ended up buying water for myself and the kids, who had rapidly gone through their OJ’s and now Jerry was hungry and I was feeling a little lightheaded so we went and bought some Macdonalds, having never actually bought Macdonalds I stood there scanned the menu and saw nothing for kids so had to ask what was on offer.  I’m more of a Burger King person.

We went and sat in the Gardens and looked at the steady stream of people who had started to queue up for the premier of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz’s new move of which I should know the name lol.

I headed to the theatre which is just off the actual square. And collected my tickets, they said they would open the doors half an hour before the show started. OK I still had 30 mins to occupy myself we went for ANOTHER walk, but this time Jerry had, HAD enough and lay down in a huge puddle and had a MASSIVE tantrum. Me being me let him take it out on the pavement and then said “you done” I even heard someone say “do you think that’s her child” yeah lady because I am real child snatcher at 33 weeks pregnant huh. GRRR

ANYWAY then it was a mad dash to GAP to buy him some dry clothes. Back to the theatre and this is where it got a little crappy. Like I said I am 33 weeks pregnant. I had both kids with me and the P&T vibe to get into the theatre it’s two flights of stairs down to the theatre.

The kids walked down while I bumped down the stroller. Two staff stood at the bottom and neither of them actually offered to help. So be aware if you are going and going alone take lightest stroller you have. On the way out however they helped me lifted it up the stairs.

We found our seats and sat down, we were very close to the speakers which were on really loudly and the kids were waving their glowsticks £3 which I had bought and looking at their programs also £3.

Then we got told there was a 5 minute delay which turned into 20 minutes by this point. I was a little more than tetchy mainly due to getting in to early and Jerry having epic tantrum, then the “I’m hungry, I’m thirsty” chitter chatter started, this meant a trip to the bar paying a hefty £1.50 for the smallest pringles and the same for water, of course we were all very thirsty and it was warm in there, so take plenty of water and food it you go. I spent at least £15 on just buying us water the entire time and snacks.

The show began and within 10 minutes Eliza was in tears and asking to go home and Jerry was entranced. Eliza isn’t the best with things like this, you can read about our Disney experience earlier this year on my blog.

The cast interact with the children really well and the songs are really, really catchy and fab I really liked them. I was a little surprised when there was an intermission, I had been told the show was 45 minutes long. I really was quite over it , I had Jerry on my knee and Eliza clinging to me for dear life for the first half.

As the curtains closed both kids said one after another “go home now?” I said “well I think not, there is more to watch”. Eliza really looked unhappy and said she felt scared. Jerry was just exceedingly tired.

We sat and ate M&M’s and did more stickers in the programs.

The 2nd half started and I had made a point to both of them that they had to sit in their seats as I am way to fat to cope with both of them hanging off me!

Made all the difference Suddendly I was at the theatre with two different children, Eliza really, really got into it and was dancing and singing despite not knowing any of the words lol and waving her glowstick around frantically and Jerry was of course eating but bouncing up and down wildly in his seat.

It was great, the songs were really good again about sharing and having fun together, and of course the fluffalope was heavily featured.

The second half felt shorter, not sure if it was, or if it was the fact I was able to sit on my own and relax a little.

After it ended the cast come out to the Foyer and meet all the children, this was bizarrely crowded and people were pushing like crazy to get to the Cast who were lovely and polite and tired! I had to explain to Eliza about getting autographs she didn’t and really still doesn’t get what that process was all about, but she had her favourite character and wanted her name written on her book, which sadly she didn’t get but she got most of them.

I can now say three days after the show and neither of them have shut up about the show, Eliza is desperate to go and see it again, both have asked if we can get a fluffalope toy, what about a movie or a CD are there dolls?

They pretend they are in the show and act out little scenes together, it has been a huge hit and I hope they bring out a CD and a DVD of the show because it was great.

I do however think that 2 is the minimum age to take a child to something like this.  There were a few people with younger children and it looked a little tough on them walking around and trying to keep them quiet.

Over all we really enjoyed it. I didn’t plan as well as I should of in regards to timing and drink supplies but the show was fab and I hope if you go you enjoy it as much as we all did.

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This is a touchy subject with me. Lets start by saying it’s my opinion and like yours it doesn’t make it right or wrong, it’s just an opinion!

When I got pregnant with Eliza I was working in a hospital part time in the sterilising department, it was heavy work and I had other back issues and was trying to start my photography business. At 11 weeks my husband said, that’s enough quit you’re going to be a mum now.

Luckily we were then and still are in a position where I can be a stay at home mum, I have the options and choices to work if I want, and I do every now and again with the photography I take on as much or as little work as I want.

I took my new found life very seriously and said I hoped I could always stay at home and look after my children. Husband agreed.

I also always said I’d never send my children to Nursery, because I want to raise my children. I want to teach them, I chose to have kids not a job and I intend to be there until they start school.

This was probably fine until I had Jeremiah. All my friends started to send their children to nursery. But still it just didn’t personally sit with me. I understood why they were doing it, but I couldn’t. She was 2 years old still a baby in my eyes, those 2 years had gone by so fast, surely the next two would as well. And they have.

And I am so proud of myself. LOL

WHY?

Because at times I have truly felt like I can’t go on. And that she needed to go to Nursery pronto!

But I have never given in to that selfish feeling that is only fleeting for me. Eliza is a bright kid, and started to take an interest in numbers and letters at around 2.5 she wanted to start learning. I bought some little 3-5 year preschool books and for the past 2 years we have been using them and various other ones to help challenge her and to give her what she asks for. I don’t push her, if she didn’t want to learn to write or add 2+2 I’d never say “right we’re doing this today” I believe all children learn as much or as little as they want when they are home with their parents. Or as much as their parents can give them! I’m happy to encourage her and to be honest she could sit and do her writing books for an hour, where I tend to think at 3 years this was a little excessive and tell her to take a break for a little bit. Now at 4 she will sit easily for an hour doing her reading and writing books, sometimes I sit with her for the entire hour or she happily works away on her own asking for help if and when she needs it.

Jerry isn’t like Eliza at the same age and I don’t expect him to be, he’s a different person, he’s extremely physical and loves being active, he has very little interest in arts and crafts, and only recently in the last 6 months decided he quite liked being read to and now picks books for you to read to him, he’s not as independent as she was and I have to encourage him to play on his own. Just as I sit with Eliza I take Jerry into the garden and play football with him, and play hand eye co-ordination games with him.

When we moved to central London, I did a lot of classes with Eliza we did a dance class which was basically running around and having fun, then we did a arts and craft class, we had a music class like monkey music, we went to the Library, we went to French Class, and Ballet and Playgroups.  It sounds like a lot and it was and I was pregnant with Jerry so it got even more tiring, I had a lot of support however there. This was perfect for Eliza this was at a level of stimulation enough for her.

Once Jerry was born we went to French and she went to Ballet and we went to Playgroup that was it. Of course Jerry was little and she was older and she got bored so he didn’t get to go to playgroup, I ended up with one bored toddler and a sleeping baby, so I stopped a lot of the other classes.

Then we moved to Suburbia, and I had one 1 year old and a 3 year old and I couldn’t go to any classes with them both, they were now both missing out. I had no friends in the area, come to think of it I still don’t lol and no one except Monkey Music would take me on with both kids, so Monkey Music it was. And that’s all we have done for the past year. The rest of the time it’s been me as the entertainment.

Thankfully and if you look back through my blog, you’ll see we’ve done a lot since we moved out here, lots of trips to Europe, lots of family days out. There is a lot of other things to do out here, things that we all enjoy.

Now Eliza is starting school in September and she couldn’t be more excited she quizzed the headmaster on the computer room, asked if they had singing lessons and if she could learn violin. She asked the teachers if they taught maths and reading and writing, her first visit she came out thrilled with the fact one of the teachers had sat with her to read a book and she had read some words.

Jerry is still obviously with me, and bored. OH SO BORED. And I am 33 weeks pregnant and tired.

So with this all in mind. I started to look for a nursery, the first one I visited I was APPALLED this nursery has a “good” report from Ofsted I was thinking they must of come on a very good day.

You know when you go into a baby change room in public and you open the nappy bins to throw one away. Every room smelled like that. There were old cobwebs in the corners of the rooms, the floors were FILTHY, the toys weren’t much better and there were a lot, A LOT of kids there. I felt like J would be alone a lot of the time if he went there and there was no way in hell I’d ever send him there it was so dirty. I feel really sorry for the mums and dads out there who have no choice but to send their kids there. It was heartbreaking. So glad I do have that choice, I’d rather he hung off my trousers all day and cried and had tantrums.

So I decided the best thing for me to look into was Montessori I know I like that style of nursery and learning and I found one which had “outstanding” on it’s Ofsted report and next to it it said “above outstanding” having just been to the “good” nursery I held little hope for this place.

But I went along. It was as expected calm, the kids playing nicely, 1-1 a lot of the children, or sitting in pairs or tables of 4. The juice and snack bar is always open apparently and they can help themselves. Jerry stuck to the home corner he loves having tea parties and cleaning. He washed dinosaurs and dried them took them for a walk, put them to bed, then he headed for the maths corner and really got into shapes and what not and had a good look around at everything else.

I was happy.

Afterwards I asked him what he thought. “I liked it mummy, I liked that nursery, I like tea parties and dinosaurs” I said would he like to go again and it was a very keen “yes, now?”

So I’m putting his name down for 1-2 mornings a week see how he goes and fits in. I am easy and flexible on how long he goes for. I am easy if he doesn’t like it, but I really feel like he’s missed out on things that Eliza got to do. He isn’t as well socialised and is timid around other children. Hopefully this will help him and it will give me a little selfish break with the new baby.

I still feel like it’s selfish of me, I still feel that being a full time stay at home mum, I should be exactly that. And I feel like I have let Jerry down by putting him into Nursery. I wonder when he is grown up he’ll look back say “you did so much for Eliza why not me?”

I do however fully intend to get him into Tumble Tots and Little Kickers, although he ,despite liking football, has said he doesn’t want to go to football class!  So we might just try it and see if he really doesn’t want to go!

So am I alone in this guilt of sending to nursery?

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Lets go outside

shame about the pylons eh!

Can you see London in the Distance? This is where I live now. In the middle of wheat country it would appear. London is a mere 22 minutes away by train. Oh yes. I can almost smell the smog and the see the suits at the bars on this Friday night.

I drove the kids up here today it’s a huge 1 minute from our house. I said to Eliza “Look at that Lizie” who was to busy eyeing up some horses. “what mummy?” “Isn’t it beautiful” Eliza is looking around, well as much as possible as we are sitting in the car in the middle of a road. I’ve stopped to take pictures.

“What are you talking about mummy?”

“The countryside Lizie, the COUNTRYSIDE, YANNO where we live”

I’m irritated that she doesn’t know exactly what I am talking about she is 4 now!

“Oh yes, she said it is beautiful, is that corn mummy?”

“no I think it’s wheat”

“Is it going to be made into cereal for me?”

“probably”

“LOOK HORSIES!!!!!”

And that was to say the highlight of my day today a 5 minute chat with my daughter in the middle of a road in our new backyard. The rest of my day has been spent with this adorable boy

Hey!

Driving me utterly mental. He looks so sweet there doesn’t he?

He’s teething he’s getting the last 2 or last 4 teeth I don’t know. And he is an shit about it. Cries pretty much all day unless I carry him and do exactly what he says “take me this way mummy, no that way, no I want a cuddle here, no there on the sofa, can I have some milk? Can I have a biscuit, can I go outside?, Can we go for a walk, carry me mummy, can I have booby (yes I’m still breastfeeding, no I don’t feed him in the day, but he asks to try his luck” mummy you are pretty, I love big boobies, can I have the helicopter, where’s Daddy, I want Daddy, daddy coming home now? I want to go to bed, I want medicine, I want, I want, I want, I want.

OMG seriously it’s non stop. bantering on and on and on.

Meanwhile poor Eliza is following me around like a stray dog asking “what does snake begin with? what about handbag, or shops, or horse, how do you spell horse, Jerry has made an absoulte mess of of the lounge mummy,you need to clean it, I’m tired, I’m hungry, Jerry hit me, Jerry slobbered on me, Can I watch TV? Can we go out, can we have the iPad,  why are you pregnant, Can Teddy come out now? I want Daddy, is Daddy coming home yet?

Normally I chug along happily today I am amazed social services didn’t knock on the door, maybe Monday I am sure at times I sounded like a fish wife. I know I yelled a lot today mostly “JERRY JUST LEAVE ME ALONE FOR 5 MINUTES, IF YOU WANT A DRINK I NEED TO PUT YOU DOWN”

Tonight while cooking dinner I actually just screamed out loud for anger management. Mental note

*new house does not have double glazing

Good night and good weekend to you all 😀

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That little pig has a lot to answer for, or maybe I have a lot to answer for.

There is no shortage of TV in this house, we have 500 movies to watch at least 200 of those are for children or child orientated such as Ponyo and other studio Ghibli.

I use the TV as a babysitter I am very happy to admit that. I am a stay at home mum of two children. I run my own business and look after my husbands company and I work my ass off keeping things homely and cooking meals. I like any other mother stick the TV on to give myself a break, to get a bit of down time.

Jerry isn’t really into watching the TV at all, he’d much rather be playing with helicopters or hitting things like me or Eliza. Eliza however LOVES the TV. Jerry loves Peppa Pig and Ponyo and it ends there.

I closely monitor what they view. There isn’t a show they watch that I haven’t watched a few times to be happy they can view it. We have sky but I don’t let them watch Nick Jr mostly because it’s full of commercials. I don’t really care that the kids ask for things, but I find it annoying.

So when we were moving house and I was busy as anything packing, Peppa Pig was on A LOT I am talking hours. I just kept putting a different one in, and pressing repeat. It made my life easier and it’s harmless, right?

Except when you are 3-4 years old you are easily influenced. My husband and I are under the impression we are our children’s biggest influencers currently. Of course I assume once Eliza starts school in September this will change.

Eliza started doing this really annoying thing of saying “you’re not my friend” and blowing a raspberry in her brothers face. Now maybe some will say I take things to seriously, but for me the words are easily dealt with the raspberry blowing I find hugely offensive and I will not put up with it. Of course Jerry is a copycat and now he does the same unaware of what he’s really saying or the action following it.

I was racking my brains on where Eliza had picked up this horrible sentence and action. She is home with me all the time. Except one music class, her only other influences are the TV. So I watched through the DVD’s and found out Peppa pig has a quarrel with her friend and says and does the above. Now the moral is they say sorry and make up, this part hasn’t gone into my children’s minds only the rude bit.

When my kids get into conflict depending on how I am feeling lol most of the time I get down to their level and I ask Eliza to speak properly in her grown up voice to tell Jerry exactly what her problem is and resolve it. I give her the words to use such as “Tell him you don’t like him doing that” “Tell him to stop” crying and whinging doesn’t do anything but make things worse. Eliza is highly emotional and screams and cries over anything (no idea where she gets that from) Jerry is aggressive pushes and bites. I know they say to let children resolve as much as possible on their own but seriously when hair is being pulled and teeth marks and one is pushing the other, you got to step in!

Eliza is now very upset when Jerry shouts at her “you’re not my friend” and blows a raspberry in her face. Of course he’s seen it on the TV but Eliza picked it up and started to use it. Now it’s the latest insult being thrown around and my god it’s hard to break and for that very reason Peppa pig is banned until I can screen each episode and know exactly which ones don’t contain things like this. I understand the moral of the story but at 4 years old it’s somehow harder to put all together, and know they had a fight and it was resolved. At four years old she doesn’t have the reasoning skills to establish what follows.

I may be a fuddy duddy but I do expect a level of respect in my children for each other yes even at this age. I believe guiding them to resolve things peacefully and calmly is better than screaming and shouting, this is not to say I personally don’t scream and shout I do daily mostly around 4pm when  I am barely able to stay awake and they are quite literally at each others throats. Some days I feel all I do is shout and I hate that. And I know that is far more influencing that a TV show.

What are your thoughts on shows such as Peppa Pig and others, do you think “kids will be kids” they would do it anyway? How easily influenced is your child.

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That little pig has a lot to answer for, or maybe I have a lot to answer for.

There is no shortage of TV in this house, we have 500 movies to watch at least 200 of those are for children or child orientated such as Ponyo and other studio Ghibli.

I use the TV as a babysitter I am very happy to admit that. I am a stay at home mum of two children. I run my own business and look after my husbands company and I work my ass off keeping things homely and cooking meals. I like any other mother stick the TV on to give myself a break, to get a bit of down time.

Jerry isn’t really into watching the TV at all, he’d much rather be playing with helicopters or hitting things like me or Eliza. Eliza however LOVES the TV. Jerry loves Peppa Pig and Ponyo and it ends there.

I closely monitor what they view. There isn’t a show they watch that I haven’t watched a few times to be happy they can view it. We have sky but I don’t let them watch Nick Jr mostly because it’s full of commercials. I don’t really care that the kids ask for things, but I find it annoying.

So when we were moving house and I was busy as anything packing, Peppa Pig was on A LOT I am talking hours. I just kept putting a different one in, and pressing repeat. It made my life easier and it’s harmless, right?

Except when you are 3-4 years old you are easily influenced. My husband and I are under the impression we are our children’s biggest influencers currently. Of course I assume once Eliza starts school in September this will change.

Eliza started doing this really annoying thing of saying “you’re not my friend” and blowing a raspberry in her brothers face. Now maybe some will say I take things to seriously, but for me the words are easily dealt with the raspberry blowing I find hugely offensive and I will not put up with it. Of course Jerry is a copycat and now he does the same unaware of what he’s really saying or the action following it.

I was racking my brains on where Eliza had picked up this horrible sentence and action. She is home with me all the time. Except one music class, her only other influences are the TV. So I watched through the DVD’s and found out Peppa pig has a quarrel with her friend and says and does the above. Now the moral is they say sorry and make up, this part hasn’t gone into my children’s minds only the rude bit.

When my kids get into conflict depending on how I am feeling lol most of the time I get down to their level and I ask Eliza to speak properly in her grown up voice to tell Jerry exactly what her problem is and resolve it. I give her the words to use such as “Tell him you don’t like him doing that” “Tell him to stop” crying and whinging doesn’t do anything but make things worse. Eliza is highly emotional and screams and cries over anything (no idea where she gets that from) Jerry is aggressive pushes and bites. I know they say to let children resolve as much as possible on their own but seriously when hair is being pulled and teeth marks and one is pushing the other, you got to step in!

Eliza is now very upset when Jerry shouts at her “you’re not my friend” and blows a raspberry in her face. Of course he’s seen it on the TV but Eliza picked it up and started to use it. Now it’s the latest insult being thrown around and my god it’s hard to break and for that very reason Peppa pig is banned until I can screen each episode and know exactly which ones don’t contain things like this. I understand the moral of the story but at 4 years old it’s somehow harder to put all together, and know they had a fight and it was resolved. At four years old she doesn’t have the reasoning skills to establish what follows.

I may be a fuddy duddy but I do expect a level of respect in my children for each other yes even at this age. I believe guiding them to resolve things peacefully and calmly is better than screaming and shouting, this is not to say I personally don’t scream and shout I do daily mostly around 4pm when  I am barely able to stay awake and they are quite literally at each others throats. Some days I feel all I do is shout and I hate that. And I know that is far more influencing that a TV show.

What are your thoughts on shows such as Peppa Pig and others, do you think “kids will be kids” they would do it anyway? How easily influenced is your child.

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When we left Marylebone behind we wondered how we’d cope with the lack of shopping, being frequent visitors to Selfridges and other rather fabulous shops how on earth would we manage? The two of us like to browse the shops for anything and everything. Husband for TV’s and Cameras, me for Make up and shoes, Eliza loves to look for clothes and jewels and toys and Jerry HATES shopping more than any other man/boy I’ve met in my life.

Moving to Kent meant those shops were now at least 45 mins away or we could go to the rather large shopping malls that surround us here in Kent. I do find places like Bluewater repetitive and full of trinket shops and shops for obviously the younger generation. As in under 25’s

But it will do.

It has House of Fraser etc so one can get all the Kitchenware and it has an Apple store and Girls and Boys Base shops so you know we’re all covered if we visit there 😀

Now we have moved again, we’re living in a semi rural environment and TBH 1 week in, I like it more than I did living where we were 1 week ago. I’d rather be out and away from it all. Closest shops to me are 2 miles away. I’m talking shops like post office, small convenience store etc.

The air is really clean, the water is softer, I am thinking it’s sourced from somewhere other than the Thames. Limescale is almost zero here.

And I am surrounded by village folk who ring my door bell early in the mornings with bowls of strawberries and offers to look after the kids or run to the shops for me. Of course a lot of this goes with being the new person in a village and them wanting to see us. I grew up in Devon someone new moving into the town/village is like some towns finding unexploded bombs, the excitement is almost unbearable.

We also gained a cat in our move, the cat has lived in the house her whole life,

Kitty Cat

I also gained a rather well grown herb area of the garden

The garden is lovely and I am hoping to get a summer house for the children soon, although finding one that isn’t going to mean I have to sell a kidney is proving hard. Well the ones we like anyway. The garden is in desperate need of love and attention and is overgrown it’s like the secret Garden out there. Hubby bravely went into one of the sheds yesterday and managed to come out alive after saying “you won’t want to go in there babe” next weekend he shall tackle the shed of doom. We both suspect Shelob is living in there.

I do however have a gardener now, and I fully intend to get him to cut a lot back and get some more light into the garden. Or I might just instruct hubby to do it, I like watching him work.

I have a few touches that need to happen, to my new abode we now have a massive dinning table for 10 people. but no tablecloths quite hard to find tableclothes that are 280 x 160 and you can wipe down and don’t look like they belong in a roadside diner. I might also need to find 8 friends.

My husband bought some plants for myself and Eliza yesterday so they have brightened up the place too.

Today will be spent finding the dinning table after I dumped a load of crap on it yesterday in anticipation I do find a tablecloth! And getting Eliza’s books into her room. I also need to tackle my hallway which I feel slightly anxious about due to 8 legged friends, but I can do this!

Hope you all have a lovely Monday too 🙂

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Home sweet home

We move house in a few days. There is one thing I always do when I move and that’s set up my photographs first. I do the same with our kokeshi Dolls I especially like to set the dolls up. They mean a lot to me, and make me feel homely.

The first things we took to the new house were the kids outdoor toys this got them out the way and they got to explore the new garden.

Initally we were going to set them up in the loft room to share, this was at their request. But the stairs leading to that room are a little narrow and not great for little people needing a wee in the night. So we decided that the two rooms on the same floor as ours would be theirs. It took a lot of convincing to get Eliza to take the bigger room, she wanted the smaller one with the light pink walls. I took her back to the old house and pointed out all her furniture and then back to the new house and told her that if she was to have the smaller room this was fine, but she’d have to put her bookshelf into Jerry’s room. And there we have it Eliza is now in the bigger room.

We have taken nearly half their toys to the new place and we kept aside toys for a few months and have returned them now, of course they are excited to get toys back and happily play with them in the new rooms. Which are of course still furniture-less but it’s helping to adjust them. Eliza is very excited. Jerry is very excited but after an hour he is at the front door asking to go home. He is exactly like me and doesn’t embrace change as quickly as Eliza and my husband, but he’ll get there.

Another tip is to take towels and hand soap and nappies and wipes to the new house and have them handy you’ll need them if you are in between moves and have an overlap in time, we’ve had 10 days so I’ve been in and out of the new place setting up things slowly and orderly. We have taken A LOT ourselves all my clothes are there now, really all the removers have to do is pack the kitchen and take all furniture.

Get the kids involved if they are able to, I had Jerry help  pack the CD’s and DVD’s  Eliza has helped me pack all the paperwork and holds bags open for me. Get them to open their little bags and put toys where they want, it won’t be where you want them but that’s not important, giving them some independence in their new environment is.

Ask for their opinions on what they think looks nice with what you have done, tell them what a fabulous job they have done setting up their rooms. Then go and bang your head into some rusty nails. 😀

My number one tip is this. Start packing 4 weeks before you move. We only actually moved 1 year ago so our junk levels were almost zero. Before that they were BAD! And we packed late it was HORRID.

4 weeks until your move find boxes I bought a home moving pack from the people we used as removalists. Be careful buying from companies that sell them and that’s all they sell they are costly and normally not as thick as what you can get from movers.

pack a little each day some days I packed 6 boxes some days 2 some days none, now with 3 days until our move I have about 3 boxes to pack if that. Take your time label everything clearly. It will help you and the guys that move your home.

Shop around for movers. The company that we used last year were really well priced, this time however they were not our cheapest option. Make sure you get a fixed fee. Having someone come and quote and then come and move you only to decide in fact it was more work then they realised and ask you to pay more before they unload your belongings could happen and that isn’t fun for anyone. Never happened to me but I have heard it happen to others.

Check your home insurance and the movers insurance see what they cover and what they don’t What they will take and what they won’t take.

Use this website I am moving it is fabulous I had read reviews and thought lets do it. I then waited 2 days and rang all who I had notified and everything was already in the process of being set up at the new place and closed down at the old place, it’s quick and easy.

If you are a British Citizen then you can change your driving licence online saving time on filling forms and heading to the post office, you do still however have to return the old ones to the DVLA once you get your new one.

When you are changing over your car and home insurance you will get those lovely questions on when your home insurance is due and your car insurance this is because they want to send you information on their policies and get you to move, you never know it might be worthwhile but you should be the one to decide not them bombarding you with junk mail!

Redirect your mail, and use the royal mail opt out service of junk mail. I have to say I did this last year and I have never seen so much bloody crap from the postman this didn’t work for me.

Keep all your passports and bills, and anything important with you, never let the movers take this sort of thing.

Finally work together as a team, moving is never a good time, however it doesn’t have to be something that can bring you to the point of divorce. I know when we moved a year ago we were at each others throats constantly and it was awful I spent a lot of time crying and wishing I was somewhere else. I am sure my husband did the same.

This time we have been great together, he’d beg to differ but really he’d be a fool lol it comes down to they way he does things and the way I do them we don’t like each others ways but we have had to shrug our shoulders and get on with it. harmonious times.

That’s it for now as I really need to rest my cankles!

oh and buy some fresh flowers nothing like that to spruce up the place!

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