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Honk Honk!! I am Part Of The Team Honk Relay!!

Honk Honk! I am playing a small part in the Team Honk Relay which involves over 200 bloggers taking a baton from Lands End to John O'Groats to raise money for Sport Relief. It started in Lands End on 12th January and finishes at John O'Groats on 23rd March. The full route and plan are here. Team Honk are hoping to raise over £20,000 for Sport Relief. Various modes of transport are being utilised as part of the relay and these include, pushchair pushes, roller blading across the Humber, boating round Bristol, #Honkopoly around London, fancy dress, onesies, bikes, scooters, planes, hiking, rafting and mountain climbing.

I am part of Team Honk Birmingham and will be taking the baton from Worcester to Bearwood, West Birmingham on Saturday 15th February. I am collecting the baton from Nikki from Stressy Mummy near junction 7, M5 in my car and am then driving home to collect Thomas and Daniel. Thomas, Daniel and I are then going to get the no. 9 bus into Birmingham with our decorated pushchair to give the baton to Erica from ninetothreethirty and A Little Luxury For Me. Thomas and I will be wearing Sport Relief t shirts with deeley boppers and headbands. Daniel, the youngest participant (I think!) of the relay (he will be 5 weeks old) is wearing a fantastic red snowsuit, very kindly donated by The Essential One for the event. We shall be honking on the bus and asking people to donate to Sport Relief using the text number below:

Text HONK to 70005 and donate £5 to Sport Relief (standard message charges apply)

Team Honk Birmingham would appreciate any donation you can give us, whether it be large or small. Every penny counts! You can donate to us here. Thank you for your support!

You can follow the action of the #teamhonkrelay and Sport Relief on social media here:

Team Honk Twitter & Hashtags: @team_honk #teamhonkrelay

Sport Relief Twitter & Hashtags: @sportrelief #SR14

TeamHonk facebook: https://www.facebook.com/teamhonk

TeamHonk pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/LoveAllBlogs/teamhonk-2014-relay-teamhonkrelay/

The first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games take place from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014. The public can join the fun and games by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at over a thousand venues around the country, including the landmark events at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

As one of the biggest fundraising events, Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help transform the lives of some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people both at home in the UK and across the world.


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Country Kids – Remembering Grandad

Last Sunday was Rememberance Sunday. We decided to mark the occasion by placing a Poppy Cross and planting some daffodil bulbs at Thomas' Grandad ashes site (my Father in Law) who died earlier this year. Niall was in army (Mechanical Emgineers) and served during the late 1950's/60's in places such as Germany, Singapore, Cyprus and Burma.

Niall's ashes are buried on the edge of the local cricket ground where he was an umpire for many years. It was a lovely sunny day and Thomas was very keen to get involved helping his Nan (my Mother in Law) and Daddy plant the bulbs. He enjoyed putting the bulbs in the holes and putting the soil back over them. Thomas helped his Nanny push the cross into the ground too. Afterwards, we went back to the clubhouse for a drink and then took Thomas to the park next door for a play in the playground.

Thomas loved playing on the park. He is getting a lot more confident and coming out of his shell now he is two years old. Everything on the park was the perfect size for him and I am sure we will be back again soon. I look forward to going back in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom and show Thomas' little brother where his Grandad is.

Linking this up to #CountryKids from




‘Baba’ Pregnancy Diary – 31 Weeks

Jo bump 30 weeks WM

Hello everyone. Sorry for the delay in between my pregnancy diary updates. Life has been a bit crazy here! The third trimester has started with an emergency growth scan as my midwife measured my bump as small. This was probably positional because until last week, the baby has been mostly lying in a transverse position. We had the scan and everything was fine thankfully. It did cause a night of worry for us both though.

Jo henna 30 weeks WM

I had henna on my bump for the second time from my friend Manie who is a doula and runs a company called Opal Aura. Manie put ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ on my bump as Thomas has been singing it a lot recently and I wanted to give him more connection to my bump and his little brother. Manie is also going to be giving Stuart and I antenatal coaching and she is currently planning my baby shower. I will keep you updated on these as soon as I can.

I have been given a top (pictured above) from the new Kiddicare maternity range and I love it. It is really stylish, comfortable and it washes really well too.

I am hoping that the next nine weeks pass by without any complication. I know I am going to be exhausted but have been exhausted all the way through this time. I am looking forward to maternity leave at 34 weeks and am really hoping we do not get too much snow in November, December and January. I would still like to get around as much as I can.



Happy 2nd Birthday to Thomas!

Thomas is 2 years old today and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. It only seems like five minutes ago, Thomas was a tiny baby. Here are some of the things Thomas can do now he is 2 years old:

  • Can do nearly 70 Tiny Talk (British Sign Language) or Makaton (Mr Tumble) signs
  • Can nearly recite the numbers 1- 10 in the correct order
  • Has started putting basic sentences together
  • Can say 'please' and 'thank you'
  • Started doing some basic colour recognition
  • His current TV programme obsession is Peppa Pig
  • He loves singing the 'Wheels on the Bus', 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' and 'Old MacDonald Had a Farm'.
  • He names buses when we drive past them – 'Daddy Bus' (Double Decker), 'Mummy Bus' (Single Decker) and 'Baby Bus' (Mini Bus)
  • His best friend outside of nursery is Pippa and his friends in nursery include Isla, Evie, Ethan and Skye.
  • At the moment, everything is 'mine', a habit we are trying to get him out of!
  • He is currently teething (hopefully for the last time!) and his last teeth at the back of the mouth have started coming in.
  • He knows what a potty is for but is yet to put this into practice. We are hoping this will change soon!

Mummy and Daddy are both very proud of you Thomas and we cannot wait to see what you do next! We know you are going to be an excellent big brother and we look forward to our next adventures together as a family of four!


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Country Kids!: Whitlenge Gardens, North Worcestershire


This morning we went to one of our favourite places, Whitlenge Gardens in Hartlebury, north Worcestershire. Unfortunately, the weather was not fantastic today so our walk round the gardens got rained off halfway round. However, we did get to see some chickens and Thomas and his friend's (we went with our local NCT coffee group) did get to play in the play area and run round the garden a bit.

Fortunately, Whitlenge Gardens has a lovely tea room with lots of homemade cakes and local produce. There is a small indoor play area too. We retreated there and I may have had a *small* piece of chocolate cake. It was gorgeous!!


I have put a few photos below of when we went to Whitlenge Gardens earlier in the summer. It is a lovely place and very cheap to get in. I highly recommend it for a day out on a dry day!!



Is Thomas having a brother or a sister?

Yesterday I had my 20 week scan and we were able to find out the gender of 'Baba'. I have been thinking of the best way to announce this since Stuart and I decided we wanted to find out. I then had an idea. I could use cake and tell my friends at my local NCT coffee group which I hosted this morning.

I decided to use my Lakeland duo icing kit and pipe pink and blue icing on top and then colour the cake itself pink or blue so you had to eat the cake to tell whether 'Baba' was pink or blue. I used dark green cases to hide the colour of the cakes.

I am pleased to announce that Thomas will be having a little brother!!!




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