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Author Archive | Viv Jones

ME TIMEWhy we take time just for ourselves

Why ‘me time’ is important in our family

I want people to know why ‘me time’ is important in our family. It’s something so many mummies don’t get enough of. Either by choice, or by necessity, or by circumstance. We knew when we had our first 5 years ago that ‘me time’ was going to be something we placed importance on. I fully […]

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Surviving a toddler tonsillectomy

My toddler recently had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy and I am just about surviving! While it is fresh in my mind I thought I would go through the things that have helped us get through these 2 weeks. Before the Surgery We got a great book called Good bye tonsils which helped hugely. We read it […]

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Things I wish I had known about Breastfeeding

Things I wish I had known about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding. When I was pregnant with my first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. It sounded easy from what we were told at antenatal classes and read online, but I just wasn’t sure if it was for me. Then he was born, instinct seemed to take over and I knew right away […]

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Dinosaurs inOC

Dinosaurs in SoCal

Does your kid love dinosaurs much as mine? He is a man of few words, but many of those words are ridiculously long dinosaur names that I am amazed he can pronounce! So I went on a mission to find all the places you can find dinosaurs in our area, and here is the definitive list […]

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Grief. We are all different

Grief. We are all different.

In the past few years I have seen some of the people I love dearest experience grief. More recently I experienced it myself, and it has changed me in a way I think will be forever.  I lost my dearest friend.  Life will never be the same.  And yet, I must still live. The thing […]

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Do You Know the Queen of England- (1)

English – A Translation!

When we considered leaving the UK and taking a position that gave us scope for adventure, ensuring we went to an English speaking country was top of my list. I’ve since realized that there are many subtle differences between the English I speak, and the English Americans speak. He is my translation: Crisps – these […]

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Truth and tips

Flying with kids. Hard truths and tips…

We do at least 2 10+ hour flights a year with our 3 and 4 year old. I remember the first long haul flight we did spending hours on google looking for tips on how to survive the flight. Some suggested paints or playdough, others suggested coloring books, playing cards or jigsaws. Fear set in. My […]

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Today I was -THAT- Mum

Today I was *that* mummy…

Noooo, not the one whose kid was losing it in the candy aisle at Target. Not today my friends. Today I was that Mum who looked like she had it all together. We went to do our weekly food shop at Trader Joes. It’s hit or miss how that goes, but I usually take the boys […]

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