Ash End Farm, Staffordshire


Life is precious

Why write this post?

Having attended 3 funerals recently, it has made me think more about how precious time it. I hate housework, so I have outsourced my ironing; the cleaning and gardening are next! The next thing is how much time each day I spend deleting promotional emails from my inbox from shops I bought something online from once, or restaurants that I do not eat at.  So what I have I done to rectify this? Unsubscribing of course!

The next thing I am doing is decluttering my house of paperwork, clothes and junk that I do not need. A little morbid, but if something happened, family members will need to do this, so I am doing it for them. Getting all of my paperwork in order is also important, as well as updating my will to make sure everything I want for my family is clearly laid out. If you can, I would advise that you write a will and get yourself life insurance to make sure that your family are looked after, and there is clarity on what will happen in the future.

Thinking Differently

Over the years, I have lost many people in my life, old and young, none of these losses are easy, however each one has made me think about how I live my life.  I make the most of everything, having a great balance of spending and saving money, and making sure I spent a lot of time out and about with friends and family.  I have a job that I love, and great family and friends around me.

The thing that I learned the most is that life is too short, and do not worry about anything; what is the worst that can happen?! I can sleep on a washing line! I thought I might find it hard to leave my daughter when I need to go out, or go to work to use a keep in touch day, but I do not as I know she is fine! A few texts, yes, but not worry.

This post was entirely independent and was not collaborative.


Taking your baby swimming

Why choose baby swimming lessons?

One of the most important life skills is for everyone to learn to swim. It is a well known fact that the younger you learn a skill, the quicker you pick it up, hence the popularity of baby swimming classes. 
After 6 weeks of classes my little one can hold onto the edge of the pool, swim under water for a few seconds by herself, kick and splash the water, and fall into the pool with confidence, so I am one happy mummy!

My little one loves her classes and I am happy about this as it is one of the best things I can do for her...


Choosing the right classes for your baby.

The classes are only short as babies get tired easily, so although I had my heart set on some classes, I realised that for 30 mins, it makes sense to go as local to home as possible.

I am happy with the classes that I have chosen, as the groups are small, and the pool is really warm. We sing songs at the start and end of class, so that the babies can learn to kick and splash etc with a bit of fun, and each week there is a different theme and different props for the little ones. What I also like is that there is a consistency each week with our teacher, and the language used is consistent for the babies to pick up their skills and grow in confidence.

How to make it easier?

We all get dressed in our swimmers before we leave the house, that way we only need to take our clothes off when we get to the pool. We take the minimum of clothes etc with us, and take clothes that we can pull on easily after the class.