Siblings – November 2018

This month marks five years of this little crew, of my being a Mum of three but I’m conscious that my Siblings posts feel a little repetitive – their relationships are fairly steady and fairly typical at the moment; they love each other, they bicker.  That’s about it.

This month I’m just sharing gorgeous photos rather than trying to find new ways to say the same thing . . .

November Siblings 2018
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Tried & Tested Tuesday (Week 45 – 2018)

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Good morning!  I can’t believe it’s the middle of November already – are you starting to get ready for Christmas yet?

In case you are new here – let us tell you what Tried & Tested is all about. We all know how useful reviews can be. Most bloggers do them – be it things they have bought themselves or have been asked to review. They are a useful tool for people looking for honest and thorough reviews of products they need, things they are considering buying, or even to introduce people to exciting new products they have never even heard of. You can find out more about how to join in here.

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Exemplar Education – Online Tutoring Service

*Commissioned post for Exemplar Education*

There are many reasons why you might choose to look at getting your child a tutor – from worrying that they’re struggling to keep up in class to fearing that they’re not being pushed enough.  Perhaps you’re concerned they are falling behind in a specific subject and you want to give them a quick leg up to make sure the gap doesn’t widen or you want to give them a confidence boost ahead of their exams.  Whatever the reason, choosing to take on a tutor for your child can feel like quite a big deal and is almost certainly going to be an expensive investment.

Exemplar Education offers an online tutoring system focusing on Maths and English right through from Year 1 to Year 12.  The idea being that this is a much cheaper and more convenient option that hiring a private tutor – the website can be accessed whenever you like and as often as you like so that your child can complete the activities as and when suits your family.  Exemplar do recommend though that you try to set a routine in place to keep the learning regular and structured.

Exemplar Education - at home tutorial service for primary / secondary

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SensatioNAIL Peel Off Gel Nails – Review

My first experience of gel nails was about five years ago when my friend, Michelle, used her new SensatioNAIL kit to give me a bit of a festive manicure.  I flipping loved them.  I loved that my nails looked so neat and glossy – having beautifully polished nails made me feel more “done” and knowing they could cope with the constant hand-washing that comes with having a new baby was amazing.  Of course the downside was that they were a right pain to get off and my nails took weeks to recover.  This has been pretty much the story for the last five years – I adore having a gel manicure for a special occasion but I know I’ll pay the price with damaged nails, even if I have them professionally removed in the salon.

Until now . . .

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Five Years Old – Amy Watch

Long time readers of my blog might remember that I used to write monthly “Amy Watch” updates when Amy was a baby but they petered out around the age of two and a half.  I guess the milestones became more spread out and I felt that I was repeating myself a little.  But today, on her fifth birthday, I thought it might be nice to revisit the idea . . .

Little girl with 5th birthday balloon

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Tried & Tested Tuesday (Week 44 – 2018)

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Good morning! Well with half term, Halloween and Bonfire Night ticked off the list I think it’s safe to say we’re downhill into the festive period now – I actually heard Christmas music in the shops yesterday!!

In case you are new here – let us tell you what Tried & Tested is all about. We all know how useful reviews can be. Most bloggers do them – be it things they have bought themselves or have been asked to review. They are a useful tool for people looking for honest and thorough reviews of products they need, things they are considering buying, or even to introduce people to exciting new products they have never even heard of. You can find out more about how to join in here.

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5 Reasons Not to Get a Puppy

This weekend marked two years since we lost our pup Thomas.  He’s never far from our thoughts and we still miss him terribly.  There are still moments where I expect him to be behind the door when I come home at night or letting himself back in the back door after he’d been out to the toilet.  Ben, Chloe and Amy talk about him often, about how much the miss him and more recently about how much they’d like another dog.

Burgess family in Heaton Park with Thomas

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Tried & Tested Tuesday (Week 43 – 2018)

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Firstly we must apologise for the lack of Tried & Tested last week!  I was off on a jolly in Dublin with my bestie to see Bloc Party and Kate was on a run of nights – we just clean forgot what day of the week it was!  We hope you didn’t miss us too much.  Sorry!

In case you are new here – let us tell you what Tried & Tested is all about. We all know how useful reviews can be. Most bloggers do them – be it things they have bought themselves or have been asked to review. They are a useful tool for people looking for honest and thorough reviews of products they need, things they are considering buying, or even to introduce people to exciting new products they have never even heard of. You can find out more about how to join in here.

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Thomas Sabo – Jewellery for Mother and Daughter

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*In collaboration with Thomas Sabo*

The first proper piece of jewellery I ever owned was a silver charm bracelet which I think my Aunty bought me when I was about 11.  It was a very traditional charm bracelet with a little silver heart clasp and a safety chain.  Over the years I added charms to it – some were passed down to me by my mum, others were bought as birthday or Christmas gifts or to celebrate special occasions.  I remember one of my favourite charms was an old Mother Hubbard boot – the sole of the boot could be opened up to show little people living inside.  It was a bit of a faff to get charms added to the bracelet as Mum had to take it to the jewellers for me to get them soldered on so I would end up saving them up and getting a few added at once.  I used to wear the bracelet to school on exam days for good luck, clearly flouting the “no jewellery” rule and just keeping it tucked right up inside my shirt sleeve.  I don’t actually know where my charm bracelet is now, hopefully hidden away safely in a box somewhere.

Charm bracelets have seen something of a resurgence in recent years – offering a means of really personalising your jewellery to suit your own style whilst adding sentimental value when charms are added to mark special occasions or milestones.

Thomas Sabo Charm Club for children

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Beauty and the Beast at St Helen’s Theatre Royal

On Sunday tea time I took Chloe and Amy along with Chloe’s best friend Willow and her mum over to St Helen’s to watch their October half term panto; Beauty and the Beast.  Ben had decided he wasn’t that bothered about coming but my girls love the story of Beauty and the Beast so I knew they’d really enjoy it.  Amy was a little apprehensive as she remembers seeing Beauty and the Beast at The Epstein a few years ago and being quite scared of the Beast.  I reminded her that she’s much bigger now and that she knows the story has a happy ending!

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