The easy way to care for your dogs teeth.

After a rocky start to his life, Ronnie is really happy now he lives here with us.  He seems to be anyway.  And since coming to live with us I’ve done everything I can to make his forever home the best one possible.  From awesome toys, long dog walks and super comfy beds to sleep on to his diet and health and everything in between.

I’ve made sure we are feeding him the best food we possibly can, to keep him fit and healthy.  He is up to date with all his vaccinations and he gets regular baths to get rid of all the mud he accumulates on his walks (who thought a white dog was a good idea?). Also, nobody wants to cuddle a smelly dog, despite how good looking they are.  We’ve also been doing our best to look after those huge pearly whites he has.

Ronnie is still quite young so his teeth are still beautifully white and healthy.  Which means he also has lovely breath, which is a bonus as he’s partial to a sneaky kiss every now and again. I’m sure he knows I hate it. Continue reading

A Stolen Future

It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I started it in September and have come back to it time and time again. I just couldn’t find the words or express anything properly but I’m finally at a point where I think it makes sense. It’s then taken me a while longer to publish it because it’s still very raw and has left me feeling a bit vulnerable but I wanted to post it as I truly think it needs to be spoken about so much more than it is. To help people understand what it is like and for people to feel like they aren’t alone.

It wasn’t long ago I posted about us deciding to try for another baby. We were really lucky that we fell pregnant quickly. I know so many people who have struggled to fall pregnant and have had the stress of months and even years of trying. We were over the moon knowing we had fallen on so quickly and were able to give Luca the sibling he has been asking us for.

We found out really early, mostly because I just knew. I was one day late for my period and decided I couldn’t wait to find out any longer. It was the day we took Luca to Nostell Priory with his friend in the holidays and I can remember the joy and elation both Ant and I felt all day. We wandered around those woods with ridiculous happy faces and our little secret. After a week or so of knowing we started to make lists of names, Pinterest boards for nursery design and plans for bump photos.

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How to Stop Your Dog Sleeping on Your Bed.

Ronnie’s favourite sleeping places, since the day we have had him, have been the sofa and our beds. The sofa was fair game for him and we didn’t mind him getting all snuggled up on there until we forked out for a new one.  Now the sofa is out-of-bounds.  This meant whenever he fancied a nap he made a beeline for our bed.  Despite having a bed of his own.

In fact, in the 7 months he has lived with us he has had three dog beds. THREE! None of them were anywhere near as good as our bed to sleep on though.  So clearly a comfy dog bed is hard to come by, never mind one that ticks all the other boxes. Continue reading

DIY Hampers from Farmer Copley’s & a Giveaway

It’s December, which means Christmas is well and truly on its way. The countdown is on!! It also means that if you haven’t started your shopping yet you really need to. But don’t panic, I’ve got a perfect idea for you to cross a few of those loved ones off your list. 

This week I popped into Farmer Copley’s (yes, again! I can’t help it) to look at all the Christmas bits and to put together a hamper for my grandma for Christmas. Everyone knows grandparents love a hamper right. I decided to go to Farmer Copley’s for it as they do DIY hampers.  Meaning you can fill it with the things you know the person you are buying for likes and that it will be gratefully received.  It also means it doesn’t have any of the things they may not want if you buy them pre-made, making it much more personal and thoughtful. Continue reading

Annual Pumpkin Picking at Farmer Copley’s

Autumn is in full swing, Halloween is just around the corner and this year I have my very own house to decorate for the occasion!  Skeletons, cobwebs, witches and pumpkins.  Lots and lots of pumpkins.  And we know only one place for pumpkin picking. Farmer Copley’s.

It’s become a bit of a family tradition for us now to visit Farmer Copley’s every year and pick out our pumpkins to decorate the house for Halloween.  It’s a good excuse to get outside in the fresh air and tramp through a field for an hour or so.   Continue reading

Deciding to try for another baby.

Having another baby has been out of the question for a while.  Where we lived before was too small, we just didn’t have the space for another person.  It was never an option and when people would ask when we were going to have another I used to get really annoyed. It was almost like a kick in the stomach each time as it wasn’t our choice not to have another. It just wasn’t possible.  We would often be told that “if you really wanted one you would find space” like we hadn’t weighed that option up. There wasn’t any spare.  We were already stressed living on top of each other and adding someone else to that mix was going to just make things a million times worse. More arguments when we got in each other’s way in the kitchen or when we couldn’t find what we needed as everything was behind 5 other things. So yes, a baby was always a no go. Continue reading

Meet the Newest Addition to our Chaos, Wonderful Ronnie!

When we knew we were getting our own home we started to get excited about the prospect of getting a dog.  Both Ant and I grew up with dogs and our families have always had dogs since I can remember. To not have a hound of our own always felt a bit strange. Like there was a hole in our family unit.  A dog shaped hole.

There isn’t anything quite like having a dog when you’re a child. A four-legged best friend is a pretty special thing. My childhood bestie was called Scrappy and he was one hell of a hound. I could go on about all the amazing things he did for days but let’s just put it this way, Marley & Me had nothing on our Scrap. As you can tell I have so many fond memories of him and I really wanted Luca to have that same experience.

Once we had moved we started to scour dog rescue websites to find the perfect furry friend. After weeks of daily searching, we finally stumbled across Ronnie.  A young Labrador cross in need of his furever home. Continue reading

Summer Fun in the Woods at Nostell Priory

Nostell Priory is about half an hour from our house yet it’s somewhere we have never visited. Until now.

We saw that over the summer holidays they had loads and loads of activities on offer to keep the kids entertained. Most of them were activities from the National Trust list of 50 Things to do Before You’re 11 3/4. We’ve been working our way through the list slowly but surely so having somewhere close by that makes ticking some of them off without having to plan them yourself is always a bonus.

In fact, we had so much fun we visited twice.

The first visit was for the geocaching event.  We took Luca and his friend Kieran.  After a quick briefing from the geocaching expert, we were handed our GPS device and sent on our way.  The boys absolutely loved following the compass and watching the metres count down to the geocaches before searching around to find the hidden container. Continue reading

Driving Diggers at Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland has been on our list of places to visit for ages. It’s so close to where we live and we’ve said we would take Luca a few times. We finally got to tick Diggerland off our list a few weeks ago.

The first thing we commented on when we arrived at Diggerland was how close the parking was to the entrance. It’s perfect for leaving bits in the car, like a picnic, if you wanted to. You can easily nip out to grab it as long as you get a stamp on your way out so you don’t have to pay on your way back in again.

As we walked through the doors we were greeted by our first digger to sit in for a photo.  Once we had been through the main entrance you walk out into the park itself.  Luca was astounded by all the diggers that greeted us.  Whilst Luca got his head around all the rides to choose from we nipped into the café to grab a coffee. As I ordered coffee’s Luca & Ant jumped on the coin operated, indoor go-karts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most. Continue reading

The Gruffalo at West Yorkshire Playhouse

We all know and love The Gruffalo (and if you don’t where have you been for the past 18 years), so when we heard it was coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to go.

The Gruffalo has pretty much been part of Luca’s life since he was tiny. He even has a few of the characters in teddy form. We have both the book and the film and no matter how many times we read or watch it, it never grows old.

It really is an iconic book of childhood now so we were really intrigued to see what the adaptation by Tall Stories would be like. As we sat and waited for the performance to begin Luca could barely contain his excitement.

The Gruffalo West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s safe to say it really didn’t disappoint. It was lively throughout and the characters did a great job of drawing the audience in. There was lots of audience participation too, with the children having to help by roaring as loud as they could and filling in the infamous lines from the book. Continue reading