• When the School Bear Came to Stay

    Like many schools and nurseries, Siena’s school has a lovely tradition of letting the kids take the ‘school bear’ home as a reward for good behaviour or achievement at school. The bear in Siena’s reception class is called Barnaby and he usually comes home in a big black rucksack, and of course a large diary […]

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    April 15, 2018 By Siena Says
  • 6 of the Best Films to Watch With Your Tween/Teen Daughter

    Ever since G was little we have loved going to the cinema together. In the early days, we took advantage of cheap weekend morning showings, watching films that had been released a few months earlier for bargain prices. Later on, we would wait impatiently for the next release of High School Musical or Hannah Montana! […]

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    August 2, 2017 By Siena Says
  • The Next Stage: Starting Primary School

    In the space of a few short weeks, we will be receiving a similar email to the one I received last year which I wrote about in  The Next Stage .This time though the school confirmation email will be about my youngest Siena, she is due to start primary school in September 2017. Where did the […]

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    February 20, 2017 By Siena Says
  • My Christmas Eve Facebook Faux Pas

    This is a cautionary tale of what happens when a woman with a sarcastic tongue posts a photo on social media and makes a flippant comment. Read it and learn people. On Christmas Eve 2013 I posted the following photo on my Facebook account. Underneath I put ‘Well that’s the dining room done!’ and tagged […]

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    December 28, 2016 By Siena Says
  • Tweens, Teens and Instagram

    Oh my, the popularity contests that tweens and teens get involved in and they don’t even have to leave the comfort of their bedrooms. Now all they have to do is to post their photos on Instagram or Snapchat. The amount of times I see young people’s feeds full of ‘tag for likes’ ‘like this’ […]

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    November 21, 2016 By Siena Says
  • I Don’t Like It! Toddlers and Frustrating Food Battles

    Over the years I have struggled a little with the fussiness of both of my daughter’s, more so with the three year old than the eleven year old in recent times.  I was heartened to read that the science people have discovered that being fussy about food could be genetic, so perhaps it isn’t my […]

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    October 24, 2016 By Siena Says
  • Mum Musings Heart of Stone + heart made out of stones on wood background

    Mum Musings: A Heart of Stone

    When my eldest left primary school back in July one of her teacher’s remarked to her that her mum (me) must have a heart of stone. It was said in jest, because out of many of the mums at the Leaver’s Mass I was one of the few who was dry eyed. It’s quite an […]

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    September 23, 2016 By Siena Says
  • 7 Things Primary School Mums Should Know

    My eldest daughter, Grace finished primary school for the last time a few weeks ago. Now all of the focus is on preparation for secondary school. Recently I took a few moments to reflect on what I have learned as the mum of a primary school child. So I made a list, a point for […]

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    August 10, 2016 By Siena Says
  • The Tween Preen: Hair Removal

    I am now the proud owner of a tweenager and a threenager. I’m not 100% sure what the difference is; they both fuss over clothes and food, one is stroppy, the other hormonally moody and both have their own  individual hygiene issues. And I’m not sure I care, I’m trying to see out a menopause […]

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    August 1, 2016 By Siena Says
  • Surviving Build a Bear – A Review

    A few years ago I used to write reviews for one of those websites. I wrote this review for the Build a Bear Workshop based on my very first visit and purchase there. This was back in 2008 when my eldest who is now 11 was just 3 years old which is the age that […]

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    July 25, 2016 By Siena Says