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Back to school – routine chart printable

Routine chart printable Oh the joys of back to school, the delights of trying to get all children out of the house in time and then to get them to do reading and homework without endless battles

After a lovely long summer, back to school has been a shock for us, but we’re trying something new – instead of endless nagging I’ve drawn up a routine chart for the girls to follow

For each thing we need to do every day (and a few things that only happen weekly) there’s a little square – I’ve printed them out, laminated them to give them a bit of a chance of survival and stuck them onto one of the chalk boards in the kitchen

Every day they move a task down when they’ve done it and if everything is moved they get TV

We’re not quite at the stage of being enthusiastic about spellings or music practice but perhaps there is a bit less nagging in our lives?

Who knows but at least it helps me remember what needs doing

If you want to download a copy of my scribbles – here’s a link to the routine chart we use

If only we could all cancel our engagements when we get HG



I’m slightly torn by the announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge that they are expecting a second baby and that the Duchess is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) again

On one side it is great that more people learn about this horrid, debilitating problem that hits a significant number of women in pregnancy

On [...]

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7000 breastfeeds and me

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My poor saggy boobs have nurtured 3 babies and piled on over 15 kilos worth of deliciously chunky thighs and Buddha bellies onto my children

And yet nobody has given them a prize or even said well done to them – [...]

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summer holiday bored jar


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I don’t know where the weeks go – I seem to still be rushing around and yet still not actually feeling as if I am managing to do much

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I was hoping that our Year Of Doom was over, that we had had enough go wrong and whoever we had offended in the universe had taken their eye off us and moved onto creating chaos in someone else’s life

Apparently I was wrong

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