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Carfest South 2015

Carfest South 2015 – Going to a Festival With a Toddler

Going to a festival with a toddler (is he a toddler or still a baby? Technically a toddler but feels like my baby still!) may not be everyone’s idea of a fun experience, but when my parents booked tickets to Carfest South at the start of this year, having loved their weekend there last year, Phil and I couldn’t resist. We had weekend camping tickets, but unfortunately Toby is apparently unbelievably terrified of the tent so we ended up in a hotel but everything else went even better than we could have dared hope.

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Blogging to Jogging Health and Fitness Blog Linky - www.buddingsmiles.co.uk

From Blogging to Jogging – Week 35

Welcome to week 35 of From Blogging to Jogging and as always, thank you to everyone who joined in last week. Who wants to help me spread the word a bit more about Blogging To Jogging? I don’t know if it’s just the summer holidays but the numbers are dwindling and I really want to keep this awesome thing going! Any ideas? Let me know. I’ve been away a lot the last week or so, visiting friends and enjoying Carfest South, so although I’ve not been eating as well as usual, I haven’t stopped walking! From Blogging To Jogging is open from Monday morning until Friday night for all your health, fitness and well-being posts so whatever your goals, healthy recipes or tips are, please do come along and join the party. The Rules Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@BuddingSmiles) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram if you have any…

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Totorfair Comfort, Stretch or Panic Zones of Learning

Making Education Accessible and Successful with Tutorfair

The other day, whilst strolling through Hastings in the rain, my friend Mel and I were talking about education. She’s a music teacher and we were discussing how well her students had done in their GCSE exams, but how there’s a notable difference in the results between those students from more affluent families and those from less so. Now obviously this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but evidence does suggest the same and in my experience teaching in special needs settings I have observed it there too, to an extent.

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Blogging to Jogging Health and Fitness Blog Linky - www.buddingsmiles.co.uk

From Blogging to Jogging – Week 34

Welcome to week 34 of From Blogging to Jogging and as always, thank you to everyone who joined in last week. My linked post is all about a fantastic fundraising initiative from the wonderful Jenny of Great North Mum. She’s come up with a plan to raise money for MAMA Academy, who I am an ambassador for so please take a look and join in if you fancy it! I am away quite a bit over this week and into next, so please forgive me if I’m a bit slow on commenting but I will get around you all! From Blogging To Jogging is open from Monday morning until Friday night for all your health, fitness and well-being posts so whatever your goals, healthy recipes or tips are, please do come along and join the party. The Rules Very simply, please comment on at least two other posts and more if you’d like to and grab the badge for your own post, linking one post per week. Tweet me (@BuddingSmiles) once you’ve linked and please use the #BloggingToJogging tag so that I can find your posts easily to RT them and you can also use the Twitter hashtag on Instagram…

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Peek-a-boo at Grafham Water

The Week That Was: Captured – 23.08.15

I’m linking up with The Week That Was: Captured again – this week hosted by Jo’s Nursery – showcasing our week in pictures. In spite of the fact that the weather hasn’t been amazing at times, we’ve still been out for walks and seen some friends. On Sunday Phil’s parents came over and spent some time with Toby so Phil and I put our feet up for a while! Monday Toby screamed when I left him at nursery but he had a nice day and I got loads of work done. Toby and his friend Holly were having something of a walk-off on Tuesday, they’re both so close now! On Wednesday we played in the garden and enjoyed watching the butterflies swarm our Buddleia, then we went for a walk with our friends Abby and Alex.   Thursday morning Toby was a grumpster but he enjoyed drawing with his Kurio Tab, then he went to my mum’s so I could work but we did receive a new cookbook from Little Dish which I’m excited about using. Friday I worked in the morning then I picked Toby up and we went to meet my dear friend Leigh and her friend Barb and little…

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Miles 4 MAMA - Fundraising to help MAMA Academy save the lives of more babies

Miles 4 MAMA – Fundraising for MAMA Academy

As you may know, I am an ambassador for MAMA Academy, an absolutely amazing charity which is on a mission to save babies, reducing the UK’s shockingly high stillbirth rate through education of both parents-to-be and healthcare professionals. I am so proud to be associated with MAMA Academy and over the next few days I’ll also be telling you about the relaunch of their incredibly important Made To Measure campaign. Today, though, I want to talk about #Miles4MAMA which is the brainchild of Jenny from Great North Mum. Jenny has multiple roles within the charity and does a heck of a lot to raise funds and awareness as well as running her own blog, raising two gorgeous boys, writing for a local paper and a whole bunch of other wonderful things! Jenny has come up with a challenge for herself and she would love for as many people as possible to get involved. You can read all about Jenny’s challenge over on her #Miles4MAMA post, but in a nutshell she is aiming to complete 1,000 miles in the 10 months leading to her son Jake’s first birthday. Starting on September 13th, Jenny therefore has an average 100 miles a month…

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