An Interview With T at Three

You may remember last year I was tagged by Lauren from Scrapbook Blog to take part in a little interview with T just as he was turning three. It was really cute and I was astounded at how much his personality shone through at such an early age. Not to mention how his language was coming along.

Now that a year has passed, I thought I’d do it again, just before turning four, and share the differences in comparison to last year’s. I’m hoping to make a regular thing of this.

Just like last time, we sat down after breakfast and asked him the following questions, writing down exactly what he said…

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Days Out: The Rainforest Carousel at Drusillas, East Sussex (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

Last weekend, we were invited to a press event at Drusillas Park to try out their new ride for 2019; the Rainforest Carousel. It’s been a while since we last visited, and seeing as it’s just around the corner from us we jumped at the chance to visit again.

We love Drusillas for so many reasons, not only is it a lovely little zoo but it has some fantastic rides for young children / thrill seekers. There’s also always something extra going on, from visits by Hey Duggee or Peter Rabbit, to seasonal events at Christmas and Halloween!

The Rainforest Carousel opened last weekend and we were lucky enough to be one of the first few people to ride on it before everyone else. Here’s what we thought and what we got up to.

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How to Build an LGBTQ-friendly Library for your Children

Before T was even born, Sharon and I were talking about our favourite books and what kind of books T would likely have on his shelves. Classics like; Guess How Much I Love You, Spot, and Goodnight Moon were all up there, but, very quickly, we realised that families like us were rarely represented in children’s books.

At first it was pretty easy to navigate around, we would perhaps change the odd “mum” to a “dad” so that there were two dads in a story, or visa versa; replacing the odd “dad” with a “mama”. But as time went on, or when T started wanting to look at the pictures in the books and subsequently challenging our choice in character, we realised we had to expand our library to make sure he was represented, not to mention show him a fair representation of society!

We already had a few diverse and inclusive books in our collection, but no where near enough – we needed more.

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Milestones: Four Year Update

Here we are again, in what feels like a flash of light, recapping on the past twelve months.

I’m very aware that I say this every year, but I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. I think this year has been the most prominent, not only because he’s changed significantly this year, but we’ve now entered into the home stretch towards starting school.

For us, and most parents, this is a HUGE milestone and signifies what feels like the end of the “baby years”. Of course this is ridiculous, the baby years likely ended as soon as they started toddling, but in my head, because Sharon and I are his primary go-to people, because he spends the majority of his time with us, it feels like an end of an era.

It feels like yesterday I used to spend my days at baby groups.

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Days Out: Gringotts Bank at Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London (Review) [AD – Press Trip]

This week we were invited to the opening of the new 2019 feature at Warner Bros. Studios in London – Gringotts Wizarding Bank – the studio’s biggest expansion to date!

Opening on 6th April 2019, it primarily celebrates the last two Harry Potter movies – the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 where the bank and vaults are featured the most – as well as featuring lots of favourite props from The Philosopher’s Stone, such as vault 687.

I’ve now lost count as to how many times we’ve visited the studios, but it really doesn’t matter as there’s always something new to see. There’s also something incredibly special about revisiting where magic was literally made.

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A How-To Guide to Being an LGBTQ Ally

This week has been a difficult one for the LGBTQ community, it’s been exhausting to say the least. If it wasn’t being  compared to a contagion, it was hearing someone tell me that I chose to be gay.

But the thing that probably broke the proverbial camel’s back, what’s hurt the most, is the disappearance of so many so-called “allies”.  It’s not that they’ve turned homophobic – far from it – it’s just that haven’t been a little absent during our time of need.

Definition of an Ally:

A straight ally or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual and cis-gender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

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