Our family are huge animal lovers and recently we have rescued a greyhound from the Retired Greyhound Trust she is a lovely little Brindle girl and we named her Maddie.

She actually lives at my dads house, he has been wanting to rescue a greyhound since our last one passed away. He initially was quite apprehensive as rehoming any dog with a young child around is a risk, especially when this particular dog has never been in a home before and has only know kennels and race tracks! So you have to be cautious and make sure the dog is right for you and your family. After many years of searching we found Maddie and she has been perfect so far! She epitomises the “Lap Dog” stereotype retired greyhounds have and wants little exercise and only to be fussed all day long! She is the biggest softie ever, and so far absolutely perfect with Emma!

Asleep again here!!

Initially you visit the Retired Greyhound Trusts website which I have linked and you can see what dogs they have available for adoption. We saw Sherry (that was her initial name) and immediately contacted the trust, where I spoke to a lovely lady called Tracey Parbery who is the chair of the Greyhound Trust Hall Green and we paid £25 to reserve her. The reserve then lasts for 2 weeks after which the dog becomes available again. We were told Maddie had already been reserved but it had fallen through so we were eager to get there to arrange to adoption! The initial £25 goes to the trust and helps the kennels looks after the dogs amongst many other things. Tracey was so friendly and helpful which made the process easy and enjoyable. So we arranged to visit Maddie early the next morning at Watford Gap Kennels to meet her and take her for a little walk. We were greeted by a really lovely lady called Lauren from Boston, she got Maddie out for us and we instantly fell in love! She was great on the lead and that’s where we discovered her name would be Maddie. In the next field another family were playing with another greyhound with a squeaky toy, as soon as Maddie heard the squeak she propelled all four legs off the floor in a bid to escape and chase the squeaky toy! Dad turned around and said, “She’s Mad! This is Mad Maddie!” And the name stuck!

After meeting her we knew she was the one and began the adoption process. Lauren helped us to arrange a home visit where a representative comes over and checks your home is suitable for a greyhound, for example, if the fencing is high enough in the garden as they can jump very high! A friendly lady called Jane came over with her beautiful brindle boy, Ben. I think he was the home tester actually! That went really well and soon we were on our way to bringing Maddie home! We arranged a day to go and pick Maddie up where we were again greeted by Lauren who was again so lovely even though the kennels were crazy busy with potential greyhound owners! We took Maddie out again for a little walk and Emma had lots of cuddles with her whilst dad went through the small amount of paperwork with Lauren. Lauren provides lots of information about caring for a greyhound including a months free pet insurance which you can continue if you wish too, definitely something we will be doing. They also give you a collar and a lead to take with you which is great. We also chose a pretty red martingale collar from the selection the had there. We also bought some food that they sell there as we thought it would be a good idea to continue with the same feed Maddie was having at the kennels so as not to disrupt her too much, with is working out great, she is having a few treats as well, because she is just too cute! Then we were on our way with our beautiful new baby!

I cannot recommend The Retired Greyhound Trust more! The whole process was so quick and easy and everyone was so friendly! If you are thinking about rehoming a greyhound I think it is the best thing ever! They are not what you think, yes they are ex racers but they are basically big lap dogs! They just want fuss all the time and are so soft and loving it would be a great addition to any family. As with all dogs there are some more problematic than others, but with a bit of TLC they can become another fluffy addition to your family. Maddie is definitely a Cavalier King Charles inside a Greyhounds body!!

Hope you enjoyed reading,

Amy xxx

 

 

 

We took a much needed trip to the seaside and to Emma’s new favourite place in the world…Peppa Pig World! I have lost track of how many times she has shouted “pig’s world” over the last week, she will even sit quietly and watch a YouTube video of Peppa Pig World she is that obsessed! I thought it was going to be hard work there, with the theme tune on repeat all day, the lines and screaming kids, but actually, it was so fun! The lines were in fact not too long at all, I think the longest we waited was 30 minutes for ‘George’s dinosaur’ ride. It was a lot bigger than I anticipated too with lots of things to do, not just rides but games and play areas too. I actually won a big princess Peppa for Emma, which I cannot believe as I never win anything like that, I have wasted many pennies playing those ‘claw’ games at arcades! This game you had to throw a ball into a bucket without it bouncing back out, as I watched no one was winning so I almost walked away, but something made me give it a try and I won! The game was £5 and in the shop they were £24.99!! So happy! Probably the highlight of the day…haha not really but it was a pretty amazing moment!

Emma was so great all day, I’m sure it had something to do with the fact she was so distracted with everything going on, she didn’t even have a nap! There is a little train that runs along the outside of Peppa Pig world and some more of the park which was so fun, Emma absolutely loved it and now keeps insisting we go on another train ride. It was overcast and a bit chilly the day we went which was actually perfect because I don’t think we would have coped as well if it had been as hot as it is now because there is not much shade when you are waiting in line for the rides. There are buggy parks where you can leave the pram, but I would definitely recommend taking some water and maybe a snack for the little one because I found it quite difficult to keep Emma distracted in the lines.

We ventured around the park a little more and we came across the dinosaur area where there are quite a few ‘grown up’ rollercoasters so we took it in turns to go on by ourselves (losers) I watched Emma while Clyde went on, then we swapped. I was sat next to a little girl who was also going on by herself and she was as calm as a cucumber so I had to pretend I was so cool with it and not scared and second guessing myself… “I have a child, I shouldn’t be riding a rollercoaster!” Anyway I put all that to the back of my mind and went on. As we started the ascent I thought, oh this is so tame, no worries at all! Then it got to the top and I thought, what the hell am I doing! Then it was too late, within a split second the ride was over…so glad I did it haha!

After a long day we left the park and drove to our Hotel, I chose Bartley Lodge Hotel, this was from a list you could choose from when I booked Peppa Pig Short breaks. The hotel was so lovely, I booked it mainly because it said it had a pool so I thought it would be lovely to take Emma swimming. The room was lovely too and so were the grounds surrounding it. The pool was quite small but perfect for what we wanted.

The next day we headed out to Bournemouth as it’s so close to where we stayed it made sense to make a day of it! We did have free return tickets to the park but I definitely think one day was enough, for now anyway! Emma absolutely loved the beach! She wanted to strip off immediately and get in the water. I was so surprised seeing as this was her first visit to the beach! The day was perfect as well, not too hot, so we could stay on the beach without burning up. We ate lunch at a restaurant on the pier called Aruba, it was so lovely! The food was amazing and if you get a seat next to the window, the view is great too. There is an arcade on the pier too, not my kind of thing but it was packed, and my husband is obsessed with arcades so we had to spend some time in there too. Unfortunately my luck didn’t carry on from Peppa Pig World, we didn’t win anything!

Our trip home was so easy, and Emma had been so great the whole trip. I love going away and seeing her so happy it makes it all worth it. It’s just so annoying that it goes so fast, our trip was over in the blink of an eye, so I am busy planning our next one….Caribbean….haha I wish, somewhere in the UK probably!

Hope you enjoyed reading.

Amy xxx

This is a phrase I have struggled with since becoming a mum, “at least you don’t work”, or “Yea but you don’t work”, or “you’re so lucky to have all this time to yourself”. I get it, the pictures and the videos look like we are having the best time and to be honest we are, but it’s also extremely hard work. The days out and the mummy meets are great fun and are always beneficial to Emma, we always go to a ‘baby-friendly’ place, with a kids menu, a playground or soft play are and better yet, animals! So you can imagine the grown up talking is very much limited by interruptions from our little ones. I am so grateful for my mummy friends, to have someone you can talk too and who are going through everything at the same time as you is so comforting and lets you know you are not alone in this incredible journey. Being a mum is definitely a full time job, I generally start my day early and don’t sit down until 9:30 at night, on a good day, and we also have to take into the account the amount of time Emma wakes up in the night, so when someone says to me “at least you don’t work”, it’s confusing because, actually I do work! Motherhood is the hardest but best job of all.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my ‘job’ and count my lucky stars that I get to wake up with this little beauty everyday, however, there is no instruction manual or training guide before your baby comes into this world, there is no one to tell you just how hard it is or how lonely it can be at times, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Emma is 2 now and I do two days a week of work to cover the cost of her nursery, but I am getting to that time now when I am thinking should I be working more now? What do other mums do at this point? I know circumstances are different for everyone and some mothers have no choice but to work to support their family and they, for sure, have the toughest job of all! I have all the respect for the single mums out there who are doing it all on their own, girl power!! A few single mamas I am following right now are Mama_unexpectedThesinglemumsdiary, and Everthedaring such a bunch of inspirational mamas 🙂 They have shown that even facing adversities they blossomed and have become the best mums to there little babes.

Raising Emma has literally been the best thing ever, it has definitely had it’s ups and downs but I wouldn’t change a single thing, as long as she is happy I am happy.

Thanks for reading,

Amy

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I love summer! It makes everyone happier and everything easier, especially dressing little ones! Although I have noticed I have literally no summer clothes, and I’m wondering is there any point buying things when we have no guarantee to how long this summer will last, thanks to the lovely British summers!! So I took to eBay hoping to get a few bargains, I ordered a couple of dresses from China, so goodness knows when they will come or whether they will look anything like they do in the picture.

This dress is from Jack Wills, I don’t usually go for the shorter dresses but I loved this one so much I thought why not?! It’s funny, since becoming a mum I am much less confidence in the things I wear. I don’t like getting my legs out, hence why they are so pastey, (why isn’t there a fake tan filter?) and I don’t tend to wear figure hugging things, do any other mums think that since having a baby? I must have changed 2 or 3 times before leaving the house, debating whether to wear this but I thought it’s so hot I can’t cope with anything heavier. Emma has on a gorgeous dress from Marksies, again it’s cheesecloth, so in love with that right now! And her little sandals are JoJo Maman bebe, they were in the sale and the last ones in her size so I grabbed them.

I have seen a lot a women wearing lovely linen dresses for summer and I’m desperate to get my hands on one, but just haven’t found the right one yet at the right price. I saw such a glamourous older lady wearing a long linen dress in town the other day and I wish I had asked her where it was from, but she was on the other side on the street, and in this weather there is no way I’m walking faster than a snails pace, definitely regretting it now!

These culottes are also from Jack Wills and they are super comfy, and such a lovely light material for summer, but they are such a pain to iron and I really hate ironing at the best of times. The top is my sisters from River Island. My sister bought me the headband from Barcelona and I love it so much, the colours are perfect and go with so many things, I wasn’t sure how to wear it at first but I think once you have a play around with it you get used to wearing it in different ways, it looks great with you hair up too.

I will keep you posted on the hunt for a linen dress and more summer outfits I find, I hope you are all having a lovely summer so far.

Amy

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Who doesn’t love a bit of matching stripes! Both the dress and the sandals are from Zara. I absolutely love both, the dress is cheesecloth material, my favourite at the moment, and the sandals are really lovely and soft. Lately I have been putting Emma’s hair up in a bun or high pony because it’s so hot and also looks super cute! This photo was taken at St Peters Garden Centre where we spend a lot of time, we were walking through the little secret trail at the back of the garden centre and I thought this was the perfect photo opportunity.

Amy

xxx