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  1. I did a good deed yesterday..
    Driving along the VERY busy road towards maidenhead station, a beautiful fluffy cat was in terror and running from one side of the street to the other one car ahead of me, He bounced off wheels, under cars and finally got to the other side and over a wall.....

    I was mortified and it was horrible to watch,

    I turned round in knight rider style and to the houses on the other side of the wall,
    I searched for the cat under bushes, in the gardens, and knocked on doors, I HAD to know the poor thing was okay!

    Finally a lady, about my mums age cam to one of the doors and It was her cat, I explained what had happened and went off praying that the cat came home safe and sound.

    As I drove off, she shouted that he'd come in and i felt a bit better.
    I went back later that day with a packet of cat treats and a note,

    She rang me later

    Puss was okay, traumatised but okay with just a little paw injury that she could tell,

    Turns out... shes from Bristol, and her house is on troopers hill just down the road from My mum.... What a small world,
    I have now made a friend, and offered up my services as cat sitter, and I am grateful to the god of pussy's that he was okay,

    Someone did this for me when my pickle got run over, and im so greatful as I would never have known she was at the vets or had even been in an accident.

    I have "paid it forward" and I feel all warm and fluffy, and I think I deserve some chocolate, what do you think??? x

  2. Today, I thought I would talk about the different sizes and variations of blankets I sell here at Jellibabies

    I often get asked "what is a good size"

    Of course, as everything is handmade to order it is totally up to you, But here is a good rule of thumb

    giraffe animal fur print baby blanket

     

    Our taggy baby blankets are approx 30cm square for a small and are wonderful for a handheld comforter on the go or in a car seat

    or a large at 18" x 22"

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    Our pram baby blanket..Large enough to cover a newborn in his car seat, yet small enough for a toddler to carry around without it dragging on the ground. (18" x 22")




    Our buggy/stroller baby blanket.. Slightly smaller than a typical cot blanket. Designed to cover baby in his/her stroller without a lot of extra bulk. (27" x 39")

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    Our cot baby blanket.. Probably the most common size found in today's baby blanket market. Perfectly sized to wrap around an infant, and big enough to use into early toddler years. (30" x 40")




    Our toddler cot bed sizes blanket.. Over-sized baby blanket perfect for older children (or an adult throw). Also a great size for baby's tummy time on the floor and large enough to cover a cot bed  (43" x 59")

    safari jungle animals cot bed blanket playmat

     

    But remember, All blankets from Jellibabies  are bespoke, so you van have a small or as large as you like x

  3. stay at home kids

    Modern children spend just half of the time playing outdoors than their parents did when they were young, according to a study commissioned by JCB Kids to mark the launch of its Fresh Air Campaign (reported by PPS here).

    Researchers found that today’s kids are more inclined to stay indoors and watch TV, play computer games and in some cases even do their homework, than go outside to play.

    The study of 2,000 parents revealed that during the 1970s and 1980s when the current generation of parents were children, they enjoyed more than two hours of outside play each weekday, and a further nine hours at weekends – whatever the weather.

    But today’s youngsters venture outside for just over an hour each weekday and less than five hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Sam Johnson, spokesperson for JCB Kids, comments on the survey findings: "It is alarming the extent to which today’s children are missing out on outdoor play time which we enjoyed as children."

    "Playing outdoors is so important for children – not only to help them stay active and healthy, but also to socialise with friends – and create those treasured childhood memories which we look back on so fondly. As parents we need to encourage adventurous spirit and create imaginative, and of course safe, opportunities for them to get out there!”

    Cath Prisk, director of Play England, a UK-wide charitable organisation who promotes outdoor play for children and is supporting the JCB Kids Fresh Air Campaign commented: "It’s a sad reality that many kids don’t get outside to play every day anymore. Because they don’t go out, they don’t know their own communities, they don’t have as many friends in the area and they don’t have the same opportunities for fun that many of their parents did.”

    It also emerged that 44% of parents wish their children played outdoors more often, with 58% saying their children don’t play outside as much as other youngsters they know and 54% seriously worrying their child doesn’t spend enough time playing outdoors.

     

    I am an evil mummy, and I HATE the new generation tech world we live in, and I treat the technology in this house as a treat,

    So mine have a limited time at the weekend as a reward,

    How doy ou like to play it...

    Do you have a technology structure, Or maybe even an occassional ban?

  4. Remember when you couldn't imagine anything more boring or just plain irritating than behaving like your mum, however much you love her?

    It happens oh so gradually but have you noticed the similarities recently...

    1. You dab at your child's mouth with a damp tissue very hard, even though you swore you would never, ever do that.

    2. A homemade birthday card featuring an enormous round head and scribbled hair makes you want to weep. And when the cards come down, you save it in the drawer next to your bed.

    3. Your children are talking at you and you tune out and just say: "Hmmmm.Yes, darling."

    4. Swimwear shopping means a trip to M&S tummy panel control section, completely bypassing the bikini section.

    5. Afternoon tea is "lovely". And a night out is always "raucous" even though you only had one glass of wine.

    6. While shopping, you see a pair of trousers for your husband and you don't have to ring up your mother-in-law to ask his inside leg measurement.

    7. Before going to bed, you plump up the cushions on the sofa.

    8. You tell your friends what the cat/dog has been up to.

    9. Silence and a good book is considered an event.

    10. You go upstairs and can't remember why you went up there.

    11. You open a cupboard and ask yourself out loud "What was I looking for?"

    12. You ring whoever was in your bad dream to check they're OK.

    13. The latest storyline about that TV doctors/lawyers/nurses drama is conversation-worthy.

    14. The realisation hits you that your parents are only human.

    15. You carry tissues and handcream.

    16. Rather than shout back at your other half, you change the subject - even though he is wrong.

    17. A night in alone leads to cooking "just something small" rather than a takeaway.

    18. Alcohol makes you go red in the face.

    19. You like 'comfy'.

    20. You realise your mum was right that love is not about earth-shattering sex but finding someone who will let you have a lie-in while he gets up with the kids.

    21. Eating out, you tut if the table is slightly dirty. Then you order a jacket potato or a salad and announce "that was delicious".

    22. You have looked through one of those newspaper pull-out booklets of things you never knew you needed and want the hands-free bin bag tie device.

    23. Leftovers for lunch is very welcome because at least you don't have to cook anything.

    24. You stack stuff on the stairs so you can take it up all in one go.

    25. You freak out if your husband said he would text when he got there and he didn't and you tell him you thought he'd had a terrible accident when he rings.

    26. Discounts and bargains are revealed as an "ooh, you'll never guess what" tit-bits to friends.

    27. You spend all morning doing a roast and then pick at it when it's on the table because
    "you're full of it from the cooking".

    28. The weather is of critical importance to deciding what to wear. And if the sun is shining, you get four loads of washing done in the morning.

    29. Anyone who enters the house is offered tea, coffee, apple juice, squash, Ribena... every five minutes.

    30. The highlight of your life is sports day and the Nativity.

    31. Eating past 8 o'clock worries you for various reasons (putting on weight, indigestion and not wanting to be full at bedtime).

    32. Every family excursion incurs a list of what not to forget, what to buy and what to put in the hand luggage.

    33. You may be tired, oh God, so tired, but you never admit it.

    34. Day cream is followed by night cream.

    35. You notice your mother is looking like her mother (and you are going the same way).

    36. When your children do something, you can't help but say: "Oh, she/he just did the same thing with their eyes that Uncle Jack does."

    37. You pass wind involuntarily.

    38. The garden centre is considered a 'trip out'.

    39. You go into town and ask yourself "do I really need that?" and the answer is always "no". And you put it back.

    40. A necklace and earrings are selected to draw the eye away from the drooping bust and bulbous stomach.

    41. You show off your legs because they age much more slowly than everywhere else.

    42. Your wardrobe contains a pair of shoes for every occasion, a killer dress, a sober suit and a load of classic clothes because you've worked out what hides your bad bits.
    43. You wonder when television got so loud.

    44. Birthday and Christmas vouchers are saved for ages and ages so you can buy something long-lasting and meaningful.
    45. You look at a fresh-faced boy and think "he's going to be gorgeous when he grows
    46. Someone swears in front of little ones and you flinch.

    47. You'll watch Dr Who/the Champions League/CBeebies Book at Bedtime even if it clashes with the News or Corrie because you can't bear anyone to be unhappy.

    48. The freezer is full to the brim, week in, week out.

    49. Cooking for large numbers is second nature.

    50. You can't see the appeal of Justin Bieber whatsoever.

    Any i've left out? Give me your top 'wow, I'm turning into my mum' moments!!