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Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a fantastic week and  have lots of fun adventures planned for the weekend. I can't wait to hear about it. This weekend our plans include more painting, more glossing amongst other boring jobs, I can hardly contain my excitement, haha!

The little lady and I had quite a busy week this week and if you read our last weekly round-up you will know that we were collecting our car on Sunday. But received a call saying that we would have to hold off for one more day, as if three weeks wasn't long enough. Let's just say when we finally collected our car we ended up leaving with a full tank of petrol, a full valet and the next service for free - so worth the wait really! I think Amelia offering throwing a raisin at the salesman was a game changer, at least he saw the funny side of it! After the raisin throwing fiasco, signing paper work and finally getting our hands on the keys we went for a little drive in our new car. Our new car is an MG6 GT 1.9TB SE, my husband had to tell me all that part because when it comes to car makes and models I have no clue.

We then stopped for some lunch and went for a little mooch around some supermarkets before ending up in a carpet shop. As you will know we are in the middle of decorating our home and have been thinking about laying carpet on the stairs, landing and two bedrooms, but we need to finish glossing first. I can't wait winter will be so cosy. In other 'house' news we have been sorting through our loft and found 9 large vacuum packs of Amelia's baby clothes, I don't need 9, do I? So that's what I am planning on doing over the next few days organising them for sale, donation and hand me downs to other relatives. Wish me luck!

On Wednesday night I went to the cinema with my sister to go and watch Bridget Jones's Baby but the only time we don't pre-book tickets - THEY SELL OUT! I couldn't actually believe it when we arrived at the Cinema and the only other film that was available was Don't Breathe and because I am a bit of a wimp I was a little scared. But in fact it was very good and I was glad that we watched this instead because the theatre was near enough empty and we got some fab seats.

Amelia was quite ill towards the end of the week and it took me by surprise because during the morning she was absolutely fine and then the afternoon she became cuddly and had a temp of 37.6, thankfully lots of cuddles with mummy and Calpol seem to be helping.

So until the next round-up have a good week!


Hello everyone,

For the for blog post today I want to talk to you about George, no not George from Peppa Pig but George our new imaginary friend. My daughter has just started to master the art of imaginative play and some of the conversations she has with her friend George are both adorable and entertaining. So is it normal for a toddler to have an imaginary friend?

Amelia and her imaginary friend George do everything together. They play, the read, eat and even do the bedtime routine together and I am sure you have guessed - George is very mischievous boy and gets Amelia into lots of trouble! Naughty George! But having an imaginary friend must a be a great thing to have and anyone who has seen Drop Dead Fred will know how useful an imaginary friend can be when things go crazy! George did it! George did it! A phrase we hear a lot.
So why do children conjure up these imaginary friends?
Being a toddler is no walk in the park! Think about it? Everyone is always telling you what to do, you have to share your toys, try to comprehend certain behaviours and you will be undoubtedly going through some major milestones. So, you can understand why toddlers may need to conjure up an imaginary friend - they won't tell them what to do, they won't play with their toys and they will do whatever your toddler wants them to do. But George puts up with a lot as he is always there for Amelia when she needs someone to blame for her behaviour and he's an outlet for expressing emotions. Who wouldn't want an imaginary friend? Heck I want one!
The whole imaginary friend situation did make me feel a little awkward in the beginning - do I acknowledge him, do invite him along for our adventures? I wanted get a good balance of fantasy and reality, but could I take the it too far? But after speaking to other parents they reassured me that it is common and completely normal for someone of her age to have an imaginary friend and therefore we needed to be a little more welcoming to our new friend.

It wasn't too long ago that imaginary friends used to be a cause for concern, but today there seems to be a suggestion that by having imaginary friends are actually helping children get ahead in learning and their social development.

If you think about it when a child has an imaginary friend, they must supply all the conversations themselves using their own words which will boost their language development. Your little one will never have to play alone and doesn't need someone to tell them what to do - they are able to figure it out on their own. By your toddler pretending and making up scenarios is actually helping them become more creative and even helps them handle difficult situations.

But a few things to remember...

By all means accept your new 'family' member and let your toddler and  their imagination run wild but always make sure that it is your child who brings up their friend into conversations and not to let them cheekily get out of bad behaviour - George goes to the step with Amelia!!! And don't use this new friend of theirs to get what you want, it doesn't matter how many times you say that their friend like peas your toddler will probably still not eat them!

So, having an imaginary friend is normal. If there's an empty seat at the dinner table and your little friend is there try not to worry too much, be kind and open to the new friend. After all you are watching your toddler become creative little thinkers!!!

Does you child have an imaginary friend? What's their name?
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Good Morning

Are you all having a lovely weekend? Our week has been a quiet one, go and have a peek at Our Weekly Round-Up if you fancy a read. We were supposed to get our new car this weekend but after a phone call it turns out we now have to wait until Monday. But it's only one more day...

I hope you have been enjoying the last few days of sunshine as from the way it looks outside Autumn is well on it's way. I love Autumn! Seeing the changing colours of nature, the fresh crisp air, layering up those Autumn clothes and the warming spiced smells - all in preparation for Christmas! Yay. Everything about Autumn is exciting and so in the name of this excitement and in the hopes that it inspires you, I'm writing our ultimate Autumn bucket list that will keep us busy.

Go to a pumpkin patch and pick our own pumpkin - I have never considered going pumpkin picking before. However, when I realised that there are so many places in Norfolk that have pumpkin patches it's an opportunity we cannot really miss.

Carve a pumpkin - who buys a pumpkin without have a go at carving one? After having a stab at it (see what I did there) we will the use our scary pumpkin to decorate our doorstep in preparation for trick or treaters. My plan is to use the insides of the pumpkin to try and made a Pumpkin Cake with a Cream Cheese Frosting.

Jump in a pile of leaves remember how fun that was when you were a child?
Take Amelia trick or treating as she hasn't been yet. When I was a child my parents never agreed with trick or treating and whole begging at peoples door thing, however nowadays there are so many events put on  for children and in some areas may they even host a trick or treat hunt in your local town centre.
Plan an Autumn scavenger hunt for Amelia and her friends. If this is something that you think you would do then Pinterest is great place to give you some inspiration for a hunt.
Get creative and make Autumn decorations - Amelia, like most children loves to keep her hand busy so what better way than to encourage her creativity than with Autumn decorations. It's a perfect way to teach your little one about the changing seasons whilst creating a masterpiece that you can keep forever, we have a large collection of Amelia's creative displays.
Smash potty training -  We can do this...

Go to a fireworks display -  In Norfolk there are so many great events and one that we go to every year is Fawkes in the Walks which is a free firework display. I was a little worried about taking Amelia last year but she enjoyed watching all the pretty colours and I am sure that this year won't be any different.

Plan a family getaway - November is a busy month for us as it's mine and Tony's birthday. This year we have decided to book some time off and go on a family getaway, unsure of the destination but as long as my family is with me I don't care. It's been a long time since we had a getaway.

Do you have an Autumn bucket list? If so, what's on yours?

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Hello everyone,

I hope you have all had a fantastic week and got lots planned for the weekend. I can't wait to hear about it. This weekend we don't have too much planned - only the fact that we get to pick up our brand new car on Sunday and I'm so excited. We have been waiting three weeks! As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait.

Wow I am so happy, the weather has really changed this week hasn't it. At the beginning of the week it we had a bit of a heatwave and now as I am writing this round-up it's pouring down with rain and I am pretty sure that there is a thunder storm on the horizon! But anyway I prefer the colder months of the year, yes, sorry I'm one of those annoying people who say 'Autumn is my favourite time of the year'.

The little lady and I have had a quiet week mainly because the husband has been on his night shift and in all honestly due to the weather I just didn't feel like doing too much. We all have those lazy types of weeks, right? I have been enjoying the relaxing week at home with the little one and also taking part in a productivity course over at You Baby Me Mummy, it has been brilliant and just what I needed for my blog. The five day productivity course involved daily challenges in order to boost productivity with my blog; setting goals, using my time more effectively, batching work loads and even finding a bunch of buddies to help me along my way with my blog. This course has taught me to focus and given me the motivation to take my blog to the next level, also it was a good kick in the butt and it's helped me in so many ways already. I have set myself goals, scheduled posts, connected with other bloggers and already well on the way to building great friendships with my accountability buddies and the everyone else who is part of the #MomBossSquad

Also this week, we have been potty training and we are pretty much smashing it! I am so proud at how quickly my beautiful little lady is understanding the whole idea of potty training, clever lady! I am not saying that she will be fully trained in the next few weeks and we've got a long way to go. The mishap this week was quite funny I found her hiding away because she pooped in the corner! Potty training a toddler is no walk in the park, so watch this space everyone.

So as you can see it's been a quiet week for us. But I have been informed by the husband that we have a very busy week ahead next week with painting the bedrooms, utility room and the garden fence, oh and the dreaded task of glossing! Boo! I am more excited about picking up our car than bloody painting though, as you can imagine!
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and I cannot wait to hear about it.
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Good Evening,

I hope you've all had a lovely day so far and hopefully been enjoying this glorious weather. But don't forget to enjoy these last moments because Autumn is one it's wayyyyy!
Anyway let's get back to the blog post! We will be sharing something a little different here on Mimi Rose & Me tonight and take part in a blogging challenge that has been set by the lovely Cécile over at The Frenchie Mummy, please go check her blog out!
So the challenge as you may have guessed is the #DaddyTag where Dads are asked a series of questions about them and being a Daddy. I was lucky enough to catch my husband before he fell asleep on the sofa so here are Tony's answers...

Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy?

Working Daddy

Would you have it any other way?

Yes I would love to have the opportunity to be with Amelia all day everyday.

Do you co-change dirty nappies? Even the very smelly ones?

Yes and they still make me wretch. How can something so small make smells that bad.

A little fairy gives you the possibility of breastfeeding? Are you going for it or do you run away?

No I wouldn't run away

What is the one must-have item for a daddy?

A supporting mother *winks at me*

How many kids do you plan on having?

I am more than happy with one but I would consider another when the time is right.

Lads’ nights? How often do you have them?

Not too often.

Your children’s favourite achievement?

Being able to say 'Dada' before anything else

What is your best memory with your kid(s)?

There are so many! But ones that really stick out for me are when she said Dada for the first time and when I received a video of Amelia and Mummy playing games.

Name one thing you miss since being a daddy?

Being able to get up and out without thinking about taking a truck load of stuff with us

Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now? And we mean YOU DADDY, not the mummy!

I have lost 4 stones since we had Amelia.

Dream holiday with your kids?

Anywhere where there is no signal, no internet and no distractions so we can all run wild!

Dream holiday without your kids or even without the other half? (You’re allowed to dream)

CUBA! with my wife!

How has your life changed since having kids?

I find life less stressful and I have learned to be more patient, but I ever do get stressed or anything then I will always think about Amelia and that video.

Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”

When she makes a frown at people and they tell me she's just like me.

Favourite beers brands and football team?

Warsteiner and Newcastle United

Huggies or Pampers?

[ASKS: What ones do we get?] Pampers!!!

Have you always wanted kids?

Yes without a doubt

Best part of being a dad?

The best part about being a dad is knowing that my little girl will always need me!

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