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Monday, 13 August 2012
Why Your Child Deserves a Pair of Good School Shoes
Ensuring that your child has a pair of good school shoes that will last them through the academic year is an incredibly important part of being a parent. You want your child to be as comfortable as possible while working for their future. And a decent pair of school shoes will give them the grounding they need to get a good head start.

Though it may seem a little futile spending money on school shoes that your child will soon grow out of, the importance of a good pair can’t be underestimated. But why?

Comfort and concentration
We all know that if you’re not completely comfortable – particularly in what you are wearing – giving any task your full concentration becomes incredibly difficult. For a child at school, any excuse will lead to distraction. A pair of comfortable shoes will keep them focused, on task, and ready to learn.

The Littlewoods Kickers school shoes range is a great place to start looking for school shoes for your child. Not only are they designed with the comfort of the child in mind, they are also built to last. Which brings us nicely on to our next point.

School of Hard Knocks
The school playground is a place where kids are expected to enjoy themselves in the way only kids can. By running, jumping, screaming, shouting, playing football, skipping and – more often than not – by falling over. A pair of poorly-crafted shoes is, therefore, unlikely to survive the beating they take in the playground, and will see you replacing them on a regular basis. Your child deserves a pair of shoes that they feel comfortable playing in, and you deserve the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you won’t have to continually make a trip to your local shoe store.

Confidence
School is an incredibly difficult time for children, forcing them to progress and develop in a social environment. There are all sorts of peer pressures, mixed emotions and changes going on, and the most important quality your child needs to combat these stresses is confidence. A decent pair of shoes will raise their confidence as they will look good, feel comfortable, and be ready for all that school life can throw at them.

The beach & production work.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

So today we have done a lot. At 9:45am we hopped on a coach to Porthcawl which is a lovely town with a beach about an hour away. After eating burgers, being depressed about the weather, being joyful that the weather turned from dreary to scorching hot, seeing donkeys and horses, taking Layla on her first mini rollercoaster and dodgems, paddling in the sea, making sandcastles, writing our names in the sand, buying ice cream and candyfloss, taking a half an hour walk to the nearest newsagent, playing in the park and burning in the unexpected heat, we walked a mile home and crashed. Only I didn't because instead I got to do my first bit of extra work as a hen to one of my best friend Dani's roles as the bride to be. We got free wine and feather boas and got to dance around acting fools in front of a load of crew for a scene in a short film called The Money Doctor 2. It was a great time and I got to meet some fabulous people, one of them being Dani's boyfriend/director after hearing about him all this time! From what I saw him and all of the crew were fantastic and we managed two scenes in two hours despite running an hour behind schedule. Fantastic stuff.

This was just a quick update as now I'm off to shower and go to bed as I'm up in six hours and I'm literally dead on my feet with so much work and fun!

What Laura Wants

Monday, 6 August 2012

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1.I love this top. Sadly it's out of stock but I have a little obsession with skull prints and with the Aztec design included it's bang on trend.
2.I've been searching for the dress to wear to my sister in law's hen night and this is a strong contender. I love the colour, the cut, the print - everything. The only thing I'm not so sure on is it if would be suitable for a night on the town.
3.This bag is a little smaller than what I usually gravitate toward but I loved the design and detail and the accent of colour that I could wear with the dress above.
4.I have far too many rings of this style but I retract that statement as you can never have too many rings.
5.I'm a size 9 in shoes so it's very difficult to find shoes to fit my manly canoe feet. However New Look always come up trumps and give me something in a 9 that I want to buy. I've been lusting after a pair like this for months but any in a size 9 have been so expensive it's been completely out of my budget.

What Laura Did: An update.

I've been gone for over a week and it's been a busy one. I haven't had time to take many photos apart from a few sporadic posts on Instagram (you can follow me at whatlauradidxo) and I haven't had the time or energy to sit down and actually write anything. I do have posts lined up for the rest of the week and I'm back on normal Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Blogger duty so if you're a new follower comment below and I'll check out your blog.

So, Amelia. I just don't know where to start. We were only in hospital for four days but with four days of barely any sleep, trying to keep a four year old entertained during visiting hours, being woken every few hours for blood tests or by a screaming child and horrible expensive meals, it felt like an eternity. I slept on a reclining chair with a blanket and hoped I wouldn't wake up stiff the next morning but I inevitably did. Luckily she is fine as far as they can tell but they wanted the bed space so they sent us home on a strict 900 calorie diet and we'll be monitored at the hospital clinic monthly. If the tests all come back negative and she's maintaining her weight on the diet it will all be blamed on nutrition which I am happy about as it means I'm in control of it. Layla didn't understand why she was in and my fiance and I barely saw each other apart from visiting hours and the changeover. It was difficult but it wasn't a life time.

I have failed at quitting smoking. The stress got to me and I lasted until the day I got the news of the hospital admittance (so four and a half days) so today I am back on the wagon. It has been a matter of hours so it certainly isn't anything to brag about but it's a start and everyone has to start somewhere.

In other news I've been drinking a lot of coffee, getting excited about meeting the South Wales Bloggers for a meet in September, finding the perfect dress for my sister-in-law's hen night at the end of the month, arranging things for her wedding at the beginning of next month, fretting about school uniform for September, watching Season 4 of Castle, anxiously anticipating the beginning of my favourite TV show's again in the autumn, trying to work unsuccessfully, unsuccessfully trying to keep a tidy house, living on a very tight budget and hoping the weather is warm and sunny for our trip to the beach on Wednesday.

Thank you all for your kind words regarding Amelia and the smoking. They really helped me get through.