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Lisa Downe  Lover of cream teas, Italian food, stargazing, dipping chocolate in coffee. Introvert. 2 kids. 1 dog. 1 husband. Can usually be found on the beach ☀️

So today we found out that this little lady will go to our first choice of primary school. Very very happy! My heart goes out to those that didn't get their first choices, but I hope your allocated school surprises you and turns out to be better than you expected.

It's not easy choosing schools is it! I had a few sleepless nights thinking about it a few months ago. But here are my thoughts for anyone choosing a school this year... Your child's success is not purely based on which school they attend. A lot of it depends on the support the child receives from their parents or carers. Something just as simple as reading to/with your children for 20 mins a day can have a huge impact on how well they do.

There are pros and cons for ALL schools. No school is perfect. Ofsted is a great guide but should NOT be the only reason for choosing or ruling out a school. For us it was just a feeling. Alice's school is a very happy school and that is EVERYTHING in my opinion!
Go with your gut instinct. It seems to work well with most aspects of parenting right?! So who's pouring out a Gin tonight and crying over baby photos? 😭😭😭 #primaryschool #ofsted #schoolchoice #school #parenting #firstchoiceschool
#secondchoice #thirdchoice #schoolplace #4yearsold

A lovely morning at Pecorama in Beer. Serious garden envy! Instagrammers paradise.
#lovewhereyoulive #devonisheaven #trains #botanicalgardens #devon #toddler #getoutside #getoutdoors

Love seeing the kids running wild in the sunshine. Even if it was in different directions 😂. It gets easier right??! #devonisheaven #runwildmychild #getoutside #getoutdoors #freshair #adevonchildhood

Met some lovely ladies this morning in Budleigh, then on to Greendale Farm Shop for lunch, and a trip to the fish farm to check on a pond. Both kids soaked of course!
#freshairmumsclub #fishfarm #carp #devonisheaven #adevonchildhood

A trip out to The Donkey Sanctuary for lunch and a walk. The play park was closed sadly as a precaution due to the Equine flu outbreak, but we still enjoyed visiting the donkeys and screaming in the gift shop 👌. #getoutside #getoutdoors #donkeys #donkeysanctuary #2yearsold #freshair #toddlers #devonisheaven #sahm #sahmlife

A slow walk around Escot taking in every little detail. We looked closely at the bark on the huge old trees, followed a tiny spider in the pirate ship, and jumped in ALL the puddles. .
#lookforthebeauty #getoutside #getoutdoors #freshair #peacocks #devonisheaven #stayathomemum #workfromhomemum

Lovely weekend visiting our gorgeous new nephew Freddie 😍😍😍💙💙💙

Loving these lazy sunny afternoons! I am trying really hard not to direct their play at the moment, and just let them be "bored". Alice protested a bit, and then built a brilliant dinosaur in the sand. We chatted about dinosaur bones and whether dinosaurs roared, and then decorated it with shells.

Don't get me wrong, we have had shouting and arguing today, but there are these brief moments that really make me smile 😊.
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#letthemplay #learningthroughplay #getoutside #sandpit #sandbox #workfromhomemum #threeyearsold #mumlife

A fire engine and a chicken. A lovely trip out to Greendale Farm Shop for some lunch, shopping and a run around for the kids. Now back for some gardening and a roast. 👌
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#devon #fireengine #getoutside #adevonchildhood #lazysunday #familytime

Fresh air and tantrums sums up this outing! I did spot a starfish though which was very exciting. Two poorly kids but we soldiered on!
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#getoutside #sidmouth #devonisheaven #rockpools #tantrums

Another lovely afternoon at Bicton. 💕💕🛤🌲🌳🌵🌾
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#bicton #getoutside #getoutdoors #mumlife #devonisheaven #mimosa

Cornwall needs no filter 👌 having a lovely time. We always try to go away around my Birthday (33 next week and proud of it!). It is freezing cold and everything is closed, but I love how quiet it is. Totally appeals to my introvert side. Not always relaxing with the kids - Alice locked herself in the bathroom yesterday! But they love coming away with us and we have a lot of fun 😊.
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#cornwall #holiday #familytime #newquay #mawganporth #swisbest #3yearsold #2yearsold #getoutdoors

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