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The Life of Bill + Giveaway

If you remember reading this post, you’ll know that we’re part of a little SMA Nutrition® challenge to document the life of a toddler – in this case, our toddler, our Bill.

Bill recently turned three, and he’s well on his way to being a little boy now. Just a year away from school. A year away from the next chapter really.

But what about his life now?

Bill’s average week looks something like this:

Nursery 

Bill goes to nursery three mornings a week. And he loves it! He’s been going since he was around 15 months-old and it’s so he can make friends and have fun with children his age (as he doesn’t have any siblings…yet).

He has a ‘best friend’, who is a little girl. And he blushes every time we mention her name. It’s so cute to think that he might have a little crush.

We get to see his nursery updates online – which is so different from what our parents experienced. They really do make me chuckle – and it’s nice to see him in a new environment, without me, and still having fun.

Recently, he took a snail a packed lunch of lettuce and cucumber with him. Yep. He’s found a snail in the nursery grounds and they have made friends.

Food 

When we get home from work, we’ll collect Bill from my parents’ house and he’ll have a family meal with me and Mark at the table. We always eat together and we absolutely love catching up with him and asking him about his day.

We’ll usually have a sing-song too. Bill’s favourites are I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You, Kisses For Me and Cheerleader. We sing them…over…and…over…again.

As for food – Bill’s diet is much better than mine at his age. He loves things like olives – and is learning the names of new dishes, like a ‘cassoulet’ (we had that for tea last night). He’s really into cooking with us and can identify garlic and ginger and other unusual items. He’s had things like quinoa, gnocchi and lentils, and even a good curry.

His favourite food, however, is sausages by far. Kid loves his sausages.

While he’s three now, and doesn’t drink much milk as he did when he was younger, another blessing is formula and toddler milk. Bill may have been breastfed, but knowing there’s specially formulated milk that will help your baby or toddler get the important nutrients he or she needs is amazing. Especially in a world where feeding your baby is about choice and having the confidence to do what is best for you.

SMA Toddler Milk® is a fortified milk drink for children over one, and it has plenty of Vitamin D and Calcium for normal growth and development of bones, and Iron to help with cognitive development. And there’s also Omega 3 and 6 too, which, when your child starts to become choosy with what they eat, is a great comfort to any parent.

Entertainment

Bill absolutely loves tech – I think a lot of toddlers feel this way now. He has his favourite programmes, such as Curious George and Paw Patrol. He loves the iPad and will watch different versions of Old MacDonald Had a Farm until the cows come home (literally).

But, at the same time, we read a lot of books and it’s nice to read the same books that I read as a child. Balloonia, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and Dear Zoo. And so many others. It’s like sharing a piece of my childhood with my son and it’s beautiful.

We also love to play retro games – like Buckaroo, Doh Nutters, and Hungry Hippos. It’s so much fun and again, it’s another blast from the past – maybe the old ways are the best ways?

Travel 

Bill is pretty well-travelled at the moment – in fact, he’s really very lucky. Already this year, he’s been aboard the Anthem of the Seas, to Alton Towers, and to Wales. We’re off to Majorca in September, and he regularly visits the other side of his family in Lincoln too.

Being a working parent is a challenge at times, but the one benefit is that I am able to take him away and make memories with him. We have such an amazing time when we do escape somewhere as a family and I love that he’s learning about new places, seeing new sights, living new experiences and getting a taste of the wider world.

Family

Being a toddler in 2015, is a positive thing. Things are very different, even from the days where I was three – 24 years ago. One of the biggest things, particularly as he is loved by two separate families, is the growing acceptance that families come in all shapes and sizes. That love is what matters. And that is regardless of how you were made, how you look and who you choose to love.

My son is going to grow-up to know that being a good-hearted person is the best thing you can be.

He’s going to hopefully grow up in a world where there will be even more positive change and he’ll see a future that might be fairer for everyone. I’m proud that I can play a role in bringing up to be the special person that he is.

I think it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent.

What do you do with your littles?

Also, because the SMA® Nutrition team are brilliant, I have a little giveaway for you!

We’re giving away a trip to LEGOLAND for two adults and two children. All you need to do is enter via Rafflecopter below.

T&Cs

Competition closes at 12.00am (midnight) GMT on 15th August 2015. Entries received after this time and date will not count. UK residents aged 18 years and over only. Winner will be selected at random after the closing date and will be notified within three days of competition end. Only entrants received via the Rafflecopter widget will be considered valid. Red are responsible for provision and delivery of the prize.


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  • Reply
    Somebody from Somewhere
    31st July 2015 at 2:26 pm

    He is the cutest baby, really! 🙂

    http://somebodyfromsomewhere.blogspot.com/

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    minkie
    31st July 2015 at 2:48 pm

    My little one is the same age as yours and he just loves to race about on his bike, either that or RRROOOOOAAAARRRRRR like a lion 🙂

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    Bethan Sian
    31st July 2015 at 2:49 pm

    They LOVE to draw and write 🙂 xxxx

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    mata777
    31st July 2015 at 3:07 pm

    anything physical – running around, climbing, sliding on slides…

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    judy parslow
    31st July 2015 at 3:50 pm

    singing and clapping

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    Daisy
    31st July 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I can't believe he likes olives, that's quite amazing for a little one! My daughter likes anything and everything creative, roller skating and my little pony. My son is really into minecraft these days and loves swimming. Neither like olives.

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    Michelle Banks
    31st July 2015 at 5:52 pm

    my grandaughter loves baking the most x cakes and scones x

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    The cheeky Chick x
    31st July 2015 at 6:45 pm

    My youngest is 7 and of course his favourite is the iPad and wii, mine craft and mario, but he's just learnt to swim and ride his bike so he's into both of these at the minute !!

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    The cheeky Chick x
    31st July 2015 at 6:46 pm

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    Bees_Circus
    31st July 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Pretending they're superheroes or dinosaurs, mostly. They both have wicked little imaginations!

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    torz Langley
    31st July 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Can't have I just have a LOT of friends with kids. My mates little ones actually enjoy dance and theatre

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    Leanne Lunn
    1st August 2015 at 8:08 am

    Running around in the great outdoors 🙂

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    Chris
    1st August 2015 at 10:14 am

    Tell me what your little ones like to do most? . . . . . play in the garden

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    Angela Treadway
    1st August 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Play in the garden xx

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    Stacey Memories
    1st August 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Mine both like being very noisy especially if its very early in the morning. My youngest loves anything with sharp teeth so includes sharks and dinosaurs… and yes she is a girl! My eldest loves colouring, drawing and reading. So different, but both do love lego!

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    Laura CYMFT
    1st August 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Such a gorgeous little boy! My two love their tablets or playing the xbox. They would sit on them all day if I let them. But they also love bike rides, trips to the park and beach and eating yummy food. Their favourite is steak cooked medium although they have had it medium rare, how we like it. Bill sounds and looks like such a happy little boy which is testament to you as his Mummy.

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    Isis1981uk
    1st August 2015 at 6:40 pm

    My son loves playing Lego, building things with blocks, playing football, geocaching, & watching Scooby Doo!

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    mummy24
    1st August 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Lego, playing outside, baking, arts and crafts!

    Ashleigh

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    Lynsey S
    2nd August 2015 at 10:04 am

    Anything outside, so sandpit, making mud pies going fishing with daddy

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    Lauren Maplethorpe
    2nd August 2015 at 5:29 pm

    My two love anything outside especially playing with water!

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    samantha loughlin
    2nd August 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Any kind of art work

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    Jane Henshaw
    2nd August 2015 at 8:57 pm

    anything that makes a mess!

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    Cathy
    3rd August 2015 at 8:01 am

    Playing outdoors, riding her bike, horse riding x

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    Maggie Ali
    3rd August 2015 at 1:13 pm

    my youngest one loves painting! we go through so much paint that is just crazy. she is just 2 but loves making all sorts of patterns with her paintbrush 🙂

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    mouseybabe
    3rd August 2015 at 7:34 pm

    My little one loves to build things with his Duplo

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    lindsey stuart
    4th August 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Bill is super cute! My little Heidi loves visits to the beach but is also very happy out in the garden on the trampoline! 🙂

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    Laura Nice
    4th August 2015 at 4:22 pm

    They love climbing and running around.

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    Diane Wood
    5th August 2015 at 7:49 pm

    singing and dancing with dressing up on the side

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    Angie McDonald
    7th August 2015 at 2:20 am

    They love bouncing on the trampoline!

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    clairew137
    8th August 2015 at 9:48 am

    Cycling on his bike

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    Helen Newton
    8th August 2015 at 5:05 pm

    They like to make tents with blankets and the table and chairs in the dining room ♥♥ Great Giveaway ♥♥ Fingers Crossed ♥♥

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    Fiona King
    8th August 2015 at 10:50 pm

    They like to play role playing games

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    Lynne Durkin
    8th August 2015 at 11:18 pm

    My grandchildren are 1 & 2 and they love putting stickers everywhere! x

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    glenka
    9th August 2015 at 5:32 am

    Playing with Lego.
    Kelly glen.
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    siobhan davis
    9th August 2015 at 7:13 am

    My 1 year old loves windmills so he sits in the garden watching them spin in the wind and my 8 year old loves playing outdoors on his trampoline 🙂

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    Rachel Heap
    9th August 2015 at 7:23 am

    My kids love nothing better then going to the park

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    Barbara daniels
    9th August 2015 at 7:45 am

    feeding the ducks

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    Kim Neville
    9th August 2015 at 9:21 am

    my son loves hanging off the monkey bars at the park

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    Zoe G
    9th August 2015 at 10:35 am

    Mine love going on picnics to the park

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    Megan Adams
    9th August 2015 at 10:42 am

    Going swimming.

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    Mrs Broomfield
    9th August 2015 at 10:44 am

    My son loves his outdoor play, singing, acting, crafts, lego… he's pretty much an all-rounder!

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    Jade Vine
    9th August 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Pretending she's a princess!

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    Beb Evans
    9th August 2015 at 1:42 pm

    My little one loves playing with Lego and with his trains

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    Tiddles12
    9th August 2015 at 2:46 pm

    playing with dolls, stickers, and playing with the dolls house, and being read to

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    Richard Tyler
    9th August 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Play with CARS & DINOSAURS!

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    KayeLaFaye
    9th August 2015 at 6:36 pm

    They love playing outside 🙂

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    caroline walliss
    9th August 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Lot's of baking!x

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    Jemma Beynon
    9th August 2015 at 7:14 pm

    My little one loves building things

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    YOLANDA DAVIS
    9th August 2015 at 7:57 pm

    my son is a tv & computer game addict

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    Kat Allinson
    9th August 2015 at 9:03 pm

    my daughters love to play outside most of all, especially in the water table, paddling pool and sandpit

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    Emma Gibson
    9th August 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Swimming and playing mine craft.

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    katie hooper
    9th August 2015 at 10:04 pm

    play with lego! xx

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    Pooky
    9th August 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Mine love going to the park.

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    Kat Lucas
    10th August 2015 at 5:22 am

    Play outside on the trampoline

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    homebodyhomegirl
    10th August 2015 at 9:28 am

    Watch Don't Tell the Bride while eating curry. It's fun having a 7 year old!

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    Lorraine Tinsley
    10th August 2015 at 10:28 pm

    My 3 yr old loves to pick blackberries and play in her paddling pool

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    dorsetsgem
    11th August 2015 at 11:32 am

    at the moment he likes running around pretending he's a racing car

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    Janice n
    11th August 2015 at 11:58 am

    he likes to use his colouring books

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    clair downham
    11th August 2015 at 3:41 pm

    swim and play football

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    Suzanne Howell
    12th August 2015 at 7:13 am

    They love art and crafts…. painting, drawing, making things from clay, beads, paper, using their imaginations.

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    Ella Dawn
    12th August 2015 at 8:38 am

    playing with sand/mud/water the messier the better

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    Sherry Owen
    12th August 2015 at 11:51 am

    My girls love horses and dancing! The boy loves anything that makes a mess 🙂

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    Liquorice
    12th August 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Horse riding, ballet, tap, zumba and her iPad!

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    Diana Semionova
    13th August 2015 at 9:32 am

    My daughter loves playing games with her ball 🙂

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    Elizabeth Briggs
    13th August 2015 at 10:26 am

    My daughter loves to draw and craft and my son loves to play with his lego 🙂

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    Atkinson Kerryanne
    13th August 2015 at 10:31 am

    My Little monkey just loves the great outdoors, beaches, forests, parks anywhere thats outside bless him x

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    Mama Syder
    13th August 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Reading and writing stories, dressing up and dancing

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    Brad Start
    13th August 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Singing….lots!

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    donna jones
    13th August 2015 at 4:31 pm

    my little one likes dressing up

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    jeccica simpson
    13th August 2015 at 4:41 pm

    he likes to play outside in the backyard and play with his legos!!

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    Debbie Noonan
    13th August 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Anything outside! He's so full of energy!!!

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    katiemay
    13th August 2015 at 7:40 pm

    My daughter loves duplo at the moment 🙂

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    Sarah Lewis
    13th August 2015 at 8:01 pm

    At this time of year ride their bikes!!

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    WeeWillieWilkie
    13th August 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Water play and jumping!

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    Nancy Bradford
    13th August 2015 at 8:20 pm

    At the moment it is hula hooping and playing on the swings.

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    jen jackson
    13th August 2015 at 8:35 pm

    play football

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    Joanne Blunt
    13th August 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Playing with trains

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    Jane Middleton
    13th August 2015 at 10:20 pm

    reading and painting

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    Rachel
    13th August 2015 at 10:31 pm

    colouring and listening to stories

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    sue thomas
    13th August 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Loves sticker books

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    Jade Lewendon
    13th August 2015 at 10:50 pm

    My little boy loves playing with his puppy dog around the garden, neither of which we had last year! We lived in a flat for over 7 years, he's 9 now and we moved to a house in November last year! Still getting use to running a house, a garden and looking after a puppy! x

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    Robyn Logan Clarke
    13th August 2015 at 11:28 pm

    My son loves playing with his Lego and jumping on his trampoline.

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    Emily Phipps
    14th August 2015 at 6:27 am

    My son loves books, lego, our dog, being outside, arts and crafts – he's into all sorts!

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    Vicky Robinson
    14th August 2015 at 9:49 am

    My little ones love their scooters and they love anything to do with arts and crafts.

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    Matt Allison
    14th August 2015 at 10:05 am

    Playing with their thomas the tank engine trains

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    Gemma Clark
    14th August 2015 at 10:49 am

    Reading books and building lego x

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    jacqueline o'connor
    14th August 2015 at 11:24 am

    My boy loves painting, baking or anything messy really x

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    sam
    14th August 2015 at 1:14 pm

    My little girl is 4 she loves singing and pretending she's a popstar and putting on shows for us.

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    Emma Whittaker
    14th August 2015 at 2:09 pm

    My daughter will sit for hours doing stickers 🙂

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    Kate Leather
    14th August 2015 at 2:41 pm

    Play with everything that she shouldnt!

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    Lynne O'Connor
    14th August 2015 at 3:46 pm

    plays with Lego all day long if allowed

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    Lizzy Cooper
    14th August 2015 at 9:16 pm

    My son loves outdoors, he loves playing with sticks and stones, he's like a little caveman!

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    Gemma holland
    14th August 2015 at 10:48 pm

    My boys like to climb trees and build dens

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    Natalie Crossan
    15th August 2015 at 1:02 am

    Play football 🙂

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