Apart from being home to my general ramblings, rants, and realities, I like to think of this blog as an online diary my kids can read one day.
Just if theyâ€™re ever curious about what life was like when they were little. The holidays we took, the music we listened to, our favourite thingsâ€¦
And maybe a bit of what their mum was passionate about.
But then, if I continue writing it throughout their childhood (and I intend to) thereâ€™ll be a hell of a lot of pages to get through.
So the From You To Me range of journals really appeals to me, as a way of leaving an easy-to-read legacy to your kids.
Equally, if youâ€™d like to know your own mum or dad better, you could buy one of these and ask them to fill it with their memories and stories â€“ to be passed down through the generations.
According to research, only 14% of us know how our father proposed to our mother (I certainly have no idea).
And 62% of us wish we knew family members better. Itâ€™s so sad we donâ€™t take the time to listen to their anecdotes and tales.
Mr G has been doing his family tree for the last couple of years, uncovering stories about his ancestors. And itâ€™s hit home to him that his grandparents would have been such an amazing source of information â€“ if only heâ€™d thought to ask them to share their stories when they were still alive.
From You To Me offered me a couple of books to review.
Both are fantastic ways of preserving memories to pass down to my boys.
Dear Mum â€“ from the Journals of a Lifetime range â€“ is a way of writing my own story. At the top of each page thereâ€™s a prompt, including:
â€œWhat are your earliest memories?â€
â€œWhat did you want to do when you grew up?â€
â€œTell me about the dreams you have for your lifeâ€¦â€
At the back, there are some blank pages to jot down anything else youâ€™d like to say/share with your children.
This range includes Dear Dad, Dear Grandad, Dear Sister â€“ pretty much a book for any member of your family to fill with their precious memories
Our Story â€“ from the Parent and Child range â€“ is more of a baby book, to write down your memories (mostly of your child) each year until he/she is 18.
You have 6 pages for every year, in which to record things such as:
â€œWhat you are likeâ€
â€œThings you have done and saidâ€
â€œAdventures we have had this yearâ€
â€œThings that have happened in the world this yearâ€
â€œMy predictions of what you will be like when you grow upâ€
Itâ€™s a beautiful book â€“ and can be personalised with family pictures on the cover. But itâ€™s probably better as a gift to someone who is pregnant, or who has a baby under a year old. Because even though my sons are my world, I struggle now to remember some of the finer details, like what ailments they had in their first year.
Looking through these fantastic books made me think about what stories Iâ€™d like to pass down to my boys.
Like the night I met their Dad â€“ while I was on a date with his friend.
Iâ€™d tell them how I never gave up when people told me I couldnâ€™t make it as a journalist (not because I wasnâ€™t any good, but because I grew up in a council house and my family was working class).
And Iâ€™d remind them what a fantastic character their Grandad was, before asbestosis took him from us too soon.
We all have stories to tell, donâ€™t we?
Which brings me nicely to the best bitâ€¦..
From You to Me are giving 3 competition winners the chance to choose one book from their extensive range.
As well as the journals Iâ€™ve mentioned above, there are also diaries based on love stories and relationships, and even books where you can share your talents and hobbies, like cookery or gardening, passing tips down through the generations.
To enter, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post, explaining what story or piece of advice youâ€™d most like to share with your children. Donâ€™t forget to leave your email address or Twitter handle, so I can contact you if you win.
Then click on the rafflecopter widget below, to confirm youâ€™ve done this â€“ and get details of how to earn extra entries. You must do this for your entry to be valid.
Terms and conditions
This competition is open to UK residents only, and closes at midnight on Wednesday, June 19.
Winners will be chosen at random and notified within 24 hours.
The prize is one journal of your choice, from the From You to Me website â€“ no cash alternative.
Failure to claim your prize within 5 days will result in another winner being chosen.