Happy 2nd birthday little princess

Happy Birthday little princess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just can’t quite believe it. Today is the today. Two years have flown by so quickly.

Today is my baby girls 2nd birthday.

I remember so clearly the day we found out we were expecting you, our precious baby girl. It only seems like yesterday that you were brought into this world 11 weeks early so tiny and fragile. I cherish our first cuddle together.

This past year your character has evolved and you are shining my sweet little girl. You are cheeky and mischievous in ways that make me laugh and in ways that really make my jaw drop.

You have progressed and grown so fast. You have overcome many challenges along the way and still surprise me every day how clever you are.

This past 12 months you have learnt to walk, open doors :/ and talk and hold short conversations.
It still makes me giggle when you said to daddy “Daddy you ha boobies”. I creased with laughter.

You have also found a love for Peppa pig, the Teletubbies and Hey Duggee. You love to eat from everybody’s plate except your own and you think crawling under your fitted sheet every night and hide is super funny.

Today you turn 2!

Today you turn two years old, not a day goes by that I don’t worry, care and love you. There are days that I want to wrap you in cotton wool and keep you safe and little forever.

Today we will eat cake and play with your new toys. Read your cards a thousand times because they have a picture of the Teletubbies and Minnie on them. We will have a picnic tea with your big sister and brother. Today is your day baby.

Happy Birthday!!

I am wishing you a big happy birthday princess.

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September 2017 Bucket List

September 2017 bucket list

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are nearly two week into September 2017, and i feel this may have been the fastest year of them all. Maybe it’s because the kids are getting older – no maybe about it. Sometimes i feel like i don’t have time for anything, but then again maybe it’s just i am not motivated to do much lately.

Talking about motivation i have been to the gym. I have only been twice so far but i am looking forward to getting fit once again. I bout a Fitbit and now the kids are back to school can focus a little more at getting my steps in.

It was a little more difficult to figure out what i wanted to achieve from my September 2017 bucket list especially when we are already a third of the way through the month but here goes.

September 2017 Bucket List

  • Write 250 words a day on my story. The one i have been writing for a while now and spend more time re reading it than actually writing it.
  • Celebrate BG2s second birthday
  • Practice felting – my new craft i want to learn.
  • Continue posting at least one blog post a week!!

Its a short list this month but most definitely an achievable list. Next month is October and Halloween! so i will be making my bucket list early in time for the holiday. Then look out people Christmas will well and truly be on its way.

 

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A new day

a new day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its a new day, a new school year and who knows what today will bring. i have been away for quite some time from my blog and i have really  missed it. i got really disheartened when my blog posts up and left me and i just couldn’t find motivation to retrieve them. However the last few day i have retrieved about 40 of my posts. I know i won’t be able to retrieve all of them as not all of them have been cached on google which is a shame because there are some of my favourites that haven’t been cached like my fathers day 2016 post. But i guess this gives me a bit of a fresh start to get creative again.

So now the kids are back to school and i have a new job that frees up a bit of time i am aiming for 2 new posts a week.

Get over losing my blog was hard, all that time and effort feels wasted but i am slowly building a new one and gaining my blogging enjoyment again.

So what have we been up to since i have been away?

Well BG2 is turning 2 in a few weeks and i can’t believe how fast she is growing. Her speech astounds me every day. She picks words up so easily. She went to my husband just yesterday “Daddy you ha boobies” well i was gone. She thinks the word boobies is hilarious.

LM has lost his first tooth which he was super excited about. Especially when the tooth fairy arrived and left him some shiny coins for the morning.

BG1 still hasn’t stopped talking and has also started collecting books so she can build a library in her bedroom.

It was also my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I turned the lovely age of 29. As always i was spoilt with a beautiful flamingo necklace and a geode crystal.

This week i will be uploading my September bucket list and an August round up before it gets too late so look out for those posts!

Make passive income with Gallerist App

Gallerist App

 

In 2017 there seem to be more and more ways to earn money online. Blogging is just one way people can benefit from earning money on the world wide web, although it takes time and determination there are many sources to be found. Recently I have been looking at ways to make passive income to boost our household funds. Although many of the ways are not big earners having the octopus approach soon adds up.

One way of making passive income which can be really fun to do is to sell your photographs. Most of you know that I don’t take pictures of my kids’ faces on this blog so I try and take as many different pictures as possible, along my way learning more about my DSLR that I have had for eight years and still don’t know how to use properly. Selling photographs is something I had seriously looked into.

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I love taking photos and messing around in Photoshop. So really I would be doing something that I already do and love, and then simply uploading it to the Gallerist App.
Using the Gallerist app was as simple as downloading it onto your IOS or android, you can create an account and start uploading your photos to your page. It doesn’t stop there, you can also search through other sellers and buy their work too.

You can choose a category that you are interested in and create different folders for different subjects. For example, I take many photographs of flowers and also abstract angles; I can therefore have a separate file for each subject matter.

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Your images are them open to many varieties of people, from private buyers who enjoy your work to businesses wanting to use your photographs for commercial purposes.

Gallerist App tries to be different from other photograph marketplace, that’s why they have a community feature. You are able to like others photos and contact your favourite sellers and build a relationship with them, the same way you would in any business.

I have signed up for a seller account and am spending the summer gaining photographs ready to upload to GalleristApp.

This post is in collaboration with Gallerist App

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My blog has disappeared

my blog has disappeared

It happened. Thee are two things all bloggers dread that will happen to them. 1. They get hacked and 2. There blog disappears.

Well my blog disappeared. My own stupid fault. I turned off my automatic renew on my web hosting, but kept it renewed on my domain. I had all intension of shopping around for a new host and never got round to it. So when my blog hosting was up to renew It went un noticed until my blog was completely offline. Grrrrr. I could seriously kick my self. I mad the worst mistake ever. I did not back up my work in like forever.

I am so stupid and so annoyed at myself that I didn’t back up my files. it would have saved so much hassle. I contacted my web hosting and they were unable to restore my old blog files double poo!

So I have been trawling through google cached pages of my site to recover as much of my blog as possible. it is a long and boring process. It works but it takes forever, so I haven’t written a post in a few weeks and I expect it will be another week or two before I write another one. It really has knocked my motivation. I love summer and have so many posts I want to write all over the summer holidays but now I just ain’t feeling it.

I am going to spend a couple of nights trying to retrieve all 200 posts and all the comments and get some motivation back.

I had over 2000 comments on this blog and the only way I can think of getting them back is by adding them to the bottom of the blog post, I cant think of any other way to add them. That annoys me even more.

Huge warning fellow bloggers BACK YOUR FILES!!!!!!

preparing child for general anaesthetic

preparing child for anaesthetic

On Friday BG1 will be going into hospital for day surgery. She is having eight baby teeth removed because her mouth is over crowded and her adult teeth can’t make there way down. Eight teeth being removed is scary to hear for an adult. To a child it could be even scarier.

Although BG1 is super brave and loves her dentist

I still feel that she needs to be prepared of what will happen on the day of having her teeth removed.

9 times out of ten she has said ‘I’m fine mummy, I am not worried’ But at the beginning of the week she did say to me ‘mummy I am a little bit nervous’.

Now I try my best to re assure her and tell her that she will be fine and I will be with her when she goes to sleep and with her when she wakes up and she seems to be satisfied with that.

But how do you go about explaining and preparing a child for a general anaesthetic.

BG1 is 8 years old, she is still young but very bright and clever. I have always had a blunt, if you really want to know I will tell you kind of attitude. You should of heard the detailed conversations about how chickens end up in the supermarket.

This is how we have prepared BG1 for her general anaesthetic and surgery.

  • Tell them that they will not be alone. – Parents are allowed with their child while they are being put to sleep and will be brought back as the child wakes up. Mummy/Daddy will be right with you.
  • Let them know how long they will be in surgery. In BG1s case she should be in and out around 15-20 minutes.
  • Explain what will happen on the day. BG1 isn’t allowed to eat after 7:30am and not allowed to drink after 11.30am. we let her know this.
  • We also told her how she would be put to sleep. That she would have a mask over her face and when she was going to sleep she would have an injection in her hand.
  • We told her that she may bleed a little and be a little soar but that she would be able to have medicine to make her feel better.
  • Lastly we told her that if she had any questions or was scared she must say and we will be there to help her.

The tooth fairy will be visiting our house again this week.

Has your child had surgery? How did you prepare them?

June 2017 bucket list

june 2017 bucket list

I say it every month, and I think this was the worst month of them all. It went so fast. It may have been due to the fact I was working two jobs this month as I was finishing my previous job and started my new job before I had finished. But it went so fast.

I seem to be getting worse and worse at completing these bucket lists, even when I give myself easy ones to complete.

How we got on with May 2017 Bucket List

  • Start a skillshare course I didn’t do a skillshare course. But I have every intension of signing up and completing some. I did however get some paintings created which was a plus.
  • plant some flowers We did plant some flowers, we have pink dahlia’s and some other pink flowers that I don’t know what they are called now growing in the garden.
  • wash the windows I did was the French doors in the living room, but the bedroom ones are untouched and really need cleaning ready for the summer
  • Have an alcoholic drink over the bank holiday! YEs really an alcoholic one. I didn’t have a drink on the bank holiday, I worked all the bank holiday at the bar instead.
  • kill some bloomin flies that keep entering my house! Flies got well and truly swatted!
  • create my first surface pattern design I attempted a few mess arounds but nothing I actually like at the moment.
  • finish the current book I am reading. I haven’t done any of my own reading. So I didn’t finish my book however I did get many kids books read.

June 2017 Bucket List

  • Prepare for the Summer holidays
  • Paint more with watercolours
  • Have a picnic/BBQ in the garden
  • Take more pictures
  • Sort out BG2’s bedroom

What have you got planned for this June?

Book Review animalcolm

AniMalcolm book review

Malcolm doesn’t like animals. Which is a problem because his family love them. Their house is full of pets. What the house is not full of is stuff Malcolm likes. Such as the laptop he wanted for his birthday.

The only bright spot on the horizon is the year six school trip, to… Oh no. A Farm.

Over the next few days, Malcolm changes. He learns what it is really like to be an animal. A whole series of animals, in fact….

It does make him think differently. and, um, smell differently. But will he end up the same as before?

Because sometime the hardest thing to become is yourself.

 

Back with another book review. I have said it before and I will say it again, we love books! We love to read books as a family, on our own or as mummy and me time. It is so important to read with children and to get that routine of sitting quietly with a book set early on in a child’s life.

As you already may know BG1 loves to read. And I mean love. It is now the half term and BG1 has already set up her own library in her bedroom complete with an open sign and library cards.

We were offered recently the chance to review Animalcolm by David Baddiel, another author we have not come across before and another book to add to BG1’s Library.

Animalcolm is a book aimed at both boys and girls aged 7-11 years old. BG1 was quick to sit down on her own and begin reading the book.

She didn’t just read the book by herself. As we do BG1 and LM snuggled on the big arm chair with me and we read together. Throughout the book there were some illustrations scattered on various pages. Some were amusing and very characterful. I would have liked to have seen more illustrations in the book, mainly to help the younger children on the scale 7/8 year olds who still like to have some visuals.

The book is not a small quick read, it is a 355 page story and will take more than a couple of bedtime reading sessions to get through. However it is a good read with easy to read font and letter spacing throughout the book. So even when you are coming to the end of the day and you are ready to put the kids to bed and read them a story your tired eyes can still focus and follow along!

AniMalcolm

BG1 and LM loved this book, They enjoyed reading about Malcolm changing into different animals and going from hating animals to actually loving them. It sparked a conversation of what animal would you wish you could turn into. I chose myself a fierce lion so I could roar loudly. LM wanted to become a giraffe, his favourite zoo animal so he could reach up at the tallest trees. And BG1 wanted to become a penguin and live in Antarctica.

BG1 and LM had great fun throughout the book not only reading Malcolms story but also  making up their own story and what they would do if they became a Tortoise, a cat, or a goat.

Over all AniMalcolm was a huge hit with BG1 who wants to read it again. It was fun and humorous and  great to get the kids imagination flowing. We really enjoyed reading this book and will be looking at more David Baddiel Books to read.

You can buy your very own copy of AniMalcolm from Amazon!

 

What animal would you most like to turn into?


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post – We were  also sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own.

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Book Review Goth Girl

goth girl book review

Meet Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm hall with her father, Lord Goth, lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts, but she hasn’t got any friends to explore her enormous, creepy house with. Then, one night, everything changes when Ada meets a ghostly mouse called Ishmael. Together they set out to solve the mystery of the strange happenings at Ghastly-Gorm hall, and get a lot more than they bargained for….

 

If you have read through my blog you will know how much we love books and think that reading with your children is so important. Lately we have got into a routine again of reading stories before bed and it doesn’t stop there. BG1 constantly has a book in her hand, and LM – now he started to read more independently – is reading more often. I find myself when trying to choose books for the children that I tend to go for the books that I read as a child with the likes of Harry Potter, Narnia, and Tracey Beaker. There are so many more new Authors that I haven’t heard of or explored. BG1 being a little book worm that she is loves to find new books to read and new authors that she hasn’t come across.

So when we were given an opportunity to read Goth girl and the ghost of a mouse by Chris Riddell we were both very excited. We hadn’t come across this series before nor had we read books by Chris Riddell.

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When the book arrived the first thing that caught my eye was the deep purple colour. Purple is my favourite colour and I knew from this moment that me and BG1 would love this book. Also on the edge of the book was purple embossed flourishes and skulls. It is a beautiful and clean presented book.

I then noticed that not only did Chris Riddell write the book but he also illustrated it. I love when authors also illustrate their books, BG1 has said for many years now that she can’t decide whether she wants to be an Author like Roald Dahl or an illustrator like Quentin Blake and I am always telling her that she can be both and like to show her work where authors are also illustrators. Chris Riddell is a great example that I now reference for her to be inspired by.

The book itself contains 219 pages, the paper is an off white, thick and durable. BG1 has already opened and bent every page of the book, folded the corners when BG1 couldn’t find her bookmark and slept with it under her pillow.

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The book starts by briefly giving a backstory into Ada goth’s life. Her mother dies from a typrope accident when Ada was a small baby and her father is very unhappiness and lives his days writing long poems. He believes a child should be heard and not seen so Ada ha s to were big clumpy boots so Lord Goth can hear her coming. Ada is left on her own for most of the time and her father avoiding her.

There are numerous sketches throughout the book which I love. There are so many interesting characters drawn throughout and I love that it has a map of Ghastly-Gorm Hall. The sketches through out are a big part of what makes this book so exciting. I cannot express enough how much I love the sketches throughout the book. They help with visualizing each character and add a humour to the book.

What I find especially charming is the added footnote on certain pages. It actually contains a sketch of a severed foot holding a quill. According to the book it is the severed foot of a famous writer who lost it at the battle of Baden-Baden-Wurttenberg-Baden. Fairly early in the book we also meet the Polar explorer that was made by a scientist from body parts left from the same battle.

book review goth girl

Ishmael the mouse was killed by a mouse trap and meets Ada – Goth girl shortly after. Ishmael and Ada want to stop any more mice being killed by traps and set about getting rid of it. The traps were set up by the indoor games keeper Maltravers who was up to no good. Ada and Ishmael set about their adventure trying to find out what Maltravers was up too. Along the way they meet new characters and people that Ada had not met before. Including more children who she set up the Attic club with.

Don’t Let the title fool you. This book is not just for girls, LM enjoyed the book just as much when I read out loud to him.

What we liked about the book was the colourful and quirky characters. There were so many. Throughout the books the were a little humour about the story that parents would get. Characters that resembled well known characters from popular books such as the governess Jane Ear and there were the secret garden and the ever-more-secret garden.

Even though there were such colourful characters the story still had an element of realism. It didn’t feel so far fetched that you couldn’t believe a word of what was going on. It still felt believable. Vampires included.

We loved most about this book…..

Both Bg1 and I agreed that our favourite part of the book was the ending. We wouldn’t want to spoil it for you, you will have to read it and find out.

We enjoyed this book very much, and even though we tried to find something about the book that we didn’t like we really couldn’t. It was enjoyable and entertaining to read to BG1 and LM.

Have you read any Chris Riddell books? Which is your favourite? Have you read Goth Girl? What is your favourite part of the story?

But wait! There are more from Goth girl:

Goth girl and the fete worse than death

Goth girl and the pirate queen

Goth girl and the wuthering freight

And new!!! Goth girl and the sinister symphony out September 2017

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post: We were also sent this book for review. All opinions and words are my own.

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Time for a change

time for a change

The sun has been shining over the weekend, and we went for a lovely walk Sunday morning. We came home and spent the afternoon in the garden planning tomatoes and strawberries.
The garden is slowly coming along with a path set in place and the gravel is down. BG1 had a lovely time dancing all over the gravel helping the hubby to compact it down. She truly is a little nutter. Sometimes I would go as far as she isn’t really human but some weird alien, but then I remember that I was just as weird at her age (and just as bad a dress sense).
So I haven’t been writing many posts of late, I have been busy with work and un motivated. Plus my laptop broke – yes the one I kept writing about that was a pile of rubbish. I have, with some persuasion from the hubby bought a new laptop. So I am now back online and able to write my posts faster.
My work life is also changing. I handed in my notice at work two weeks ago and now am working at a bar. It is a complete change from working in an office answering phones and emails helping people book a holiday. From now on I will be pulling pints, serving food and looking out over the beach.
It is a change of pace that was long overdue. Since going back to work after my maternity leave in September I have not been settled at work. It felt more of a chore and stressful as the weeks went on. I love my job and the people there but I no longer enjoyed it. It was time for a change.
A few weeks ago, I was offered a bar position that not only offered me more flexible hours and more money but the break and freedom I need. I wanted a more relaxed atmosphere and something that didn’t use up the very few brain cells I have left (mummy brain).
I have been doing the odd shift in between working at my current job until my last shift next week.
It is different, I had never pulled a pint in my life and the first one I did pull was not a disaster which was a nice surprise. But I am not alone, it is turning into a little family business, my uncle has leased the bar. My Mum, Little Sister, Aunt, Uncle and s few of my cousins all work with me.
I am hoping that this new job will lighten mood, work load and give me more time with my family.

I am looking forward to a happier work/life balance.