October Half Term – Fishing

october half term fishing

I seem to be saying this more and more often, if not every post I write lately. This year is going so fast, at times I feel like I just can’t keep up. There is so much I want to write and I just don’t know where to start. Do people wan to read it? Would that grab there attention? Is this too personal? There is so much that is stopping me from actually getting the words written down.

When I first started blogging I was writing a post every day sometimes two. Now I have gone back to work I am lucky to write 3 a week. I just can’t seem to find the time to write. I get easily distracted, plus Christmas is just around the corner so I have been spending a lot of my time Christmas shopping. So much so my hubby has forbidden me from buying any more Christmas presents. ooopps.

I love writing this little blog but at times I wonder if it is even readable/likeable. I enjoy creating the content and will continue to do so but the doubt is still there. Anyway I am rambling a little bit. This post is supposed to be about what we have been up to so far during the half term.

This week has been a little strange one, BG1 & LM went to the cinema with nanny Monday afternoon to watch Trolls and didn’t return home again until Wednesday evening. Don’t you just love sleepovers at Nannies. This meant for a couple of days it was just me, the Hubby & BG2.

I wasn’t complaining. On Tuesday we caught the bus and went shopping. We took a long stroll through town and all we bought was warm pyjamas for the kids from Primark and a couple of fishing poles. Just before we got on the bus to go home we ended up going to Curry’s and picking up a filter coffee machine (That should keep the Hubby happy for a while).

On the Wednesday me and the Hubby spent the day cleaning. Man I hate cleaning and can’t think of anything worse to spend my day, but it had to be done. Sometimes I don’t know why we bother because the kids came home and today the living room is a mess again. The Hubby was super helpful and cleaned the kitchen and living room including mopping the floors while I cleaned upstairs.

Today we took the kids fishing. They had been going on about going fishing since the Summer. The Hubby didn’t have any holiday during the Summer so didn’t have time to take them, however he has had all half term holiday of so we decided to go fishing today. We got up early, packed a picnic and headed for the lake to catch some fish.


October term fishing

The kids were excited for all of an hour, then all they wanted to do was eat. And eat they did, constantly as we continued fishing.


october half term fishing


october half term fishing


October half term fishing


We were there for five hours and didn’t catch a blooming thing. Not a sausage. We left disappointed, we just wanted one little fish, they were taunting us all day jumping out of the water but still they didn’t bite.


october half term fishing


october half term fishing

I had gone not to fish but to write. I was going to write a chapter of the story I’m in the middle of, maybe a couple of blog posts. I sat in the chair pen and paper in hand and… nothing. No words. My mind was blank and it was so frustrating. What a time to get writers block, when you don’t have phone signal, internet access or the TV to distract you yet no words flow from your brain. I was gutted, I had planned to write loads but when it came to it I wrote nothing.

I was more than happy to go home.


October half term fishing

October half term fishing





We got the moves #Frubes Moves challenge



This week we have been getting our groove on with the angry birds and their frubes moves. The people over at frubes have teamed up with angry birds to bring you a dance off between the birds and the pigs. We gladly accepted this dance off and headed over to the frubes website were we cheered the birds on with their groovy moves.

My kids love to dance. Last year at school BG1 was part of the street dance club at school and would practise her new moves in front of us at home. BG1 has difficulty with her coordination however this doesn’t stop her from busting a move every chance she gets. Whether it’s her ballet and pirouettes to scissors and free styling she just loves to dance.

It isn’t unusual for her to be dancing in her bedroom or the living room, on the way to school or down the aisles at Asda. To be perfectly honest she doesn’t stop dancing.

Many Friday evenings are spent with the family dancing around the living room to the music channels. BG2 is now at the age where she is recognising a beat and bops away in her own little way. It’s adorable and I encourage her moves at every opportunity. “Baby dance”.

LM is a proper little mover he loves to wiggle his hips in time with the beat. I would love for him to join a dance club or ballet but he has none of it. He does enjoy a boogie in the kitchen with me when I am cooking dinner though.

Both BG1 & LM have a love for Elvis (Nannys influence) and regularly show off their best Elvis moves.

frubes moves

When we were done dancing around with the angry birds and a little disappointed when the pigs won the dance battle we took a break and enjoyed some frubes of our own. The kids love frubes and got excited over the new characters on the packaging each having to choose a specific character. Frubes are not only packed with Vitamin D and Calcium but also make a great snack or lunch addition. With there convenient packaging they can be eaten anywhere.


frubes moves


frubes moves

Now it’s your turn head over to frubes and egg on your favourite characters from the family movie angry birds and don’t forget to try out your own frubes moves.


This post is an entry for BritMums’ #FrubesMoves Linky Challenge, sponsored by frubes

Weekly Blogging Good Reads – Week 7 Halloween

Blogging good reads week 7


Halloween is just over a week away and there are some great posts in preparation of this spooky holiday in the land of blog. So it is only natural that this weeks blogging good read theme is based on the Halloween posts I have been reading lately. Go check them out.


blogging good reads week 7

Halloween is just over a week away, and some of you will be getting the costumes ready to head out into the night and do some trick or treating with your little ones. It is so important that you stay safe during this spooky holiday. Carolin over at Mummy alarm gives her top tips to staying safe at Halloween.


blogging good reada this mummy loves


Are you planning a party for Halloween, have you invited all the kids friends, cousins, aunties, uncles, or maybe its just a small tea party for your own kids. Sonia has put together a post of 20 scary treats for your Halloween party needs.


blogging good reads

Half term is upon us and in our house we will be getting crafty with Halloween inspired crafts. I just love wreaths not only at Christmas time but for any season Jayne from sticky mud and belly laughs shows you how to make a fabulous witch wreath.


blogging good reads

Super jealous of Katy from hot pink wellingtons. She got to go to pick pumpkins from a pumpkin patch, I wish we had a pumpkin patch near where I live.


blogging good readAre you throwing a party? or decorating the house for Halloween? Are you dressing up along with the kids to take them trick or treating. Head over to Ali&her and check out her pot on all you need for Halloween.



Parents Evening

Parents evening

Last week we had parents evening for BG1. It’s that time of year again where we sit in front of our child’s teacher for all of 10minutes to see how well they have settled and are doing in school. Even though the start of the school year was only four weeks ago.

I really don’t like going to parents evening, I hate having to speak to someone about my child when they have only known them for four weeks.

It was going to be the first parents evening that was at a reasonable time that hubby could come along too, which was great because I hate going to these things alone. But in typical fashion the family was hit with a bunch of sickness bugs and he didn’t feel up to going. Nanny to the rescue. My mum happily took his place and came with me to parents evening.

While talking with the teacher she didn’t tell me anything I didn’t already know. However I actually liked this teacher. The past few years BG1 has had a lot of substitute teachers and I felt they just didn’t have a clue who they were talking about. This is probably why I dislike parents evening so much.

Her new teacher was young and polite and new a lot of BG1’s strengths and weaknesses. She was impressed with her reading and writing. And commented on how neat her writing has become. We are very proud of our little girl and her reading, she wants to be like Roald Dahl when she grows up. She still struggles with math which we didn’t expect to change over night but she has made some improvement.

I asked the question about BG1 being seen about her learning difficulties as we were told during her last school year that this was the process being taken. Both her previous teacher and I felt she has some kind of learning difficulty possibly Dyspraxia. However this was the first time her new teacher had heard of any of this.

It really makes me wander if there is any communication within the school or any action at all for that matter. We were told we would be sent forms ect and none of this happened. I have left it in the new teachers hands and hopefully we will get further this time.

All in all I still hate parents evenings, they make me feel like I am back at school myself. LM’s is the week after half term I am not looking forward to it.

Compact Camera – I’m in need of a new one

compact camera


It had been a long while since I dug out my cameras. Until I started blogging three months ago I was used to the convenience of my phone. My DSLR had been packed into a box when we moved into my parents and hadn’t been out since, that was two years ago. Along with my DSLR my little pink compact camera hid in the pocket of my camera bag not seeing the light of day in so long. All my fellow bloggers will know the importance of pictures to their blogs, it’s something I still struggle with.

My DSLR is easy to use in the home or on big trips out, but what when it just isn’t convenient to take such a large camera with you on a day to day basis. That’s when the compact comes in handy. I love my little compact however, it is about twelve years old now. Technology has moved on so much since then that I feel it is time for a compact update. My husband kindly agreed that it was time I got myself a new compact camera and let the kids have my old one permanently.

But there are so many to choose from, where do I start?

I have narrowed it down to three cameras that I like the look of.


Nikon Coolpix S5300 Compact Digital Camera

  • 16.0 megapixel CMOS sensor for stunningly sharp images even in low light
  • Capture close-ups with the wide-angle 8x optical zoom and up to 16x Dynamic Fine Zoom
  • Built in Wi-Fi to enable instant sharing with smart devices
  • Hybrid VR (vibration reduction) counters camera shake for enhanced stability
  • Advanced “Glamour Retouch” with 12 functions
    Sony DSCW830 Digital Compact Camera
  • DSC-W830 camera with a 20.1MP sensor, 8x optical zoom, Intelligent Auto, Optical SteadyShot, and Zeiss lens
  • 20.1MP Super HAD CCD sensor
  • 8x optical zoom lens by ZEISS
  • Capture everything with a wide-angle lens

Canon IXUS 180 Compact Camera

  • Capture every moment, near or far, in superb quality using this pocketable IXUS with 24mm wide 10x optical zoom lens
  • Effortlessly record superb HD movies (720p) with one touch of a button, while Dynamic Image Stabilizer keeps your footage steady
  • With Wi-Fi, NFC and Wi-Fi Button it’s simple to connect to your smart device, shoot remotely and share your creations
  • Enjoy exceptional, detailed images thanks to 20.0 Megapixels, DIGIC 4+, Intelligent Image Stabilizer and Auto Zoom
  • Just point, shoot and get fantastic results thanks to Smart Auto with Auto Button and fun Creative Filters

Do you use a compact camera? Which one would you recommend? Do you have any of the above? What’s your favourite camera.


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Our top 10 Halloween movies – for families

Our top 10 halloween movies for families

Halloween is just around the corner. We love to sit in a dark living room and watch some of our favourite spooky movies on Halloween night. Here are some of our favourites.

Top 10 family Halloween movies

Realised in 1993 Hocus Pocus was a big favourite in my house with me and my sisters. A great Disney movie that i couldn’t wait to share with my own children. It didn’t dissapoint, they loved it just as much as i do and is a certainly our top Halloween movie. Three hundred years after the Sanderson sisters were sentenced to die in Salem, the three sisters are accidently brought back to cause mischief  and revenge on Halloween night. A boy – turned into a cat, a zombie , two teenagers and a young girl are the only ones that can try to stop them.




Another classic from my own childhood that I have introduced my children too, Casper the friendly ghost. Realised in 1995 the family film Casper is about a father and daughter who move into a haunted house in search of the fathers dead wife. They meet the ghost of a boy and his three mischievous uncles.



They’re creepy and they’re kooky, Mysterious and spooky, They’re altogether ooky, The Addams Family. Vic Mizzy

Realised in 1991, there wasn’t a child from the 80’s/90’s that didn’t know the lyrics to this spooky classic. A family of strange and unusual characters that have just as unusual traditions can make any other family look ‘normal’.





This film always creeped me out, but my kids love it. The adaptation of Roald Dahl’s  1990 book the witches was realised in 2005. The Witches are some of the most gruesome  I have ever seen and still creeps me out today. It’s a bout a large group of witches trying to turn children into mice.




The Little vampire was realised in 2007. Its about a boy who moves house and becomes best friends with a little vampire. They go on a hunt for an amulet which will break the vampire curse but they come across a vampire hunter threatening their search.





A recently new movie, and with the sequel also having been realised last year, this is our new family favourite Halloween movie. Count Dracula opens a hotel for monsters, to stay safe from humans. He tries to protect his daughter however she ends up falling in love with a human.

Realised in 2006 Monster house is about a house haunted by it’s owners dead wife. The house comes alive and things go missing but nobody believes D.J, so he must set out to prove he is telling the truth.

I love the Buddie movies, talking dogs in little outfits what’s not to love? Realised in 2011 the puppies are in a race against time to fight the evil hound and a warlock to save the world from their evil plans.

Coraline was realised in 2009. A girl walks through a secret door into an alternate world. But it goes wrong and she has to save her real parents from being lost forever.


Not just for the little ones, Winnie the pooh never gets old. Realised in 2005 it’s Lumpy’s first Halloween. Lumpy and Roo set out to catch a Gobloon before he can turn them into a jaggedy lantern.






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Our top 10 halloween movies for families

Simple steps to Getting cosy in the winter.


getting cosy in the winter

The early nights are rolling in fast, soon the clocks will go back and it will be dark not long after we get home from school. The Summer months are the perfect time for late adventures, shopping and trips to the beach. The Winter gives us the perfect excuse to lock the doors and see nobody until morning. Bears get to hibernate why can’t we at least semi-hibernate.

There is nothing quite like getting cosy in the winter. Follow these few simple steps and you can enjoy cosy winter nights locked in the comfort of your home


Getting ready for a cosy winter night start early. Like 9:30am just after the morning school run early. Getting your evening meal prepped and cooking, there is nothing like a big bowl of hot stew during the winter months. I love oxtail/cheek stew with big chunks of vegetables and meat in thick gravy. If you are supper prepared you would have made this yesterday, everybody knows stew tastes better the day after. If you haven’t stick it in the slow cooker in the morning and it will be all ready for the evening.


getting cosy in the winter


Before you Pick the kids up from school

Get the heating on just before you leave so you can walk into a nice warm house, or set the timer so it comes on automatically before you get back. Dig out your favourite PJ’s/Onesie the fluffier the better. Don’t forget the big fluffy socks and dressing gowns too. Lay them out on the sofa ready to go.

A cosy night in wouldn’t be complete without a cosy blanket/duvet/throw so grab those too.


getting cosy on the winter

Arriving home with the kids

Once you close the door on the outside, leave it closed. Lock the door and don’t open it again until morning – unless you really have to let the hubby in when he finishes work.

Get all the kids chucked in a nice warm bubble bath and changed into their nice warm jammies you laid out for them earlier.

Stick the kettle on and make some yummy hot chocolate. Marshmallows are a must! Canned squirty cream is also a good choice, and if you are super prepared and have some homemade/freshly baked chocolate chunk cookies – that’s even better. Seriously I really want chocolate chunk cookies now! Why do I also mention yummy food when I don’t have the ingredients to make them at the time?

Once everybody is washed and dressed all warm and cosy send the kids to find a movie. Dish everybody out a nice warm bowl of stew and don’t forget the crusty bread covered in butter.

get cosy on the sofa

Close the curtains and Curl up on the sofa with the kids and a blanket, eat your stew drink your hot chocolate and watch a Disney movie.

This how I will be spending the cold winter nights this year!

How do you get cosy in the winter? Looking for new kids coats for the winter to keep them warm give this a read.

getting cosy in the winter


Illness has hit the house

illness has hit the house

What a fun weekend we had! It’s almost winter, the kids are back to school and that means one thing, bugs? The kind that makes you sick.

We were hit this weekend with a whole host of sickness bugs. Which couldn’t have come at a more inconvenient time. We had a wedding this weekend, however it wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been.

LM had diarrhoea which meant we couldn’t take him unless we wanted an unhappy accident to happen during the ceremony. Which was a shame because he was looking forward to dancing.

I also wasn’t feeling great, I had a headache and sore throat and that totally ruined the day for me. I don’t get sick very often and if I do it doesn’t usually stop me from functioning however I was struggling this time.

At work on Friday all I wanted to do was bang my head against the desk and sleep, don’t think that would have gone down well with the boss.

Saturday at the wedding I really did just want to sleep. We returned home at 3:30pm to prepare for the evening party. There was no way I was up for partying – not one bit, my head was ready to explode.

So me and LM spent the night snuggled on the sofa watching movies, while the Hubby and BG1 partied the night away at the wedding party. They didn’t get home until near eleven! I am sure my seven year old has a better social life than I do.

Sunday rolled in and we all felt a little worse, by the end of the evening I had changed BG1’s bed sheets three times as she had been sick on them. LM was sleeping in my bed, he had caught my cough and his breathing was a bit erratic. That meant the hubby was on the sofa.

I was up with at least one of the kids every hour through out the night and also ended up being sick myself. The joys of being a mum. All in all I had around an hour and a half sleep and I started Monday morning with an explosion in my brain.

All I can say is thank goodness for Nannies, my mum arrived at half eight Monday morning ready to take LM to the doctors while I stayed in bed. The hubby woke up ill on the sofa and that’s were he stayed the entire day.

Once my mum had taken LM to the docs she also took the baby home with her – she had been the only one not to have been overcome by illness yet – and all of BG2’s bed sheets that needed washing.

Me and LM spent the entire day in bed sleeping while BG1 and the hubby spent the day curled on the sofa watching movies.

When my mum returned to drop BG2 off she only needed a bottle and was ready for bed. Mum helped BG1 shower as she had sick in her hair, and made BG1’s bed. It isn’t very often that illness completely takes me out, but I am thankful that I have my mum that I can rely on to help where she can. Sometimes we all need a little help.

Today I feel almost 100%, BG1 is back to school and LM will be heading back tomorrow.

Has illness hit your house yet? Want some tips on how to keep your little one comfy when feeling under the weather – check out this post

illness has hit the house


Flora #lunchboxchallenge

flora lunchbox challenge


I am sure I am not alone when I say I worry about what my children eat. Are they eating healthily? Are they getting enough fruit & vegetables? Am I creating healthy habits for them?

One area I struggle with is school lunches. My eldest daughter has just started year 3 and takes a packed lunch with her everyday. I wouldn’t say that she is a picky eater however she is not found of many vegetables but does love fruit.

I know and so do many others, that variety in a diet is so important. This is my challenge. My daughters lunch usually consists of ham/jam sandwiches on wholemeal bread. 1 yogurt. 2/3 pieces of fruit – such as an apple, orange or pear. Raisins, grapes or strawberries. Plus a treat 2 days of the week such as a biscuit or crisps.

The University of Leeds recently conducted  a study into children’s packed lunchbox –  commissioned by Flora. The study reveals some very interesting factors about Primary school children’s packed lunches.

  • Just 1.6% of Primary school children’s packed lunches meet the food based standards for school meals.
  • Children’s lunchboxes have only improved by 0.5% since the last study in 2006.
  • Only 1 in 5 lunchboxes (17%) contains vegetables or salad.
  • 52%-60% contain too many sweet and savoury snacks.
  • 46% contain sugary drinks – this has seen a reduction since 2006 which was 61%.

In all honestly I was a bit shocked with the figure 1.6%. I would have not guessed it to be so low. However that being said I know my own struggles with children’s lunches and certainly fall into the category of the 83% of lunchboxes not containing vegetable or salad.

My son has a school dinner everyday, he is in the reception year. However he is the opposite to my daughter, he is not a fruit lover but a vegetable. When he had his lunches in nursery the contained Carrot/cucumber sticks, peppers, radishes and watermelon.

I think many of us know what our child’s favourites are, what they are willing to eat and just stick with it. Not pushing their boundaries in fear they would not eat their lunch at all and would rather they ate the same thing as long as they were eating. I know I do.

However, from watching my son eat his school dinners he has been more willing to try new things because he is with his friends/teachers and not mum/dad. Maybe this would also work for packed lunches maybe we should be shaking up packed lunches in an effort to get our kids eating healthy. Maybe if the other kid are eating it, our kids will too.

flora lunchbox challenge

Every Flora tub contains plant oils, such as sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils. Flora is lower in saturated fats than butter and provides a source of healthy Omega 3 and 6. These essential fats contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels and are also needed for normal growth and to support the development of children. Flora also recently launched Flora Freedom. This is a 100% dairy free product, which is free of preservatives, artificial colours and flavours, and like the rest of the Flora range is approved by The Vegetarian Society.

Lunchbox tips

What should a healthy lunch contain?

  • Contain a starch. Such as Wholemeal Pasta, Rice, potatoes or breads (Wholemeal, pitta, wraps, thins)
  • 1/2 pieces fresh fruit – oranges, melon, strawberries
  • 1/2 vegetables/salad – carrot/cucumber sticks, tomatoes, sweetcorn.
  • Source of protein – cheese (Triangles are great to dip carrot sticks in), eggs, meat.
  • Side dish – Yogurt, fruit bread, jelly, popcorn, flapjack
  • Bottle of water

Sandwich filler Ideas

  • Tuna, mayonnaise, sweetcorn, cucumber
  • Ham/Chicken, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes
  • Cheese spread, grated carrot
  • Cheese, spring onion, mayonnaise.
  • Cheese, tomatoes
  •  tikka chicken, peppers, onion


flora lunchbox challenge


This post is an entry for the #FloraLunchbox Linky Challenge, sponsored by Flora. Check out their lunch planner and recipe ideas here

Weekly Blogging Good Reads Week 6 – #mamiadaysout challenge

blogging good reads week 6

I love writing this post we are now on week 6 already. Sharing with you some of the great blog posts from other bloggers. Last week I posted about our family trip to the zoo, which was an entry to the @BritMums #mamiadaysout challenge. While I was there I read some of the other entries by other parent bloggers. I found it only fitting for this weeks Blogging good reads to include my five favourites.

Week 6

blogging good reads week 6

Fran from Whing Whing Wine wrote about her trip to the farm. Sheep, cows, and soft play make for a fun family adventure.

blog good read week 6


Gemma over at Life is Knutts wrote about her family trip to wookey hole, I have been wanting to take mykids to Wookey hole maybe it will be something next year when BG2 is a little older.


blogging good reads week 6Leanne over at a slice of life wales wrote about their Teddy bears picnic. Everybody loves a teddy bears picnic.


blogging good reads week 6

Kate wrote a post about her week and snacking on the go. As parents we know how hard it can be to find suitable snacks to eat when out and about.


blogging good readsSian like me loves Autumn. She writes about a little Autumn adventure she had collecting conkers, a great Autumn activity every child will love.

ogging good reads week 6