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.

goth girl book review

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.

goth girl book review

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.

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

We were sent this book for review. All opinions and words are my own.

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Unpredictable week

I have been pretty in active online for the past couple weeks. Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball and you end up of course. I hadn’t been feeling great – I felt like I had swallowed razor blades. I just didn’t have the motivation to get writing.

To top the end of that week the hubby ended up having an operation and was on bed rest for the week. Which meant everything was left to me. I am so glad he is feeling better and has gone back to work today. But now it is also my week back to work and that really depresses me.

In fact I have lost motivation for everything. The weather is horrible, my writing has taken a back seat. Everything just seems un interesting to me.

This week I am hoping to get written and published an update on BG2 development. It’s LM’s parents meeting tomorrow and I would also like to do an update on him, and then by the end of the week get an up to date post on BG1 too.

Let’s see if I can get motivated this week.

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Happy birthday my big girl

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It’s official! I am the mother of an 8 year old. Seriously 8. It has been 8 years since I lay in that hospital bed with my little 5lb 3oz baby girl. She is my eldest and my mini me. She is smart, polite, caring and an incredible little girl.

I find myself smiling everyday as I watch her crazy ways of life. She is loud and entertaining yet shy and quiet at the same time.

Today she woke at 6:20am eager for her birthday celebrations to start. After school we will be heading to McDonalds once again for her birthday tea with her brother, cousins and her best friend.

If I could freeze time and stop her from growing up I would do it in a heartbeat. She is at a lovely age. The age where they still believe in magic and fairy tales but also at an age where you can have a more grown up conversation with.

When it was LM’s birthday I did the birthday interview, now it is BG1’s I am doing the same.

My big girls birthday interview – aged 8

Who is your favourite person?

Daddy

What is your favourite colour?

Pink & Purple

What is your favourite television show?

Supernanny

Whats your favourite cereal?

Weetabix

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A dentist

happy birthday big girl

Whats your favourite book?

Roald Dahl

Where do you want to go on holiday?

Disney world

What would you spend £1000 on?

Fancy dress

What vegetable to you hate?

Broccoli

What would you wish for?

Lots of money

happy birthday big girl

What’s your favourite ice cream?

Vanilla and chocolate

Who is your biggest hero?

My Brother

What would you like to get to do before your next birthday?

Dress up

How old are you?

8

Whats your favourite thing to do?

Dancing

happy birthday big girl

Whats your favourite food?

Steak pie

What do you like to do as a family?

Dance together

What is your favourite toy?

Lucy dog

What makes you happy?

My teacher

What makes you sad?

I don’t really know what makes me sad

happy birthday big girl

What do you think about when you fall asleep?

Living in a castle

What is your favourite song?

Justin Beiber – sorry

What scares you?

I don’t really know

What is your favourite animal?

cheetah

Whats your favourite dinosaur?

triceratops

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Birthday Gift Ideas for an 8 year old

BIRTHDAY GIFT IDEAS

 

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I can not believe it is my big girls birthday on Friday. Where have these 8 years gone. It seems like only yesterday since she was born. She is growing and changing everyday and is well on her way to becoming a beautiful, caring and smart young lady.

Her thoughts and mind are completely her own. And even though there are days I don’t quite understand her logic she still entrances me with her ideas and mad ways.

Each year I find it more of a struggle about what to get her for her birthday gift. It seems that children these days – or maybe it’s just mine – have everything. This year I asked BG1 what would she like for her birthday. Her response – Surprise me! SURPRISE ME!

This year I really had to think hard about what to buy an 8 year old for her birthday. When it was LMs birthday in December, that was easy. I had no problem buying toys for him. However BG1 is that much older now, and although she loves toys she has grown out of many things she used to play with. That and the fact I think she could open her own toy store already.

The birthday gift

I thought long and hard and this is what we have bought our 8 year old this year for her birthday.

The World of David Walliams: Bumper-tastic CD Story Collection £17.99

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Colouring-Book Adventure (Colouring Books) £4.99


The Midnight Gang £5.00

Ravensburger Disney Eye Found It £14.99

Write Your Own Storybook £6.99

Creative Writing Book £3.99

Sing Your Heart Out 2016 £7.98


Don’t Say It £8.99

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The Weekend didn’t go as I planned

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This weekend was supposed to a good weekend to a) have a lie in and b) clean completely through top to bottom. Did it go to plan? No! When does it ever go to plan. Not in our house it doesn’t. BG1 has been doing fun fit at school since starting back after Christmas and has to be at school by 8:30am. It’s exhausting! However we have been getting on with it.

This weekend was my weekend off from work and I had planned to lie in until atleast 9am. However the kids had other ideas. BG2 & LM both woke at 6:30am Saturday and climbed into bed with me seeing as Daddy fell asleep on the sofa. Sunday BG2 had a restless sleep and was awake on and off since 2:30am, LM followed suit at 6am. So my all important lie in was a big flop.

We had also planned to clean the entire house. The living room has been aquiring so many toys lately and none of them have been returning to the bedrooms. The hubby has also found is love for Airfix models again so this has also been spread over the dining table.

This week the kids bunk beds arrived and will be put together this week. We are planning on putting BG1 & LM in the same room for a while as they are closer in age than BG1 & BG2. Therefor we were also gong to sort out BG1’s bedroom and figure out where everything is going to go, also didn’t happen. Although BG1 did put away the last of her Christmas presents that were pled up in her bedroom.

So what did I do all weekend I hear you ask?

Well I did manage to put away the clean washing. We also set up the wii so BG1 could play her new game. I have restarted the Twilight movies much to my husbands delight.

Also this week even though I feel maybe this should have it’s own post, BG2 finally took her first steps. She is not very confident at the moment and tends to move just one foot resulting in walking around in circles. But she has done it. We are so proud of her and all her acheivemnets she has made since being born. It wont be long now before she is running all over the place creatng havoc where ever she goes.

This evening LM & BG2 were playing ball it was so adorable, BG2’s laugh is so infectious. The past few months I have struggled to create a balance with work, family and my blog.

This week I plan to sit down and make a new editorial calendar in order to help me get posts ready in time instead of lacking.  

How did you spend your weekend? Was it as lazy as mine?
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January Bucket List 2017

January bucket list 2017

 

Its now 2017 and this year is going to be better than ever. I don’t know why but I just believe it will be. So December has been and gone in a blur. The house continues to fall apart, with now a toilet out of use. I really should remember to call the plumber. How did we get on with our December bucket list.

 

December 2016 bucket list round up

  • Make mince pie muffins. Last year I made around 100 muffins for family. I don’t need that many this year but I do have seven jars of mincemeat to use up. I now have six jars of mince meat left! I made one batch of mince pie muffins which were lovely. I only ate one as I made them for a friend but didn’t find the time o make anymore batches.
  • Wrap the Christmas presents before Christmas Eve. Each year the hubby and I would sit down on Christmas Eve wrapping the kids presents. Last year we were up until half past one wrapping! Not this year, we have an extra child to wrap for this year, I will be wrapping before Christmas Eve. I thought wrapping would never end. I managed to wrap most of the presents before Christmas eve. However I went seriously overboard on gifts this year so the playmobil we bought as a joint present went unwrapped and piled in a tower instead.
  • Bake Christmas biscuits & Mince pies with the kids. Didn’t happen, bought the ingredients but we never got round to baking.
  • Make Paper chains and Paper Christmas hats with the kids. Crafting didn’t go to plan either.
  • Go Walking around the town looking at Christmas lights. Nope!
  • Deliver Christmas gifts. We did this and it took so much longer than I thought it would. All day in fact.
  • Read Christmas stories to the kids. We had new Christmas books to re
  • Watch Christmas movies. This was easy, in fact we watched a Christmas movie everyday.
  • Have fun with the Scout Elves that stay at our house each year. (Yes we do Elf on the shelf) The elves go up to their mischief and left little gifts too.
  • Celebrate the Hubby’s 30th Birthday. Me and the hubby we out for a meal with his sister and her husband. We then all came back to ours for a few drinks and a game of pointless! I lost but was a good night.
  • Put the Christmas decorations up after LM’s Birthday. The decorations did indeed go up after his birthday. Even though we didn’t put up as many as we usually do.

January’s bucket list is going to be simple because let’s face it December is always so busy you really do need a month to get over it.

January 2017 bucket list

  • Buy the kids bunk bed & move LM & BG1 into the same room
  • Move BG2 out of our bedroom and into a room of her own (not sure this will happen just yet I am quite attached to having her in our room.)
  • Lose 6lb’s
  • Make a list of jobs that need completing around the house
  • Buy BG1’s Birthday Presents
  • That reminds me buy the mother in law a birthday present – she turns 50 in februaury
  • Eat healthier
  • Get reading with the kids

2017 bucket list

I have been reading Donna’s blog What the red head for quite sometime now and I love the way she does her bucket lists. Making a list of things her and her family would like to do and achieve for that year. It means no time scale on any such thing and then once you have completed an item you cross it of the list. So I have done a years bucket list in addition to my regular bucket list.

  • a night away with the hubby
  • girlie night at the cinema
  • date night
  • finish first draft of book
  • refurbish the bathroom
  • go ice skating
  • see a comedian
  • BG2 Christening
  • have a cocktail night
  • save enough money to move house
  • go on a family weekend away
  • take a trip to Boscastle
  • Finish the garden
  • Lose 2st
  • Organise the downstairs cupboard
  • Watch a theatre show
  • visit the zoo
  • see fireworks
  • try upcycling
  • sew something
  • read a new book every month
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Happy New Year 2017

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I am a little late to the party HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

It’s January 2017! Seriously January 2017 where did Christmas go? I haven’t written a blog post in like 2 weeks. Truthfully I just havent felt like it, which is a real shame because I really shut off for these two weeks and didn’t get a single picture of the christmas holidays to share with you. I didn’t take any pictures of the kids in their christmas jumpers at the panto, or pictures of them decorating the tree. I didn’t take pictures of the kids on christmas morning opening their presents or playing with their new toys. Which actually is really bazaar for me because I love christmas. This year though it just didn’t feel like christmas to me. We didn’t put up all our decorations, I didn’t take the kids to any christmas parties or light switch ons, it all felt pretty naf.

Maybe it was because I had work over christmas. Christmas eve and boxing day I worked as well as the rest of that week, I was so used to having the entire holiday with the kids that I had forgotten how much it sucks to work over christmas.

So what is this year going to bring for us. Well hopefully it will be better than 2016. 2016 was all in all a sucky year, so I am hoping this one will be better.

I am determined to shift the weight I have put on since BG2 was born. I really have been feeling sluggish and fat lately so a whole new eating habit needs to be set in place.

If I can stomach it I will be popping my progress here. Probably not every week but at least once a month keeping record of new recipes I have tried, weight I have lost and any new clothes in smaller sizes I have bought.

 

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Tesco Baby Club – Christmas Story Book Review

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We love books, by now if you read my blog regularly you will know this from an earlier post here. A book for Christmas makes a perfect gift. We were asked by Tesco Baby Club to review a couple of Christmas Story books. We love books and we love Christmas, what a great fit.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Peppa Pig – Peppa’s Christmas

I sat in my chair with B2 nestled in my arms. I pulled out Peppa’s Christmas. She recognised Peppa instantly and showed her eagerness with an ‘ooooooooooo’ and repeating the word ‘Peppa’ I began to read the story to her. She loved to look at the colourful pictures and would reach out and try to grab the characters.

BG2 was excited during the story. She would look up at me, watching me with interest as I read the story to her. Once we had finished a page she eagerly moved onto the next until the book was finished.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Once we had finished the book BG2 took the book from my hands and sat with it on her lap looking at the pictures and turning the pages.

This book was short and simple, it was short enough to keep a very young child like BG2 engaged in the story. Yet it was also simple enough that a slightly older child learning to read is able to try and read it themselves.

The book was a durable cardboard book so isn’t easily ripped by over excited hands. However BG2 has attempted to eat this book a few times while reading it.

We have read this book a few times now and it has quickly become a favourite of BG2’s . I love the bright pictures and Peppa is a well known loved character which children can instantly engage with.

Tesco Baby Club Peppa's Christmas

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

Norman The slug who saved Christmas

My Kids love the collection of books by Sue Hendra, so when Norman the slug that saved Christmas arrived in the post they where eager to read it. This one didn’t disappoint. It was full of entertaining and bright pictures that engaged the children in the story. However there was a few pages that where dark blue with black writing on top which although was still able to read did make it a little more difficult to notice.

They both loved the book. BG1 loved the sleigh Norman the slug made from holly and when he used his slug slime to re seal the presents. LM Loved seeing the snails fly like Santa’s reindeer. But they both agreed that the best part was when Norman pretended to be a bauble and he looked like a snail.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

This story was lovely to read with LM, and BG1 was able to read it herself. They where entertained the whole way through and it was short enough to keep them interested from start to finish.

I love the meaning behind the book about doing the right thing, not taking what is yours and being honest. Promoting good behaviour and kindness. This book was a lovely addition to our Christmas book collection. We would definitely recommend this book to mummy friends with children of the same age.

Tesco Baby Club Norman the slug that saved christmas

*We were sent these books by Tesco Baby Club for the purpose of this review. All opinions and words are my own. This post contains affiliate links which means if you make a purchase through these links I will be compensated with a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself.

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My Little Man is five

my little man is five

Five years today I had a beautiful 6lb 6oz baby boy in my arms. A boy that captured my heart and continues to keep that heart locked in his tiny hugs. Hugs that are so damn adorable I may just burst one day. If you haven’t read little mans birth story you should check it out here.

Five years! Where the hell has that time gone? Five years and my little man is the sweetest, confident and kind hearted little boy I know.

Today we are celebrating with tea at McDonalds with his little girlfriend. (I know cute right my five year old has a girlfriend. They have been inseparable since they started nursery when they were three.)

Since I started blogging six months ago! I know six months that’s huge and I completely forgot to do a six month bloggiversary post, probably because the baby has had a chest infection and been very poorly. Any way, in that six months I have read many other bloggers kids birthday post which included a questionnaire. A questionnaire asked to the child to look back on as they grown and their thoughts, need and feelings change over the years. I love this idea and so decided to ask Little Man a bunch of questions for this post.

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Little Man – Birthday questionnaire aged 5

Who is your favourite person?
My girlsfriend and you *hugs and squeezes me tight*

What is your favourite colour?
Red & Golden

What is your favourite television show?
Lightening McQueen

Whats your favourite cereal?
Weetabix & Rice krispies

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A daddy

happy birthday little man

Whats your favourite book?
Cars 2

Where do you want to go on holiday?
The Bach when I am a daddy

What would you spend £1000 on?
Lots of things! That, that, that, that, that and that

What vegetable to you hate?
Peas! *not a moments hesitation*

What would you wish for?
That we had a car

happy birthday little man

What’s your favourite ice cream?
Vallila, strawberry & chocolate

Who is your biggest hero?
My Sister

What would you like to get to do before your next birthday?
Have breakfast in bed

How old are you?
5

Whats your favourite thing to do?
Playing cars

happy birthday little man

What’s your favourite food?
Chocolate

What do you like to do as a family?
Hug them! *squeezes me & BG1*

What is your favourite toy?
Hot Wheels

What makes you happy?
You! *gives me a big hug – I was on a roll with all this hugging!*

What makes you sad?
When BG1 get’s angry

happy birthday little man

What do you think about when you fall asleep?
Funny stuff

What is your favourite song?
Lightening Mcqueen song *if you don’t know it is life is a highway by Rascal Flatts

What scares you?
Monsters

What is your favourite animal?
Sheep & cows, giraffes & snakes

Whats your favourite dinosaur?
Stegosaurus & T-Rex

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December 2016 bucket list

December 2016 bucket list

Were has November gone! What happened, did I sleep through the entire month because I don’t have a clue how we got to December so fast! One minute I was writing about October and Halloween and now Christmas is just a few weeks away. November has been a blur and nothing much has gotten done that includes housework, blog posts and goals.

I wish these months would go slower but since returning to work at the end of September the months are flying by and I am struggling to keep up with what day and month it is.

Before we find out what’s on the December 2016 bucket list how did we get on with Novembers bucket list?

  • Reach 2000 twitter followers. It may be a push but I think I can do it. I said it would be a push and it really was. My Twitter is currently sat just over 1.5K followers and it hasn’t moved much all month. Probably because I really need a kick up the A***e and start engaging a bit more. I did join in with a twitter party this month which was a first for me. I had stayed clear from them because I wasn’t sure what it involved,however I was really intrigued by the subject so gave it ago. It was lovely when I found out I had won a £25 gift voucher so was well worth joining in.
  • Reach 250 likes on facebook. Maybe. So close yet so far, I reached 220 likes this month so I am not too dissappinted.
  • BOOK THE PANTO!!! Yay!!! I finally completed one!!! We are booked in for the panto a few days before Christmas, we have our favourite seats and can’t wait.
  • Make a Christmas decoration on the sewing machine. I didn’t make any decorations on the sewing machine this month, I did however start making paper origami decorations and PomPoms ready to make a Christmas garland so that’s a start. I just hope the get finished in time for Christmas.

 

December 2016 bucket list – Christmas

 

  • Make mince pie muffins. Last year I made around 100 muffins for family. I don’t need that many this year but I do have seven jars of mincemeat to use up.
  • Wrap the Christmas presents before Christmas Eve. Each year the hubby and I would sit down on Christmas Eve wrapping the kids presents. Last year we were up until half past one wrapping! Not this year, we have an extra child to wrap for this year, I will be wrapping before Christmas Eve.
  • Bake Christmas biscuits & Mince pies with the kids
  • Make Paper chains and Paper Christmas hats with the kids
  • Go Walking around the town looking at Christmas lights.
  • Deliver Christmas gifts.
  • Read Christmas stories to the kids
  • Watch Christmas movies
  • Have fun with the Scout Elves that stay at our house each year. (Yes we do Elf on the shelf)
  • Celebrate the Hubby’s 30th Birthday
  • Put the Christmas decorations up after LM’s Birthday

Long list this month, but it’s Christmas it’s always a busy time of year. What’s on your Christmas Bucket list?

 

december 2016 bucket list

 

 

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Boohoo Kids clothes review

boohoo kids clothes review

 

BooHoo have now introduced a new children’s range to their website. We all know that kids can grow at an incredible rate and my older two seem to grow out of there clothes in a blink of an eye.

We checked out the Boohoo website on their kids pages. I was going to get a few bits for both kids however there wasn’t really anything available in LM’s size. So we decided to just kit BG1 out. Her one request was she wanted a snowman dress.

We opted for the next day delivery, the package arrived the next day well packaged.

boohoo kids

We headed to the zoo at the weekend and I couldn’t wait to get BG1 in one of her new outfits. She wore the stripe turtleneck and red blazer. She looked so grown up and adorable. I was a little bit jealous if I am honest I wanted her outfit! The top fitted very well and is a 7-8. BG1 is very petite for her age so may not fit aswell on children at the top of this age range.

boohoo kids clothing review

On the Sunday, the day after the zoo BG1 tried on her other outfits from Boohoo and did a little twirl in each one.

The stripe turtleneck was lovely, the material was a little thin but paired with the red blazer it would be warm enough.

The Red blazer was a deep red colour and flowed at the front, it was slightly thicker than the stripe top.

The rusty red top had a looser fit than the stripe top and is made from that material that wrinkles easily but paired with jeans was a lovely casual look.

 

boohoo

 

 

BG1 loved her new dresses. She loved to spin in them and watch the skirt whirl around.

The snowman dress was the one she requested and will be perfect for all the Christmas events we go to during the festive period. It material is a little thin but add a pair of tights and a jacket it will be fine for indoor events.

The skull dress was amazing, and was most definitely my favourite item. It was short sleeve so would need a jacket for the winter, we paired it with the red blazer and it looked stunning. The dress was also thicker than the snowman dress.

Boohoo is a great website and now caters for the whole family, there are some irregularities in the size and quality but at Boohoo prices its affordable.

Disclosure: We were given store credit to spend at Boohoo.com kids for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.

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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

 

 

 

 

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