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?


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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.

book review goth girl

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.

book review goth girl

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

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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.

May 2017 bucket list

May 2017 bucket list

Whoa whoa whoa! Hold the phone, and put down the biscuits I have just realised. Not only did I not do an April bucket list which would have contained Easter and chocolate goodness but I have yet to post a May one too. This is unacceptable and should be rectified immediately.

Quick round up of April.

If I did have an April to do list this is what it would have looked like.

  • Decorate for Easter. – We didn’t get as festive as I would have liked. I worked all Easter weekend and it really didn’t feel like Easter at all. The only decorating we had was an Easter plaque and a bunny bunting.
  • Have an Easter egg hunt – The kids loved their Easter egg hunt and I enjoy watching their little faces trying to find all the eggs.
  • Make Easter Bonnets. – We didn’t get round to making Easter bonnets this time round as I was working a lot during the holiday. But the kids didn’t mind.
  • Tidy the garden- We did tidy the garden and the lawn is soon to be laid. It will be ready in time for the summer holidays.

So here we go a tad late but better late than never

 

May 2017 bucket list

  • Start a skillshare course
  • plant some flowers
  • wash the windows
  • Have an alcoholic drink over the bank holiday! YEs really an alcoholic one.
  • kill some bloomin flies that keep entering my house!
  • create my first surface pattern design
  • finish the current book I am reading

 

What does your May look like?

 

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.

Happy Birthday my big girl

happy birthday my big girl is 8

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

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

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

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

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

March 2017 Bucket list

march 2017 bucket list

March,March,March. Easter is just around the corner. Mother’s day is edging closer and BG1 turns 8.

This month yet again is set to be a busy month.

So how did we get on with our February 2017 bucket list.

February 2017 Bucket List

  • Home date night for valentines day. One marked off February list! The hubby bought me a silver rose that I could keep forever and shopping trip with my sister. I had instructions not to come home until I had bought something for myself. A bag, pair of shoes, underwear, and 3 tops later I arrived home to a home cooked 3 course meal. It was beautiful. Not bad going Hubby.
  • Go Cinema to watch 50 shades!!! Seen it. Loved it. Much better than the first.
  • Put down wood flooring in the hallway. We now have wood flooring in the hallway. YAY!!! But I didn’t do it. My dad came to rescue and put the flooring down for me.
  • Clean out small bedroom for BG2 to move into. I tidied the room and then LM went and messed it again. It needs painting and the she can move rooms.
  • Try something new (anything!) I was going to try felting this month as my try something new, but each month moves faster than the last and I don’t seem to get anything done.

What’s on our march 2017 bucket list

  • Celebrate our 6 year wedding anniversary
  • Prepare for Easter
  • Celebrate mothers day
  • Try something new (2nd attempt)
  • Work our way through the February 2017 bucket list

Let’s not forget the year bucket list!

2017 bucket list

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 We had a date night  in January and went to a Chinese restaurant. It was lovely. I love using chopsticks. The hubby can’t use them so I also got to make fun of him.
  • 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

Birthday gift ideas for an 8 year old

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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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Little loves 1

I can’t remember where I first seen the little loves post. When I find it I will link to the page.

This may not be a weekly post but a when I remember to do it kind of post, but none the less here is post 1.

Read

I have been reading Being Brooke by Emma Hart for a couple months now. I read a good third of the book in a couple of days but have been so busy that I have only managed half the book since Christmas. I am determined to finish the book by next week. I love Emma’s books and have read almost all of her novels.

Watched

Netflix has taken over a lot of my tele time of late. This week I watched don’t trust the B***h in apartment 23 again. Once I had completed that I found a tv program I hadn’t seen before. The witches of east end which I am quickly getting through. It is only two seasons so I am sure when it is finished I will be left disappointed with un answered questions of what happened next. I am a sucker of supernatural programs like Charmed, The Originals, Lucifer, and Supernatural. Talking of Supernatural that was back last week and I am so excited to get stuck into that series over the next cold and rainy months.

Made

So I didn’t make this as such, however I have been spending the week putting together the kids Playmobil sets they had received for Christmas. There was loads and I decided to wait until the kids had gone back to school before I made them. That counts as my mad for the week right?

Wore

I am a big fan of nail wraps. Although I have ye to buy Jamberry they are my next treat. I have however tried a few nail wraps from my local beauty shop. This week I am sporting some funky blue spot/stripe nails. After biting my nails over Christmas they are now long enough to wear wraps once again.

and Lastly

BG2 took her first few steps this week It is so exciting. She is still very unsteady and not sure of herself but it is the cutest little thing I have ever seen.