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

birthday gift ideas

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.


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.


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.


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?


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.

My top 5 #Vicks tricks to help your kid feel better

vicks tricks

This post is an entry for the #VicksTricks Campaign.

Is it me or does it feel like cold and flu season just doesn’t end. It seems that once you have gotten rid of one nasty bug a new one makes it’s appearance. Or when one child get’s better the other becomes sick. And all hell breaks loose when they are all ill at once.

If you have been reading my blog you may remember at the beginning of it’s journey I wrote a post about being a nurse to three children. Since then it has been a constant battle with the bugs, LM taking some of the biggest hits. From September 2016 he has had 2 chest infections, the start of pnemonia and endless colds and coughs. Let’s not forget when the whole house got hit with the sickness bug. BG2 hasn’t faired much better with her chest infections either. And most recently the kids were hit with slapped cheek.

As a mum I know all too well of the stress that having a poorly child can bring. But fear not the more sickness bugs we face the more tools we gain to deal with them.



My top five tips for keeping the kids comfy during cold & flu season

  1. Duvets on the sofa. I don’t know about you but when I was a child being stuck in bed all day when you were sick was such a drag. Sofas are just as comfy as beds when you are sick and mean your child doesn’t get left out. The duvet and pillow gets pulled off the bed, dragged down the stairs and piled onto the sofa. You should be able to make out your childs head somewhere inbetween the cosy-ness.
  2. Disney Movies! A sick day is not complete in our house hold without a pile of Disney movies to make our way through. No ordinary movie will do, it has to be Disney!
  3. Snuggle time with Mummy. I will take every chance I can get to snuggle with the kids, even at the cost of getting sick myself. Having them snuggled up under your arm, drifting off to sleep while you stroke their hair beats cleaning the house any day. I always remember my own mum doing this when I was sick.
  4. Let them eat Ice cream. Yes Ice cream! Any food is better than no food even if it is full of crap. When your child is suffering from a sora throat and doesn’t want anything to eat, I am sure they will be tempted with Ice-cream. Not only will it sooth the throat on the way down, they will also feel like they are being really naughty and can get away with it.
  5. Kick Daddy to the Curb! Or Sofa! Kids love sleeping in their parents bed and not only will feel more comforted next to you, it also means you may actually get some sleep because you won’t be worrying about them from the next room.

vicks tricks

Vicks is in my house

When I think of Vicks I instantly think of Vicks VapoRub. Doesn’t everybody have a pot in their medicine cabinet. My mum always used to say that if you had a cough you are supposed to put vicks vaporub on the soles of your feet and then put a pair of socks on. Anybody else’s mum swear by this? Well I now do this with my children.

But Vicks doesn’t stop there. Products also include Vicks first defence nasal spray and Vicks Vapoease patch for children.

Vicks Vaporub Infographic

Vicks Research

According to Vicks research on British Parents common at home remedies:

  • Over half (52%) of parents said that rest was the most important thing for making children feel better.
  • Followed by ‘medicine’, which 40% of parents rely on.
  • More than a third of parents (36%) believe in TLC for a cure

And how do these parents keep their poorly children entertained:

  • Three out of four (75%) British parents put on the TV or DVD
    Over a quarter (27%) read to their children
  • 1 in 10 parents get really creative telling jokes (8%) or doing magic tricks (2%)


Vicks have launched a series of #VicksTricks magic videos that are simple for you to recreate at home to keep your child smiling while they are poorly.

Vicks Tricks

House to do list 2017

house to do list

At the beginning of starting my blog I wrote a To Do list for the Hubby. We had bought our house about a year before and there were many things left unfinished. Before the summer arrives (I know its like six months away but hey it will probably take that long to complete the list) I want to get the house looking finished in the hope that we can put it up for sale and move to a bigger place. That’s my hope for 2017 atleast.

Living Room

  • Paint back wall
  • Put up wall lights
  • Paint Ceiling
  • Clear out the toy cupboards
  • Put up the mirror


  • Clear out and wash cupboards
  • Paint walls
  • Wash window and replace window sill
  • Lay new floor
  • Add new cupboard doors
  • Add Plinths


  • Buy dustbins
  • Tidy crap out
  • Lay grass
  • Clear out the shed
  • Finish the wall/seat

Master bedroom

  • Have a clear out
  • Paint the window wall
  • Fix window

    BG1/LM’s bedroom

  • Fix window
  • Put curtain rail up
  • Clear out toys
  • Buy new toy storage unit

 BG2’s Bedroom

  • Paint window wall
  • Have a Clear out


  • Wash walls/ceiling
  • Paint
  • Fix light
  • Put in new suite
  • New floor
  • New tiles


  • New floor in hallway
  • New floor in toilet
  • Paint downstairs toilet room
  • Sort hallway cupboard
  • Gloss and tidy downstairs doors
  • Sort/tidy loft
  • Wash inside windows above the doors
  • Plaster and paint around front door
  • Put up netcurtains/ blinds
    Wash outside windows

Blog Goals 2017

blog goals 2017

So I am finally feeling in the blogging mood today, and maybe I should have wrote this at the beginning of january. But better late then never right?


I have set some blogging goals in some of my past bucket lists. But now as I have now been blogging over six months (that past unnoticed – and without a bloggaversary post) and it is a new year I felt like I needd to set some blogging goals for the year. I am still not very confident and don’t feel like I have the courage to go to a blog event just yet but this will be on my blog goals for 2018.


2017 Blog Goals

  • Reach 3500 twitter followers
  • Reach 500 followers on pinterest
  • Reach 500 followers on instagram
  • Reach 250 followers on Bloglovin’
  • Reach 1000 likes on facebook
  • Have a DA of 28+
  • Earn an extra £100 a month by the end of the year.
  • Write at least 2 posts a week
  • Join 3 link parties a week
  • Host more giveaways
  • Write a review a month

February 2017 bucket list

february 2017 bucket list

It’s February people!!!! The month were love is in the air. At first I was gong to say wow January seemed to be like a very long month, but then I realised that I did nothing in January. Apart from work, sleep and eat. No wonder it dragged on.

How did we get on with…….

January 2017 bucket list

  • Buy the kids bunk bed & move LM & BG1 into the same room. I am a little in shock, we actually completed this one. We bought a lovely bunk bed and now BG1 & LM are sharing a room. Look out for a post on the bunk beds soon.
  • 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.) This did not happen. The bunk beds took a while to arrive and we have yet to sort through the smaller bedroom for her to move in to. Not that I am complaining.
  • Lose 6lb’s. I haven’t weighed myself so I don’t know if this has happened. In all honesty I don’t feel like I have lost 6lb however I am eating a little bit healthier and have started Jillian Michaels kick boxing dvd. Which I swear she is trying to kill me every time I put it on!
  • Make a list of jobs that need completing around the house. oooo I am excited, this is another one I have done and it is a long list. Look out for an up to date To Do list soon.
  • Buy BG1’s Birthday Presents. January we are on a roll. All set and ready for BG1’s B’Day beginning of March.
  • That reminds me buy the mother in law a birthday present – she turns 50 in February. Ordered and on it’s way, good job too cos her b’day is this week.
  • Eat healthier. I have been eating a little bit healthier. I haven’t skipped breakfast and lunch and have eaten more fruit and veg but I think I could do better.
  • Get reading with the kids. BG1 has been reading her many books she got for Christmas, including starting the Harry Potter series. LM and I have been setting up our little routine before bed with a short book. We are currently making our way through his collection of the Large family he go for Christmas.

What’s on our….

February 2017 Bucket List

  • Home date night for valentines day.
  • Go Cinema to watch 50 shades!!!
  • Put down wood flooring in the hallway
  • Clean out small bedroom for BG2 to move into.
  • Try something new (anything!)

Let’s not forget the year bucket list!

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 We had a date night  this month 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

15 facts about me

15 facts about me


Sometimes when you aren’t feeling up to writing a huge post or don’t have the time it’s nice to have a few posts to fall back on. I have been slightly slack with my blog lately so I have had to dig out one of those posts. This week I plan on catching up and being more present with my blogging. I have updated my editorial calendar over the weekend to help me get excited about blogging.

Todays post will give you a little more insight into who I am with 15 fun and random facts about me. Not surprisingly many of them involve food!

I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday. A butterfly on my shoulder – so cliché I know! I no longer like that tattoo.

Talking of tattoos, I have 2 others a set of goth wings on my back which after ten years I still adore. Also I have the start of a rose vine on my thigh, I started it for my 20th birthday and then a few days later found out I was pregnant. That was 8 years ago and I still don’t have it finished.

My husband thinks I am completely weird but I love country music. I would rather listen to Chris young, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Rodgers and Tim McGraw over any other music genre.

My favourite movie of ALL time is Dirty Dancing.

I cannot stand mushrooms. They are just gross, the texture is just nasty and they ruin any meal in my opinion. So I went and married a mushroom lover!!

My favourite meal is Steak. It was a toss up between steak and pizza, but ultimately steak would win. 9 times out of 10 no of the ladies want to sit next to me at a restaurant because I love my steak rare. Chips dipped in steak juice is juice the best. Now I really want a steak!

I always fall down the stairs. Usually only a the last five or so, and on the odd occasion I have slid down the whole set. For some reason me and stairs don’t mix, I always slip on them. It is usually the ones at my parents house.

I love to sing. Alone most of the time, although my dad used to give me a tenner to sing karaoke at the pub when I was younger.

I love cake! Chocolate cake, coffee cake, fruit cake. If it’s cake I will most likely eat it with the exception of supermarket novelty birthday cakes. They are just yuk!

My favourite holiday is Christmas!

My favourite animals are Gorillas and lions. I tried but couldn’t choose between the two. I am a leo and that has always drawn me to the lion but Gorillas are so beautiful and interesting I could watch them for hours. Although when I was younger Dolphins would probably be in this list too.

My pic n mix would consist of fizzy bubblegum bottles, white mice, giant snakes, toffee bonbons and chocolate raisins.

My celebrity crush is Jared Padalecki.Yum! David Boreanaz, Charlie Hunnam and Joe Manganiello are also close on this list.

My favourite colour is purple. My wedding theme was purple, my kitchen was purple. Everything should be made in purple.

I hated reading books until I bought my first kindle five years ago, now reading is my favourite thing to do.

the weekend didn’t go as i planned

the weekend

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?

January bucket list 2017

January 2017 bucket list

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

happy new year 2017

happy new year 2017

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.