Happy birthday my big girl

happy birthday

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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March 2017 Bucket List

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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
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My Top 5 # Vicks Tricks to help your kid feel better

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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.

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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.

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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

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Blog Goals 2017

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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

 

 

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February 2017 Bucket List

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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
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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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