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.

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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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Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

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It’s that time of year when Christmas24 is on Sky, John Lewis get’s their adverts on the television and we eagerly wait to spot the CocaCola truck light up our screens and fill our ears with “Holidays are coming”. The shop windows are f of temptation and Nickelodeon has more toy adverts than actual cartoons.

It’s also the time when most of us start thinking about what we are going to gift to people. I start very early on in the year to get some bargains but it’s around now that my kids write their letters to Santa and I pick up their main present.

This is my first Christmas Gift ideas for kids post on my blog and that makes me smile. I love Christmas so much and have been waiting for these posts to come about. This post has items that we have been lucky enough to be sent for inclusion to this post as well as items that have made there way onto the kids Christmas list.

Christmas gift ideas for kids

 

front-pageEvery child loves to role play. Whether it’s being a teacher, a waiter or a Doctor. This pack from Wannabees is a must for any budding teacher. It  has copies of the register, lunch menu, report cards and lesson plans . Every thing your child needs to play schools. They are printed on quality paper. We were sent the Teacher pack and the kids argue over who gets to be the  first. This pack also comes in Doctor and café options. The café pack is on their Christmas list to Santa.

 

 

 

My kids love puzzles, they are always on the floor surrounded by puzzle pieces. We discovered 3d puzzles last year at Christmas and the kids love them. The problem with regular puzzles is that you can’t move them. 3D puzzles don’t have that problem and now once you have made the puzzle you can use them too. I love this 3d puzzle vase from Ravensburger.

 

 

 

 

LM loves collecting rocks and gems, he now has a lovely collection coming along. National Geographic have introduced the break your own Geodes. This pack comes with 10 geodes, 3 or 4 large rocks a couple medium size and the rest small geodes. You break them open to reveal the crystals that have formed inside. They are tough to break open so will keep the children busy.

 

 

 

 

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Kids love pirates, boys or girls there is something about pirates that never seem to go out of fashion. Whether you have your own little Peter Pan, Captain Hook or Anne Bonny kids love to play pirates. And what are pirates best known for but their treasure of course. Now you can create your very own treasure hunt for your child whether its at home or on the go these handy Gotrovo mini cards make the perfect stocking filler. It also comes in a little carry bag making it ideal for on the go fun. (easy fit for your handbag too). Have the kids searching around the house and in the garden going from clue to clue using these easy to read clue cards/picture cards.

 

 

 

In our house role player is a big deal. We love to dress up as fairies, princesses and superheroes. We also love to play restaurants, teachers, doctors and post offices. This post office comes with all your child needs to deliver letters and learn while playing. The Post office is a big hit in our house.

 

 
Izzy whizzy let’s get busy. Who doesn’t love a bit of magic, Im sure we all had a magic set growing up. Now the magic continues with our favourite bear Sooty. This set is a Sooty hand puppet and a few naughty tricks. If your kids are like mine they will be entertained for ages making fart noises with the whoopee cushion.

 

 

 

Not just for kids, the find it games are a great little toy to keep kids entertained and dare I say even quiet. But be warned you will find yourself alone on the sofa with a cup of tea trying to find all 48 items. And the fun doesn’t stop there, it also comes with 27 playing cards for more ways to keep playing. It also comes in a variety of themes including the xmas, Dinosaur, wildlife, find it.

 

 
Orchard Toys are known for their easy and educational games for kids. We have so many of them now and always get a new one each year. This year it’s Pizza, Pizza. The aim of the game is to make a pizza but look out for the creepy crawlies trying to eat it.

 

 

 

**Disclaimer: We were sent some items for inclusion in this Christmas gift ideas for kids post. All opinions and words are my own. This post contains affiliate link. That means if you purchase something through these links I will be compensated a few pennies at no extra cost to yourself.

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Illness has hit the house

illness has hit the house

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our family trip to Paignton Zoo #MamiaDaysOut Challenge

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I love the zoo! Like seriously it is one of my favourite places. So when the in laws invited us to go on a day trip to the zoo with them I was far from saying no.

On the Friday, the day before our trip I was packing the snacks for the kids. In perfect timing a hamper arrived from the lovely people at Aldi. Opening the hamper it contained all we needed for BG2 to snack on during our trip to the zoo. I was excited for BG2 to try some of the mamia range as we have just recently had an Aldi open just 10 minutes down the road.

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The zoo was easily and hour and 45 minutes drive away so we packed for a long drive.

The in laws turned up with the mini van at just after 8am, we loaded the kids and our bags on to the mini bus (which was a trip in it’s self) and we were ready to set off.

There were fourteen of us on the trip including seven children between the ages of one and eight. BG2 being the youngest at one.
I was sandwiched next to BG2’s car seat, which took up a lot of room. Even though we had all been up rather early, everybody was in high spirits eagerly awaiting our arrival at the zoo. It didn’t take take the kids long to start the every so annoying ‘Are we there yet?’

We told the kids to look out for the elephant on the road signs, that would tell them if we were close.
Along with the Are we there yet’s they also started ‘mummy can we have our snacks yet?’ I don’t think we were even 10miles from our house at this point. Non the less the snack bags came out which kept the children quiet for all of five seconds. They were load and noisy and full of beans for the morning. But us adults were just as excited as the kids and it didn’t take us long to get the party bus going with a little sing song of the radio.

The kids screamed and shouted when they finally spotted an elephant for the zoo. And the bus was full of noise as we turned the corner entering the car park to Paignton Zoo.

We arrived early so there wasn’t too many people when we first arrived. We checked our maps and started making our way around the zoo. (How many times do you recon I can mention the word zoo in this post about our trip to the zoo?).

Paignton zoo

As we started around the zoo we opened a pack of Mamia organic raspberry rice cakes for BG2 to snack on as she was in her pushchair. These went down a treat and it wasn’t long before she was looking for more.

Paignton zoo

When visiting the Zoo it can be hard to know where to start first. Do we see the apes, the elephants, Giraffes or Reptiles. Where would we start?
The Rainforest house, full of frogs, lizards and snakes. LM loved the reptiles he was fascinated by the snakes. It was really warm in there so we ushered the kids round as quickly as we could without missing any animals. The Rainforest house then led onto the Desert which was not that interesting in my opinion but there were a couple of birds that kept the kids amused for five seconds.

Paignton zoo

This led on to a coffee break, were we sat at a picnic bench while the kids ran wild in the play area. BG2 joined in with our coffee break with her Mamia organic apple & blackcurrent with spring water. It was her first taste of something other than milk or water. She really enjoyed it and would not give her bottle back in a hurry.

After our short coffee break we headed up the hill to the crocodile house, stopping to view the Giant tortoises on the way. The crocodiles were huge and very still. LM was more interested in the the two giant Pythons in the next enclosure.

Paignton zoo

Once out of the crocodile enclosure we headed towards the Averies where the Macows where, along with the Red Panda. While everyone was busy searching the trees for the panda – my eldest nephew convinced he was going to see a giant panda – LM joined BG2 in eating some slices of watermelon. LM tripped over a tree root and went flying, but managed to save his watermelon.

Paignton zoo

There were so much to see, we passed more birds, Tamarins and lemurs. Before we new, it was lunch time. We found a bench near the pizza hut and the kids fled to the adventure playground while we waited for our pizza.

BG2 snacked on a couple more mamia rice cakes and so did my youngest nephew who is two while I sorted out her lunch.
Within the hamper that Aldi sent us were Mamia organic pouches in which we encountered a problem. Which one did we try first? How do you decide when there are so many flavour combinations? We did finally settle on apple, sweet potato, butternut squash and blueberry. We did try a pouch the day before and will learn from our mistake, we emptied the contents into a bowl (the day before she took the contents straight from the pouch and it spilled from her mouth all over her clothes – shes a newbie to pouches). There were so much contents to the pouch I was unsure if she would eat all of it, however she must have really liked it because it didn’t take her long to finish the entire contents. Just in time as our pizza arrived.

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LM returned to the table crying, he had bashed the side of his face and didn’t want any pizza. We ate our pizza and the mamia sensitive travel wipes came in handy to wipe the pizza sauce from our faces and hands (they are not just for baby bums).

With our bellies satisfied it was time to get serious with our zoo trip. That meant just one thing, time to find the big cats. Paignton zoo is home to the Tiger, lion and cheetah. We were lucky enough to see them all, including the lion cubs. I was super excited about this as lions are my favourite animals.

Paignton zoo

 

Paignton zoo

Once we had seen the big cats we headed up the hill to the petting zoo to see some goats, before moving on to the bigger animals.
We visited the Gorillas – but they were hiding, I was a little gutted because these are my second favourite animal. Next door was and orang-utan and her baby. BG1 decided she did not want to return to the ape house because “it stinks in here!”Paignton zoo

Paignton zoo

Paignton zoo

Paignton zoo

We then headed up the hill and seen the Rhino, the Zebras, Elephants, and the giraffes – which LM had been waiting the entire trip to see. The giraffes were probably the most spectacular animal from our visit as you can get up fairly close and see the entire animal. Oh and let’s not forget the camel we saw too.

By the end of it all there was really only one thing left to do, ride the train. The kids had been pestering us since we got there to ride the train. I sat on the side taking pictures as they left.

Last but not least, we all know we can’t leave the zoo without passing through the gift shop on the way out. LM left with a toy Giraffe and snake, BG1 ended up with a purple Paignton zoo t shirt. And I couldn’t leave without picking up three Gorillas in the mist ornaments to add to my collection. I was one happy lady.

The trip was coming to an end and the journey home was a lot more peaceful with kids and adults falling asleep and everyone rather pooped from a long day.

BG2 enjoyed all the Mamia organic products she had tried throughout the day. She finished the bag of raspberry rice cakes, the apple and blackcurrent juice and has tried and enjoyed some the many flavours of puree pouches and fruit pots. The fruit pouches are handy to take on days out with you and the entire Mamia range makes any day trip out with your baby enjoyable knowing that you have it covered with Mamia.
This post is an entry to BritMums #MamiaDaysOut linky challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia.

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The tooth fairy came to our house last night

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My daughter lost her fifth tooth last night. Shortly after going to bed, she came back downstairs crying. She must have jolted her tooth as it was bleeding. She was panicking as her tooth hurt and she didn’t want it touched. I managed to clear some of the blood and the tooth was literally hanging out. But she still wouldn’t let me touch it. She wouldn’t swallow or close her mouth. I was able to calm her and get her to drink some water. I was hoping the swallowing action would make the tooth come out. But she just let the liquid slide down her throat. I sent her to get more tissue.

As she came back down the stairs she held her tooth tightly in one hand.

We have waited for quite some time for this tooth to fall out. We rushed upstairs to put it under her pillow. The tooth fairy arrived later that evening and traded her tooth for a £1 coin.

As usual the coin wasn’t there in the morning and had fallen under the bed, so the hunting started.

BG1 also told me this morning that she has yet another loose tooth! And I am sure that it won’t be long until LM looses his first tooth soon either.

When I search on the net I see so many others that have named their fairies, or have a special pillow for the tooth. It is such a magical thing and I really wish I had incorporated something similar when BG1 lost her first tooth. I have been thinking that maybe it is too late however as she has another tooth loose that I may send a letter from the tooth fairy with the next tooth. That way I can start adding a few touches when LM looses his first tooth.

Some ideas I have come across:
  1. A fairy door. These are just adorable, and not just for the tooth fairy. Place a door on a bookshelf or the floor and invite fairies into your home.
  2. A tooth receipt. After the tooth fairy has collected your tooth she leaves a receipt.
  3. Tooth pillows. These are just so cute and I really wish we had one.
  4. A letter from the tooth fairy. Tiny little notes just the right size for  fairy.

I have mentioned before in reading with your child, how books can be used in various occasions like visiting the dentist or first day at school. The same goes for the tooth fairy.

Books can be a lovely way to incorporate the magic and tradition behind the tooth fairy.

We have The tooth fairy by Audrey Wood. A little boy looses his tooth and his sister tries to fool the fairy with a piece of sweetcorn painted white.

There are so many more though, such as Peppa pig and the tooth fairy and dear tooth fairy.

Want more ideas for the tooth fairy check out my pinterest board.

Have you had a visit from the tooth fairy lately? What does she leave under your child pillow? Do you have your own tooth fairy traditions? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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bedding & duvet covers for kids can change the way they sleep

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sleep is important but not always easy

Recently I posted about the 36 excuses my kids use to avoid going to sleep. We all know that sometimes bedtime can be a nightmare. Most of us have faced these nights on occasion or even every night.

Sleep for a child is so important, us as parents are more than aware of this. Sleep plays a huge role in a child’s development both physically and mentally. It is just as important to get enough sleep as it is to eat healthily and exercise.

One way I have found to keep my kids in bed is using cool and funky bedding. When LM moved from a cot to a toddler bed we used bedding to capture his interest and imagination. His duvet was covered in different coloured cars. As soon as it was time for bed he would snuggle under his duvet and start counting the coloured cars. He would drift off to sleep in no time.

moving to a single bed

LM will soon be turning five, it is coming close to the time where he will be moving from his toddler bed to a normal single bed. Moving beds can be quite an emotional roller-coaster not just for the parents knowing their child is growing up or he may fall out and hurt himself but also for the child. Your child will be excited about getting a new bed, but he may also be scared about the size of the bed or anxious about falling out.

We want to make the transition from a toddler bed to a single bed a smooth and comfortable transition. Using bedding can be a great way to help a child with the move making him feel happy and comfortable. Bonus – He will be pre occupied with cool and fun bedding to even think of getting out of bed.

get your child involved

I spoke with LM about making the move to a big bed. I motioned that we could take a look for some ideas of what bedding he may like when the time comes. We sat down together and browsed the kids duvet collection from Yorkshire Linen.

They not only have a lovely selection of bright and funky duvet covers but also character covers. They not only come in a single size but also toddler and double too.

Little Mans top 4 children’s bedding

Kids bedding

  • Planets Duvet cover set £12.99 – What child doesn’t want to go to space and be an astronaut.
  • Knight & Dragons duvet set £12.99 – LM loves playing pirates, he was excited to know that this duvet set has the same name as his favourite TV show Swashbuckle.
  • Disney cars champ £9.99 – LM favourite character is Lightening Mcqueen, every child will get excited with bedding of their favourite character.
  • Knight & Dragons duvet set £12.99 – Every great bedtime fairytale includes a knight and a dragon.

Bedding in a family home is an important accessory. Choosing the right one is necessary to not only complete the look and atmosphere of a room – especially a Childs themed bedroom – but making the right choice with bedding can aid in sleeping and resting comfortably.

Letting your own child choose their own bedding will get them excited about going to bed, looking forward to the land of sleep. If your child is looking forward to climbing into their bed and snuggling under their own duvet they will unconsciously relax and enable sleep to over take them easier.

mummy’s top 10 finds

After having a search with LM I continued my search on the web and chose my top 10 kids bedding for both boys and girls.

kids bedding

  1. Dino Camo Teal duvet cover – £9.99 – Dunelm
  2. Disney Princess duvet cover – £13.99 – Dunelm
  3. Little Big Cloud Woodland Duvet – £11.99 – Yorkshire Linen
  4. My little Pony Duvet – £12.99 – Yorkshire Linen
  5. Toy box duvet – £15 – Next
  6. Bat Girl Duvet – £22 – Next
  7. Space Explorer Duvet  – £25 – Next
  8. Captain America Duvet – £22 – Next
  9. Secret life of pets duvet – £22 – Argos
  10. Roald Dahl Bookworm Duvet – £19.99 – Argos

 

 Bedtimes don’t have to be boring and a chore.

Have you ever thought about using your child’s bedding to tell bedtime stories. Why not choose a pirate themed bedding and have great stormy adventures on the rough sea trying to find the lost buried treasure. Or how about a space duvet your child can be an astronaut and discover a new planet on the duvet that he gets to name as his own planet. Want to take your little princess to the land of the fairies where magic is possible and dreams come true. Getting your child excited about going to bed is the biggest defeat to sleeping success.

Are you looking for more children’s bedding inspiration? Check out my Pinterest board on kids bedding choices.

 

** This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are my own.

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36 excuses my kids use to avoid going to sleep

AVOID SLEEP

We all expect, when we have that newborn baby in our arms the sleepless nights. The nights of feeding, rocking and waking up to crying in the middle of the night becomes routine. My experience with newborn babies is no different from everybody elses. That lack of sleep does shit to your mind you can’t quite imagine if you don’t have kids. However as your babies grow into children the sleepless nights become a thing of the past right? You set a lovely bedtime routine, the kids are in bed and you and the hubby can have some time to yourselves cuddle up on the sofa watching Great British Bake off. There are times when this is reality.

Me and my husband worked hard at a bedtime routine. When we only had our eldest daughter, we would feed her, bath her and read her a bedtime story. By the time she was one she would go to bed at 6 o’clock and sleep all the way through until 8am. Even though she didn’t nap during the day, she was a dream throughout the night. My son came along and the routine became a bit longer with an extra person to feed and wash however, we still managed to get both children into bed by 6.30 ish.

At around the age of 7 and 4 the routine was still very similar to when they were babies. Except their bedtime had moved to around 7 o’clock on a school night and 9 o’clock at the weekends. This worked well for us until it didn’t. Their became a point, I’m not sure when but the kids decided sleep just wasn’t for them. The routine we would try to stick to with our four year old. Our seven year old would read a book before turning off the light. However, there would be doors opening, things bouncing on the floor, creaks on the stairs. The kids obviously were no longer interested in sleep.

Our evenings become a series of up and down the stairs waiting for the next excuse of why they were out of bed, why they were sat on the stairs, why they weren’t sleeping.

We all know that younger children can come out with some random and funny things from time to time and some of the excuses have been interesting to say the least. Especially from my four year old.

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36 of the regular excuses we face most nights in our house:

  • I need to pee. Even though I asked you three times before you went to bed only two minutes ago. You said you had been!
  • I’m thirsty. But you had a drink just before we came upstairs, you can’t be thirsty. But I’m thirsty.
  • I had a bad dream. You haven’t even closed your eyes yet, how could you have a bad dream already? But it was a bad dream *tears begin to fall*
  • I want a hug and a kiss. You had a hug and a kiss when I put you to bed, and another when I went to the toilet, and another before I went downstairs, and another when I put the baby to bed. No I need another one.
  • I have something dery (very) important to tell you. You always have something very important to tell me, can it wait until morning. No it’s dery important.
  • I just want to have a chat with you for two minutes. We have had all afternoon to chat, right now it is bedtime we will chat in the morning.
  • I haven’t done my homework. Your homework isn’t due until Thursday today is Sunday, we will do it during the week.
  • I need to finish my colouring. You mean the colouring that has just sat there since this morning untouched all day.
  • I need Ted. Where is he? I don’t know! Where did you have him last? Downstairs. Daddy brings teddy upstairs.
  • I can’t sleep without my brand new car, and that one, and that one (and the entire box).
  • There are too many cars in my bed. Why did you put them all in the bed in the first place? I didn’t they hid under my pillow.
  • I haven’t finished telling (all 22) my teddy’s a story. Finish it tomorrow, the teddies are tired and your keeping them awake.

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  • I need a poo. You have had four already today, your such a poo machine.
  • I need to wash my face. You washed your face when you went to the bathroom to brush your teeth. I need to wash it again.
  • I forgot to tell you something.  What is it? I can’t remember. Hang on one minute I’m thinking.
  • I want the light on, I can’t see my room. It’s night time, your not supposed to be able to see.
  • I want the light off. on/off make up your mind.
  • I have a runny nose. Grab a tissue and go to sleep!
  • I want to read a book. It’s getting late read tomorrow.
  • But it’s not dark outside so it’s not bedtime. It’s the summer, the sun goes to bed late in summer but that doesn’t mean you can.
  • I didn’t give daddy a hug. Yes you did.
  • My door isn’t closed properly. That’s because you opened it.
  • I’m not tired. Is that why you are yawning every ten seconds?
  • The duvet cover is the wrong way round.
  • The duvet isn’t tucked in right.
  • How come you don’t have to go to sleep? Because I’m a grown up and don’t need so much sleep to grow like you. Daddy must have slept a lot when he was 4 like me.
  • I forgot to give you my letter from school. Give it to me in the morning.
  • I tried, I just can’t. Yes you can, close your eyes. Nope doesn’t work.
  • My top is itchy. Put a new one on and go to sleep.
  • But it’s family night. Yes and you stayed up playing board games until 9o’clock, it’s late.
  • But it’s not a school night. And you have stayed up. But I want a midnight snack.
  • But I want to play outside. You have been outside all day, you can go out again tomorrow.
  • But the cars hid in my bed. I’m sure they did.
  • I forgot to give daddy a kiss. You’ve tried that one already buddy. No that was a hug.
  • But my pyjamas don’t match. They are pyjamas, does it matter if they don’t match. Yes, I can’t sleep if they don’t match.
  • But it’s the summer holidays. And it will still be the summer holidays tomorrow

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Cinema days

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Today was our first trip out of the summer. I was going to say it is also the first item knocked off our summer bucket list however, we had a BBQ Saturday.

The started like most normal days for us, we were in no rush. My mum came to pick BG2 up as she wasn’t coming with us.

Today would be the first time for me taking both the kids on the bus on my own. Usually it is the hubby is with us.

I checked I had everything I needed in my handbag. Don’t you just love handbags, the really big kind – the mummy bag.

We made our way out of the house and into town to the bus station. The kids were excited, they skipped ran and joked down the street. Continue reading

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Raising a little boy five things I’ve learnt so far!

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My first born was a daughter. My little angel, my everything. I could not of asked for a more well better natured baby. We as woman know instinctively how to look after little princesses. From our own experiences and childhood memories as little girls it is second nature.

I love children and have always wanted a small army of them. When I found out I was pregnant with my second child I was over the moon happy. We went for our routine scan and asked to find the sex of our unborn baby. It was unmistakable which we were having. I was in shock. I had honestly thought I was having another little girl.

Make no mistake, I have always wanted a little boy, more so when my nephew was born (six months before I had my eldest daughter). But I had my worries. Worries I wouldn’t know how to act with a little boy. How to raise him to be a good man. I didn’t know how to play cars or soldiers or know almost anything about little boys.

Little boys have always been alien to me. I grew up with two other sisters, I hadn’t had an older brother to look up to and learn from. As a girl, when I was younger boys were disgusting, they smelled funny. They were rough and tough and mean. I didn’t understand boys at all. Then I became a woman, and even though I had got my big girl hormones and was now attracted to the men that once were so disgusting I still don’t have a bloody clue what men are all about.

If I couldn’t figure out the ins and outs of my own husbands mind, how was I going to raise a little boy into a good man.

My little man is now four and a half. Four and a half years of raising a little boy. Those years have taught me so much about little boys and raising a son.

The five main things I have learnt about raising a boy.

 

1. They love their mummy.

Yes both little girls and little boys love their mummy. There is no one else like a mummy to a child. But a boys love for his mother is like nothing else. They are more affectionate than girls. Girls love a cuddle  just as the next person, they will always need their mummy but they have an independence about them. Girls cuddle when they need you. Boys cuddle you because they can. A little boy will attach himself to your leg just because he wants a cuddle. He will climb onto your lab just to wrap his arms around your neck.

The random ‘I loves you’ are to die for. While walking down the street my little man would stop and simply say ‘I need a hug and a kiss mummy’. He will wake when I check on him in the middle of the night ‘don’t forget my hug mummy.’ A hug can cure most things. Little boys cry and get upset more than girls and in the most part a hug will be enough. A hug from their mum can be the greatest power to a little boy. My little man often gives me random kisses on the hand where ever we go.

 

2. Obsessions with their penis.

I am used to a man’s obsession with his thing. I’m sure by now most of us woman are too. Even if we still ask the question ‘why is your hand permanently down your trousers at any given opportunity’. Apparently it starts very young. Yes little boys have the same disgusting obsession with their penis. And while we are on the subject of obsessions, boobies. Yes they have just as much obsession with boobies as a fully grown man. They find them hilarious, my LM calls the babilons? Don’t know where he got that from.

 

3. When you change their nappy you need to wipe under the testicles.

Yes they do lift up. I found this out the first time I changed little mans nappy. You know the tar looking one. It was never ending, I didn’t know where all that poop was coming from, and then it clicked you have to lift the testicles and get underneath because it likes to hide under there.

4. Your house will be over run by cars.

It is inevitable, boys are drawn to cars, planes, guns, dinosaurs and the like. We have a lot of toys for different genders, we don’t generally associate one type of toy with a gender of child. When BG1 was young she loved matchbox cars, planes, trains however she was never really interested in dolly’s. LM even though he loved to push around the pink buggy and dress in BG2’s princess outfits he still has an obsession with cars. They are everywhere and an ever growing collection. It’s the main thing on his birthday and christmas list, it’s the first thing he picks up in a toys shop and it’s the first toy he plays with in the day and the last he takes to bed at night. There is no getting away from it boys love cars. They will be hiding under the duvet, in your coat pockets and handbag, in your shoes and eve in your fridge. Yes I have found them in my fridge.

 

5. They don’t stop moving.

When my daughter was little she would sit quite happily playing on the floor or reading a book. From the moment my little man was able to move he got everywhere! He would attempt to crawl up the stairs daily, climb on the arm chairs and behind the sofa. As he got older it only got worse. He would run around the house for no particular reason, he would jump from one sofa to the next. Climb on the kitchen drawers to sit on the counter and then jump off again. Boys are constantly on the move, you need to keep up.

 

These are just five things I have learnt since having a little boy. Oh and lets not forget that they are still stinky no matter what age they are!

Since writing this post and having it scheduled for over two weeks, I had a chance to look on the web to see if there were similar posts. There were lots of these posts and all the points I have shared have been similar to most of the posts I read from other mothers. This is saying something right? Does all mother’s feel the same, that raising boys starts off so alien to them? What have you learnt from raising your little boys?

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Treat for the kids – The Weekend

 

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This weekend we had planned a treat for the kids. We spent most of the weekend together.

It all started after school Friday when we went to our local neighbourhood park opening. I had never seen so many people in the old park. However this new park is lovely, it’s all mad from logs, I can see our children spending many days there.

There was plenty of entertainment at the small park party. They had woodfired pizza’s for you try, snakes and bugs for you to hold and facepainting and glitter tattoos. Continue reading

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Thank Gosh it’s Friday

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Friday has come around once again. I’m sure these weeks seem to be passing by quicker as each week ends. It will soon be Christmas once again. Not that I’ll complain about that, Christmas is my favourite time of year. But it does mean that the kids are that much older, and even worst I’m that much older. However, no matter how old I get, I love the weekends and I love Fridays.

I love Friday’s not only because it is pizza night (my favourite food in the universe – not including chocolate of course) meaning there are no huge piles of dishes at the end of the evening, no spending an hour and a half cooking tea and no ‘you finish that plate of vegetables or you’re not having pudding’. But it also means the hubby is off for the weekend and so are the kids. Out time to spend together. Continue reading

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