This week has been a busy week and its just hit its peak with Little A covering my bed at half 11 last night with sick. Joy. Of course I don't blame him, I was just hoping it was the Smurf sweet overdose before bed (bad Mumma) and not the tummy bug it appears to be!
This is what I hate about winter, all these bugs hanging around, all the children being kind enough to share and share alike! I'm just hoping we're getting things out the way before Christmas. No one wants to be ill at Christmas.
It's not the best way to finish the week in all honesty though. We've had some (rather special) visitors this week; my nieces and nephews have stopped over for a few nights with their mum. It's been hectic sure but a lot easier than we all assumed! All the children have been well behaved which is obviously even more appreciated than usual when one of them is poorly (especially when it's mine!)
Today will be a duvet day before everything goes back to normal. Hopefully I'll get to the school fayre tomorrow to buy some of the Christmas bits that Midge has made in school before meeting mum with (hopefully two) healthy children to get the curtain material for our front room. I may even get a chance to enjoy Truro a little and spend a few pennies. Fingers crossed!
I Hope any poorly babies are feeling better. I know there's a lot of us in the same boat right now unfortunately. Have a good Thursday all.
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Monday, 2 December 2013
We put up a few decorations to make the home a little more festive. I haven't put up the tree because this week there will be 3 older children, 2 toddlers and 3 adults living in my house for 3 days so we need the space!
Midge got some lovely shoes to review and so far they are proving very comfy indeed!
I ate a good few chocolate mug cakes when I got my chocolate craving but had none in!
We visited Costa and I finally managed to drink something other than frozen fruits or water! I had a delicious soya hot chocolate and Little A enjoyed their ice cold juice drinks. I loved it so much I had 3 in one week! Won't be doing it this week though.
I baked a few things last week but my favourite bake was when my Mum came over for dinner and we whipped up some vanilla blueberry cupcakes. They were gone within minutes! I had a lovely evening with my Mum. I also had my dad over on Friday night and I baked him a lovely chocolate cake for his birthday.
Finally, my one piece of happy mail last week was my rather lovely new phone case. I'm in love with a phone case!
Hope you all had a lovely week too!
Sunday, 1 December 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
I've been sent some rather wonderful and warm looking boots to review by Hi-Tec (I say I've been sent them but of course I mean Midge has) Before I let Midge run off to school and mess about putting these boots to the test, I wanted to give you a bit of a first impression post!
I'm going to start by saying I've never seen my daughter so excited by a pair of shoes. But they look very stylish and very comfy. So nice,I kind of wish they were mine and not hers!
So, first impressions? The colour is very nice, I'm pleased to see a zipped back on the boots because Midge struggles to sometimes push her feet into these types of footwear due to the inheritance of 'pasty' feet. Most boots we try on for her she can never get her heel in, let alone her whole foot the poor thing!
I'm not keen on the fur but that's a personal opinion and one Midge certainly doesn't agree with if stroking the boot was anything to go by. The inside of the boots are soft and seem like they will be very snug in this cold weather.
Now we just need to put them to the test and see how well they fair on our cold and wet days out. Look out for our full review soon!
Monday, 25 November 2013
It's the last Tuesday of November today so it's time for me to look back and list the 10 things that made me smile and feel good this month. I'm linking this post up to Lost On The Cloud's Silver Linings link up so please do share your positives from November too!
1. I discovered an old recipe for some really quick and simple flapjacks They are so good and so quick to make. I love discovering old recipes hidden in the back of less used cook books!
2. It's nearly time to put the Christmas decorations up! I'm really quite excited about this.
3. Although I haven't enjoyed the lack of sleep (I tell myself its not forever) I have been enjoying some rather nice cuddles of late.
4. It's been nice to spend some time with my nieces and nephews now and then. Just the other day Little A and his cousin had a sort of play date. I popped a cute Victorian hat on T's head- she looks so sweet.
5. Midge lost her 2 front teeth! The tooth fairy will be visiting very shortly after writing this post I think. It also means I get to sing a very cute Christmas song to Midge this year (which she'll hate me for eventually!)
6. I've had lots of happy mail from my pen pals recently and that always keeps a smile on my face.
7. We had an early birthday tea for my Dad as he's working on his actual birthday this week. It's always nice getting the family together but will be better when my sister comes home from university real soon.
8. Hubby won £100 on a scratch card! That was just pure luck but it made our day. He bought some Christmas gifts for the children and got mine out the way early too. Such a relief for him I think.
9. We all saw the Christmas lights get switched on in town. Titan the robot was there, he was pretty cool (what 5ft nothing me could see of him!) Little A liked him from afar but as soon as Daddy got near the front of the crowd he wasn't so keen! Midge hated him full stop. We met up with my sister in law and her little ones and grabbed a taxi back to our house where the children played for a couple of hours. It was quite relaxing actually.
10. I've bought all my Christmas presents, made a bunch of cards and yesterday night I sat down and wrote them all out. I've run out of handmade ones so the rest will have to be bought ones!
I hope you've all had a lovely month with more highs than lows.
Sunday, 24 November 2013
Little A and I stayed home with Daddy to snuggle down and watch some television before Little A's auntie and baby cousin came over to have some fun. Us adults chatted and had a laugh while the little ones played and occasionally did sweet things like hug and hold each other.
I baked some lovely free from flapjacks which were gone in seconds. They are so easy to make!
We felt a little Christmassy on Thursday so lit a candle which reminds me of candy canes! I bought some of those come to think of it! I may have also popped up a little 'Noel' sign on my fire place!
We watched the light switch on in town on Saturday. It was very crowded and I didn't see much. We met up with Jays sister in law and all the children which was nice and all caught a taxi back to our place. Titan the robot was turning on the lights this year and Jay got this pretty good photo of him.
I made a big mistake and nodded off for 5 minutes. Little A proceeded to draw on my face without me feeling a thing! To add insult to injury they stood and laughed at me as I wiped it off my face in the shower- toerags!!
I ordered a beautiful new broach from a lovely lady on Etsy. It's a real acorn stem with a felted acorn sitting inside the cup. I've pinned it to my handbag and love it very much.
Finally, I caught Little A stealing a big bar of chocolate from the cabinet. He's sitting down enjoying his loot in front of Sponge Bob ruddy Square Pants!!
Hope you had a great week and have an even better one this week.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
I was recently sent a book to review by the lovely Jen Faulkner who you can find here. The book I was sent is written by Post Natal Depression sufferer Jen, looking at Post Natal Depression from a child's point of view.
As you may know if you are a regular reader of my blog or have recently read this post, I suffered PND after my first daughter 5 years ago. I suffered PND for nearly 3 years before coming out the other side. It's only now I can see how long I really did go on suffering and I can see how tainted PND has made my memory of my daughters earlier years.
I wish I had this book when my daughter was younger. Even though she would've lacked understanding, I think it would've helped me enormously. For a parent struggling with depression it can be tough, there's no denying that. Getting dressed can be hard enough, let alone actually having fun, going to the park and doing messy play, what ever they want to do you just want to curl up in a ball in your bed. At least that's what I wanted to do.
This fantastic book can help in allowing children to see, in a way that is more suitable and relevant to their age, that you are still you, you're just a little lost at the moment. Most importantly, this books helps to teach children that it isn't their fault. This is so important and something I know I missed when I was suffering.
Here is an extract from the book:
As for us personally? Midge found some of the illustrations scary at first. Once I read the story properly and once she had time to study the illustrations herself, she became more into the book. She asked lots of questions and it gave me the opportunity to explain to her that when I'm 'down in the dumps' and I snap and shout, I really don't mean it. It isn't her fault. She seemed a lot happier with this explanation than my usual, snappy 'I'm tired, just play with your brother.' Thankfully, those days are few and far between.
This book can, in my own personal experience, put off a child like my daughter (a little sensitive, monsters are a thing she associates with fear) so I found flicking through it first, laughing a little at some of the pictures, then reading the story before talking about the story really helped. She's a bit of a softie my Midge, I'm sure she's not alone!
I'd like to thank Jen for writing this hugely important book and I'd also like to thank Helen Braid, the illustrator, who has done a wonderful job.
You can buy A Monster Ate My Mum by clicking this Link
OR purchase a version for your mobile/tablet for just 99p here
Thursday, 21 November 2013
I love flapjack. It's the one thing I can whip up super quick without too much fuss, mess and everything else. Sure I can make up a batch of cupcakes pretty quick but flapjacks are even quicker and satisfy a sweet craving every time.
The recipe I use is really easy. It's one I've had in a notepad for a long time so I don't actually know where its come from. I remember first baking some flapjacks when I was about 11 with my Mum and I hadn't baked them since finding this recipe and remembering how easy they are! These lovely sweet treats are both Wheat, Gluten and Dairy free. Enjoy!
225g Gluten free porridge oats
50g dairy free margarine (I used Vitilite)
75g caster sugar
3tbsp Golden Syrup
Add the butter, syrup and a sugar to a pan allowing it to melt
Once melted, add the free from oats
Mix well before adding to a baking try and spreading
Bake for approx 25 mins (but do check it!) on 160 degrees
Once baked, leave to cool and slice.
Enjoy your easy Free from Flapjack!
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Just before half term Midge had a very special delivery from Rainbow Belle. Rainbow Belle is a colourful little fairy that lives in Bellvue with her Magic Belle friends.
Midge and myself have spent many times together in their magical world and every month she receives a surprise pack from one of her fairy friends through the Flutterbud Club. It really makes her month.
We were sent a great, big package full of colour and sparkle from Rainbow Belle. Little A and Midge set to work on their projects:
After a lot of sticking and colouring they had both created a rainbow each which have been placed above my desk:
Midge and I made the lovely wooden bunting together with some decorating help from A of course! I threaded rainbow coloured ribbon through the flags and we hung above Midges bed in her newly decorated bedroom.
Thank you to Magic Belles who supplied us with all our gorgeous craft goodies to make our bunting and rainbows.
Monday, 18 November 2013
This week involved:
1) Lots of lovely letters from my pen friends. This letter was filled with cute bunny note slips and stamps were stuck to the paper- I love stamps.
2) Doing some jobs around the house. All that's needed in the lounge are some curtains- I'm freezing! My Mum is making them for us as a joint Christmas present so I'll have to freeze for a bit longer. I moved the whole room around and it feels more 'homely'. Next is the dining room which is my nightmare!
3) I went to town with Little A and Jay so he could do his Christmas shopping (very early for him but he had a lucky win on a scratchcard) We bought a Christmas cookie and a marshmallow ice cream for Little A before doing our weekly food shop.
4) I had some tired snuggles with Little A again this week.
5) Children In Need came around quickly again and this years school theme was 'dress as a hero.' Midge decided to dress as a Police officer so that's what we did. She looks so grown up!
6) I baked gluten free soda bread yum!
7) My Dad bought me this candle recently. I love it because it's all Christmassy. I took it out of its packaging and have displayed it on my fire place- it looks lovely!
There's my week! I hope you all had a lovely week too.