Monday, 30 July 2012

3 Looks For £30 - A Style Challenge

I took on a challenge thanks to Britmums. My mission? Create 3 looks from the selection of girls clothing at TK Maxx with just £30 to spend. £30?! 3 looks?! Could it be done? I had to give it a go.

Miss C loves clothes. They have to been pretty and they have to be sparkly. One day she said to Husband, "Daddy, where is the pretty things?!" as he tried to put a plain white t-shirt on her. My girl knows what she likes.

I was sent a gift card to the value of £30 and off we headed to our local TK Maxx. It's always been one of my favourite shops, especially for their fancy dress costumes and gorgeous party dresses. Unfortunately our store doesn't have the biggest of children's sections so bargain hunting is crucial. Here's what we had to choose from:


I had an idea of what I wanted to get. The best way to get a number of outfits on a budget is to choose a "base item" that when combined with something else, makes an outfit. I decided to go for jeans as jeans go with anything. I also knew I wanted to get some sort of dress as a dress can be an outfit on its own for party wear or teamed with jeans or leggings to make another outfit.

I searched through the clearance section first. I always go to clearance sections first when I go to a shop. Clearance doesn't always mean the rubbish that no one else wanted. You can find some gorgeous stuff, often with quite a bit off the original price. I managed to pick up 2 t-shirts and a pretty dress. I couldn't find any trousers in Miss C's size (the downside to clearance!) in the clearance rail but did find a pair of skinny jeans in the girls section. They only had an age 2 and lucky for us, Miss C is a bit short so still needs 18-24 month trousers.

I bought 2 t-shirts, a pair of skinny jeans and a dress.


When we got home, we had a bit of a fashion show so Miss C could show off her new outfits:





I had a total spend of £28.99. Four outfits for under £30...Challenge completed! Miss C was delighted with her new outfits too.

I received a £30 gift card to use at TK Maxx in order to complete this challenge. The opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

The Sunday Round-Up #WeekThirty

Last Sunday, I took the kids shopping. We've had a busy few weekend bargain hunting and this time I was on the hunt for some new shoes for Miss C and Wee Z as their feet have grown. I managed to get Miss C some funky high-tops from Next but sadly saw nothing for Wee Z. They spent some of their birthday money buying some new books. We also treated ourselves to some fudge from Thorntons. Yummy!


On Monday, it was raining here whilst I saw the sun splitting the skies everywhere else thanks to the beauty of social media. We stayed indoors and played a game of Crazy Chef from Orchard Toys that Miss C got for her birthday and then we did some sticky mosaics that Wee Z had gotten for Christmas. Rainy days sure do get the presents out and used!

On Tuesday, the weather was slightly better but I was feeling awful. The kids played in the garden with Wee Z's cars whilst I sat in my deck chair under plenty of layers.

On Wednesday, the weather was even better. Wee Z played outside with his friends whilst Miss C had a hospital appointment to go to for her toilet problems. She is much better now and the DR has signed her off her medicine and back to GP care.


On Thursday, we went in to town to get the rest of Wee Z's school clothes and his school shoes. Wee Z chose some very stylish black boots and I managed to pick up the school tank top. Wee Z doesn't like long sleeves so a tank top with the school badge on is ideal for him. He'll be looking super smart on his first day now.

On Friday, I took the kids to their summer club and they met up with some friends from nursery. They all sat together and drew pictures for ages before having a bounce on the bouncy castle. In the afternoon, Husband took the kids swimming whilst I did my ironing and housework. A few cakes may have been consumed at the same time.

On Saturday, after work, we took the kids to McDonalds for their lunch. We went because I was going out to celebrate Mummy N's birthday so we thought it would be nice to give them a treat lunch...and a chicken nugget happymeal with a plain hamburger on the side is the perfect way to line your stomach before hitting the town and the cocktails. When we got home, I started getting ready. I exfoliated, showered, washed my hair, shaved...the essentials! I had the music on in my room as I did my make up and my hair and then Husband did my nails for me. We went out for a meal and then on to the pubs to enjoy a few drinks. It was a great night out!


Silent Sunday







Thursday, 26 July 2012

My Best Bits of the Year So Far

I'm joining in with the Britmums blogging prompt "Best Bits" this week. I was reading over my post "What do I see in 2012" and it's pretty crazy to think that we are over half way through the year already.

One of the scariest things I've had to do this year was registering Wee Z for primary school. I can't believe that Wee Z will be starting school in a matter of weeks now. I'm also excited for him as I know he'll love it. He has been looking forward to going to school since he knew what a school was.

In March, we travelled down to surprise my Mum for her 50th birthday. She had no idea we were coming to stay and when she walked into the living room and saw us all sitting there she was definitely surprised...and then as a Mum always does, she said, "Oh what about your dinner? We don't have anything in for you!" It was a lovely visit and we also got to see my niece, Miss Baby K, who had gotten so big from when we last saw her.


We had 2 birthdays to celebrate in May and June. Miss C turned 3 and then Wee Z turned 5 a few days later. It was busy but lots of fun and thankfully the sun was out on the day of their party. They had fun playing in the pool and on the trampoline with a few of their friends. We had plenty of party snacks and cake too.


Which brings me to this month, July, when Husband and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary. We enjoyed our first night of freedom, away from the children. It was scary but it was fun too and made us feel like ourselves again, not just parents.

I'm still holding on for that lottery win and you never know what might be around the corner in the next 6 months!


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Funny Things My Child Says #12

I like that my children feel confident enough to ask me all kinds of questions, especially at the dinner table. I hope it continues as they grow up but I really wasn't expecting the conversation to be so grown up so early on:

"Mum, why do we need girls in the world?" asks Wee Z.

"Well, without girls there would be no babies."

"Mum, why do we need boys in the world?" asks Wee Z.

"Without boys there would be no babies either."

"Why do you need boys and girls to have babies?" asks Wee Z.

"Well that's how babies get made with a boy and a girl and how people would continue to live in the world."

"Mum...how do they make the babies? Do they hug? (giggles) Do they kiss? (giggles harder) Do they...MARRY?!"

"Erm...yes that's about right!"

"Me not getting marry Mummy!" said Miss C.

Marriage seems to be the talk of the week for Wee Z when he made the following suggestion at dinner time yesterday:

"Mummy, if you hadn't married Daddy, you'd have lots of pennies, a nice job and you would go on lots of holidays...so I'm never getting married!"




Street Photography #TheGallery

The theme this week set by Tara is Street Photography. I'm forever forgetting to take my camera when I go out places but thankfully I have the camera on my mobile phone to use whenever the opportunity presents itself.

I came across this photo on my phone which I think fits the theme quite well.


I took this photo in February. It was probably the week before the mad March heatwave kicked in so although it looks lovely and sunny, it was still nippy. I love those winter days when the sun is really low and hazy. Great for going for a big long walk in the park...not so good for driving however.

Wee Z and I were heading into town to spend some pocket money. Wee Z, like most people, loves to get a little treat with his pocket money hence the spring in his step as we walked through the park.

This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Street Photography.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Wagamama Restaurant - Review

Wagamama was something I saw tweeted about regularly and I wondered what it was. At first I thought it was the name of some games console character but, with the power of a search engine, I found out it was actually a Japanese inspired restaurant.

I laughed a lot when I found out that wagamama means "naughty child" in Japanese.

Our closest wagamama restaurant is in the city so it wasn't going to be the first choice for somewhere to eat as that would mean a 40 minute journey. However, we were offered the chance to review wagamama and decided to tie in lunch with a shopping trip. The reason for the review was wagamama have launched a new kids character, Hoshi which means "star" in Japanese. Hoshi has been designed by Rachel Ortis from independent arts and science children's magazine, Okido.


The kids were super excited to go to wagamama. It was all they talked about whilst we did our car journey and our pre-lunch shopping. Wee Z and Miss C love rice and noodles and they love to eat out as they see it as such an adventure! Wee Z also loves the activity books you get for your children in restaurants.

We were seated very quickly and as we hadn't been to wagamama before, we were talked through the menu choices. I'd had a sneek peek at the menu online and had asked for a few recommendations on twitter and facebook so I had an idea of what I wanted.



The kids immediately set about colouring in their puzzle books, which feature Hoshi. He looks like a bit like a blue rabbit and has the wagamama star on his tummy. The kids menu is quite good with a few choices of rice dishes and a few choices of noddle dishes. The kids decided they were going to have the mini chicken katsu which is a chicken breast in panko breadcrumbs served with sticky white rice, cucumber, sweetcorn and carrots. They decided to have the katsu curry sauce which is served on the side instead of over the food, which I thought was good as it meant they could choose to try the sauce and if they didn't like it then their full meal wasn't ruined.


Husband and I chose 2 side dishes of beef kushiyaki and chilli squid and for mains I chose raisukaree and Husband chose chilli ramen with beef steak and a chicken breast added at his request. The beef was so juicy, cooked medium rare which is how I like my steak. The raisukaree is a rice dish with chicken in a lime and coconut curry sauce. The chilli ramen is a noddle dish in a chicken and pork soup with beef, again cooked medium rare.


The food came quite quickly and it was all made fresh so some things came at different times but there wasn't too long a wait in between each dish coming out. The portions were great sizes too. Husband's bowl of soup was massive! My raisukaree was delicious, served with mangetout, coriander, red and green peppers and red chillis.

The kids enjoyed their chicken with Wee Z going as far as saying it was the yummiest chicken he'd ever had. He's not a chicken fan so this is quite a compliment wagamama! They both tried their curry sauce but didn't eat very much of it. I tried it myself and it was a bit nippy.



The staff were really lovely, not too intrusive and really accommodating. The food was fresh, hot and really yummy. The portion sizes were great for the price and we were too full up for pudding. We'd definitely go back again!

And Wee Z brought his puzzle book and Miss C's puzzle book home so he could finish off the picture code word!

We received vouchers to use at wagamama for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


Monday, 23 July 2012

The Day I Popped My Next Sale Cherry

Getting up at 4:30am was never something I ever envisaged myself wanting to do. I have 2 children and with that comes the early rises, the late nights and (though thankfully not now!) the night feeds. Even then, I never actually wanted to get up at 4:30am.

Or any other time between 10pm and 7am.

The only time it is acceptable, in my eyes, to get up at a crazy hour in the morning is to go to the airport to go on holiday somewhere hot. Knowing that you're going to be enjoying the sun, the sea and the sangria makes those early morning flights all the more worth while. Holidays are the only time it is acceptable to get up before 7am.

Until now.

Saturday 14th July at 4:30am my alarm goes off. Why? So I could get up and go to the Next sale. I've heard of people getting up to go to one of these sales before the doors open at 5am. I've never seen them, but I've heard of the queues right through shopping centres and crowds of people gathering eager to get in. Never had I thought about joining them...I mean who in their right mind gets up before 5am to go shopping?! Apparently I do.

After hearing friends raving about these sales, I decided I'd give it a go. I had nothing to lose, except some cash if I did find any bargains and a few precious hours sleep.

So up I got at 4:30am. I had half a cup of tea, popped my jacket on and drove to the local Next. I didn't even bother to change out of my jammies but I did put some deodorant on. I thought I should at least smell nice incase there were any armpit in face situations. I parked the car and joined the queue. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be but within 10 minutes of me arriving, it was getting longer and longer. There were even kids in the queue. Kids! And men. Men!

As the doors opened, we were handed large plastic carrier bags. I took one but some shoppers had 2 or 3 bags. They were obviously Next sale pros. I expected pushing and shoving and fights to get to things but, surprisingly, everyone was very tame and civil. I met a few people I knew and we helped each other get in and out of the busy sections.


I started at the girls section as I prefer the girls clothes in Next over the boys clothes. Wee Z is a jeans and t-shirt boy and you can pick those up anywhere. Miss C, however, loves sparkles and frills and pretty and I really feel Next captures Miss C and her personality. I had a few things in mind for her, especially after doing my Next Style challenge and managed to get quite a few things, including the pretty flowery t-shirts I liked and the white broderie shoes. I'm quite a fussy person so I was happy to browse and only pick out something if I really, really loved it. Other shoppers, however, were just picking the size they wanted out and throwing it in their bags to then sort through what they actually wanted...I may adopt this style in future!


Whilst I hadn't queued for long to get in, the queue to pay was long. Really long. I queued for about 30 minutes as they only have 2 cash tills in our Next. Bless the cashiers, they were knackered after 30 minutes. I gazed in amazement at some of the shoppers' bills: £300 was probably the biggest one I saw. I reckon our Next had made £5000 in about an hour of opening that morning! I spent £55.00 and was really pleased with my purchases, as were Wee Z and Miss C. I had to go to work but Husband got a fashion show from them both.


On Sunday morning, after our night away for our anniversary, Husband and I decided to pop to the local Next. Husband is quite a good shopper in that he isn't as fussy as I am. Within 3 minutes he had picked out £35 worth of sale stuff for Wee Z and I picked up some stuff for Miss C for nursery.

I've been back into Next since last weekend on 2 occasions and managed to pick up some more stuff. My total spend in Next this month has probably been about £110 but the kids have been well kitted out!

Was it worth getting up at 4:30am? Yes! I'm doing it again on Boxing day! Any family reading...we'll have Next vouchers or cash for Christmas please!



Sunday, 22 July 2012

The Sunday Round-Up #WeekTwentyNine

Last Sunday, a walk to the park turned into a visit to see Mr Bloom and his veggies. Luckily the rain held off for the kids to enjoy an assault course, a bug hunt, some ice cream and Mr Bloom's Nursery show.

On Monday, the kids had a friend over to play in the morning. In the afternoon we played on the trampoline before I did my usual Monday Workout! The things I do to eat cake!

On Tuesday, the kids went to their summer club. Miss C had her face painted as a butterfly. In the afternoon, Wee Z played with some Ben 10 and Power Rangers Mini Figures he received to review. He loves Ben 10 however he had never seen a Power Ranger before. Like every little boy though, he took to his new action figures straightaway and had them in all sorts of predicaments before tea time. He now wants to add more to his collection! I think I shall be stocking up on them as stocking fillers!



On Wednesday, I cleared out the craft box. It was overflowing with paper, stickers, colours and colouring books. I've grown a tough skin when it comes to clearing out the wonderful art creations Wee Z and Miss C make. You just can't keep everything! It was looking much better by the time I'd finished but I guarantee it won't last long!

On Thursday, the kids played out in the front garden. It had been raining the night before so the grass was wet and the mud was perfect for potion making. Wee Z, Miss C and a few of the neighbourhood kids played with sticks in the mud for 3 and a half hours. I sat at my front door and watched them having fun and getting really messy. Even when the rain started, they stayed outside with their hoods up. They were loving it!


On Friday, I took the kids to their summer club. Miss C had her face painted again as a pig. She loves pigs at the moment and is determined to get one to keep in the garden. I think frogs in the garden are enough for just now!


On Saturday, we went shopping. Not boring food shopping...fun clothes shopping. I had some birthday money for the kids so we went to the shopping centre in a bid to buy them some new clothes. We also got Wee Z his school clothes as it isn't long now until he starts school!

We received the Ben 10 and Power Rangers Mini Figures in the post to review. They are available from Argos, Tesco, Asda, Toys R Us and all good toy stores. They are priced at £1.99. The opinions expressed are my own.


Silent Sunday







Saturday, 21 July 2012

The Day We Saw Mr Bloom

Last weekend we met up with Mama N and Wee J and we decided to visit the park. It was nice for a change, feeling more like a July day and the kids were looking forward to going to play together. There was also another reason for our visit to the park...Mr Bloom was going to be there. Yes, actual Mr Bloom off Cbeebies!

A few friends had managed to get tickets to see his show but it wasn't very well publicised so I didn't know it was on until the week before when all the tickets had been allocated. However, as well as the show, there were lots of fun activities to take part in for free.


There was an assault course, face painting, a bug hunt and lots of vegetable themed arts and crafts activities. There were also lots of cameras there. Film cameras. I tried to avoid them but that seemed to attract them more so if we're really unlucky, I might be on TV soon!

The boys raced around the assault course and then went on to the bug hunt. We saw Mr Bloom walking through the park, clearly on a break from his show, but he couldn't stop.

There was an ice cream stall where I paid £6 for 2 cones and a tub! The ice cream was very nice though. The kids got a special Mr Bloom Cbeebies magazine to take home with them.


At around 3pm, when the next show was due to start, we decided to wander up on the off chance we would get in to see the show. And we did! All the kids got to sit in front of the stage and watch as Granny Bloom opened the show, sad that Mr Bloom hadn't planted her any flowers.

When Mr Bloom appeared, singing a song from his show (I think!), all the kids started clapping and cheering. Miss C was fascinated with the Veggies who were there too. The kids got to join in with the show by shouting Mr Bloom when a naughty worm appeared.

"He's behind you Mr Bloom!"

In the end Granny Bloom got her flowers after we all helped Mr Bloom plant the seeds. It was a fun show and the kids really enjoyed themselves. Not bad for a free day out! (Not counting the £6 ice cream round, of course!)


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Last week I received something I'd been lusting after for awhile...a slow cooker. They are all the rage at the moment. Everyone I know has one and they always rave about how good food tastes from it.

The lovely people over at Palmers let me choose one from their website to review. Palmers are an independent department store selling kitchenware, tableware, bedding and much more. I chose the Judge 5.5L slow cooker. It's a good size and very easy to use. You can't go wrong with a low setting, a high setting and a keep warm setting, can you? The ceramic dish inside can be removed to allow for easy serving and easy cleaning in a dishwasher.


I decided to try my meatballs in tomato sauce in the slow cooker. I prepared everything before I left for work and stuck it on high so it would boil. Husband would be in so I told him to set it to low once it was boiling and then to leave it to simmer away.

When I came home, the sauce hadn't reduced by very much so I left the lid off for awhile. The smells of spices and herbs drifted through the kitchen into the living room. Even my neighbour could smell it. It smelt delicious. I didn't have to stir it or check it often either. The Judge was doing the work for me!


At around 3:30pm, after the meatballs and sauce had been cooking for over 6 hours, I turned the slow cooker to keep warm so it was ready to serve at 5pm for dinner.

By dinner time, the sauce was nicely reduced. I serve my meatballs with spaghetti and parmesan cheese. I couldn't wait to try the meat to see if it was as tender as people make it out to be. Usually I cook my meatballs in the oven and they can be a bit chewy. These meatballs were melt in the mouth tender. Wee Z gobbled his up before he even tackled his spaghetti. Usually he'll leave his sauce and onions, but he ate them all up too. We all cleaned our plates.


I don't think I'll be going back to cooking my meatballs in the oven!

Here's the recipe for my meatballs and tomato sauce, done in the slow cooker. Next week, by special request from Wee Z, we're cooking sausage cassarole. I can't wait to try it!

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
12 beef or lamb meatballs (I buy mine pre-made)
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of curry powder
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon tomato puree
1 teaspoon of mixed herbs
1 teaspoon of sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

Let's cook it

In a pan with a little olive oil, gently fry the onion and garlic for about 1 minute. Add the meatballs, the paprika and the curry powder and gently fry until the meatballs are sealed. Set the slow cooker to high and once warm, put all the pan ingredients in the slow cooker. Add in your can of tomatoes and tomato puree and then fill the empty tomato can with cold water. Pour it in to the slow cooker with all the other ingredients. Give it a stir and then add in your salt, pepper and sugar.

Cook on high until the sauce starts to boil. Once boiling, set to low and let it cook away. I left mine for 6 hours but the meat should be cooked through after 3 or 4 hours. At the 5 hour mark, add in the herbs.

Set the slow cooker to keep warm once the meat is cooked and the sauce is reduced. Serve with spaghetti or pasta and parmesan.


Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Planes, Trains and Automobiles #TheGallery



Planes - This picture was taken when Wee Z went to the funfair and decided he wanted to go on the rides. Before that day, whenever we had taken him to the funfair, he wouldn't go on anything. He loved soaring high through the air and waving frantically at Miss C and I. Husband thought he was in Top Gun...

Trains - This photo was taken the first time we boarded a train to go into the city. The kids were so excited!

Automobiles - Another funfair picture except this time it was Miss C's first time going on all the rides. She loved it as you can tell by her face!

This post is for the Gallery. The theme this week is taken from the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles.


Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Our First Night Away - Celebrating Our Anniversary

On Saturday afternoon, Husband and I packed an overnight case and said goodbye to Wee Z and Miss C. Just for one night.

We were heading to a hotel to enjoy some relaxation, dinner and drinks together. Before Saturday night, we had never stayed away from the kids. We've gone out for dinner but the kids have always been in bed before we left. On Saturday night my Father in Law would have to get the kids fed, bathed and in bed by himself.


We arrived at the hotel, checked in and headed straight down to the pool. We relaxed in the sauna and steam room, chilled in the Jacuzzi and enjoyed a swim without having to worry about any small children. It was bliss.

We changed into our dinner clothes and headed to the hotel's restaurant for our meal. I was starving! Dinner was included as part of our stay so we decided we'd go all out and treat ourselves. I had some chicken skewers in Thai sauce whilst Husband had scallops with pea purée and crispy pancetta for starters. For mains we both had roast belly of pork with veggies and for pudding I had tarte tatin with ice cream and Husband had sticky toffee pudding.


We enjoyed a few alcoholic beverages before heading to our room for a face mask and some How I Met Your Mother in bed.

I woke up at 6:30. I was not impressed but managed to go back to sleep after a quick pee and some paracetamol. I woke again at 8:30. We got ready and had breakfast.

It was lovely spending time together ourselves and not having to worry about being parents for a day. I think we will be making this weekend away a more regular occurrence!


Monday, 16 July 2012

Leaving my Babies For the First Time

I was scared but excited.

I have never been away from Wee Z or Miss C overnight...except for the night I was away from Wee Z when I was giving birth to Miss C but that doesn't count. I was exactly letting my hair down and enjoying a night off then.

Husband and I were going away for our anniversary. Overnight.

I wasn't worried as such as they are both old enough to realise that we do come back when we go somewhere. They also sleep all night so I wasn't concerned they'd wake and freak when someone out of the norm came in to check on them.

I was just nervous.

I need not have been.

Wee Z and Miss C had a great time with their Papa. Instead of them going to his house, we asked my Father in Law to come and stay with them at our house. He took them to Burger King for tea and they didn't leave until 8pm because they were having so much fun in the soft play.

They were good for him. All the time!

When we arrived home just before lunch time on Sunday, Wee Z was playing with his new bingo set whilst Miss C was dressing up her dog. They were happy and my FIL wasn't running for the hills in a huge ball of stress.

Being away made me appreciate them a little more. We spent the day at the park together.

And when they started fighting it felt as if I'd never had a night away!


Snap, Crackle and Pop Art

Over the last weekend, Wee Z and Miss C have been hard at work colouring in and decorating their very own box of Rice Krispies that they received courtesy of Britmums and Kelloggs. They also received a lovely colouring set to help them with their creation.

Here's how they got on:


Both took on the job of colouring in Snap, Crackle and Pop. Wee Z decided he was going to use glitter glue to add some sparkle to the Rice Krispies to make it really stand out!


Once the colouring in was finished and most of the glitter glue was dry, we used some of the Rice Krispies to fill the bowl. We stuck them on using some craft glue!

Of course, we couldn't just eat a bowl of Rice Krispies. We decided to make some yummy "toffee krispies". These are really yummy and not too unhealthy...that's what I tell myself anyway. They only take about 10 minutes to make and about 1 hour to set in the fridge.

Ingredients

100g butter
40g honey
1 teaspoon golden syrup
150g Rice Krispies
10g of caster sugar
250g milk chocolate

Let's make it

Put sugar, honey, golden syrup and butter into a saucepan. Cook over a medium heat, stirring frequently until sugar dissolves. Let it boil for 5 minutes whilst constantly stirring.

Remove from the heat and add to the Rice Krispies. Stir through and add in the golden syrup.

Grease a square tin, a deep one ideally, and press the Rice Krispies into it.

Melt the chocolate in a mixing bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, stirring frequently. Once melted, spread it evenly over the top of the Rice Krispies.

Pop it in the fridge to set which takes about 1 hour. Cut into squares once set. Enjoy!


We're taking part in the Britmums #ColourMeInRK which is sponsored by Kelloggs!


Sunday, 15 July 2012

The Sunday Round-Up #WeekTwentyEight

Last Sunday, we went to the park. It wasn't a particularly nice day for the park but it was dry and we were going a bit mad sitting inside all day. We've quite a few parks local to us but Wee Z has taken a shining to the park with the assault course, so we decided to go there. Wee Z was straight on to the climbing ropes whilst Miss C decided to take a ride on a squirrel.


On Monday, it rained and it poured so we stayed inside and played dominoes. Once the game was over, we built domino towers. Wee Z did quite well with his!


On Tuesday, it rained again. We played marble run which we were sent to review as part of the Galt Play Fest party on 24th and 26th July. Wee Z loves marbles so this was right up his street and he sat for 2 and a half hours building runs for his marbles, totally engrossed.

On Wednesday, it rained some more. We were beyond breaking point. Miss C decided that she was going to attempt to play in the rain whilst it wasn't heavy. She put on her wellies and her raincoat but as soon as she got outside...the heavens burst. She wasn't bothered though. She jumped in the growing puddles and tried to catch the rain in her hands. As soon as the thunder started though, she ran back inside.

On Thursday, it was my day off and because we are on summer holidays here, we didn't have to get up early! We stayed in bed until 8:30 then had a quick breakfast so Wee Z could go to his summer club. Miss C and I went for a walk to the park as the weather took a turn for the better. In the afternoon, Husband and I decided to tackle the weeds in the front garden whilst Wee Z and Miss C played in the huge grass area with their friends from next door. It made a lovely change to being stuck indoors!


On Friday, I took the kids to their summer club again. Miss C is really into face painting at the moment so was straight in and asking to have her face done. She wanted to be a cat today. We watched Wee Z's friend, Miss E, in her dance show. She was very good! In the afternoon Husband took the kids swimming whilst I caught up on my ironing and Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model.

On Saturday, I joined the other crazy shoppers as the Next sale started at 5am. I've never been before but it was worth getting up early for. I had an idea of what I wanted and managed to get quite a few of the things I had liked. I'll definitely be going again! In the evening, Husband and I went out for our anniversary. The kids went to Burger King with their Papa and stayed there until 8pm!


Happy Anniversary!

Six years ago today, Husband and I took our vows in front of friends and family and said I do.

There have been ups and downs but mostly ups...99% ups which can't be bad for 6 years?!


The best thing about being married is having someone who is there for you through the good, the bad and the darn right ugly. We stick by each other no matter what. Even if one doesn't completely agree with the other - we are a team.

The worse things about being married? Having to put up with each others nasty habits. Toilet seats being left up, (or down in his case!) breaking wind, smelly socks...

We love each other despite our flaws!

Happy Anniversary Baby!

Silent Sunday





Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Food #TheGallery


I'd love to eat cake
Every day if I could
I know that it's naughty
But it tastes so damn good

It's light and it's fluffy
It's moist and so sweet
It's rich and it's buttery
And so delicious to eat

Chocolate or vanilla
Covered in icing
Carrot or lemon
It's just so enticing

Fairy or muffin
Donut or cupcake
In all shapes and sizes
So long as it's baked

I'd eat cake for breakfast
I'd eat cake for lunch
I'd eat cake for dinner
And for my in-between munch

I have an addiction
An illness, a fetish
If only the calories
Were equal to lettuce

Food is the theme
And it wouldn't be right
If you came to my blog
And a cake wasn't in sight


This post is for The Gallery. The theme this week is Food.




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