Saturday, 31 August 2013

365 Project Days 237 - 243

Day 237 - Blowing bubbles in the garden
Day 238 - The butterflies enjoying some flowers
Day 239 - Getting ready to let the butterflies go
Day 240 - Wee Z has started reading Harry Potter
Day 241 - A little bumblebee
Day 242 - Out for the night with friends
Day 243 - Enjoying the swings 

Trampoline Dodgeball #CountryKids

Trampoline Dodgeball 
Jumping really high
Trying to avoid the balls
As we jump into the sky

Trampoline Dodgeball
Round and round we go
Careful the balls don't hit us
As we run to and fro

Trampoline Dodgeball
 Balls chasing us around
And when they touch us 
We all fall down

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 30 August 2013

Flashback Friday - The First Kicks

For Flashback Friday last week, I shared a photo of my baby Miss C bump. This week, I'm continuing my pregnancy story with Miss C and talking about the first kicks.

From around 15 weeks into my pregnancy, I was pretty sure I could feel the baby moving. It was just teeny little movements. Pregnancy books often describe it as a flutter but I'd say it was more like a bubble popping feeling. Or really bad wind.

I didn't feel Wee Z moving when I was pregnant with him until I was at least 18 weeks and even then I wasn't sure what it was I was feeling, but with Miss C, I knew it was her moving about. It happened when I was in bed one night and Husband was on night shift. I think I text him to tell him and he replied something along the lines of "how cool!"

Over the weeks, I started to feel more movements but nothing like a proper baby kick. Feeling a baby move inside you but not actually feeling the movement when you touch your belly is a strange thing. And when the baby starts to move and you put your hand to your belly to feel it, you're not guaranteed to feel it move again that day. You will the baby to move but it doesn't and of course, you then realise this baby has a mind of its own! Usually it comes to life when you are trying to go to sleep and the baby decides it's party time in the womb!

On January 3rd, the baby kicked for the first time. An actual proper kick that I felt under my hand through my belly. Husband felt it that day too and it was amazing. I think that's when a pregnancy seems real, when you start feeling your baby kicking and your family and friends can share it with you.

We tried to get Wee Z to feel the baby move but he was too young to understand at the time. I missed the kicks once I had both kids. I'd get pregnant again just to be able to have that feeling once more and to be able to share it with Wee Z and Miss C.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Pets #TheGallery

The theme of Pets on The Photo Gallery this week really pulled at my heart strings. I knew exactly which of my pets I was going to talk about.

I've had cats since I was a baby. I remember my first cats in our house in Edinburgh. I think we had two but I remember for sure that one of them was called Noodles.

When we moved to Spain, I had a dog called Susie and a cat called Patches.

When we lived in Mexico, after much convincing and bringing home of random cats, my Step dad agreed we could have a cat and she was called Brigadoon. She had five kittens but only three of the litter survived.

When we moved back to Edinburgh, we convinced my Gran to get a cat and he was called Lucky.

When we moved to Manchester, we adopted our cat Mishka. Lucky came to live with us when my Gran passed away.

Then I moved back to Scotland and Husband already had 2 cats, Guiness and Morgan. Morgan still lives with us and we've added to our pet count with Jazz, Felix and, our two boys who went to sleep this year, Rocky and Casper.

This is Casper.

All of my cats are important to me. They each have their own personality and ways about them. Morgan can be grumpy and likes to chase the neighbourhood dogs. Jazz (or Jazzy Wazzy as I call him) is so laid back and cool and Felix, our new addition, is a lunatic. Rocky was a grumpy so and so and we also thought he was a bit thick for a cat. But Casper, he was just the most special cat we could ever hope to meet.

We adopted Casper at the age of 8 weeks. We'd been visiting him since he was a week old. The kids adored him. He was their first pet. Miss C would carry him around like a baby. Poor Casper never had a minutes peace but, I think that was good for him and he doted on Miss C and Wee Z.

He loved a cuddle and would come into bed, right under the covers and snuggle in. He would sit in the bath with the kids and let them wash him. He would follow us to the main road on the way to school. I had to call Husband to get out of bed and come and get him incase he decided to come all the way to school. He loved to share chocolate with me.

Casper was poisoned back in May. We put him to sleep the day before Wee Z's birthday. The kids were heartbroken, especially Miss C. She cried a lot that day. She still asks for him. She asked her Daddy to bury him under her window so she knew where he was and so he would be close to her. Jazz had developed a close bond with Casper so he was upset when his play friend wouldn't wake up. We were devastated. Losing a pet is hard at any time but to lose him under such cruel circumstances and at such a young age was really, really hard. Then we lost Rocky, who was also poisoned, four days later. It was a tough month.

I swore I wouldn't get any more pets after the boys went to sleep. However, in the way that fate plays out sometimes, we happened to go into the pet shop about 5 weeks ago and there was Felix. He was 7 weeks old which meant he was born around about the same time Casper and Rocky left us. He was black and white. Rocky was our black cat and Casper was our pure white cat. We brought him home and he is just as spoiled (and just as tolerant!) as all the other cats have been.

I don't think we'll ever be without our pets!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Cheap Family Holidays with

In less than two months we'll be heading off on our first family holiday in two years and I can't wait to go. We're off to Disneyland Paris!

Disneyland Holidays don't come cheap but there are plenty of deals to be had. We were originally going to book to go for 3 days, 2 nights however, it worked out cheaper to go for 5 days, 4 nights because you were getting 2 days, 2 nights free. Plus kids under the age of 7 stay for free!

Getting the best holiday deals whenever we go on holiday is really important to us. When I was growing up, we went on holidays twice, maybe three times a year. We were very, very lucky. I want to be able to have at least one family holiday a year for my children. It's nice to get away, visit different places in the world and make memories together.

Disneyland was booked quite a bit in advance, but we've talked about doing something last minute next year. Travelling during the summer holidays can be so expensive but, if you save a bit of money and are relaxed on where you want to go, a last minute deal could cost a lot less. We'd be happy with somewhere warm with a swimming pool for the kids to swim all day. And a club for the kids so Husband and I could enjoy some peace.

I'm really looking forward to our holiday this year though and I'm sure we will all have a fantastic time. Then I can start thinking about next year when we come home.

Have a look on to see if you can get a great deal for your next family holiday!

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Monday, 26 August 2013

Counting Caterpillars from Orchard Toys - Review

We recently received Counting Caterpillars from Orchard Toys to review. If you read this blog regularly, then you'll know how much we love Orchard Toys and are always excited when they ask us to review one of their new games or jigsaws.

Here is our video review of Counting Caterpillars:

So to recap:

  • Excellent first number and colour recognition game
  • Ideal for toddlers or nursery classes and possibly into P1
  • Easy to play and could be varied if you wanted to (find odd numbers first etc)
  • Encourages turn-taking and memory skills
  • For ages 3+ which I felt was about right but could possibly be played younger
  • Priced at £9.50 on the Orchard Toys website which I felt was good value for money
We gave Counting Caterpillars a big 10/10

We received Counting Caterpillars for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

What's the Story? #4

What's the Story?

This picture was taken as a friend and I were leaving to go to a Summer ball for my work. This was taken in 2005. I can't get over how young I look here. I was 19, almost 20 years old. 

My friend had come over to my house to get ready. By getting ready, this meant getting dressed whilst drinking copious amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Husband, then boyfriend, was taking us to the ball. I was pretty merry when I got in the car. Worst of all, we were running late and this was a formal do. 

We arrived as the head of the work place was giving a speech. I stumbled in the door and asked my friend, rather loudly, to find out where we were sitting from the seating plan. That's how formal this do was. 

Wine had been provided for the tables and we were also given drink vouchers to use at the bar. Needless to say, that night was pretty messy. We danced, we drank, we danced and we drank some more. 

My friend's boyfriend was picking us up. I just about made it into the car and I think I fell asleep for a bit. Husband had pizza ready for us when we got back to my house and I ended up losing my piece to my cat Rocky. Well, I was teasing him with it. 

Husband tells me I was then sick everywhere and fell asleep in the shower. I don't remember this but I do remember I had a pretty sore head the next day. And I didn't look anything like the lovely young lady in the photo from the start of the night either. 

Ah well, those were the days!

Caterpillars Into Butterflies #MagicMoments

It has been almost a month since we received our caterpillars and watched as they grew from teeny, tiny caterpillars into big, fat caterpillars. It was amazing!

After 10 days or so, the caterpillars started to spin their silk and hang upside down from the top of their container and they started to form the chrysalis that would keep them cosy for almost 2 weeks.

On Friday, I was started to get worried. I thought the caterpillars were dead. They hadn't done anything. One of them had fallen off the paper disc it had attached itself to. I scooped it up with a spoon and gently placed the chrysalis on to some kitchen roll. I was a worried caterpillar Mama. I contacted the Magic Belles and they promised to send over some magic dust to make them OK.

Low and behold, it worked. On Saturday, when I came home from work, the caterpillars had transformed into beautiful Painted Lady butterflies. Well, four of them had. Our fifth one was our slow coach and decided to go into a chrysalis two days after the others.

How amazing though to see the stages of transformation a caterpillar goes through to become the majestic butterfly. They are so gorgeous to look at. They like to flap their wings really fast; it looks like they are vibrating. Husband tells me they are doing this to pump blood into their wings to prepare to fly.

The kids are fascinated by them. Felix is also much more interested in them now that they move about their nest. The kids filled it with flowers and plants and we put some sugar water in the nest for them to eat.

We'll release them in a few days. Our fifth one ended up hatching yesterday morning so we'll need to give him two days to make sure they can all be released at the same time. It has been so much fun watching them transform, we'd definitely recommend buying them to anyone!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

What We Did Last Week #WeekThirtyThree

Last Sunday, we got up and got ready for a birthday party the kids had been invited too. It was lots of fun! We had to leave early for Wee Z's swimming lesson and we were really pleased to hear he had been moved up to the next course!

On Monday, it was nursery and school for Miss C and Wee Z. After I dropped them off, I came home to peace and quiet. I was able to do my work out in peace and, something I haven't been able to do in years (unless we have visitors), I had a shower the door closed. After I picked up Miss C, we walked in to town to get some new books from the library and had a sausage roll for lunch.

On Tuesday, Miss C and I had a pretty chilled out day at home. Miss C wanted to bring her baby and her gorgeous Mamas & Papas pram to school. I agreed, reluctantly I might add since it had never been outside before today.

On Wednesday, we had another house day. We played a new Orchard Toys game together called Counting Caterpillars. Miss C loves it and loves practising her counting. Wee Z had received a fabulous Skylanders Giants activity pack in the post. He loved the bag all the goodies came in and decided it was going to be his gym bag! He was also thrilled to have another "dog tag" to add to his collection and lots of Skylanders Giants stickers too.

On Thursday, I picked Miss C and Wee L up from nursery. They decided to have a healthy lunch of banana, apple and cheese. We went to soft play and the healthy eating went out the window when they had crisps and chocolate. At least they were running around a lot too.

On Friday, I picked Miss C up from nursery and we came home to wash the car. Miss C got fed up after 10 minutes and decided to go in and play with her Playmobil. We picked Wee Z up from school and ended up chatting away to one of his friends and his Mum for 40 minutes. It was back to the Karate Elite Squad for Wee Z and he was pretty excited to be going back.

On Saturday, I was up early for my shift at work. When I got home we had a chilled out afternoon watching films and eating yummy roast pork for dinner.


Saturday, 24 August 2013

365 Project Days 230 - 236

Day 230 - All dressed up for a birthday party (pair of posers!)
Day 231 - Pretty flowers
Day 232 - Pushing her own baby pram
Day 233 - Out with her baby again
Day 234 - Walking to school and nursery together
Day 235 - Miss C doesn't share her food
Day 236 - We have beautiful butterflies

The Great Outdoors #CountryKids

The Great Outdoors
Outside I love to be
Walking through a breeze

Smelling the pretty flowers
Walking down a path
Running through the grass

Come rain or shine
Snow or Autumn crunch
Picking flowers by the bunch

The Great Outdoors
Beauty by nature
Where we can run free

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 23 August 2013

Flashback Friday - A Pregnancy Photo

Continuing with my story of my pregnancy with Miss C, I thought I'd share a photo for Flashback Friday this week.

This photo was taken on Christmas Day 2008. Wee Z is only 19 months old here. I can't believe how much hair he used to have!

Obviously you can't see my baby bump but I think you can tell I'm pregnant. Or maybe it's just the way I'm sitting. I must be about 16 weeks pregnant here with Miss C. I can remember I was feeling knackered. We'd been up early with Wee Z, Bella and Pops were visiting and we were visiting my FIL when this picture was taken. I think he had made up some beef sandwiches and they went down pretty well.

Everyone was making a fuss of Wee Z that day which was great for me as it meant I got to sit down all day and eat a lot of, well, everything. I'd finally got my appetite back after weeks of feeling sick.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

World Photography Day #TheGallery

On Monday it was World Photography Day and so Tara set The Gallery task of taking a photo of something, anything on World Photography Day.

Imagine a world with no cameras. I can't either. It seems impossible to think that there would be no way for me to document our family and our life together. I love taking photos. I want to be able to look back at my photos in years to come and remember that very instant the photo was taken. Where we were. What we were doing. Who we were with. How old we were.

That's what photography is about for me.

And so I took this photo...

These two are my world. I don't know what I'd do without them and I love taking photos of them. I want to remember everything about them because I know my mind, although it will never forget, will never be able to picture the picture I see in front of me exactly how it was.

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Monday, 19 August 2013

Keep Learning Over the Summer Holidays with LeapFrog

As school starts here for another year, I'm slightly worried about how Wee Z will cope with having to sit in the classroom again. I don't worry about how he'll do with his work, but it must be tough on them after 7 weeks off school, free to do what they please (within reason) to have to sit back in a classroom and focus on learning.

Before the kids started school and nursery, we used to do things to help them learn. Activities that helped them to learn their colours or numbers or letters. I didn't see any reason not to carry this on through the Summer holidays. Wee Z chose some workbooks from the book shop and would happily sit and do these for an hour during the day.

Another way we kept our brains working hard was playing with the Leappads. Wee Z and Miss C both have a Leappad and they really enjoy playing them. Miss C loves Dora the Explorer and it is great for learning about counting in both English and Spanish. She also loves her Tangled game, so much so I think I could recite the whole story from the game. Wee Z enjoys the mini games where he can practise his math skills. They only play for 30 minutes but even Leapfrog suggest that 20 minutes a day doing an educational activity is great!

Leapfrog have set up a Leapfrog Summer School on the UK facebook page to encourage parents to pledge those 20 minutes to help their kids keep up their learning during the holidays. Research carried out by Leapfrog with 2000 parents revealed that 59% fear that their child would slip academically during the Summer holidays.

The Leapfrog Summer School shares tips on reading and writing activities as well as daily tips from independent educational expert and editor of the Good Schools Guide, Janette Wallis. One of the tips I liked was playing I-Spy with letter sounds rather than saying the letter. This is a great way to encourage children to practise their phonics! 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

What We Did Last Week #WeekThirtyTwo

Last Sunday, after a fab night at the races, I woke up with a bit of a sore head. It was bacon rolls for lunch and a cup of coffee that perked me up again. We went to swimming lessons in the afternoon. Miss C got on so much better and Wee Z did fab as always.

On Monday, we spent the day indoors. We played a game of Hungry Hippos and a game of Words with Friends which is a bit like Scrabble. Wee Z lost his second tooth today so a trip from the Tooth Fairy was in order.

On Tuesday, Miss C wanted to practise riding her bike outside. It didn't last very long as she can't go the bike without stabilisers yet and she gets fed up pretty quickly.

On Wednesday, I took the kids to the park before we went for our dentist appointment. They had lots of fun on the climbing assault course!

On Thursday, I took the kids to soft play as a final treat before they went back to school and nursery. They made some friends and I didn't see them the whole time we were there except for water breaks.

On Friday, it was back to school and nursery. Wee Z is now in Primary 2 and Miss C is in her last year of nursery. It was lovely to see all the new Primary 1 children looking very smart in their uniforms. I can't believe Miss C will be starting school this time next year!

On Saturday, we slept in until almost 10am! I took the kids to karate whilst Husband had a day off work and went to the gym. It poured with rain for most of the day so we stayed indoors and watched The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.


Saturday, 17 August 2013

365 Project Days 223 - 229

Day 223 - Trying on my fascinator
Day 224 - A loose tooth
Day 225 - Practising with no stabilisers
Day 226 - Climbing at the park
Day 227 - Eggs for lunch
Day 228 - Swinging at the park
Day 229 - Daddy does the hair in this house

Summer Has Come to an End #CountryKids

Our Summer holidays are over
They really were lots of fun
We did lots of outdoor activities
And made the most of the heatwave sun

Trips to the park a plenty
Walks to discover things
Seeing the newborn animals
Soaring to the sky on the swings

Fish and chips on a bench
As we looked out at the sea
Playing in the park til late
Enjoying ice cream after tea

We loved playing in the water
Especially in our new pool
During the Summer heatwave
It was the place to keep cool

And now our Summer is over
It's back to school we go
But our outdoor adventures will continue
Come rain or shine or snow

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 16 August 2013

Flashback Friday - The Trials and Tribulations of Pregnancy

For Flashback Friday last week, I shared the news of our first official scan of our new baby, Miss C.

I was excited to be pregnant again but it's like as soon as your pregnancy is confirmed, the various pregnancy ailments start to appear. Tiredness, headaches and sickness. I suffered with all of those throughout my pregnancy.

The sickness was the worst part and feeling nauseous whilst looking after a toddler wasn't great. I'd struggle to get out of bed in the morning and then, by lunch time, I needed a nap. Wee Z wasn't really napping any more, but when he did, I took advantage of the time to have a rest myself.

I had a lot of time off work when I was pregnant with Wee Z because I was so ill with him but thankfully, I still managed to make my work whilst pregnant with Miss C. I think the fact I was only working 2 nights and 1 weekend day a week helped!

Whilst pregnant with Wee Z, I couldn't stand to be around the smell of lavender. It was the same with Miss C which made me think I might be having a boy again. Even thinking about it now makes me feel a bit sick. I remember a woman talking to me who must have used lavender perfume or fabric softener and I had to refrain from throwing up right beside her.

Towards week 15 of my pregnancy I started to feel a bit better. I wasn't feeling as sick nor did I have headaches but I was still so tired. I also noticed that I wasn't a big as I had been with Wee Z at this stage of the pregnancy. I think all the running around after a toddler was keeping me fit and wearing me out too!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Ladies' Day at the Races

Last Saturday, Cupcake Neighbour and I along with some other ladies headed to Ladies' Day at our local race course. I was excited as I'd never been before.

The dress code called for fascinators and fancy frocks. I already had a dress in my wardrobe that I had worn maybe once before so I decided to wear it as it is really pretty and I could accessorise it with a red belt to match my gorgeous red fascinator I bought. At £40, it wasn't cheap, but I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.

My hairdresser came to my house and curled my hair for me and then pinned it to one side. She then curled Miss C's hair as she was feeling a bit left out. When I get my hair cut, Miss C gets hers done at the same time.

I had wanted to get some red shoes to go with my outfit but I couldn't find any I liked and that matched the colour of my fascinator so I wore black patent shoes. They weren't too high so I knew I'd last the day without my feet hurting and I knew I could walk in them.

The mini bus picked us up at 4pm and off we went. The place was packed. It was amazing to see all the ladies dressed up in their fanciest clothes with beautiful hats and fascinators. The men were looking smart in suits or shirts and jeans.

We started off at the champagne tent, drinking pink champagne. I saw a few people I knew including Wee Z's head teacher so it was best behaviour for me. After one bottle of champers, we went back to the stands to watch the first race. We did have a flutter but I didn't do so well. Cupcake Neighbour ended up winning money in most of her races. I wish I had her luck! I thought my money was better spent in the champagne tent so we headed back there.

Three bottles of champers and a portion of chips later, the races were finished and we headed into the suite to listen to a Take That tribute band. Take That aren't really my cup of tea but we had a sing song and a few more drinks. I ended up bumping into my MIL who was looking lovely and we had a chat.

It was a great day and night and we've decided to make it an annual event although I will bring Husband with me next year. He's much better at the gambling part! If there are race days near you and they have a Ladies' Day then I'd definitely recommend it.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Back to School with George by Asda - Review

It's that time of year again when the school clothes shop begins. Our school goes back on Friday! The Summer holidays have flown by!

Last year I got bit and bobs of the uniform from various shops. One of those shops was Asda. Their range from George is great value for money. The bits I got from Asda actually lasted the longest out of all the other uniform bits I bought. I also found that the sizes were quite generous so nothing was outgrown.

We received some of this year's George uniform range to review. Our school colours are red and grey so we were sent a red jumper and some shirts as well as a pair of trousers. Prices start from around £2 depending on what you're buying. Trousers, for example, start at around £3.50 and a pack of 2 shirts starts at around £3.

As we've already used George school wear before, I knew the quality would be good for what you pay. The prices are cheap but the material doesn't feel cheap. Certain trouser styles come with an elasticated waist whilst others have the buttons on the inside of the trouser so you can adjust them to fit your child. Wee Z is quite slim but has long legs so he needs a 6-7 but they hang off him at the waist until I adjust them.
The jumpers are 100% cotton, the shirts are easy-iron and the trousers are Teflon-coated so they are hard-wearing. Everything can be washed at 30°C and they can be tumble-dried too - ideal for those Winter months when you can't get things dried quick enough! Sizes start at an age 3-4 years and go right up to age 15-16 years.

As well as clothing, you can get school shoes, accessories, stationary, bags and lunch boxes from Asda. Depending on what you need, I think you could pick up the full school uniform from George for under £40 which offers great value for money, especially as going back to school or starting school can cost a family a lot of money.

We received some school wear items from George at Asda for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Relax #TheGallery

There are plenty of ways that I enjoy relaxing; a bath, a walk, a cup of coffee and a croissant to name but a few but nothing relaxes me more than being near the beach in the sunshine.

This photo was taken in Portugal, 2008. I love Portugal. It's just beautiful. Listening to the tide gently rolling in and out, the quiet chatter of families enjoying their holiday and the feel of the golden sand beneath my feet. Bliss!

We are lucky to live on the coast near quite a few beaches and they are great for where they are, especially when the sun is shining like a few weeks ago during the heatwave. But the beaches at home aren't a patch on the beaches abroad. There's just something about them. I can't put my finger on it but I'd quite happily relax on one of these beaches every day.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

How Our Caterpillars Grew

On the 1st of August, our caterpillars arrived by Royal Mail and they were teeny, tiny caterpillars.

Now, almost 2 weeks into our caterpillar into butterfly journey and we have massive caterpillars. Look how much they have grown!

They seemed to grow quite a lot within a few days. One of them was a bit slower than the others and he seemed to get picked on by the bigger ones. I watched them fighting for 5 minutes a few days ago. It was pretty funny!

Now, on day 13, the caterpillars are hanging from the lid after spinning some silk and have started to turn into chrysalis. Our small one is still moving around the tub, eating some more food and hopefully he'll join the others today or tomorrow.

Once all the caterpillars turn into chrysalis, we can move them to their net enclosure. Then it will be time to watch them transform into beautiful butterflies.

Everyday Effect from P&G #Giveaway

Becoming a Mum is amazing. You can never prepare yourself for the rush of love you feel for this person you've created and yet never met. Along with unconditional love for your new baby comes the sometimes overwhelming task of raising this child. You have to feed them, soothe them, change them, help them to sleep, bathe them, clothe them, keep them amused, cuddle them...the list goes on and on. Becoming a Mum is amazing, but you do have to give up a lot of your time for your new baby, which is fine, but you can't help but miss a little "Me" time.

P&G commissioned research and conducted a survey with new Mums. The results would help P&G launch their Everyday Effect campaign. The study, of 2000 women, found that just being able to lie in bed is the main thing they miss in the weeks after having a new baby, followed by uninterrupted nights in with their partners. The biggest thing I missed was just being able to leave the house as soon as I was ready and go wherever I needed or wanted to be.

15% of Mums were happy when a loved one or a friend offered to cook them a meal while 14% were grateful of offers to clean the house so they could make the most of their time with their new baby. One in four Mums were happy for friends or family to take their baby for a little while so they could have some time to themselves. I was happy for a cup of tea being made for me whenever someone came to visit Wee Z or Miss C in the early days and Husband made my dinners for me whilst I was feeding them.

Some of the other things Mums missed in the first few weeks after giving birth were:

  • Lying in bed when they were tired
  • Eating out
  • Night out with partner
  • Going to the cinema
  • Shopping with friends

Another thing that goes out the window when you have a baby is your beauty regime. You choose to have some extra sleep instead of getting up early to put your face on. Here is how new Mums felt about their beauty regime after giving birth:

  • Two thirds of Mums said the amount of time they spent on their beauty regime in the weeks immediately after their baby was born decreased. But almost one in ten (8%) spent MORE time on their appearance.
  • While 29% of women used the same make-up after they had given birth, 43% said they didn't use any as they didn't have time.
  • And when it comes to hairdressers, new Mums also struggle to find the time with 22% saying they used to have regular appointments but now they rarely go. And 15% say they never go anymore.
  • A third of Mums admitted they stopped using their regular perfume after the birth of their baby as they wanted their baby to recognise their scent. 

I certainly don't spend as much time as I used to on my beauty regime now I have kids. I rarely wear make-up unless we're going out somewhere special but I do make sure I moisturise every day and I have regular hair appointments thanks to my fabulous hairdresser going mobile which means she can come to my house and I don't need to worry about finding a babysitter for the kids.

Every Mum deserves a bit of pampering and some "Me" time and I have some lovely products available to giveaway thanks to P&G. One lucky reader will receive a hamper filled with the following goodies:

  • Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Gilette Venus and Olay razor
  • Febreeze candle
  • Max Factor Mascara
  • The book "5 minutes peace" by Jill Murphy for the kids to enjoy 

To enter, simply fill in the rafflecopter form. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway is open to UK residents only. The prize is a hamper of goodies as detailed above. No cash alternative. The giveaway will close on Monday 26th August at 12:00am. The winner will be drawn at random from the valid entries received on the rafflecopter form. The winner will be notified within 48 hours of the giveaway ending. By entering the giveaway, you agree to having your details passed on to the PR sponsoring this giveaway. 

I received the hamper goodies in return for this post. 

Monday, 12 August 2013

What's The Story? #3

What's the Story?

This is me and Amy from And 1 More Means 5. We must be about 14 here and we're at school. Amy and I were pretty good friends at school. We socialised in a group of about 12 other kids. There were 3 other girls and the rest were boys. One was my boyfriend and the other boys were all into Moshing. Was that the word for it? 

We used to spend our break times outside the art rooms. On the sunny days, we'd lie in the sun and gossip. Amy's boyfriend went to a different school from us but we still shared our secrets and giggled over things in More magazine. On rainy days, we'd be huddled indoors, trying to sneak into our form rooms to listen to music. Some teachers were OK with this whilst others would chase us out. 

Through the powers of social networking, I'm still in touch with Amy even though we lives hundreds of miles apart. Amy is still as hilarious now as she was back then...and we still talk about things we read in More magazine...the only things that have changed are the boyfriends. 

Sunday, 11 August 2013

What We Did Last Week #WeekThirtyOne

Last Sunday, we woke with sore heads. That's Husband and I. Miss C was still up at 7am despite going to bed at 11pm! We took a shower, had breakfast and decided to go and look at some more new houses. I love the show homes. If anything, they are great for giving you ideas on how you want your own home to look. The house I loved hadn't been built yet in our town but the show home was in a town 10 minutes away so we went and had a look. It was gorgeous! If only the houses were closer to the catchment area for our school. After house hunting, I took the kids to swimming lessons. Miss C got on much better again this week and if Wee Z doesn't get his next swimming badge, I don't know what else he has to do in order to move up.

On Monday, after work, the kids played outside whilst I washed the car. They did give me some help until Miss E and Wee L turned up and they decided to play Duck, Duck, Goose.

On Tuesday, Wee Z's friend came to play for the day. In the morning they played Disney Universe and Kinect Sports on the Xbox 360. In the afternoon, I took them all to soft play. They had lots of fun!

On Wednesday, the kids played outside as it was a beautiful day. They played on the trampoline and played golf. When Felix wanted to come outside even though he isn't allowed as he hasn't had all of his jags yet, the kids decided to sit him in the baby buggy and take him for a stroll around the garden. My cats definitely have a high tolerance to children as Felix just sat in the buggy, quite happy to be pushed around.

On Thursday, it was my day off work. The kids and I headed into town. First stop was the nail salon to get my nails done for Ladies' Day at the races. Second stop was lunch at our favourite cafe where Miss C ended up eating most of my soup. Last stop was the shoe shop to get some school shoes for Wee Z. I took the kids to the park for the rest of the afternoon and they had lots of fun going round the assault course.

On Friday, the kids and I went to get our food shopping in the morning. When we got home, the kids played outside with their easel and some dry-wipe pens they received in the post as part of a review we're doing for Asda's back to school range from George. Wee Z then played Tony Hawks on the Xbox 360 which was rather funny to watch. I had a shot myself!

On Saturday, after work, I was off to Ladies' Day at the races. We had a great time. I fluttered a bit on the horse but mostly we spent the afternoon drinking champagne and admiring the array of fascinators and dresses.


Saturday, 10 August 2013

365 Project Days 216 - 222

Day 216 - Miss C trying out the scooter in a show home we went to view
Day 217 - Washing the car
Day 218 - Enjoying a cup of coffee whilst the kids played at soft play
Day 219 - Felix enjoys a walk outside
Day 220 - Twist the snake joins Miss C for lunch
Day 221 - A kitten scarf
Day 222 - Ladies Day at the races

The Climbing Frame #CountryKids

We went to the climbing frame
At our local park
We played on the climbing frame
It's mostly made from bark

We walked round the climbing frame
Having lots of fun
We ran round the climbing frame
Mummy sat in the sun

We climbed up the climbing frame
We got really high
We climbed up the climbing frame
We almost touched the sky

We got tired of the climbing frame
After one too many goes
So off to the swings we went
Where Wee Z touched the ground with his toes

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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