Monday, 30 September 2013

Funny Things My Kids Say #25

A few days ago, I was in the kitchen, cleaning as per usual, and Wee Z was sitting at the table with one of his puzzle books.

"Mum, what word is always spelt incorrectly?"

I had no idea what he was going on about. I thought he was asking me for an answer to something in his puzzle book and if he was asking me the answer, he must have really been struggling.

"I don't know, sorry!" I said.

"Incorrectly!" he said with a smile. A smile that seemed to say, "Oh dear Mum!"


Sunday, 29 September 2013

What We Did Last Week #Week38

Last Sunday, we were up early for Wee Z's karate competition. He did really well and won his first two fights. He lost by one point in his last fight and I was a bit frustrated for him but he did his best and it's a great experience for them. After lunch, we headed up to Loch Lomond to visit Cameron House for the day. We went swimming and had a yummy dinner with friends who have a lodge there. The kids were shattered!


On Monday, it was back to early shift for me. The kids were off school for September weekend so they played outside with friends and then we took Cupcake Neighbour's puppy for a walk.


On Tuesday, it was back to school and nursery for the kids. In the afternoon, Miss C and I took the puppy for a walk again and then we brought him back to the house for a little while. He liked chasing the cats around the garden but they weren't so keen on him.


On Wednesday, we took the puppy for a walk and then picked Wee Z up from school. He decided he was going to write a story and made his very own book with some pieces of paper. He named his story "The Adventure" and it stars Wee Z, his two best friends and Miss C.

On Thursday, Miss C went to soft play with Mummy N and Wee L after nursery. I met them at school and Miss C was a very tired girl. I took Wee Z to the Doctors to have his skin checked and to get some more cream for him. Morgan also had another trip to the vet for an antibiotic and she was booked in to have her tooth out, which seems to be the cause of her infections.


On Friday, I collected Miss C from nursery, we had lunch and then we headed to a shopping centre nearby to get some Christmas shopping. I also treated myself to some new clothes and boots with my birthday money and Miss C went to Build A Bear and brought home a new friend called Poppy. We got Wee Z a chess set as he's been asking for one since he played at Cameron House.

On Saturday, we went to karate in the morning and then in to town after lunch to pick up our tickets for our holiday. In the evening, we went out to our favourite Chinese restaurant for dinner.


#SilentSunday



Saturday, 28 September 2013

365 Project Days 265 - 271


Day 265 - Looking for lodge numbers at Cameron House
Day 266 - Playing on the swings
Day 267 - Ready for walkies
Day 268 - Sunglasses and winter coats - what a combo
Day 269 - Watching my favourite cake show - Cake Boss
Day 270 - Miss C and her new bunny, Poppy
Day 271 - Quick cuddle with Felix 


Puppy Walks #CountryKids


What better excuse to get outdoors
Than to walk a lovely puppy
Such a handsome little fellow
Weren't we very lucky?

We took a walk to the park
Where the puppy sat and saw
Miss C swinging on the swing
And then he gave me his paw

Running through the grass
And crunching Autumn leaves
So rich in colour, golden brown
Just like the handsome puppy

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Friday, 27 September 2013

Flashback Friday - A False Alarm

For Flashback Friday last week, I wrote about the relationship between Wee Z as a toddler and my baby bump. This week I'm sharing the story of my false alarm.

It was two weeks before my due date and I had arranged to get my hair done at my local hairdressers one last time before our new baby would arrive. I was having a full head of blonde highlights and a cut done. My appointment was quite early on in the day and the salon was already busy so I knew it would take a few hours to get my hair done. I couldn't wait to enjoy the peace and have my hair pampered.

I was sitting in the chair with my colour on, reading a magazine when I felt a sharp twinge in my tummy. I thought it was just the start of braxton hicks and went back to my magazine but they kept coming. Not regular enough that I was thinking about timing them but they were quite strong and kept building up and then going away.

I didn't tell my hairdresser, for fear she wouldn't finish my hair, until I had paid and was walking out the door. She couldn't believe I'd sat for 2 hours and not said a word. She wished me luck!

As Husband had been banned from driving when I was 7 months pregnant, I was still driving myself everywhere. I drove home with these twinges and told Husband I thought I might be having contractions. I called my Best Friend who was on stand by for babysitting and for taking me to the hospital until Husband could get there. I called the hospital to tell them and explain that I'd have to drive myself there to get checked out. They told me to come, even though they didn't think I was contracting regularly enough for me to be kept in.

A quick photo inbetween contractions

Best Friend arrived in time to take me to the hospital. I was still having twinges but they didn't have any sort of pattern to them. I sat in the waiting area with a midwife who used her watch to time my contractions and placed a hand on my tummy so she could feel them. Right up until this point, I didn't actually believe I was going into labour because I'd never had this experience with Wee Z as I was induced. She looked at the other midwives, who were standing watching over me, not believing me and she said, "she's contracting, let's get her to the midwife suite!"

I couldn't believe it. Best Friend couldn't believe it. She called Husband to tell him and he couldn't believe it either. We were excited! Our baby was on her way.

Sadly, she had other ideas and was just giving me false hope. The midwife checked how dilated I was and I wasn't even a centimetre. She did say I was favourable for induction though, which was something that was going to be considered because I had started to break out in a rash again. They kept me in to monitor my contractions but they stopped in the night.

The Doctor came to see me in the morning and arranged my induction for the Wednesday afternoon. It was Sunday, so we only had 4 days to wait.

Four long days.



Thursday, 26 September 2013

Spaghetti With The Yeti - Book Review

We received Spaghetti With The Yeti to review. It's a picture book, written in rhyme and it's all about a little boy named George who is on the hunt to find the Yeti.

Written by Adam and Charlotte Guillain and illustrated by Lee Wildish, this is a great book with lots of bright colours and fun pictures.


George, who is a huge Yeti fan, packs a bag and heads off into the mountains in search of the Yeti so he can share his favourite food with him: spaghetti.

On his travels, just as he thinks he has found the Yeti, he encounters other monsters who give him different food items to take to the Yeti, assuring him that those are in fact, his favourite food.

I thought the book was easy to read with a steady flow to it and Miss C had fun listening to the story. Once she had heard it a few times, she joined in confidently, shouting out the names of the monsters George had met. I think she also enjoyed it because her favourite food is spaghetti too.

We received this book for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.



Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Faces #TheGallery


I've been practising with my new camera every day since I got it. I love this photo of Miss C's face. She's enjoying her bubble bath and has the makings of her cheeky smile just appearing.

I'm still trying to figure out how I can get her blue eyes to really "pop" in a photo but that gives me all the more reason to keep practising and taking lots of pictures of her beautiful face.


Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Cameron House: A Day Trip

Last Sunday, our friends invited us up to spend the day with them at their lodge at Cameron House, situated in the heart of Loch Lomond.

It really is the most beautiful place and it's hard to believe that such tranquillity lies just a stones throw away from the bustling City Centre. It is so peaceful and you really do just have to stop and take it all in when you arrive there.

Armed with my new camera, we took a stroll through the grounds. It wasn't a sunny day but the rain held off, thankfully. The kids loved running through the trees and across the golf course (when no one was playing of course!)

This visit wasn't our first visit to Cameron House and it certainly won't be our last. If you are ever in the area, it really is worth a visit.













My First Disney Princess Smartphone - Review

Miss C received a My First Disney Princess Smartphone to review around the same time I got my new smartphone! She was delighted.


My Disney Pirncess Smartphone is suitable for ages 2 and over and it comes with batteries so your child can play with the phone as soon as you remove it from the packaging. It takes 2 AAA batteries.


The phone features pictures of some of the Disney "Classic" Princesses such as Ariel, Cinderella and Belle as well as some of the new Princesses, such as Merida and Rapunzel. Miss C's favourite Princess is Rapunzel and she was the first Princess she noticed on the phone.

It is bright pink and is a good size; almost as big as my smartphone but a lot chunkier and it's quite solid so it shouldn't break easily if it gets dropped or thrown about.

 
There are 4 games you can play on the phone. You can phone your favourite Princess, send them a message, dial numbers and play a "guess who?" style quiz. The phone will tell you the number you press, the colour of the number you have pressed and the name of the Princess you have pressed so this is a good toy for learning your numbers and colours. It also helps Daddies and Brothers get clued up on Disney Princesses!

 
Miss C loves her Disney Princess phone. She carries it with her in her handbag and loves playing the "guess who?" quiz. The only downside to the phone is, I felt it was a bit quiet. Usually I'm looking for the volume control button to turn a toy down but this toy didn't have a volume button and I could see Miss C straining to hear if she was in a room with background noise. However, the voice is nice and clear and easy to make out.

 
Other than the volume issues, I'd definitely recommend this Disney Princess Smartphone. It's fit for any Princess who wants their own smartphone to play with! I wonder if Miss C will bring it to Disneyland with her?

We received the My First Disney Princess Smartphone for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


Sunday, 22 September 2013

What We Did Last Week #Week37

Last Sunday, Husband woke me with a cup of coffee. I looked over at the clock thinking it was probably about 8:30 and got the shock of my life when I saw it was 11:30! Miss C was still sleeping and Wee Z had just woken up. Our late wake up meant we didn't have a lot of time to do anything so we stayed in until it was time to go to swimming lessons.

On Monday, it was back to school and nursery. I got soaked running home! Miss C and I spent the afternoon indoors, tidying her room and watching TV. After school, I watched Wee Z do his homework and then I went to work. Husband had to take Morgan, the cat, back to the vet as her face had swollen up again.


On Tuesday, it was a miserable day again. Miss C and I spent the day indoors although, when it finally stopped raining, we went outside to jump in the puddles!


On Wednesday, Miss C and I had another lazy day indoors. The rain is no fun for anyone at the moment. Wee Z and I did some puzzles when he came in from school.

On Thursday, it poured with rain all day. Miss C and I went to the shops to buy ingredients for Husband to make Chicken Liver Pate and then came home to play some Orchard Toys games. It was night off work so, after picking Wee Z up from school, we got into our jammies and chilled.


On Friday, the kids were off school and nursery for our September weekend. We met up with a friend and her daughter and headed off to a little play park near their house. The kids had a great time playing in the fields, on the swings and searching for chestnuts.

On Saturday, I was working in the morning. By the time I got home, I felt awful. I was shaking, aching and felt really tired. I got on with my ironing whilst the kids played together upstairs. We had a quiet day indoors since I was feeling so unwell.


#SilentSunday



Saturday, 21 September 2013

365 Project Days 258 - 264


Day 258 - Homemade curry with some yummy Naan bread
Day 259 - Looking for some puddles to jump in
Day 260 - Fun with Peppa Pig puzzles
Day 261 - Felix will sit anywhere!
Day 262 - Taking the dog for a walk in the buggy
Day 263 - My new camera
Day 264 - First roast potatoes of the Autumn


Puddles #CountryKids


Autumn is really here
The heating is finally on
The rain keeps pouring
All day long

But when it finally stops
And the sun starts to shine
Put on those welly boots
You'll have a really good time

Jumping in the puddles
Making great big splashes
Never mind about the mud
For in the machine it washes

The rain it can be boring
It can make you feel blue
But jumping in the puddles
Is fun for me and you

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 20 September 2013

Flashback Friday - Bumps and Toddlers

Last week on Flashback Friday I shared some photos of the 4D scan we had when I was pregnant with Miss C. This week, I'm sharing some photos I took of Wee Z and my baby bump.

Bumps and Toddlers don't really go together that well...at least, I don't think so anyways. Toddlers like to jump and run and, sometimes, they combine the two and aim straight at your belly area.


Running around after a Toddler when you have a Bump is pretty exhausting however, this definitely helped keep my pregnancy weight gain to a minimum and I always slept well at night after a day running around after Wee Z.


The time when Toddlers and Bumps do mix is when you are feeling tired and your toddler is feeling tired and you both cuddle up on the couch and your Toddler cuddles in to your Bump and your Bump decides to kick your Toddler. They don't mind it though, they realise it's the Bump's way of saying "Hello!"



Monday, 16 September 2013

What Did We See Today? #bootseyecheck

There are plenty of things I take for granted in life, my eyes being one of them. I can't imagine not being able to see my children, look at their beautiful faces, see them smiling at me and watching them grow up.

Looking after your eyes is so important and as it is National Eye Week this week, we were asked to take part in a fun task with Boots. I had to give my camera to the kids and get them to take some pictures of their walk to school and see what they saw through their eyes.


Wee Z loved taking these photos and it was interesting to see all the things he notices when he walks to school. I love that he took photos of flowers and the berries on the trees; these are the things I love to look at whenever we are out walking. I also loved that he managed to notice a tiny snail on the wall.

Something I'm bad at is remembering to have regular eye tests. I don't need glasses however, recently I've been getting bad headaches and I wonder if the amount of time I spend working on a computer is affecting my vision. I really must get myself booked in for an eye test.

Not only do eye tests check your vision, they also check for underlying health conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol. An eye test is recommended every 2 years because of how your vision can change.

80% of your memories depend on your vision so it's so important to care for your eyes, protect your eyes and have regular eye checks. 

You can arrange an eye test with Boots or you can download the Boots Opticians Eye Check app on to your apple product. For any advice on eye healthcare, you can visit the Eye Health Centre.

We have received an eye health kit for the purposes of this post. All opinions are my own. 


Pigs in Pants from Orchard Toys - Review

We received Pigs in Pants from Orchard Toys to review. This is a fun and very silly game and, as a family, we had a great time playing.

Here is our video review of Pigs in Pants:



To recap:

  • Suitable for ages 4 and over and for 2-4 players
  • Encourages observation and matching skills
  • Encourages turn-taking and social skills
  • Drives a bit of competitiveness
  • It will make you laugh
  • It's lots of fun

We gave Pigs in Pants a huge 10/10 

We received Pigs in Pants for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 

What's the Story? #7


This photo was taken on my 20th birthday. We were out for a meal with my friends and family, who had travelled from Manchester for the weekend.

It was such a fun night. We started off with a meal at a Chinese restaurant and then headed off to the pubs to get drunk. My Mum and Step Dad didn't stay long, but my sister, who was just 17 at the time, stayed and partied with us until the early hours of the morning.

We sang on the karaoke, took shots and it was a marvellous celebration. Little did I know that the next big celebration would be our engagement, which happened a month later. 

I still can't get over how young Husband and I look here!


Sunday, 15 September 2013

What We Did Last Week #Week36

Last Sunday, after getting to bed around 12am, the kids were up at 9:30. A bad sleep for them but a good sleep for Husband and I. We spent the day chilling in the house, watching films and doing the ironing for the week. The kids had their swimming lessons in the afternoon and did really well.

On Monday, it was back to school and nursery. In the afternoon, Miss C and I walked to the library and stopped off at the park before picking Wee Z up. It was a lovely day although it was a bit chilly with the wind blowing.


On Tuesday, Miss C and I spent the afternoon playing with her toys and then we made a quick stop at the play park near the house before picking Wee Z up. Ted had a great time at the park on the swings.


On Wednesday, Miss C and I went to Burger King for lunch so she could play in the soft play after her lunch. It started raining when we went to pick up Wee Z from school but, thankfully, it wasn't too heavy so we didn't get too wet.

On Thursday, after nursery, Miss C and I walked into town to pick up some things and I got my nails done. Usually I have gelish put on my own nails however, I decided to try shellac this time. I got electric blue nails and I bought Miss C a baby blue nail polish so we could paint hers for her when we got back from school. It was pouring with rain by the time we got home and we were soaked right through!


On Friday, I picked up my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S4. I had thought about an iPhone, but I'm not good with new technology so I've stuck with what I know. I think it's going to take me awhile to learn everything this phone can do. Wee Z had a friend over for tea after school and then I took them to their Friday club. Miss C went to bed as she wasn't feeling very well.

On Saturday, after much tossing and turning all night due to a really bad headache, I woke up feeling unwell. Husband had gone to work so as soon as the kids were up, we were downstairs for breakfast. I took the kids to karate and could easily have fallen asleep on the bench watching them; I was so tired. After lunch, we tidied up Wee Z's room and moved his furniture around in preparation for decorating. I thought it would be easier to get rid of stuff before we started! The kids had a movie before bedtime and then Husband and I watched Xfactor.


#SilentSunday




Saturday, 14 September 2013

365 Project Days 251 - 257


Day 251 - Brand new onesie for bedtime
Day 252 - A walk to the park with Ted
Day 253 - Playing on the swings
Day 254 - A Selfie by Wee Z
Day 255 - Happy new nails
Day 256 - Happy new phone
Day 257 - A Selfie of three


Outdoors Through My Child's Eyes #CountryKids


I asked Wee Z to take some pictures
Of how he sees the world outside
It seems he loves the pretty flowers
And berries in the trees as tall as the sky

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Friday, 13 September 2013

Flashback Friday - A 4D Scan

For Flashback Friday last week, I posted a photo of my 20 week scan with Miss C. This week, I thought I'd share a picture of the 4D scan we had when I was around 27 weeks pregnant.

When I was pregnant with Wee Z, 4D scans were just starting to become available and it wasn't something I ever thought about having done. I think we were worried that we might end up seeing what we were having and we didn't want to know.

I'm not sure, then, what made us decide to have one when I was pregnant with Miss C but we did. They told us the best time to have the scan would be any time between 23 weeks and 30 weeks so I booked it for the beginning of March, just before I started my third trimester.

The clinic was in the middle of the city centre. My friend agreed to watch Wee Z for us so we could go ourselves. Husband had just been banned from driving after he was caught speeding (tsk, tsk!) so I had to drive us there which was pretty stressful!

We didn't have to wait too long to be seen and it was all very relaxed and friendly and happy. There was another couple in before us and their baby wasn't playing ball so they were sent for a walk and some chocolate.

 
We had decided we didn't want to find out the sex of the baby but for some reason we decided too. The scan was amazing. It was so strange and yet so beautiful to see our little baby and what it actually looked like. The lady told us we were having a girl, she was 100% certain of that and showed us what we were looking at. I still didn't see the bits but if she said it was a girl then I was happy to believe her. Husband patted himself on the back for knowing it was a girl already.

 
She kept hiding her face behind her arm and kept sucking her thumb. It was really lovely to watch and we got to bring a DVD home of the scan to show friends and family. We didn't tell anyone what we were having though. We were keeping that surprise to ourselves.


Thursday, 12 September 2013

Jo Pratt Madhouse Cookbook - Giveaway

Jo Pratt, TV chef and author of the Madhouse Cookbook, is helping families everywhere create some quick and yummy dishes for the whole family to enjoy and is sharing her recipes on The Ideas Kitchen website with Panasonic.

Cooking a meal from scratch can be tough, but it is worth it when you know exactly what has gone into making that meal for your family and throughout the month of September, you can watch Jo sharing her very easy to make recipes.


As well as appearing on The Ideas Kitchen website, Jo has a great cookbook out with lots of family friendly meals for you to try and I have a copy of the book up for grabs in this giveaway.

To enter, simply head over to The Ideas Kitchen website and have a look at her recipes and then answer the question in the Rafflecopter form. I think her tomato and sweet paprika soup sounds yummy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! 

This giveaway is open to UK residents only. The prize is a copy of Jo Pratt's Madhouse Cookbook. No cash alternative. The giveaway will end on 26th September and a winner will be selected at random from the entries received on the rafflecopter form and be notified within 48 hours. By entering you agree to have your details passed to the PR supplying the prize for them to arrange delivery. 

I have not received anything for hosting this giveaway.


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