30 May 2013

Birthday Bank Holiday Fun

Our Bank holiday celebrations started on Thursday when we celebrated Thomas' 4th Birthday. I cannot believe that my little boy is 4 year old. It seems like 2 minutes ago that we were bringing him home from the hospital, watching him crawl for the first time, take his first steps, say his first word, bring his little brother into the world and now 4... yes 4 years old. 

We started off celebrating by opening Thomas' presents. He mostly got money this year as his toy box is overloaded with toys and he has a mountain of clothing so we decided to ask for money so he could choose his own things. 

He also got this gorgeous monkey which is really cute. That was until we took him out of the box and he started giggling at us and then let out a huge trump. Yeah, it is funny, but after the 50th time, gets a bit annoying hahahaha *parp*

Thomas was lucky as he got 2 birthday cakes this year. We bought one specifically for nursery, so he could take it and share between all his friends at school. And the cake for home which was personally made for him, from Baker Days. Our review of the cake is here.

We bought him 2 pairs of trainers which no doubt he will ruin scraping his feet on the floor whilst riding his scooter and we also got him a trampoline. Thomas has been asking for a trampoline for ages now and so we thought we would surprise him with one. 

After purchasing an 8ft one, we kept it in the box until the day before his birthday when we built it up. I must admit, the instructions were a bit confusing but after a while we got into our flow and got it together. Although, it still did take a good hour and half to get together. Thomas enjoyed having his first jump on it though. 

We had been planning for ages, trying to think about what we could do for Thomas' birthday. In the end, we decided on a barbecue. As family members were working on the Thursday, we had it on Saturday instead, luckily this was ideal as the weather was lovely. 

Now, I have to say that I am a barbecue virgin. I have never done a barbecue before and so this did make it hard at first. I couldn't get it to light. Charcoal and fire-lighters on, but no, it wasn't lighting. After getting mad, and a few expletives too, it eventually staying lit and we enjoyed some yummy marinated pork and chicken and then sausages and burgers too.

Unfortunately for me, after being stood at the barbecue cooking for so long, I was left with my back so burnt that it is still hurting now. As you can see in the picture, and no, that isn't a white bra strap, that is my bare skin, red raw.

Although, I may have had a painful time afterwards, it was all worth it to see Thomas and Charlie have such a good day. They loved seeing their family and having a play in the trampoline and swimming pool, having water fights and just running about tiring themselves out. 

With us having a long weekend, with the bank holiday and all, we decided to make the most of having a car, and we went to Ilkley park. This is a good 50 minutes away from us but it was
great to have a nice drive out there. Lovely weather and a nice big park meant we had a fantastic day.

Thomas enjoyed playing with his cousin, Adam, whilst Charlie slept in his pram. The see-saw was a huge favourite for the boys and also the climbing frame shaped like a truck, all the boys seemed to be flocking to this one.

There were 3 different slides around the park and swings too so Thomas was never bored. There was even a huge sandpit. Wriggling sand between my toes, I imagined sitting on the beach in Spain, yes, this is the life.

Charlie woke to have a go on a little car and Thomas on the bike and we ended our day by watching daddy and uncle Gareth play on the sea-saw, yes, boys will be boys! I think I should contact a media agency to get the word out there and for companies to start making park toys for adults.

After enjoying fish and chips at a restaurant, we were on our way home.

This has been the best Birthday and bank holiday weekend we have had, great fun and family times.

How did you enjoy the long bank holiday weekend?

Life in a Break Down

29 May 2013

Help For Sleep Deprivation

Since for as long as I can remember, I have been a bad sleeper. Never have I been able to get my full 8 hours of nightly sleep even before having the children and now they are in the equation my sleep has gone out of the window. 

I have problems with over thinking things, letting stress rule me and this is what is affecting my sleep. At night, I could be tired when downstairs, drifting off on the sofa but as soon as I get upstairs in bed, my mind seems to wake up and everything starts running through my head. 

After trying all sorts of different products to help combat my sleeplessness problems such as eye masks to block the sun, ear plugs to hinder noises and even hot water bottles to keep me heated, I've found that none worked to get my mind at a peaceful state whereby I can drift off naturally. Even the GP has prescribed me sleeping tablets (in the past before having children) and these didn't seem to help me.

According to Silentnight:

'The Silentnight Sleep Study found that despite being fully aware of how important a good night's sleep is, a massive three quarters (75 per cent) are not getting your recommended eight hours - and this is impacting on your work, health and relationships.'

With 31% admitting that lack of sleep impacts their ability to concentrate, 25% say reaction times are slowed, 17% say the quality of work suffers and they make careless mistakes and 35% admit tiredness makes us forgetful, these are all not great figures for someone, like me, who drives their children around a lot. Now we all know not to drive whilst tired but to know that lack of sleep affects all these things, I'm now doubting whether I should be driving.

The study also showed that 23% of people turn to technology such as social media sites when they cannot sleep. I am guilty of this. nearly every night you will find me on Facebook and Twitter posting random rubbish because I cannot sleep. I actually remember, just after having Charlie, the stresses of a new baby meant that I would take my laptop to bed every night and spent hours writing till I fell asleep. 

Apparently, a new bed can help you get some extra zzz's,  with 71% of people saying that in a new bed they will drift off within 10 minutes of getting into bed and 74% of people saying they feel rested and ready to go on a morning. I probably do agree with this. We have a Silentnight bed, Silentnight are a mattress retailer and have stockists all over the North-East, and when we first got it, I remember sleeping straight away. The comfort of a new bed just relaxing me so much that my stresses seemed to fade away. This is great, although I can't afford to go buy a new bed every month so I can get this feeling.

So now I'm trying something different. I need to make sure that I am getting enough sleep to have all the energy possible for our busy days so that I'm not tired and irritable. The Crabtree & Evelyn Summer Hill Room spray has a warm, floral scent which is supposed to relax the body and settle the mind.

Now, I'm not saying this is a miracle cure for my lack of sleep, but, I have found that it does help me relax and de-stress. Not really in a knocking me out kind of way but it's kind of like when you put new bedding on and get that fresh feeling when you first get into bed. The scents of wildflowers and orchard fruits are very much reminiscent of a beautiful summers day and smell so fresh that I get into bed and feel almost immediately relaxed.  

Like I said though, It's not some great miraculous cure for me. The stresses of life are the most common problem for me and even though I find myself thinking of random things that have no bearing on me, these are the things that make me struggle to sleep. The spray did help me into relaxing at bedtime but didn't help me drift off to sleep. 

I don't know. I give up. How can I get a good nights sleep when my brain just wont switch off?

Wednesday - Crazy With Twins

I don't really have anything to write about this week. I cannot think of a good poem, quote or story at all. I'm just hoping that Emma who blogs over at CrazyWithTwins is OK and am wishing her well. 

We're all thinking of you and hope that even though, I know at the minute the time probably feels like it is standing still, but once you are past all of this, once you are clear, your children will be there, waiting to give their mummy the biggest cuddle and us, all us bloggers will b here to support you all the way.

Wednesday Words

26 May 2013

Baker Days Letterbox Cake

If someone offers to let you review cake, there isn't many times I would turn it down and so when Baker Days offered us a cake for Thomas' birthday, we jumped on them and screamed yes at the tops of our voices. 

Baker Days make a range of cakes including a 'LetterBox Cake' which is small enough to fit through the letterbox and so perfect for busy parents who want a personalised cake for their child but don't have time to wait in for it. 

Their website is easy to use. After choosing an occasion, you pick the cake design and size. You are then given the opportunity to personalise the cake with names, messages or photos. Sponge cake is the standard cake within the price, but for a little extra you can choose carrot, fruit, double chocolate chip and even a gluten & wheat free cake instead. 

After the initial contact from Baker Days, I emailed them with what Thomas likes and they sent us a copy of what the cake would look like, a cute dinosaur and the words 'Thomas is 4, Have a Snappy Birthday' scrawled across it, I knew Thomas would love it and couldn't wait for him to see it and give it a try. 

I was sceptical at whether a cake could be thrown  put through the letterbox without being damaged but was pleased to see that it came in a tin which fit the cake in it perfectly, stopping it from being damaged. Also in the package was some a couple of balloons, candles and a cute little pack of sweets which I thought is a very thoughtful extra in the package. 

On the website it says that this cake should get between 3-4 servings yet we got 5 good sized slices out of it, one each and an extra sneaky slice for Thomas, and could have possibly got 6 at a squeeze. 

I must admit that I was dreading tasting the cake. I thought to myself that a cake which has been stuck in the post will probably not be that great but no, it was lovely. A very nice moist sponge cake which all of us enjoyed thoroughly. 

Thomas loved the fact that it was made just for him and had his name on it and I think that this is a fantastic product. Great as a present for loved ones who live far away maybe or just as a surprise treat for young ones. 

Prices of the cake start at £14.99 including delivery.
You can find Baker Days on Facebook and Twitter.

- I was sent this product/s to review but all thoughts and experience are my own honest opinions

25 May 2013

Project 365 Week 21

After receiving some vouchers for New Look, I ordered myself some gorgeous bras from their Kelly brook range and couldn't wait to get some new, pretty underwear, which is much needed. But, as usual, my stuff doesn't stay mine for long. As soon as I got it out of the packaging, Thomas had it on... Yes, he might have thought it was funny but wait till he's 16 and I'm showing this photo to all his friends haha.

Thomas loves sitting in our new car and nearly every day we pop outside just so he can sit in the drivers seat and 'brum'.

This is my parents dog, Sam. I won this cute little dog tag on Twitter and thought I would take a photo to show you all, although I only managed this half a photo as he's camera shy and turns away from me when I click the camera. 

There's nowt really going on in this photo but I just thought that it is such a cute photo of Charlie.

Thomas turned 4 year old today and enjoyed his yummy cake from Baker Days, review here.

Again, not an overly busy photograph, just Charlie having a loving cuddle with his tiger stuffed toy.

A yummy barbecue today in this gorgeous weather we are having and the boys, and family members, enjoyed playing on Thomas' new trampoline.

TheBoyandMe's 365 LinkyCountry Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

24 May 2013

Munching Munchkin Competition

As you already know, we are big fans of the Munchkin range. The full collection includes a range of colourful and clever bathing, feeding and hygiene products. We have reviewed their:

Click -Lock cups - here
Bath toys - here 
Feeding range - here

Each item from Munchkin has been designed to excite and delight children whilst making parents lives easier and more enjoyable and as you can see by the pictures, we had great fun trying out all the products and doing the reviews. 

We especially loved the feeding range and for that reason, the fab people over at Munchkin have allowed us to give a bundle of their feeding range

The prize bundle will consist of:

- A Fresh Food Feeder
- 5pk Multi-coloured Feeding Plates
- 6 Multi-coloured Forks & Spoons
- A Snack Catcher
- 6 Soft Tip Spoons
- 4pk Stack-A-Bowls

When it comes to feeding your little one, there is only one range on mum's minds right now and that's Munchkin so get entering for your chance to win.

Please remember to check the T&C's at the bottom of the Rafflecopter application and our full terms here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the mandatory entry will be disqualified. After the mandatory entry, the Rafflecopter form will then open a round of optional extras you do not have to enter any of these but these will give you extra entries into the competition.

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

To see more of the fantastic range and for full stockist details log on to the Munchkin Website or like the Munchkin Facebook page here.

22 May 2013

Wednesday Words - Mother and Son

I cannot believe that tomorrow my son, my little boy, my first born, will be 4 year old. He has grown up so much, seems like only a few weeks ago, I brought him home from the hospital as a tiny newborn little bubba and now he is a gorgeous little boy whom I adore with my whole heart. 

Even though you make me mad, play up and fight me at every hurdle, that's what growing up is about, learning your boundaries and finding out your own individuality. 

You may be getting bigger and learning more every day, but to me, you'll always be my gorgeous little boy.

Wednesday Words

Wishing Emma from CrazyWithTwins well. We are all thinking of you.

20 May 2013

Never Again...

Charlie's 20 week scan
Never again will I get to see a babies silhouette on a scan photograph. 

Never again will get that first kick and feel so proud.

Never again will I get kicked at 3am and scream at my tummy to go to sleep.

Never again will I get that feeling when I see my baby for the first time.

Never again will I see a first tooth, a first roll, a first crawl, a first step, a first word...

Never again will I get that sensation, just after giving birth, where I feel empty inside... but wait, I do... I feel so empty. No baby, but not in a good way. I'm not getting to meet my baby and it just dawned on me how gutted I actually am.  

Why me? Why us? I've had 2 perfect little boys so why not another now? What's wrong with me? Will I ever get over it?

I know you'll probably think I'm been over dramatic, well I wasn't that far, but in fact, when you think about it, I would have been going for a scan this week. I would now be nearly 12 weeks gone. 3 months into my pregnancy. 

Getting used to being a family of five but no... not any more... 

19 May 2013

Scared Of Fashion

I'm not one for being fashionable. In fact, some of the fashionable clothes nowadays intimidates me, how could I get away with wearing that? I think to myself, and then put it back on the shelf and walk away. 

The last designer things I wore were this gorgeous dress and shoes. I must admit, it did feel nice to wear them until I actually got to the venue and then I felt self-concious. As if a mum with frumpy bits, like me, shouldn't be wearing such an expensive outfit. I ended up leaving early, a tad upset (cue the violins).
I know that it makes me sound stupid to say that, but I just cannot stand people looking at me thinking 'eurgh, what's she wearing, she can't pull that off''.

I don't know why I feel like this. To be honest, I've never been a confident person. I'm always the quiet one. I prefer to listen rather than talk and like working alone to get things done. I think all these factors, and the fact that having children has changed my body so much, are the reasons that I am so self-concious now.

So instead of wearing high fashion garments, I stick to nice fashionable accessories instead. A gorgeous statement watch stands out so much and takes eyes away from me and my insecurities. 

That or a nice Ted Baker purse. I love the Vappu Floral Purse, the pink flowers stand out so much and make the purse look so pretty. I would love to get this out of my bag to pay for my shopping. How pretty is this?

With coin compartments, a zip pocket, card slots and even a photo slot too, it has everything I need in a purse and it means I can have a cute photo of my boys in it. I think I may need to save a bit though as at £99, it is gorgeous but at the moment, out of my price range.

At least this way, I'll be able to have a little bit of fashion but stick to my regular style.

Are you self-concious? Do you have a fashion phobia?

-This is a sponsored post although everything wrote about in this post is my own writing and experiences

Project 365 Week 20

Day 132
Thomas having a fun time in the garden dancing to the radio. This was our last day of sun before the rain came.
Day 133
Always listening to music. It is so cute seeing Thomas on daddies phone listening through Beats headphones and trying to sing along.
Day 134
This is Charlie Bear. Thomas brought him home from school to look after for a few days. In fact, Charlie Monkey ended up looking after Thomas as he was ill at the end of the week.
Day 135
Another bike photo. Now I know loads of our #Project365 photos have been of Thomas on his bike but this is because he loves it so much. 
Day 136
Me and the hubster. Please don't laugh at my no make up, unwashed hair, shot. 
Day 137
As mentioned on day 134, both kids have been poorly. This is them getting cuddled by daddy.

TheBoyandMe's 365 LinkyCountry Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

17 May 2013

My New Look Wishlist

I love buying clothes. I'm one of those types who has to go round the whole store piecing outfits together, changing my mind a hundred times and then buying the whole lot. New Look is my store of choice. It sells everything in one place meaning I can purchase my whole outfit in one store.

Now summer is coming, I am trying to find better clothing for the warmer weather, that is if we ever get any, whilst also keeping the nice stylish looks that we all love. This season, the dungarees are back in fashion. I think they are fab especially for the warm weather. Style them up with a crop tee for ultimate summery looks.  

I love the light blue utility dungarees, they are so summery, and I think they would go perfectly with the All Star pink crop top. Style it up a bit with the fuchsia gold metal trim sandals, pink frame pilot sunglasses and the Fiorelli London pink Henrietta flap across body bag.

Not only would this look great for during the day but you could also use the accessories for an evening outfit too. Just match the shoes and bag with the Pink Daisy Lace Skater Dress for an instant night time outfit.
I love floral dresses and they are in fashion at the minute. Small prints, big prints and even lacy ones like the daisy one in the picture.

I like the fact that the accessories can be used for day and night and are so versatile. also, as you can tell, I love pinks and so try to style them up as much as possible. 2 beautiful summery looks.

Do you mix and match your outfits?

-This is a sponsored post although everything wrote about in this post is my own writing and experiences

All work, No Rest, No Play

Now don't get me wrong, I love being a mum. It's the thing I am most proud of in my life. The feeling of knowing that I brought those 2 boys into this world fills me with overwhelming pleasure. 

When they learnt to crawl, walk, and talk, I have this little voice in my head saying 'I taught them that', and no, before you say anything, I'm not crazy. I may talk to myself but doesn't everyone? Oh, no. It's just me then!

Seriously though, I sometimes look back on the day we've just come to end of and think to myself that I've done nothing for or by myself in that whole day. Everything was either with the children or for them. That sometimes does make me sad. 

I'm not saying that I wished they weren't here, but I think a bit of space is good for us and our children. Even they need to get out and meet new friends, socialize (no, I don't mean popping down the pub for a pint, I mean playing with other children) and interact to gain their own experiences and learn from other children too.

I realised that I haven't actually been out for over 2 years and even then we had Thomas with us and left after an hour so he didn't get bored. 

Now this probably doesn't come as a shock to parents reading this as I'm sure we're all in the same boat but I've decided to try and change a little.
I need to get out more. Even if it's just a quick coffee with a friend  or getting Simon to look after the boys whilst I don my hot pants to go out with the girls. I think sometimes mummies need to think about themselves too. 

I know that this probably wont end up happening though. I say it and would love to get out for a bit but I hate leaving the boys. Even though I know they'll be fine, I'm still apprehensive when having to leave them (I hated leaving Thomas at my mums whilst I was in labour with Charlie). 

How do I leave them without feeling guilty? What do you think? Do you go out without your children? Am I just being selfish?

-This is a sponsored post although everything wrote about in this post is my own writing and experiences

Life in a Break Down

Banana for Breakfast anyone?

As the saying goes 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' but did you actually know that apples aren't the best fruit for you. Bananas are!

Bananas contain three natural sugars, sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fibre. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy which is why sports people eat it at intervals. Research has even proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a 90 minute workout so no wonder the banana is the number one fruit for athletes.

But bananas aren't just for energy, they can also help prevent illnesses and conditions. 

Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that the body converts to serotonin which is known to make you relax, improve your mood and make you feel happier in yourself and research has shown that this helps combat depression.

The high in iron content in bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood. This helps with cases of anaemia.

Bananas are high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat high blood pressure.

Want to know the best way to cure hangover? Make a banana milkshake and sweeten it with honey. The banana has a calming effect on the stomach and the honey tops up your blood sugar levels.

So you see, a banana is not just an amazing fruit but it's also a great help for illnesses. So when you compare it to an apple, it has 4 times the protein, twice the carbohydrate and 5 times the vitamin A and iron. 

So maybe its time to change that well known phrase to, 'A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!'

16 May 2013

Confessions: We are Hoarders

Sorting the washing today I realised... we have way to many clothes. Not just me though, all of us. 
Don't they usually say that it's women who buy all sorts and fill cupboards with clothing they will never wear? But no, my husband and both children have outfits, shirts and some downright ugly things that will never be worn again.

Seriously, why has my husband, Simon, got 12 Liverpool tops in a drawer dating back to 2002? Some are even in sizes that wouldn't fit around his arm now never mind his chest. What he is actually going to do with them. Oh, and matching shorts, just wasting space in our house. Is he saving them till the boys get older and can wear old hand-me-down football kits, I really don't know.

After finding these things, I'm even more amazed to notice that we have wasted some clothing. Before we had Charlie, I would buy loads for Thomas and if they were a bit too small, would go into a suitcase, just in case, you never know if one day we'd have another child. Well, we did, have another child that is, yet none of this stuff got taken out of the suitcase. It just get left there and now is too small for even Charlie. I really don't know where my memory is going these days that I can forget about a whole suitcase of clothes.

Too sentimental?
Even I do have to admit to holding on to things though. My wedding dress, yes it's gorgeous and has a big sentimental value, but I'm never going to wear it again so why keep it? I have a 4 designer dresses in my cupboard, together worth over £1000, yet have never even had the tags taken off. Ordering a size 12 to hope I'll slim and get into them one day was such a waste and unless I can drop a dress size before our next night out, I wont be wearing them. Please note though, this wont be happening any time soon as I much prefer my food to fancy dresses.

Well, I've had it. No more holding on to clothing, no more hoarding and hiding things in cupboards. 
I'm now going to sell clothes for cash and you never know, maybe those useless Liverpool shirts will even bring us a few £££'s in. That or they'll make a good duster. Better not tell Simon I said that!

What do you do with your old clothes? Do you hoard like us?

-This is a sponsored post although everything wrote about in this post is my own writing and experiences

15 May 2013

Wednesday Words - Food

Ever since I was a child I've loved cooking. With my mum being a baker and always in the kitchen, I think I've followed on with her passion. I like to try new things and always add little extras to my dishes to see how the subtle tastes make a difference, always trying to make meals healthier.

"The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful 
form of medicine or the slowest form of poison"
Ann Wigmore

I totally agree with this quote. Food is life. We cannot live without food and so we should make sure that we are putting the right things into our body. Eating the right things and having nice foods in moderation is the best diet you could have.

Cooking for kids though is a different matter. Thomas has always been fussy and although he does eat some vegetables, he will point blank refuse to eat others. Things such as onions, mushrooms and peppers are no no's and so this is where my sneakiness comes in. My super duper lasagne is filled to the brim with fresh, healthy veg. Because Thomas can't see them, he will eat it. He loves it too which is a plus.

Thomas's Favourite Dish
Ever since Thomas started getting weaned as a baby he has loved anything tomato based and so my sausage pasta bake is his favourite meal. Not only does he loves the tomato based sauce but he's forever eating sausages and prefers pasta to potato products so likes to have pasta quite a lot. 

Not only is this super easy to make but, like the lasagne, can hide a multitude of vegetables in the sauce. 

Charlie's Favourite Dish
To be honest this could be anything, Charlie loves his food. Out of the varied meals we have, the only product I have found that Charlie doesn't like is cream. Other than that he will eat anything and everything. I would have to say that out of everything I make, his favourite would be shepherd's pie. When he see's it in his dish, his little eyes light up and he devours it so quickly, I really don't know where he puts it. 

For me, I love making anything. I will always give something a try once and put my own spin on food too. What's your favourite dish? Are your children fussy? How do you get your children to eat their veg?

Wednesday Words

14 May 2013

Dreaming of Captain Redbeard

This post has been written in conjunction with bed makers Warren Evans for National Share a Story Month. This is our bedtime story. 

Dreaming of Captain Redbeard
Thomas had a great imagination, always day dreaming about pirates and the skulduggery they get up to. He explained to his mum that one day he would be just like his friend, Captain Redbeard and would go on lots of adventures, saving princesses and collecting huge amounts of treasure. 

“Maybe Thomas, but for now you need your sleep. Even pirates can’t save the world if they’re tired” Mum explained. So Thomas jumped into bed and got his head down for a restful night ahead. 

Low and behold, Thomas even dreamt about pirates. Thud, thud, thud! Out in the garden someone was banging around. “Who could that be?” thought Thomas. 

"Five steps from the swing and eight steps from the slide," growled Captain Redbeard in Thomas's dream one night. "Thar be our treasure! Argh." 

So the next day when Thomas woke up he couldn't wait to get out into the garden to find his treasure. Following exactly where Captain Redbeard had said, five steps from the swing and eight steps from the slide, and there it was. No X marking the spot but Thomas knew he was in the right place. Thomas began to dig. He dug and dug and dug until the hole was deep and the mud was piled high.

Thomas kept digging. The hole got deeper and the mud pile got higher. 

He dug until the hole was extremely deep and the mud pile was as high as it could ever be. 

He sighed. "I'm just too tired and I can't dig any more." Throwing down his spade in a huff. Then he noticed something in the ground... 

Oh, it was only one of Sam’s dog toys. “After all that digging all I have now is a silly dog toy and a big hole to fill back in with mud” groaned Thomas. 

He shouted "Captain Redbeard lied to me, there is no treasure here" 

But when Thomas' mum came out, she was impressed. “Well done Thomas, that’s the exact spot where we are putting the pond. Thank you for digging the hole for me” 

“But wait” she exclaimed!… “What is that stuck to Sam’s dog toy?” 

Thomas looked down with a grin on his face when he noticed it was a £5 note. 

“Well you can keep that for being a good boy and digging the hole for me” said mum. 

Captain Redbeard was right, there was treasure in the garden. I can't wait to see him again tonight to see what else we can find!

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Having Our Own House

My dream one day is to own our own home. Although, at the moment, we can do what we like since our current house is owned by my parents, I would just like to have the security and know the fact that we have saved and worked for our home. 

We have spent a fortune on this house. New kitchen, bathroom, furniture, decorating, the list is endless. Thousands and thousands that we have invested into this home even though it is not ours. Although, as a side part, my parents have left us it in their will.

Our W.C. before and after

But I don't want to be just given things, I want to work for them and know that I have earned it. So instead I have decided that we will save and save and save until eventually we can afford to put down a deposit and buy the house from my parents. 

I don't really know much about property sales though so would need some help about how we would go about doing this but I know eventually, one day, this will happen. No more paying rent or having to ask my dad to fix things. Instead, everything our own way, just how we like.

But how do we do it? Where do we get the spare money to be able to put down a deposit on a mortgage? Everything just seems so hard to do nowadays.

Maybe one day we will have something to be proud of but for now we just have to live in the hope that it happens.

Do you own your own home?

-This is a sponsored post although everything wrote about in this post is my own writing and experiences

12 May 2013


6 years ago the horrible news emerged on television about a 3 year of girl, Madeleine McCann, who had gone missing from her bed in Praia Da Luz, Portugal on Thursday May 3rd 2007 

Kate and Gerry McCann, her parents, were out in the complex restaurant having a bite to eat and were regularly popping back to check on their children. During one of these trips back that they discovered Madeleine was gone. No where to be found. 

This was one of the most high profile cases of recent times and even though international appeals and hundreds, maybe even thousands of sightings have been logged, Madeleine is still missing. 

Despite extensive searches and high profile international appeals Madeleine has never been found and no one knows what happened to Madeleine on that fateful Thursday evening on 3rd May 6 years ago.

Today is the 10th birthday of Madeleine McCann and so to help raise awareness and to let people know that the search will never be over until Madeleine is found, Britmums and a range of bloggers are coming together to write about her and to tell people that she is still missing using the tag #blogging4madeleine. 6 years she has been gone from her family, 6 years!

I really couldn't begin to imagine the pain that Kate and Gerry are going through. 

Only we, the public, can help keep the search going. Have you seen Madeleine? 

This photo is what is thought Madeleine will look like now. 

If you know what happened to Madeleine or have any information at all that may be of use, such as a possible sightings then contact your local police station immediately or the Madeleine investigation line on +44 845 838 4699. You can also email investigation@findmadeleine.com.

A Blog Linky is being run by Britmums to keep all the posts together in one place. Please pop over and read them and share them throughout all social media platforms possible. We need to get this out there so the public know never to give up. 

11 May 2013

Project 365 Week 19

Day 125
Thomas loves baking and so today we made some yummy buns. We didn't have any icing sugar left and so instead used some Cadbury's chocolate, nice tasting but goes a bit too hard on the tops of buns and finished them with some mini eggs.
Day 126
Men! Yep, my husband, Simon, threw me into the swimming pool. Oh my, I was soaked and cold. Not nice at all.
Day 127
A bit of painting today. We bought these awesome little painting sets from Wilkinsons. This one is a face mask which you paint and only cost £1, not bad considering the mask, paint and brush came with it.
Day 128
Playing in the bath. Both Thomas and Charlie love getting a bath, more because they have so many bath toys, but it's great to see them playing together and having fun.
Day 129
Charlie having a quick suck on Thomas' lolly. this is a nice sight as they usually hate sharing.
Day 130
Thomas loves his Leapfrog Leapster GS and is forever playing on it. We bought him the Minnie's Bow-tique game which he loves and it's amazing how much he actually learns from playing these games.
Day 131
Having a great time at our local swimming pool. Thomas enjoys jumping in and splashing around on the frog floats.

TheBoyandMe's 365 LinkyCountry Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

9 May 2013

Ignorance Is Not Bliss!

Now, I don't normally do ranty posts but this week I can't help myself. I just need to shout it somewhere and get it all out.

I am so SICK of ignorant people.

Yes you, the person who doesn't say thank you when I move to the side to let you past.

You, the person who didn't even acknowledge that I just held the door open for you.

You, standing in the way and then giving me dirty looks when I politely say 'excuse me please'

You, the person who barged into my 3 year old son, knocking him to the ground and not even apologising.

You, the whole bus full of people who made me stand up at the front of the bus when I was 9 month pregnant.

Oh yes, and you!!!
The builder, contractor, plumber (whatever you call yourself) who came to fix our bathroom, yet left us with this in our bottom toilet after you hadn't checked for leakages and the damp made our wall crumble. I was really tempted to bring a claim against you for Professional Negligence when you said it wasn't your fault, laughed at me down the phone and then ignored my mails afterwards. You had a duty of care to carry out work to a good standard as the 'professional' you are supposed to be. But no, just ignorant you who cost me more money to get it rectified.

Do you not know you're doing it? Were you ever taught manners? Do you even care?

No, is probably the answer to all of them questions!

Ignorance is one personality trait that annoys me with a passion. I have always been taught manners, to say please, thank you and even sorry if I'm in the wrong but some people nowadays think it's all right to be so god damn rude and I hate it.

And breathe...

Do you have problems with ignorant people? Have you ever suffered at the hands of shoddy workmanship?

Life in a Break Down

-This is a sponsored post although everything wrote about in this post is my own writing and experiences