A Mothers Ramblings: April 2014

Monday, 28 April 2014

Spring and Easter Crafting with Bostik

You remember how in February I said that I'm useless at crafting and then showed you how to make a Valentines wreath as part of the Bostik Family Craft Bloggers Network? Well, it's still true. Now, I understand what a good craft selection is all about, as do most people. We've all wandered round a craft selection and seen materials that inspired those of us who wish they were better at crafting. Look at this selection we were sent to make something with this Spring.

Selection of Craft Materials from Craft Merrily for Bostick Family Craft Network

Amazing right?

Well, after opening the box of craft items it dawned on me that I also know that good materials do not a good crafter make.  I've realised this last couple of months that, I'm Emmett from The Lego Movie. I need instructions, but the rest of the world seems to be filled with Master Builders or as we know them crafty people who know how to make something without instructions and make the rest of us feel bad. I'm now of the opinion that if you don't have the imagination, then it's okay to copy someone else... which is what Top Ender and I did, one Saturday morning on a at home Mummy/Daughter date.

Top Ender made this brilliant Daffodil, using a pipe cleaner, a bit of card and a cupcake case. That was inspired all by Top Ender, I have no idea where she gets her imagination from, as it's certainly not me!

Top Ender with her giant homemade daffodil

I started making a little Spring/Easter bunny bunting thing, which I guess is inspired by the Peeps you can get in the USA and are filling my Pinterest timeline. I was actually quite pleased with the little bunnies and have plans to make a HUGE one, I just need to actually sit down and do it.

Easter/Spring Peeps style Bunting


Where do you get inspiration for things you craft at home? Are you like me and copy things that you've seen on the internet (thank you Pinterest and Google Image Search) or can you look at a selection of craft items and know immediately how to create something fab?

Bostick Family Craft Bloggers Network Badge

I was sent the materials to craft with.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Another Reason To Why I HATE Diabetes

Yesterday we had one of our regular check ups with our Diabetic Care Team.

BB having a finger prick blood test

Today I'm supposed to be going to a Bloggers Event in Central London.

Yesterday, the Diabetic Consultant (lovely man, looks nothing like his photo on his Security pass) saw BB and was pleased with what he saw. He was pleased that BB was enjoying being on the Insulin pump. Enjoying isn't really the right word but it's the only way to describe how much better being on the pump is as opposed to being given seven (or more) injections a day.

The Consultant was pleased with Daddy and I (mainly me, but Daddy does have input too) and the way we test and help BB to maintain a good even blood sugar level and that we were picking up on Trends that he could see looking at the numbers we gave him.

BB's overall blood sugar level is still a little high, so we (The Consultant, the Diabetic care team and us as a family) fiddled yesterday with BB's ratios and the amount of insulin that he is given over a 24hour period.

Minor changes.

All was well yesterday afternoon.

All was well yesterday evening.

All was sort of okay during the night.

All was not well this morning.

I woke up early, I was thinking about BB's levels and not being around during the day and so went to check BB's blood sugar. He was low. So I gave him a sugary drink that he drank whilst still half asleep as it was 5:30 am. 15 minutes later his blood sugars had gone up, but not enough to be considered normal. So I waited 15 minutes more and he had a perfect level (although probably still climbing).

Remember that Bloggers event I'm going to today? Now I have guilt over it and I'm not going.

During the day today, BB will probably have a few low blood sugar readings whilst at School. Now, yes Daddy can handle these and could handle the telephone calls we'll probably get from the School Office when BB fails to rise as quickly as he has in the past from a low blood sugar level.

BUT.

It's me who deals with it normally. It's me who runs up the School with the Glucagon injection when the School tell me that BB is really low and not responding to them. I'm the one who goes to Children's birthday parties and stands at the back, watching and waiting for BB to start showing signs of being low, or ready to carb count and give him a bolus of insulin when the food is set out.

Before he was diagnosed, I wasn't the sort of Mum that hung around in the background. I'd regularly head off to London or to Blogger events or to my friends homes an hour or so away. I can't do that now. I'm turning down attending events all the time these days, because I can't be far from Big Boy. I can't be more than ten or fifteen minutes away because I need to be able to rush to School in case he is rushed to the Hospital.

Add this to the reasons to why I hate Diabetes.

Family Date Mornings

A few weeks back, Daddy and I realised that we'd been lack in having dates with the children. We think that such dates are important for our family, because it not only gives us more one on one time with each child but it gives us a chance to show the children how they should behave and expect to be treated on a date, yes I know that they are a long way off from dating, but it never hurts to teach someone something multiple times. There is one more benefit that is really more for Daddy and I, the children will only be children for so long and if we want to make enough memories for both the children and us to remember well into old age then we have to start them young.

Top Ender and Big Boy about to go Bowling

The routine that we have worked out is that one week I take Top Ender out and Daddy has a date at home with Big Boy. The next week, Daddy has a date out with Top Ender and I have a date at home with Big Boy. The following week I get to take Big Boy out and the week after that Daddy takes Big Boy out. Occasionally we throw in a family date, where we will all go out together for some fun and when the weather gets a bit better we'll be off having picnics and rambling over the local fields and out on our bikes together too.

The sorts of things that we've been doing on the dates out of the home are simple low cost treats, a trip round the local Shopping Centre, visiting a favourite park for ice cream, having lunch at a favourite restaurant, buying a new outfit or even buying a new toy or two!

The things we've been doing at home are even simpler. We've been playing on the consoles, visiting the local shop, crafting and drawing, playing in the garden, visiting the local park (no ice cream truck there!), creating videos, surfing the web and making forts.

It's these simple things that we hope our children are going to remember when they are older, that they are going to do with their own children and that if all goes well, that we'll be able to do with our Grandchildren.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Friends

I had an experience in the week that I wasn't sure if I should share, but decided in the end that it was worth it, so here it is along with the usual preamble that I seem to do!

Do you remember when I used to post about how hard it was to make friends? I had decided that making friends sucked and decided that my online friends were all I really needed. I've made some brilliant friends through blogging, and although we might not talk to each other for weeks on end, I know that we can easily pick up with each other when we do finally get our acts together and have a chat.

Best Friends

But.

It's not the same is it? Don't get me wrong I'm eternally grateful for the online friends I have. I'm glad for the DM's they send me, the emails, the photographs they tag me in (even though I'm not in them but they just want me to see something), the chats we have over the internet or by text message or however else it is we communicate but sometimes what you need is a friend to sit down with.

And this week I did just that. I sat down with a friend, it wasn't an arranged conversation, we hadn't planned to meet up, it was just a quick five minute thing where I invaded her space and ended up talking with her for half an hour about everything under the sun.

I have my lovely Mum and Sister of course, and I do phone them up to have a moan, or to share good news and they do the same. I even phone my Mum up to catch me up with a TV Show, as someone called me just as it started.

I have my husband, who is my best friend, but he isn't always available to talk and I can't talk to him about some stuff, I mean he's my husband and a girl has to has some secrets right? Plus he has to work, and can't just stop doing what he's doing because his best friend and wife wants him.

So, I'm back to thinking about how to get a best friend. Someone who I share interests with, someone I can tell secrets too, someone who gets me as well as I get them... it's not too much to ask is it?

Friday, 18 April 2014

Big Boy and his Go Kart #Review

Yesterday, whilst I was doing the gardening, Big Boy went for a ride on his Go Kart. With one thing and another it was really his first go outside since he got it for Christmas, or at least it was his first time where he got to be outside for more than five minutes because it was too cold or wet to be out there any longer!

Big Boy sitting on his Go Kart

It was fab watching him ride between the two points we had agreed upon as his boundaries in our street and despite a few initial issues, where he seemed to forget how to peddle, he was soon speeding along and enjoying the sunshine.


The Kettler Daytona Pedal Go-Kart has an RRP of £159 and I really wish that they'd make a large one for me to ride on (although I wouldn't say no to one of their Cross Trainers!) as seeing the fun that Big Boy had whilst he was riding on his makes me gutted that I never had one as a child.

We received the Go-Kart to review.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor

Last weekend, we went to LEGOLAND Windsor, for a day of Family Fun. We set off rather early, but with a full change of clothes for the children, some towels and a rather large picnic tea, we knew that we'd have a great day. We started the day, having a quick look in the LEGO store at the entrance of the park and whilst we were there Big Boy discovered some Minecraft LEGO sets and Tops was able to have a good look round at all the other sets from the different themes that she loves. We did go back at the end of the day to purchase a couple of LEGO sets, and as the queues weren't as bad as we were expecting it wasn't doom and gloom adding to the end of a party atmosphere of a park full of people heading home.

LEGOLAND goodies to play with at home

I think our weekly Date Mornings have prepared us a bit better for going to a theme park with the children, as we were able to split up into pairs to avoid rides that Big Boy didn't want to go on, without Daddy or I missing out on too much of the fun and thrills and without guilt that we weren't spending the time together as a family. It's been a while since we'd been out as a family to an attraction and so I may have forgotten to pack a few essentials (like Suncream) and Daddy may have discovered the hard way that we should go out as a family more often so that I remember what all the essentials should be. The only benefit from him being the one that got sunburnt and not the children and I (they have my genes) is that with him staying near work during the week is that I don't have to hear him complain about how much it hurts him!

The sunshine may have caused some pain for Daddy, but it was also a benefit as with the sun beating down on us we soon dried out from all the water rides we went on that caused us to be drenched and make us look like we'd not made it to the bathroom in time.

A little wet after a water ride at LEGOLAND Windsor

I think the best part of the day for both the children was when they were able to drive real Electric LEGO cars around a large track. It was amazing being able to watch them confidently navigate road junctions, obey the laws of the road (stop signs and traffic lights) and avoid other road users. Daddy and I both said that we don't think that we have seen the children smile as widely as they did when they had finished driving round the track.

Big Boy driving at LEGOLAND WindsorTop Ender driving at LEGOLAND Windsor

The best part for us as a family was going on the Atlantis Submarine Voyage, it was AMAZING and I think that I'll never look at Sea Life the same way again, in fact I think that we will always need to view sea life through a glass-bottomed LEGO Submarine.

Big Boy has been planning a return visit to LEGOLAND since before we went, as he wants to stay in the Hotel, so I'd better start saving for our return visit either next Easter or in the Summer. If you're heading off to LEGOLAND before then, check out my tips for having Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor.

We were given tickets to visit the park and some LEGO loot to pay for lunch and souvenirs.

Tips for Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor

We were asked if we'd like to pop down to LEGOLAND Windsor this past weekend to see the new Pirate Shores and Castaway Camp and to be one of the first families to experience the new attraction. Unfortunately the area wasn't quite ready for visitors so whilst I guess it will be a great new area for LEGOLAND explorers, don't hold me to it as I've not experienced it and so I can't say for sure! What I can say about LEGOLAND is based on our families visits that we've made in the past few years and of course this most recent visit.

Tips for Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor

LEGOLAND is one of those places, in my humble opinion, that you have to take your children to at least once. I say this because LEGOLAND is fantastic fun and as LEGO is a great toy for imagination play I don't think I have ever met a child who doesn't like to play with LEGO or DUPLO for a few minutes at least. The only downside I have about taking your family to the park, is the price of admission but there are normally discounts available for booking in advance and you can find vouchers for further admission discounts available in a variety of places, just google (or use your search engine of choice) to find out more.

The GREAT thing about the Park is that there are toilets and kiosks selling food and drink all over the place. This means that if you're just about to join the queue for a ride and your little one needs a wee you can just nip in, rather than letting your child wee through a wooden bridge, soaking the people queueing under the bridge (Yes, this really happened!). It also means that you could end up spending a lot of money on snacks and drinks, so maybe take a small bag of snacks in with you to intersperse with purchases of ice-creams (if the weather is good), and hot dogs.

We were lucky that on this most recent trip we were given special arm bands, which gave us an insight into how fantastic the Q-Bot Ultimate is. If you can afford it, getting a Q-Bot will help reduce the amount of time spent in queues and for some of the most popular rides this is a really good thing. Just be prepared for a few dirty looks from the people who haven't thought to use the Q-Bot, and consider which type of Q-Bot you'd like as there are different levels and of course they are pitched at different price levels too.

There are plenty of different rides, that means depending on what your family likes there are plenty of rides and attractions to keep them amused. We spent what seems a disproportionate amount of time being soaking wet after going on several of the water rides. Luckily for us, we'd gone on a sunny day and so we did dry off quite quickly, but do remember that if your family like water rides too then you should take a change of clothes or some change to use the family dryers, which are £2 and easily fit in a family of four.

I'm always really conscious when going to places aimed at children that I'm not going to fit in to the seats or be able to put the safety restraints around me. I didn't have any trouble at the park on any of the rides and the amount of walking that we did around the park means that I'm pretty sure that I lost some weight whilst walking round!

We had a lush time as a family, which you can read more about in my Family Fun at LEGOLAND Windsor post.

We were given access to the park, and some LEGO loot to pay for food or souvenirs.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Why Can't I Lose Weight Like That?

One of my guilty pleasures is watching weight loss shows. I'm not one of the people who watches whilst eating a huge bar of chocolate or a tub of Ice-cream (although I could be), I tend to watch them whilst working out myself (well Wii U Fit step aerobics) whilst watching them motivates me, watching them also annoys me. I'm one of the people that you'd normally find on these weight loss shows. I have a lot of weight to lose, roughly half my body weight if I go by the height and weight recommendations (but I'm pretty sure if I went down to that weight I'd look ill, but we'll see when I get there eh?) and I have tried on my own unsuccessfully several times.

And so when I do diet and exercise, I try my hardest. I take pictures of everything that I eat and drink (I read that's supposed to help you be more accountable and realise just how much you're actually consuming), I go for a walk everyday and I use the Wii U Fit game to exercise. I have a couple of work out videos that I follow, I dance around the living room, I run up and down the stairs and I walk to School several times a day.

And yet when I weigh myself I don't lose the weight at the same rate those contestants on the TV do. When I take my measurements, I've not lost inches like the contestants on the TV do. I don't have any dark secrets that I'm holding back, or hatred towards my parents like the contestants on the TV shows do. I don't have a trainer yelling at me to push harder, to work for longer, to reach for more. I don't have a personal chef creating me low calorie, tasty meals.

A lunchtime Salad

I guess it's the lack of weight loss that's demotivating really. I can handle that I don't lose big numbers of weight each week, I understand that isn't possible really for people at home like me to lose weight like the contestants on the TV Shows but it still makes me think Why can't I lose weight like that?!

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Walkers Have Half Price Fun! #SponsoredPost

Of course I'm not talking about a ramblers only kind of deal, but Walkers have partnered together with Merlin Entertainment to give away half price tickets to Chessington World of Adventures and 12 Sea Life aquariums around the UK, which is perfect if you're not sure what you can do this Easter Half Term. The tickets available are available by collecting tokens on multi-packs of Walkers Baked Stars, Walkers Mighty Lights or Walkers Hoops and Crosses, which if your house is anything like mine there are extra of in the house during Easter to feed those hungry children that roam the neighbourhood and always congregate in your living room! Just make sure that you've collected all the tokens you need before the 20th June, as that is when the vouchers are available until. As always though, check the offer out yourself as I might have misread the information.

Walkers Mighty Lights

We're actually hoping to get to Chessington soon, as with Zufari already being a family favourite the children are wanting to go on the new ride Scorpion Express as they are sure that this will be a train ride they'll remember.

Zufari at Chessington World of Adventures

Of course, you'll need to use the Chessington Tickets before the end of November but if you go for the tickets to the Sea Life attraction, you get up until the end of December. Which could be even handier as I'm the sort of useless parent who forgets the vouchers when buying tickets...

I'm pretty sure that there is a Sea Life Aquarium in Birmingham and so it would be great to be able to visit with Daddy and combine a visit to the Aquarium too. I love wandering around Aquariums, as whilst I know a few facts about the life of some sea creatures, there are so many things to learn the names of and facts about that it's perfect for the family to visit to have fun and to learn something new. Who knows maybe one day I'll be as smart as my children think I am!

This is a sponsored post, but we love the attractions that are mentioned and I think you'll agree that it is a good deal!

Robin Cousins Ice - #Review

With it being the Easter Holidays for us here in Milton Keynes, there are a few things that we like to do that marks the time as different from term time. One of the things that Top Ender loves to do is to spend some one on one time with her Gran (My Mum), this normally involves her staying overnight and then hanging out with her for the next day. Occasionally Top Ender will stay for a couple of nights, but if I'm perfectly honest I don't like being away from her for too long!

Top Ender decided that when she was asked if she'd like to accompany me to see Robins Cousins (him from Dancing on Ice) Ice at Milton Keynes Theatre that a much better idea would be for her to accompany her Gran to the Theatre to see the show, after all they are the ones that watch Dancing on Ice and then after having spent the evening together, Top Ender could stay the night with her Gran. It was agreed that this would be a suitable arrangement, and so I dropped off Top Ender and my Mum at the Theatre in good time for them to see the show.

Robin Cousins Ice

I can't talk much about the show, seeing as how I didn't see it, but when Top Ender and my Mum came out of the Theatre, they were buzzing from the show. My Mum showed a lot of her knowledge of various technical terms (thanks to watching Ice Skating for years) of manoeuvres that the ice dancers had undertaken and despite still not being interested in learning to ice skate herself (she says that she's never seen someone that uses a walking stick to walk use a walking stick to skate!) she still says it is a beautiful and moving thing to watch.

Top Ender was impressed (as always) by the skating, but thanks to parental guidance at previous shows, spent a lot of the time critiquing the costumes. I think that as Top Ender wants to be a designer when she is older that it's worth her time looking at costumes as she could design costumes if her fashion career doesn't take off like she hopes! A number of the dances the performers performed were set to music that Top Ender was familiar with, she was quite impressed that Lady Gaga was featured and that one of the skaters also sang (and got the biggest round of applause too).

I'm quite jealous that I didn't get to go, but for fans of shows like Dancing on Ice (I'm not really) and for families the show is a great way to spend the evening.

I received free tickets to see the show.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Gardening Things

Q: What's the difference between a weed and a flower?
A: Well, the only difference really is if the plants are growing where you want them to grow.

Muscari or a Grape Hyacinth

The picture above is a Muscari or a Grape Hyacinth, nearly every house in my street and those surrounding it have these growing in their garden. Who originally planted them? Who knows. All I do know is that they decide to grow where ever they want, and are the bane of a few of my gardener friends lives.

I personally love them. I love their purple/blue hue and their ability to grow without me planting them. I love that they add a splash of colour to my borders and that both my children know what they are called thanks to "strangers" on the internet (that would be you, yes you) who read my Facebook page or Instagram account and were kind enough to tell me what they were called.

Daffodils and Tulips in bloom

I love that the twenty minutes or so that I spent earlier in the year, wrestling with mud and leaves in order to plant Tulip and Daffodils was worth it. That the small boarder in my front garden has beautiful flowers that make me smile each time I walk past them.

Charlotte the Tulip

I love that this flower is called Charlotte, thanks to Claire.

I'm still not a brilliant gardener, and I doubt I will ever be the sort of person who has an immaculate garden but I love what I do have and seeing the flowers bloom, knowing that a little part of that is thanks to me makes my heart sing.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Cricut Crafting #Review

Ages ago (before Christmas) Cricut sent me their new Cricut Mini to review. I misunderstood, and thought that this was a temporary loan, but they actually gave me the machine. I wanted to fly out to Utah and kiss them all, but you know they'd probably wonder who the weird British woman was and lock the Cricut office doors.

I was thinking about the machine when I first got it and thinking about how I could use it. I tried a few bits and pieces, making a little gift box for Top Ender and then a few pieces to make Thank You Cards for friends and the like and then after finding a brilliant gift that I could make for Big Boy for Christmas I decided I needed to use the Cricut machine to make a gift for Top Ender.

Cricut Mini cut Butterfly picture
If you don't know Top Ender's real name you do now, but remember keep it hushed!
Anyhoo. Making this gift took minutes, the hardest part was keeping Tops out of the room whilst I was wrapping it, as she kept trying to come in to see what was going on. Top Ender loved it, not just because I used her favourite colours, not just because it was personalised she said the reason she loved it the most was because I made it for her.

The children think that this machine is amazing, they can't work out how it works and I'm not telling them (mainly because other than telling you it's a printer with a sharp bit in it that cuts bits out I don't know either!). The one thing I will say however is that the Cricut Mini has added a few different dimensions (hahah get it?!) to my crafting talents and I'm not actually doing anything!

What would you do if you had a Cricut Mini? If you give me some sensible answers I might even make you something!

I was sent a Cricut to review.

Friday, 4 April 2014

The Fitbug Orb #Review

Do you remember the very swish pedometer that I was reviewing a while back? Well, as you can probably guess (as is normal with me) after a few months of wearing it, I stopped. It wasn't the pedometers fault, it was my own. I know that I'm useless when it comes to keeping up with my weight loss and fitness regime. I'm sure that it's not because I'm lazy, but because when I don't see the results I want I start to lose interest and having small things remind me on a daily basis that I'm not helping myself hurts me. With the pedometer, I could quite clearly see how many steps I had taken. I could easily work out how many steps I was lacking in reaching my daily goal and so I stopped wearing it. If it showed 0, then I knew that it showed zero because I hadn't worn it, not because of lack of effort. I know, talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face right?!

The Fitbug Orb #Review

I was asked if I'd like to review the new Fitbug Orb and I said yes, because this time unless I logged into the app each day I wouldn't be able to see how many steps I had taken. I'd get a true representation of what I was doing each day. I started wearing the orb as a watch, it was easier for me but the band would make my arm really sweaty, so I swapped to wearing it on my waist band or my bra band as I found it fell off my waist band fairly often.

After the first week of wearing the Fitbug Orb, I logged into my profile to see what was going on, to see how bad my daily exercise habits were. I was pleasantly surprised. Whilst I hadn't hit my target everyday, I had hit my aerobic steps and I wasn't really that far off my targets. With the clever way that the Fitbug works, I got a new target to hit for the next week and wouldn't you know, without trying I hit the target each day. As the weeks progressed and my targets increased on some days I hit my targets and other days I didn't.

What I didn't realise until looking back over the targets I'd been hitting was that even though I didn't know how close (or far) I was from my daily target, I was trying harder and harder each day to increase the number of steps I was taking. I was trying harder and harder each day to make sure that I walked further and for longer. Sure there were days where I didn't hit the target (Sundays seems to be a big one for me, I don't walk at Church enough!) and yet they are getting fewer.

The other good part of the orb is that when I remember to tell it that I'm going to sleep, it measures what kind of quality of sleep I'm getting, how long I'm sleeping and if you don't know then you should that sleep is important if you want to lose weight or get fit or just generally enjoy life.

Now the bad parts (other than it keeps falling off my belt) despite setting the orb up to sync with my phone and give it my steps, I've noticed that every so often it doesn't and I have to force it to. Of course this isn't really an issue, but the weekly emails sometimes came back to me telling my that I'd not hit any targets or taken any steps! I might not exercise a lot but I sure do exercise a bit!

There is sometimes a discrepancy in the number of steps it reports I've taken. Sometimes it's only a few hundred, but after a rather long walk/jog a couple of Wednesday's ago I know that it was at least 2,000 steps less. I thought at first it was just the orb being sarky, and telling me there was no way that I'd actually exercised that much... but then I remembered it's a machine and at the moment not capable of being sarcastic. From reading on the internet there have been some others with similar issues, but they've been solved when turning on stride Extender. I've not tried this yet, but will do the next time I feel like going out for a jog (Stop Laughing!).

The Fitbug Orb is £49.95 and for me has been a great addition to my exercising life. Mainly because I have to keep running back upstairs to get it after I've left it on my PJ bottoms and I've gone downstairs to make breakfast, but also because it's great for helping me to see that a little extra each day adds up in the end.

I was sent the Fitbug Orb to review.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

The Grass Is Greener

At the end of last Summer, I did something a bit drastic and hastily thought out. One warmish day, I decided that I what I really wanted to do was to remove the naff concrete slab path that had been placed (haphazardly) up the middle of my lawn and add "mud" and grass seed to the scar of earth that had been under the slab pathway.


Before my mind could jump into action, my body had already lifted a slab and moved it down to the patio... Ooops!

The plan was one day in early Spring I'd drive to the local DIY Centre or Garden Centre and buy some "mud" (Mud is what I call anything brown in my garden. Soil/Compost=Mud) distribute it to the dented bit of garden, add some grass seed and then watch as my grass magically grew overnight into big thick strong blades. One sunny day, just before Spring had officially sprung, Daddy decided that he was going to do my job. He disappeared off and purchased several bags of "mud", a huge bag of grass seed and despite me protesting that he was doing my job and me then going and hiding in our bedroom (I had a nice snooze) he didn't stop. And then my garden had a strip of mud up the middle.

Mud Strip in Lawn

We waited for what seemed like AGES for the grass seed to do something. I was sure that it hasn't worked and then on Mother's Day we noticed something. There was GRASS growing!

Mothers Day Grass

Now every day, I look out the kitchen window at my strip of burgeoning grass. It's getting longer right?

Grass in early April

So that's my life at the moment, I'm watching grass grow. How are things with you?

Breakfast. The Meal of Kings. #Review

Breakfast in our house has become a five minute affair and as I keep telling the children, a breakfast shouldn't include a pop tart more than once a month and that not every cereal needs sugar added to it (Hear that Daddy?!). The moans then usually start about how pop tarts taste yummy and other types of breakfasts are boring and taste like cardboard and I put my fingers in my ears and start singing "Tralalala, I can't hear you!" and the conversation is paused for another morning.

Until this morning.

This morning I got up super super early and set the table for breakfast for the children and I.

Princes Tinned Fruits.

I added fun tasty fruit muffins, yoghurt and muesli, bowls of fruit and glasses of fruit juice. I scrambled eggs and grilled some bacon. I once attempted making my own hash browns and remembering this, I added some from the Supermarket in to the oven. I put out the fun plates and napkins, funky table mats that I made just for the occasion.

I called the children down to join me and we sat at the table together.

The children didn't add sugar to anything (there wasn't any on the table). They didn't complain that breakfast was boring. We talked politely together and filled each other in on what was going on in our lives, various online worlds, at school, at work, at Church... and it was bliss.

Apart from I got left with the washing up as they disappeared off to School! What do you normally do for breakfast in your house?

Princes sent me some Fruit to add to my breakfast.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Crafting With Big Boy #Review

Last Saturday, Big Boy and I went out on our Mother Son Date. Big Boy had talked about nothing else all week and was determined that we were going to go to a Coffee shop and use their free Wi-Fi to watch Youtube videos over, whilst sipping Hot Chocolates and possibly scoffing down a cake or cookie before we headed off to the Food Van, so he could get his Sausage Baguette (hold the onions, extra ketchup please) and we could sit on the Cafe style chairs in the sunshine to eat our lunch.

In the end we decided to go to the Cafe inside Dunelm Mill instead of a coffee shop, mainly because I wanted to buy a new cake pan and I figured I could also buy Big Boy a treat from the craft bits. We had a great time, filled with jokes, older women coming to chat to BB and tell him how cute he was or telling me how lucky I was to have such a handsome date. Big Boy thought this was hilarious but was super polite to the women and fluttered his eyelashes at them and had them eating out of his hand I swear he could have been written into a dozen wills if he'd wanted to and I might have a gigolo on my hands!

Big Boy laughing at his own jokes

Big Boy and I had a great time picking through the crafting items, trying to find something that we didn't already have at home (I hoard craft items, who knew?!) and in the end he settled for a piece of glittery red card. The way he handled this card, you'd have thought it was made of gold. It was so precious to see him utterly delighted with his purchase, even though it was only a few pence.

The next day Big Boy was banned from playing on the games consoles for a whole day for various reasons. This wasn't the end of the world though as after Big Boy said goodbye to Top Ender and I, he then told Daddy that what he'd like to do whilst we were out were some Arts and Crafts. This isn't an unusual request in our house, Big Boy LOVES to draw, to paint, to stick and is surprising good (I guess it's his genes from his paternal Grandmother but don't tell her okay? Pretend it's from me!) so Daddy helped him hunt out the craft items he wanted. Big Boy created a monster, and within seconds of walking in the door after I got back from Church I was being shown his various features.

Big Boy's Paper Monster - Grrrrrrrrrrr!

Big Boy absolutely loved it and so I pulled out the petite Toucan Box I'd been sent to review with Big Boy. The box contained what we needed to personalise a little bag. Big Boy was a little hesitant at first, but soon got into the spirit of things and created a truly marvellous and personalised bag.

Big Boy and his Toucan Box Bag

I loved that all we needed was in the box, although I did sit with Big Boy whilst he made the bag, I let him decide how to do it all (it drove a control freak part of me crazy) and I figure that the bundle of ten petite boxes that you can buy and keep in the cupboard for as and when the children need a little project to stimulate them is a brilliant buy and a much better idea than suggesting a reward of console time. Yes, I'm giving myself a talking to here.

Now, because I know you're going to love the Toucan Box, I've got a 25% off code for you to use at the website. Head over to www.toucanbox.com/taster to enter the code, which is RAMBLING14 and let me know what you order and then create.

We received the Petite Toucan Box to review.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April Fools!

So last night my children went to sleep like this.

Big Boy in Big Boy's bed

Look there's Big Boy looking all snuggly and sweaty.

Top Ender in Top Ender's bed

There's Top Ender looking like a Teenager already. And also in the dark, because she wakes up more easily than Big Boy.

And this morning? Well, they are going to wake up like this.

Big Boy in Top Ender's bedTop Ender in Big Boy's bed

Mwhahahahahahahahahahaha!