21 Oct 2016

Fabulous Friday - it's all a learning curve

Fabulous Friday

I had a little break last week but I'm back and very much looking forward to half term which starts next week. 

What I've learnt this week?

That things change when you least expect it, bubba had slowly been getting better at going into school and then this week it all went wrong. She had a spectacular meltdown at the gates and had to be pulled in by two teachers, I cried after she went in and then on and off for most of the morning. By picking up time she was fine and on top of the world and I was relieved to have her back after a day of worry.

What we've achieved?

It doesn't sound much but we have had a couple of nights where the kids have shared things really well and I haven't yelled at anyone or dissolved into a quivering mess by the time hubby got home. I've also heard them bonding better than ever - cub went up to bubba and gave her a cuddle, then said "I love you Beeba" and she replied "I love you too" they cuddled again and went about their business. It was wonderful and simple and one of the best conversations I have ever listened to.

Who's rocking the world this week?

My best friend is rocking the world this week, she's really pushing her business and herself to achieve. It's fab to watch and I am right behind her and know she'll get where she wants to be...and I'll be there cheering her on....well done Gilly Bean.

Fabulous product of the week:

This week for me it has to be my Kikki K planner, I adore it and keep stroking it and don't need an excuse to keep getting it out. I got it in the sale which makes it even more appealing but it is the start of an obsession for me and I will be back to buy another one.

What I want to take into next week?

Breathing and mindfulness...Its half term and I will need to be mindful and remember the kids are just kids and I should embrace the mess. I will embrace the chaos and make some memories.

Friday thought...

Think positive and positive things will happen.

17 Oct 2016

The Christmas List...

I love Christmas, I really do and I can't wait for the magic and tinsel and fairy lights but am I the only parent who dreads the impending Christmas list time?

I feel the pressure as early as September (if not before) with all the adverts on the tv and hear the shrill "Mummy I want that one!" shouted in my general direction and my standard response which is "well you'd better put it on your Christmas list then". Even cub has started getting involved and will go up to the tv or point to things in magazines or on those billboards near bus stops and tell me what colour and which character he wants the most. This is all without them cruising through the Argos catalogue and ticking every other item on every page!

My biggest problem at the moment with a 5yr old and 2yr old is finding out what they really want, as it changes daily. I don't want to buy early only for the novelty of a particular toy to wear off by the time Christmas day arrives and I get one of those 'why did she let father christmas get me this?!?'.

But if I leave it too late then I may not get the essential item from the hot right now list and that isn't even worth thinking about on Christmas morning. We try to only get them both one main present and a few silly bits so its even harder to work out what they want in the list of overprice plastic fantastic toys.

It's also a challenge since Bubba announced that she is a non believer...she even listed the reasons why the big man in red isn't really real.
  1. One man can't do all that work in the night - he'll get tired
  2. Reindeer's don't fly
  3. there are lost of father Christmas's and they all look different (this point has bothered her since she was little).
  4. Who gives him the money to buy all those toys for the whole world
  5. Elves don't make presents, I've seen them being sold in Sainsbury's
All this was whilst we were on a long car ride and at first I tried to talk her out of it and explain it was all magic but then I really got it. I asked if she still believed in the magic of Christmas (& she does), as long as she is happy with what she thinks and can go on believing in the magic of the season then who am I to try and convince her otherwise.

I just hope my boy doesn't keep trying to climb the Christmas tree because at that stage I reckon the Christmas list will be the last thing on my mind!
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