25 Sep 2017

What Age Should You Take a Child to the Cinema?

Well we got on the cinema bandwagon quite late with Bubba, unless you count the time I went to see 'The Inbetweeners' at the mother and baby showing and I fed her sweet potato stew half way through when she was 9 months old. I'm so rock and roll, I know!

I can't remember what we went to see but she was four (almost five) before we went properly and she spent the whole time sat on my lap. She was too small, even with the chair raiser, to see and the chair kept collapsing on her and she got sucked into the ravine.

So with my boy we wanted to go as a family and seeing as he is only three we were sure it was the best time for us. He is a runner by nature and doesn't sit still for very long so I was understandably nervous beforehand.

If you aren't sure when to take your child for the first time then these tips might help:
  • Take plenty of snacks
We got both the kids one of the cinema popcorn pots but I also packed extra sweets and crisps in little pots so he got a taster (and it took him a little while to get into each one). I must admit he was fine until the food started to run out!
  • Family Screenings

It can be expensive to go to the cinema and very frustrating if you have a child that doesn't want to stay after you've forked out a second mortgage on tickets. To be on the safe side we went on a family friendly screening and we didn't see a latest release. It was £2.50 per person and spending £10 for a family of four was much better than what it normally is (£10 per adult).
  •  Pick the right film
We went for a film that wasn't a recent release but was still of interest to both of our children (The Smurfs). Before we went, he knew about Smurfs and we'd watched a few other films about them so we knew for at least half an hour he'd be ok.

  • Book in advance
This can be a risky strategy sometimes but I booked late the night before and it worked out well. It meant we could turn up at the last minute, knowing we had seats all together, so he didn't get too bored.

  • Go with it
When you've got a younger child at the cinema and you can't really predict how they will react so you need to just go with it. A few parents with smaller children (two and under) left halfway through and didn't return. Our boy got a bit of wanderlust and left to go to the loo with daddy and then got a taste for freedom and wanted to go out and run up and down the corridor a few times. So don't expect to be able to sit and watch the film properly yourself.

So on the whole I don't think we'd have got away with taking him any younger than three as he is a natural runner and full of mischief. I think I would wait until he is a little older to take him again to a film he really wants to see, especially if I am alone with both of them. The kids both loved sharing the experience together although Bubba did get frustrated that her little brother kept getting up.

Oh and one other tip...if you have a runner like we do then it's best to sit near the exits or near the back because at one point our little man was just happy pottering along the row that we were in (it was the row where two other families left with smaller children).


15 Sep 2017

Making Cookies - Lemon Meringue Cookies

We love eating cookies, actually we love eating any biscuit type snacks (well I do and I know the kids and hubby eat them quick too). So I thought I'd try some different ones last weekend and on the way to work had a day dream about setting up my own gourmet cookie company. I spent a few hours afterwards googling where I could buy some (& failed) so set about creating my own lemon meringue cookies.

Basic Cookie Recipe

  •  220g plain flour 
  • 150g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 120g golden granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2tsp Lemon Extract (usually use vanilla extract if plain)
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch salt


8 Sep 2017

5 Top Tips for the Best Legoland Experience with a Preschooler

We decided to finish the summer holidays with a bang and take our two on their first theme park trip, we've done Peppa Pig World but Bubba was only young and Cub was in a pram so this was the big test for us all. Legoland has been on Bubba's hit list for a while now and she talks about it all the time so we thought a surprise trip would be something she'd love.

Here are our top 5 tips on how to manage the trip with a three year old and six year old and what to do to get the most out of your trip.


3 Sep 2017

Gym Life - How I'm trying to Loose my Mum Tum

In the past I was fit and firm (how many times have we said that eh!) I used to not worry too much about my weight and was happy. I had two children and lost my motivation somewhat and since I have been struggling with my wobble and the scales have been going up and up and up.

After having cub I went to Slimming World and managed to loose 2.5 stone and kept it off for a long time. I then took a year and slowly put the weight back on and then had a leg operation which kept my sedentary for a while and piled more on.

We are going to a wedding at the end of the month and I want to feel comfortable in my skin and wear a dress (now that my leg is looking good again).


30 Aug 2017

Coffee Break - Motherhood; is it supposed to be this hard?

I'm really struggling at the moment being a mum, it's all stress and very little fun right now. I'm not sure if it's this tough for everyone as so many people gloss over it and I don't often find other blogs that really go into it more than "oh he was being a bit of a terror, lol", this to me feels more than just the odd day of not having fun.

I don't feel I have much to laugh out loud about at the moment, from the tantrums in supermarkets, the disaster naps at 4.45pm meaning bedtime of around 9pm, to the back chat of a 6yr old! Honestly sometimes I engage in a war of words with my girl and then look at myself and think 'you sound like you are a petulant 6yr old yourself'...is it only me or is Motherhood supposed to be this hard?

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