25 Nov 2016

Five Things - Bubba should know about me

I love reading back old entries and this is an update with a deeper explanation of my reasons....

I found this lovely idea on Pinterest and it inspired me (although a lot of the ideas were for about 20 things she should know). I hope to do these every few months so that there is a good list of bite size 'things she should know' because I may not get a chance to impart my wisdom (or forget what's important at a particular time). So here goes...

What qualities I love most about her dad
It's mainly his ability to get on with anyone (much to my annoyance sometimes). Every one who comes away from meeting him says how nice he is. I'd love that to be me, how cool to leave that impression. Also his ability to be as silly as me and make me laugh. He also is often unflappable (apart from on our wedding day when he even checked his dads first name!) and he treats Bubba with love and respect. They make the greatest team.

A country/place that stole my heart
This for me will always be New York. I'm not really sure why but its the one place I yearn to go back to often. Somthing about the tall buildings, pace of life and smell of posibility in the air. I've been with my friends and keep nagging Hubby to go back with me at some point, hopefully sooner rather than later. My newer love is Scotland because so many magical memories have been made there in the last few years, I really am looking forward to taking Bubba on the overnight train and to run wild in the countryside. Edinburgh is where my hubby proposed and we also had our honeymoon there, it's magical and I love it in the snow the most.

My biggest achievements...
Getting my degree in English literature whilst working full time. I passed up the opportunity of going to university (fell in love with a boy and didn't want to leave) and I wished I had gone somewhere new and met more people....the boy - well he dumped me for another girl a few years later so not worth the effort! I'd encourage bubba to study and spread her wings...travel, experience life where ever she could....even if it means I'll worry more and miss her too much.

Becoming a mum. Is undoubtedly an incredible thing that shouldn't be taken for granted, some people are lucky enough to experience it and some aren't. I'll never stop counting my blessings, however much I moan about not getting enough sleep these days

Things guaranteed to make me laugh
Her dad. Silliness, I love a bit of simple humour and wit. We often dance around the house or jump on the spot...music is amazing for altering your mood. I like that I can surprise people - bubba often looks at me like I'm a little bit mental. It's a good thing. Bubba is also someone who can make me laugh in any situation, as she gets older, she gets funnier. Slapstick comedy is funny and I don't like anything too complex or rude.

An important thing in my life
This would be words, words can take you to other places in books. Words spoken can make you fall in love or fall apart. Words are my magic, I'm interested how they are formed, how they are used and the power they have. It's also the words left unsaid or misunderstood that fascinate me. Books are the best, the smell, the feel of them in your hands, the joy of realising that you are venturing into someone else's brain an amazing made up world. Sometimes the most shocking is the words used in truth but these are always the ones that tell you the most about other people. I love reading this blog back and remembering because motherhood is exhausting, exhilarating and gone all too soon.


21 Nov 2016

Debbie & Andrew's - Perfect Little Pork Chipolatas

Sausage Heaven...

I could just start and finish this post with that one statement above, we love sausages in our house and cub more so than the rest of us put together, so when we got the chance to sample these new sausages it was an exciting day.

I was interested in trying these sausages as they have reduced fat and salt which is always something to look out for seeing as my boy would eat sausages all day long if he could. They promise to be made of the best British pork too which I'm pleased about and obviously I checked the syn value with slimming world for myself (3 syns per sausage if you are interested which is fab for real sausages). They are suitable for those who are sensitive to gluten, wheat & dairy products..which again is me, so I'm happy about that.

 They cooked really easily and quickly and for dinner I kept it quite simple as my two can be fussy with too many sauces and flavours all at once. Next time we try them it'll be on a play date and I'm going to make the suggested easy pasta for fussy eaters which I'll blog about too.

My two wolfed them down and Bubba actually asked for more which is really unusual for her because she grazes on smaller meals most of the time. I feel happy that the sausages aren't full of rubbish because it's a constant worry usually to make sure the children eat properly.

I nearly forgot to tell you that the packaging is really well thought out too with some activities for the little ones such as how to customise your wellies. Bubba is keen to try this soon so we will let you know how we get on,.

We were also sent these gorgeous little wellies to grow some herbs in so the kids were very excited to start them growing. So thank you debbie & andrew's, we really enjoyed the sausages and will definitely be getting some more.

We were sent a sample pack of sausages from debbie & andrew's to try and let them know what we thought.

19 Nov 2016

Snapfish - Christmas stocking filler ideas - Part One

Well I knew the first present I would get made from snapfish when I saw that they did personalised cushions. From the moment we got her guinea pigs she keeps going on how she wants to have them in her room and she wants to cuddle them. So I spent a few evenings trying to coax the shy guinea pigs into their next top model pose and I think the finished article looks great. I was so excited when I opened it that I forgot myself and immediately showed Bubba and then realised it was supposed to be for Christmas...so a mummy fail there but on a good note - she loved it and takes it to bed every night.

I was so impressed with how easy it was to make and the great quality of it, so much so that I've lined up to get a few more made for the grandparents. The reverese of the cushion is suede on the reverse and you could pick the colours and also could have had a caption put on or there were different picture frame options. I'm so pleased with the one I chose.

Next up I decided to make my two best friends presents - we don't normally get presents but seeing as this is our 40th year and we've been friends for 35 years...this year it's all about presents and appreciating our friendship.

So first up I made a mug for my tea drinking lovely bestie - I decided to use the same photos but in different ways. I chose a frame that allowed me to put all the photo's on.


I chose some wording to go on it and the colour and again I uploaded it all from my mobile which was perfect. I can't believe how easy it was to do and really pleased with the outcome, the quality is fabulous and it's the perfect stocking filler for her.


The ordering process was so easy and if I'm honest it felt too easy and I was a bit worried about what might turn up. Three days later the entire order of a pillow, mug, photo collage, 20 prints and other bits arrived in the post - all packaged well. I was really impressed with the service we received and would recommend snapfish to my friends - as I mentioned earlier, we are getting more presents sorted from their website as we speak.

Part two with some of my craft makes are up in a few days so please do look out for them.

we were kindly sent a voucher code to use on the snapfish website in exchange for our thoughts on their products and services.

18 Nov 2016

Fabulous Friday - Winter bugs and busy times

Well life gets a bit hectic when little ones are ill and both kids have had some sort of bug and neither of them handles it very well so it's been a very up and down week for us.

What I've learnt this week?

That I sometimes need to put my phone down and get involved, lately I've been sat working whilst the kids sit and play a game together. I forget to watch and take in what they are doing and appreciate them and also join in with them because lego can be fun and colouring is my all time favourite activity.

What we've achieved?

I managed to buy the kids Christmas presents, we met father christmas and I've now hidden the presents I got. No mean feat when I usually have at least one child with me at all times, so it was a genius idea to take a morning off work, go get my hair done and then go to a toy shop.

Who's rocking the world this week?

Every mumma who has to deal with dress up days at school, outfits for Children in Need and the like, it seems to be something new every week. A few weeks back I sent bubba to school dressed as Cleopatra for a school inspiration day.

Fabulous product of the week:

It's a simple one this week, a nice cup of tea. I've been off tea for ages as I couldn't stomach milk but I've suddenly found a love for it again and after a busy day doing an event its all I want now.

What I want to take into next week?

Wellness please, my two become little diva's when ill and it's been a long hard couple of weeks recently so I'm hoping a week where we all get on well.

Friday thought...

Enjoy the simple things in life

16 Nov 2016

Father Christmas - our visit

We stood in the queue and I looked wistfully at the little girl in front of us. She was clearly prepared for her visit, dressed in her finest clothes and little Victorian style swing coat (Christmas red obviously) and her neat ponytail swung and curled around her shoulders as she giggled whilst learning her elf handshake.

I looked at my two, slightly scruffy and I'm not sure Bubba's hair had even been brushed as I mentally retraced our morning. It had been slightly chaotic with lots of shouting from the kids, both were slightly boisterous and fractious which is never a good combination. I felt numb from a weeks worth of motherhood and long nights where Bubba refused to sleep in her own bed. Our trip to see Father Christmas was all last minute, hubby and I had been lured in by the magician outside and I was still unsure whether the kids deserved to be here.

As the girl skipped into Santa's grotto with her mum, my two tried perfecting their elf handshake and had an impromptu cuddle (more of a wrestlers move), I moved over and jostled them to the side as another wave of children came in. I wondered how I could get them to behave better, were they too spoilt, why couldn't I have dressed them better?

Then it was our turn and we were ushered in to a glittery, present filled chamber where there sat Father Christmas. He beckoned them both over and asked questions which my big girl answered dutifully and my little man held onto her coat tightly, slightly shell shocked at the whole experience (it being his first visit to the big man).

I whispered a reminder for thank you and pleases - Bubba is good but cub needs a little reminder. We left with them both clutching a present and we headed to the photography area. Again I saw the little girl, this time on screen and beaming out at me, a perfect smile with Father Christmas, the perfect Christmas photograph. I mentally chastised myself for keeping my kids coats on and not brushing hair and it not being 'perfect'.

Then I saw it, our photo and instantly promised I would leave all the negativity behind, my imperfect perfect kids. I realised that this photo was what our family is all about, not the perfect airbrushed image.  We are slightly scruffy around the edges, we have cheeky grins and messy faces, we have love, giggles, tantrums and tears.

But look....I'm lucky I've got these two little elves
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