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Future Holiday’s


Okay here is the deal. Almost every day now we hear of a attack somewhere in the world. 

I have been following a few news papers on Facebook  (can you tell I am a tad addicted to Facebook!) They comments on some of the posts are shocking. Some people were saying stay at home and holiday in the UK as there is a lower risk of being attacked. I am sorry to say the UK is on high alert for a terriosim attack and now sadly so is much of the world.


I personally will not stop going abroad. The risk is the same as it is at home. If people want to stay and not see the world. It would mean these nasty people would of won. They will think they have more power.  We can not let them win.

Am I scared? Of course I am but I will not let them win. My grandmother lived during the 2nd world war. Some of the things she has seen and heard are very strange and scary. We are lucky we don’t have this on a daily basics unlike some countries around the world were voilance is sadly a daily occurnace. 

I am looking at holidays for next year. I would like a family holiday, close to the beach, a few good day trips and not to far from the airport … Any ideas?? 

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Routines have gone out the ….

Routines have gone out the window at the moment!

You Know when its school holidays everything becomes a bit more relaxed, calmer and the routine seems to go out of the window.

The children seem to want feeding every 10 minutes, they want to do something different every 20 minutes, toys are usually scattered all over the place and your walking on Lego, like its hot coal. They usually end up arguing with each other right when your preparing a snack or drink for them and then they moan that they are having to wait for what they asked for, with you replaying calmly to wait one minute as your are busy with their sibling.

The routine of the School term is usually a mad rush to get out the door so your on time for the lining up in the playground… (we live 5 minutes walk from the school). The homework they have has to be completed by a certain day and handed in, reading is done every night. Toddler groups are on and its finding the best one for your child as some get too packed, or their isn’t enough places to park so you frantically need to find another option or hope when you drive round again there is a space. Then its getting back for lunch and maybe a nap before heading of to the school pick up.

School  holidays are usually lazying around in our PJ’S until around 9/10 am then actually starting to figure out what to actually do during the day with the children which wont cost the earth, but also checking which places don’t charge for under 3’s whilst we are at it!

The bedtime routine is also a bit hit and miss, We are usually aiming for bed by 8pm and dinner around 6 half 6.

Then there is the adding job of Blogging, writing and ensuring there is a post almost everyday, along with updating Instagram, Twitter, Path and Flickr.

Then there is work to also add, two days 7am-5pm, and preparing packed lunch and taking enough snacks/activities to do to kill the boredom they may start to get around 2/3pm…

And hopefully the rest of the summer will end up staying away from accident and emergency…

Also to add to my list is packing for a week away… this packing light seems not to be working, Maybe I am being a bit OCD with clothes after all Bell is still having the odd number 2 accidents and Bear usually drops some ice cream down his top.

So today’s plan is PJ’s, DVD and popcorn day…..

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A spooky Moment …

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We had a lovely morning out at a National trust Property  recently . It was lovely dry but slightly windy day.

We had a lovely wonder around the gardens and through the woodland walk which isn’t buggy friendly but that is my personal view.

Whilst there we had a Ice cream in the coffee shop and a wander around the big lake as Bear call’s it. (more like a huge pond!)

Whilst we were walking over the bridge, you cant access the other side as its closed off. I heard somebody sounded like a Male voice ask how I was in a old fashioned way. I called out Hello anybody there twice and nobody answered. Nobody was about unless they were hiding behind the hedge but once we walked back over the bridge I looked back to the Island and nobody was there. I even asked Bear and Bell if they heard the voice and they looked at me like I was going mad!

The house we visited was home to Sir Winston Churchill. Who was the British Prime minster between 1940-1945 and again 1951-1955.

He was also a Officer in the British Army and was also a honorary citizen of America.

Now please do not get me wrong, I believe in Ghosts, Witches and all things spiritual. But this is the 1st time I have actually heard someone’s voice and not even known who it belonged to. It has really intrigued me to find out some more History of the National trust property, from who also lived there pre- Winston Churchill and after Winston Churchill .

Do you believe in Ghosts?

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Let’s talk about weaning… 

So your beautiful son or daughter has hit  6 months of age. 
It’s time to start thinking about weaning.

This journey will be messy I won’t lie. But it will be  one of the funniest adventures you will have. Some of the faces they pull will certainly make you laugh. (Photos of Bell during the weaning phase)


It could be frustrating trying to find out what type of weaning works well for your child . 

There are three types of weaning 

1- spoon feeding 

2- baby lead weaning 

3 – spoon and baby lead weaning 

Spain fed weaning is where you control feeding your child, you can use jars or make your own food. I did this type with Bear.

Baby lead weaning (BLW for short) is where you give your child some bite size food and they have a go at feeding themselves. We did this type of weaning with Bell.

BLW and spoon fed is a mixture of both and could work well with a busy family life.

The important thing about weaning is to encourage your child to try lots of new flavours. We used jars with Bear but I found they actually didn’t taste that nice and he wasn’t that keen so we ended up blending up fruit and vegetables from our meal and freezing and heating up when we needed them. Which he loved. He also loved Ella’s kitchen pouches these say they are home made and they taste yum! 

There are many types of snacks too available on the high street from bread sticks to rice cakes. 

Bell was BLW she helped herself to my Yorkshire pudding a week away from 6 months so I left her to it and she did really well. 

Some great foods to try pureered or mashed are 
Carrots

Bananas

Parsnip

Broccoli 

Califlour

Apple

Pea

You can try mixing them together too.

And there are a lot more fruit and vegetables  too! 

Baby lead weaning foods 

Is everything and anything. We did avoid peanuts until 2 years old though and shellfish until a 1 year old though. 

I also suggest sitting with your child and eat with them, it encourages good eating habits and it’s also a great social experience . But I understand this isn’t suitable for all when they are so young. 

If making your own food or if buying your own food (jars, pouches) check salt and sugar contents you will actually be surprised at the amount of sugar and salt many meals contain these. 

I was told by my Health visitor to skip baby rice as it isn’t beneficial for the child. 

Best bibs I found are the Tommee Tippee ones with the pouch to collect the food unless you have a dog or a cat who acts like a vacuume cleaner than I would not worry about the mess on the floor too much! 

Notes: please never leave your child unsupervised to eat and ensure that they can support their head. Also do not put anything ie baby rice or porridge in their bottle this can be a chocking hazard. 

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Our summer bucket list

Okay I am a bit late here I know almost two weeks into the holidays and I have only just got my bottom in gear to do a bucket list.

Oh well here it goes! Ours are pretty simple 

1- I really want to take my two to Hobbledown farm it’s ment to be amazing!

2- take the children bowling 

3- to the zoo

4- find some great hiding places at national trust properties

5- visit a UK seaside 

6- go on holiday 

7- go and pick your own strawberries and raspberries

8- have a pj’s day

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A day out ended in accident and emergency! 


We had a lovely morning we went to the local play park and it was empty. I should add it was 8.30am! 

The children ran free and went on everything they wanted to go on. Bell is now into following Bear everywhere I am sure he feels annoyed about it but he certainly doesn’t show it! 

We came home for lunch and after lunch we went to a local national trust property to ride scooters. 

They had some free activities on from colouring in to making crowns.


They also had rubbings of leaves for the children to also. 

We Popped to the little educational room where they had old fashioned type writers and stamps for the children to play with.


On the way back we went scootering up a hill on the way down Bell didn’t hit the break hard enough and she seemed to go even quicker she tumbled head first over the handle bars! 


There were some builders and they were very helpful and let me clean her up in their office. 

We then had to go to A&E just to check she was okay luckily it was bumps, bruises and a few cuts! 

It was very scary I was running but couldn’t catch her, I feel really bad but she is fine it could of been much worse! 

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The Simple Things

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The simple things in life are free, dancing in the rain, to seeing nature bloom and spending time together. Money doesn’t buy happiness it doesn’t buy sadness either. You learn to live within your means. You grow confidence in becoming a teenager, a adult and a parent you learn through the good and you learn through the bad.

You learn that people who make up lies are insecure of themselves and want others to feel insecure themselves.

You learn Bullies or Trolls will sometimes not say things to your face but some hide behind others or behind a screen. They will talk bad about you behind your back and your friends will always be true. You learn to stand tall and you learn to remember that life is too short to hide away, you learn to be proud of who you have become and realize you won’t go down to their level.

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You learn that the loneliness people are usually the most kindest people you will ever meet. You learn the generous people are usually the one’s who have nothing to give or if they do they don’t want anything in return. You learn the happiest people may have some sadness in their lives but will always be positive throughout everything. You learn the positive thinking people are usually the most confidant people you will ever meet.

You learn that the truth will always come through. You learn that everyone hopes they will follow their dreams and many people do with the support of family, friends and the confidence within themselves.

The best things in life are free, you certainly realize that as you get older and have children or grandchild. Expensive holiday’s, clothes, cars, phone’s and joining groups and clubs ( even though they are great for social skills!)  aren’t what will make your children happy it’s spending time with them. They won’t remember how much you spent on things its how much time you spent with them which will away’s matter.

They won’t remember the bad day’s you have, they will remember the happy times they have had with you. They won’t want for anything other than love, affection and honesty from you. Which will help them develop into kind, caring, loving adults.

They will learn that the little things in life are always the best and the free things in life will become the most amazing memories they have.

I am saying this as Bear only seems to remember the trips we have taken which didn’t cost the earth, he remembers going to the beach and building sand castles and splashing in the sea, he remember’s playing in the paddling pool at his great nanas with his cousins, he remembers playing with his friends in the garden. He remembers going to the nature trail when he was younger or playing in the swimming pool when we are away abroad. He remembers the simple things like making pizza and cutting his own vegetables and helping me make dinner.

So you see children seem to remember the simple things, the things which don’t cost the earth, things which are free. Please do not get me wrong, I love a holiday aboard it helps develop their understanding of different cultures and to see the world. But as I get older and wiser I certainly realize the little things are the things which you will remember more.

 

 

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A day at a Castle

Day four of the school Holiday’s and we are of to discover a Castle!

Living in Kent is great, We have a few beautiful Castles within 40-50 minutes away. We also have the choice of a few National Trust and English Heritage properties too.

We decided to go to Leeds Castle  which is just 38 minutes away (according to the Sat Nav) , the weather looked good so We packed a little packed lunch and of we went.

Bear is really starting to get into history which is great I love learning about the Past as it has helped our country and our world to become how it is today.

Bell is still at the age where she just loves running around the gardens of the castle and feeding the ducks and swans.

At Leeds Castle  there are two  beautiful play area one for the younger children and one for the older children.  They do get busy as they are quiet small but its Ideal size for my two.

We tried buying Ice Cream in one shop but it was Cash only, I typically only brought my bank card as we already had the pass to get into the Castle.  We managed to get one in the shop further up luckily or there would of been tears and not by the children hehe. I have learnt my lesson to take money and not my card next time we go.

I think Leeds is very reasonably priced Under 4’s go free, 5-16 £16.50 and Adults £24.50. There are discounted rates for people with disabilities and  their carers. The ticket lasts one year and one day , which is great especially over the Summer Holiday’s it will defiantly keep Bell and Bear busy.

The other great thing about this stunning place is they offer a bus for the elderly to get up to the castle (may take my Nan next time!) and a little Road Train which is £2.50 per adult, children travel free.

They sometimes offer craft for the children and Knights and Princess school but I think that is mainly over the Easter Half term. They also have a lovely Christmas Market with stalls and a few children’s rides,  so I can’t wait to go back to.

The grounds are very buggy friendly, but you will need to leave your buggy in the buggy park and walk to the castle as it isn’t very buggy friendly so if you have a baby sling please do take it, it will come in handy. Also some reins if you have a little walker.

 

 

 

 

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A busy weekend…

We  have had a busy weekend. My cousins are back from uni and have spent this Saturday entertaining Bear and Bell for me. We have visited the horse’s at the local stables and we have gone to a play park around 15-20 minutes drive from our house where there is a huge sand pit!

My cousin has deiced to join the bubble society at her university (who knew?). We love bubbles especially Bell. They are so calming to watch floating away with not a care in the world. Its a beautiful sight especially when you catch the sunlight in the bubble it causes them to look a bit like a rainbow.

The play park has mini golf, a ice cream van and four different sections, which is great if you have mixed age children. I am always on tender hocks in busy place’s. I am terrified I will lose one of them! I love my little local park as I can see all the way round and not panic too much!

We have started our Summer Holiday homework. Bear is learning about Dinosaur’s when he goes back to school and has to do at least two of the 8 things on the list unless “parents” have some ideas. Just need to remember to take it in, when we go back in September!

I have realized  I need to plan my blog’s more and do some on a more daily basics. I will certainly try, but with the 6 weeks holiday’s here I’m sure I won’t have a moment to myself!

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Dear Bear … (End of term)

How is it the end of term already?

This year has flown by. This time last year we were saying goodbye to your amazing pre-school teachers ready to spend summer together before  you started on your Reception class adventure.

You have graduated from Reception and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and you are now ready for some serious but fun learning, in your next class.

Your Reception Class adventure is now over the next school chapter will be opening after the summer holiday’s. 6 whole weeks of not dashing about and chilling out.

Mummy will be working two day’s a week over the holiday’s but luckily you can come with me, but we will be going out  doing some things with the little baby I look after.

The day’s I am not working we will be having lazy mornings, and fun day’s out which will be a bit more suitable for you and your sister.

I bet you these  6 weeks will go so fast, we will be finding things to do with Dinosaurs as that is what you are learning about next term, we will also be finding some fun things to do with Space, the weather and Woodlands as that is what you will be doing in Year One.

Your year one teacher’s seem amazing you have one teacher Two day’s a week who has been teaching over 10 years and the other three day’s a newly qualified teacher, who used to be a teaching assistant. You will also having a Teaching Assistant too!

I can’t put into words how proud I am of you, you are such a caring,loving, polite and handsome young man. Your teachers say you are a pleasure to have in the classroom and you are helpful and caring too.

I am so excited for your Year one adventure, I hope it is as magical as your Reception adventure was.

Lot’s of Love

Mummy

x

P.s I know a Auntie who has also missed you too whilst you been at school and she can not wait to spend some quality time with her favorite and only Nephew