Posted in Family, family fun, Uncategorized

ChalkOla review

I hate the feel of chalk, it makes my teeth feel funny and the thought of the chalk being scratched along the chalkboard makes my skin tingle and feel very strange.

When I was ask to test out some chalk pens I jumped at the chance.

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To be honest I was a bit dubious about them, would they feel like chalk, would they have the chalky feel to them, the list was never ending!

When they arrived they came in really nice packaging and looked very smart, too smart for the children to use straight away, but they spied them and spent the next 5 minutes giving the pens a good shake to start the chalk flowing!

The chalk was lovely went on the chalk board with ease, the thicker pens started of a bit runny but nothing major.

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The markers were great too, very easy to use.

All of the packs have a great choice of colours, and I would recommend them for anyone who really dislikes the feel of chalk prices start from £8 on amazon.

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I would defiantly recommend these to anyone who uses chalk pens.

 

Posted in Christmas, Uncategorized

It’s almost 2017…

Here is a summary of my 2016 In photos, I promise to keep it short! In slide show form!! (at the bottom!)

We have had so much fun in 2016 here is our round up list

We have been on holiday.

we have graduated from Reception

We have started Pre-school

We have made a tee-pee

We have played bubbles

The bond between Bear and Bell is growing daily

The UK voted to leave the EU

We visited lots of places

I started my blog

We took part in remembrance Sunday

We danced in the rain

Bell cut her own hair

We created our own art work for the children’s bed room

We rolled in mud

Bell discovered her own style for clothes

Bear has gained so much confidence

Bear is working well at school but having funky tantrums

We have had disco baths

Raspberry and strawberry picking

We have had a picnic with the strawberries whilst listing to awesome music

We have explored the woods,

We have had Buddy the elf back to visit.

Bell had her first cinema trip

Bell and Bear both had their first experience of going to a London Theatre over Christmas Time

We have also done so much more too!

What was the highlight of your 2016?

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Posted in Christmas, Family, Kent Family, my wish list, parent blogger

My Christmas wish list

How is it that Christmas will soon be upon us?

The shops are already getting Christmas bits in, but hardly any sign of Halloween bits.

It Has got me thinking of my christmas  wish list.

What do I really need?

What Would Be practical?

So here is my Christmas wish list for 2016

  1. Canon EOS 1200D DSLR Camera with 18-55 Lens – Grey. I would love a camera to use instead of my Samsung Galaxy S6

  2. Asus VivoBook E200 11.6 Inch Atom 2GB 32GB Laptop. I so need a new laptop. My current one keeps going funny and loosing the screen image! 

  3. Sanctuary Salt Scrub. Everyone needs a pamper once in a while don’t they? And with a busy household why not bring the spa home instead.

  4. Kind Natured. I have never heard of these products before but they smell amazing and would be great for day to day use. 

I also would love a BMW mini cooper 5 doors but I think I am pushing my luck with this one!

What is on your Christmas wish list?

Posted in Blog, Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, Sleep

Who needs sleep part 4

Bear is actually sleeping really really well this week. I’m not sure why?

Maybe its because the mornings are slightly darker and autumn has kicked in.

Maybe he is actually eating more, and we have a lock on the kitchen door.(I found 4 wrappers of chocolate, two cake cases and a yogurt, the other morning!)

But this week it is Bell who isn’t sleeping. Bell was up last night every hour, crying for no reason. (checked temperature, pull up was dry, water cup was fall and the muslin was there)

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I have ruled out night terrors as she isn’t in a deep enough sleep to get into a deep sleep for them to start. I have ruled out teething too!

I’m starting to wonder if she is going to bed over tired but she is going to bed at 6.30pm so its not actually late, I suppose it could be too early? But her bed time has always been 6.30-7pm.

Who knows!

I’m Hoping for a better night tonight so fingers crossed!!!

Posted in back to school, Kent Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, pre-school, Sleep

Who needs sleep part 3

I think this week is going to be much better, I am not sure if its pure exhaustion or the nights and mornings are slowly drawing in who knows but I think this week will be better!

Day one week 2

Last night we had the usual bedtime routine bath and bed all by 7pm, and guess what Bear slept in until 5,30! I know that’s still early but it beats 4.30!

Day two week 2

What is happening! 4.30 am is seriously not a good time, we haven’t done anything different at all either! Bear is going to be moody today!

Day three week 2

Yay 6am! 6am! finally a decent hour, not sure why he got up at 4.30 am yesterday but yay!!! One happy mumma, shame Bell woke up 4 times in the night look’s like her turn to be moody!

day four week 2

5.45am, why oh why do the times keep changing! Just why? I need sleep, I turn moody and grumpy without sleep and I am trying to cut my sugar habit as well which isn’t going well

Day five week 2

Yay! 6.30am I could get used to this and Bell feel asleep at 9pm last night, what is going on with them if its not one its the other!

day 6 week 2

6.30am! yay this is better, Bear is 100% less grumpy and so is Bell! Bath time is at 6.30 and bed is at 7pm, I’m guessing its the whole new routine of school and nursery kicking in!

Day seven week 2

Oh great! 5.30 am from Bear, we were doing so so well too! Oh well week three will be a better week, but saying that this week has been pretty good!

 

Posted in back to school, creativity, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, pre-school

Bell’s First Week at Preschool

Bell has had her first week at preschool, by week I mean she attends three days a week until 1pm.

Monday morning she was so excited helped pack her packed lunch bag, and kept saying “I am going to Preschool”. She got dressed with a bit of help and let me put her hair in a bunch, she even wore Bear’s old preschool jumper it swamped her!

Bell went in without any tears and played happily, the preschool even sent a text letting me know she was okay, which was lovely.

All afternoon Bell was asking to go back to see Hearn the dog and to play with her friends.

Tuesday was fine too, but Wednesday! Bell was fine got ready as usual, helped pack her packed lunch, walked to preschool fine but nope I went to leave and she cried and screamed and screamed.  She will be fine, the ladies said they were of to play in the garden and she was having cuddle’s with Bears old keyworker when I left….

The fun of parenting, I am sure they do the tears to make you feel guilty for leaving them, but I promise and I know from experience working in nursery’s that they will be fine after a few minutes.

Bell was fine when I picked her up!

 

Posted in Explore the world, Family, hospital, Kent Family, Life, parent blogger, vaccines

Vaccine Series Part 1 Bear and his reaction to MMR

I used to be pro vaccine, I am now sitting on the fence twiddling my thumbs doing so much thinking and research my head is going to explode.

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This Blog post isn’t to cause upset or to start a debate, I do love a debate though, but not on the blog. Every parent makes a choice which suits their family and their life style. So here is my post about Bear and his reaction to MMR, and what has spurred me to do more research into what is in vaccines and why do we really need them? Is it for profit or for actual health benefits, and more importantly are they actually 100% safe.

Bear has had all his vaccines up to 1 year with no problems, so imagine my surprise and concern when Bear had a reaction to his MMR at 18 months old. He had the injection fine and we were sent into the waiting room to make sure we didn’t have a reaction. In the space of 5 minutes, Bear was covered in a rash from head to toe and he started wheezing! The doctor came out and gave him Piriton, which luckily worked, but we were told to go to accident and emergency just to get him checked over. There we were told he would have to have any vaccines done at the hospital. So when his pre-school booster came along of we went to have it done, luckily no reaction.

Bell has so far had no reaction either.

I then met a friend via facebook, she is lovely and is a mum who is very down to earth and has also opened my eye’s to the bigger picture. I certainly wish she was around when Bear was born, I think I could of learnt a lot.

Anyway, she opened my eyes to what actually goes into vaccines, some things aren’t even given to animals, so why are we humans being given them? What are the long term effects of the newer vaccines which have come out in the last 5-6 years? Why do we really need vaccines is it for the government to gain financial gain or is it for our actual health benefits? Why aren’t new parents offered the slip which contains all the medicine in their child’s vaccine a few day’s or weeks before they have them?

I am now reading as much information as I possibly can on this. Bear got his Flu vaccine letter a few day’s ago and I have declined it, why? Because I want to fully research everything before I give it to him, why? Because I felt awful after I had my flu vaccine, I felt awful for weeks my immune system was so low it was not good, I had no energy or motivation.

Now You can see why I am now researching? Asking questions many Doctors, Nurses, Health Visitors and GP’s don’t really know the answer to. I wonder what I will find?

Have you done any research into Vaccines? what did you find?

Posted in Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Life, life skills, parent blogger, School, summer holidays, Sunshine after the rain

And we are back to school…..

Seriously where have the last 5.5 years gone?! Bear is now in year 1 at school!

Bear has turned into the most caring, kind, compassionate, challenging, adventures little boy. And I grew him!

Year one is going to be a challenge, I don’t think him and his friends realise there will be less playing and more working in year 1. I don’t think they know how much homework they will be getting or how much. I have tried to prepare Bear for the fact that year one is going to be more sitting down and working than free play, whilst learning. We are going to be doing lots more things at home whether or not he has home work or not. We are going to get more involved in growing plants, doing a few science experiments, visiting some fun places and of course reading. I have promised if Bear improves and concentrates on reading he can have his own Kindle fire for Christmas or his birthday. It won’t have apps or games on it will just be for reading!

Here are a few pics from when Bear was younger!

Posted in C-Section, Family, parent blogger, Pregnancy

C-sections are not easy …

I think I have heard every comment under the sun regarding c-sections the three main ones I seem to hear are “your too posh to push”, “your not a real mum” and “C-sections are the easy way out aren’t they?”

Yes those comments do hit hard but do you know what those comments seem to come from uneducated people. Many of the older generation and some of the younger generation too often say these sententances.

Why did I have two c-sections? Yes two well here we go

Bear was born on his due date, but due to me being so full of water I was in the hospital daily for a week and a half before he was born. In the end I asked to be induced, it was costing a fortune in petrol and hospital parking and to be honest I had enough of hospitals especially going Daily.  I was given a pill to start labour of and the contractions started, but i also had a reaction to the pill and had very high temperature and was shaking so much my heart rate went sky high and Bears dropped dramatically. Once they stabilised us, I was taken into a room to rest and see how labour progressed Hubs was sent home but I called him less than 3 hours later saying to come back.

We were put into the labour room and was put on the machines, it was very bizarre as the monitor was going mad with contractions and I couldn’t feel a thing. The next thing they broke my waters and it was painful, I was told to go for a walk. Nothing happened 6 hours later, The midwife from the previous night came back on shift and said no baby yet? By now it was Bears Due date, the consultant came along and gave me two options to give it another 6 hours where Bears heart rate was going sky high and very low again or to be taken to have a c-section. With the thought of the heart rates going crazy C-section was the safest solution.

The needle for the Epidural I lucky didn’t see as its meant to be really long. I was taken into surgery where it was nice and calm and Bear was born just 20 minutes later. The recovery was slow I had to stay in bed for a day and when I was up it was very hard to move around due to the surgery. I couldn’t lift or drive for around six to eight weeks.

It was a slow recovery and I certainly didn’t feel 100% after 6 weeks it took more than 3 months to feel physical mobile again.

With Bell Pregnancy went smoothly  until 7 months, when I could hardly walk let alone run around after Bear. The week before Bell was born I had a consultant appointment, and I burst into tears  I could hardly walk let alone drive. When she asked if I wanted a planned C-section I jumped at the chance the reason being I felt I wasn’t giving 100% to Bear, we hardly went out due to me not being able to move and when I did I was very uncomfortable. I think this is because of the previous epidural I had it messed with my back.

They booked me in for the following week and I managed to get child care for Bear his aunty came round at 7am in the morning and stayed at ours for the day. We went of and I was first on the list, yes I thought I would be in and out and could try and get home the next day, but nope this wasn’t the case. The Epidural need a double dose, Bell didn’t cry for one minute and I lost 2,5 liters of blood! If they didn’t stop the bleeding I would of had to have my womb taken out.

I went into surgery at 8.30am and was out in recovery at 11.30am. I didn’t get back to the room I was in until 8pm that night!

Recovery was a bit quicker surprisingly, maybe because I knew what to expect or that I had to recover a bit quicker as hubby would be back at work in a weeks time.

The long term effects are I suffer from Back ache, and I will always have a c-section pouch no amount of exercise will get rid of that. I don’t think having baby number three would be wise as It could be a lot worse and I have two beautiful children to think about if anything  bad happens, but who knows what the future will bring.

So if you think having a c-section is easy please think again, it is major surgery with a bonus of a beautiful baby at the end along with a scar at the bottom of your stomach.

Posted in bonding, creativity, Dinosaurs, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, summer holidays

Hobbycrafts paint your own money boxes 

We Popped to our local hobbycraft to buy some icing for Bells birthday cake I am going to be making next week. Whilst we were there Bear found some Paint your own money boxes. 

They started at £3 and the max price was around  £10. We brought the £4 money pots. There were lots of different characters to choose from and there was even a Santa Cluas too! 

What do you get for the price, you get a little or big crematic figuring money box (Obviously depending how much you are paying) 6 mini size paints and a paint brush. 

The children spent a good 20 minutes painting their Duck and Dinosaur they choose.

I personally didn’t think the paint would last for the whole of the figuring as Bell and Bear seem to use lots of paint but it did annd there was still a little bit left over too. 

They have turned out really nice and are now sitting on the side in the kitchen so they don’t get broken.

Out of ten 

Bear was  10/10

Bell 9/10 

Me 10/10