- Dried lavender
- rolled oats
- Small organza bags or fabric and ribbon
- Buy generic sweaters and find a local embroiderer who will put the school badge on them. Our village one charges £4 for a badge.
- Buy earlier as you can as lots of the shops have offers on.
- Don't buy shorts. Turn any trouser which are too small or have damaged knees in to shorts by cutting them and wonderwebing hems.
- Buy an elastic belt to help keep trousers up.
- Clothes Plasters are a great way of making trousers last longer.
- Buy short sleeved shirts. Schools are warm places and there is no need for long sleeves
- Do not shy away from buying online as you can always return to the local store if they are not the right size.
- Name the clothes not just on the label as sometimes people will just cut them out.
I often look at my children with awe and wonder. I made them. They were born from love, where hard come by. They fascinate me and fill me with joy and despair, sometimes within minutes of each other. Parenting is the hardest job I have ever done. It is very rarely one you are congratulated on and one that lots of other people are keen to tell you when you are not doing it right in their opinion.
This summer holidays it has often just been the boys and me, as MadDad has been very busy at work and also on an intensive FA coaching course. So we have made the most of our time together visiting blogging friends, going on adventures, including Chester Zoo and The Deep (review to follow - it is amazing).
There has also been firsts too. Our first visit to the Skate park with Frugal Family and the boys first visit to the high street on their own. It has been a veritable feast of emotions for all of us. I love my time with them. I love that they are fun to be with and that they enjoy spending time with me as much as I do with them. Long may it continue.
My boys love sport, they love watching, they adore competition and they like exhilaration of winning. There is nothing wrong with that in my eyes. Both of the boys have been brought up to understand that if you give 100% and then lose, then that is great. Winning is fantastic, but it is all about the effort you put in and about having fun.
Both of the boys are so inspired by the Olympics. I am swept up on the wave with them. We have medal charts and memory stones. We are busy making a scrap book. They play out with the other children and instead of being a famous footballer, they are Mo Farrar or Sir Chris Hoy. They are inspired and the Olympics have introduced them to some bloody fantastic role models. I know that the Paraolympics will do more of the same in spades.
Mini is currently sleeping with his Guinness Book of Records and wants one for the Olympics, so when I was offered a set of 3 Multimedia iBooks (books for iPads) from The Amazing People Club about The Olympics and London, Amazing Olympians Volume 1, Amazing Olympians Volume 2 and Amazing People of London I was delighted.
I also have a set of three books to give away to a reader of Mum in the Mad House.
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We are great lovers of Dinosaurs and this year Chester Zoo have a new exhibition featuring 19 amazing life-like robotic replicas of the creatures that roamed the earth 200 million years ago, including the giant Brachiosaurus, the iconic Stegosaurus and the infamous Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Dinosaurs bite back allows yout to roam round the fantastic exhibition at your own pace and there are superb Presenter-saurus (staff) who make the experience even better. Even better is that entry is included in your zoo admission price (£53 for a family ticket). We attended with Cara from Freckles Family, who's youngest son Hugo is obsessed with all things dinosaur and it was so much fun and he kept us all informed as to what dinosaur we were looking at and weather it was a herbivore or not.
Helen from Have a Lovely Time was also there with her two daughters and it goes to show how life like the dinosaurs were as her youngest daughter did scream at them on occasion.
We spent the whole day at Chester Zoo this week and had a brilliant time, even a bit of rain didn't spoil the day. Having not been before, I was really surprised at just how much we all enjoyed our zoo experience. I know that zoos are not always everyone's cup of tea, but they do play an important part in conservation nowadays and this was something we discussed as a family.
Both the boys would go back tomorrow if they could and loved every minute of it.
The dinosaurs are included in the price of your normal zoo ticket. You can win a year’s pass to the zoo by entering the competition here. I advise getting their early as no matter how much time you have, you never get round to seeing it all.
Disclosure: We were provided with our day out courtesy of the zoo and also received a junior animal adoption kit too.