The Boys are away and I don’t want to play ……

My Mum has the MiniMads for only the second time in their life.  Yes this is the second evening me and MadDad have had to ourselves and we have no intentions of going out (not that we could afford to anyway). Before we had children we swore we wouldn’t become parent bores, you know the ones……  the people who have no other topic of conversation apart from their children and guess what we are turning into them. We decide not to bother with the grand dinner I had planned to cook, instead we settled for some cheese on toast with a cup of tea, none of the sparking wine either, as more »


Stepping away from this Blog with the Bad Stuff

Over the last month or do, my mood and therefore, by blog has become darker and darker and that really isn’t what this blog was and should be all about.  The boys asleep holding hands in our hotel in London (3rd July 2010) So I have made a decision that I am going to go back to basics and use this blog to record what I do with the MiniMads over the summer, a journal if you like of our days and time together.  I may still do The Gallery and writing workshop (if appropriate). Also summer holidays will be starting with a vengeance next week and I will have less more »


Transition – We have hit a wall

I think we are reaching one, yes as I type. I have adored everyday I have been afforded as a stay at home mum of my two wonderful boys, but my oh my it has been hard. Not only mentally and physically with my health issues, but mainly financially and it looks like we have hit the wall. We originally thought that we would manage on just one salary, but then illness came and smacked us in the face meaning that MadDad had to take unpaid leave to look after me and the children.  We were daft we relied on our credit cards to pay the bills over those very hard more »


The Gallery – Can you see What it is yet?

For this weeks Gallery over at Sticky Fingers you  have to take a photograph of something everyday, but take it at a different angle, from a different viewpoint, using a close-up zoom, whatever – something that makes that everyday object look totally different. And we all have to guess what it is. So this is my entry, if anyone gets it right, they might even be a small prize, you never know!


Bringing out the Lioness in me

Just don’t go upsetting my cubs in front of me, as it will bring out the lioness in me.  She has surfaced this week and I am still upset and angry about how my boys, Mini in particular has been treated. Every Monday there is a youth group at the local church and although I don’t attend church, I want the boys to have experience of church and the fact that this is help in the church itself, rather than a hall really appealed to me, in such that it demystifies such a quiet place. So I registered the boys and they went for the first time a fortnight ago.  They more »


Children’s Craft Showcase – How to make paper flowers 1

Heart petal flowers are a really simple way to make flowers for someone special, not for any reason, just to say I love you.  They would also make a really great gift to say thank you to any teacher at this time of the year. Materials Tissue Paper Heart Punch or template and scissors Paper Straws (Art straws – 99p from The Works) Paper brads Method This is such a simple piece of craft, that Maxi actually made all of our flowers (roses) which we took with us to see The Wiggles and give to Dorothy. Use the punch to make heart shapes out of tissue paper With a single hole more »


Christmas with John Lewis

The institution that is John Lewis invited me to their Autumn/Winter and Christmas launch this week and I had a great big glimpse into what they think might be the next big thing and guess what I love it! From a toy perspective, I was really pleased to see that there was a focus on traditional role play and musical instruments.  I have earmarked the fantastic electric guitar for Mini a snip at £35 when they get them in stock (well Grannie will be purchasing it for his Christmas present).  There was a lot of toy story on display too, in addition to a fab Lego camera and MP3 player. I more »


Behind this Good Woman, is A Great Man

He stands behind with solid arms to catch me should I fall His tender words, his comforting stance The safety net in my world He watches with a knowing eye that only time can bring He is ever present, should I need him Not pushy or making demands He is the banks that my river flows through The day to my night ever present He is the galaxy that makes my stars shine brighter The oxygen in my air The love of my life He makes me smile a thousand suns He is mine Together we are one


Lets make a list outdoor games

I was asked about outside games by the very funny Mr Shev and seen as I didnt have the answer, I asked him to write a post and said that I would throw open the floor to my wonderful readers. Browsing through the average toy shop, I sometimes wonder what kids did on a sunny day before Nerf, Supersoakers and themed paddling pools. But then I realise that I do know because I grew up in a world without them and we had to invent our own entertainment. So, we played football, developed innovative ways to kill ants and trawled the streets looking for useful trash to transform into go-karts or even more sophisticated and intricate more »


Mima with Maxi

Maxi’s class were lucky enough to go to Mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) on a school trip and I managed to get MadDad to work from home that day so I could go to. Now I am not sure I will be taking the boys back just yet, but it was a great, if not a little long day.  In between looking and thinking about the installations the children did get to do some art activities, but they were not allowed to touch anything and with a group of 4 and 5 year olds you can imagine how hard it was for them. I was very proud of all the children, more »


CyberMummy 2010

A bit like winning a luxury holiday with no flights…………. Now please, please don’t get me wrong here, I had a super fantastic day on Saturday and the best bit for me was meeting for the first time all these wonderful, nay remarkable women. These people that I am overjoyed to call my friends and with whom I have shared so many ups, downs and just middlings! The mummy blogging world is just full of so many inspirational and amazing people and I feel truly blessed to be part of it. So lets talk about the day, well firstly a big hats of to Suzanna, Sian and Jen for having the more »


CyberMummy, Working with Brands – Live Blog

 14:00 – 14:50 Working with brands and the tricky business of making money How to successfully branch out, work with companies, and make your passion for blogging pay Natalie Lue, http://www.bambinogoodies.co.uk/ (moderator) Samantha Harris from Leapfrog Kelly from MS & L, MS&L Sian To, http://www.mummy-tips.com/ and As Clear As PR Gina Garrubbo, Blogher  Eva Keogan, aka Nixdminx I have been lucky enough to get to CyberMummy with the help from a number of brands.  I am the product ambassador for Carex and have been lucky enough to receive some of their new hand and Surface Spray and Aroma Gels, which I will be reviewing here.  I have also received sponsorship in the form more »


Flamingoland 2010

We all had a fantastic day out at Flamingoland last week for Mini’s birthday.  I used my Tesco vouchers, but was really disappointed to discover that this arrangement ends in July, which would mean that it would be £90.00 to get in to. The beauty of Flamingoland for us, is the variety, there are some wonderful animals.  We had a great time watching the sealion show and I could watch the mearcats all day.  Look at the camels in the photo, I had no idea that they moulted their coats. As we took the boys out of school for the day (we also took Maxi’s best friend), it was pretty quiet, more »


Childrens Craft Showcase – Gifts for the Teacher

The end of the school year is very nearly upon us here in England, so I have started to think about teacher appreciation gifts for MaxiMads wonderful Reception teacher and her assistance and for Mini’s Preschool Teacher. I am a firm believer in child made is best, I don’t want my gifts to be expensive, just used and made with love. So I have a selection of things that we have made previously for people that would make great gifts to say thank you to a teacher.   Handpainted Cups This is what Maxi made for his teachers last year and will be doing again for his current teacher.  Click on the more »


A Family of Emotions

Mini just can not control them, they are so visual, so transparent.  It is like looking at me. I see burning red and hot orange embers.  The lava flow that just erupts before he has a chance to think about anything else.  He has no hold on them, no way to stop acting on the impulses they give him.  He has no perspective, no patience, no understanding of them. He physically reacts, throwing, hitting, shouting, screaming, banging and crying. He feels them in his heart, head and fists.   To the point of exhaustion. Maxi is comtenplative, a real thinker, he is learning to harness his emotions and to keep them more »


A Birthday with The Wiggles 1

Mini had a fab time opening his presents this morning.  This year is really the first year that he has understood what is happening and has been counting down his birthday since his cousins on May 31st!  He was almost too excited to get to sleep the night before! The joy on his face for his presents was wonderful, we got him a scooter and an Uno game, but his best present so far has been his Star Wars the Clone Wars Clone Trooper Outfit from Gran. Now the thing is my boy adores The Wiggles.  I have my mother in law to thank for it, as she was the one more »


Spiritual Sunday – Grateful

I am grateful for my wonderful boys, who came with me to the car boot sale and really behaved in this heat (yes I really am that pale). We are grateful for cool paddling pools in hot weather. We are grateful for plentiful elderflowers and have made yummy cordial. My beautiful rambling rose, which is full of buds and flowers, the whole of the bottom of our garden (and next doors) is filled with wonderful scent. The fragrant honeysuckle which has cover the boys playhouse from next doors garden. What are you grateful for this Sunday?


Tell us your story – A street to school campign

I have been asked to help publicise the “Tell Us Your Story” campaign, which is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward people who you feel have really made a difference to someone or a community over the past year.  Entries are submitted online at http://www.avivatellusyourstory.co.uk/ Launched by Aviva, for every entry they will donate £1 to the Street to School Programme – a global initiative with the aim of reaching 500,000 children worldwide, helping them get off the streets and back into education. A weekly prize of £1000 will also be awarded to the local hero that captures the hearts of visitors to the site and receives the most votes. One more »


Four

There are four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter There are four great elements, earth, water, wind and fire A human heart has four chambers The forth finger is also known as a ring finger There are four basic states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. There are four human bllod groups Cancer is the 4th astrological sign of the ZodiacTetra the Greek word for 4 four is the only number with the same number of letters as its value   common time is constructed of four beats There are 4 movements in a symphony Four rules: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. Four parts of a day: night, morning, afternoon, evening.Four cardinal more »




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