shopping


Asda saves the day with Click and Collect 9

Off days, we all have them. Well I think we all have them. I have had an off couple of weeks. The last couple of weeks of the school holidays have been something of a challenge for me. I contracted a virus which for some reason affected by joints and left me pretty much unable to walk. I am getting better slowly, but have walking sticks and a lot of pain. Now you can imagine this has been hard on all of us. I am really lucky that my boys are eight and nine and pretty capable kids. They have lots of friends that live nearby and have had a couple more »


Pain free school shoe shopping with Clarks – an oxymoron? 4

I hate shopping for school shoes with the boys. This is made much worse by the fact that Mini has very wide feet with a high instep. We have tried every shoe shop going and I have never been over the moon at any shoe shop until now.

Today we went to Clarks in a neirbouring market town, which doesn’t actually have many shops at all, so much so that MadDad didn’t even know that it had a Clarks.

So what made this shop pain free (apart from in the pocket)?

We booked our appointment online. No getting a ticket and waiting inline. Not for us, we jumped any queue with our pre-booked appointment – Whoop.
We had an experienced fitting lady (she was the manager) and all the other staff were more mature and handled the boys perfectly.
The plimsolls Mini needed were out of stock, but will be delivered FREE to my home address on Friday.
Plimsolls in a range of width fittings and in half sizes, which is perfect for us as both boys are half sizes.
We have found in the past that the larger and more trendy Clarks often employ people who have not got children of their own, so although they are qualified fitters, we have had to return on a number of times, especially with Mini and his wide, high feet.

Both boys have come away with different style shoes, but with a protective rubber bumper at the front.

My only gripe would be please stop making Jack Nano shoes. I do not want to purchase these for my children and I do not want to have to experience pester power over them. Thankfully the Manager understood this and they were not the best fit for my children, so they were not in the running.


The Fridge of a Mad Parent Meme 15

Sally has tagged me in the Fridge of a bad parent meme, eeeek….., but the good news is I am not alone, Pippa, Vic and Emma have to do it too (insert evil cackle)

I have to say that Sally’s fridge looked rather fuller than I have seen it in the past and I am hoping that there is still bear in it when we go and visit next week. My fridge is chockablock with food, although that is due to the fact that I managed to go shopping with the minimads yesterday evening.


Hell in a handcart

I guess this morning is just the start of one of those day that you wish hadn’t started. I guess the night wasn’t that great either.The Youngest MiniMad didn’t settle at all and ended up sleeping in our bed, which meant that I had hardly any sleep. The eldest MiniMad had one of his very rare accidents (he has a chest infection and all the that coughing can not help). I spilt my cup of tea all over my bed. Came down to put the first load of washing in to find The Cooking Fat had had two accidents during the night too.Now the thing is Thursday are not the most more »