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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Throwback Thursday Blog Linky #07

It's Throwback Thursday again and another week closer to Christmas! I haven't been able to contain the excitement any longer and my first Christmassy post well live two days ago! I'm not even ashamed! I LOVE Christmas!

It's been another busy but good week and Ben went and passed his driving test yesterday! His first attempt too! We've both had a busy year but it shows how hard work gets to closer to completely goals!

Anyway enough about me, this week I've picked two posts from last week to showcase. The first just has to be from Sword sand Snoodles. I loved all the activities she shared all to do with The Gingerbread Man. I'll be doing some of these with the boys over the next few weeks as it's become a bit of a tradition to make gingerbread men at Christmas! If you didn't see her post last week you should head over for a nosy!
http://swordsandsnoodles.co.uk/


The second post I want to share is from Yellowbelly Mummy who shared with us her love for Vanish Gold! For those that have been living in a non stain removal world. Vanish Gold from what I can gather from Kate's blog is that it's the best thing since sliced bread! (I was living in a very stained world but I've now seen the light!) 
http://yellowbellymummy.wordpress.com/
Now for the boring bit.....
The rules are simple!
Find an old hidden gem that just didn't get the attention it deserved! It can be anything you like, recipes, fashion, your little one's update. Everything is welcome!
It just has to be over a month old!
Come and link it up here for everyone to have a read.
And lastly share the love, comment on a couple of other blog so that we can give them the attention they deserve!!

If you want to let them know how you found them you could use the #TBTL hashtag and I would love it if you could add the Throwback Thursday blog badge too!

Throwback Thursday
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Sending at Christmas

29 days till Christmas. CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? If you are anything like me, you will still have everything to buy. I tend to get the kids shopping done first and then focus on everyone else. It doesn't really make sense seeing as most family live either in Coventry or London so I have plenty of parcels to send!

My favourite way of sending has to be via courier. I love that they come to your door, so you don't have to haul large bags of presents to the post office and then stand in a queue for ages. With children standing in queues is one of the biggest things to induce a headache! Whereas waiting for a courier just means hanging out in my own home.


TNT Direct is a company we use a lot which gets giggles from the children. Them being Minecraft mad means they were introduced to the meaning of TNT. So they think it would is so funny that the company would call themselves TNT! They have even asked the van driver if he was going to explode!

Not only does sending via a courier save me money on the parcels but it also means I'm not being badgered by an army of off springs asking for this sweet and that toy! I've always found their prices to be very competitive and even used them when I sold my pushchair on Ebay, I was surprised it only cost £10 to send such a heavy item!   

I just hope I'm ready enough to post them all on the 20th of December!

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Reindeer Candy Canes

This is a great little craft for those times were you have a little big of time to kill and you don't want to get all the messy craft bits out!


You will need
Candy canes
Brown Felt
Coloured beads.
Glue

Step 1, Firstly cut the brown felt into rectangles. I found cutting them 4cm wide were a good size.
Step 2, Using the beads, glue two eyes and Rudolph's red nose onto the middle of the felt.
Step 3, Wrap the felt around two candy canes and glue at the back. (I used the glue gun for this as PVA wasn't holding it too well)

The boys loved making these and they've also made some as gifts to family members. Super simple but effective!


Super Busy Mum
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Monday, 24 November 2014

Review: Trunki ToddlePak

I've been a fan of Trunki for quite a while now so when offered if Abby and I would like to try out the ToddlePak we jumped at the chance. Abby is little Miss Independent. She loves to be out the pushchair now and although she's getting better at hold hands, she likes to be able to touch and pick up whatever leaves she finds. The ToddlePak is a pair of reins that gives Abby the freedom but also lets me keep her from jumping in the river and having a paddle!


Other than having trouble un-clipping our ToddlePak, it was super easy to adjust. I think ours was just a little stiff. Simply pull the straps and the ToddlePak tightens both around the waist and over the shoulders making it much easier when the toddler isn't wanting to stand still.



We picked the gorgeous purple owl however I loved all the designs and picking was quite hard however I loved how the owl matched her hat!



When she was off having a run around, the reins would easily unclip however I found it just as easy to tuck them in at the back. She was able to run around, without any part of it bothering her.


At £17.99 I do think they are on the pricey side for reins but they do look nice. We'll definitely be getting a lot of use out of them and just like all of Trunki's products they are made extremely well. 









Thursday, 20 November 2014

Throwback Thursday Blog Linky

So after having to take a week off due to having some very poorly kiddies, we're back! Again I just want to say a big thank you to everyone that links up! I love reading your posts!

The first post I want to share is a lovely picture post from the little life of Ickle Pickle It's a lovely look at a the day Ickle Pickle was born. I just love looking at newborn baby photo's. It really takes me back to the days I was stuck in hospital.


The second post I wanted to share was one that made me giggle. Brandyn from Life Motherhood and the Pursuit of Happiness shared How to Write a Terrible Blog Post. I'm pretty sure I do all of the 20 steps!

Now for the boring bit.....
The rules are simple!
Find an old hidden gem that just didn't get the attention it deserved! It can be anything you like, recipes, fashion, your little one's update. Everything is welcome!
It just has to be over a month old!
Come and link it up here for everyone to have a read.
And lastly share the love, comment on a couple of other blog so that we can give them the attention they deserve!!

If you want to let them know how you found them you could use the #TBTL hashtag and I would love it if you could add the Throwback Thursday blog badge too!
Throwback Thursday
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I'll be commenting on everyone's post that is linked up and will also share the posts over on Twitter. The following week I will share a few of my favourite reads from the previous week.



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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Minnies Macaroon - Crochet Owl Hat

Minnies Macaroon AmBEARssador

Not to long ago we were told Abby had been picked to be one of Minnies Macaroon AmBEARssador. It was extremely exciting as it was Abby's very first job and one she was taking very seriously!
By sleeping on the job...

When we received Abby's box she was over the moon to find her goodies and also the chocolate lolly pops! She got a lovely knitted owl hat, just perfect for the cold weather and a gorgeous little knitted bear, who has now been name Mr Teddington. Abby's big brother Morgan came up with the name and it was rather fitting.

Today we're going to look at the hat. Abby has been dying to take it for a spin since receiving it, however she's been ill with chicken pox and we've been getting cabin fever! So now she's all mended, we headed out for a walk while the sun was out shinning.

The hat fit lovely and I love how it frames her face. Not only is it going to keep her head warm but her cheeks and back of the neck are also covered. It's a super soft knit which isn't going to irritate little ones skin so it's a winner for me. She also didn't even try to take it off! But if she had tried it would have easily tied under her chin.


It's a beautiful design and the colours pop out among the autumn scenery. We even got a comment from a passer by who mentioned how cute her hat was!


Minnies Macaroon have a range of different hats and this owl one comes in four different colours. The hat cost £11 which I think is reasonable value for such a well made hat. If you are wanting a hat like Abby's you can follow this LINK and it will take you directly to the design.

Minnies Macaroon was founded in 2009 and they focused on providing high quality hand made and fair tade products so you know you are getting some special. Most of their items won't be found on the high street and would make lovely unique gifts for children of all ages.

I really don't have a bad thing to sad about this hat, it's perfect!



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Monday, 17 November 2014

Life Lately

After a week of illnesses I'm pleased to see Monday roll round. A new day and a new week. Last week was completely draining and I felt like I didn't stop but also didn't get anything done either! Abby had chicken pox and thankfully the boys have all had it. However that didn't mean they didn't get sick still. Morgan has had a bad cough for weeks, something that isn't unusual for him when the cold weather rolls round however it developed into a chest infection. I've seen him suffer with his chest pretty much all his life and it never make it any easier.

Friday came and Morgan was well enough to head back to school. I looked forward to having a day to recoup and chill with Abby on the sofa, however at 11am I had a phone call from school to say now Rhys was ill and could I pick him up. Another one bites the dust! He was fine after a day and it wasn't anything calpol couldn't fix however it did mean yet more broken nights.

Although I'm healthy and bug free my energy levels have just bombed out. I'm over the moon they are all well again however I could do with a week in bed to get over it all!

In all the illness I did manage to attend the boys parents meetings. I honestly couldn't be prouder of them. Ewan and Rhys have settled in amazingly and are the most kindest, sensible boys she's ever taught. She even said they may not come home one weekend because she'd like to keep them. I'm sure they would be back in no time when she saw how they fight over the Wii U but it was lovely that she see how well behaved they are. She also said she's heard some amazing things about Morgan. She mentioned this is something to be proud of because it's not often your hear about other children in a different class for anything other than being little sods! Honestly her words!

I then went to meet Morgan's teacher and again we have amazing praise for him. He is the top group for everything and she said the only thing we need to work on is his confidence. If he had that she said he''s be nothing short of brilliance! He's always been a sensitive boys but he's maturing nicely. His teacher could have quite easily made me cry with the wonderful things she said about him.

My meetings with the teachers ended at 2pm and  I was able to bring Ewan and Rhys home early, Morgan was already home with his bad chest so I stopped off at Morrisons and we got some new DVD's bags of popcorn and bottles of coke for us to have movie night to celebrate how good they've been. Though silly move on my part not thinking the popcorn through with Morgan's bad cough!

It was also school photo's and after getting over the disappointment Abby wouldn't be able to join her brothers in the photo, Morgan also wasn't there for it. At least Ewan and Rhys got their first ever school photo done. I have now been looking for somewhere to have some family photo's done as it would just be lovely to have some for the walls.
      

Last week feels like I completely lost it. This is also a good thing though as I feel like it is that little bit closer to Christmas! We always put our decorations up on the 1st of December and it's slowly creeping up on us.

Ben has a pretty big week too. He's heading all over the country with his boss to meet clients. He's really loving his job at the moment and I'm so proud at how well he's doing. Not only is work going well but he has his Driving Test next week! He's so nervous but so was I just a couple of month ago! I'm sure he'll do great.


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Friday, 14 November 2014

How To Invest For Your Child's Future*

When it comes to investing I'll quite honestly hold my hands up and say that I don't know much on the subject! The only bit of advice I've ever carried with me is.... if something sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't true.

So when I had to look into investing for the children I was a little lost at sea. I didn't know the difference between a Children's bond or a Children's ISA. Looking into the future money wise can be quiet a scary thing and looking at the infographic below show just how costly children can be. There are so many life events that take up a lot of cash and with four children it makes saving that bit more important! My plan of simply winning the Lottery and never having to worry about money again is pretty unlikely so it's best to plan ahead!

F&C Investments have put together this infographic to help parents like myself. It will help give you the basis knowledge that will then help you make the right decisions when it comes to the investment that is right for you.



If you want to find out more or even make an investment then visit F&C Investments for more information.

This post contains an infographic from F&C Investments however all other words are my own*

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sorry!

Sorry but there won't be a #throwbackthursday blog linky this week! Due to a very very poorly girl, I just haven't had any time to nip online to get the post done. (I'm actually writing this while Abby is in the bath!) I'm also sorry that I'm still to comment and tweet everyone's post from last week. I promise as soon as Abby is feeling better I'll get round to this!

My poor girl has chicken pox and one of the worst cases I've seen. All three of my boys have had it (Morgan at 3 and Ewan and Rhys at a month old) and it didn't really seem to bother them. However she has them everywhere! There is even one on the bottom lid of her eye making it every uncomfortable for her to even have them open.

I've finally seen improvement in her today so I'm hoping we are on the road to recovery now.

I'll be back in the blogging world soon xxxxx


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