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Monday, 1 September 2014

Hello September!


Wow can you believe it's September already? I'm sure Christmas was only five minutes ago! Anyway hello September! This is a pretty big month for us. It's just over a week till my birthday but more importantly, Ewan and Rhys will be starting their first day at school this Thursday!

It is such a big milestone for children. I'm sure Ewan and Rhys are going to love it, even though I can't help but worry. It took them quite a while to settle into nursery so I think I'm worried they'll find it hard. It is a lovely village school though, and I know the teachers well. So I guess that does help ease my worries a little.

Not only is it a milestone for the boys, it's also life changing for me. My daily routine will be completely different come Thursday. I think this is what I'll be having the hardest time with. I'll be going from having three children at home to just one! This sounds pretty strange to me.

I remember when Morgan started school and it was hard to adjust to that feeling of having a huge part of our lives missing for such a large part of the day. It did get easier pretty quickly and it helped seeing how much he loved school. I also had 17 month old twins keeping my days busy. Weekends become so much more important and we already have some plans for the next few weekends. Though nothing too tiring I remember how exhausted Morgan was those first few weeks of term.

Although the start of Autumn isn't until the 22nd of this month, the weather has already changed and summer has felt shorter than I'd like. We've had a lovely summer holiday together and had loads of lovely days out. I'm excited for the next half term as I should (if all goes well on my driving test) be driving! I've promised the boys a trip to London when I have passed so that would be a nice little holiday for us!

September also marks the start of my next 60 credits at the Open University. I'm actually excited about studying again and the little break I've had since the end of term (last May) has been a welcomed break. I'll be starting A105 Voice, texts and material culture. To be honest it doesn't sound that exciting but the brief makes it a little more interesting!
This is an interdisciplinary module built around the broad concepts of voices, texts and material culture. It will enable you to extend your understanding of the arts and humanities, both from the perspective of specific disciplines and through interdisciplinary study. The module incorporates elements of art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language studies, heritage studies, history, literature, music, philosophy and religious studies. Throughout the module you will have opportunities to consolidate and extend your critical and analytical abilities, to work collaboratively and to develop flexibility in your writing skills.

This module has a test at the end of it which is a little nerve racking! Last term we had a EMA which was an end of module assessment. I think the last time I was in an exam was around 8 years ago while I was doing my A-Levels.

Autumn I think is the best season. As a kid I always loved it because that was when my birthday was but these days I love it because it is by far the prettiest of the seasons. I love the oranges and browns. I love going for walks and having fights with piles of leaves. I just love this time of year!

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Birthday Wishlist

With just 13 sleeps until my birthday and with plenty of family members asking me what I want I thought I would put together a little birthday wishlist.

There isn't actually much I want, but I was able to find a few bits that I know I would love.




1. The Incredibles Mug found here The Disney Store. Morgan bought me an Incredibles mug from the disney store a few years ago, though it was a different design. I just thought it was so sweet that he used his pocket money on a gift for me rather than buy himself a toy. It became my favourite mug but it didn't last long before it broke. This would make a lovely replacement!

2. Pandora Love & Guidance Pendant Charm found here John Greed. I love my Pandora bracelet however I haven't really added to it in ages. I saw this charm in the new releases and I thought it was gorgeous. It would be the perfect addition to my bracelet.

3.  Rose Gold Leather Wrap Bracelet found here Not On The High Street. This caught my eye a few months ago and although I don't wear a lot of jewellery it is just so pretty and looks durable enough to be worn most of the time.

4. Fitbit Flex found here Amazon. I've been lusting over one of these for ages. With Ben and I dieting I've been looking into getting more active to help improve our lifestyles. I love how it can be linked up to apps I use with keeping track of my diet.

5. Stand mixer found here Next. I bake all the time with the boys and I've been wanting one forever! It's just something I've never got round to getting or was too expensive.



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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

#MMWBH

Hey to all you mad mid-week blog hoppers! Due to the issues Debi has had moving her blog you are all here at my little blog for the blog hop! Don't panic Debi will be back next week but for now you are stuck with me! 
So welcome to this weeks #MadMidWeekBlogHop

If this is your first time, then welcome! It's great to have you! And if you're a regular then it's fabulous to see you again!! 

Anyway I hope you have all had a wonderful week and I look forward to reading your posts! This past week I've had the fun of kitting my three boys out in school uniform. (My poor bank balance!) We are now all ready for school and for my twins Ewan and Rhys it'll be their first day on the 4th of September! They really don't feel old enough!

Ben and I also bought our very first car and we're are currently counting down the seconds until we can pick it up this weekend!

Enough about me lets get to business!
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If you do link up please do pop over to your host, Super Busy Mum, leave me a wee comment to let me know you've linked up. Also if you get chance free feel to leave me some comment love. During the week I will comment on each of your posts, along with giving you a wee shout out on Twitter and now sharing on my Google+ also. 

Please make it round to as many other beautiful bloggers as you can. Doesn't have to be everyone! But sharing a little love is better than sharing none! xx

Sharing the blogging love is what these linkys are all about!

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Review: Matt Hatter Villain Figure

Matt Hatter is a children's TV show which can be found on CITV. It's all about Matt Hatter whos a young school boy who's life changes when he discovers a gateway to different dimensions called the Multiverse. To save the Multiverse and save his Grandpa from the evil minions of Lord Tenoroc, Matt and his two friends Roxie and Gomez have to battle against a strange mix of villains from anything from myths or legends. The show is aimed at children aged around 6 and upwards but even Ewan and Rhys enjoy it and they are 4.

We were kindly sent a villain to test drive before they come to stores next week. Morgan was super excited as it is also his first toy from the whole of the Matt Hatter collection but I can imagine his Christmas list is filling up fast.


We received Doc Fossil which is around 5 inches tall with movable arms. As villains go he doesn't look too terrify which is perfect. So nightmares about this guy!


Doc Fossil has fitted right in and has even spent some of his time playing in the doll house!



There are 16 to collect and all include interactive radio frequency Life Cells which is great if like Morgan you enjoy collecting things.

If you have never seen an episode before I've included a small Youtube video below! Enjoy!



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Monday, 25 August 2014

We've bought a car!

I love bank holiday weekends, although I'm a stay at home Mum I love the weekends because we have Ben home. So 3 day weekends are great! This bank holiday weekend was even better than others too as Ben and I did something exciting!

After spending two days driving around with Ben's Dad looking for 7 seater cars, we headed to the second to last garage on the list to view a Renault Scenic. It was nice and practical however it did pull at any heart strings. Being our very first car we wanted something that got us excited as well as being practical. So walking back to the car feeling dishearten we noticed another 7 seater. This time a Chrysler. It was something we first liked however good models were out of our price ranged.

We looked around it anyway and we fell in love with it. It's a large people carrier that would fit our family of 6 in perfectly and with room to spare. With beautiful leather heated seats, DVD players, electric doors and more it was practical and luxury. Sadly there was still one down side... It was still out of our price range. That's when Ben's Dad turned into Superman and offered to buy it all for us! I was completely floored by the generosity and so we have a lovely new car!


We don't pick it up until next weekend as they are giving it a new MOT and doing some little maintenance on it. I can't wait! I'm now officially a soccer mom!
     
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Im still here!

I have been much quieter than normal and I'm blaming the summer holidays. Although I am loving all the time I'm spending with the kids I do actually miss blogging, reading other posts and commenting. I miss my little routine but come September I'm going to have a lot more time on my hands than normal. 

I won't go into every little thing that has happened so far this holiday as I think it would be a few pages long. I'll just share some of my favourite parts. 

Last week we had a play date with a friend and her children. We met Bex from DillyDrops at the nearby park to let the kids have a good play. Morgan used to go to the same school as Bex's son and it was their friendship that bought us together as friends. We also realised how similar our situations were at the time and that seemed to help strengthen our relationship and helped us both deal with what we and the children were going through. When Morgan moved school it was lovely that we kept in contact.

Anyway we had a good catch up while the kids played. Sadly I didn't get to stay as long as I would have liked as Abby had skipped her morning nap and was exhausted! She did have a nice time following the older children around. She just kept getting annoyed when she couldn't do the same as them. 

Last week I also passed my Theory Test. This may not be a big deal to some but I was so nervous. I had never done it before and I just didn't know how it would go. It now means I can book my test which is still going to be a while, there is about a two month wait! I want it NOW! It's so exciting, I just want to be able to drive and have my freedom and it's just so close now.



We've also just spent a lot of time at home. Making dens and playing in our garden.


We are borrowing my brother in laws tent this next week and we are going the camp in the garden. The boys have given me a list of things I need to buy which mainly consists of marshmallows and sweets. We have baked pretty much every week of the holidays and I'm pretty sure the twins are going to be bakers when they are old. It is by far their favourite thing to do. 



We have a visit to the dentist this afternoon. Morgan has a bad tooth. (Not from all the baking). It's completely broke down the side. He broke it on the trampoline, the same trampoline he broke arm on. I swear he's being banned for life from it. I can't see the appointment going well and I think they will most likly remove it as it's a baby tooth.

We've also been busy shopping for our first car. We're looking for a 7 seater so choice is a little limited but there are a few we like. We are thinking we're most likely to buy a Grand Scenic as they are the ones that fit best into what we need and also our budget. It's all very exciting. It would be nice to be able to practice in the new car but we aren't in a rush to buy.

Well that's all I have time for! Abby has already woke from her nap so she'll be grumpy later. I promise I'll be around more now!

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

#BEDA If you won the lottery.

I think the very first thing I would do if I won the lottery would be rather boring to most. I would go and buy a flash car or tonnes of jewellery. I would clear all our debts! It would be amazing not having them hanging over our heads and I think it would be the best feeling in the world getting rid of them.

Secondly I'd buy our forever home. Living in rentals can be hard. We are often worried about how long it will actually be called our home. Our landlord has said quite often that he wants to put it on the market and in a strange way it is like having bomb waiting to go off. I hate moving and I feel like it is looming over our heads. I'd love nothing more than to have our very own place and all the security it brings.

As much as dreaming about winning the lottery is great I know real life isn't like that and we're working our way to a more secure future ourselves but in the spirit of #BEDA I did a little browsing on Rightmove and picked this pretty house!

 And I guess if I did win the lottery I would buy a nice car to sit on that drive...


Okay so it's hardly a sports car with soft top but as a family of 6 this is fancy!



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