This month I have been watching…

It has been an extremely hot day in the UK today and I am feeling very lazy and very tired. So tonight’s post is a nice and easy post folks. It’s all about what I have been watching lately on the telly. So without further ado, here goes…….

The Handmaid’s Tale

I am absolutely loving this new series showing on Channel 4 on Sunday evenings. We are only on episode 3 here over in the UK and I think the first series may have already finished in the US (please don’t spoil the ending for me!). It focuses on a character called Offred, who lives in a warped version of the future where fertile women like herself, are made to serve as baby makers for powerful families. It is a horrible version of the future where women lose their place in society, and by law are not allowed to work, own property, control money, or read.

Offred has been assigned to The Commander, an important figure in this new future, and she is expected to bear him and his wife a child. She longs to be free from this new reality and to one day reunite with her daughter. I know it sounds a little bit dark, but it is so beautifully shot and Elizabeth Moss is just wonderful as the main character. I really cannot recommend this show enough.

The Keepers

I recently signed back up to Netflix because I had heard a few good recommendations for  a couple of things to watch. One of them being for this show.

The Keepers is a documentary series, which investigates the unsolved murder of nun Cathy Cesnick, a teacher at a Baltimore Catholic school. Sounds simple? Well there is so much more to the tale than meets the eye and I find it absolutely fascinating. The real story is about the cover up of sexual abuse of several students, committed by a priest at the school. A pair of ex students have made it their life mission to find answers. I think I am in the middle of episode 4 now and am totally hooked!

Wentworth Prison Series 5

I have been loyally watching this fantastic Australian women’s prison series since the very first episode. There seems to be a lot of noise and buzz about Orange is the new black, but I don’t really get it myself. This series however is much more up my street. It’s grittier and filthier and a good bit of adult viewing once the little chap has disappeared up to bed for beddy byes!

Eastenders

I havent really been following the soaps much of late, does anyone in the summer? But I have started to watch Eastenders again and particularly paid attention when they announced the introduction of a new family. It makes ludicrous watching sometimes but I love a bit of telly trash sometimes!

I have put links to all the shows in the titles, just in case you are a bit curious. What are you all hooked on lately? Have you got any good recommendations?

Have a nice evening, ta ta folks xxx

 

Day in the Life: 19th March 2017

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4:30am – I’m awake. Why am I awake? I toss and turn and a billion and one thoughts enter my head. This is the second night in a row in which this has happened. Stress is taking over my life at the moment.

5:30am – I’m still awake and now the little tyke has started stirring.

6:30am – Ok, ok, I’m getting up. Urgh.

6:35am – Daddy has already taken the little tyke downstairs. I say hello and wave at him when I come in the room …. he does the same back! Well, he says “Hiya”. Awww, my heart melts.

7:15am – The little tyke has a breakfast of crispies and a bit of hot cross bun. I stick to my mug of tea and a slightly overdone hot cross bun. After cleaning the breakfast plates I go upstairs for a wash and straighten my hair.

8:30am – Daddy wants to go to the zoo, but I really can’t face it today. Some of the stress has a lot to do with all the jobs I need/want to do, but I cannot find time to fit them all in. I explain this and we agree to stay around the house today but we will pop to the shops first.

8:45am – I cook the dinner (beef chilli) before we go out. I get distracted at one point and burn the bottom of the pan 😦 But luckily I manage to salvage a decent amount of it.

11:00am – We go to the big George at Asda home store. I’m trying to find some new bedding sets to suit our bedroom. When we first moved in the house, we decorated this room but I ended up using our old duvet covers. I am such a fuss pot when it comes to bedding and insist on it being 100% cotton, so this limits my choices (all the best designs are poly cotton). Luckily I find two grey patterned sets that would be perfect for the room, plus a light pink throw. Bingo!

11:30am – Lunch of toasted sanwiches at Costa Coffee. Plus a coffee. Because I bloody well need it.

12:15pm – Nip into a party shop to get some bits for my husbands upcoming 40th birthday.

1:00pm – Back home. The little tyke has been asleep for 15 minutes and goes straight to his bed for a nap. In the meantime we go out into the garden for a tidy and my husband pops off to the tip.

3:20pm – Dinner time. We are all peckish, so decide to eat early.

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4:00pm to 5:00pm – We play outside in the garden with the football and a couple of smaller balls. The little tyke absolutely loves playing outdoors. So much so, yesterday morning he came running up to me with his shoes whilst still in his pyjamas. He hadn’t even had breakfast at this point!

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5:15pm – We Skype the little tykes Grandma and Grandad Seaside (they live on the Norfolk coast). He waves and cheers and they adore him. After a while he gets a little bit naughty and I have to get him to calm down.

7:10pm – He is in bed after reading his bedtime story. I am now shattered.

Right, thats it from me folks. I hope you all have had lovely weekends and a wish you a pleasant evening. Nighty night and ta ta xx

Day in the Life: 11th March 2017

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So, this is the start of a new series of posts that I would like to do which follows our typical activities as a family during one day at the weekend. Each weekend is different. Sometimes we stay in the house or in the local area, and other weekends we will plan a fun day out for our little tyke. Hope you enjoy….

Saturday 11th March 2016

5:45am – The little tyke is up. Why? Why? Maybe he will drift back to sleep. Maybe if we are all very quiet he will drift back to sleep (fat chance). Ever since Friday I have felt a bit achy and tired, a dreaded cold is trying to take over my body and I’m trying to fight it. I went to bed at 9pm the night before and I still feel tired! Need more sleep.

5:55am – He’s not going back to sleep and the cat is meowing like crazy downstairs. We all get up to get his milk and cups of tea. Good Morning everybody!

6:20am – Baby Jakes on. Awww we all love Baby Jake. The little tyke dances along on my knee to Baby Jakes song “Yacki Yacki Yoggi”. Then its time to switch over to Peppa, while we try to motivate ourselves. Quick check of emails though first.

7:10am – Breakfast time. The little chap is having rice crispies today, followed by some toast. My husband also has his breakfast while I have a quick tidy of the kitchen. Oh dammit, the floor is covered in milk and crispies. I am on my hands and knees cleaning it all up. Urgh.

7:20am – Dirty nappy time. What fun! We also put him into his day clothes, wash his face and brush his teeth. Lovely, all set for the day now.

10:05am – Trying to leave the house. I have a hair appointment in 10 minutes.

10:15am – Made it in time. Ok I tell a lie, we were a couple of minutes late because I had to queue for the cashpoint. I put on the gown, sit in the chair and relax. Time for some long-awaited me time. I decide to go a little bit shorter with my hair for a change, nothing too drastic. A strange man comes into the salon and books an appointment with one of the young girls and before he leaves, he tells her that he has written her a poem and gives her a card! Everybody goes silent until he leaves. It transpires that he had written her a poem after his last hair appointment, declaring his attraction to her (the guy is very, very peculiar). She reads out his new poem and the whole salon erupts with laughter, myself included (you had to hear it). My hairdresser tells me that it is not uncommon for lonely men to become infatuated with stylists. She then tells me a funny story about a man who did something very naughty under his gown once years ago and how she handled it. I couldnt stop laughing.

11:15am – Back home. My husband has had enough of babysitting and wants to get out of the house. We decide to go out for the afternoon and the little chap will probably nap on the way there. I put all the essentials in the backpack and we are ready to go.

12:30pm – We have reached our destination but the little chap is asleep and I want him to nap some more. We read papers/magazines while we wait.

1pm – We go into the Mercado Lounge in Market Harborough for a lovely lunch (will do a review this week).

3:10pm – Mooch around town and then pop into Jojo Maman Bebe. It’s too expensive, yes I know! But the clothes and little toys are so adorable. The little boys clothes are all nautical and stripey and the little girls clothes are all frilly and floral. Every time I come out, I’m left planning the wardrobe of another unborn child. No wonder my husband isn’t over enthusiastic when I suggest going in. I decide not to go mad and stick to a pack of little animal socks. Besides, he really does need some socks.

4pm – Back home. The little tyke is out in the garden kicking the football with his Daddy whilst I put together a light supper for him. Plus I treat myself to a cup of tea.

5pm – Doorbell rings and my magic mop has arrived! Yippee! I watched a video of another Mummys cleaning routine and she recommend this mop from Amazon – Addis Spray Mop. The box for it is huge, but the mop is not really that huge. Nevermind, the little tyke dives into the big box with the scrunched up paper and uses it as a huge ball pit type plaything for about an hour and a half.

6:20pm – The little tyke is getting tired and comes to sit on the sofa with Mummy. He really snuggles in and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Oh, it’s moments like this that I could treasure forever. Love him so much.

7:05pm – The little tyke is asleep in bed. He really did tire himself out with his makeshift ball pit. My husband and I have our dinner and then sit on the sofa with some gluten free brownies that I made on Friday. Yum yum.

10:05pm – Early night for us. How very rock and roll.

Thats all for one evening, ta ta and good night xx

 

Home Alone

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I did it! I did it! I finally flipping did it! Yesterday I spent the day at home alone and it was lovely. I had worked an extra day, so I had a spare day to play with and it just felt like the right time to use it. I have been sooooo flipping tired lately.

I saw everybody off in the morning, put the cat out in the garden, locked all the doors and jumped back into bed. A whole bed, all to myself! With perfect peace and quiet! I then slept until about 10:45 am. But I could have slept more. I could have slept all day. I then went downstairs, still in my pyjamas and made a late breakfast of a St Clements Hot Cross Bun from Marks & Spencers with a lovely cup of tea. I enjoyed this whilst slumped on the sofa watching Americas Next Top Model (with Rita Ora).

I then went back upstairs to have a nice pamper session. I slathered myself in body cream and used my epilator to de-fuzz my legs. Ladies its been too long, it took me flipping ages! I then picked a lovely new nail polish (Mink colour from Marks & Spencers) and painted my nails. I straightened my hair and sprayed a nice gloss spray to make it look all lovely and shiny. I felt like a lady again. Enough with the pampering, lunch time beckoned.

I tucked into a sandwich and crisps on the sofa (with another cup of tea) whilst watching Project Runway (new series has just started). After this, I washed and tidied up a little bit. The guilt of doing nothing was kicking in so I had a quick whizz around the house. It’s so much easier and quicker with no one around. This was followed by a bit of Youtube time.

The rest of the day was spent making a lovely soup for dinner whilst listening to the radio and drinking yet another cup of tea. Then the boys came back and I was so happy. God I needed this day like you wouldn’t believe, but it still didn’t stop me missing my boys.

I wish all of you a lovely evening, ta ta all! xxx

Putting yourself out there

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I started this blog for the simple reason that I wanted to learn more about WordPress and blogging. Well, I started the blog up and didn’t touch it again for another 9 months until I felt a bit more energized after having a baby. So now here I am and the little tyke is 20 months old and I have built up a nice little following of bloggers (big hugs to you all!). So what now? Where next?

I have seen other Mummy bloggers put all their efforts into their blog, they link to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and work with companies to promote their goods. Good on them I say, but is that for me? I am not sure if it is. I just don’t think I could put myself out there like that. Half of me is tempted, if not for the challenge, but the other half wants to shrink and hide away with shyness.

I don’t think I would ever want to be famous or recognized. I don’t like to attract attention to myself. I am in no way as shy as I once was, but I still don’t think I could put myself out there in the same way other Mummy bloggers have.

I like my small community of followers and I love hearing what you have to say. I have learned so much from you all and for this, I am truly thankful. Maybe one day I will find more time and motivation to put towards blogging, but in the meantime, I am happy for things to stay as they are. If anybody has any advice, tips or experience that they would like to share, I am all ears.

Ta ta for now my lovelies xxx

TV Shows in 2017

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I listened to the radio earlier whilst washing some dishes and the singer Gary Barlow came on to talk about his new show on Saturday night ‘Let it Shine’. He explained to the presenter that the premise of the show is to find young singers who will make up a boyband for his new musical. I immediately rushed off to pre-record the programme, its worth a try right? It got me thinking, what else is there to look forward to on the box for 2017. I did my research and heres what I have found so far……

Emerald City (Early 2017 – 5star) – An edgy version of The Wizard of Oz with the adult Dorothy Gale being transported by a tornado from Kansas to Oz. It promises to be dark and gritty. It has had mixed reviews but I wouldn’t mind giving it a whirl.

The Walking Dead Series 7 part 2 (February – Fox) – The much anticipated return after the mid-season break. God I love Negan, what a flipping great character he is! Please don’t kill him off too soon, pretty please!

Broadchurch Series 3 (February) – David Tennant and Olivia Colman return for one final case. I loved the first series and hated the second series, not sure if I will like this.

Big Little Lies (TBA – Sky Atlantic) – Featuring Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Reese Witherspoon. I have seen the advert appear on the channel but it didn’t really give much away. Nicole, Shailene and Reese play mothers who’s lives are turned upside down by a murder. Described as a dark comedy.

Game of Thrones Season 7 (Late Summer – Sky Atlantic) – They are only doing seven episodes this time, boo! But this is because they are concentrating on set pieces that are reportedly even bigger than before. Ooooo, Winter has arrived!

The Terror (TBA – BTtv) -The series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a desperate game of survival. Hmmmmm…. interesting. I don’t actually have the channel that it features on but I guess it might appear on Netflix or Amazon at some point in the future.

 

Prime Suspect 1973 (TBC) – This is a prequel to the famous crime series that featured the wonderful Helen Mirren. Without Helen Mirren, its got a lot to do in order to impress Prime Suspect fans.

Stranger Things Series 2 (TBC – Netflix) – Oh my lord the first series was a cracker!!! I loved the theme tune, the opening credits, the characters, the storyline….. it was just so bloody fantastic and I cannot wait for the second series.

Top of the Lake Series 2 (TBC – BBC2) – Elisabeth Moss returns as Detective Robin Griffin, investigating the mystery of a body that washed up on a beach. The supporting cast includes Nicole Kidman (who starred in Campion’s 1996 adaptation of Portrait of a Lady) and Games of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. I loved the first series and have high hopes for the returning series!

Have you heard of any other tv shows that are due to appear this year? What ones are you most excited about? I am always interested in hearing other people recommendations!

I think I might just park myself on the sofa and watch some tv now, ta ta for now my lovelies xxx

My Random Playlist

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I thought I would try something a little bit different with this blog post and hopefully give you some insight into my musical tastes. What better way to do this than shuffle the songs from my iTunes library and give you the first 50 songs that play. Here goes folks!!!! –

  1. You’ve got the love – Florence & the Machine
  2. Kevin Carter – The Manic Street Preachers
  3. Rope – The Foo Fighters
  4. The Distance – Cake
  5. The Ballad of John and Yoko – The Beatles
  6. Absolute Beginners – David Bowie
  7. All Apologies – Nirvana
  8. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden
  9. You Should be Dancing – Blockster
  10. A Bomb in Wardour Street – The Jam
  11. Lovers on the Sun – David Guetta
  12. Band on the Run (cover version) – Foo Fighters
  13. Black Coffee – All Saints
  14. Linger – The Cranberries
  15. Parklife – Blur
  16. No Diggity – Blackstreet
  17. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z
  18. Weak – Skunk Anansie
  19. If I Ever Lose My Faith In You – Sting
  20. Days – First MacColl
  21. L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N – Noah and the Whale
  22. Hey Boy Hey Girl – The Chemical Brothers
  23. Tipsy – J-Kwon
  24. Tell Her Tonight – Franz Ferdinand
  25. Ode ToMy Family – The Cranberries
  26. Jungle Boogie – Kool and the Gang
  27. All Along The Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  28. Paper Planes – M.I.A
  29. Walk – Foo Fighters
  30. Get Back – The Beatles
  31. Pyro – Kings of Leon
  32. This Fire – Franz Ferdinand
  33. Use Somebody – Kings of Leon
  34. Dont Stand So Close To Me – The Police
  35. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  36. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I get – Morrissey
  37. Lord Only Knows – Beck
  38. Its Like That – Run DMC & Jason Nevins
  39. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
  40. White Moon – The White Stripes
  41. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police
  42. Mo Money Mo Problems – The Notorious B.I.G.
  43. Don’t Falter – Mint Royale with Lauren Laverne
  44. Street Spirit (Fade Out) – Radiohead
  45. Walk Idiot Walk – The Hives
  46. Underdog (Save Me) – Turin Brakes
  47. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  48. Soul Man – Sam & Dave
  49. Big Spender – Shirley Bassey
  50. The Sea – Morcheeba

Ta Da!!!!! What do you think? Are there any that you like? Any that bring back good memories for you?

Gotta say, it made me laugh when ‘Big Spender’ came on! When the heck did I download that? I do know all the words though… The minute you walked in the joint (boom boom), I could see you were a man of distinction. A real big spender, good looking, so refined. Say wouldn’t you like to know whats going on in my mind?… lol

Ta ta for now folks, have a nice evening xx

Little tyke in the city – the London trip

Winter shopping and Christmas haul

Thirty facts about me!