DITL Sunday 10th December: Snow Day!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….. seriously, it is! In the movies, Christmas is nearly always depicted in a snowy scene but the reality is that I don’t think I have even seen so much as a flake of snow in December…. until today! It might not be Christmas Day yet but there is a definite festive feel in the air as we gear up to the big day, so seeing houses with Christmas lights and a dusting of snow really makes quite a magical scene.

The little tyke didn’t know what to make of it all at first, he was excited and nervous in equal measures. We put on his new boots, scarf, hat, coat and mittens to help prepare him for the cold outside. But he wouldn’t step on the snow! He took a few steps and kept moaning to be picked up, so Daddy and Mummy took turns to carry him until we went to shop and back. Oh goodness, he really is getting to heavy to carry around all the time. By the time we got back from our first trip out I was very thankful to be back indoors.

We made a lunch of sausages and mash, followed by apple crumble and custard. Perfect yummy winter food for such a cold, snowy day. The little man gobbled it all up, it seems the cold air had given him a huge appetite. After a little playtime, we went into the front garden to see the new snowman friend that had appeared in the garden (Daddy snuck off to build him). My little boy fell in love and it was at this point that he felt a little bit more confident and started adding more snow to bulk up his snowman friend.

We decided to make a short trip out in the car to our local Aldi, just to break up the day a little. Sunday is usually Special Buys day and we like to see what new stock they have brought in. Todays offerings included Marvel character toys, Star Wars merhandise and childrens pyjamas. I love Aldi but they don’t always get it right, those childrens pjs were not the best of quality unfortunately. What a shame because he would have looked very cosy in the Paw Patrol onesie!

By the end of the day he got so confident about being out in the snow he grabbed his welly boots and begged us to take him out again. “Ok, but just for a little while” we said as we wrapped him back up in his coat, and this time he confidently stepped on to the snow and rushed over to his snowman. “Oh no!” he exclaimed, our snowman friend had fallen over! Daddy, Mummy and the little man worked together to help rebuild Mr. Snowman. I took a little video of this and I can’t wait to look back on it in years to come. Happy memories!

Take care all, ta ta and good night xxx

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Life update: I am failing at blogging

It’s been ages since I last blogged and actually if I am being honest, I very nearly didn’t write this post. There’s just always something better to do with my time when the little ones having a nap. I am finding it hard and feeling so very, very tired. I have just taken on too much and so by the end of the day I feel drained of all energy.

I have recently started driving lessons but they haven’t become a regular weekly thing just yet because of holidays and other life things that have cropped up. My plan is to take my time before Christmas and in the New Year make every effort to work towards passing a driving test. I really, really hate driving and it is making my anxiety rear it’s ugly head again. I just hope I can gradually feel more comfortable with it and the fear will start to slip away a little. Fingers crossed for me please!

Work is always manic at this time of year but this year is on another level. We are launching a new website and we are way behind where we should be at this stage. By the time we break up for Christmas, most of the work should be done and I will feel a lot happier. Longing for that Christmas break now! I guess that has also contributed to my early planning for Christmas, it’s a welcome break from all the stresses of life. I am so looking forward to making this Christmas a special time for my family, they mean everything to me.

So you might hear from me sporadically between now and Chrimbo. I cannot commit to anything more than that really. I of course will keep an eye on my dear blogging friends as I enjoy reading all your posts. If anybody is feeling similar to myself, please give me a shout out as it’s nice to know that you are not alone.

Love and peace to you all, ta ta for now xxx

Shhhh…. Christmas is coming (in 76 days)

santa-claus-and-joeSo, the other day somebody asked me the question “So what are your plans for Christmas?”. Truth be told, I really don’t have a flipping clue!!! But when I think back to this time last year I was much more organised by this point – making handcrafted Christmas cards, making the little tykes first Christmas Eve box, planning the Christmas food shop and making lists for cards and present. So far I have done nothing!

I ask myself why and I find it hard to find a definitive answer. I am most definitely looking forward to making Christmas special this year for my little boy, but I have had a lot on my mind lately. Not to worry, it’s not too late to start thinking about it now. I am even nibbling on some marzipan stollen bites to get me in the mood as I write this post!

So here goes, my Christmas bucket list……

  • Find a couple of good story books to help explain Christmas to my little boy
  • Book a slot for the online Christmas food shop
  • Work out a meal plan for the Christmas break (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Book a breakfast with Santa or Santas grotto slot at the local garden centre
  • Buy an advent calendar
  • Get some festive Christmas bedding for December
  • Take the little tyke to see the Christmas light switch on in the village
  • Order the turkey and trimmings from the local butcher
  • Make handmade cards with the little tyke for close family members
  • Buy some nice charity cards for everybody else
  • Make mince pies with Daddy and little tyke
  • Make my homemade cranberry sauce
  • Use the handcrafted Christmas Eve box again and fill with new gifts for little tyke
  • Make a small Christmas Eve box for my best friends children to post
  • Get some festive PJs for all the family
  • Buy a Christmas jumper for the nursery Christmas party
  • Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Buy presents for family members
  • Buy small gifts and cards for work colleagues
  • Decorate house with Christmas trimmings
  • Wrap presents
  • Make Christmas dinner at home
  • Go for nice festive walk
  • Invite close family around for buffet during Christmas holiday
  • Watch Elf with the little tyke!!! (this is an important one)
  • Watch some Disney movies
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Teach little tyke to sing some Christmas songs

That’s actually quite a long list! I am not sure if I will get to do it all, but I can certainly have fun trying. It certainly makes me feel a lot better to put my ideas down in a list like this. Do you have any more ideas that you could suggest to add to this list? Has the list given you inspiration for Christmas activities? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Hope you are all having a lovely evening, take care and ta ta xxx

 

Autumn Days

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I am aware that I have been really slack on the blogging front lately, sorry everybody! My mind has been everywhere at the moment….. work, holiday, toddler developments, driving lessons and diy projects have left my head in a spin! Time to unwind, put on some cosy pyjamas and think of lovely, snuggly autumn thoughts…..

Halloween

I loved making Halloween fun last year and I am even more excited about this year. I am just a big kid at heart really! If you have an Aldi near you (UK bloggers) head over to the store this Thursday for the latest Special Buys deal as they have a great range of Halloween accessories available!

 

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Aldi Light Up Pumpkins for Halloween

 

Halloween Magic Cat Light Up Pumpkin £4.99 – link here

Halloween Magic Glitter Pumpkin £4.99 – link here

Halloween Magic Black Pumpkin £4.99 – link here

Halloween Magic Light Up Pumpkin £4.99 – link here

Toddler Pumpkin Costume £3.99 – link here

Orange Spiders Web 2-Pack £1.78 – link here

Haunted House Gel Stickers £1.78 – link here

Witch & Cauldron Gel Stickers £1.78 – link here

Halloween Magic Bats Treat Tin £1.79 – link here

Halloween Magic Mummy Treat Tin £1.79 – link here

Halloween Magic Skeleton Lights £3.99 – link here

Halloween Magic Room Decoration Kit £4.99 – link here

This is just a small selection from their range of Halloween goods, it always pays to give your local store a visit to see what is on offer. I cannot wait until Thursday to find out for myself!

Cosy Knits

Not quite thick, chunky jumper time, but there is a definite nip in the air. I purchased a couple of new knits last year, so my winter wardrobe is pretty much sorted. I have purchased myself two new jumpers. My first jumper is a grey marl sweatshirt with a mickey picture and ‘Mickey’ in sequin letters (cannot find on their website, but here is another good option). My other new jumper was from the Zara website……

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Zara Mustard PomPom Jumper

I saw Zoella wear it in one of her autumn haul videos and fell in love. Its the perfect mustard colour for autumn, is oversized and has POMPOMS!!!! It will look great with skinny jeans and a berry or brown lip colour. Love it, love it, love it! Check it out here.

Autumn Food

I need some good slow cooker recipes, please share if you have any! I love soups, stews, curries and casseroles. I just think it might make life a bit easier for me if I could get more use out of my slow cooker at weekends. I love sponge puddings and custard at this time of year. Oh and I am a sucker for mince pies (already available in our local co-op)!

What do you love about autumn? Do you like snuggling up on the sofa when it is nippy outside? Have you got any recipe or craft project ideas to share?

I bid you all a good evening. Ta ta and nighty night xxx

 

Little angel by day, little devil by night

My little boy is mostly well behaved during the day, but by the time bedtime arrives, he can sometimes turn into a little monster! He is actually a lovely, caring and affectionate little boy all day long and a lot of people comment how well behaved he is. If only they knew!

Once the wind down for bedtime begins he starts to become a little bit naughty. Nappy changes become more like a wrestling match as he scrambles across the floor. He jumps and leaps around on the beanbags and tries to hide in his tent. On very, very naughty occasions he tries to wack my glasses off my face, but thankfully this doesn’t happen very often. What is it about bedtime that brings out the wild in the child?

He still naps during the day and this can vary from one to two hours at a time. Perhaps if we cut this down to an hours cat nap, he might feel a little bit more tired and more willing to go to bed in the evening? I don’t know whats best really. I will really, really miss nap times. Life will become so much harder without naptimes!

My gut feeling is that this is fairly normal, kids just don’t like bedtime! I will continue to keep with our bedtime routine and will hope that this is perhaps a little phase that he will get through. He is only two years old and is altering all the while. Fingers crossed!

Any advice fellow parents? Tried and tested tips and techniques would be much appreciated!

Have a lovely evening all, ta ta for now xxx

Lately I’ve been liking….

Hello all, I hope everyone is doing well on this lovely summers day…… well it’s technically summer, but you wouldn’t think it by looking out of the window right now! I want to forget about the dreary weather for a moment and think about things that I have been liking lately…..

Black Primark flip flops

I am living in my little black Primark flip flops around the house at the moment! They are so light and comfy and so wonderfully cheap! I went into our local Primark at the weekend and I couldn’t find any more flip flops! Where have they gone? Is summer officially over according to Primark? Boo!

Glow on Netflix

Trust me and watch it. You will be addicted. It’s a great girl power story and you will find yourself really rooting for the team of (some slightly odd) lady wrestlers. I have watched it all and I want more! Sob!

Waitrose Coconut Biscuits

I have just got me a new packet from Ocado. Oh yeah!

Cactus Pots

I will freely admit that I am no gardener. No plants are safe around me. Except perhaps, little cactus plants in fancy pots.

Ikea White Picture Frame

I have bought two new large white square picture frames for £10 each. Thats right, only £10! They now live above our bed with one holding a black and white image from our wedding day and the other has a black and white close up of my little boys cutesy wutesy lickle face. Beautiful!

Game of Thrones

I heart Jon Snow. Yes I do! That aside, this really is great telly and I am loving the new series. I will be so sad when it ends:(

Finishing touches for our bedroom

I bought a teeny tiny little pink tricket dish from Oliver Bonas that now takes pride of place on my bedside table. It does indeed now hold a selection of trinkets. I told my husband that I absolutely needed one!

Fruit Smoothies

Yummy yummy in my tummy:)

Pinterest

I love Pinterest and I am finding it really helpful for tips and tricks on travelling with young children. We are going on holiday abroad soon and I am so anxious! I have lots of suitcase packing list ideas and tips for how to entertain a toddler on a flight. It is so helpful!

So that’s my likes, what about yours? Have you got any recommendations? What never fails to cheer you up at the moment?

Have a lovely evening all, ta ta xxx

Morning routine of a working Mummy

I remember the weeks leading up to the end of my maternity leave and trawling through the net for advice. However would I get out of the front door in the morning? Well, you just get through it and it all fits into place. Those first few days were difficult and terribly stressful, but now it has just become the new normal. Please read on to see a breakdown of a typical morning.

5:45-6am: Wake up, wake up! The little tyke is an early riser, so unfortunately we cannot really get up before him to get things ready (if we got up any earlier I would be a zombie). My husband heads down to get the morning drinks (tea for the adults, milk for the little man) and I pick up my little boy from his room and head downstairs also.

6:00am: The little tyke sits on my knee and drinks milk from a beaker. We switch on the tv and watch Cbeebies – Show Me Show Me, Baby Jake and Number Blocks. Daddy and Mummy try to wake up whilst drinking a warm mug of tea.

6:30 – 6:40am: We go upstairs to get the little man ready. Nappy changed (he hates this), eczema cream rubbed on legs and arms, then change of clothes. We wipe his face and he takes his toothbrush downstairs with Daddy.

7:00am: I get ready upstairs. Sometimes this will involve straightening my hair because I washed it the night before and sometimes I will hop in the shower. It always depends on time. You would be best to remember it doesn’t always go to plan. Whilst I am getting ready, Daddy gives the little chap a bit of toast while he makes the sandwiches. Sometimes I will prepare them the night before, but usually we are pretty tired after dinner.

7:20am: I come downstairs whilst Daddy goes up to get dressed (men never take very long). I make sure that the little tyke has brushed teeth, brushed hair and I put on his little shoes. Then I dash about the kitchen, giving it a little wipe down and tidy.

7:40am: We put the little man in the car and make sure we have everything that we need to take for the day –

  • Coats (if it is cool or raining)
  • Toddlers backpack with spare change of clothes
  • Daddys lunchbag
  • Mummys lunchbag
  • Mummys work notebook and handbag

The little man is usually a little fussy at first and he takes his little comfort toy with him in the car. We are off.

7:45am: We drop the little chap at nursery. He is usually pretty good, unless he is tired or a little under the weather. Kiss him and cuddle him and away we go.

8:00am: Arrive at work.

Phew, makes me tired thinking about it. So what do you think? Is this a pretty typical routine or do you have any other tips that can help?

Love to hear your feedback as always, ta ta folks xxx