Monday, 10 July 2017

Modern Day Mothers

Today whilst Eryn-Rose slept sweetly on my lap I found myself watching TV, something which is a rarity for a weekday daytime. I got sucked into ITV's This Morning and they had a phone in for Mothers who were basically struggling, something I can certainly relate to. However when I came it across the discussion on their facebook post I was disgusted at some of the comments. It was a cross between world's biggest sob story and a 'get over it' attitude. Woman saying how their Grandma trekked half way across the country with 10 kids worked and still managed to have a clean house and tea on the table by 5. Well hats off to you Grandma's!

The thing is people are so quick to drag others down. Back in the 50's and 60's life was different and spending time with your children wasn't a huge thing and life was considered good as long as you had food on the table. Women didn't necessarily have to work either depending on the other half's wage. When I was growing up things weren't too bad I was brought up by just my mum for the first ten years of my life, she worked and we got by. When she married my step dad and we became a family and my mum had two children we did ok my Dad worked full time and my Mum worked part time or not at all. Now in this day and age every couple/family I know both parents work full time.

Mothers and equally Fathers struggle in life today managing family life alongside work. Many of the comments I read suggested that women were just struggling to keep on top of the housework and that these struggling mothers should simply just get on with it. I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm finding life pretty tough right now. I have just returned work having had to reduce my hours as they couldn't offer me full time flexible hours, meaning we have lost £1000 a month. On top of that I have training I need to do at home as I don't have time to complete it at work, the car needs a lot of repairs (again), we have credit cards to pay back after having to use them to survive and fix the car, childcare issues because I do not have £5.50 per hour per child spare, medical issues that I have to try and fit appointments in around school runs and work, emotional issues regarding everything going on and my children and the lack of time I seem to have for them, oh and lets not forget the shopping, cleaning, washing and cooking. Have I missed anything off??

I was so angry reading some of those comments because they just assume they know everything about a person and think well if I can do it I don't see why they can't.
Why in 2017 do we feel it is ok to have this attitude?
Why do we feel that we need the biggest triumph and sob story?
Why can't we just help a damn mother or father that just needs that little bit of help?

I don't really know what more I can say other than please for the love of God, stop being a horrible human being. If you can't or don't have anything nice or supportive to say then don't say anything because your negative attitude could be the reason someone takes their own life!

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Hape Toys: Elephants

Children learn mainly through play so for us it is important that we choose wisely when it comes to picking Eryn-Rose's toys. The all singing all dancing toys are great fun for babies and young children (a headache for parents) but we like to make sure we have a wide variety of toys for both of our children to help them learn through play. I really love wooden toys and puzzle and always remember Jared-David having a big collection of wooden puzzles, blocks and shape sorters.

A little while a go we were sent a gorgeous wooden Elephant puzzle from Hape. The Elephant puzzle is part of the George Luck range which are a collection of puzzles that are different from your usual puzzle layout. The George Luck puzzle's are cut into single or layers which and use bright and bold colours painted with eco-friendly water based paints. Each puzzle has a theme giving more choice for your children. The Elephant puzzle is smaller than I thought it would be but is still a good size. The packaging is fair and has a picture instructions of how the puzzle fits together. This particular puzzle is recommended for children 3 years and over.

Jared-David always get's really giddy when I tell him there is a parcel for him to open, he ripped the package open and immediately wanted to play. The puzzle was easy for Jared to fit together and I think he was a bit disheartened as he does enjoy sitting and tackling a challenging puzzle, I think one of the bigger ones would of suited him better. I always leave him to it an observe from afar watching him play, is there anything sweeter than watching their imagination take over?
As I stated he did complete the puzzle rather quickly but he then spent ages playing with the elephant shapes, giving them names and accents and moving them on to the wooden farm.

The benefits of this puzzle is it helps with learning how to solve problems by getting the pieces to fit into the correct place. The bright colours help with learning colours as parents can sit down with their child and ask questions such as "what colour is this Elephant?" you can count the pieces with your child and of course you can just leave them to play and enjoy a cuppa while you smile sweetly at them playing.

I would recommend this puzzle to any parent who is looking for a lovely gift for their child as the quality is fantastic.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Candy Crush Lip Balm's

Many people have lots of hours, days, weeks on the game popular game Candy Crush. Let's face it, it is a great way to pass time and also highly addictive! Does anyone know just how many levels there are to this game?

If you are a Candy Crush addict then you will be pleased to know you can now own your very own Chocolate Mountain, Bubblegum Bridge, Lemonade Lake and Peppermint Palace in the form of lip balms. So if you have ever been staring at the screen wondering what these places smell like now you need not wonder anymore.

I have a slight obsession with lip balm, I have over 20. So I was excited to add these to my collection. I first just want to say that the packaging is great and I wouldn't expect it to be any other way, it replicates the game shapes and the colours perfectly. Of course my son immediately wanted to try them (he may inherit my lip balm obsession). As with most lip balms there is an age recommendation for these it is age 6, my son is 5 and I applied it to his lips for him. 

The lip balms have a smooth creamy texture which makes them easy to apply, I find some lip balms can have a tacky/sticky texture which aren't very pleasant. The scents of the lip balms are really nice and not to overbearing which is great. I liked how the lip balms didn't leave a slimy shine to my lips something else I find can happen with lip balm. I didn't need to re apply the lip balm too much during the day when using either, meaning these will last a good while. 

You can find these lip balms in Primark for £1.50 they are great to give as part of a gift for a birthday or even at Christmas as a stocking filler. I think the price is fair in comparison to other lip balms but do think it would be nice if they had them available in a collection. 

Please note that we were sent four Candy Crush lip balms for the purpose of this review. However this in noway impacts on the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review.