Monday, 29 January 2018

What They're Reading: January

My children love to read and I love to read to them and with them. Jared has always had an interest in reading and luckily as he has got to school and started reading himself his love of books has grown and spread to his younger sister. Eryn's book collection is growing slowly and she has her favourites already often carrying it over saying 'my book' which indicates she wants to snuggle down and be read to.

As there are so many benefits for children to be read to and for them to read I want to share each month what my children are reading, and encourage other parent's to grab a book a blanket and a comfy spot where they can enjoy reading with their child. Of course we read many books so we will be picking just one per month to share with you.

This month Jared has been reading: Farm
We rate this 5/5


Jared got this book for Christmas, I had never see this book before and on first glance I thought it was a flap book. The book is as you can guess about farm's and everything to do with farm's which is good for children who don't get a chance to visit a farm or like Jared love's farm's. The book has a feature called a flashlight I have never experienced this before but it is really good fun, you have a magic torches (not real) and you move them over the film to discover objects and animals. This is a book that teaches, has little games in and is just overall a fun book for any child to enjoy.

This month Eryn has been reading: That's not my unicorn.
We rate this 4/5


This was given as a Christmas gift and Eryn is loving it, and why wouldn't she it has unicorn's in! The book is a board book and each page is full of colour, sparkles and something to touch, it's classed as a touchy feely book. There is so much for Eryn to take from each page along with listening to me read she can feel the pages and the different textures and there is a cute little mouse on each page for her to spot. We have given the book 4/5 and this is because the book has a unicorn in that has wings and we all know that unicorns don't have wings that would be Alicorn.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

100 Truths Blogger Tag

I don't often get a chance to take part in these tags, I usually miss them as unfortunately I don't have many blogger friends. That's kind of the reason I wanted to do this tag, it's a great way to see if I have much in common with fellow bloggers and hopefully get to know them a bit better as well. Thank you to for Dot Makes 4 for  tagging me in this.

The Basics

1. What's your name? Jade Leanne Bremner

2. Any nicknames or aliases? Jadeypoo but strictly only my mother is allowed to call me that.

3. Your gender? I'm female

4. Your star sign? I'm really special and have two as I'm born on a cusp so sometimes I'm Aries and sometimes I'm Taurus.

5. How old are you? 27

6. Your relationship status? I'm engaged

7. Any children? I have 4 but sadly two of them were too good to be in this world they were both boy's. I have a five year old boy and a 1.5 year old daughter.

8. Any pets? I have a border collie who is 9 and some fish.

9. Any tattoo's or piercings? Yes I have two footprints tattooed on my shoulder blade but I have plans for more tattoo's. I also have my ear's pierced 3 times in each ear 2 of those on each ear were done during a lesson at school and I have my tongue pierced.

10. What do you like about yourself? Physically I like my eye's as a person I like that I'm resilient.

11. What do you dislike about yourself? Physically my flabby bits and as a person I don't always like my temper. 

12. Righty or lefty? I'm a righty

Lasts

13. The last thing you drank: Water

14. The last thing you ate: Spicy chicken pasta

15. Your last phone call: My mum

16: Your last text message: To my little sister who was on her way to school.

17. Your last email: To my local council to question about why there are no grit bins anymore?

18. The last song you listened to: Violence by Blink 182

19. The last book you read: It was a bedtime book for girls to my daughter last night.

20. The last time you cried: About two weeks ago had a lot of car issue's and life just kept throwing them lemons at me and it just got too much.

21. The last blog you read: ET speaks from home.

22. The last person you spoke to: My fiance Liam.

23. The last place you visited: My doctors surgery, does that count?

24. Your last holiday abroad: Gran Canaria when I was 14 which was a very long time ago.

Have you ever?

25. Have you ever gotten back with an ex? Yeah which was stupid.

26. Have you ever been cheated on? Yes my ex husband was very good at cheating he is now with my ex best friend.

27. Have you ever cheated on someone? Yep my ex husband I thought I would do the whole getting back at him thing and cheated on him with his best friend, he didn't seem too bothered.

28. Have you ever lost someone special to you? yes too many to mention.

29. Have you ever been so drunk you threw up? No technically, I normally throw up once I have sobered up and have a hang over.

30. Have you ever fallen out of love with someone? I suppose the answer should be yes but if I'm honest I don't think I ever loved my ex husband.

31. Have you ever met someone who changed you? I have met so many people that have changed me in both good ways and bad ways.

32. Have you ever been in a situation where you found out who your real friends are? Of course I don't think anyone can go through life without having that moment.

33. Have you ever kissed someone you probably shouldn't have? Umm yeah

34. Have you ever found out people were talking about you behind your back? Yep because women are bitches we all know it and we have all done it at some point.

35. Have you ever broken someone's heart? I would like to think I haven't if I have I don't know about it.

36. Have you ever kissed a stranger? Yes I have only once though.

37. Have you ever had your own heart broken? Yes and it's awful you don't want to eat and you just sit and cry.

38. Have you ever had sex on the first date? Nope I'm not that easy if a guy like's me then I'm worth waiting for.

39. Have you ever been arrested? Yes I have twice when I was young.

40. Have you ever been attracted to someone that isn't the gender you usually find attractive? Yes only one person though.

41. Have you ever done something you regret? No I don't regret anything I have done. I have made some really stupid mistakes but I don't regret making them as they have helped me learn and have made me who I am today.

42. Have you ever had a threesome? Yes I have.

43. Have you ever embarrassed yourself in public? No not really.

44. Have you ever misjudged someone? Yes I think this is another unavoidable thing to happen in life.

Your beliefs and opinions

45. Do you believe in God? I believe in something but I don't believe in a God that built the world in 7 days. I believe that there is something but not the God that people always think of.

46. Do you believe in yourself? No not really there was a time when I did.

47. Do you believe in Santa Claus? Of course plus I have seen him so clearly he is real.

48. Do you believe in ghosts? Yes I do I have experienced things that couldn't be logically explained.

49. Do you believe in aliens? Ok yeah I do but I don't think they are green people with big heads that go around probing things.

50. Do you believe in miracles? I'm not sure I'm on the fence with this one.

51. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? No and I will tell you why, I lived with the positive thinking for two years and during them two years everything negative that could of happened did happen. I never gave in to negative thoughts and I kept my positively until one day I just thought what's the point this just doesn't work.

52. Do you believe in love at first sight? I believe it exists but I have never experienced it.

53. Can money make you happy? I don't think it make's you happy but I think it defiantly helps.

54. Would you describe yourself as a feminist? No sorry to all that are feminists but do not agree with a lot of what you all say and I actually find it insulting when some say that ALL women want this that and the other. Please stop speaking for all of us some of us are happy where we are in life.

55. Are you pro-life or pro-choice? This is kind of tough as I don't believe abortions should be given unless it's in certain circumstances. To many people rely on this as a form of contraception and I don't think that is right. 

56. Do you have strong political beliefs? Not really there are things I agree with and things I don't but I'm not rich and I'm not poor, being in the middle means that I will always get screwed over by the government.

57. Do you have strong religious beliefs? No simply because I don't think living your life to a strict beliefs can make you truly happy. You spend your life trying to please a God that may or may not exist.

58. What do you think the most important thing you can give a child is? A sense of belonging and feeling loved.

Right now

59. Are you eating anything right now? No I have toothache.

60. Are you drinking anything right now? Water

61. What are you listening to right now? Adverts on the TV and the whiring noise of the dishwasher.

62. What are you thinking about right now? How I need to find a dentist that is accepting new patients and is private going to be much better.

63. What are you waiting for right now? To go and do the school run.

64. What are you most excited about right now? Finishing my cross stitch, yes I know I live such a crazy life.

65. What's your pet hate right now? I don't know I'm pretty pissed at the people who have fly tipped on the field roads.

66. What's your favourite thing right now? Blankets

67. If you weren't answering these questions, what would you be doing right now? Probably my cross stitch or writing a post about something.

Firsts

68. Your first best friend: My cousin Alyssia

69. Your first kiss: I was in year 7 and I went to a foam party and it was a boy who was a twin and low and behold I kissed both as I didn't know they were twins.

70. Your first celebrity crush: It's got to be Leo Di'caprio I even had a T-shirt with his face on.

71. Your first holiday: I don't know which was my first but we used to go to Weymouth and have a caravan holiday.

72. Your first pet: A hamster called Hammy

73. Your first regret: Not got one

74. You first job: I worked in a cafe on the RAF camp I lived on and I took order's, cooked, helped with stock takes and was even trusted with collecting everyone's wages. I was 15 it was great.

75. Your first childhood memory: I remember some man looking through our letterbox asking me to open the door.

Which would you choose?

76. Love or money? Love

77. Twitter or facebook? Facebook

78. Hook up or relationship: Relationship

79. Dogs or cats? Dog's every time

80. Coffee or tea? Coffee coffee coffee

81. Beer or wine? Neither

82. Sweet or savoury? Sweet

83. Introvert or extrovert? I think I'm a bit of both.

84. Vampires or werewolves? It has to be a vampire

85. Seaside or countryside? Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside.

86. Summer or winter? Winter because in winter I can put on and take off as many layers as I want but in Summer once I'm naked that's it I can't do anything else to cool down.

87. Books or movies? Books

88. Horror or comedy? Horror I love a good scare.

A few random questions to finish on

89. Do you wish you could change your past? No because if I did that I wouldn't have everything that I have now.

90. What's your dream job? Funeral Director

91. What's your guilty pleasure? Ice cream

92. What are you afraid of? Losing one or both of my children I literally would die if anything ever happend to them.

93. What was the first thing you wanted to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an archaeologist.

94. If you could have any super power what would it be? Have you ever seen that episode of The Simpsons where comic book guy writes a comic about a super hero who can absorb everyone else's super power? Well I would have that super power. 

95. If you could change anything about your life what would it be? My job.

96. Would you want immortality? Nope it would depress me seeing everyone I love die all time.

97. If you could interview anyone alive or dead who would you choose? Hitler I think it would be very interesting to speak to him if I could bring him back from the dead for a day. 

98. Would you say you are happy? In one aspect yes but I would use the word content more than happy.

99. What one piece of advice would you give to yourself at age eighteen? Don't wait another 3 years things will get worse so just leave now and maybe you could go and get that education you wanted.

100. Where would you like to be in five year's time? I would like to be in a different job and be married and saving for a epic holiday in USA.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Head Lice, Hedrin Plus A Giveaway

At some point in your life you will encounter these pesky little buggers that live in your hair. The very thought of them often makes your head begin to itch. If you are like me as soon as your child starts scratching out come's the comb, luckily we have only had them once and they were gone almost as quick as they arrived. Now that Jared is at school I'm more aware of them and check his hair on a regular basis even more so when we get the dreaded head lice letter that get's sent round.

When it comes to head lice nearly a 3rd of parents go into a state of panic, who can blame them we don't want them. There are many rumours that go around about head lice and here are a few little myths that you might of heard. 
  • Head lice can be caught by sharing a hairbrush, towel or bedding. Head lice can only survive on a head they quickly die when they aren't close to their food source. Adults and nymphs normally become too dehydrated to be able to feed between just 8-12 hours off of the head. 
  • Head lice only live in clean hair. Well this is a load of rubbish as when I was growing up I was told they only live in dirty hair so which is it? Well it's both and neither, head lice do not have a preference as to what condition your hair is in. 
  • Head lice prefer longer hair. All that space with such long hair they could set up a little country. However they don't have a preference on hair length as they can survive on just 2mm of hair. Head lice like to live by the scalp, makes it easier to feed I guess. 

There are many ways you can get rid of head lice and keep them away, and many products to choose from. It can be confusing on what to use, Hedrin have a great selection of products to choose from for every stage Detection, Treatment, Post Treatment and Protection. Of course the best bit of equipment you will need is a good head lice comb, you will need to use a comb that is designed for catching head lice. The teeth on a head lice comb should be no more than 0.3mm apart. After this you will need to treat the hair Hedrin have three treatment's to choose from which are Hedrin's 4% lotion, Hedrin Once and Hedrin treat and go. After treating the hair you will need to remove the dead eggs from the hair using Hedrin's stubborn egg removal kit can make them easier to comb out of your child's hair. Finally to keep the head lice away you can use a protection, Hedrin's Protect and Go spray which you can apply to the hair after every wash. 

I now have a little giveaway for you to win Hedrin Once treatment and Hedrin stubborn egg loosening lotion.




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Thursday, 11 January 2018

What To Do With Old Toys

Now that Christmas is over your kids probably have some toys that will no longer get played with now that they have no shiny ones. The question is what do we do with these toys?
Thousand of these once loved playing companions will end up in land fill when they are still perfectly fine to use.

Recycling centre's won't accept toys but if a toy is broken then parts of it may be able to be recycled. For example if you have some board games that have missing pieces then parts like the box it was in might be able to be recycled. Any toys and games that have batteries or battery packs can be removed and then be recycled.

Many people de-clutter after Christmas which means you may have more than just old toys to get rid of. You could do a small car boot sale and make a little money back on your old things. If you don't fancy standing in the cold there are many online selling platforms that you can use, just remember to include postage fee's if you agree to post items out.

Donating item's you can check with local hospitals and GP offices if they would accept any donations of good quality toy's or books. I know my local hospital is always grateful as it's not just the children's wards that need these things, think of all the waiting rooms with bored children. Of course there are other places to try as well such as nurseries, childminders and even some churches. If you have suitable game's or puzzles then some care home's may accept these.


If you have a local toy library this might be another good option this means that children can borrow a toy for a short period of time. Great for those moment's when your child loves Spiderman for just that week then decides Power Rangers are the best thing ever. They always need donations.




Tuesday, 9 January 2018

My Goals For 2018

I was a little bit wobbly when I entered 2018 but I felt positive. I saw the New Year in with my children, fiance and family that we don't see often. We went to a party held at the village hall in my childhood village, my uncle was doing the disco and we all brought our own drinks and food. New Year's day was spent with my family and we had a lovely roast dinner. I had began to think of 2018 and how I wanted to achieve more this year with my life and how I didn't want to just survive anymore I want to experience and live.


My first goal is something that I have wanted to do for a while, write an autobiography. I have given myself 9 months to complete this and if I finish sooner then that will be great. I would love to get it published also. There are a few reasons why I want to do this the main one being for my own mental health, I find it easier to deal with my life by writing it down. Another reason is I would love to develop my writing skills and what better way then to set myself such a challenging goal. It will be emotional but also rewarding.

This year I want to take my children on holiday. To most people this is something normal but for us this is difficult, we can't afford holiday every year and in fact the last holiday we took was back in 2014 in a family members caravan. Sadly that person doesn't have the caravan anymore so we just haven't been away. I'm hoping we can save a bit of money and have a little break away.


I would love to lose weight. Ok now nearly the entire population of the world has this goal. I find it super hard to lose weight not just because of my love for everything sweet but because I have an under active thyroid as well as other issues, no spare time or money to go to a gym and I also can't get to a good slimming world group. This year though I'm determined as my health is suffering.

It would be great if I could start being able to save up for a wedding. Liam purposed last April and we thought we would of been able to at least put a deposit down by now but thanks to life throwing lemons at us it's just not been possible.

These are the main things I want to achieve in 2018. I'm a realist when it comes to life and don't think having a list of goals as long as my arm is a good way to go as you often end up feeling disheartened and down towards the middle/end of the year when you haven't achieved much.