Sunday, 10 December 2017

Learning With New Skills Academy

As cliché as this sounds I'm just going to say it! You are never to old to learn something or return back to education. When I was in school and faced with making a decision ofwhat I wanted to do with life I literally had no idea. Well that's a lie I wanted to be a funeral director but my school were discouraging and pushed me towards hair and beauty, a course a later never attended too.

I have worked many jobs in my life my most rewarding job was being a support worker. A job that I feel is forgotten about and not appreciated by others, I personally think that all support workers deserve more recognition for the hard work they do. I was once asked why I was so tierd because wasn't I just a companion for the person I was supporting? I was quick to defend myself stating I had just finished a 24hr shift where my client who had schizophrenia had been having a bad day and refused medication, food and had been in an awful mood. I had to support them with what they wanted to do, cook and clean as well as complete my paperwork sort out the medication update files and finish my mental health course. This is a career where not many opportunities to further your education come up but when they did you bet you I wanted to be on them. I always strive to do my best and expand my knowledge.

Unfortunately when I had my daughter I just couldn't continue with be a support worker due to the hours. So I switched to being a retail assistant in a supermarket. It's not glamorous and definitely not as rewarding but it suits my family life. My only issue is, I don't want to just stack shelves for the rest of my life. I'm one of those people who needs more, more responsibility and paperwork. I love paperwork and organisation, I can't be the only one. The issue is I don't have much experience other than being a head housekeeper once upon a time and then working as a manager for 8 months. So when I saw an opportunity to work with new skills academy I just knew I had today yes.

I chose to study the retail management diploma. The course is broken down into sections and is open for 12 months meaning you can study at a pace that suits you. The website works on my phone aswell so when I have Eryn-Rose asleep on me I can just open it up and continue with my reading material. There is a few activities to take part in but these involve printing out but I guess you could just write them down if you don't have a printer. I've not yet come to the end of my course but I know there is an assessment to see if I have absorbed and understood all of the information given to me. I then get the option to pay £10 for my certificate or just print out a copy, for me I personally would like to pay to receive my copy as I think it will look better for future job prospects.

There are so many courses available on the website that I'm sure you will find something that will suit you. I would recommend to anyone who is wanting to further their education to go for it, you only live once so why not make the most of it.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Table Tot's A Seller's Day

The other week I had my first experience of being a seller at one of the Table Tot sales. I had a stack or should I say several sacks full of baby clothes and other items that were looking for a new home. A Table Tot sale is basically a car boot sale but indoor's and everything for sale is for children. I had been to many of these sales as a buyer and always enjoy going along even if I only have £20 as I always end up with a good bargain.

The night before the sale me and my sister bagged and tagged all the items and clothing that I was taking along. At first I found it a little tricky on what price to put as I obviously wanted to make money but at the same time I didn't want to seem too expensive, many of my clothing were marked at £1-£2 with a few designer outfits priced a bit higher. We placed all the clothing in separate bags as this would make it easier when setting up. I also made sure that I had enough change available, being a buyer in the past I knew that change was a definite must and decided that having £20 in just pound coins was enough.

On the morning of the sale we loaded up the car grabbed some drinks and snacks and made our way to the venue. Once we were there and registered we had to set up our table and make it look as inviting as possible, unfortunately we forgot the paper to write on which sizes were what which I think made it a little harder to attract potential buyers. We had a table with a 3ft space to the side which was the perfect size for what we had brought with us, we tried to follow the tips that we had read on the Table Tot's blog. Once we were set up I was happy with how it looked and I sat there feeling a little bit nervous, would anyone even buy anything?

Ok so our table could of looked a little better and I think it would of been much better if we hadn't forgot the paper for the signs. It was hard to pick which items to have at the front as I choose things that I loved and that I thought would sell well. In one sense I was right as many of the Christmas clothing did sell but then the snow suits (some of which had never been worn) didn't get much of a look in. I did get one women trying it on her child but she didn't end up buying it. I'm not going to lie it is a little upsetting when you see an outfit go and when you hear people say 'oh God no' as at one stage these were my daughter's things that we loved her wearing and have memories of. 

The first hour we seemed to get a lot of interest and a few sales then it dried up until the sale was nearly over and we then sold a few more things. We did make some money but I had hoped to sell a few more clothes mainly the Ted Baker item's. I think with it being close to Christmas people weren't as willing to splash the cash however this hasn't put me off of selling at another one in the future. 

We had a great time and it was a fun way to clear some attic space. I would urge any parent who wants a clear out to visit a sale to see what it is about then to book a table. You could use the money to treat the kids to a family day out or to just update their wardrobe. 

** Please note that we were given the table at the sale for free however this in no way affects the opinions expressed in this post as these are our honest thoughts on our selling experience. 

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Board Games: Top 10

With Christmas fast approaching it got me thinking about which family board game we will play this year after our Christmas dinner. The past few years we have played a range of games and we rarely stick to the same game every year as someone always get's a new one bought for them. Last year we played Obama Llama.

Here is my list of the games I think are great fun for all the family.

1. Monopoly - This is game that needs no explanation and if you don't know what this game is then where have you been living all your life. You can buy nearly any version of this game The Simpson's, Star Wars, Fallout etc etc. This year I have bought Jared an Angry Bird version which was a bargain at £8 in B&M.

2. Cluedo - This is without a doubt my sisters favourite game, she brings out every week and nags for a game. While I enjoy this game I do find that I can't play many times as I get bored, again there are a few versions of this game other than just the bog standard. I think my favourite has to the Sherlock Holmes version which I came across online.

3. The Logo Game - I think this game is just called The Logo Game. I first played this when we spent Jared's first Christmas at Liam's mum's. I had no idea what I was doing and there was a bit of cheating going on from Liam which caused a disagreement, which of course makes it a true Christmas. The game is fun and I believe that it is regularly updated with new versions.

4. Trivial Pursuit - Another game with many versions from Harry Potter to Hasbro! This is a game I always lose at. I know a lot of stuff just not a lot stuff that is asked in this game, I think I would be safer playing the child version but still fear I would be beaten.

5. Bop it! - Technically not a board game but still a great family favourite game to get mad at and throw a tantrum. I once tried to beat a high score and after playing with the damn thing for two weeks I took the batteries out and left it in a cupboard. I do plan of buying the newer version this year though.

6. Hungry Hippo's - Jared love love love's this game. I have to admit it is an easy fun game that keeps the younger children occupied while there is in argument in the kitchen over the Turkey. The only issue I have with this games is that the balls get lost! Why can I not just buy replacement balls? Why do I have to then purchase game over and over again just to make sure I have balls to feed these Hippo's?

7. The Game Of Things - This is a new game that we were sent a little while back. We loved it and it is so funny to see the answer's that are given. How it works is there is a person who read's the card which could say 'Things you shouldn't say to your boss' then you each write down your answer hand it to the person who read the card out and they will then read each answer given. The person to the left of the reader will then get to guess who has wrote which answer but if they get their first guess wrong then it moves on to the next person. Now we had some great fun with this game and you can really tell which people in the family are psychopaths. You can read my full review here.

8. Obama Llama - This game was created by radio presenter Matt Edmondson, I used to listen to the game on his show and would get so angry as some people just didn't get the concept that it had to rhyme. So you get cards which are in three categories, Solve it, Describe it, a person. So say you get the Solve it card someone would read out the clue to the answer which will rhyme (IT ALL RHYMES) 'Depression era bandit couple turn to stone' the answer would be 'Bonnie and Clyde are petrified'. The game will make you all laugh and there will be some who have no idea what is going on which kind of makes it more fun.

9. Pie face - The game everyone went crazy for! while you let your bursting belly take a rest why not let the kids make even more mess and slap a bit of squirty cream in each others faces. I prefer to watch this game rather than take part, yes I'm a party pooper.

10. The Game Of Life - I still have a early version of this, one that isn't all electronic and taking planes and boats to other lands. I love this game so much that I don't even care if I don't win. As a little girl I would hope that I would get the card saying you had a baby just so I could load more pegs into my car, I loved that there was a spinner instead of a dice it made me feel like I was on Wheel Of Fortune.

What is your family favourite game? and what will you be playing this Christmas?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review: The Game Of Things

A little while back we were sent a game. This game was called The Game Of Things, at first I thought it was maybe based on that TV show that sounds similar. Of course it wasn't and I was glad as I don't watch that show (I know where have I been? Why not?) and it would of made it really difficult and not much fun. Anyway let's get on with talking about it.

Let me just tell you about the packaging and the fact that this game comes in a wooden box! I love that it comes in a wooden box as for me it makes the price a bit more justifiable, not that this game is majorly expensive compared to other on the board game market £32.99. The box isn't covered in loads of pictures or words it's simply basic but nice. Inside the box you will find everything you need to play the game, pencils, note pad's and the playing cards.
The concept of the game is to basically guess who wrote what. You have one person who read's out a description on the card 'Things you shouldn't laugh at' and then you all write an answer down like for this I could write seeing your child drop their ice-cream. Another example is 'Things you shouldn't say to your boss' someone might write 'How about you go and do some actual work'. FYI I have tamed my answers right down as one thing I noticed whilst playing the game with my mum and two teenage sister's is that we used murder a lot in our answer's. Of course our answer's were really amusing to us and on one description we all wrote the same. My sister was in charge of taking note of the score's but we scrapped the score keeping as it was just so much fun and we didn't really care who won. 

I would say this game would be great for teen's and those heading off to uni, I'm sure they could come up with a way to turn it into a drinking game. I recommend it for that age as it is a more social game and not one you can just grab out the cupboard if you want to play a family game. 

*** The Game Of Things was sent to for the purpose of a review. This review is based on my honest opinion of the game after having played it. All thoughts are solely based on what I think. 

Monday, 13 November 2017

Irish Cream Cheesecake Balls

It's that time of the year again where everything can contain alcohol. We seem to get October and all of a sudden we are making beef ale stews and adding sherry to trifles. So this recipe will not fail when it comes to the alcohol.

320g of chocolate digestive biscuits
250g Mascopone
100ml Irish Cream
200g white chocolate
100g dark chocolate

1. Smash up the biscuits to create a fine biscuit crumb.

2. Add the mascopone and Irish cream to the biscuit crumbs.

3. Make balls from the mixture (around 20) and place in the fridge for 20mins.

4. Melt the white chocolate and cover the balls.

5. Drizzle melted dark chocolate over the topos the balls then return to the fridge until you are ready to demolish them.

I really enjoyed make these, they are super easy and really tasty. If you fancied your cheesecake balls to taste more strongly of Irish cream then use less mascopone and add more Irish cream.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Weird And Wonderful Foods

The other day I sat down with something a little bit different for my lunch. A chicken and mushroom pot noodle, Sandwich. Now I do like a pot noodle but I only really have one in a Sandwich. Apparently this isn't to everyone's taste but then not everything is. I took to social media to see if I could find some other obscure food combinations, I was not let down at all.

A common theme seemed to be Sandwiches and that literally anything in-between two slices of bread was edible. Here are a few you may enjoy or might want to try:
Lettuce and Bovril
Bacon crisps in a ham sandwich
Strawberry jam sandwichs with salt and vinegar crisps
Cheddar cheese and jam sandwiches
Mint sauce sandwiches
Twiglet sandwiches
Bovril and cream cheese sandwich
Pea Sandwich with ketchup
Marmite, cheese spread and ham on a cracker Ok so this is cracker based but sounds amazing and like it would work well in bread.

Another main ingredient in weird food combinations is crisps. I'm not a huge crisp lover I have my flavours and I'm not too experimental with them but other people are and that makes some tasty combo's:
Ready salted crisps dipped into salad cream
Cool Doritos dipped into cookie dough ice cream
Ready Salted crisps with milk chocolate also flavour of choice dipped in melted chocolate
Crushed chilli heatwave Doritos on top of tuna pasta bake, or any pasta bake
Cottage cheese with crushed up crisps
Quavers with Gravy
Wotsits on top of a pot noodle

I'm not sure as to how these combinations came together. Some I think are an amazing taste sensation and others I think are a recipe for a dodgy tummy. For many of my odd combo's they stem from being a child or a young woman with hardly any money and just bread and a pot noodle in the kitchen. One of the oldest combo's from my childhood that I do not have anymore is a drink I made. I would get a cup of coke and add a couple sachets of sugar (as if there wasn't enough) I would then add several little milk creamer pots, give it a stir and down it went.

I just want to thank the following for sharing their weird and wonderful combinations.
Nick from
Katy from
Aleena from mummy mama mum
Pete from household money saving
Anna from
Sarah from
Lynne from mad maddens
Kate from mummy kate
Rebecca from Queen Bee Becca
Alex from better together home
Sharon from
Cat from rock and roll pussycat
Georgina from

Monday, 6 November 2017

Purple Vouchers Book

I have recently been sent a Purple Vouchers Book and if you live within the Leeds, Wakefield and Doncaster area it could really benefit you. I have been telling all my friends and family about it and have suggested to them it would make a great Christmas gift. So the book is full of great discounts and free entry into some amazing places. Each book has a membership card that you need to show when using the vouchers. When you register your card online you are entered into a competition to win a car as well so just think you could win a car just by saving money.

Since receiving my book I have used a voucher at Country Baskets (local craft store) which was £10 off of a £30 spend so I bought a few festive items. I have plans to use one of the vouchers for soft play at Xplore which I know the kids will love and also the voucher for bingo where hopefully I will get lucky and win big. I was really surprised by how many great deals are within the book, I'm yet to find any better deals online. As a working family we do sometimes find it difficult to make the pounds stretch and this can result in the kids spending a school holiday doing nothing as we are busy working overtime but now we can look in the book and find somewhere to go that will be cheaper for us. This is a book that I will happily purchase in the future. A few of the deals include:
40% off entry to Lightwater Valley
2 for 1 entry to Diggerland
Free Burger King
2 for 1 Subway
You can find a list of the deals here

Table Tots, Andy and Jude provided me with this book as they are promoting it and selling it at events and on their website website.  The Purple Vouchers book can be purchased at Table Tot's sales with £5 from every book purchased going to charity, Martin House Children's Hospice. If you are unsure of what Table Tot's is it an independent event organised in Yorkshire with more than 60 events a year, Baby and Children's sales, indoor markets, Christmas craft fairs and New Winter indoor boot sales. I will be posting more about Table Tot's as I'm due to have my first ever selling experience with them, I'm usually just buying everything so it is something I'm looking forward too.

You can find a list of all the up coming Table Tot's sales here.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

It's Sunday and I'm off to work. So I just wanted to share a few pictures that I took this week. Enjoy.

Saturday, 14 October 2017


Today I was thinking about children, just not my own. Back in 2010 when I was living in Tidworth I was working in a shop. Every shift I worked was lone working so I was always vigilant of groups of young people coming in and slipping a few items into their pockets. There were two young brothers who used to come into the shop I had seen them steal a few times but they would never go for the most expensive chocolate bars, usually it was a freddo or something small that I assume they thought would be easier to take. One time when I saw the older of the two slip a chocolate bar into his pocket I asked him if he was going to pay for it? They both put back their loot and said sorry. Every day these boys would come to the shop so I started to get to know them as they knew they couldn't steal when I was working.

At first I never really took much notice of them but them I started to realise that they were in need of some TLC. They were both primary school age and would often be hanging around until 9 at night. The boys became a little part of my life I would buy them some sweets and a drink and some nights I would cook for them at my flat. They told me about their home life which wasn't the best but for them it was normal. It pained me to see such cleaver young boys having to live like that, so I did what little I could for them. I don't know what made me think of the boys but it made me really appreciate what I could give my children.

My children may not be go on holiday every year or have expensive clothes and toys but they have the basics they need. The life the boys were being brought up in they didn't have all the basic needs,l food, water and clothing and importantly knowing that someone cared and loved them. It make me sad to think that there are so many children out there living like this. I would love to go back and see how the boys are but I doubt they would remember me and as I never knew where they lived it would be tricky.

I guess I'm writing this as I just wanted to get this out more for my own sake then for anyone else's benefit. If by any chance the boys came across this I would want them to know that I do still think about them and hope that their lives are better for them. My children are my everything and I would do anything to make sure they are happy and healthy, this is my only hope for all children really. Children don't need iPads and thousands of pounds spent on them they just need love and to feel wanted.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Blogtober: Flowers

Today's prompt for Blogtober17 is flowers. I was think of using a previous review then I remembered, today marks 17 years since I lost my Nan.

It got me thinking about how many people sent flowers to show their condolences. The usually flowers are Lillies. Many other flowers are given such as carnations and gladioli. The reason we give flowers is a symbol to show understanding of the grief, pain and to show support. I can't remember what flowers I chose for my Nan but we do still have every single flower card that came along with the flowers. My Nan's favourite flower was the sweetpea, a flower that is declining in population.

The last time I received flowers was a while ago. I had had a really crap day the kids were driving me crazy and I just felt so down. Liam came home with a bunch of flowers to cheer me up, the flowers didn't cheer me up it was the symbol/meaning behind him getting me them that did. I suppose flowers are a way of us communicating our emotions when we're unsure of what to say or do but we just want to show we care.

If you get a few minutes have a read of my review on this online florist who we always use when we want to send flowers to friends and family Prestige flowers.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Blogtober: Babies

The 9th-15th of October is baby loss awareness week. Below I have shared in brief about my losses before having my two children. I had always wanted children and had always thought it was a simple process. After two late miscarriages one miscarriage at 8 weeks a 12 week premature baby and having to have my daughter sewn in I have changed my views. Pregnancy is hard and God damn scary.

I'm a mum of 4 children, sadly two of them never got to walk this earth. I was 18 when I had my first pregnancy, I found out when I was around 12 weeks. I remember feeling scared but excited when I was 18 weeks pregnant I woke up late one morning and when I went to the toilet there was blood and a lot of it, I haemorrhaged and was rushed to hospital. I had to be induced to give birth to my son, Anthony-Lee. Soon after I was taken for emergency surgery as I had a retained placenta and started heavily bleeding, narrowly missed having a transfusion. I was heart broken and instantly hated every pregnant woman including one of my best friends who I couldn't even speak to.

Just under a year later I became pregnant again. This time I was more scared but I followed all the rules and advice. During a walk to the shop one night to buy something to satisfy my craving my waters broke, I was 17 weeks. The feeling of dread washed over me and I felt sick. I was taken to hospital, scanned and monitored to see if my waters would build back up. I Googled everything looking for any kind of hope. I was told there was nothing they could do and to let them know when I was ready to be induced. I couldn't believe I was losing my baby, again. I had only felt my baby moving hours before. I was again induced and had another beautiful baby boy, Leon.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Blogtober: All About Me

During this month I'm taking part in Blogtober along with many other bloggers. Today's post is all about me and I thought the best approach to this subject was a good question and answer post.

Name: Jade Leanne Bremner

Age: 27

Married?!: I'm engaged to my amazing yet annoying fiancé Liam.

Children: I have 4 but two were too good to walk this earth and they grew wings too soon.

Pepsi or Coke: See the thing is I like both I like Pepsi max though not regular Pepsi.

Sweet or salted?: Sweet but I prefer toffee.

Favourite season: I love winter. My reason for this is I like that I'm not on edge about bugs, I can have hearty dinners like a stew. Also in summer I can only take so many layers off but in winter I can pile them on and off.

Favourite colour: This changes depending on my mood so right now I'd say purple.

Favourite film: I love horror films, I really love Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Do you read?: I haven't read much lately but I do really enjoy reading. Karin Slaughter I would say is one of my favourite authors and I still have some of her books to get through.

What's your earliest memory?: OK so I was really really young maybe about 3 so it's crazy that I actually remember but I do and my mum confirms this actually happened. We were living in temporary housing, crappy flats full of drug users. One day I was in the hallway and this guy starts looking through the letterbox asking me topped the door. I didn't open the door but it's something I will always remember we never found out who the person was.

Favourite holiday: I haven't been on holiday many times. My favourite would be back in 2000 when my Nan took me on holiday in Weymouth and she nominated me to win an award which I did win and I got a Tiger Club badge.

First ever date: My first ever date was actually with my fiancé. I won't say it's the best date but hey something worked as six years and two kids later. We went on a 2-4-1 cinema trip where Liam told me we couldn't watch the film he said we were watching as he hates horror films we ended up watching some robot fighting rubbish. We had a McDonald's before I drove him to his local pub he offered to buy me a drink (coke as I was driving) he then had to borrow money off me.

So there you have it a few questions about me. I could of wrote a paragraph or two but I'm not great at writing about myself and this seemed more fun.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Great Uses For Baby Shampoo

A few days ago I found another great use for baby shampoo. I got speaking to a few mum's who also found alternate uses, rather than just washing our kids hair. I was actually surprised at some of the uses and wondered how you would even think to use it for that. I'm glad they did anyway as I can now share that use with you.

1. Good bye shower gel, well not completely but when it comes to shaving my legs I'm ditching the shaving gels and shower gels and using baby shampoo. My legs were so soft and smooth after using this, I actually sat rubbing my nice silky smooth legs. 

2. Cleaning make-up brushes, I'm guilty of never cleaning any of my make up brushes. I'm not very good with the whole make-up girly bits but I was told that using a drop of baby shampoo mixed with some warm water will make those make-up brushes like new. 

3. And it's not just make-up brushes that it will clean. It will clean water based paints off of your brushes too. 

4. One for the dad's keep a bottle handy in your tool box for if you need to lubricate any rusty nuts and bolts. I was told this is great for lubricating and also cheaper than some of the products you can buy. 

5. A friend who is a hairdresser says that it is good for soaking brushes and combs in to remove any oil's from them. This is something I'm currently trying as my hairbrush is in need of a good soak. 

6. Cleaning, I pulled a face at this one but apparently it is good for cleaning your cooker tops and the bathroom. I love having a clean cooker so this is something I'm keen to try out as I spend a fortune on cooker and oven cleaning products. For the bathroom it's good for getting your taps sparkling clean plus it smells good. 

Do you have any unusual uses for baby shampoo? Have you tried any of the above mentioned? I'd like to add that it doesn't have to be a named brand baby shampoo the keep and cheerful brands work just as well.   

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Lazy Sunday Film List

It's Sunday the weather isn't cracking and everyone is bored but doesn't actually want to do anything or go anywhere. So what we find best, when we can't drag the kids out unless kicking and screaming is to just grab some snacks and watch a film or two. 

Here is our top 10 of movies to watch as a family. 

1. Finding Dory: The sequel to Finding Nemo and probably the more enjoyable of the two. We love watching this as it's a fun and adventurous film plus you can learn to speak whale!! Surely that classes as some sort of education as well. 

2. Monsters Inc: We have seen this film countless amounts of time but that is why it's on this list. We love Sully. We have watched the follow on's and we will happily watch any of them so I would like to say that this could include any of the films. 

3. Shrek: Who doesn't love Shrek? Lord Farquaad maybe but I think even deep down he has a soft spot for the smelly Orge. We love Shrek because it has everything you want in a film. 

4. Jurassic Park: Any of the films is a hit in our house. Jared sits on the edge of his seat asking what is going to happen and Eryn she tries to make dinosaur noises every time she hears a roar. In fact Jared, Eyn and I watched Jurassic Park 3 last night. 

5. Trolls: I'm not the biggest fan of this film but that could be because I have seen and heard this film about a thousand times already. I now know all the songs and could probably do a voice over of the film without the script. 

6. Willy Wonker: I love this film so so much. As a child my Grandad looked very similar to Gene Wilder so one day I asked him if it was him? Yes he said. I knew it so I told everyone and I believed this for many years, of course my Grandad wasn't Gene Wilder. I'm not a fan of the re-make and it is banned in our house. 

7. Big Hero 6: I just don't understand how this film wasn't a bigger hit. Baymax is super cute and funny not to mention a hero. If you have never seen this film then you need to! I don't care if you don't even have kids you need to watch this film. 

8. Wall-E: Robots need I say anymore. When we watch this I always tell Jared that if he just sits and watches TV and doesn't exercise or play outside then he will turn into a fat man on a floating bed. He always laughs and says that could be fun. I'm hoping there is going to be a follow up film for this maybe one that shows how robots are a part of life after the humans gaining their planet back and having to learn a lot about living. 

9. Toy Story: Again any of the films. We love this one just because it is something that we all thought as a kid? What if our toys come to life when we aren't around? Everyone has their favourite character Jared loves Buzz, Liam loves Woody I'm a fan of Rex. 

10. Fern Gully: When ever I mention this film people look at me like I'm speaking another language. This is such a good film so much of a good film that when I was a kid I wore the video tape out to the point it was useless. Now they have it on Netflix and Now TV cinema. Liam isn't a huge fan of this one but Jared is and it really gets Jared thinking about our planet after he watches. 

So that is our list I would love to know what you recommend, maybe there are a few that we haven't seen.    

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Why I Won't Be Raising My Children Gender Neutral

It seems that everyone is jumping on the gender neutral band-wagon! To be honest I'm tired of seeing and hearing about it. As it seems to be the latest talking point I thought I would throw my two pence in and state why I will not be following the crowd.

For me the main reason is my daughter. I don't want her to feel equal to a male, ever! and I don't really want my son to feel equal to a female either. My reason for this is really simple, they're not equal and never will be and that is ok.

I want Eryn-Rose to be proud of being a female, I want her to see how much women fought to get where they are now all the while juggling a family and housework. When she is old enough to understand that she is different to her brother I want her to embrace that. I will teach my daughter the importance of being a girl and hopefully raise an intelligent strong woman who won't take crap from anyone but will respect everyone, no matter the gender, race or beliefs. I hope that my daughter will grow up and love her body and feel comfortable in wearing whatever she wants. When my daughters body starts to change I want her to be ready for that and I want her to understand what is going on and why she looks and sounds different to her brother.

Women have fought so hard to be able to be equal to men and it will never happen. I don't see why it needs to happen?! I have heard people groan on about the pay difference but in many of us working class families we are on set wages in set organisations and there is no pay difference as we are all on an hourly rate. It seems it's only the bigger jobs with salaries rather than hourly rate this affects. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying this is right but really if you are not happy then either leave or shut up. During my reading sessions on this topic another point raised was how we push certain stereotypes on our children, again I don't think there is much wrong with this. It's part of life we all make assumptions of  others and if you said you don't then think again! I have been the subject of many jokes relating to stereotyping but not one of them based on my gender.

When it comes to my son I want him to see that woman are amazing. I also want him to see how amazing men are too. We can't change the history of the human species and he will learn so much on how men did these great and amazing things. It doesn't make either sex any weaker than the other. In my opinion there are and always will things that one sex is better at than the other, again not a sign of weakness it's just a part of life.

What a child wears or plays with will not make them sexist, racist, gay or anything else. A child will learn and become who they are from a whole range of factors and the main one will be what they are taught in life and environment they live in. While one mum is making a statement by placing their son in a dress another son is learning on how to be a gentlemen and respect everyone. I don't agree in dressing my children in anything that they don't feel comfortable in or will make them a subject to be talked about. Let's face it every mum and possible dad has gossiped due to some statement being made at the school gates. I just hope parents actually take note of what their child wants rather than just joining in and placing some idea they think is great onto their child and forcing them to live that way.  

Friday, 11 August 2017

Kids Vs Fruit & Veg

It can sometimes be a struggle getting my kids to have 1 of their 5 a day. We go through phases in our house, one week Jared will like certain vegetables and fruit and the next anyone would think I've offered him poison! I have been trying to encourage more healthy eating in our house but rather than just shoving vegetables and fruit in everyone's faces I've got them involved.

Pick Your Own
To make eating fruit more fun I like to take Jared to pick his own fruit, which of course
he eats as he picks. We have a really great pyo strawberry farm near us so we always go there. We also go blackberry picking in the wild as he calls it, free fruit and free fun.

Grow Your Own
Jared has a strong interest in gardening, he has a gardening set and really enjoys spending time planting seeds. I bought him some seeds for a variety of vegetables which he couldn't wait to plant. These won't be ready for a while yet but it teaches Jared about the process while he waits.

Make Fruit Fun
We know it's good for us and we drill that into our kids as well. Anything that is good for just isn't as fun as having sweets and chocolates. We love making fruit kebab sticks, cutting fruit into fun shapes and adding fruit into water or jelly.

Vegetable Disguise
Yep just like it says. I hide them in their food for when I really can't get them totaled a bite. A fab disguise is if they are having fish finger or chicken nuggets then you can buy the veggie ones so you can pop 2 chicken/fish and 2 veggie.

Any way you find best to encourage healthier eating in children?

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Diggerland Catleford Review

So a few weeks ago we were selected to visit Diggerland. I have been with Jared before but it was Liams first visit so he will be writing the review :)

The nearest Diggerland to us is around 15 minutes away but oddly enough we have never actually been as a family before. We had 2 adult and 2 kids tickets so Jared brought along his friend Nicholas. When we drove up to the car park we drove past lots of diggers all painted to look as though they have faces which got the kids all excited (on account of us keeping the day trip a secret) Once we had parked we walked up to the entrance to be greeted by the official Digger Land mascots, Duggy & Dotty.

When we went into the park it was a JCB lovers paradise. With 21 different rides and activities to do it is safe to say we didn't know where to start. We decided to start at the very back and work out way back to the exit. The first ride we went on was the train that took you through a dinosaur & gnome wood. The kids got to sit in their own carts with little steering wheels which added to the excitement for them.

From there is was onto the Jungle Safari, You drive around an off road dirt track in a Jeep and try and spot jungle animals. Jared's first reaction was "WOW! It's like Jurassic Park" they loved it that much that they went on it twice!

From there it was onto the Groundshuttle. The digger raised you in the air then took you out to a dirt patch and started spinning around and driving at speed. I personally really enjoyed it, the kids... not so much (as you can see in the photo), it was hard to predict which was the digger would spin so was difficult to shift your body weight to make sure you didn't fall off the seat.

We made our way over to the Robots, our task was to manoeuvre  a little digger through a muddy track. It was much harder than it looked, you could feel the digger slipping around in the mud which meant you had to really concentrate to make sure you didn't get stuck. It was really good fun and the controls were simple enough to allow young children to take control of the vehicle.

Next to the robots were rows of excavators all with different mini games, you could dig for gold, try and hook a duck or try and knock down as many skittles as possible. We tried them all and my favourite was the skittles, you swung the ball using the diggers arm, almost like you would swing a wrecking ball. Jade took Nicholas on the hook a duck which looked tricky, trying to keep the hook still took a lot of skill and co-ordination.

I then went on a ride on my own. Neither of the kids wanted to go on the Skyshuttle that raises you 50feet in the air. The view from the top was outstanding however I wouldn't recommend it to anyone scared of heights. I was sat on the edge and it is a little nerve wracking seeing the ground get further and further away.

We took a ride in a back hoe over the mud field and even went for a swing in the digging scoops before driving around in the dumper trucks  There is also a little play area for younger kids which has little tykes cars, water tables, go karts and there is also a big indoor play area for if the weather turns mid-way through your day out.

The best bit about Diggerland is that all the rides and activities are free except of the coin operated go karts and dodgems. In terms of value for money it is great, you can taken your own picnic in to save money on food and if you kid or partner leave Diggerland thinking their not a professional digger operator then they are lying. You can check Diggerland out here which includes prices and locations. They have 5 sites throughout the UK.

Overall we loved our day out, The activities we fun, the staff were great and if you got on a ride and it was just you waiting on it they would just set off rather than wait for a full ride which meant you were never really waiting to set off long.

Disclaimer: tickets for Diggerland were sent to ourselves for free. This has not influenced my opinion on the attraction.

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.   

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Super Geek Heroes: Review & Giveaway

Jared-David could spend all day on his tablet if I let him. The videos he normally watches are not exactly educational and more silly and dare I say pointless! (apologies to all you kinder and toy video makers). We recently were sent an email about a new video playlist which is educational and includes super heroes.

These super geek heroes are on a mission to learn! Children in foundation stage will benefit from watching these videos as the super heroes super powers come from three prime and four specific development areas which are, personal, social and emotional development, understanding the world, communication and language, literacy, numeracy, physical development and creative arts and design. So now you know a little bit about what they are let me introduce them to you.

Jake Jotter
He is the cheeky chap of the bunch. Jake's super powers help children with improving their reading and writing. Jake get's around by flying on his magic jet powered pencil.

Suzy Smiles
Suzy is considerate, loving, upbeat and very helpful. Suzy is always kind to others and really values friendships. It's no surprise that Suzy uses her powers to support and help strengthen their emotional health and intelligence.

Vicky Voice
Vicky is a very bright girl, she can speak every language in the world! Vicky uses her powers to help children with communication. Vicky uses phonic sounds to help children with speaking clearly and the alphabet.

Ronnie Rock
Ronnie loves nothing more than being creative, he is apparently a good singer! Ronnie zooms around his musical scooter helping children to become more creative by singing, dancing and painting.

Peter Planet
Peter has a solar powered hover board which takes him from mission to mission. He is a very smart boy, an expert in the weather and the seasons. He knows about what grows and lives on our planet.

Ant Active
Ant loves all sports and knows so much about loads of them, football, golf, tennis etc. He is always full of energy. Ant uses his powers to help show children how they can be healthy through eating and playing.

Millie Maths
Millie is super smart and as her name suggests very very good at maths. Millie likes to help children learn to love mathematics all the while bouncing around on her space hopper in the shape of the number five.

The videos are really nice to watch and each one varies on topic depending which super geek is on the episode. I really love that they are short, sweet and educational. I watched all the episodes and think they are perfect and a great alternative to the usual nonsense that my son watches. Jared-David is in foundation stage at school and everything is spoken and spelt out in phonics, this is something I really like about the videos. A lot of educational programmes on TV don't use phonics when spelling out and pronouncing words but these do which helps with keeping in line with his current learning style.

I set the playlist up for Jared-David, he wasn't very happy at first as he wanted to watch some toys being thrown into a paddling pool (really is that the entertainment for 5year olds?). I told Jared-David it was a super hero show and that he should just try and watch it see if he liked it. Well he must of liked it as he watched them all. Peter is his favourite and I have been told I need to buy a hoover board (hover board) for him for Christmas. Peter was also his favourite because he was teaching him all about what he is learning in school about seasons. Jared-David has already shown two of his friends super geek heroes and also his teacher who seemed very impressed. I gave the teacher the details of the videos and told her how to find them and she was going to watch them to see if it is something she could maybe use in the classroom.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Tips On How To Deal With Bad Behaviour

How many time's do I need to tell you!! This is something I'm having to say more and more now a days and it's really grating on me. My son has lately started speaking and treating me differently I'm getting the 'I hate you' on a daily basis, I've no idea what I have done wrong some days. I have been trying to find different ways to discipline this new behaviour but it is so hard to find the right balance and what is appropriate for his age. Obviously I can't just leave it as I don't want him to think that it's acceptable to treat people this way. I have spoken to teachers at his school who say that he is as good as gold at school, great but not so great when it makes me feel like I'm doing something is wrong at home.

Below is a few things we have tried, some have worked better than others.

Shouting doesn't work. When does shouting ever work? We have now started to talk with Jared-David, asking him why he has done what ever it is he has done. This works to an extent for example when he is throwing the odd coco pop onto the floor I ask him why is he doing that? he will then say he doesn't no why or because he is bored. I then explain that it's nice to do that and it causes a mess that he will have to pick up. This usually works fine and doesn't result in any sort of an argument which is great. I've found that if Jared-David is in a bad mood and feeling grumpy, talking doesn't work so well as he will just shout and scream and it gets us nowhere which brings me onto the next one.

Time Out
When he was younger this never worked and time out would drag out for hours and hours. I think now that he is a bit older and has the capacity to reflect a little about his behaviour time out is working. When the shouting, screaming and tantrum starts then he is sent to time out to calm down and to have a think. The time he spends in time out is up to him and he knows that, I will not set a time as I don't know how long it will take him to calm and feel ready to come and have a chat with me about his actions that got him sent there.

Behaviour Chart
We have recently stopped using the chart but there were big benefits from it and also some negatives. On our chart we tackled certain areas which needed to improve, bed time and tea time mainly. We agreed that if there was a 12 or more stars in one week then he would get a reward just something small like a magazine. This worked for a while but then it got to a point where when we were shopping or went somewhere he would ask for something because he had been good that day I would then explain about the chart and that we don't get rewards everyday, this then caused tantrums. As the chart had served it's purpose for improving his behaviour in certain areas we decided to stop using it.

Speak To Others
My son is no angel that I know. However I also knew that some of his new behaviours had been seen and picked up from other children, it's just a part of life I guess. Jared-David had started saying swear words that neither Liam or myself use so I knew it was time to talk to his teachers. When I spoke to his teacher I also explained about other things he had started doing at home an the manner in which he had started speaking to me. His teacher has been great and dealt with the swearing issue and has also been teaching all children not just mine about how to speak with people. I think as parents we often try and deal with it all ourselves which is fine but sometimes speaking with a teacher, childminder or even health visitor can work wonders.

Children are such hard work and often test us but sometimes it can be due to us not understanding. We often forget that they don't know how to act in certain situations and don't know how to appropriately react to their emotions. They are still learning and although they we might sometimes struggle and feel like there is nothing we can do, just remember you are not the only parent going through this and there is help available if you need it. Asking for help isn't a way of saying you are rubbish it shows that you care and want to find the best way possible. 

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Little Mouse Helps Out: Book Review

Children in England have a less than positive attitude towards reading than in other countries, only 26% of 10 year-olds 'like reading' compared to 46% in Portugal, 42% in Georgia, 35% in Romania and 33% in Azerbaijan. My son currently loves reading and I hope this is something that will continue, we read with him at least once a day and I know that he reads at schools. It is upsetting to know that most children do not read or enjoy reading on a daily basis. For me tucking your child into bed a grabbing a book to read is second nature, it's part of that 'perfect' mother image. You see it in all the films too. 

We have a few book shelves in our house, one for Jared-David, one for me and soon one for Eryn-Rose. The newest addition to Jared-David's book shelf is a book called 'Little Mouse Helps Out' by Riikka Jantti. On first glance of the book the illustration caught my eye and reminded me of books from when I was a child. Riikka Jantti is also the illustrator which I think is great as it captures the look of what the author wanted the character's to look like. I also like that the pictures aren't really modern to the point you know everything was digitally created. 

When it came to reading the book I snuggled up with the kids on the sofa. After reading the first few pages Jared-David said 'mummy did you write this book?' I explained to him that I didn't and asked him why he thought that. Jared-David then explained that what was happening in the book is like what happens at home with us. For example there is a part in the story where the mouse is trying to get his own drink and it spills everywhere and although the mouse looks a bit upset mummy mouse says 'That's all right' and cleans it up. The more we read the more we could relate which is why this is now a firm favourite in our house. 

I think the story is one that many families can relate to and I find when reading to Jared-David if a book is relate able or just really 'awesome' then it keeps them interested. If a child is interested then they are more likely to learn to love to read. We truly loved this story and will be getting more stories from Riikka Jantti, 


Friday, 28 April 2017

Top 5 Things To Do Before Returning To Work

My maternity leave is coming to an end. This is something I knew was coming and had time to think about, having that time really hasn't made it any easier though. As I can't return back to my original place of work I will be returning to a new work site with a new manager and new colleagues. So in a sense it is like starting a whole new job! I don't feel ready to leave my baby and I know I'm going to miss things and this makes me sad so I was thinking of ways I could deal with returning to work to make it easier for not just me but for Eryn-Rose.

1. Routine
For months now you will have had a routine that fits well with you and baby. Now it's time to start thinking of a new routine that adds going to work into the mix. Think of what time you need to leave the house take into account getting your baby to the childcare provider. Also make sure the person who is looking after your baby knows of any nap times and meal times as this will really help your baby with the change, as it won't affect their known routine too much.

2. Home life 
When returning to work you will have less time to do homely things. So preparing lunches and meals the night before are great, pick a day which is best to do your weekly shop and if possible try and go after work maybe see if there is a day that whoever is watching your baby can have them for a little bit longer than usual and if not shopping online is a great time saver. Housework can tend to be forgotten when you are work, although nobody is in all causing a mess the dust soon builds up. If you have a partner try and share the chores out between you.

3. Check In
Mum guilt is most likely going to set in and you may get anxiety, so arrange a time (on your lunch break) to either have a quick chat with the person watching your baby or send them a text. Over time it will get easier but for the few weeks it's hard, after all you have probably not spent much time away from your little one.
4. You Time
Yes you have been at work all day and the hoovering needs doing and you want to play peek-a-boo and read a book while they fall asleep but you need to have some you time. This I think is so important and something I struggled with when I went back to work after having my son but it is needed. Go for a walk or sit and read a book for an hour or on a weekend go out with the girls and be you. You are not just a mum or an employee you are your own person too.

5. Dummy Run 
This probably should be higher up on the list but although I think it's good to get a dummy run in I know it's not always doable. I think doing a dummy run is a great way of being able to work out if the times you think will work, will work! I always over estimate how long getting somewhere will take so I'm always sat that scrolling through facebook waiting for 10am to tick on by. Good job I bought a unicorn drinks flask so I could have coffee with that scroll.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Teether Clothing: Princess Lace Baby Sunsuit

When it comes to baby clothing I get so excited! Even more so now that I have a little girl. Eryn-Rose has a wide variety of clothing from all varying in style and price. When I look for her clothing I love little independent retailers, I find that they often have super cute items that can help make your little one have a little stand out from the crowd. After all how many people do you see wearing the same outfit that your baby owns?

The people over at sent Eryn-Rose a gorgeous sunsuit. I have to say I was so impressed with this piece of clothing, on first glance at the website you would think that the sunsuit would be kind of thin as it is lace. Under the lace pattern is a lining, it's a bit like a vest covered in a beautiful lace design. The only part that doesn't have an under layer is on the arms but I personally think that would spoil the design.

The lace baby sunsuit comes in white. As a parent I know white is a colour to avoid on children so I tried my best to make sure no food was spilt on it. Unfortunately food did get on it and it was orange food (lasagne), I whipped it off her and popped some stain remover on and threw it in the machine. I was so glad that I had already taken some pictures as I thought that was it, brilliant white was gone. However after it had dried I realised it had survived! Mum - 1 Lasagne - 0. I must say it washed really well and I washed it on my normal cycle, I can't say how it copes with a tumble dryer as I don't own one.

The lace baby sunsuit comes in sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-12 and 12-18. I have teamed this sunsuit up with shorts and skirts mostly but I think a nice pair of leggings or jeans would look equally as nice. You can purchase this for £9.99 which is such a good price. If you aren't a fan of this why not have a look at their other clothing for both boys and girls you will not be disappointed.

Please note: We were sent this item for free for the purpose of a review, this in no way influences the opinions expressed in the review. This is Jade's Journey's honest opinion of the item. 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan: 24/04/2017

Half term is over, back to school they go. I hope you all had a great half term we certainly did, it was packed full of fun we even got some sunshine. So it was my birthday last week which we were away for, I ate way too much naughty foods too. I got some lovely gifts and really enjoyed spending time with family we don't get to see very often. I have a really exciting announcement which deserves a post all to itself so keep an eye out for that which I might get finished to post later on today but if not it will be up tomorrow. On with the food take a look at what we will be eating this week. 

Monday - Pasta bake with garlic bread. 
Tuesday - Jerk chicken with slimming world chips, corn on the cob and salad. 
Wednesday - Turkey stir fry. 
Thursday - Jacket potato. 
Friday - Chicken curry with rice. 
Saturday - Lasagna and salad. 
Sunday - Sausages, mash, veg, Yorkshire puddings and gravy. 

Would love to see what you are having this week. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan: 17/04/2017

I took a break last week. I really needed to just be away from everything as the stress levels are building. Something that I can't see ending anytime soon, my maternity is coming to an end and my job is well not my job anymore. I have so much planned that I need to research and get as many people to speak about their experiences so that I can write these well formed blog posts about childcare, work and how in life you either have to choose a career or a family.
This week it is my birthday and we are away from Wednesday so I'm hoping my scheduled posts go live when they are suppose to, as we are away the menu is a very rough guide from Wednesday. Enjoy.

Monday: Chicken with mashed potatoes, veg and Yorkshire puddings.
Tuesday: Pasta bake with garlic bread.
Wednesday: Pizza
Thursday: Eating out for my birthday
Friday: Cottage pie
Saturday: McDonalds or KFC
Sunday: Fish and chips

Friday, 7 April 2017

Run Down

Do you ever get to that point where you just feel so run down?

That is exactly how I feel at the minute. I have so much that I need to sort and no time to do any of it or it's something that I can't control. Last week I had a lot going on I had Doctor appointments which I thought would be something of nothing and now it turns out I could have a few things but they can't tell me until they re-test again in 3-6 months!! That for me is a long time to worry about something and it really hurt when the the Doctor called me fat! I'm trying my hardest what more do they want?

Another thing that is really getting to me is work. I'm due to go back to work on the 29th of May, however I don't even know if I will be going back. I have been trying for month to sort out flexible working hours so that I can arrange affordable childcare. I explained to my manager and HR that I needed this sorting asap as childcare is hard to find and that the hours I'm due to go back to I physically can not do (3:15pm-11pm sleep there 8am-3:30pm 5 days over 7). I find out Monday in a meeting if they will accept my flexible working hours that I submitted which still leaves me struggling for childcare as they have left it far too late, my son's school has a year waiting list for after school club and the nursery has no space for my daughter. I have looked at childminders but the cost is way out of my price range and made me realise I'm defiantly in the wrong job.

My kids are being a bit testing as of late which too is causing me a lot of stress and the feeling of just giving up! I'm finding less and less time for myself these day which although I don't mind when it comes to spending time with the boyfriend I just want to go to sleep as I'm exhausted. Saying that I have picked up a few hobbies, crochet and sewing. I'm finding my blog is getting neglected a little which is upsetting as I love writing this little blog of mine and hope to get it more noticed. I don't want to be the next blogger with a book deal and giving up my job but I would like to get a few more readers and sustain a better traffic flow and talk with more PR people. I want to write more risky topics about family life, you know the stuff that most people won't mention in case it paints them in a bad light. I'm currently working on a piece about swearing in front and at your children and if it actually makes a difference to them, I don't think it does if I'm honest.

So that is all I just wanted to get something out there something that says I'm ok I'm still here but I'm just run down and have no time. I have a few reviews coming up and a giveaway.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Weekly Meal Plan: 03/04/2017

I wasn't aware that this post didn't go live when it was scheduled to, got to love technology!
This week I have joined the Gym which is something I really needed to do as my medical issues seem to come down to the extra weight I have. I'm not going to lie having a doctor tell you you have these problems because you are fat is very hurtful, I'm also really angry about this! Not that I was called fat I can take that I'm not delusional I'm angry because although I'm overweight I'm not extremely overweight. I weigh just over 13 stone and wear a size 14 personally I don't think that is too bad considering I also had a baby 7 months ago. Anyway enough about my flab take a look at what I eating this week.

Monday: Roast chicken, mash potatoes veg and gravy
Tuesday: Jacket potato cheese and beans
Wednesday: Spag bowl
Thursday: Chicken Kiev with pasta in sauce
Friday: Salad with grilled turkey
Saturday: Pizza
Sunday: Sausage, mash and yorkie puds!