#MummyMonday – The one with the hide ‘n seek fail!

Yesterday was a lovely sunny Sunday, prompting us to take a family walk over the nearby woods and playing fields. All was going well, we had bought ice creams, taken customary Instagram shot and no one was squabbling. Yay happy times! 


Ice creams eaten, we went into the woods, the youngest then wanted to play a game of hide ‘n seek. Okay all sounds like a bit of harmless fun, right? Yup, that’s when it all when a bit wrong. 

Jed was going to hide first, so off he went. We could see he hadn’t gone far as Mummy and Daddy were cheating watching him in the reflection of each other’s sunglasses. My Husband had watched him go off behind some trees so we were loudly making a pretence of checking behind some of the bigger trees we knew he hadn’t gone behind, stupidly confident that we knew where he was hiding. 

Hang on a minute though, WHERE THE HELL IS HE? He was literally there a second ago but had vanished. 

Jed is 9, so he’s not a baby anymore, he is my baby though and I still struggle not to think of him as such. My baby had just vanished!

I kept saying to my husband,

“he was there, he can’t have got far”

so we carried on looking. After what felt like a very long ten minutes, but was probably only five, the panic started to set in. We literally had no clue where he was. 

Our eldest who is 14 was starting to get cranky and was unhelpfully shouting her head off. 

“Jed this isn’t funny anymore, come out”

Yes thanks for the help darling, that’s going to make him come out from his hiding place, NOT! 

At this point off we had set in various different directions (thank technology for mobile phones, no one else was going to get lost) calling his name and pleading with him to come out. Nope, still no sign of him. 

It was getting to the point my brain is starting to tell me he’s been kidnapped, yes I was really starting to panic. 

Thank god this was not the case though. 

The little Bugger can run! 

He had done a complete 180 on us and had run round the outside of the woods and across playing fields to the other entrance to the woods, Mummy and Daddy were looking in completely the wrong place.

It  was our other son, along with some school friends who found him in the end, after being dispatched to help find him. Thanks boys! 

Fortunately all was well, and Jed hadn’t even realised the panic he had caused. Mummy and Daddy though were very close to calling the police and reporting him missing. 

Just imagine that phone call! 

‘Um yes officer, we were playing hide and seek with our 9 year old, and now we’ve lost him’ 

Not my finest moment as a parent! 

At least I can see the funny side of it now. Though I’m not sure if I will agree to a game of hide ‘n seek in the woods again in a hurry. 



The Dalek Birthday Cake

My youngest is a HUGE Doctor Who fan. So when asked what cake he wanted for his birthday party he had set his heart on a Dalak cake. Not your average cake available from the supermarket no, he wanted a 3D sculpture. Bugger!

Okay, this called for a DIY job! A bit of research and some design work I came up with a plan. 

 With the help of some internal supports I built what resembled a wonky wedding cake. Yes right now it looks a bit of a mess but but this provided me with a good base to start shaping.


This is the final shape I ended up with. The base I cut so that it was the hexagonal shape of the bottom of the Dalek. I then created a sloped front. 

I covered the cake in a thin layer of butter cream  to even out the surface and to provide a a sticky surface to adhere the fondant Icing to. 


 I like to use Renshaw Decor-ice ready to role icing when making my cakes. It comes in a wide range of colours and is very soft and mailable. 

For the Dalak I used 4 packets of teddy bear brown, 1 black and 1 grey.

For the rivets I used Galaxy Minstrels as they are the perfect size and shape. 

The eye stork and guns provided a challenge. After trying a few different things I opted for using a wooden skewer as the base and just shaped icing around it. 

An electric whisk paddle provided the perfect gun. The original Daleks had very similar looking guns. 

I’m so pleased with how the cake turned out. It passed Jed’s critique well so I consider it a success.  



What is Kim Kardashian teaching our daughters?

Unless you were hiding under a rock last week, then you may have found it hard not to miss THAT naked Kim Kardashian picture on Instagram. She certainly sparked some controversy with the various Twitter feuds that followed. 

Yes not everyone was impressed with this latest stunt. Yet supprisingly it wasn’t a good day on Twitter for anyone voicing their disproval. With that in mind I am writing this post with the expectation of recieving some negative reactions to my views on this little saga. It’s okay though I have my thick skin primed and ready. 

Yup I disapprove with a capital D! Oh and I’ve already laid the law down with my 14 year old daughter that it’s not Okay. 

Before I go on though I just want to state I am not ‘Kardashian Hater’ or a prude for that matter. I have nothing against nudity but certainly wouldn’t post a naked picture of myself on my social media networks. No my Nan might see it for a start!! 

Oh and it’s got nothing to do with not feeling great about my body either. I’ve had three kids so there’s some wear and tear but thanks to some hard work in the gym I’m quite proud of my body. 

I would also like to think I’m open minded enough to understand that Kim was trying to be funny with the added caption “When your like I have nothing to wear” and to be fair to her also the picture had big black lines masking her lady bits. Nothing was actually on show. It was however what many would consider very sexually provocative. 

What I found more disappointing than the picture itself is the amount of young ladies that seemed to think it was okay to share such a picture on a public platform. They were very quick to call out anyone who didn’t appreciate Kim’s latest overshare. 

Am I overreacting because I’m a mum and just thinking;

 a) How would I feel if this was my daughter? 

b) What effect are such images having on her? 

Perhaps if I didn’t have a daughter I might have thought differently. 

I want to play Devils advocate and open up the question ‘what do the actions of celebrities such as Kim Kardashian teach our daughters?’ 

Are they saying that it is okay to post highly sexual naked pictures of yourself on social media for all and sundry to see or are they encouraging girls to be more confident about their bodies ? 

Most of The pro Kim arguments on Twitter, removing those unhelpful ‘your just jealous’ and ‘who are you’ comments centred primarily around the fact that Kim is a sexually confident women and proud of her body. Fine, great for Kim that she feels that way. I also don’t actually believe that her sharing such a picture is going to damage her personally in anyway. 

This isn’t the case though for many of her young female fans and this is what I personally had a problem with. 

What about the young girl in her bedroom copy catting her idol? Is she putting herself at risk? Could she be leaving herself open to bullying or becoming a victim of sexual abuse? Not to mention what future employers will think if they stumble across said pictures. 

Perhaps that’s is just the over protective mother in me speaking? 

I want to know from all generations, whether or not they felt as Kim suggested herself, that posting such a picture is empowering. Or is it setting us back several years in the fight to stop women just being seen as sexual objects rather than for their intelligence? 

Are celebrities promoting an importance on being seen as sexy rather than for intelligence? Point in case, the dumbing down of female cast members on TOWIE. 

Hello!! I’m from Essex and we are not all that daft, or glammed up everyday for that matter. 

Okay that’s a whole over post Katy, don’t even start!

So minor digression over, let me know your thoughts on this? 

Featured Image sourced from Rolling Stone Magazine


#MummyMonday | The One With The HUGE Phone Bill!

You’ve heard of that thing called karma right? Yes it really doesn’t forget. Twenty years on (roughly) it’s finally caught up with me. 

Yes it was my turn to receive that ridiculous phone bill curtesy of one of my little angels Grrrr! 

£295.64 to be exact, whaaattt??? 

When I looked at the bank and saw the amount debited from the account my first thought was ‘Oh my God! I’ve been a victim of fraud’. Further investigation though and it soon became apparent what had really happened. 

Turns out my son is a bit of a chatterbox. This wasn’t from data roaming or downloading too much, no he’d been having a good old chat on the phone with his mates. 

Now I was under the presumption that kids didn’t talk to each other anymore and instead occasionally grunted at each other over their iPhone screens, preferring to text instead. 

Well at least that’s what the experts like to tell us. No, you got it wrong experts, this kid can talk! 

Funnily enough I’ve managed not to loose my cool over this one. 

The Husband and I talked about how we where going to approach handling the excessive phone bill. Obviously it’s not acceptable for anyone to run up a phone bill that large. 

The easiest option would have been to confiscate the phone, have a rant and dock his pocket money. Only it dawned on us, was this partly our fault? 

When we sat and thought about it, we realised we never actually had much of a conversation with him about about how much calls outside of his price plan would cost. We just assumed he wouldn’t be on the phone talking for more than his 250 minutes a month. 

When he talks with us on the phone he’s a man of few words. A phone call lasts approximately 30 seconds consisting of asking permission for something, for a lift, or just to check he is doing something right with his diabetes care, often  followed by a swift hanging up and if I’m lucky a good bye. 

Our focus had been on ensuring that he understood that he wasn’t to use the Internet on his phone unless he was connected to Wifi. With unlimited texts included in his plan we thought we had  the risk of high phone bills covered. 

No the chatterbox snuck up on us. Maybe because he isn’t a girl we just didn’t imagine he would be spending ages on the phone talking to his mates? Rookie fail! It doesn’t matter whether they are male or female the potential to run up a phone bill is there. 

For now the phone has been confiscated whilst he is at home. As he is a type 1 diabetic we don’t feel it’s appropriate for him to not have the phone when he’s out and about. This is also the reason why he has a contract over a pay as you go. We don’t want to run the risk of him running out of credit and not being able to contact us if he his having a hypo for instance. 

I know you can cap a phone contract to avoid running up a huge bill, his elder sisters phone contract is capped. she has never run out of airtime. Mind you, she falls into the category of texting rather than talking to her friends. This option though still carries the risk of hitting the cap and not being able to contact us. So I don’t see this as the solution to avoiding this happening again. 

No for now I’m being Mean Mummy and have decided that he clearly isn’t responsible enough yet to be allowed a mobile phone all of  the time. So that means no more using the phone in the home as an IPod and for games and the Internet either. This way though I’m back in control of his phone usage. 

So that’s my latest mummy stress. What costly misdemeanours have your little cherubs got up to lately? 

#Mummy Monday – New Year Mummy Resolutions 

Happy new to you all!! I Hope you all had a great Christmas. 

Today most of my kids are back at school so hopefully I shall have more time for getting back to blogging. Yes I’m aware I’ve been a bit MIA. 

Put it this way, since Father Christmas visited every time I turn my back the kids have trashed the the house again with their new toys. I tidy it up to what is as near to spotless as I’m ever going to get and low and behold the little buggers do it again. Aggggghhhhh!!! 

Whilst we are on the subject of mummy issues I thought it would be a good time to share my new year mummy resolutions. I’m going to stick to them this year as well, honest!!

  1. I will not make you late for school. Yes I’m terrible at this, I am soo not a morning person. Thank God it’s winter and I can get away with rolling out of bed and shoving a bobble hat on my messy bed hair. No one needs to know I’ve barely managed to drag a brush through it before the school gates are opening.
  2. Baked beans on toast will not be passed off as dinner. Or anything else on toast for that matter! I am rather guilty of using the excuse of Daddy is on lates you don’t need a real dinner. Yes sorry you deserve more of an effort. 
  3. I promise not to dish your food up on plastic plates anymore. At 8, 12 an 14 I’m sure you can cope with a China plate. My excuse? They have been at the top of the plate pile for years and I’m too lazy to get the China ones from bellow. Ummm, may just have to hide the plastic ones. 
  4. Hunting for clean socks and pants in the morning is no longer necessary. No I’m not going to be on top of the washing, don’t be daft! I’ve bought you all new ones instead so you now have double the amount. Yes I’m one of those, no clean undies? Oh well must be time to buy some more! 
  5. I will not pinch you chocolate. Yes sorry, but sometimes my pre menstrual cravings get the better of me. In the same breath if I do I won’t blame it on daddy anymore. Ha ha, the poor man has taken the blame so many times.  

So my darling kiddies we will see how long this lasts? No longer being late for school…..umm about a week! 

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Learning To Allow My Child To Take The Lead With his Diabetes Management 

When you have a child with a serious medical condition it can become very easy to fall into the trap of doing everything for them. Whilst this is fine when they are young, and in some cases necessary,  as your child develops into a teen and then an adult this can actually be detrimental to the long term management of their condition.

It’s a given that as your child grows their need for freedom and independence increases, consequently as a parent you are not going to be there to hold their hand through every step of their journey through life. This is why from an early age they need to be learning about their medical condition and how to take ownership of it.
What does that actually mean though? Let me fill you in a little bit about our experience so far with our son.

Harrison has Type 1 Diabetes, his diagnosis was at the age of 6 and he is now 12 years old and has just started at secondary school.

We were very worried about the move from primary to secondary school as it meant he would no longer have one to one supervision provided for his medical care. He also would have to get the bus to school with his elder sister, which meant another snack time and possible injections unsupervised.

The change to his care was inevitable so we had to prepare him for this. Although I have to admit I was very reluctant to, this resulted in us the parent taking a step back from leading his diabetes care.

I can not begin to tell you how difficult this was, any parents natural instinct is to do their utmost to help their child however possible. Handing over responsibility to Harrison for his own care has actually been a huge challenge on a personal level.

Now before we go any further I just want to say that we haven’t washed our hands completely of any  responsibility for managing his Diabetes. That would be irresponsible. Rather we have allowed him to lead the way in decision making such as working out when  insulin injections are required and the dosage required.

I would be fibbing if I told you that mistakes have’nt been made. I would say Harrison is very cautious about taking extra correction doses and will leave himself occasionally running a little high at school. We have to remind him that he should be aiming for his target range of 4-6.5 mmol and to trust his smart meter. In time though with greater confidence I’m sure we can achieve this.

Harrison has also been very resistant to injecting in certain areas of his body. He has tried injecting in his abdomin but he has little body fat here and hates injecting there as he says this area hurts more. Harrison no longer injects in his tummy for this reason and that has been his decision.

Doctors have also brought up with him about switching to using an Insulin pump instead of Injections. At the moment he doesn’t want to, but he may change his mind in the future. It’s his body and his condition so ultimately the decision will be his. Our role will be to help him with finding out the information about how an insulin pump would work and to weigh up the pros and cons.

Harrison has always been very responsible about the management of his Diabetes and his Hba1c blood tests are good. If his condition was unstable then we would have to step in and guide him back in the right direction.

I anticipate a few challenges as we progress through his teenage years. I would be very naive if I wasn’t prepared for this. Rapid growth spurts, hormones and general teenage rebellion will all have an effect on his condition.

For now it is up to us the parent to provide the education about his condition and possible side effects of poor diabetes management. It is a sound knowledge about his condition that will help him live life managing his condition rather than the condition managing his life.

Yes he’s always going to be a little bit different but we wouldn’t hold him back from doing what he wants with his life. University? travel? The world is his oyster! I can only hope that his attitude to good Diabetes management continues into adulthood. It’s our role as responsible parents to prepare him for this and if that means taking a step back from leading his care then that is something I am going to have to find peace with. Processed with Moldiv

#MummyMonday Win a mini satchel & stationary bundle from Smiggle 

I have something pretty exciting to announce today. I am pleased to say that I am hosting a giveaway for the fab stationary brand Smiggle.

Smiggle create colourful, fun and innovative stationary and accessories that are of suburb quality.   If you want to see more from Smiggle then check out their website to see the full range. There is  currently a sale on and of you sign up for their newsletter you can also get 20% of your order.

Meanwhile you could win some Smiggle goodies for yourself or the little one in your life.

This bundle includes the mini Lucy satchel £26

a set of colour change markers  £10 and a funny face pencil £2.50. Lastly a set of 24 colouring pencils is included. These are super quality and shaped for comfort grip £7.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is visit like and share schoolrunbeauty facebook page. If you have already liked the page before now then leave a comment saying you would like to enter, please still share this post though. Processed with Moldiv

One winner will be picked at random and announced on the 30th of september.

Let’s talk about that taboo topic Headlice 

I’ve gone back and forth over whether to right this post, mainly because of the stigma that can surround the subject. Then I thought don’t be daft, it’s not talking about such things that create that stigma.

So in going to start with saying;

“My names Katy and my kids have had Nits”.

Not just once either, I’d say between them one of them have come home from nursery or school with unwanted visitors about once a year.

Considering my kids have been in some form of schooling for ten years now I consider myself at bit of a pro at getting rid of the little blighters (that’s the Nits not the kids)!

Now that the kids have started back at school it’s time to be on high alert again for those little visitors. I thought that now would be a good time to dispel some of the myths surrounding Headlice and share how I have successfully treated my kids hair.

  • Only dirty children get Nits. This is not the case at all. A Nit doesn’t care whether you child is clean or dirty. All they are interested in the warm cosy climate and source of food your child’s scalp and barnet provides.
  • Only girls with long hair get Nits. Nope sorry mums of boy’s this is not true. It’s just a lot easier when it comes to treating a boy’s head than a girl with loads of hair.
  • Only kids get Nit’s Oh if only this were true! Think about it though all thoughs cuddles with your kiddies mean contact and the perfect oportunity for passing on an infestation. Yup I’ve had em as an adult thanks to being a mum. Glamorous!! So don’t forget to check your hair also.
  • Nits can jump – Thankfully this is not true, could you imagine though if it was? Headlines can only actually be passed on by direct contact.

Some of those myths dispelled, here’s how I have learnt to deal with headlice.

  • I have got in to the habit of checking my kids hair once a week for any signs of a Nit problem. Spotting a potential case early is half the battle.
  • There are loads of different formulas available for treating nits. I have found what works best though for us is the traditional old school style leave in lotion. I have always used Hedrin 4% Lotion £11.50.


image credit hedrin.co.uk

This is what Hedrin say about the product and how it’s active ingredient Dimeticone works.

Head lice have a unique strategy of water management. Instead of producing urine they eliminate excess water via tiny passages in their exoskeleton called spiracles. The active ingredient Dimeticone, a silicone oil, disrupts this process of water management by coating the lice, causing them to become permanently immobile, and blocking the spiracles preventing them from getting rid of excess water. As a result, any lice that have recently fed suffer from death by gut rupture and, the ones that haven’t, die of starvation.

The reasons that I like this lotion, apart from the fact that it works are that it has no horrible smell and is kind to the skin.

It is worth bearing in mind that you MUST repeat the treatment 7 days after the first application so that you break the Headlice life cycle. This treatment will not kill the eggs.

  • I like to also go through the kids hair with a comb. I use the Nitty Gritty comb. Priced at £8.99 it is more expense than other combs but it is the best comb available.  

This was developed by mums who know how hard it is to treat headlice. The comb has been lazer cut from durable metal so that it removed all lice and eggs. Even those live eggs I talked about earlier.

I find it helps to use the comb after washing the hair and using a detangling spray.

  • Use a tea trea oil shampoo and conditioner. Vosene Kids £2.49 is  developed especially for kids and contains natural Headlice repellents tea tree oil and lemon eucalyptus,  sometimes prevention is better than cure.
  • Wash bedding on a hotwash as eggs can survive on pillows etc. if hatched this means they could find there way back.
  • Tell the school if you do find you have an outbreak at home. They will let other parents know so that they can check their kids hair. If your worried about the stigma attached don’t worry the school don’t name who has it.

So that is how I have learnt to effectively treat headlice after having had to deal with it my fair share of times.

Personally I think we would have less of a problem in our schools if the Nit nurse was brought back to school for regular checks, this is what happened when I was a child and I don’t recall cases of headlice being so common. That is a whole debate for another occasion though.

Have you any tips or tricks for treating headlice?
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Mummy Monday – Parental advisory recommended 

I had one of those moments the other day when I didn’t know quite what to say. What do you say when you child comes out with something they really shouldn’t?

My 11 year old son was happily playing on the Xbox when he came out with “I’ve just tea bagged you”.

What??? my husband and I just looked at each other with a “did I just hear that right?” 

We calmly asked him to repeat what he had said, er yes that is exactly what he said. 
Oh dear me, what do you say to that? I know for a fact we certainly have never come out with that around him, where did he get it from from? 

We explained to him that he really shouldn’t be saying that phrase without explaining what it actually meant (we asked him if he new what it meant and he said no). There was no way I was expaibing that one. 

Where do you draw the line though? When I was a kid that would have been a standard bar of soap in the mouth moment. I have to confess aswell that even though it shocked us we couldn’t help laughing out of earshot. That is the last thing I expected my child to come out with. 

The question the whole incident has raised though is how do you deal with indesirable language? I don’t want to draw attention to it, but in the same breath I don’t want to run the risk of him coming out with it at school. 

For now we have explained to him that what he said refers to something very rude, but I really don’t want to explain to him what it actually means. My thoughts are drawn between should we explaining to him why it is something he shouldn’t be coming out with i.e. Do you explain what it actually means, or just tell him don’t say that it’s rude? 

My instinct tells me I want to keep him as innocent for as long as possible, however he is starting secondary school in a few days and I know that innocence is limited. 

For now I feel I have a set standard that I can enforce but how do I extend that beyond the home? Is it naive of me to think that I can? I don’t know? I would like to think that I could encourage my children to refrain from such language but who knows  what they get up to when you are not around. 

I don’t think it helps that the boundaries with which films are  rated are no where near as strict as they used to be. What is now a 12 certainly wouldn’t have passed as that when I was a kid. 

Right now I’m settling for setting clear boundaries of what language is exceptable in the home and what isn’t. I know there is going to come a time when that won’t be so easy. 

How do you deal with bad language? Do you ignore it or would you explain to your child why they shouldn’t be saying it? Help a shocked mummy out here, please! 

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Mummy Monday – 10 lies I’ve told my kids 

As mums and Dad’s we have all had those times when we’ve told our kids a bit of a porky pie, just to make life easier. I thought I would share with you 10 of my finest. Yes it’s confession time!

1. I’m sorry, the tooth fairy was busy tonight so she couldn’t get round to visiting all the children, that’s why she hasn’t come – (Crap I’ve forgoten again!)

2. You see that light in the smoke alarm, it’s a video camera, it feeds straight to the North Pole now behave yourself – (Self explanatory really.) 


3. I have no idea what happened to the last of your Easter Egg, Sorry!

4. Mummy’s not hungover she ate something dodgy. 

5. Mummy needed another new pair shoes, her feet have grown.


6. The bells on the Icecream van mean that they’ve run out of Icecream, sorry no Icecream today. 


7. When it rains it is because God is taking a shower. (Why I’m not sure?).

8. McDonalds burgers grow on trees! (Well that’s what the mural in our local McD used to depict, so I’m going with it).

9. (Insert child’s best friends name) always eats his peas, his mum told me so. Now come on eat up and be like you friends. 

10. Daddy was just helping Mummy with her exercises. Undressed why? I didn’t want my clothes to get all sweaty. Awkward! 


Come on fess up, what lies have you told your kiddies?