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My Sunday Photo | #2

My daughter will probably hate me for sharing this photo. To me though it shows her happy and relaxed, laughing with her Dad. He was teasing her about how much rent she will have to pay now she has joined the world of work. (None yet she is going to be on a very modest apprentices wage FYI) 

This photo was taken whilst out for dinner celebrating that fact. We had all just raised our glasses in a toast to her. 

Molly started her placement for her Hairdressing apprenticeship just this week. We also collected her GCSE results meaning that those final ties with school and childhood have begun to be cut. 

My baby is all grown up and that terrifies me. Last week saw the book shutting on one chapter of her life and another one opening. This will bring with it the independence that carving out her career and earning her own money is going to bring. 

It signifies that she is no longer a little girl who is going to be reliant on her parents for everything. I say that Laughing, because guess who does all her ironing and makes sure she comes home to a hot meal? Mummy and Daddy! 

Whilst I still can though I will. I can remember what a shock to the system working full time was.

Molly wasn’t the most academic of kids. She is very creative and ambitious though. After taking part in her Schools work experience scheme she found something she  knew she would enjoy, becoming a hairdresser. I’m proud that she has gone out and found herself the opportunity to fulfill this ambition. 

She had a few knock backs finding the right training route. The local College turned her down originally because her predictive grades weren’t strong enough. Unfazed Molly decided that an apprenticeship within a salon would be better for her. I’m 100% supportive of her decision. In the long run I think it will work out for the better. 

Ironically she did actually achieve the grades to get onto the College course she had applied for. She is no A* student but I’m proud of her achievements so far. 

Molly is at a very exciting and scary point in her life. Once she has finished her training there will be so many opportunities available to her. I hope she seizes everyone of them. 

Mini-Egg Rocky Road |A Kid friendly No-Bake Make

This very sinful but tasty treat combines two of my favourite things, classic Rocky Road and Cadburys mini-eggs. It’s super easy to make a kept my son entertained and away from his Nintendo DS yesterday afternoon. 

When I shared a picture of them on Instagram it got a lot of interest so I thought I’d share the recipe. 

The basic recipe I use I came across a couple of years ago through BBC Food. I tend to change up what I add to my Rocky road depending on what I might have in the cupboards. 

I usually like to add some from of dried fruit such as glacé cherries or cranberries if it’s Christmas time, as it is nearly Easter we went with the mini eggs instead of a fruit element. 

Ingredients 

  • 200g Digestives
  • 100g Mini Marshmallows 
  • 125g Unsalted Butter
  • 3 TBL Spoons Golden Syrup
  • 200g Dark Chocolate 
  • Bag Mini Eggs

Method 

Melt the chocolate, butter and syrup in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir till smooth and remove from heat.

Break up digestive biscuits into small pieces and add to pan with the Marshmallows. (If I was using cherries I would usually add them at this point).

Mix well until everything is evenly coated with the chocolate mixture. 

Transfer to a foil lined tin, (this makes it easier to remove later as it’s can be sticky). 

Decorate with your mini eggs. 

Allow to set in fridge for at least 2hrs. 

Remove from fridge and with and dust with icing sugar. 

Lift out of pan using edges of foil, then cut into 16 pieces. 

Enjoy! Just try not to eat it all at once! I failed and ate about 3 pieces, #SorryNotSorry! 

#MummyMonday | Pokemon Go the bane off my life??

Unless you’ve been under a rock somewhere remote you can’t fail to have noticed the latest craze that is Pokemon Go. My two boys are obsessed, and to be quite frank they are driving me up the wall.

Honestly If I had a pound for everytime I heard “Mum, Mum, MUM!! Can we go look for Pokemon?” I’d be rich. It’s fair to say that at times its doing my head in. 

Now as weird as it may sound after that little moan, I actually think that the Pokemon Go app is a good thing. Let me tell you why. 

Just before the school summer holidays I wrote a blog post talking about how difficult I found it to keep the boys Screen time down to an acceptable limit. Pokemon Go does require a smartphone, which I class as screen time, but here’s the difference, it is actually encouraging the boys to not want to sit on their bottoms and get out and about more. 

If the boys have a Pokemon egg they want to hatch then they are desperate to go out for a walk as walking a certain distance is the only way to hatch Pokemon eggs. This is great as it means they are much more active and getting some fresh air. See here’s one they hatched earlier. I couldn’t tell you what Pokemon it is though.


It’s not just the kids that are benefiting from this as we have made a habit of going for a family post dinner walk now. I’m getting out for regular walks as well. 

I make the time to go out with the kids as having heard a few horror stories about people being the victims of muggings or more bizarrely managing to walk off cliffs (how??)  whislt playing Pokemon go I am reassured that they are safe. 

Even when I’m with the boys I am constantly having to remind them about road safety. 

This may also sound like an over reaction but if I see a group of what I consider to be undesirables ahead of us I make the kids put the phone away till we have passed them. Okay I’m judging people by appearance and body language but it’s important for the kids to understand that there are people out there that would be more than happy to steal their phone given half the chance. So why advertise the fact you have one on you? 

One thing I’m not so keen on when it comes to Pokemon Go, well…that’s the cartoon itself. Yup it’s available for viewing on Netflix, and Oh My God it’s annoying! I’m definitely not up for cuddles on the sofa watching that. 

So yes the constant “Mum Mum MUM! Can I check Pokemon Go ?” is blooming annoying, but it has found a positive place in our lives. 

#MummyMonday | How well are the kids brushing their teeth? 

Have you ever wondered how well your kids are brushing their teeth? Especially if they are no longer of an age that it’s appropriate to be standing over them and supervise whilst they brush. 

Well I recently discovered a handy little bit of kit that can help check the cleanliness of your kids teeth at home, thanks to some advice from our dentist. 

The Plaque bacteria that causes tooth decay can often be colourless, so is hard to spot. Boots Advanced plaque disclosing tablets cost just £2 for a box of 10. After brushing, get your child to chew on one of the tablets (without swallowing) and then rinse with water. 


The disclosing agent shows areas of plaque bacteria that have been missed when brushing by staining the bacteria red for newer plaque and blue for older plaque. 
With all my kids they were brushing most of their mouth well, even those hard to reach back ones, but for some reason would miss the gum line of top two front teeth. 

Actually being able to show them the bacteria has been a bit of a light bulb moment. I’m able to say to them “you’ve missed that bit, go back and brush again till the stain is gone”. This is a great way to visually teach your kids how to brush their teeth thoroughly. 

I wish I’d known about disclosing tablets years ago. You see, it also leaves no room for getting away with that teeth brushing dodging phase they all seem to go through. Yes!!! The kids are very aware now that mummy has a tool for random checking of teeth cleanliness. These tablets will catch them out. Mwahhhhahah! 

Now be prepared, these pictures aren’t pretty but this is the difference in the quality of teeth brushing when they can see the bacteria. 


I highly recommend you trying this out at home with your kids. Mine have actually found the whole process really funny and almost like a game. The prize being they have improved their brushing skills. Yes they still aren’t perfect but the proof of their improvement is in the pictures.

#MummyMonday | That damn Xbox!

One of the most difficult things I find about being a parent in 2016 is controlling the level of screen time my kids partake of. If they had their own way they could happily spend a day divided between playing on the Xbox, watching YouTube, Netflix or playing Angry Birds on a hand held device. 

It’s not even done quietly now, as thanks to Xbox live and those darn gaming headsets they are shrieking their heads off in the living room with their virtual mates. It feels like my living room is being invaded by a bunch of rautious 12 year olds. 

Oh and before you say ‘But you let them have them, stop moaning’ The Xbox is actually their fathers (who never gets a look in now, ha ha) and a well meaning grandparent supplied the headset. Thanks!! You don’t have to listen to it! 

I’m fairly strict about the rules surrounding levels of usage, however my kids are crafty little buggers and always try and bend said rules. I’d be lying if I said they hadn’t got one past me on more than one occasion. 

My two boys are both early birds, so a favourite trick is to creep downstairs  and play on it whilst Mummy and Daddy are still asleep.  

We’ve tried unplugging all the devices but no, they are more technologically savvy than we are and so have figured out how to connect it all up again. Without fail they will be happily playing on the Xbox when our morning alarm goes off. For how long?? Your guess is a good as mine. Yes, I know, that makes me sound like a terrible parent. 

My answer at the moment is to lay down a ‘to do list’ before they are allowed to go near the Xbox. At least it then limits some of their available time. 

  • Tidy room
  • Homework done 
  • Ready for school
  • Practise guitar 

If I find out they have skipped on anything then nasty mummy will ban them from any further screen usage until the next day. 

I won’t lie I find that option a complete pain in the bum as then I’m constantly getting ‘I’m bored’ or ‘I don’t know what to do’. 

When did kids lose their imagination? 

The summer holidays are coming up and I’m determined that it won’t be spent in front of a screen. Their lack of imagination though is going to mean mummy coming up with activities that they won’t turn their noses up at. Help??

I reckon I’m going to be exhausted by September. 

If you have any suggestions, that don’t involve robbing a bank, send them my way please. 

So far I’m thinking of visiting a local maize maze, den building, and heaven forbid the rain stops visiting the beach. 

Let’s cause Mummy worry!| Emergency Hospital Admission for DKA! 

Just when you thought managing a diabetic child’s  condition wasn’t challenge enough, the pre teen hormones kick in and it’s a bit like the poop hitting the fan. 

So this wasn’t what I had planned to write about today but as I’ve committed to blog everyday in May and Im unprepared whislt stuck in hospital with my Son I’m improvising. 

We are currently, fingers crossed, coming out the tail end of a DKA (diabetic ketoacidodis) after two stints of being placed on DKA protocol treatment. 

I have had one very sick young man on my hands and I’m not going to lie he scared me this time. Even when he was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes he wasn’t this poorly. 

Initially it was thought Harrison had a sickness bug, which in itself can cause complications but after 3 days of continued sickness and no body else becoming ill, well this couldn’t be the cause. 

No Harrison was in the early stages of DKA, the sickness was actually one of the symptoms that he was deteriorating and untreated this could have been life threatening. 

The Doctor’s suspect that due to his age and the increased hormones and growth spurts this meant his levels have been rising overnight for a prolonged period of time meaning his body wasn’t getting enough insulin. 

Instead of using insulin to absorb blood sugar for energy his body was breaking down fat. The harmful waste product of this process is ketones. 

As it stands the doctors have treated the DKA and are now working on getting his insulin dose increased to the right level. Fingers crossed it is enough and we don’t have a third day of going through the protocol again. 

Let’s hope that things will be resolved very soon. Though I think I’m in for an interesting few years of keeping on top of his control. Oh yes as well as all those other teenage challenges! Wish us luck!

#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. 

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Mummy Monday – How to get Free School Uniform from Tesco

I find it hard to believe that we are three weeks into the school holidays. Where has the time gone? The start of the new school year usually brings with it the need to invest in school uniforms, be it that they are worn in, outgrown or like my son starting a new school. If you have more than one child, the cost can soon mount up.

With three children I usally dread the expense but as I discovered recently I was able to save myself some money and get some of that uniform for free. WHAT?? FREE!! Yes I know I’m still feeling the buzz from saving some money. 

How?? Well if you are a Tesco shopper and use the Tesco Clubcard scheme right now you can double up your vouchers as part of their summer boost event, and guess what this now includes school uniform. So if you have for example £10 worth of vouchers you can change them up for £20 worth. It is so easy to do aswell, I just popped into the Clubcard website, made the trade, and within minutes I was sent an E-mail with my voucher codes. All I had to do was shop online at F&F Clothing in the normal way adding my voucher codes at checkout. As orders can also be delivered to store for free it meant just picking up from my local store. 

Having bought school uniform from Tesco in the past I can confirm that the quality is good. My daughters skirt I bought from Tesco last September is still going strong, and she will use it this year as well as it still fits fine. So I’ve only bought one this year, yay yet more saving on uniform. 

If you want to Boost your Clubcard vouchers you have untill 13th to exchange and use your vouchers by. Though if you are using them for school uniform like me you will want to do so before this date anyway. I opted to do this online although you can so so instore as well if you prefer. 

Will you be making use of this offer? Where do you like to purchase the kids uniforms from? 

For more Mummy Monday updates do to forget you can follow me on bloglovin. 

  

Mummy Monday – What my kid’s really think Part 2

Hi guys,

I have come to the conclusion that my blog can be a little bit confusing at times. It doesn’t always communicate who I am as person. Maybe that is because it is primarily a beauty blog? My kid’s though are a  huge part of who I am, so I have decided to dedicate Monday’s to sharing blog posts relating to my life as a mummy. So if this is the type of post that interests you then remember to look out for them on a Monday morning, they will have the accompanying #MummyMonday.

This week I decided to continue with a previous Q&A I did with my kids. You can check out the first instalment with my daughter Molly here. This week is the turn of Harrison, ‘the middle child’.  He is 11 and going up to senior school in September.

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So what does Harrison really think of his Mum?

1. What is something Mummy always says to you?

(Giggling) I can’t think of anything.

2. What makes Mummy Happy?

Tea

3. What makes Mummy Sad?

Giggles-Pause-Uh

4. How does Mummy make you laugh?

When she makes funny jokes.

5.What was Mummy like as a child?

How am I supposed to know that? (he has a fair point)

6. How old is Mummy?

32 (yes!! another one that thinks I’m younger than I am).

7. How tall is Mummy?

uhh? I don’t have a clue.

8. What is Mummy’s favourite thing to do?

Spending time with the Family.

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spending time with the family on star wars day

9. What does Mummy do when you are not here?

Sewing, (um I promise I do more than sitting around sewing all day).

10. If Mummy becomes famous what will it be for?

Blogging. (ha ha I love this response, watch this space you heard it from Harrison first!)

11. What is Mummy really good at?

Cooking.

12. What is Mummy not very good at?

uhh, I don’t know? (I’m taking that as he just thinks I’m good at everything ha ha, if only he new)

13. What is Mummy’s Job?

He shrugs his shoulders.

14. What makes you proud of Mummy?

Long pause and a very blank expression

15. What is Mummy’s favourite food?

Chocolate (I do like my chocolate, that and cake)

16. What do you and Mummy do together?

Talk (ha ha this kid is so literal)

17. How are you and Mummy the same?

Long Long pause. (In his eyes we are so not)

18. If your Mummy was a cartoon character who would she be?

(Long Pause) I’m thinking mum, (another pause) no can’t think of anyone.

19. How are you and Mummy different?

I like gaming, and you are rubbish at it. (excuse me he has never seen me play sonic on a Sega Mega-drive).

20. How do you know Mummy loves you?

Because you care for us (such simple words but wow, mummy feels blessed)

21. What does Mummy like best about Daddy?

(laughing) I don’t know!

22. Where is Mummy’s favourite place to go?

I don’t know, that’s not something I’ve thought about before.

23. How old was Mummy when she had you?

21  (I could see he was clearly doing the maths in his head )

So Harrison being a young man of 11, clearly is a man of few words. Typical boy maybe? Still as far as I can tell he thinks his mum cooks well, sews all day, is great at most things apart from playing computer games. I must be giving off some kind of 1950’s gender specific vibe,  Awks!

As far as he’s concerned I’m a happy sole as long as you feed me tea and chocolate. Ha ha he’s not far off!

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