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Showing posts with label #Norfolkbloggers. Show all posts

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Little Life Update...

I feel as though the past week has been super crazy but when I sit back and think about it not much really happened physically but mentally a lot was happening....


Jon had his tester surgery yesterday, so most of last week was spent doing things that he needed to get done as from now for about 12 weeks ish he can't do anything.
For this first 3 weeks whilst he has the trial cords are in he can't even lift his hands above his head let alone lift a kettle.

We were lucky enough to be able to visit the Bure Valley Railway on Thursday which I will tell you all about in another post.

We had a SALT appointment for Ru on Wednesday but when we turned up it had been canceled and no one had bothered to tell us, which resulted in Ru having a meltdown and hitting out at me.
Again Friday we were expecting our Health Visitor and again she never bothered to show up which confused Ru again as stupidly I told him Lucy was coming.

Note to self :: Don't let Rupert in on daily plans!!!

I also found out something BIG, like really really really big but I can't say just yet!
But it is HUGE news and I really can't wait to be able to shout it to the world.

Now I've had time to process everything that happened last week, this week should be easier and I should have more time for the blog.

It's also Ru's 3rd birthday on Tuesday, I can't believe he's three already. Where has the time gone?!
We're going to have presents and cake today as he's at nursery on Tuesday and I want him to be able to have a smooth transition from home to nursery and with presents in the morning that would really throw him.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Don't Throw Your Kids In The Deep End Of Finances


How do you handle money issues with your kids? 
Do you give them responsibilities with their own money. Or, do you provide them with everything and one day, chuck them in the deep end of financial independence. 

It seems almost logical to suggest the best way is to start them off early and let their independence grow. So, what steps should you be taking? 
 Pocket Money There are plenty of parents who disregard the idea of pocket money. 

Oh, they’re just going to spend it on silly things. But that is that is essentially the point. Eventually, they’ll stop spending small amounts on silly, meaningless, cheap items and save for something they really want. 

Essentially, by giving your child pocket money, you can show them the importance of budgeting and saving at a very early age. Independence You also want to think about giving your children a little independence with any money they save. If they want to buy something you know is a waste of money, consider letting them purchase it anyway. 

Let them learn from their own mistakes rather than protecting them. Again, it’s a learning curve about how they use their finances. Proper Savings Finally, you might want to think about setting them up with their own bank account. 
Doing this, they’ll feel like you trust them and will take pride in their independence. Thus they will not spend frivolously and that’s exactly what you want. 
You can read more about children and finances in the infographic below.
 
Infographic credit: Cash Float

Monday, 13 February 2017

Oscar

Sorry I haven't been on the blog in a while, if you don't follow me on Instagram you won't have noticed that Oscar and myself had spent the last 5 days in hospital.


On Friday 3rd Oscar had his second big bump to the head (he had his first just before the Christmas holidays.)
He seemed ok when I picked him up and on Saturday morning, by the afternoon however he was wobbly and complaining of feeling dizzy.
We put him to bed thinking he'd be ok by the morning.
Sunday arrived and he was being sick and looking really pale, we took him up to a&e only to be told he had a tummy bug.

We kept him off school Monday and Tuesday and both those days he spent laying on the sofa looking into the distance talking about random things that he was seeing.
No sickness to suggest a tummy bug.

By Tuesday he was not only distant and in his own little world, he was getting confused to what was going on around him.
Totally not a tummy bug

I booked him an emergency appointment at the GPs and from there I was told to go straight to the paediatric assessment unit.

He was admitted Tuesday evening and hooked up to an iv drip of fluids and strong antibiotics then sent off for a midnight CT scan!
They had no idea what was going on with him but had a list of possibilities.

Over the next few days he had a series of tests which included, 
eye tests, ear test, MRI, Lumber Puncture and endless blood tests.

Oscar had some amazing nurses looking after him, Oscar had them all wrapped around his little finger and would do whatever he asked.
His favourites were Michelle and Chris both of who really did go above and beyond to keep him happy!
So a huge thank you to the both of them.

Thankfully by Saturday they had ruled out everything nasty and ended up deciding it must have just been concussion after all!

We bought him home and everyone was over the moon to have him back.
Sunday morning came and he looked as though he was back to where he was at the start of the week.
We decided to call back the ward and they said to bring him back.
Jon spent the night with him and the doctors told him this morning, its probably the result of his Lumber puncture, as that will leave him groggy and feeling unwell.

So they are both home and we are trying to get Oscar to take it easy.
He's currently on the sofa watching Lego Scooby-Doo.

It's great to be back at home with all the boys under one roof, last week was like we were all on pause.
Now we have the half term to get back to normal and enjoy being together again, before its back to school.
Hopefully by Monday Oscar will be feeling well enough to go back to school.

Monday, 30 January 2017

The Wheels On The Digger Go Round and Round

Rupert loves pretty much anything with wheels!
Even round about at the park, he would much rather lay on the floor and watch them than actually sit on the roundabout!

Jon apparently was the same when he was young.

Ru always has a car in his hand, or a couple shoved in his pockets when we venture out and about.

He recently has been enjoying playing with some new JCB wheel loaders.


JCB explore offer a great range of diggers of all sizes and models.
Perfect for little ones to let their imaginations run wild.
Ru likes to re an act cars and pretends his wheel loaders are the tractors in the film which Mator an Lightning scare.

For a child who isn't big on role play, its wonderful seeing him act out one of his favourite films.


He's getting quite a collection now and his digger line up is nearly as impressive as his cars line ups.

The large Wheel Loader is available on amazon for £12.68, suitable for ages 3+.
The mini Wheel Loader is available over on JCB explore for £3.99 suitable for ages 1+.
Both are perfect for indoor and outdoor play!



Do you have a digger crazy child?


**We are brand ambassadors for JCB kids, Toys were sent for the purpose of this post.




Sunday, 1 January 2017

My 2017 Goals

I wasn't planning on sharing my goals for 2017, but then I thought why not!
Im without a planner at the moment, so this really is the next best thing.
You'll be able to see it and i'll know where my list is!



I'm not going to put things like lose weight or get fit...as those are boring and never actually really get achieved.

1. Find out more about becoming a Midwife/start a nurses access course.
I've decided I want to follow in my mums footsteps and become a midwife, and with Jon working from home I'm able to get going on this before Rupert starts school.

2. Get Rupert into a proper routine / change my way of parenting as its not working for him.

3. Spend less time on Instagram and more time enjoying being with my boys.
Im forever with my head in my phone, watching other peoples moments and sometimes missing out on my own moments.
Of course ill still be posting, but probably not as much.

4. Get out more.
There's so much to do around here it would be a shame to stay stuck indoors once the boys go back to school.

5. Have more me time.
One thing that I kinda started in 2016 was to make sure I take the time to look after me and do more things just for me.

6. Stop comparing myself and blog to others, enjoy what I'm doing and know that whatever I'm doing is actually working!

For now I think thats probably it, I may add to it over the year but I think for now thats enough.

Do you have any New Year goals?






Saturday, 31 December 2016

Sea Life Centre Hunstanton

One of the first things we noticed when we moved to our new house was that on the main turning for our road was a little brown sign pointing the way to the local Sea Life Centre.

We knew once we'd settled in and after Christmas had been we would head over to check it out.

I took the boys to London SeaLife in the summer for a review but because it was so busy it just wasn't that enjoyable for any of us, so we were hoping this one would be a better experience for the boys.



It was great as soon as we got in, the staff were friendly and it was pretty empty, which was good as Ru was in one of his mood where is someone touched him he would scream bloody murder.
The twins were on his attack radar, so they got screamed at more than id like to admit.
Lucky for us there wasn't a lot of people around to judge.



The boys were all able to get up close to the tanks and come face to face with the sharks, rays and giant turtle.
They absolutely loved it.

We were also there just in time to touch a star fish, they all gave it a go and came away with a medal, though I think Noah was the only one who actually gave the starfish a stroke.






Jon told me before we left (probably to contain my excitement) that they had a Seal Hospital on site.
I literally wanted to run straight there but I behaved like an adult and let the boys lead the way.

I have loved Seals since I was the twins age, for birthdays I used to be given adoption certificates for Seals in Cornwall, one year we even went to visit.

When we lived in Africa, my parents took me and my brother to a local Sealife park and I was kissed by a Seal and my love for the animal grew even more.

So I was in my element when we got to the Seals.



It's lovely to know that the Seals they rescue will be put right back into the wild and the Seals that they have in captivity are there because they aren't well enough to go back into the wild or that they were born in captivity.

One of the Seal's in the sea hospital striking a pose fit for Instagram!


We got to watch the very noisy otters be fed.
The boys thought they were hilarious, Smartie and Twix showed us how fussy they could be, and literally stood there until they were thrown they're favourite food.
The staff member told us all about them and answered all our questions.

You could tell she enjoyed her job and wanted to be there.

After seeing the Seals, Otters and Penguins we headed back inside to go and find the Sharks and Turtles.


Noah was most excited about the Sharks so was eager to get to the big tank and see if he could spot them!
The giant turtle was elegantly swimming around and Rupert loved watching it swim.


We also managed to complete our quiz and the boys all received a badge on the way out!


We are planning on buying an annual pass as I know I'll be wanting to go back to see the Seals and it will also give me somewhere to take Rupert once the boys are back at school.



Thursday, 29 December 2016

Clearing The Christmas Cobwebs Away


After being in for the last few days, we decided to go exploring and clear away the cobwebs!
We noticed a sign for Castle Rising on the way to Sainsbury's the other week, so I gave it a google and decided the boys would probably really like running around there.

The last castle ruins we took them too, they were less than impressed as it was only a wall that was left!

Frosty and cold we all made sure to wrap up warm, gloves, hats and cosy boots were definitely in order!


As soon as we got into the car park the boys got excited, they could see the castle and were desperate to get inside!
The frosty/misty weather really added to the atmosphere!




They all loved being able to get inside and climb the spiral staircases and find hidden rooms with little nook and crannies.


Castle Rising has been around since the 12th Century so its full of history.








The sun was hidden behind the fog and Rupert kept pointing it out asking if it was the moon!



After we had been inside the castle we went and walked where the old wall would have been.
It was very high and I'm sure if the weather had been clear, we would have been able to see for miles!




We all enjoyed getting out but we more than happy to get home to warm up with some hot chocolates and a big cup of coffee for me!