Showing posts with label #mumofboys. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #mumofboys. Show all posts

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

What's Been Going On With The Mini Beasts.....

I've been away longer than I thought and said I would which lead me to questioned myself if blogging was what I really wanted to be doing.
It all seemed to be turning into a bit of a chore.

I'm still undecided but I wanted to come back and do the reviews that I have outstanding, as they are really cool and try and do more personal posts to see if I can get back into the swing of it.

In this post I'm going share how I'm getting on after the miscarriage and what the boys have been up too.
It's a bit of a heavy photo post but I know some of you guys like that!


My parents came to visit after they got back from South America and they bought the boys these awesome lama hats. 
The twins are now desperate for it to become cold so they can wear them to school.

Whilst my parents were here we had a big storm with thunder and lightning and the boys all went crazy for it and started dancing around in the rain and waiting for the lightning bolts to flash up in the sky.


Noah went off on his first holiday without me, and spent the half term in sunny Portugal with his Auntie Jenni and Uncle Ben.
He had a great time away and hardly missed us at all.


We have started taking Ru to parent and toddler swimming and he seems to be really enjoying it. 
I thought it would just be parents and toddlers just enjoying the pool without other people in it, but its  like a little swimming lesson and helps babies and toddlers get used to being in the water.
Ru has always been a bit iffy when it comes to the pool but he really enjoyed his first class.
We will be going back next Monday for another one.


Whilst Noah was away in Portugal we tried to make sure we did some fun things with the twins and Ru.
On the days that Ru was in nursery we took the twins to the arcades on the beach front and gave them  £5 each. Oscar and I both hit the jackpot on one of the ticket machines and each won 100 tickets and Alex took a liking to the 2p machines.

In the end we managed to win over 600 tickets and the boys each picked 3 things from the prize shop.
Afterwards we got some chips and ate them on the beach front.



We popped down the road to the Animal Gardens and the boys enjoyed running around the maze finding all the stamps they needed to collect in order to win a badge.
We had great fun until Ru decided it would be a good idea to kick sand into my eye.


With all the lovely weather we've been having we decided it would be a great idea to buy the boys a paddling pool.
We found this one on amazon and the boys were very impressed with it.


It's ridiculously cold in there and the boys can only really manage to stay in for 10 minutes before there lips turn blue.
I don't mind it too much, but I can sit down in it and the water comes up to my chin, where as the boys are too small to be able to sit down in it with their heads above water.
Hopefully when its summer, the sun will be able to heat the pool up just a tad so its more enjoyable for them.
If not it will be a summer of going over to Nana & Gramps house to use their heated pool.


The twins have just had their 5th birthday.
We gave them their presents early, so they could learn to ride the bikes before they had a sponsored trundle at school (the day after their birthday.)


They loved their full faced helmets that Nana & Gramps bought them and they took to their bikes like pros.
Alex took right off zooming around the garden and Oscar tried to peddle backwards for the first 10 minutes but then it clicked.


After a few days of riding round the garden we took them out to ride around the house, Ru went on his balance bike and both Jon and I had trouble keeping up with them.



Another big thing happened recently ...... Rupert had his first ever proper haircut and this was the end result.


He was so good and did everything the barber told him to do, it took nearly half an hour to chop all his hair off but he didn't once moan or want to get down.
I didn't plan for his curls to be all cut off but he could hardly see and was itching his head a lot so I decided I would just go for it and I am in love with it.
He looks even cuter than he did before.
We kept it long on the top, as we didn't want to take his wildness away too much, we still wanted him to look like Ru and I'm very pleased the barber actually listened instead of doing his own thing.
Ru likes his new hair too, and tells everyone all about it.


I'm started to feel like I have myself back together, I kinda lost it a little after the miscarriage and just felt like I couldn't be bothered with anything or anyone.

My body had failed me, and that just made me fall to pieces.
I am a mum, making babies is what I do. If I couldn't do that what really was the point.

I let the boys homework slide, I was angry and I was a total a mess.
Jon and I argued. 
Mainly I shouted at him then at the boys for just being them.

Having the break from social media and the blog I was able to spend time being the mum I should be to the boys and have enjoyed just being with them and taking in the love that they give me everyday and not asking them to pose for all different sort of pictures.
It was nice to be natural and not to have to put on some sort of a show.

I have got our routine back in order and their homework is back on track.
Noah is proving to me that he is further ahead than his school think and the twins are doing amazingly well with their reading and writing.

Ru is going to be attending the schools nursery full time from September, so I have started to look for work.
 I'm ready for a new challenge and I'm ready to get back into the work environment.
I have been doing the mum role for nearly 10 years now and I feel I need to step into a new challenge and push myself to be the very best at another thing. 
It's time for me now and I always said once the boys were all in full time school and happy that, that would be the time for me to start working.

I have sent my CV out to a few companies so fingers crossed I hear something back sooner or later.

I am happy to be back putting some love into the blog and I'm enjoying sharing pictures on Instagram again.


Monday, 12 June 2017

WWE Power Props


Noah has been a fan of WWE since he was in reception class.
There was no way he going to get away without being a fan. Jon has a love for wrestling that runs deep within his bones, even I grew up watching it and even though I say I don't enjoy it, I know most of the wrestlers and do actually get really into it when we watch RAW.

Noah was introduced to the world of WWE early on and loved it as soon as he saw it.
Jon is always keen to take him to the Live shows whenever possible and is more than happy to sit beside him on the playstation for hours on end and play WWE 2K17.


Now that we live just around the corner from his cousin Sam, another WWE super fan I hear nothing but WWE this and WWE that.
They are both mad about the sport and if they aren't telling each other all the different facts about one wrestler or another they are acting out their favourite finishers on poor innocent teddy bears.

So when I was sent some WWE Power Props I knew I was going to gain some mum points.


We were sent;
and


Dean Ambrose is one of Noah's favourite wrestlers, so the ladder and t-shirt have now become his favourite toy.

Sam and Noah both have had great fun playing with the foam toys.
They are nice and hardy and won't be easily broken, no matter how hard they hit them onto the floor. Nor do they look like that will start to fall apart anytime soon.

They are nicely made to look like the real thing and are really good at helping wrestling fans feel like real life Superstars!



Sunday, 7 May 2017

Lego Minifigures Series 17!

On the 1st May Lego launched its brand new Minifigures series.
Series 17 and I was very lucky to be a part of that launch.

I was sent two boxes on two separate days, each containing 8 different Lego Minifigures.
The first box also came with highwayman outfit and instructions on what to do with the Minifigures....


The aim of the game was to hide the Lego Minifigure's accessories and write some clues, so the kids could hunt them out.
I had to keep my identity hidden and not let on who had hidden them.


I loved running round the house in my cape hiding all the accessories and the boys were beside themselves with excitement when they found the clues.
When I said it wasn't me who had been hiding them, that made them even more keen to find them.


Our first lot of Minifigures included;
Butterfly Girl,
Rocket Boy,
Corn Cob Guy,
Elf Maiden,
Hot Dog Vendor,
Battle Dwarf,
Roman Gladiator,
Retro Space Hero.


I made the clues easy as I wanted them all to be able to have a guess at where the hiding places were.


They were really good at taking it in turns to be the one who found the item.
They each got to find two things and then add them to the figures.


After the hunt all the Minifigures were happy to be reunited with their accessories.


Little did the boys know that, that wasn't the end of the game.

The next day the second box arrived with 8 more Lego Minifigures.
So once again I donned my cap and cape and got writing some riddles for them to solve.


This time round they wouldn't just be hunting out the missing accessories but they would also have to find out who had been hiding them in the first place.


Our second lot of Lego Minifigures included;
Gourmet Chef,
Pro Surfer,
Veterinarian, 
Circus Strongman,
Fitness Instructor,
Connoisseur,
The Yuppie
and the mystery figure....


The mystery figure was none other than the highwayman who had been hiding all the accessories.
Along with the final 8 of the collection I was sent another highwayman hat and some gold coins.
Once the boys had found me they were meant to get the gold, but unfortunately I was stupid and left them out and the dog got too them.
Thankfully he wasn't sick and we did get him checked over by the vet to be on the safe side.


Again the boys all worked really well during the hunt and made sure everyone got a turn in finding the missing item. 
During the hunt I slipped away upstairs to change back into my outfit and hide in my hiding place....

I'm outside....but not on the ground.....!?


I was up on the balcony reading a Lego magazine.

After the hunt the boys were very happy with themselves.
They'd managed to crack the clues and reunite all the Minifigures with their accessories and for the first time ever they had a whole collection of Lego Minifigures,
including the mystery figure!!!


They also loved that they could dress up in my highwayman outfit.
Which they are still playing with a day after the hunt.


Thank You Lego for letting us be a part of the Series 17 launch!

Lego Minifigures are available at retailers nationwide RRP £2.99
To find out more about the characters go to www.lego.com/minifigures

Monday, 24 April 2017

Bath, Book, Bed:


Book Trust have teamed up with Peppa Pig and Jo Frost to bring you their new campaign.
Bath, Book, Bed.

We were lucky enough to be asked if we wanted to be part of the campaign and seeing as I've just got Ru back into a routine of bath, book and bed I happily said yes.


We were sent some amazing Peppa Pig goodies, a whole range of bath time fun and some new bedtime stories.
Ru is slightly obsessed with Peppa and George at the moment so when he opened the box he squealed with delight!


Sweet dreams start with a simple routine.

Bath, Book, Bed is all about developing a regular nightly bedtime routine, which we know is associated with improved sleep in young children - and, of course, there's nothing better than snuggling up to share a soothing bedtime story.


With all the boys I have always stuck to the same routine of bath, book, bed and it has always worked.

Then along came Ru and he shook things up a bit.
He was great at sleeping as a baby and would settle by himself after a cuddle, but then came the day that he decided to jump out of his cot at around 18 months old.
Then from then until very recently he wouldn't sleep and would stay up till midnight being crazy.

It had become his routine, he would watch me read to the others and put them to bed and then he would come downstairs and have a few hours playing without the others around or being glued to the iPad.

We were so tired and we thought we had tried everything so we caved and thought that was it, he was never going to sleep like the others.

But then enough was enough, our relationship was suffering and we were beyond tired and Ru's meltdowns had reached boiling point.
We needed to do something and quickly.


I reverted back to my tried and tested routine which was bath, book and bed.
This time round I made sure at 6'oclock the TV was switched off and the iPad was hidden out of sight.

A nice warm bath with some essential oils in was run and Ru was put in on his own, as when he baths with the twins, things get silly and the bathroom floor always ends up with more water on it than in the bath.


Having the Peppa Pig bath bubbles really helped him enjoy the bath more, he loved blowing the bubbles and watching them pop.


We give him at least 15 minutes in the bath as this seems to really help him wind down.
Then its out and teeth brushing time.
He absolutely hated his teeth being brushed before, and I have been through so many toothbrushes with him to see if different ones would make it more fun for him....


Never had I seen a flashing one before,
Of course a Peppa Pig flashing one was bound to do the trick!

He brushed them first and then let me do the rest.


After the twins are in bed and Noah is reading to Jon, I take Ru in to his room switch on his night light and let him pick a story.
He tends to want the same story night after night, but thats ok as I know he's going to listen.
He'll lay in bed drinking his warm milk and listen to me read.

He still has a bottle which I know is bad but its a comfort for him and eventually I'll phase it out.


Once I have read the book twice I'll then hand it to him as he likes to have a look and pretend to read it back to me.

After we have finished with the book we will then switch off his night light and then sing some nursery rhymes (incy wincy spider is his favourite) and then finally he will drift off to sleep with me patting his back.

Now most nights he is fast asleep by 8pm.

My next challenge is to keep him in bed all night.
He still wakes around 11 to get into our bed but compared to his last routine this is much much better and it works.
He gets more sleep and we actually have a child free evening.


So my top tips for getting little ones into bed....

Turn the TV off and take the tablet away an hour before bed,
Always have a warm bath to start off the bedtime routine,
Read a story, reading a bedtime story as reading together is a great way to bond and relax the mind.
Keep lights nice and low, night lights are great at this.

Another tip that I find useful at bedtime .... a tidy bedroom helps keep the atmosphere nice and calm.
I will always make the boys tidy up before bed.
Otherwise they're normally tempted to get out of bed and play with the toys that they can see.




Book Trust Events

Join us for our Bath, Book, Bed events at intu Trafford Centre, Manchester on April 27 and intu Lakeside, Thurrock on 28 April.

You’ll have the chance to meet Jo Frost and a very special surprise guest, and get lots of advice on winning those bedtime battles from Jo and the BookTrust team. The events are free and there’s no need to register in advance – we’d love to see you there.





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.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Games Night // Dobble Kids Review and Giveaway

Weekends are family time and there's no better way than spending an afternoon than playing games together.

We were recently sent a bundle of board games from Esdevium Games to work out way through.
The first picked was Dobble Kids, which you can buy from Amazon for £11.94.

A fun fast moving matching game.


The aim of the game;

30 cards, 30 animals. 
Find the one matching animal from your card and the other cards in the game.
To win, find it before anyone else does!

Dobble Kids can be played with 2 - 5 players,
suitable for ages 4+

There 5 games in 1 tin.
The main game and 4 mini ones, which are perfect for the younger players of the group.


I played this with Alex whilst Oscar was in hospital and he loved it!
So when it came to playing all together he was already a pro at it, and even gave Noah aka Mr Bad Loser a run for his money.


The Mini games are not as fast paced as the original so if you have a child who isn't as confident at being able to spot things quickly these games will be right up their street.



The boys give Dobble 5 out of 5.
They loved trying to find the matching animals and ended up in fits of giggles when the other didn't quite manage to do it before them.

The twins have really gotten the hang of the game and enjoy playing it between themselves, which they prefer as they always think Noah cheats!

A super easy and fun family game that I can see being played most weekends.


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Monday, 20 February 2017

Our Half Term

After Oscar spending the week before half term in hospital we knew we weren't going to be getting up to anything too excited but we tried to make the most of the week.


On Tuesday Rupert had his first full day at nursery so I decided to take Noah and the twins to the cinema to watch the new Lego Batman Movie.
Oscar started out ok, but within 20 minutes of the film starting he wanted to go home, I text Jon to come and rescue him and as soon as Oscar got back to the car he was sick.

Noah and Alex loved the film and have already demanded I buy it on dvd as soon as its out!
Poor Oscar spent the rest of the day asleep.


Rupert had another full day at nursery on the Wednesday, so whilst he was out we stayed in and I practised my face painting skills.
We had Sam round so the boys were pretty busy entertaining themselves after I had finished painting their faces.

Oscar again spent most of the afternoon laying on the sofa.



We also cracked out Noah's Land of Dinosaurs kit which he was sent from Clementoni Toys.
The boys all loved watching the volcano explode and planting up the seeds.
We are now on daily seed watch and noting down any changes that we see.
I will be doing a whole post on the kit so keep an eye out.


Rupert is still being a massive pain in the bum by not sleeping.
He's been getting up at 3am every day since I've been back from hospital and to say I'm running on empty is a little bit of an understatement.

We have met our new Health Visitor and told her all about his issues and she is going to come back in a few weeks with another lady and see if they can both help us tackle it.

My mum sent me this diffuser from ThisWorks.....so far it hasn't had much of an effect other than making his room smell gorgeous.
I will stick with it as it might click in his head that, that scent is associated with bedtime.

I'm also thinking about getting him a single bed, as he won't come and get into our bed, not without a fight anyway and I always end up sleeping on his floor....which is resulting in my hip starting to hurt and me not getting any sleep.
If he had a bed that I could fit in as well as him it might help my lack of sleep and he'll be happy because I'm there with him.


By Friday we did some more face painting and a little baking.
The weather was pretty good over the half term so the boys were all able to play in the garden when they wanted.

Oscar has gone back to school today but he's still not 100% back to normal.
I went in early today to talk to the head teacher and his teachers and they are all happy to see him back and have said if he needs a rest he can have a lay down or they'll call me to come and collect him.


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