Post Comment Love 21st - 23rd April

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Welcome to Post Comment Love, a linky where you can share any post you like, as long as it was written this week. Stephanie and I love to read your posts and cannot wait to see what is linked.
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So how was your Easter holidays? Or are your kids still on their holidays? My boys went back to school on Tuesday and to be honest I couldn't be happier about it. There's a funny thing that happens when your kids grow up, you start to look forward to the time they're not at home. It sounds awful and I'm sure you think I'm horrid but it's true. When they're at school they see their friends, they play games, and they attend after-school clubs and it keeps them busy and happy. When they're at home they have all this energy and no way to use it up. 





  • Motherhood is tough. If you just want a wonderful little creature to love, you can get a puppy.

Barbara Walters

Why it's okay to want your kids to go back to school

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My boys went back to school on Tuesday and I couldn't be happier. They've driven me mad with their constant bickering, physical fighting, and the need to be entertained for every second of every waking moment. It's exhausting. And it's okay. Last week I couldn't wait for my kids to go back to school, and there is no way I'm going to feel guilty about that.


We love our kids, obvs!



LP has just taken an interest in tap-dancing (since seeing Lord of the Dance) and is so cute when he starts trying to tap around the kitchen, moving his legs as fast as they will go. His arms flail about and he has the biggest smile on his face, and I cannot help bursting out laughing every time he does it.

BP, while quiet a lot of the time, on occasion will do something lovely. Like make a drink without being asked, or offer to go to the shops for us. He is a lot less active than LP (being almost a teen will do that!) but can be just as entertaining.

My life has been enhanced by my boys in ways I never knew possible until I had children. They brighten my days and make me smile.





  • The kids are Job One. So, to be quite candid, if they need me, I do my utmost to make sure I'm there.

Susan Rice

Taking the boys to see Lord of the Dance, Dangerous Games

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The very first time I saw Lord of the Dance was in Las Vegas way back in 2003, the Hubby (then the boyfriend) were on holiday and it was showing in one of the casinos so we took the opportunity to see it. Not long after that we saw Riverdance too. I love both shows and since 2003 have seen them both twice.
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A few weeks ago we noticed that Lord of the Dance, Dangerous Games was on tour and would be in Nottingham for just 3 days. We don't really have any babysitters available nearby so we wrote it off as a non-starter. Although we would've loved to see it, it just wasn't possible. That is until we thought about it, I mean what was stopping us taking the boys to see it too?

It took just an hour to decide that we would do it and the Hubby bought the tickets. We'd planned it for the last day of the Easter holidays (Easter Monday) and although the boys would have a late night right before going back to school we figured it would be worth it.


Post Comment Love 14th - 16th April

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Welcome to Post Comment Love, a linky run by me and Stephanie. Link up a post you wrote this week to give it a boost and Stephanie and I will read and share that post. It is always nice to see new people linking up but it's also great to see the same people coming back week after week. Our little linky has grown into a great community and I love reading the posts linked up every week.
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With the boys off school this week has been a busy one, we went to Alton Towers again, went walking in Dovedale, and have had a couple of days at home too. I'm tired. We've done lots of walking and I'm unfit (again!), I know I should be doing more but I just don't want to. You know what that feels like don't you? When there's something you know you should be doing but you really can't be bothered or simply don't want to do it. Exercise and me aren't getting along at the moment.

The boys loved climbing and LP even climbed a tree at Dovedale. He loved the whole morning.




  • The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. 

Christopher McCandless 





How to get housework done during the school holidays

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Okay, let's face it, the school holidays are the worst time to try to get the housework done. Days out, trips to see family and the general mess from the kids being at home leaves the housework seeming like a mountain you have to climb.

You want a lie in (I hear you!), after getting up at 6-6:30am every day and dragging your lazy kids out of bed to get ready for school you're just ready for leaving that morning routine behind. But of course the kids decide that during the holidays they can be out of bed by 6am and your much-needed lie in just doesn't happen. 





  • I'm a housewife: I spend far more time on housework than anything else. 

Annie Dillard




During the school holidays your days start with making yourself get out of bed to make breakfast for everyone, resenting the fact that you didn't get your lie in. Making breakfast results in mess, plates and dishes to clean and food to put away. The daily trudge begins and you're just not ready for it. 

Post Comment Love 7th - 9th April

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Welcome to Post Comment Love, a weekly link up where Stephanie and I look forward to reading your best post of the week. Link up and get extra exposure for your post, connect with like-minded people and perhaps even find your BFF. We're a friendly bunch!

With the boys being off school and things being rather crazy I haven't got much done this week. We're doing the 'one day working, one day off' thing through these holidays and again it's quite tiring. Finding something for the boys to do while I sit upstairs and try to concentrate on getting a blog post done isn't easy, they're spending a lot of time in front of screens. But we are making up for that with days out. 

Cleaning hacks to save you time!

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Cleaning sucks, let's face it, so anything that makes life easier and helps the cleaning go faster has got to be good right?



Right.

Below you'll find some top tips to help your cleaning days go faster.




When life give you lemons... 




Clean with them!

Post Comment Love 31st March - 2nd April

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Welcome back to Post Comment Love, link up your favourite/best post of the week and Stephanie and I will head over to read and share. Not to mention the other lovely linkers will do too. Extra exposure for your posts and lots of great posts for you to read too, what more could you ask for?



This week has been a fairly quiet one, I've managed to catch up on all my reading (including your posts - yay!) and have even got to schedule one or two posts. Of course that's just the usual routine, the boys finish school today and they're off school for two weeks so I'm super organised. Typical. 







  • I accept chaos, I'm not sure whether it accepts me.


Bob Dylan







Holidaying with Teens - Hotel or Villa?

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In August BP turns 13 which makes him officially a teenager (although he's been acting like a teenager for a long time!), while we're not venturing to Orlando, Florida this year that means he'll be turning 14 if we were to go next year. It will be our first experience of holidaying with teens and we're not quite sure what to expect, he could be completely fine or the dreaded teen hormones could give us a hard time. One of the things we're having to consider is where to stay while we're on holiday, do we choose a hotel or a villa?
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Hotel



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We have visited Florida many times and ever since our first trip, when it was just the Hubby and I, we have stayed in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Disney hotel is amazing, our favourite by far and whenever we visit it's like coming home. Walking into the lobby my stresses slip away, I smile, and I feel like I can finally enjoy our holiday.

10 things to do during the Easter Holidays

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On Friday my boys break up from school for the Easter Holidays and I always get stressed wondering what on earth we're going to do for two whole weeks. This time though I'm getting prepared, I'm making lists of things we could do during the holidays and I thought I'd share some of my ideas with you.




Family Attractions


Alton Towers is a great place to visit during the holidays, a day out at a theme park. This year we've bought Merlin Annual Passes again, we've had them before and really enjoyed visiting the attractions. With the boys that little bit older we decided to get them again, while they're expensive there are loads of attractions around the country and it makes our days out much more interesting if we can visit a different attraction without extra cost. 

Post Comment Love 24th - 26th March

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Post Comment Love is back for another week and we welcome any post, any topic, as long as it was written in the last week. I'm still playing catch up on the reading but I'll get there eventually, I'm enjoying all the reading though, there are some great posts.

Wednesday and yesterday I was feeling rubbish, I thought I was getting a bug the Hubby had a few weeks ago but it turns out I'm not because I'm feeling better. Yay! Plenty of fluids, plenty of paracetamol and rest and I'm back to myself within a couple of days, that's awesome.


Making cards with Stampin' Up! UK - Oh Happy Day!

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It's pouring rain outside and I have been feeling terrible. My throat hurts, my body aches. I've filled myself full of cold and flu remedies in the hope that I'll feel better soon but I'm not holding up much hope it'll work. The bug has hit me and I'm afraid I won't last much longer without a nap. But out of the corner of my eye I spy something cheery, something that might just lift my spirits. Card-making has become a new hobby of mine and I was kindly set a card-making kit from Stampin' Up! UK.




About the kit


The Oh Happy Day card kit is sold with everything you need to make some gorgeous and cheerful cards for someone you love. From bright and colourful cards to sparkly embellishments and embossed sheets this kit is awesome. 

My fantasy loft conversion

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When I'm feeling low or ideas just aren't coming for new blog posts I step into the world of fantasy. I pretend that money is no object and I plan a room make-over. One of my fantasy room make-overs is for our loft, it always seems like there's so much wasted space up there. To lift my spirits and in an attempt to reignite my creativity here is what I would do in my fantasy loft conversion.



  • Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.

Erin Flett


First of all it wouldn't be a bedroom, it would be a games room. Games of all types. 


Arcade


When I was a little girl I used to love the arcade machines, Pac-man in particular. I remember a holiday to Corfu when I was 11 years old and there was a Ms Pac-man machine right outside our villa. I spent the whole holiday trying to get my initials on that machine, it was awesome. 

Why it's important to have 10 minutes to yourself

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As a busy mum to two school-aged boys I find it difficult to find just 10 minutes per day just for me. It might sound ridiculous but when I think about my day it mainly consists of doing things for others or working and just when I think I may get 10 minutes to enjoy a coffee and read a magazine the boys are causing havoc and I have to intervene.

But those 10 minutes to yourself are so important, you really must try to have at least that.
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After chatting to Michelle Reeves a couple of weeks ago I decided to get up 30 minutes earlier than usual. My usual waking time is 6:30am but I thought I would get up at 6am instead so that I could enjoy a hot coffee and watch the news without interruptions or arguments from the boys. 

My alarm went off at 6am and I hit the button quickly so as to not wake the Hubby. I crept out of bed and into the bathroom where I tried to go through my morning routine as quietly as possible. I then crept downstairs, avoiding the one creaky step, and went into the kitchen, closing the door behind me. Closing the door I hoped would keep the noise of the boiling kettle from waking the boys. So I boiled the kettle and made myself a coffee and with my coffee in hand I opened the kitchen door.

Post Comment Love 17th - 19th March

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It's Friday again and that means it's Post Comment Love time again. Link up your best or favourite post of the week, read fab posts from other bloggers, and maybe even make new friends. If you're new here, welcome! It's lovely to see new people linking. And if you're a regular it is so great to see you linking week after week, Stephanie and I really appreciate it. 
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So how is it Friday again already?! 

The weeks are flying by, before you know it the kids will be on their Easter holidays and I'll be shrieking because there's no time for anything! I've got LP's 8th birthday coming up at the beginning of April and he's making requests, which is good in a way because then we don't have to come up with ideas ourselves and not know if he'll like it. 

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