Post Comment Love 17th - 19th November

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Friday keeps rolling around doesn't it? Are you ready for the weekend? Friday can mean only one thing, it's Post Comment Love time. Join Stephanie and I for our weekly linky where we welcome all bloggers, all topics, as long as it was written this week.

This week has been one of the very few weeks during the year where I get to work on the blog continuously every day without interruption. The only interruption I've had this week was having the shopping delivered on Monday, other than that it's been great and I've got lots done. It makes a change and I wish all weeks were like this, unfortunately that rarely happens - there's always something going on.

BP is back home from his trip (yay!) and spending a lot of his time being a teenager, lots of strops, lots of shouting, lots of sulking. When I asked him about his trip he said it was good, they spent a lot of time in cemeteries and walking around, some of it was boring apparently. I know he's growing up and wants to be his own person but I do wish he would talk to me more.





  • Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. 

Rabindranath Tagore





LP on the other hand is full of energy every day, he wakes at about 6:30am and goes to bed at 8pm and every hour between is spent doing some sort of activity. I think I've mentioned that he goes on bike rides with the Hubby every day now too. They both love it and it's helping the Hubby lose weight. LP is the sunshine in the house most days, apart from when he's having a tween strop, and I'm not looking forward to him entering the same stage BP is at now.

It's all a part of parenting isn't it? The different stages are a chance to learn more about ourselves and more about our children. They do have to grow up, they do have to become their own person, it's just hard for us to watch. It's now that I appreciate what my parents went through.

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Too much tech in your home? Here's how to deal with it

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If you live with a family of impressionable children, then it’s fairly standard to have piles and piles of old electronic devices that we simply don’t know what to do with. Some people love hoarding old tech and they’ll keep entire cupboards or boxes full of things like cables, batteries, old games consoles and phones. Even if they don’t work, they’ll still keep them around for nostalgia purposes, and some kids even insist on keeping their old phones despite upgrading “just in case” their new phone breaks.

Keeping around so much tech can be bothersome, so it’s important to find ways in which you can deal with it. If you leave this unchecked, then sooner or later you’re going to find old phones, games and even electronic toys just laying around the home. Sadly, you can’t just throw these out—that would be irresponsible. It’s important to dispose of old tech in a proper manner because the components and batteries can actually cause harm to the environment if disposed of incorrectly. In fact, the toxic materials inside electronics can cause several different health complications, which is why we can’t just simply throw them away with the rest of our trash.

The proper way to dispose of old electronics would be to use a recycling service. Even if your tech and electronics don’t work anymore, the parts inside could be reused. In the event you have something so old that nobody can work with, it will be disposed of in an efficient and eco-friendly manner that won’t harm the environment. For more info, take a look at these fascinating statistics below.





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4 simple ways to keep the kids out of your hair on moving day

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The day of your home move has been rapidly approaching. All you can think about is conveyancing, stress, deeds, stress, boxes, more stress, brown tape and how Fido the dog will cope with the home move. Another niggle of a thought that’s been bothering you is the kids. Although you obviously love them to bits and they are a well-behaved bunch, you have a feeling that their frustrations on moving day could emerge as squabbles, misbehaviour and general low-level annoyances that could add to your already high anxiety levels. All is not lost. Take a look at these ideas to help keep your little darlings busy come the big day.








Encourage them to join in


If you’re busy wrapping and packing as the kids look on wondering what all the rustling is, the chances are that they’ll get bored. The TV is already packed so you can’t use that to distract them and they are starting to fidget. Get them in on the action. Don’t give them responsibility to wrap the delicate antique candelabra that’s been in your family since 1788, but allow them the opportunity to pack some books, CDs and DVDs. If you’re tempted to call in the pros to help you pack as well, take a look at https://www.mybekins.com/location/sarasota-fl-movers/ to discover the advantages and disadvantages to relinquishing the packing duties.









Pets

If you have some family pets, consider asking the kids to be responsible for them. This gives them a real sense of purpose for moving day. Their main focus will be the wellbeing of the animal that they’ve been allocated. If little Jimmy is looking after Fido, he’ll be more concerned about the mutt getting fed and watered than himself.








Games


Like with any long journey, the ubiquitous ‘Are we there yet?’ whine from the back seat can get under your skin and cause your stress levels to bubble away until they reach boiling point. Stock the back seat up with games and quizzes like the ones suggested at http://www.minitime.com/trip-tips/10-Best-Car-Games-for-Kids-article. Rent or buy a couple of portable DVD players for the journey and have a stash of age-appropriate movies in the back. With their earplugs in, they can while away a good few hours as you get a little bit of peace and quiet en route to your new humble abode.









Unpacking


When you finally arrive at your new pad, you might be aching for a cuppa whereas your little cherubs may be eager to launch themselves into your new property and race around every room at breakneck speed. To try and mitigate this youthful adrenaline rush, allow your kids to select their rooms and unpack their belongings. Giving them some responsibility to set up their little piece of the home will calm them down and channel their excitement into a much more worthwhile task.

Moving home can be a stressful experience. However, you can use some good old sneaky tactics to keep the kids busy and alleviate some of the anxieties of the big day.

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What do you LOVE about YOURSELF?

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As a busy mum you always put others first, you punish yourself when things go wrong and blame yourself if something is forgotten. You don't spend enough time taking care of yourself and there aren't many things about yourself that you actually like. But I can bet there is at least one thing you love about yourself, you just need to remember what that is.

It's important to have at least one thing you love about yourself. It may be that you just 'like' it, but there's got to be one thing that you don't hate. 




Learn to love yourself


I have to admit that in the beginning, before you've been told something about you is awesome, it can be difficult to think of anything you love about yourself. You might be working on losing weight (like me) and you're thinking "when I get to my target weight I'll love myself", or you're about to have a hair cut and think it will all be better once your hair is done. 

The thing is these things are in the future, they require changes to make you happy.

Take a minute right now (yes, right now!) and think about yourself. There is one thing about yourself that you don't want to change, there really is one thing that you're happy with - even if you have to be pushed to think of it.





  • Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out. 

Jenn Proske





It takes time to realise what the one thing is sometimes and once you do realise what it is it might surprise you.




What I love


My hair. 

I used to hate my hair, it was thick and unruly, a mousy-brown colour that I hated and it never looked good. When I was a teenager I lived my days with a ponytail and often cut my hair short because when it was long it was far too uncontrollable. 



Me, aged 6 or 7 - check out that hair!


Over the last few years though I have come to truly love my hair. It is not sleek and shiny, it does not have wonderful curls every day, but it is my hair. I have a wonderful hairdresser who knows how to cut my hair so I am able to have long hair, something I dreamed of having when I was teenager. I can style my hair however I like, be it a mum-bun*, wavy and unruly, or straight, and no matter what I do with it, it behaves. I also have my hair dyed and found a colour that suits me far more than my natural colour. 

More than all the changes though I know that my hair is part of who I am. It is more "me" now than it has ever been. I don't know what I would do if I was to lose my hair, it would be like losing a part of myself. 

Plastic surgery is something I've never even thought about, the idea of changing my body by having someone cut something out just makes me shudder. It's not something I would consider, especially not for vanity. However when it comes to my hair I would consider a hair transplant. It's amazing what doctors can achieve these days and things like the FUE hair transplant procedure at Harley Street Hair Clinic make it possible to get your hair back after hair loss.

There are other parts of myself that I love but my hair is my favourite. 



Rocking the mum bun!




What do you love?


Liking yourself is not easy, especially when you spend most days taking care of everyone else. How can you like yourself, never mind love yourself, when you're rushing around for others? You don't get the time for a shower most of the time so how could you like anything? 

But it is SO important to have something you can see and say "actually, yes, I love that!". Even if it's something you just "kinda" like about yourself you need to find it. 

You need to have that thing you can look at on your darkest days and smile. There has to be at least one thing you love/like about yourself.




  • Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that's when you're most beautiful. 

Zoe Kravitz





Do one thing for me?


If you've read this post and thought there isn't anything about yourself that you love, reach out. It can be to me (I would love to hear from you), or to someone you see everyday. Another person's perspective can shed light where there doesn't seem to be any and hearing what someone else likes about you might help you see what you love about yourself. 

It can be anything and I would love to hear what you come up with.

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Not just stocking fillers from Sports Direct

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This time of year all (or most) purchases are about Christmas right? The next few weeks we spend money, collect gifts and store them in the best hiding place we can find. The gifts range from huge things that we struggle to even get into the house to small stocking fillers. I've always struggled with stocking fillers, I mean, how much do you spend on a stocking filler? Do your kids even have stockings?




Stockings


Stockings have changed so much since I was young, I remember my stocking being one of my own long white socks and it was stuck to the end of my bed using a drawing pin. I distinctly remember the pin coming out of the bed one year and me standing on it. OUCH! 

My stocking would be filled with things to keep me occupied in the early hours of the morning so that I didn't wake my parents too early. I know this now because I'm a parent and have considered using similar tactics! At the time though I thought it was an amazing feat of Santa's to creep into my bedroom and fill my stocking with wonderful goodies.






  • Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.

Pindar




The goodies I received back then were satsumas, raisins, and possibly a cheap toy to keep me occupied. There were no actual presents, just enough to make me happy but not quite enough to make me get my parents out of bed.

These days stockings are huge things, like Santa's suit they're red with white fluffy bits around the top, or you can buy personalised ones. They're much bigger than my one long white sock and can fit all kinds of things in them. 




Stocking fillers


Like I said, in the 80's (when I was a young girl) stocking fillers consisted of fruit, some sweets and maybe a few cheap toys if your parents could swing it. If I'm honest I'm not sure when the change happened but these days stocking fillers seem to be more about something special - much like the regular presents.






I've heard of people receiving a 3DS in their stocking or even a mobile phone which is crazy! To me a stocking filler will always be about the quick satisfaction of knowing that Santa has visited.

If a stocking filler costs more than a fiver then you've spent too much as far as I'm concerned. The stocking should be filled with small things, treats that don't cost much but show that Santa has sprinkled his magic.

Of course there are some things that cost less than £5 but are too big to fit in a stocking (unless you have a huge stocking!) and that's fine, it can still be a "stocking filler"

In my efforts to get a few bits and pieces for the boys' stockings this year I headed to the Sports Direct website where they have a fantastic range of toys and gifts for less than £5. I picked out a few things, some just a few pounds and some £5 but none more than £5. The selection of toys for less than £5 surprised me actually and I found it really easy to choose several toys for not only my boys but for my nieces and nephews too. 




Gifts


To be honest it wasn't until I was browsing the Sports Direct website that I realised how useful they are for Christmas gifts. I managed to add a one or two things to the list to buy at a future time and I even made a purchase I wasn't expecting to make.






The Hubby's favourite men's perfume of the moment is Jean Paul Gautier "Le Male" and I planned on buying it from either Amazon or The Perfume Shop. While I was browsing this perfume happened to come up in one of my searches and I was surprised at the price - £54.99. I was sure it was more than that when I'd checked.

Over the next few minutes I checked the other sites to make sure I wasn't imagining it and sure enough the gift set from Sports Direct was much cheaper than anywhere else I'd seen it. I made the purchase immediately!






I never expected to find any other gifts on the Sports Direct website but it turns out that they're quite useful. With a teenaged son who is rather awkward to buy for Sports Direct have lots of things I'll be purchasing, including trainers, and I'll be stopping by their website again when it comes to birthdays too. 




Cheap vs cheap


Okay, so the other thing I'd always presumed about Sports Direct is that their products were cheap but not cheap. Does that make sense?

I don't know what gave me the impression but I thought that the products bought from Sports Direct would cost as much as if you bought them from, say, Nike, but that the quality would be worse. I really don't know why I thought this and after my recent purchases I'm happy to say that I was wrong. 





  • Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone. 

Charles M. Schulz





The quality of the products is as you would expect from any retailer. The perfume gift set I bought  has a full bottle of the perfume as well as the shower gel and cream and I have no doubt it's the real deal - I could smell it when I opened the box! 

Sports Direct is cheaper than other retailers for some products, like the men's perfume set, but the products are not cheap. 




A changed opinion


Products I have bought from Sports Direct recently have shown me that they're a great place to search for Christmas gifts, including stocking fillers. Their range of products for less than £5 is brilliant, there's something there for everyone, and their other gifts are great too.






I have no doubt I'll be going to the Sports Direct website again before Christmas!


This post is an entry for BritMums #sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect.com.

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