Tracky Train OUT NOW!

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This is it people! Tracky Train is OUT NOW!!

About the game


Lay track to stay ahead of the speeding Train. Keep moving or the Train will catch up and CRASH into you! Stay ahead by making sure the Train picks up the waiting passengers and stops at the stations to drop them off. 



By swiping across the screen you control the handcar and lay tracks for the train that is following you. As the train goes past passengers it stops to pick them up (unless it's full) and each time you drop off passengers at a station you earn coins. You use your coins to upgrade your train and unlock new ones.

Nurture your kids' immunity with new-look Nurture Drinks

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With the focus on sugar in drinks at the moment I'm on the lookout for healthy drinks for my boys. Getting them to drink water is the best way to nurture their immunity but them actually drinking water is another matter.
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I have started adding Robinsons Squash'd to their water to get them to drink it, and it's proving popular. 

But another way you could get your kids drinking more healthy drinks is to try out the new-look Nurture.

Nurture is basically water blended with fruit juice and it has "no added nonsense". The drinks are enriched with vitamins and minerals to boost your child's immunity.

5 things I learned from BritMums Live

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I attended BritMums Live on Saturday and I'm still recovering, it was tiring and it's taken me until now to be able to think about the things I learned.

It was an amazing day and I met so many wonderful people that I've admired for a long time. I laughed, cried, pulled my back, and ate nice food, but most of all I learned.



1. It is a tiring day.


Getting up at 5am and not arriving home until after 10:30pm means you'll need at least a whole day to recover. I travelled from Nottingham train station and arrived in London at 9:30am, it should've been earlier than that but there were problems with the line and I had to change trains in Luton. These problems contributed to my stress levels which may have added to my need for recovery time. But it's not just the early morning that got to me, the busy day spent learning, and talking, and then not getting home until late meant I was wiped out. My brain felt like it had turned to mush from working so hard!

Next time I will probably stay in London either one or two nights to make the whole thing a little less stressful and allow me time to process.


What I Read 52

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What better way to spend Sunday than relaxing on the sofa and reading through my selection in this week's What I Read.

I was at BritMums Live yesterday and am exhausted so I'm spending my Sunday relaxing. Reading is one of the best ways to relax right? So I've got a great selection for you this week.






Yvonne wrote a brilliant post about strength a while ago. When I first started reading I thought the post was about make-up as the title is Putting My Face On, and like Yvonne's mum it's something my mum used to say too. However, as I continued to read I realised that this post is about so much more than make-up, it's about strength and determination. A great read.











Parenting a child with autism is difficult, you face new (and old) challenges all the time. When I think of autistic children I usually imagine small children, say 6 or 7, but of course those children grow up. Debbie's post, Parenting an Older Child With Autism, explains how challenging it continues to be when your child has autism.









Although I'd heard the word Fibromyalgia I had no idea what it was. Then I read Laura's post Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2016. Laura has Fibromyalgia and it doesn't sound like much fun at all. It's funny how we feel we can judge how someone is feeling by how they look isn't it? And like Laura says, "just because you cannot see it, does not mean I do not suffer". Please do head over and read.











Having had a fabulous week Kim shares her word of the week, Super. In her post she writes about the wonderful week her and her family have had. I love this kind of positivity, it makes me smile and brightens my day. 











When you're stressed you can get bogged down with the little details and you're not as patient as usual. It can be tough dealing with stress but @mrs_tubbs has got the post for you: Things to do when feeling stressed. She's written some top tips for easing the stress and they're great ones too. I particularly like a comment by Rev T. Go check it out now.











Travelling with children can be really stressful, you need to make sure you have lots of entertainment to keep them busy while on a plane. But how do you entertain a toddler? Or a baby? Before going on holiday Katie asked her friends for tips on how to survive the plane journey with her little one. It turns out that the advice she got wasn't great, as she explains in Why everything I was told about travelling with a baby was wrong.


Post Comment Love 24th - 26th June

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Welcome to Post Comment Love, THE best linky in town (okay, so I may be biased). Link up your favourite post of the week to give it that extra bit of love. 

Well, it's BritMums Live TOMORROW!! I can't believe it, it's come around so fast. It seems only two minutes ago I was wondering whether or not to buy a ticket. I have my list of people to look out for, I have my business cards, but I have yet to get my bag ready! I should probably do that huh? If you're there tomorrow do say hello, I'd love to meet you!

I've got BP off school today, another INSET day. I do wonder sometimes how many of those days they need. Saying that though, it's one less thing to think about today so that's good. My head is occupied with BritMums stuff and I'm convinced I'll forget something or make a complete fool of myself.

My Doodles Dragon Watch Review

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In a previous post I explained how My Doodles have teamed up with Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens to produce a selection of products to raise money. 

For every sale they make 50p goes directly to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. 

I was sent the Dragon Watch recently to review and when LP saw it he thought it was great.



LP loved that it had a Dragon on it and that it was blue. He's just starting to learn about telling the time at school and so he thought it was great that he had a watch to practice with. 

Enjoy More Water with Robinsons Squash'd

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This week I've been continuing with my ParkLives challenge and enjoyed a walk on Friday. The rain held off (thankfully), and during our walk we stuck to the paths in Wollaton Park. It was warm but dull and although I had my coat I think I could've managed without it. 
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It was a shorter walk last week because of the weather and we only managed 1.8 miles but at least it's something. I enjoyed chatting to the women again as we wandered around the park and it was great being outdoors. 

My weight is pretty much the same, I've put some on and I've lost some. I'm not sure if I need to be putting in more effort but right now I'm happy to maintain. As long as I'm not gaining weight constantly then I'm good. The walks are definitely helping, and even if it's only once per week at least it's something. 


The last couple of weeks I've been trying to drink more water, they say it helps you lead a healthier lifestyle. I've switched my morning coffee for a pint of iced water and I have to say I've been enjoying it. 

As part of the #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge the boys and I have been trying out Robinsons Squash'd, the super concentrated squash that comes in a bottle small enough to keep in your handbag! The Robinsons range contains no added sugar, is free from artificial colours and preservatives and is a great way to get drinking more water this summer.

Beating mum loneliness by attending Britmums Live!

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Even with children aged 7 and 11 I struggle with mum loneliness. I work at home, as does the Hubby, so it's not like I'm alone at any time, but the friendships are the things I miss.

Before having children I had lots of friends, I saw them frequently and enjoyed lots of nights out. But life happened and I, and they, moved on. These days I have one or two friends but I don't see them often at all. It's usually just a quick "hello" at the school gates when I'm dropping LP off.

What I miss about my mum friends is the gossip, the mindless chatter and laughs that you can't really get anywhere else.

That's why I'm looking forward to attending Britmums Live on Saturday. It's going to be a very long day, I'll be waking at 5:30am to get the train from Nottingham into London and then there will be a long walk to The Brewery.

What I Read 51

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This week I've decided to do a special Dad's version of What I Read, gotta give those dads the extra love today!








An amusing but touching post from Jeremy over at Thirsty Daddy entertained me a while back. Fancy a ghostly story then check out I see little people, in which Jeremy writes about a particularly scary night. The ending is brilliant and will definitely entertain you!













For some unknown reason I'd not visited Dave's blog, the DADventurer, until recently but knew it would make my 'must read' list. The post I read was Ensuring Your Toddler Has An Active Lifestyle and Dave talks about keeping his little one active. It's always great to see dads trying to set a good example.












I love most of Tim's posts but The loneliness of being away in particular struck a chord with me. As the wife of a man who has spent a lot of his working life travelling to the USA and Japan I could totally relate to this. I've often listened to the Hubby's complaints about leaving us again to go on a trip and how it's not all glamorous like people imagine. The Hubby was always happy to be home, just like Tim is at the end of his post.









John's post, Father Christmas: the subject of playground gossip, had me nodding and laughing along. Mostly because I've had to have a discussion about Santa with BP and we're still keeping the magic alive for LP. It's a difficult balance sometimes and I'm sure the LP will soon realise what's really going on but while we can we're keeping Santa alive in our house. For John this discussion with his little one was a relief, but at the same time he was saddened. Have you had the talk about Santa with your kids yet? Stop by and let John know how you coped with it.












A post by Al over at The Dad Network had me laughing; I'm Turning Into My Dad! PLUS The Official Top Ten Dadisms! I giggled along while reading this post because I'm just the same with my mum. I say things my mum said when I was a teen, I find myself echoing her words ALL THE TIME! A great way to celebrate dads... turning into them!











Being a huge fan of Netflix it's always lovely to read when someone else has found that they love it too. Add to that the fact that I've found another Dad blog I enjoy reading and I was one happy lady! Tom, who writes at Diary of the Dad, has just joined the Netflix Stream Team and they've been trying out the various TV series. I'll be interested to hear more about the things Tom enjoys watching as he explores the app more.


Help me celebrate these great Dad Bloggers by stopping by and reading their posts!

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Post Comment Love 17th-19th June

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Welcome back for another week of Post Comment Love when we welcome back Stephanie from her holiday, hope you had a great time Steph! 

Hasn't the weather been awful this week? BP arrived home on Tuesday soaked to the skin, he looked so miserable. What on earth has happened to the lovely weather we were enjoying last week. I think I'm going to have a talk with mother nature about all this rain, it's just not on!

Onto more positive things...

The Hubby and I celebrated our 9th anniversary yesterday. It's amazing how fast the time goes, I can't believe it's been 9 years. When we visited Bolsover Castle recently it was so nice to remember the day and how, even though it rained, everything turned out great in the end. 

Visiting Bolsover Castle on our anniversary

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Nine years ago today I married my best friend.

Yep, the Hubby and I have been married for 9 years, Happy Anniversary to us!


Coming from a family that was torn apart by divorce getting married was a big step for me. When I was a teenager I swore I would never marry. It's funny how quickly you change your mind when you find the right person isn't it?

Staying Healthy with the ParkLives Challenge

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My weight is yo-yoing at the moment, one minute I'm losing 3lbs and the next I'm gaining 2lbs. It's not great but it's not getting me down either.
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I've been trying my best to do some exercise and keep eating healthy food. It's hard to get motivated to do exercise most of the time but I was challenged to take part in the ParkLives project recently. 

ParkLives from Coca-Cola is an easy way for you to make the most out of your local park. It offers free and fun activities in your local parks and all you have to do is book a slot! It launched in 2014 in Birmingham, Newcastle, and the London borough of Newham, was extended to include Nottingham, Manchester, and Glasgow in 2015 and this year they've extended again to include Dundee, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, and Swansea. 

With ParkLives you're able to take part in activities like Zumba or dog-walking at your local park and perhaps meet new people while you're doing it. 

Do you lock your door when you're home?

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When I was at the hairdressers last Monday it surprised me to learn that not everyone locks their doors when they're at home. 

One of the ladies at the salon was chatting about an incident that happened at her home the previous evening. She was sitting watching TV with her daughter when a man entered her house through the open front door and stood there looking around. She said it looked like he was "eyeing up the place" and she phoned the police.

Hearing her story shocked me, I mean I didn't think people left their doors unlocked, even when they're home. So my question for you is do YOU?

When you're at home do you lock your doors?
Or do you leave doors unlocked and only lock them when you go out?

Our doors are always locked, whether we're in or out.

Kids summer shoes

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As the summer is nearing (even though it might not seem like it right now) it's time to get prepared for the sunnier days. Not only do you have to think about your own footwear choices but you'll need to decide which summer shoes you'll be getting for your kids. 

To help with your decision I've put together a selection of girls, boys and gender neutral shoes and sandals that would be great for your kids this summer.


Supermarkets


I'll start with the supermarkets because they're always my first stop.

At our local Tesco there isn't much choice for boys, but plenty for girls. It annoys me a little that the girls section is huge and I always struggle to find anything for my boys. But anyway, online there's a bigger selection and you can order something to be delivered to your local store if you want to. 

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These Florence & Fred Fisherman Sandals cost just £8 and with the tan colour I think they're good for boys and girls. Coupled with denim shorts and their favourite t-shirt they'll be able to enjoy the sunshine and look good.






What I Read 50

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I cannot believe I've written 50 What I Read posts! That's amazing! I must like reading lots of blog posts. 

Welcome to another week of What I Read and I'm pleased to say I have another six fantastic posts for you.





Starting a new chapter in your life can be scary but it can also be very exciting. Ell, over at The Lucky Truth, is beginning a new chapter and is relishing in the new challenges she'll face. I loved her post The Next Chapter... #TheLifeOfEll in which she talks about the next steps. It's a very inspiring post.











I'm a bit rubbish when it comes to Instagram, I post irregularly and don't know which hashtags I should use. I always enjoy reading tips and how-to's for Instagram and that's why I chose Monika's post How I've gained 1000 engaged real followers on Instagram month on month. In the post Monika explains that she too was a bit rubbish with Instagram but she made some fundamental changes to the kinds of photos she shared, along with other changes, and she got lots more followers. If you're an Instagram dummy like me, check out Monika's post.










Even on the darkest of days a smile can make you feel better. In the winter months I make a conscious effort to smile at people more, in the spring and summer months it's easier. You can't know the impact a simple smile can have on someone's day. I loved Sharon's post The magic of a smile, in which she talks the wonderful feelings a smile gives you, and there's a cute photo too! 











Rebecca is a newbie blogger and has learned a lot in the short time she's been blogging. I don't remember what it was like for me back when I'd only been blogging for a couple of months but I loved Rebecca's post, 7 weeks of blogging, my favourite things so far... There are so many wonderful things about blogging and it seems a lot of them are apparent straight away! 










It's always great to read an inspiring post that pushes you to try that little bit harder, whether it's with your job, your home, or your relationships. Kate's post Why Your Life is Mediocre - and That's Okay (Unless It's Not) is a brilliant inspiring piece of writing that offers a giveaway too. Hone your craft with the help of a writing course! What's not to love about that? Stop by and I assure you it will give you the kick you need!











Renee has skipped the queue this week with her wonderful post On Being One Of 'Those Mums'. In her post she is asking you to support the #SeriouslyAwkward campaign by tweeting your MP about protecting vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds. There's a debate next week and Renee is trying to raise awareness, please do stop by.






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Post Comment Love 10th - 12th June

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Welcome to another week of Post Comment Love. This week Stephanie is on holiday (and I hope she's having a fab time) so I've got the lovely Jayne from Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs  guest co-hosting. I hope you'll give her the blog love you show Stephanie and me.

I'm glad to be back into normal routine again now after half-term. It's taken most of the week but the kitchen is looking respectable, the boys are back to driving me nuts after school, and my blogging is on course.

I've been loving the sun this week, I snapped the gorgeous photo above in our garden on Wednesday. It's awesome being able to walk outdoors without a coat, donning my stylish sunglasses, and smiling. LP loves it too, he's been able to play outside after school every day and on Tuesday he didn't come inside until bedtime! It's great to see him enjoying being outside, he can entertain himself for hours. It won't be long though until he's asking to get the badminton set out, I'm sure he asked about it back in February but it was far too cold and windy.

How do you meet other mums and make friends?

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My boys are 11 and 7, I'm a blogger and I spend the majority of my days in my home office tapping away at the keyboard. I think it's really hard to meet other mums at the same or similar stage of parenting as me and make friends.

I'd love to meet people who could pop out for a coffee while the kids are at school. I'd like to chat to someone who knows what it's like. I already know loads of bloggers, but most of them have younger children and while they're my friends it would be nice to have a few friends who are at the same stage of parenting as me. 

There is only one person I can think of that is, and she lives in a different country so it's not like we could pop out for a coffee!

So how do you meet other mums and make friends?

Do you weigh yourself every day?

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The standard advice when you're dieting in NOT to weigh yourself every day. It can dampen spirits when you don't lose any weight day after day. Over my years of dieting and trying to lose weight I've learned that I do better when I weigh myself every day.

When I check my weight daily I get to see the fluctuations, I get to watch the effects of certain foods and how long they last, and I get to understand why my weight goes up (or down). I'm not suggesting that this would work for everyone but for me it works best.

This week is a prime example of why.

Handmade Burger Co. Nottingham Review

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All of us love burgers, Burger King, Five Guys, and McDonalds are on our 'most visited' list. A good burger goes down really well and makes us all happy.

When I was asked to review the Handmade Burger Co. that has recently opened in Nottingham I did a happy dance. Until the branch in Nottingham opened our nearest branch was in Sheffield, and that's a long way to travel, even if it is for a good burger. I was very happy to learn there was a branch open in Nottingham and it was already on our list to visit.

Located on the ground floor of the intu Victoria Centre, it is easy to get to from the Trinity Car Park and fairly convenient if you're out shopping too.



As we entered the restaurant we were welcomed with a smile and the friendly atmosphere put me at ease. It's always a little worrying when visiting restaurants with the boys, I often wonder if they're happy to see children. At the Handmade Burger Co. they were welcomed and the helpful and friendly staff were happy to explain the menu to the boys.

What I Read May Roundup

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Can you believe another month has gone by? Before you know it we'll be talking about Christmas! Here we are at the start of June and that means it's time for my monthly roundup of What I Read. Here's what I loved in May.


What I Read 47 included some great posts, most of which evoked some powerful emotions. Ruebi wrote a post about how people tend to judge the condition rather than the person when they find out someone has depression or anxiety. Be sure to check out Diagnosis Ruebi.

Jenny wrote a brave and powerful post about her experience of an emergency c-section and how it's taken a long time for her to come to terms with what happened to her. In Trauma, Guilt and Time: how I finally came to terms with my c-section Jenny talks about the pain she suffered and all the emotions that come with having a c-section.

Breast vs Bottle - an argument between mothers that has spanned eons (or at least it seems that way), but it's one that I always questioned. Why do these women have to fight over something like that? Collette wrote a brilliant post, Breast feeding vs Bottle feeding The Debate... and why it really doesn't matter, and I think it's definitely worth a read!

Being a mum of boys I enjoyed reading Brothers... A camaraderie that cannot be broken. When they're growing up they change, sometimes they fight like cat and dog and sometimes they're the best of friends, but will that friendship last into adulthood... we think so.

I didn't always want to be a mum, I had images in my head of frumpy dresses, daytime TV, and lots and lots of nappies. It's not something that appealed to me very much. I didn't want to lose myself after having children like so many women seemed to. Of course that's not what happened, I had children and have actually found myself. The image of being a mum used to be very different to what it is now and these days we are allowed to be whoever we want. That's why reading Belonging to the Motherhood was so great, Sarah hit the nail on the head with this one. 

Do you believe in the tooth fairy? LP does and he lost his first tooth recently. He was so excited about the visit from the tooth fairy that I had to set an alarm on my phone to remind me of the impending visit. However, I wasn't always so organised and have, on occasion, had late visits from the tooth fairy. I could totally relate to 5 reasons why the tooth fairy never came.




What I Read 48 had a mix of posts, some made me laugh and some brought tears to my eyes. I had a good giggle when I saw How To Avoid Throttling Your Child, I've needed this list on so many occasions and even though it's meant for those with younger children I'll definitely be using it when I'm close to breaking point with BP!

Every day life can seem mundane or boring but you never know when something will happen to change everything, be it exciting or worrying. But imagine living with the uncertainty of change all the time. A touching post, and a must read is On how life is one big Uncertainty. Which isn't always okay...

My go-to guru when it comes to blogging is Vicki, aka Honest Mum. She's a blogging rockstar and is always able to inspire. Whatever your definition of success Vicki has 10 tips on succeeding in business and life!

Body issues, something almost every woman out there has suffered from and something that the media seem to enjoy perpetuating. They promote ridiculous diets, say that healthy looking celebrities are too "fat" or "chubby" and airbrush models' photos on the front of the glossy magazines. How on earth are we ever supposed to feel good about ourselves? That's why I loved Charlie's post Why body-shamers can kiss my (squidgy) butt!

Being a stay-at-home mum and looking after those little ones day in day out can take its toll. It can make you feel like you're going crazy, you're exhausted at the end of every day, and your loving partner is there by your side every step of the way. They are supportive and they take the abuse, even though none of it is their fault. If this sounds familiar you should check out Dear Husband: I'm Sorry, a heartfelt post to the other half.

When I saw the title of this next post I thought it was a daddy bashing post but I was happy to discover it was not. Check out the lovely poem from Dawn, 10 Signs it's Daddy Day.




What I Read 49 brought another mix of posts. In Besties Forever Laura writes a lovely post about her daughters and how, although they're growing apart they will always be best friends. This was such a nice post to read, having two sisters myself I could totally relate.

Making sure that your children enjoy reading is a goal for most parents, I've struggled with getting BP to read but LP loves reading. I enjoyed Debbie's post We've Created A Monster in which she talks about her daughter and her reasons behind wanting to read a particular book. I loved this post and laughed out loud when I read it.

When you take the decision to become a stay-at-home mum it can be a daunting prospect. Being at home all the time, not really knowing what to expect, it can be a scary time. Karen has just stepped into the world of being a stay-at-home mum, and she's looking forward to the ride. Be sure to check out I just got my P45.

Any mum of boys has to resign herself to the fact that he is going to like video games. Whether it's console games or iPad or something else there will be something he totally loves and becomes obsessed with. Any mums that have gamer sons are my friend because I know just what they're going through. Catie is one of those mums and I totally loved that she is embracing her boys' love of games by showcasing them in Gamer Zone: top ten favourite games.

Being a blogger you can often feel like you're always learning, like there's no more space in your head for any more information. But perhaps all you need to do is increase your brain power? I loved the post 107 tips to increase your brain power, it's full of gifs, pictures and information. 

In the US lately there has been some controversy surrounding transgender people and public bathrooms. I find it shocking that people are "afraid" to use the public bathrooms because they found out that transgender people use them. It seems ridiculous to me. I loved Jeremy's post True Bathroom Fears, in which he discusses the issues and his fears about public bathrooms. Please do head over and read. 



And that's all folks! Hope you find something you enjoy reading.

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