How to spend a night in with your hubby #AD

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With two boys at home and a limited supply of babysitters, nights out with the Hubby are in short supply. I'm not complaining, in fact over the years we've got rather used to having awesome night's in.



What you'll need:



The perfect movie

You'll want to find a movie that has a big of everything; moving, romantic, and even sad. The most important thing though, is that you watch it together. If you're unsure which movie to choose, why not try Me Before You? It's a movie that will have you reaching for a Kleenex within about 30 minutes of starting.

Post Comment Love 28th - 30th October

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Post Comment Love is back again for another week of linking and giving those posts the extra love they need. Link up your best post of the week and we'll show it the love it deserves!

As you can imagine this week has been hectic with the boys being at home for half term. I was a little less organised this time than I'd like and we haven't managed to do an awful lot but we combine a trip to a theme park with a visit to see family on Wednesday. It was great seeing my dad and they got to see what the boys are like when they're going crazy!

The boys are looking forward to going trick-or-treating on Monday, and BP has invited one of his friends along with us which means he'll get into the spirit of it (I hope). LP cannot wait, and this year we even bought a pumpkin - the carving ought to be fun!

The darker days are starting to get me down a little so I'm making the most of the daylight hours by sitting in our lightest rooms and trying to get as much daylight exposure as possible. Of course it is nice to snuggle under a blanket at night when things get colder.

How are you coping with the colder weather and darker days?




The Bigger Ones Tag

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Getting my boys to talk about anything is difficult, when I ask them a question I usually get a one word answer. Sometimes I can have whole conversations with them but this only happens on rare occasions when they're feeling particularly sociable.

A few weeks ago I was tagged by the lovely Catie over at An Imperfect Mum for The Bigger Ones tag. I get to ask my boys 10 questions and maybe learn a little bit about them!



An interview with LP (7 years old)



Who is your best friend?


Dylan.


What do you want to be when you grow up?


A typer. Someone who types.




If you could have one super power what would it be?



Teleportation.



Bustin' a move with Frubes

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My boys love yoghurts, for the boys they're tasty treats and for me, it's an easy way of making sure they get plenty of calcium and vitamin D in their diet. LP has always liked milk, he has it with his cereal in a morning, has milk at school, and, like I said, he loves his yoghurts. BP is slightly more difficult to please, he won't drink milk and refuses to have it on his cereal so making sure he gets plenty of calcium and vitamin D in his diet is a little more challenging. 

Frubes is the largest portable yoghurt brand, you can put them in lunchboxes or school bags as a healthy treat during the day. Available in Strawberry, Red Berry, Peach, and Banana flavours they contain vitamin D and calcium which help to build strong bones. 

10 Games to play with your school-aged children

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Regular readers of Morgan's Milieu know that my boys are 7 and 12 years old and we regularly play games together. It could be computer games or board games, either way you're spending time with your children having fun.

The games we like to play depends on what kind of mood we're in and how much console games the boys have played recently. Below you can see my game suggestions and what I think of them.


Console Games



Splatoon


Paint your base with your colour using paint guns, huge brushes, paint bombs... Paint your opponent's area in your colour. But beware - they're trying to do the same. The winner is the team with the largest coloured area.

Me Before You signed poster giveaway with Warner Bros.

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A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited down to London for a special viewing of Me Before You at the Warner Bros. Studios. It was the first time I'd ventured into London alone when I wasn't going to a blogging conference and I was rather nervous. 

As it turned out I got into London on the train without any issues and managed to find my way to the Warner Bros. Studios. It was quite daunting walking into the place and as I wandered up to the reception desk the gentlemen welcomed me and handed me my pass. 

Before we were shown into the screening room I thought about the movie I was about to see. I'll be honest and say that I hadn't even heard of Me Before You. Looking at the promotion images I figured it would be a romantic comedy, I love romantic comedies and was looking forward to watching.

Even Batman was looking forward to watching!

Starring Emilia Clarke (played Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (played Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games) Me Before You is no romantic comedy. From a few minutes into the film I soon realised Me Before You is no romantic comedy, in fact it is based on a book of the same name by Jojo Moyes.

Post Comment Love 21st - 23rd October

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Hello my lovely fellow bloggers! Welcome back to another Post Comment Love where your posts can get some extra love.

I've been struggling this week to cope with everything, I've written less posts, I think blogger's block has been lurking, and the house is a mess. On the plus side I did tidy the kitchen yesterday and I now have an island unit that is not completely jammed with papers and toys!

I was so busy last week that I forgot to post a photo of my new glasses! So here it is people...

Do you like my snazzy earrings too?

10 things to do during half-term

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After the long summer holidays the October half-term can whizz by without you leaving the house but with a little planning you (and your children) can have as much fun during half-term as you did in the summer.

All those activities you did during the summer are still valid, you just have to prepare for colder weather. 


Chester Zoo


We visited Chester Zoo in the summer holidays, the day we chose to go it poured with rain but it didn't make much difference to our day. We took coats and an umbrella and wandered around the zoo. The great thing was that the weather had put people off so there were less people than would've been there if it had been sunny. That meant we could walk around and see the animals without lots of people blocking LP's view. Chester Zoo even have an indoor picnic area so you can still take a picnic with you. Win!


Make Christmas Special with a Magic Santa Letter

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As my boys have grown I have an increasing fear of the magic of Christmas disappearing so every year I try to think of new ways to keep the magic alive. For BP it's difficult, he's 12 and he knows the secret but I still try to make it special and magical for him. LP is 7 so it's a little easier to convince of the magic and this year I've found the perfect way to bring a smile to his face.


A Magic Santa Letter


How would your child like to receive a letter from Santa? 


You can make your little one's Christmas for as little as £3.99 with a Magic Santa Letter, a personalised letter written by Santa and delivered to your home. The envelope will have your child's name on, the letter will be addressed to them and they will receive a special 'Good Child' Certificate. The letter and certificate are sent in the standard "North Pole Express" envelope.

Post Comment Love 14th - 16th October

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Welcome back to Post Comment Love where your best post of the week gets the extra attention it needs. It's great to see this linky doing so well week after week and I'm so proud to be the co-host with Stephanie.

I'm still playing catch up but as always I'm getting there. It takes a lot of effort to keep up the progress every day for hours on end and sometimes you just need a break. I took the break but unfortunately that means I have to spend time catching up. Like I said though, I'm getting there.

I now have my new glasses and I can see again! Not that I couldn't see before but things are a lot clearer from a distance and driving at night is much better now. It was great driving to the supermarket and not being almost blinded by the cars driving towards me.

Creating a brightFuture by making small changes with Unilever

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When I was in school (many years ago) I used to fret about the future of the world. I worried all the time about environmental issues, whether people and animals would have enough of what they needed to survive. I was concerned because it seemed like not enough was being done to ensure a brighter future.
rainbow-overhead

Fast forward to now and I'm feeling much better about the future, much like most parents (between 70-80%) who believe that, compared with themselves, their children will live longer, have a better education and better job prospects, and will enjoy life more, even if they will have to work harder to reap the rewards of the greater benefits ahead.



Small changes


In the last few years I have made a few small changes to my everyday tasks that make me feel better about ensuring a brighter future. We keep a large cardboard box in our kitchen to keep all the small recyclable cardboard in before putting it into the recycling bin. Doing that has completely changed our recycling habits and we actively search for things to recycle now.

Tips for getting your children to do chores

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I wrote a post a while ago about children's chores and what they teach them about responsibility but actually getting your children to do those chores can be a challenge. 

My boys, LP and BP, both do chores every day and we've settled on what works for us. There are lots of ways to encourage your children to do chores and you need to use what works for you, that can depend on the age of your children, your lifestyle, and your parenting style.

Below I'm listing things I've used in the past and the method I use now with the reasons they did or didn't work for us. 



Lists


First things first, the best way of getting results is to have a list of chores that your children can see. If they can see the jobs they need to do they can choose which ones to do first, this gives them a little control and makes them think they have a say. You can use a written list for older children but for younger children that can't yet read perhaps try pictures.


Simple ways to enjoy family time away from technology

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With our lives continually revolving around technology it's easy to forget the simple things that can bring us joy and fun. But if we take a minute, focus on enjoying ourselves, and take a step away from technology we may find joy in surprising places.

Months ago (perhaps even years!) I bought 2 bubbles things for the boys and put them away. Over the weekend the Hubby and I were clearing out our spare room and we found the toys. Once we'd finished the job we gave the boys the bubbles toys and headed outside.

For 15 minutes the boys had a great time making bubbles, trying to catch them, and popping them. The sun was going down, but still shining, and we were all outdoors. As I stood watching my boys have fun I couldn't help but smile. Apart from my phone (to take photos) there was no technology in sight and the boys still had a great time. 

Post Comment Love 7th - 9th October

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Welcome to another Post Comment Love, link up your favourite post of the week and we'll give it some extra love!

Well this week has been busy again, I went to the salon on Monday, the opticians with LP on Monday evening, and the opticians for me and BP on Tuesday evening. It was good news for LP, he doesn't need glasses (yay!) and while BP needs new glasses the change isn't too bad. As for me, well that's a whole thing.

I've known for a long time that I'd have eye issues and that's part of the reason I had laser eye surgery for my wedding. I had hoped that having the surgery would mean I wouldn't need glasses ever again but a few years after the surgery my eyes got worse again and I couldn't go through the surgery again.

Every time I visit the opticians I know I'll be getting new glasses, but this time I had extra information. Because of the surgery I struggle with dry eyes, and night driving is difficult too, but at my appointment I learned that the optician has noticed how dry my eyes are and told me I may end up having to use drops. Another thing to add to the cost of my glasses!

Healthy lunches with the Flora Lunchbox Challenge

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Packed lunches for school can be a difficult one to get right, as a parent you want to make sure your little ones (or bigger ones) are eating properly but you also want them to actually eat what you make. It's a balancing act and more often than not I fail.

When I'm making packed lunches I will usually go for the easiest and quickest options. I don't want to have to spend an hour making packed lunches when I have so many other things to do before the school run. 



The Easy Option


My boys' packed lunches usually consist of a sandwich made of sliced ham or chicken (sometimes turkey) on white bread, a packet of crisps, a yoghurt, and a drink. It doesn't sound very healthy does it? 

Your weight doesn't determine who you are

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During my adult life my weight has ranged from 9st 12lbs to 14st 8lbs, I have worn clothes size 10 up to size 18, but what I'm realising as I get older (I'll be 36 in January) is that my weight doesn't define me.

For a very long time I have battled with my weight, I always felt like people judged me when I was heavier. I'd dress in baggy clothes which made me look much bigger than I was and I'd give up on trying to look good. Being a busy mum didn't help with the motivation either, I figured there was no point in trying when I was going to school and back and never went anywhere else. Add to that reading glossy fashion magazines and my self-esteem was low.

What is parenting?

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Cambridge Dictionary defines parenting as "the raising of children and all the responsibilities and activities that are involved in it."


It sounds easy doesn't it?
Ah if only.



Parenting is a learning experience.
Parenting is a challenge.
Parenting is exhausting
Parenting is exhilarating
Parenting is the most difficult and the most fulfilling job you could ever have.


The definition doesn't make any mention of the fact that you will change, you will become a new person. Throughout your parenting journey you will go through changes you didn't realise were coming.

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