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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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. 

Why mums of school-aged children are so tired

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Come 9pm most days I am tired, the day has taken its toll and I'm ready for sleep. I am a mum of school-aged boys and I always wonder why I'm so tired, it's not like I'm chasing after toddlers all day or changing 20 nappies per hour. After thinking about it for a while I realised why most mums of school-aged children are so tired.
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Using my own routine as an example here's how our days tend to go...



Wake up, get up



Waking at 6:30am I go into the bathroom and go through my morning routine. By 6:45am I'm heading downstairs, closely followed by my youngest, LP.




  • Being a mom has made me so tired. And so happy. 

Tina Fey



First things first, breakfast. I make breakfast for LP, usually cereal, and while I'm doing that BP and the Hubby rise too. So it's their breakfast time and I put bread in the toaster. While the bread is toasting I'll make drinks for everyone (not myself) and take them through to the lounge where the boys are waiting.

Back to the kitchen to sort out the toast and hand to the hungry people. Now I get a 10 minute (or so) break to have breakfast myself, but I always forget to do myself a drink and just get on with eating my breakfast.

Taking the annoyances out of online shopping with Octer

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Being a busy mum I don't often (okay almost never) get a day out to go shopping. I used to love shopping, especially with my bestie, carrying bags around town as I almost ran into another shop to make another purchase. Online shopping is different, the excitement of leaving a shop with a bag full of goodies isn't there, going to different websites to find what you're looking for feels more like a chore. But I have recently found a website that takes the annoyances out of online shopping, and it's called Octer.




About Octer


Octer is an online shopping website that consolidates listed items from lots of retailers and hosts them in one place for you to browse. You can spend hours browsing and when you've decided on a purchase you simply click on the item and you'll be taken to the retailer's website. You cannot buy directly from Octer.

Post Comment Love 10th - 12th March

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Welcome to another Post Comment Love, link up your best/favourite post of the week and give it a little boost. If you're a regular, thanks for returning it is always lovely to see you, and if you're a newbie, welcome! Great to have you here.




It has been lovely to see the sun more often this week, it brightened my mood no end. The flowers are starting to bloom, the birds are singing first thing in a morning and when I wake at 6am it's no longer pitch black!

The honesty of women

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Today is International Women's day and as a result I saw a BBC News broadcast this morning as they hosted Gillian Anderson chatting about her new book. This post is not about the book or about what they said. While they chatted they happened to mention Emma Watson and the recent photo she posed for in Vanity Fair. She (Emma Watson) was portrayed as doing something wrong, and that set me off on a rant to the Hubby about the honesty (or dishonesty) of women.



Why the rant began


The Hubby pointed out that Emma Watson would've been paid for the photograph, she did it to promote both Vanity Fair and herself. Now before you start to bash on me about being proud of other women I am not saying what she did was wrong, what I am saying is she needs to be honest about why she did. To say she posed for the pictures to help women realise they can do whatever they like is simply dishonest, or at least that's how it seems. Posing in that way just adds to the objectification of women. If she said she posed for the photograph because she was paid and it was what she wanted to do I would respect that much more. Because it was her CHOICE.

Post Comment Love 3rd - 5th March

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Welcome back to another week of Post Comment Love, where, despite the weather outside, the sun is always shining. Stephanie and I look forward to reading the different blog posts every week and it is lovely to see some of you coming back again and again. We have built a lovely little community here and it's great to see it thriving. If you're new here, welcome! Link up your best post of the week and Stephanie and I will comment and share, giving your blog a little boost.

This week has been a weird one, our route to school has been disrupted meaning that I've had to spend almost an hour in the car twice a day. I'm so not used to that and driving in rush hour traffic sends me nuts! There's road works going on just around the corner from us and they've closed the road, the only problem is that it's the only road that leads from our house to LP's school. My usual route to school is just over 2 miles but with the detour it's almost 6! And of course because of rush hour traffic and having to join the main road it takes a lot longer to make the journey. 

What to get your mum for Mother's Day

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It is Mother's Day at towards the end of this month and I'm sure we're all stressing about what to get for our mums. It can be a struggle to find gifts for Christmas and birthdays, never mind Mother's Day and anniversaries too. Well I'm here to help, I've scoured the internet and come up with ideas of what to get your mum for Mother's Day.



Luxury Hampers



Hampers are a lovely gift, lots of things presented in a cute basket for you to give to your mum. Prices range from fairly cheap to super expensive, below are just a few choices.

New handbags for Spring

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I have always had a thing for handbags, I have a number of them in my wardrobe and would love to have more. When the sun comes out and the new season begins I can't help scanning women's handbags and noting the ones I particularly like. 

I love luxury handbags in particular, from Louis Vuitton to Fendi, but I can't justify paying the prices they charge, unfortunately. If we were rich I would have a room just for handbags and wouldn't worry about buying another one for the collection, but at the moment I have to stick with the cheaper ones.

A cracking birthday card

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It was the Hubby's birthday last week and as my second card-making project I decided to make his birthday card. Now bearing in mind I'm still quite the novice this card was challenging. I wanted to theme the card around one of the Hubby's games, Crack Attack. Below you'll see how I made a cracking birthday card.

My plan was to make a card that resembled the Crack Attack App icon.





Post Comment Love 24th- 26th February

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It's Friday and that means it's time for Post Comment Love, link up your favourite/best post of the week and Stephanie and I will read, share, and comment, and you'll get a few extra comments from other linkers too. Win!
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So the boys are back at school, which means things are settling down again. While we didn't do much last week I still feel like it was a hectic week, I guess sometimes that's how it goes. The good thing is the boys enjoyed their half term and we got to spend quality time together. I think it can be difficult during a half term to spend time together when you're busy. It's easy to forget to arrange play-dates or day trips and the week disappears. Before you know it the kids are back at school and you realise you did nothing. Believe me, I've done that before. But at least this time we didn't.

Finished reading Me Before You and After You

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After going to London to see the movie Me Before You and watching it at home with the Hubby I decided to try reading the book. I don't usually do very well reading books after seeing the movie but I wanted to give this one a go because everyone I spoke to told me the book wasn't that different to the movie. Well after a few weeks I have just finished reading both Me Before You and After You, the sequel.


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  • Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

Buying new glasses online

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I've worn prescription glasses since I was 13 years old, with a brief break when I got married after laser-eye surgery, and for a long time I hated them. These days I'm resigned to the fact that I need glasses and spend much more time searching for the right styles of frames. High street glasses places were great, until I realised how much my glasses are costing these days. It made me realise that I needed to search online to see if there was a better deal, and there is! Buying new glasses is no longer a pain, I can just get my prescription from the optician and buy my glasses online.
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Choosing glasses


Having spent a little time online I found perfectglasses.co.uk, a website that offers both prescription and non-prescription glasses and sunglasses. The last time I bought regular glasses they cost me around £180, they weren't designer glasses but I did have some extra things on the lenses due to the issues with my eyes. The most annoying thing was that the cheapest frames in the style I liked started at £89! That's before I've had anything done to them. I understand that the frames are my choice but still, that's a lot of money and I still need to add to that.



Not done changing

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The boys are back at school and I can get back to the regular routine, I don't know whether to be happy or sad about it! We've had a good half term and I'm a little sad that the boys are back at school. Getting back to normal routine is always nice but when you've had a good break together there's always that little part of you that wants longer.

The strange thing is we didn't do anything particularly different this half term. We took the boys bowling last week, we played pool at the bowling centre on another day, and we played board games. The week wasn't busy, although I did feel like I was busy, the boys got to play their computer games, as did the Hubby and we went out for a couple of meals. 

Post Comment Love 17th-19th February

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It's time for Post Comment Love and Stephanie and I are looking forward to reading the great selection of posts that get linked up every week. Link up your best post of the week and give it that little bit of extra exposure.

With the boys off school this week I'm worn out and have no time, but that's normal so you just get on with things don't you. Just a quick hey from me this week (the main picture says it all!) and I'm going to leave you to enjoy reading our Blogger Showcase.

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Weeks (and weeks) ago the lovely Catie, over at Diary of an Imperfect Mum, nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. I promised I'd get to it and I have, it's just taken much longer than I expected! 

Catie made my day when she nominated me for the award saying:

...for her dedication to helping other bloggers. She is a wonderful, kind lady who writes a brilliant versatile blog and deserves this award! She has been my champion, sounding board and technological wizard since the beginning!

Post Comment Love 10th - 12th February

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It's Friday, which means it's time for Post Comment Love. Link up your best/favourite post of the week and let others read, enjoy, and share. We've built a great little community here so why not join with us and get a few extra views. 

Well, I'm still playing catch up this week. My office is no more sorted than it was last week... okay that's a lie, I managed to get some furniture moved out and it does look slightly better but there's just so much stuff to sort out that it might take a while. 

Add that to the fact that it's half term next week and the boys are off school today and I'm a frazzled mum. I've been trying to get things ready for next week, without much success, as well as planning for my new hobby, card-making.

My handmade Valentine's card

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In the last week I've spent some time creating my very first handmade card, and with Valentine's Day just around the corner I decided to make a card for the Hubby. I finished the card a few days ago and I wanted to share my process with you (while secretly hoping the Hubby doesn't read this post!), so below you'll find out how I created my very first handmade Valentine's Day card.


  • All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. 

Charles M. Schulz


First of all I spent a lot of time doing research online, reading about the kinds of tools I'd need and what card to use. Once I'd settled on my design and had my tools at home ready to use I got started.

1 pre-made white card (with envelope), a heart hole punch, a pencil, glitter glue, paint samples, 
an "I love you" stamp, and a red foil card.


Above you can see I gathered a few tools, the small red cards are paint sample cards from B&Q that you can pick up for free and they're really useful when you want to cut out small icons. I have small hole punches for my hearts and they work perfectly with those paint samples.

The Smartphone contract every family should have

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My oldest son has begged us for a cell phone for years. He is now in middle school, and, apparently, everyone in middle school has a cell phone. Or, at least, this is what he insists as he pleads his case for a phone.

We thought we could hold off until he was 13, but we have hit the point that we would feel better (and safer) if he had a cell. According to Growingwireless.com, “56 percent of children, age 8 to 12, have a cell phone.” So the wait has ended, and another phone is in our family’s future.



Arming an 11-year-old with his own window to the world—and lifeline to his peers—has me on edge. With his other devices, I feel like there is some sort of control over what he sees and does. With a phone, the unknowns scare me.

Why being an Evil Mum is a good thing

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When your little one is just starting to totter about the house and their face lights up as they stride towards you holding their arms out you cannot contemplate a time when that faces will frown at you. You can't foresee the time you will become Evil Mum but, inevitably, it happens. We all become Evil Mum at some point but I'm here to tell you that being an Evil Mum is a good thing.





  • It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.


Frederick Douglass




Teaching your children about rules


From the moment they can understand what you're saying you're telling them "no". Whether it's keeping their grasping hands off your glasses (I did this thousands of times when my boys were babies) or telling them to stay away from the iron or the gas fire because it's hot (and you pretend to touch the hot thing and pretend to get burned). 

Post Comment Love 3rd - 5th February

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Welcome back to Post Comment Love, where Steph and I welcome all bloggers, all topics, to link up and share their best post of the week. 

This week I'm slowly getting back to normal, the carpets are mainly down (apart from the stairs) and most of the furniture is back where it's meant to be. I love our new carpet, because it's a lighter colour it brings so much more light into the house. The boys have been banned from wearing shoes on it and I'm conscious that I'll have to mop the kitchen floor often if I want to keep the carpet clean. 

Why you should see a Pantomime during the Christmas break

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Last year, just before the boys went back to school, we saw the Relaxed Performance of the Aladdin Pantomime. The boys enjoyed it so much that when we received a reminder about this year's panto I had to buy tickets. Having visited Theatre Royal Nottingham to see Jack and the Beanstalk I'm going to tell you why you should see a pantomime during the Christmas break.
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Revisiting childhood memories


You get to see people you thought had disappeared from the entertainment industry, like the Chuckle Brothers. Remember them?


  • "To me, to you."



The Chuckle Brothers starred in Jack and the Beanstalk in Nottingham this year and they were definitely the highlight of the show. Not only did they have me laughing so much I cried but they entertained the boys too. They didn't look any older than they did 30 years ago, although that may just be because they're no older than me than they were then! 

Wonderful Weddings - The Queen of Collage

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At the end of last year I mentioned that I was thinking of putting a series of posts together, one that featured your proposal stories and one that featured your wedding stories. Today I'm sharing my very first Wonderful Weddings post with Helena, of The Queen of Collage, sharing her story.




  • Any day spent with you is my favourite day. So, today is my favourite day.

C.S. Lewis




In a world where negative news sells and there’s worry over children and the internet I am not sure how my husband and I are going to answer ‘Mummy, Daddy how did you two meet?’ when we are asked. You see unlike couples that meet each other at school, university or a class, we met online.




Post Comment Love 27th-29th January

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Post Comment Love is back for another week and Stephanie and I are looking forward to more great reads. It's so fun hosting this linky because there's such a range of you that link up, parenting (like me), lifestyle (like Steph), beauty and fashion, all of your posts are great and enjoy reading them.

This week has been insanely busy for me, we've been having new carpets fitted throughout the house which means moving furniture around. The Hubby had the awesome idea that we would remove the carpets ourselves so we've been doing that too, with lots of trips to the local recycling centre.

Why I am looking forward to Spring

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I used to love Winter, the cool weather, the dark days, as a child I thought it was great. The years went by and each time Winter came around I enjoyed it a little less. Trips on ice, freezing cold weather first thing in the morning, and no sun until around 8am day after day gets old fast. Right now I'm sitting in our lounge and the sun is trying to break through the fog. Seeing the sun poke it's head (or try to) from behind the clouds makes me think of Spring and how much I'm looking forward to it.
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  • Spring is nature's way of saying "Let's Party!"

Robin Williams



When the mornings are getting lighter and the sun makes an appearance more often I feel my stresses easing a little. Doing the school runs every day during winter wearing a huge coat, a hat, scarf, gloves and boots weighs me down and I'm oh-so-ready for spring. I'm ready for the sun, I'm ready to leave the huge coat at home and possibly venture outside with just a jacket!




Keep your children dreaming

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With technology facing us at every turn and our children being online almost all of the time it can be easy to want our children to grow up fast. But does this mean that we're making them lose their sense of adventure? By keeping our children firmly on the ground are we inspiring a generation of realists and forgetting about the dreamers? 
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  • All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso



It is so easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day mundane-ness of life that we forget how to dream. We get on with life like hamsters in a wheel, never wondering what is waiting outside the wheel. But what if we allowed our children to keep dreaming? What if we inspired, encouraged, and helped our children to reach for the stars?

Why are our children so bored?

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During the festive break I heard the word 'bored' far too many times. As soon as my boys are told to put their iPads down or turn off their game they claim they are bored. When in the car they have to have something to entertain themselves, they can't just sit. Growing up I don't remember being like that. Discussing the topic with the Hubby led us to ask the question 'Why are our children so bored?'
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  • I have no attention span. I get bored so fast.

Carrie Underwood



With so many things there to entertain our children we have taken away their ability to entertain themselves. While they have their uses games consoles, tablets, and toys have contributed to our children's inability to cope with boredom. Faced with boredom they fight and bicker until we thrust the tablet or games consoles at them just so we can hear ourselves think again. So who is at fault, the children or us?

Post Comment Love 20th-22nd January

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It is Friday again and that means it's time for Post Comment Love. Link up your best/favourite post of the week so Stephanie, me, and others can read (and share) it. We love reading the varying topics of your posts and it's a welcome break from the kids (at least for me!) 

Hasn't it been dreary this week? I haven't got much photography done because the weather has been so dull. The lighting is terrible at the moment and there's not a chance of getting any good photos unfortunately. I do have an arm for my tripod though, which is a huge help when it comes to doing flat lays. 



  • A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.

Steve Martin



Do you spring clean in January?

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After the Christmas decorations have been put away and the presents are in newly designated spots do you find you want to do a spring clean? The darker days are still here, there's rubbish weather most days, but I like to do a big house clean in January. New Year, new start right?
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  • I look forward to spring cleaning and putting things in their place. It's therapeutic for me.

Kimora Lee Simmons


Staying Cozy This Winter & Keep Your Energy Budget In Check

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During the chilly months of winter and the soaring temperatures of summer, this is when our utility bills can literally go through the roof. Adding insulation can sometimes be an answer for stopping HVAC systems from giving away heat to the entire neighborhood (as my Dad used to say when I left a door open briefly during December). But there’s other solutions that are less labor intensive that can offer a quick burst of heat and a coziness factor on a cold, winter’s day. 
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We all know by now to keep our thermostats set at 68° during daylight hours and lowering this temperature to 65° while we’re sleeping under a warmth of blankets during winter months. But what about a sudden chill or a feeling of uncomfortability that can occur when these settings just aren’t cutting it for us and our kids?

Post Comment Love 13th - 15th January

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Another week, another Post Comment Love. It's so lovely to see our little community growing week by week, we get to read such brilliant posts and share them, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us this week.
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I've had such a busy week this week that I only managed to sit in front of the computer yesterday. I feel like time has disappeared and I haven't got enough done. It's funny how that happens sometimes isn't it? At least we're back into a normal routine with the kids back at school.

  • The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.

Mike Murdock

Last weekend the Hubby and I decided we needed to get new carpets. Cue lots of complaints about having to move furniture, deciding on a colour of carpet, and actually getting it done. It's certainly not something I enjoy but I know it will look great when it's done. Our current carpet is a deep red and our house doesn't get much natural light, which means that the house seems dark all the time. I wouldn't normally have wanted a light coloured carpet (having a young boy who likes football) but I think it will make a huge difference to how light the house looks. I'll be introducing a strict "no-shoes" policy once the carpet is down though. 

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