Do Mums Do All The Work At Christmas?

I read an article on the Telegraph website today basically saying that mums do all the work at Christmas.

Now although I'm sure that's the case in some households in mine, and many others, it most certainly is not.

My Hubby is a star when it comes to Christmas shopping and wrapping presents. 

'Tis the Season for Pantos!

This is the time of year you'll see advertisements all over the place for Pantomimes. I love Pantos, they're a great way to introduce children to the Theatre.

In Nottingham at Theatre Royal the Panto is Aladdin starring Christopher Biggins, Simon Webbe, and Ben Nickless.

Aladdin Pantomime showing at Theatre Royal Nottingham until 10th Jan 2016.

The last time I went to see a Panto BP was five and it was a trip with his school. Every year I mean to take the boys to see the Panto and never quite get around to doing it.

3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens)

This time of year is great, everyone is planning to take time off work and spend time with their family.

3 Ways to Spend Time With The Family (away from screens) | Morgan's Milieu: Spending time with family this festive season is important.

The Hubby isn't going to be working over the festive period which means there'll be lots of time for us all to do things together.

Often though there's that sudden realisation...

What do we do?!

My Morning

Every weekday I get up at 6:30am (sometimes earlier) and begin my 'working' day. In the two hours between me getting up and taking LP to school I do tons of jobs.

My Morning | Morgan's MIlieu: A mum's chores are never done.

Here's an example of an average morning:

Arise at 6:30am, still dark outside.
Up, dressed and downstairs by 6:45am.
Toast, Orange Juice, and BBC News while I eat breakfast.
BP gets up, requires breakfast (my morning break is now over).
LP gets up, requires breakfast.

The Key to Communication with a Tween

As regular readers will know my eldest, BP, is eleven years old, and that puts him firmly in the Tween camp. 

The Key to Communication with a Tween | Morgan's Milieu: Want to know how to communicate with your tween? Check this post.

I used to joke about him being a tween because although he was meant to be at that stage because of his age he hadn't really reached it.

Well the joke is on me now!

How A Mother Can Strengthen The Bond With Her Son

As a mother with sons, sometimes it can be difficult to integrate into their lives as well as you'd like. Young boys are more likely to gravitate towards their fathers due to shared interests. And that, sometimes, can leave you feeling isolated. 

Don't get me wrong, mothers always enjoy a special bond with their sons, but they can't always bond over things so easily.

If you feel as though you're struggling to get involved in your son's life as much as you wish, there are a few steps you can take. Fair warning, though, most of it involves compromise! 

In the end, though, it's definitely worth investing the time and energy. You'll enjoy a more fruitful relationship as a result, and your son will certainly appreciate it! 

Here are the ways you can achieve this.

Learning to Surf The Waves of Life

Life is unpredictable.

Each and every one of us lives our daily lives in ignorance of the very real fact that something could happen at any time to change our life forever.

Life is like the Sea. Beautiful & Serene. Savage & Unrelenting.

Life is like the sea - beautiful and serene in places, showing such sights you could cry, but it is also savage, an unrelenting beast that can attack at any moment.

Stuck For Baby Gifts This Christmas? Fabulous Ideas To Inspire

Parents will always want to spoil their kids on Christmas day. It’s the day we get to bring magic to life with the promise of Santa Claus and presents. 

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While our older children will love getting involved, babies are too young to understand what’s going on. But that doesn’t mean they too can’t get involved with the festivities. Here’s a list of fabulous gift ideas that will help you buy for any baby that you know this Christmas.

Where Has My Cheery Boy Gone?

For as long as I can remember LP has been the entertainer of the family. He's energetic and he always has a smile on his face.

Or at least that's how it was.

But now my cheery boy seems to have gone.

There's a teenager hiding inside that little man!

He's been replaced with a moody, sulky, 6 year old.

The Nonsense Show Review

I've spent lots of time over the years trying to encourage my boys to read. I think it's really important that they do and any book that interests them I buy hoping that it will capture their imagination. 

BP has never enjoyed reading, he'll start reading a book and then give up or "forget" about it. 

LP loves to read. He's got all kinds of books and the bookcase in his room is almost full. He'll try out anything, from The BFG to Mr Men books. I like him to read proper books like The BFG but I don't mind it when he chooses the simpler ones because it gives him a chance to just enjoy it.

The Nonsense Show Review | Morgan's Milieu: The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle

SlinkyLinks Jewellery Review and Giveaway

I love jewellery, from big dangly earrings to cute little rings. It's just another way to express myself. Anything that sparkles will always catch my eye but I also like unique pieces of jewellery. The kind that someone would comment on not because of the sparkles but because it's different.

Cue SlinkyLinks jewellery

SlinkyLinks Jewellery Review and Giveaway | Morgan's Milieu: Pink Necklace and Earrings set from SlinkyLinks.
SlinkyLinks small circle, double-sided necklace and earrings set

SlinkyLinks jewellery is handmade from leather by one very talented lady, Melodie.

A Good Cleaning Day Can Brighten Your Outlook

Over the past couple of weeks I've been feeling a bit low, the dreary weather, the dark nights, it all got on top of me. Today I got up and decided to have a bit of a cleaning day, the hoovering desperately needed doing, not to mention the polishing, and the windows, and... well let's just say cleaning is not a priority!

All morning I've been putting shoes under the stairs, tidying toys away now the boys are at school, and the hoover got switched on. I pulled the polish out from under the sink and polished the window sills too. 

As I was hoovering the stairs, a job I hate doing because I have to use the nozzles, I began to feel brighter. A smile creeped onto my face as I watched the bits get sucked up into the hoover. 

It felt good to clean! 

This doesn't often happen, I see cleaning as time away from the blog, time I could be using to write. I do put the dishwasher on daily, tidy the kitchen and such, but general cleaning is only done when absolutely necessary. 

Part of the reason for that is I cannot stand cleaning up only to have the boys get out the lego box and tip all the lego out, 5 minutes after I've finished. Cleaning can feel pointless at times because I know that it won't be long before it will all need doing again. It's one of those jobs that is never really finished.  

Today though, even with the dark morning, cleaning up made me happy. Seeing a clean carpet, toys away, a lounge that someone could sit in without having to move something first, made me smile.

Don't get me wrong it's not all perfect, there's still a massive pile of washing to get through and my ironing pile is resembling Everest, but the rest of the house is looking good.

Although I hate cleaning sometimes it does brighten my mood, it's like therapy. 

A good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning out your mind. Does that make sense?

With the day-to-day humdrum of life your mind can get bogged down in details, bits of jobs left on 'floor', dust settles in the corners, and a good cleaning day almost feels like you're cleaning up your mind too.

Perhaps it's the mindlessness of it, maybe it's taking time away from other stuff and just getting on with it, either way I'm glad to be feeling brighter.

It's made me wonder about sorting out other rooms and getting rid of 'clutter' but I think I'll save it. Maybe I'll need it as the days get shorter!

How do you brighten your mood this time of year?

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Capture Those Special Moments

Over the weekend I cleared out a large cabinet we have in our lounge, I pulled out all the wrapping paper we have in stock, I pulled out all of our photo albums.

LP in 2011, 2 years old.

As I sat there, surrounded by photo albums, art supplies, and wrapping paper, I couldn't help looking through those photo albums. We never get them out anymore and look through those special moments that we captured so long ago. 

Ladies Boots Wish List

Now that the awful weather is here the only way to cheer up is to buy new boots, right?

If you're anything like me you lust after all styles in all colours, and wish you had the same budget as Jennifer Anniston or Katy Perry.

Alas we don't and we have to put together wish lists in the hope that the Hubby or partner sees it and takes the hint.

Yes, I'm talking to you Hubby! 


From flats to high heeled, ankle to over-the-knee, there's a boot for all occasions. I love boots, they keep my feet warm and can look really stylish. I already own loads of pairs and have a tough time choosing which to wear on most days, but you can never have enough!

Casually browsing the internet (as you do) I found a few pairs of boots I'm lusting after this season.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Tan boots, from Office, for £98.

To start with there's these Eliza Slouch Knee Boots, £98 from Office. I love the brown, and the fact that they're flat means that I could wear them anywhere. The Hubby and I like walking (sometimes) and having a great boot to keep me looking stylish while not breaking my neck would be great. 

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Buckle boots, from Office for £85 (on sale), hurry - these will go fast!

Staying with brown for the moment I also love the Nifty Buckle Knee Boots, on sale for £85 also from Office. The buckle gives them that extra 'something' and I think they'll be easy to pair with a great outfit. Not quite flat, a 3cm heel, and a zip fastener means these boots will be comfortable and easy to wear.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Analise boots, £165 from Kurt Geiger, Ugg boots to lust over.

A few years ago the Hubby bought me some wonderful flat Ugg Boots (see, he can take a hint) that I still love. I wear them constantly when the weather turns. Ugg Boots are great and I found these Analise boots which look fabulous, don't you think? They're £165 and a dark brown colour, from Kurt Geiger. With a heel height of 8cm they might not be great for walking far but they'll certainly keep me stylish this season!

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Jones Bootmaker boots, for £130, an easy choice.

I seem to have a thing for brown boots this season because I love these Hush Puppies Gussie Moorland Knee High Boots available for £130 from Jones Bootmaker. Jones is great, there's a huge selection of Ladies Boots to choose from. A 6cm heel on these boots means I could (maybe) walk in them without breaking my neck, a zip fastener makes them easy to pull on and off, and the tie thing across the front looks great.

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Irregular Choice boots, £175, a little pricey but they're so great!

I love Irregular Choice shoes (not that I own any), they're stylish and just a little bit 'out there'. I'm not sure I have the confidence to wear some of their wilder shoes but I do love the Longer Lashes boots. I love the slouchy look of them and again they have those fabulous buckles. At £175 they're a little more pricey than the other boots so far, but aren't they stylish?!

Ladies Boots Wish List | Morgan's Milieu: Christian Louboutin Napaleona boots, they're very price but a girl can dream right?
Now every shoe/boot lover knows that a wish list would not be complete without Louboutins. This is truly a wish because I don't ever expect to actually own a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes or boots. I absolutely LOVE these Napaleona Calf Sport, I mean... just LOOK AT THEM!!! They're fabulous. Spiky bits, a chain around the back, a grippy heel - heaven. Did I mention they're Christian Louboutins? Oh my how I would squeal if I got these for Christmas! But at £1,045 (yes I did just type that right) I can only dream. Seeing as we're dreaming though, how about that bag too. It would be a match made in heaven. Me, the boots, and the bag...

*daydreams of walking on a red carpet sporting the boots, and bag, looking rather stylish. Shakes head. Is back to reality, almost.*


Now that I'm back to reality I'm off to write that Christmas list to Santa. It's okay if it's all boots right?

What would you ask Santa for if there was no budget?


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Christmas Gift Inspiration

Now that Halloween is out of the way we can officially talk about Christmas and with that in mind I thought I'd put together a gift inspiration post.


Whether it's pretty jewellery, nice-smelling perfume, or fashion, that your lady is into there's loads of ideas. 

For a start a piece of jewellery that could last for years is this Thomas Sabo Bracelet. Buy extra charms to go with it, or buy one each time you do something special together, creating special memories. She'll cherish it forever.

Roald Dahl's House of Twits App Now Available

I have talked before about how much LP loves to read. His love of books has only grown the past few years and now that he can read he is always looking for new stories. When new apps come along for his iPad that relate to stories that's even better and that's why we couldn't wait to try out Roald Dahl's House of Twits app.

Roald Dahl's House of Twits App Now Available | Morgan's Milieu: Find Roald Dahl's House of Twits on the App Store and Google Play Store.

We have just finished reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and LP has just watched the old movie The BFG. The Roald Dahl books capture LP's imagination and he's whisked off to the faraway lands to enjoy amazing adventures.

How I Prepare The Family For Our Adventures

Being a mother of two boys, I’m slightly outnumbered in the home three to one! But that doesn’t stop me from being the head of the household! 

Sometimes I feel like if I didn’t take care of things there’d be chaos. Take family outings, for example. Now, as a family we all love to go out and about and have little adventures of our own. I feel that days out together are an important part of strengthening the family bond.

But sometimes preparing for them can be a nightmare! So, having learnt from my mistakes, I’m now a seasoned pro. And I’m going to let you in on my secrets. Here are the ways in which I like to prepare the family for our adventures.

Royal Air Force Museum London

My dad used to love going to aircraft museums, I distinctly remember seeing old photos of my dad standing next to old RAF planes. I couldn't tell you what kind of planes they were, but I'm sure my dad could.

I presume that the photos were taken somewhere like the Royal Air Force Museum in London.

Being a Blogger is...

The day I flew to Orlando I was tagged in this ‘Being a Blogger is…’ meme by Catie, who writes at Diary of an Imperfect Mum, and I wrote the post while sitting on the plane.

Blogging has changed my life and I can't imagine what I would be doing right now if I wasn't a blogger. A bored stay-at-home mum I guess. With two school-aged children my days would be empty without blogging.

Being a Blogger is... | Morgan's Milieu: Blogging is AWESOME!

Being a blogger is… 

Autumn Style with Ethical Clothing

I've always liked following fashion, in my twenties I bought all the magazines and longed for the clothes worn by the stars. Back then no one thought about ethical clothing.

These days ethical clothing is not only fashionable but desirable and fantastic quality too.

Being a busy mum I pretty much live most of my days in jeans, I usually pair them with a t-shirt in the summer and a jumper in winter. I love simple, easy to wear clothes.

Autumn Style with Ethical Clothing | Morgan's Milieu: a plum cardigan from Nomads Clothing. This cardi would be great for any autumn outfit.

As the weather gets colder I find that a thin jumper is not enough to keep me warm and I've been reaching for my cardigans more often. That extra layer is lovely on the colder days.

Lands' End Winter Style

About a month ago I attended the Lands' End Style event where they introduced me and a few other bloggers to their autumn style range. It was a wonderful day and we had a blast.

After such a wonderful day I didn't think things could get much better, I was mistaken. 

Lands' End Winter Style | Morgan's Milieu: Check out Lands' End for some brilliant quality winter wear, it'll last years!

Life Before the Hubby

A while ago I was tagged by Kat over at Mum for Fun to talk about my life before I met the Hubby. 

I met the Hubby in 2002, actually it was 26th October 2002, we've been in each other's life for 13 blissful years now. I'll always remember the car trip home after our first date, we were both quiet. You know the uncomfortable silence you tend to get on a first date? Well we didn't. The silence wasn't uncomfortable, I felt at ease and that was when I knew he'd be around for a while.

Life Before the Hubby | Morgan's Milieu: The Hubby dressed up as Shrek for Halloween.
He's my Shrek!

Before the Hubby I walked everywhere, I hadn't yet learned to drive.

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas for Boys

When it comes to Halloween costumes I tend to be a tad lazy, I either buy outfits from the supermarket or we don't bother. With that in mind I thought I'd give you some ideas for easy Halloween costumes for boys (I have no experience for girls, sorry).

I have a huge stash of old costumes from when BP was smaller and these have come in handy over the years. One of the snags I always come across though is that neither of my boys like to wear face-paint and are picky about the kinds of masks they'll wear.

How to Navigate Gift Buying for the Man in Your Life

Today, I thought I would write a post for all you ladies out there who, two or three (or six) times a year, have to go through one of the hardest processes known to woman. I am, of course, referring to those times when you have to buy your other half a present. Whether it’s for a birthday, a special event, Christmas or just because you feel like it, it’s almost impossible. 

How to Navigate Gift Buying for the Man in Your Life | Morgan's Milieu: Gift buying for the men in our lives is a thorn in our side, so let me help you...

OK, so I don’t want to generalise too much. But if you have a husband or partner who is easy to buy for you should count yourself lucky. According to the conversations I have, you are very much in the minority. So, for those of you that struggle, read on for some ideas I have been toying with over the past few weeks. 

The Sporty Guy

I’m old enough to remember the days when the sport was on TV all day long throughout the weekend, for free. Until, that is, some bright spark realised they could make a killing. So, the terrestrial channels are now virtually sports free on a Saturday and Sunday. It’s great in one way - for those that aren’t interested - but, on the other hand, it costs a fortune to subscribe to Sky or BT Sport

It’s not something I would want to pay for out of our living costs, but it is a viable option as a gift. Of course, there should be caveats, for fear of it overtaking everyone’s lives. But, if your husband is a sports fan, you will get serious brownie points - for the duration of the subscription, at least! 

The Music Fanatic

Your best bet here is to look out for the perfect gifts for the audiophile. This is someone who takes a (sometimes unhealthy) interest in sound quality. Try and find them a pair of audiophile headphones. 

These don’t come cheap, but the likes of Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic offer a broad range of options for those that have a budget restriction. Headphones will serve two purposes. Firstly, so that your partner can listen to their music as it was intended, in glorious high fidelity. And secondly, so that you don’t have to. 

The Gadget Fiend

I often wonder what the man who likes gadgets would have liked before they were invented. But the fact is, gadgets are here to stay, and many men - and women - have fallen for them in a big way (including me). 

Your best bet here is to probe them for ideas. It’s unlikely that ‘buying blind’ will ever work when you are finding presents for the gadget fiend. They will also know something that would have been better, brighter, and faster. So, ask them - on the sly, of course. 

The Lost Cause

You have several options for the man who doesn’t seem to want anything. First of all, think about something out of the ordinary. There are some interesting, unique gifts and gift ideas from Cuckooland to give you some ideas. You could also try making them something. However, be aware that quite often, men don't quite appreciate the effort you have gone to as much as us women do. 

Finally, give them something they have always wanted to do. Perhaps it is a skydive or a bungee jump. It might even be an attempt at the world record for eating hot dogs. Let’s face it, you are probably more likely to know your husband’s greatest wish and desire than they are. So, use your knowledge, and you are bound to get it right. 

Happy gift hunting!

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Family Activities in Nottingham

My family and I live in Nottingham and sometimes I search for activities for us to do together, especially during the school holidays. More often than not though it takes a long time to find anything and by the time I've found something we might find interesting we've all lost enthusiasm for going out.

There's always the soft-play centres but I think it's better to be able to spend time together rather than the boys rushing off to spend a couple of hours on their own.

Family Activities in Nottingham | Morgan's Milieu: Check out my awesome write up on the arts and culture venues in Nottingham.

I have lived in Nottinghamshire most of my life and for some reason I've never done or seen all the things there are to see. That's why I was so pleased to be invited along to a Blogger Press Tour organised by the Nottingham Family Arts Network to celebrate the launch of the Get Creative Family Arts Festival

How Well Do Your Kids Know You?

A few months ago I saw an amusing post on Kim's blog Northumberland Mam which had a list of questions she'd asked her daughters. Their answers made me laugh a few times!

I've had those questions written down and had meant to ask the boys, it's only been recently that I had the time to do it!

Better late than never right?

My New Bed Wishlist

Our house feels like it's falling down around us...

Okay, that may be a little extreme but as I walk around my house I realise how much decorating needs doing as well as odd jobs. The thought of decorating the whole house makes me want to hide under the duvet!

Come to think of it we could do with new duvets too... and beds. Yes, new beds.

My New Bed Wishlist | Morgan's Milieu: Ideas for new beds for all of us, some have a TV appearing as if from no where!

Boys are Aliens!

I've always thought there was something not quite right about boys, something off.

It dawned on me this morning that boys are aliens.

They may not be little green men but they're aliens all right. 

Boys are Aliens! | Morgan's Milieu: Are boys aliens? I think so, but what do you think?

I went through a whole thought process this morning but what started me off was a news report on BBC News about women being paid lower bonuses than men. As usual we were told that women either weren't 'asking' for as much money or weren't willing to take on the responsible jobs to earn the money. 

Once again I was left wondering why women always seem to be painted as the timid, shy type?

They don't want to work in the financial industry.
They don't want to ask for more money.

We're just too nice and quiet, apparently.

Well no, we're not. 

We do want the money AND the responsibility but we're usually taking care of an entire family as well as trying to earn money and have responsibility.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, it got me onto the subject of men and women being different. The classic line "Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars" popped into my head and that lead me to...

Boys are Aliens!

We are so vastly different that they must be right?

For a start they're bigger than us (us being all girls/women).

Surely this is some genetic modification in order to make us feel inferior? 

I am 5ft 5 inches tall, the Hubby is 6ft and BP is about an inch shorter than me. Even my 6 year old son, LP, is teasing me about almost being as tall as me (he's not, but he likes to joke).

They're stronger than us.

I cannot lift my youngest son off the ground anymore, he's far too big and heavy. The last time I tried to carry him I ended up with a bad back for a week. The Hubby on the other hand finds it easy to lift LP and often flings him upside down, over his shoulder, just for the fun of it. 

BP is getting big enough to lift LP, and that's just rubbing it in my face!

They eat more than we do.

Boys are Aliens! | Morgan's Milieu: Eating more than a whole crab to himself, which is more than I can eat, is just one of the reasons I think boys are aliens.
BP at all this to himself!

Okay, maybe not all the time but BP will often have the same amount of food as me. LP isn't far behind either, if it's a meal he's enjoying. Then ten minutes later they'll both claim they're hungry. Where does all the food go?!

They have a strange sense of humour

No human being would find a fart so hilariously funny that they almost pee themselves would they? Filling a room with such an awful stench that everyone gags and has to leave the room. What's so funny? 

I mean, really, toilet humour - I just don't get it.

They have a natural knack for technology.

Whether it's a new iPad, new phone, or new computer, all the boys/men in my house know how it will work. It's easy for them to understand the technology and use it to their advantage. For me it's much harder and I have to search the web (don't get me started on the web) for information on how to set my alarm clock or use the waffle-maker.

Then there's the super-powers...

How they're "magically" able to make everything ok... with a smile.

How do they do that?!

A simple glance, flashing of the teeth, and sparkle of the eyes and I'm putty! 

Their hugs

Nothing can make the rest of the world disappear like a hug from the Hubby. He wraps his big arms around me and everything else is gone, it's just me and him. 

Is it some sort of drug I breathe in? Does it transport us off the earth? I don't know what happens but it's pretty darned amazing!

Boys are Aliens! | Morgan's Milieu: The shadows of the boys will give away their alien inside eventually!
I don't see any antenna, but I'm sure they're there!

Look around and you'll see these aliens everywhere, in your house, at your work, at the doctors' surgery. I'm fairly sure there's no way we can escape from their drug-hugs, or their intoxicating smiles.

Instead of letting them think we're the timid, shy, humans they think we are let's pinch some of the "magic" powers and turn things around.

Walk into work tomorrow and ask for a raise.
When the boys get home tell them to do some housework.

And when the farts begin - laugh!

That'll scare 'em. 

Do you agree that boys are aliens or is there some other explanation that I haven't thought of?

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

M7P Sports In-Ear Headphones Review

When I go for a run I love to listen to music, the beat keeps me going when I think I don't quite have the energy to carry on. The only problem with this is all the earphones or headphones I've tried have various problems.

Headphones are not comfortable enough, there's no way you can run with big headphones resting on your head.

So that leaves you with in-ear headphones, and these too have their disadvantages. Up until recently I've been using my Apple earpods but they're not great when I'm running. I have to keep pushing them back into place because they slip out of my ears. Not good when you're trying to lose yourself in the music.

M7P Sports In-Ear Headphones Review | Morgan's Milieu: Red headphones, clip them to your shirt, and off you go.

With these MP7 earphones that's different because they have an "over-the-ear" design with flexible earhooks to help them stay in place. They come with eartips attached and 3 spare pairs in a little bag so you can switch them if the standard ones are too big or small.  

As it turns out the standard ones were just right for me and I attached the earphones to my iPod. I found a small clip on the wire of the earphones that can be clipped to your clothes to stop the wire from bouncing about when you're running. I thought this was a great idea because I often yank the earpods out of my ears because my arm gets caught on the wire.

M7P Sports In-Ear Headphones Review | Morgan's Milieu: MEEaudio have produced some great earphones.

I went for my run to test out these earphones and they quickly became my 'running earphones'. They fit snugly in my ears and didn't slip out even when I was sprinting. I was comfortable with them in my ears and didn't tug them out by catching the wire, it was secured to my top.

The M7P in-ear headphones come with a carrying case too so you have somewhere to keep them rather than them getting tangled in the bottom of your gym bag.

M7P Sports In-Ear Headphones Review | Morgan's Milieu: With this carry case the MEEaudio M7P in-ear headphones will stay neat and not get tangled in your gym bag.

Overall I think the headphones are good, I'm glad I have them and they'll be getting used whenever I go for a run.

These M7P sports in-ear headphones are available in three colours (black, green, and red) from Amazon for £33.05.

I was sent a pair of these headphones in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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Imune Nurture Fruity Water Review

LP is a pain in the bum when it comes to fruit, he won't eat any fruit. I gave up buying fresh fruit because of the amount I threw away. Then I started to worry about LP getting the right vitamins in his diet. 

When I stumbled across Imune Nurture I was excited to be asked to review their juice drinks.

Imune Nurture is an all-natural half juice, half water, children's drink. It is enriched with vitamins and minerals proven to support healthy immunity and it has no added sugar. 

Imune Nurture Fruity Water Review | Morgan's Milieu: Imune Nurture Fruity Water, Strawberry & Cherry and Orange & Pineapple flavours. My kids really enjoyed them.

A Sure Fire Way to Recover From One of Those Days

There are days when I want to scream at the top of my voice. Days when the boys have done nothing but bicker. The washing machine decides to pack in, I bash my arm on the door handle while carrying a basket full of clothes into the utility room, and as I'm walking back into the lounge (with another basket of clothes) I stamp (because I'm so "AARRGH!") on a pile of teeny-tiny lego pieces hidden in the carpet.

A sure fire way to recover from one of those days | Morgan's Milieu: Lego, buried in a red carpet = ouch!
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The almighty scream echoes through the house and the Hubby just looks at me.

A sure fire way to recover from one of those days | Morgan's Milieu: A lion roaring, much like me after stepping on lego!
The mane is surprisingly accurate!

The rage flows through me like wild-fire.

I drop the basket on the floor, search out the offending lego pieces and throw them in the already full lego box, all while muttering under my breath.

If you're anything like me these days come round far too often and you end up either crying your eyes out into your pillow or screaming at the first person to push you over the edge. 

This kind of day ruins it for everyone.

You're in a bad mood all day.
The kids give you a wide berth, much like they do with their homework.
The Hubby stays quiet in the hope that you might calm down.

Apart from reaching for a large glass of bourbon there's one sure-fire way to recover from one of those days.

Take a moment to look at your children.

No rolling your eyes because they're bickering, again.
No asking them to tidy up their rooms.

Just look at them.

Watch their faces as they enjoy their TV programme.
See the mannerisms they picked up from their father.
Let your love for them fight that wild fire.

As the rage subsides sit with your children and read a book, or watch your favourite movie together. 

A sure fire way to recover from one of those days | Morgan's Milieu: A lion, in a tree. Lion King anyone?
Lion King anyone?

Smile, cuddle, laugh.

Shared laughter really is the best medicine and enjoying time with your family improves everyone's mood.

A sure fire way to recover from one of those days | Morgan's Milieu: Horrid Henry and the Secret Club, a book LP has started reading today.
LP and I just started reading this together today. 

If the embers of that wild fire still burn watch your children sleep, that will wipe out all signs of rage. Imagine them dreaming about the wonderful day they had reading with you and watching that movie. Think about how they wake every morning wondering what mischief they can get into.

And smile.

Because tomorrow it'll all start again!

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