A cracking birthday card

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

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!

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

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.

Me Before You

  • 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

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.
animal print frame glasses on a black desk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
jack and the beanstalk panto nottingham

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!