Thursday, 24 July 2014

Tea-Time: Another Cautionary Tale

Imagine you have three children. Three girls aged 10, 2 and 1, a curious mix of hormones, Haribo and Horrid Henry - or Emily, Alice and Rosie. Tea-time can be quite...interesting. By tea-time I mean evening meal, you might call this dinner, but I'm not here to preach about semantics.

So imagine, home from a hard days' work, you and your husband partnering up, as usual to prepare the evening meal. Alice, aged two is pottering about the living room making pretend cups of tea, and Rosie is sat strapped in to the chair at the dining table, eagerly awaiting her food. Emily is outside playing with her friends.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Frigging Loom Bands

Do you also have kids that are obsessed with this loom band thing? What IS it all about? I mean they are all very pretty and everything, and I have some lovely bracelets, but we need to have 987,894 of them hanging around the house?

So I have made a detailed post of alternative uses for loom bands. Here you go...

Balancing a crazy life with children

This post was written by a freelance writer.

We all know that having a child (or multiple children) can be – or at least feel like – a full time career in itself. But if you’re in a situation where your day job is just as stressful as the hard work you do at home, just how do you balance it?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Open University Experience

This is a vlog about my experience with the Open University.

I put my posh voice on and EVERYTHING.

Hope you enjoy, feedback appreciated!

Friday, 18 July 2014

F*ck YEAH it's FRIDAY Photo Link Up

I'm starting a Linky like right now.

No planning, nothing. It's just a one-off. Yes, I'm an idiot and whatever, I don't care.

Just link me up a positive picture and let's create a lovely page full of positivity for the weekend.

Or not. Then my linky will fail and I might cry. You don't have to be a blogger, you can just upload.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Final School Play: A Cautionary Tale

Imagine you have a ten year old daughter, we'll call her Emily because that is her name. She is leaving primary school next week to start High School in September. You also have a two year old daughter, Alice and a one year old daughter, Rosie. Now let's imagine that is the final school play of the year; the scene has been set. Emily has a cracking part of Head Teacher laid out before her, and you and your husband are looking forward to the ground-breaking production.

Of course you must take the two younger girls to watch the play too...

"Choose your weapon..." you say to your husband. He picks the youngest. Rosie. Smaller, bit more difficult to control, still in nappies and now walking and wrestling her way around.

You smile. Yes! Alice is the easier one. She can talk, walk and will sit still longer than five minutes at a time because she doesn't have the attention-span of a goldfish.

So far, so good.

After The Kids Are In Bed

This post was written by K Weston who is a freelance writer.

After the kids have finally gone to bed and there is no chance that the dears won’t come paddling down yet again, a special kind of peace tends to descend over the household. Now is the time to catch up with EastEnders or get the latest on the current Coronation Street scandal, with most people watching quite a chunk of television per day. But there are better things to do that sitting in front of the flat screen, things that will make you feel good rather than send you into some kind of torpor.

Mecca's Childhood Memories

This is a PR collaboration
Mecca Bingo have challenged me to answer a few questions about my teenage and childhood years. I was a bit of a geek at school, but I liked the idea of going on a little trip down memory lane.

Show off Your Skills

This is a post written by a freelance writer.

Everyone’s got skills, it just so happens that not everybody’s are the same. There are some people who can do some really fab stuff, and it seems ridiculously cruel when you try and copy and you can’t. But, I bet there’s a ton of stuff you actually can do that they suck at, so it’s not all bad. Saying that, there was always that one girl in school, wasn’t there, who had it all, but you know, whatever, life’s just not fair and all that. Whether your talents lie in things you have full blow qualifications in or they’ve just got ‘the wow factor’ they’ll impress someone, somewhere.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Review: Dulux Bedrooom in a Box

We were really excited to be given the opportunity to review Dulux Bedroom in a Box. Having Rosie meant that two of the girls now share a room, and it was a little outdated - we had Alice and Emily stickers on the walls, and actually now Alice and Rosie share the room. So we were really looking forward to getting stuck in and making over the room!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Matalan Bloggers Event

I was given a goodie bag and vouchers to purchase school uniform items for attending this event. All words and views are my own.

This week I was invited to Matalan head office in Skelmersdale to take part in a bloggers event there - they wanted to show us the new range of clothing and give us some information about what they do, as well as asking our opinion on their products. I jumped at the chance to go - we often go to Matalan, I find that their products are well made and value for money.

Review: Personalised Ben & Holly Book from Penwizard

We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All views and words are my own.

We were delighted to be able to review this gorgeous book from Penwizard. Penwizard offer a number of different books that you can personalise for your children and give as a gift. Both Emily and Rosie have personalised books from a while back and I had been planning on getting one for Alice too - and this one is just perfect for her.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A326 Empire Results

So the results for A326 Empire were due to be released on Friday 18th July, but this morning I got up and switched on my laptop and noticed loads of messages on the Facebook A326 groups. I knew the results were in.

To be honest I was all nervous and excited - I always get a bit frightened when I sign in to check the results.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014


I never write about bonking, and I'll tell you a secret...bonking is actually my favourite word, and I am trying my best to revive it. It's just naughty in an innocent and 1980s way.


Anyway, because I have been off uni I have been watching more TV and films and I have just made some notes on the bonking or lack of, within these light entertainment fixes.

I'm sorry. It's just in my head and it has to come out...

Monday, 7 July 2014

The School Trip

"God I'm so bored," she sinks into the couch, head rested in her hand, with a scowl that could turn milk sour. "Well, you'll be going on your school holiday trip on Monday, you won't be bored then." I shrug off her annoying tween selfish apathy and continue to make dinner.

The weekend flies over.

She is kind to her sisters - moody and sometimes unbearable to be with. She sighs. She sulks. She smiles.