21.10.14

Halloween Printed Paper for Crafting

As you may (or may not) know I have worked in the PR industry for a little over 10 years now and it was the best industry I could have chosen to be a part of. I wasn't crafty to start with BUT that didn't stop me from believing and doing!

For me, crafting is pretty much like reading a book. You're taken on a journey of escapism and you can tell a story with your work.

As part of my journey of blogging I will be adding more craft to the mix. I talk about being mummy a lot but there is more to me than meets the eye. I craft. I love to wear make-up, wear heels, read books, go running and eat healthily and I also adore my job as a PR. I don't feel like I talk about all these other things enough.

So here is a little post on craft.

docrafts.com offers free pretty patterned papers that can be downloaded from their website onto your computer and printed off at home ready to use. There are heaps to chose from just look!

Yes you have to use coloured ink BUT it's worth it and it's a great way to get the kids crafting at home, offering papers for crafting at parties and not forgetting us grown ups, I love them to add to my collection to use for when scrapbooking my family photographs. I get plenty of photo opportunities with having three little girls who love dressing up!

Here is a link to their Halloween download.


16.10.14

"Why doesn't anyone want me back to their house to play?"

Last night my eldest daughter, whom is in Year 1 at First school burst into tears after hearing me tell my middle daughter that she has been invited to a friends house after school for dinner next week.

"I want to go! I want to go" she wailed. I was taken aback by this.

When I explained why she couldn't she just sat on her bed and cried " Why doesn't anyone want me back to their house to play? All my friends go to each other's houses after school. What's wrong with me? I'm not a horrible person. I'm kind. Why do my friends not want me to play at their houses? Nobody must like me any more!"

My goodness my heart shattered. I wanted to cry for her. I sat and explained that Myla is in Reception and so her new friends want to get to know her. That it's all new to Myla, and that she did the same in Reception.

A childs mind takes in a lot. At the age of 5 Nevie began to get sensitive and discover emotions. She doesn't like anyone being horrible to each other, she cries at films and now she has become sensitive with friends. A new milestone for me.

Her upset keeps playing on my mind.


10.10.14

Love The Little Things

I have decided to start taking part in some Linkys because I miss the blogging community. I have always felt happiest when blogging and I began to slip away from my blogging roots. So, I have given up all those other things that were blocking my head space so I can focus on the things i'm good at; blogging, family and my in-house PR job.

Okay so here goes. I am taking part in the But Why Mummy Why linky this week.



Read




I never get the chance to read but this week I have managed to read blogs and Twitter. It's really nice getting involved with the community again.

I have also spent many days after work reading books with my children which is really nice. It was Book Fair at school this week and my middle daughter was so excited about buying The Lost Puppy.

Watched




Lewis. Oh I love watching Lewis and it's been a while since I have. I finally got to start catching up on Eastenders. Getting to watch TV in my house isn't easy but then they ruined it with the rape story and I am NOT a fan of those story lines so decided to stick the Lewis box set back on. The new series is on tonight and I have chosen to stay in, with new Lewis and my laptop!

Wore

Love charity shops!






Heard

A great talk at my first visit to our local church. It was a talk that I think was made for my first visit there! About life's worries, anxiety, appreciation. The talk was by a friend of mine that has been going to the church for a while, after being asked by a friend about 15 times! She was an amazing speaker. I heard words that I think were meant for me.



Made

Hmmmm I managed to make a To Do list at work and then totally sunk in my chair when I realised how deep i'm swimming doing part time hours. I considered at that point about working 5 days a week in school hours, but then freaked out about Matilda being put in nursery another two days, the even bigger childcare bill and then cover for half terms and holidays So then that evening I MADE myself a glass of wine.

And Lastly...

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” 
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

7.10.14

Rachel Stevens launches new charity campaign for Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser


Rachel Stevens, celebrity mum of two and new ambassador of Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser, launched the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation charity campaign in central London today, by donating the first blanket to the cause.

The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation aims to promote the dangers of bacteria on blankets and highlight the shortage of baby blankets available to infants born to disadvantaged families.

Dettol and Rachel are encouraging mums across the UK to “keep the memories, not the bacteria” by donating a blanket via Freepost and sharing their special recollections and photographs of their babies’ blanket on social media. Once collected, the baby blankets will be hygienically washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser before being re-distributed by Dettol to families in need.

Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser has also pledged to donate £1 for every blanket collected to
children’s medical research charity, Sparks, to raise much needed funds for UK families with children who are affected by serious illness or disability.

Every minute of every day, approximately 50 babies are born into poverty and will experience conditions lacking basic essentials including hygienically clean blankets. Poor hygiene conditions can contribute to illnesses such as diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration.

Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol - on washed blankets donated by volunteer mums - show that baby ‘blankies’ carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40°C wash with a third of the washed blankets harbouring coliforms – a group of bacteria linked to faeces. Dettol is hoping to raise awareness of this research as well as donate much needed funds to support children’s health.

Rachel commented: “The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation really resonated with me as a mum. I
remember bringing my girls home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. Many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience the comfort of a warm, clean
blanket. That’s the reason why I’m supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to
those in need so that those babies don’t miss out.”

Zillah Bingley, Chief Executive at Sparks, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this exciting campaign.

By working together with Dettol we can make sure more children are born healthy and stay healthy.

One in 30 babies in the UK is born with a condition which may affect them for life. Yet, each year less than £10 per child is spent on research into children’s health. Sparks funds pioneering research to change this. Our medical breakthroughs improve the health of thousands of children but this is only possible thanks to the generous support of individuals and families across the UK.”

Blanket donations will be collected until the end of December. Memories can be shared with
@DettolBlanket #sharethememories or on Dettol’s Mission for Health Facebook page. For full details on how to donate please visit www.dettol.co.uk/donate

1.10.14

Win Tickets To Crafts For Christmas At NEC

Working in the Craft Industry comes great perks, and for me it's being involved with craft shows, especially the festive themed ones! I love working these shows.

I have got 10 tickets to give away which admits 2 adults into the Crafts For Christmas show (and Hobbycrafts and Art Materials Live) 6-9th November at the NEC in Birmingham.

I'm afraid I can't cover the cost of travel BUT you will win tickets to get in and shop :-)

The popular Crafts for Christmas show offers visitors a more relaxed way of Christmas shopping! Here you can focus on enjoying the shopping experience - avoiding the hassle of the high street - and finding something a bit different for your family and friends from over 200 exhibitors.

We Don't Eat As A Family Everyday But It's Okay.

We feel blessed that we get to eat as a family two days of the week. Dinner time has become a special and exciting event on weekends. Oh and the fact Xfactor is on too! (Ooooh the drama).

My husband works about a 45 minute drive away and is away from home apx 12 hours of the day, 5 days a week. He is the main earner and so I am mum who juggles 17 hours employment as a PR with school runs, park dates, cooking dinners for the three girls, getting them to their after school activities (and home again!), homework and then bath time and bed time. Don't worry, I don't class myself as super mum! In fact, I am far from Super Mum. This is just how our family has to work.

I don't eat with my daughters. I chose to eat with my husband about 8pm and for us, it's valuable time together catching up. Not much is said on a morning as it's (almost organised) chaos as you would expect. Our meal times together feel almost like a little date. After that comes loading the dishwasher, tidying up, catching up on a programme or some emails, grabbing a bath or shower and bed. Believe me, I have beaten myself up about our crazy life and not eating together. I felt like a rubbish mum. I felt hard done by running around like a headless chicken without a helping hand but I stopped and thought about it and realised that it's silly. I actually should be proud and grateful. I guess that's why I wanted to write this blog post.

Thankfully my kids are well mannered and well trained at dinner time. I make sure I sit with them and it's my opportunity to talk to them about their day. It's our special chit chat time. They eat all of their dinner and pudding and ask to leave the table when they have finished. It's not chaos and they haven't turned into animals because daddy isn't there.

So, for those that don't eat as a family every day, it's okay. It really is okay. Oh and if you do, enjoy it. It's precious. x

28.9.14

Go Ape Moors Valley

This was a pretty awesome day! My daughters ROCK! No fear. Just loving their treat. Having fun.







Moors Valley is one of our favourite places to run wild and climb... This is what character building is all about. This is what family days are all about!






26.9.14

Dorset Book Exchange

This morning I had the chance to head to the Book Exchange in West Moors, Dorset. I'm a huge fan of shops like this and I'm a massive lover of books. I always have been. 



The couple that own this shop are lovely. They are originally from Halifax. How do I know this? Their Yorkshire twang was definatly noticeable. I have a Yorkshire mum, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It made great conversation!

I took books in to exchange. I got £7 In credit and this works that I get 50% off the asking price for the book I want to buy and my credit is used on that. It's not £7 to spend on books. It has to work on the book exchange scheme. 



My mum and I have decided to go once a month. I literally can't wait to go again! It's just not that easy with a toddler so that's why I took my bookworm mum too! 

They take kids books too!

I could have spent the day there!! Oh my goodness I was in my happy place today. I just needed a sofa and coffee.





25.9.14

Running Gear Becomes Annoying. This Mumma Needs Help.


Earlier this year I started getting back into exercise by walking for an hour a few times a week increasing my speed from 12 minutes per KM to 9 minutes per KM. I then began to jog and paced myself, stopping every ten minutes or so but aiming to reach 5km in a set time.

At this point I was also addicted to tracking my steps so I knew how many calories I was burning each day. I did this with my Fitbug.


A few months ago I felt my fitness increase so I was able to run 5km in less than 36 minutes. I was so, so pleased. This then motivated me to join Slimming World (ahem I would like to add that after 4 weeks of eating well I am now 8lbs lighter which is like 4 bags of sugar or having a baby).

I even felt motivated to go for a run with Matilda in her pushchair! This was not easy even with a sports pushchair but it made me work harder. Poor Matilda was bouncing everywhere.


On Sunday morning, the day after two birthday parties and a day FULL of hyper children I decided to go for a run at 7.30am and try a new route. It was a beautiful morning. The sun was beaming onto my face. The air was crisp and the sun was warm. There were a few other runners out, a few cyclists and some dog walkers. Everyone was smiling. I felt free, alive and happy. I ran, and ran and ran. I listened to my music and forgot about how I was breathing or how fast I was going. Actually I only stopped twice to take selfies in front of certain places so I could show my kids where I ran.



When I made it home with a delightful sweat and thirst, I looked at my phone to stop the RunKeeper app and I had completed 8km. I was so pleased with this distance. It took me just under an hour but who cares? WHO CARES? I ran 8km and I enjoyed the run.

Things that annoy me on my run though - my outfit! My cropped trousers are starting to annoy me and they rise up my legs as I run, my huge knicker lines are obvious, my sports bra is no longer all that supportive which is not good for a big chest and my sports top rises up so I am forever pulling it down! My headphones tend to fall out on a run which is annoying when you're in the zone listening to a great song and I don't have a small, handy water bottle.

I'm setting a great picture in your mind right now aren't I?

Where does everyone shop?

What should I be wearing to look and feel the part? I have a mummy tummy and after three children it needs to be sucked in.

Where do you put your keys?

Does every runner have a Garmin? (I thought this was a piece of underwear at first!)