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Our Family Life 2021 (22/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (22/52)

Monday

We still don’t really do much on a Monday. I do try and do a bit of work before Chris goes back to work, but we’re still waiting to get back into toddler groups and activities which is proving to be a bit of a nightmare. We’re starting a toddler group on the 7th June, but until then it’s still just me entertaining Freddie with games, messing around and make-up tutorials.

Tuesday

Another work at home day for me. Do you prefer to work in silence or with a bit of background noise? I’ve started listening to podcasts so these are my go to at the moment. My favourite are business ones but as well as my naughty one which is Shagged, Married, Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsey. Only listen if you don’t have the kids around as the contents is very child unfriendly. It’s hilarious though!

Wednesday

So it looks as though the weather for Freddie’s birthday is going to be crap so we’re going to have to scrap the picnic party and have a rethink. Do we invite people around in shifts, and then kick them out when their time slots done so that we’re following the COVID guidelines. If the weathers crap then we can’t sit in the garden. Oh crappity crap, I’m fed up of all these rules. We need a back up plan. Maybe we’ll go out for the actual day and then do the family shifts on Sunday. Ok, I need to book something. Maybe the zoo.

Sorry that was just literally a brain dump.

Thursday

Today is a work day, but I’m on a project management training course via zoom. I’m not a massive fan of zoom and this is going to be a 9 – 5 jobby. I thought it was an in-house course but it was an outside company so it was a really unlicensed mix of people from the local police, NHS staff like me and charity based workers.

Although I felt quite drained by 5 o’clock, it was really good and gave me a lot to think about.

Friday

We had to nip out for a few bits and bobs so Freddie and I did a bit of shopping and then walked slowly home along the river. We’re still in limbo with the pram. I don’t thing we’re quite ready to ditch the pram but he doesn’t really want to sit in it either. It’s kind of like a glorified bag and shopping hanger and I’m itching for it to be gone.

Isabelle is staying at her friends for a sleepover tonight. I wasn’t sure at first but then they spend all day at school together so we let her go. She was so excited. She came down with an enormous sports bag which I had to unpack and repack taking out all the extra fidget toys, make-up and severely changes of clothes!

Saturday

As Isabelle was on her sleepover Freddie and I had a quiet day playing in the garden and doing bits and bobs around the house. We did nip out to walk the dog. Freddie wears a backpack with a child lead which is a total godsend. He’s always obsessed with wanting to jump in the river – I do wonder if he would actually do it but I’m not willing to take the risk. We’re still keeping an eye on the weather app for updates to next week for Freddie’s birthday, but it’s still saying a 70% chance of rain starting on Wednesday and lasting through the weekend. Chris is adamant that the picnic can’t go ahead whereas I’m clinging on to the hope that we can still pull it off.

Sunday

We had a chill day as next week is school holidays and we’ve got lots planned which will be fun.

Our Family Life 2021 (21/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (21/52)

Monday

Today was just a catch up from the weekend on washing and cleaning/tidying etc. I was also gearing up for some social media training as this is something that really interests me in my Virtual Assistant capacity.

Tuesday

Just a usual work at home day for me today and then back to social media training this evening. I haven’t taken any photos at all over the last couple of days which is unusual for me. I also found a house, that I love. It’s not where we live currently, but on the outskirts BUT it ticks literally all the boxes AND it has a purpose built garden office. Tick tick tick tick! How practical would it be to buy a house when its not withing walking distance from school and I don’t drive? Ok so not practical at all, but his house has decent sized rooms, wouldn’t need a bathroom or kitchen upgrade for now and has a huge garden. And the office garden is just the cherry on the top. So we’re not quite ready to be making offers on houses, we need to have an appointment with a mortgage broker or bank but I’m an eager beaver.

Wednesday

Birthday preparation was top of the agenda today. Freddie turns three at the beginning of June and we’re having a picnic party at Dartmoor so lots of things to organise. I’ve had a lot of fun on Pinterest today looking for yummy picnic food that is tasty but doesn’t take ages to prepare or make. I’m thinking big french sticks with various fillings which we can make before we go and cut as and when we eat them. I’ve also been looking at the grazing platters which look amazing – maybe I could make in foil trays. Then there’s all the drinks, cutlery and extra snacky bits. Looks like the car is going to be loaded up.

Thursday

An uneventful day at the office. I’m working within a new team who I didn’t know before and they’ve been so nice and making me feel welcome. They’ve even invited me out for an all you can drink Prosecco brunch. Unfortunately I can’t go but it sounds amazing!

Friday

As we’re looking for houses on the outskirts of Exeter, it’s time that I got my driving license. It’s not something that I’ve always wanted to do but it would make life a lot easier, especially as I spend every weekend in my own with the kids. So before I faltered I got online and sorted that. It should be here within a couple of weeks so I just need to find a driving instructor.

Saturday

It’s a Luka weekend this weekend so the house is hectic with both boys running around getting every single toy out and playing with about two of them. It’s noisy and messy, but we love having him over.

Sunday

A lovely garden and chill day today with a bit of houses stuff thrown in.

 

Our Family Life 2021 (20/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (20/52)

Monday

I had a nice catch-up with a friend via facetime and managed to book a toddler group for Freddie to attend starting in June. I’ve been looking for somewhere to take him for a few weeks, but there seems to be a waiting list for everything. I also got the application form sorted for Freddie to start pre-school in September which is something that’s been hanging around on my to-do list for a while. He loves other children, so I know he’s going to love it. We walked home the long way as we quite often do if the weather is nice. This is Belle marking the Pooh for the dog who loves to run halfway across a field just to find the perfect pooh spot. It drives me mad when I have to go searching for it. Anyone else’s dog do this?

Tuesday

A working from home day for me and a very productive one at that. We also popped to  Tesco to pick up a new range of Kingsmill 50/50 no bit seedy bread as well as a multi-seed bread for an Instagram post. Might have also had a nose around the clothes section. When did clothes shopping at the supermarket become such a highlight! As per usual, we picked up a few bits for the kids and nothing for ourselves.

Wednesday

I did a big chunk of blogging work with the help of Freddie. Some days this is impossible, but today I managed to get a lot done in between building bricks, racing cars, and the 155 snacks that Freddie wants a day. This is my absolute favorite kind of day as I can tick things off my to-do list as well as spending time with my little side-kick which I love.

Thursday

Another workday from the office and very welcome to get out of the house. I’m sure everybody is, but I’m really fed up with all this rain and not really doing very much. I don’t drive and it’s only recently that I’ve really wished that I could so that I could pack up the kids and go somewhere. Anywhere! Passing my driving test is very much at the top of my personal to-do list (just underneath buying a house). Driving instructors are back up and running now so I need to take the plunge and get this done. Plus I made a bet with my eldest that I would beat him to it so I need to win this bet!

Friday

Was a boring house day. Making and changing beds, cleaning the bathroom as well as more decluttering. I’m not surprised we don’t have enough room for stuff. We literally have so much stuff in the house that it’s ridiculous. Our charity shops aren’t really taking donations, but the clothes bank is now being regularly collected so I’ve been doing regular drop-offs for the clothes that we no longer need or want.

Saturday

We went charity shop shopping. This is one of Isabelle’s absolute favourite things to do and she’s missed it so much with the shops being shut. Always at the top of her list is anything Barbie whether its clothes, accessories, or dolls. She really doesn’t need any more dolls, but she does break me every now and again. Charity shop purchases are always met with a tut and an eye roll from Chris as the kids don’t really need any more toys, but it’s something we like to do together. We bought a Bratz doll and a couple of books (my fave buy from charity shops) as well as some cars for Freddie. On the way back from the shops, I let Freddie loose to jump in puddles which made his day. He was absolutely soaked with speckles of mud on his face and wellies full of water!

It was also my business’s first birthday today so Chris and I had a glass of bubbles to celebrate.

Sunday

It rained! We opted for a baking day. I picked up a cake-making kit that included Jelly Bubbles which you had to make using a Calcium solution, so it was baking as well as a little science experiment. The kids enjoyed this so much, but unfortunately, the cakes didn’t taste as nice as we expected. We had a delivery of homemade biscuits from Nanny who braved the rain, so this more than made up for it.

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Our Family Life 2021 (19/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (19/52)

Monday

Bank holiday Monday and nowhere to go. I’m not really fussed about going out for drinks or food as yet, but it would have been nice to do something with the kids. As it was, it was raining so another day at home. I made the first lasagne in ages. Chris is really good so it was a test to see if mine was better. I missed out on the crown for best lasagne, and literally only scraped through with being better than school lasagne. We made a cheeky reel if you want to see what my daughter thinks.

 

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Tuesday

Tuesday was a work from home day. We were also waiting for the plumber to come and fix the kitchen sink. He finally arrived at around 4pm so we had fish and chips for tea, by the time he was finished and gone.

Wednesday

Wednesday was my Step-Dads funeral. The day started off really grey and rainy, but by the time we were at the crematorium it had brightened up. It was cold, but we had blue skies. The funeral was as sad as expected. The worse bit is seeing how upset your kids are. They’ve only seen him for well over a year to wave at from their balcony which is so awful. We were taking Freddie with us but at last minute decided to ask my in-laws to look after him. I’m sure a funeral comes under essential childcare so I don’t think we broke any COVID rules as a one-off. We went to a local pub to toast his memory and ended up staying for food. It was nice being out, but still a bit of a strange experience

Thursday

Thursday I was back in the office. There was lots of chat about going out and the fact that the weather is killing any enjoyment. Everyone’s on countdown to June when hopefully the COVID shackles will be removed. It was also polling day so the school was closed as it’s used  as a polling station.

Friday

Freddie and I took it easy on Friday. I felt absolutely exhausted after the funeral and all the thoughts that come with that. I put my phone to one side and we did jigsaws, read books, played with playdoh and crawled around the floor as cats. Freddie loves to pretend he’s a cat, quite a lot or sometimes a puffy (puppy).

Saturday and Sunday

What the hell is wrong with the weather at the moment! We’re craving being outdoors, but the weather has been so rubbish. Hats off to all the people braving the weather to sit under umbrellas whilst fending off the wind and the rain. We stayed home as is the norm these days.

We did make homemade pizzas on Sunday for dinner which both kids enjoyed. Dinner times are not very pleasant at the moment. Isabelle complains about every single meal we give her and  Freddie just doesn’t like sitting at the table at all. Thankfully as they made the pizza’s themselves, Belle couldn’t complain as she’d made the food and Freddie was keen to get Daddy to eat his ‘Best pizza’.

Our Family Life 2021 (18/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (18/52)

Monday was a lovely day. Freddie and I pottered in the garden. Freddie played with his tuff tray full of water with cups and bowls to pout which is his favourite thing to do at the moment. After school, we walked the long way home via our local playing fields so that both the kids and the dog could have a runaround.

Failed No-spend Day

Tuesday was a workday. I’ve been making a conscious effort to try and have some no-spend days each week so my work days would be perfect. It means that I have to make my own lunch, but since we’re trying to save as much money as we can I should try and do this anyway. This all went out of the window with a few last-minute birthday buys.

Wednesday I spent the day wrapping birthday presents and writing his cards for our eldest’s birthday. Tomorrow Ryan turns 22 and this will be the first year since he was born that we won’t see him. He’s still on base until Friday so we’ll have to celebrate then.

Thursday is Ryan’s 22nd Birthday and I’m working! I haven’t made a cake and I’m not going to see him. It feels really weird, but he’ll be back tomorrow and we’ll have cake and presents and probably a cheeky beer.

A Leaky Sink and Carl the Caterpillar saves the day

Friday turned into a disaster from the start. We got up and Belle went off to school as usual, and then Freddie and I were all set to start making a huge fat chocolate cake for Ryan’s birthday when I smelt a smell. It was a drain smell so I looked under the skin and yuk, everything was covered in slimy stinky water. The pipe was leaking. Very slowly though so I imagine the water had built up over a couple of days. We had to scrap the cake making and started pulling everything out of the cupboard so that we could clean it and assess the damage. It’s amazing how much stuff we had in that cupboard. After I mopped up the slimy water, it looked like the shelves and the kickboard thing would need to be taken off to clean any water that had gone down behind. After that was sorted and the plumber booked, we made a mad dash to Tesco’s to get a birthday cake. We opted for a Carl the Caterpillar which Freddie thought was great. Ryan came home for presents, cake, and Pizza.

Saturday and Sunday were pretty miserable days. It felt like everybody was out doing fun stuff, but here in Devon it was pretty crap weather with intermittent rain and the wind was crazy. We actually had hailstone at one point, so the thought of going to sit outside somewhere for food just wasn’t an option.

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Our Family Life 2021 (17/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (17/52)

Monday Freddie and I had a day of playing. He’s just started to take an interest in quieter things such as jigsaws and games. I think this kid is definitely one who needs soft play so he can throw himself around, climb and jump without causing himself any damage. My neighbour messaged me to say she’d left a wizard costume for Freddie on the doorstep which he absolutely loved. We spent a good amount of time playing witches and wizards where he turned me into frogs, pigs and Pooh-poohs!

I really want to ditch the pram now. Freddie is going to be three in June, but there are still some days where the school pick up is just too much for him. Plus we’ve been taking the long way round so that we can take the dog with us as well which the kids enjoy.

Tuesday I had my second COVID jab. It was much quicker than the first as the queues weren’t anything like the first time. I really felt the liquid going into my arm, and the nurse hesitated which was quite sore. I stayed the required 15 minutes afterwards and it felt good to get it over and done with. After my first reaction, I took Paracetamol as soon as it was done and drank extra water. I felt fine apart from a sore arm at the site of the injection.

Wednesday I woke up, still with a sore arm but also with swollen lymph nodes under my arms like last time. I felt really really tired and a bit vacant. Freddie and I had a quiet day of painting and playing. Freddie really doesn’t do things half hearted. He loves crafts so as well as painting his pictures, he painted his face as well.

Thursday I took the day off sick as I really didn’t feel great. As well as feeling tired and generally unwell, my armpits were really swollen and uncomfortable. I was also really cold despite it being a lovely day. I reported these symptoms as per the leaflet I was given and took it easy for the rest of the day.

Friday I still didn’t feel that great, so kept Freddie entertained in the garden with the trampoline. I still felt so cold whilst my neighbour was sat outside in a vest top.

Saturday was such a lovely day. Ryan came over with Luka and we spent the day playing in the garden. Having two nearly three year olds together can sometimes be a bit tricky, as neither of them are particularly great at sharing. Apart from only a few minor spats we managed to have a lovely day. They both learnt that holding onto a ball so the other can’t have it isn’t much fun. It’s much nicer throwing or kicking the ball to each other!

Sunday was another nice weather day, and we went over to my mums to discuss funeral arrangements. We finally have a date for the funeral, so we had to decide on songs, write a eulogy and pick flowers. All this stuff is so hard so. I knew it would be boring for the kids so I promised them subway for lunch afterwards. I don’t think we’ve been there for a couple of years, so we thoroughly enjoyed it. Steak and cheese on toasted Italian bread with sweet onion sauce, hands down is the best.

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Our Family Life 2021 (16/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (16/52)

Our Family Life is a little snippet of the life of a Mum and Dad with three kids and a dog.

I’ve become one of those Mums!

Monday started off as a good day. I’ve not ashamed to say that I’ve become one of those mums that will literally jump through hoops to get their toddler to eat. Freddie isn’t a particularly fussy eater, it’s just a question of whether or not he will eat the food you put in front of him at all. Some days, you could try all the bribery in the world and he wouldn’t even sit and the table. Well, it seems that he likes food cut up into dinosaur shapes or put on skewers.

I’ll never forget when I watched my sister peel the skin off a sausage for my nephew, and Ryan had a friend who wouldn’t eat food if it was touching other food such as his peas touching his chips or the other way round. This is completely new territory for me as the other two are really good eaters.

I’m not going to lie, I will cut his food into different shapes or put it on skewers every single day if it means he will eat it. Watching him polish off his cream cheese sandwich, tomato, and cheese skewers was literally the highlight of my week.

Tuesday was a workday for me, so I spent the whole day with my head in my laptop. I’m not sure how much longer homeworking will be allowed, but I’m happy for it to carry on for as long as I can.

Still Decluttering

Wednesday was another house decluttering day. I’m doing it bit by bit and it’s taking a long time (the house is fit to bursting, not in a hoarding way) but there is a lot of stuff that we can hopefully sell which will go into our house deposit pot. eBay was always my go-to place for selling but it’s not been that great lately. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Vinted so I’ve signed up and will start listing things as soon as I can. I should probably point out that I’ve bought some stuff as well.

We got all the summer clothes out of the attic which Isabelle found very exciting. She loves nothing more than her denim shorts and a cropped top. I was very pleased when I found the stash of shorts that I forgot I’d bought for Freddie in the sale at the end of last summer.

Thursday was another workday at the office for me. It was a really productive day which is always a good feel factor.

We’re Garden Ready!

Friday we were finally able to get out in the garden after Chris hacked away at the jungle that was starting to take over. I put washing on the line and the kids played happily on the trampoline. The grass is still quite wet, but now that it’s cut it will start to dry out a bit. Our old fridge freezer is still out in the garden waiting to go to the tip. We thought it would fit in our car, but it seems not so we need to get a man and a van sorted.

Saturday we just pottered around at home and in the garden. It doesn’t feel like we’ve done anything all week, but I don’t really feel like I want to go out. We’re still waiting for a date for my step-dad’s funeral and it keeps playing on my mind that time is ticking on and we haven’t been able to say goodbye yet.

Sunday it was freezing so we scrapped our plans to go out. Belle was in such a grumpy mood that I send her off for a bath which usually calms her down. She was given some Body Shop bath fizzers for Christmas so she popped one of them in and took a bottle of juice with her as well as her fave YouTuber to watch.

Chris thought it was the last day of the school holidays so got us a KFC takeaway on the way home which we ate whilst watching Scoob.

Next week we have to get out of the house and get some fresh air!

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Our Family Life 2021 (15/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (15/52)

Our Family Life – well today is the day that many of us have been looking forward to for what seems like a very long time. The shops are re-opening, the pubs are re-opening and you can go and get your hair done. Woo hoo. Which one will you be doing first? We’re going to give the pubs and the shops a miss for a couple of weeks, except for a one-off trip to Debenhams to return some Christmas purchases (only because you have to take them back within the first 7 days of re-opening). We definitely won’t be going today as I’m guessing it’s going to be worse than Christmas.

My daughter is desperate to get back to the shops, but it’s not the High Street shops shes missing, it’s the charity shops. She loves a good rummage around looking for a bargain. My in-laws gave her a TV with a built in DVD player so she’s after getting some more DVD’s to watch. I was just about to get rid of all of our DVD’s since we haven’t had a DVD player for quite a long time now so it’s a good job we hadn’t got round to doing it.

I would love to go and sit in a pub garden somewhere, but today is absolutely freezing with short bursts of heavy rain. I’m going to guess that all the people that booked tables today are going to stick it out come rain or shine!

I feel like we’ve bought a lot more toys outside of birthdays and Christmas since we’re at home all the time, and today we found such a cool thing. We’re trying to save money so I like to have a little look on the Facebook selling pages to see if there are any bargains local to us. This ticks all the boxes.  This cool marble run I bought for £7 and the person delivered it to me. I may not have read the description properly, as it arrived in an enormous box. It was a GIANT marble run, big enough to fit ball pit balls. Ha ha. The kids think it’s great. Chris just rolled his eyes as he does a lot.

Tuesday was a work day from home. I really like working from home, and would love to do it permantly. Sadly I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I’m happy being able to do it. My day is exactly the same as it I was  in the office. I make a cuppa whilst the laptop is cranking up, stop for a mid-morning tea at around 10.30, lunch at 12.30 (but pop down to have it with the kids), tea again at 2 and the commute downstairs at 4pm takes about 30 seconds. Oh and I get to wear my cat feet socks which is an added bonus.

Wednesday I met up with my sister and Neice which was really nice. We got some food and walked a very long way to a park. It was really nice to see them both, and the kids had such a nice time. At the park Freddie was at the top of the slide when a little boy started to climb up the steps, Freddie paniked so much that he nearly fell down the slide. He couldn’t get away from the little boy quick enough. It was the same with everything he went on, every time another child that wasn’t Belle or my niece came near him, he couldn’t get away quick enough. It was quite upsetting seeing his reaction, but I’m guessing that a lot of kids are the same. The mum of the little boy on the slide said her little boy was exactly the same. Freddie wouldn’t remember a time when we didn’t avoid people, let alone all the things that we used to do pre-covid.

Thursday was an office work day and went by nicely with the help of Heart FM.

Friday was an awful day. Belle has been begging me to dip dye the ends of her hair blue for weeks, so today was the day. It was such a faff. I used foil, but wasn’t really sure what to do with it so just kind of folded it over the ends and then scrunched it up. Anyway after all the effort it took to paint the dye on etc. It came out very faded, and almost more green than blue. Isabelle had the biggest meltdown with lots of door slamming, shouting, tears and throwing things around her room. It resulted in her losing her phone and tablet and put me in a rotton mood for the rest of the day. Obviously I planned to ‘ruin her hair’. Oh well, that’s been ticked off the list and also added to the list of ‘Never doing again’.

Saturday we went to see my Mum for a garden visit. It wasn’t too cold, but it wasn’t exactly warm either. The kids had their bike and scooter so were happy. My Mum completely put her foot in it when I told her to tell Belle that she liked her hair. She told her that she really like the shade of green she’d picked! If looks could kill. Ha ha!

Sunday I had my hair done. I’ve been toying with the idea of ballyarge for ages, and today I took the plunge. I’m not very adventurous with my hair, so this is a big change for me. It took quite a long time, but I’m happy with the results and glad that my thick mane has been thinned out again.

Our Family Life 2021 (14/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (14/52)

Today is a turning point for many, as we’re finally allowed to meet up with people in an outside setting either in groups of six or two households. Have you already made plans? Are you raring to get out and socialise? I’m not!

I’m surrounded by rule breakers which puts added pressure on the rest of us who have been following the rules. I hate that I’m made to feel like I’m being silly by following the government guidelines. In honesty I would rather wait until all the social distancing rules are lifted and we can actually enjoy being out and about instead of constantly checking ourselves. I will do a bit of socialising for the sake of the kids, but I just find it stressful.

Anyway, Belle was still at school and Freddie and I went for a lovely walk where we collected leaves and sticks. Why do we always end up with a collection of sticks that the kids bring home. It was nice to be outside on such a lovely day, and Freddie made the most of it running around with the dog. We found a tree stump which Freddie likes to climb on which was growing fungus all around the bottom of the stump. I love this picture which is when I told Freddie that the tree was growing mushrooms.

We also made pizza for our dinner using the roll out pizza bases. There was a bit of drama as Belle didn’t want to share the pizza making with Freddie, so I’ll have to make sure I get two bases for next time.

We were also sent some Push Poppers to review which are a Fidget Toy based on popping bubble wrap and quite addictive. We made a couple of little TikToks and an Instagram reel using these which you can check out if you like.

Tuesday I did a bit of catching up with work stuff. I do some freelance work and it was nice to get on top of things a little bit before the Easter holidays when both kids are home. It’s weird that a toddler needs more looking after than a ten year old, but the ten year old needs way more attention that the two year old.

Wednesday we had a bit of a chilled day. Who else is going to miss these days when the world re-opens and we’re back to rushing around to fit as much stuff in as we used to? I don’t think I’ll go back to that. The slower pace is definitely the way forward. Having no weekly commitments, just taking the days as they are and doing things dependent on the mood and weather.

April Fools Day

I love seeing all the silly things that get advertised on April Fools day, and even better when people get taken in by it. So we’ve already made our way through a quarter of the year, but it almost feels like the year is yet to begin.

Our eldest turned 21 last year in lockdown, so this year he will be able to meet up with friends and have a drink or three which I’m really pleased about.

Good Friday

We always forget Bank Holiday’s as they don’t really mean much when one of you works them as normal. Chris always works Bank Holiday’s so it’s just a normal day for us. My sister and my niece came over today and we went for a walk. It was nice to have a catch up with them, and for the kids to spend some time together.

We desperately need to get our garden sorted so that the kids can go outside. We live near the river and so it stays really wet and boggy for quite a while. It’s just getting to the point where we may be able to cut the grass without ripping it all out and then it will still need a couple of weeks to dry out a bit before it’s ready for the kids. Hopefully this is our last year in this house before we move (I really hope so).

Saturday we went for a garden visit with my Mum. The sky was blue and it looked like it was going to be a lovely day. I took some lunch over so that we could sit and chat for a while. It was freezing unless you were in a direct sun spot. The kids were fine playing for a while, but even they had had enough after about an hour. Belle did her first stint of solo baking and made Chocolate Brownie Bites with crispy M&M’s on the top. They were possibly the nicest brownies I’ve ever tasted.

We still don’t have a date for my step-dads funeral and no signs of the death certificates which seems like a really long time.

Easter Sunday

We had an Easter Egg Hunt in the morning. This is the first year where Belle has had true competition from Freddie as he rushed around filling up his basket. The house now resembles a chocolate shop with Easter eggs stashed on every out of reach surface going.

Sunday was definitely the nicest weather day and we spent a good part of it in my in-laws garden. they have a lovely big garden which is great for the kids. Freddie took his bike and Isabelle took her scooter as there’s plenty of space for them to zoom around. They’re getting ready to move house shortly, but the new house has an even bigger garden which will be nice.

We finished the day with a huge lamb roast dinner which was amazing. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Freddie hadn’t fallen asleep on the way home and woken up super grumpy. He whinged and clung to me throughout dinner so that was a bit pants. It was a good roast though!

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Push Poppers Fidget Toys by HGL

Push Poppers Fidget Toys by HGL

You know that feeling when you pop bubble wrap? All kids love it, and even us adults can’t resist popping it when it arrives as packaging for things we’ve ordered. Well, the Push Poppers Fidget Toy is the gift of bubble wrap that keeps on giving!

A display of Push Popper toys, the newest fidget toys

What is a Push Popper?

Made from silicone, push poppers come in a variety of colours and shapes, all with rows of bubbles that you pop. Once popped, you flip it over and start again. It’s ridiculously addictive.

We received a Yellow Push Popper which also glows in the dark and a Rainbow Push Popper. Isabelle is ten and instantly knew what these were, but it didn’t take long for two-year-old Freddie to get the hang of it. They both gravitated immediately to the Rainbow Push Popper, but then when I showed Freddie that the yellow one was glow in the dark, he got himself a blanket and hid under there to “squish the bubbles”.

What can you do with a Push Popper?

Apart from the obvious of sitting and popping the bubbles, we’ve been challenging each other to see who can complete two sides in the quickest time. I’m quite proud to hold the crown of fastest bubble popper in the house.

We’ve also popped the bubbles to songs and by drumming our fingers. One side is easier to pop than the other, and you can pop all the bubbles in a row by running your finger down really quickly. It does take a bit of practice.?

You can see what we’ve been up to over on Instagram and TikTok.

Our Thoughts

When the Push Poppers arrived, I wasn’t sure how long they would keep the attention of my two but I was completely wrong. We’re having to rotate them between them as it seems that the Rainbow Push Popper is the favourite for both of them.

Both of them have played with these independently as well as whilst watching TV. They’ve even kept the two-year-old Fidget Pants still.

Overall, the Push Poppers have got a huge thumbs up from us, and I think they will be played with for a very long time. These would be great for traveling (you know when we’re allowed).

Where Can I buy a Push Popper?

These Push Poppers are available to buy from Claires, Smyths and Toymaster Toy Stores.