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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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What We’re doing for The Big Little Tent Festival 2021

What We’re doing for The Big Little Tent Festival 2021

This past year has been an awful year on so many levels, but we’ve also had some good times as well. Spending time in our own little bubble, doing our own thing at a leisurely pace has definitely been the highlight. We were delighted to be invited to take part in The Big Little Tent Festival, and so can you.

We’ve done loads of stuff including setting up a cafe for afternoon tea, made a sweet shop, had many a lounge disco and I’ve lost count of how many Movie nights we’ve had over the last year. One thing that the kids have always pestered us to do is go camping. I sit firmly in the ‘anti-camping camp’ but could be persuaded to give glamping a go at some point.

Big Little Tent Festival 2021

The Big Little Tent  Festival

The Big Little Tent Festival set up by the Caravan Club last year is a way of grabbing a little piece of camp life in the comfort of your own home. Set up a tent in your garden or, like us you could set up camp in your living room and join in the fun.

Champions of the great outdoors, the Caravan and Motorhome Club represents the interests of over one million caravanners, motorhomes, and trailer tent owners across the UK. Founded in 1907, the Caravan and Motorhome Club has 111 years experience and prides itself on offering great value and high-quality sites for caravanners and motorhomers.

Caravan and Motorhome Club membership is just £54 per year and provides members with access to 2700 quality sites in the UK and overseas.

The Club also offers a choice of 300 sites across Europe including France, Spain, and Germany amongst other destinations. All members can take advantage of expert advice, overseas travel services, cover, and insurance, and exclusive member offers and discounts.

In addition, the Club offers a choice of glamping pods, yurts, camping pods, tent camping plus a motorhome and Airstream hire scheme available to non-members through its Experience Freedom operation. To find out more, visit www.experiencefreedom.co.uk

For further information about becoming a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club please visit www.camc.com

Big Little Tent Festival 2021 Downloadable Activity Pack

Download your FREE Festival Pack and be entered to WIN Two Kids Raleigh Bikes

To join in the festival there is a Festival Downloadable Pack that contains everything you need to bring the festival to you, including a checklist of things you will need,  festival wristbands, bunting templates as well as a whole host of activity ideas which you could easily spread out over a few days. There’s even a chance to win two Childs Raleigh bikes and Vango Tyfan Tent.

Big Little Tent Festival 2021 Lounge Campsite

Setting up Camp

So as we don’t own any actual camping gear, we’re going to set up camp in our living room with all our home comforts which are very appealing from my point of view. We’ve got blankets, duvets, cushions, and pillows that we’re going to make into our own little cozy cocoon. Isabelle is planning to sleep there, but I’m not so sure that she will make it all night. We’ve also got lights and have printed and coloured in the bunting from the pack all ready. We’re going to get festival-ready with hair chalks, face paint, and an anything-goes dress code.

You could of course drag out your entire camping kit and set up in your garden. The Festival is running over Easter weekend with an action-packed schedule including a Zoom Party where you can meet the Mermaid Princess and the Friendly Neighbourhood Hero for games, superhero training, and a campfire song!

Pop over to the Caravan and Motorhome Facebook page and click on the events tab and there you will find the Big Little Tent Festival’s full schedule for the weekend starting with The Big Little Adventurers Quiz at 12 pm on Saturday 3rd April.

Big Little Tent Festival 2021 Activities

Our Festival Menu

So thinking along the lines of food we would probably buy should we be in a real-life festival, we thought we’d go for hotdogs, cheesy chips, and corn on the cob (Isabelle insisted) followed by our own version of S’mores and popcorn.

Big Little Tent Festival 2021 Activities
Freddie collecting leaves to make Easter Pictures

Other Activities

As well as the planned live events happening over Easter weekend, there are lots of other suggestions in the Festival Pack which will help to keep your little ones busy this weekend. Isabelle really loves word searches and puzzles, so she’ll be snaffling those away, and Freddie and I are going to give leaf pictures and play the garden bingo during one of our dog walks.

See What Others are Doing for The Big Little Tent Festival by following the hashtag #BLTF21 over on their Facebook Page, Twitter, and Instagram account. Add the hashtag to your photos so that others can see what you’re doing.

We’ll see you at the weekend x

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Our Family Life 2021 (13/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (13/52)

Our Family Life started off with such sad news. A missed call from my Mum in the middle of the night and I knew that my Step-dad was gone. It wasn’t a surprise. When I said goodbye to him in the hospice yesterday I had a feeling that it was the last time. You think that you’re prepared when you know that it’s happening, but it still takes your breath away when it actually happens. Today was a sad day, made sadder when I had to ring our son to tell him that he was gone, and more so when I told Isabelle that her Grandad that she’d only been able to see from their balcony. Knowing that your kids are hurting hurts more than anything.

Tuesday I was grateful that I was on annual leave from work. I spent the day wiping my nose (thanks for the cold Freddie) and having lots of cuddles to get me through the day. Belle wanted to go to school to see her friends so I let her teacher know what had happened so that she could keep an eye on her.

Garden Play

Wednesday Freddie and I spent the morning in the garden. Our garden isn’t ready for playing in for ages yet. It doesn’t have very good drainage so the grass stays really wet, but that didn’t stop up getting the tuff tray out on the patio with some water in it. probably not the best option given that we’re both recovering from colds, but the fresh air was helping me stay awake and Freddie had a lovely time.

Thursday I think I’m finally over my cold so I went to see my Mum to help with the funeral arrangements and other bits and bobs. We still can’t decide which songs to choose. He was a huge fan of Mama Mia, but none of the songs feel appropriate. It made us laugh thinking of the last song being Dancing Queen or Money Money Money!

Friday was a quiet day at home. Freddie keeps me distracted by playing Playdoh, Paw Patrol and we also did some Easter Painting which he really enjoyed. Belle hates it when we do fun stuff whilst she’s at school so we have to try and play it down to save ourselves a drama.

Setting up an Indoor Camp

Saturday we had a really fun day setting up an indoor camp as a dry run in preparation for The Big Little Tent Festival. It’s amazing what you can create with blankets, cushions, pillows, and your dining table. I wasn’t really in the mood for it, but the kids had a lot of fun and it passed the day away so all in all was a good day.

Moldy Bread!

Yesterday we had a bit of an abrupt start. We actually forgot about the clocks changing so we got up with very little time for Chris to get up and out to work. On weekends we like to have a bit of a leisurely breakfast. Isabelle opted for poached egg on toast and Freddie chose to have coconut yoghurt and granola. As we were almost finished eating, Isabelle noticed a spot of mold on the edge of her toast. Yep, total Mum fail, we were eating moldy bread. After reassuring her that she wouldn’t get ill from eating moldy bread she was fine, but she totally milked it for the rest of the day.

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Our Family Life 2021 (12/52 weeks)

Our Family Life 2021 (12/52)

Our Family Life 2021 – Monday was just the usual (yey, for the usual) school run, etc. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into my Mother’s Day Hamper, but we ordered such a big takeaway yesterday that we need to finish that off today. Tomorrow…..

Tuesday is all about the cheese. Cracking open my hamper and stuffing our faces with olives, cheeses, nice bread, and crackers. Mmmmm nom nom nom. If I was food, I would be cheese, I love it!

Subscription Boxes

Wednesday my new Birch Box came which is always a nice surprise. I love getting some little treats just for me and this one definitely ticked all the boxes. I’m really looking forward to using the Gold Revitalising Eye Gels which I think I need for my dark circles. Freddie wanted the box to put his Superwings in, so he was happy. I really love subscription boxes and the element of surprise, so I think I might give a few more a go. I would love any suggestions of any subscription boxes you may have tried.

Thursday was a workday for me in the office. I booked my second Covid vaccination for the 21st of April which felt good. Although a lot of people are having more side effects from the second dose than the first. I did have a reaction with the first vaccine, all the lymph nodes under my armpits became inflamed for a few days, and using deodorant was a bit ouchy. Apparently, the best thing to do is to take Paracetamol before you have the vaccine and make sure that you keep hydrated so that’s what I’ll do. Fingers crossed if you’ve got yours coming up.

I went to see my Step-Dad today in the hospice. It was a shock to see him as he’s changed so much only in a few days. He’s no longer getting out of bed to sit in the chair. He was sleeping so I sat and chatted to him about what we’d been up to, and played some of his favourite music, and he squeezed my hand a few times. Bit by bit he’s slipping away. He may not wake up now, so we’ll keep on visiting. Keep on chatting to him and hopefully, he knows that we’re there. I feel grateful that he hasn’t been transferred to a nursing home since we wouldn’t be able to see him at all, but the end is close…….

Friday I felt exhausted so Freddie and I just had a chilled day playing. He loves to cuddle and must have realised that I needed that more than anything.

Saturday Freddie woke up and was full of a cold and very clingy. Isabelle was terrified that she was going to catch Freddie’s germs so spent the day in her room, only coming down wearing a mask for snacks!

Sunday I went back to see my Step-Dad, and it was very upsetting. He was completely unresponsive. I sat and watched his chest go up and down, holding my own breath every time the rhythm changed. It’s awful losing somebody you love to cancer. Watching them disappear and shrink before your eyes. I’m not really sure how the Hospice staff do their jobs when everybody is so sad and upset all the time. It takes a special kind of person.

Sorry to get all doom and gloom on you.

Potty Training Update

In other news, the potty training is going really well. Freddie is using both his potty and the toilet with no problems or accidents at all. He prefers to wear pull-ups rather than pants which is fine by us. We’ve also switched him from nappies to pull-ups at night, and these are pretty dry in the mornings so we’re pretty impressed with our clever little boy.

Our Family Life 2021 (11/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (11/52)

Monday 8th March – the day the kids went back to school. Will they last longer than the one day they went back to school in January? Let’s hope so.

These last couple of months have been tough.

The kids need routine.

We need routine.

As well as the schools re-opening, the weather has turned a corner which is always nice. I wonder how long it’ll be before the nation is moaning about doing the school pick-up. Thursday maybe Friday I’d put my money on.

Tuesday was a cake making day for me. It’s my Nephews 21st birthday tomorrow so I’m making a huge chocolate cake with lashings of chocolate butter cream, chocolate ganache and topped with more chocolate.

I also went to see my Step-Dad before he moves to a nursing home. It’s a bit worrying that this might be the last time I see him since the rules for visiting nursing homes are really strict for obvious reasons.

When I arrived at the hospice I had to have a lateral flow test and wait 30 minutes for the result to come through. We saw my step-dad in the corridor and he was trying to get into the room that we were in.

When we finally got to see him after testing negative it was a bit of a shock. He was so thin and had changed so much since seeing him a couple of weeks ago. He still had some of his sense of humour, but he also kept disappearing mid conversation and mumbling things we couldn’t make out.

It was quite upsetting to see him like that, knowing that we well lose more of him bit by bit.

Wednesday we were back on the potty training with Freddie. We tried a couple of weeks ago but he started holding his wee in and ended up getting really upset, but today he asked to wear pants. So far so good!

Thursday I had a bit of a blog catch-up and did some of the admin bits and pieces and then treated myself to a long soak in the bath which was a bit of a treat.

Friday was a funny weather day. It was either lashing down with rain or blue skies and sunshine. We’ve reached a tricky stage with Freddie in terms of his pushchair. Generally we don’t use it, but there are days when we’ve been busy and I know he won’t cope with the school pick-up. It’s trial and error at the moment. Some days I take it out and he doesn’t go in it and other days he knackered and will happily sit in it. My other two were out of prams by his age, but they all do thing in their own way.

Freddie looking for Belle on the way to school

Potty training is still going well with no accidents.

Saturday Ryan was back with us and he had Luka, so it was a day of lots of playing and noise. I though Freddie would be too distracted to remember to tell me if he needed a wee, but he’s done amazingly well. He had his first accident today when he was doing some secret Mother’s Day stuff with Belle and she couldn’t get him to the potty on time, but one accident in four days is pretty amazing.

Sunday it was Mother’s Day, and the day started off as a good one. I was given homemade cards by the kids and a huge hamper from Darts Farm with loads of goodies including cheeses and truffles. Chris made bacon sandwiches before he had to go off to work, and the day took a turn for the worse. Isabelle has been having huge outbursts for the last few months and today was one of those days. It’s so hard to get her out of these awful moods, so we had a good few hours where she stayed in her room in a grump. I always wonder about the pics people put on social media of their perfect days, and whether it’s true to form or just a small snippet of a day where all the usual family squabbles, tantrums and fallouts happen.

I wanted a picture of all three kids and as you can see, none of them are insta-perfect!

Next year I think I’ll take myself off for a spa day with a good book!

This is the lovely Mother’s Day Sweet and Savoury Afternoon Tea that we ordered for Chris’ mum from Orchardlea Occasion Foods who are local to us.

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Our Family Life 2021 (10/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (10/52)

Monday – it’s the 1st March. The end of homeschooling is in sight. It feels like there’s light at the end of a very long tunnel. We’re not quite out of it yet, but it really does feel like we’re a step closer. The weather has clearly caught onto our dreary mood as a nation and decided to give us some much needed sunshine.

Oh and our sandwich shape cutter arrived this morning. It’s funny how a sandwich cut into the shape of a dinosaur will be eaten by a two year old but a normal square or triangle won’t do…

Tuesday I was back at work (from home). At the moment it feels like a day off just to be out of the homeschooling.

The perks of working from home is McDonalds drive-through. It was a bit of a last week of homeschooling treat for us all.

Wednesday I knew was going to be a battle just by the look on Belles face when she came down for breakfast. Good or bad decision but I let her ditch some of her classes so that she could do some craft instead.

She’s really into My Froggy Stuff which is a YouTuber who does all things Barbie from making a setting up scenes to giving them total makeovers. So she decided to make a sweet shop with miniature sweets, a till, wrapping paper and little bags. I thought she did a pretty good job, and put in loads of details.

Thursday I worked on site at work. It’s not the best having to wear a mask all day, but it’s good to be seeing people other than Chris and the kids.

We decided to get Belle a little treat to say well done for putting up with us as shonky teachers for the past year, so we got her a new scooter, and all went out for a scoot. Needless to say, we carried Freddie’s all bar the 10 seconds at the beginning.

I’m still waiting for my teacher present to emerge!

Oh and even better, the school have decided to give the kids the day off on Friday. Today was………THE LAST DAY OF HOMESCHOOLING!!!

Friday we got up. We sat in our pyjamas in front of the TV……It was a good day!!

Saturday and Sunday were the usual chill out in preparation for return to school on Monday. Thankfully Belle’s school shoes still fit her so that was one less thing to stress about.

Roll on Monday. Woo Hoo!!

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Our Family Life 2021 (9/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (8/52)

Monday was back to homeschooling with a very reluctant Isabelle. I really feel like we’ve gone as far as we can with homeschooling this way. The return to school can’t come quick enough now. That said, we have to remember that we’re still living in a pandemic and life could change again. Hopefully not though.

A while ago I was sent a letter from NatWest who I bank with personally and for my business asking if I would like to swap to another bank, and that they would give me £1250 for doing so. So I did just that and swapped to Starling, and this morning I got notification of the £1250 in my account. Anybody looking for a new account, I would highly recommend Starling.

Tuesday I had this day as an annual leave day, which doesn’t feel that great since we can’t go anywhere.

Wednesday was a day of messy play. Freddie and I started the day by making Playdoh monsters and superhero face masks followed by cornflour gloop (see my Instagram Messy Play Highlights for the full effect) for a science experiment. I brought the tuff tray in the kitchen to hopefully reduce the mess. Well, the kitchen was left with splatters of blue gloop all over it and the floor took days of cleaning before it was clean of a fine film of dustiness.

Thursday was agin just a get the homeschooling done kind of day. Oh and clean the kitchen again!

Same again on Friday!

Saturday and Sunday we went for a walk and just chilled at home. Freddie is really into setting up his play sets and will now sit happily and play with them for a while on his own which is nice. He’s still quite heavy handed with his toys so the train track doesn’t stay together very long and he loves to bash all of his cars and trains together

Overall, the days and weeks have started to drag now and all of our enthusiasm has been sucked away……

My February 2021 Favourites 

My February 2021 Favourites 

It feels like there is a tiny gleam of light at the end of a very long tunnel. The last few days of February we’ve been treated to some days of blue skies and sunlight. Here are some of My February 2021 Favourites. 

I’m not getting too excited about the dates of the lockdown ease and then lift. I’ll wait to see what happens when the kids go back to school and we reach a steady pace before I start looking further forward than each day.

Orphan black clones characters
Image – Wikipedia

TV/Films

We’ve been watched Orphan Black on Netflix which is really good. We’re on series three now, and it’s reached a definite peak of us not knowing what’s going to happen next or how it’s going to end. Would definitely recommend it though.

The kids have watched the Jurassic World animated series which I really enjoyed as well so definitely worth a watch.

Not strictly TV but As we’re on a huge money-saving/making journey, I’ve been binge-watching Lara Joanna Jarvis’ YouTube channel and have already made some changes so that we can save more money.

Books

I like to read every night before I go to sleep even if I’m really knackered. It’s just part of my routine.

I’ve just finished reading The Day My Husband Left – it was an okay read about a woman whose husband dies unexpectedly but who left clues that unlock a family secret that changes life for all of them.

 

I’m also still reading Chillpreneur by Denise Duffield-Thomas which is for the business side of my brain. I love how she’s simplified her life to make everything work for her and her family whilst removing negativity.

Music

I love a good kitchen disco whilst I’m making dinner and tidying up. I’ve been listening to a lot of 90’s music recently which the kids seem to like as well. Some of it’s a bit cringeworthy though!

Beauty

Thanks to my Birchbox Advent Calendar I have a lot of new products to choose from at the moment. I’ve tried a couple of new lipsticks, but none of them have come up to the Estée Lauder standards.

Food

I’m guessing, like everyone that you’re sick of cooking each and every meal at the moment. I can wait to sit in a cafe or restaurant and someone bring food to me. We have had more takeaways recently but as it’s one of the only ways we can treat ourselves at the moment I feel it’s completely justified.

Our fave food at the moment is a picky plate lunch. We have a selection of meats, cheeses, crackers, and fruits and we can help ourselves. This works so much better for Freddie as he’s a bit of a funny eater. He’s not a fussy eater, it’s more a case of him being in the mood to eat or not. So a picky plate gives him the option to have a little bit of something of his choice and makes things slightly less stressful.

We’re going to jump aboard the Hello Fresh bandwagon next month for a bit of a shakeup and to try some new recipes.

Clothes

I’m not a huge shopper but even I’m fed up with wearing the same day in day out. So I bought a few new bits for myself in Sainsbury’s the other day with my favourite being a black tiger t-shirt.

I wear a lot of blacks and try and add a bit of colour but ultimately it’s my safety net.

Our Family Life 2021 (8/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (8/52)

Monday – Oh how lovely is it that it’s a Monday and we don’t have to bribe and encourage (I definitely mean shout) our kids through the schoolwork.

We’ve played games, made dens and just messed about really. I even gave Freddie an unplanned haircut. It was his first ever haircut and I did it!

There he was happily playing in the bath and when I washed his hair it fell down between his shoulder blades, so I gave it a snip. I’m sure that if he had straight hair it would look awful, but as he has a curly mop I think it looks pretty good.

Tuesday was Pancake Day but also a work day for me so we had them for dinner. I love a pancake with just sugar and lemon on, but of course my kids like ALL the toppings. So we had a choice of:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Banana
  • Nutella
  • Sugar
  • Lemon
  • Maple syrup
  • Whipped cream

Wednesday and it’s raining still. The weather is really setting the mood at the moment. It’s utter crap!

Thursday I was back in the office. I love working from home but it’s also nice to be in a different environment, especially at the moment. I was sat in an office with people I don’t know and it was interesting being the outsider listening to the goings on. The topics of conversation ranged from being fed up of lockdown to funerals and what they were all having for dinner.

Friday was just the usual homeschool battle.

Saturday Belle just wanted to chill in her room doing crafts and watching YouTube. Freddie and I started the planning for making my Nephews 21st birthday cake. He’s having a big fat chocolate cake so that will be fun to make.

Sunday it was my birthday – My 40th Birthday. I missed out on a lockdown birthday last year but here we are. We were supposed to go away somewhere with a hot tub with a load of cheese and wine, and just have a chilled time. Instead we took ourselves off to the beach for a walk with the dog topped off with ice cream and hot donuts.

Our kids are never too cold to go in the water. Freddie didn’t want to come out of the water. Thank god we got him a puddle suit which saved him from a total soaking. Charlie (our dog) was very protective of Freddie and kept crying when the waves came in. It’s nice to know that the fur boy is looking out for his little human brother.

Ryan thought he was hilarious turning up with a wheely Zimmer frame. Freddie quite liked pushing it and sitting in the basket and being wheeled around. Hopefully I won’t be needing it for quite some time yet!