It’s that time of year yet again when the annual school uniform saga begins. Your patience is wearing thin after entertaining your little darlings day and night for six weeks solid. The wine has replaced the milks place in the fridge and even the kids seem keen to go back to school if not to see their friends then to have a break from their rather frazzled and frustrated parents. You’ve spent up over the summer providing endless entertainment for your little cherubs and now your wallet is about to wail once again. It’s time to blow any remaining bank balance on the next size up in pants, shirts, skirts, socks, shoes, coats, trainers, pumps, tshirts, shorts, pinafore dresses and whatever else is on the bloody list. Never mind paying for it all, there’s also the hassle of dragging your child/ children around endless shops asking them to stand straight as you check that their new uniform will fit correctly. Clarks wait like crocodiles in the high street to snap up your money on shoes which your child doesn’t particularly like and somehow seem to cost more than your weekly food shop. If you make it home without having sworn or scowled… View Post
Welcome to this weeks edition of #LittleLoves featuring sausages, stripes and safety. #LittleLoves is a weekly blog linky run by Morgana. Each week I contribute by listing some of the highlights from my past seven days in set categories. Read Following E’s birthday which I am fairly sure that I have mentioned a few times over the past couple of posts we have been enjoying snuggling down at bedtime with some of the many books that E was given as gifts. Sugarlump and the Unicorn is yet another rhyming masterpiece from the all time, much-loved family favourite ‘Julia Donaldson‘. Without spoiling the story for you and your little ones, I will simply say that this tale teaches children to appreciate what they already have and to make the most of the things that they enjoy in life. Watched Be sure to MUTE the volume if you are currently accompanied by little ones! My husband and I had watched the trailer for ‘Sausage Party‘ a few months back and decided there and then that we had to watch the film as soon as it had been released. Sausage Party was utterly hilarious and totally ridiculous rolled into one. It was also weird like really am I tripping? weird.… View Post
If you find yourself in the midst of a panic because you’re hosting a kids party, then fear not. Help is at hand. I’ve got everything you need to know to keep everyone happy and ensure your party is one to remember. Invitations Remember to send these out with as much time as possible for people to respond and plan ahead. You should include: Your child’s name and the birthday they are celebrating The venue address and the theme (if applicable) The party start and end time Your contact details – telephone number, email address Directions to the venue – you can print off a map to help people find it It can be a good idea to find out in advance if there are any children attending with allergies or dietary requirements so you can factor that in. Creating the party This is the most fun part of the whole process. You need to create a party that your child and their friends will enjoy. Pay particular attention to: The music – Choose child-friendly songs and pop anthems that everyone will enjoy dancing to Decorations – You’ll want to remember to sort the balloons, banners, and all… View Post
Looking back at the ‘Birthday Bash’ I am fairly pleased with how events went down, it sure came down in terms of rain! Cumbria suffered with some pretty hefty floods over the weekend and at one point it looked as if the whole birthday party thing may be a rather large flop. Lady Luck paid us yet another visit and ensured that the sun shined all day long giving the kids the opportunity to run off the buffet food on the bouncy castle, trampoline, swings, slides and other random outdoor toys. Sadly due to the rain we weren’t able to build E’s new swings and slide, we are still waiting for the ground to become less like a quagmire so that we can put them up. The Cake The cake seemed to be a hit with E, she loved her two-tiered Frozen themed birthday cake. Personally I felt that I could have done better with the icing but as I was running to a time limit given that it was my own birthday and we had things to do I’ll let it go… It was lovely to watch my little lady blowing out her candles surrounded by friends and family. It was E’s first official party really… View Post
AHOY MATEY! WELCOME ABOARD #TUESDAYTREASURES Welcome to this weeks #TuesdayTreasures blog linky share. #TuesdayTreasures is for bloggers from all walks of life, whether you are a parenting, lifestyle or any other type of blogger you are welcome to join in and to share your posts new and old. THE BLOG WITH THE BOOTY Each week one post which has been added to the #TuesdayTreasures linky is selected by myself to share with you all. This week I took great pleasure in reading ‘You Look Like A Mum‘, a hilariously honest post written by Viv from MummingMadness. Her wonderful take on appearance during Motherhood had me in stitches! I fully agree that it is indeed”liberating to feel good about yourself while simultaneously looking (and feeling to be fair) like you’ve just done the cha cha cha with a level 5 hurricane”. Viv is an amazing Mummy to Amelie and wonderful wife to Joe. Viv writes over at Mumming Madness, you can read more of her posts here. <div align=”center”><a href=”http://www.rachelswirl.co.uk” rel=”nofollow” title=”RachelSwirl”><img src=”http://www.rachelswirl.co.uk/images/tuesdaytreasurewinner.jpg” alt=”RachelSwirl” style=”border: none; height: auto; width: 200px;” /></a></div> I would like to thank Viv for such honesty in her blog post and award her with the #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. Here is the code (see above) for your #TuesdayTreasures Trophy. I look… View Post
Dear E It’s official, you are now a ‘threenager’! It has been three whole years since I first locked eyes with the most beautiful girl in the World. You have the biggest, sparkly hazel eyes with that little fleck in one eyes which makes you so unique. I remember how your perfect rosebud lips sat gently pursed as your tiny fingers wrapped around my little finger gripping not only my hand but my heart forever. Your arrival completed our family. We were lucky enough to be graced with ‘one of each’ and you were the sparkly, pink icing on our rather delicious cake. You made our little man into the most perfect big brother, you instantly became his best friend for life. I am so proud of how he cares for you with such gentle hands and such a loving heart. There are also times when I could quite happily bang your heads together…Siblings through and through! I’m not sure where or why I dreamt up the notion that girls were easier than boys but rest assured you have taught me otherwise over time. I won’t lie, we have found certain points throughout the past three years more than challenging, you have really put… View Post
Welcome to this weeks rather special #Living Arrows – The Birthday Edition. E turned three years old today and began her day ripping endless amounts of wrapping paper from a rather large pile of parcels. As always, we ensured that her big brother J also had something to open and as you can tell by the pictures they were both rather excited and had great fun unwrapping all of the gifts. E Unwraps Her First Shopkins Set Beaming With Bemo \ Change Of Plans We were originally planning to go out for the day to Greenlands Farm Village. However, it had been raining hard all night and we awoke to some rather extensive flooding in our area which has literally cut us off from travelling North or South. It was far safer and more sensible to stay put given the extreme weather conditions. We have postponed our visit to Greenlands Farm Village until next week when there is the added bonus that my Mum will also be able to join us for the day. We have spent today watching E’s new Tinkerbell DVD collection whilst watching the rain come down. I was hoping to build E’s new swing set but that looks unlikely considering the weather.… View Post
My beautiful Princess was once again asked to blow the birthday candles out as she turns three years old tomorrow! We threw a party this afternoon to celebrate with family and friends. E had an absolute blast and put a great amount of effort into blowing out the rather large candle on her Frozen themed birthday cake. Bless! Happy Sunday folks, I hope that you have all had a fab weekend! I for one can say that I have had the most amazing weekend packed full of memories, smiles and good times.