A Letter To My Kids Now I’m Working Full Time

I had a sense of Déjà vu as we sat down to talk. Remembering my Mum (Nana) doing the same thing to Uncle Justin and I. She said “do you want Mummy to be home all the time or do you want treats, holidays and days out?” We went for the latter. We always had holidays to Tenby, days out to Oakwood and much more. Mum worked hard (still does). She was a single parent for a while and it must have been exhausting for her, working all day and coming home to meet our demands too.

So I told you I was going to be at work Monday to Friday from now on because the other lady I work with was leaving and the opportunity was there. Daddy and I had talked about it and decided it was a good idea because we bumble along at the moment but this would make life easier. You looked sad for a little while as I went on to explain that I was doing it for us to have more money, for a better life. A chance to have holidays and more fun days out. “Could we have a holiday?” you piped up Little Man. “Where would you like to go?” I asked. “A caravan in Porthcawl” you answered and I gave you the biggest hug because when you’re little a caravan holiday to a seaside town with a fair, arcades and icecreams of all colours is beyond your wildest dreams.

I promise I will still be there to get you ready for school, to kiss you goodbye and tell you I love you before you start the walk to school with Daddy, I may not be there to pick you up from the gate but I will still take you to gymnastics Little Lady and tut at all the other parents who, despite being British don’t understand the concept of a queue. I will make it to all your concerts and parents evenings as I always have because I love to see your little faces light up when the teacher is saying all those lovely things about you. Even though in your case Little Lady I sometimes sit there with my mouth hanging open in disbelief as they tell me how quiet you are and they barely hear a peep out of you.

I reminded myself of Nana (in a good way, not in stern get your elbows off the table way) when I set about ironing a huge pile of your uniforms in a bid to be totally organised, I would usually wing it but I’m determined to start as I mean to go on and not rush around in a panic because I can’t find anything. So far we have got ourselves in a routine that works. I still get the best cuddles when I walk through the door, play board games on the bedroom floor and get our weekends all to ourselves. I hope that as you grow up you will see that working hard is good not only to keep your head above water financially but that it gives you good self esteem too as your older brother has found now he too has a full time job. I don’t claim to be the perfect Mum by any stretch of the imagination but I have and always will, try my best. Because I love the bones of you, my little monkeys.

Mum

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Yeti In My Spaghetti Review

Yeti in my Spaghetti from University Games is a great game for kids that we were sent to have some fun with. It comes in a brightly coloured box with the Yeti itself through a plastic covered hole to the front.

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The best part about this game is that there is literally no messing about to set up. There are only 3 parts to it, all made from plastic:

  • Spaghetti Bowl
  • Spaghetti
  • Yeti

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The only other thing in the box is the instructions. No bored whinging while you set up a million pieces and no tiny bits to lose that render the game unplayable if lost.

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All you need to do is criss cross the spaghetti across the top of the bowl and balance the Yeti on top. Then the idea of the game is to take it in  turns to carefully pull away the squiggly spaghetti sticks from the bowl being careful not to let the yeti balancing on top fall into the bowl. The player who makes the yeti fall is the loser!

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My children – aged 8 & 5 really enjoyed playing it, it was good fun to watch them try not to pick that one stick that would make the Yeti drop or see them take a risky move and get away with it! It’s a great game for keeping the kids busy for a while during the holidays, especially on rainy days. It’s not hugely involved game so it doesn’t last ages, which I felt is a good thing as there’s less chance for arguments and sulking!

  • Ages 4+.
  • For 2+ players.
  • RRP: £19.99 available from Amazon

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*We were gifted the game for the purpose of this review however all opinions remain honest and my own*

Appy Kids Co Drinks Review & Giveaway

Having the kids off school means that every other minute they’re asking for something to eat or drink! We were delighted to be sent some yummy drinks from Appy Kids Co  for them to try out. Appy Kids Co make wholesome and low sugar drinks without compromising on the taste. Their packaging is earth friendly by using recyclable materials and they also give back by replanting trees. What’s not to like? Stick around for the chance to win some for yourself at the end of this post!

We received a mixed box of:

Paw Patrol Juice Drinks in Orange & Apple 

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These are 200 ml juice packs with a plastic wrapped straw to the back. Featuring characters from the Nickleodeon cartoon Paw Patrol. We tried both orange and apple flavours which went down a treat, with the apple being the winner. The sweetness of the drinks comes from the fruit & Stevia (a healthy sweet leaf replacement for sugar or artificial sweeteners). The apple version has red/green & golden apples plus Stevia and the orange version has apples, oranges and Stevia. Just the right amount to quench a thirst, the children really enjoyed them.

Peppa Pig Tropical Juice Drinks

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These are 200ml juice boxes with a plastic wrapped straw attached to the back featuring characters from the Peppa Pig cartoon.  We got the tropical flavour which contains Apple, orange, passion fruit, mango, apricot, pineapple and Stevia. Again these were well received and I’m reliably informed that the technical term is “Yummy”.

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Some other great points:

  • Vegetarian Society Approved
  • Great for lunchboxes or days out
  • There is an app that can be downloaded from the App store or Play store then the packs can be scanned to get props to use within the app to customise pictures.
  • No worries about sugar overload – all good stuff in these!
  • There are Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Gruffalo, Minions, Dora & Friends and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles variations available.

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For your chance to win an awesome bundle for yourself which includes:

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  • 3 x 5-pack of Paw Patrol Juice Drink Pouches
  • 3 x 3-pack of Peppa Pig Fruit Drink Cartons
  • 1 x Peppa Pig 9in1 Puzzle Pack by Jumbo Games

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*We were gifted the drinks in return for the purposes of this post however all opinions remain honest and my own*

How Our School Holidays Are Going…

We are well and truly into the swing of the six week holidays now aren’t we? Kids have spent approx 40% of their time grassing on each other 50% kicking shite out each other and 10% playing nicely. This is how our School Holidays are going…

Pro: Lie-in’s, mine have been treating me to staying in bed til 8.30ish on the days I’m not working. Heaven.

Con: The sods won’t go to sleep until at least 10pm because of the lie-in and it will probably take me weeks to undo the damage. Me time? What’s that?


Pro: Not doing the dreaded school run, I hate all the “I can’t find my white t-shirt,the world will implode and everyone will die if you don’t find it and iron it”  “you gave me 127 Coco Pops and I wanted 128” and “my homework was meant to be in a week last Wednesday”

Con: Lounging around in your Jim-Jams all day gets you some pitying looks from the Postman who thinks you’re a right lazy cow. Knob off and bother Mrs Goggins won’t you.


Pro: Getting to do some fun things with all the kids, well, when you can bribe the teen into it and he doesn’t spend the whole day moaning how long it’ll be before we go home. Important Snapchat business to attend to don’t you know.

Con: 10 mins into driving to said activity I’m threatening to turn around and go home as the kids are playing who can pinch the hardest and squeal the loudest in the back of the car.


Pro: Desperation to amuse the kids sees you making up all sorts of games like hide the Shopkins.

Con: You want to kill said Shopkins after playing for 3 hours on the trot. Shove your cuteness where the sun doesn’t shine!


Pro: Reading up on other blogs to get some inspiration for crafty things to do.

Con: Realising you’re pretty crap at this crafty stuff ‘cos you haven’t yet made a fully functional caravan from lollipop sticks and PVA glue.


Pro: Thinking you’ve done well going to the park for a “free” day out.

Con: Ohhhhh no,it’s not sodding well free, is it? There’s always an ice cream van complete with jolly ice cream man manically grinning away whilst taking your purse,emptying it and throwing it back at you.


Pro: You plan your activities for the week #BestMumEverrrrrr

Con: The days you planned to do something that involves being outdoors all day it chucks it down monsoon style.


How’s your Summer going? Have you kept your sanity?

Julie x (2)

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Annoying Kids Youtube Videos

If you have kids who love Youtube, (we use Youtube Kids, weeds out most of the adult and weird ones you don’t want the kids watching) you’re sure to have come across at least one video that’s made you want to stab your ears with a fork. Here I list the top 5 that are guaranteed to mash your head.

Pop See Ko This is one that you will find yourself singing all day every day after you’ve heard it. Annoying but catchy and the kids will love it when you join in and make up stupid dance moves to go with it. Honest.

Mash rating ⭐⭐⭐


Johnny Johnny Yes Papa Not sure whether Johnny is one of the most bloody annoying kids on the planet or to be impressed at his ability to consume everything he did. It goes on forever and the food isn’t the only thing sickly sweet.

Mash rating ⭐⭐⭐


Pokemon Pikachu Song This Pikachu/Pokemon horror is just on that pitch. the one that makes you want to through the Wifi hub in the sea. Even my son screams “make it stop” when my daughter puts this on. Even the cuteness that is Pikachu cannot save this monstrosity.

Mash rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Nom Nom Nom Nom song Undecided which is more annoyingly awful with this one. The creepy starey eye face or the song. Make it stop please.

Mash rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Nyan Cat This makes my ears bleed. Nothing can save this one. High pitched freakiness. And when you see there’s a 10 hour version it’s obviously saved for “where the hell have you hidden my chocolate” torture purposes.

Mash rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I do however love Parry Gripp and this one in particular:

Do your kids love any of these videos? Have they got another annoying favourite?

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