Monday, 1 June 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 22/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth"

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week.

So it's lockdown week erm 11? I literally have no idea how long it has been. All I know is we've not seen my parents since 16th March and that's the longest time the kids have never seen them! 

This week was technically the school half term week. We should have started the weekend by visiting Carnival Marra with Beavers, but we obviously did it virtually.

Most of the week James has spent in his pj's lol! He was quite difficult this week as normally we would have been staying with Nana and Gaga for the week. The last time the boys stayed there was February!

We did get James's out for one walk, we waited till daddy had finished work and then we all went together! 

This weeks pictures are well James doing hiss selfie with Maddie and Greg. And. As for Freddie well this is how we found him the other night in his bed! 



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Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 21/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth"

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week

I've totally lost all sense of what day it is and how long we have been in lockdown now. 
The boys are losing the plot now and the naughty behaviour is creeping in. Especially from Freddie. When we have been on walks he has been running off on the field to hug the trees!

This last weekend should have been a big scout camp called carnival marra which me and James were meant to have been visiting with Beavers, so instead they put a virtual camp online and mummy and James and Freddie did two out of the three nights! 





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Thursday, 21 May 2020

Redesigning my blog with Font Bundles

When I first set up the blog back in May 2014, I went for a very simple blog header, which had cartoon monkeys on, and a very simple and plain layout, especially as I did not think I would actually keep it up, but I did and here I am six years later and I still have the blog going.

When the blog was first set up it was hosted on blogspot.com under the name mummy to my little cheeky monkey. This name came from James who at the time was twenty-one months old and we used to call him our little cheeky monkey. I then took the leap in January 2017 to take the blog self-hosted onto the www.victoriahockley.co.uk domain name. And now finally nearly two and a half years on from going self-hosted I am dropping the cheeky monkey from the name, but I am keeping it as the email address as it would be far to much stress to change it on everything and email out contacts to change it.

Over the last six years I have had many simple designs using the simple fonts you get already programmed onto the computer. But finally, after six years I am ready to take the leap and download some fonts to make my logo and header stand out.

Since the header is used on both the blog and also on Facebook I wanted something that will pop out and have a wow factor, but also since the blog does not make that much money I do all the graphic work myself as I simply cannot afford to out source the work. Especially in the current situation, all spare money I have is going on the boys who have decided it was the perfect time to outgrow all their clothes and some of their shoes.

I searched on GoogIe to see if I could find an alternative to Dafont, I then decided to have a look at a fantastic website called Font Bundles, who have loads of brilliant free font available to download!

The first font that I looked at was called Bring Heart, I really liked this one as it was kind of like a script font, but eventually I did rule this one out as I thought it would be hard for people to read who are partially sighted.

The second font I looked at was called Monkey Mayhem. This one was quite bold and stood out. This font looked like it was going to be a possibility for my new header on the blog and, also on Facebook, especially as it gives a nod to the original name of the blog – mummy to my little cheeky monkey.

The final font that I looked at was called Playful Jake. This was quite cartoon like, I decided to go against this one as I wanted something that stands out and is easier to read.

Now that I have chosen the font, I had to start thinking about what pictures I was going to use. The last picture I used was one of me and the boys taken before we went out to see a theatre show, but this time I thought I  was going to use pictures of the boys on their own, but eventually I went for these two pictures of the boys together that I took on a recent walk around our local area.

The first picture was taken of the boys from the back as they walked back towards our house. I chose to use one of the boys from the back as it is actually my current favourite picture of the boys together. The second one is from the same walk, they are building some new houses near us on a patch of grass that used to have some blocks of flats on and round the edge there is some grass with some lovely trees which the boys were running around and erm hugging them so I have no idea how I managed to get them to stand still for a couple of pictures.



So above you can see the final design that I went for, for my new blog header. This is the first time you will see it along side it now being uploaded to the top of the page. I always tend to go for designs with a lot of white in them and stick to a plain background in either white or pale blue. I do this as it is less fussy and so much easier for people to read, especially those who have sight difficulties.

**This is a Collaborative Post**

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Living Arrows 2020 20/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth"

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week

So its lockdown week nine? All the talk this last week has been about the schools reopening. We have not made a final decision about Freddie and won't till much nearer the time and when we also actually have a date that our school is reopening. 

The boys have spent a lot of time playing together this last week. I think when one of them does go back to school the other will really miss them!!



Monday, 18 May 2020

The Siblings Project 2020 - May

This month we are a little behind with The Siblings project. Normally we post right on time, but this month with the current situation everything has just got totally behind!!

This months photographs were taken when I had the boys out on a recent walk and they were actually being nice to each other!!





Monday, 11 May 2020

Living Arrows 2020 19/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth"

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week.

So this week Freddie had failed the soya ladder at stage 3. But on a plus side padding stage 1 and 2 has opened up so many new foods to his diet!

James is so bored with the whole home school now, but he isn't in the list for first to return. He will go back but only when his head teacher says its safe for him to go in. 





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Monday, 4 May 2020

Living Arrows 2020 18/52

Welcome to Living Arrows 2020! This is the third year I have taken part in this linky and I love taking part each week! If you haven't heard of the linky before, This was set up by Donna at What the Redhead Said and the name comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth"

Each week I share one photograph of James and one of Freddie and share what they have been up to during the previous week.

This week its the start of lockdown week 7, its also a 4 day week as its VE Day on Friday. 

Last week the boys were part of a world record attempt for the largest camp. This was an idea by our Scouting District Northumberland Scouts that actually went viral! At the time of writing this over 90,000 people had registered to say they had joined in!

The boys slept so well in their den! Mummy was all cosy with the monkeys too! 




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