Monday, 10 December 2018

Living Arrows 2018 50/53

Welcome back to another week of Living Arrows hosted by Donna over at What The Redhead Said. If you are new to this then the name of the linky comes from the poem by Kahlil Gibran "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth"

So James had his school fair last week which he had a brilliant time at! The same day we had an electrician out to install some new sockets in our lounge and kitchen so nana and gaga came to keep mummy and Freddie company and then nana came with mummy to the school fair and to collect James while gaga stayed at home with Freddie and the electrician. James also got to go and see Santa at the fair. This year was so much better he chatted away to Santa I think it helped that he recognised his voice as his deputy head! Last year he refused to go in and sent mummy and Freddie in his place. 

Freddie has had a brilliant week at playgroup! He is running in so happy, and normally when I pick him up they had to shout for him at least three times before he actually comes to the door! In fact a few times one of the staff has had to bring him to the door as he's too busy having fun! On Tuesday when mummy took him up he was such a little monkey running the whole way!

We finished the week by going to visit nana and gaga for the night as daddy had his works Christmas party and mummy didnt want to risk him waking up the boys when he came home in early hours of the morning! 

Living Arrows

Blogmas Day Ten

I did a post last year about strange things your kids had asked for for Christmas on the back of one Christmas when James was about two when he asked Santa very seriously for milk and yoghurt!

This year the post is all about things your kids call Christmas! For example Freddie is obsessed with calling crisps Christmas! He started it when we were in Majorca back in October, We had a tube of pringles in our hotel room and he kept yelling Christmas Christmas and pointing at them! Since we got home all crisps have become Christmas to him!

So I asked s couple of my fellow parent bloggers and these were the answers I got!

Emma from said "My son was born on Christmas Day so its not actually anybody elses Christmas according to him - he calls it my Christmas. He asks is it nearly my Christmas?" I found this so adorable!

Jessica from said "My daughter is 3 and calls it HoHo she can say Christmas but HoHo has stuck" That is so sweet. Freddie does know that Christmas is other things ie the tree and decorations but calling crisps Christmas has just stuck even when we try to correct him!

I hope by next year Freddie is calling not calling crisps Christmas as it is already getting very confusing in our house!!

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Blogmas Day Nine

This Christmas is a bit different for us as it is the first Christmas that Freddie has been totally dairy and soya free. So buying traditional chocolate coins and selection boxes has been quite hard!

The first thing we have brought for Freddie is a Moo Free Advent Calendar. 

Moo Free Chocolate is both Dairy and Soya free so this is perfect for Freddie so he is not left out when James has a chocolate calendar to open.

Moo Free chocolate is made in a factory that does NOT manufacture milk chocolate or any other milk, gluten or soya based products. For me this is fantastic as it means Freddie can enjoy chocolate treats over Christmas like James and he won't get a poorly tummy.

The next thing we have bought is also by Moo Free and it's a selection box. James always gets a chocolate selection box for christmas. So when I found a Moo Free one in our local Aldi I was thrilled that Freddie will not be left out this year!

We have also bought him some Moo Free mini chocolate Santas which you can also find in the selection box. 

You can find Moo Free Chocolate in Asda, Holland and Barrett, Sainsburys, Waitrose and many other independent shops around the country!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Blogmas Day eight

Today's post is all about the end of term and what the boys have been up to at school and playgroup and also what is going to be happening in the last couple of weeks of term!

James has been very busy so far this December, He's had his school Christmas fair and preparations are well underway for the Key Stage One Nativity. 

We have also the Project outcome presentation for parents on what the kids have learned this term. Mummy had a really good time at the project outcome as the kids sung a sea shanty which James has been singing for weeks in the house! In fact he has sung it so much that Freddie knows some of it!

When it was the fair day, mummy got to pick James up at half past one so he could enjoy the fair with me and get an early finish from school!!

Freddie again has been doing lots of crafty things at playgroup, The playgroup decorated a community tree at one of the local churches last week that sadly we couldn't go to as it clashed with James school fair and there is a planned visit to Santa in a couple of weeks. Mummy is not sure yet if we are going to go to that as Freddie wasn't too keen on santa when we went to see him a few weeks ago! And finally the last day of term is party day for playgroup where Freddie will be given a time to go in even though it is not one of his normal days! Its strange to think hes only got a couple more weeks of just two sessions a week before he goes 15 hours a week from 7th January!

What Christmas activities have your children been up to at school?

Friday, 7 December 2018

Blogmas Day Seven

Welcome back to Blogmas - a blog post every day in the run up to Christmas! 

Today's post is a christmas gift guide for mums!

Gifts for a Girl

First up we have this gorgeous luxurious faux leather yellow and peach card holder by Alice Scott. This makes a super gift for young ladies and grown up girls (I’m including myself in this category) for Christmas. It features 2 card pockets and a middle slip ideal for receipts and cash.

This would be something that I would love to receive at Christmas as there are days when I am doing the school run with the boys and I don't want to take the changing bag with me, so I have to put my debit card or cash into my pocket. Then I have a bad habit of forgetting to put my card back into my main wallet! This can be found on Gifts for a Girl priced at £9.99

Gifts for a Girl
Next up we have this Handy Pocket Compact Mirror with Style. This is a stylish gift that will help you get prepared for the perfect selfie. As it’s pocket sized, it means you’ll be able to carry it with you at all times!

Again this would be something I would love to find in my Christmas stocking! There are times when you just need to have a mirror on you and then you find you dont have one! This would come in handy not just for mum but also for checking injuries on kids.James had a sore eye the other week and something like this would have helped me to check his eye a lot easier! You can find this on Gifts for a Girl priced at £5.00

Gifts for a Girl
For the mum who likes crafting we have this gorgeous 
Baby Penguins Felt Craft Kit. You can sew together a waddle of 3 cute penguins!

Three fun penguins felt kit, this box has everything you need to create a waddle (the collective noun for penguins on land) of penguins in a child’s bedroom or use as Christmas decorations. For children who are just beginners in sewing, this kit is ideal because it arrives with very clear instructions. A super gift for creative girls who love making beautiful things. I would love to try to make something like this but I think I would probably fail as I literally do not have the patients to sit and do crafting. This can be found on Gifts for a Girl priced at £14.40

Another gift I would love to unwrap this Christmas would be an Ada and Alfred Motherhoodie sweatshirt! I would love to have the storm grey version as I tend to wear mostly dark coloured hoodies as having two boys one being only three I tend to get covered in muck very easily! 

This hoody has some fantastic features such as a kangaroo pouch pocket and hidden earphone cord feed! I know when I get to listen to music the cord from my headphones does tend to get in the way! 

This is priced at £35.00 and is available from Ada and Alfred

So this is just a few things you could get the mum in your life this coming Christmas. 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Keeping Calm And Teaching Your Kid to Drive

Sooner or later, your little one is going to grow up and be ready to sit in the driver’s seat.
While this is a frightening experience for all parents, you’re probably not too worried about
it if your kid is still much too young - but the day will come and you better be ready for it.

Image via: Pexels

If you would like to go through this rite of passage together with your teenager by teaching them how to drive, it’s a good idea to read up on all the do’s and don’ts first. That way, you will make sure that he or she gets the best possible teacher and your relationship will still be relatively intact afterwards.

Here are a couple of tips to help you become a better teacher when the time is ready so that both you and your teenager-to-be can look a bit more forward to those driving lessons.

First: Talk about the lessons

Just like they have it before any classes at school, your kid should know what to expect from these lessons with you. What are they going to learn, how long can they anticipate that each lesson will be, and where will you be driving?

By having a clear image of what they will be going through when learning how to drive, they will be a lot more prepared and ready to take on each lesson. Don’t just get into the car and expect them to catch up with everything you have to teach them; set a schedule, follow it, and both of you will get so much more out of the lessons.

If you’d like to get a car for your teenager as soon as they have their license, you might want to have a look at Vauxhall Cars, by the way; they have a variety of safe and reasonably priced cars that are perfect for young drivers.

Next: Help them to reach the right conclusions

While you, as a parent, might be used to telling them and asking them to do things, this isn’t really the right approach when trying to teach them something new. Their teachers will be following the same method, though, when they’re in school so your kid should be more than able to appreciate your teaching methods.

Say, when you’re noticing that they’re driving a bit too fast, you might want to ask them what the speed limit is rather than telling them to slow down. It’s such an easy trick and it will help your teenager to get used to thinking for themselves as they won’t always have you in the car to tell them how to drive.

Keep this in mind with everything you teach them and, sooner or later, they will be able to handle their own driving without being asked or told to do so.

Finally, it’s a good idea to keep the first couple of lessons as short as possible and increase the length steadily as they get more confident. It makes it a bit easier to end each lesson on good terms as well, by the way, and you’ll both look much more forward to the next lesson.

**This is a Collaborative Post**

Winter Woodland at Baltic

Now that December is here we are fully in the countdown to Christmas! We have already done our Santa visit and now we have been to Winter Woodland at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts!

Winter Woodland is a fun craft and song session on Saturday and Sundays running for the rest of December!

We were booked in for the 10am opening session on December the first! Once we got into the centre we made our way up to level two via the glass lifts. James was absolutely loving the view up the river from the lift! Once we got up we were greeted by some elves who told us all about how they sort all the Christmas cards and make sure they get to where they are going!

We were then invited over to the craft area to start making some Christmas decorations based on woodland animals! Freddie at this point had got very upset and scared by the people dressed up as elves that daddy tried to calm him down while mummy did some crafting with James who was really enthusiastic! Eventually Freddie came and sat on my knee and calmed right down when he found a glue stick and some googly eyes and he had fun with them!

James had such a good time making a fox and a robin and even an erm alien! Mummy made a fox with a bit of help from Freddie!

Once we had finished crafting it was time for some hot chocolate and marshmallows while
we helped to write a 12 days of christmas woodland animals song! There was also a room to the side which had bubble lights and plastic ice blocks and fake snowballs in! James loved this snow room and him and Freddie had so much fun launching snowballs at Daddy!

Tickets which are priced at £13 for one adult and one child are still available for these sessions which are running on December 8th,9th,15th,16th,22nd and 23rd! Baltic have very kindly offered readers a 20% discount using the code WINTER20. Tickets can be purchased here

We had such a good time and would highly recommend this for other families as a way of getting into the Christmas spirit!

**We were gifted our ticket in exchange for this review. All words are our own and Images were supplied by Baltic**