Wednesday 29 August 2018

Living Arrows 2018 35/53

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 the biggest thing to happen this week was James finally turned six years old! Mummy and the boys have been at nana and gaga's house since last Monday as we all had dental appointments and then Daddy had to go away for a couple of days with work. 

On Tuesday we went to the local nature reserve at Hauxley. The boys had a brilliant time running along the path. Freddie started off in his pushchair, but we let him out for a run. It was so cute seeing James holding his reins! 

Wednesday started off pretty quiet. We did a video call with daddy before he went to work. Mummy had some work to do on her iPad, so James curled up watching YouTube kids and Freddie was watching Blaze and the Monster Machines on the kindle fire. 

Daddy got back on Friday night and mummy went home to meet him and to also sort out some bits for the holiday without the boys being around! We then went up to nana and gaga's house on Saturday morning.

On Saturday mummy and daddy arrived at Nana and Gaga's around lunch time, James had decided since it was a nice day he wanted a BBQ in the back garden. We had such a lovely time! Both boys were so excited and hyper that we didn't get them into bed till half eight!

On James Birthday Freddie was awake at 6am and we had to give him milk and cereal in bed to keep him quite till James finally woke up around 7! Then it was downstairs to open his presents! We had his big present of a scooter hidden behind his other smaller presents!!

Later on we went to the local pub The Hermitage for their amazing carvery!

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Sunday 26 August 2018

James you are six

Happy 6th Birthday 

My darling James today you are six years old!!

It really does not seem possible that my tiny baby is already six years old and just like the year you were born, this year your birthday falls on August Bank Holiday Sunday!

We are spending your birthday at Nana and Gaga's house and then you are having your birthday party next weekend with five of your school friends at our house with pizza and a movie!

Your are definitely very stubborn like mummy and Gaga and are still very much a daddy's boy!

You have grown up so much this year and have turned into an even more amazing boy than you were before! You absolutely adore your little brother and you have so much fun together even if mummy and daddy have to sometimes tell you to calm down as you are getting him a little bit too hyper especially just before bed!

Your have absolutely flourished at school this year! Your reading and writing has come on so much! You were so pleased when you moved up two reading levels in year one! I hope you enjoy year two as much as you have year one! We have loved being able to see you and your friends on a Thursday morning when we have been at sure start and will really miss it next year since our group is not going to be running anymore.

Today we are telling you about our holiday for October! I really hope you are excited! It will be your first time out the country and on a plane! Mummy is excited as it means we can finally bring out all the stuff we have been buying and putting away for you and Freddie since November last year!!

You still love Spiderman, Go Jetters and all things Cbeebies and Milkshake! You have even got Freddie loving Swashbuckle!! We are hoping to go back to Alton Towers and Cbeebies land again next year now that Freddie is tall enough for all the rides! You are desperate to take him onto the Go Jetters Vroomster and the Octonauts rollercoaster!!

I hope you have a brilliant day!
All my love

Tuesday 21 August 2018

Mum & You - Who are they?

Being a busy mum of two boys, my go to for any situation is the good old baby wipe. From using them to clean up messy nappies, to food stained hands and faces, snotty noses and I have even been known to use them to clean scraped knees!

But in this day and age there are all the environmental concerns, How many baby wipes have I used since Freddie was born? I would say at least a pack of 56 a week and hes now two and a half and I still use a pack at least ever week - two weeks more so if he has a dairy or soya reaction! 

That's where Mum & You come in! Their baby wipes are 100% Biodegradable! 

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“I realised this wasn’t exclusive to poverty; children from all backgrounds and across all countries weren’t reaching their full potential.”
Rajiv wants to create a better world where children live healthy, live strong and live to meet their full potential. You can find out more about this on our nappychat page.
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Check back in a few weeks to see how we are getting along with using the wipes!!

Monday 20 August 2018

Living Arrows 2018 34/53

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"

This week started off with a quiet day at home. James was meant to go and get his eyes tested, but the rain was so bad and Freddie is going through a stage of not wearing his rain cover on the pram I had to call up and re arrange it. Now he has it after school in the second week of term. I promised him a McDonalds tea if he's a good boy for me!

So instead of going across to Kingston Park we had a movie day at home! We started off with two of the Wizard of Oz sequel type films on Amazon Prime but they were not all that good. We then moved onto Free Willy and Free Willy 2!! I have been trying to get the boys to watch films from when I was a child/teenager and so far we have watched ET, Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory and now Free Willy and Free Willy 2!!

We also built a den in our lounge out of kitchen chairs, James duvet and James blanket! All went well till Freddie destroyed it!!

James ended up with a doctors appointment on Wednesday morning so we went down for that then went to Aldi to get some milk. Then it was Free Willy 3, Peppa Pig and Dinotrux for the rest of the day till daddy got home about half past four!

Thursday Freddie had a doctors appointment to discuss his on going issues with dairy and soya as we are waiting for his dietitian appointment, but we need to organise a GP letter for when we go on holiday to allow us to carry Almond milk through security at the airport. 

Finally we got to Friday! End of the week and this mummy was ready to chill out and have some family time before a busy week of us going to see Nana and Gaga and getting ready for the hype of James birthday!

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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Siblings in August

How can it be August already! I swear it was only January yesterday! 
Still it is August and in just about a weeks time James turns 6!!!!

As both the boys are on holiday from school and playgroup we have been spending a lot of time out and about in our local area together having fun!

These photos we taken when we went to The Great North Museum to see their special exhibition for the Great Exhibition of the North 2018. 

The boys had an absolutely brilliant morning exploring the museum although Freddie did have to stay in his pushchair as the place was quite busy and we didn't have daddy, nana or gaga on hand to help with the little runaway aka Freddie!

By next month's siblings post James will have started Year Two and Freddie will be back at playgroup for the Autumn term!

The Siblings Project - Dear Beautiful

Tuesday 14 August 2018

Holiday Countdown

We are really looking forward to our first family holiday in October, as yet James has no idea that we are going and I am starting to plan how we are going to tell him about going!

If we told him now that we were going then he would ask everyday if it was time to go and he would literally drive us crazy! I came up with telling him on his birthday which is six weeks and one day before we go!

One of the things I am going to give him for his birthday is a countdown chart! I have made a little calendar from his birthday for him to cross the days off. I thought doing this would help him grasp that we were going but not at that very moment!

Another way is buying him a small suitcase and putting some bits inside it that he will need on holiday like armbands and goggles for swimming etc

We have chosen to go with the countdown chart and have also wrapped up some things like a pool ring and some goggles for him as part of his birthday presents!

I am so excited for James birthday to tell him we are going to be going on holiday!

Monday 13 August 2018

Living Arrows 2018 33/53

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"

I can't believe we have made it to week 33 already!! We are now over half way through the summer holidays and on the final count down to James turning six, his birthday party and of course the return to school and the start of year two!

So James has spent the last week staying with his Nana and Gaga getting totally spoilt rotten as normal! Mummy and Freddie did crash his trip for one night so mummy could catch up with some of her old friends who she has not seen in years and also so they could meet the boys!

Mummy and Freddie came home on Tuesday on the bus and had a chilled out afternoon. Wednesday we took a walk across to Kingston Park to get Freddie out the house and away from the demands of Peppa Pig on Amazon Prime. 

While we were doing that James had a trip to Warkworth Castle which is near his Nana and Gaga's house. They have passes to get into the castle and James absolutely loves going when he visits!

Thursday we had a Sure Start group on at the local sports field, we didn't actually stay too long as Freddie was not impressed at it being where it was. I think when I told him we were going to Sure Start he thought we were going to be in the room and garden we normally are, not in the local park. We were back home by half past 12 when it only started at 12! James on the other hand had a trip to Alnmouth beach and tea at the local pub!

Friday mummy and Freddie went back across to Kingston Park to get Freddie his nappies, pull ups and dairy free snacks. We then went to Aldi as it had reopened after its refurbishment and got lost in the shop!!

James came home on Saturday lunch time and Freddie was thrilled to see him!! It was impossible to chose one photo of James from his time away so its a collage of him at the beach and out for dinner!

Freddie has just been a little cheese ball as normal when he sees the camera! His photo was taken when he stole my iPad and sat on the sofa!

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Saturday 11 August 2018

Customized Canvas with CanvasChamp

Since photography all became digital over the last decade, I have very rarely printed out any photographs of the boys, So the only ones I really have on my wall are ones that were taken at James school last year. So when CanvasChamp got in touch and asked if we would like to review one of their 12x8 canvas prints we jumped at the chance.

We have a few canvas prints at home, but these have all been gifts from family. We have never actually sat down and ordered a canvas print ourselves.

The process of ordering was so easy, it literally only took me ten minutes to do the order. I chose to use a photograph I had taken a few weeks ago when we went from a walk into Newcastle from where we live on outskirts of the city. We were walking along the path on the Town Moor and Freddie was running chasing James. Even though it is from the back, you can tell just how much Freddie idolizes his big brother! I chose to use this picture as it was a beautiful photo of my boys as you can see below.

I ordered this on Saturday 28th July at 8pm and we received it at half past four on 3rd August 2018. I was so impressed with the speed of the delivery from the actual order going through to receiving the finished canvas!

The canvas is absolutely gorgeous! I love the size and the quality of the finished product! Now all I have to do is actually find somewhere in our house to hang it for everyone to see!

**Disclaimer: We received this canvas print free of charge in exchange for this review. All words and pictures are our own!**

Thursday 9 August 2018

Living Arrows 2018 32/53

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"

This week James and Freddie have had some busy days but also some nice quiet chilled out days at home! 

On Monday we went to The Great North Museum to see the Get North 2018 exhibition. We have been to the museum a few times before, but loads of the normal exhibits have been moved out to make way for this big one! We saw some fantastic things like Damien Hirst "Heaven" (the shark in formaldehyde) which James absolutely loved, although he did shout "mummy I can see the sharks butt!" Freddie loved seeing things like The Twirliwoo's boat, The Pontipines House and of course Makka Pakka's Og Pog! We also saw some Postman Pat figures and Wallace and Grommit!

Tuesday we walked across to our local Tesco and Poundland to pick up some nappies and pull ups for Freddie. 

Wednesday we had a quick trip to Aldi to pick up some more fruit as the boys are eating me out of fruit so bad this school holiday!

Thursday we walked across to Kingston Park to go to the playground as it is slightly different to ours. Then we came home and chilled out watching Thomas movies and also Nanny McPhee

Friday was another busy day as we headed up to Tesco first thing and then back via Aldi. Aldi was closing for a few days for refurbishment so we needed to pick up the essentials like milk, bread, Almond milk etc to get us through to it re opening on 9th August!

Saturday was a very busy day as we had the NE1 Motor Show in Newcastle City Center, then later on we had our local fair on the field behind our sports center. 

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Monday 6 August 2018

Our Television - What we watch!

As a busy mum who is not only a stay at home mum, but also a blogger and a web designer  the television can be both a hindrance and also my best friend!! It can distract the kids in the morning when I am running around like a headless chicken trying to get all our things ready for school, playgroup and of course now we are on summer holidays it occupies them while I get us ready to go out for the day. But it can also distract me when I am trying to work when I am home alone! It has got to the stage where I will sometimes take my laptop into the kitchen and work in there with music on via Spotify!

The first thing that I do every morning when I take the kids downstairs is switch on our Television and put it onto Channel 5 for Milkshake. We use Milkshake on a school morning as our clock! I mean they do have a clock on the screen but we tend to use the programmes as our clock. So when Paw Patrol finishes I tell James to go to the toilet, he then comes back downstairs and we put his coat, shoes and bag on then we watch The Floogals. Once The Floogals has finished that is our queue to leave for school.

We bought our television last year (2017) in the Black Friday sales and it is brilliant! It is a Samsung smart television, so we have Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and YouTube Kids all built in. Plus we have ITV Hub, IPlayer, My5 etc too!

James has recently started to watch Scooby Doo on Amazon Prime but Freddie doesn’t like it very much so we keep Scooby Doo as a treat for James once Freddie is in bed. During the day when James has been at school Freddie loves to watch Peppa Pig and Blaze which is on both Amazon Prime and Netflix.

Having a smart television is just perfect for a family like us, It means we can use catch up television when the kids are in bed or at school/playgroup. Before we got the smart television I would have to use catch up television like IPlayer or ITV Hub on an evening on my iPad. But with Freddie being an early riser and not napping anymore I have to use the evenings to get my work done and then I tend to go to bed and be asleep by nine. So when both Freddie and James are at playgroup and school and Andy is at work the television is mine! So I catch up on things I miss on an evening.

The last few things I have watched on Netflix have been films, my favourite has to be Full Out which is about the American Gymnast Arianna Berlin who missed out on the Olympics due to being injured in a car accident and how she came back to the sport she loved! As a family we last watched Paddington 2 which the boys loved! But we quite often go back to old favourites we have just found on Amazon Prime like Thomas Day of the Diesels and Misty Island Mystery.  

I’m always on the lookout for new programmes or films to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime so please leave a comment below with your favourite!

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