Monday, 20 May 2019

Living Arrows 2019 20/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week! 

This week has been good for the boys. James got to hold a Hen at Beavers, when a group came in to help them with their Disability awareness badge. He also had to make his own bed as part of his skills badge!

Freddie had his appointment at the hospital last week where he was diagnosed with non Ige allergies to Dairy, Soya, Wheat and Banana. He's also reacted to something in baked beans so its now try and avoid them or give him a small amount and see if it happens again. We are also trying to source an allergy bracelet for him to wear that he won't try and take off or that another child can't get off him. 

This is the last week of the school half term before we go into the last few weeks of year two for James and the last few weeks of playgroup for Freddie before he moves into the school nursery in September. 







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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Siblings Project 2019 - May

Welcome to the May 2019 edition of The Siblings Project!
How can it be May already! It really does not seem five minutes since we were celebrating New Year and now its the fifth month of the year!

This month James has been loving:
* Beavers. He went on a trip to a local Sikh Temple for part of their Faith Badge and also took part in JOTT 2019. He walked from Newburn Leisure Centre to Baltic Square in Gateshead along the river Tyne. 
* Dreamworks Dragon. James found this show on Netflix and has been watching it on repeat! 
*Pipe art. James was playing this game on my phone when we were sat in a&e waiting to get his hand looked at the other week.

Freddie has been loving:
*Playgroup. He has been really enjoying his 15 hours a week and he has a lovely little group of friends.
*Moo. He is still totally obsessed with his cuddly cow and will not go to bed without him!
*Megabloks. Freddie is still crazy about his block and building lots of towers!




This months photos were taken in the Rugby fan zone on Newcastle Quayside after James finished JOTT 2019

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Living Arrows 2019 19/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

This last week has been pretty good for the boys. James had a brilliant week at school and ended it by doing an 8 mile hike with Beavers for Jamboree On The Trail or JOTT as it was known. If you check the hashtag JOTT on instagram you will see photos of Beaver, Cubs and Scouts all over the world taking part in JOTT!

Freddie had a great week at playgroup. He's a totally different child to the lite boy that started a year past January. Even since he started his 15 hours in January hes come on so much! He is going to love the school nursery in September!




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Monday, 6 May 2019

Living Arrows 2019 18/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week.

It was the first full week of term and both boys went bouncing into school and playgroup, excited to see all their friends!

James came home from school on the Monday with the Star of the Week sticker on his jumper. He was so thrilled to be awarded it and told me he got it for being brave on his school trip around the bee's as he is terrified of them.  He also had a trip with Beavers this week to a local Temple as part of the Faith badge they are doing this term. 

Freddie had a great week at playgroup! He is literally running in now and not looking back to see where mummy is! He has come on so much since he started there when he was two! I think he will really miss the place when he moves across into the school nursery in September. We also finally got Freddie's appointment through for the allergy clinic!






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Monday, 29 April 2019

Living Arrows 2019 17/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week.

James had a busy first week back at school, as the first day back was also St George's Day the local scout movement had arranged to hire out a local museum for two hours after it closed to the general public to do a Promise Renewal. So mummy and James had a couple of hours to explore one of our favourite museums without Freddie before James renewed his Beaver Promise with all the other Beavers! Then Thursday night was his normal Beaver meeting and on Friday he had a school trip! James also had a trip to a&e thanks to Freddie shutting his hand in a door resulting in bruised bones!

Freddie had a great week back at playgroup. He is still coming out the other side of his milk ladder fail, so we've had to put potty training on a temporary hold!

The boys are already exhausted and we are looking forward to having the long weekend for May Bank holiday next week!







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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Living Arrows 2019 16/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

The boys are now back at school and playgroup but we had a lovely last week of the holidays together. 

We walked to Tesco a few times and watched lots of Netflix! It was also mamas birthday so we had a nice quiet day at home with daddy who surprised us with a day off work. 

The boys and mummy went to Newcastle for a few hours on Good Friday and then Saturday and Sunday we did lots of work on our garden and had a meal out at local pub.






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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Living Arrows 2019 15/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

The boys had a brilliant first week of the school holidays! We started the week by spending a few hours at The Centre for Life science centre. This was the first time I had taken both boys along to visit and they both had a fantastic time!

Then Tuesday it was time to visit nana and gaga for a few days! Both boys had a brilliant time even going to the dentist!

James ended the week by doing the junior park run with Beavers! 



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Monday, 15 April 2019

Siblings Project 2019 - April

Welcome to the 4th instalment of the 2019 Siblings Project!
I really cannot believe it is April already! This month its mummy's birthday in fact mummy's birthday is only a couple of days away!

This month we have an invader in the photographs in the shape of Daddy! It is getting so hard to get a nice photograph of the boys together, that sometimes the only way of getting one is to say have a photograph with Daddy!

This month James is loving
*Beavers - He came home at the end of term with eight badges!
*Reading - He's been reading lots of books this month and earning them with is reward chart!
*Dreamworks Dragon - James found this while we were scanning Netflix and he loves it!

Freddie is loving
*Peppa Pig - He literally watches seasons 1-5 on repeat on Amazon Prime!
*Moo - He goes mental if he cannot find his Moo for a cuddle
*The Toilet - Freddie is starting to potty train so he loves visiting the toilet with everyone!




Tuesday, 9 April 2019

[AD] The City Is Where We're Going Next at Baltic

On Saturday just gone (6/4) we attended a very special event! We got to go to Baltic on Gateshead Quayside to experience their new family play exhibition "The City Is Where We're Going Next" By Simon and Tom Bloor before it was officially opened to the public on 8th April (Yesterday!)

Baltic is open seven days a week from 10am till 6pm and the best thing is its Free! When you have kids free things to do on a weekend or a school holiday are a must! Its even open on the Bank Holidays!

The information leaflet about the show informed us that the exhibition takes its title from an American landscape architect and urban playground designer M. Paul Friedberg's idea of enjoying the city. Through their art work the Bloor's encourage us to reconsider how we engage with the civic space and invite us to re imagine urban hostile places as sites of inspiration and possibility.

Both James and Freddie had an absolute ball! Freddie in particular was very taken with the giant balls and the traffic lights. He was also climbing on the brightly painted pallets and sliding down the other side! James loved climbing all over the pallets and both boys were totally thrilled with the two big dumper bags of rubber bricks! They sat for ages building towers and walls out of them!


Another big hit with James was the funny mirrors that were like the ones you get at fun fairs where you look really silly when you stand in them! The reclaimed road signs which were painted bright colours and had bits of coloured magnets on were another big hit especially with James!

We had an absolutely fantastic time visiting and we are already planning a return before the end of the school holidays!


"The City Is Where We're Going Next" is open seven days a week till 2nd June, Located on Level 4 of Baltic. 

You can find Baltic on Social Media at @balticmill on Facebook, @balticgateshead on Instagram and @balticmill on Twitter!


Monday, 8 April 2019

Living Arrows 2019 14/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

This week the boys are now on holiday for Easter! They actually get two weeks and one day this year as they go back to school and playgroup the day after Easter Monday

James came home from school with a letter about a school trip the week they go back to help launch their new project for next term, However its gonna be a tricky one as its to some gardens where they will learn about bees and pollination - James is terrified of bees! James also had his last Beavers meeting of term where he played lots of games and came home with EIGHT badges for mummy to sew onto his jumper!

Freddie came home from playgroup with his Easter egg from them! It was so lovely to see that they had taken his food intolerance's into account and bought him a dairy/soya/gluten free egg!

At the end of the week we paid a visit to Baltic for a special Bloggers Breakfast and a preview of their new family exhibition "The City Is Where We're Going Next" The boys had a brilliant time exploring and basically running around for an hour!

And finally on Sunday morning James lost his first tooth!





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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

[AD] Estarer Childrens Backpack


With having two boys in school or playgroup all week, a decent backpack is something both boys need to have. James had his school bag replaced last summer, and Freddie started using one of James old bags, but once it came to him starting his preschool hours January just gone we knew he was going to need a newer and bigger bag. We could just not find one that we liked in the time frame we had to find one, So he started using James old school bag from Reception and Year One as it was bigger and it had a chest clip which I loved!


When we received an email from the lovely people at Estarer offering us one of their children's backpacks for Freddie we were thrilled! This is actually the first new bag Freddie has had for school since he started and I can see him using this bag for at least the next couple of years!

The four main features of this bag are:
  • Light and Durable – The backpack weighs 0.46kg making it perfect size and weight for Freddie.
  • Speciality Pockets – 1 main compartment with an adjustable strap, 2 pouches, 1 pocket, 2 front pockets and two side pockets.
  • Chest strap – This helps to keep the backpack secure and on Freddie’s back, making it more comfortable when he is carrying it. There is also a trolley handle strap, so if we go away anywhere Freddie can still use his bag and we can just slip it over the handle of our case to make it easier to carry!
  • Shoulder Strap – This is wider and adjustable to offer more comfort and support and to distribute the weight of the bag evenly!
Freddie started to use the bag for school the very next day and mummy was so impressed with it! There was plenty of space on the inside for all the things Freddie needs to take with him! There is even enough room for him to take a second spare set of clothes with him! 

I can definitely see Freddie using this bag all the way through the rest of playgroup, school nursery and into reception class! 

[Ad] We were gifted this backpack in exchange for this review and a review on Amazon.co.uk. All words and pictures are our own.

Monday, 1 April 2019

Living Arrows 2019 13/52


Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

This week James has had parents evening which went pretty well, Gaga came with mummy as Daddy was late home from work and Nana stayed at home to look after Freddie who was getting very tired. I don't really find out much about what he does at school as he doesn't always tell us what hes done and the class blog is only really updated when they have done things. He also had Beavers where he made a mother's day present and bird feeders! 

Freddie is still loving playgroup and this was the first week where he actually went in on his morning sessions and did not cry at all! In fact we didn't even have any grumbles at all this week! Freddie has also been watching James and one of his pals climbing on the wall outside the playgroup/school foundation unit entrance and he decided he wanted to walk all the way along before his Thursday session! Needless to say mummy was terrified!






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Friday, 29 March 2019

Six Toys My Six Year Old Loves

Welcome back to our fortnightly series on Things my child loves! This fortnight we are back to James who is Six Years Old and This week its all about Toys!!

So here we have six toys my six year old loves!


First off we have CB or Cranberry Bear giving his full name! This is the bear that James literally cannot sleep without! like Freddie's Moo, he came all the way to Majorca with us! When James was alot younger he would take CB literally everywhere with him. He actually went with James to nursery everyday for the full year! He started off being cuddled and then he moved into James draw and by the end of the year he was just staying in his school bag! I really think having CB with him got him through nursery!

Second we have his Dragon. Mummy actually bought this a couple of years ago in a charity shop for £3 and James has had hours of entertainment out of it! Especially as it makes noises! It was such a bargain as normally theses are at least £25

Next we have the T-Rex. James got this for his birthday last year as he is absolutely crazy about Dinosaurs and especially the T-Rex!

Now we have the Lego! Every parents worst nightmare! I literally find this all over our house!! But James loves to build things and Lego is is number one choice for building!

Next we have the Mega blocks. James adores building and currently he is using the Mega Blocks! I can remember at one point having about six or seven sculptures on my back window ledge that James had built out of mega blocks

and finally we have the Crate Creature! James saw these advertised on the tv last summer and he was desperate for one, but at £40 we were not going to just go and buy it for him, we did try and get James to earn the money for it, but that failed, so when we saw they were on offer before Christmas for just over £30 we decided to get him one and boy was he thrilled! He plays with it all the time!

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

AD: A Childhood Favourite Beef Stew #meatmatters

AD: A Childhood Favourite Beef Stew


This meal was one of my favourites as I was growing up! My Nannie (my mums mum), would cook big batches of this up and put into her freezer to give to me after school, especially in the middle of winter!

This was actually the first time I tried to recreate it for us as a family meal and yes there was two extra portions for our freezer!

With Freddie having food intolerance's, I tend to cook most things from scratch and I actually really enjoy cooking!

The best thing about this dish was it actually cost me under £10 for all the ingredients! The diced beef was £2.59 and the root vegetable pack which contained swede, carrots, parsnips and an onion was only £1! The stock pots I used were gluten free and were Tesco own brand. I chose to use gluten free stock as Freddie has a suspected Wheat intolerance and has been wheat free since the start of January!

When my Nannie used to make this she would brown the meat and then put everything into a pan with the stock and leave it for a few hours, however I chose to steam my vegetables for half an hour to save me some time, so it literally only took me about half an hour to actually put together into the pan after browning the onions and the meat. 

So once the meat and onions are browned add them to a sauce pan with 500ml stock and add in the steamed vegetables. I left mine on a low heat for 30 minutes to simmer. It was all ready for Andy coming home from work and all we needed to do was heat it through and serve with some bread and butter!


This post is an entry for the #MeatMatters Challenge, sponsored by Simply Beef and Lamb. Learn more about the benefits of cooking and eating beef and lamb along with recipe ideas and inspiration here: https://www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk. We haven’t been paid for this post; however we were provided with a £10 Tesco voucher in order to buy the necessary ingredients for this recipe.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Living Arrows 2019 12/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

So it wasn't too busy last week for James and Freddie. We had our normal school and playgroup sessions, but daddy did have three days off so he could do some of the school drop offs and pick ups for James!

Freddie has been doing quite well with the start of potty training. He has been asking more and more to use the toilet, so the next step is get playgroup to start asking him more often!

James had his normal Beavers group on Thursday, but instead of meeting at the scout hut, we went to a local nature reserve to complete some tasks for a badge! He also has some home work to complete for another badge he is doing at the meetings! James also went and had his hair cut on Saturday morning! Where has my little baby gone!





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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mothers day is fast approaching and what better way to start the countdown than a gift guide as to what you could get for your mum or what your partner could get for you!

Last year James dictated what mummy got and he told daddy something pretty and some chocolate so I got a lovely box of posh truffles and a Swarovski rose. 

This year I have no idea what James is going to suggest! Hopefully this post will give people a few ideas!!


First up we have the awesome "Motherhoodie" from Ada & Alfred. This sweatshirt is available in three colours of dusky pink, slate grey and nude. 

For me I would chose the slate grey as I'm not much of a pink wearer! 

It also has some brilliant features such as a Hidden earphone cord feed, a Kangaroo pouch pocket, Ribbed cuffs and hem and made from 80% cotton. This is priced at £35.00. You could always twin with your child and buy them the "Childhoodie"



Also from Ada & Alfred we have this brilliant "Lioness" sweatshirt. 

I think this will be a popular slogan this year with the women's world cup and the England ladies team aka the lionesses there! What better way to support our national ladies team than to wear a top with their name on!

This is priced at £30

A personalised phone case is always a good choice for a mum. Sadly since I am using Andy's old phone, nowhere actually makes cases for it! In fact even when it was a brand new phone you still could not get personalised phone cases for it!


Another good present for a mum is the Tesalate towel. I've been using mine for a few weeks now and I adore it. We also have a fantastic discount code for you: vickih15 to get you 15% off the towel.

These are so lightweight and dry so fast! Plus it folds up so small and has its own travel bag, so if you are taking it away with you it won't take up too much room in your bag!

Wireless headphones are another good gift for a mum! Andy actually bought me some as a wedding anniversary present as my big headphones that fold are a bit bulky for taking out and about with me, the ones he got me are perfect so I can also use them in bed if I want to watch Netflix or something on my tablet!

I hope these have given you a few ideas on what you can buy the mum in your life for Mothers Day!

Monday, 18 March 2019

3 Quick Ways To Introduce Luxury Into Your Home

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3 Quick Ways To Introduce Luxury Into Your Home

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Who doesn’t want to live in a home which is as luxurious as possible? If this is something you have been focusing on, then you will probably be keen to try and make it come true as soon as you can, but for that to happen you need to be aware of what is actually going to be involved. The truth is that there are plenty of ways in which you might be able to introduce some extra luxury into your home, and you will want to make sure that you are focused on a few of them if you want to make this kind of difference. In this article, we will look in particular at a few of the quick and easy ways to make your home feel more luxurious. Follow these tips, and you will be living in a feeling of luxury in no time at all.


Create A Spa
Before you go thinking that this is too difficult or expensive, it’s worth thinking about what is actually involved in creating a spa. Actually, you don’t need to do all that much. You just need to start with the bathroom you already have, and consider replacing the bath with one which is more like a hot tub. With that, you will already have gone most of the way, and then it is just a matter of changing around a few key things in the bathroom in order to make it more luxurious. This can be as simple as buying for yourself some hotel quality bath robes from Richard Haworth and having those in the bathroom, or you might just want to change the lighting to something softer. However you do it, it should be relatively easy to make your bathroom more like a spa, and so much more luxurious.


Upgrade Your Bedding

Bedding is one thing that many people find they want to replace very often, as old bedding quickly becomes uncomfortable or starchy. To avoid that, you will absolutely want to make sure that you are thinking about treating yourself to some high quality bedding, as this is likely to last much longer and will therefore retain a feeling of comfort for longer too. That will make you feel more like you are staying in a luxury hotel than your own home, and you will find it really does make all the difference in the world to your feeling of luxury. Consider this if you want to only make a small change which could change your whole experience of the bedroom and the home as a whole.


Get Creative With Colours

It’s funny what a difference colours can make. If you are trying to create a more luxurious space in your home, you will be amazed at how much you can do so just by thinking about the colours and how they might be altered. Generally, you can create more luxury in the home by focusing on darker colours, often reds and greens - but it’s all down to your personal taste ultimately. As long as you are aware of the effect colours are having on the sense of luxury, you should be able to make it as luxurious as you would hope.


Living Arrows 2019 11/52

Welcome to Living Arrows post 2019! 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 post one photo of James and one photo of Freddie and share what they have been up to that week!

It was a pretty busy week last week at school for James. On Wednesday afternoon parents were invited in to join in with the last session of forest school! James had a brilliant time making a parachute and playing with his friends! He had also paid £1 to take part in splat the teacher for Comic Relief and he had a brilliant time lobbing wet sponges at some of the staff including the deputy head! All while the parents were watching from the forest school area having a right laugh!!

Then on Thursday afternoon again parents were invited in to join the class in the school library to read some books together. This time we had Freddie with us and we had a lovely time. James has started to get into the Harry Potter books and we had a lovely time reading some of the first book together!

Freddie had a lovely week at playgroup with his little friends. The big news this week is Freddie has started to use the toilet! He is actually asking to go which is a big step! He has been wearing big boy pants when we are in the house and a pull up when we had had to go out, but nine times out of ten when we have got back into the house the pull up has only been damp and Freddie has asked to go to the toilet where he has done a wee! I'm really looking forward to the day I don't need to buy any more nappies!!





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