Monday, 21 September 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 38/52

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 Freddie has started Primary School! He has had a brilliant week! He has been doing morning sessions this week, Next week he is in till half past one, so he will have his lunch at school. Then the week after he will be in all day!

James has also started Cubs this week. He had a brilliant time and was thrilled to be back with his old Beaver leaders who moved up to Cubs last year!








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Monday, 14 September 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 37/52

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 it was James first day back at school since the 18th of March! He was quite excited about going back, but a little bit apprehensive about all the changes.

Freddie went to stay with nana and gaga for the night as he does not start reception till the 14th September. Poor kid threw such a tantrum outside the gate because he wanted to go now and not wait another week!! But he did see his two best friends as they were dropping off their older siblings who are in James class!








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Monday, 7 September 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 36/52

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 James has been spending some time with his Nana and Gaga. Normally in the Easter holidays and May half term James will spend a couple of days visiting without mummy and Freddie, before we come and join him for a few days. But obviously with the Covid19 situation this year, neither of those trips to their house happened. So we decided with the fact he has ended up with seven weeks for his summer holiday he could go up for a few days the last week of his holidays. He has had a great time!!

Freddie has had a quiet week at home with mummy, while daddy has been working. We had to wait in one day for a parcel being collected for daddy and we also took a trip to tesco which was Freddie's first time there since the start of March!! We have also spent a lot of time playing with his wooden trains!






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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 35/52

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 was quite a busy one as we celebrated James 8th Birthday, picked up James new glasses and then finally went out to get the boys new black trainers for school!

James had a fantastic birthday and was totally spoilt rotten! He absolutely loved getting the Knight Bus from Harry Potter in Lego and him and daddy had great fun building it over three nights while mummy was putting Freddie to bed!




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Thursday, 27 August 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 34/52

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 was very quiet as we had a busy week coming up! Mostly we just stayed at home and watched Disney Plus!




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Wednesday, 26 August 2020

James you are Eight!

 Happy Birthday James!

Today you are Eight! I really cannot believe you are already turning eight! It really does not seem five minutes since you were turning one and now you are this tall, handsome young man. 

You have grown up so much this last year and have totally flourished at Beavers. In a couple of weeks you will be starting Cubs and you are so excited! 

This last few months have been probably the toughest and strangest you will probably ever live through. The sudden closure of school and the shut down of Beavers really knocked you for six. But I am so proud of how you have handled it all! You coped so well with the online scouting and made me so proud when you completed your Bronze award! 

You are now sharing a bedroom with Freddie and even though he annoys you most of the time, I am so proud of how you look after him. The lockdown has definitely made you two closer!

Happy birthday James

All my love 

Mummy


Sunday, 23 August 2020

The Siblings Project 2020 - August

 We are a little behind with posting this months Siblings Project pictures. Even though the boys are on summer holidays I rarely have any time to myself and have got behind in my blog schedule!

Anyways this months pictures were taken when we had a few hours out at Alnwick Garden on our first post Covid trip out. The boys had a fantastic time, James loved the Poison Garden and Freddie was obsessed with the fountains!





Saturday, 22 August 2020

Finding A New Car For Your Family - Buying Advice

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Finding A New Car For Your Family - Buying Advice


When finding a new car for our family, it can take time to figure out what it is that you need. Do you require a sporty hatchback

for your suburban living, or are you more interested in a powerful 4x4?

Furthermore, how will you use it? Someone living in rural environments

may convince themselves that the 4x4 is the way to go, while only ever using it on

flat roads to perform the school run.


A car isn’t a car. It’s a long-term financial investment, a morning experience during the commute, and a means in which you can feel peace of mind, knowing that your family are safe while travelling within it. This means that any new car must conform to all of your standards, otherwise you’re likely to feel unhappy or even tired behind the wheel.


But how can you find a new car for your family, and what buying advice could we give to bring you towards a better result each time? Let us explore those answers, together:


Finding The Best Offers


It’s important to consider your budget to start with, because ‘the perfect car’ will always be tied to how much you pay for it. It’s worth checking out these Audi Q2 motability offers to see just how affordable even the best vehicles are provided you use financing options or other concessions for purchase. This can help you understand just how wide your options may be, which in turn helps you approach a higher standard looking for the best deal. A good place to start, then.


Understanding Your Current (And Future) Needs


What needs do you have for your family car? Do you often use it to travel long distances for familial holidays? Do you perform the school run? Do you live in a mountainous or rural area, one with plenty of pot-holes? How comfortable are you behind the wheel of a new vehicle type? Is it likely that you’ll be asked to drive your neighbour’s kids to school when the new year rolls around, and vice versa?  Predicting your future needs from your current situation and what requirements could develop will help you be more precise in your vehicle search. That’s a good place to start.


Safety Is Essential


Safety is, of course, essential. It’s very important to ensure that your car will protect your family, but more than that, that you feel safe and comfortable while driving it. This is why many parents prefer to opt for larger people carriers, or those with great handling, as this helps them maintain more of a presence on the road. Safety can also mean ensuring that it has room for your booster seats, or that when you pack to go on holiday, you can do so safely without jam-packing your suitcases on top of your children’s laps.


With this advice, we hope you can more easily find the perfect car for your family. This, in turn, will help you transport them more safely, and with more confidence.


Friday, 21 August 2020

Review of Who Hides Here? Footprints In The Forest by RachelCoverdale


Over the last few years we have reviewed numerous books by the author Rachel Coverdale. The last being the story of Robberty Bobberty and his friends back in March 2020 

And now we have been reading the latest installment in the "Who Hides Here?" series Who Hides Here? Footprints In the Forest.







We've had this book a few weeks now and it's taken me awhile to get around to finishing this review as the boys kept stealing the book and taking it to their bedroom. In fact James had it hidden under his pillows! Then he took it to Nana's house to read and ended up leaving it there till we went back to her house a couple of weeks later!

James is at the age now where he can sit and read the book himself, where as Freddie likes nothing more than curling up on the sofa with a grown up and a book!

The boys both really love the Who Hides Here books as it teaches them about different animals and where you would find them! For example in the Footprints In the Forest book, you meet a fox, a rabbit, a badger and many more animals!







I especially like the activities at the back of the book which includes matching the animals to their footprints and a spot the difference!

Again this book has been illustrated by Shelly Oyston and her drawings of the animals are fantastic and really bring them to life!

As this book is about animals in a forest Rachel has included a copy of the countryside code which is a brilliant idea!!


**We were sent this book free of charge in exchange for this review.**

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Living Arrows Week 2020 33/52

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 the boys have been to see Nana and Gaga again for a couple of days. James needed to get his eyes tested as he was overdue a sight test due to the Covid19 Lockdown and since we could not get a child's appointment at our local optician in Newcastle we had to go to their branch in Morpeth, So Freddie got left with Gaga while mummy and nana took James to his eye test. Nana stayed in the car while we were in. Mummy was so impressed with how it all worked and James was a superstar and not phased at all by all the staff wearing PPE.

Freddie has turned into such a tinker! He loves posting things out of our letter box or if we have the door open he throws things out. He has also taken to throwing things out of the upstairs windows! We have a 10cm window restrictor on the boys bedroom window, but that does not stop the little tinker opening the window and throwing out his megablocks!










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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 32/52

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 we spent at home. We watched lots of classic movies on Disney + and mummy even introduced James to Ducktails! 

On Saturday mummy got James out of the house and into tesco for the first time since start of March! He needed to choose a lunch box for school and we went with minions! 





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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 31/52

Living Arrows Week 30/52

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.

The boys were still at nana and gaga's and I rejoined them on Wednesday night. We had some really lovely weather so many trips to the beach. On Saturday James and mummy went to a socially distanced bbq that our group scout leader hosted. James loved meeting his two dogs!



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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Living Arrows Week 30/52

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 the boys have been staying with Nana and Gaga! It had been the first time we had been to their house since February half term!

Mummy and Nana took the boys to The Little Shore beach in Amble where mummy used to go when she was a little girl. We had a really good time even if Freddie did manage to fall in the North Sea!

We also went to Alnwick Garden, which both boys loved! James was thrilled to finally get to go into the Poison Garden!



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Thursday, 23 July 2020

University Prep Work all Parents Need to Sort for Their Kids



Seeing your child go to university and enter into higher education is really a proud moment for a lot of parents, and this is something that it’s definitely best to prepare for moving forward. Try to make sure you do as much as possible to make the most of this right now, and you need to get the best possible outcome for your child. 


Taking the plunge into university life can be a daunting prospect for a lot of people, and the more you can do to help your child have a better time at university, the better. There are loads of great things that will help you to play a part in this, and trying to get things right is so important. There are a lot of factors that you need to think about when trying to get things sorted for their kids. 


Save Money
It is important to remember that university is an expensive endeavour for a lot of people, and, while there is typically government support available, this is also means-tested. You need to make sure you try to save up and put aside money as much as possible, and it is a great way of being able to ensure that the process is less expensive. In fact, you might even be in a position to help pay for your child to go to university without having to rely on a student loan, and this is important to think about..

Visit Different Institutions

You also need to think about the different ideas you can keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right university. Now, you need to remember that this is not your decision to make, it’s your childs. There are a lot of things that play a part in helping you with this, and you are going to need to work on the best ways of being able to take things to the next level with this. Try to do what you can to factor this in, and try to give them a diverse range of universities to visit and check out, as this is going to make it far easier for them to make a decision, and will allow you to get a feel for a place before actually committing to it. 

Find the Right Accommodation

The right accommodation choices can also be a big part of this and it is important to make the right kind of decision here as well. There are a lot of things that play a role in helping with your making these choices, and you need to speak with your child about whether they would prefer to be housed in halls of residence, or if student studio apartments would be the kind of thing that interests them a little more.


There are a lot of things that you need to think about when it comes to improving your kid’s

university experience. And this is why it is so important to make sure you take the time to

improve things for the future, and spend time coming up with some of the best ideas you can

that will help to improve your child’s experience of going to uni. 


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Monday, 20 July 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 29/52

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 was the last week at nursery for Freddie. It feels so strange that he's already done with nursery class ready to start Reception in September.

James also had a day in school this week to say goodbye to Year Three and his teachers. Feel pretty gutted that both boys have been robbed of their school year and time with fantastic teachers. 



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Friday, 17 July 2020

The Siblings Project 2020 - July

Welcome to The Siblings Project 2020 July Post!

This year has been such a strange one thanks to Covid19, but it has meant that the boys have spent lots of time together! 

This month the photos were taken when the boys took part in The Great Indoors Weekender by The Scout Association.




Living Arrows 2020 Week 28/52

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.

We are late with our post this week. Freddie has been back at school so our mornings have been really hectic. James on the other hand has been watching lots of documentaries on Disney plus! 
We finished the week by taking part in The Great Indoors Weekender ran by the Scout Association. Both boys had a great time! 




Wednesday, 8 July 2020

AD - ORS Hydration Tablets Review


Over the last few years we have had issues with James and his consumption of water during the day. He would go to school with a full water bottle and come home barely having drank a a few centimetres down the bottle. 

When he was in Foundation and Key Stage One we knew he was getting either milk, water or a juice at lunch time and that he was drinking it. But once he moved into Key Stage Two in September 2019 he moved onto pack lunch. For the first few weeks we were putting a drink bottle of weak squash in his lunch bag. He was barely having one or two mouthfuls and he was then bringing home a barely touched water bottle from the classroom. We then moved to giving him fruit shoots in his lunch bag and he would sometimes drink half of it, but other days he would bring it home untouched along with an untouched classroom water bottle. 

We tried all sorts to get him to drink over the course of the day, We tried using his reward chart at home by drawing a line half way down his bottle and saying well if you drink to the line you will get an extra star on your chart, but this didn't work. James would get badly constipated due to the lack of fluid he was drinking. He would be getting up in the night with a bad stomach.

When O.R.S. got in touch and offered to send us some of their kids hydration tablets we were thrilled. We got sent a selection of their tablets for kids and adults. James is almost eight, so for him it was two tablets per two hundred mls of water and no more than ten tablets in twenty four hours.

We would normally give James a water bottle at seven in the morning and by around eight am he would have barely touched it no matter how many times we have said to him "James drink your water!" When we made up two hundred mls and put it into his drink bottle at around eight am he had completely finished it by half past nine!


To make the solution up, I put two hundred mls of water into a jug and added the two O.R.S. tablets and left them to fully dissolve. Once they were dissolved I poured the solution into James water bottle and he drank it! I don't know if it was the fact that the blackcurrant tablet turned the water pink or that it flavoured the water but he drank it! 

We will be seeing how James does over the next few weeks with these and will report back!!



**We were sent the O.R.S tablets free of charge in exchange for this review, all words and pictures are our own. 


Monday, 6 July 2020

Living Arrows 2020 Week 27/52

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 started with mummy going into school to drop medication off for Freddie as he was due back.

James had a great online virtual Beavers session. We are now running joint with the Cubs so we learned about the Japanese star festival Tanabata. He was set homework to make a Tanzaku. Since daddy had a week off work James decided he was going to come and help in the garden! 




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