Monday, 31 March 2014
I sound like a case for Supernanny! It's not that bad (honestly.) (I don't think!)
So this week, Again, we're on kids food and I've let the bigger two choose their favorites. The Easter Hols are nearly upon us and I need to muster resolve for that. In my quest for an organised life, I'm now activity planning, so I've given the meal planning task to the big boys.
Here's their plan
Monday: Potato Cakes, Bacon and Beans
Tuesday: Macaroni Cheese and Bacon
Wednesday: Fajita Buffet Bar
Thursday: Home Made Chicken Strips and Chips
Friday: Home Made Doner Kebab (Thanks to recipe on Mortgage Free in Three)
Saturday: Oh a well earned takeaway for all!!
Sunday: The Big 3 Courser - Melon - Slow Cooked Lamb - Ice Cream Buffett!!
I'm also trying to get weight on my 12 year old so we need to plan desserts as well as main courses rather than the haphazard approach of look in the cupboard and choose! I've written a little about the food diary situation, but will be putting a lot of effort this week into planning several months of food to get some weight on the lad.
If you have an underweight child, I'd be really interested to hear from you as I feel the care given is dismissive and unhelpful. Oh I feel a rant coming on, I'll rein it in!!
There's bags more meal plans (mostly done by grown ups!) over on At Home With Mrs M - Please go and have a look. I love a good nosey!
Have a fabulous week, all of you!!
Sunday, 30 March 2014
|Talk First - Baby and Pre-School Classes|
Saturday, 29 March 2014
So I'm taking to the blog to find fellow scrapbookers!!
It's a little ambitious of me at the moment to be posting a weekly layout but what I do want to do is make a layout at least every month. I'd also love to do a linky where we can share our layouts and ideas.
March - Valentines
This year my Valentines gift to the love of my life was a minimalistic framed layout.
|I Absolutely Love You|
Cutting Mat with Measurement Squares
Small flower punch
Printer and Computer
Black ink Pen
Print off of the words "I absolutely love you..."
Measure In 1 cm from left hand and top edges of cardstock and draw feint line
Place cardstock on cutting mat and starting at the top left hand corner, mark dots at 1cm intervals
Using the needle, poke through the card to make holes to sew through
Starting at the bottom left hand corner, stitch through the holes until you reach the point where you want your arrow
Stitch the arrow in place by wrapping the thread through the centre circle and back through the hole you came up through. Do the same on the other side.
Stitch to the end of the line and secure the thread at the back.
Blu tack the Word Printout over the cardstock and trace over the words with a sharp pencil
Remove the printout and write over the impression on the cardstock with the black ink pen
Blu tack the heart printout over the cardstock and trace over the outline with a sharp pencil
Using silicone glue and the pokey tool, glue the punched out flowers into the heart shape. I found spacing them gave a wicker look effect from a distance so kept them quite loose.
Print off your photograph on to a piece of linen effect card in black and white
Rip round the edges for a worn and aged feel
Affix with the flower brad
And you're done!
What do you think?
Would you be interested in giving scrapbooking a go or, if you are a scrapbooker, would you like to share your work each month? I've linked up with I Heart Naptime's Link Party Palooza. It is a Huge Linky full of amazing projects.
I'm thinking next months theme will be Outside now that the weathers picking up and we're coming out of our caves!
Friday, 28 March 2014
|So Comfortable, Our Sofa is Immediately Sleep Inducing!|
|The Absolute Epitomy of Glamour!|
Thursday, 27 March 2014
As you know, I like to do a physical activity after school and this is one of my favorites - a scavenger hunt. Can be done inside on a rainy day or outside.
|Get Outside and Scavenge!|
You will Need:
A Bag for each child
On the printout there is a completed sheet (which is items in our home to give you an idea) and there is a blank sheet.
If you are using the blank sheet, fill in with items in your home, garden or popular nature items you'll find at your hunt site. I like to add items of interest such as an old photo or strange holiday trinket, something that will get a conversation and learning discussion started.
Make sure all the items can be found, I usually move a few from their usual places to a hiding place (I like to try to outsmart the kids!!). Outside hunts are great because you never know what they'll come back with!
The kids can either take the items and put them in their bag or just write down where the item is, up to you.
The winner is the person with the most items or the person to finish first. In the event of just one child doing the hunt, I give the prize for more than 75% of the list.
I reward the winner with the choice of a Golden Time activity. It's something we can all do together and a treat with is decided by the winner. Unfortunately they do sometimes choose 30 minutes on the xbox which kind of defeats my no screen time activity, but hey, they worked for it.
A great way to reduce screen time, get the kids on their feet and pass an hour. (and chance to grab a quiet coffee for you!!)
I've gone from listing a few things to finding things to list. It's all part of my big clear and and organisation plan but I'm loving the pennies (and they usually are a few pennies) it brings in. I love seeing the amount clocking up, then BAM into the savings account.
The strangest things sell on ebay though. I've sold a Freeview Box for more than it was brand new from Argos and I've sold about 70 balls of wool which started an eBay stampede.
I've found books don't sell well on eBay so I'll probably do a Blog Sale to get rid of the Cookbooks I don't use...(please subscribe for this one as I'll probably post it either this Saturday or next Saturday)
But by far my favourite sell is this one....
|Bizzare Ebay Sell|
I have sold a Morrisons voucher that I received for spending £40 in store a few weeks ago. I can't use the voucher because I missed the week 2 voucher by being frugal and shopping at Lidl. So the voucher was worthless to me. Or so I thought. I have sold it on Ebay for £4.41 and there's the proof right up there!! I paid a 10p listing fee as the auction started at 99p and there will be 10% (44p) taken by eBay. Add that to the paypal fees of 33p and I'm left with a profit of 4.14. Worth it? I think so for a voucher I could do nothing with other than buy a week 2 voucher on eBay or bin!
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Yes. Ten Minutes. Now I know a good bathroom clean with all the faffiness of vinegar and cotton buds can take a good hour, but sometimes it just needs a quick blitz to keep things shiny and Not-Urgh.
The key to this one is moving fast and not being clumsy, so best not to do when you're tired.
So here it is...
1. Spray bath, shower and sink with bathroom foam
2. Take everything off the shelves (I only have 2 so not too difficult)
3. Spray the shelves with bathroom foam.
4. Empty the bin
5. Wipe down the bath and spray with shower (or jug a load of water over)
6. Wipe down the shower
7. Wipe down the sink and rinse
8. Wipe down the sink and rinse
9. Give the cloth a good rinse and wipe down the shelves and skirting boards
10. Wipe the shelf items with a towel as you put them back
11. Wipe down any other surfaces that are gathering dust.
I do this every other day to keep the bathroom appearing clean! I do, do a monthly clean with the faffy vinegar cotton buds and it is much more satisfying than a speed clean, but sometimes you just don't have the time do you?
And of course, I am smug once the 10 minute task is done, as always!!
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
I'm asked a lot because two of my boys wear glasses and the younger of the two has quite noticeable glasses. He's had them for almost two years now but we have had problems along the way.
Other parents seem to want to talk to me about eye problems because they don't know what to do. I'm not entirely sure, like I say, I'm not an optician but I do know when there's a health problem, as a mother you know when it needs sorting and you know when you're being fobbed off.
Our story is that when he was four, during the Easter Holidays, he was being extremely clumsy. I've always thought he was a clumsy child but when he kept bumping things, I knew it needed sorting. We went for an eye test at the local optician that day.
The eyetest for pre-readers is done with pictures. The optician immediately spotted a problem and referred us to the hospital. We got the appointment there at the beginning of June. It seemed like an eternity. He got his glasses and could see. It was great. Then his head grew.
There isn't a large range of kids glasses available. The ones that are, are great, fashionable and the latest characters but there's not a size difference. So the styles that fit my 6 year olds head were actually designed for an 8-12 year old. The frames were too narrow and he was looking over the top. I was convinced they had not been made correctly and took the new glasses to a different optician to be checked and they were indeed correct. It was my son who was not using them correctly.
Thankfully, one dispensing optician found a pair of aviator style glasses which are the correct size for his head and work well with his thick lenses. Unfortunately, several children were nasty at dinnertimes and said he wore grandad glasses which was difficult to deal with. We reassured him he looked just like a pilot and that the kids just didn't know what was fashionable. It worked.
My advice for under 5's
1. If you think there's a problem, ask your health visitor to refer you for a check.
2. Ask nursery if they feel your child has a problem seeing either close up or at a distance
3. Does Your Child talk to you and others right in your face? Mine did until he got glasses
4. Choose glasses that cannot be looked round, over or under
5. Get a good fit and when your child grows, take them back to be adjusted
I hope our journey helps and eases any worries you have about your child's eyes.
Hopefully, he will have grown out of needing glasses by age 11 because he got glasses at a young age.
Unfortunately my 12 year old isn't as lucky as his short sightedness was only picked up in Year 5. He's getting contact lenses, but that's another blog post!
Monday, 24 March 2014
So, I shall bite the bullet and cease arguing with a 15 month old because I can't win. Not only can he out ERRRRR me but he can now sign his requirements thanks to his baby sign class.
Here's my plan for the week.
Monday: Hot Dog Pasta Bake
Tuesday: Chicken Dinner (maybe without gravy!)
Wednesday: Fish and Chips
Thursday: Not So Chilli and Nachos
Friday: Sausage and .... (cringe) Mash with lots of rolling peas and sweetcorn
Saturday: Takeaway (Home made chicken strips and wedges for Mr Independence)
Sunday: The Big 3 Courser - (not decided exactly what yet!)
I know I've jibbed out somewhat and decided on food that can be finger food, but break me in gently, its 5 years since I did this!! (and we had a laminated floor)
How did you get through this phase of the toddler war for independence?
This post is linked up with Mrs M's Meal Planning Monday. There's loads and loads of healthy meal plans over there plus great plans on a budget. I urge you to look!!
Friday, 21 March 2014
|My ranting Face|
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
|Joyce Jones and Signing Dexter|
Each week has a theme and we learn 8 signs associated to the topic. At the start of the class we do the welcome song along with the signs followed by a recap of last weeks signs.
|Last week's signs were on the theme of Getting Ready|
Joyce has loads of activities to keep the attention of the children, as I must admit, my child is probably the worst for looking round the room and being distracted by a toy (the class we go to is at Lytham Children's Centre so loads of fun in that room!) but Joyce always brings him back with a musical instrument, puppet or game.
The class lasts 40 minutes and usually contains at least 2 musical instruments, an activity and loads of songs. The words are on the board and the babies really love the ones where you dance and throw them around. Some classes can be quite a work out particularly when Wham and S Club 7 are on the agenda!
My youngest is really coming on with his signing now, he's reluctant in class but does the signs when we play the CD. It has been a real help in him communicating what he wants or needs as I feel much more attuned to what he is indicating than I did with my other two boys.
There are classes all over the country the website is http://www.talkfirst.net/
Joyce's classes are in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre area and her schedule for the next term is:
Monday: Lytham Childrens Centre 10am and 11.15am
Thursday: Thornton YMCA 11am
Joyce also does one to one sessions and children's parties. Here's her Facebook Page for Talk First
I'm sure we'll be going to Talk First for as long as we can as it is the most chilled out baby class I've found! (and my six year old is in raptures when he has an inset day and can come along too!)
Try it out, I look forward to seeing any of you locals there!!
Review by: Claire Sheehan
Although Joyce is our Top Advertiser this month, this has not influenced my review.
Monday, 17 March 2014
Friday, 14 March 2014
After watching the Sport Relief special Famous and Hungry last night, I can't help feeling enraged that the Point has been completely missed!
People are starving here in Britain because of the extortionate price of food and the knock on effect of high utility bills.
A large loaf of Warburton Medium slice costs around £1.50!!! I know I could buy unbranded but this is my marker of price increases as I can remember the same loaf costing 79p
Am I alone on thinking this is extortionate?
If Aldi can charge £1 for the same loaf then all supermarkets can.
The cost of gas and electricity is also eating the food budget.
So why is the message that these people aren't given enough money? The root cause of the problem surely is the cost?!
Am I wrong?
Please set me straight in the comments section if you think so.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Sorry to have dissapprared, we've had a chaotic few weeks with Shingles, half term and generally poor service from the nhs and care providers.
I've also decided that life is too short and embarked on making money doing a job I love (you guessed it...not health and safety) Its still getting off the ground but here's where I'm up to so far.
So in view of needing to dedicate time to getting things off the ground here's my speedy prep meal plan for this week:
Monday: macaroni cheese with sausages
Tuesday: Steak in Peppercorn Sauce with Scallops (the potato ones!)
Wednesday: Hot Pot
Thursday: Spag Bol
Friday: Hairy Dieters Liver and Bacon
Sunday: Jamie Oliver Brisket Roast
What do you cook when you're short on time?
There's loads more meal plans on At home with Mrs M, hop over and get organised!
Saturday, 8 March 2014
|From the Rubbish Car!!|