Lest We Forget

In Flanders Field by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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#PointShoot

This weeks point and shoot is a special one as my photo is feature of the week!! Whoop whoop! Thanks guys! Its hosted by the lovely You Baby Me Mummy and Snowing Indoors

This week there were lots of things going on ranging from fireworks, baking, and the over blogged #blogfest 😉 Dont worry im still going to post one too 🙂

This is by far my fav picture this week, it came from reviewing some fab products from Kids Stuff Crazy and letting Z go wild in the bath. I popped to get a towel and this is what I found on my return…..

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You Baby Me Mummy

If you want something doing properly, do it yourself!

I’m constantly moaning about the lack of help around the house and how I have to work, clean, cook, shop, school run, wash etc all by myself. I’ve come to the conclusion that this is probably best.

What?! I hear you screaming at me, but seriously if the other half does anything I usually spend as much time doing it again, rectifying it or finishing it off as he hasn’t done it properly. Examples:

1) Food shopping:

Yes I wrote an in depth list of everything we needed from the supermarket, I even wrote it in order of the supermarket layout – no excuses right..? WRONG! We ended up with no wine, I mean really?! The rubbish wipes were your finger goes through it just as you reach a huge piece of poo! The wrong cleaning product, ie a spray not a cream cleaner. The smallest box of tea bags that will probably last for a week, I could go on.  So I sent him back. The wine came back, phew but the wipes didn’t. Third time lucky! I gave up and asked him to drive us all to the supermarket and get the right and rest of the stuff. This by the way took a whole day with an initial 2 hour shop to start with.

2) Put the washing on

Silly silly. The whites in with the colours, in with the darks etc etc. Then when pegged on the line it was in such a way that lumps of it didn’t dry so needed turning and left out for another few hours.

3) Making dinner

Using every pot, pan, implement in the kitchen and looking like a bomb has hit it afterwards but being very proud of his creation, which I do concede is usually yummy so therefore the ends justifies the means.

4) Tidying up dinner (rarely and only if said other half hasn’t cooked it)

Half the stuff left on the side, pans left to soak and the surfaces not wiped down.

5) Hoovering

Taking half an hour to Hoover one tiny piece of carpet rather than whizz ing round. Leaving all the crumbs/rice cake bits that escape to the edges of the room there because the hosey bit wasn’t used/I didn’t know it was there/how to use it…

Now I know you all think I sound like a moany whatnot or a dragon and I should be grateful for the help offered but really should I?!

I actually wonder if he does these things badly so he doesn’t have to do them again…

I can only resort back to quotes that have been passed down through generations ‘if you want something doing properly, do it yourself’

Seriously, there must be others out there that have the same problems. Nope? Oh, I’ll just go and take my bitch hat off!

Point + Shoot

So I’ve just found this lovely linky with Aby at youbabymemummy and thought I would give it a try. I love the sharing of photos and this can be accompanied with a story or without. So here goes:

This is one of my fav pictures from last week. Zachy & Grandad sitting on the beautiful Tower Bridge watching the boats. Must admit my heart was in my mouth till he got down but I love the young innocent moments that Z and my Dad share 🙂

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Happy Days Half Term – What did you do??

Phew what a busy week!
Being half term and having to work mon – wed put me in a right downer of a mood. I felt so guilty having to leave, Zachy especially, in childcare and was determined to make the most of our days together so here goes:

Out & About
On Thursday we got up early and jumped on a train to London. We were off to Hamleys for a blogger event to look at a new kids bathtime range: Kids Stuff Crazy range.
It really is a crazy fun range! They have all sorts from foaming soap to colour changing bubble bath with finger puppet toppers and loads of cool gift packs including monkey sponges, bath crayons, mirrors and books all for use in the bath. I can’t wait for these to arrive and will write up a full post about these once we have had a crazy bath 🙂 The team are lovely and have really put a lot of thought and research into how to make bathtime fun for the little monkeys and are keen to share ways for this to happen if your child isn’t keen on it.
Zach had a whale (!!! sorry!!! ) of a time, he got his face painted as a tiger and got stuck into the foam soap which smells gorgeous and can be moulded into all sorts of shapes:
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After this we went down to the Tower of London to see the poppies, although it was super busy it was very moving and Zach really understood what they represented which was nice. He ended up with 2 poppies and a poppy band 🙂

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Obviously Friday was all about Halloween and after a busy morning visit from a play mate where they made bats and pumpkins (later these went in the window) we went to the local church party which was entitled the Brave and the Bold so didn’t celebrate Halloween for obvious reasons! Lots of fun was had here with cress head making, games and tea and on the way home we did a little bit of trick and treating, first time for Zachy so he was sooo excited when he got a sweet at each house!

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Fun at Home

From the aforementioned bat and pumpkin making we also had some yummy sit down all together dinners this weekend that doesn’t happen during the week, Flo is doing really well and eats what we all have and its so nice to put her in a booster rather than in her highchair so she can join in. They both had some great play time with the Early Learning Centre house which shows what a great range their Happyland stuff is for across a range of ages.

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Time for me/My happiest Moment/This week

I managed to veg out on Saturday and Sunday evening with a bottle of wine and X Factor. This week I really want to make more time for my blogging. A great start to that this morning as I’ve just found out that I’ve won a ticket to Blogfest this weekend! Woohoo! I’m so excited to see all the speakers, learn lots and meet lots of you guys there so pleeeeease give me a shout as a I’m a bit nervous being a newbie 🙂

Look forward to filling you all in soon…

What Katy Said

#HappyDaysLinky

Well that week whizzed by didn’t it?! Seriously I don’t even know!

I’m writing this list to hook up with the happy days linky this week with Katy & Jenna so hopefully you guys will like it as surprisingly I am actually doing what I’m told and following the headings 😉

Out and About

To tell the truth I haven’t been out and about at all this week due to being incapacitated with my broken toe although I did clear the leaves off the trampoline so Z and his friend could have a good jump around and get some fresh air. Next week will be easier now I have this bad boy:

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Fun at home

I had some lovely one on one time with F this week whilst Z was at preschool. I’m so surprised how much she has moved on and is doing amazingly well with her fine motor skills putting pegs in holes, letters in envelopes with the post the letter game and shapes in the cookie jar. Z had a great play with his friend and both did some fab colouring in which is a joy to watch on friday (note to mums if you have a boy – playmate girls, really helps them concentrate on these types of activities)

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Time for me

Its been a pretty tough week for one reason or another but I did manage to pop to our local pub The George. It’s a lovely gastro type pub just at the end of out road (dangerous!) but had a good natter and catch up with one of my besties Nat over a gorgeous Pinot Blush. Love wine o’clock!

My happiest moment

I know it might sound ridiculous but since returning to work I really miss doing the preschool run with Z so one of my happiest moments this week is seeing his big smile when I’m the one who arrives to pick him up. Warm fuzzy feelings 🙂

Next week I would like to

Take the kids for a day out. It’s half term now and I feel guilty not being around for Z till Thursday so I want to do something with him that he really wants to do. Friday is all about Halloween as our road is manic! We are trick or treating and carving our next pumpkin so perhaps we could make some lovely Halloween cakes or cake pops from all the blog posts I’ve been reading lately 🙂

Look forward to telling you all about our Halloween next week 🙂
Love Kath
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Xmas is here! Lapland Mailroom Review…

So this week I was asked to do a review of some gorgeous christmas letters from http://www.laplandmailroom.com. I must admit to being super excited as I’ve been considering something like this now that Z is of an age that he knows what’s going on.

Their website is super easy to use and you can choose from a letter or a letter with activity pack:



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Included in the letter price for a limited time only is the ‘Nice Child Certificate’ usually priced at £2.95. That’s got to be worth it’s weight in gold for 2015 hasn’t it?!

The letters are all personalised and the one I chose for Zachary was perfect, it included exactly how old he’ll be (4 1/4), what he wants for Xmas, where he lives and even mentions his best friends name. The extra part I love is the ps bit on the bottom where you can put anything extra that you want them to continue with (ours was keeping our trousers dry!)

The other letter I ordered was baby’s first christmas letter which I think is a lovely keepsake and could also be a lovely present you could order as godparent, grandparent, friend etc. It will definitely be something we hold on to.

Ran by a husband and wife team this is a really lovely family site and you can see Nicola has really thought about how to capture a child’s imagination talking about the reindeers, elves, santos coat etc. You can even include what the children left out for Santa last year 🙂

Priced at £6.95 or £7.95 with the activity pack I think this is a great buy.

Why not go and have a look for yourself? Www.laplandmailroom.com

Nb. I was sent these letters free of charge but all thoughts are my honest opinions.

Family Fever

Farmer Copley’s, Yorkshire

Apologies for my tardiness in posting on here as we had a rather busy week last week. It included having to go to work, a restaurant review, long drive up north, pumpkins, tapas, a broken toe and a long wait in a & e! Anyway let me tell you what we got up to for Halloween in Yorkshire 🙂

Driving with Kids

So as i said we had a 4 hour drive up to Aunite Liz & Uncle Paul this week, I drive up with the children on a Wednesday or Thursday and Mr Kath joins on a Friday evening via train. Now the first time I did this with Flo she was only 6 months or so and she screamed constantly for the last hour so that was fun! I had my fingers crossed this didnt happen again! I packed toys for the back of the car, the dvd player for Z even though he didnt bother with it and plenty of snacks, drinks and sweets. Well I was pleasantly surprised, my little treasures sat nicely until we got about half way where we stopped for a wee wee and a cheeky ‘Old Macdonalds’ and then carried on our way – I even got to have the radio on till that point and managed to persuade Z to have a Disney CD on so we could both sing along. It was one of the best car journeys ever and the fact we hit no traffic was even better!

Family Outing

We visited Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Farm in Pontefract this week. I’m sure you get the idea – you pick your own pumpkin, carve it there and then, or take it home. We decided to carve one there and then to leave with Auntie and keep one to take home for Halloween. Z did really well with the little carve set they give you which comprises a little saw, scoop and scraper (£2).photo 3

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As well as the fun in picking your own pumpkin there was tractor/train ride, duck racing and story time:

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Additionally there was a ride on pumpkin like a bucking bronco plus hay bales to climb and a lovely (but not cheap) farm shop. All the extras are around £1 a go plus the cost of your pumpkins but at a cost of nothing to get in it’s a fairly cheap family day out.

Eating

We ate in Qubanas in Wakefield which is a lovely Tapas restaurant. At lunch time they do a 3 tapas for £7 – how can you go wrong?! Accompanied by a gorgeous cold white Pinot Grigio it was a welcome rest after the madness of pumpkins! Outside are fountains which kept Z entertained and in the end, soaked, for hours!

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Super Busy Mum