Miffy is back!!!

Did you know Miffy’s back?? I know I tweeted and facebooked about my excitement but it really is back!!!

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Now my little angel received a miffy and two books through the post from Miffy’s parents and I have to say thank you and no thank you!

The only reason I say no thank you is that she is  know totally obsessed with Miffy! LOL

As a child I looooved Miffy, sweet innocent Miffy with her sweet little cross for her mouth just reminds me of childhood and I’m happy for her to be a part of my little girls journey too 🙂

Flo was immediately taken with the little bunny we know as Miffy and loved holding her whilst we read the books.

That was as far as it went UNTIL Miffy popped up on TINY POP! Well the excitement that broke out was uncontrollable! Haha. It was so cute!

If I can give anyone a tip – don’t wait for them to be obsessed with Peppa etc (not that there is anything wrong with that as she is too!) but get them in to something. The fact she met Miffy as a teddy, then she met Miffy in her book adventures then to top it all off she was beside herself to see Miffy on screen it was amazing!

The original stories and tv adventures mirror the innocence of our childhood which I love. A story about Miffy arriving being blessed by an angel for one is great. I love the innocence and naivety of them. It should be that way! They are two! Lots of people, including members of my family couldn’t believe an angel arrives to bless miffys parents with miffy in the end but why does it need to be any different for a two year old?? The answer is it doesn’t!IMG_3919

I’ve now ordered a bag of Miffy books for xmas that I know Flo will love!

These little lovelies accept it all, enjoying stories doesn’t last for long. Enjoy Miffy and her adventures whilst you can 🙂

What we did at Halloween with Dylon

This year we decided to make our own Halloween costumes with the help of Dylon!

Now I know I’ve been a bit crafty but I must admit to being a little scared, as I’m sure some of you are, of dye!

Well I’m happy to say it’s much easier than you think! We started off with white outfits for me, Zachy and Flo :

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Dylon kindly provided me with two different types of dyes in the fact that the sachets are for putting in a bowl with salt and water and leaving the garment in there, stirring intermittently. The bigger boxes you tip directly in the washing machine and just simply run a cycle!

Now I had to decide what to do!

Thanks to the Dylon colour palette that gave me creative ideas, I decided on a  red bride for myself, a violet witch for Flo and a black Frankenstein suit for Zachary. I tipped in the black dye, popped in the suit and switched the machine on…

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Scary!!

Next I did the same with my white dress and the red dye. It was so easy and the colour was perfectly distributed with no colour patches on the garments.

Finally I dyed Flo’s witch outfit in the more traditional manner in a bowl. Hers came out equally good.

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I was so impressed with the process, the simplicity and the outcomes!

 

Next year and for any other outfits required in the future, I’ll be turning to Dylon for help and inspiration!

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The kids (and me!) had a great time Trick or Treating and they’re still enjoying their treats :0

Thanks Dylon 🙂

Find out more about Dylon and get some inspiration for your outfits!

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Do your kids steal your skincare??

Now I know I haven’t harped on about it enough recently (!) but as some of you might know I won an award at the mum and working awards last month (working parent blogger of the year!!)

One of the categories, won by none other than Caprice herself was sponsored by the absolutely lovely Marili who has her own children’s skincare and bath time range so I was super happy to be asked to have a little try of these bad boys!

In my lovely delivery I had these wonderful body washes and a face wash.

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How cute are they?! I was in love as soon as I opened the parcel! I think the packaging is lovely to look at but not only is it visually appealing to mummies and children alike but it is quality packaging. Now that may sound snobby but how many children’s ranges have really nice pump action bottles??

The smells are amazing. My youngest one desperately wanted to eat the caramel and honey (which could be a little bit of an issue 🙂 ) and the strawberry and honey is equally as yummy. Def my favourite! It leaves their skin feeling soft and them smelling good enough to eat !

Additionally there is a face wash, which to be honest I may have to steal myself as my kids aren’t too big on that and usually only let me get them with a wet flannel if i’m lucky but also some beautiful smelling and looking lip balms. image

Now you may think lip balms?! For kids?! But both my boy and girl loooove stealing mine! So it is fantastic that they can have their own. Yes, you do have the issues of them squishing their fingers right through the middle when they first get them but it’s doesn’t take long for them to be taught to be gentle and I must say I just loved (even more than normal) giving them a kiss when they had it on!

Additionally they are all paraben free and organic! – Win win in my book!

Find out more at Marili Skincare

Dreamboats & Miniskirts at The Churchill Theatre

I went to see Dreamboats & Miniskirts at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley this week. It is written by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran who are the team behind well known tv series such as Goodnight Sweetheart and Birds of a Feather to name but a few.

For those of you who don’t know this is the sequel to the well known Dreamboats & Petticoats. I personally hadn’t seen this musical before but it is still touring after having its debut at The Churchill in February 2009! I was a little concerned I wouldn’t know what was happening in the sequel but needless to say I didn’t need to worry as it drops in all the necessary information within the early stages of the play.

The Story

Set in 1962-1963 the story follows on from Laura and Bobby’s musical success some 18 months before but shows them being torn apart by the fact that Laura is more successful as a sole act than Bobby. Bobby rejoins his youth club band and they tour the country looking for musical success.

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The amount of fantastic songs throughout this production is brilliant, I found myself tapping, singing and nodding along to every single one including classics such as, House of the Rising Sun, It’s in his kiss, Twist and shout and more. All the cast have fantastic voices, my favourite being Anna Campkin who plays Donna who’s singing and acting was natural and seamless. Also to note are the saxophone players, Chloe Edwards-Wood and Laura Sillett who play alongside a fantastic Trumpeter Joseph Hardy, this trio worked tirelessly all night with their excellent playing and acting.

Overall

I must admit to find the story line a little ‘loose’ and some of the acting fairly ‘stage school’ but the numerous well known songs, the casts tireless singing and musicality really do make it an enjoyable production.

Dreamboats and Miniskirts is at The Churchill until 10th October. Get your tickets here.

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1st Anniversary, Awards & a Giveaway !

So I have been writing on my blog for ONE year this month! How time has flown. Looking back over the year it surprises me how much my babies have grown and is lovely catching up on all the things we have got up to over the past year.

To top it all off, this month I won Working Parent Blogger of the Year with the Mum And Working Awards! What a surprise and an honour! In this category were truly some brilliant bloggers and as this was a voted for by the public award I was lolloping in my chair not giving a win a second thought so I was blown away when my name was read out!

It was a great day celebrating some truly inspirational working mums who set up their own businesses and franchises and the day filled me with respect and awe for all these amazing people. The day had keynotes from Annabel Karmel and Caprice who explained how they ended up with their amazing businesses and it was so refreshing to hear that really they are just women like you and I that worked hard and had overcame adversity to get where they are today.

In addition to my first award it turned out I won another category for Flexible Employee of the Year with my current company RIG Healthcare. Without the support of this business I wouldn’t be where I am today. In 2010 I gave birth to my first child, on return to work it was clear that I couldn’t put in the time needed to be a successful sales person due to nursery pick up times etc and instead of putting me on the scrap heap they asked if I would like to retrain and manage the companies social media presence and general marketing. I was so chuffed that they felt I was worth retraining and after attending some insightful training days at different venues and with different companies I embarked on a Digital Marketing Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing which I ended up completing after the birth of my second child!

With all this new knowledge I had the confidence to start this very blog which has seen me going on some fab days out, trialing some brilliant products and having an outlet for my thoughts and feelings.

So one year in and 2 awards under my belt I felt it was time to say Thank You to you all! As I luckily won two winner bags I have TWO brilliant books to give away.

No.1 – A signed copy of Annabel Karmel : Mumpreneur. The complete guide to starting and running a successful business.

No. 2 – Caprice : My Boys, My Body, My Business.

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So all you have to do is as much or as little of the below rafflecopter, I seem to be having some issues placing the widget so please follow the link for now! Good Luck!
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School Transition

So most of our little ones are all now safely deposited in school and are on their full time hours and weeks. What an emotional rollercoaster that’s been!?! I don’t know about you but I had a few tears leading up to the big day and then on the day was super proud of myself for keeping it together and just having tears in my eyes!

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I’ve seen several posts on Twitter already ‘Do we have to go back tomorrow?’ from Helen @CasaCostello  ‘What are we doing today Mummy?’ from Katie @mummydaddyme and today I had the first ‘But I don’t waaaant to go to school today Mummy’ I get the feeling the emotions are quiet finished with yet…

So what can we do to help our children transition in to school better?

A report from the British Psychological Society gives us this advice:

Positive child outcomes depend upon a combination of parental qualities. That is, children require both warmth and high-quality instruction from caregivers and teachers (Mashburn & Pianta, 2006). High-quality instruction (also known as ‘scaffolding’) includes at least three dimensions (Hughes et al., 2014):
I    Cognitive support: This involves making the task simpler – for example, by breaking it down into manageable stages (e.g. for a jigsaw, finding the corner pieces, then connecting all the edge pieces, etc.).
I    Emotional support (e.g. praise, encouragement, playful interactions): This motivates the child to persist even when the task is challenging.
I    Autonomy support: This involves a process of ‘contingent shifting’ – providing extra help if the child is struggling or demoralised and then reducing this support when the child begins to master the task.

So basically, love, support and encouragement. This chapter in our little ones and our lives is a huge change and great news – we have to do it all again with the next one! Phew Im exhausted!.

What gems have you had from your little pickles so far?

Read the full report here: (https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-28/september-2015/transition-school)

 

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Mum & Working Finalist!

The judges have spoken! Celebrated, expert business-mums including Jacqueline Gold, Chief Executive of Ann Summers and Knickerbox have revealed their finalists in the prestigious mumandworking 2015 Awards as supported by babyworld.co.uk – and I’m amongst them!

This exciting awards programme celebrates the champions of flexible working – showcasing those businesses, associations and individuals (mums and dads!) who are demonstrating how a fulfilling career can be balanced with modern-day family life – enjoying and managing parenting and working – together.

The awards will be held at RBS, 280 Bishopsgate – in the business hub in the City of London – today and are judged both by public vote and by an impressive panel of judges – leading business women and mums who understand all too well the challenges and the rewards of juggling work and being there for your family.

VIP speakers also include Annabel Karmel MBE and Caprice Bourret.

My first category is ‘Flexible Employee of the Year’ and this category is here to ‘demonstrate how flexible employment can bring out the best in individuals for the benefit of their employers, families and customers’. Many working mums already know that we give 110% through our work as many of us feel we have more to prove than others to retain our jobs.

I’m super thankful that I work for such a great company, RIG Healthcare, who have supported me since becoming a mum and enabled me to change my career direction from a sales person to a marketing executive. They ensured I got the right training by sending me on insightful courses and then sponsored me to achieve my Diploma in Digital Marketing from the prestigious Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Many Mum’s choose different paths but for me I couldn’t not work, don’t get me wrong I take my hat off to all you SAHM’s but for me that’s even more hard work than holding down a job! It might be a mad rush in our house, it might not always be sparkling and I might not do as much crafts and outings with my kids as others do but I appreciate the time I have with my them and also feel that I retain some of my own identity outside of being a mum.

I had no idea that I was in a second category ‘Working Parent Blogger of the Year’, I’m up against stiff competition here inc the lovely and gorgeous Vicky from Honest Mum plus many more!

So wish me luck and Good Luck to all my fellow nominees today! I’ll fill you in on what promises to be a fab afternoon soon!

http://www.mumandworking.co.uk/2015/awardsfinalists

 

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