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It’s been a funny old week really. It started off with a few days of me feeling really emotional and crying all the time. It ended with me clutching a sick bucket and praying for a swift end. So, because this word has taken up my every thought and deed for the last 48 hours, it’d be rude not to make it my word of the week.
It’s not a pretty word, or indeed thing to experience, so I’ve put it on a pretty background to make it seem more lovely. I’ve had/got/am still breeding norovirus which is among the least nice things that can happen to a human being. Though I like to put a positive spin on it and consider it to be a free detox or an excellent start to a diet. Either way, it’s still boak.
I’m joining up with The Reading Residence Word of the Week, what’s yours?
I live my life with my iPad in my hand. All of my work is done on it so I spend a lot of time on it. At Christmas I upgraded to an iPad Air and bought myself a cheap case to go with it. Within a couple of weeks the case cracked and was rendered useless.
The process was really simple. Upload your chosen picture or pictures, adjust it to how you want it using the simple tools, add any text you want and submit your order.
My skin arrived within a couple of days, I’d chosen one of my favourite pictures of my son and the image was as vibrant as the original. It was easy to apply too. It’s like a large sticker with all the holes in all the right places for the camera etc. You just position it carefully and roll it onto the iPad taking care to rub away any bubbles or creases, if you get it wrong it’s easy to take it off and re-apply, though I managed it in one go.
I thought it made my iPad look beautiful, I was really pleased with it. When my son saw it the next day, he loved it too, he kept stroking it and saying “that’s me”
Although the skin wouldn’t massively protect it if I dropped my iPad from a height, it will protect it from everyday scratches and minor bumps. It’s a lovely thing to have and each time I pick up my iPad I am reminded of a happy, sunshiny day last summer with my lovely son.
I am delighted to be able to offer my blog readers a free personalised phone skin from Wrappz.com, you just need to pay the postage. Please enter the voucher code freeskin at the checkout.
Disclaimer: I was sent my iPad skin free of charge for review purposes. These are my honest opinions.
On Saturday we bowed to recent (somewhat excessive) pressure from our 3 year old, who was desperate to see “the piggins”, and took him to one of our local-ish City Farms, Reddish Vale Farm.
We’d been before, last summer, and I was surprised that he remembered the visit. As we turned into the car park he was so excited, bouncing around in his car seat pointing at the tractors and horses.
He loved it, we took him round to see all the animals; cows, alpacas, llamas, ducks, chickens, pigs, donkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises and there’s even an aviary full of parrots, budgies and other birds.
He loved it and can’t wait to tell his friends at nursery about his little farmyard adventure. We’ll be back again in another few months, if for no other reason than to check on the piggins.
This is not a sponsored post, just a diary of a day out. If you want to visit yourself then you can find their website here.
A few months after I first started blogging it was the MAD Blog Awards ceremony and the twittersphere was filled with delighted award winners. I looked on from afar with my brand spanking new blog and thought, maybe, just maybe in a million years I might be like them.
I’ve been blogging now for nine months. I’ve learned so much, experienced so much and must’ve written enough words to fill a novel or two. I blog most days. I blog about me and my mental health; I blog about my boy and our family; I blog reviews, trips out, meals in lovely restaurants, anything and everything. And I love it.
Over the past few weeks people have been busily nominating for the MAD Blog Awards 2014. Lots of lovely people have kindly nominated me for..
I’ve been absolutely blown away to have been nominated into so many categories. I’d love to move to the next stage and possibly, maybe, potentially make it, but that’s not up to me, my destiny is in your hands (cue dramatic music).
So what can you do? Well if you could pop into the MAD Blog Awards website and nominate me for whatever categories you see fit (the more nominations I get in each category, the more likely I am to get through to the next stage).
I can’t offer you anything but my eternal thanks, a whole lotta love and maybe a cup of tea and a posh biscuit if you nominate me, but I think that’s a fairly tempting offer, don’t you?
So, erm, Vote HodgePodgeDays etc!
The last few months seems to have been all about giving things up. Last October (and yes, again last month) I gave up smoking. Three weeks ago I gave up (for one month only) coffee, tea and diet coke. Now Lent is upon us once more and it’s time to decide what I’ll eschew for the next 6 weeks.
For the past 15 or so years I’ve given up chocolate. Or crisps and chocolate. Sometimes I might throw something else into the mix, like cake or something. I’ve toyed with the idea of giving up alcohol, but such an idea is wholly inconceivable!
I’ve thought long and hard this year about what to do. I eat so much bread, too much bread and I know that it piles the weight on me when I do, so I’ve decided to give up leavened bread as well as crisps and chocolate.
I know that it’s something I can work with. I can still have pitta and tortillas but no big, doughy baps. It’s no bad thing. I like giving things up, it’s an exercise in self control and proof that I can do without naughty things.
The first week is always the worst, because you’re used to just reaching for the wrong things, after that it does get easier and I enjoy the challenge of it.
What will you be giving up, or taking up for Lent?
I’ve always been a massive fan of Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday to give it it’s proper name). Pancakes are cheap and easy to make, but they’re a real greedy treat for us.
We usually have the traditional pancake which my husband whips up and we sprinkle with lemon and sugar. But sometimes if we’re having a lazy weekend we’ll have a stack of Blueberry pancakes from a recipe in the River Cottage Everyday cookbook.
So today, being Pancake Day we treated ourselves to this special breakfast, of course our resident junior chef got involved, a bit of a mess was made, but where there’s no mess, there’s no fun!
The pancakes were delicious. I like my blueberry pancakes drizzled in honey, the boys liked theirs with yoghurt and more blueberries.
How do you eat yours?
One of our favourite easy, healthy puddings at home is yoghurt and fruit. The boys love it and we go through more yoghurt than a tzatziki making factory. My Dad has had an EasiYo yoghurt maker for a few years and has always been happy with the results. So after a little gentle persuasion I decided to treat myself to a new one from HobbyCraft.
It arrived quickly and was well packed. I’d ordered a couple of yoghurt mixes to try as well, we went for the Greek yoghurt with coconut and the forest fruits. I had imagined somehow that making yoghurt was immeasurably complex. It wasn’t.
Obviously if you’re trying this yourself then follow the instructions on the packet, but basically you…
One mix makes a massive pot of yoghurt, enough to keep the boys busy for a few days. It’s simple and will pay for itself fairly quickly, it was only £15 anyway and the mixes are available on the website for under £3 a pack too, lots of flavours and different kinds of yoghurt with some tempting low fat ones which I’ll be ordering next.
EasiYo yoghurt contains live probiotic cultures like acidophilus, bifidus and casei that are supposed to do your innards the world of good. I like that it is full of calcium which is essential for my growing boy and for me with my fragile bones.
The yoghurt itself was thick and creamy and was very like those posh organic yoghurts which are delicious but expensive. I’m pretty impressed that you can freeze it too. It does make a huge pot and I’d be tempted to freeze it into little portions for the lunch box.
I’m so pleased with my EasiYo yoghurt maker, it’s something the boy can get involved with making too. Easy, healthy, economical. A great addition to my kitchen and one which will make healthy eating for my family much easier. Thanks EasiYo.
A couple of weeks ago I took the boys (one big, one small) to the Disney Store in Manchester for their Internet Safety day. My little boy is 3 and he’s all over my iPad like a rash, and can operate it about 10 times better than his Dad. This event was very timely as he’s started messing about with things he shouldn’t be. Although he’s not yet gaming and chatting with friends it’s really only a matter of time.
We arrived and all the children were given pictures to colour in while they waited for the talk to start. Sue who was hosting the session went through some things that were ok and were not ok to share on the internet, things that wouldn’t easily identify you like first names are fine, addresses and dates of birth are not.
Sue then read a story about a duck who was chatting online with his farmyard friends and got involved in bullying a pig, which is not cool. We then talked a bit about bullying and all the parents were given some leaflets about Internet safety to take home and read.
There was also a very helpful lady from the Geek Squad who we could go to with technical questions about setting up restrictions etc, which was really useful.
Here are 4 Top Tips from the session, though there’s plenty more on the Disney Club Penguin website…
We were given heaps of information on the day which can all be found on the Disney Club Penguin website. It’s really assessable, easy to use and easy to understand with sections for children and adults, it’s all part of Disney Club Penguin’s online safety campaign, It Starts With You which aims to empower kids to take the lead in spreading positive behaviour online and give their parents the tools to better support them. Families are encouraged to learn the rules of the online road and spread the word about online safety. There are hints and tips to keep safe online at Club Penguin, as well as downloadable educational activity sheets.
For more information on online safety please check out the Disney Club Penguin website. Stay safe out there kids!