Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Holly's First Nursery Christmas Sing Along

Hello!!

Today was Holly's first school Christmas sing along (as you may have guessed from the title!)

I had her all done up as as far as I knew she didn't have a part (not surprising as she if very shy!)

She was dressed in a little light blue jumper with snowmen on it from Asda, bright red leggings also from Asda and some tinsel in her hair. I got her to pose with her sister. Baby C is screaming in the photo. Oh well you win some you lose some haha.













When we got there they had a little slide show of the kids during the year. I was happy to see a couple of holly doing stuff with other kids. As if you have read 'To Refer Or Not To Refer' the nursery teachers are recommending we hold her back because of her confidence with other kids.
Then it was time for them to start their singing. To my surprise she was a little white sheep! She was going to be part of Bah Bah Black Sheep! I actually was nearly crying. I had a tear in one eye and I could feel the other one watering up. But I was trying to hide it from my OH, as he would have got a good kick out of that haha. I'm putting it down to hormones haha.













She was clearly looking for us and her little face lit up when she found us (I don't think she believed that we were going to come see her). I gave her the thumbs up and blew her a little kiss which she caught and stuck on her cheek.

They sang a few songs When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney, Jingle Bells, Bah Bah Black sheep and a whole lot more. Then they all got to come down onto the floor and see another slide show of them all dressed up that day (which I need to get a copy of!) then we were aloud to go get them.

I asked her why she didn't tell me she was a sheep, her reply "It was a surprise mummy, did you like it?" I actually had to wipe tears away that time and I feel myself welling up now just thinking about it haha! It was the best surprise I have had all year!

Here is her outfit. All from Asda!


Did your little one get to dress up at nursery or school this year?

Speak soon
Lx

Friday, 9 December 2016

Dolce Gusto De'Longhi Melody Nescafe Review

Well Hello!!


As many of you may know, I got a coffee maker for my birthday.

I got one of these for my mum years ago, and I have always loved the hot chocolates it makes. Specially now they have caramel ones!

I was given the Dulce Gusto De'Longhi Melody version and I love it.

Its reasonably priced at £36.99 from Argos. There are a lot of other places and versions you can purchase. Ranging from £36.99 right up to £100s. When I first bought this for my mum a few years back. I'm pretty sure it was up there in the £100s.

The size is relatively small and compact. There is a clear tank on the back which you fill with water. I can normally get 5 cups of hot chocolate out of it before I need to refill it.

I have the black one as everything in my kitchen is black or silver. But I have seen red and also white ones.

Inside the box you will receive the machine its self. A little bin which sits at the side of the machine for empty pods. I don't really use mine, I normally just bin them there and then. It also includes a small box of 3 samples, and a voucher for £10 off when you purchase boxes on the website. My samples are a Espresso, Latte and a normal Hot Chocolate.

As a present I was also given 2 boxes of the Caramel Hot Chocolates and and Espresso (for when my mum visits ha ha). The pods are relatively cheap with Asda doing 3 boxes for £10. The Dulce Gusto website also sell a whole lot. Ranging from Hot Chocolates, Coffees, Latte and Teas. Prices are all around £3.99 each.

I use this in the mornings with my breakfast, in the afternoons with a snack and again at nights when I'm relaxing. Its really is one of the best presents I have ever received. When payday arrives this month I will definitely be going on to try out some of the teas.

Overall I will give this a 4 out of 5 stars.

I gave it a 4 even though I really love it because, I think they could maybe extend the range for different flavours of hot chocolates or maybe colabs with brand names. But that is all the problems I have with this machine. I could live on the caramel hot chocolates.

Let me know if you have a coffee machine, what type it is and what you think of it.

Lx


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Elf On The Shelf Days 5 and 6

Hello!!

Here is what that naught Tinker Pants Floppy Feet has been up too.

Day 5 - He was having a date night with Elsa












Day 6 - He had all the ponies ties up to pull his sled












I have no idea what he's going to get up to tonight!! He better be looking at google for some ideas haha

I am kind of glad now that the actual elf on the shelf didn't come. Seeing everyone with it. It looks kind of creepy. Like you would wake up in the middle of the night and its sitting at the bottom of your bed with a knife....

Speak soon
Lx

Saturday, 3 December 2016

EOTS Day 2,3,4 And Holly Christmas Fair 2016

Hello!!

Tinker Pants Floppy Feet has been up to some stuff these last few days!

Day 2 - He decided to waste and entire tub of cake sprinkles (much to my OHs dismay) and make 'Elf Angles' in the kitchen!













Day 3 - We come down stairs and hes hanging from the ceiling light! with ANNA. Now the question is, did he put Anna up there or was he trying to save her??












Day 4 - Tinker Pants is riding Pinkie Pie about the living room!! Don't think Pinkie will be very happy. She might just set her minions on him 'Ponies Revenge ;)'












December 3rd was also the school fair at Holly's school. All the classes including Holly's nursery class made different things for everyone to buy. I made melted snowmen cakes to take down.

The nursery class made Reindeer Dust, Snowman Soups and Santa's key to get into the house with. All 3 of the kids got there photo took with Santa (Santa insisted on holding baby c) and they were all spoilt with cakes sweets and goodies.












Poor baby c though got too hot in her snow suit and had a flair up of her rash. She also has another cold, and her dry skin round her joints has gotten worse. So I think it will be a trip to the docs with her. I would put manuka honey on her, but that's a bit sticky even for me haha.

Lx
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Elf On A Shelf Day 1 and A Hobby Craft Christmas Advent Calendar 2016

Hello!!

IT is finally December 1st (because I haven't been waiting all year for this) and it can only mean one thing. MY BIRTHDAY IS TOMORROW :) I will be the ripe old age of 28! Not like my other half who will be 30 next month!!

But December 1st also means ADVENT CALENDARS and ELF ON SHELF and CHRISTMAS!!!

I always said 'How can Christmas with kids be better!! What about my presents' (I'm an only child and was / still am pretty spoilt. I do appreciate it a lot more now though than I did) But Christmas with the kids is the BEST EVER!! Seeing their little faces on Christmas day and the count down!! Oh I love the count down!!

This year I got a Hobby craft advent calendar to make for her. While its a great idea, it took ages to freaking do! Now that I'm old, my back was killing me (How I will cope with wrapping all the presents this year I have no idea!) But Holly likes it.














Also found these playmobile advents!! So I got one for Harry and Holly. He can catch up with his at the weekends.



Now we also have ELF ON A SHELF! OK so he's not the actual Elf on a shelf. But it hasn't arrived yet. So Tinker Pants Floppy Feet is subbing for him till he arrives. Not sure Holly really understood what he was yet, But I'm sure she will get it when he decorated the tree in her pants or uses her ponies to help him ski!!

Last night Tinker pants Floppy feet landed, left a note for Holly AND left some elf snow with foot prints in it. Stay tuned for the rest of December!












An I am SO using the 'You better be good because the elf is watching you' OR 'Eat that food, The elf is watching you'

What do you do at this time of the year with your kids?

Lx


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

To Refer Or Not To Refer

Well hello :)

Today we we given Holly's application form for her to start school!

But because Holly's birthday is in February (27th so right at the end), they are suggesting we hold her back or refer her a year. So instead of starting school at 4 years old August 2017. She wouldn't start till she was 5 years old 2018.

This is all because Holly is quite shy and she doesn't like big groups of kids. she prefers playing with one or two kid at a time to playing a big groups. Now I personally don't see anything wrong with that. However the school want to keep her back for her to gain confidence with groups of kids.

Last year when Holly was in Anti Pre School. She was friends with a little girl called Sophie. When My OH dropped Holly off, Sophie would be waiting on her at the door. When I picked Holly up, Sophie would bring Holly over to me. They we very friendly. But Sophie was the year above Holly. So after the summer holidays when Holly went back, Sophie wasn't there. She had moved onto P1.

So when everyone went back, Holly was back to square one with no one she really wanted to play with. So she attached herself to Sophie's little brother Daniel. he doest wait on her all the time like his big sister. But I do know they play together a lot and he will shout bye to her or wait for her if he sees her coming into class behind him. If I hold her back a year, after the summer holidays, she will be back to square one with non in her class she know. This in my opinion wont help her confidence with groups of kids.

Learning wise, she is up to scratch. Can can count to 10 now and she has started her ABC's. She loves singing Once I Caught A Fish Alive. But because she doesn't like groups of kids, they want to hold her back a year.

I however don't want to hold her back. Surly if her work is up to scratch then why would we hold her back? OK she doesn't like groups of kids, lots of kids talk to her but she only really wants to play with Daniel, she likes to play on her own, So what? It doesn't seem to bother her. She prefers to play on her own. She always has, even at our childminders. She would play with the other kids for a while, but she preferred her own company. I still do not see this as a reason to hold her back.

Then I have the problem of, she isn't in her catchment nursery. When we applied for nurseries, we had our catchment school nursery as our first choice. But they gave us our second choice outwith our catchment. Its easier for them to get into schools in their catchment. That's why we applied for it. So she was already in that nursery going up into school with her friends. But since she is out with her catchment, its harder to get her into the school that her current nursery is in.

If they don't let her into this school she will need to start a brand new school, with new students and teachers that she has never seen or met before. She will freak out. So because of this I think maybe I should hold her back a year in case this happens, But I don't want her to go back to nursery with her current friends moving on and shes not.

But what if she had been born on her original due date instead of early which was 2nd of march. She wouldn't have had a choice to stay back and she would have had to cope with going into P1 regardless of her confidence in big groups.

I have put on her application form that her current nursery is the only choice we have as you can put in another 2 in case she doesn't get her first. But she needs to get her first. IT was the council that put her into that nursery school in the first place! why shouldn't she now be allowed to move up with her friends and teachers!

I can see us having a fight on our hands with this one.

Have any of you had these problems? Leave me a comment and let me know. Any and all advice is appreciated!!

Lx

P.s Sorry this is long and blah blah. Its just everything spilled out of my head and onto a computer lol
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Monday, 28 November 2016

A Life Update 28.11.16

Well Hello!

It feels like it has been ages since I last blogged or done anything to do with blogging!

What has happened lets see!

I will be 28 on the 2nd of December. Hopefully will get the books and salt lamp I have been hinting at my OH to get me! Very slim chance if I'm going to be honest ha ha.

We have our new addition baby Charlotte-Willow. She is now nearly 3 months old! Geeze! she will be in a crib soon and we will be starting to wean. Scary. She is already sleeping mostly through the whole night. Last feed at 7pm, she was getting at at 5am. But over the last week she has been sleeping till 6 or 7am. Which I am not complain about! Some people say 'OMG THAT'S TOO LONG, WAKE HER UP FOR A FEED' and I say 'I am not waking a sleeping baby'
Lets face it if she was that hungry she would wake up herself. She is very good at going to sleep as well. Most of the time I can just lay her in the bed and she will nod off on her own. sometimes if its still light or she is overly tired (she does like to fight her sleep), I will stick one of my fingers in her mouth and she will suck on that for a few mins and fall over. She wont take dummies. I don't know if its something to do with being breastfed (which has now stopped! stupid body!) but she just spits them out. She much prefers your fingers.

Holly is just such a character now as well. Told me last night I had no patience! your 3 how do you even know what that means! Told me the other day she was a little nervous. Again your 3! She is a lot better at eating now too. For a while I thought she was going to turn into a HUGE super noodle. But we eat sausage rolls, pizza and chicken nuggets now too.

I know I said that she would be my last pregnancy. But I just don't feel done. But I will be done unless I become a millionaire over night, one of us gets a massive pay rise or someone dies ha ha.
Unless we can extend this house (which I would actually quite like to do) or buy a bigger house I cant fit anyone else in.

So I am currently on maternity leave. Planning on going back for 2 days a week in January. Then full time in February again. I was hoping my OH was going to get an amazingly paid job so I didn't need to go back. But that doesn't look like its going to happen ha ha.

I was thinking thought (and I'm sure I have mentioned before) I would quite like to go to uni and study to be a midwife on the wards. But again, My OH would need to make enough money for me to leave full time work and that just doesn't look like its going to happen in the next 2 months!

I have stared trying to make exciting videos on my youtube channel. Just when we go out places. I am trying to work up the nerve to actually talk to the camera. But that's not happened yet. Its because I'm Scottish!! I HATE the sound of my voice on camera!!

I think that is it just now!!

Speak soon
Lx

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Youtube - The Week In The Life Of Two

Well hello!!

I made another small youtube video of our week 24.10.16 - 29.10.16.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNqXg1C1_ELI-ouo8mHeTQg

Please feel free to check it out!! Leave us a comment. Im still not really sure how to access them and comment back. But I'm working on it haha.

Speak soon
Lx

Happy Halloween!! 2016

Hello!!!

This year Holly had a Halloween party at her nursery!

She got to choose her outfit and eventually (Holly hates choices), picked a pumpkin dress from Asda (even though I liked the gold and black bat!).

It was also Charlottes first Halloween. So we had to get her a My First Halloween outfit to wear then keep in her first box. Which is actually a bag just now until I get a nice box.

We didn't take Holly Trick or Treating this year, as Charlotte is still getting over her cold and my OH was working. She wasn't amused let's say when she realized people came to the door for sweets.
Holly wouldn't chap people's doors anyway, I would have had to do it! So next year is a promise. I will take her out!!

Here are some photos of the two of them!!

  

Speak Soon
Lx

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Hospital Stay!!

Hello!!

This full week has been such a rollercoaster!!

A week ago (16.10.16) Charlotte developed a bad cough. That bad that she would at times choke and throw up. We phone NHS24 as our GP isn't open weekends and they sent us to the out of hours doctors at our local hospital at about 10am. We were told she had a common cold and to go home.  

On a normal 12hrs she will take normally about 12-16oz of milk, with some feeds in between from me as well. However, on Sunday she had only had 4 and a half oz, which at 10pm she decided to throw it all up over me! At that point, my OH phoned NHS24 back and we got an appointment for 11:30pm. 

When we got there, again I was told that she had a common cold but due to her temp being 38.9c, it was guidelines to get her checked. But don't worry she will be fine. 

1hr later she was getting blood taken from her hands, they were trying to put one of those little taps into her hand to give her fluids if she needed them and they were talking about lumber punctures!! So much for the common cold!!

We were kept in for 3 days and got out on Wednesday. During those 3 days, she had her nose suctioned every 2hrs to the point where her nose was bleeding due to irritation, she was getting paracetamol ever 4hrs, she was on oxygen and she had a feeding tube through her nose. 

It wasn't until I look at this photo that I realize just how ill she actually was.
 This was Monday morning. She looks so ill.

The common cold had turned broculitic due to her being only 5 weeks and not being able to fight off the cold. While we were in there, another 2 babies were taken in with the same issues and another baby we know has also been taken in with it!! 

Here is a photo now of her for comparison. 
 This was her on Tuesday morning. Look at the difference!

It's just so scary how they can get so ill so fast!! 

She will have a cough and be a bit snotty for a few weeks but thankfully her appetite is back and she's eating her normal 12oz sometimes more!!
 Back home!

Speak soon!!
L x

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Everything Has Changed - Youtube Video

Well hello there!!

I recently (well actually today) posted a video to my youtube channel.
Just some clips of our day. A sort of A Day In The Life type video.

Yes everything has changed because of that small person in this photo :)

You can check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4Q5w_82KIE

Leave me a comment and we can chat :)

Speak soon
Lx

Monday, 10 October 2016

Welcome To The World Baby Charlotte Willow

Long time no speak or type or read haha

It has now been a month since my second born Charlotte was born and I thought it was time to get back into the swing of things.

Baby Charlotte Willow was born 8th September 2016 via c-section. We had the choice to go naturally or have the section. We decided to wait 3 days past our due date on the 5th September, but she was holding on tight! So we were sectioned on the 8th.

I won't go into the labour, that's a whole other post!! coming soon by the way :)

She was born at 9:57 which is really weird as Holly was born at 9:56!! Charlotte weighed in at 9lb6.5oz! I am so glad I did not need to push her out haha! I mean that is a chunk of a weight! She was only 51cm though. Looking at her she didn't really look 9lbs to be honest. My OH reckons it was all the milk I drank, gave her bones of steel haha

there was another shocker along with the weight, which was she was born with a full head of BROWN hair!! I think because Holly was blonde we were just expecting another blonde baby. Then she pops out with a full frow of brown hair!! So we had to bin all our names as they were all suited to a blonde baby in out opinion!

I really liked Willow but my OH didn't. So we compromised with Charlotte Willow :) which I think it a lovely name. Charlotte did take a bit to grow on me. Mostly because I never really thought of it as being a name I would consider. But here we are, I have a baby Charlotte!!

Hopefully, I will now start getting posts up regular like again :)

Speak soon Lx

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Pokemon Hunting At Edinburgh Zoo Vlog

Well hello!!!

Tuesday last week was an exciting day ( I know I know but I'm on maternity leave ok!)
We went Pokemon hunting at Edinburgh Zoo!! Just like all the other zoos. They have now opened twice late for 2hrs for people to go Pokemon hunting.

It's only £5 per person compared to their normal £25 per adult. So I thought why not. We aren't doing anything else and it gets Holly in to see the animals for a while. Not all the animals were out. But all The ones at the bottom where most of the lures were, were out. So she saw a fair few.

Since it was something exciting, I decided to vlog it :) Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXmG6Lz6Pl0

I think she really enjoyed herself even though she was getting a bit grumpy and tired by the end of it.

Hopefully, our next vlog to be uploaded will be a BIRTH VLOG!!!!

Speak Soon
Lx
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

YouTube Video "Beach Day"

Hello!!

Last week while it was still nice I took Holly to what she calls the beach. It's actually just a sandy shore next to The River Forth. But it has water and sand so its a beach to her!

I decided to make a vlog of the day as it was something slightly more interesting than our normal day to day life.

Check it out here!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWnPLLDoTOg

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Lx
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