Month: October 2016

Old Wives Tales: Gender Prediction

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Gender Prediction Old wives talesOld wives tales and Gender Prediction

As long as women have been getting pregnant, so has there been the old wives tales of gender prediction. Those that have been following Bump Watch know I am having a dilemma about whether I want to find out the sex of Tiny Tuppen or not. I so love the idea of having a surprise, but I feel the need to prepare for being the only girl in the family! It’s not that I don’t want another boy, It’s just I would love a girl. I worry that if I don’t find out, I might have a moment of disappointment at the birth. I’m sure and I’m certain that I won’t. I was hoping for a girl with Finlay, we found out the sex and although I had worried, I was was over the moon. obviously, the most important thing at the end of the day is a happy, healthy baby, but what the heart wants, it wants.… Read More

Halloween Costume and Accessory Ideas

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Halloween Goodies 2016

With Halloween just around the corner, I have been looking at all the ghoulish Halloween goodies on offer this year. I have probably left it a bit late again, like I do every year. I promise myself I will be more organised next year, but it always seems far too early, and then far too late!! Anyway, in my search of Finlay’s very specific Halloween Costume Request. He wants to be a spooky super-hero, he has accepted Batman’ The Dark Night’ which I think just fits the Halloween theme.

However, in all my searching I came across some great little Halloween costumes and some bargain accessories, so I thought why not share them with you, in case like me, you too are doing a last minute spooky shop!

Asda George

  • Halloween spider two piece Fancy Dress Costume, 1 – 4yrs, £9.00
  • Kids Grey Inflatable Bat Wings, £5.00
  • Teen Neon Fairy Fancy Dress Costume, 9 – 16yrs, from £13.00

Sainsburys TU

  • Halloween Black Vampire with Sounds and Lights, 3 – 12yrs, from £12.00
  • Kids Black Halloween Ballgown Witches Set,3 – 12yrs, from £11.00
  • Kids Green Monster Costume, 9 months – 5 yrs, From £11.00

ALDI

  • Children’s Pumpkin Dressing Up Set, 3 – 5yrs, £3.99
  • Frankenstein Trick or Treat Tin, £1.79 (Also available in Purple Bats, Spider and Bats and Skeleton)
  • Spider Halloween Treat Bag, £2.49 (Also available in Witch, Pumpkin and Frankenstein)

John Lewis

  • Glow in the Dark Skeleton Onesie, 3 – 14yrs, from £20.00 (limited sizes available)
  • Monster Claw Slippers, size 9 jnr – 6, from £15.00

Poundland

  • Frankenstein Character Loot Bag, £1.00
  • Purple Ghost Loot bag, £1.00
  • Many other loot bag characters and designs available

Matalan

  • Halloween Witch Top Hat Hairband, £2.00
  • Kids Werewolf Halloween Costume, 4 – 11yrs, £12.00

Tesco, F&F

  • Halloween Devil Dress up Costume, 1 – 14yrs, from £10.00

You can check out My other Halloween posts here, if you are looking for some not so spooky Halloween books!… Read More

#WickedWednesday – The Biggest Mess Ever!

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#WICKEDWEDNESDAY

today gave me an opportunity to link up with brummymummyof2 for #Wickedwednesday! Apologies for the bad quality picture, I wasn’t trying to take a picture of a master piece. Although in the grand scheme of mess, I think this could be classed as one! I think this picture does justice to just how naughty and Mischevious Finlay has become recently!

So on Wednesdays I look after Finlay’s little friend while her Mummy works. They went running up stairs to play in Finlay’s room as I shouted up after them “be good while I sort the bags and coats”. I was gone no longer than it takes to put lunch in the fridge,hang coast on the pegs, put shoes in cupboard and collect the snacks. Up I walked the two flights of stairs to be met with 7 empty toy trays and a closed door. The door opened about an inch before it got stuck,an inch was all I needed.… Read More

12 ‘Not so Scary’ Kids Books for Halloween

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I can’t tell you how excited I am that is almost Halloween. There’s something about when you have kids that makes the holidays that extra bit special and magical. Halloween especially. Finlay being a little boy loves anything monster related as it is. However, he is extra excited about upcoming Halloween. We are going over to Aunties house for a party again this year. Finlay had so much fun last year dressed up as a little vampire playing with all his friends and eating way too much junk (he still remembers waking up and being sick, Oops bad mummy moment!)

I love to find books and crafts that relate to all the different seasons and events associated with it and so does Finlay. I think a great way to build up the anticipation is to read and collect Halloween books. What better way to get everyone into the spooky spirit than a huge collection of witches, monsters, skeletons and ghosts!!… Read More

Bump watch: Tiny Tupen #2 Week 18

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I apologise Bump watch was delayed this week as I intended to post it every Friday. Last week, however, was a pretty heart-wrenching day. Our beautiful old cat was rushed to vets with breathing difficulties. He has been diagnosed with heart failure and heart disease. I was pretty heartbroken and penned a post to him. I could really think about writing much else. Today I’m feeling a bit more positive, so here’s this week’s instalment of Bump watch albeit a little. On a plus I get to link straight up to #MaternityMondays

Week 18

I still feel pretty small for 18 weeks. Not that I can remember how big I was with Finlay. I never documented it so I’m relying on my terrible memory! I don’t remember being able to hide the bump so well last time round, so that’s what makes me feel I am smaller. It may be just because I didn’t have to hide it last time.… Read More

#MySundayPhoto – Dear old Friend Milo

Milo#MySundayPhoto – Milo.

Some people are not animal people, some people are. I fall not the latter. My family would not be complete without a little furry friend part of it. As far as I can remember animals have alway been a big part of my life and I would not have it any other way.

Milo entered my life 13 years. A present for my 21st birthday. I always thought of myself as a dog person, but to have a dog would have been unfair as I worked full time. So I decided I would love a cat to keep me company. Independent enough to not need me 24/7 and that I could go to work and not worry.

Milo slotted into my life perfectly, he was my little fur baby. Unlike most cats he was actually very needy. He was a brute in size, but scared of anything and everything.… Read More

My Dear Friend – Where did the years go?

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Thirteen years ago I met my dearest friend, that friend, was you. Little did I know that the gangly little ball of ginger fur would become a huge part of my life. Your dedication to me never faltered, for that, I thank you so much.

You were such a character from the moment you came home with me. Huge for your age, but terrified of your own shadow. How you made me laugh. One time I remember, putting you in the lounge so you didn’t finish your smaller brother tea as you always did. You were only a few months old. The crying made my heart melt and I opened the door pretty much as soon as I closed it. There I found you sitting in a small patch of wee. I don’t know if you thought we were all going to abandon you, but you never had to worry about that.… Read More

Good Reads For Toddlers

 

I started ‘Good Reads for Toddlers’ on my old blog and have decided to resurect it. An tag where you can come and discover books for babies, toddlers and children. It may be recommendations of those very famous books every child should read, or some fantastic less known ones.  I am not a parent who religiously reads to their child every night. I work and sometimes I honestly just do not have the energy. Does this make me a bad parent? Maybe according to the ‘reading police’ but I say NO of course it doesn’t! Finlay is read to regularly, he has loads of books which sometimes he just loves to look at. So don’t feel guilty if your child doesn’t have a story every night. Actually a little trick I learnt recently, if you are too tired. Get your child to read to you! It doesn’t matter if they don’t tell the right story, but it helps develop their imagination and storytelling!!… Read More

The Terrible Threes no one told you about!

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The Terrible ones, twos and threes

Whoever termed the phrase the ‘Terrible Twos‘ blatantly never had kids. They obviously never experienced the ‘Terrible Threes’.  I knew when Finlay began crawling just shy of six months I was in trouble with this one. Very determined, very head strong. Little did I know what was in store for me!

As Finlay turned one, the tantrums began, we seemed to hit the magical Terrible Two’s a whole year early! Most things would result in a huge meltdown. Not being able to balance his toys, the offer for help, not being able to get to get somewhere quick enough, anything and everything would set him off. The worse part was watching him hurt himself. Nearly every tantrum would involve Finlay furiously banging his forehead on the floor at full ferocity. The resulting bruise almost became part of him, it was always there.… Read More

Saving Pennies: Top Tips on saving money and making money!

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One of the reasons I got back into blogging was to have a place to document ways I have been Saving Money. Not Just saving money, but also making money. With the hope that one day, I may be able to start working from home one way or another. I realised the other day that while I have been busy beavering away, researching. Silly me, hasn’t actually documented anything on the subject. I don’t claim to be a money saving expert, but my finances have always been very tight. Therefore I have many years experience of living on a shoestring budget (I wish I hadn’t but hey I appreciate every hard earned penny I have!). So I would suggest don’t cut your hair or wash it, wear your clothes out until you get confused for a tramp, don’t…. Only Joking!!

Really, I have been looking into ways to increase my earnings from home over the past few months.… Read More