Category: Blogtober17

Mum’s Recommended: 5 of the Best Toy Kitchens

 

Mum's Recommended 5 of the best toy kitchens

 

Running late with this one! Here I have Blogtober17 day 11, which was yesterdays, oops! The topic is Kitchens!

My spin on todays topic is all about role play, toy Kitchens to be precise! I always wanted a toy kitchen when I was little, I never got one! So I knew I wanted to get one for my child. Even though Fins a boy, I didn’t want him to miss out on such a great toy just because he wasn’t the right gender. Luckily, when I began shopping for a kitchen for him, manufacturers had recognised this. As a result a lot more gender neutral designs were on offer. However, it was a minefield. So many to choose from. So I decided to do a round up of some of the best lovedtoy kitchens with the help from a few of my blogging buddies!

 

 

Mum's recommended 5 of the best toy kitchens

 

1.George Home Delux Kitchen, £40.00

This is actually the kitchen we own.… Read More

11 Horror Comedy Movies: Halloween fun for the Fainthearted

11 Horror comedy Movies for Halloween

 

Halloween is the perfect time to sit back and scare yourself half to death with a good old Horror Movie. However, not everybody likes to be scared. Not everyone enjoys a Horror Movie. Then what do you do? Miss out? Because Horror is pretty much everywhere for the next few weeks. Lucky for you, there is the Horror Com Genre of film. Basically, it’s what it says on the packet, Comedy Horrors! These films take all the best bit’s of Horrors but instead of trying to scare the poop out of you, they swap the screams for laughs. I thought this fitted in nicely with Blogtober17 Day 10 – Jokes. It’s also not a completely obscure post as it sits nicely within my Blogoween Halloween Series too!

 

So today I bring you 11 of the best Horror Com movies for the more fainthearted Halloween fan:

 

11 Horror Comedy movies for Halloween

 

 

Hocus Pocus, (1993)

A trio of Witch’s are resurrected on Halloween Night and its down to two teenagers a young girl and an imortal cat to save the day!… Read More

3 Gruesome Halloween Freakshake Recipes

Easy Halloween Freakshake recipe

 

Today is Day 9 of Blogtober and the topic is ice cream. So today I am combining this post once again with my Blogoween Series! So,  Freakshakes have quickly become a huge craze lately. If you haven’t heard of them and are wondering what on earth I am going on about, here’s the lowdown. Freakshakes are mega milkshakes. Full of ice cream, chocolate, biscuits, cakes, cream. A mash up of a drink and dessert. Although horrendously naughty, they are somewhat awesome! So today I have created 3 Halloween themed Freakshakes just for you. We have Witches Brew, Frankenstein’s Monster and Zombie Brains!

 

Easy Halloween Freakshake Recipe witch's Brew

 

  • Milk
  • Ice cream
  • Purple food colouring
  • Squirty Cream
  • A jazzy biscuite bar
  • Jelly snakes
  • Orange and Green Midget Gems
  • Rice Malt Syrup
  • Green food Colouring
  • Orange and white straw

 

Method: Stir your Purple food colouring into your milk and set aside. Mix green food colouring into the rice malt syrup.… Read More

The Holiday of a Lifetime: Living St. Lucia!

The Holiday of a lifetime, Living St Lucia

 

Today is Blogtober day 8 and we have a topic of holidays. I would say this post can loosely be classed as a holiday, technically I was working and studying. In fact perhaps I am even clutching at straws because I was in St. Lucia for so long that I often class myself as having lived there!

 

However, this was a great time in my life and rarely get the chance to talk about it on my blog. So today I am going to be taking you back to 2008 when I was studying for my MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. I was given the fantastic opportunity to join Durrell and do my research thesis on an endangered population of whiptail Lizards from St. Lucia, which meant spending almost 5 months in the Caribbean! Lucky for me it wasn’t all work and no play and I got to spend many a day exploring this amazing part of the world.… Read More

How I raised over £2500 in 90 days!

How I fundraised over £2500 for Plagiocephaly treatment

It’s Blogtober day 7 and todays topic is goals! There is one goal in my life that I have set and class as one of the best decisions I have ever made. I would do it all again in heartbeat if I had to. It may seem small and insignificant to some, but for me it was everything. I basically set out to raise £2500 in 90 days. Why? To pay for Private Medical treatment for my Son, Finlay.

Finlay was born with severe Plagiocephaly and form of flat head syndrome. His head was a rhombus shape, his skull plates were all crossed which resulted in his facial features being pushed out of alignment. This is a brief overview, but you can read in more depth here and here.

 

How I fundraised over £2500 for  a plagiocephaly helmet

 

For many months we were advised it would self correct with positioning techniques. We even paid £100’s of pounds for a cranial oesteopath.… Read More

9 perfect Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets!

9 Must have Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets

 

Today is Day 6 of Blogtober and the topic is Flowers. I have decided to combine this with today’s Blogoween post. So I will be bringing you 7 must have Halloween and Autumnal Bouquets. As beautiful as they are, they are not quite Halloween enough for my liking. So for those like me who might want to add a bit more spooky fun to their flowers, I also bring you some must have Halloween Bouquet Accessories!

 

9 Perfect Autumnal Bouquets for Halloween.

 

1. Bunches.co.uk: Autumn Freesias and Roses Bouquet, £24.99

2. OK Boutique: Premium Black ‘Baccara’ Long Stem Roses, from £45.00

3. Bloom and Wild: The Marguerite, £40.00

4. Clare Florist: Fresh Tiger Lilies, £34.99

5. EFlorist: Ginger Fizz, from £39.95

6. Interflora: Glorius Shades Hand Tied, From £35.00

7. Interflora: Charmin Pumpkin Ceramic, £38.00

8. M&S: Autumn Bouquet of the Season Classic, £30.00

9. Flying Flowers: Amber Allure, £25.99

 

If you do a quick search on the internet, there are some amazing Halloween themed Florist sprays and picks, but unfortunately, these are mostly American.… Read More

School Admissions Procedure: Applying for a Primary School

School Admissions Procedure: Applying for a Primary School

 

It’s day 5 of Blogtober and today’s topic is Education. A perfect topic as Finlay has just started school. He is now into his 4th week and has settled in amazingly well. I feel so guilty that I totally underestimated him. He has surpassed all my expectations and is really enjoying what school has to offer.

 

I remember a year ago facing the daunting process of the Primary School admission application. I knew nothing, absolutely nothing about the admissions procedure. It was confusing and scary. I battled through determined to know how it worked. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share my experiences and offer some tips!

 

School Admissions Procedure: Applying for a Primary School, My tips!

The Equal Preference Admissions System

 

In previous years schools were able to favour applicants who had put the school as a first choice under the old ‘preferencence first system’. This meant someone who lived quite a distance from the school but had it as a first choice could be offered a place over someone who lived closer but had it as a second choice preference Admission authorities are now legally required to operate an ‘equal preference’ system.… Read More

82 Days Until Xmas – Dates for Your Diary!

82 Days Until Xmas - Dates for your Diary

 

I didn’t did I? I didn’t just mention the ‘C’ word? Blame writer’s block. Today is day 4 of Blogtober and today’s theme is Date. I couldn’t really think of a significant date that I haven’t already talked about in one respect or another. I haven’t got many date stories that spring to mind. Mine and Chris’s first date went pretty well, lol, we’re still together. However we just talked and got along, he was handsome, I was pretty (er) and the rest is pretty much history!

 

So I was racking my brain and I thought ‘How many days until Xmas?’. Bam! So I thought I would update you all with how many days we have left until the big day. 82! That really isn’t that many, chop chop! And what we have to worry about before them, so here are some all important dates for your Diary!

 

countdown until xmas - Dates for your Diary

04th October: 82 Days left until Xmas Day

 

29th October: British Summer Time end.… Read More

Little Tikes Cosy Coupe – Yay or Nay?

 

I’m taking part in Blogtober17 and today’s topic is Cars. I could tell you I have a Vauxhall Corsa but that’s pretty dull, so I thought a little bit out of the box! I was once told that a toddler owning the Little Tikes cosy coupe was a right of passage. This was immediately followed with ‘but it will end up faded and unused at the end of the garden’.

We, of course, bought one for Finlay. It has been well loved. He has had so much fun playing with it. Sometimes not what it was designed for. Like the time I caught him using it as a ladder and standing on its roof to peer over our 6ft fence into the neighbours garden! Other times it has sat in one place for days at a time. Overall though, it has been a great purchase. However, of late, it has been played with less and less.… Read More

VBAC – Emmeline’s Birth Story

Successful VBAC Birth - Emmeline's birth story

 

I realised Emmeline is now 6 months old and I haven’t yet got round to posting about her birth. So as I am taking part in #Blogtober17 and today’s topic is babies. So the perfect opportunity to do so!

I had an Emergency Cesarean with my first baby due to him being an undiagnosed breech. I also had post birth complications and I had a lot of anxiety around having to have another cesarean. From the start, I knew that if I was able to I wanted this birth to be a natural delivery or VBAC as they call it. My consultant fully supported my choice as long as A) baby was head down and B) arrived before induction. The baby could not be turned or be induced due to my previous section.

Emmeline certainly like to keep me on my toes. At her 20 week scan, she was breech, typically.… Read More