Our Weekly Roundup #31

It’s half term here but unfortunately I’ve been at work for the first half of it so tomorrow is the first day of the holidays that I will be with the kids. I’m not quite sure what we are going to do yet – I wanted to pack lots of things into what’s left of the school break but it very much depends on the weather, and I can see us spending far more time than I’d like in front of Paw Patrol with the kids fighting over who ate the last raisin!

So what have we been up to since our last roundup?

  • I’ve booked to do a sky dive! It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, even though I am absolutely terrified. So I’ve roped 4 friends into doing it too and I’ve created a Just Giving page to raise money for the MS Society – so there is no backing out now!
  • We went to see the Lego Batman Movie at the cinema. As a family we are pretty much obsessed with superheroes and Lego, so this was the perfect choice. It’s funny, not just for the kids and makes you want to go away and play with Lego. Sadly, Izzy’s Batgirl doll (who came to watch the film with us) lost her hand at the cinema. There were a LOT of tears. Izzy had us searching under the cinema seats, amongst the dust, popcorn and who knows what else, but to no avail. When we got home she went to bed crying and even wrote us a note saying she was sorry, but she was leaving to go back to the cinema and find the missing hand. Luckily she stayed put, and we had a big talk about how Batgirl is still awesome no matter how many hands she has. 
  • Valentine’s Day was a quiet affair – we had a nice meal and I got roses from the Hubby. Izzy and Clara both got chocolate lollies, which ended in tears (there have been a lot of those this week!) after Daddy decided to have a bite of them. Honestly you would think he had eaten the entire thing. I think the tears were mainly down to tiredness, as Izzy had just got back from her school disco, and Clara was just copying her big sister.
  • Clara and I had a couple of soft play visits, and of course Stan the T Rex had to come along too, as he is Clara’s favourite toy at the moment. She is obsessed with dinosaurs, and we just bought her this awesome pink dinosaur bedding from Asda.
  • The weekend was pretty rubbish weather wise. We had a visit to a local museum, which the girls enjoyed and then we had some lazy family time watching Home Alone and playing with face paint. The girls were getting to the point that they were tired and irritated, so I thought we should do something different to distract them otherwise they would carry on like that until bedtime. Something as simple as painting their faces seemed to snap them out of it and they were the best of friends playing tigers and dogs. For a while at least!

 

Blog Roundup 

  • I wrote a post about Loneliness and motherhood, and how important it is to make friends with other mums. It’s proving to be one of my most popular posts and it’s clearly struck a cord with many women who all say they have experienced feeling lonely as new parents.
  • I’m running a giveaway until the 28th February – you could win 2 tickets to the Baby and Toddler Show in Manchester, Glasgow or Surrey this Spring.

Win Tickets to the Baby & Toddler Show 2017!

The Baby & Toddler Show brings together everything that new and expectant parents need to give their baby the best start under one roof, and you could win two tickets to go to one of the shows in Manchester, Surrey or Glasgow this Spring. All you need to do is enter the competition below – but don’t worry, even if you are not successful you can still save a third off the ticket price by using the discount code at the end of this blog post.

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Loneliness, Motherhood and Making Mum Friends

 

Recently, MPs launched a new campaign to tackle loneliness, after research showed that over 9 million people in the UK say they feel lonely, and the effects of “chronic loneliness” can be as damaging to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

When we think of loneliness we often think of older people or those with no family. But in reality, you could be surrounded by loved ones and still feel lonely.

One time in your life when loneliness can strike is when you have a baby. You might have a house full of visitors in those first few weeks, and you spend every waking moment (and there are a lot of waking moments) with a mini version of yourself who needs constant attention. So how could you possibly feel alone when your life is really quite hectic? (more…)

Our Weekly Roundup #30

As January draws to a close, I can’t believe we are already one month in to 2017. I lost a week to tonsillitis, but other than that the year has got off to quite a productive start. We’ve put our house on the market, I took a few days off work to get the house decluttered and organised, Izzy turned 6 and we’ve had a few free weekends to spend some time together as a family, which has been nice after the hectic build up to Christmas.

  • This weekend we celebrated Chinese New Year. Izzy and Clara loved trying different food (with chopsticks), making lanterns, dancing to Chinese music, dressing up as a dragon and watching Mulan and Kung Fu Panda 3. IMG_20170128_175447_695 (more…)

Ideas for Celebrating Chinese New Year with Kids

In 2017 Chinese New Year falls on Saturday 28th January, marking the beginning of the year of the Rooster. It’s a great opportunity to learn about another culture through food and crafts, so I’ve put together some ideas for how you could celebrate. In some communities in China, the celebrations last for over 2 weeks, starting with a family ‘reunion’ dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve and fireworks to chase off evil spirits on New Year’s Day, and ending with the lantern festival on the 15th night – with plenty of other celebrations in between.1485210658781.jpg (more…)