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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Kate & Mim-Mim Review

We were recently sent an episode of a brand new show which will be airing on Cbeebies next week. Kate and Mim-Mim is a new animated series which starts on Cbeebies on the 4th of August. It follows the fantastical adventures of a feisty five year old Kate and her toy bunny Mim-Mim as they travel to the fantasy world of Mimiloo where Mim-Mim transforms into a larger-than-life playmate.

Watching Kate and Mim-Mim

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Week 106 - What has made me happy

One day soon the introduction to these posts will be entirely happy, cheery and relaxed. Well, I hope so anyway! I am still continuing to try to be in too many places at once, but caring for my grandma takes precedent over everything else. It's tough work seeing her become a shadow of her former self. I watch her breathing when she sleeps and feel overwhelming grief that very soon she won't be here any more. I feel sad that we will be living in her house but that she won't be here with us. She won't be nagging us to put things away, or spending hours outside in the garden. We move in a few days and I am glad that we get to be here for her, but so, so sad that it has to end.

So, another tough week, but I have made sure that I find positive things around me, and here they are...

Sunday, 27 July 2014

27.07.14 Silent Sunday





Friday, 25 July 2014

Quick and easy chicken and couscous meal with Gold from Flora

I was challenged to create a 5pm family meal for under £10 using Gold from Flora. I wanted it to be incredibly quick and simple to make, because at the moment I have so little time it's unreal! I came up with this moroccan inspired chicken and couscous meal with coconut milk. You can add a salad to the meal if you fancy it, but it takes you over the £10. Although, you will obviously have a fair amount of leftover salad stuff, along with the seasoning rub, coconut milk, breast steaks and Gold from Flora. Gold from Flora is an irresistible blend of butter and Flora with the rich creamy taste of butter that everyone in the family will love. Both my children love couscous, although I am not too keen on cleaning up the mess afterwards!




Funky Foods Rainbow Cake Pop Review

We were recently sent a rainbow cake pop kit from Funky Foods, you can see their website here.

The kit contained almost everything we would need to make cake pops, the only additions being butter and an egg. My daughter asked to do some baking one morning before nursery, so I thought this was the perfect kit to do just that with.

funky foods rainbow cake pop kit

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Dulux Bedroom in a box Competition

As many of you know, I recently reviewed the Dulux Bedroom in a box. You can see my review here. By the end of next week, the room should finally be finished and we are moving in, so the children will get to see it. I am really pleased with the result so far and I can't wait for them to see the finished result. The jungle bedroom in a box (which you can see here) inspired us to add some extra touches to the room which I wouldn't have thought about before. I promise I'll post some 'after' pictures when it's finally done!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

LEGO movie with TalkTalk review

I will admit that I am finding it difficult to entertain a toddler who has a broken collar bone. She seems entirely nonchalant about it and is still haring around the house and generally leaving me with very few nerves left! So when I was asked to review the LEGO movie, I jumped at the chance, knowing that she would most likely sit still for the length of the film. This meant that my nerves would be slightly less frayed! 

The LEGO movie was one which my son begged to go and see, but where we live films are only on for one week because there is only one cinema screen, and we were unable to watch it. So we sat down together as a family last night to watch it. The film is available to TalkTalk Plus and Essentials TV customers and you can rent it for 48 hours for £4. It saves you having to go and buy the DVD too, which I thought was great.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Week 105 - what has made me happy

 It has been an eventful week. Graduation, broken bones and missing cats to name just a few incidents. The boy had his final ever day at his school, before we move house next week and he changes schools in September. He has been very emotional about changing schools and has made some very good friends in reception. We're not moving far away though and I have no doubt that he will stay in contact with his friends. I am continuing to feel torn, trying to be in too many places at one time and trying to care for too many people, without taking any care of myself. I hope that sometime soon I will get to relax and actually pause for a moment.

Here is what has made me happy this week...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

20.07.14 Silent Sunday


PPE graduate


Friday, 18 July 2014

To the teacher who told me I was stupid...

I was 13 and sitting in your History class when it happened. It was probably just a throwaway comment to you, but it changed my life. You told me, in front of an entire class of girls, that I was stupid. You made me believe I was stupid. From then on, I didn't work hard at school, well, not in the subjects I wasn't good at. I figured that there was no point, seeing as I was stupid. Perhaps I was. I definitely wasn't the brightest girl in the room, but I had passed the same entrance exams as everyone else, and I wore the same uniform. 

I left that school a year later, with absolutely no confidence academically. The new school tried their hardest to get me through my GCSE's, to nurture me and make me feel like I was the same as everyone else. It was too late though, the damage had been done. I didn't believe in myself, so why would I believe what others were saying about me? I left school at 16 with fairly mediocre GCSE's and an urge to work hard in whatever job I could find. I did work hard, and, along with a bit of luck, it paid off. Two years later, at the age of 18, I started working at the BBC in my dream job as a broadcast assistant, and then as an assistant producer in sports news.

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