Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The end of Primary School - the end of an era?

Last Monday I watched my two oldest sons walk off into high school after I had dropped them off together.  Liam has been going to high school for a few years now, but for Lewis this day was his first day at high school, the start to his taster week; a week where they are introduced into their new school and a week where they get to spend with their new tutor and meeting new pupils, all in preparation for when he moves/changes to this school in the new term, September.

As they walked off I stood there watching and I felt a mix of emotions, from sadness to being super proud of them; the sight of them two took me aback, and I welled up -  my boys are growing up, and a fleeting thought hit me - where have all these years gone, how did they grow up so quickly on me. I remember when they were young and I had so many fears (some irrational), but also many excitements and with tons to look forward too, as a parent those fears and excitements will always stay with me, but as they get older those fears/excitements change and alter (not so irrational, but still very valid).

After school I had a ton of questions to ask him - how he got on, what he thought of it, tell me what he liked, did he have any worries etc..  We had a little chat and overall he seemed pretty comfortable and pleased - Lewis has this very laid back manner, takes everything in his stride. Then he said 'No one plays!' and I see a sadness in his eyes and then he said 'they either just play footie or stand in groups chatting'  It was at that point when I realised that my little boy is going to change, high school will change him and again I found myself both scared and excited. What will this following 12 + months bring us? What will I see my fun loving, laid back, cheeky boy change into? After calming my mind and thoughts down and thinking straight, I have no doubt that he will become a young sensible lad, confident, yet still cheeky, just like his Dad and his older brother.

This week he returned to primary school, and yesterday the school took all year 6 kids to the local amusement park, Pleasurewood hills and they spent the day there.

Today was the last day of term, it was non school uniform and a normal day in class, but a more relaxed and fun schedule. After school Lewis exclaimed 'everyone was sad and crying, not sure why as I'm looking forward to the new school' so I replied to him 'won't you be sad to see some of your friends go when they attend other schools'  'nah that is what Skype is for Mum. I can speak to them like I normally do most evenings' 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Silent Sunday

Thursday, 17 July 2014

BST-Hyde Park - HELLO KITTY giveaway

Sunday 13th we headed to BST in Hyde Park, we arrived whilst 10CC were playing; wow now that was a blast from the past and I recognised some of the songs instantly - 10CC sounded great!  After 10CC had finished it was then Little Mix's turn on stage, they were on for an hour and were absolutely amazing; I took Lewis and my niece Taylor into the crowd and we thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Also on that evening were Tom Jones and not forgetting Boyzone. This was all on the main stage, but there were other smaller stages and lots of other activities all around the park, with Titan the robot making an appearance in amongst the crowd, and plenty more on for the kids to do and see; from funfair rides to meet and greets with different cartoon characters: Mr Men (Jacob met Mr Strong) too HELLO KITTY.

We made our way to the summer stage which was a quaint sized stage and allowed you to get up close and personal at the front; which was good for the little ones, especially when the GO GO GO's were on - Summer loved singing and dancing along too these, and all the other kids were right up there at the front of the stage dancing along. When it was HELLO KITTY time all the children excitedly waited and queued, which was for a meet and greet session, and when HELLO KITTY did finally arrive, que lots of excited squeals. Each child had a quick meet/greet (and sometimes a cuddle) and of course parents were taking photos.

There were loads of HELLO KITTY fans at BST Hydepark thrilled to meet and greet and have a photo with the famous character, and if you are a fan then I have a lovely giveaway for my readers, please see below on how to enter.

Giveaway:  For three of my readers can be in with a chance to win one set of HELLO KITTY ebooks, all you need to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below - Good Luck.

Come join Hello Kitty and her friends in a brand new series all about fun and friendship!
In this exclusive ebook collection of the first three titles in the series, Hello Kitty and her friends form the Friendship Club, go on a School Trip and have fun at the Summer Fair! Every day is fun when you’ve got a friend like Hello Kitty.

Each ebook in the series is a collectible adventure with a fun lesson about how to be a great friend.

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BST Hyde Park was a fantastic day, there was tons of stuff to do and see, and lucky for us the weather stayed very nice. We were too exhausted to stay all evening, so we didn't get to see all the fab acts, though we did get to see Little Mix, which was amazing. 

Review: Degustabox June

June's Degustabox was another successful box, it was full of both discovery and fun items. If you like to experience old and new brands, food and drink that maybe you wouldn't normally buy, you can also join the monthly subscription service with Degustabox and receive a box full of food and drink goodies each month. The box is delivered directly to your home and the contents are always kept as a surprise. You receive between 9 to 14 items, and it costs just £12.99 including delivery. 

In this month's box please see below what was included:

Wow - Lambrini a brand of light perry, a British brand, and seeing that in the box instantly put a smile on my face as it took me back to my younger years, and I was super excited to trying that one.  Estrella Damn a pilsner beer, brewed in Barcelona, Spain, another one for hubby, a nice can of larger. 

One for the kids Shaken Udder REAL chocolate milkshake, a great and tasty milkshake that the kids love. Then Be Fast breakfast shakes, perfect for busy people to grab and drink on the way to work.

Elizabeth Shaw amaretto milk chocolate flutes, such simple chocolate sticks but very tasty - a real treat to indulge in.  Then the Urban Fruit Pineapple snack pack - baked fruit, which is great for packed lunches, or as a snack, really tasty as well.

Veetee basmati & wild rice - I really like basmati and wild rice, the texture and taste of the wild rice is always a nice surprise within a meal. Dr Oetker Vanilla grinder, what a fantastic idea, I love this little product, and it will last a long time.

BEAR Alpha bites, a box of cereal - cereal letters made from 5 tasty whole-grains,
and with no added nonsense. Very yummy, the taste reminds me of Start cereal.

Finally always included is a very helpful leaflet with a list and description of what items are included within the box, and a couple of recipes to try out using some of the  included items.

Receiving the Degustabox each month is a fantastic experience and great fun. This months' box my favourite item was definitely the Lambrini - I can't wait until July's box!

And for all my lovely readers out there, if you would like to order a box from Degustabox then I have a £3.00 discount code for you: 

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Review: Little Big Songs CD

I’ve got a grandpa, my dad’s dad
He lives in a house with a garden at the back
He loves his garden and he loves my granny too
He tells me stories of the olden days, when he was just a lad
That’s my grandad… he’s in the family.

Introduction: Little Big Songs with Jerry & Co is a CD with a collection of 11 sing along songs for young children; songs that are designed to encourage the child to connect everyday real life situations to, thus learning from the lyrics - they are songs  that tell a story! Length of CD is 32mins and 20secs.  

Song list:
  • Scrub-a-Dub 
  • The Day We Moved 
  • In the Family 
  • Ladybird, Ladybird 
  • Ooh, That’s Lovely Grub 
  • What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? .
  • Pipes and Taps 
  • Have You Ever made a Wish? 
  • They’re Digging Up the Road Again
  • The Smallest Christmas Tree
  • Goodnight, Mr Moon
Overview: It is a pleasant CD full of songs that not only offer educational, listening and encouragement value, but also they are fun. This is done by the simple but clever lyrics. I found as a parent the words instantly caught my attention and I was wanting to listen and absorb every single word. The kids as well were just as captivated, they were quick to pick the words up and sing along.   

Jacob and Summer's favourite song collectively is: What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?  with numerous requests to keep playing it again and again. My favourite is: In The Family. I love the words in this song, not only are they helpful as young kids do tend to struggle to puzzle together who is what within real life families, and this song helps structure what family member connections are, it is also a jolly song to listen too.

ConclusionThis is a different type of children's music CD, but a refreshing one, I found playing it calmed the kids down as it captured and held their attention, and they love singing along to the lyrics. 

You can purchase Little Big Songs as a download or on CD, with a 16-page illustrated booklet. You can also download Little Big Songs from iTunes, amazonMP3, 7digital and other sites

Website: http://jerrycomusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jerrycomusicuk

Monday, 14 July 2014

Month in Review: June

Quick facts: June is one of the four months with a length of 30 days. It is also the month with the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. 

The zodiac signs for the month of June are Gemini (until June 20) and Cancer (from June 21 onwards). The birth flower is rose and the birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.

So what has been happening for us in June:

We went to the beach! first time we have been to a beach in the UK in years, which is a shame because we live in a coastal town with an award winning beautiful beach. Our trip to the beach made me realise what we have been missing out on - the trip down to the beach was not planned and it turned out great fun; we walked along the tide, the kids running in and out of the water, getting wet and covered in sand. And on the way home we gabbed an ice-cream, wet, covered in sand and happy.

We visited the Sea Life Centre, we return every-year and the we really enjoy it; seeing the penguins, feeding the fish, touching a starfish - packed full of fun.

For me I headed up to Edinburgh on a business trip for a few days - I flew up which was the first time I have flown all by myself - I was bricking it, but then it wasn't to bad (though I nearly missed the plane on my way home - I legged it to the gate).  Edinburgh is beautiful and I would definitely love to go there again, for pleasure though.

Fathers day was a really quiet day, we stayed in for dinner and relaxed, or rather we were just mega lazy, all day!

Paul's cousins birthday and his annual fancy dress party with the family, a fantastic crazy night. It was 80s theme this year and Paul dressed up as Bananaman and I was a 80s punk anarchist. First time we have been out since Christmas, and unfortunately I suffered all day the following day, I think I was even slightly still drunk in the morning. 

Jacob started swimming lessons, 1st lesson didn't go to plan, 25 minutes to get him in the pool, but once he got in, even though it was only for 5 minutes he enjoyed it, the following week only took 5 minutes to get him the pool and no problems since. 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review: Save The Blow Dry

Introduction: Save The Blow Dry is a new innovative multi-use shower cap and I say a definite must have in your bathroom. Designed to make your life easier without having to blow dry and wash your hair every time you have a shower, and this is thanks to the internal layer of super-absorbent micro weave towelling. This innovative design eliminates both humidity and condensation; bathroom-proofing your hair to leave it dry and bouncy.

  • It is large, I can get my very long and thick hair into and it stays put
  • It is comfortable, it's not heavy and it feels secure when it is on
  • A secure and comfortable flex grip which prevents hair from escaping
  • Cute and colourful design
  • Reversible, for multi-use
  • It will banishes that frizz you get from bathroom humidity and squashed hair styles
ExperienceI love my new shower cap, I turn it inside out and use it when applying my Philip Kingsley elasticizer treatment on my hair, leaving it for 20 minutes putting the shower-cap on and then I relax in the bath. It makes sure the treatment doesn't get washed off too early, and then once the 20 minutes is up, I take the shower cap off and rinse the treatment off.   Or if I do the treatment in the shower, I stick my shower cap on, go watch some telly for 20 minutes, and then rinse it off.

I use it to keep my hair dry and frizz free when I have a quick shower or bath. And I have also used it when applying make-up for a night out and getting my hair out of the way without ruining my hair, which was styled earlier at the hairdressers.

Conclusion: I haven't brought or used a shower cap in years because I gave up on using them; they don't last very long, they are flimsy and always end up ripped/split, and they have always failed to hold my mass of hair, however Save The Blow Dry shower cap is everything that a normal shower cap is not. Durable, secure and it works.

Over-washing your hair (everyday) can do more damage than good, thus Save The Blow Dry shower cap will help you manage your hair more effectively, and it will help cut the need to wash your hair daily. I really cannot recommend it highly enough.

It costs £14.95 with P&P at £1. It is also available in two colour - pink or turquoise.