I have been dreading the summer holidays for some weeks now.
Today was day one. And at 22:30 I am here without extra grey hair to say I made it.
We managed a lie in until 7:30am!! And we pottered about a bit first thing as you do.
Then I took all 3 children to view a new house. Exciting and FREE hahaha
And fresh air to boot as we walked rather than getting the bus.
On the way home Boo, Darcey and I popped in the local shop and bought lunch. Nothing special just mini bagettes and hotdogs.
This afternoon Boo decided she wanted to bake. We asked H to pop back down the shop for supplies. And she then baked some biscuits.
And finally this evening we went out for my brother in laws 30th birthday. A meal at Simply Blues in Hornchurch.
I even managed to squeeze in a cocktail
The only downfall of the evening was when I reached into my Cath Kidston change bag for Darcey’s juice cup (full of water) it was upside down and no longer full. Instead all the contents of my bag were swimming in water.
At least I know the bag is waterproof from inside as nothing leaked out of the bag. Hahaha.
Anyway so now we are home and kids are all in bed… I can happily say Day One is done! !
OK so I’m going to admit I am not looking forward to the summer holidays as much as I should be.
Why? I hear you ask.
Where do I start?
This will be my first summer holiday as a mummy of 3.
Trying to entertain and keep happy all 3 with such big age gaps will be a challenge.
Trying not to go shopping everyday
Trying to feed them all day every day. (Cos you know none of them will want to eat the same thing or at the same time each day)
Trying to find free things to do.
Try to keep them all alive.
I could go on……….
Now I know H is 15 and can pretty much look after himself but I still like to count him in our daily plans if we have any and if he wants to join us.
Not forgetting that we have a 1st birthday to organised and celebrate during this next month.
I’m sure I am not the only mum in this state of dread right now?
I welcome any suggestions on where to go and what we can do to keep ourselves from going round the twist for the next 6 weeks.
Hope you all have a lovely summer holiday ….see you all in September? (With grey hair possibly ) hahaha
Due to sickness we were unable to attend Diggerland ourselves. However I gave our family ticket to a close friend after she had expressed an interest in going.
She has two children a girl aged 6 and a boy aged 3. They went the Sunday after fathers day as a treat for daddy as he had also been poorly on fathers day itself.
J said they had an awesome day. The children really enjoyed themselves as did daddy.
The children were able to go on some of the rides/diggers by themselves and mummy and daddy were able to watch and see the enjoyment on the children’s faces.
They said that they were so very lucky the day they attended there were no queues at all apart from the one ‘ride’ for driving the 4×4.
There were plenty of amusements and rides to go on all suitable for both children as well as mummy and daddy.
J and her family ate in the restaurant and said the food was lovely, reasonably priced and the restaurant it’s self was exceptionally clean.
She also commented on how unbelievably polite, friendly and kind the staff are at Diggerland.
Harry (3yr old) explained that he had also had the biggest ice cream ever.
Both children were so excited when telling me about their day out. Harry showed me his purchases from the gift shop and told me about every ride/digger he had been on. Their faces were alight when telling me.
I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most.
J said the family can not wait to return and hope to do so very soon.
They highly recommend the day out especially with children of similar ages.
I hope we will be able to visit one day.
My skin has been that of a teenager ever since having D.
I was using a daily exfoliator to keep spots at bay and to try and brighten my somewhat dull looking face.
I don’t mind admitting I do wear make up daily and can be a tad lazy when it comes to removing it before bed.
I was asked by http://www.everythingcosmetic.co.uk to review the Magnitone Lucid, daily cleansing and exfoliation brush.
Happy to give anything a try that would make my skin look better I agreed to give it a go.
The lucid comes boxed with magnetic charger and travel adaptor.
It has two settings, deep cleanse and sensitive.
I used sensitive for the first few days just to get used to it. Then deep cleanse towards the end of the 7 days.
The Magnitone Lucid is waterproof, although not recommended to submerge in water.
It has a timer on so that you don’t over do it on one area of the face but move around evenly, it then cuts off after 1 minute. (I loved this as I am not a morning person and would have just stood holding it one area otherwise hahaha)
I started noticing a difference even after a couple of days
And then after the first 7 day period my skin was much softer, less blemishes and brighter.
I will keep using the Magnitone Lucid and who knows I could start looking 10 years younger in no time:D:D
Ok I will apologise now and warn you before you scroll down I am posting pictures of me WITHOUT make up in the hope you can see the difference in my skin in just a week.
We first discovered chillipeeps at the Babyshow when I was pregnant with Darcey.
Now him indoors isn’t normally one for gadgets however he liked the look of these and we bought 3 to put away for the arrival of D.
I keep our chillipeeps 3in1 teat in the change bag for that odd occasion I get caught out either by going straight out with no bottles in the bag or when we are out and D wants a drink of water.
They are so easy to use. The teats are in the bright green pods that keep them sterilised and ready to use.
They have adaptors depending on which milk or water they are being added too.
They fit a variety of bottles and cartons as you can see from the picture above. We’ve used them on both an evian water bottle and Aptamil ready mixed bottle.
The teats and adaptors can be sterilised along with baby’s bottles in a steam steriliser. Pop back in the pod and keep in your change bag.
Ideal for holidays too as they don’t take up as much room as some big clumpy baby bottles.
The teats are variflow which is ideal for them to see baby through from 3 to 12 months.
Chillipeeps NEW 3in1 teat and spout are a multi award winning product designed by a mum.
We have now ordered a spout and can’t wait for D to try it out.
We received our spout last week, Darcey loves it and has tried it on both a evian water bottle and a Aptimal ready made milk bottle. I often have trouble getting her to drink either her lunchtime or teatime bottle but today we attached the spout to the ready made milk bottle and she drank the whole thing!! She is now sleeping it off :D:D
Darcey’s friend Jacob also loved using the spout on the evian bottle. They kept stealing it from one another.
We have also been selected to be a chillipeeps champion.
If you are thinking of ordering from http://www.chillipeeps.com please feel free to use my discount code
3KIDSANDHIMINDOORS (all uppercase) this will entitle you all to 10% off.
We will be spreading our love of chillipeeps so why not give them a go and see for yourselves.
Knowing that my interview was only a couple of weeks away I started looking for outfits and accessories that I could wear.
I found Clo Clo London on twitter. Whilst having a rummage through their pictures I noticed what beautiful items they had and the fantastic prices.
I’m new to wearing statement necklaces but I really feel they are the pinnacle of an outfit now.
In fact I now decide which necklace I want to wear and then my outfit. 😂😂
So it came to choosing two items from their fab range. I wanted colour and something that would also go with many outfits so that they could be worn many times.
My first choice was ‘Paris’
I loved this the moment I saw it as it has an array of colour including a vibrant blue, and currently Im finding myself wearing a lot of navy so it would be ideal for me.
‘Paris’ is a great price of £9.99
It is lightweight and can be worn in different lengths.
I have worn this a couple of times including in my main interview that will be aired on the television later in the year
I also wore it on a family day out when we went crabbing 😂😂
My second choice was ‘Liselle’
I love the pretty flowers on this necklace and the pastel colours.
I wore this necklace for some of the filming on location with a white vest top that had a similar mix of colours.
The ‘Liselle’ can also been worn in different lengths depending on the looking you wish to achieve.
‘Liselle’ is £8.99
I’m off out for a girlie night this Friday and will be wearing this necklace then too with a cream top.
I highly recommend Clo Clo London for very reasonably priced beautiful statement jewellery.
Visit them on their website
Well as many of you already know Darcey and I have spent two days filming a documentary with a BBC crew.
Monday was interview day. Firstly just myself talking to Sue Bourne about why I find motherhood lonely, how I overcome being lonely and what Darcey and I do with our days whilst the big kids are at school and him indoors at work.
The crew (Sue, Dan and Mark) arrived at 11am to my house. Thank god I had blitzed it. 😁
They set up the camera, lights and mics in the kitchen.
We started by recording the interview, which felt so strange I kept giggling with my answers. (There were some 2nd takes)
Then the one question came that turned me to tears “tell me about your parents”
For those that don’t know my parents live on a Greek island and we very rarely get to see each other. And they are another reason I post SO many pictures and videos of the children for them to see. I am happy to admit ‘I miss my parents!’
Once the interview was over I had to sit and have different shots of my face, some close up 😮 some a little further away! Phew. ..
We broke for lunch and then I introduced the crew to Darcey! Luckily she had had a great morning with friends and was on top form.
We set up some toys and her ball pool in the garden.
However trying to get her to sit or stand still is the hardest job in the world.
What’s the famous saying in the television industry?
Don’t work with animals or children. Hahaha
Darcey kept walking out of shot, walking directly up to the camera or just sitting there say “who’s that?” Whilst pointing at the camera man (Dan)
After a few takes we went indoors to sit on the sofa and film Darcey and I doing our ‘normal’ day to day things. Her climbing everywhere and me with my phone in hand on social media. 😂😂
Darcey then needed sleep desperately however them filming me trying to cradle her to sleep wasn’t going to happen so I got her to sleep and we carried on filming me on my phone.
The last part of the day was to film Darcey and I out the front of our house. You have to love those neighbours that pull funny faces at you from across the road trying to put you off (no names mentioned Mrs Sutton )
Day one was over and we were exhausted.
Day two was the filming of the buggy walk and filming in a supermarket.
Could we have asked for stronger sunshine and a hotter day to film outside with 13 mums/dad and all the babies? Wow I’ve never wanted to see shade as much as I did yesterday.
We walked across ingrebourne hill park towards Albyns Farm lake to feed the ducks.
Everything went very well and I can’t not thank you enough everyone that came yesterday or sent messages of support online.
Once the walk was over and we headed to Asda for an afternoon of filming there. As I’m sure, I can’t be the only mum that makes up excuses to go to the supermarket when I’m feeling alone and finds myself in the supermarket in the hope you might bump into a friend for coffee?
We did lots of filming in Asda. I could feel people looking at me wondering who on earth I was and if I’m that one of the telly?
No sorry to disappoint but it just me, no one special, just a mum wanting to be heard and hoping our message gets across.
Being a stay at home mum can be lonely for some mum’s, so bare this in mind if you know a new mum that you feel may need a coffee or a chat. You could be saving her from her own voice.
#alifelesslonely should be aired later in the year on the BBC
And sure I will tell you all when it’s on if you want to watch of course. :D:D