Sunday, 13 July 2014

Off to find the Gruffalo with Barny Bear

Having three monkeys means that we are always looking for little adventures to capture the imagination and to get outdoors and explore, so when we were sent Barny Bear to join one of adventures we decided to go on a Gruffalo Hunt at Hamsterley Forest.

Barny Bear is a bear shaped sponge with a delicious filling inside, you can choose from Milk, Chocolate, Strawberry or Apple. What mammy loves is that they contain no artificial colours of preservatives which is really good when you have a little monkey who appears to go hyper with certain foods and snacks!

We set off on our adventure in the car on an hours drive and within 10 minutes we had the dreaded question are we there yet, followed by when are we there and that went on for pretty much the whole car journey! When we set off the forecast was for rain and cloudy weather so we went prepared! But when we got there it was glorious sunshine.

First off we had a play in the park and whilst there middle monkey learnt how to do the monkey bars without any help!

After dragging the monkeys away from the play park we set off to find the Gruffalo and after a mile and a half of following the trail we found the Gruffalo deep in the forest and lets say the trail there was much more exciting than the trail back when you have grumpy tired children in tow.

After such a long walk it was safe to say the monkeys were hungry and so a picnic was certainly in order and guess who we found hidden away....Barny Bear. Its safe to say my monkeys love Barny Bear and chocolate Barny is their favrouite, they actually love them so much we had to replace the original Barny Bears for our adventure!

After the picnic the perfect way to cool off was to have a play in the rive, the monkeys were so engrossed in the river and climbing that the afternoon disappeared before our eyes!


It was definitely a successful adventure resulting in very tired monkeys who were fast asleep before we even left the car park!

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Hectic Life

Well what can I say its been a while since my last post, life has been hectic!

I have been offered more hours work which I have take as it offers more financial security for me and the children and its a job I really enjoy.

I have been busy repairing my relationship with middle monkey and trying out some new techniques which have really helped whilst we wait for his appointment with CHAMS

Biggest Monkey has me running around like a lunatic she now does Gymnastics on a Monday, Rainbows on a Tuesday and Zumba on a Wednesday and Saturday is swimming, not sure what I will do when the boys do more than just swimming!

So I have been tired of late and juggling everything and find myself slumped on the settee at night watching all the seasons of Glee rather than switching the computer but the holidays are coming so hoping to record some of our adventures and really enjoy my time with my monkeys!

Friday, 6 June 2014

Poppy Cat at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

If you read my blog you will know that the children are big fans of Poppy Cat especially 2 year old Myles, so when we got to see Poppy Cat in real life Myles was in awe of one of his favourite friends and kept telling me 'Look Mammy its Poppy Cat' and he kept shouting hello!

When I told the children 4 year old Devon told me that we weren't going to see the real Poppy Cat it was just someone dressed up as Poppy Cat but when we got there he believed it was really Poppy Cat and he told her thank you for the magazines and DVD!

Poppy Cat is starring at Blackpool Pleasure Beach between the 2nd June and 30th June, when we there she appeared every hour on the half hour and the children really enjoyed going on adventures with Poppy Cat and Alana showed off her skills when they were asking who Poppy Cat's friends were.

 We then spent the majority of our day in Nickelodeon Land which was fantastic as a single parent of three children I was able to please everyone, Alana who is 6 and tall for her age was able to go on all the rides on her meaning I could take the boys on rides. There was a couple of rides we did struggle with as both boys needed an adult sitting next to them but wasn't the end of the world and they still had plenty of choice.

Within Nickelodeon Land you can find the Big Pizza Kitchen which is all you can eat and was very delicious constant hot food and always replaced quickly, the children really enjoyed the pasta and were very keen to eat quickly so they could get back to the rides!

We couldn't have left without visiting the shop and guess what they all choose....


Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Stress Less Challenge

So at the end of Week 2 I'm certainly feeling aloft stressed at home and with general life, but going to holiday with three children was very stressful so to avoid that stress in the future I think I will avoid it full stop!

So last week the advice I was given was to do focus 1 task at a time, which I have done and started a little tick sheet when that task has been completed and on a Friday I makes sure everything is done in the morning and have started completely clearing out one room at a time to get rid of the clutter and wash everything down in that room so I feel like I can keep on top of things during the week and then Friday night is me time as the children stay at their dads.

With regards to exercise I went a bit further and started doing an exercise video each day and really benefited from but then I lost motivation! I haven't set myself an end goal as of yet I still feel I have so much going on in life that trying to add another challenge such as a charity walk etc. is putting more pressure on myself.

The batch cooking hasn't really happened I find that I have a huge aversion to defrosting meals and then eating them, I much prefer my food freshly made something I need to get over but as of yet its not happening, however I have focused on making sure I have vegetables with every meal and snack on fruit throughout the day so up from 1-2 portions a day to 3-4 which is a big improvement.

The challenge has been a success and the one thing I will definitely be committing to life will be the chore chart and eating more fruit and veg throughout the day, overall my stress levels have come right down and I am very grateful for this, they would be next to non if Aviva could get my youngest sleeping at night and then I would have more me time!!!

So I challenge my readers to look at a change they can commit to that help them to stress less in their day to day life whether that be a chore chart or sitting down 5 minutes with a cup of tea in silence!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Ella's New Kitchen

Something I always found useful when weaning and out and about was the Ella's Kitchen range and they are opening their very own weaning restaurant, its too far us but thought someone of my reader may find it interesting.


WHEN: Thursday 5th June
TIME: Dining slots available between 10am – 4pm
WHERE: Ella’s Kitchen’s Weeny Weaning Restaurant, 68 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6QL
NEAREST STATION: Clapham Junction

The world’s FIRST baby sensory restaurant will open its doors for little diners on Thursday 5th June in London.

Created by Ella’s Kitchen, the Weeny Weaning Restaurant has been designed for little ones to experience yummy new foods, tastes and textures, as part of the weaning journey.

Research by Ella’s Kitchen has revealed that exploring food with all of their senses helps little ones grow up to be good little eaters. With that in mind, the Ella’s Kitchen Weeny Weaning Restaurant features five fun sensory play zones for mini diners to explore before taking their seats to tuck in.

With their taste buds tingling, the sensory play experience culminates in the taste zone, where little ones will choose from their own interactive menu and experience lots of scrummy new tastes.

With experts in nutrition and psychology on hand to answer questions and help parents with the tiny taste bud journey, the Ella’s Kitchen Weeny Weaning Restaurant is a deeelicious way to encourage little ones to try new tastes.

Ella’s Kitchen’s Weeny Weaning Restaurant opens to the public on Thursday 5th June in Clapham, London. Little ones (and their parents) can register for a tiny tasting table by emailing with their name and contact details*.

*Terms & Conditions apply and are available on request from Ella's Kitchen

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Stress Less Week 1 Update

So its the end of Week 1 of The Aviva and Mumsnet Bloggers Network Stress Less Challenge and I bet you want to know if the tips really worked....

So going forward into Week 2 the tips I have been given this week are:

Work-life balance from Dr Doug 

“Choose a day where you take it slow even if it's an evening watching your favourite soap and enjoying a cup of tea in silence. Make a conscious effort to focus on 1 task at a time.  You're constantly rushing from one place to another and doing this 7 days a week will cause burn out and make you make you feel ill. You've got lots going on in your life but pick evening where you do this”.

Wellbeing from Dr Doug

“If you've managed to make more time to yourself to relax after your chores reward yourself with picking up something you enjoy. Rediscover a passion for a greater sense of wellbeing. What is the one thing you really enjoyed and want to start up again.  Rediscovering something gives you a sense of comfort and happiness”.

Fitness from Mike, Billy and Jonny

“Doing chores each evening will burn off some calories,  however if you want to push yourself a bit more then complete a set of lunges (10 each leg) or crunches each time the ad breaks come on”.

“Once you've started to become more active in the evenings by doing your chores and 'cleanercises'. To motivate yourself further challenge yourself by having a finish goal e.g. a charity walk or race  so you can't let down your friends and family who've sponsored you! If this seems a bit daunting at first then give yourself a daily challenge e.g. I will do 10 extra lunges/squats/sit-ups to build your fitness levels but to also give you a sense of accomplishment when you've completed them which generally makes increases happiness”.

Diet from Paddy

“Allocate a day in the week/every other week to cook in bulk so you can freeze the food to use up at other times. There's some great recipes you can find if you search for 'freezable recipes'. Always add 1 or 2 portions of vegetables (frozen is just as good) to your meal to help you reach your 5 a day”.

Looking forward to attempting to put some of these tips into practice over the next week, Week 1's tips have already made a massive impact on my life and stress levels.

My Sunday Photo 25th May 2014

This weeks picture is in recognition of this weeks elections, with the polling station being so close I had no excuse not to photo!