Category Archives: parenting

Do you love your bedroom?

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Bedrooms mean different things for different people and a lot of that depends on age. In my teenage years, my bedroom was my haven, it was covered in posters and caged my love of music and binge watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! It was rarely shared with friends and was my own kind of organised chaos.

Being an artist at heart makes the bedroom a very unique place to put your stamp, now with three children, a husband and a wayward cat to share it with makes it hard for me to blend practicality with the boho charm i long to lounge in whiling away the hours in a good book.

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It’s always a challenge blending simplicity with vibrant colour as well as making sure our own little paradise is comfy, cosy and a joy to be in.

In keeping with my budget makeover challenge our bedroom hasn’t gone unchanged. With a mix match of furniture, some vintage some modern in a wide range of hand painted colours, a larger than life tv and a boho inspired patchwork wallpaper wall its still my own kind of organised chaos.

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It’s hard to pin point just one thing I love the most about this room, but it isn’t the window size, its cavonous and a nightmare to dress, it isn’t the plush bedstead or the bird print wardrobe but the people I share it with, the small feet that climb in on a Sunday morning, the cat that lays content upon my forehead and the batman duvet stealing husband which I believe to be a bed hog!

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Sept Countdown

For all my mummy readers i can imagine you are creeping towards the end of your tether (i know i am) with having the kids incessantly nagging at every possible opportunity so the Sept countdown begins!
With only 2 weeks to go for me the nerves are also starting to set in.  This will be Emma’s first term at ‘BIG’ school and as excited as she is I’m absolutely terrified!
Now i know her support is all put in place, the t’s have been crossed and the i’s dotted but every time i look at her i can’t stop worrying!
Am i doing the right thing by her sending her to mainstream school? It doesn’t matter how many times people say to me, ” its whats best for Emma in the long term” i can’t help feeling I’m making a mistake!
Now, knowing me as i do, i know i am completely over reacting! i know she will love it, i know she will flourish but she’s my baby and she’s not ‘ school ready’!
She is still refusing to use the toilet at home, as much as her language skills are progressing beautifully she still isn’t talking as id like for her age, and as we are STILL waiting for appointments regards her health we are just stuck in limbo while they get their finger out their ass and sends us an appointment!!
So for all you first time school mums out there, breath deep and practice not crying!! As in a few weeks that tiny person will suddenly not need you quite as much … it’ll be a sad day indeed!
Also…WOOHOO we’ll be able to drink a whole brew thats still actually warm!!!

L xx

Featuring….. Good books for Tough Times

Good Books for Tough Times helps parents and teachers choose the right books for children who are facing difficulties such as bereavement, bullying or family break-up. A total of 118 books have been independently chosen, and are reviewed in two separate guides- one aimed at 5-8 year olds and one at 9-12 year olds. Both guides can be ordered from Partnership for Children.

Good Books for Tough Times is produced by Partnership for Children, a charity which promotes the mental health and emotional well being of young children. Launched in the UK ten years ago, the charity has already helped more than 500.00 children in 19 countries, and provides resources, advice and training to teachers and parents.

These guides read like a school book fair brochure, they have a little picture of the book cover at the top with its name etc then a little review underneath explaining which difficult subject they address, then publisher, price and the ISBN.
Each subject has a colour coded section for easy browsing and they are really unoffensive. There is a foreword in each guide from a famous author, Jacqueline Wilson is in the 5-8 age group guide and its great to see such famous authors supporting something so important for children.

The guides are totally free from the Partnership for Children website and if your family is going through a tough time i would highly recommend these guides. The books are obviously “support books” so your child would feel “different” by reading them.

For example The Cat Mummy by Jacqueline Wilson deals with loss and bereavement yet to an on looker that child is simply reading a book so need to worry about bullying whilst dealing with these sensitive issues.

I think its wonderful that someone has finally found a way to explain difficult situations to young children without all the fantasy and drama and i fully support this wonderful charity and the work they do.

For further info or to order your own guides please visit http://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/

L xx

Being me…

Right now being me is a bit like being a sporadic, crazy, cartwheeling moron! one minute its all chocolate box cottages with roses round the door, the next I’m clearing up after someone Else’s bullshit!
They say ‘everything happens for a reason’. this i have lived by my entire life, through my own choosing, and everything, however shit things have been, have always worked out in the end. No nothing worth doing has ever been easy, no I’ve never been handed anything to me on a shiny silver platter and no I’ve never had a free ride. Ive scrimped, saved, worked my fingers to the bone, done without, made sacrifices and made tough decisions to be where i am now, no its not perfect, i don’t have what i want but underneath it all i am happy and i am very content in my boring, mundane life style working within my daughters routines and spreading myself thin to keep everyone happy. Would i swap it for fame and success? No probably not. All i ask is a little respect, maybe a touch of admiration and a tiny amount of gratification for digging deep and helping ppl that, well lets be honest, will never help me out in return. No i don’t do it for these things, i do it cos it makes me smile, i do it cos i feel karma is alive and kicking and id rather be on the good end, and i do it cos id like ppl to do the same for me, not in return but i believe you should treat ppl in the way you want to be treated. Have i been shit on from a great height regardless of these things?? hahaha well yes of course, who hasn’t been shit on! whether you deserve it or not we have all had miss happenings with people we would rather not happen. Do i hold grudges.. no i don’t think i do really. Sure, theres some people i cant forgive and forget, some things cant be undone no matter what you do or say but like i said, KARMA! they will get theirs in the end, whether they deserve it or not, what goes around comes around!! manners don’t cost a penny, or a thought or even time yet ppl don’t use them? Why?? has society bred a generation of inconsiderate, manner less brats that expect a free lunch? Or am i to old skool to accept that things aren’t like they where once upon a time when kids believed in fairy’s at the bottom of the garden and the lady next door always brings an apple pie on a Saturday tea time? Maybe if we concentrated more on what we do have and not what we don’t have then ppl wouldn’t be as angry and self absorbed.. maybe if ppl did more for others for no return the world would be a nicer place… maybe i was just born 60 years to late.. maybe I’m just dissillusional about life and i need a slap!!! maybe, like the hubby says, I’m to soft and i should harden up!! maybe i should just go hide under my duvet and cry and accept that throughout my life ppl will take advantage, at least i know, regardless of what shit happens i have someone i can turn to, rely on and moan to….my gorgeous, lovely hubby! Now can you say that? mr and mrs i dont give a shit who i hurt to get my own way!..  Now to you all out there that have used and abused me…. in the words of you me at six.. You’ve made your bed so sleep in it…..

L xx

Featuring … The Bumblejums

MPM cares about the planet and is doing something about it. The ‘something’ they are doing is educating toddlers and youngsters about the environment and how not to be careless consumers of its resources.
It started as a daydream…Des Shanahan, founder of MPM, was contemplating the perfect gift for his soon-to- be-born son and as he looked out of the airplane window through the billowing clouds, the droplets of rain and then the bright sunshine a magnificent rainbow appeared and his thoughts drifted to the wonder of nature and how incredible it was. That was it, the perfect gift – sharing stories with his son about both the power and frailty of nature.
Not only was the Shanahan son born shortly after that daydream, but so were the Bumblejums, four amazing characters each with natural superpowers – Jem, Jo, Jay and Jon – who work together in harmony taking care of the word around them in Bally Bo. The Bumblejums are guardians of the environment and use their great powers to help their friends and foe understand and respect the environment.
The Bumblejums characters were designed to be representative of their elements (earth, air, water, sun) by Mike Collins who has worked on hit shows at Cartoon Network. The backgrounds were created by Oliver Akuin an animator at Warner Brothers Online. Shanahan who studied World Musics and Media at the University of Winchester in Hampshire creates the story lines.
In addition, Shanahan creates the lyrics and music for each adventure, collaborating on production with Marcus Cliffe whose resume includes numerous heavy hitters: Eric Clapton, Mark Knofler, Rod Stewart and Phil Collins.
MPM is set to launch the first of its series of books and music CDs in October 2009, titled, Meet the Bumblejums. The book will be printed using 100% recycled paper and soya ink. The CD will include numerous songs accompanying the book’s storyline but is also envisioned to be the perfect sing-along for car journeys.
MPM is targeting children 2 years to 6 years and each story will focus on respect and responsibility toward nature and delivered with song, humor and a moral.
The Bumblejums books and CDs will be sold through their website www.bumblejums.com and through selected retailersAbout My Planet Media Ltd (MPM)
My Planet Media Ltd (MPM) is a privately held company established in 2009 and located at “The Barn”, 489 Station Road, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7QR. MPM creates media with environmentally friendly themes for the next generation.
MPM partners with 1% For The Planet, an alliance of businesses donating at least 1% of their annual net revenues to environmental organizations worldwide. The Bumblejums are licensed exclusively by My Planet Media Ltd (MPM) All rights reserved.
For more information, contact Des Shanahan at des.shanahan@bumblejums.com or visit us at The Bumblejums website, www.bumblejums.com



This gorgeous book was a true delight to read with my daughters, it was fun and informative and was educational too. We went and learnt more about the planet and recycling after reading Bumblejums and it seemed to really make a difference to the girls about what happens with their rubbish after they dont want it anymore. The drawings inside where lovely and bright and caught the attention of all my daughters who age from 18 months to 7 years, and i also found them endearing. 


The CD was a lovely collection of songs that where cute and strangely soothing and the girls really enjoyed dancing about to it in the lounge.
Their website is lovely to navigate with lots of info, a shop and lovely images throughout, there is even the lovely Bumblejums sound track playing on though the pages. My 7yr old thoroughly enjoyed navigating though the bio of the characters and there is even a tab for Eco tips! There is a parents section at the bottom of the pages which gives you a mission statement to what Bumblejums is all about encouraging parents to get children on board to take care of the planet we live on.
I would most definately recommend this lovely book to other mums and dads for children of all ages! And would love to see something in schools.

Thanks to Des Shanahan for letting me and my girls review this lovely book and CD
and you can buy your very own set here Bumblejums Shop


L xx

Featuring…@beachybooks

Beachy Books is a family run publisher of children’s picture books. Made by hand, reflecting on family experiences we love to write poetic prose that captures the magic of childhood, nature and family life.  Our illustrations are inspired by our own children and we hope children will be inspired by Jack and Boo, get out into nature and learn.

When this gorgeous book dropped onto our door mat, my three girls literally fought over it, then when they found out it had been personalised for them we had squealing!!



The illustrations are unique and really fun for the kids, even i found them really endearing.  The text is lovely to read and my 7 year old thoroughly enjoyed reading this and asking about the pictures at the back.
It has little beach quizzes at the back that really get kids talking about things they know little about and most importantly asking questions!





As we live by the sea its really fired their imagination and curiosity in where we live. We even had a google sessions to find out more info on the items listed.
I recommend you follow the lovely Philip on Twitter at @beachybooks and seriously check out their gorgeous website http://www.beachybooks.com/
I would more than highly recommend this gorgeous range of books for children of all ages, I will defiantly be waiting for bated breath for the next installment from Beachy Books.


L x

Featuring…@beachybooks

Beachy Books is a family run publisher of children’s picture books. Made by hand, reflecting on family experiences we love to write poetic prose that captures the magic of childhood, nature and family life.  Our illustrations are inspired by our own children and we hope children will be inspired by Jack and Boo, get out into nature and learn.

When this gorgeous book dropped onto our door mat, my three girls literally fought over it, then when they found out it had been personalised for them we had squealing!!



The illustrations are unique and really fun for the kids, even i found them really endearing.  The text is lovely to read and my 7 year old thoroughly enjoyed reading this and asking about the pictures at the back.
It has little beach quizzes at the back that really get kids talking about things they know little about and most importantly asking questions!





As we live by the sea its really fired their imagination and curiosity in where we live. We even had a google sessions to find out more info on the items listed.
I recommend you follow the lovely Philip on Twitter at @beachybooks and seriously check out their gorgeous website http://www.beachybooks.com/
I would more than highly recommend this gorgeous range of books for children of all ages, I will defiantly be waiting for bated breath for the next installment from Beachy Books.


L x

not so yummy-mummy

i’ll set  the scene, me zoe n emma sat on sofa watching australian come dine with me eating choc digestives, phone goes…. fabulous lis has been sick at school.

As u do u throw on coat, shoes kids in pram..(well the kids in pram part took a while longer than anticipated, emma coat n shoes shes ready, i turn my attention to zoe who runs off leaving a stench behind her, GREAT! chase after fore mentioned stench change and clothes, coat and shoes on)
..only to find emma has changed coat and now has lost the shoes (i think shes more style concious than the rest of us 🙂 )
so finally after wrestling with these 2 for 10 mins we are out the door and power walking the half mile to school. Its amazing how long 15 mins feel when ur picturing all the possible states im about to recieve my daughter in.
Arrive at school, hot, flustered, out of breath and slightly desheviled to find aforementioned and worried about daughter dancing about  full of the joys of spring.
I thank the lovely receptionist have a quick natter n hurry back home full of thoughts of hot brew n finishing my biccis!!
I then unload kids, uncoat and shoe kids and flop on the sofa for a minute before heading off for the kitchen to make tea!! only to realise that i rushed out of the house that quick that i went out in my scruffs, (hubby is on the 12pm start so with no need to leave the house at 8.30 this morning i threw my trackies n an over sized shirt on, only to not offend the post man!)
i hadnt brushed my hair (having a pixie crop brushing tends to be neccassary!!) and from all the naughty gorging before rushing out the house amid these fashion faux pas i missed the choc crumbs down my face! OH BLOODY FABULOUS!! the only thing that made this that little less tragic was it wasnt picking up time!!! I would of DEFINATLY lost ALL playground style respect!!
So that happened to me this lunch time, how was ur hr off???
L x