The Good, The Bad & The Ugly…

Motherhood is hard, its tough and tests you to your limit. There are good times, bad times and ugly times. Thankfully the good times weigh out the negatives that happen. But when the negatives do happen you feel like a complete failure as a parent.

I can go through days where everything will go smoothly, I will sit down of an evening and think, today was fun. There are times when I sit down and think, today was hard. Then there are times I just want to completely write the day of as a disaster.

I hate shouting, I don’t like to do it, but there are times all I ever do is shout. Shout so loudly my throat hurts. These of course are the bad days, when no-one listens to you, when you are literally talking to a brick wall. What children don’t understand is that life would be so much simpler if they listened, but of course that wouldn’t make life challenging would it?

I feel like a complete failure when I am shouted at myself, as a parent you want to bring up your children to respect others and you would hope they respect you as an individual not just someone they call mummy. There are days where I am hated and I am told to go and leave them alone. When it comes from a little ones mouth, its hard, its painful and it makes you take a good long hard look at yourself as they are obviously picking it up from your own behaviour.

I can understand how hard it is for little ones to communicate, to tell you how frustrated they are at something, but when its thrown at you like a ton of bricks it winds you and you have to take a step back from the situation, have a little cry, wipe away the tears and start again.

No one ever tells you the hard bits of being a parent, the parts where you want to wish never happened. The shouting to ease and the nicer side of being parent to return, the cuddles, the kisses, the playing nicely, the lovely uninterrupted tantrum free days… Oh how nice those moments are, those are the ones you cherish, the ones you want to remember.

My Top Seven {The Garden Furniture Edition}

The excitement is building for us in our household. Hopefully within a few weeks we will have a date when we can finally move house! Its been a very very long 6 months. The one thing I am excited about is finally getting a garden! Not one I have to share with my neighbours, one thats mine, all mine! I have been searching for things to put in my new garden to be… Here are just a few…
My Top Seven {The Garden Edition}

 

From left to right // Fermob 1900 Table // Skagerak Atlantis Parasol Round Meranti // Eva Bird House //                                                                                                    Aspen & Brands Table In A Bag Aspen Global Party Lights // Laura Ashley Copper Effect Metal Planter //                                                                  1900 Garden Bench // Chinese Lantern String Lights

Whats your musts for your garden?

A Day Out With Thomas!

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know by now that H is obsessed with trains! Not any old trains, but Thomas trains. He only has to look at there faces and he will know the name of each and everyone.

This weekend we took him to see Thomas. I had been looking out for “A Day Out With Thomas” for sometime and when I found out that he was visiting a station that was not to far away, I booked it straight away. I didn’t tell him, so he had no idea that we were going..

When he saw the sign a few miles to go, he got a little excited, but he didn’t actually have any clue we were going to actually see him, he just thought it was a sign! So when we pulled in and saw some trains he started to get a little giddy!

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We headed through to the ticket office and typically the gift shop was right at the front, you had to walk through it to get to the platform, so a few tears were shed as we didn’t want to waste time in the shop first! We managed to exit and headed to watch the steam train leave, it was a pretty impressive train and H was amazed by it {I believe it was supposed to be Hiro}

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Once the train left, it was time for the big reveal. Thomas was waiting patiently at the end of the station and I watched H’s face as he saw it coming in to rest. He was so excited and was even more excited that Annie and Clarabel were behind him!

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We were them able to ride Thomas! A quick ride, up and down the station was just what H needed. After we had our picnic and Moo was able to let of steam on a bouncy castle. We had to wait around for a while as we had tickets to go on the steam train, it was a bit of a long wait and topped off with the fact the train was delayed by 20 minutes! We managed to get a seat at the small park and the little ones enjoyed playing whilst we had our ice-cream!

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We had a quick stop of at the gift shop, as the steam train ride was just over an hour I bought some small activities for Moo and H to occupy themselves with. Moo especially like the Thomas memory game! H was more interested in his new Annie and Clarabel trains!

They were both amazed with the train ride, it was so hot though and slightly uncomfortable but it was good fun and quite a lovely journey through the Kent countryside!

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Once we were back at the station, it was a quick wave goodbye to Thomas and The Fat Controller and time to leave. H has told anyone that will listen that he has seen Thomas, Annie and Clarabel and Hiro.. I love the fact that its one of his favourite things. He has now compiled a list of trains that he wants for Christmas!

**I was not asked to write about this event, I just wanted to share with you our day as a family and how much fun we had!**

Cousin Love {The Ordinary Moments}

Every week I see my sister, we try and meet once a week, sometimes its twice. Recently she gave birth to her second little boy. Moo had her bets on it being a girl, until the 20 week scan proved it was a boy. She dotes on him and as she is at school, she very rarely sees him so when she does she smothers him with her love, feeding him, cuddling him and making him smile.

This week we had an afternoon in the paddling pool and it was hot and muggy, and this little dude was not his happiest. {Teething sucks when your a baby!} BUT that didn’t stop Moo getting some much loved smiles and giggles out of him!

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I am linking up with the lovely Katie at Mummy Daddy Me for her wonderful linky The Ordinary Moments

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Love The Little Things #30

Happy Friday peeps… Another week has passed and its time for another little catch up with all the lovely bloggers that link up with Morgana and their #littleloves

here are a few things I have been loving this week…

Read

I am slowly making my way through You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher, I am taking this one a bit easier than her first book, there is a lot going on switching from each character. So far I am enjoying it though.

Watched

Lots! Banshee, Ray Donavon, Coronation Street {guilty pleasure} TOWIE {another guilty pleasure!}

I also tuned into Royal Marines Commando School {C4} It goes behind the scenes of one of the most arduous basic military training programmes in the world, its amazing the training that goes into it and funny at times, its quite a good watch!

Heard

I heard lots of little girlies singing the Frozen songs, if you have not read my post here, then you won’t know that I went along to a very special sing along edition of Frozen, it was fantastic!

Also I have been listening to this, I have had it on repeat quite a lot and its always on the radio!

Wore

Its been HOT HOT HOT here the last few days, so unbearably hot. I have literally lived in shorts, maxi dresses and onsie shorts.. Its been lovely and although its been too hot for my liking it nice to have the sun out!

Made

I made a slow cooked brisket in my slow cooker this week, I don’t know why as it was so so hot.. I did the hole hog of roast potatoes and seasonal veg. I won’t be doing it again in a hurry, it was too much for a summer day, but it would be perfect for a late autumn/winter dinner!

I also made a huge dent in my car! I tried to fit through a gap that was far too small, resulting in a huge dent and scratch down the side of the car! Its going to cost a bit to repair, just what we need at the start of the holidays!

‘And lastly..’

Today marks the last day of the husband working! From 4pm he will have 3 whole weeks off! So excited!!!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

I am linking up with the ever so lovely butwhymummywhy? for this linky, if you want to join in just click here and read all about how to!

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Summer Bucket List 2014

Last year I made a summer bucket list, and I did pretty well in ticking of what I had listed. This year I have decided to do another one. Simple yet lots to achieve!

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Have you any plans for this summer? What do you hope to achieve whilst the kiddies are off?

My Top Seven {The Perfume Edition}

I am a HUGE fan of perfume. Ever since I can remember I would buy a bottle out of birthday money or christmas money. I tend to get perfume for mothers day and sometimes as a little gift from the children. You can never, ever have too much perfume!
My Top Seven {The Perfume Edition}

 

from left to right Flowerbomb Eau De Toilette 50ml // PACO RABANNE Lady Million Absolutely Gold eau de parfum 80ml                                                         //Women’s Touch of Pink by Lacoste Eau de Toilette Spray – 3 oz  // DIOR Pure Poison eau de parfum 50ml                                                                  // PRADA Classic eau de parfum 80ml // Cartier Fragrance Delices De Cartier Eau De Toilette                                                                                           // Gucci Rush 30ml EDT SP
 I have whittled it down to seven, quite hard as I like so many, but each one I have chosen has some special connection one way or another, for instance Gucci Rush was my wedding perfume and Christian Dior is a perfume that reminds me of my sister, Prada is just a beautiful scent..
What’s your favourite scent?

A “Frozen” Day Out – A Posh Tea {Part 2}

This weekend Moo, myself and some friends went to London for a special airing of Frozen, it was in fact a sing along edition and you can read about it here..

This post is about the after event! Afternoon tea at the Hilton hotel Park Lane! It was my very first time having afternoon tea, so I was so excited! It was a special afternoon tea too as it was all chocolate! My kind of afternoon tea!

Now I am rather fussy, so a few swapsies were passed around the table, but once the sandwiches were out the way, the chocolate cakes and pastries were bought in!

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I managed to bring a few bits home, but, due to the hot weather and a shaky hand, the cupcakes and the yummy pastry ended up on the side of the box! not exactly edible, Totally gutted as I bought a few things home for the husband!

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I managed to bring this chocolate plate home! This is what a quarter of the cakes/pastries were served on! Thick chocolate! I cannot wait to indulge in it later {unless by the time this goes live I have managed to gobble it up!}

I indulged in a chocolate chip scone, a milk and white chocolate cup cake, a chocolate macaroon, which was so yummy! Moo, indulged in a white chocolate Meringue, a chocolate macaroon and several hundred chocolate balls! I also had a cheeky glass of champers {with orange} and the most amazing cup of tea!

After tea, we jumped in a black cab to the station, another first for Moo! I was starting to feel rather tired after tea, so we all decided to save our legs and get a cab, it was quite a walk with 4 little ones so it was the best option {one I especially liked!!} Moo started to liven up on the tube, making every body laugh, she really surprised me with how well she coped with it all, I honestly thought she would be clinging to me all day, being in an unknown environment! But she was fantastic.. I was a bit over paranoid so I clung to her more than she wanted me too! You can never be too careful though! My fear was loosing her!!

It was a lovely afternoon to finish of our lovely day together!

The Rainbow, Ripply, Crochet Blanket…

A few weeks ago, it was my birthday and I managed to get my hands on 27 balls of wool. I was so excited as I wanted to finally make myself a blanket.

I started crocheting last year and I made a granny square blanket, but it didn’t get finished as, well time just went away with me and I ended up making one for my new baby nephew instead!

From the day I started I wanted to make a ripple blanket, I finally plucked up the courage and YouTube’d a few clips on how to ripple and away I went.

I am crocheting at every given opportunity, when the kids are outside in the paddling pool, I go out and sit with them hooks in hand, of an evening watching catch up TV with the husband, the hook is at the ready! I am so into this project as you see results straight away. I know for definite this blanket will be finished for winter.

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Other than the baby blanket {and a few bunting projects} this is my favourite, by far! keep posted for updates on how its coming along!