The Talk! – Puberty, Boobs & Periods.

I have been feeling something brewing for a few weeks now, something I was hoping could and would be held off for a while yet. But it seems time was out of my control and this weekend, it fell on me…like a brick.

My nine year old daughter and I had ‘the talk’. Ellies been a bit of a confused little hurricane recently. Abrupt mood swings, whether it be true anger through the lack of peace or absolute heartache through dropping her ice-cream cone and it wasn’t even the fallen ice cream that crushed her, it was the shittyness of the happenings that struck a cord with her. Poor girl. So as you can see, she’s a little scrambled, her Mama took heed and tried to be a little prepared. However it seems I wasn’t as prepared as I had hoped.

Being raised by a wonderful military man, who really didn’t talk about his feelings and was a little difficult to approach at the ‘girlie’ stuff….I felt like I needed to do a little homework. It seemed I needed to learn how to approach the subject to my daughter, who all-to-soon will be going through something that all of us girls have went through when our time came: Puberty.

I was lucky enough to come across some books over on Amazon that covered pretty much everything I needed to help my daughter be prepared, cope with and accept these future changes and why everything happens to our bodies when we’re growing up. They are called The Care & Keeping of you {For younger girls}, The Feelings Book & also The Feelings journal.

Then the moment came….unexpectantly….but we closed ourselves into the den, warning the boys that a very important girl talk was happening and to give us some space. She looked a little “OMG what have I done” but I assured her nothing and handed her over the books.
We spoke very freely about everything, {even accepting that stuff is beginning to happen up top!} and I have to say….damn…I am so proud of that girl…she took everything on her shoulders, breathed in & absorbed in every single word and has taken on this challenge before her of growing up and my god, this girl is going to handle it in style. I can see the odd storm ahead, but I hope I can be a good crew member on board to help her sail through it all.

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A TMNT RuckJack Review!

What’s a ‘RuckJack’ you are maybe saying to yourself! And rightly so because when I first heard it I was like “a what now?” – but it’s actually something so much more amazing than anything you can imagine. I had my doubts before receiving this product, that it wouldn’t be as good as I was told – but man was I wrong….we LOVE this product and I honestly couldn’t rave about it enough. It’s from Miioon and they have a great range of different styles for both boys & girls.

We were lucky enough to be sent out a fabulous Ruckjack with a TMNT shell liner and being avid Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fans, this was the perfect product for my son to review and even better, he was due a new Winter coat, so getting this to review sort of killed two birds with the one single stone.

So yeah, it’s a jacket and when it’s not being worn, can turn into a backpack – I KID YOU NOT! It’s so fabulous, let me show you…
DSC_5285 DSC_5286Oh by the way – it’s also reversible!! This ruckjack seriously has it all!!
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tmnt3I think when the ruckjack is on the turtle shell liner it looks so awesome when worn. It really gives the jacket an overall touch of COWABUNGA awesomeness, don’t you think? Personally I think it rocks and he will no doubt, be the coolness jacket wearing kid in school, come Winter.

Now this isn’t just some cheap jacket from the high street, I was super pleased to see that it’s actually a thinsulate jacket, so I know for sure that it’s going to keep Jacob warm, during the Winter months.
DSC_5281Now for the ultimate thing I find about this jacket, the ability to turn it into a backpack when it’s not being worn! Want to see how it’s done? I’ve made you guys a little video!
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Pretty cool huh! So quick and easy to do, in a matter of a minute you could have the poppers popped, the clips, clipped and on your little dudes back, and off you carry on your merry way.
DSC_5291tmnttmnt2Also did you notice that when the Jacket is in turtle shell liner or back pack mode that your little TMNT fan even store his weapons in his shell? HA! I think this is a truly ingenius addition to the ruckjack and even Jacob thinks so too!
DSC_5354Now for the turning this very cool reversible jacket into a backpack! I’ve made you guys a wee video so please excuse the very tired bumbling Mama bear and my dodgey Belfast accent, haha!

Another point, did you ever think could the Ruckjack when in backpack mode, actually act as a backpack? IT DOES! This excited me! Not just carrying when you no longer want to wear it! Check it out…
pack1Jacob was also sent a little Oonit  which attaches to his zipper, making it easier to identify in amongst all of the other coats when at school. He was a lucky to get DJ Quack from Moshi Monsters.
DSC_5351I love love love this jacket for my son and he loves it too. It has absolutely everything you could ever ask for in a jacket and its honestly a jacket that I personally, have never seen before and I would totally tell everyone about. And the cost? £29.99! Is that not a bargain? Seriously. For the thinsulate benefits of the jacket {breathable, waterproof etc}, it’s lightweight, the fact it is reversible AND turns into a backpack…the amazingness truly glows from this product.

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for the purpose of my review, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.
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Toddler Treats #3 – Cheesy Tommy Muffins

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Welcome back to my third #ToddlerTreats feature in my new series and I cannot believe we are on week three already! If you missed the first two weeks, don’t fret, you can link to them both here: Week#1 – Scrumptious Yogurt Buttons & Week#2 – Delicious Strawberry Crunchies. I now have a Toddler Treats Pinterest board too, which is another way to keep up to date with this wee weekly feature – so feel free to also follow that.

This week I’ve decided to go savoury and try Annabelle on a few things that she used to love, but seems to have gone a little wayward on them, i.e. scrunched up noses, throwing them on the floor, you feel my pain. So this week I’ve made some: Cheesy Tommy Muffins!
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Again they are in line with my super easy recipe ‘must have’ as us Mums are busy enough right? So these little beauties only took me 10-15mins prep time {done as Belle napped, most likely on her bedroom floor – as usual at the moment} and cooking time 20 mins. So they really don’t take much time at all, plus they are filled with ingredients that we’d generally have around the house too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

225g/8oz Self-Raising flour
Salt & Pepper
100g/3 1/2oz cheddar cheese, grated
175ml/6fl oz Milk
1 free-range egg
55ml/2fl oz Olive oil
10 cherry tomatoes

Now to get mixing:

- You need to combine your self raising flour, grated cheese and your salt & pepper in one bowl. Combine well.

- In a separate bowl mix your olive oil, milk and egg until well combined then add that to your dry mix, and mix very well.

- Next you’ll need to grease each of your muffin compartments {we don’t want any sticky business!} and fill each up half way. Now…this is where I did mine a ‘little’ differently. I didn’t want them all the same AND I used a 12 muffin tin so I made the mixture stretch for two extra muffins, woohooo! I filled six up nicely and half filled the other six. I placed a half cherry tommy into the full sections {just pressed it down into the mixutre} and a full cherry tommy into the half sections and just covered them up with the leftover mix.

Remember to pop those full cherry tommys, to prevent popping when in the oven. I forgot to do this, but they seemed to turn out OK! haha!

Here’s what I mean…
tommys1And here is how they come out after those precious 20 minutes… FYI? They smelt DELICIOUS!
tommies4tommies5tommies7Now came the big test…would Annabelle like them? I decided to serve a muffin up to her along with some scrambled egg. It looked so yum I was even a little envious!
DSC_5340DSC_5339Now, Annabelle wasn’t too keen on these very delicious looking cheesy tommy muffins. The hint of cheese made her give them a funny look {she’s no mug!}…
DSC_5332So a Mummy fail on trying to get her over the cheese barrier she seems to have put up! As all she seemed to do was steal the toms on top and leave the rest! Wee rascal! My cheese loving eldest had a few though and said they were YUM with a big thumbs up!

So there you go guys, another easy peasy and scrumptious toddler treat for you all! I hope you’ll have a wee go in making this one and if you do, please let me know how you got on, I’d love to hear how it went!
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A little living room makeover

Lately, other rooms around our home have been getting all of the attention and our poor living room, our main family room of the house is being neglected. We’ve got plans to put our TV {finally} up on brackets over the mantlepiece, and getting some new furniture to give it a bit of new life! Here’s a few pieces I have in mind…
LIving roomI’m not a mega statement piece sort of girl, wee subtle touches here & there are what I prefer. Although the biggest thing we would need is a unit to replace our ugly old, run down TV unit. That would be getting dumped toot-sweet and as the TV would be getting put up on to the wall, we’d need something to fill the gap. This Camden wide sideboard unit from Cookes would be perfect! It’s big, lots of storage space {which is something we truly need!} and looks fabulous.

I also have this weird metal sign obession! So once I saw this glorious “Always remember you are loved” sign from Next – it was a must have!

From Next I also spotted this HOME sign & this stunning vintage style hanging frame set. Both must haves as I can just see that home sign above our TV and those beautiful frames filled with family moments.

Lastly I felt we needed something that we could all snuggle underneath, as we have those family movie nights with our popcorn and hot chocolates. The nights are getting colder and this beautiful chunky chenille throw from Debenhams, would be a perfect addition to our living room.

Do you have any rooms in your home that need a little make over? I’d love to hear your thoughts or even your favourite stores to shop for ‘bits’!
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Magical Journals Review & Giveaway

I am a great lover of stationery, anything notebook related has my undivided attention. So when I saw these absolute beauties from Magical World Journals online…
Journals…I was in love and how lucky did I feel when I was given the opportunity to review one aaaaand have not one but TWO of my lucky readers win a magical journal of their choice each! – but more on that shortly.

Out of the four designs you can choose from, I opted for the Vampire. No surprises there really as I have been known to be a bit {excuse the pun} fang lover. Any fang TV series, movie you’ll be sure it’s on my to watch or already watched pile. The soon-to-be-released Dracula movie has me particularly intrigued.
journal1When I saw these journals online, I thought they looked amazing and I had no idea how astounded I would be at the craftmanship of the overall journal, once it arrived. As that’s exactly how I felt, astounded. The soft plastic cover looks amazing, it’s hand painted and the inside….aside from the amazing vampire themed page borders {spiders, webs, creepy tree branches, dripping blood}….but the illustrations in the journal also have this clever way of telling you a story.

I made you guys this little video…The Lure of a Vampire:

The illustrations are pretty awesome right? I was pretty stoked when I realised they weren’t just random doodles, but in fact an eery tale.
DSC_5254DSC_5241The detail on this journal, as a whole is amazing! Check out that wood work, those eery undead fingers slowly opening his slumber fueled coffin….I love it. The back is just as fabulous! The stone work, the web and spider….see for yourself…
journal2This is bar far my favourite of all of my journals, which I have become sort of a weird collector of. I don’t know if I can ever bring myself to use this {yet} as what if I make a mistake…gah! It’s too pretty to use…but perhaps one day I’ll find the ‘perfect’ use for this precious piece on my stationery shelf. Prices ranging from £9.95 to £15.95 – these are a GREAT price and my daughter is already pressing me to ask ‘Santa’ for the Unicorn journal! ;)

So we can all agree on the love of the journals…yes? You’d be insane to not love these….so would you guys like a shot at winning one for yourself? I have TWO up for grabs here….so just fill out the widget below and the best of luck to you!
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The Mad Mid-Week Blog Hop

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If this is your first week finding us then WELCOME! And of course if you’re a regular, thank you so much for coming back week after week to link up your amazing posts with the MMWBH!

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Wow….what a hectic week! We’ve been getting up to all kinds of mischief, from organising Jacobs ‘school buddy’ party that he had over the weekend, to joining in a goodbye celebration of my Brother and his girlfriend flying back out to Oz {oh the shots…} and having a very emotionally fueled 9yr girl.

Also…ALSO…if any shops/stores just happen to read this blog {which I am sure they don’t but hell, I’m going to say it anyway!} Christmas stuff out over a month before Halloween! REALLY!!! Have you guys seen anything Christmassy out recently? I’ve seen decorations and everything! I swear,  I cannot cope and it needs to go away until its an appropriate time to go on the shelves!

Another fabulous thing happened this week, {nothing exciting either, but to me it is!} I had an eye appointment {finally} and after losing my glasses over a week ago {and seriously suffering to you know….SEE!!} I get two new pairs on Thursday! Yippeeee!

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If you do link up please drop me a wee comment to let me know, I love a wee comment so I do! During the course of the week I’ll pop round each of you, comment, tweet & give you a little google+ shout-out too. Because I’m lovely like that! You don’t need to make it round everybody! But sharing the love with a few is all that’s really needed! xx

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A few recent buys

Now and again I love being able to get out on my own, and just have a bloody good nosy round all the wee shops. I love being able to take my time looking at absolutely everything and being dazzled by those little treasures you are lucky enough to come across every so often.

On this particular day I came across loooooads of said ‘little treasures’ and each find just got {for me}, more exciting. Here’s a nosy and my recent buys.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a photo of my gorgeously simple looking candle tealight house recently. It’s divine looking without the candlelight, but with it? Wow…I love, love, love it.
house10681765_676564345762393_989014982_nI picked this little darling up from our local B&M store, and for as little as £2.99 too! Total bargain.

Carrying on my house theme, I found this little beauty…
10625150_675161425902685_1386168552732177576_nI snapped this up straight away as I thought it would make the perfect addition to Ellie’s homework nook desk. All I needed to add to it was a little photo. Which, I was super lucky to get printed at the local Tescos with a kiosk, and it printed out the perfect size too! It was fate!

My next finds was a selection of nautical themed  bits & bobs and I honestly couldn’t help myself!
DSC_5197…and for the sake of £5 – this little bundle of nautical AWESOMENESS was a complete bargain. Perfect final pieces to add to our nautical themed bathrooms.

So there you go, a few of my recent buys! I’ve really enjoyed sharing with you wee treasures that I come across recently – who knows what I’ll buy next!

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Ninja Turtles – Lego Turtle Van Takedown Review

We’re back with another fabulous lego related Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle review – we can’t get enough of these and the children are non-stop raving about them. Although with this product it has a slight twist, as rather it being from the cartoon over on Nickelodeon, these turtles albeit the same guys, just a darker version as they’re the ones from the recent TMNT movie that was released over the summer.
DSC_5154This lego product is aimed at children 6-12yrs and like the others we’ve been sent to construct and review, and as a plus point, I always find these sort of products an excellent way to encourage team building exercises, my two lego master builders love working together on projects like this.
20140804_105203As always the pieces came in set bags {so useful} and the instructions where very easy to read/understand and visually helpful during the construction.
20140804_105152 I’m so proud to just be able to let the children fire away and do their thing. Next thing I know I am being presented with a fabulously finished product that they’ve proudly put together themselves.
DSC_5187This amazingly detailed play set come with a tow rope with hook, launching missiles {big hit with the boy!}, the vehicle itself has double opening doors, again with launching missiles, four characters and more. It’s pretty awesome as my kids have told me time & time again.
DSC_5156 DSC_5157The kids thought the amount of play possiblities with this product is pretty cool. They loved that their heroes could get captured and break out {obviously, they’re heroes!} but they also loved that the badies could be trapped too.
tmntEvery TMNT vehicle needs to have an IT command centre too! Check out the detail on Michealanglo, amazing. I think extra details like that make all the difference. Look at how the bandana straps even line up, no matter the positioning of their heads. Small details people I’m telling you make the biggest difference. Love it.
DSC_5167This product doesn’t just have launching missiles, and multi-opening doors, oh no! There’s also a tower that you can ‘explode’ apart and drag away – officially defeating the baddies!
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The kids also enjoyed the fact that there was a group of figures supplied with this product, not just the obligatory one goodie and one baddie combo. In this pack you get two of each!
DSC_5186DSC_5175The kids did an awesome job of constructing this and they love playing with it too. My eldest daughter has even disassembled it and reassembled it on a few occasions. She has the heart of a master builder for sure! This product would be awesome for any TMNT/Lego fan out there and can be purchased for around £39.99.
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Ordinary Moments – Nap time

Annabelle has been a very grown up little bird and has been enjoying her big girls bed for a good while now. Yes, at nights she’ll toss and turn, but she’ll sleep, and sleep well and that for me is the main thing. However lately…during only her mid-morning nap, she’ll shake off the comfy nature of her big girl bed, and she’ll decide to kip on the floor…
SleeperWhen the clock ticks around the half ten am mark, we’ll head upstairs together. I’ll say those magic words “Let’s go!” and she knows what Mama means. I open the living room and she’ll practically run towards it & head straight for the safety gate. Once that’s opened and the stairs have been laid out before her, she chatter as she climbs. Always stopping to press her face against the bannister to make faces in the hallway mirror. So adorably cute.

Once she reaches the top, she’ll run straight into her bedroom to her bed, grab River and give her a biiiig cuddle. She’ll then open her drawer, reach in and bring out a dummy. I love her little ways and how she’s got into this perfectly darling little routine. I’ll zip & pop her into her grobag and read her, her story book, kiss her squishy cheeks then leave.

Now, kids being kids, she does get up and I will sit downstairs watching/listening via her video monitor. Thirty or so minutes will pass before there is complete silence and as I look on her monitor, her bed is empty and once again I’ll find her on the floor…
sleeper2This is become quite a regular thing. A daily thing in fact and thankfully each time I go up, I’ll scoop her into my arms and lower her into her little bed. Each time she just curls up to River and drifts back off to sleep. So my ordinary moments for this week is just that. Scooping up my little floor snoozer into the comfort of my arms and lowering her into the comfort of her bed.
Sleeper3You cannot deny that the kid looks comfy on the floor though! Poor River has been upgraded from bedtime pal to travel pillow – so she is clearly a very useful bunny pal to have around. Also, do you notice in the photo above, that Annabelle seems to have laid a little blanket over Angela the cat? I’ve never seen her do that before and I just thought it was such a tender and sweet thing for her to do.
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Making memories with Grandad

My Dad has an adventurers heart. It craves the wild outdoors, thrills and most of all….fun. He does 15,000ft tantum sky dives, abseils, sky jumps off 1000ft+ high sky rises and more. I’ve even heard talk about doing a wind walk when he is in Oz seeing my Brother next Winter {Australias summer}. Crazy man. But when he came to celebrate his Grandsons ‘school buddy’ party over the weekend there, who was the first one to take their shoes off after the the bouncy castle guy left? You got it, my Dad!

As I was setting out the party food I hear the words “It has to be done, kid” and I glanced over to see him slipping off his shoes and making a run for the inflatable slide. So funny and this kids went wild!
inflat1inflat2Jacobs face says it all in this photo! But the fun didn’t stop there. My brother who is over from Oz for a few weeks {and sadly goes back tomorrow – boohoo!} just had to get in on the action too! Check out these two eejits!
inflat3inflat5Haha! The look on our Ellies face as if to say “What are they like!” – so funny. But the two big kids got a few more goes before the party guests started to arrive, then they sort of watched from afar and stuck on filling the party bags. Not as much fun as going down the 15ft slide belly first, lol!

It was so wonderful for the kids to see this side of Granda, see the fun that honestly shines inside of him, then obviously Uncle Steve joining in on the madness too! Watching this was by far a magical moment for me…whilst I stood back admiring the fun as I made cupcake towers and party popcorn for little hands with hungry tummies.
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