Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Pretend & Play Post Office set

Look what we received through the post!!!

This was sent to Erin to review by the lovely and very generous bods over at Learning Resources.

Unfortunately for us, Erin is away on holiday until Sunday so while I've had a quick peek inside, we have to wait until she comes back to play with it. So tune in next week to read her review of this fabulous set.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Why can't I enjoy child-free time?

My daughter has been away since Saturday and wont be returning until Sunday. She has gone camping near Wisbech with my mum, my gran, my mum's friend, my gran's friend and my niece. My mum is a seasoned camper and will go in all weather. Me? I prefer my comfort and I count caravanning as 'slumming it'.

Being a single parent with no help from the absent parent, I'm so used to having my children around all the time (I wouldn't have it any other way), so when they go away, I really notice it; the house is quiet, it stays clean and tidy, food is left in the cupboard for days....ok, these are the good points. It's heartbreaking not having those daily kisses and cuddles, especially at night time, when I should be tucking her up into bed. Instead I find myself stood at her bedroom door looking at her empty bed. I miss her laugh, her jokes, the faces she pulls when she's talking.

I keep telling myself that she's in safe hands, my mum has raised 3 children without cause for concern, but this is my baby, a completely different kettle of fish altogether. I also keep telling myself she'll be fine, she's having lots of fun with her grannies and her cousin, she's feeding the chickens and piglets and playing with the other children on the campsite, so stop worrying. But, there's always that niggling voice in the back of my mind saying 'What if something bad happens?'

I'm sure I'm not the only parent to have these terrible thoughts. We know our children are in very safe hands so why do we torment ourselves? Why can't we just enjoy our child-free time?

Thank you

Thank you to each and every one of you who has taken the time to read my blog, it really does mean a lot that others are interested in my ramblings.

I started this blog as a reminder of the adventures we get up to, something to look back on and reminisce. I haven't been the most vigilant about keeping things up to date but I do love my little blog.

Is there anything you would like to see here? Any comments good or bad are most welcome, or even if it's just to say hello, I would love to hear from you all.

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Walking Dead Season 1

I've always be lagging behind in the hype of the latest blockbuster film or the latest must see tv show. I'm not a big tv watcher and would much prefer to spend my evenings unwinding with a good book or listening to music, however the ongoing hype for the American TV programme The Walking Dead has finally gotten to me. My brother raves about it and I see it regularly advertised on social media/networking sites.

I wanted to have a look at some reviews and came across this Website. They summarised the series:

 Based on a comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, a small group of survivors, led by officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), must fight a world full of zombies

I decided to rent the boxset instead of buy it, and last night I managed to watch a few episodes. I didn't have any expectations, were they walking zombies or the new fandangled running zombies? Just how gory was it? And most importantly, were there many jumpy moments? You know the kind, where the music starts getting a little creepier then a zombie jumps out of nowhere, sending your heart racing a mile a second and unable to sleep that night without dreaming of them. No? Must just be me then!!

Anyhow, although I managed to only watch a few episodes, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rick Grimes is a great lead character, the supporting members have been cast well and it has just enough gore for me. The special effects used for the zombies is fantastic, very gruesome looking but not scary at all, which is a big thumbs up for a scardy-cat like me.

My favourite part of the show is the very delicious Norman Reedus, who plays the volatile and short-tempered Daryl Dixon. He's just so pretty to look at and his character adds that little bit extra to an already great cast.

If you haven't seen this series before, but enjoy the odd zombie-filled-guts-and-gore-fest, then I'd recommend it to you.

If you have already watched this series, let me know what you think. Who is your favourite character? What is you favourite and worst part?

I haven't been compensated in any way for this review, this is my own honest opinion.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

I'm loving this weather

My reasons to be cheerful this week are brought to you by the lovely weather we've been having, it's been absolutely gorgeous and what's better, more sunshine and heat has been forecast for the next week.

I feel a lot better in myself when the weather is nice, I like to take myself out for long walks, it keeps me fit but it also helps with my stress and anxiety levels, which is always a good thing. I feel much happier all round; within myself, with other people and with social interaction.

I just hope the sunshine continues for the rest of the month, my daughter is going camping with her granny and her cousin come the first week of the holidays so it'd be nice for them if the weather was nice.

I hope you are all able to enjoy the sunshine while we have it, share those good vibe feelings.

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

Friday, 5 July 2013

Erin's Sports Day

Damian and Erin started at a new school this week, this school is only a 10 minute walk from our house which is much better than the 30 minute walk to their previous school.

Yesterday was Erin's Sport's Day and thankfully the weather played nicely for them. The emphasis was on team effort instead of a competition which I thought was perfect for her age group.

I'd never noticed before what good posture Erin has, but I saw it while she walked around with a small object on her head, it never moved once. I heard another parent comment on it and my first thought was 'That's my girl!!'

It's the Boy's Sport's Day today, I hope he does well too.