Happy Birthday to Me – bakerdays letterbox cake review

This post is focused on our bakerdays letterbox cake review. I was gifted this wonderfully unique cake, in return for my honest review. To found out what makes this cake unique read more here.

I have received many things through my letterbox in the 10 years we have lived here. (Is it just me or does that sound like the rudest innuendo ever!) Ahem, anyway, my trusty letterbox has, over the years seen nasty council tax bills, charity clothing bags prompting me to have a clear out, and leaflets encouraging me to purchase multiple conservatories, pizzas or garden pruning services.

This month probably saw the letterbox receive one of the best things yet! An amazingly well packed, gorgeously designed and delectably tasting birthday cake pour moi! This cake was ordered by myself, for myself as a delectable birthday treat.

Now, I say I received it through my letterbox because that is how it was intended to be delivered. However, my letterbox had other ideas! Resulting in a little trip the following day to the sorting office to collect said cake. Simple enough one would think, but with a toddler suffering with wingebagitis I dread every attempt to leave the house at the moment.

After collecting the cake, and cursing the postman under my breathe, I decided to try posting it through my letterbox myself. After all, the packing states “I fit through the letterbox”. Now, I’ve always considered my letterbox to be of an average size but the arrival of this cake has revealed something that I must now hold my hands up to. Yes, I must admit, I have a smaller than average letterbox!

bakerdays letterbox cake review

I’m nothing but determined so I kept the cake packaged up through my birthday until I could visit my sisters house. On arriving, I tried to post the cake through her letterbox. It took a bit of manoeuvring (probably more than the postman could be bothered with), but it went through the letterbox. So I can confirm that bakerdays letterbox cake does fit through some letterboxes.

So enough talk of letterboxes. If your mind is as full of innuendo as mine, then all this letterbox talk is completely off the subject.

Back to the cake. Bakerdays offer a very extensive catalogue of designs, sizes and flavours to choose from. The letterbox cake can also be personalised with photos and messages.

Quote from Bakerdays: – “bakerdays is a Personalised Celebration Cake Specialist, providing quality personalised cakes for all occasions. The delicious range of recipes and sizes are available for delivery 6 days a week, and if you order before 2pm, bakerdays can deliver the very next day!”

Imagine ordering one for someone you care for and sending it as a surprise for an occasion be it Birthday, Anniversary, valentines or just because you love them. Either way it will £14.99 well received no doubt. Place your orders here at www.bakerdays.com

I placed an order for the Union Jack Crown Cake in rich chocolate chip flavour. Customised with a picture of my toddler self with the words, “Happy Birthday to Me”. I was impressed with the finished result and it is by far the most personalised cake I’ve ever had.

bakerdays letterbox cake review

The cake, as already mentioned, arrived in a letterbox size box. Inside of this was a pretty tin with air holes, assumably to maintain the cakes freshness. I opened the tin to find the cake wrapped in perforated cellophane.  There was a tab removal system with precise instructions on how to remove the cake without causing damage. For the cake to have withstood the hustle and bustle of the royal mail system, it would have been a huge shame if I destroyed it  at the final hurdle. A thoughtful touch I felt was the addition of  a party streamer, two candles, a balloon and a gift card.

Now for my favourite part, the tasting. The cake was moist and there was a gooeyness to on the base, presumably to hold the cake to the board securely. I kindly chose to share the cake with my mum and two of my three sisters. They all agreed the cake tasted great.

bakerdays letterbox cake review

On reflection, the bakerdays letterbox cake is an excellent concept. I would recommend bakerdays despite my expectations not being met by the cake not fitting through my letterbox.

Was I completely satisfied with the bakerdays letterbox cake? Overall I was happy but it would have been great if it arrived via my letterbox as intended. The cake quality and design was perfect though.

Would I order a bakerdays letterbox cake for a friend or family member? I would consider it.

Do I think the cake is good value for money? Being the thrifty, frugal stay at home mama that I am, I don’t think I could justify spending just under £15 on a 5″ cake. Maybe in the future, if my situation changes.

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Until next time…..

 

A review of Everyman cinema – Beauty and the Beast 2017 #KCACOLS

This post is a review of  Everyman cinema, detailing the experience we had watching Beauty and the Beast, 2017. Please note there will be NO spoilers from the film, so please feel free to read on without hesitation.

Visiting the cinema is something I haven’t done in several years.  To celebrate my birthday, (I totally believe in Birthdays by the way!) I thought it was ideal to try out our new Everyman cinema. I know so many people who claim birthdays are ” just another day”. Not so in my books! Each birthday is a celebration of making it through another year. So many people don’t make it through no choice of their own. To my mind, life is a gift to be celebrated. So I asked my darling mum to have George for several hours. Allowing myself and hubs to have some quality time together.

Our local area has recently received the marvellous addition of an Everyman cinema. If you haven’t heard of Everyman , they are a cinema chain offering a luxury cinema experience. For our film of choice I decided a romantic rendezvous with the hubs wouldn’t be complete without a romantic fairytale ala Beauty and the Beast.

On arrival we approached the desk and informed the lone girl at the counter that we had booked to see the 13:45 viewing online. After determining we were there to see Beauty and the Beast, her interaction with us ceased. I had to ask her for guidance, explaining that we hadn’t been before. It would have been helpful to have been asked if we had visited before and explain how things work.

As we made our way to the main atrium, a selection of boutique styled seating and tables confronted us, along with a bar and several people sitting eating. A quick stop off at the loo revealed all the soap dispensers had ran out. The member of staff I informed was very apologetic and this was rectified when I visited the loos again before we left the cinema. We took a seat in the atrium and began to peruse the menu.

Having done my research, (I’m a stickler for research!) I knew you could order food to have brought to your seat in the screening. Again though, being a total newbie I didn’t know how you went about arranging this.

The barman simply asked for our order so I asked how we arrange for the food to be delivered to our seats. He said he would give us our drinks now and the food would be delivered to our seats. (The film wasn’t due to start for half an hour so in hindsight we should’ve asked for the food there and then). The menu has a choice of pizza, garlic bread, nachos, chips, burgers and hotdogs. With sundaes, brownies and then typical sweets and popcorn for afters. Drinks were varied with upmarket soft drinks, wines, beers, cocktails, coke floats and milkshakes.

We ordered an orange and ginger fentimans for hubs and a chambord royale cocktail for me. We ordered fries with cheese each. Then I ordered a sundae and hubs ordered a brownie. After moseying about for a while with our drinks, we saw ourself to the screening room. You don’t need your tickets checking, unless you want assistance to your seat.

everyman cinema review

After settling down in our comfy, spacious two seater sofa, complete with cuddle cushions, we waited for our food. As we waited for the the trailers to begin, a waitress appeared with my ice cream sundae. Several moments later she appeared again with hubbies brownie and ice cream. We asked her about the fries and she said they wouldn’t be long. We felt it rather unusual to serve us our dessert before our fries. To improve the experience further it would be great if you could order food from your seat too.

By the time the fries arrived the trailers were starting and our ice cream was beginning to melt. I will admit the ice cream sundae was delicious. It came served in a clip top jar and the brownie and fries on a white enamel tray plate. The food was lovely and I can’t fault it. As was my cocktail and the cream soda float hubbie grabbed me during the trailers.

Each sofa has its own little raised side table for your drinks and food. The chairs themselves are firm but cosy. They were so comfy I hardly moved whereas I’m usually such a fidget. A little worried the screening room would smell of all the different foods people were consuming, I couldn’t have been more wrong though. The room had a pleasant and relaxing aroma and was the perfect temperature. Although it’s been years, I always remember trips to the cinema being freezing cold and having to snuggle under my coat.

I also really liked that the two seater sofa forced me and hubs to sit right next to each other. At home we’re separated by a middle seat. It’s the little things that make all the difference. 

Everyman cinema review
The cinema itself was a wonderful experience. And although this may sound like a negative review it really isn’t. I have high expectations and as forgiving as I am I believe these minor details could be improved for the £11 entrance fee. That said, Everyman cinema feels like a super special treat and myself and hubs will defo be returning for some more pampering time. 

We are wondering if maybe the things we experienced would be better if we went during a peak time although often service slacks when places get busy. 

As for the film, I really didn’t know what to expect and I hadn’t done any research on who was in it. I knew Emma Watson was playing Belle but that was it. Her singing surprised me. I was interested to learn that she had three months of singing lessons prior to filming. She was anxious of not sounding great and people not telling her the truth. Her worries were totally unnecessary and she really did the role justice. 

Lumière was probably my most favourite character. And I was utterly surprised at the final credits to discover this was played by Ewen McGregor. The “Be our guest” song was really well produced and surpassed any expectations I may of had about how the film would create the magic I felt watching the animated version. 

Emma Thompson put on a marvellous cockney accent for Mrs Potts and is as motherly and loveable as Angela Lansbury made the original character feel. 

Not forgetting Dan Stevens who spent much time filming on stilts wearing a 40lb costume. He then spent further time in a booth putting together all the facial expression shots to make the Beast a truly spectacular and intriguing character. 

All of the cast were mesmerising and I thought it was just a wonderful film with a fabulous soundtrack that I am going to seek out and if possible, download.

 Hubbie said he enjoyed it but noticed some of the CGI effects which let it down for him. He’s is a skeptical, pessimist and clearly wasn’t as caught up in the enchantment of it as I was. Spellbound and oblivious to any special effects, I got completely absorbed by the love story and even embarrassingly felt emotional at a few points. Soppy old romanticist that I am. 

So if you are stuck for something to do I CAN recommend Beauty and Beast and for a special treat, Everyman cinema is the one! 

Until next time……

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

The Best Job You Will Ever Apply For, Parenthood – The #KCACOLS Linky

Have you ever thought about that one job, the best job that you will ever apply for?

Remember when you saw that new position open within the company you’ve always admired and fantasised over? When you felt so bored of your old work life and wanted something new and exciting, so you applied for that ‘dream’ job. You told all your friends (the discreet ones anyways), about how much you wanted that new job. You tweaked your CV and practised your interview skills. And then the unthinkable happened and you got it! The job you wanted, the best job, was yours,  goodbye dreary old mundane job.

“I’m on my way to an exciting, new challenge” you told yourself.

Everyone around you, friends, family, colleagues became excited for you. Some were sad you would be leaving them but in general you was moving on to do something you had always wanted.
Finally, after much anticipation and wondering what your new job would be like, the day arrives. Will my boss like me? Will he think I work hard enough to make him happy? What if the increased hours are too much on me? The pay is a lot less, will I cope? Is it really the best job?

As the first week in your new role draws to a close, you have mixed feelings. Friends and family are still over the moon that you have embarked on a new stage in your life.

You are feeling pretty exhausted mentally, emotionally and physically. In fact you’ve hardly slept. Your boss gives you mixed signals which you are having trouble getting to grips with deciphering. One minute he’s over the moon with your efforts and all smiles. The next you have clearly done something wrong, although you are oblivious as to what, and he is screaming in your face. You only wish the company had procedures for how to deal with this but it’s up to you to work it for yourself.
Your friends and family give you advice on how they deal with their temperamental bosses but it’s not always helpful. Your boss is his own individual and wants what HE wants not what other bosses are necessarily satisfied with.

As time goes on you settle into your role more. You and your boss come to find common ground. However, he’s still a very changeable character and certainly keeps you on your toes. The pay still isn’t great but there are lots of non monetary benefits.

You have good days and bad, and days where you think about taking another promotion. It involves even more work but your boss would have less control as you would now have a consortium managing your everyday schedules.

Despite always wondering if you did the right thing by taking this job, it’s a fantastic job that you know many long to do. Your efforts are visible daily and you know the company just couldn’t thrive as it does without your input.

The best job is officially titled “Mother” or “Father”. But I prefer my badge to say Mama.

Best job
Until next time……

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

The Friday Bruce Almighty helped me out – That Friday Linky

Friday has arrived. The first thing to recognise about today is that it is my eldest sister’s birthday so shout out to her. She really is the most kind and caring person there is and has always mothered me. Yesterday also marked the birthday of my step sister who is the same age as me. We are 18 days apart. I feel more like we are non biological, Irish twins rather than step sisters. Hate the term step. She’s my sister.
So today has been one of those Fridays where you feel like some kind of superhero. Do you have those days? I think it’s really important to recognise days when you exceed expectations of yourself.
This particular Friday morning I had rather foolishly booked a fringe trim for 9am. George is 2 years old and an only child, whilst I’m a stay at home mum.  So I’m not used to early starts and being out of the door before 9. The person in charge of my
Book of life also decided this morning that my alarm would fail and that I would wake at 7:57am!
With under an hour to get myself and a procrastinating toddler ready, I saw he was a sweaty sticky mess and realised it was my hair washing day and the dry shampoo was something I’d foolishly left off the shopping list. (In truth I read a article a while back about it causing bald patches and I’ve not bought it since, despite loving the magic of the stuff!).
Despite all this. I somehow managed to wash and blow dry my hair. Slap on some minimalist make up. Dress and shower both myself and George. Layer us both up, with a quick kiss sending hubby on his way to work, also unblocking  the driveway for my car to leave.
I’m not sure if some Jim Carrey God type, ala Bruce Almighty, froze time for us this morning but somehow we made it on time. George even forgot to throw his routine tantrum over something ridiculous on the way out of the door.
Arriving at the hairdressers at 9.05am with a dinosaur dangled in front of George’s face to encourage him to run faster, I began to explain my morning. The staff there congratulated me on my achievement.
Big fucking deal I hear you say. Well as I explained at the start, for me, it is. So I subconsciously gave myself a little “you’re fabulous” award before settling down for a quick fringe trim.
Feeling tidy and perfected, I headed to McDonald’s for a breakfast of champions. George got some rather satisfying puddle jumping in and we enjoyed a naughty breakfast treat together. Looking at the clock I realised we had a Hartbeeps class scheduled for 10am.
Pulling up at the village hall for our regular Friday Hartbeeps sesh, I was perfecting my reverse parking manoeuvre when I heard a loud crunch. Those vertical paving slabs that were at the back of the parking bay were closer than I had realised. Again, upon looking, I found no damage. Bruce Almighty must have been at work again.
Hartbeeps was its usual crazy dancing and singing self and we got to spend time with some friends. It’s a franchise that offers classes nationwide. I can fully recommend you try it. It starts as young as a babe in arms.
We finished our crazy morning with a play session at a friends house. I had crazily decided to make some avocado chocolate brownies the night before for us mummies to enjoy. The recipe was in the free Asda magazine. They contain a lot of peanut butter and to be honest it’s hard to taste much else. My friend seemed to enjoy them. I don’t like avocado but I know it has great health benefits so this is a great way for me to sneak it into my diet.
I’m don’t practice any religion or believe in a particular holy being. I actually read an article yesterday that suggests I might be a humanist. The jury is still out on that one. But I can’t help feeling like everything was on our side this Friday morning. It may sound ridiculous but if I do have a guardian angel, they definitely gave me a helping hand this morning.
Wishing you all a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. Achieve what you can and give yourself credit where credit is due.
Until next time……
 This post was taking part in #ThatFridayLinky . Organised by Twin Mummy and Daddy
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Friday, Bruce Almighty, Breakfast, Brownies and Hartbeeps.

World Book Day – A review of Harold Huxley and Friends by Emma R McNally

World Book Day is upon us so what better time to tell you all about an author I met at the local Christmas Fayre at the end of last year.

Emma R McNally is the Essex based author and illustrator of Harold Huxley and friends. Her books are aimed at children aged between 3 and 7 years but we have enjoyed reading them to a two year old George. She’s such a lovely, smiley, friendly lady, and we spent time at the fayre chatting to her and her partner before purchasing 4 books from her series. All of which she kindly signed for us.

World book day
To start with, let me tell you about the books. We chose 3 of the Harold Huxley rhyming picture books. Book 2, Dragons can fly! Book 4, The snow creatures’ secret. And Book 5, the magical beeley bugs. Each book follow Harold the ‘househog’ , and his best friend Lamb. We follow them on their amazing adventures, encountering dragons, magical flower colouring bugs and snow creatures.

Both my husband and I love reading these rhyming books as they can almost turn into a song. They are also a great way to help George’s learning as we often get him to repeat the last word of the rhyme and the next time we read the book, see if he can remember what it is before we say it. He usually astounds us. The books feel very personal as you know Emma has been fully involved by both writing and illustrating the stories.

World book day
Finally, the fourth book we purchased was ‘The Cloudosaurus Rex’. George being a dinosaur fan led us towards this title. Emma categorises this book as a rhyming picture book with actions. It’s all about the Cloudosaurus, who lives in the sky. His mood that day determines what weather we will have. The book has a repeating theme on each page, directing the reader to follow certain actions;

“Stand on one leg and close one eye.

Tilt your head and look to the sky.

Can you see him? what is his mood?

Should we wear sandals or a snuggly snood?”

it’s a pleasure to watch George enjoying taking part in these actions. As the rhyme continues we have even found a way of incorporating the cat into it by giving her a little scratchy rub on the head as we say snood.

World book day

Most notably Emma has recently announced that she is releasing two new titles aiming to be published in time for Easter 2017. To keep up to date with everything going on in the world of Emma and her books, visit The Adventures of Harold Huxley

It may seem like this review is rather discreet in the information I am giving regarding the books, but I wouldn’t like to spoil the stories for you.

Overall, I feel these will be a part of our reading favs for a while to come, as George ages and learns to read himself. The layout of the books is perfect and the text is large and easy to follow. The pictures have a hand-drawn quality about them and make the story easy for little ones to follow. George particularly enjoyed looking for the hidden spider on each page of the ‘Dragons can Fly’ book.

World book day

I can certainly recommend them. If you purchase them via the website (link above) Emma will send you a personalised signed copy.

Have a wonderful World book day, hopefully discovering new books for you and your little one to enjoy.

Until next time…..

The Natural History Museum – London. A toddler’s experience

Here’s a little run down of our day out at The Natural History Museum in London and our first experience there with a toddler in tow.

A physio appointment for myself brought us all to London for the day. Making the most of our train ticket we thought we would introduce a two year old George to the wonders of the Natural History museum. The museum is easy to get to by tube by most tube stations in this area are not pushchair or wheelchair friendly as they are steps and escalators.

natural history museum

Having refused to nap all day, George wasn’t feeling overly energetic and spent a lot of time at the natural history museum just chilling on Daddy’s shoulders or in the pushchair. Nonetheless he seemed thoroughly fascinated by a lot of what he was seeing. You could see his little mind drinking it all in.

natural history museum

The mammals section of the museum was particularly popular with an abundance of different size stuffed animals and birds. There’s also a human biology section where there were plenty of levers and buttons for George to press and pull to make himself feel useful with. I don’t think he understood what most of them were for. In the creepy crawlies section there were lots of older children using magnifying glasses to inspect insects and arachnids encased in small Perspex cubes. There was also a very large moving scorpion to scare the wotsits out of any passing child.

natural history museum

The most interesting of sections for us was the hall displaying various complete dinosaur skeletons. As well as the centrepiece being focused on various mammals and the late blue whale. It was round a very noisy corner of this hall that we discovered a huge crowd drawn to a life size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. We spent some time admiring him and watching him move on the spot and roar at various intervals. George was very dubious of the T-Rex but remained tear free thanks to some reassurance from Mummy that the dinosaur was just saying ‘Hello’.

natural history museum

There was plenty more that we didn’t see as we wanted a leisurely day and reason to return in the future. We did enquire where the large hall was containing a huge diplodocus skeleton. Something I remembered from my childhood. The museum worker informed me that at present the great hall is having a redevelopment and when it reopens it will contain the great blue whale. More information here Hintze Hall redevelopment.

Meanwhile Dippy the diplodocus is due to start a 3 year tour at the start of 2018. This was slightly disappointing as I think George would have been in awe of the scale. Plus it’s his favourite dinosaur. It’s something I could’ve found out if I had checked in advance. We are looking forward to returning once the redeveloped Hintze Hall is complete.

Dippy the Diplodocus Tour Dates and Locations

Now let’s get to food. My favourite part. There was a fab range of shopping and eating facilities within the building. We chose to eat in The Kitchen. Special kids lunch packs were on offer hut George is particularly fussy so snacked on a selection we too with us. We had the choice of lovely fresh cooked pies and alike. The also did lovely crusted sole fillets if your kiddie wanted a cooked meal. We opted for amazingly delicious wraps which were £7.95 but came with your choice of two side salads. Now when I say salad, I’m not talking some chopped iceberg and a bit of cucumber. I chose the delicious cherry tomato and mozzarella ball salad tossed in pesto. As well as the roasted sweet potato salad and was served 4 large wedges. The food was amazingly good quality and the wrapped was stuffed to busting point. With two salads included in the price, £7.95 is very reasonable. Drinks included wine, prosecco, cordials and San pellegrino. My fav! Although it’s worth noting they have a free water drinks dispenser at the cutlery station. For dessert hubby had a honey and yoghurt cheesecake which he was raving about for hours. I had a scrumptious crispy road. A slab of rocky road style treat with maltesers, rice crispies and smarties. It was utterly delectable. We later found a restaurant called the jungle grill which did burgers, pizza and steak. With two arguing animatronic dinosaurs at the entrance to the restaurant they were definitely a crowd puller. The restaurant appeared colourful and great for kids.

Natural history museum

Overall we had a fun filled day with plenty of exercise. I may not have included everything in this review but I have given my verdict on the areas I experienced.

Until next time……..

Life with a toddler – the 2014 model 

Does anyone else have a toddler, the male, 2014 model? It came with the early speech development add on already installed. The only reason I enquire is that I’m not sure if mine has a glitch. 

Let me explain in more detail. It was behaving fairly normally for two years and three months. In the past month though it’s suddenly developed a possible malfunction. It requests certain things and then when I produce these items it then proceeds to go into meltdown. It makes a high pitched whining noise and can often just collapse to the floor demanding the opposite to the thing it just requested. 

Toddler, two
The early speech development add on is useful in these situations in that it helps to determine more quickly, the error which has occurred. But it doesn’t always seem satisfied with my efforts to rectify the error. It can often produce statements which are very contradictory. 

I can’t fault it otherwise. It’s entertaining, the extra cute add on was definitely a wise investment, as was the “heart melting smile” option. It’s very helpful with everyday tasks and responds pretty well to suggestions and commands. 

Toddler, two
It’s pretty fuel efficient in that most of what I try to put into it is rejected and instead it prefers to run on empty. It’s relatively good at recharging itself through the day and night although sometimes I do have to help it during this process. I’m not sure if it was accidentally installed with the “extra reassurance” add on but it doesn’t seem to want to be left alone when recharging. 

Overall I love my male, toddler 2014 model. I am thinking of getting another but maybe hold out for the 2020 toddler model as I’ve heard that it may sync with my 2014 model better. 

If you can offer any tips to helps with these glitches then please do. I’m sure they are only temporary though so I will continue to monitor and document the behaviour for the time being. 

Until next time……

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A romantic evening for three – Valentines with a toddler part two

Hubs arrival home from work is the start of a lovely romantic evening for three. Valentine’s Day with a toddler, part two.
Valentines, romantic
We’ve evaluated the dinner situation over the phone whilst he drives home,and Chinese takeaway is settled on. I was going to struggle to cook with George insisting I sat on the sofa and held his hand. Not objecting just stating it makes cooking difficult. I know these days are numbered.

Ou romantic takeaway unpacked and laid out on our laps, whilst George’s body decides now is the best time to have a poo in front of us. Hubs tries to put something grown up on the tele whilst George screams if we try to turn Iggle Piggle off. Meanwhile I eat with just as clingy a cat propped under my arm. Can cats get colds too?

Dinner done. Iggle Piggle has finally finished, hubby declares “yayyy, we can watch whatever we want!” I insist on more CBeebies as Tom Hardy is just about to grace our screens with the ever popular  and much publicised “Bedtime story”. Everyone is told to be quiet whilst I sit, mouth open (yes really), just analysing every inch of this hunk of gorgeousness whilst he attempts to read a kids bedtime story. I declare that Tom and hubs have exactly the same style beard and on that note, bedtime story is over.

Queue hubs getting up to change the pooey nappy, (my best effort at a valentines present) and I suddenly realise I actually haven’t changed George’s  nappy since I got him dressed that morning. The tantrums and the neediness due to Geo having a cold have distracted me. Hubs is astounded by my lack of carrying out my motherly duties.

Queue me giving hubs his card that tells him just how much I love his willy.

Back in the good books methinks. Who says romance is dead!

Valentines, romantic
Hope your evenings were just as adventurous………

Until the next time……

My funny valentine – Valentines with a toddler part one

🎶My funny valentine

Sweet comic valentine

You make me smile with my heart 🎶

– Frank Sinatra

I thought I’d start with just a few lines from this wonderful song. In honour of the annual celebration of Valentine’s Day  I wanted to share with you my estimation of the day. Do’s, dont’s and couldn’t give a fucks.

  1. Cards -we’ve admitted we have got each other cards. Mine to hubby is actually last years. I bought it, put it in a safe place, forgot where said safe place was, then found it some time in May. The sentiment is the same. It says something about loving his willy (the words on the card, not mine). Although I have been informed by my brother in law that ‘willy’ is soooo not the in thing to say. Apparently those ‘down with the kids’ (I’m in early thirties for fuck sake) now call it the D. The D! Yes, really. Anyways I’m waffling again.
  2. Gifts – we just don’t anymore. We are both watching our weight so choccies are out of the question. Love album Cd’s no. No space for then  and it’s all about the music downloads now. Blimey, I’m old enough to remember making mix tapes! Sexy undies, not planning on staying this size for long so kind of a waste of money.
  3. Flowers – we have three cats and hardly anywhere they can’t get to. One of our cats literally eats everything in sight. When George was born, our bro in law brought us flowers to congratulate us. Before I could get them out of the way she had already eaten a piece of a leaf. It turned it it was a Lily leaf. Cue 3 days in the emergency vets having her kidneys flushed as she was suffering severe poisoning and kidney failure. A £1,300 vet bill later, which was thankfully covered by the insurance, but no thank you. Those gorgeous flowers can stay in the shop.
  4. Going out for a meal. Now this has actually happened. Albeit 2 days prior to the event and with George napping in the pushchair next to the table but this happened. Ok it wasn’t candlelit or anything but we had some quality time together.
  5. The bragging. Now part of me loves the bragging. Seeing the lovely ladies of my life being spoilt all over Facebook. They deserve it. The men. I don’t know. They don’t often tell or they don’t get anything? Who knows. Then there are my single friends. I feel bad that this day is shoved in their faces. Then there are the lovely cards you get sent home from nursery and that’s when I feel like maybe Valentines is for sharing love with everyone,  not just a partner. That is until I see “happy valentines from the cat” in the shop and then I realise how commercially crazy the world has gone.
  6. Quality time – I mean if Valentine’s Day does anything for us it’s to make us feel guilty about not being bothered about spending quality time together just because the calendar says so. I have a cold or a migraine , hubby has had a hard day at the office and a shitty drive home, yet here we are expected to be acting out scenes from the latest 50 shades movie whilst feeding each other chocolate dipped strawberries. The the guilt because what we are actually likely to be doing is eating toad in the hole whilst watching Eastenders and then collapsing in bed with a toddler under one arm and a cat on each foot.
  7. Surprises – waiting for a knock at the door or a delivery to the office. A walking balloon in a box that never comes or a large bouquet of flowers. It’s not gonna happen so I’ll switch anticipation mode off now.
  8. Proposals – myself and most of my family and friends are already married or engaged so there’s few proposals expected. Sadly for me, as I am a bit of a wedding-a-holic.
  9. Spa days – ah yes the spa day. I would actually love a spa day. But I’m thrifty. I want the most I can get for as little money as possible. Just the word ‘Valentines’ added to a spa package will no doubt bump the price up a fair bit straight away. I’d rather we waited and went during a non commercial rip off period
  10. ❤️ Love ❤️ – save the best for last as they say. No matter what you think about Valentine’s Day, I will use it as an opportunity to think about how much I love hubster. We all have been known to take our other half for granted and when you’ve been together 18 and a half years it’s bound to happen. But I love to stop and remind myself why we fell in love. So maybe we will take the evening to watch our wedding video or just talk about the days when we first got together.

Wishing you all a wonderful day whatever you do.

Happy Valentines.

Until next time……

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Reasons to smile – the happy side of parenting. 

I’ve decided to share with you a few reasons to smile if you are a parent of a toddler. Sharing’s caring and all that, and if I make you smile then let me know. I’m a people pleaser so if I make someone happy, that’s makes me happy.

In this crazy world of parenting, I feel like a good majority get far too hung up on the negatives. Lack of sleep, lack of time to yourself, lack of time full stop, non stop mess to tidy, our bodies getting wrecked by these tiny beings blah blah blah. The list goes on.

Parenting does have this little known Happy sidento it. Very, very rarely though do I hear parents talking about it. When asked how they are,  parents often respond with something negative about their child, myself included. It just seems to be the norm now that if someone asks a parent “hi, how are you?” , the response is more often than not related to the child and what terrible phase or stage they are at. Well I’m here to change this trend!

Yes my toddler can drive me up the wall and sometimes I can’t wait to hand him over to someone else for an hour. But this post is to acknowledge how much happiness he brings to my life regardless of any of the struggle parenthood brings.

Kids say the funniest things. Here are some of the classics George has made me giggle with recently.

“where the fuck have you been?”. Said to me after I popped downstairs to grab my drink and bring it upstairs where we were playing. I have to admit I am guilty of saying this word a lot. Naughty mummy, I’m trying to stop I promise.
“I not go ‘flying’ through the windscreen because I don’t have wings!”. This was in response to me explaining why he needed to wear his car seat straps as in a crash he may go flying.
“Don’t worry mummy, I make you better”. Approaching me with his doctors kit after I said I had a migraine.
“Sockies don’t be scared, let’s be friends yeah”. To our cat who isn’t scared of him but the other two run away from him.
“Oh, what’s that noise outside, it’s a girl, she’s sad, she wants me to play with her”. Randomly said during an evening bath.
“Stop singing Daddy’s song!” Whilst singing Queen, Don’t stop me now. This is mine and my sisters karaoke song! When I smiled at him he questioned it! Kids! Always a “what” and a “why” to throw my way.

George is an adorable singer. At not far past two years old, he knows a variety of songs, some old school nursery rhymes and some theme tunes from his favourite TV shows. He often gets me to sing it and then says, “sing it again”. This happens about three times as he watches me intently, learning the words, then sings along with me. It’s adorable. Plus I love having a mini singing buddy and feeling like a superstar when he watches me so intently.

He now gets very excited by the arrival of daylight, jumping up and down on the bed trying to wake us up saying “wake up mummy, daddy, it’s morning time!” He will also put his head under the duvet or crawl under my pillows and declare that he’s hiding. I love his enthusiasm and world of wonderment.


So my challenge to you is to try and share something positive about parenthood next time you are asked.

I fully support sharing all emotions, following the belief that sharing is caring no matter what feeling you share. I am a huge promoter of positivity and optimism though and this post aims to show this.

Until next time……

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Life through the overactive imagination of one ordinary girl turned mummy.