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Support is a rare thing, sometime you find it everywhere and others I have noticed become nonexistent, I am now coming up to my second year of publicly sharing my posts online and actively posting and talking to a group of people on twitter and around the community known as blogging and there is one thing I have noticed above all else is how mean some people can be.

So I have decided to share some of my favorite bloggers that I have developed friendships and really enjoyed reading of the past two years.

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My Girls and Me – Becca is one of the loveliest people I have met so far in blogging, shes honest and compassionate and I am so grateful to have gotten to know, her beautiful family are wonderful and I love hearing all the silly things both Miyah and Rosie get up to daily, There is a little plan in place for a meet up in the summer holidays and I just cannot wait.

The Honest Father – Mark might be considered controversial by many but hes such a nice chap and if I am fair, he lives up to his blogging name, he truly is honest and isn’t scared of anyone bringing him down and speaks truthfully about the types of bullshit that can occur in the blogging world.

Lady Writes – I met Chloe in a comment pod, Yes I do use them but I have learnt one thing about being in comment pods is that you find some amazing bloggers that are actually enjoyable to sit and read daily, she has just started up a Youtube channel which you can find here, and she is honestly the most down to earth ‘bigger’ lifestyle blogger I have met and is just utterly beautiful!

Fizzy Peaches – Lyndsay is just wonderful, I have been really enjoying reading her blog, her little family are adorable and they have about to become an even bigger family soon! I couldn’t be more excited for her.

TippyTupps – Vicki reminds me very much of myself, shes funny and has such an adorable family, I love how her blog isn’t just one thing but its her life from food and crafting to books, I have really enjoyed getting to know Vicki over the year.

Bringing Up the Berneys – Becky’s blog is I think the first lot of mum bloggers I started following when I decided to blog more back in early 2017, she has an absolutely adorable family and has just welcomed the cutest little boy into her family and I love seeing him on instagram when she shares videos and is one of the few I personally take time out to sit down and read her blogs when they go live.

Boston Book Reader – Kris is from Boston (if it isn’t obvious) and blogs about books but she also shares vlogs and other little lifestyle videos on her youtube here, I just love having one of her vlogs open while I cook lunch for the children and her book reviews are great! plus if you need some advice about crystals then shes the girl for you.

Busy Bee Mummy Bex – I know Rebecca through Instagram and through the BCApril16 lot, she has a fantastic blog that she set up after having her second child Hugo who has Bilateral Talipes to bring awareness to it, and you can read all through her life dealing with it from doctors appointments and other things life throws at you, Bex is my blogging inspiration and her instagram is goals!

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That’s enough of me rabbiting on about my favorites, who are yours?

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Valentines day isn’t something that me and Mr S bother doing, I remember talking to him when we first started dating about how we would just keep special days like our anniversary to share gifts and celebrate and that we both felt that it was a bit of a money making scheme but I do make an exception with handmade gifts.. which I feel shows more love than a cheap card from a store or some flowers that will die in a few days (I wont say no to chocolates of course 😉) but it doesn’t take away from the fact that I don’t enjoy seeing others share their beautiful gifts they get, I just feel personally that handmade is always the way to go when gift giving, that little extra something or that smudge of a finger print.

You may have seen my little review of the wonderfully fun Gel-A-Peel that I did last week which you can view here where I was asked to let Amelia’s creative juices flow and design her own diary, which she is now drawing in daily, I asked to again design away and make something for valentines day so we both got our design hats on and made some cute envelopes for Daddy!

I seriously love this stuff, its basically a silicone type substance that you can easily write with and make pictures and once its dry it goes into a rubbery texture and what I found wonderful about it all is the fact that the kits come with molds to create your own jewelry too that is handy if your child, like my Amelia cannot wear certain metals because they cause a allergic reaction.

To write I traced out the letters so that she could draw around them but everything else is completely by her hand and as I said in the previous post that once things are dry and you aren’t happy with how they look it is so easy to just peel (its there in the name) away and try it again, but make sure you leave a good 24 hours for everything to be completely dry or it will just smudge.

The only thing I will say about this product is that it can cause irritation to the skin, there are warning labels on it so make sure that you follow the instructions and directions correctly and always supervise your child when creating.


One very happy creative Valentine!

 

 

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This product was sent to me for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have been tagged in a wonderful little get to know you kind of tag, I love tags as they just give you an opportunity to take time out with prepping and planning and simply slow down. I want to thank the wonderful Angela who tagged me, you can find her blog here and her Sunshine Blogger post here and seeing that I have been pretty much sick with a bad cold and chest infection for the past week and haven’t really had the time or the energy to sit down and write anything besides ‘ugghh i’m sick’ on my twitter.

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// RULES //

  1. Thank the blogger/s who have nominated you in your post and also link their sunshine blogger post to.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger has left for you.
  3.  Nominate 11 other bloggers to receive the award.
  4. Write them 11 questions
  5. Include the rules and display the logo within your post.

// Questions & Answers //

  1. Why did you start blogging? – I used to blog years and years ago but in private, I had started reading a few blogs here and there on twitter and was inspired to start it up again, it felt like it would be a wonderful way to document days out other things to look back on in future.
  2. What has been your most successful post? – A silly post I did about this game called Skyrim.. I put it onto Stumbleupon and it just took off. you can give it a read here
  3. Describe yourself in three words. – Mummy, Gamer, Nerd
  4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go (and why) ? – I would love to visit more of england if I am honest, I dont like flying and I am scared of everything so I’d love to see more of my homeland.
  5. What was the last thing that made you laugh? – Robin saying to Kai ‘Alright Kai?’ when I met them from school.
  6. What is the last thing you watched and why? – The Grand Tour and why because I tend to watch them before I let my children watch them to make sure there aren’t many bad words and frankly I love those three idiots!
  7. If you had a theme song to your life what would it be?– U2 Stuck in a Moment
  8. Are you a morning or night person? – It depends on what night ive had before, some days I can get up and get going and others are just hard work haha
  9. What is your biggest pet peeve? – People who talk and eat at the same time, pisses me off completely, cant you just wait to finish eating before you talk to me?
  10. Which would you give up: Your car or your phone? – Honestly.. I am going to say neither haha
  11. Tell us your most embarrassing moment!– There are far to many to mention haha I am sorry

// QUESTIONS FOR YOU //

  1. What is your Starbucks order?
  2. Who has been your biggest inspiration?
  3. Where is the one place you would love to visit?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  5. Tea or Coffee?
  6. One game that you can waste hours playing?
  7. Favorite film?
  8. Funniest childhood memory?
  9. Biggest blogging goal?
  10. One meal that you would gladly eat every day?
  11. Favorite curse word?

// SUNSHINE BLOGGER NOMINATION //

Becca
Britt
Vicki
Kris

Until next time

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The last time I shared what Robin could say she was the ripe old age of 19 months old and that was back in November of last year, She is now an extremely chatty 21 month old racing towards her second birthday without a sign of stopping, which as you can expect makes me extremely sad that this tiny little thing is now a fully grown toddler, tantrums and all.

Her vocabulary has improved so much in the last few months, she communicates with us fantastically but naturally as shes only 21 months gets frustrated at us because we don’t understand her needs completely, So I thought it would be lovely to look back and see how much has changed since the last time I did this post and will be adding little tip bits of things she can do.

Things she can say –

  • ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ – Gone are the days of dadada and mumumum, she now knows who is who and will address each of us with our names, she even will call for one of us if we are in a store and Mr S or I walk off and she cant see us. its equally cute and annoying at the same time.
  • ‘Dinotrux’ –  This is a show on amazon prime, and its her favorite thing in the world, whenever she knows that amazon prime is about to go on she will start to sing the theme tune and dance about the room.
  • ‘Bottle’ – Which comes out like ‘Bot bot’ and sometimes sounds like ‘Bob’ but after she pointed at her bottle it was clear what she was going on about.
  • ‘Hello’ – if its someone at the door or my alarm going off, everything is answered with a ‘hello’ or ‘hiyah!’ and will grab her little toy phone to say hello and ramble nonsense.
  • ‘Alright’ – This one shes copied directly from me, whenever I collect the children from school I always ask if they are alright and she has taken to saying ‘Alright Kai’ whenever she sees him.
  • ‘Again’ and ‘Up’ – Mr S and are a rough and tumble parents, so my children often go airborne and they have all loved it, she will jump up onto Mr S’s lap and demand to go ‘Up’ and start counting and of course, he happily throws her about with her giggling away

‘Weeeeeeh!’ – Robin

Things she can do –

  • Jump – Something we take for granted now that we are adults but shes mastered it over the past few weeks and proudly shows it to anyone who asks her to do it.
  • climb – Robin is short, compared to other 21 month olds shes at the bottom of the line in terms of height so climbing was one of those things that she took a while to grasp, and now shes always up at the window watching the world go by.
  • Brush her teeth – These all sound so basic and easy but for children the simplest thing can be the hardest, and after watching us do it and have me show her what to do, she will gladly scrub away
  • Brush her hair – I have to hide my hair brushes or she will sit endlessly on the carpet brushing her hair and its very sweet to catch her in silence brushing away.
  • Give the best kisses and cuddles – No description, they’re just lovely and give me all the warm fuzzies.

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It just wonderful to see how much change has happened between now and the last update I did and it continues to make me sad that in two months time she will be two years old, my tiny little bird getting closer to preschool and other things I am just not ready for yet.

Signing off feeling very sad.

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Most parents are a lot more stressed out about what goes on at the school playground, they panic over minor bumps or general injurys but I am a much more of a relaxed ‘whatever’ kind of parent..

I have always been a firm believe in that to avoid tears and a tantrum is to just stand up and brush it off and it has actually helped prevent potential melt downs, I am also one of those people who laugh when something humors happens during a bump, and when you have more than one child its usually caused by either one of them..

Sometimes its both of them together..

Back in 2016, Amelia and Kai had just started going to school together, she had just entered into Reception and he was in year 2, so during the play times at lunch or at break they would still be playing together in the Key Stage 1 playing area of the school, occasionally I would get the trusty red letter home saying either one of them had to have a cold compress on their face/arm/leg and all went into the bin as it wasn’t worth saving.. but the one that DID need saving was this one..

‘Bumped into brother’ 

I couldn’t help but laugh, they both had been running around like headless chickens and collided together and both came home with a note which said the same thing, ‘Bumped into..’ it was a shining moment in our life as a family of more than one child, a humors thing to laugh at and they found it pretty funny too and its now proudly placed onto our fridge as a little reminder of the time two like minded chickens didn’t look where they where going and made mummy laugh.

Have any of your children done things that have just made you laugh? I think I am secretly hoping I am not the only one who cant help but chuckle when a minor accident occurs..

Forever slightly evil..

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