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‘Great Garden Moments’ #GreatGardenMoments

I recently saw via Attachment Mummy’s blog that Furniture Village are running a fab competition entitled “Great Garden Moments Competition” and after reading more I couldn’t resist taking part!

They’re giving away a beautiful new Cheltenham garden table and chairs set (worth £1,209), as well as £250 of Waitrose vouchers to enable one lucky winner to host the ultimate summer garden party.

All you have to do is share why you love your garden.

Well for me, I do love my garden, but initially only seeing our house as a stop-gap I didn’t spend as much time investing in the garden as I had at my previous house. My previous garden was landscaped from a bare square patch of grass to include a weatherstone patio, circular lawn with shrubs and plants around it and a circular top patio. We got sun ALL DAY long and weren’t overlooked. It was beautiful. We practically lived in our back garden and had some great get together’s with friends. I LOVED that garden.

My current garden is nice, but needs work and after deciding we are going to stay put a little longer we are gradually starting to invest more time in it (not that we hadn’t done anything initially) we are now just thinking of making bigger changes, such as removing an old water feature that was put in by the present owner and extending the patio.

In the early summer we got in March I visited a local garden centre and stocked up on more plants and really overhauled it after the it had been neglected somewhat over the cold winter months. I have to say it is really starting to look colourful and a whole lot improved already.

We had some time off in May and were lucky enought to get the red hot beautiful weather again! We bought our little girl a sand and water table to go with her slide and as the weather was beautiful we once again lived in the back garden for most of the day as you will see by my photos we had great fun.

The icing on the cake to our summer “Great Garden Moments” would be a fab patio set to replace my rickety one so we can sit as a family and really enjoy outdoor living… well my entry is in now for the “Great Garden Moments Competition”… now all I can do is hope!

Happy Summer one and all

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Keeping Your Pregnancy a Secret in the First 12 Weeks

You’ve taken the test and it’s positive. It’s official, you’re pregnant! You want to scream it from the roof tops, jump for joy and dance down your street, but tradition has it that you wait till you’re given the all clear at the 12 week scan.

How do you hide your news for all those weeks without bursting at the seams (literally in some cases) or giving it away with an ashen face and mad dashes to the ladies room!?

This week I am guest posting on Wriggly Rascals with my experience and suggestions of how to avoid spilling the beans to help other mums-to-be wanting to know how to keep their news a secret. Please do hop across and take a look at my post, see how I kept schtum and complete the survey and share your own experiences too to help others.

About Wriggly Rascals:

Wriggly Rascals was set up by Shona Motherwell, a frustrated mum of twins Mhairi and Archie to get mums together to share pregnancy, baby and toddler advice via quick surveys to get the facts about what other mums do. Mums pass on loads of great tips to others who have asked for help. If you would like some advice get in touch at www.wrigglyrascals.com

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See It Snap It Love It – Peace & Quiet #Seeitsnapitloveit

This week the lovley Lucy across at Dear Beautiful Boy is once again hosting her fab linky See It Snap It Love It

The theme this week is “Peace and Quiet”

and the instant image that sprung to my mind was this…

This was taken on our honeymoon in Mauritius and to me epitomises my perfect Peace and Quiet.

What is your perfect peace and quiet?

Why not link up across at Dear Beautiful Boy and share?

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The Gallery: Hands

This week’s The Gallery theme over at Sticky Fingers Blog is “Hands”

I have to admit, I didn’t really have to think much about the photo I would share, I knew instantly…

This photo was taken on our wedding day, it was our first drink as husband and wife, symbolising the celebration of our new life together.

What  do your hands say?

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Netmums United Kindmums – Knock on a Neighbour’s Door

The latest United Kindmums step is to Knock on a Neighbour’s door and I am pleased to say I have done this twice recently.

The first time was to introduce myself to a new mum that had moved into the street and to invite her to my Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning I was holding in aid of CLIC Sargent. I didn’t know her but heard she had a little girl around my daughter’s age and thought it might be nice to get to know her. The move was a positive one and she came along and stayed, getting to know other mummy neighbours at the same time.

I also arranged a last minute jubilee street party with some of my mummy neighbours and I decided to let our other neighbours know (all 20+) and invite them to join in. Half a dozen families came a long and all the kids had a great time playing. It was fab to get to know the parents too. Everyone was really pleased that the event had been organised and came over to introduce themselves and say thank you. I think it provided a great opportunity to meet new people and we are already planning future events.

So… you see… it really can work! Why not give it a try? Join United Kindmums and Knock on a Neighbours Door… you may be pleasantly surprised with the result!

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#PrettyLittleThing – Calming Comforters

 

The lovley Lisa at Hollybobb’s and Love From Mummy are once again hosting the fab linky that is Pretty.Little.Things and this week’s theme is Calming Comforter.

My daughter has two bunny comforters that have been with her in bed since almost day one. They are there waiting for her every night and I always have to have a chat with them about what she’s been up to that day and check that they are going to give her big kisses and cuddles to help her sleep. It’s like a little ritual, a bunny chat before bed!

This pic is only of one of the bunnies but it just makes me laugh. We went up in her room one night and this is how we found her!

If you want to join in Pretty.Little.Things it’s being hosted this week across at Hollybobb’s blog so why not “hop” over (excuse the pun) and join in!

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Book Review: Peepo! #FictionFriday

It’s that time of the week again where we hop on board with @Home Dad and join in his#FictionFriday blog hop

This week I’ve decided to feature Peepo! (Janet and Allan Ahlberg)

I have to be honest I wasn’t sure about this book’s old fashioned style at first but it has really grown on me andit is currently one of my daughter’s favourites. Really sweet book, I’d recommend it!

If you like book reviews why not check out @ Homedad’s Fiction Friday’s

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I am Supporting Team GB with NEXT

I was recently lucky enough to be sent a Next Official Paralympics scarf to try out and wear with pride in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of their Wear It, Wave It, Win With It campaign

Next are the official clothing and homeware sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games and have a fab range of clothing and merchandise as you will have already seen featured in my Flying the Flag – Red, White and Blue Crazy post.

The scarf comes in two different styles. The one I was sent (see image above) has been designed with the concept of “Ice in your mind, fire in your belly” It features a hand painted lion as a visual reflection of a quote that describes the sheer courage, talent and determination of our Great British Athletes. If you look closely you’ll also see there are 60 hands to symbolise the athletes’ sixty million supporters and the map of Great Britain.

It is available in two different sizes, small (50cm x 50cm) priced at £5- which is what I was sent, and large (90 cm x 90cm), priced at £10.

So, I thought I’d join in the fun and have a go and see how many ways I could wear the scarf and here’s what I came up with…

If you opt for the larger scarf you could also wear it as a belt , a top or a sarong but I’m afraid mine didn’t quite stretch that far so here’s one modelled by a much slimmer lady!

All profits from the sale of these items will be donated to the British Olympic Association – helping British Olympic and Paralympic athletes deliver their best performance at London 2012 and beyond. So why not pop along to your local Next store or hop online and grab your scarf to show your support too!

 

Disclaimer – I was sent the scarf by Next Bloggers Network as part of their campaign / competition. This is not a paid for post.

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Terrible Twosday – Meltdowns and Poo Gate

Well after the last week I have had I had to share a few of the highlight’s I’ve had with my lovely little delight as part of The Crumby Mummy’s Terrible Twosday.

On Sunday I headed across to my mum and dad’s for father’s day as my hubby was at work all day. Mum and dad were going to a local event and asked if we wanted to join them. They were initially going to take my little girl so I could have a bit of a rest and an hour or so to myself but at the last minute I decided to join them.

On arrival at the event my little angel developed devil horns and went into a huge meltdown just being generally awkward and very very loud. She didn’t want to stand and we had left the buggy in the car, she insisted on being picked up, but only by me and no one else and even when I did that she fought to pull away from me and even when she didn’t I could only hold her for so long because of my hips and back and when I tried to release her she clamped herself tightly to me. I basically couldn’t appease her no matter what I did and it was starting to get really stressful, what made it worse was at one point I looked up and saw my little girl’s nursery nurse and her family looking back across at me. She smiled and waved but I just wanted the ground to swallow me up as my snotty, hysterical, red eyed daughter clung to my leg wailing like a banshee!

On arrival back at my mum and dad’s, with a now very calm and contented daughter we sat down for our tea, with guests from abroad and my aunty and uncle only for my daughter to announce “poo poo”. I took her upstairs and to my amazement we had our first number two in a potty! I was so busy wondering how to extract it from the potty that I left my daughter on her change mat on the floor nappy free… big mistake, I came back to find we had had a number one accident. I let out a “noooo” and this resulted in my daughter bursting into tears, getting hysterical again and me having to strip her off completely and try to calm her! All this as people sat below politely ignoring the shenanigans and carrying on with their meal!

Just before we left for home that night I was once again told “poo poo” only this time it had already happened in the nappy. What I wasn’t banking on was her shoving her hands down there and rolling across and reaching out for my parents spare bed duvet as I turned away to get a wipe out! “argh!” I explained only this time it wasn’t followed by tears and I did manage to catch her in time thank god! Needless to say I was glad to get home, hand over my little angel to hubby for bath time and take a big sigh of relief. What a day it had been!

However… my week of tantrums and delights didn’t end there.

Today, I decided my daughter could have one of her birthday presents early to make the most of it and I set about putting together her mini trampoline. She had a go on our neighbour’s larger trampoline during the jubilee celebrations and I haven’t heard the end of it so I thought it would keep her happy.

However! Once the frame was constructed and I began to put the base in place my daughter soon realised what it was and was desperately trying to climb on to it when it wasn’t yet finished. As I fought off the advancing and very determined toddler, in the blazing heat, time and time again, she got more frustrated and it resulted in the hugest melt down I have seen in a while. Ear-piercing screaming, tears, drooling… the works! Trying to pull bungee cord through loops and tie it tightly with a child hovering in your face is not easy and not that relaxing! Luckily my mum had come across so I thrust my daughter in her direction once we had managed to do the main task and asked “please take her out of my face for five minutes!”

I finally finished the task in hand only to find the base goes on a certain way to sit around the jump handle at the front and guess which idiot hadn’t realised that! Oh well, so the bottom doesn’t quite sit right… it will have to do as I am soooo not taking it all apart now! I blame the hysterics I had to put up with anyway for distracting me!

Amazingly, once my daughter heard the trampoline was finished the tears vanished, she flung herself on to it and jumped and laughed with glee for the rest of the day!

See some stories do have a happy ending!

I am hoping the week improves somewhat! What have your little treasures been up to? Why not hop over to The Crumby Mummy’s Terrible Twosday and share your woes!

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See It Snap It Love It – Messy

This week’s See It Snap It Love It theme hosted by the lovely Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy is “Messy”

I couldn’t help but share this pic of fun we had a long time ago now at a Messy Play session.

If you are intrigued as to what the contents are it is in fact mashed potato! Yum!

The concept and exploration of texture (and taste!) was great, it was the cleaning it off that I didn’t enjoy!

If you want to join in why not hop on over to Lucy’s blog and link up your pictures

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