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Flying the Flag – Red, White and Blue Crazy

With the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics fast approaching the red, white and blue is coming out in full force! There’s a host of goodies emblazoned with the union jack and red, white or blue and I’ve been utilising good old Pinterest to see what delights are on offer and thought I would compile a few collections of what’s on offer to help fly the flag for Britain.

Hope you enjoy!

KIDS WEAR FROM NEXT

WOMEN’S WEAR FROM NEXT

MEN’S WEAR FROM NEXT

PARTY SUPPLIES FROM PEEKS

COSTUME IDEAS FROM A VARIETY OF OUTLETS

The above costume outfits are from Very.co.uk, Matalan, Carnival Store and The Online Joke Shop (you must check out their Captain Britannia costume! It’s a feast for the eyes!)

Happy Jubilee and Olympics everyone, Rule Britannia!

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Rainy Day Brick Building Challenge

So as the weather has been a bit miserable of late we took to setting a family challenge (mostly completed by mummy and daddy as our little girl is still a little young) to make masterpieces out of building bricks.

First up mummy decided to make to make the Empire State Building…

However not content with it’s height I decided to stack it up a little…

and then a little bit more….

I was very impressed with myself. Until…. Destructor Toddler did a demolishing job… with one fell swoop it was down!…

Daddy then stepped in to put me to shame and worked his creative magic, producing a dinosaur (which our little girl was very impressed with)….

and then a crocodile (which she carried around with her for the next hour)…

He did also make a rather amazing scorpion too (a challenge I had set thinking he wouldn’t manage that one). However I kind of accidentally broke it… it was a mistake honest! So no pic of that one… but very impressive!

All in all this managed to fill at least an hour or two…

It’s amazing how a tub of small bricks can entertain for so long!

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The Joy of Swimming

When I saw that BritMums were hosting a  Joy of Swimming Competition, sponsored by British Gas I just knew I had to take part, so here’s my entry

One of my first ever posts on my blog was entitled Baby Swimming an Amazing and Most Valuable Life Lesson. In this post I documented the importance of taking your baby swimming from an early ages and the benefits it has.

As a child I was born (in the 1970’s) without a ball joint in my hip. I was a bit of a complicated and problematic case and the doctors recommended my mum took me swimming every day as it was the best form of exercise for me and would help to strengthen my muscles and potentially help a ball joint to form, without exerting too much pressure on my joints or young body.

My mum did exactly as the doctors ordered and took me swimming most days for a year and then continued to take me several times a week after that for years. The swimming did in fact help me, it didn’t correct everything but that is a whole different story, but it helped.

I absolutely LOVED going swimming, you could say I was a true water baby! The staff at the local leisure centre knew me well and I actually took my first steps in the cafe there when I was two years old. Once I could walk, there was no stopping me, I dragged my mum from the carpark to the changing rooms every time in total excitement!

The local press were interested in my story at the time and came to take pictures of my mum and I and this is a key memory I have so I thought I would share the picture they took with you. (Wasn’t I a cutie???)

Every year we would go on holiday to the Lake District too and the complex would have a swimming pool. I would drag my parents to the pool before we had even had chance to check in and we couldn’t leave without one last trip to the pool before we headed home (even if it meant soggy swimming costumes in the back of the car and the smell of chlorine all the way)! I was lucky enough to take my daughter to the same place for her first holiday last year and the first thing I did was take her swimming in true family tradition!

Over the years I have regularly taken part in Swimathon’s to raise money for charitable causes, the most recent being back in 2008 when I raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. My disability has deteriorated in recent years and gym work outs and walking any distance just aren’t possible so swimming remains the one thing I can do to keep fit as the water supports my body. If I were to win the lottery my one wish would be to be able to buy a house with a swimming pool, if I could do that I would swim morning and night and encourage my children to swim with me too. In fact, I think I may have a mermaid gene in me somewhere down the line!?

Needless to say, as you can see I am unbelievably pro swimming, (as my previous post shows). I had my daughter signed up to a local WaterBabies class before she was even born and we started the lessons at 6 months! To watch my daughter swim under water for the  first time was incredible, and I was thrilled when she mastered the life-saving hold on technique whiich would enable her to hold on to the side of a pool should she fall in.

I think teaching children to have confidence in the water and overall, teaching them to swim, is one of the most valuable life lessons and skills that you can give to them and I would recommend taking your child swimming from an early age to anyone. My previous post has a lot of links to research and stats regarding the benefits of swimming, it highlights how it can help children’s development potential in later life, their balance and obviously safety and life saving aspects of reducing the chances of drowning so please do take the time to have a read.

If this wasn’t motivation enough for you, as part of their support for British Swimming British Gas are offering everyone the chance to enjoy free swims and a range of other exciting activities this summer. Just hop on over to their site to find out what activities are on offer in your area.

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My Little Girl is Officially a Member of the Most Prestigious Bunny Club!

So this morning my little girl got a fab surprise in the post from the lovely Clara Vulliamy from Sunny Side Up, in the form of her very own membership pack for the Martha and the Bunny Brothers Happy Bunny Club.

She was so excited and eagerly opened the parcel to see what was inside.

Clara had very kindly sent a lovely card, personally written to my little girl, with an official Martha and the Bunny Brothers Happy Bunny Club certificate, badge, stickers and chocolate bunny.

We immediately had to put the badge on and my little girl proudly walked around the room clutching her card and certificate.

If you haven’t already seen Clara has just launched her new book, “Martha and the Bunny Brothers I Heart School” a wonderful tale of the positive side of going to school with Martha the bunny getting ready for her first day at school. Martha is really excited and deciding what to wear but knows that her bunny brothers are going to miss her lots so she has a brilliant idea!

To find out more why not ‘hop’ on over to Clara’s blog to find out more and sign up to the Happy Bunny Club yourselves

You can also find the book on Amazon

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I Did Something Yummy for CLIC Sargent

Well, this weekend was my Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning in aid of CLIC Sargent (the children’s cancer charity). I’d spent 3 weeks arranging the event after I’d seen the campaign advertised in a magazine.

I canvassed lots of people I knew and invited them along and managed to get a host of fantastic prizes for a raffle, including a fabulous art set from Muralart, Jamie @ Home, Partylite, Avon and Phoenix Cards prizes, as well as a baby sign language voucher and spray tan voucher.

We had a truly gorgeous day for it so were able to open up into the garden, thank god as I had gone a little overboard on the numbers I’d invited! My fab neighbour lent me chairs for both inside and outside and I set up the swing and slide for any little people attending.

Inside I had areas set up for a Partylite candle pool with a percentage of the takings going to CLIC Sargent as they are their nominated charity, a Phoenix Cards box for people to purchase cards from (again with a percentage donated to the charity) and a Jamie @ Home stall not to mention the fab cake stall! I’d asked everyone to bring cakes and boy did they bring cakes!!!! In fact I still have cakes left! Lots of cakes!!!!

Unfortunately in the run up to the event a few people contacted me to say they weren’t able to come for a variety of reasons, which meant numbers attending did drop somewhat (I don’t know if that was a blessing for the space I have or disappointing that we could have possibly made even more money), however the support from those that were able to come, or couldn’t come but still supplied cakes or donated money in advance was fantastic and we raised an amazing £150!

I am thrilled to be able to send the money across to CLIC Sargent, knowing that it will make a significant difference to many little lives. It only takes £20 to supply a play specialist, who through the use of toys helps children undergoing treatment understand what is happening and will happen to them, so our £150 will be able to help put quite a few children’s minds at ease in what must be a very scary time in their lives and that means a lot to me knowing that we have been able to do that!

I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone that got involved! Having been involved this year I am sure I will sign up again next year to Do Something Yummy

If you did something yummy too why not share it with us and hopefully we can encourage more people to sign up next year!?

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Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning

The stage is set, bring on the yummy mummy’s for the CLIC Sargent Yummy Mummy Coffee Morning as part of Yummy Mummy Week. #dosomethingyummy

Yummy Mummy Week  takes place 10-18th March 2012. Yummy Mummy and is a week long fundraising event where mums are being asked to get together with friends and family and ‘do something yummy’ for CLIC Sargent.Tomorrow I am hosting a coffee morning for this amazing cause and hoping to raise lots of money!

CLIC Sargent provide invaluable support to children with cancer and their families.

No matter how much raised all monies help make a difference to people who are going through a very very difficult time in their lives.

£20 could pay for a CLIC Sargent Play Specialist to help a young person undergoing treatment by using toys and photo’s to explain what will happen.

£400 could pay for a family to stay at a CLIC Sargent Home from Home for a fortnight, so they can stay together near the hospital during treatment.

I’ve raised money for various causes over the years including Tommy’s baby charity and Marie Curie Cancer Care and like knowing that I am making a difference and helping others. I hope to regularly take part in CLIC Sargent’s Yummy Mummy Week and make it bigger and better each time!

I’ll report back on how we get on but in the meantime why not check out more information about CLIC Sargent and how you can help support them.

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One Proud Mummy

Today we went to a local soft play centre with a few other mummy friends. It was one of our friends son’s birthday so we had a lovely day out. This time the experience felt like a whole new one though as my little girl could for the first time walk about on her own. It was amazing to watch her climb up the soft play steps and take herself down the slide. She was squealing with delight and I felt so proud! It’s been a long time coming and she can now toddle around and join in with all of her friends, and I can refrain from doing myself an injury trying to help her on her way! Made me realise how far my little girl has come in the last couple of months! I am one proud mummy!

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Be a Yummy Mummy and Raise Money…

I love doing my bit for charity so when I saw that the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent are calling on all Yummy Mummies out there to get together and hold a Yummy Mummy coffee morning to raise money for the charity I couldn’t resist.

The charity are asking mummies to hold events, no matter how big or small between 10th and 18th March so I am opening my doors to my lovely mummy friends and hosting a coffee morning of my own. I am really looking forward to it and will of course be writing a post event update!

At present however I am calling to all the other mummies out there to jump on board and host your own event to help raise money for this fantastic cause!

Every day 10 families are told their child has cancer. As the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent is the only organisation to offer them all round care and support. That’s because they’re there every step of the way:

During treatment – providing specialist nurses, play specialists, Homes from Home

In hospital & at home – offering specialist social care and support in the community – services for young people, holidays, grants

After treatment – helping survivors, supporting those bereaved

I was shocked to hear that every day 10 families receive that news, it must be heartbreaking to receive such news and I can’t even begin to imagine how I would feel or cope. However to read that 8 out of 10 children now survive cancer and that charities like CLIC Sargent are out there offers some form of reassurance that work is being done and people have someone to turn to.

However without support charities like this can’t continue to provide the services they do. If between 10th and 18th March you can take a couple of hours of your time to bake some cakes, put the kettle on and have your friends round or set up a stall at work and raise even a small amount, you will be making a huge difference to those who need it most!

Links:

Yummy Mummy Week launch

Yummy Mummy Week Event Information

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Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day everyone!

I hope you are having an amazing day and enjoying your favourite books or taking part in the many events that are going on across the UK!

Hopefully your little one will have been lucky enough to have got a £1 World Book Day token. Lots of book publishers and booksellers, in partnership with schools all over the country, have been distributing more than 14 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children throughout the UK. When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookshop and swap it for one of eight select World Book Day titles or, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead! A great excuse to add a new title to your collection!

Today, we will be reading one of our favourite books today “Dinosaur Roar” (Paul and Henrietta Stickland). It was a present for my daughter from a good friend of mine who’s kids also loved it and I have to say it’s been a firm favourite with us since the day my daughter opened it. It’s a fantastic tale of opposites with some fun illustrations. My daughter loves acting out the scenarios with me. I would definately recommend this book to mums and dads out there!

I am lucky enough to know a very talented lady called Liz Million who is an illustrator and author of children’s books. She has been involved in a number of titles and as it’s World Book Day I thought I should introduce you to her…

Liz illustrates and writes children’s books and visits schools, libraries and museums all over the world to talk about her work and encourage people to release their artistic side and draw!

Liz has illustrated and also written a range of books including “Elephant Rides Again“, “Noisy Neighbours” and “Be Quiet Belinda” to name but a few and is passionate about books and promoting reading and illustrating to children, so to me she’s a great ambassador for World Book Day.

Why not visit Liz’s website, pick up one of her books or download some of her illustrations and have your kids practice their creative side!

Links:

Check out my previous post, A Little Reading Goes a Long Way

World Book Day Website

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Pancakes and Art

Here’s some we made earlier….

Some of our achievements from our arts morning out today with one of my lovely mummy friends and our gorgeous daughters

After a fun morning out getting arty we couldn’t resist some scrumptious pancakes!

HAPPY PANCAKE DAY!!!!

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