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Away with the Fairies.

When the weather is grim I allow my mind to wander off to a different place and imagine what my perfect retreat would be like including lots of sunshine and fun.

My perfect retreat would be a lovely cottage surrounded by green fields where pretty little flowers bloomed. Lots of cute pretty butterfly’s would be flying around the freshly cut lawns. There would be lots of outdoor space for the little man to play, and come with a tree-house fully equipped for action packed days of fun for all of us to enjoy. We would have a beautiful bench in front of the large bay window for mummy and daddy to enjoy our morning coffee whilst the little man runs around.

It would be lovely and cosy on the inside, with a huge log fire for those cold windy nights to keep us nice and warm, where we could toast marshmallows and eat them with melted chocolate. Big cushions and throws would be scattered around for extra comfort to join our carefree ways.

It would be set somewhere that experienced real seasons that lasted the length of time that real seasons should.

Daffodils would appear on time in spring, summer would be long and warm. In my imaginary place the autumn leaves would fall crisply to the ground with conkers hidden underneath for us to find and winter would consist of nothing but snowfall, Christmas films by the log fire with our three little snowmen watching from the outside. Not forgetting making snow angels everyday.

It would be magical, every last moment of it. We laugh and run around without a care in the world. Daddy would spend the day cutting wood for the log fire to store throughout the year. I would make delicious home made meals from scratch all the time and it would be perfect.

Needless to say if I ever experience a windfall this is most likely where you shall find us 🙂

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Treat Daddy this Father’s Day..

Dads deserve to be treated too…

Why are men so hard to buy for? Whenever I go shopping for my dad or the big man, whether it be for Christmas, birthdays or Father’s Day, nothing ever seems to jump out at me.

They can be so hard to surprise as well. There are only so many years you can buy socks three times a year. But then again, dads always need socks.

So to hopefully make this Father’s Day easier for you lovely people out there, I have searched and searched to come up with some of what I feel are the best gift ideas out there this year.

A personalised Poster

Why not treat Dad to a personalised poster. You can have up to six lines of words that mean the most to you and your dad – say thanks, share a personal joke. Truly make it personal in a way that only you can.

Size: 297 x 420 mm and fits standard frames.

The poster is supplies without a frame, you can pick these up in the majority or stores and supermarkets at a relatively good price.

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Fathers Day lunch

Why not take dad out for a lovely Sunday lunch this Father’s Day.
West bridge house are serving a tradition Sunday lunch including the best local produce for the whole family to enjoy. If your dad is anything like mine he will be grateful to you for giving him the opportunity to hang up his apron for once.

This is a three course Father’s Day lunch. Please book early to avoid disappointment. Served from 12 noon until 2.30pm

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LED TV’s

Imagine your dads delight at watching his favourite sports and program’s on a brand new LED TV.
Electrical discount UK have a vast range of LED TV’s ensuring you purchase the perfect one for dad.

A great benefit of an LCD TV is that they are extremely energy-efficient, saving money on the bills for dad and giving you the credit of protecting the environment.

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Gioteck controllers

Does Dad like technology? Does he love gaming and own a PS3?
If so this is the site to be. At Gioteck they sell PS3 controllers like no other. They design their controllers with a combination of comfort and practicality in mind.
They have a wide range of designs too. Why not have a look and see if there’s one that ‘screams’ Dad at you.

Not only do they sell controllers, they also sell steering wheels, battery packs and chargers too.

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Playstation 3 500GB Slim in Red

All men love consoles, women too. They are fantastic for bringing the whole family together. Sony have now released the new slimmer and slicker PS3 – in RED.
Even though the console is new, dad can still play all his favourite PS3 games. Not only is it a console but a built-in home entertainment system allowing you to play Blu-ray Discs, music CD’s and also watch TV via the BBC iPlayer and 4OD.

Please note an Internet connection will be required for online gaming and catch up channels.

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Personalised Cufflinks

Every Dad needs a set of Cufflinks, whether for a special occasion of a day at the office. Why not make a pair truly special this year by purchasing a pair of personalised Cufflinks.
They also come complete with a stylish Cufflink case to protect them when they are not being used.

They offer free delivery within the UK and also give the option for express and International delivery as well.

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Personalised Bibs

Make daddy smile with pride this Father’s Day by purchasing his little bundle of joy a personalised Father’s Day Bib.

I have personally used products from the Funky Giraffe range previously. They are extremely soft and made from the highest quality material ensuring ultimate comfort and preventing irritation.

They have a wide range of bibs and much more. There is a vast range of colours and designs available waiting for you to personalise them.

Funkygiraffebibs.co.uk offer free postage and  packaging on all of their items.

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Experience Days

Give Dad a day to remember with one of Virgin ‘s experience days. I know my dad will love the Supercar Fantastic Four. On this fabulous package, Dad will get to drive not one but Four fantastic supercars.

He will be able to get behind the wheel of the Italian thoroughbred Ferrari 360, the track inspired Porsche GT3, the stunning Lamborghini Gallardo, and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

Please make sure you read the ‘Need to know’ section before you make the purchase to ensure Dad meets all the criteria.

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A book of memories

I have always loved making keepsakes. I was ‘the’ friend that always had the disposable camera at weekends. I just love to make memories. As you can imagine I have used Photobox many times.

How about making a ‘This is your life’ for Dad this year? Imagine his face as he looks back through the years and all the memories it will bring back.

Who knows, the Grandchildren may even enjoy looking through this and learning the marvelous stories behind the Photos.

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Make Dad Laird of the Manor

What can you buy a Dad who has everything?

A new Title… Why not make Dad the Laird of his Manor this year. Once this title has been purchased Dad can officially change his Title from Mr to Laird. And not only that he will also become the owner of a plot of land too.

The website has a full list of FAQ’s for any further information you may like to know,

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I would like to wish all you Daddy’s a wonderful Father’s Day

This is a sponsored post. All opinions and views are my own.

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Let’s make a home..

So far this year we have been slowly but surely turning our little house into the perfect family home for us to share with the little man.

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Whenever you move into a new house, its always a work in progress. There is always some kind of work that needs carrying out or some particular feature that must be changed.

Normally we would have painted and rushed along with the odd jobs that needed doing, but seeing as we don’t have any plans to move anytime soon, we thought, instead of making do and just changing a few parts we would take our time and make it OURS.

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It has definitely taken some time, but now.. Finally after so long the place is starting to look like home. The big man obviously takes all the credit though, as I am absolutely diabolical when it comes to DIY!! Not only has he laid down all new flooring, he has made me a wonderful breakfast bar too. I’m quite lucky to have a handy man around the house 🙂

Our carpet has arrived and has finally been fitted into place and our bedroom now feels like a bedroom instead of a dumping ground. I have a few finishing touches to add (that’s where I come in, I love nothing more than to scatter my possessions, mainly candles about the place and make things look pretty) and then we can sit back and enjoy our lovely family home.

I have seen a lot of wall art around and I am currently deciding what to choose for our bedroom. The little man is going to be having a feature wall made up of all his favourite characters. Fortunately he has an extremely talented auntie who will be doing this for him. I can’t for her to get started on it 🙂

Xx❤xX

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Welcome to the world little man.

I loved being pregnant. I was always showing off my baby bump at any given oportunity. I would always have a protective hand over my bump too, even without knowing it. I loved the way my body changed and blossomed around my pregnancy.

When I was expecting the little man, I was a little bit obsessed with reading up on everything baby and bump related. I’m sure most of you, if not all of you can relate to this. I had a vast collection of apps on my iPod and checked all of my updates religiously on a daily basis. As soon as I had read something new I would chew the big mans ears off for hours.

I even went as far as having three or more baths a day just so I could pour water on my belly to watch the little man wriggle about 🙂

Because my pregnancy went so smoothly (yes, I was one of the lucky few that suffered with zero morning sickness for a whole 9 months!) I expected my labour to go just as well too.

When my due date of 02-03-11 arrived I sat waiting patiently for the contractions to start. Nothing happened. I tried every trick in the book, raspberry leaf tea, chunks of fresh pineapple and even hot Curry’s to see if this would help the little man on his journey.

The little man was obviously very content in there and didn’t want to come out. Finally on 05-03-11 at 8.30pm I started to get little twinges every now and again. I was so excited at the thought that my baby would be arriving into the world at anytime, I had my mum and dad on standby to take us to the hospital when things progressed further.

My contractions got stronger and stronger over the next few hours so we called the hospital but we were told as I didn’t sound like I was labour there was no need for us to come in. My contractions continued, worsened and came and went faster and faster for the next 3 days but the hospital still told me to take a bath and have a paracetamol. Did paracetamol work for anyone? It definitely did nothing for me.

Now me being a first time mummy, I thought this was normal. Obviously if fully trained midwives are telling you everything is fine and you don’t need to come to the hospital you automatically believe them and listen to what they have to say as they are fully trained in this area of expertise.

That night the big man decided enough was enough and called the ward to tell them we were coming up to the delivery suit shortly. My mum and dad arrived to take us and by this point I was absolutely exhausted.

I was admitted to the delivery suit no questions asked. Before I knew it I was hooked up to a heart monitor to check how the little man was doing. Straight from the off it wasn’t good. With each contraction the little mans heartbeat was dropping from 135 to below 50. I was still only 3 cm, but my contractions were showing that I should have been in the last stages of labour.

Six agonising hours later the surgeon decided that an emergency c-section was necessary and they whipped me off down to theatre. I remember kicking up a fuss stating that I wasn’t to be put to sleep under no circumstances so that the big man could be there to see our baby boy being born. All of this was in vain though, because as soon as that epidural kicked in I was out for the count, snoring away on the operating table, much to the aneasthetists’ amusement.

Every now and then I would come back around to see the big man whispering ‘you’ll be ok, I love you etc.’ As much as I knew he meant it I think he was saying it more to calm himself than anything else. With Adele’s Make you feel my love playing in the background our little bundle of joy was brought into the world on 10-03-11 @3:41am.

I couldn’t believe he was here. My little baby boy. Finally after 5 days of trying to escape he was here. Weighing in at 5lbs 8oz he was quite small. You could see where he had lost his weight as his skin was hanging from him in places where you could tell he was quite chunky before he lost his ‘brown fats’

There was a lot of complications following his birth, he needed to be treated in special care for two weeks for meningitis. Fortunately everything has turned out ok. He is a perfectly healthy little boy with an amazing cheeky personality and he never fails to make me proud on a day-to-day basis.

My proudest and most magic moment was bringing my little angel into the world. As soon as he was born I told the big man I would happily do it all over again in heartbeat. However he is still waiting for me to say when 🙂


I have Linked up with Magic moments with @oliversmadhouse

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The A-Z of my little family 1/26

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A is for ALWAYS…

I will love you Always
I will watch you grow,
I will try to guide you
and show you what I know

I will trust you Always
your secrets I will keep,
I love to tuck you in at night
and cuddle you while you sleep

I will need you Always
You make my world complete,
you’re such a little clever boy
and a pleasure to everyone you meet

I will love you Always
my wonderful little man,
I cherish the days we have together
let’s make all the memories that we can

You have always been so special
so happy and a Joy,
I couldn’t be any prouder
to call you our special boy

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Three Week Countdown…

I have three whole weeks remaining in order to locate a perfect dress for my Fairy God-motherly duties.

Please someone help me!!

My Weight-loss mission hasn’t gone to plan in the slightest. I still have a long way to go before I am 100% happy with my Post wobble, However I have been informed that a pair of spanx should do the trick nicely. 🙂

Me and the Spanx don’t seem to get on very well. Not that I haven’t tried my best. I mean I bought the lovely all in one thinking that it would at least help me out in the ‘you will look pretty in a dress wearing me’ department. I must have done something to seriously offend my lovely spanx as not only does it refuse to play nice at squeezing me into a lovely shape like its supposed to, they also seem to have taken major offence to my thighs and wont budge without a whole mission of tug of war.

I’m also a little unsure of what style to buy, I am thinking of purchasing a mid-length floaty summer dress, maybe with added detail at the top to draw attention away from my middle section. I aim to dedicate my weekend next week finding my perfect dress.

Once this little problem has been settled I then need to purchase some shoes and a clutch to match my dress, arrange to have my hair re-styled with some fresh highlights added as its (supposed to be) getting warmer, and finally a spray tan. All of this business doesn’t even include getting the big man and little man’s stuff sorted for the day either.

If this isn’t proof that a woman’s work is never complete then I don’t think I will ever know what is.

If anyone has any great ideas or the best places for these kind of dresses please feel free to let me know.

Xx ❤ xX

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Soup Glorious Soup

Soup Glorious Soup

I can never remember being a big soup fan. The thought of drinking something for my dinner or tea never really apealled to me and I could never imagine that it would fill me for long.The Mister sometimes doesn’t mind soup and he will help himself to some every now and again, but last week we found cans of the stuff in the cupboard that haven’t been touched. I Couldn’t quite believe that some of the tins in there had been out of date since 2011. Maybe I should clear out the cupboards more often :0

Another reason why I have never been a big soup fan is that I have always associated Soup with illness. And throughout my childhood my Grandma always swore by soup for common colds and the like. I know a few people who have been brought up with the same theory and that chicken soup is especially good. Psychologically, maybe I didnt want soup because I didnt want to be ill as this would mean i couldnt play outside with my friends.

It has only been recently that I have taken an interest in soup. I have started to eat this (see i said eat, not drink 🙂 ) at work. It all stemmed from when I decided to give myself a massive kick up the behind on my God-Mummy countdown, that I thought soup is supposed to be good for the soul and may aide me in my weightloss mission. And I have to say I am amazed by how filling it actually is.

I have started to enjoy soup, so much so, that I have even started to make my own from scratch so that I can freeze these little portions of loveliness to take to work for my lunch. With the method that this will then keep the beast at bay and keep me away from the shop of all things evil downstairs!!!!

I did my first batch last week and I was extremely proud of myself for making this little creation. I even took our hand blender out for the first time and put this baby to use. Needless to say it will now be out more often 🙂 My soup was a bit of a concoction that I rustled up and it went down quite well in the mamma-bear household.

I used:
– Frozen baby carrots (however any type should be fine)
– 100mls vegetable stock
– 1 large onion, diced
– 1 tsp cumin
– 1 tsp corriander
– ground black pepper

Method:
– Fry Onions in a pan with Low-Cal cooking oil for 2-3 mins. Add vegetable stock, cumin and corriander and add carrots. Bring to the boil and then cook on a moderate heat for 20 mins. You may want to add more cumin or corriander depending on your taste. Whip out the hand blender and blend until you get a consistensy that you like. I prefer mine to be relatively smooth with some chunks in there.
Maybe throw in some added herbs or spices and see what you can make of it. This is a perfect meal for the ever changing weather conditions that we have had recently. A perfect warm up in an instant 🙂

Next week I am going to try my hand at Curried Parsnip soup. I will let you know of the outcome sometime soon.

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