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Today I realised something that has started yo worry me slightly. As I sat there finishing writing a blog post I noticed my son had joined me at the table with his Leap pad. My son is 6 soon and apart from the rare occasion when he’s played a CBeebies game on my iPad, he’s never bothered much with digital devices or computer games. He’s always been a bit telly obsessed, but has never bothered about phones or iPads or anything similar. That was until recently. Now, is it an age thing? Or am I influencing his like of digital? I am a blogger after all!

My son got a Leap pad for Christmas (from us) but it remained at the bottom of the drawer until recently, as he just wasn’t interested. Mainly because he struggled with it and then the batteries ran out, so there it stayed in the drawer for a while. Then yesterday he asked for it and then moaned because he couldn’t use it as we needed to get some new batteries. I’m not sure why he wanted to use it so much. So we put some new batteries in and he used it on and of all day. So I now ask myself, should I be limiting the time he spends on it? Of course I should! This is something I didn’t think I would have to face for quite a while! May e when he was say 12!

After a day of him using I found myself already telling him ‘just 5 minutes more, then it’s going away!’. Luckily he wasn’t too upset about that and obliged quite easily. He got really good at the games and knowing how to work the leap pad, starting from not having a clue and needing my help. Even my little girl ran off with the thing to try and have a go! She wants to do everything her big brother does!

Im already aware that I spend a lot of time on my iPad, but I do try not to use it in front of the kids. My iPhone use is far worse though, as I’m always taking photos and having a sneaky look at Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! My iPhone is a bit like a third arm at times, so what does this mean for my kids? My mum asked me the other day ‘when will you allow Joshua to get a mobile phone or iPad?’ Not because she thinks he should have one but just asking if I’d thought about it as it worries he too. I said ‘don’t be ridiculous not for years yet!’. But his leap pad is like an iPad and he even calls it an iPad!

Sometimes I think it’s the generation (blimey I do sound old now!) mobile phones only came out when I was about 13-15. I remember my first one, a Nokia, it was the size of a brick! I thought it was bloody amazing! But we are along way from that now, digital devices are everywhere and have a big impact on people’s lives. I mean, who doesn’t have a smart phone?! At school they have a class laptop (in class one) where the children have to sign themselves in and say what they want for lunch, which he is quite comfortable with.  After a while he started asking daddy if he could type his name using his laptop, which on occasion we’ve let him and he really enjoys that.

So what now? Should I worry? Am I being too strict? Should I stop using my phone so much? Digital free days perhaps? How much should I let my son use his leap pad? So many questions all of a sudden. It’s niaive to think my son wont want to use computers, phones, tablets, etc., but when and what is acceptable and do I even have any control? More trips to the beach I think….

What is your experience with your kids? And what’s your advice?

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At times its felt like Spring has been getting through as we’ve managed to catch some great weather during the last few weeks. Yet at other times it’s been feeling so cold and wet like autumn all over again. Oh how I long for a long spell of sun and warmth! I can’t really complain though, as we’ve managed the beach and the moors this month, we love being outdoors!

1. Paddling in the sea! Who would have thought given some of the awful weather we’ve been having, that the kids would be paddling in the sea! We had a wonderful afternoon at Milbay one of the beaches near us with my sister in law and kiddies. The kids all stripped down to their undies and ran around on the sand and ran in and out of the sea. I got some fab photos, one of my favourites below. Can’t wait for more days on the beach like this as the weather slowly improves (hopefully!).

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2. Sport relief mile. I was so proud the whole family joined in with sport relief to raise some money for a wonderful cause. My hubby, son (5) and daughter (23 months) all ran 1 mile and I ran 6 miles. It was so cold, a million miles away from our day on the beach (above). I knew it would be my last run before my operation, so I was so proud to have made the 6 miles. All together we raised £55 for Sport relief. It was lovely to see my son enjoy running, hopefully it will be something he continues and my daughter made a good effort in too, even if she did get carried some of the way!

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3. My operation. I wouldn’t say this was a highlight, but it has been an eye opener! I had an umbilical hernia repair, quite minor surgery, in March. The recovery has been so much harder than I ever could have imagined and I had a bit of a bumpy ride. It’s been so hard not being able to look after the children like I normally do. Strictly no lifting for 6 weeks will be a challenge with my toddler! You can read more about my hernia experience in this post Why I’m putting my feet up

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4. Easter! Easter coincided with my op this year so I was more reliant on hubby to play the Easter bunny role! I’m normally out in the garden at night all weathers hiding the eggs, but it was hubby’s turn this year. I did manage to arrange the egg baskets and hide some eggs around the house though. The kids loved coming downstairs on Easter Sunday to find the Easter bunny had visited and left them their Easter baskets. So cute. My little boy ate far too much chocolate though and woke up being sick in the night! Poor hubby had to deal with it (shame that) and my son is now put off chocolate! I’m sure he’ll regain his love for it soon enough!

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5. Family Easter dinners. It was great to catch up with all the family over Easter weekend, although I probably could have done with a quieter one! The kids as usual loved being together and playing. The adults enjoyed some great food, thanks to my mother in law, aunts and mum. We even managed an Easter egg hunt or two I between the march showers, which the kids loved (below). They got more chocolate than anyone could ever need or want. In fact I’m still getting through it now (!) and even thrown some of it away. The kids haven’t even noticed! Wish I could get it to the children refugees in France somehow.

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6. Ladies that lunch! My lovely mum came and took me and the little lady out for lunch a few days after my op and Easter, whilst my hubby took my son for some boy time at Woodlands. It was nice and relaxing and I even managed a little walk in the meadow which my daughter really enjoyed. The weather wasn’t too bad either! My mums helped me so much whilst I’ve been recovering and taken the kids and I out so we’re not stuck in (I haven’t been able to drive) bless her. My mum is amazing.

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7. Proud work moment. I attended a work award ceremony this month with my colleague who had been nominated for an award. She was nominated for the nom-clinical individual award, for her contribution to supporting the health service. I was so proud to accompany her and then watch her get awarded in her category! So proud of her, it was well over due and so well deserved! We enjoyed a lovely meal and a couple of drinks too!

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8. Dartmoor walk & picnic. We met our lovely friends for day out on Dartmoor for a walk and picnic. We were so lucky with the weather, it was dry and the sun came out! We walked a goof few miles across the moor alongside a river (this was pre op of course!) and found a lovely spot to enjoy our picnic. It was great to see my son running around, picking up sticks and clambering across the rocks. My little lady did manage to fall in to some cow poo with beloved teddy, so teddy (actually a rabbit) had its first wash in 2 years that evening! That was interesting!

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9. Mummy & daughter time. At the beginning of the month my daughter and I had a morning out just the two of us. It was such a lovely morning and we had nothing planned, so I thought, right that’s it we’re going to the beach! So I packed us some snacks and warm clothes and off we went. We are lucky there are beaches just 10 mins drive away so we can pop there any time. Although the sun was out, it was quite chilly and we sat on the beach cuddled in eating our snack! Afterwards we went for a walk in some woods that are just behind the beach and looked at the wonderful views across the beach.

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10. Family and Daddy time. It’s always lovely when we all get to spend some time together as a family! We went to a garden centre for a bite to eat and then went for a walk along the river and around the meadow. Again , the weather was on our side and we managed a lovely walk. I really did try to cram in as much walking as possible before my op! The kids love it when daddy and I are both with them. It’s so important to spend quality time together.

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It’s interesting when you start to think about what you want to achieve in a new year. 2015 was a difficult year for us, but I don’t like having regrets and I’d rather be a glass half full kinda girl! There’s lots that I’d hoped to have achieved in 2015, but haven’t. But hey ho sometimes life gets in the way and all you can do is just live.

The goals I have set myself for 2016 are both personal and some are what we want to achieve as a family. I think it’s good to set some goals that you are likely to complete to keep you going for those goals that are more challenging!

So here’s my goals for 2016!

Run a half marathon. This is a personal goal of mine, following the start of my running journey in 2015. Ive run before but had a bit of a gap and then started running again in early 2015 and successfully completed 3 10k runs. I’ve found a new love, one that I wish I had more time to enjoy. Half a marathon feels a million miles away (excuse the pun!) right now. I can only run 10k currently and need to double this for a half marathon!!

Start weekly meal planners. We’ve been meaning to do this for ages! Too often, we got back from work with the house in chaos, children whinging, with no dinner prepared or planned! With our hectic schedules it’s imperative we plan our meals in advance and that they can be prepared easily on the nights we’re home later. So we have started well, with a 4 week meal plan devised and we have completed an online shop with everything we need for week 1 of our meal planner. So far so good.

Do more craft and baking with the kids. I’ve really enjoyed having time to do crafts and baking with the kids over the Christmas break. It’s made me realise how much they enjoy it and how much I actually enjoy it too! Baking is a known love of mine, whereas craft takes a bit more effort!

Book something to look forward too. I can’t wait to have some extra pennies to book our first break. It’s so important to have family time together and as usual we’re not sure what the plans are this year. Following Christmas we’ve looked at Lapland but that may be a bit out of reach financially right now. The hubby and I have been together 20 years and always said we would treat ourselves to a night away, so that’s definitely on the to do list. We will probably do our usual family caravan break at some point too. So hopefully lots to look forward to!

Go to bed earlier and read. Now how achievable this is, I really don’t know (as I’m up late writing this!), but I have to try! I’m blaming it on blogging, I just can’t help myself. However, I do have an early start at work and long days, so I really must make the effort to go to bed earlier. I also want to read more as a way to relax. I really struggle finding a good read though so if anyone has any recommendations let me know!

Spend more time at the beach and outdoors. We already spend quite a lot if time at the beach, but we spent a lot more time on the beach when it was just my son before my daughter was born.  We were always out and about all weathers and understandably it’s more difficult with two. I really want my daughter to have the same outdoor experience as my son did, so we are aiming to get down to the beach or out for a walk somewhere most weekends. It’s good for the soul being outdoors and there’s something about being by the sea. There’s really no excuse as we live so close to the beach, we really are very lucky!

Clean up our finances. We have some debt to pay off this year and we need to finish our house so we can eventually sell and move. Where we are now was never the long term plan (isn’t it always!) but we need to clean our finances up first. With my hubby’s new job, I hope this will be more achievable this year (it was on our 2015 list!).

Declutter the house and gardens. We really need to clear out our loft, there’s so much junk up there! And have a general de-clutter of every room in the house. I started de-cluttering our bedroom before Christmas and took about 8 black bags of clothes to the charity shop and it felt so good!

Start a blogging calender and planner. I need to get more organised with my blogging, set some regular time slots and diarise linkys, posts, etc. Especially now I am getting some blogging work! I brought myself a lovely notebook for blogging a few months ago which worked well for a while, but what I really need is a proper diary or calendar.

Stop beating myself up too much and get irritated by small things. One thing I’ve promised myself this new year is not to let little things make me anxious. Quite often I’ve had a busy day at work and got home and got annoyed about the house being messy or the kids going to bed later than planned. So what if the house doesn’t get hoovered for a few days or the kids go to bed 1/2 hour late? Time with my family is more important! I need to relax a bit more, chill out and give myself a break!

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It’s been a busy old month again, hang on, when isn’t it??!!  I’ve had a fabulous December, lots of extra quality family time, Christmas and some blogging successes! Here’s my summary and highlights of the last month and a fabulous Christmas!

1.  Christmas decorating. I am always super keen to get the decs up as soon as I can! This year we put them up the first Saturday in December and as always it was a joy pulling everything out from the dusty boxes! We have a fake tree these days, which is completely hassle free and never drops (apart from when you put it up and take it down!) which is great with a toddler who has found themselves! My daughter was more aware this year (she was still a bub last year) so really felt the excitement. And my son enjoyed helping to decorate, for 5 minutes before he found a decoration to drag along the floor for the cat to chase!!

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2. The Santa Train. We’ve done the Santa train for the last 4 years, so it has become a regular Christmas outing for us. Every year bar one we’ve done the Buckfastleigh to Totnes route, which I think is the best. You get on the train at Buckfastleigh and there’s always such a buzz! About 40 minutes later your at Totnes, where’s there’s normally some stalls at the station to potter around. On the way you get to visit Santa in his grotto and the children get a gift each. There’s also time to enjoy a mince pie and glass of mulled wine! It’s a great day out for the whole family!

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3. Christmas Day of course! This Christmas we went to my mums for lunch and the afternoon with my sister and her children, which was fun. But before this, we had our traditional ham breakfast at home and unwrapping of the Christmas presents of course. My son had woken at 5.40am and walked in our room to tell us Father Christmas had been! It was like torture waiting for his sister to wake up to unwrap presents and in the end we have in and let him wake her up! The kids got so many presents again, completely spoilt! I remember sitting there on Christmas Eve looking at all the unwrapped presents just wondering why we had brought so much and why we had left all the wrapping until now!

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4. Beach walks and fresh air. We’ve been out and about as much as possible over the Christmas holidays, including several trips to the beach. One of my favourite trips was to South Milton sands on Boxing Day with my hubby’s sisters family. The kids loved running around and playing together, you can’t beat a brisk walk on Boxing Day! It was so windy but the sun did come out for a little bit. Afterwards we went to the pub for half a cider and chips (well the kids had juice and chips!).

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5. Christmas crafts and baking. If you’ve been reading my blog and following me on social media, you’ll know I’ve done some Christmas crafts and baking with the kids. This has included making our own Christmas decorations for the Christmas tree at home with our Hobbycraft Christmas craft set. We also enjoyed painting two Gruffalo ceramic money boxes the kids got for Christmas. These were also from Hobbycraft and they both did an amazing job! We also had fun making our own mince pies and chocolate cake!  It’s so nice to have the time and energy to do some crafts and baking!

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6. Saltram House. The magical Saltram! It really is beautiful there at Christmas time when they decorate the house. Saltram house is a National Trust property in Plympton near Plymouth, somewhere we’ve started to visit regularly with our membership. It’s perfect for families as it has vast grounds and gardens for children to explore and the house has a really interesting history. I’ve written about it more in my ‘Saltram at Christmas’ post which you can find here Saltram post

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7. Visiting Father Christmas at the zoo. This year was our first trip to see Father Christmas at Paignton zoo and it was great! We are annual members but had to pay a small extra fee (about £8 per child I think) to see Father Christmas in his grotto. I have to say Father Christmas was amazing, the most realistic Father Christmas I have seen for a long time! The zoo was great as always and we visited all the standard attractions. My boy knows this place like the back of his hand, so he normally takes the lead!

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8. Not working & no school! its been so fabulous having time off with the family. In all, I was lucky enough to have just over two weeks off from work, heaven!! We’ve managed to have some jam packed days plus some quieter days lazing around at home, it’s just been the perfect combination. I was so sad to be going back to work today and my son back at school. I’m counting down the days to my next time off now! But there’s something about Christmas that makes it extra special.

9. Late nights & lazy mornings. As well as all the extra time together as a family, I’ve enjoyed not having to rush in the mornings to get everyone ready for school and work. I really dislike the mad  rush and routine you have to abide by most of the year and it was a joy to take advantage of not being constrained by this. Most days we didn’t get downstairs until 9am and stayed in our PJ’s quite often until midday!!

10. Going Self Hosted! At last I decided to take the plunge and go self hosted. I can’t thank enough Stevie at ‘A Cornish mum’ and Debbie at ‘Rambling Musings’ who I have questioned endlessly! Thank you ladies for helping me and putting up with all my stupid questions! And thank you to my hubby for paying for it as part of my Christmas present and putting up with me working on it until late!  It took a few determined days over Christmas to migrate and I’m nearly there! The sites back up and live, hooray! But there’s still some work to do!

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I’ve never been one for wearing lipstick as I’ve always been more into eye makeup and that’s where I normally concentrate my efforts if I wear makeup. However, recently I’ve been longing to get lipstick right. I’ve struggled in the past with finding the right colour to suit my skin tone and I’m fussy when it comes to colour, in that I don’t like anything too solid looking or bold or bright! So you could say I’m a difficult when it comes to lipstick!

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My Requirements:

I recently had a night out arranged with my friends and the day before I went in to Boots, on a mission to get a lipstick, to see if I could get it right. My makeup box is full of lipstick fails that I’ve brought and tried over the years. I didn’t have a lot of time (as always) and I had two main requirements:

1. Something that was long lasting

2. A colour suitable to wear day and night

Product Options:

I skimmed over the various make up stands and brands and ended up at the Maybelline stand and straight away their Superstay 24Hr Lip Color caught my eye. There were several shades that looked like good possibilities for me, including Plum Seduction (240), Forever Heather (310), Delicious Pink (150) and Rose Dust (185).

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The Delicious Pink Shade (150) looked a bit too pale for my needs, but pretty none the less. This would have been a safe bet, but I wanted something that would make my lips slightly darker.  I tried out the Plum Seduction (240) and Forever Heather (310) on the back if my hand, but they looked too dark or too bold against my skin. That left Rose Dust (185) which was slightly more pinky than I was thinking of, but it looked a perfect medium tone for my colouring and for my needs.

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The Product I Brought:

The Maybelline 24Hr Lip Color in Rose Dust (185) cost me £8.99. Pretty average on price for a lipstick of its kind and in comparison to the equivalent product from its competitors. So I was more than happy with the price and brought it.

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Product Testing:

I wore my new Maybelline 24Hr Lip Color on my night out and the colour looked amazing for me. I was so pleased with how the colour looked and it was a perfect shade for my colouring, really complementing my skin tone. You apply it by staining the lips first with the colour end (it has a lovely soft brush) and once this has dried (a few seconds) you apply the moisturising end. The moisturising end gives your lips a lovely soft silky feeling and brightens up the look. I kept reapplying this throughout the evening as you can use it as often as you like.

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I have used this product several times since, both during the day at work and for evenings out. It’s living in my hand bag and it’s getting some regular usage!

My Experience:

Overall I was very happy with this product. The colour was perfect for me and it lasts long enough. I can’t claim it lasts 24 hours, but it does last well, probably a good few hours depending on whether your eating or drinking. I found I particularly needed to reapply the colour after eating. I would say that during the day I reapply the colour once halfway through the day. The choices of colour are excellent, with a wide range of tones to suit all skin tones. I was so pleased to find a colour that suited me so well and one that I could wear day or night.

My Tips when using this Product:

I found this product worked best if you apply to dry lips (unmoisturised) and you can tone down or turn up the colour intensity by applying more or less of the colour.

My Overall Product Rating:

My Product Rating: 9 / 10

An excellent product for those wanting a long lasting lip colour which has a dual colour and moisturiser, which is available in a range of colours and tones.

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Just before Christmas we visited the lovely Saltram House, a stately home and grounds belonging to the National Trust. The estate is set just on the outskirts of Plympton, near Plymouth in Devon. The grounds of the estate overlook the Plym river with fantastic views across the valley and water to Plymouth. There’s something for everyone there from walks across the vast grounds, to visiting the house itself or feeding the ducks and playing in the park.

The house was owned by the Parker family from 1743 who remodelled the original house.  The  grounds include its own chapel, which is now a beautiful tea room and an orangery, which is currently being maintained.

You can walk around some of the grounds without charge, including the path leading down and around the Plym river, which is also perfect for bikes and pushchairs. There’s a charge to enter the house and gardens themselves, unless your a member of the National Trust (which we are!).

Every month they organise a 10K run – ‘Saltram 10’ – which takes place every 4th Sunday. It’s free to enter and takes you all around the lovely grounds. I ran my first one at the end of November with my brother and intend to take part in January’s to shift some post Christmas bulge!

You can read more about Saltram here Saltram House

Saltram is especially lovely at Christmas. They decorate the house magnificently with huge Christmas trees and lighting that’s makes the house feel warm and cosy, despite its impressive size. Here’s some photos of inside the house when we visited just before Christmas:

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It felt so Christmassy, especially with the carol singers singing under in the stair well by the Christmas tree, which created such a fantastic Christmas atmosphere. I was in complete ore of the Christmas trees. I could picture myself sat at the grand dining table all laden for Christmas dinner!

As usual it was a bit of a rush with the kids, as they always dash round and you don’t get to take everything in.

After the house, we walked around the gardens and they had a 12 days of Christmas theme, where you had to find all the objects from the 12 days of Christmas song. Here are some photos of some of the 12 days of Christmas garden theme, see how many you recognise?!

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We stopped by the tea room for some refreshments. We’d not been there before as we normally use the main cafe set outside of the main gardens. The tea room is a real traditional English tea room, with beautiful tea cups and saucers and an array of cakes on offer. We sat outside as it was dry and the kids enjoyed running around on the lawn. It was quite lovely drinking tea outside in December!

After our refreshments in the tea room, we walked up to the top of the gardens and around by the cannons and edge if the lawns. The sun had started setting which made the views even more beautiful. Here are some photos of our walk and tea!

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Saltram hold many Christmas events over the festive period for everyone to enjoy, including carols in the courtyard which apparently 700 expressed an interest in! We didn’t make that specific event but enjoyed the carol singers inside the house on our visit.

Saltram is becoming a regular haunt of ours now we are National Trust members. It’s great for the kids, especially when it’s dry and you can spend all day exploring the grounds. But you can always use the house or tea room as shelter if it rains!

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My hubby was feeling very festive shopping the other day (yes he shops occasionally!) and came home with a lovely bumper craft tub from Hobbycraft  . The Christmas craft tub cost £5 and was huge! It was full of all sorts of crafty Christmassy things to make, including balballs, cards, feathers, glitter, shiny sprinkles of all shapes and colours, bendy piping, fluffy balls and much much more!!

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Anyone who knows me, will know I’m not a naturally ‘crafty’ mummy! So I gave in to my son a few days after my hubby brought the craft tub – ‘please can we make Christmas things mummy?’.

So I sat at the kitchen table with my son and daughter for a Christmas craft session! We tipped everything out on to the table to see what we had and my son immediately wanted to decorate the White balballs. The craft tub came with some glitter glue which my son used to stick eyes and feathers to the balball. My daughter loved the different shiny shapes, so stuck lots of these on to her balball. My sons balball soon turned in to a bird with googly eyes and not a Christmas balball at all! He has some imagination!

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The kids had so much fun sticking and glueing and creating! It was lovely to see them both enjoying an activity together. After about 15-20 minutes they had both had enough and my son wanted to play with the bird he made! And we put our daughters balball on the Christmas tree.

We still have the rest of the tub to use for some more Christmassy and creative fun, so watch this space!

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I’m rounding up my Weekly happy list again due to life being super busy again!  So I’ve chosen 5 happy moments from November to share – weeks 39 to 42 in my Weekly happy list series.

1. My son getting ‘Child of the week’. So proud of my son at school this last month. Not only has he been awarded ‘Child of the week’ twice, he has also been awarded ‘Star if the day’ twice too! He’s been through a tough time recently, it came to light he was being picked on a bit, falling behind with his school work and he was losing his confidence (he’s only 5). But he’s back on track and enjoying school again so I’m so happy for him. We’ve also established a new routine due to my hours at work changing. This means that I can be around more, so I’m at home every morning apart from Wednesday’s and can to do the school run and my son loves me taking him to school.

2. My hubby getting a new job (or two!). My hubby has been self employed for nearly 4 years and even though it’s been amazing, giving my hubby lots of opportunities and flexibility, it’s put added financial pressure on us as the money has been so inconsistent. So we made the decision a couple of months ago for him to go back to employment for the time being. He saw several jobs he was interested in so applied for them and soon after was invited to two interviews.  Lucky hubby ended up being offered both jobs! I was so chuffed for him.  So hopefully after Christmas he’ll be starting his new job and a new chapter in our lives! Very exciting!

3. Rugby on the beach & feeding horses. During the weekend after our Cornwall holiday we had our nephews over for the day and we took them out with us to the beach for the afternoon. For November it was glorious, the sun was shining and it was warm. It was so beautiful down on the beach. We all played rugby (well, catch with a rugby ball!) and collected shells. On our way back to the car, the horses in one of the fields were right up close to the fence, so we went over to feed them some grass, which my son really enjoyed.

4. Visiting Saltram House. We were long over due a catch up with our best friends so we decided to meet up at Saltram House near Plymouth. Saltram is about half way between us and is a National Trust property so we get to make good use of our membership. It was a bit of a damp day, but we managed a walk around the estate. We walked quite a bit with the kids and they loved exploring the grounds. We also popped in to the house, but unfortunately only a few rooms were open to the public (may be they saw the kids coming!). The kids wizzed around at the rate of knots, so we didn’t get to take everything in. The best bit of the day was seeing the kids running around happily exploring together, they didn’t care it was raining!

5. Completing my 3rd 10K this year. I have had a bit of a break from running recently, due to some ill health and generally being busy (!). It’s also more difficult to fit running in now the evenings are darker, as I used to always go in the evenings and I don’t get home until late on work days. However, I really wanted to complete another 10K and Saltram (yep the place we visited above) organise a 10K run every 4th Sunday of the month. So my brother and I arranged to do it together in November. I only managed to fit in one run of 6K in beforehand, so was so happy to complete all 10K and ran the whole way! It was so lovely doing it with my brother too, although he ran it a lot faster than me (he came 14th, I came 83rd!) It was nice having him at the start and waiting for me at the end!

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I was lucky enough to be contacted by BakerDays asking if I’d write a review of their personalised letterbox cakes. Those who know me well and regularly visit my blog will know this is right up my street! I love baking and cakes!

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I was contacted by BakerDays via Twitter asking if I’d write a review for their letterbox cakes. I literally jumped at the chance and contacted them via email for further information. A lovely lady called Emma emailed me and asked me to look on their website, choose a cake design I would like and email them the details of what I would like. The website for BakerDays is an absolute delight, you can find the website here BakerDays website

There are literally hundreds of different design options for your letterbox cake. I found it really difficult choosing just one! As it was the hubby’s birthday coming up I opted for a ‘Happy Birthday Daddy’ cake design and added ‘from Emelia & Joshua’ for a more personal touch.

Here are some examples of the types of birthday cake designs on offer –

You can add you own photo to these cakes (brill huh?!)

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There are also lots of other categories to choose from, including:

Anniversary

New baby

Back to school

Superheroes

Get Well Soon

and much, much more. It’s pure cake heaven!

Heres some of the other designs from the categories –

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The Letterbox cake range are designed to be posted through your letterbox, making delivery really simple as you don’t even need to be there! This makes them a really convenient option, particularly for busy parents!

After I’d contacted Baker Days with my choice, we received the cake about 5 days later. The box was very slim and the cake was inside its own tin inside the box, so there is no way the cake could get damaged.

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There was also a small gift card and a packet of love heart sweets included, which was a really nice touch and really cute.

The cake itself is really lovely and sweet with a distinct vanilla flavour. The only downside is the cake was quite small, so it didn’t last 5 minutes in our house with my greedy family!

These are great as an extra special surprise by post for any special occasion.

COMPETITION

To be in with a chance of winning your own BakerDays Letterbox cake, enter the competition by clicking on the Rafflecopter link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The winner will be selected at random after the closing date.

please note BakerDays will only be able to post to a winner within the UK

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*Collaborative post with Baker Days*

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