Meal Times

Who loves meal times? Not me, well I do, and I don’t. They are a lot easier now my boys are 5 and 7 though, the years before that mixed in with sensory issues, well, they were interesting lets just say. I have two children who are extreme opposites in the majority of things. I have one who is obsessively clean and likes things in order and I have another one who thrives in chaos and mess. Both have been a fun journey, and when I say fun I mean stressful. The last 7 years have been an interesting meal-time journey as I’m sure everybody else’s with kids has been too. My floor and walls have suffered immensely, as well as my sanity. I don’t think I actually miss the days of old though in regards to meal times, is that terrible of me? Well, I don’t. I don’t miss the mess, the pleading, the throwing, the tears, or the stressful cooking whilst looking after a baby and a toddler, nope I don’t miss any of that!

In our house one thing we like to do is eat our meals as a family at the table, which is much easier now to do consistently because the children eat the same times as us these days. It’s lovely all sitting together (most of the time, ok half of the time, maybe) and sharing a meal together. It’s even better when they eat it without moaning about it smelling gross or that this week they don’t like chicken any more etc etc.

I do love family meal times though, they’re quite special really aren’t they, despite how stressful they are in the build up to it. I must admit though I tend to use my slow cooker for most of our meals, throwing ingredients in and hoping for the best usually. It’s made meal preparation so much easier for us, and I wouldn’t be without it, I literally cook everything in it; spag bol, pasta bake, beef, whole chickens, stews, Mexican food, and even chocolate cake!

We also love making meal times special, and my boys love nothing more than a spontaneous tea party, or themed dinner with table decorations, but their most favourite meal is when we invite people over for tea, they get all excited and love helping with the prep. I love hosting people, and my boys do to. We love a good party here. I hope they grow up feeling the same too, and enjoy making meal times special, and being kind to others by inviting them to share a meal too.

Unfortunately though there are so many people in the world today who don’t get to eat a meal regularly, let alone share a meal with somebody, or some people eat all of the meals alone, and not out of choice.That makes me feel so sad. We really shouldn’t take forgranted that we have a house to enjoy a meal in, whether it’s at a table, on a sofa, on a floor, on the garden, or in a bedroom. And I know a lot of people, myself included, don’t have the budget to stretch to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves with hundreds of pounds etc, so here’s an idea in the video below for a way that we can help, and every little really does help.

Why not host a get together at your house, share a meal with a few friends and all chip in what you can to donate to Christian Aid? You can sign up here if you are interested.

If you choose not to sign up that’s ok, we are all free to do as we please, but please don’t take your meal times forgranted, one day those children will be too cool to be home for dinner with you, and you’ll miss them. You’ll miss the squabbles, the sly elbow nudging, the kicking under table, and the attitude problems.

Go share a meal with someone this week.

Happy meal times folks!

A Sound Sleep

Do you want to hear a joke? Yeah? Ok. Sleep. You don’t get it? No, me either!

I love my sleep, a sound sleep, but unfortunately since becoming a parent sleep does not love me. We are almost seven years into being parents and the exhaustion continues. Nobody could have prepared me for the little amount of sleep we have to survive on. Don’t get me wrong, it has got easier, some days, and then others I’m living on the edge of exhaustion because it took four hundred hours to get through a bedtime story, or I was up all night with a flustered six year old or some flipping virus of some sort has attacked us, again.

I’m such a light sleeper, but parenting has made it even lighter, and sometimes non-existent! Although, I do snore and never seem to hear that. I think I possibly hold some kind of record maybe for the decibels I reach? Maybe I’ll ask my husband his opinion, or maybe not!

I could possibly sleep on a washing line though, I’m a light sleeper but I can also fall asleep anywhere and at anytime depending how exhausted I am. Other times I can lie awake for hours whilst sleep evades me. Hmm, maybe my sleep is quite irregular reading this.

What time do you go to sleep? I am such an early bird since having children. I used to be able to go on until about 3am, now it’s more like 9pm is a very late night for me, it’s terrible, ha ha. My husband is more of a night owl than me, but needs complete darkness to get a good sleep, and silence. Our kids, however, like a light on in the distance and classical music, this has always been the way for them.

This infographic below has some really interesting facts about sleep from Mattress Next Day. I think I’d give the grandma and her snoring a run for her money though!

How do you like to sleep? With music? With the light on? I think it’s fascinating how we are all so different and need different things to function.

Sweet dreaming folks!

DC Super Hero Girls

 

If your kids are looking for a new action packed series to start watching, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls.

DC Entertainments latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Hero’s and follows them on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. You will love how dynamic the characters are, and there is definitely a character for everyone to relate to, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun. It is a very empowering series, and is full of girl power. The world needs some of this right now! There are also boy characters in the series, so it’s definitely not just aimed at females. It is a great series, and definitely appeals to both genders.

DC Super Hero Girls have their very own YouTube channel which makes it very easy for our children to watch their favourite characters on-demand and from any device.

DC Super Hero Girls also have the ultimate online experience for your children. It includes games, free downloads, printables, and various other activities, go take a look, you’ll love it (and so will your kids!). The site is so easy to use and mobile friendly, but they do have an app version too.

DC Super Hero’s are also running  great giveaway, so go ahead and enter for your chance to in £100!

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Add DC Super Hero Girls on to your kids to-do list, they will love it!

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Everyday Style (One For the Men For Once!)

I don’t really tend to write a lot about fashion despite being a huge fan of it, maybe because I have my own everyday style and don’t tend to follow whims. I mean, I love Barbie, and unicorns, and diamonds, and cardigans, and boots, and flip flops, and scrunchy socks, and long line tees, and scarves. Scarves are my one true love, I wear them 99% of the time rain or shine, I have so many; thick ones, woollen ones, long ones, snoods, bright colours, dull ones, cotton ones, silk ones, you name it and I have no doubt got it in my scarf box. I think they’re my signature, and also my comforter, I feel secure when I have a scarf! I love jewellery too, my jewellery drawer is the width of my huge wardrobe, and is full. I love statement earrings and rings, and unique, statement necklaces, I just love jewellery. I think I’m a tad obsessed with accessories if I’m totally honest and I’m sure my husband would agree!

My husband on the other hand, is not really into accessories despite me trying to change him! Ha ha, he’ll be shaking his head right about now when he is reading this! He is a jeans, hoodie, tee, smart-casual kinda guy, and I love him for that. I also love him for letting me, often choose his clothes, usually with 100% success rate, except for the one time I purchased him a silver-glittery shirt called ‘Party Boy’ on the label, and he downright refused to even try it on, I am still adamant it would have looked good though!

There are so many books, and sites, and articles and apps for womens fashion but the mens market is somewhat quieter I think. I’m not sure why? Maybe women are programmed to be more bothered about fashion? Or more vocal? Or maybe it makes better readership? Maybe the male market is smaller? I’m not sure, but whatever the reason I think mens fashion needs to be shouted a little louder, in fact a lot louder, so here is my voice shouting about mens fashion, well, kind of!

Even if you’re not a big fashion follower, there are always a few staple items that will see you looking effortlessly on trend, I love timeless items. I think jeans are one of these timeless items, often the cut will be a particular style that given season, but I think a pair of dark denim trousers will always be a good staple item to invest in for a man. Chums is a great site for mens trouser wear, and this denim pair in particular are a great staple buy from £30.

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I love chinos too, I’m not sure why, but I do, especially for those warmer days. Chinos and a nice fitted tee with some on trend plimsolls do wonders for my soul! Love these shoes from Chum and a great price too at £25:

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I think a few staple tee’s should be in a mans wardrobe too, plain colours, and nice fitting. These tees from H&M are a good buy, and look fab layered up too, they have so many colours to choose from and they start at £3.99, which is a great price!

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I am a huge fan of belts too, particularly brown ones, I think brown really breaks up an outfit and adds a real personal touch. This belt from River Island is a fabulous buy that can be paired with any outfit.

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I think gilets are a great investment for men too, and luckily my husband loves them! This is a particular favourite of mine, I love grey and yellow at the moment, and think the colour combo is fabulous.

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Style does not have to be in-keeping with the latest fads and whims, I think style is personal to yourself, and a few staple items can make style timeless. It’s about finding what suits you best an buying a few key pieces to pair with other things. Everyday style is about finding the right staple pieces for your wardrobes.

Go an treat yourself today to a few staple items, happy shopping folks! (Or treat your other half maybe?)