It’s thankful Thursday today so I am going to tell you my top ten activities I do when I’m on a budget. I am thankful for this list as it provides me with places I can go with the kids but keep it on the cheap. This has helped keep both mine and the boys sane and we have had fun which is always good.
So here is the list which you may find helpful -most of these ideas are from my own experience or some other source.
- IKEA baby -where do I start with this heavenly place for kids. Well firstly ice cream is 50p, get in! Secondly, they have areas designed specifically for kids like the kitchen area in the cafe area at my local one. There also plenty of stimuli to tire the little darlings out with all the different types of rooms which my son loves to explore. Thirdly it is great for wet days when you on the cheap. Fourly, if your children are old enough there is a play area where the staff look after your children while you shop child free in peace, win win!
- Going to the park, there sure is enough parks where I live, and kids love them. My son particularly loves the parks with sand in them as he adores making sand castles. It is free part frtom the odd brought ice cream which is not bad for a cheap day out and you have the added benefit of the open air for your little darlings to run of all their energy.
- Going to the woods, it is free and great fun for the kids to run around and climb trees, make dens and the like.
- Local museums tend to bebe free and during holidays have activities on for a small charge. Which is great as you don’t have to worry about cleaning up as it’s not your home. With the added bonus of feeling that your children are being ‘cultured’ and learning, brownie points to mummy there.
- Going to church/cathedral, cemertry (I no this may sound morbid but my granddad always used to take me and it is one off my favourite places to be). My sons both love them and I can incorperaterate my hobby of taking photos win win on both sides. It is also Free and great exercise for them to run around.
- My Son loves trains/buses/taxi’s basically anything relating to transport so now again we go on a trip out on the train/bus even if it is to get an ice cream at McDonald’s it is still fun for little ones as it is a change of scenery and something exciting.
- The library is fantastic as you can loan out books free of charge and now my boy loves to feel like a big boy and choose his own books. Obiviously I do have to double check the books to see if they are suitable. Twilight may be a bit too old fort him,teehee. The library also have story time/rythme time held weekly at my local library which both my sons love.
- Just going out to the supermarket is an educational trip for my sons as they get to learn about the different type of meat etc. They love it and we get our shopping done, boom!
- Going to the local pond to feed the ducks and swans which is so much fun particularly around Spring time as you can watch the females making nests, nesting and seeing the little baby ducks/swans transform over time into adults. My eldest loves to see things and watch changes especially when there is some sort of pattern going on.
- Swimming is a firm favourite in our household as both my boys love water and not scarred at all. It is fairly cheap and I have always found that it has helped my boys sleep really good the same night they go swimming.
Cheers for reading XX
Me and my DS2 at the park!
Mummy I love the bus.
Cheap ice cream in the kitchen play area at IKEA!
Ice cream makes me very happy mummy.
Freedom at the library for my youngest!
My boys at the ‘beachy park’
Today’s post is all about 7 misconceptions about being a stay at home parent. I just want to clarify that these are my own personal opinions you don’t have to agree but I thought it would be fun to share my thoughts on this topic.
OK so here goes my list:-
- So, you thing we do ‘nothing’ all day but lounge well that is not the case as a parent there is so much to do like wash, cook, clean, & shop. Trust me shopping is so fun (not) when you have a toddler that gets distracted or pulls off everything. Alternatively, the little darlings will be so kind and fall on the floor and have a major tantrum whilst all the waggly fingers come out to shame you. Not to mention the task of dressing a toddler is quadrupled with their stubborness of not wanting to cooperate. Your mistaken if all you think is us parents are sitting around all day watching telly. I won’t lie but yes I do watch telly now and again but not much point anyway as I can hardly hear it. I know that is scanderlous but belief it or not we SAHP are not always permitely being a entertainer to the children. me personally I view my role as a SAHP like a full time job and yes I do have breaks but we deserve them with how much we SAHP have to do.
- It must be a ‘easy’ being a SAHP and yes in some parts it is a really rewarding to watch your little ones grow and be there to experience with them first time milestones. It is also lovely to see them turn into little people with their own personality. Not to mention the pleasure to teach them the skills that they need to learn and thrive later in life. But it is also hard work and full on being a SAHP when your ownly break at times is a 5 mins in the toilet with lock on and they still manage to try and stick their little fingers in the bottom of the door. As a SAHP you have the wonderful highs and happy times which are a blessing however you also have to deal with the negative emotions such as frustration and anger. An example of one of my son’s tantrums when he is not getting in the way is him attemping to try and kick/hit me any old way he can or scream ‘no’ to anything as he is so tired and frustrated as his communication skills are not their yet with his speech delay. Oh yes you say it is easy!
- I shouldn’t be tired all the time as I have not got a job and I’m at home all day relaxing. Well, my friend let me tell you this role of being a SAHP is very exhausted. At times I am an emotional wreck deaoing with such an arrey of emotions. Did I alsdl mention I have also got to deal with toddlers emotions on top. It can be very challening when you have long periods of time without break from adult conversation really amplfies them emotions which is exhausting. Did I mention the big responsibility of keeping them safe and looked after that is a huge burden to deal with as when you have toddlers that are into everything you have to be a hawk.
- You must feel like you have wasted your education – I would argue that you are enhancing your personal skills with the array of roles you take on to look after a child. The example of such roles are being an entertainer, educator, chef, shopper, cleaner, emotional counsellor. Creative learning and being organised are cruel with parenting to keep little ones entertained and making sure they are safe. These are skills that can be used later in jobs so no I would say I have not wasted my education if anything I feel being a parent can help improve your personal development.
- You must be bored all the time – well I’m not bored all the time I have so much to sort out and not much time left to be bored. There are times when I feel a bit like ground hog day but to counterbalance that feeling I go someone new or chance the scenery that helps to relief the problem of being understimulated. I will reiterate that beinh a SAHP is a wonderful experience and watch my children grow into beautiful people.
- You must feel like you are losing out on your carer – no not one single bit. One I am fincially better off being a SAHP and two I’m learning so much as person and giving my sons a stable life therefore were all winning.
- You are lazy – I don’t think so not with energetic toddlers around and the above examples previously mentioned I have lost that right to be. Thankfully caffine are my saviour to get me through the zoombie days!
It’s Thursday already yikes and have hardly done sod all. Success. Well its all about Thankful Thursday today do as the title of the post suggests its all about my faviourtie thing to do is write lists. I am thankful for lists as they help my creativity flow and make me feel I have some control in my life. I write lists daily and I have even got four note pads for mother’s day (which I love by the way). I am constantly got ideas running through my head and it is so hard to get lost without my pad and pen particularly as I am a mother of Two toddlers. I digress so I am going write 20 things I would like to achieve for my eldest to do, explore and try. So here goes my 20 activities to do and explore.
1. Go to a castle
2. Build sun castles at the ‘real’ beech
3. Visit London and go on the London Eye (put of by my social anxiety so that be a goal for me and my son)
4. Go on a steam train
5. Visit Thomas Land (for my son’s birthday as he is mad hot on choo-choo trains)
6. Play with the water fountains in town probably getting all clothes soaked.
7. Play with shaving foam, messy play (going be challenging as I hate it as it is a sensory thing that is a result of being autistic. But don’t want my son to miss out so going grit my teeth and go fit it).
8. Get the colour tape out and create a racing track on the floor.
9. Visit a zoo
10. Make home made lollies
11. Make daisy chains
12. Draw with chalk on the floor
13. Pick strawberries
14. Visit a lavender field
.walk through woods
. Send something in the post addressed to DS1
17. Watch fireworks
18. Go to a summer brass band show
19. Visit the custard factory
Visit a church
That has made me all excited now.
Happy Thursday X
Yeah it’s Friday and me and hubby planned to take the boys on a trip to the choo choo train station (steam). Ok so the day arrived and bear in my mind this week has been a bit mental with appointments, Easter half term and the potential prospect of moving to a bigger property with a real garden all added on to the mix. My exhaustion levels have been really high as a result along with the flat being a mess with hubby doing D.I.Y. GRRR, mess everywhere. I drift anyhow halfway on trip hubby says look up timetables on phone, so I do only to find out that it is completely closed on all the stations. How infuriating and cross with myself with being such a Wolly and not being organised. Even after three years I still have not learnt the lesson of parenthood organisation. Anyway, cut a story short still had a lovely day out in Brewdley got to eat chips, check out local museum and gave an ice cream so for me as mummy that is a result. So, the lesson learnt is every cloud has a silver lining and you no what shit happens but the good outweighs the bad. So don’t be to hard on you yourself if your plans go skew wiff life generally follows that order and sorts it self out somehow.
Have a lovely weekend and let’s hope that sun stays out a but longer X
Hey readers, Sometimes life can be a drag as I know with OCD, depression and autism but it is really therapeutic to take some time out from the day-in-day-out role of motherhood and that reflect on positives. So, I have thought and wrote a list (I flipping love lists) of ten things I am grateful for being a mum, so here goes…
- Night time routine is a chance to wide down, share a book (my son is mad on Mr/little miss books at the moment) and I love this time spend reading as it helps but us all in a relaxed mood. Though, I love a break because it is full on intense times having toddlers but to know when you close the door of the nursery knowing that feeling that they are feed, loved and safe is so very special to me.
- Early mornings can be a right royal pain in the arse at times but when my sons wake me up it brightebs my day knowing that they are full of love and life which is a joy to be woken instead of a nasty alarm clock.
- How fearless my sons are and there joy for learning and innocence is wlonderful to watch and receive.
- Knowing that you are teaching something to someone small and I know I am not perfect mother and all but hopefully some of my good qualities will be passed on is an honour.
- For the past six months now my eldest son has gone on to that stage whereby that every repsonse is ‘why?’ Which yes it can be rather tedious and irritating it does have its positives. It shows me my son wants to learn everything and he is soaking it all up like sponge which is amazing. As some children are not at all like this so I am truely blessed that my son wants to learn.
- Getting Into bed at the end of the day sore and tired is a drag it also shows that even though there has been the odd tantrum/meltdow it is worth the hardship knowing that I have helped keep my sons happy, busy and have lots of fun!
- Having the opportunity to play on slides and swings and deemed as socially acceptable as I am with kids is a bonus!
- Having noise in the house means we have a family and we are living.
- There is always going to be piles of clothes that feels like it will never end and dishes stacked high to the ceiling but that only means one thing that my sons have food in their belly’s and are warm.
- My sons both have mummy and daddy that are equal in care. We are a unit and a family. We are solid even where faced with testing times were and that is what I am thankful the most for.
Hope you readers have a lovely week X
I thought I would upload my #WickedWednesday photo just because I was in tears of laughter watching it and thought I would share it with the world. Here is my eldest son runing away as fast as possible in mist of scheming and grabbing the golf posts whilst my hubby runs after him. Pure gold entertainment for mummy sitting in the sun having many a lols!
Why you little…
Hope your enjoying this gorgeous weather!
This weeks topic for is all about the lovely spring.
The reasons I am thankful for Spring is….
- The lighter nights making it more pleasant and less feeling lethargic therefore having more energy, whoop!
- Warmer weather making me crave less stodgy food and more lighter meals such as salad. ( I suffer from IBS so a bit more comfortable)
- Getting out more in the open air
- Exploring nature more with my boys – last week we spotted grass snakes
- Picnics, result fun and food what more could you want
- I sleep less when more daylight about and less tired means I can do more ‘me’ stuff like reading
- Washing out on the line and that smell of air circulating through the clothes (childhood memory)
- More colourful flowers – even going attempt this year to teach my son how to do a daisy chain, whoop
- Sandals and sunnies (when sunshine appears)
- Teaching son about life and watching local baby birds grow and chance
- Warmer days meaning reduction in heating
- Having spring cleaning as it is fantastic feeling of cleansing and reorganising
Yes, my friend SPRING is beautiful and full of new beginnings.
Love S X
Beautiful sunshine and warmth
Park life, outdoors, happy boys!
Pretty walks, sunshine, nature
My DS1 exploring mole hills
Cheese, family time exploring outside in the spring!
Firstly happy Easter and hope your all having a lovely break and not eating too much of the kiddos chocolate, lol!
Today we are having a family day out at Jam Jam Boomerangs soft play area which I find the bestest soft play in my area and probably the best one I have ever been too. Several reasons why I hold this view is because the soft play area is harder to get to with it being located in a business park so there is more of a chance of getting in during the holidays, which is a bonus as I can’t be done with the tantrums from my eldest as he is aware what is going on.
Jam-Jams is spacious with plenty of seating and the staff keep the place tidy which makes the place a lot more pleasant to be in. Finally, there is more then one slide for little toddlers to join in as there is a whole section dedicated to the little darlings.
Anyhow, today I decided I needed to get out of the flat as it was suffocating me but the whether was pants. So, the best place to go with toddlers that can run around and get rid of all that energy indoors….you guessed it SOFT PLAY AREA. Kids love it and it gives us adults a break from all the bickering between to boisterous toddlers.
The only downfall for me personally is the challenge of these places, I will confuse I hate them as they are so loud and being autistic this is really challenging for me. But, I put myself out there for the kids and how much they love it and it tires them out so the positives outweigh the negatives. So, if I am in the toilet shaking like an insane women you know why. Finally, did I mention the perks of sweeties and slush puppy, get in!
Hands off mummy’s slush!
DS1 happy ALWAYS in a car!
Professional escape artist!
Happy Easter X