FTMOB 23/05/2016

Hey readers,
My eldest is proper getting into conversations which has blown me over with laughter recently.

1) We were walking in town recently and walked past a pub where to women were lightening up a cigarette. My DS1 says, ‘ that women is smoking, she is going to die”. Omg don’t know whether to laugh or die. He is currently still fixated on death put particularly has an interest in why people smoke even if it kills them. He also now every time he sees a no smoking sign tells me. He then wants to go in great detail aboutit.

2) DS2 is non stop churning words out from his vast vocabulary. Loves sheep, rabbit (his cuddly toy), Alan (his dad) and the list goes on.

3) DS1 wants to talk a lot about Lady Godiva as we have the big statue in town. “why is she died mummy,where is she”. My response, “people don’t live six hundred odd years and if they did someone would be very rich indeed!”.

4) My eldest the other morning said to me, “I want a bicycle, skateboard, cake, remote controlled car and football figures (the ones from Lidl you get free if you spend X amount). Which I can guarantee he has seen all from adverts of the telly. Including the cake seen on Ceebeeies during the birthday announcements.

5) in the lift with a stranger stuck all the way up ten flights my DS1 loudly announces,” Mummy that man smells”. Cue the embarrassment and I have nowhere to hide!

Cheers for reading X

Little Hearts, Big Love

Deliveroo (review)

Hey readers,

I was fortunate to be asked to review the deliver company Deliveroo. So, I decided to order a take away on Saturday as we had a busy afternoon with visits so we wanted something quick and easy. It was a great family feast for the family to enjoy together.

Deliveroo is a place where you can order online takeaway and they will deliver from the resturant to your door. Whether that be at home or even in the office. Deliveroo operates everyday fron 12 noon till 11pm at night. Bear in mind though there is selected restaurants and not all eateries are open all the time Deliveroo does. So make sure you check the list in order not to be disheartened.
When you order from Deliveroo all you need to do is type your postcode into the seach engine on Deliveroo website to find which restaurants are available to you locally. I found the website really clear and straightforward to use.
What is also good about Deliveroo is that it gives you an estimate time for delivery. Which is really handy if you have children and want to plan around time.
You have to spend a minimum of £15 and there is a delivery cost of £2.50.
One downfall I feel is that you can only tip prior even if you have had a bad experience you still need to provide that tip. However, there is no pressure to give a tip and the choice is yours.

We opted for some food from a resturant called Las Iguanas We have never tried the resturant nor Deliveroo service so was exciting to try something new and alternative to the formal way you eat out. Because apparently the new trend is to stay in with a takeaway 😉

Anyhow, what you do is sign up with Deliveroo. On the homepage of Deliveroo you  type your postcode on the search engine and select a resturant from the list. Then menu is really clear and well descripted. I found the ordering really simple to do (which is not always something I am good at it). At the end of the order you add your bank card details. A bit of a shame Deliveroo does not have the option of PayPal but not too much hassle.
When the order is gone through you can monitor the process of what is happening. You get a email letting you know if your order has been accepted or not. Which I really like as you feel more in control and less anxious especially as it is all new to me.

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As you can see in the screen shoot it highlights the process which has been completed. When the order has arrived there is a phone number and name of driver to content if any problems. You can even track where the driver is on Google maps so you know exactly what is happening (though I did not realise this at the time). Therefore giving you that peace of mind that food is coming soon.

It did take longer then it recommended by twenty minutes. Which I don’t mind as it was Saturday night and traffic could delay the driver. Plus it was also estimate so therefore only a guesstimate.

You can leave delivery instructions as well which I think is very helpful for the customer.

We live in a tower block that has a stupid intercom which does not have a ‘flat call’ button so the delivery driver did not know how to call through to our flat with the complicated keypad. But he got into the tower block and failing to get through to us on our mobile he phones his office who inturn phoned us so we popped down to get the food of him. Totally not his fault and he is really polite and courteous. We also spoke to the office and they were really friendly and helpful. Even ringing back to make sure our issue was resolved. Therefore having reassurance that customer service is really good so in future I know that I won’t have problems if anything else happens and it can get resolved quickly.

The food was really well packaged and insulated. It was like being at the resturant other then being in pj’s in the comfort of your own home. The food was fabulous and even the children enjoyed trying new flavours. The food was not soggy or cold. I thought it was well presented and well ordered in the bags.

Overall, I think you have to bear in mind if you pick a popular time then there may be a slight delay but it is worth it for someone to deliver for a treat and relaxed meal. My boys were super excited about someone delivering the food. I didn’t need to stress out with trying to keep my young children entertained and worry when they get bored and restless. Which is always a bonus. It provided a relaxed family meal which we could all enjoy at home.

 

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Hubby chose coconut chicken with rice.

 

 

 

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I opted for chargrilled chicken burger, chips and coleslaw.

                              

 

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Hubby a very happy chap tucking into his pork belly ribs.

 

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This is my starter of a duck wrap with cranberry dressing.
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The youngest happy to have finger food!
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My eldest very much enjoying the experience!

You can find more information about Deliveroo here.

Cheers for reading X

 I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Research Panel, a group of parents Bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. We were treated to a meal by Delieveroo, in order to review their service.

Family Fever

Losing my tiny little mind

Hey readers,

Warning frank and honest post!

I feel like shit, I an autisitic and I am looking after a 4 and 2 year old. My youngest went to nursery earlier and I took the eldest out to teach him to fly a kite. Being autistic is tough and being an autisitic parent is double tough. Constantly feeling like you are winging it and crippled with the guilt of having set backs that some parents don’t have. Worried how fucked up my children will be, never thinking that maybe they might be really understanding others. Because the media gives the impression all the time that parents with disabilities are bad for their development. I an negative, My glass is mostly half empty. I suffer from depression and anxiety. Both conditions interact with my thoughts and most of the time I feel dread of how I am going to manage mentally through out the day. Doubting whether I am doing right or wrong. Spending not enough time or spending too time thay they are clingy and not independent to play by themselves. It’s exhausting trying to get a balance right. I am trying to better myself to accommodate my faults. Paranoid at every stage because I worry about Autism and how that influences me as a mother. The only one good n
thing is I have successfully done was today teaching my son to fly a kite. I’m so proud of myself. OK it is not a lot but for me that is amazing achievement, especially as I did it all by myself. On the flip side I’m exhausted from my DS1 constant questions and attention seeking that I am pooped all afternoon. I have hardly been present and zoned out frequently. Now I feel really down and worry about being such a crap mum. Isn’t it frustrating being an autisitic mum you having to work with unconstructed grey areas that are constabtly shifting.

Anyhow don’t really know what the point of this post is other then if you are a autisitic parent questioning or doubting themselves then your not along with the battle!

Cheer for reading X

Sons, Sand & Sauvignon

 

Quality

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

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This is because my eldest has been off with a bug for a couple days. Therefore I have spend a lot of quality time with him.
Yesterday me and my DS1 went out on a mum and son date to do something fun. Well I know my eldest is desperate to fly a kit so got a mini one for now as the big ones freak me out a bit. I have never done a kite before but thought fot to start someone. So, to see how my son gets on and to help me learn we went to a fairly breezy area a bus trip away. I can confirm it so much fun and both of us had success with flying the kite. I absolutely loved it and so did my son. Surprisingly so relaxing and a fun outdoor activity to do. Not to mention how fit you get. Below is a picture of my son flying the kite 😁

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Cheers for reading X

The Reading Residence

Making an Idyllic Nusery For Your Newborn

Welcoming your newborn into their new home with you is one of the most joyous moments of your life. The time before their arrival is full of exciting plans and busy preparations to create a warm, safe sanctuary for the little one.

Whatever space you have, large or small, it can become a beautiful and special nursery.

So let’s start with the practical side of things. If you are on a budget, and who isn’t these days, then be sensible with your decorating plans. There are lots of beautiful colors in a paint pot. It doesn’t have to be expensive wallpaper. Floorcoverings can be soft, warm carpet that can be so welcoming as you pad into the nursery in the early hours of the morning. That’s right; baby will be demanding yet another feed. So try and go for one that is easy to clean and doesn’t show every mark or speck of dust. You may decide to go for a laminate floor, and you can find a huge range of shades and qualities. If the budget allows, consider underfloor heating. Keeping toes warm and avoiding having a radiator in the nursery can be a sensible and safe alternative.

Nursery furniture these days is glorious and you will be spoilt for choice. Try and visit as many outlets as you can to see their ranges and talk to their knowledgeable staff. Or look online; Cots and fitness from Cuckooland  can be browsed digitally. Providing a safe sleeping environment for your baby is paramount. Your choice of cot and cot mattress is something you should discuss with the experts. There is lots of guidance on the web, so check it out. Once you have found the right cot for you, you can then indulge in purchasing beautiful bedding to complement your color scheme.

You may wish to treat yourself and your newborn to a crib or moses basket for those early weeks. You will find static or rocking cribs. Some are ornate, or you may wish to go for a shabby chic look. A cosy moses basket can be transportable and easy to move around the home. You will find yourself spoilt for choice. Don’t feel overwhelmed; it’s okay to ask for advice!

Newborns will also require a surprising amount of clothes, diapers, and other essentials. This means you will need to give careful consideration to storage. You may wish to purchase a nursery wardrobe or chest of drawers. However, you may find that buying that cute little wardrobe becomes an expensive mistake. This is because not only will the clothes grow bigger but the actual amount has suddenly increased. Look at buying full-sized furniture if you have the space. This way you are then future-proofing your storage.

So, you have chosen your color theme and the furniture is ordered. Now you can think about soft furnishings and how you are going to create a tranquil sanctuary for you and your newborn.

Window dressing is a key decision and one where you can choose to be as simple as possible. You could just have a window blind to block out the daylight. If you go for this idea, then ensure you keep the baby’s cot away from the window to avoid any risk of baby becoming tangled in the blind cords. If you go for curtains then look for those with blackout linings. You will be so glad you did! As your newborn grows, you will want to create a cool dark place  for them to sleep and relax.

Keeping the cot clutter free is essential. However, you can let your imagination enjoy itself with the rest of the room. Look at the nursery walls and think about how creative you would like to be. Maybe a mural could be designed for one wall, or you could find some stencilsThen you can create a beautiful design to delight your newborn?

Browse for pictures to complement your theme. Or trawl through old photographs and put together a series of family photos in a large vintage frame to welcome the new addition. Providing a newborn with a stimulating environment may seem premature. But as the weeks fly by your early planning will be rewarded. You can hang almost anything from the ceiling as long as you put safety first. Ask yourself is it well out of baby’s reach, they are not newborn for very long! Is it well secured and there is no possibility of it coming loose or falling? Once you have ensured this is the case, let your imagination run wild! Hunt for unusual mobiles and consider both silent and musical. A baby in the early days is attracted to black and white so don’t feel you have to provide everything in bright primary colors or soft pastels. You can make them yourself ,with card string or ribbon. Then experiment with feathers, small soft toys, bells, and baubles. The list of possibilities can be endless.

You will find your newborn will be showered with gifts from happy family and friends. Make sure you keep space in your nursery to house the soft toys and other delights. A toy box or ottoman can be a beautiful addition to a nursery. Ensure it is a big as your room will accommodate and sit back and wait for it to be filled to overflowing. You can use the top as a seating area and decorate with cushions and a warm throw.

Let your nursery be a sanctuary and place for you and your newborn to get to know each other. It can be a place to sleep , rest, play and be together. All your time and effort in preparing for your newborn will be so worth its weight in gold. With any purchase you make, try and future proof. This will mean that as your newborn grows, their nursery grows with them. Be creative and bold in how you dress and adorn this special place, keep your newborn safe and warm in a sanctuary created just for them.

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