You know your a school mum when…

Hey readers,

My eldest is in year one in primary school and I have noticed some things that happen once you become a school mum. Here are some of the signs you are definitely a school mum.

Mornings

are a slapdash affair, trying to remain calm but more frequently than not losing your s**t about the fact, your child can take 30 bloody mins and still not got their shoes on.

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Letters, Letters, Letters

How many? the never ending forms of dates of book sales to trips and parents evening. It is non-stop and at times a bit overwhelming trying to keep on track of it all.

Homework

 is now something you have to get done and let’s face it on a Sunday night mad dash to get something coherent down.

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Social Pressure

Knowing that you are losing the walls of protection of your child and social pressure is a big player now and that it is just the start.

Money

Having to keep a check on making sure that you have paid for XYZ. You basically need a diary to keep on top of all the payments and dates that are happening.

Lost Property

Constant arguments of wondering how your son could lose this and that. Bringing home someone else’s jumper or at the end of the term accidentally losing his pumps from three weeks ago and not mentioning it to us, which coincidentally it is now half term holiday so you can’t do naff all about it.

PTA

 is there pestering you every week about this or that just so they can look good amongst all us other parents who are totally below there standards.

Assembly

Having to sit and listen to this and that committee every week it is something, why can’t they just let kids be kids and actually learn to fail instead of constantly trying to see positive in everything.

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School Run

Arguing with your spouse with who is going to collect your child as you know it is mayhem and you can’t stand the small talk waiting for your little child to be returned to you.

Statistics

When teachers can’t be arsed to listen to you and feel totally helpless because all they see is one side of our child and they seem more bothered about attendance.

Cheers for reading X

Paw Patrol at the cinema

Hey readers,

On Saturday me and the hubby took the boys (4 &6) to our local Showcase Cinema De Lux to watch Paw Patrol:Big Screen Tails, 60 minute special. During the week Showcase hosted 25 unique events and films celebrating art, film and music.

I normally don’t have the funds for this type of activity but due to getting free tickets and it being half term who could resist anything to entertain your little darlings.
I like this cinema (I have wrote about the cinema before here) because it is quiet due to it  being further away from the city centre.

The cinema is really clean and modern with the design. It also was not crowded or loud which helps as my eldest and myself struggle with these types of issues.
There was free face paint on the day, which my children loved.  There was no ques which makes the experience a lot more pleasant. This was a big hit for both boys and added to the enjoyment of the event.

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The screening itself was really comfortable. The film was just over an hour so having reclined seats helped settle my boys. There was plenty of room space and because it is a kid screening I think parents like myself you don’t feel self-conscious or worry about the noise.

Husband noted that the leather seats could do with a wipe with proprietary  leather treatment where the  back and seat meet because you could hear some crazy creaking from leather on leather as people adjusted their seats mid film – not a problem with family films but may be a bit off putting with a thriller.

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I liked the fact that the screening was a shorter film as both my boys struggle a bit with concentration, so that was a really positive and no arguments again added to a good time.

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The lightening of the auditorium I loved as it was not overpowering and the subtle blue lights at the side of the walls was excellent in the design aspect of the experience. Also, I found the volume of the film perfect. Normally when going to the cinema it is super loud, which worried me a bit as my eldest is really sensitive to hearing and could potentially cause a meltdown (autism).

The boys loved the experience and felt very comfortable. I definitely recommend going to go to the cinema with young children.

Cheers for reading X

I was given tickets in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

Tired

Hey readers,

My word of the week is:

TIRED

Because I am trying to adjust to my medication that makes me feel pretty lousy a,s it has a massive side effect of drowsiness. I am working on a system that works best for me and my body. It is still under working progress! I am just glad I have my husband as my registered carer or else I would be royally screwed.

One major additional pressure is that it is half term and there is constant noise, so many things to do and trying to juggle them all is an act in itself. Don’t get me wrong I do love having the boys around, it is just they have so much energy that it is exhausting to watch, haha!

Hope you have had a fab week!

Cheers for reading X

 

Why playgrounds are ace

Hey readers,

 

If you are a parent you would have experienced taking your child to the playground. I think they are brilliant resource for everyone to use and here is why.

They get you out the house and get you away from the four walls or watching too much tv.

Playgrounds are a great way of getting a change of scenery and be surrounded by green. Sometimes, just getting away from the same places is a blessing in disguise.

If there is one thing I love more then anything in the world as a parent is finding fun things to do with my child that are free because let’s face it children come with a bloody big price tag, especially when they hit school. So, if I can save some money somewhere then going to the playground is one. Plus it helps with keeping children entertained and stop complaining for awhile that they are a bored.

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Playgrounds are great for exercise, playing chase, walking or even pushing a child on the swing all contributes to keeping you active.

Going to the playground allows you to blow some cobwebs of and get some much needed fresh  air. It also provides a mental boost, and helps clear your head. It really is amazing such a small and simple activity can have a huge impact on making you feel less crap and giving you the change to think more clearer.

Visiting a playground outdoors gives the child the opportunity to get vitamin D from being out in the fresh air and  help build strength in their bones.

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Playgrounds encourage free play, where the child decides what they want to do, they can even make up their own games or use their imagination on the playground apparatus. This next  point coincides with the above one in the fact that a  child can test out there communional skills with socialising with other children at the playground. Therefore possibility  of working together to establish what they want to do. There is also the positive effect of finding a person to share the enjoyment of play with someone who has similar interests in what they like to do in the playground.

Therefore I conclude that playgrounds are ACE!

Cheers for reading X

#sdfiverchallenge

Hey readers,

Christmas is nearly upon us and have you ever thought about looking at SportsDirect for presents, me neither until Mumsnet challenged me to get some gifts for £5.

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pushchair £5

This will be a present for my youngest as he loves dolls. I want him to have a mix of toys and to know that he can play with whatever tickles his fancy.

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Magic Pens – £1

These magic pens are only a pound but they are perfect christmas stocking filler. My son loves quirky things and one of his favorite things to do is write. He spends a lot time at home writing or drawing. These are fun as they have a white pen that you can go over and transform the colours.

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Notebook – £1.99

As mentioned  above my eldest loves to write so he gets through a lot of notebooks. This is an A6, perfect size for taking out travelling on transport or even at a restaurant as we all kids gets bored very quickly. I like the size of the notebook as it can fit into my easy which appealed to me.

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Grafix craft box – £5

Firstly, what appealed to me about this gigantic box of craft is the price and the fact the brand is Grafix. I have previously bought stuff from Grafix and find it very good maker for children’s toys and activities.

I love the fact that the box has everything you need and is a perfect gift for them days you spend at home and need something to excite the child. The product gives you the ideas which makes my life as a parent much easier.

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Raging bull game – £5

This is a brilliant fun gift for all the family. I wanted because it was not to complicated in doing and was suited for a four and six year old. I have in the past got too easy or too hard type game but this is perfect for age and how long it takes for their needs.

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Crayola stamp set – £3

Currently half price and I find Crayola paint/ink really good for causing any nasty reactions and really quick wash. These are the kind of things I think about when I choose presents for children. It will be a brilliant children’s christmas present. What child doesn’t love a bit of stamping. I like things that are not too complicated as I have learnt it is much better way to be when you have smaller children.

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Crayola doodle magic travel pack – £5

This is such a fantastic idea. for start you can reuse it over and over again and use cloth to clean. It is doesn’t stain and keeps children entertained. It is excellent storage and kids love carrying things, making them feel more grown up. This will be super for a Christmas present as we will be travelling to relatives during the festive period. It can be used in the car when driving or at someone’s home to use.

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When looking for presents are the Sports Direct it was amazing the variety of goods and some really good brands. You can get some cracking bargains and there is an assortment for all different age groups. I really like the diverse range of products and there is some real good inspiration when I was looking around.

As someone who is on a budget, I think Sports direct is a excellent place to visit. Obviously there are not just low budget items but that being said there is plenty to chose from if you don’t have bag fulls of money to spare.

Cheers for reading X

“This post is an entry for BritMums #sdfiverchallenge Christmas Challenge, sponsored by https://www.sportsdirect.com.”

Adapting 

Hey readers,
my word of the week is:


this is because I have changed my medication for anxiety and adjusting to that takes time. I need to accept that miracles don’t happen in a day and the side effects will go with time.

Let’s not forget that beautiful red sun on Monday, now feels like a distance away, haha!

Also, this week I went to my eldest parent evening, he seems absolutely fine with no concerns. He is the type of child to get on with learning and he especially enjoys findings out the way things work.

He did some yoga this term for three days a week before school started. I think he is a little sad that it has ended but happy knowing that after half term he will be starting Street dance.

Hope your week has been good.

Cheers for reading X