10.28.2014

Rainy Day and Half Term Hell.




Now the nights are darker, the weather is getting wetter AND its half term. I am all of a sudden struggling to find things to do with the boys in doors that don't cost a fortune. We are not even half way through this week but I have a child who started reception in September and is now used to being entertained 24/7 too.

I'm boredddd. 



So we have had a trip to Poundland and Wilkinsons which I was really impressed with for their craft selection and very reasonable. Had a bit of a binge and going to do the the following:

Face Painting
Colouring in.
Making a Dinosaur (its a kit £1.99)
Painting...while Oscar is in bed.
Cut and stick.
Blowing bubbles, yes even inside.
Snap
Balloon Animals
Baking.
Board Games



Ignore sh*t hole behind please 
the kids are making memory's.....




Also here is the blog on how we have a Home movie night.




I've decided to dedicate one day to MESS and then do the 'dry stuff' after that. I may have wine while we do it but its the holidays after all ha ha. We never used to drink in the house, literally 5 yrs ago there was one dusty bottle of sherry in the cupboard. Its no coincidence that I've just put 6 bottle of wine on the online shop.

Thank you loooord the "Food Shop" has arrived! 



What do you like to to do with the kids in doors any tips appreciated and I will post your pics too if you send them?

We can do this! 



10.19.2014

Just give me a *f*cking* minute.....



"Just a minute"

"OK 1 Second"

"Let me finish this"

"Give me 5 minutes"

I say these things about 1 billion times a day and it makes no difference, my children do not understand the concept of waiting. I can hear my mother saying "Yeah well they are kids" ...that makes me feel loads better when I cant even go to the loo without something horrible happening. Not. I literally feel like sometimes I cant get a minute to myself or just finish the dishes. I constantly say the above and I mean it, I will be there is a minute but I haven't finished making their toast, they have already asked for a smoothie, then bypassed that completely and want playdoh out...the toaster hasn't even popped. Its like we cant even get out of the house as well, apart from the usual horrific "Just get dressed" "Where is your coat?" "Why have you took off your socks?" no explanation needed if you have kids but you need to get dressed too, probably pack a bag, stick on the dishwasher....you know survive.

This is what my morning is like. Imagine a bear covered in poop is in your living room. This is the perfect analogy because I have as much faith in my children as a wild animal. Your not dressed and need to get this bear out of your house as its just walking around destroying and covering everything in crap. You cant do that until you're dressed though. So now its a race against time, do you dare have a shower? What if it goes into the kitchen, finds the bright red lip stain down the back of the fridge (you thought you must have left on holiday) and...well stains everything red? Just go, reds your favourite colour anyway.

"Just be 5 minutes"

Do you dare go to the loo or just brush your teeth? The bear has become thankfully transfixed with the TV for 5 minutes and taking the bear up stairs with you will be a lot of hassle and create more mess as the bear will want to cover the bath in blue toothpaste and drink the water that sits in the bottom of the loo brush. Just sneak up and get the job done. Big mistake. The bear lost interest as your foot hit the top of the stairs and it has decided licking the TV, covering it in said crap and pulling all the photos off the mantle piece would be better. 

"Just a minute"

Now you have had a 4 second shower, half brushed your teeth while having a speed wee....you still need to get dressed though. Its looking pretty appealing now to just stay in and let the bear trash the house. You can clear up later. Again. No no you both need to get out, everything will be worse if we stay in and don't forget the mess, someone is bound to knock unannounced and you will want to die of shame that they see how you actually live! You.just.need.to.get.dressed. So go to wardrobe and pick something suitable for the schizophrenic British weather, that you can bend over in, make a sprint in (after the bear later) and that's preferable clean....ahhh lower standards on the last one. In fact just pick something to fucking cover your body there is a lot of noise going on now downstairs, can bears start a fire with just their fingers?  

"One second"

Now the bear is bad but you haven't realised there has been a saboteur this whole time. The alpha male. He has left a scolding cup of coffee on the bench as he has skipped out the house.....is he mad?! Bears love weird shit they have never seen before...until they burn their mouth and you only have one boob in your bra. Mad dash down stairs, ice cubes etc. Some chocolate buttons to cheer the bear up... and smear all over the sofa.  Right other boob in bra, finish getting clothes on. Look a wreck, feel worse. Press on lets get out of this house. 

Where are the bears shoes? ....The saboteur is back. Alpha male has struck again, the only pair of shoes are in his car....on the way to Scotland. Mint. Now I need to carry the bear to the car, to the shops and buy him a pair of shoes. Wait he has actually crapped up to his neck. I am never getting out of this house. Full change for the bear, nappy might be able to kill someone. OK, so house looks like its been dusted with a wrecking ball, I'm knackered, its only 8.42am, the bear has no shoes, I may have packed nappy's and a drink for the bear but who gives a shit lets get out of here....and buy some shoes. 

4 hours later. Return to house. 

I think we have been burgled.... Oh no this is just how we live now. Washing machine is loaded but not turned on, dishes piled high, bathroom is so disgusting I don't want to use my own toilet.

 "What's for Tea??!! "... 

"Just a minute, I will make something" 




All I'm saying is this motherhood malarkey would be a lot easier if they didn't want something every 3 seconds. 

Ash xox


10.17.2014

Lego Party! #5thbirthday #Legomovie


It was Archie's 5th birthday a few weeks ago and I asked him what he wanted to do for his party, the first thing he said was LEGO! Now this wasn't a surprise because he is Lego crazy and we all the LOVE the 'Lego Movie'. So as a theme it was fine but what could we do for the actual party? We used to have their party's at home but there are too many cousins and friends now, also we are still living in a building site. So I decided to go a for a Lego/Scooter party combo, I booked our local sports centre to have a roller disco so the kids could go wild but have a Lego theme; It was perfect too as Archie got a new scooter and helmet for his birthday, I tried to avoid my addiction to Pinterest because there is no way you can afford some of the ideas and items these 'American Super Mom' types are doing, it literally would cost £1000s.  I also wanted to have some of my own ideas but to be honest after the party I had a look about and I think everyone is thinking the same about Lego bricks and figures! Also new to me is Archie joining school and apparently in reception its the done thing to invite the whole class, now I was more than happy to do this and meet some of the parents but as we have a large family too it meant we had 40 children so some ideas had to be cut back too. I used eBay for loads of stuff but to be honest it was all cheaper than the shops and exactly what I wanted. 

So here is Archie's Lego Party.

Invitations 

I wanted to make some Lego invites so people would know the theme....I love paper craft so I was in my element here but they were really easy.



 I was going to design and print something off myself but I'm not that tech savvy either, so I ordered these personalised postcard invites from a lady on eBay User MandieTomas67 and I was blown away by the look and quality, also it was £9.60 for 25 so around the same price for party invites and I didn't have to write anything out. Bonus. I also bought some shiny yellow card from our local craft place which was 10p a sheet, I already had this 2" hole punch but I used it a lot for this party so an investment at £9.99 again from eBay. I got some white tack and so sticky dots.



I used the hole punch and used a few pieces of the glossy card and made A LOT of circles.



I then cut the A4 glossy yellow card in half, then folded it in half to make two A5 cards.



Then with white tack I stuck one of the post cards inside.



Finalised by sticking 2 circles on the front to look like a small piece of Lego. I did make a large one originally but these postcards were too small, it still looks good though.





Favours

I then moved on to party favours. I cant stand the bits of absolute tat that most supermarkets sell, they are not cheap for one plus what child below 10 needs a keyring?! Its a bit of a bone of contention between me and my mummy friends and we have all agreed its better to get one 'proper' thing and a lump of cake than a big bag of rubbish. One of my friends gave out 'DIY Mask Kits' another gave a book and another gave a balloon animal recently, all great ideas. I wanted to keep the Lego theme and was going to give a Lego colouring book but couldn't find any below £3 which adds up X40. So I decided to make my own little Lego colouring sets which hopefully the kids loved. I decided if I had the moulds I could make some Lego sweets too, so I made the chocolates first then washed the moulds and made the crayons, purely for hygiene reasons.

Lego Chocolates. 
You will need:
Lego Moulds. I bought the moulds off good old eBay £4.49 for both.
Chocolate I bought the cheap stuff from the supermarket. 40p a bar.
Sprinkles (optional)
Pirex jug
Cello bags £3.50 for 100.
Ribbon

First washed and dried the moulds.



I melted some chocolate in the microwave using a pirex jug so it was easier to pour. I just did short spurts and kept stirring, it took about 1 min. I just poured it into the moulds, then put some rainbow sprinkles on for texture.




I did white chocolate for the bricks and milk chocolate for the figures.



I then stuck them immediately in the freezer for about 10 minutes and its amazing how they just pop out.



For the figures I couldn't just leave them blank so after the freezer when they were still soft I put 2 eyes in with a cocktail stick and a mouth with the tip of a piping nozzle they looked so cute.




I let them all dry for an hour then transferred batch after batch into tupper-wares as didn't need them until the next day. When I needed them I got a cellobag, put 1 brick and 1 figure in the bag and a few jelly sweets...I might have gone crazy at this point because I counted out 40 portions equally....I cant be the only OCD right?


                                 Then I tied a bit of ribbon around it. Voila.



Lego Crayons

You will need:
Lego Moulds
Crayons, even old broken ones will work. I used at least one per figure so a few packets.
Chopping board and sharp knife.
Oven Tray
Cello bags used other half from chocs.
Ribbon

I couldn't believe how simple but effective this was and one of my friends actually asked where I bought them. All you do is peel the paper off the crayon, me and the hubby did this one night with a Boardwalk Empire Marathon as I needed 6 large packets and stuck the assorted colours into little tupperwares ready for melting.


 Then crumble or chop them into bits, place them in the mould. Mix them up (will go marbled) or strictly just one colour per figure, I did both and loved all of them. Pop the moulds, on a tray into the oven at 150C and leave them for about 10 Min's or until completely melted. I stuck them straight in the freezer again for about 10 Min's and carefully take them out of the mould....out of 160....yes I made that many, I only lost 2 heads.




Not even half way here.....everything was not awesome.




I then went onto Google images and copied and pasted a blank Lego man. There are tonnes of free printables, but I just wanted something small for the party bag size. I printed 9 per sheet, cut them out so I had two per child for them to create which ever Lego character they wanted with their new crayons. 



I put the paper and 3-4 crayons in a cello bag, I made some big hearts for the girly bags. Then again tidied them up with a bit of ribbon.





Party Bags

I bought some glossy yellow paper bags from eBay and repeated what I did with the invitations by sticking two circles on the front to look like a little Lego brick. I put the Lego sweets in, the Lego Crayon set, some crackle candy (£2.50 for 40 eBay), a lolly and a party popper...who doesn't love them?! I also had some personalised stickers made from eBay for £1.25 for 40 which were fab for sticking the bag shut and said "Thank You". Done! The kids seemed to love them and no plastic tat in sight.




To keep with the theme the husband and Archie made a huge number 5 in Lego as the table centre piece which looked really cool, I also did a game of guess how many Lego's in the jar...which was stupid because most the kids were 5 and under so 77 was aiming a bit high! Everyone got a little sweetie. In the Lego movie Archie favourite bit is "Honey where are my paaaaants?"...you have to see it. So I made a ton of little pants and then we stuck them all around the disco room with white tack. Any kid that brought one back to me got a sweet out of the Lego head (just another little Lego touch which cost nothing to us)that worked much better.



All Lego presents in the morning!


I bought the boys these t shirts from eBay for the party a bargain at £4.50


Handsome birthday boy ready to party! 





For the table I went for all primary colours in keeping with Lego, Red table cloth which was a bargain at 4m £2, I got off eBay some square yellow plates and I had planned on drawing a Lego face on  them but the pen just wouldn't work! A blue spotty napkin and blue drink cartons so no spillage were a bargain at £2 for 24. I made some Lego confetti too by cutting an A4 sheet into 4 then punching out 2 holes, the pictures not very good but it look great to fill in the gaps. For the food I did a basic picnic of cheese sandwich's, hot dogs, popcorn, party rings, crisps etc. Kids are so hyped up they rarely eat much so it goes to waste. This worked perfectly and there was plenty for the adults to pick at too. 


Lego Movie cake complete with 'Kragle'


For the cake see below. 

Lego Movie Cake Tutorial

 The kids seemed to love it and Archie said after "Mam everything was Awesome!"...so it was well worth tasting metal from being so stressed ha ha.

Me and the bestie ready to Roller Disco, stuff the kids!


Kids going mental, couldn't get a still shot! 


Carnage!



Love my baby dudes face here.



Ash xox   


10.06.2014

25 Day Mumma Challange!





I am not an earth mother, I admit it, its not a secret. Most of the time I find all this REALLY hard. When I was a "Working mother" I had all these ideas that if I ever became a SAHM I would have SO much more time for things like music classes, pavement chalks, baking and generally one on one time with my off spring. However it turns out that if you spend a lot more time in the house with children they create a lot more mess. They constantly want feeding, which means more dishes and washing...I have to mop my kitchen floor everyday of things like spaghetti, cheerios and milk puddles. I should have more time but I somehow have less? Plus said 'classes' are really expensive and creative things....well make more mess. Its awful but true. We all know how busy 'working mums' are as well. A teacher friend recently confessed that her weekends are purely now for catching up on housework not having family fun...said family are also piling up more housework as she goes. 

The point is its sometimes easy to forget the important things and make time for our children, especially now one of mine is in school. So I've devised a challenge for myself and hopefully you will all join in, even in a few weeks time there is no set date. I've seen these before on Pintrest etc but they are quite religious and so I've made my own. A 25 day challenge, one task each day to smash. I adore my children and of course already kisses and cuddle them, do fun stuff and spoil them but this will be the extra mile for them and me... some I could definitely master.  
So here it is.



The 25 day Mumma Challenge!

1. Let your child pick whatever they want for breakfast.
2. Teach your child a new word.
3. Organise or do one special thing just you and your child within the 25days.
4. How do you want your child to see you? Be that all day.
5. Today’s focus: Patience....well because yesterday was probably hard.
6. Give as many extra kisses’ and cuddles...as they will allow.
7. Do not criticise your child today.
8. Laugh A LOT with your child today.
9. Don’t shout at the children for the whole day.
10.  Teach your child something they can’t do themselves.
11.  Do not interrupt your child when they speak....even         on question 348.
12.  Today’s focus: Joy
13.  Bake, make or buy them their favourite food. Let them help.
14.  Ask your child’s opinion.
15.  Do something for you without the children, simple or pure luxury. Me time.
16.  Do something you wouldn’t normally allow, that you know your child loves.
17.  Think of a Mother you admire and emulate one of her best qualities.
18.  Let your child pick dinner.
19.  Turn off your phone/computer etc when your child is with you, dote on them today. Stuff Chores.
20.  Do something healthy with them, point out its importance.
21.  Today’s focus: Love
22.  Read a book with them you haven’t read before.
23.  Dance and sing like crazy with your child.
24.  Let your child pick an activity and DO it no matter what.
     25.  Tell your child “You are so glad they are your          son/daughter” and 5 reasons why.



I'm really looking forward to it, if you join in please let me know and send any pictures. I will be loading the daily task on my Facebook page, here. So if you haven't already please "Like" to keep upto date.


Good Luck.

Ash xox

P.s Of course Dads are welcome too.



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