Sleep Clinic Friday 10th October 2014 at 3pm

Tomorrow there is a sleep clinic to help parents in advance of the clock change – Do you want your extra hour?

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My children are gorgeous, happy, loving and fun. I love spending time with them, experiencing new things, but boy 5am is taking it’s toll. I am so nervous about their sleep and the clock change, cause that means Bubbles may well get up at 4am and I’m working full time. ARGH!

Well, one of the ideas is to start to adapt your child’s routine in advance, there are lots of things you can start to put in place and I have to say, this is something that is appealing to me!

On Friday 10th October at 3pm with Mandy Gurney, sleep expert and founder of a children’s sleep clinic will be offering her advice on how to adapt your child’s routine to cope with an extra hour in bed. From practical things about how to ease them with wind down time to the importance of establishing bedtime routines so that there are as little disruptions possible so they don’t get ratty.

The reason that this online sleep clinic is happening 2 weeks before the clocks go back is that sleep experts believe this is how long they recommend it takes for your children to adjust.

The show itself will be live at 3pm on 10th October 2014 and it’s being recorded so you can always come back and view it here.

Review: Fireman Sam – Ocean Rescue

My boys love tv and Fireman Sam is up there as one of the favourites. We have loads recorded on our Sky box, HD box & a friend have us old dvd’s so no matter where the boys are they can, if they want, watch Fireman Sam.

So this week sees the release of the new Fireman Sam Ocean Rescue DVD and Buddy was so excited when this one arrived. Not only was it Fireman Sam but the package was addressed to him, so be ripped off the packaging & Bubbles grabbed it, both ran towards DVD player to test it. Just as an aside here Bubbles is 2 1/2 and can put on DVDs, Grim on the other hand struggles ;)

We watched it together, whilst chilling out and we all loved it! The story lines were fab, the animation fun, bright and engaging. Best of all it’s all sea rescues, which make it different from the others we have seen before. They boys are definitely sold on this one. Bubbles shouted at me tonight, ‘This is awesome!’ If you have wee ones who love Fireman Sam this should definitely be a consideration for you.

disclaimer: we were sent this DVD for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own.

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Meal Planning Monday – 6th October 2014

Meal Planning Monday

I’m managing to keep up with the blog, this week, we’ve had a few blogs out and I have reviews stacking up. This is all good, they are all things we are interested in and have tried and tested, so we are getting ready to tell you all about them. Don’t forget to go in for the competition to win a copy of the new Tree Fu Tom DVD out today!

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Baked potatoes with chilli – I slow cooked the chilli a couple of weeks ago and there is still enough left for us and the boys this week. Makes a fab week night meal

Ragu – This is a staple that we make monthly and then have once a week

Prawn Stir Fry – at Grim’s request we have prawn stir fry on the menu this week. Anyone got any tips on the veg to put in. I find stir fry really dull :(

Pork and chilli green beans – I go t a voucher from Tesco for Finest Pork, so I used it to buy some pork loin. This is a really easy recipe, filling and extremely tasty

Chicken Korma – When my Mom was last here, we made this recipe from the Hairy Dieters book, it really is a wow dish and the boys love it too. Mom thought it was faffy, but I thought it was really easy and has become a regular in this house.

Chicken Fajitas – We used to always buy the kits, but recently Schwartz sent me the fajita spices and now we make it ourselves. It’s so tasty and at a fraction of the cost, we are very happy :)

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

Loving taking time out to write again, didn’t realise how much I missed it!

 

Review: Magic Halloween Fun with Tree Fu Tom: Tom’s Big Spell DVD

Tree Fu Tom DVDI remember the first time Buddy started to copy Tree Fu Tom moves, it was a few days after Bubbles was born.  He’d been away with his Grandparents for a few days and they had spent time with his older cousins who were obviously copying the moves. I still have a video of him concentrating so hard and trying to copy it, it was so cute.

It’s never really left him, every time it comes on the TV, he’s right there, copying and my he has got it down to a fine art now. As soon as this Tree Fu Tom DVD arrived, it was straight in the DVD player (yes both of my children can work this, even thought Daddy can’t!) and both of them were copying it.  It was fabulous to watch.

Buddy does Tree Fu Tom MovesThey both loved it. The thing I like about it is that they are encouraging children to move around. After working out, they did the whole DVD, they had a little rest and some water.

On Monday 6th October, Tree Fu Tom: Tom’s Big Spell is released, the story is great, it’s all about when Tom goes to spell school and it ends in mayhem. Brilliant story which my children thoroughly enjoyed and we have the chance for one of our readers to win a copy too. Please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter:
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Disclaimer: We were sent this DVD in return for a review, all opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday – 29th September 2014

Meal Planning Monday

Oh goodness, where has this year gone? I can’t believe I haven’t been on here in over a month. So many things have changed, Buddy has started school with homework EVERY NIGHT (that’s another blog post!) and I’ve started a new job in Dobbies, which I am loving every minute of.  I haven’t done much in the evenings at all since starting this new job as I’m so tired (in a good way of course)

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Baked potatoes with chilli – I slow cooked the chilli last weekend so we have loads in the freezer for easy week night meals
Ragu – This is a staple that we make monthly and then have once a week
Gammon steak and cauliflower cheese – This is something that I love but don’t have very often
Prawn stir fry – This is what I call fast food, it’s ready in minutes and so tasty!
Salmon with Sweet chilli sauce – For our oily fish this week we are having oven baked salmon with sweet chilli sauce. You can even cook the fish from frozen if you like, it’s a great thing to have in the freezer for nights you just want to pop something in the oven.
Chicken Fajitas – We used to always buy the kits, but recently Schwartz sent me the fajita spices and now we make it ourselves. It’s so tasty and at a fraction of the cost, we are very happy :)

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

So glad to be back :)