The Dummy Fairy Has Been Again

Bubbles pretending to be a space man

Both of my children have had dummies, I never thought I would give them to them as I HATE them, not just dislike, HATE. But I was told by a midwife that I should as they helped babies with pain and this is really good. Anyway, you don’t want to hear details of my birthing experiences, that would put anyone off for life!!

So I gave in. Now I will try to find the post that I did for Buddy when the dummy fairy visited him. He was about 3, Bubbles had just been born and we decided a week before we got rid of the dummies that we were going to do this, so we kept telling him that the dummy fairy was coming on Sunday and we’d dig a hole and bury them in the garden and once he had done this, the dummy fairy would leave him a present. He spent so long admiring his handy work in the garden, Grim managed to get indoors to place the Woody character we had got for him in the house, he really believed in it.

So now Buddy is 5 and a half and his brother was due to give up his dummy. In actual fact I’ve tried twice, the first time he put them all in the bin then got his present and that night developed an ear infection and he kept vomiting and was so upset I got the one I had hidden away just in case to soothe him. Buddy has been explaining to Bubbles all about what happened to him and how he got Woody in return, but to no avail. Bubbles was wedded to it.

One afternoon about three weeks ago I tried again, this time Grim was out and when he came back Bubbles was screaming for his dummy and I was in tears. Bubbles went mental for about and hour and a half but I was trying my best.

So by this time I was scared to do it, but I was also absolutely determined that now it was going and I had to find a way to do it. I asked friends for advice on social media channels and decided to go with my friend Karen’s suggestion. She put stop n grow on her daughters two dummies and she tasted both of them, gave them back and never asked for them again. This seemed a simple solution. So the Thursday before using Stop n Grow I told Bubbles that he was too old for a dummy now and that the dummy fairy would come and put a spell on his dummies. She would make them taste horrible! I kept telling him this all weekend, everytime he put in his dummy I said it again. Then I asked the girls at nursery to hide his dummy in it’s tub near the front door and when I came in that evening I would put on a tiny spot of stop n grow and pop it in his tray. When I picked him up, I said again about it, I asked him if he had seen the dummy fairy. He bent down to his tray, opened the tub shoved his dummy inside, looked at me, started to pull a face then vomited all of the carpet.

Now that was not what I was expecting! I cleaned him up and threw away the dummy and although he has asked for it a few times, he has not really bothered about it at all.

His teeth are almost normal again, not sticking out and his ulcer that the dummy had cause is receding.

Bubbles sleeping with dummy

RIP dummies xxx.

Meal Planning Monday – 19th January 2015

Meal Planning Monday

This week is a tad of a busy one for me as it’s launch of spring this week at work so I’m tooing and froing from our Livingston store.

I am secretly hoping that G will do all of the cooking this week as think I might just want to sit down, but we’ll see.

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

paparedelle with mushrooms & cream This is from The Greedy Italians recipe book and OMG it is so simple but so so tasty.

Chicken CurryWe love curries in our house and Grim is making this from scratch, I am looking forward to it. Going to use my Pampered Chef Rice Cooker that gives us perfect fluffy rice every time.

salmon with chinese topping – Grim’s favourite is salmon, He made up a topping the other day with five spice, garlic, fresh ginger and lemon juice and it was extremely good.

Chilli tomato pastaThis again is from The Greedy Italians recipe book and it’s so simple, there are barely any ingredients but the taste is immense. This is possibly the most simple recipe we make.

Chorizo meatballs These are meatballs that Grim bought from Costco, they are so simple to make and taste just like massive chunks of chorizo. I love the flavour of them and add in a simple tomato sauce and serve with spaghetti. They are quite spicy but we have been giving Bubbles left overs for his dinners the next day at nursery and he wolfed these down last week.

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.


Meal Planning Monday – 5th January 2015

Meal Planning Monday

So it’s a New Year – Happy New Year all!

As I’ve been on holiday I’ve been planning things, so this week we are off to a good start and today I made all of the lunches and dinners until Wednesday. I know that is not the whole week, but it’s a start and I want it to continue as this is the only way I’m going to eat healthily, I find that if I don’t take food with me to work, I snack on naughty things. Can of coke being the first choice (so naughty!)

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

Chicken casserole I made this in the slow cooker, not sure what it will taste like. There is enough for all four of us and some left over for next week, so I hope that it’s good.

Ragu – we have this once a week, the boys love it and I have to say it’s great, I love it

salmon and green beans – Grim’s favourite is salmon, so we are having this as part of the meal plan this week. I am just having it plain but Grim will have sweet chilli sauce over the top before we bake it in the oven.

mince tacos – last time I had this was at my brother’s and his wife made it. It was so tasty so we thought we would give it a try this week. I think the boys will love it!

Chicken & pancetta pie – We cheat and make this majorly easy chicken pie .

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.


Saying goodbye to 2014

2014I know I keep saying it, but I can’t believe it’s the end of 2014, it is the last day and we are saying goodbye to 2014. I am not one for big New Year’s resolutions as I know I won’t stick to them. If I do make them and don’t manage them, then I just feel defeated and there is no point in that is there. There were some things that were in my plans for 2014 that I didn’t manage to do that now I know I need to sort out and if I think of them like plans rather than resolutions, I find that they are more achievable.

I started 2014 a part time employee and hoped for the perfect work/life balance. This didn’t happen. I ended up run ragged due to Buddy heading off to nursery on the Thursday and Friday and finding that by the time we had dropped him off, we had to pick him up again. I planned to get fit and with Buddy in school from autumn and Bubbles booked in to a new playgroup, I would have time to head along to my pilates class that I so missed on a weekly basis. I also started to go to a fitness class on a Friday morning at 6.30 but I saw a full time job that I really wanted to give a go so I ended up going back full time working almost immediately that Buddy went to school. The fitness class at 6.30 in the morning is fine when you were off and could have a little down time at lunchtime or just after I’d picked Buddy up, but not when you are working all day. How do you fit it all in?

Here are some of the highlights.

The boys took part in the sports day at nursery and they both did really well, these pics are superb!
Bubbles at sports day

Buddy at sports day

Buddy in school uniformSo 2014 has been eventful in many ways in our little family, but with the exception of graduating from nursery and on the school, there have not been many other milestones.

Buddy's Birthday balloon hatFor Buddy’s birthday this year we had a magician, he was absolutely fabulous and Buddy wants him to come again this year – I’d better book him up!!

On the blog, which I’ve not managed to keep up to date with since starting full time work, my most viewed post is my ham in cider post. It had over 200 views on Christmas Eve alone!! I can’t believe it really as I wrote it back in April 2012 just after I had had Bubbles.

Bubbles with FrozenBubbles and Flynn got really into Frozen – well who didn’t?!? I now know all the words to Let it go and they sing it constantly.

2015 will begin tomorrow and although I don’t do resolutions, this is my 40th year so I want to do some things to make it extra special. I will start with the fitness side of things. 10 years ago I ran a marathon and had never been fitter in my life, so I plan to get fit again. This does not mean I’m going to run a marathon or do anything like Tough Mudder (sorry Ashley & Becca to disappoint, but I just don’t fancy it!!) but I will lose my weight and get back into my jeans that I bought at Uni – I was in them before I got pregnant with Bubbles so it is achievable.

The other thing I’m going to do is have more ‘me’ time. Grim does his band and I don’t really do anything apart from my blog, so I plan to do more things the occupy me, and just on my own. I have a few ideas, if you have any suggestions in cool things that I can get up to this year in the run up to my 40th in September, please comment below. I haven’t got lots of cash to spend, so they must be things that won’t cost a lot too.

Happy New Year all – I wish you all the best of luck and may it be your most prosperous year yet :)

Review: Gro Height Chart

Full height chart

My littlies are growing up so quickly, they seem to always have half-mast trousers. Is this what everyone’s boys are like?

We used to measure the boys against our wall in our old house, but we moved so we had to start again. There are a few things about this particular Gro Height Chart that I like? It is a wall sticker with lots of other things on it so you can make a collage on the wall. Although it is not reusable once it’s stuck, you can readjust after putting it on, just as well as I put it on and then realised in my haste I’d put it on squint.

height chart from grobag
It was so easy that Buddy could help me to put the leaves on too.

When we measured Buddy against it, I couldn’t believe he was 121cm, so I checked again that the starting bit was 20cm and I hadn’t overegged it a little, but no. He is growing so fast, he’s going to be tall!! Bubbles on the other hand is in clothes that Buddy was in at 2 and he’s almost 3! He is just under 90cm now. I need to look back to see what height Buddy was at almost 3.

We used some of the stickers and then kept the rest for Bubbles’ room, his room is blue and the elephants will go so well. He is so excited about putting these on himself.

This product comes from the makers of grobag, a well-loved brand in this house, what with our grobags, our groclock and also the temporary blind. This is a blackout blind that suckers on to any window and is a Godsend for those babies and children who will only sleep in completely dark rooms (Bubbles is like that, but Buddy likes the light left on).

For more information about grobag and this Gro Height Chart visit

Disclaimer: We were sent the height chart from grobag for us to review. All opinions are our own.

Meal Planning Monday – 29th December 2014

Meal Planning Monday

I cannot believe this is the last Meal Planning Monday post of the year. To say this year has gone quickly s a massive understatement. I am off today and hence having time to blog. Since I started this new job, I haven[‘t had any time to post, which makes me sad a little.

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

Ham with cauliflower cheese and green beans I love this and as there are no carbs it’s a good one for filling you up but not overloading on the carbs. We are using leftover ham from Christmas Day.

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

Sausages and mash with red onion gravy – So tasty but the gravy is made with beef dripping so we won’t have it too often and the sausages are from the butchers at Dobbies. He is fabulous and we often get mini burgers for the boys and apricot and leek pork sausages are a much loved favourite by our boys.

pizza – Grim is gigging on Friday so the boys and I are going to make our own pizzas, they are really tasty.

takeaway – on New Years Eve, we are going to get a takeaway and have a night off from cooking :).

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.