FriYAY everyone! I hope there are big plans for the weekend ahead. This week has flown by in a blur. We had our very first parents induction meeting at my son’s school this week which was very interesting. We found out we have a new head teacher (surprise) and that there are only five boys in B’s entire reception. He is going to be bossed around a little more than he will like. haha
This Sunday is USA Mother’s Day so we will be celebrating no doubt with the kiddos. It always feels weird when I am trying to celebrate a holiday that isn’t here.
My brother is flying over from the states and lands in the UK tomorrow morning. I can’t wait. The kids and I are going to make him a big banner to hold up when he comes through the gates. It’s the first time anyone other than my mother has flown over to see me and where I live. I have so much planned for us for the next ten days so I might be a little MIA on social media and the blog, apologies ahead of time.
Let’s see what we have been loving this week…
After a lot of bad luck in the adult books lately I have resorted to just reading more to the kids for now. We love getting new stories for them because they are huge bookworms. I am constantly recommending toddler books to friends and family and passing ours onto them after we have finished. I was very excited to be sent this lovely one from the same author as Glitterbelle book that we love so much. We absolutely adore her creative illustrations and the way she creates her stories. Harriet Muncaster uses miniature scenes created out of paper and fabric and photographs them for her stories. I love that, it’s different and the kids are always pointing out various things in the scenes on each page. It almost makes you see the detail more than a regular storybook. This may look like a halloween book but it really is just a lovely story to read all year round. The kids love the little cat and even Mr P said, “oh that’s a good story”! This is Harriet’s second book that will be out later this year so have a sneak peak below and keep an eye out for it.
Have you heard of VoucherBin? No, I hadn’t either but I am actually so impressed by it. I am always sharing voucher codes and where to shop for bargains and how to get nice things cheaper on LTM but this one really is amazing. I say that honestly because this one suits me far better as I am a huge online shopper for EVERYTHING. You can choose any department: home decor, food, fashion, phone services, regular services, jewellery, pets whatever you are shopping for and select that category and a list of top brands will pop up with discount vouchers for each one. You can select the department, your budget and what you are looking for specifically. As I am about to redecorate B’s room and the spare room this is a huge plus for me. I wish I had known about it sooner. You can even put in the brand you are looking for specifically too. So let’s say you want it for hotel.com you can just put that in the box instead of a category and it searches directly. Takes two seconds and you can really save some money. Don’t believe me, type in The White Company one of my favorite stores and see all the discounts that pop up. I just used it last night and the voucher was accepted with no problem. I always think look around you are bound to get what you want cheaper with a good old discount code or coupon! I think I was a coupon cutter in a past life.
I have finally caught up on MIC, yes my only one UK tv show that’s allowed on. lol It’s my secret guilty pleasure I have to say. Not sure why but I was so excited that Lucy is back. I didn’t like her at first but have come to really like her and I think her going traveling for awhile and being absent was intriguing. Maybe there was more to her and Spencer flirty night than we think last season. Who knows but I am glad she is back! Anyone else love the tween bopper reality show?
I have been wearing my hair straight again. I wore it straight for 28 odd years and only recently have been wearing it curly probably since I started blogging. Maybe it’s my blogging personality that has me curly most days but I use to hate my straight hair as it’s really frizzy unless I don’t wash it a few days. These days that suits my lifestyle as a parent and working from home so it’s been straight a lot lately. What do you think is better: curly or straight?
Adding to my healthy main dishes I have been sharing lately, I made these scrumptious Healthy Oat Bars this week. To say they went down beautifully is an understatement. Both the kids, Mr P and I scuffed numerous ones daily until there was no more. (Sorry Morgana I know you are here Saturday, I did try to save you some). I had to quickly wrap a few for the neighbors and my mother in law or no one was going to be able to test them out for me. No sugar, no butter and so tasty. You must try them out and let me know what you think. To me, they taste just like a flapjack.
Last weekend was packed full of a bank holiday fun. I went to BlogOn where I got to hang out with so many amazing bloggers and be inspired. I met some amazing new bloggers too that I immediately connected with and fell in love with their blogs too. That’s what I love about the conferences as they aren’t just about the actual classes. Thank you Hayley, Rachel, Jo, and Kerri-Ann for being my buddies and lovely to meet InsideOut&About. I missed my partner in crime, Morgana as this was the first conference we ever went to together.
Yes, I know I have been asking for votes for awhile it seems but the MAD Blog Awards has just opened up and well, my momma always taught me if you don’t ask, you don’t get and I would absolutely love to be considered for Preschool or Family Fun categories. I love that they finally have a category for the toddler years. A few have been saying they don’t want to ask for votes or don’t like all the begging. I say it’s a friendly competition and we all want to be considered for something but we all are so happy when our favorite bloggers are listed too. So I say if you want voted shout it out, tweet it, write a blog post about it. We should all support and celebrate each other’s hard work and I wish everyone the very best of luck too.