Summer Holidays, Missing him and distance.

Long nights approaching.

Summer holidays are approaching and Emi and Theo are spending every other week with their dadda(Theo still refuses to call him just dad lol), leaving me a bit lost. My Mr will be back for a few weeks between now and September, which we're all very excited about and i feel lots of planning is needed in order to keep us all from boredom this summer.
I have this humungous garden that needs tending to and a house that quite frankly could do with an amazing summer clean, top to bottom, however, i need to keep from the boredom that looms over me in the evenings. With the Mr so far away I can get awfully lonely and bored and i feel my blog has taken a back seat. So were back with a vengence and I feel I now have the right mindset to give it my whole attention (well after the children and Mr are sorted ofc!)

4000 miles is an amazing distance and I spend my down time in the evenings wondering how wonderful it'll be when he's finally home. I miss him like no one can imagine and would love the ability to fly, just so I could spend half an hour a night giving him a cuddle. 
Emi has taken to him as much as i have and she's so sweet, has him wrapped around her little finger just like her daddy and big brother.

It's hard to believe in 3 months Emi is 4!! just seems like yesterday Theo was that age. Come Feb Theo will be 7!! Oh my, hard to believe I have a child of that age lol!! Time for another I think ;)
They have an amazing bond between them and don't get me wrong, some days they fight a bit but mostly it's all cuddles and 'I love you's' couldn't ask for a better pair of kiddywinks.

Moving slightly back to the garden, we have this god awful tree that has ivy growing everywhere and grass and prickles sky high, when we moved here it was in a worse for wear state and I've slowly managed to prune it back a bit, however, after the amount of rain this year has given us already it's back to square one. Luckily I have a new lawnmower and strimmer and I'm determined( as soon as the rain stops pouring) to get back into it and make it beautiful again. Now the next challenge is patio furniture and pretty summer lanterns to get up to scratch with the summer trend.
The house is another matter entirely and it needs room by room emptying and cleaning, these old houses have dust that falls ever day and it is a nightmare to keep up with!!
All in all, summer is set to be a very busy, emotional, lonely at times one and i'm ready with mower, mop and a set of tissues for all it has to give me!


Long distance and open me when...

Open me when...

A new chapter of my life began on the 22nd March and I soon had to learn to live without someone... at least for months on end. I met an amazing person, he rocked my world and we hadn't even met. We went through months of talking every single night, he even has my last name! Fate was on my side and trusting someone again was really hard and I couldn't of chose a harder challenge this time round. 
He works far away and technology isn't so up to date over there so when it comes to contact we get Facetime and Whatsapp messages only and even they are limited as Wifi isn't everywhere. 
One day whilst browsing the internet for his birthday present i came across this amazing thing that would both last a while (although he got too impatient) and was really personal, however, I decided that i didn't want to pay stupid price for someone to send me stationary so I searched the net and came across perfect ideas. 

Open me when... letters are an amazing idea, for all the little things you can't say and especially when you're away from them and feel low.
There are loads of amazing topics such as;
 Open me when... you're missing me.
Open me when... you've had a bad day.
Open me when... you're on your way back to visit.
Open me when... It's your birthday.
Open me when... It's Xmas.

I included them all in a little box sprayed with my favourite perfume and included photos of me and family members which he has on his room wall. He, however, became impatient and opened them all by the time we first ever met with the last one being on the plane here!!

I've now taken to sending these via email as the post takes too long for me as i too, am impatient and can't resist telling him how much i miss him.


A break well deserved, Life as a singleton and the bloody bus!

 We're back after 7 long, drawn out months of bills, summer holidays, back to school and
... break ups.

We are officially now a family of 3! What's more, is I get to go back to work in January, Emi will be in pre school and I can either go to work in a kitchen environment or become a work at home mum and do my crafts!! I'm excited for my new venture in life! After the ex left in March, I decided to continue my GCSE English, as their dad was able to have them one night a week for me to continue.Well, I completed them and I got my results in the holidays!
 I got a B!!!!
 I was ecstatic.
So the sky is the limit and now I'm able to do as I please, well of course within reason!

So single life, no car, the bus it must be!!
Every day we have our simple and organised routine; up, dressed, breakfast, bus, school. Of course everything isn't this straight forward and Theo generally takes ages to get dressed and Emi insists on pulling her shoes off just before its time to leave in a mad bus stop rush.
What makes the start of the day worse is our bus drivers are so rude!! No waiting for you to sit down and park the pushchair, before they zoom off at high speed, listen it wasn't my fault you was late here so don't make it my problem now.

Anyway, every day now I take Theo to school, then I go across the road to my lovely bestie Amba's house; she has been a rock to me since the breakup and to repay her, I watch her beautiful girls whilst she attends her job at Theo's school. It's all rather amazing that she now can watch over Theo whilst he eats because let's be fair, he has been an absolute nightmare in the last year trying to eat, but no thanks to her we have managed to get him eating every day!

I decided to take these past few months out, as after the ex left my confidence went down it wasn't a very good break up to say the least and I wanted the children settled and of course, my new life was just starting.

Mum With an Opinion has some fairly amazing reviews to come as you'll all be pleased to know the play room is now complete!! We've had amazing products from Rustoleum and Bright Stars to help with our completion.

What's the saying, out with the old and in with the new? I've also had a very ummmm interesting? experience with a very well known dating site :/ trying to get back on the horse as it may be has been a rather interesting challenge indeed hehe.
So watch for the Plenty of What you Don't Need post that's to come shortly!

Just remember:
It isn't about waiting for the storm to pass it's about learning to dance in the rain!!


Dieting and DIY.

This month is a DIY special, both for me and my lovely, once upon a time dining room.
I've been decorating our dining room for a few months now and the last half is to be done this month and then the floor will be stripped of its paint soaked splats and the children's toy gorgeously placed to make a fun and exciting playroom for them. To me, this is big as I've always wanted the rich lifestyle and whilst were still poor as ever (at least until Emilia starts school full time) my house is finally forming after 4 whole years!We've had some lovely donations from a few special companies, to make sure our playroom is just that extra bit special.

Also, I've been putting off my own DIY for too long now and it's about time something was done, so I'll have a very big post, reviewing some dieting products from various health companies at the end of the month. Not before our amazing holiday opportunity we have in 2 weeks, to the amazing Bluestone nation park resorts! We're all so excited it's our first (and probably our last) family holiday ever and what's, more my sister Ellie and her two children Lily and Mason are coming too!Theo doesn't have a clue were even going on holiday and we've been trying to keep it a secret.... it's been so hard! 

So with all this going on I have no idea when I've managed to get ill 3 times since February!!

So many exciting things happening and I almost forgot to say, I've finally got my first ever passport wahoo, I've never needed one before and to be honest I don't now (long story involving a hen do that I definitely can't afford) so hopefully, one day this year it can actually be used and I hope it isn't just for identification!!!


Two years of Gnappies

Bidding farewell to a marvelous time in our life!

Today, we are saying goodbye to our much-beloved G's. We have loved them from around when Emi was 3 months old but now has come the time to finally say goodbye. We hardly use them now and I have decided these much-loved treasures should be passed on to the forever growing fan club. They will be sorely missed and we've had our fair share of rare and beautiful ones.
They were practical and we've loved them like no other of its kind.
I have cared for them, customised them and matched them up with dresses and legs, I've even based my English presentation on them for my GCSE's. 
But as I've said as Emi's had her illnesses and we've been away from home I found myself not reaching for them as our daily routine had been disrupted. 

So a very sad farewell to our lovely, easy, pretty little life savers, but we no longer require your services as I'm pretty sure Emi will be potty trained before the years out.
We will, however, be taking a couple instead of our swim nappies to our family holiday this year.

Thank you and goodbye Gnappies!

Wicksteed Frozen Flopout!!

Well, yesterday, me and Amba took the children on what we thought would be an amazing day. We set off at 8oclock to do ambas weekly shop before setting off for a fun packed day with Ana and Elsa, not forgetting Olaf!
We had finished at Tesco around 9 and got back to Ambas and unpacked, sandwiches made and all the excited children back into the car by 9.50.
We were also meeting Ambas sister, Jade, there and her soon to be sister-in-law Nat and the 4 children that would be joining them.
We set off and by 10.30 we had hit traffic, about 20 mins from Wicksteed park. Jade then phoned to say she was on the A6 and wasn't sure how far Nat was away from her. Me and Amba had reached the bend just before the park and had already witnessed a police car drive past. 
We finally reached the gates and then we saw it, a queue 5x the length of a Next sale just to get into the pavillion that only held 700 people!
We parked up and was getting ready when we received a call from Jade, the park had closed it gates and were turning everyone away! Seriously!!! We thought jeez we had come all this way, spent all this petrol and now half our party wasn't allowed in!! 
Well, we thought we'd make the most of it and as we obviously wasn't getting into the pavillion there had to be something else going on didn't there???
We had been promised:
Snowman building
Making shields and tiaras
Make a mini Olaf
Meet Elsa and Ana 
Frozen sing-along
Igloo building
Balloon tent
Cardboard city
Space hoppers
Dress up corner

Well, we did none of that it had all been 'cleverly' placed inside the pavillion, well done Wicksteed!

We were left with a ghost town, shops were closed, face painting closed cafe closed, everything except the ordinary park that is available daily was closed. So we had 2 disappointed children a queue for the dirty, muddy toilets 30 mins long oh and we thought wow, frozen chill out lounge, maybe this is were some of the activities are, nope just a bartender sharpening the odd pencil with thousands of pieces of drawing paper and everyone eating lunch, that was also closed 10 mins after arriving.

 It was so bad,  that on our way out, which, I may add was 20 mins after arriving, all the cars that had once caused the traffic, were also leaving the car park which also resembled a ghost town. We also saw poor little girls in Elsa and Ana outfits, still walking into the park actually thinking they would get to see the ever popular frozen event.

Biggest let down ever!! Yes some might say it was free, however, there probably the ones annoyed by the traffic,but 1 hours driving with 2 exciting children in the car and 2 each in our friends cars, plus petrol costs a packed lunch cost, plus 6 children's disappointment, well that's priceless, you can't put a price on your children's happiness and they sure weren't happy!!
Major fail Wicksteed and by the looks of it Twitter and Facebook had the same response, including those that actually got into the pavillion.
They saw the boom over the snowglobe Elsa dolls so there should be no excuse that they hadn't anticipated such a turnout!!!


Half Term

It's Here

Once again, half term is upon us and we're left with things to conjure up, magically as if magicians really do exist... well of course to Theo they do!

The playroom has been crying out for me to finish it since Xmas and we've had some amazing companies help in their donations for our special, coming at the end of this month woohoo so exciting.
Anyway back to the matter at hand. Me and Theo, took a very special trip 2 weeks ago, to London on behalf of Baby World and with all that's been happening we haven't yet had the chance to put up the amazing photos of London. So here are a few followed by the great link to an amazing opportunity we had the pleasure of attending.

Click here for our special day!
So after that amazing opportunity, which was purely a weekend treat for both me and Theo, we are going to have difficulty achieving better than that. So far, he's had a lego play date with his big 17-year old brother Dominic and a little trip to Amba's house to play with her 2 (going on 4) year old Bella. Tomorrow we have a journey to the big play event at Wicksteed park for a Frozen special however Emi will be staying home as limited room in Amba's car :(
(Note to self, must add driving lessons/test to the big lists of MUST's I have)
Hopefully, he'll love it and sleep without the hassle tomorrow night, as these last few days he certainly hasn't burned off enough energy.

Any ideas please leave below hehe