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 


Wow Cup; it really is wow!

The Wow cup, with its amazing non spill, magic rim. Even Russ was excited, however, when he found the invisible seal he was once again determined that this cup was like all the rest, I had stored away in the overflowing cupboard of mine...... But was it?

The amazing, advanced technology that is the Wow cup comes in 3 parts the colorful bottom silicone soft feeling type, that's available in a variety of bright colours, the middle screw lid that has a seal to keep the juice from escaping at that point and the top rim that is the magic.. 
It acts as a 360 degree cup just like a big person, however, it has a seal tight top layer that when the top of the mouth or top lip is pressed against it creates a little gap big enough to sip the juice inside.

Hmm, I thought ok so leak proof for today, but how many weeks down the line how many drops before its time for the bin. No! It's still going strong months down the line any which way, no leaks, however, now Theo has it as Emi couldn't quite grasp the concept but it works amazingly.

Darlo: A review and a great company!

Darlo: An amazing story!

 So, the lovely Chloe sat down one day and thought how can I make a difference in this world, well this is what she came up with.
Darlo make cotton rompers, joggers and t-shirts that have a great feel and are available in 3 fantastic colours; coral and mint, coral and grey and grey and mint. 
However the best part after the luscious clothing is that for every piece of clothing sold, they give a whole week's worth of meals to a child in India!

So whilst Emi has worn the long sleeve, mint green and grey marl T-shirt (my favourite colour right now) it's not the clothing I want to brag about! Its the amazing dedication and work that Chloe puts into saving and feeding the lives of children out there! 
The clothes, however, are two amazing standards and I feel everyone should buy 1,2 or even 4 T-shirts, rompers or joggers to save the lives of children out there.
Amazing work!
Check Darlo out by clicking Here and pledging your help!