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The C Word!

CHRISTMAS!

Yes I said it and I know it’s only September but I really need to get my bum in gear and start organising more.

I have a few gifts stashed away that I started picking up in the January Sales but with birthdays and holidays coming up I need to start planning and budgeting better for the festivities.

So expect a few lists and organinsing posts ovet the next couple of months.

A few things I need to check out:
– Smyths 20% weekend 16-19th September

– Argos 3 for 2 on toys Sept/Oct

-Sainsburys Toy Sale October

Have any of you started thinking of Christmas yet?

My escape

Sometimes in life, you need to escape. Escape from the demands of work, parenthood and general day to day pressures. Many people find comfort in their own home but for me this just adds to my stresses and I find more and more things to worry about.

So how do I deal with those hard days? When I am I being pulled in so many directions, i don’t know where to turn first. I pack up the car and head to my favourite place. Cornwall.Whether this be to the beach, to a cosy part of the coast line or simply to an outdoor forest full of fresh air, it offers me total freedom from everything I’ve been thinking about.

The boys get to run around without fear, I get to watch their happy faces and the peace aids my sinking mind. These few hours give me time to reflect on what is important and make tasks more managable and I realise there is no point in worrying about those silly things at 3am.

I am so grateful to live next to a beautiful county full of adventures and breathtaking scenary. I want my boys to grow up knowing they can escape to a great place and realise the true importance of life and not feel under pressure in the neverending spiral we call life.

I’ll leave you with some great pictures of the Cornish coast which always leave me happy.

Meal Plan for this week

What’s for Tea this week?! Does anybody else dread the task of meal planning. My boys have become so fussy recently it’s so hard to cater for everyone. But let’s hope this suits everyone this week:

MONDAY – Sausage, mash and peas

TUESDAY – Spaghetti and Meatballs

WEDNESDAY – Sweet & Sour Chicken and Rice & Veg

THURSDAY – Pasta Bake &Veg

FRIDAY – Tuna Steaks & Vegetable Rice

SATURDAY – Gammon Steaks, Egg and Chips

SUNDAY – Pork Chops and New Potatoes & Veg

Isn’t bird poo meant to bring you good luck?

The last week has been a write off to be honest. You know those weeks where things just don’t go your way.
I thought my week was looking up when a bird kindly pooed on my head however this was not to be and if anything things went from bad to worse. I won’t bore you with the details, just know that I will be hibernating this bank holiday weekend and catching up on some sleep!

On another note, how is it the last week of the summer holidays?! I feel like its flown by and I haven’t done half the stuff I wanted to with Dude. I need to make a list of the must do’s, he had a list he was desperate to do and I want to make sure he’s had the best summer ever before Year one starts!
In regards to school, all uniform has been bought and labelled and we are ready to go!

My next challenge is when Bear starts pre school at the end of September.. my baby boy off in the big wide world! <hides in denial>

 

Happy Bank Holiday Weekend!

A Day Out: Camel Creek Adventure Park

We’ve just got back from a lovely holiday in Cornwall. The weather forecast was a bit all over the place so on one of the days we decided to visit Camel Creek Adventure Park just outside Wadebridge.

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We bought our tickets online which was fast and easy. The prices are fairly reasonable and for a family of 4 it cost us £35.
On arriving at the park, a steward directed us to a parking space and we approached the entrance. Surprisingly there was no queue and we were in within minutes.

Now this park has recently been taken over and was previously known as Cornwall’s Crealy which we had visited before a few years ago. And the differences were pretty obvious. There was a fresh lick of paint everywhere and the place felt generally clean and tidier.


We started our day at the far end of the park at the water rides, it was a very warm day luckily as we got extremely wet on the log flume! We were impressed that our 5 year old were able to go on nearly all the rides and he thoroughly enjoyed trying out things he never has been able to at other theme parks. We were disappointed that the kids rollercoaster was broken that day. We never had to queue for a ride despite it being the summer holidays and one of the hottest days of the year.

For our 2 year old there was Swampy and Dina Land which offered tea cups, a bouncy ride and a ferris wheel that he could ride accompanied on which he loved.

As well as this there were plenty of open park and play equipment to explore. Huge slides and zip wires as well as water play and sand pits.

We briefly looked in some of the animal enclosures and there was a wide variety to look and learn about. Pomy rides were available at an extra cost.

Foodwise – there were a couple of restaurants to choose from, all reasonably priced. We opted for the homemade burger co. It was average for a burger meal, but we did have to wait a while for the food despite there only being 5 or 6 customers! There was limited healthy options but you can bring a packed lunch and there were plenty of picnic benches to sit on.For £6 you could buy a ‘Crealy’ cup and have unlimited refills through the day. We didnt buy this as only fizzy drinks were available.
We met a lovely friendly staff member that drove the land train around the park, however there were times that we encountered staff that clearly didnt want to be there and could barely raise a smile to anyone
One thing we would recommend to the park is to install more toilets. If you were at the far end of the park, the toilets were a long way away and for a desperate child who is more interested in the fun around them, it was a dubious run to find a toilet!

Overall we had a great day at Camel Creek and would recommend it to families with young children in particular! We hope to visit again next year!

Am I cut out for mummy life?

Do you sometimes wonder if you are actually cut out to be a mother? 

My eldest is 5 this week and I am suddenly realising that I don’t have that ‘natural’ mummy gene. I thought I did but I don’t think I do. My youngest is 21 months old. He is at that testing age- pushing boundaries and learning about the frustrating world around him. I have to constantly be on my toes. Watching, catching, teaching. 

I have come to realise that I’ve become that shouty mother, the one everyone looks at in the street as you bellow after your child who has clearly forgotten all that you have tried to teach them or have you taught them wrong?  The frustrated mum with the whingy child, but are they whingy? Or are you just not giving them enough attention. I’ve become the mum who is too embarrassed to let anyone in the house, where housework production has halted as I  just can’t seem to find time between juggling the kids and work/university. And whilst tidying one thing, the boys are making more mess elsewhere. But that’s not the kids fault, maybe that’s my fault for taking on too much and thinking I could further my career aswell as bring up my young family. I’ve become the mum who rarely takes her children to the park, soft play or any other activity that might involve a lot of people. I struggle in busy places, too frustrated and worried resulting in the boys having a rubbish time. The boys miss out as I feel I can’t cope. 

I can’t seem to lovingly mother anymore, I feel like I’ve turned into a well oiled machine, doing what has to be done everyday to keep the boys fed, clean and entertained. 

When did this happen? And why do I feel like I’m not cut out for it anymore?

I don’t want to be this person, it’s ironic really with the profession I’ve chosen. I feel like I’m sat on my high horse giving advice to new mothers, experienced mothers or mothers needing help and here I am unable to mother properly myself. 

I need to stop dwelling on it and now I’ve recognized it, do something about it. 

Where do I start?

Connecta Baby Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

We have used Connecta baby carriers since my eldest was first born.

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We love their carriers, they are so comfy and come in some lovely designs. So it was great to hear that they have signed up to the living wage. Their employees will receive a higher rate than the national minimum wage helping families in the current economic state.

Buy from the Connecta store HERE

Read more below:

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Connecta Baby ltd, has today accredited as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Connecta Baby Ltd, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers; receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Connecta Baby Ltd Managing Director, Sarah Sadler said: “We are very excited to be accredited as a Living Wage employer. At Connecta we take pride in running our business in an ethical and sustainable way and making sure all our employees are paid a fair wage is a big part of that.

“Connecta Baby Ltd is the first UK baby carrier manufacturer to join the scheme and we hope it will inspire many others in our industry to follow in our footsteps.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Living Wage Foundation Director, Sarah Vero said: “We are delighted to welcome Connecta Baby Ltd to the Living Wage movement as an accredited employer.

“The best employers are voluntarily signing up to pay the Living Wage now. The Living Wage is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.

“We have accredited over 2,000 leading employers, including Connecta Baby Ltd, ranging from independent printers, bookshops and breweries, to well-known companies such as Nationwide, Aviva and SSE. These businesses recognise that clinging to the national minimum wage is not good for business. Customers expect better than that. “

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