Friday, 26 May 2017

New Furniture Plans

When we moved house last year from a small two-bed terrace into a large three-bed semi, not only did we have a lot more space but we also realised we needed new furniture for the new house too. So far we have only brought a new bed for our 4-year-old, furniture wise. We have been concentrating on getting everywhere decorated and new blinds and curtains before we replace the furniture. Now that the rooms are starting to slowly take shape I have been thinking about what I want to buy for the house.

We don't really need a lot for the upstairs of the house just some new wardrobes and storage for the children's rooms which we will get when we redecorate their bedroom later in the year. Downstairs I want everything new though. I really want new sofas as the ones we have are not really my taste, we were kindly given them a few years ago as our old leather one was looking a bit tatty. I am trying to wait a few years until my children are a bit bigger before replacing them though as I don't want sticky finger prints everywhere. 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Sophia You Are Four

Dear Sophia

Today you are four years old and I thought I would write you a letter just like I did on your first, second and third birthdays. This year you have been through some big changes which you have taken in your stride and you have also changed so much over the last year too. You make us laugh every single day and you are so sweet and caring which melts my heart, you are also very stubborn and you still have your wild streak - which I hope you never lose.

Monday, 22 May 2017

A Little Home Update

Late last year we moved home into a 1950's semi-detached house, which will hopefully be our forever family home. However, as our new house is fairly old it does need a lot of work done to it to make it how we want, we have so many plans and want to hopefully add an extension and loft conversion in the future. For now, though we are just making the house more 'us' decorating the rooms one by one and getting new furniture and accessories.


Dacia Magic Weekend 2017

Newcastle has just hosted it's third Dacia Magic weekend and we were lucky enough to be invited along to experience it as a family. The Dacia Magic weekend is a two-day rugby super league event held at Newcastle United St Jame's park stadium, right in the city centre of Newcastle. Three matches are held on each of the days and it is a great way for rugby league fans or total rugby novices like me to experience different matches. 

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Teen Talk With Gabby Logan & Her Daughter Lois

Being a mum to a teen is tricky, it really is and being mam to a 14-year-old teenage daughter myself I know first hand what it is actually like. Every day is a learning curve. Boots and P&G understand this too which is why they are back for the second year with their #TeenTalk campaign along with trusted brands such as Tampax, Venus and Always. This year they have teamed up with TV presenter Gabby Logan and her 12-year-old daughter Lois to help give parents the confidence to have the dreaded #TeenTalk with their own children.

Gabby Logan Teen Talk Campaign

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Smyths Toy Superstore Family Party Day

Next weekend is a bank holiday weekend and I don't know about you but I sometimes struggle thinking of ways to keep my children occupied on the long weekends. When the weather is nice we like heading to the beach or the park but we all know the great British weather is very unpredictable, we even had hailstones here in Newcastle earlier on today - in the middle of May! However, Smyths Toys Superstore is hosting free family parties at UK stores next Saturday the 27th May from 9 am to 2 pm. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

My Thought's On 13 Reason's Why As A Parent To A Teen Girl

I am sure everyone has heard about Netflix's must see series 13 Reasons Why by now, it has been all over social media for weeks. I was pretty slow to watch it as I am not a big TV watcher and I also did not really want to watch a show about suicide. Then whilst checking my teenage daughters mobile I noticed on her Instagram account she had a link to an anonymous messaging app, where other people she knows can leave anonymous feedback about her, as did all of her friend's profiles. The first few messages were fine and just said things like "great friend, pretty, always there for me", just standard teenage girl messages to one another. Then I seen messages like "Do a Hannah Baker, go kill yourself."