Thursday, 22 June 2017

Does St Christopher Protect Us When We Travel?

As the older kids grew up, we did travel a fair bit. It might have only been trips across the country as they were little but I always panicked about how I would 'save' them if anything happened to them. I had three kids relying on me to keep them safe, so I started to put a St Christopher on them. I am not a religious person but somehow I felt safer with this little bit of protection that I carefully placed around my children's neck.

St Christopher is the patron saint of travellers and it is quite a popular thing to make sure that you have a St Christopher when you travel, whether it is a car sticker or a necklace. I don't really know if it is faith or just a psychological thing but I just feel that my children are safer when they have the protection of something that you believe in. As the kids got older, I guess I felt more confident when I travelled with the kids. They were getting older and didn't rely on me so much, so we stopped using the St Christophers. It became a thing of the past and as I travelled with Tilly, I found it easier because I only had to protect one child, so if anything was to happen on our journey I knew I could keep her safe.

I do find myself travelling more with Tilly and as much as I love to take her to different places and I seem to travel more than I did with the older kids. Well, maybe not more but our trips are more adventurous. I want Tilly to see so much of the world because it is the only way that kids learn. So as I lay in bed last Thursday night, I found myself fretting that I didn't have a St Christopher for Tilly. I am not sure why I had this little wobble. Maybe the spate of terrorist attacks or maybe it's the fact that I am flying somewhere with Tilly for the first time and I am not being met by someone I know or going to stay with people I know. It feels strange to have a wobble like this after so many years of travel. I know it's my anxiety playing up, but I tried to brush it off. Then the following morning Kim said to me ''mum, you need to get Tilly a St Christopher''. She had no idea why she thought it, but it was so spooky after I had thought it after so many years without using one. So off I went to buy one, and now when we travel on Friday to Switzerland, we will be safe in the knowledge that St Christopher is protecting Tilly.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Oyster Brightening Eye Serum Review And Competition

As you get to my age, so need all the help that you can get and that always comes in the shape of a bottle. I was sent a bottle of Oyster Brightening Eye Serum from Amazon to help me with the fine lines under my eyes. I am lucky as I seem to have good genes and although I am nearly 45 years old and approaching middle age, I have very few fine lines and wrinkles. I hope that my girls appreciate the genes that I have passed on to them.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Gel-A-Peel Sparkle Bead Station Review

Tilly has been sent Gel-A-Peel bead station to review and as she is always making things with her Gel-A-peel sets, then I thought she would like to do this. She is 7 years old and really does enjoy the sets that she has already, but this set was different as she had to concentrate more (concentration isn't her best thing! The set comes with the bead station and 6 rods to make the beads on. It has 3 colourful and glittery gels as well as elastic to make the necklaces and earring parts. The gel tubes are smaller than the other sets, but there is still enough to make 100 beads for your jewellery.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Why We Don't Celebrate Fathers Day With Tillys Dad

When I got pregnant with Tilly, I actually thought her dad would play a big part of her life. When I brought up my older three children, their father would visit about once a year and gave them a tenner for their birthday and £20 for Christmas. I was sure that this time round I had chosen a better parent...... but my judgement needs some serious looking at!

I met Rod through a dating website and we talked for a long time over the internet (about 10 or 11 years). We lived in the same town but our paths never crossed - I never wanted them to, I was scared of commitment. Then one night we were emailing and one thing led to another, I bit the bullet and invited him to my house and for a week he never left. 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Booking A Holiday To Basel

Tilly's school has organised for their inset days to make a long weekend in a couple of weeks. So she finishes school on Thursday and she won't go back until the Tuesday morning. Although at the time, I thought it was a nuisance as I work on Fridays, and inset days are usually on a Monday when I have a day off.  But then I saw the benefit of the long weekend, because the weather is beautiful at the moment, and we are going to use it as a trip away somewhere. Last year we had a huge summer holiday and took an Interrail trip around Europe, but there is no money for that this year. So I kind of thought it would be a fab idea to take a small holiday in this long weekend and save loads of money instead of going on holiday in the summer holidays.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Scrummies natural Snack packs From Clearly Scrumptious *REVIEW*

Scrummies are a fab way to get fruit into your kids, they are a selection of raisins mixed in with other fruits like cranberries and cherry and raspberry. The raisins are all naturally flavoured and made from whole fruits. They come in their natural shape instead of being shaped like teddy bears or hearts because all though it is fun to eat food like this, it doesn't teach them what the fruits look like. They can then identify raisins as a treat but also as a healthy alternative to sweets.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

What Are The Clothes Like At JD Williams?

My son gets married in September and the thought of going shopping for a dress horrified me. I can't be bothered to walk around shops for hours on end looking for a sensible dress for a special occasion. I don't have the time and I don't have the money. Every mother wants to look their best when their child gets married, so I knew it had to be something kind of special to see my son get married. I think its that I don't have the patience to go walking around stores trying on dozens of dresses and with a 7-year-old in tow, it's even more of a nightmare. I don't have time to spend wandering around shops either. So when JD Williams asked if I would like to choose some clothes from their Summer dresses, I thought I would take a look to see what they had to offer. I do like ordering online, its so easy to do and to be honest, most of my shopping from food to everyday essentials is done online. You can browse online stores at 3 am in the morning when you can't sleep and its so easy to do, no stress of moaning kids, no husband impatiently looking at his watch every 5 minutes and no achy feet from all of the stores that you have to go to.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Why I Am so Disappointed With My Tory MP

I don't normally write about politics on my blog because it is always something that is guaranteed to cause arguments and make friends fall out with each other. But I felt so strongly about my disappointment this time round that I feel compelled to just write.

Our MP is Charlie Elphicke, He supposedly lives in the Dover area, but he is elusive and like most of the MPs he is very rarely seen in public around here. I have never been a voter that has stuck to the same party, I used to be a Tory voter, I have no idea why other than the fact that I was young and somewhat naive and just voted for who everyone else voted for. Then after the Poll Tax came in, I found myself as a Lib Dem voter. As my children came along, I swayed to Labour as they offered better family values for me. They seemed to help single parents and they helped me get back to work when the kids were little.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

How To Save Loads Of Money On Cruelty Free Holiday Essential

Being cruelty free is extremely important to people these days, so its so good to know that Superdrug Sells a majority of Cruelty free products. All of their own brand products carry the leaping bunny symbol meaning that they are not tested on animals and the ingredients are not tested on animals too. I work for Superdrug and it is fantastic to know that they have this policy because so many people feel passionate about it. Today we are going to highlight a way to get all of your cruelty free holiday essentials and save some money.

Friday, 9 June 2017

5 Ways To Save Your Sanity In The Summer Holidays

Thats it! The last half term has just gone and we are now gleefully looking forward to the upcoming summer holidays. As a single parent I dread the summer holidays because I can't afford to take the time off work to be with Tilly who is 7, so I find myself relying on friends to carry the childcare burden with me. This year Tilly is going on Brownie Pack holiday so I will have a whole week without her. To me that's one less week to worry about childcare. Here I have put together a post about staying sane with the kids this summer, the summer holidays can be painfully long and they do get bored towards the end so hopefully I can help with these tips.

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