Tuesday, 23 September 2014

S is for….. Sleep

This weeks alphabet project sees the letter S taking centre stage.

I've decided that S is represented by sleep.

I don't know about you but sleep is something I crave.

I used to spend ours lying in my bed when I was younger or my pit as my mum used to call it.

Only rolling out of it when nature called or when my tummy refused to give up rumbling.

Now sleep is something I just can't seem to find.

I struggle to fall asleep on a daily basis and I think I know the reason why…

Monday, 22 September 2014

Read With Me #38

Hello fellow readers. Welcome to this weeks Read With Me. Last week I managed to reach my GoodReads 2014 target of 150 books and it isn't even the end of September yet.

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I think this shows just how much I love books.

I'm now wondering what my total will reach come the end of the year?

Even though I have over 500 books on my TBR list, this week I have found myself re reading books that I have read in the past.

Do you like to re read books or do you read them the once??

Thanks as always to everyone who linked up last week.

I'm so pleased to see that there are people out there who appreciate a good book just as much as I do.

Bedtimes Made Perfect With Storytime Magazine

I think whether you are a child or an adult, you just can't beat a good story.

Either reading it yourself or being read to, it's nice to escape into a different world and let your imagination run wild.

storytime magazine

The girls and I were recently sent a brand new magazine to read.

Storytime is filled with illustrated stories for parents and children to read and share together.

"We created Storytime because we wanted to make a magazine that parents and kids can enjoy together, and to encourage more parents and children to read for pleasure so, as well as well-loved stories, it features puzzles, colouring, games and top storytelling tips for parents from our education consultant. There are no plastic toys on the cover and no ads. We hope it’s something families will want to keep and treasure."

It says on the front, classic tales to read, love and share.

You can tell upon opening it that it is a magazine like no other.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Project 365 Days 257 - 263

Honestly I'll be glad when this week is over.

My poor mum had a week off work and instead of a nice holiday she has been faced with a house filled with vomit, poop and lots and lots of tears.

It started with Freya and Gracie, spread to Layla and then to Elise oh and back to Freya again.

I'm just surprised we haven't caught this dreaded bug too.

So I'm sure you won't be surprised that my project 365 photos this week aren't the happiest but here they are….

Day 257

A day of rubbish weather meant entertaining ourselves indoors.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Free School Dinners, Not As Good As They Sound

This month saw all key stage one children in English schools given the chance to eat a hot meal at school for free every day.

The scheme is expected to save parents like myself £400 a year per child.

Now in theory this sounds great but I'm not convinced.

Here are just three reasons that have me questioning the scheme and its intentions.

The Cost

Well we are told it is free but lets be honest, nothing where the government is concerned is really free. I mean we'll be paying for this through our taxes.

And in that case I'd like to know why school meals can't be free across the board.

At the moment I have three children at school, one in reception, one in year 2 and one in year 4. Meaning that two of my children get free meals whilst the other I'd have to pay for.

This something I can't afford, now for some it might not seem a lot of money to pay out but to me it is, I just can't budget in another bill. This means that my eldest has to have a packed lunch, luckily she is an easy going child and doesn't mind.

However I'm sure there are children out there who wouldn't be so happy if put in the same situation.

It was general secretary Christine Bower that said, "children do not stop being hungry at seven years of age".

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Making Fajitas With a Little Help From Birds Eye

I don't know about you, but I seem to find myself extra busy in Spetember.

After a relaxing interesting 6 weeks off from the school run, we are back into the routine of school, homework and early bed times with a bang.

Dinner times can end up being boring as I just don't seem to have the time to come up with new ideas of things to eat, we end up getting stuck in a rut of eating the same things on a weekly basis.

Birds Eye to the rescue.

This lovely company have enlisted the help of some talented little chefs to bring us parents a range of ideas for tasty dinner time recipes, designed to be yummy and appealing to even the fussiest of taste buds.

The list includes :

Fish Finger Pizza
Waffle Submarine
Waffle Nachos

birds eye chicken dippers

The girls and I opted to make the Chicken Dipper Fajitas seen as normal fajitas are always a family favourite.

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