I’m pretty sure I am not the only person who has had the moment where they have sat there and thought about how much of their life they have wasted. Whether it is getting into a rut, being in a job that you really don’t like or just stretching yourself to your full potential. Recently it has been at the very forefront of my mind. Since my mum passed on 22nd September I have struggled to deal with the facts of my own life from how much longer I have left to what I’ve done with the time I’ve had. It has been like a continuous loop going round and round. Continue reading “That moment when you reach the point of ” Sort your life out “”
Kids love Christmas. For them, it is a magical time of the year. Therefore, it really is worth making it as special as possible. A big part of doing so is getting the decorating right.
Last year, I had a good clear out and threw away virtually all of our decorations, so have the perfect excuse to buy some new ones. As a result, I have already started looking around online to see what is available and I am pleased to report that there are some great decorations available.
Movie themed decorations
It is particularly nice to see retailers going back to some of the more traditional styles of decorations. These fun Disney Christmas character decorations are a perfect example of this trend. They are very well made, so can potentially be used as Christmas ornaments, for many years to come. Character-based or movie themed decorations are fun. They also make great gifts for friends and relatives.
Buy a few LED light decorations
Decorating the outside of your home is a good way to create a more Christmassy feel. To a large extent, the inflatable Santa has had its day. Instead, all of the shops are stocking LED frame decorations shaped like reindeer, sleighs and other Christmas related items. Provided you have somewhere to plug them in they are really easy to set up.
Hang some Christmas stockings
Kids love presents, so it is always nice to hang a Christmas stocking for each of them. A friend of mine adds a small present to each of them every day for a couple of weeks prior to Christmas. This is a great way to build excitement and it also makes sure that the kids have plenty of presents to open over the festive season.
Making your own Christmas treats and getting the children involved is a nice way to create a more festive ambience. Potentially, you could start making your Christmas cake now.
Let them decorate their own bedrooms
For an even more Christmassy feel, you could let your children hang some decorations in their own bedrooms. It will keep them occupied for a couple of hours and they will enjoy creating something special.
Get out those Christmas jumpers
Instead of leaving all of those Christmas jumpers you have been given in the drawer, why not get a few out and wear them around the house. You will stay lovely and warm as well as look more festive.
Let the kids make some decorations
Getting your children involved in decorating your home is well worth doing. Every year, mine happily while away hours making glittery snowflakes for the tree. It is one of our favourite traditions and something we start doing several weeks before Christmas. This helps us to get into the festive mood early.
Most kids love being involved in creating something different. If your children enjoy painting, drawing or crafts, why not let them make some of the decorations themselves? You can find more fantastic Christmas decoration craft ideas, here.
- This is a collaborative post
One thing we love as a family is playing games, We regularly have family game nights and are always excited and more than willing to review any games.One we particularly enjoyed was King Pong, so when we were approached again to review another of Drumond Parks games Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad, We jumped at the chance. Annabelle had been talking about it and wanting it since seeing the adverts on the TV.
What is Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad?
Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad is a fantastic fun-filled family game where the aim of the game is to move around the board without waking Dad and to sneak and get the chocolate cake. As you venture across the kitchen to the fridge you can hear Dad as he snores and groans his way through his sleep.
The game has been created for ages 5+ but I can tell you that us adults giggled just as much as the children did!
We set the game up very quickly and all chose a colour, As you can only have up to 4 players we decided to team up and play together. The game was extremely easy to understand. You click the clock the amount of times shown on your position on the board, that is of course unless you have the card in which case you can sit easy until your next go.
Annabelle loved it, we also had my nephew Jack ( 8 years old) join us to play too and I would say from the squeals of both delight and frustration that they both thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In fact to begin with Jack didn’t even want to join in but after watching us all play for a while and seeing everyone having fun. he just couldn’t resist!
Even the older 2 enjoyed it although Harry wasn’t best pleased when everyone kept taking his cards from him and left him with none making it almost impossible to him to get to the fridge.
Ellie’s competitive streak came out as she worked out which cards she needs to take to avoid having to press the button too many times.
What did we think?
Personally I thought it was a very good game and I was actually surprised that nobody sulked as they were sent back to the beginning but I think that is down to the fact that the way the game works everyone is pretty much sent back at some point. I do think it is more suited to younger children do to how quickly it is played and the ease of the game.
Gareth : I found the game to be quite repetitive but fantastic fun.
Annabelle : I really love the game but Dad really makes me jump when he wakes up!
Jel : The game is great fun, I just wish the board was bigger so the games lasted a little longer.
Harry : A cool fun, fast-paced game for all of the family
Jack : I thought it was a good game
Would we recommend it?
We would definitely recommend it to parents of younger children. It is fun for the whole family but we found it to be a great game for the younger ones. This is definitely a positive because quite often you can struggle to find a game that the youngsters can join in with and fully understand.
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** All thoughts and feelings about the game Sshh! Don’t Wake Dad are entirely my own. I was given the game in exchange of an honest and open review.
An Ode To An Average Mum Like Me
I know you’re feeling tired and maybe a little blue
Your thoughts of a million scenarios
And what you think you should do
That poo stain up their back
And spaghetti in there hair
Their beautiful clothes
When you have nothing yourself to wear
Sometimes you try your hardest
And it never seems enough
But you just keep on trying
Because you’re Mum, You’re tough
Your feelings come last
Your hairs in a messy bun
But that’s OK you’ll deal with it
Because you are a mum
Night time falls it’s time for bed
You do a little dance
Because you manage to get a coffee that’s hot
it’s been your only chance
You sit and ponder all the things
You said or did that day
You’re feeling guilty for shouting
Even though nastily they did play
Just remember that whilst you’re here and feeling kind of glum
There are little eyes looking up to you
Proud and happy that you’re their mum
From this mummy to you
We have all been there where we feel useless or not enough, friends have come and gone. You feel like you mean little or nothing. I just want to tell you, you are doing the best you can. And to those little people that are looking up to you that best is more than good enough.
Stop being so hard on yourselves and don’t always put yourselves last. You deserve time for yourself. Whether you are a working mum, stay at home mum, someone who bottle feeds or breastfeeds. If you take them to every club going or just sit and play games. YOU are doing the best for you and don’t ever compare yourself to others.
Thank you for reading and keep smiling,
You’ve got this!