My Christmas Obsession – Yes I know its July!

Santa, Reindeer, Candy Canes, Lights , Carols, Presents, Turkey, Crackers you name it I LOVE it. I am completely and utterly obsessed with Christmas and everything that comes with it.  I have lost count the amount of times I have been tagged on social media in things to do with Christmas, I have a large array of friends and even those I don’t speak to very often will see something Christmas and immediately think of me. I think its awesome!!!!

My Thoughts on Christmas in july?

Well what an absolutely incredibly fantastic idea!!! I am known for singing Christmas carols in June and driving everyone insane, so the fact that people now celebrate Christmas in July is just brilliant! I could barely contain my excitement when a friend informed me that Movies 24 was turning to Christmas films throughout July. In fact to begin with I thought it was just for the week and then when I realised it was for the whole month I was like a child!

I’ve already watched loads of them poor Gareth has to sit through them all and I’ve also recorded plenty ready for when its no longer Christmas in July and I can sit and watch them.  I’ve only just realised that they actually hold Christmas in July Events!!! How awesome is that!

So why the obsession?

Some people buy shoes , clothes shop, wear make up, sing, dance etc to cheer themselves up , I do it with Christmas! If life’s getting a little tough for me I don’t grab for the bottle of wine, I settle myself in a nice bath with a bath bomb and a Christmas book. I don’t know what it is about them that helps me to feel better but whenever I read a book or watch a movie I get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside me. I am generally at my happiest during the time of year that usually causes everyone stress.

I think there is nothing better than sitting there in your nice warm house on a freezing winters evening, burning a festive candle, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows in hand whilst watching a Christmas film. People just seem nicer and much more kind in winter. Not only that but in the winter it’s acceptable to sit in your pj’s and hibernate a little bit.

I blame the parents

My parents were never Christmas obsessed like I am but they did make a big deal of making sure that it was magical and festive for us. I don’t remember a single bad Christmas, and do you know what else? It’s not even the presents I remember, the memories I have are of us playing board games, watching films, spending time together, sitting round the table for turkey with our hats on reading out dodgy jokes.

I want my kids to have that very same festive feeling. I want them to look back on their childhood Christmas’s and winter and have nothing but happy and fond memories. Already the older ones are following in my footsteps and when asked what their favourite time of year is they will all tell you that it is winter.

We have some little traditions too

If I have a car at Christmas time ( not very often might I add) then I like to take the children to somewhere called Haughton, it’s a tiny little village not to far away from my house and they all decorate their houses and make it all magical. We will then come home where they will open a present. This is ALWAYS pj’s. They then have baths and get into their new pj’s before we sit and watch a film with hot chocolates. We then sprinkle reindeer food outside so that the reindeer know where to go and keep an eye out for Santa’s sleigh before going back inside to set out a plate for the man in the big red suit. Then the children go to bed whilst myself and Gareth sit and finish wrapping the last of the gifts and have a little glass of wine.

On Christmas morning there is always a gift on the ends of their beds and it is always a colouring book and pens. This is something I have done ever since my eldest Harry was a baby and it will continue until they have their own babies.

Thanks for sharing a tiny insight into my obsession with me 🙂

 

12 Life Hacks that will enrich the way you live your life

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I am a member of a mothers group on Facebook based in our local area, In fact I created the group and grew it but then passed it onto my friends to continue with as I simply didn’t have the time to put in it anymore. Anyway they were talking the other day about what life hacks they used and I was surprised to see that a lot of them use scissors to cut up pizza! Even now I’m a bit stumped as to how that doesn’t get messy but hey it seems to work for so many I think I must me missing a trick.

From this I decided to ask my favourite bloggers if they had any life hacks that they use and they came up with some crackers, some of which are just pure genius so I thought I would share with you what they had to say.

  1. A few drops of essential oils onto a cotton wool ball put on your radiator will save you a fortune on air fresheners and plug-ins says Jen from Just Average Jen

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  2.  Placing a hook on the back of your high chair creates an excellent place for storing your bibs, this way they are easier to access and saves hunting round for them says Claire from The Happy Weaner.

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  3.  Victoria from Lylia Rose says ” Baby wipes can be used for so much more than just babies bottoms” She has written her own post of 10 alternative uses for baby wipes
  4. Jess from Tantrums To Smiles says “Named storage boxes by the door where kids can dump all their stuff especially once they are at school or nursery etc. It means you always know where book bags, important letters will be. I then replace book bags, PE kits etc in to their own box so they can just grab it in the morning and go without having to hunt for things 1 minute before the school run”
  5.  When doing the food shop I put all the bags in the trolley and shop by “category” frozen/fridge/meat/fruit and veg/ etc. Then you always know you have enough bags, and it’s really easy to pack/unpack on the conveyor belt and once home.  says Zoe from Lycra Widow.
  6.  Kerry from Blissful Domestication says “Clothes pegs when you’re putting on duvet covers. Put duvet into the corners, pop clothes pegs on. It’s as good as having a second pair of hands!”
  7.  Kate from Five Little Stars came up with some brilliant ideas for white vinegar. she uses it to clean the house, Instead of fabric softener and to descale the kettle.
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  8.  Beth from Twinderelmo also agrees with the baby wipes theory and uses them for everything from shoes to the kitchen side.
  9. Straws to de-stalk strawberries, scissors to cut up cooking bacon, pizza cutter for slicing pancakes for kids are the hacks that Claire from Big Family, Big Fun.
  10. If you cut your avocado while in the skin, then you only need to turn it inside out for perfect cubes says Emily from  Confessions Of A Slummy Mummy.

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  11.  Renee from Close Enough to Kiss says “Put your duvet covers on inside out, line the corners yup then peel the sheet to the opposite end. Saves the faffing and climbing inside! Works with pillows too!”
  12.   I use my microwave as a bread bin to make my worktops clutter free says Rebecca from Kizmet Cava.

    So as you can see there are many life hacks to make our lives easier, do you have one? If so leave me a comment so I can try them out 🙂

Thanks for reading and thank you to all of my beautiful bloggers for sharing with us.

 

I now have a level 3 in Wedding Planning and can think about a business!

You may remember a while ago I told you all that I was offered an opportunity to take part in a course with NCC Home Learning. After searching through their hundreds of courses I decided the best one for me would be to do a wedding planner course.

Well I am now updating you to say that I have done it!! I am now a level 3 qualified Wedding Planner and I am incredibly excited about what the future will hold. I am so excited that now I have a platform to really get myself a career, not only will I have a career but it will be something that I truly enjoy. I have always loved throwing parties or putting things on for special occasions and now I have the opportunity to do it as not only a job but also a business and one that I hope will grow and become successful

I was unwell yesterday and had to cancel my plans so figured it would be the perfect time to finish the course and try to cheer myself up by passing the exam.  You can read about my illness and how it an flare up here.

 

The Course

The course itself was very easy to follow, you are sent your log in details and then you can work through it all at your own pace. This particular course involved a lot of reading and taking in certain details so it was quite easy to find the time to work my way through the modules. Gareth even commented how quickly I was getting through them but I don’t think he realised that I was reading a module here and there whilst working on my blog.

Personally I would have loved there to be more practical things to do that I had to send off to be marked and gain feedback on. Maybe book a mock wedding with a mock couple and go through all the different scenarios. However I did find the course incredibly interesting and didn’t realise how many of the little things I didn’t actually know. For example did you know that the cake is supposed to be cut between the main and the dessert and then handed out to guests with teas/coffees at the end of the meal and the rest cut up and put on a plate for the reception guests? Nope neither did I!

Where will I go from here?

Having this new qualification is going to open up some incredible doors for me and I fully intend on making the most of my new knowledge. All my life I have tried to have a career of some sort. I have looked into several options and it has never quite worked out. I did do incredibly well in catering but then I had my children and my career got lost also I found working in restaurants very hard work for very little in return. Not great wages and a lot of stress. Now don’t get me wrong I am very good at handling stress, I have 5 children for a start so stress is something that can come quite often but I like to know that my hard work has been appreciated and often in the catering industry there isn’t a great deal of appreciation. Saying that I was extremely good at what I did (even if I do say so myself)

Exciting news already!!!

Gareth knows somebody who actually owns his own events company and has asked him if I can shadow him on a few events to get a feel for things and so I can pick up any hints or tips before I start to set up my own business and amazingly he was more than happy to help so I will be joining him at a wedding and at a couple of wedding fayres which is fantastic and so exciting!

My plans for the future involve spending the next 6 – 8 months building up a portfolio and really learning the ins and outs of the wedding industry, approaching venues and asking them if I can voluntarily do work for them to gain the experience from all angles.

If you are a hotel or wedding venue or anything at all to do with the planning of weddings and would like to help me to gain some experience by letting me shadow you or even do some voluntary work for you then please do get in touch admin@mummyof5miracles.com or via my work with us page and I will be very grateful for the insight and experience.

Thank you NCC Home LEarning

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity and also creating a new passion inside of me and a doorway to being the creative person that I am.

I failed the exam the first time due to not really taking in all of the information properly but by failing it made me really pay attention and take in the right information so I think it was a good thing.

I would highly recommend a course with NCC , it is excellent, In fact I am considering doing another event management course to further my exciting upcoming business.

Thank you for reading

 

  • NCC Home learning gave me the opportunity to take part in a course of my choosing in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts and feelings about the course are completely my own.

Fathers Day

If you’re in the UK you will be aware that today is Fathers Day, it’s a chance for us to celebrate all of the daddies out there and show them that we appreciate them. I wrote a post not too long ago about how dads need more appreciation so today really is just a day for exactly that.

So Firstly I would like to say a special Happy Fathers Day to the most incredible Dad in the world. And despite Gareth being an awesome Dad I don’t mean him. I mean my Daddy. I genuinely got very lucky the day he chose to be part of my life. I am without a shadow of a doubt the biggest Daddies Girl in the world. I don’t get Daddies credit card or anything like that ( Although I’m pretty sure if he was able to he would give it to me)

But he is ALWAYS there for me when I need him, no matter what time it is early morning or late at night I know my Dad is just a call away. The amount of times that he has got me out of pickles , or saved me is incredible. He still fusses now even though I’m 35. Take today for example, he asked me if I was wearing Sun cream and telling me to drink plenty of water. It’s the little things like this that make me know that he is there unconditionally.


The second person is my other half and Daddy to my babies. Gareth. Gareth walked into our lives 5 years ago and didn’t even want children. Today he is the Daddy to not one, not two but 5 yes 5 children. 3 of which he has taken on as his own and would do anything for. I have no shame in saying that every single one of those children come before me and are top of his priority list. Their happiness is his main aim and if they’re happy then so is he.

It’s crazy to think that when we met Annabelle was only the age Freddie is now and he has watched her grow into the beautiful little girl she is now. He has watched Harry and Ellie grow from children to preteens and teens and now is watching his own babies grow. It has all gone so fast but one thing I do know is that I couldn’t have chosen anybody better to be there for my children, to guide them and support them. To help to teach them right from wrong. We all adore him and the special bond he has with each of the children is unique to them and it’s lovely to watch those bonds grow.

 

Miscarriage – I will never forget

This time of year is always a difficult time for me as the 10th June is the anniversary of one of my miscarriages and possibly one of the most difficult and scary days of my life. Continue reading “Miscarriage – I will never forget”

I decided to do something I enjoy – I recorded a song!

I have recorded a song!!!

Today has been a pretty chilled out day with not much happening, the older 2 have gone out with friends. Annabelle has gone to her Aunties so it’s just me, Gareth, Freddie and Bethie this afternoon. Gareth has taken Freddie outside to play ( which might I add is very cute) I can see them out of the window playing hide and seek. Although I am pretty sure Gareth is enjoying it more than Freddie is! Beth is sat in her highchair having a snack. Continue reading “I decided to do something I enjoy – I recorded a song!”

When is the right age to leave your child alone?

Today I wanted to write about something that I thought others might find interesting and a subject which a lot of people don’t actually know the answer to. When is the right age to leave your child alone?

If you need to quickly pop to the shops to grab some milk or maybe you work till 5 and the kids finish school at 3:15 is it OK to leave your kids at home? Continue reading “When is the right age to leave your child alone?”

How Mal Ford from BGT made my dreams come true

If like me you love to watch Britain’s Got Talent then you will have seen Mal Ford. He was the guy in the red jacket , playing the keyboard and refused to leave the stage before eventually turning the judges round and getting through . Unfortunately he didn’t get through to the live shows but I was there rooting for him all the way with nothing but pure admiration and a big sense of appreciation. Do you want to know why? Because that man was the only guy who gave me a chance to do the job I always dreamt of doing. Continue reading “How Mal Ford from BGT made my dreams come true”

Give them a kiss , a hug and tell them how much you love them from the bottom of your heart

In light of last nights awful events in Manchester I wanted to write a thoughtful and honest post. Something from my heart. It didn’t seem right today to write the post that I was planning. Equally I just couldn’t find the right words to say what I was thinking.
I am beyond shocked and saddened by the fact that innocent children were the target of an attack. What terrifies me most is that if I was to take my eldest daughter to any concert it would more than likely be Ariana Grande because like most teeny boppers Ellie loves her. It could have quite easily have been us sat there in that venue last night. Continue reading “Give them a kiss , a hug and tell them how much you love them from the bottom of your heart”

Why I’m proud of my tiger stripes

All over the internet I am constantly reading about how women want to find quick ways to hide their stretch marks. Or want a special oil to rub into their bumps whilst their pregnant to try to hide their stretch marks. I wonder why they can’t just be proud of their tiger stripes? Continue reading “Why I’m proud of my tiger stripes”