April is c-section awareness month. To all the hard as nails mothers who have endured this. You’re still as much of a mother as the next woman. Major surgery is by no means the ” easy way”. To those recovering and those about to enter into motherhood. Just thought I would share these with you.

If your not a fan of blood or Glory, PLEASE do not click on the picture

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Good cop, bad cop

How stressed out can you get mummy today???

Very stressed out…

Do you ever get them moments where you hate your children? You love them, but god they can send you into a metal home quicker than anything!!

So me being the good cop, I gave them each two pound pocket money, I suggested we walked down the shops to buy perhaps a small toy, I have come down the stairs ready to go….

Guess what….

You guest it, no ones dressed let alone got their shoes on!!! Even my neighbors got their shoes on after the final 1000 time I had shouted at the children!!

I knew from that moment that maybe going out was a bad idea!!

We get to the shops, we have melt downs, tantrums, crying on the floor, screaming as loud as they can. I was so embarrassed that I just carried on, safe to say they didn’t get anything from the shops so I will be using that £6 for a bottle of wine!!!!!!

I do get days when I think geeze why don’t my kids hate me, I shout more than Sargent major!!

Woburn Safari

The park let’s animals roam freely while visitors drive through their enclosures. The species held in the park include Southern White Rhino, elands, Scimitar Horned Oryx, Addax, Gemsbok, Ankoles, Zebras, African Wild Asses, Asian Elephants, Bactrian Camels, North American Bisons, bongo, African Lions, Pere David’s Deer, Canadian Timber Wolves, black bears, Patas Monkeys and Barbary Monkeys.

The park also has a 40-acre (16 ha) leisure area featuring animal talks, petting zones, a gift shop, family restaurant and a Go Ape! course. Animals in the leisure park include lemurs, squirrel monkeys, wallabies, emus, penguins, goats, ponies, reptiles, red panda and marmosets. There is also a soft play centre called the Mammoth Play Ark.

We had a fantastic day, We had cheeky monkey’s climbing all over our car, we had tigers brush past the car (he definitely was looking angry at us, as the park ranger told me not to stop and keep driving at him otherwise he will damage my car, that was a scary moment….

There is a couple of restaurant on site, but it is always nice to have a picnic.

Woburn offtern hold event days, we happened to go when peppa pig was visiting, Elle isn’t normally a fan of costumes, but today she decided she wanted to say hello.

Mikey was the most excited to see peppa pig, he ran up to her and he told her I love you, then shouting it’s definitely the real peppa pig Elle…. cuteness.

Swan Boats, first time the twins have ever been on boats, and what an awesome experience for them! It wasn’t for me, but for them it was great fun.

I can’t do small boats in water, specially when you have children like mine that have no fear, and start rocking from side to side ahhhhh.

It really is a wonderful day out, you can go around as many times as you want, and experience different points of the Day.

We saw some funny moments, specially when a bear was pushing a car, and some awww moments when we saw lots of baby monkey.

http://www.woburnsafari.co.uk

Easter Fun

Happy Easter to you all.

We have had an exciting fun day filled with chicks, bunny’s and of course lots of chocolate!

So far in three days we have made Easter bonnets, been to Stowe house and the le manior.

https://www.belmond.com/hotels/europe/uk/oxfordshire/belmond-le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowe

We have been lucky enough to go on 2 egg hunts in two very luxurious places on our door step.

The children made some special Easter bonnets to take to our egg hunts.

Easter isn’t about chocolate, winning egg hunts. It’s about being with loved ones that you take your journey with, making memories and being happy are far more important…

Happy Easter love me, Marley, Elle and Mikey ❤

How hard is it being a single mum to 3

No one said being a mother was easy, but being a single mother to 3 children definitely isn’t easy. It’s not like you can lock yourself in the bathroom for a five minute chill out, you sit in the bathroom, door slings open;

“what you doing mummy”

” Are you going to be long mummy”

“I need a pretend wee mummy”

” I will wait outside the door and keep asking you the same questions mummy”

It’s like my children think they will miss out on something, yes kids called being on your own for two minutes, it’s called piece and quite, it’s called LEAVE ME ALONE for two minutes…..

However I am lucky, my parents and sisters have my kids one weekend a month, so I can get my sanity back and survive the next 3 weeks! I would be lost with out their help and support.

Being a single mum is a very tiring and never ending job, it can be a lonely one to, there is no one to give you a break in the day, no one to help you with housework, cook dinner, you even have to run your own bath!!!!!

Many single mums cope, I honestly believed I would never cope as a single parent, it scared me the thought of being a single mother, what if I failed…..what if I got it wrong…..the truth is I cry most days because my kids shout they hate me, because their socks didn’t match, but I know deep inside everything I do, I do for them, their is days when I feel truly burnt out and don’t want to wake up the next day.

But when my three babies say they love me and I’m the best, I know deep very deep down they do appreciate everything I do for then, and know I try my hardest to get it right. ❤

Warwick castle day out

Visit Britain’s Ultimate Castle!

Dating back to 914, Warwick Castle has stood as an impressive Mediaveal Fortress on the banks of the river Avon for the last 1100 years. Attacked in 1264, besieged in 1642 and damaged by fire in 1871, the castle has survived the changing fortunes of history and remains one of the most well-preserved Mediaveal castles in the UK. Named recently as one of the richest families in British history, the Earl of Warwick had lots of money and knew how to spend it! As wars ceased, the Earl enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, the results of which can be seen in the elegant 17th Century Great Hall and State Rooms, home to the castle’s most prized possessions.

A visit to the castle also takes you through the beauty of the landscaped Capability Brown gardens, down into the mediaeval vaults and into the private residence of the Earl where you can discover the reality about the lives of the Earl, his family and their servants. For those with stamina, you can even climb to the top of our towers and ramparts – still open to the public after 1100 years and offering breath-taking views of the English countryside.

A visit to the castle wouldn’t be complete without watching the jousting tournament (summer only), the magnificent Birds of Prey, or the world’s largest trebuchet launching a fireball – an impressive sight to behold!

Located only 15 minutes from Stratford-upon-Avon, a visit to Warwick Castle is a must on any visit to Shakespeare’s England.

There is plenty to do with a massive children adventure park and beautiful fun mazes,shops and cafe.

https://www.warwick-castle.com

Spring Fun

So 3 days left at school… and the Easter half term begins, what am I possibly going to do with three children for 2 weeks.. I know I definitely need to stock up on red wine!!!

I have heard we are meant to get snow over the Easter period….great I best get to shops now and panic buy bread!!!! I joke, I’m definitely not a panic buyer, in fact I can never understand why people do such things!

So I have put 7 ideas together to do at home in case it does snow! But if it doesn’t and we actually have a warm spring, then we definitely be at the park with our picnic 😉

1. Build a Den with Blankets and Pillows

Build a den out of the sofa cushions, chairs, clothes rack with a blanket draped over or create a fort out of a big cardboard box with packing tape to hold the sides together.

2. Indoor Treasure Hunt

– a selection of things to do
– things to find
– fun activities to help pass the time!

All you have to do is provide each child with their printed treasure hunt and a small box to collect their items!

3. Create a Play/Show

Have the children put on a play or show (don’t forget to film it!)

4. Make special cards or write a letter

Everyone loves to receive a personal letter/card in the post these days, as is such a rarity! This would be a special treat for Grandparents or even cousins. Use stamps, glitter, paints and create a card to send or give to their relatives. Good opportunity for older children to practice their handwriting too!

5. Lego-Building Contest

Most houses have lego, so why not spent a wet day having a lego-building contest. Pick a theme e.g. vehicles, single coloured blocks etc. and let them loose constructing.

6. Make jewellery

If you don’t have jewellery crafts at home, you can use everyday items, like pasta, noodles, beads, paint, string, to make fashionable master pieces.

7. Balloon Ping-Pong

All you need is some balloons, and either table-tennis bats, or make your own bats using paper plates and sticks for handles. Clear some space in the hall and off they go.

If your children are anything like mine, and has a attention spam of a dead fly, then my suggestion is open that bottle of wine and let them trash the house.

Good Luck 😉

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