Sunday, 20 July 2014

Advice needed!

This is my pre-teen, he is soon to be 13 years old and is beautiful on both the inside and out.  To me my little growing man is absolutely, without a doubt, drop dead gorgeous.

I don't know whether it's a stage he is going through or whether it's something that we have done to him as parents, but he lacks in confidence.

This year he refused to take part in the Academy's sports day, his excuse was "there are too many schools there, the stadium is too big!". This might seem like a case of nerves but recently I've heard him saying a few different things which has lead me to my train of thought.

Whenever Mr M and I visit the Academy we notice all the cute girls cut through crowds just to walk right in front of him in a bid to gain his attention, whispering "Hi Ish" with the biggest of smiles. This completely goes over his head and no matter what I say to him, he still hasn't got much confidence.

It makes me sad. I wonder to myself what has made him this way. Is it something I've said to him or done? Is it inherited, a learned behaviour? I know I haven't always been the most confident.

What can I do? Who else has experienced this with their 12/13 year old?

 
I love this picture, it seems he doesn't like me taking photo's of him anymore. It's one of few that you'll get to see a real smile.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Making memories


There aren't enough hours in the day!
I want to do so many things, but always run out of time to get them done.  Sometimes my list of things to do seem never ending. Whether it be spending time with the kids, family, doing the house work, cooking, studying, work, programmes I want to catch up on; shopping, reading, meeting up with the girls, or having a little bit of me time.
Whatever it is, I don't seem able to fit it all in, or spend the quality time I want on them without compromising on quality or effort.
I'm exhausted just thinking about them and find it hard to establish a balance without spreading myself too thin.

I look at other blogs in awe and envy at how the author was able to do all these wonderful things that I was unable to in such limited time, and to top it off blog about it. To me their achievements are truly amazing. Maybe I'm juggling too many balls :-)

This week Izee and I did manage to do some baking, while pickle did plenty of eating.

Baking carrot cupcakes with butter & cream cheese icing... Yum!!


Summer holidays are quickly approaching and me and my Monsters are off to Barbados for our family hols. Where hopefully I will get the time to read, shop, watch programmes, go swimming, dancing, SLEEP and so much more! Making memories with my boys :-)

Pickle had his first big fall on Sunday, cuts and grazes on both hands *sad face*. We had plenty of huggles.



Izee had an extremely excellent school report. I'm glad to say he is over achieving in all subjects, making me a very proud Mama!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Mama's Little Pumpkin

It doesn't seem that long ago when it was just me and Ish. My Ish, mamas little angel & my best friend(yeah I know, a lot of responsibility for a kid). My well behaved little pumpkin who loved nothing more than to give mummy cuddles and spend his time singing, laughing and joking with mummy.

 
 

Gone are the days I read him bedtime stories like 'a Squash & a Squeeze' or one of Thomas the tank engines great adventures, tucked him into bed and sang 'My House has A Baby Wee(A Chinese lullaby sung in English, taught to me by my mum) to ease him to sleep, while he would utter a sleepy "ni-night mummy, I love you" before his head lightly hit the pillow and he was out for the count.



A couple weeks back my now pre-teen, lost his very last baby tooth *quietly sobs*. Well it was a huge deal to me. He handed me his tooth nonchalantly, as opposed to putting it under his pillow. In a bid to get some money out of me I suppose, and gave me a look to say 'lets cut out all the pleasantries mum, we both know tooth fairies don't exist'. The same look I'd probably give my mum at his age. 

Ish has grown up so much, he's changing everyday and although I love the person/man he is becoming, I miss the days when he was my little pumpkin.

Minutes, days, weeks just whizz past us with no way of getting em back. We turn our heads and it's Summer, we look the other way and it's Christmas and before we know it, BAM!!! Another year has passed and we are another year older.

We must remember to enjoy the moments, spend time with the ones we hold dear and show them how much we love & appreciate them. It can be easier said than done, especially as we live in an age where mountains of entertainment are at our feet for the taking, stealing our time and attention from the things that are truly important.

So I have taken a vow to make time (not literally, obvs!) put down my remote, turn off the TV, switch off my phone, tablet, laptop whatever and just take the time to spend with the ones I love. As tomorrow isn't promised!





This is the my preteen prince today. Although he keeps on growing older everyday, he is still Mama's lil pumpkin :-)




Saturday, 5 July 2014

BritMums Live - Better late than Never

This is my BritMums Live post, yay!! Come on....it's ONLY two weeks plus after the event itself, and TWO weeks plus after everyone else has published theirs lol.
What can I say? Late? I am! Un-organised? I am! But mostly I've just been busy, living my life undocumented with my cubs :)

I digress, BritMums!
Where shall I start???  It was fan-flipping-tastic! I was in awe by all the lights, the action, the hustle & bustle and the sea of bloggers eagerly awaiting the evenings events. 
I wasn't sure I would enjoy myself after mmming and ahhhing about going.
The reason I booked a ticket in the first place was due to my sister who had roped me in early last year  As usual I didn't give it much thought, I just booked. My only thoughts were a weekend away from being mum, a fun-filled city break from normality.

As the date for the 2-day conference crept up, I went into panic mode. Over thinking what other bloggers thought about my baby, my unorganised blog which is in no where near the picture I want it to be.
It is however a true reflection of me, the way I think and feel. The sometimes scatty, emotional and honest me. The me that doesn't use big words, partially because I don't understand them, plain old me who writes how I speak and although it's purposely done is not to everyone's taste. Oh and of course on top of that I had not published a post in forever. All the things I worried would make me an outsider to the rest of the blogging world.

The blogs I read are Gawjus to look at, extremely well written and updated often. All the things a blog should be. These writers are beautiful story tellers, craftsman, connoisseurs and chefs and I don't seem to fit into any of these categories, hence my worry.
Nethertheless on Friday the 20th of June I plodded onwards to Britmums live despite my fears, to offer companionship and support to my lil sis.

On arrival we were registered with warm smiles, given a name badge and as we were a little late ushered into Britmums#1 for our intro to the event.
This post is getting way too long and I have so much I wanna say, but I'm going to have to cut short and just give you a quick run down on my Britmums high and lows.

My highs:
  • Meeting the brands, who of course were so friendly, we had a good laugh together!
  • The Senegalese Tea lady - (who should get a promotion by the way!! Sorry she had to get a mention) made me giggle and her personality was friendly and one of warmth
  • Meeting one of the speakers Susie Burdekin who sat next to us on day 1 at the intro, she was extremely humble, friendly and a joy to chat with and her workshop was just what we needed in the form of motivation
  • The Bloggers Key note, which was extremely heart-felt and emotional
  • Great venue!
 
  • Last but not least Emily Beechers workshop on storytelling was brilliant and to top it off she gave us a sneek peek of her musical 'The Good Enough Mums Club' which was the highlight of my weekend.
My lows:
  • A few of the workshops I wanted to go to were in the same session
  • If I was nit-picking I would say the food wasn't really my cup of tea, I felt like I was snacking all day, and eating far too much sweet stuff. But like I said, I'm nit-picking!
  • A lot of bloggers were not very friendly, which by no means is a negative for Britmums, of course they can't be held responsible for the unapproachable and the clique's. Which if I'm honest was one of the reasons I wasn't looking forward to going to the event. One lovely lady I introduced myself to on the final day said she felt the same way. She had tried to introduce herself to a group of 3 ladies on day 1 and they were so icy she wasn't going to do it again, which is a complete shame.
  • I missed the keynote from Benjamin Dutton-Brooks, the author of Life As A Widower. This was due to having brekkie at the hotel(my feet just couldn't get back to 'The Brewery' as quickly as I wanted them to). On the plus side I got to meet him later and he signed my book :-)
I did meet a few good lovely people by the Grande finale.
My highs far out stretched the lows. So, all-in-all a big thumbs up for Britmums Live.
It was my first and hopefully not my last. I look forward to the prospect of being at next years event.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Morning Madness

Mornings in my house are a hustle and bustle. As the cock crows Izee is the first to wake up, making him the first one in the kitchen also. It's every man for himself in our house, so it's just as well the kids don't have any problems making themselves brekkie.

When they were small I had our little routine near enough set in stone, but now I can't say there's much in the way of organisation to breakfast time. In the morning everyone is either fighting for the bathroom or scrambling over each other to reach for comb's, creams and such. Unfortunately making breakfast the last thought before leaving home.

No matter how much I insist on hot cereal, Ish just grabs what ever he can as he embarks on his 100m sprint to school. He is always almost late everyday, for which I can never understand. Baring in mind his school is literally 10 mins away from our house.



When belVita gave me the opportunity to try their breakfast biscuits I welcomed the chance as a ray of hope for my dash through the door pre-teen! Mind you I don't normally eat breakfast either, and as the Caribbean saying goes 'Orange can't bare limes', so it's no wonder fruit does not lay far from the tree with this Ish!

We had 3 flavours to try:
  • Yogurt crunch
  • Fruit & Fibre
  • Milk & Cereal

If truth be told I just imagined they would be like any other biscuits, and that I'd need to eat half the box before I felt like I'd had a normal portioned size breakfast. To my pleasant surprise I enjoyed all 3 flavours, which accompanied with a cuppa and a slice of watermelon or some other fruit did the job of seeing me through to lunch.

Both the Milk & Cereal (my favourite!) and the Fruit & Fibre came in packs of four biscuits and the Yogurt crunch came in a slightly different pack of 2, doubled up with a layer of yogurt in the middle.



My breakfast accompanied with a cup of ginger tea!

Being 2 years old Pickle's belVita biscuit was accompanied by his morning cereal as you would expect, but he loved all three flavours.



Pickle enjoying his belVita milk & cereal


......and then they were gone!


 



 

 
 
 
 
I was given 3 packets of belvita breakfast biscuits and a Costa voucher for the purposes of this review, all opinions are my own.

This post is an entry for #MorningStories Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more at www.facebook.com/belVitaUK

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Monday Melodies #12

Friday just gone was my birthday, I won't bother highlighting which one, as from 30 onwards I stopped counting! Nowadays I tend to count my blessings instead of my years. So when the usual question of "what you doing for your birthday?" came up, I gave my usual response "Erm, I dunno, not much, probably just have the family round".

But.....I have to say this year was made extra special for me. I enjoyed it from start to finish. Thanks to a special someone my whole weekend was enjoyable, stress free and full of surprises. Thank you my Darlin! ;) xx

There isn't much in the way of birthday songs that I would choose for my Monday Melody, nor will I subject you to a 4-5min YouTube Happy Birthday vid! So, I will leave you with this beautiful song by Miss Estefan, which I've had on replay in my head since hearing it on Facebook early last week.

It's literally been years since I heard it last! Definitely reminds me of my childhood.....and my age lol.

 
Living with Mr M & Les Enfants




Silent Sunday

 
 
 
 


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Monday Melodies #11

Isn't it incredible how much thing's change from generation to generation. These last 2 decades has seen a huge growth in technology and in the way we communicate with each other.
Some of the changes I've witnessed:
Telephones (house phones with the spiral wires) - cordless - brick sized mobile phones - basic mobiles - BBM's- 3G mobiles with laptop capabilities.
Beta max - vcrs 
Floppy disks - portable USB's
Box tv's -plasma-LED/3D/Smart Tv's
Cable TV- satellite- skyDigital
Letters-emails-instant messaging-Facebook, Twitter, Skype etc etc need I go on?
I mean these are just a few! 

The Spark that initiated my train of thought was a conversation that Mr M and I had a few weeks ago, about 'back in the days'.  When guys wouldn't leave their house with out a pen & a little black book, to write down a girl's home phone number. Reminiscing not so old times gave me the giggles.
Now fast forward to the present day, Ish on his Apple IPhone, bbm-ing, whats-apping and face timing at the speed of light! To his "friend...who happens to be a girl" who has left his school because their family up and moved to Brighton.  Thinking of the difference in communication made me take a to step back and say wow!

So with all this fantastic technology my 2 year old has made his very own music video using this wonderful little app called Video star, which was introduced to him by his cousin. This is my Monday Melody :)


 
Please join in with your weeks favourite or most heartfelt Melody :)





Silent Sunday

 
 
 
 


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Fast Forward to April 19th

Hi guys,
Glad to be writing again, happy, grateful and hungry for more of what life has to offer.

I'm going to try to update you on my life with my mini Myries, by summing up the last 4 months of our life without pictures. Not only did my laptop break but my Samsung S3 is not working to it's maximum capability.  Unfortunately it is my only working camera, as I'm not rich enough to have a DSLR for the moment! 
My phone is almost useless, the battery is always dead despite having bought a new one with charger. I literally get approx 20mins usage from it at one time before having to charge it for another 3 hours!! Thank God my upgrades due in a month or two!

Let's not mention my laptop, which I am currently using to type this post. Ask me if it's playing up?.....YES......AGAIN!!! I only just got it back for f$*k flip sake!! Thus meaning the whole rigmarole of checking it in to Curry's/PcWorld's crap 'Know How' clinic ASAP and waiting 100 years to get it back! On the bright side, I do have a lovely new gadget in the form of an Ipad Air "hooray!".

This year I've hit the ground running, so juggling family life and business over the next few is going to be a massive task, but definitely worth the struggle. I'm going back to uni to study "guess what?.......Nursing!!" Go me (little celebratory dance around my living room)!!!

Pickle is doing well at nursery, he is still extremely excitable and as full of life as ever. He loves reading, fighting, jumping, screaming and everything that goes under the proverbial umbrella of terrible two's. I don't even know if that makes sense, but hey I like the word :D

Izee is working & playing hard in school and on the football pitch, he is wonderfully gifted, smart & extremely handsome like his Papa. He makes me proud to be his mama everyday.

The pre-teen Ish is going through the motions. At the age when life changes a great deal, he continues to surprise me everyday. His humour, empathy, knowledge and ideas are a breath of fresh air and a blessing, he is growing up to be quite the responsible man. Which I must remember to tell him, as lately I've had to have a few words too many about an array of things.

As a family we have completely changed our diet. Mainly fish, fruit & veg, an there is absolutely no red meat in our household at all! I've always been partial to a bit of oxtail :( but it's all for the best!

Totally unrelated topic
Best film I've watched this year: 2 Guns with the delicious Denzel Washington and the not so bad Mark Wahlberg.
Top of my charts for the worst song ever made: Jennifer Lopez I Luh Ya Papi, if you haven't heard it then don't bother! You'd wish you hadn't LOL.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

1st January 2014

Happy New Year

Wow what can I say 2013 has flown by in a flash. For me it was a year of new beginnings, much reflection and a few goodbyes. I can truly say I feel blessed.
My family and I are happy & healthy, and today mark's the 1st of 365 days that I'm going to try:

  1. not to take anything for granted
  2. to be grateful for what I have
  3. and to go for whatever I want in life
So roll on 2014, bring it on! ;-)

My computer is in CURRY'S for repair, as she's had a minor melt down. Hopefully she'll come back to me soon.  So I will leave it at that for now, as blogging on your Samsung Galaxy S3 is no fun at all.


Sunday, 15 December 2013

My Christmas Goody Bag


Who could resist the pure temptation, an un-missable opportunity to try some delightful chocolate treats from the wonderful Hotel Chocolat.  Needless to say I couldn't, so I jumped at the chance. I mean who am I to say 'No' to the prestigious Hotel Chocolat? Especially being the absolute Choc Nut I am. At £18 'The Christmas Goody Bag' is 285g of pure luxury or edible luxury, as stated on the box.
http://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/shop/christmas/christmas-goody-bag
Allergy Advice


Included in this fabulous bag of chocolate goodies are:
•A 50% Cookie & Caramel Wreath
•6 Christmas Mess Chocolates
•6 Treacle Tart Chocolates
•Trio of Milk Chocolate Santa's



The moment the chocolate arrived the kids and I couldn't wait to get in. So that's what we did! Here is our collective thought's.

Milk Chocolate Santa's
These little chocolate nibble's turned out to be Izee's favourite. The chocolate Santa's are bigger than expected. A smooth and generous mouthful of creamy chocolate. Your kids will love them too, they were my second fave.

Treacle Tarts
The treacle tart chocolates have a chocolate shell to die for. Inside there is a smooth, liquid-like combination of caramel and molasses for those of you caramel lovers. For a crunchy finish it's topped with a button of shortbread biscuit.

Cookie & Caramel Wreath
We had fun breaking and (on my behalf, unwillingly)sharing the chocolate wreath, which I must say in my opinion is closer in taste to dark chocolate than milk chocolate. It is quite a large chunk of chocolate and far too much for one person to devour....well almost, who am I kidding? I could actually eat a whole one all by myself.

The best part of the wreath was the delicious little cookie and caramel bits found inside the solid chocolate.

Christmas Mess
Fruity chocolate hmmmm..... Never really been into fruit flavoured chocolate and to be honest when I first tasted these Christmas Mess chocolates I was far from impressed, well that's what I told myself, subconsciously. Then I ate another one, and another one, and another, and just like that they were finished in no time.
These chocolates were my absolute favourite without a doubt. Lush! White chocolate casing, a dash of cranberry, a dash of strawberry, a few meringue sprinkles, 'ALAKAZAM', Bobs your Uncle! Beautiful Chocolate. Yes they are fruity, but they blooming Luurvly!


Hotel Chocolat is a distinguishable company both Ethical and Socially responsible and anything you would like to know can be found on their website.

 Thank You Hotel Chocolat for this wonderful Chocolate gift.