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
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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.

 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Sex after having a Baby

 
 
Sex after giving birth to an 8lb 4oz baby can be a very daunting and much over thought thing. When I had my first baby I was 22 years old and scared poopless that things “downstairs” would never be the same again. Which is kinda, sorta true, but in actual fact is it nowhere near half as bad as I considered it might be.
Sex was the last thing on my mind for a long while, the midwife advises you give a 6 week recovery period, with which I emphasized upon when relaying the message over and over again to my other half.

To view the full post please click here . You can also read a number of other helpful topics on parenting just visit www.wrigglyrascals.com

Thursday, 5 December 2013

R.I.P Nelson Mandela

I haven’t been blogging properly for a few months, it’s been a combination of a lack of things to say, tiredness, illness and a lack of inspiration in the ideas department.

Today however I have something I want to say. It is an exceptionally sad day. The inspirational Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95, although his death was of course inevitable, it has still hit me so hard.

Nelson Mandela was a truly extraordinary & influential man. There are only a handful of men/women like him in the world, who have given us so much in the way of hope, change and progress and his legacy will live on.

It seems hard to believe he was viewed as a terrorist when you watch his behaviour in interviews and
recorded conversations. His aura to me was one of warmth, playfulness and intelligence.

As a child I remember my big sister taking me to Hyde Park to a free Nelson Mandela Concert, where we chanted the words “FREE NELSON MANDELA”. We have come a long way since then and there is still a long way to go. My heart and prayers go out to his family. R.I.P Madiba

 


Madiba

Madiba father of a nation

You changed the lives of South Africans

Touched the lives of so many

Gave your freedom, a gift to our children

Political leader formed on the battlefield

Walked a long uneasy road

Worn out shoes and tired bones

Time to sleep, if for a while

The earth still lives so the great ones never die

Monday, 18 November 2013

Monday Melodies #9


Living with Mr M & Les Enfants
 
I have really been neglecting my blog over the last month. Life just seems to be zooming past.
Today I have yet ANOTHER appointment to view a nursery for Pickle. I hate looking for a nursery, there is almost always some news of a battered or molested child being reported on a daily. Also there's the fact most nurseries seems to be run by kids who've just finished school and have barely any life experience, let alone experience looking after a child, not that they're incapable but... Look I'm just saying all kinds of thoughts swirl around your head when you think about exposing your precious, fragile babies to the world.

Anyhow let's get on, it's that time of the week again, time waits for no man and all that...
If you've been following Monday Melodies you will see for yourself that although I'm partial to an old song or two, I'm not really fussed about what type of music it is. I just love Musique!

Lady Antebellem
If you've never heard of them, you haven't lived...okay not quite, but in my opinion, it's great music.  The first song I heard from them 'I need you now' was downloaded to my good old IPOD Touch in no time and today still remains one of my favourites. So here it is, cos I'm in that mood. Not that mood! Get ya mind out the gutter! The slow Jamz mood o'course. Enjoy!  ;-)

Monday, 11 November 2013

Monday Melodies #8

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants

Today could of easily been another Rainy day's and Monday as
  1. I just love the song
  2. and I'm a bit of an old soul.
Every Monday I fight the urge to upload a song well beyond my years and even though I love Music in general I tend to stick to the old stuff as it is so feel good. The Christmas season is coming up expect to see plenty of the good old Nat King Cole up in the place :-)

This year has been beautiful, full of self-development, and progress in all aspects of my life. In business, I have found something that I love doing and I am working with and meeting some really wonderful people. I never dreamed I would be where I am now. Watch this space!

My song represents how I feel about London. Although I complain all the time, London has got to be one of the best cities in the world and even though you will often hear me say "I need some sun" or "I need to get out of here" there is definitely a warm feeling and a fondness I have towards this concrete jungle. She is my friend and one I can't live with or without. The opportunities come in multitudes here and it's and inspiring place to live, you just have to learn to unlock her secrets.  It's where dreams are made. ;-)




Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Ignorance is Bliss

I've often heard people say 'I wish I was a child again, life was so carefree', but me personally, I think life is the way it is for a reason. When I really consider the idea of it, even though youth has it ups, it also has some horrible experiences that go along with it.


For instance having to go through puberty again would just be AGONY! Like when your boobs start to grow (painful!!!), or the first time you get your monthly(and every 'bleedin' month after that, no pun intended!!!), not to mention FIRSTS! That uncomfortable first kiss, the first time you have sex, or first time you got your heart broken...into pieces!! We like to romanticize these things but really they are just plain friggin awful, maybe we can bring ourselves to laugh at a few of those things now, but it all sounds like a blooming nightmare now, doesn't it?

I would love to have the carefree aspect of youth, just like any other, the supple ache less bones, energy and never-ending gut that no matter how much cheese, cookie dough ice-cream or chocolate I consume, it wouldn't make the slightest bit of difference to my teeny tiny waist!
But on the grand scale of things, to live through it again pfhhh PLEASE! Thanks but, NO THANKS!

I went through a lot of racism growing up, people don't really like to talk about it, kinda brush it under carpet through fear of being labelled as 'having a chip on their shoulder' or being told to get over it. Some of us like to just get on with it and not be reminded of bad times. I'm not talking about slavery, I'm just talking about my own little journey, but if the truth be told it does go that far back. 

I've told you guys before that I was born on the lushilicious Island of Barbados. Well, moving over to England at the precious age of just 4 was a bit of an adventure for me, I went from the hot to the cold, from seeing predominantly Black faces everywhere to White faces. The change in culture and food came as a surprise but a good one.
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I took this all in my stride being the bold little Bajan I was, what wasn't so brilliant was the reception of some of the local people. I was called names I don't care to share, and treated as though I wasn't even a child, or that I was wrong and dirty.  The funny thing is I saw myself as British. I was born British as my dad was in the British army and The Royal Air Force which gave us automatic citizenship, my mum was a nurse and my dad even played cricket every Sunday, but we we're not British enough I guess.

Secondary School was a nightmare!! I went to school in Biggin Hill, Kent at a school called Charles Darwin. Yet again teased and taunted for being Black, but enough of that. Don't like to daunt on the past, but much of my past experiences have made me hate myself and my appearance at times.

I'd like to say the worlds a much better place, but in reality it isn't for any of us that picks up a paper, watches the news or are interested in worldly affairs, but in terms of racism in this country it is a much better place.

My kids don't really go through any of that rubbish racist stuff today, and are completely dumbfounded when they witness it in the slightest, or when I tell them what life was like for me as a child. We don't talk about it often and I am relieved my babies do not have to go through the hardships their dad or I had to go through.

Which is what brings me to my rant. I am utterly flabbergasted when I hear ridiculous people say things such as 'I think black women are ugly'. If you truly think that, keep your ignorant opinions to yourself. There are beautiful women in every race, just like they are less attractive people in every race. I think it thoughtless, and quite ignorant to class a whole race as being ugly.





Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday Melodies #7

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants
 
I was going to give Monday Melodies a rest this week and give my blog some much needed love, but I've decided I can do a bit of both.

This half term has been wonderful, me and the kids have had such a fantastic time and I only hope the memory of it stays with them. Usually it's Mr M that gets to play PS3 with them, roll around the floor with them and do all the fun things, while I have to take care of business, running the house, dinners etc. This week I decided we were going to have real time together to talk, laugh and have lots of fun.

So this is what we got up to, in no particular order:
  • Went to the movies
  • Visited Crystal Palace Park Farm with my Big sis and niece, I'd like to say fed the ducks but although they got a slight look in, the greedy Seagulls and Geese stole most of our bread.
  •  Baking cranberry, macadamia & white choc chip cookies with the kids, which were delish! 
  • A family day out with my sister, niece & nephew, which consists of a visit to the Tate Modern, getting a bit lost, packed lunch on a bench with a river view, coffee and frappachino's at Starbucks, being chased by some vampire bloke with a red and black laced bra, dinner at Garfunkel's Piccadilly, a quick tour around M&M world, with plenty of photo taking and a Haagen-Dazs to go! Arriving home just before the 176 bus turned back into a pumpkin, happy but thoroughly exhausted! 
  • A much loved visit to Grannies
  • A farewell dinner for Granddad as he is flying home to Barbados for the winter.
There is really so many incredibly fun things to do and see in London, and we are truly blessed as lot of them are free. The main destination for our family day out was to visit the British Museum, but unfortunately we did not get there before closing time, so that will be an outing for another time. The whole day we just went with the flow, with no time limits and had plenty of fun and laughter.

(will put some pics up in a bit)

















Today so far I've done a little cleaning and now I'm chilling like a villain with Izee & Pickle.
Izee has an Inset day so we are playing 'Who wants to be Millionaire on the Kindle'.
I have the heating on full blast, As the house was well below my comfort temp this morning, even though the winter has been kind so far. I'm so not one of those people who are mean to themselves in the winter due to our ever increasing gas bills!! Don't worry I know I'll pay for it when I see the bill, but for now imma be happy and hot, hot, hot. Which brings me to my choice for Monday Melodies!



Don't forget the linky is now open all week, so if you find yourself, having a Tuesday Choon,  Slow-jam Saturday, Soulful Sunday or so on then just join in :-) xx





Sunday, 27 October 2013

Monday Melodies #6

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants


This week we are gonna try something a tad different. Instead of the usual 24hours, I will be keeping the linky open all week!! Some of you might fancy a Tuesday Tune or maybe a Sunday Slow Jam!  Whatever tikkles you bits, you have the whole week to do it :-)

Oh and this week I'm going to be a bit cheeky and put up two songs that I'm feeling because it's my linky and I'm allowed to!! Feel free to do the same if you're as cheeky as me :D

The first song is all about Wii momma madness, free spirited, boogie down, dancehall Queen Kimmi. If you haven't got Just Dance on the Wii then you're missing the FUDGE out!  In fact I'd go all out and say you're a bigger nut job than me. Go get it now!


Second song is by the same group and I love it just as much. Both tunes seem to get the nutty butty side of me out of my shell.  It seems it does the same to Ms Sandra Bullock! Gotta love this lady :-)

 
Come join me for a boogie on Monday Melodies! :-) xx
 
 

Silent Sunday

 
 
 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Sat Cap

I absolutely love this photo!
 
Can't take this girl anywhere ;-)
 

Caption me please :-)

Mammasaurus - Saturday is Caption Day!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Monday Melodies #5

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants

Remember this chap?

I got to say I love this guy and his power to mesmerise and take you to that soulful, peaceful space.
I'm gonna refer to him as Ken because me and this fella go way back. Listening to his music reminds me of the late 80's/early 90's. There was a time where my mum had a Kenny G cassett tape in her car on lock! #oldtimes. I miss being a kid and have to remind mine everyday not to wish there life away.


Chill out, sit back, No words.
Enjoy!



Sunday

Today I've actually had some much needed time for myself. Sundays are routine for me and pretty much consists of cooking a good wholesome dinner, ironing the kids School uniform and family time.
It's been a mind draining kind of week, but in the good way. I am slowly but surely changing and I can see, and feel the changes, my life has definitely taken a turn for the better. I have some great, positive people in my life and I thank God for them. We ain't gonna talk about the negative ones right now.

Just gonna throw up a few random pics


Mum teaching kids how to play Mah Jong!

I have missed all my fave linky's this week :( but never mind, definite catch up next week.

Friday, 18 October 2013

Pre-event jitters

It's been a drawn out last couple of weeks and my head has been everywhere but here.  My memory is next to nothing and to be honest my fears of early Dementia are over real! But I can't say I haven't had a good week, just a scatty and busy one.
Our biggest WKYW event yet is tomorrow and I'm overwhelmed with all kinds of different emotions, FEAR being at the top of the list.

I had a good old laugh at myself today. Remembering my first attempt at public speaking for a very small workshop. There was approximately....erm....only 3 people I didn't know there! That didn't stop me shaking like a leaf in a hurricane.  It was ridiculous!

So tomorrow I don't know what I'm gonna be like, but I cheering myself on, Go Kimmi, Go Kimmi, Get Busy, Get Busy! (doing a little pre-celebration jig)
And I'm hoping for God to give me that extra bit of confidence that I desperately need. I keep asking myself what the hell am I really scared of.....
HELLO!!!
  • getting tongue tied
  • talking shit #Miranda moments
  • tripping up
  • repeating myself
  • sounding like an idiot x456
  • forgetting what the hell I'm suppose to be talking about
  • sweating like a piggy
and the list goes on.

However anxious I feel, I am still actually really looking forward to it.
So watch this space and I'll tell you how WELL it went :-)

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Monday Melodies #4

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants
 
 
My Monday Melodies song has been heavily on my mind since Friday.
This post is not for the shy and was inspired by a meeting with a lovely lady I had on Friday. I've told you previously that I and 2 other ladies run a business called Women Know Your Worth. Please click here if you want to know the reason for my meeting.
 
Oh and if you want to know more about the mystery lady click here.
*giggles like a little school girl*
 
 
 
 

Silent Sunday

 
 
 
 



Saturday, 12 October 2013

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Monday Melodies #3

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants


When I was little I spent a lot of time in the car, looking through the back window as Mum drove from one place to the next. Mum was a mental health nurse who ended up owning her own nursing home, so she was always as busy as a bee.

We would always be on the road, travelling to or from work, school, extra curricular activities, or on a mission to do a favour for someone in need. Usually at some ungodly hour. I could swear, but I won't, that Mum and one of her dearest friends my Aunt Lynette were actual CEO's or part owners for the Samaritans, or at least worked for them. They really are on par with Mother Teresa when it comes to charity work...trust me. 

In the back of the car is where I would listen to some of the greatest music ever made. My absolute all time favourites, if I had to choose any era would probably be from the 60's/70's, ohhhh please who am I kidding!! I loved the end of the 50's right up until the late 90's and I just CAN'T choose! That's me, indecisive as ever.

This song reminds me of a time, when I was a kid, sitting in the back of the car, staring through the window, dreaming about a life I had not yet lived!



Make of my mood what you will.

Join in and please leave a comment, as I really do love them xx

Silent Sunday

 


Saturday, 5 October 2013

Saturday is Caption Day

Today is Saturday Caption Day and I'm feeling good.  So I'm headed over to Mammasaurus blog to join in.
Come over and take a look!


These are my 3 monsters. The photo was taken in summer this year. I cannot actually recall what they were doing at the time!

 
 
 
 
 

 

Mammasaurus - Saturday is Caption Day!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Reading, thinking and more reading


I have not joined in with any linky's this week, even though I have had the intention to. I have read thousands of blogs though, my eyes can attest to that. I must admit until I watched the movie Julie and Julia I didn't even know what a blog was *embarrassedface*. 

So anyway, since I started blogging in April I have slowly but surely been introduced to some really fantastic blogs and the thing is, I seem to love almost all the blogs that I've read.....I did say ALMOST!! An even if I don't relate to a blog, I enjoy the honesty of a persons thoughts and the way in which they express it, I find it very alluring.
I get to know the individual without them knowledge and share some of their memories. Erm a bit sad, I know.

This week I have been over loaded with thoughts of What I want for the kids(future, clothes, opening new bank accounts etc etc) holiday's, looking for a job, money matters and thanks to some funny posts (close your eyes mum and kids)S.E.X.!!

Bogetti or Pickle as I've taken to calling him lately has had a few tantrums this week.  As I left my sisters house on Sunday he decided to cry and scream the whole way home. I pulled up to my house with my heart pounding, hands shaking and all sweaty(the effects of his tantrums) I asked him frantically for the last time "what's wrong?" and he answered " I want to go back!" I kissed my teeth took him into the house and put him to bed, relieved he was not in any pain! He preceded to cry himself to sleep that night. Since then he has been on a rollercoaster of emotions.

Here's a pic he took of himself with my phone, with which I was going to use to join in with The Gallery this week, but never got round to it.



Izee and Ish have had a few late nights this week as I had promised them they could watch The Sound Of Music with Mama :-) they had not yet seen it. Well, of course they loved it, just as my siblings and I did at that age. Occasionally I heard them saying "oh this is where this song is from" but I was much too busy singing to answer.

Two watching the Sound Of Music and the 3rd knocked out!


Oh nearly forgot to mention...I think I have a crush on Daddy Pig. He's just too lush, he's always willing to help, bathes the kids, stays calm in all situations, loves his food and last but not least, he loves jumping up & down in big muddy puddles! ;-) Gets my vote everytime! #peppapig #teamdaddypig

Seem to be an anaemic suffering from insomnia, talking gibberish.  Time for me to go to bed as I'm officially talking rubbish.

Blogs I've really enjoyed reading this week are from @dadcalledspen and @kiranchug


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Monday, 30 September 2013

Action Aid - Childhood memories

It's heart-breaking when you hear or read in the papers about a child that's been hurt, killed or suffered in anyway. It's sad to know that this kind of thing is not uncommon and that children can't have their God given right to a happy childhood.

At the mo ActionAid is running something called the #Rebuild campaign, which was bought to my attention through a warm post written by @dadcalledspen.

The aim of this campaign is to help rebuild the lives of children who have been affected by war in their country. ActionAid highlight the effects of the war on children, and the communities in which they live.

Check out the video of one of ActionAids Ambassadors Sarah Alexander's on her visit to Sierra Leone, where she talks about the Child sponsorship programme they run, the work that ActionAid is currently doing and how far they still have to go to help these children.

A few celebs are promoting this very worthy cause by recreating their happy childhood memories and sharing them. In order to help us create awareness for these children in need and their right to a safe and happy childhood with prospect's of a wonderful, bright future.

I was given the gift of a loving childhood, thankfully so are my children. One of my most prominent and fond memories I have growing up was watching and reacting(yes here it comes) The Sound Of Music!!  Singing my heart out to doe, ray, me, pretending I was a girl in a white dress with blue satin sashes and subjecting my lil sis and (yes) baby bros to do the same :-). I was and still am a nut for musicals and so are my kids!!

 
 
 
Join in and recreate one of your fav memories for a good cause and just for fun!

 
 

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Monday Melodies #2

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants

Hello everyone! :-)

My choice for Monday Melodies this week is a song I fall in love with over and over again and it moves me every time I hear it. It's sums up how I've been feeling.


I relate the words to myself as I often do with most music.
This song is for those of us that get discouraged if things don't go according to plan.


Oh and if you need a reminder of what to do then here's the rules!

Join the linky below. 



Silent Sunday