Christmas magic, dinosaurs, and playground fun

On Monday we visited Brigg Garden Centre as they now have their huge Christmas shop open and it was a tradition we had to visit with my mother-in-law before she passed away. I wanted to take J & N to see all the Christmas pretties (okay, maybe it was me who wanted to see them) and they have recently had a new play area built so we though we could make a little afternoon of it and J could have a play after we’d had a (long) wander around.

They usually have some kind of magical display in their Christmas Land and I couldn’t wait to see what it was this year. It really was magical this year…

I think we must have spent about an hour just looking around the Christmas stuff, I just have to look at everything and wish I could buy the whole shop! I found an amazingly beautiful tree if anyone can spare £999 to buy me it? No? Never mind…

Once we’d finished there, we had a quick look around the main shop then went outside as they have a polar bear band which is fantastic; we also got our photos taken with a polar bear! (Though husband is rubbish at photos so he chopped his head off!). You can also visit Santa (but we’re waiting until December for that) and they have a train ride, but J wouldn’t have wanted to stay on it so we didn’t bother.


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We had some fun with the magic mirrors… (I want that skinny one at home – I can be slim every day then!)

We also met some dinosaurs living among the plants… I thought J would be terrified but no, he wanted to stroke them!

We then nipped outside to the new play area which I knew J would love as he loves being outside and it’s very difficult to drag him away from a play area! We told him he could have a ‘special juice’ (Fruit Shoot – I know, I know) which did the trick though! Best of all, it’s all free (except Santa and the train ride). We’ll definitely be back more in the summer though it will be mega busy then – I usually just visit for Christmas Land!

National Teething Week 2014 #teethingweek

I don’t know about you, but in this house we are in the midst of teething. N’s teeth still aren’t through yet but they are very close to coming, though they’re not actually bothering him too much at the minute; he just chews his fist a lot and everything goes into his mouth. I’m not sure his first one will arrive by the end of this week though which also happens to be the first ever National Teething Week which is sponsored by Camilia Oral Solution, the homeopathic experts in teething.

Two in three infants aged 3 months to 30 months are affected by teething and with the process being long & drawn out, it is often frustrating for both children & parents. National Teething Week 2014 runs from 17-23 November, and it aims to help new parents recognise the symptoms of teething and advise them on ways to limit the amount of discomfort their baby or toddler may be having. Through informative discussion, advice and content, National Teething Week will aim to educate and aleviate and concerns that parents may have.

Camilia are also sharing some useful tips to identify teething and help with it. You can find these tips and information on the other activities happening during the week over on the National Teething Week website – there are also a few chances to win some fab goodies

You can keep up with the conversation during the week over on Twitter by following the #teethingweek hashtag.

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Getting back into employment

My first ever job was when I was at college – I wanted some
extra money so I could “keep up” with my friends, have nights out, just have a
little more independence. It was at a very well-known supermarket, working in
the staff canteen. I worked there for a year before I moved away to go to
University. For a long while I didn’t have a job and just lived off of my
student loan, but over Christmas was the time when everybody needed that bit of
extra cash, so I found employment in a well-known pub chain. I was only there
for a couple of months.
I developed depression in my final year of University so I
left early. I didn’t work for a while after coming home because of this, but
eventually I started work at a care home. Although some people find it an
amazing job to do, it didn’t take me long to decide it just wasn’t for me.
After this I had a brief stint of self-employment from home, making cupcakes.
But soon after this, J came along and I just didn’t have the time or the
Now J is 2 and N is here, as much as I love being a stay at
home Mummy to my two boys, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to find some form
of employment. To find some way back to being ‘Stacey’ and somebody else instead
of just ‘Mummy’ or ‘wife’ all day long. Of course the extra money is a great
persuader too.
I tend to look in a few places for jobs but one of the job boards I have come across recently is
City Calling. I often peruse job boards online rather than newspapers as they
have a much wider variety of jobs listed and usually contain a lot more
information which you can see at a glance to see if it is the right job for
you. Once you’ve looked, if it is then you can usually apply straight from
there rather than making telephone calls or sending CV’s through snail mail, or
if it’s not then you can simply look at the next vacancy.
City Calling is a simply laid out website which is easy to
navigate around, containing vacancies from lots of big name brands. I quite
dislike job boards where you have to navigate what feels like a hundred pages
just to find what you are looking for. A bonus is that they also have a mobile
app so you can job hunt on the go, or even in bed! (Surely I’m not the only one
who does everything they can do on their laptop, on their phone in bed right
after they’ve turned their laptop off?…)

I hope to be back in employment by the end of the year but it’s quite difficult to find something for my skills, having been out of work for so long, and that fits around hubby’s hours too as we just wouldn’t be able to afford childcare for both boys. 

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A rainbow Naming Day

Last week was little man N’s Naming Day. One of the meanings of his name is ‘rainbow’ and he is our rainbow baby, so that was the obvious theme! I had been planning for ages and made a few things myself. I love getting creative when it comes to parties as I think it’s so much more appreciated, and I feel like I myself have gotten so much more out of it.

I was getting myself in a flap in the couple of weeks before as I kept getting people saying they could no longer come, then half of the other guests didn’t even turn up on the day anyway so we had a half empty room; it did feel a bit more intimate though and J kept everyone amused by running around with his trousers half way down his bum and running the toy cars over everything! Read more

Project 365 – Week 46 (days 313 – 319)

Day 313 / November 9th
An obligatory sleepy shot. Love when N falls asleep in my arms.

Day 314 / November 10th
At stay & play again today, and after our bonfire from last week, we made fireworks today (I say we, more me!).

Day 315 / November 11th
More author swag that I won from a release party over on Facebook.

Day 316 / November 12th
I think it’s time to lower the cot!

Day 317 / November 13th
Taking photos for a Santa letter review.

Day 318 / November 14th
Quite a random photo I know (!), but the only one I took today – the biggest spud I’ve ever seen! It did chips for four of us!

Day 319 / November 15th
Having a crawl around and play with J before bed time – think he’s going to be a poser like his brother.
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