Lies We Tell Our Children

31.07.14

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Before the kiddos were born I always swore I’d answer all their questions truthfully and never lie to them. Of course then they were born and all that went out the window.

There are some times when it’s far easier to tell your children a little white lie than explain, truthfully, why they have to stay quiet in the doctors surgery waiting room, or why I am not going to give them a pound to ride the Peppa Pig car outside of Tescos again.

  • ‘That ride is broken’ / ‘I don’t have any money for that ride’ – every parent does this one surely? I don’t know a kiddo who can walk past one of those evil rides outside supermarkets without asking for money for a go.
  • ‘Peshwari naan is actually an Indian breakfast bread’ – As a student I used to buy an extra peshwari naan bread when I had a takeaway to have for brekkie the next day. Now that’s a habit I don’t want to break so I’ve had to get imaginative to explain my choice of breakfast and let them know why they then can’t have leftovers for breakfast themselves!
  • ‘You need to start listening or we will leave (your friend’s) house’ – Never going to happen. I will use the naughty mat, and remove privileges but I won’t really cut short time with my friend just because you are being a pain in the neck.
  • ‘We have to leave, they’re about to close the store’ – I love looking round toy shops as much as the next person but there is a limit to my patience and eventually I will pull out this lie, just so we can get back outside without too many upsets and arguments.
  • ‘Shhh, you’ll wake the baby’ – For those times in waiting rooms and appointments when they’re refusing to keep quiet. This works perfectly because my two love babies and they’d hate to upset one.
  • ‘I must have put that in the recycling by mistake’ – Annie draws and writes a lot and I can’t keep it all so sometimes, when she’s not looking, I recycle some of it. I take photos of most of it but I simply don’t have room for the reams of paper she gets through a month. I used to feel really guilty about this, but nowadays I just feel guilty when she catches me doing it!!
  • ‘It’s sausage’ – Ez can be really picky about some food so sometimes I will tell him that what he’s about to try is a food he likes in a different form, like roast pork actually being yummy sausage.

I’m sure there are more but these are the most commonly used fibs in our house.

What lies have you told your offspring? 


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My Dream Bedroom

31.07.14

Since we bought our home we’ve been doing it up a room at a time. Our bedroom is the last room on the list and boy oh boy does it need decorating and a bunch of new furniture buying for it.

I love the idea of a clean room with lots of light so I’d start by repainting the walls white to make the most of the available light. Then I’d fill it with wooden furniture and brightly coloured accessories.

I chose this John Lewis bed because it has loads of storage and it looks gorgeous.

Since the kids arrived with all their many accessories and toys we’ve had to move the Mac upstairs so our bedroom would need a classy looking desk to replace our chipped and scribbled on old one. The green cupboard on this one is a fab colour and is really simple looking.

The flat we used to rent had a ceiling fan in the bedroom and in the current heat wave I really miss it. I’d certainly include one in our dream bedroom to keep us cool.

I love comfy blankets and this gorgeous yellow quilt would be eye-catching and warm. The same for the rug, with it’s little splash of colour, perfect for cold toes on chilly mornings.

I love the chest of drawers because I’ve never seen anything like it, I love unique bits of furniture but given their price tags don’t actually own any (yet!).

One of my favourite things about strolling around Habitat was looking at the Radius furniture and dreaming of the day I could own some of it. This wardrobe has lovely lines and looks so classic, it’d fit right in to my dream bedroom.

I’ve had my eye on this moon print and the bubble alarm clock for ages and I know they’d make an appearance in our final bedroom.

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Sea Ballad Rug – £448 | Montana Storage bedstead – £1099 | Tangon Kantha Quilt – £85 | Radius Wardrobe – £1100 | Fantasia Sigma Ceiling Fan – £342 | Dartington Desk – £295 | Fur Neil Moon Print – £20 | Freud Chest – £675 | Bubble Alarm Clock – £25

I hope you’ve enjoyed this glimpse inside my dream bedroom, what kind of things would you place inside your ideal bedroom?

This is my entry for the Dream Room Blogger Competition from Good to be Home!

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Playing in the Sprinkler – Summer Bucket List

29.07.14

This heat wave has been lovely, and perfect for running through the sprinkler. This was one item on the summer bucket list I knew the kiddos would love, and we’ve done it most afternoons recently.

It’s one of those things that is fun for the kids, hilarious to watch and has the added benefit of keeping them cool and wearing them out, what’s not to love?

Watching the kiddos playing in the sprinkler always gives me, Pinch Me by the Barenaked Ladies, as an earworm, never a bad thing.

It’s the perfect time of day
To throw all your cares away
Put the sprinkler on the lawn
And run through with my gym shorts on.
Take a drink right from the hose
And change into some drier clothes
Climb the stairs up to my room
Sleep away the afternoon.

This is what summer should be about, letting go of your worries, having fun, relaxing or, even better, having a nap. It’s how we roll in the summer, we wear ourselves out splashing around in the garden and keeping cool, then we head in and chill out during the hotter part of the day.

As an aside, when we saw them in concert one time they sang this, and changed the line, ‘and run through with my gym shorts on’ to, ‘ with no clothing on’, which is the line I sing whenever I am belting out this song (much to my children’s utter embarrassment!). In reality the song is all about depression and how things can be awesome, but they’re just not for you, which is why I connect with it.

Playing in the sprinkler is also amazingly photogenic, you end up with photos of massive grins, kiddos trying to dodge the water and awesome air, as they leap over the sprinkler head.

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It never fails to make me laugh that Annie really doesn’t like water on her face, and sometimes showers can be a bit of a battle, but give her a sprinkler or the hose and she’s happy to get soaking wet!

Last summer, playing in the sprinkler would cause Ez Bear’s nappy to swell up to alarming proportions, but now he’s potty trained life is so much easier. Though I hate how quickly they’re growing up, it does have some advantages.

Have your kiddos played in the sprinkler or paddling pool yet this summer? Are you making your way through your Summer Bucket List? If so what’s been the most popular activity so far?


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Point + Shoot – Together Again

28.07.14

Last week Jon was away on a business trip and he was due back home on Saturday afternoon. Saturday morning was spent by me being asked every 20 seconds or so, ‘when is Daddy coming home?’ or variations thereof.

We’d made a welcome home banner and hung balloons out the front of the house so he knew how much we’d missed him and his homecoming was filled with screaming happy children and hugs, it was perfect.

Of course, as soon as he came in to the house the poor bloke was bombarded with requests for presents from the kiddos. He’d done very well with souvenir choices for us all, we each got a Lego Star Wars Microfighter, a t-shirt, the kids got superhero undies and I got some awesome DC socks, a lush dressing gown as well as Oreos.

The rest of Saturday was spent catching up, making the Lego, putting Ezra’s Lego back together (over and over again!) and waking Jon up when the jet lag got the best of him!

Sunday was much of the same with the added fun of 2 loads of laundry a BBQ lunch and watching the Lego movie.

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Annie spends a lot of her time in the garden preparing ‘delicious meals’ for us from stones, grass and twigs. Unfortunately she doesn’t spend the same amount of time tidying up after herself and the garden looks like a ToysRUs exploded in it by about 9am each morning!

What did you get up to this weekend? Did you eat your weight in BBQ food, get accidently sun burnt or watch an amazing movie? Whatever you did, please share your adventures by joining in with the Point + Shoot linky below.

If you’re unsure of how the Point + Shoot linky works head over here and check it out.

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Ice Cream Floats – Summer Bucket List

26.07.14

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This summer I wanted to share a treat with the kiddos from my childhood. When I was little I used to love it when Mum would make ice cream floats.

Combining fizzy pop with ice cream can’t go wrong and I figured it was time I share this fantastic summer tradition with the kiddos, so I added it to the summer bucket list.

This was the first item we ticked off the bucket list, I wanted to start with something I was sure they’d love.

We had to visit the supermarket, Annie wrote a shopping list to make sure we remembered both ingredients. I was going to use lemonade but remembered at the last minute that cream soda is perfect for this so made a last minute substitution. Then it was home to assemble our summery drink.

The kids helped me make them and and we watched the ice cream melt into the soda, and the liquid go all cloudy. I couldn’t hold them back any longer and they dived right in.

I think it’s safe to say they were a massive success…

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Are you a fan of the humble ice cream float? Are you doing a bucket list for the summer holidays?


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