Sunday, 30 August 2015

My Nametags


My Nametags kindly sent me some name stickers to review for the Back to School Essentials post but I think they are so fab I needed to give them a post of their own!

Back to School Essentials

Seeing as the holidays are nearly over and we are all getting ready to go back to school I thought I would help you out by sharing what I think are the back to school essentials you need so you don't forget anything important!

So with the help of some of my lovely readers I have compiled this list, which I hope you'll find helpful!

If you click on the images it will take you to the relevant websites for more information and pricing or to purchase each item with the companies directly

I've shown ideas for a variety of age groups and budgets

Our Wedding in photos

The Venue

Friday, 28 August 2015

You know you're a mum when....



....you reheat your cup of tea 3 times before you actually drink it!

....you walk around all day with baby sick on your top and only realise when you get undressed and don't actually care!

....you can no longer leave the house within 10 minutes with just your keys and phone!

....leaving the house is like a military operation!

....you go to the toilet for a bit of peace!

....you would rather buy your daughter that dress than yourself!

....your handbag now contains the following added extras... nappies, baby wipes, a pair of knickers, and the contents of an empty packet of Cheddar's! Yes you read that right it was full when you put it in but it's now crumbles at the bottom!

....your leaving the house routine consists only of brushing your hair and teeth, you don't care about the makeup you just need to get out the house and let the kids wear themselves out to stop the bickering!

....7pm = kids bed time and wine o'clock!

....Bank holidays and weekends no longer mean day off or lie in!

....you can name at least 10 local parks and soft play centres

....popping out the house on your own is as exciting as going on holiday!

....you know silence with the kids around is NOT a good thing!

....tidying the house with kids around is like hoovering and eating a biscuit whilst hopping on one leg! Impossibly pointless! 

....you can put your makeup on and eat a 2 course dinner with one hand whilst holding the baby!

....you will kung fu karate chop that ruddy wasp from here to kingdom come if it comes anywhere near your babies but scream like a girl and run if it comes near you!


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Lexie's 7 month update

The last month has gone by so fast, it seems like only yesterday I did her 6 month update!


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Minion pebbles!

I saw the idea of doing Minion pebbles from a post from The Madhouse and just had to give it a go!

Riley loves minions so he was so excited to do it! We have a few pebbles in the garden so didn't need to hunt far!

As you will see from the pictures, we had a great fun filled afternoon.....

Friday, 21 August 2015

Our Honeymoon travelling around Florida, USA

This year will be our 3rd wedding anniversary. 3 whole years of marriage already I can't believe it! The run up to the wedding was so exciting, I loved organising it, I organised everything myself, the hubby just knew the date, time and venue lol, I even chose his suit with him! Our version of 'don't tell the bride' haha!
 
Our wedding day

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Go Henry

Both the girls started earning pocket money last year for doing their chores I set of them like emptying the dishwasher or pairing the socks (the jobs I dislike lol) but I found they were spending the money just for the sake of it on sweets mostly!
 
On the school run one morning I heard an advert of the radio for Go Henry which sounded like just what the girls needed. Its basically a debit card for children aged 8-18 years which can be used in shops and online and withdrawing money via ATM. As the parent you can edit settings about where it can be used and put limits on the accounts.
 

Photos taken from the Go Henry website

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Our recent family photoshoot - July 2015








Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE photos and I always have either my camera or phone with me to take pictures of everything! Yes I'm that annoying person!!
 
Photographs are amazing at capturing those memories forever and I just love looking back at photos and remembering things that otherwise I would have forgotten!
 
I try and get photos professionally done twice a year and we have recently had a shoot so I thought I'd share a few with you.....
Welcome to my world..... my life 
My beautiful family! Can't quite believe Ellie is nearly as tall as me! 

Week 3 of our house extension


The ground work has been done, let the building commence! 

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Our regular posts!

http://www.themcallens.co.uk/2015/07/daily-offers-post.html
Daily Offers Post!
Every day Monday to Friday I publish a post with all the offers, discount codes, sales info that have been emailed to me.
 
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http://www.themcallens.co.uk/2015/08/throwback-carnival.html
 
Weekly #Throwback
Published every week, this post is a collection of throwbacks, great posts and lovely memories from both my readers and me.
  
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http://www.themcallens.co.uk/2015/08/me-and-mine-july-2015.html
Me and Mine
This is a post done at the beginning of every month detailing what each of our family loves at the moment plus a family photo
  
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http://www.themcallens.co.uk/2015/07/wordless-wednesday-with-singlemotherahoy.html
Wordless Wednesday
Weekly post... a photo with no words needed
 
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http://www.themcallens.co.uk/2015/08/monthly-bucket-list.html
Monthly Bucket List
Monthly post showing our bucket list of hopes, wants and plans for the month ahead 
 
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http://www.themcallens.co.uk/2015/08/take-look-through-my-weekendwindow.html
Weekend Window
Weekly post sharing what we did at the weekend including pictures 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Natural Amber - Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

Lexie is at that awful teething stage! She's been dribbling loads, proper knawing at her little hand bless her and just generally rather grumpy unlike her usual smiley self! Luckily for me (and them I suppose) none of my other children had any problems when their teeth were coming through, they just seemed to appear from nowhere! I've used the normal teething toys you can get including ones you can freeze before use and also tried teething granules but I didn't really see much of a difference to be honest but something that has really helped us is Baltic Amber!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

BAKER DAYS Cake by Post

Baker Days, a company that sell cakes by post, kindly asked me to review a product from their range, 'The Letterbox Cake' and everyone who knows me knows how much I LOVE cake so it would have been rude to turn it down ;)
 

Our extension so far in pictures!













Saturday, 8 August 2015

Boat Trip

As I've mentioned in previous posts about our boat trip I thought I'd update how it went!
 
I saw the offer on Groupon a few weeks back. It was local to us and was for 2hrs boat hire for up to 10 people at the bargain price of £39. The normal price was £90.

(Picture taken from A V boats website)

Friday, 7 August 2015

The Designer of our new blog - Simple and Vanessa

I'm new to blogging, in fact I only started in May so you could say I'm very new. I had been reading other blogs for many years but earlier this year decided to start a blog myself. I literally knew nothing when I started and even now I'm only know a little bit, but I'm learning every day and loving it. I hope people like reading it as much as I like writing it!
Right from the start I knew that I wanted to do things right, I started by buying my own domain on GoDaddy.com and looked into someone to work wonders with my blog design.
I came across Simple and Vanessa on Facebook and sent her a message to enquire about her services. Straightaway I clicked with Vanessa, she asked me lots of questions and really got to know me and what I wanted out of my blog. After discussing everything, I paid and kept in regular contact with Vanessa who showed me several different designs and asked my opinion, she changed anything I wasn't 100% happy with. Here is my final design which I absolutely love!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Our Water Babies underwater shoot pictures!

The photos arrived this morning!

I had so many comments about publishing them so here they are.....

Our very own water baby, Lexie aged 6 months




I'm sooooo happy with them! You can read about the photoshoot and our swimming lessons in previous posts. 

These photos are proof enough to me that both the lessons and photoshoot are worth every penny of the money we have spent.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Monthly bucket list

Twinderelmo
 
Here is my bucket list for August
 
  • Lose at least 4lb in weight
  • Stop eating so many biscuits and donuts
  • Keep up with my Daily Offers Post
  • Sort all the kids stuff ready for school (I have been known to forget something and have to mad dash around the day before school starts again!)
  • Exercise a little each day
  • Declutter and start packing up the living room ready for the builders to knock through
  • Sort through Lexie's clothes and bag up her 3-6 months to sell
  • Look into some courses that interest me
  • Sort Ellie's birthday presents and party

Saturday, 1 August 2015