Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Hello all, hope your having a great week so far!
A couple of months ago, I had the privilege of receiving a nomination for the Mystery Blogger Award, & I’m wholeheartedly honored to receive it. I was nominated by the lovely Katie Lou who writes over at A Mother's Love, please go check her out! She writes a great deal about Mental Health, some really empowering stuff!
Created by Okoto Enigma, the Mystery Blogger Award, is this cool award for bloggers with innovative & intelligent posts. She writes that,
Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma
A huge thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this ingenious award! With each nomination, it is required by the nominated blogger to answer a couple questions from their nominator.
The rules for this award are as follows:
- Put the award logo or image on your blog
- Thank the person who nominated you & link their blog in your post.
- Name the creator of the award & link their blog.
- List the rules.
- Answer your nominator’s questions.
- Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
- Nominate 10-20 people.
- Ask your nominees 5 original questions of your choice.
- Share links to your best blog posts.
- Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.
- What made you start your blog, & what makes you stay?
- If you had to write about one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
- Where’s your favorite place to write? (Mine is Costa & outside on warm summer nights )
- If you could be anywhere in the world, doing anything, with anyone, where would you be, what would you be doing, & who would you be doing it with?
Saturday, 16 September 2017
Give your child a chance to feel like an important member of the ground personnel that helps guide air traffic at our airports & learn a whole host of skills while he's at it! All you need are some simple materials & a chart of aircraft marshall signals to practice directions, geometry, and following directions.
What You Need:
Paper towel cardboard tubes
Orange construction paper
Printout of aircraft marshaling signals diagram
What You Do:
1. First, your child gets to make orange wands for aircraft marshalling! Have him cover two cardboard paper towel tubes with orange construction paper. Trim the paper with scissors as needed, & then glue it to the cardboard tubes.
2. While you're waiting for the glue to dry, your child & his friends can review the aircraft marshalling signals below. These are the real signals used by aircraft marshallers at airports!
3. When the wands are ready, your child & his friends can practice the marshalling signals. When they feel they have memorized them, they can play a game.
4. One game idea is for one child to be the marshaller & the other child the airplane. The airplane should follow the marshalling directions given by the child with the orange wands.
5. If you've got more than two kids to keep busy, you can use the wands for a version of Simon Says. The aircraft marshaller with orange wands is “Simon.” Simon gives his directions as marshalling signals, & the other children must follow. For more complexity, Simon can add verbal directions also such as “180 degrees” or “90 degrees” as he directs others to turn right or left. This game reinforces direction & geometry lessons!
Friday, 15 September 2017
- 1x lb. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper, to taste
- ¼x Cup Olive Oil
- 5-6x Roma Tomatoes, diced
- 3x Cloves Garlic, minced
- 1x Handful Fresh Basil, loosely packed, cut into ribbons
- ¼x Cup Unsalted Butter
- 8 ounces Spaghetti Pasta
- Cover the chicken with plastic wrap & pound each piece to an even thickness, about one inch or so in the thickest parts (this just helps it cook faster & more evenly). Remove the plastic & sprinkle each piece of chicken generously with sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
- Prep the tomatoes, garlic, & basil & set aside. Make the pasta according to package directions.
- Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet until a drop of water sizzles across the top. Add the chicken & pan-fry for several minutes on each side - the goal here is to get the chicken cooked AND get a nice browning on the outside. When the chicken is done, set aside.
- Give the oil a few minutes to cool, add the tomatoes, & return to heat (if you add the tomatoes to the hot oil it will be a splatter-fest). Simmer to cook the tomatoes down into a chunky-sauce-like-mixture. Add the garlic & butter & stir to combine until the butter is melted. Add the chicken back in to soak in the sauce for a few minutes.
- Just before serving, stir in the basil. Top servings of pasta with the chicken and the sauce.
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Breastfeeding experts Lansinoh have just launched their Feed With Confidence Awards. The awards are designed to celebrate places & people across the country supporting breastfeeding mums, & help positively change perceptions. Lansinoh’s research revealed that an average of 46% of people felt uncomfortable witnessing a mum breastfeeding in a pub, cafe or restaurant, and over a third of people surveyed were not even comfortable seeing a mum breastfeed in front of another woman!
Lansinoh are asking people to nominate places that they feel go above & beyond to support breastfeeding mums & make them feel welcome. Participating nominating members of the public will be in with a chance of winning a Mini Break with Luxury Family Hotels.
In 2015, 776,950 babies were born in the UK. Yet just 0.5% of UK mums are breastfeeding their newborn at 12 months, despite recommendations from the World Health Organisationto continue breastfeeding into your baby's second year. WithBritish breastfeeding rates among the worst in the world, could the culprit be society’s attitudes towards breastfeeding?
To understand if there is a stigma attached to breastfeeding in public, Lansinoh conducted research to gauge public opinion.The new research quashed common misconceptions, revealing that the over 65s are the most accepting & that men are more comfortable with it than women.
People surveyed were least accepting towards breastfeeding in front of teenagers, with almost half of respondents agreeing it makes them feel uncomfortable. Over a third of people surveyed were not even comfortable seeing a woman breastfeed in front of another woman.
Although lack of support from policy makers & opinion leaders was the least popular reason for low breastfeeding rates, 1 in 3 still felt that it’s a significant root cause despite it being illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport. More than half of people agreed that rates are low because women don’t want to risk abuse.
Michelle Lyne, Professional Education Advisor at The Royal College of Midwives (RCM), says: “There has been significant and reliable evidence produced over recent years to show that breastfeeding has important health advantages for both baby and mother. The RCM believes that breastfeeding is the best way to get the baby off to a good start in life and has a positive impact on mother-baby relationships and nurturing of maternal and infant mental health.”
“Women breastfeeding should not be made to feel uncomfortable or guilty. The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal for anyone to ask a breastfeeding woman to stop breastfeeding, or cover up or leave a public place, such as a cafe, shop or public transport.”
“Educating the public is really the key to developing a culture of positive support for breastfeeding women right across society. However, we must remember to ensure that women have access to skilled advice and support to help them to initiate and sustain breastfeeding.”
The Feed With Confidence Awards recognise people & places that help to support mums & positively change perceptions. The awards are supported by the Lansinoh Feed With Confidence Ambassador: Al Ferguson of The Dad Network. To make a nomination, please visit www.lansinoh.co.uk/feedwithconfidence.
The closing date for entries is the 31st December 2017 & the winners will be announced in January.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Whenever I speak to new mums a few weeks in, all of whom have teeny, tiny babies, they’re often feeling their babies aren’t so new anymore & that they should be getting on with stuff. Even though they’ve got a baby stuck to them & they’re totally sleep deprived. So I’ve written The New Mum F*cket List. A list of things you do NOT need to do whilst nurturing a small person. Stick it on the fridge & remind yourself every day that you are already doing more than ENOUGH.
You do NOT need to:
Have you ever been out and about, and come across a 'tutter' ?
A tutter is someone who is generally annoyed at the existence of any kids. More so for any kids that step into any zones they have mentally claimed as 'theirs'.
These zones are unavoidable. I'm not talking the fancy restaurants in the posh bit of town, or the boutiques with cashmere in. Obvious no sticky kid zones.
I'm talking the cafés. The train cars. The village green. In a Venn diagram, these would be the overlap from Kid Zone/No Kid Zone.
Tutters tend to take up a good size table ( family size some might say 😏) & although at first glance they look like they are reading a paper; it is a ruse. They are spying over the top. Ready to tut. Waiting.
I generally avoid these folk.
These are the types that write that familiar status of :
' Sat in the cafe, strange kid stared at me the whole time. Mother DID NOTHING.'
Now I am under no illusions. Believe it or not, but most parents understand that strangers are not as enchanted by their offspring as we are...
The issue I have, is the ' Mother Does Nothing' trend.
See, I am a mother. ( I know riiiight)
And I don't remember the last time that I did nothing.
In a café especially, I will be doing everything.
I have to occupy my children while I wait for someone to place their change one coin at a time on the counter.
I have to shield the littlest from the irritatingly placed sweet treats, that if I buy them for him - will also grant me a 'tut!'.
I have to place my order whilst also keeping one eye on all 3 of my children.
I have seen the baby staring at you, & assessed the situation as a Green Alert : Not being a terrible nuisance.
You see, he's learning the world. He finds you sitting there interesting. He wants to know what's on your plate, & what you are doing.
He may babble complete nonsense at you.
My middle child is very inquisitive, she may ask you a question.
These are things I have no control over.
I can feel your stare at the back of my head. Across my tattooed arms & ripped jeans. My ears burn with embarrassment. Just answer my kid, alright ? It'll make this so much simpler.
You do not. You glare at her, & then whilst I smash my PIN into the machine, you glare at me too.
I hear the 'tut'
Because I have 'done nothing'.
I grab my coffee, & try to navigate through the sea of tables & chairs, that I swear has become a labyrinth since I walked in.
Obviously a scene ensues as I manage to get my pram wheels stuck on every.fucking.chair.leg.
You tut again, & reach for your phone. Ready to crucify, & continue the vicious cycle of mum shaming, just because.
Like I said, I get it.
Kids can be annoying. They ask questions you can't be arsed to answer. They observe things without thinking. They don't understand the world doesn't revolve around them all the time...
Huh, seems kids & tutters have a lot in common after all...
( Here's me & my littlest in a designated Kid Zone. With my takeout coffee. Because we don't want to be Do Nothing-ers.... the other 2 are off playing somewhere!)
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