Friday, 24 February 2012

Olly the Little White Van our new friend!



Boo was a huge fan of the first series of Olly The Little White Van, so when we were offered the chance to review the second series we couldn't wait!

Boo and this time Elvis (he's now big enough to enjoy watching the brightly coloured characters and the episodes are just short enough to hold his attention!) settled on the sofa with me and instantly we were all fixated! Boo asked if we could watch Olly all day!




Boo loved Ruby learning to be a great rescue helicopter especially as she had to learn to find the problems by looking and thinking all by herself. Olly really does have lots of adventures, and there is something to interest everyone from musicals to first day back at school! It really encourages trying different activities, tackling problems and being kind by helping your friends!  The second series introduces you to more of Olly's friends and infact I think it is actually even better than the first series (which we loved!).

Personally I love the songs, especially Mr Grumps, I hope they bring out a CD! They really add a special quality! You can't fail to be totally charmed by Olly the Little White Van, and even if you're having a terrible day the songs really do lift your mood! 

Keep up with all the latest news on Olly by checking out his website and you can even enter their fantastic competition to win a money can't buy prize: www.ollythelittlewhitevan.co.uk

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Post Baby is there too much pressure to be perfect?

After a fantastic afternoon spent with FirstTimeMum1 and the combination of intellectual conversation with that of the usual Mummy conversations regarding poo and sleep (or rather the lack of it!) I got thinking about how much we expect of ourselves, especially after our first child. 

Now in my opinion, FirstTimeMum1 has got it sussed, she radiates confidence and baby H behaving like an absolute star while we nattered and ate cake with Boo and Elvis suggesting she really is doing something right! But we very quickly got on to the topic of weight, and how we're both more *ahem* curvy than we used to be. Now, realistically, I have no excuse, Elvis is One! I have had over a year to recover from his birth, and Christmas was great but really no reason to be such a glutton. H is only 4months, and his Mummy looks like a young Nigella, fresh faced and feminine, she's doing far better than I did after I had Boo! In fact I'm not sure I made it out of a tracksuit until 6months after his birth!! 

I looked at pictures of Ulrika Johnson last week, and was slightly stunned at how aged and almost frail she looks at the moment, I couldn't help but seek out older photos of her, and look at this curvaceous woman who looked considerably younger and certainly looked much happier - do not think I am criticising her for being thin, I'm just expressing my opinion that she looked utterly gorgeous curvy.

 Do I feel pressure to be slim? Yes, indeed I do, I work in an environment where appearance is everything. I do believe that I'm healthier when I weigh less, and I certainly have a lot more energy. But is there really anything wrong with a Mum treating themselves to an extra bar of chocolate if it gets them through the sleepless nights and the sudden realisation that you cannot even go to the toilet without it being a military operation anymore? Surely it is better to comfort yourself with those extra calories than by other means?

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Crufts 2012 Competition Winners!!

 
Thank you for all the fantastic entries, I really enjoyed reading them all! Winners were selected at random, congratulations!
 
The winners chosen from all valid entries via random.org are:
 
 
I would love to see the Gundogs, for to me there is nothing better, they are dogs not what i call rats on leads!!!!!


And

Oh wow - Im dying to go this year x I'd love to see the Working and Pastoral catagory as we have Spaniels in our family and love to see them in the show x Such beautiful breeds x

Fingers crossed so tight this year x

@v82chris x


 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Toddler Tantrums..I can scream louder!

Right, own up, which one of you has replaced my gorgeous baby boy with a screeching monster?? 

"Raaaaaa!"


Over night, I have it appears been left with a monster! He bully's his big brother, snatching, hitting and shrieking if he doesn't get his own way. For example food, haha! He's not going to eat the food he's given! Not when there is much tastier looking food on someone elses plate, and as for the bowl his brother has...he wants it.. So, I feel as though I'm constantly either trying to ignore his temper or saying NO! I am not going to muck around with food, if he won't eat it..fine, I'm digging my heels in and not backing down, especially as he perks up as soon as the fruit and custard appears.. yes..clearly he has his Mummy's sweet tooth! Today after a battle of wills I won, and he ate his cheese sandwich, but the biggest battle was with myself, I hate seeing him upset and wanted to give in and let him just eat a banana or something! His canine teeth are just emerging, and that combined with his new acrobatic skills are leading to plenty of fun and games!