New Book : Wear your glasses Ted

Exciting news on the horizon!
Wear your glasses Ted is in the process of being published ! 

Since my last book Wear your boots Ted I had always planned to do a 'wear your glasses Ted' book
I think this book is extra special because Emilyn actually sat down & helped me write it. It's written by a child who wears glasses. Perfect!

You'll be able to buy Wear your glasses Ted from Amazon worldwide & other leading book stores soon!

My A-Z guide for a good nights sleep

My A-Z guide for a good nights sleep for a sleep deprived Mum
My A-Z guide for a good nights sleep for a sleep deprived Mum


A - Absolute beginners

You're a first time Mum, You've tried everything. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

B - Bribery

Sticker chart? Chocolate, Sweets, day at the Zoo? Not working? Scream at them "Go to SLEEP!"... Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

C - Co-sleeping

Heck you have zero choice. Your toddler is in your bed... Roll with it. You can always give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

D - Doors stay closed

Doors must stay tightly SHUT. That way you won't hear them so much. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

E - Earplugs

Who invented these things? The best invention ever! Have your glass of wine in peace...Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

F - Food

Make sure they've eaten enough to keep them full all night long. Those extra biscuits will work they will! Still not sleeping... Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

G - Go to SLEEP!

Scream, Shout, Jump, Swear... None of it works! (Please don't swear at or around your children) Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

H - Having a mental breakdown

It's inevitable. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

I - Ignore

Ignore, Ignore, Ignore & IGNORE... Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

J - Joke, Keep your sense of humour

Keep happy, Keep smiling... It might save a smidgen of your sanity! Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

K - Keeping Safe

Make sure you have a stair gate at their bedroom so they can't escape! Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

L - Lighting

Nightlight, lamp, Candlelit... Jesus Child You can not have the main light on. Go to sleep. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

M - MUMMY

Because ONLY EVER MUMMY is good enough... Daddy gets screamed at... "WHERES MY MUMMY?" Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

N - Night Night

NIGHT NIGHT Children. Enough is ENOUGH. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

O -  Overtired

Overtired is an understatement - Exhausted, Half dead... more like it. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

P - Parents time

You don't have to be 'parents' all the time... Remember who YOU ARE... Whats your Husbands name again? It's definitely NOT DADDY. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

Q - Quiet Time

Quiet Time... Do you have those Ear Plugs in? Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

R - Routine

Routine is KEY - What time is it again? Wine O'clock? Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

S - Sleep training

I like to say Sleep Training, shleep training... STAY CALM. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

T - Traveling

Go for a car journey, that'll get them to sleep. You will find you'll need to do this for the next 15 years though. Better get saving for that Hybrid Toyota. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

U - Undiagnosed aliments

Take them to the doctors. Perhaps they're allergic to SLEEP! Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

V - Value

Value your instincts. You can get super stressed at bedtime by pressurising yourself to meet some fictitious norm. Remember, they aren't little forever. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

W - Wetting the bed

Probably on purpose, this means they get to stay up longer, whilst you change the bed sheets. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

X - X-rated

It can be easy to lose your sense of humour when your sleep deprived, but 'Go the F**K to sleep' by Adam Mansbach... Is brilliant - a hilarious parody of parental story time ritual, this should put a smile on your face. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

Y - Yawn

Yawn "but i'm not tired" another Yawn. Give up & pour yourself a glass of wine, Rock in the corner if you need, They'll go to sleep. They will.

Z - ZZZZzzzzzz

Get some ZZZZzzzzzzzzz however you can. if that means on the floor, on the sofa, in your childs toddler bed. DO IT. If you give up & pour yourself a glass of wine each time you'll be a raving alcoholic who's passed out on the floor.... getting some sleep. ACTUALLY thats sounds like a pretty damn good way to do it...

Bar Off Mummy please! Talipes Boots and Bar 26/01/14

Boots and bar

I feel like I'm always moaning about broken sleep, mainly Emilyn's non existent sleep at the moment.
Sleep training is getting me no where, I've awoken today with my neck glands up (The side of my M.E, raising its ugly head) 

Last night was the usual, Wake up call from E at around 12am, followed shortly after was Hugo, 
E now sleeps in her duvet on our floor, H gets into our bed. Its squashy to say the least, Can you imagine sleeping with a Toddler with 20+ cm metal bar, especially with how much these toddlers wriggle! But you know I get on with it, we have a few bruises to the legs... 
Boots and bar off mummy
Last Night though H got into our bed & as soon as he cuddled up to me he whispered. "Mummy Bar off, mummy bar off please, mummy bar off"... I've spoken about this before many times before you can catch up with some here -
  1. Heart wrenching Boots off Mummy - Aug 2013
  2.  Boots bar off mummy - Sept 2013
  3. Not so happy feet tonight - Nov 2013
  4. Mine boots and bar Mummy - Nov 2013
  5. He hid his boots and bar - Jan 2013
You'd think it would be reasonably easy to ignore a toddler, like i'm sitting here thinking why on earth couldn't I just ignore him?
You just can't. Hugo was getting so frustrated, He kept saying "bar off Mummy, Bar off Pleeeeaaassee" I kept cuddling him telling him that we've got to keep them on. 
He then managed to get back to sleep but a mere 20 minutes later... it started all over again. 
"bar off mummy."
Hard work. I just wanted to whip them off him... 
Easier said than done. 
lot of cuddles later & reassuring Hugo he managed to get back to sleep again..
4am a few hours later he was awake again. Still in our bed too.. "Bar off Mummy, Bar off Mummy PLEASE," 
Getting more & more upset. 
Crying pulling to get his bar off. 

I now feel like the worlds worst Mummy as I took them off, I was exhausted, H was up the previous night being sick too, I just wanted us to get some sleep.

Hugo really hates his bar, I suppose out of the whole boots and bar business the bar is the most deliberating, he knows he can't walk with it on (That well) So every evening before I put his bar on he gets to have a boots only run around... And as for sleeping He's constantly getting tangled with the duvet... 

I now have huge Mummy guilt hovering over me. I gave in, now he's going to think he can get them off night after night...


Boots and bar  Talipes sleep.


10 Questions to ask your partner before agreeing to have Children : The Perfect Child - Humorous !

10 Questions to ask your partner before agreeing to have children.

The questions I should of asked in the Coffee shop over 5 years ago on my first date with my now Husband & loving Father to our two smalls...

Question 1: Did you sleep as a baby? No? Ok Goodbye.

Question 2: Did you have the mother of all tantrums till you were 10 years old? 
Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 3: Did you wet the bed every night till you were a teenager?
Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 4: Did you have speech problems as a child? 
Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 5: Did you make your parents life hell as a toddler? 
Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 6: Is there any genetic problems running in your family that you know of? Your Great Great Grandmother had Talipes? Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 7: Have you had any plastic surgery? 
Yes? You've had your nose done? Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 8: Have you got an addictive personality ? 
Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 9: Do you have bad eyesight? Lazy Eye?
Yes? Ok Goodbye.

Question 10: Do you suffer with Asthma, Eczema or Hay fever?
Yes? Ok Goodbye.

*This is obviously a joke, if you sat & asked all these questions: none of us would have any Children.
It did give me the giggles whilst sitting in the coffee shop this morning writing it though...



Sleep Training a four year old.

Since the flooding (the house flooded) & power cuts over Christmas E hasn't been sleeping. AT ALL.
It's like having a new born but I seem to have much less patience, as of course she's 4. She's a pretty intelligent 4 year old at that too.

I had a total eureka 'light bulb' moment today whilst sitting with my health visitor, Emilyn has been waking up at 12:30am on the dot for weeks, well since that very night that the house flooded & our house alarm went off. It was a pretty scary night, with the storm out side, hearing trees falling down in the woods... Since that night E has showed signs of anxiety issues she keeps wanting me, she keeps wanting cuddles (Always at night)

She even said to Mr.H the other night "Daddy where are you? Where have you been? I need my parents here next to me to look after me, you're not here?"

I am at my whits end. I haven't slept since December 23rd a full night, I know what you mums are thinking with your newborn babies... a month with no sleep is nothing what the heck is she moaning about!? - I'm used to barely any sleep to some extent, Hugo wakes a lot due to his Boos and bar, I can't get angry at him if he's tangled in his duvet? or if his feet hurt? Theres no sleep training to give to a talipes baby.

The thing what is exhausting me with E is that she won't just wake once... she will wake & wake & wake & wake. I need Super Nanny!

Well after discussing this with the Health Visitor... Stop rolling your eyes you. I can see you. what do the health visitors know hey?

She's given me quite radical advice.
Instead of E waking us up all night wanting cuddles.
For me myself to keep going in to give her cuddles.
Thus meaning the ball is in my court. I'm going to give it a go for two weeks.
See if it makes any type of difference.

Apparently this is no Controlled Crying case... apparently CC doesn't work on children it actually does make them quite distressed... humm go figure?

Anything is worth ago. Dark bags under my eyes is no good look.
Coffee isn't strong enough anymore.

Wish me luck.

If you have ANY advice it would be muchly appreciated.

Right i'm off to bed.


Fitflop women's shoes Giveaway!

This week WE ARE GIVING YOU THE CHANCE TO WIN THESE  FITFLOPS BIJO PEWTER


How excited am I do be bring you a give-away that is for us Mums & not the babies for once!
The lovely people at FitFlop HQ have been amazing & letting one of you guys be in for a chance to win some. Once I've picked a winner at Random from Rafflecoptor I'll email the company then you'll get the choice of size, colour ect. These beauties are worth £60! They'll be perfect to get you ready for SUMMER!
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The lovely people at Fitflop HQ have been kind enough to give my readers 'you guys' the chance to win a pair of these beauties, worth a whopping £60! You can view them HERE All you need to do is Leave a blog comment, Like their Facebook page, Follow me @Bexandmic on Twitter & follow them @Fitflop You can find them on Google+ +FitFlop too.

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Children's drawers upcycling

From that to THIS - multi coloured drawers
Lets just state facts quickly : 

Drawers bought for £25 from local Charity Shop
Paint left over from other projects £0

= beautiful set of drawers for under £50. 

I think they are almost unrecognisable 
Before
After
It was so easy - 
Sanded down all the drawers
Then I painted them multiple colours
primer white underneath all of them...
Half finished.

Almost finished

Waiting for the last drawer knobs




Shabbied around the drawers 

After

Greenpeace Little Monsters Detox Campaign

Do you know where your clothes are made? Do you know what conditions your clothes are made in? Do you know whats in your clothes?...

I've got a fairy tale for you - It will make you re-think life. See I never used to even think about where our clothes were from until recently, this may shock you into making changes like I have.
It was Emma Waights Blog Adore Reflect Sustain Chemical Kidswear: A Little Story about the Monsters in your Closet That actually brought this to my attention - It shocked me so much I've bought my children Burberry clothes who would of thought they'd have monsters in them?
The report ‘A Little Story About the Monsters in Your Closet’ tested 12 well-known clothing brands and found children’s products to be containing hazardous chemicals at each and every company.

"
Once upon a time
in a kingdom-not-so-far away, workers in giant factories were busy making children’s clothes. 

Away from prying eyes, the workers were forced to use hazardous Little Monsters to help print and dye the garments.

Soon these Little Monsters
began escaping from the factories, swimming out of the pipes to be unleashed upon the world. Some even made it all the way to the North Pole!


E
ven more frightening
the small creatures hid in the shoes, shirts and skirts worn by children across the globe.

These Little Monsters were causing BIG problems. Some were toxic, while others even had the power to make boy fish become more like girl fish!


The problem affected everyone!
From the modest outfits of the factory workers' sons to the beautiful dresses worn by the merchants' daughters.

From the finest garments from Burberry, to the cheapest outfits at Primark, these Little Monsters could be found lurking in the clothes.


This isn't a fairytale,
this is a nightmare!" cried the parents of the world, seeing their children so frightened by the toxic monsters.


So, they gathered
together to demand that the garment makers ban these Little Monsters from their factories and our clothes forever.

In just two years, they convinced 18 important merchants like Zara, H&M and Levis to begin getting rid of the Little Monsters.

But this fairytale
still needs a happy ending. Merchants like Burberry, adidas and Disney are still ignoring the threat that the Little Monsters pose.


Take action today
by joining the Detox campaign so that the kingdom's children and our rivers may live happily ever after."

You can find this story & more information from here

You can help, You can make a difference -  
Take action now

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Moments That Mattered in 2013

Moments that mattered in 2013

2013 seemed to go as fast as blink of an eye.
But looking back really looking back 2013 for our household has been the best in years. 
The year started amazingly! 

  • We got planning for permission for our beautiful house in January 2013! 
What a way to start the year... the champers came out!
Champagne to CELEBRATE 

  • We built our Chicken house on New Years Day then a few weeks later collected our lovely chickens !
Started the year by building our Chicken House

  • This day last year it was SNOWING! 19th Jan 2013 - we had a trip to Chichester & saw the John Lewis Snowman.

  •  Emilyn had her first Cinema experience. We saw Wreck it Ralph



Miami

Miami
Fishers Farm

This past year we really made the most of Family Time by having days out that we all enjoyed...
  • We went to Peppa Pig world 
  • We went to Chesington World of adventures Zoo & stayed in the hotel
  • We went to LegoLand
  • We went to Fishers Farm 
  • We went to Bocketts Farm 

  • I become a Quinny Caster - This was a huge achievement for me!
  • My Blog in the past year has become even more established I hit 100,000 hits & i'm working with some amazing brands!
  • I became an author I wrote my first ever book! You can Buy it from here
  • I helped Raise Money for STEPS Talipes charity with our Sponsored Walk around London
  • Hugo had his first ever Costa a soya Baby Chino those of you that know me will know I'm a coffee addict...

Hugo's first baby chino

  • To finish 2013 my little Emilyn amazed me by being Mary in her Pre-School Nativity, Last year she was a sheep in the school Nativity & she spent the WHOLE time crying... super proud at how confident she was this year. Total Superstar!



Overall 2013 was an amazing year & each week we created memories that would last forever.
I'm a strong believer of living life to the fullest. 

I'm going to make sure 2014 is going to be just as good or better.

This post forms an entry to a competition on Oh So Amelia’s Blog in conjunction with Lloyds Bank.
If your a blogger & want to enter this competition then take a look here OhSoAmelia's blog competition

My Rules for SOFT PLAY There are NO RULES

What Rules of soft play? RULES, WHAT RULES?
There are NO RULES...

I'm going to start this by saying; I am in no means a die hard fan of soft play.
Unfortunately my Children seem to LOVE going to these places?
YOUTUBE Video -
SO these are my Rules of Soft Play :

  1. Leave your dignity at the door. You don't need that anymore.
  2. Take 'Back up' A friend, Their Dad Any one so you don't have to experience this by yourself! 
  3. Remember these Children have no mercy
  4. You will tell off at least one child... screw that you will shout at at least 5 children.
  5. These aren't Children. They are now wild animals.
  6. If necessary (It will be necessary) - Use your own Child as a protective shield.
  7. Its going to happen you will become the most judgemental parent EVER - "Why is that mum sitting drinking coffee, whilst her son is drowning in the ball pit?
  8. This is a War - Between Adults & Children 
  9. Tread with Caution - especially in the Ball pit. 
  10. EVACUATE - EVACUATE - Poo has been found in the Ball pit.
  11. Health & Safety completely OUT THE WINDOW 
  12. Remember Mums - It gets hot up the top of these areas. Make sure you have a top under your jumper No one wants to see a Nipple!
  13. Army must be easier than this.
  14. Soft play simply isn't made for parents *You'll hit your head more than once.
  15. There are NO RULES for Soft Play - Every Mother & Toddler for themselves 


We had a Horrific experience yesterday at a small Soft Play centre local to us.
You see the arrow pointing to that compartment under the slide? Yes? Well somehow. My Hugo, My 24 month old son got into it? Then a child (No Names) zipped the compartment up. My Hugo was then stuck. Screaming, Shaking a complete mess as (Said Child) wouldn't let him out... WHAT CHILD DOES THIS? (Said Child) was about 4 years old. With Ta-Da no parent in view... Where was his PARENTS?

Fuming!... I'm going to write to the Soft Play Centre... Why do they have a compartment that children can freely get into then get stuck? absolutely crazy.

My rules for soft play

Soft Play
No rules for soft play

A new type of 'Baby Wearing' boots and bar style

Boots and bar

Boots and Bar living doesn't need to be boring all the time, To keep Hugo interested in wanting to wear them it's fun to have a mess around. Especially as he really hates having his bar put on. 

Hugo had his bar lengthened at our last hospital visit... did you read about it? HERE you can catch up.

Baby wearing 
Luckily I am quite petite size 6-8 so his boots and bar can fit around my waist quite easily...

Hugo was in hysterics he thought it was brilliant 
Who needs a baby carrier.. boots and bar 
Piggy Back with Talipes
Messing around 

Doing this with Hugo made such a difference with him, he was happy to have his bar on & went to bed so much better than he has ever before.

*I had Mr.H on hand to take Hugo's bar off then we put it back on once Hugo was on the floor. *

Hugo wearing his boots and bar
Boots and Bar is a massive part of our life, no point being dull & boring all the time. Night after night doing the same boring thing....


Hugo "My Feet are BROKE" Check Up 16/01/14

Hugo had his quarterly foot check up today... the weeks really fly by don't they?
It feels like I'm at the hospital more than anything else.

I decided to really try to explain to Hugo where he was going today; as the past two appointments went terribly with Hugo screaming kicking not letting the Physio any where near his feet.
This morning I thought I would try at least to get him to understand a little bit, The Doctors are here to help. 
Hugo then went on to tell me "My feet broke mummy, Doctors Fix them" at this I asked him if I was able to record him on video (Hugo loves the camera) I'm sure you're aware! - He sat on his little chair & went on to almost be interviewed by me. I was a little taken back to just HOW MUCH he understands. I've never told him that his feet are broken. I've explained that he must wear his boots to help keep his Happy Feet straight but thats about it. 
YOUTUBE Video of Hugo explaining why he's going to the Hospital
You can watch his 'interview' here ^^^

He was rather eager to get to the hospital this morning ...
Trying to get to the car.

Typically it poured with rain when we stepped out of the car to walk to the hospital.

Today was probably the best check up we've had regarding Hugo's behaviour, I did bring a lollipop bribe though... He really is starting to understand that the 'doctors' are here to help him.

The bit you've been waiting for :

Hugos left leg/foot is STILL over corrected, Its also tighter than the right foot. His left leg is still twisted outwards ... Although it has improved its still not improved enough. 
Thus meaning his Left leg still swings out & still sticks out more than the right. They will leave his left boot as it is much see him again in 3 months, the thing is, is because its at an almost normal angle once in the boot his foot could relapse.

I did get some real answers about just how long Hugo will be in his Boots and Bar too. He will have them off once he's 5 years old & not a day before. The relapse rate is 5% ... if he was to stop wearing them once he reaches 4 years old the relapse would be 15%... He scored a 6 (the worst) as a baby it wouldn't be worth giving up treatment before 5. 

It's good to know that we are aiming for another 3 years its something I can count down.
He will be under physio until 7 years (monthly) then they'll want to see him at 11 years too. Just to check he is relapsing.

Gogo & Mumma Photo 

Boots and bar 

We will be back at the Hospital on the 24/04/14 I know it will fly by.


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