27/06/2015

From the mouth of babes!

Children are funny. And so honest too aren't they?! I managed to get out in the sun the other week when it was hot & whilst I was laying with my girlie on her bed before she went to sleep I noticed my tummy looked tanned so I asked her if it looked brown. She said "yes and you also look like you've got a baby in it". Great. Thanks darling daughter. I clearly need to stick to the healthy eating plan that I am currently on before we go on holiday!

I do love (most of the time) the things kids say. And how funny they are without meaning to be. The other day I had some nuts as a snack & she asked if she could have some so I passed her one. "Thanks mummy, is that an Arnold?" It was an almond! So cute.

I write stuff down sometimes when she says things that make me laugh & put them in my memory box (previous post about it here) because I forget them so quickly. I could probably write a book purely with funny things she's said and still have room for more.

My friend lives in Wales & when my little girl found out she said to her "you're from Wales but you're not a whale are you?".

I also love how they pick up the phrases we say (sort of). The other night she was in bed, or so I thought, when I came out of my bedroom to see her on the landing as she had been to the loo. She jumped & said I had given her the "shock out of her life"!

One of the most recent funny ones was when my friend sent me a "poo emoji" cushion. For those of you who use emojis in messages, you will know the one I mean. When she came home from school she went upstairs & I suddenly heard her saying "Aaaw yay". She came downstairs holding the cushion & asked if she could have it. I asked if she knew what it was & she said "It's chocolate mummy", whilst looking at me as if I was stupid. I had to try to conceal my laughter which I wasn't very good at but I didn't have the heart to tell her it wasn't chocolate. I asked her to name it & after several not so appropriate ones, she came up with a brilliant name..... Chocolate! Yep it is called Chocolate & now resides on her bed with the rest of her cushions & teddies. Oh how I laughed!



She is also very quick thinking & has an answer to everything. Every time. I sometimes think she must have a secret power where she knows what we are going to say before we say it! An example is today when she had been at her swimming lesson & when she got back, I was in the garden with my mum. I had said earlier she could have an ice lolly when she came home so she asked if she could have it. My mum said jokingly that we had eaten them all so she said "well there's only one wrapper on the floor so I know you haven't". Doesn't miss a trick that child!

I am racking my brains to think of more but brainfog strikes again & I have drawn a blank. I will try to remember to write them down & keep copies in a notepad or something rather than folding them away for the memory box, not to see them again until the end of the year! And I will write about them when I have enough.

Would love to hear some funnies your children say, if you leave a comment or message me I may use some in a future post!

Thanks for reading,

Ali 
xx

18/06/2015

Fun Kids radio

Who doesn't love listening to the radio? We do a lot & as I love music I'm glad my daughter seems to like it as much as I do. Every time I put it on I guarantee within a few minutes she will ask if I can send a message asking them to say hello to us. My favourite station is a local one so I sometimes send them a tweet & ask them to say hi to her. She was off school poorly last week so was smiling loads when she heard them wish her better soon!

But, did you know there is a radio station specifically for children? I didn't until I heard about Fun Kids Radio. They have a website at funkidslive.com & you can listen live at the same time as browsing the site. They have different presenters throughout the day & when we started listening the other day, it was around 5.15pm & it was called The Club with Bex. I didn't know what to expect but when it came on we were greeted with music & within minutes my little Miss was up dancing to Cheerleader by OMI! She was singing along (I didn't even know she knew it!) & bopping round the room. She even grabbed her toy guitar & pretended to play along which amused me lots.


Next Bex told a funny story about a dog which had my girlie giggling away, then California Girls by Katie Perry came on so she was up again & started performing a dance routine as it's one of the songs from last year's dance show so she was trying to remember it!

After a few more songs a competition was mentioned & her eyes lit up, she clearly takes after me!! I told her she would need to keep listening to find out how to win. We ate dinner whilst it was playing & we often have the radio on in the background while we are eating but she was paying more attention to it this time knowing she could win a prize! The competition was about the silly things dads had done so Bex was reading people's entries out & they were really funny.

We went onto the competition section of the website here & entered a few which was really easy to do. There are some great prizes available to win. I had a lucky streak a while ago but haven't won anything for ages so maybe my daughter will do better!

The website has lots of interactive stuff & it's really straightforward to use. There are things to watch or read as well as various other sections including learn & listen. She spotted the games section & we didn't have long as it was time for her to get a shower before bed but she played a 'spot the difference' game which was fun. It was on a timer so her competitiveness came out! And she also found the 'dress a Princess' game so enjoyed that. As I was about to turn it off she spotted there were some Frozen games too so had a quick go & I said she could play again after her shower. She has already asked if she can use it again so must have liked it.


I was really impressed with it & we will be listening a lot. I enjoyed it too & I'm obviously not a child (although I act is sometimes). It's more of a family station than just for children which is great.

Fun Kids have a Facebook page  here & a Twitter page here.

Sometimes with me being poorly I find it hard finding things to occupy my little girl with & not wanting her constantly sat in front of the TV, this is a perfect alternative. I definitely recommend it & would love to hear what you think of it.





Ali 
xx

13/06/2015

Crown and Glory Glitterati unboxing June 2015

If you read my blog you will know I'm a fan of Crown & Glory hair accessories. Obsessed some might say! I get their monthly subscription box called The Glitterati & this month's was tropical themed. Vibrant colours aplenty, funky fruit & just so much pretty in one place.

The boxes are sent on the first of each month & it's always such a treat receiving them. I find having something to look forward to helps when my M.E symptoms are bad (all the time then!) & why shouldn't we have something nice each month? I don't often go shopping or anything because it's such a hassle with how poorly it makes me, so this is one of my treats. Plus, as I've said before, the other girls are really lovely & it has become a little community rather than just a subscription service. People have shown recently just how supportive they are & I'm proud to be part of such a fabulous group of people. It has helped my confidence too - see previous post here.

There is a Facebook group & a page where you can swap items with other members if you want different colours or just fancy something else instead.

And now I shall stop rambling & get on with the pictures....


This is what I saw when I opened the box. So pretty!

Flamingos!!


And each item that was in the box..

Glitter fruit slice bandeau RRP £15

Cascading orchard hairclip RRP £8

Tiki cocktail umbrella fascinator RRP £15

Rannunculus bobby pin pair RRP £6

Hummingbird hairclip RRP £8

The contents of the box are always worth at least £50, so for £20 plus £3.95 p&p it's definitely more than worth it. If anyone wants to be a part of the fun, if you join & give my name as a referral we both get a £10 voucher to spend on the website. Woo hoo!


And of course each time I get a new box, not only do I try everything on but so does my mini Princess! She usually comes home from school & has a good look at what we (as we share it!) got..



The cocktail umbrellas are so cool & remind me of being little wearing them behind my ear. I wore them in the garden the other day in the sun. Just because! I have been wearing the watermelon as a necklace too. And I have various items around my bedroom acting as d├ęcor so it's a win-win situation!!

I will maybe do another unboxing next time so let me know in the comments if it's something you'd like me to do?





Ali
xx

07/06/2015

Mummy, can I have the same make up as you?

My daughter loves sitting with me & watching me do my make up. Don't all little girls? After she did a makeover for me recently which I blogged about here she has been asking to help me do it lots but hadn't asked if she could have hers done. Until now!

I am personally not a fan of young children wearing make up but I don't mind it so much when we are in the house & will sometimes let her have a bit of sparkle on her eyes. Or if she is going to a party or on holiday etc. And she has some children's lip glosses which she likes wearing at weekends. But last weekend she sat with me while I did mine & kept asking to help but as we were going out I thought it was safer if I did it myself!! Then she asked if I could do hers the same as mine when we got back & I agreed as knew we weren't going back out again. Plus I thought it would make a fun blog post...!

She never forgets anything so after I'd had a rest she wanted to know if it was make up time! I stressed to her that it was a one off & that she wouldn't normally be allowed it. I told her I was going take some pictures for my blog, not that she understands what it is! She chose the stuff she had seen me use earlier & sat on her bed ready for me to start. It actually made me feel a bit uncomfortable doing it but I had promised.

This was my beautiful girl before we started...


And the stuff she chose...


I tried to get away with not putting anything on her face but as I said, she doesn't forget so told me off & said she wanted some.. "You said I could mummy". I literally used a tiny bit of my cream foundation!


I then put a bit of blusher on her cheeks, it's a Soap and Glory one that my friend got me for my birthday & it's gorgeous.




She had chosen exactly the same for her eyes as I'd used, an elf cosmetics chubby stick (elf have stopped delivering in the UK so not putting a link in) & a shimmery pink from a Makeup Revolution palette.


She asked for mascara & I initially said no but then said I would, as I thought if I did it for her she would be less likely to try it herself when I wasn't looking. I applied the tiniest bit on the ends. Enough for her to think she had it on.. Her lashes are so long & I hope she will appreciate them when she's older!

The lipstick she'd chosen was my new (& only.. boo hoo) Mac one that I got from her for my birthday, in the shade Patisserie. It's so nice, a really natural pink & she loved me putting it on her (after she had a go first).



She also wanted some eyebrow powder on to be like me so I put a bit on. Quite funny really, I mean she's only 6 (going on 16)!!!


When I told her she could look in the mirror she was really excited. I told her she looked lovely but I said she looks beautiful every day & doesn't need make up. And I said again we had only done it for fun which she understood.


I saw a TV programme last week about people who 'bling their babies' & one of the mums was talking to her daughter about how people don't look nice without make up. And the little girl agreed. What sort of message is that giving your child? It made me feel quite sick that someone could put that sort of idea in their child's head. But again that's just my personal opinion.

As girly as I am, it really did make me feel uncomfortable putting make up on my little girl. I know everyone is different but that's just how I feel. Last year she did a dance show & I almost didn't recognise her when she appeared on stage as she had lots on.. I couldn't wait to get her face clean when she got home!!

I am surprised she chose such natural stuff & did expect her to pick really bright things. But she was happy & didn't mind either when I said later it was time to take it off. 



It did give me a slight glimpse into the future & I didn't like it!! She's my baby & she always will be.


Ali 
xx







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