Sunday, 22 November 2015

Feeling Festive, Horrible Nurses & Finding Nemo!

Hello all! 

On Friday we decided to pop over to Longleat for the day, considering the weather was good, the sun was out and everything looked so Christmassy from the Festive of Lights event! Christmas is my favourite time of the year so I couldn't wait to get some photos of Abbie around the tree! Obviously she was more interested in jumping in muddy puddles and running around than standing and smiling for photos, but she had so much fun none the less and it didn't put me in the festive spirit!

We put Abbie in her new Regatta rainsuit which looked so adorable on her, it's currently reduced from £30 down to just £9 in case any of you are interested, I've been eyeing them up for a while so couldn't believe my luck when they were on offer! 

It feels like every year I get excited about Christmas earlier and earlier, as soon as November hit this year, I wanted to put the tree up and decorate the house! But, I do have to rein it in..until December 1st anyway! 

We've had a super busy week this week, Ben was off work so we've been trying to fit in as much family time as possible! From soft play visits, to park trips, seeing family, Birthdays, craft time and watching Finding Nemo far too many times! But it's weeks like these that really make me happy!

There was one moment this week that actually really bothered me, I'm not usually the type of person to complain or write about it on here, but on Saturday I was left feeling anxious and like a crap parent after a dramatic doctors visit..

To cut a long story kinda short, Abbie was booked in for her flu spray vaccine, which I was already feeling anxious about! We were greeted by two nurses who were obviously in a rush, we were asked the usual questions but then asked us "Why didn't she have the vaccine last year?" in such a judgmental way, which straight away made me feel like an inadequate mother, I don't even think we had the letter through last year so that's why she didn't get it. The nurses both looked each other then looked back at me. 

We were then told Abbie needed her temperature taken first, and came at Abbie with the thermometer, Abbie straight away ran into the corner shouting "no no no, bye bye, mummy?!" whilst bursting into tears. Now I know "most" children will sit down patiently and just let them do whatever they need to do, but Abbie isn't like that, shockingly enough, my toddler isn't too keen on strangers trying to poke something in her ear who she's just met, by hovering over her telling her "it won't hurt, you just need to stay still". 

I told them she just doesn't like having her temperature taken or nasal sprays (how many toddlers do?), which then resulted in the nurse sitting down to say "Well how DO you take her temperature at home", followed by "Well, I have other things to do and a clinic to run so good luck with this one" to the other nurse, as she walked out laughing. Great way to make an anxious mother feel better, well done you. Very professional. She then proceeded to back Abbie into the corner to try again until I stopped her, Ben & I then both tried a few times but Abbie was so upset, I was getting upset and just told her we might have to rebook the appointment. There was no compassion, no sympathy, no patience and no reassurance either. When did Doctors & Nurses become like this? 

I couldn't believe it, my child is not being naughty, nor is she being difficult, no she hasn't had a traumatic experience like you politely asked, none of those. She was simply put into a room she's never seen before, with a very stern atmosphere, nothing to distract her or ease her into it, i'm sorry my daughter wasn't like the other children you had seen that morning, i'm sorry she was scared of you, i'm sorry you felt like it was ok to make me feel like a shitty mother because she wasn't doing what you wanted and i'm sorry you had made us wait for 20 minutes in the waiting room before as you are always running bloody late, and my daughter was already ready to go home. Apologies for the inconvenience any of this caused you and your "clinic".

So we didn't end up giving Abbie the flu spray, we are hoping to try it again by having a doctor come to us, where Abbie might feel safer. I've never seen her so stressed, she was literally hysterical and there's no way I was making her even more scared of the doctors. 

Aside from that, we had a great week packed full of fun, and although I can recite every single word from Finding Nemo, I'm just glad I can sit and snuggle with my little girl and watch movies now, i've been waiting forever for those moments!

To end this post on a high, I have some photos of our Longleat trip for you all to see, if you can get over there yourself I would really recommend it! :)

Obligatory tantrum 2 minutes into the trip

Hope you all had a great weekend :)



Thursday, 19 November 2015

Winter Warmer Recipes

 There's something about winter that gives me inspiration to cook more meals! Let's face it, no one wants to slave away in a kitchen during the Summer so salads usually suffice! But when the weather is dreary and it's cold enough for hats and gloves, you're probably going to want something hot, comforting and filling for dinner! For me, my favourite winter warmer has to be Beef Stew and Dumplings, full of yummy root veg, homemade dumplings, with a side of garlic mash and extra peas! YUM! (Mum if you're reading, i'm talking about yours!), it just takes me back to my childhood and makes me feel all toasty inside!

I love trying new foods and experimenting with cooking, but I like it to be simple and tasty and not have to spend £40 on ingredients for just one meal either, at the end of the week we tend to look in the fridge, cupboards and drawers and try and make one final meal using what's left over, it's actually pretty fun to do and means you're not wasting any food either!

Everyone has a different idea of winter warmers, the recipes below are my favourites online and are all bookmarked for me to try too! 

Which is your favourite?

Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti
Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Fried Rice
Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Caramelised Cashew Ginger Chicken Stir Fry

Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

Mini Sweet Potato Pizza's

Roasted Root Vegetable with Tomato & Kale

Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Bacon-Mushroom Frittata

Super Easy One Pot Lasagne

Beef & Butternut Squash
Tea Biscuit

My favourite chef when it comes to winter warmers has to be Jamie Oliver, so for some more yummy inspiration, head on over to his website for lots more meals to try!



Monday, 16 November 2015

Christmas Treats!

I'm at it again, posting treats like these are becoming an addiction, I want to make every single thing right now! Christmas is probably one time of the year we all like to indulge, if you can resist all the yumminess, I take my hat off to you, seriously well done! 

For me, Christmas is all about family, spending quality time together, laughing and generally just enjoying everything! I'm not bothered about presents for myself, but seeing Abbie open up hers is my favourite thing ever! Aside from the joy it brings Abbie, my most favourite thing is the food, Christmas dinner, chocolate, biscuit tins, Hot Chocolates, buffet food, cheese boards, everything, I will eat more in 3 days than I have the whole year put together!

I know it's much easier to go out and buy it all, you could actually save your self some money by making your own yummy treats! Not only can they make great last minute gifts, but seeing everyones faces once they've tried them is priceless, that is if you haven't eaten them all beforehand!

Below I have found a bunch of yummy recipes online, so if you're looking for some inspiration, enjoy!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
Get the recipe here at Cooking Classy

Holiday Cheesecake Cakes
Get the recipe here at LRF

Candy Cane Marshmallows
Get the recipe from MomFoodie

Strawberry Christmas Trees
Get the recipe at Lovely Little Kitchen

Reindeer Gingerbread Cookies
Get the recipe at Meet The Dubiens

Oreo Cheesecake Truffles
Get the recipe at Our Baby Blog

Snowy Nutella Brownies
Get the recipe at Our Baby Blog

Oreo Peppermint Bark
Get the recipe from A Southern Fairytale

Frozen Popcorn Snowballs
Get the recipe at Life Made Simple

Gingerbread Caramel Bars
Get the recipe from Life Love & Sugar

Christmas pudding Teacakes
from Nikki McWilliams

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread
Get the recipe here Eugenie Kitchen


Friday, 13 November 2015

12 DIY Christmas Gifts!

I'm not going to sit here and pretend i'm a DIY goddess or anything, in fact i'm quite the opposite, but it doesn't stop me from trying. I think a lot of crafting tutorials can look pretty daunting and usually there are so many products you need to buy, you might as well just buy the thing you want outright! But when it comes to Christmas and other special occasions, I do think it's nice to just go for it and give DIY projects a good old go!

Personally I love handmade items, whether it's something made by a friend or bought from a  little independent shop, they're usually more rustic and unique, and just kinda mean that little bit more!

I've gone through Pinterest and the internet for some fun DIY gift ideas, and have collected by favourites below, which ones will you try? 

DIY Snowman Mug
Get the tutorial at ihearnaptime
A perfect one for the kids to get involved with too, let them scribble away with their Sharpie at any age for a super unique design!

Painted Camera Strap
Get the tutorial at Design Love Fest
This does need a few more supplies but is perfect for any budding photographers or bloggers! 

Mini Gold Leaf Notebooks
Get the tutorial at Curbly
I'm one of those people who is always jotting things down on scraps of paper, then I end up losing them all so notebooks are perfect for me to keep my thoughts together! 

Peppermint Body Scrub
Get the tutorial at The Idea Room
Who doesn't love bath products at Christmas? They are so easy to make at home you'll wonder why you ever bought them in the past!

Glitter Vases
Get the tutorial from Pop Sugar

Ombre Candles
Get the tutorial at Kates Creative Space
Candles are always a popular present, they can be used all year round and are actually easier than you thought to personalise!

Snowball Wreath
Get the tutorial at Daisy Mae Belle
Wreaths are becoming more and more popular each year, but with that comes higher prices too, i'm lucky Ben works somewhere we can get a good discount but it is still too much really! Why not try making one yourself, there are los of tutorials online for you to follow and try!

Song Lyric Wall Art
Get the tutorial from A Beautiful Mess

Mini Snow Globe
Get the tutorial at Ever Mine

DIY iPad Case

Sequinned Picture Frame

DIY Bow Garland

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