I asked my son to make a list of things he is thankful for and this is what he came up with
I wanted to capture this as I work through the children’s writings.
Yesterday, I went on a school trip as a parent helper for the very first time. My youngest son and his class were visiting a Co-operative Farm.
I turned up at the appointed time and watched whilst the teacher got the children registered and so on. The children played apart from my son who was sitting in the middle of the classroom reading a book on the space shuttle. He did not see me at first and then went mad, jigging around in excitement.
Another mum suddenly said to me “You’re leaking”. Fear not dear readers, twas only juice coming out of my rucksack. There was no way of telling which of the cardboard cartons was leaking so most of them got dumped.
I was allocated four children to look after along with the class teacher. There were two boys and two girls so off we went to the bus. The lovely thing with children is that if you talk to them, they usually will chat with you. It never seems quite so easy with adults.
We arrived at the farm and were given an introductory talk about the various Coop farms in the UK, their products and the endangered species they protect. All news to me so very interesting indeed.
After health and safety guidance, we split into two groups. Our group went out on the farm looking at crops and planting seeds and garlic bulbs. The weather was fine and the tutor was very good with the children and answered our questions well.
It was lovely to be out in the fresh air doing something different with my son and other children.
The weather was good enough to spend lunchtime outside with our packed lunches followed by play. Many games of tig ensued but I took this opportunity to get to knows some of the other mums a bit better. Guess what? They did not bite and they did not turn away.
In the afternoon, we made pizzas. It was great fun and wonderful how cookery linked in with what we had seen and heard about crops earlier. I enjoyed making a stripey pizza and encouraging the girls around me to be creative so that we had pizzas with faces, loveheart pizzas and other ideas.
There was a quick game of fruit and vegetable bingo again getting over really good messages in a fun and educational way.
We had a final quick talk to see how much we had learned. It was not just the children who got to know new things. I learned a lot too particularly about what various crops look like and what we make from them.
All the children got a lovely free hardback book with recipes and more “From Farm To Fork” details.
As I left the bus, the other mums who help a lot asked me to come next time.
A great day out altogether. Highly recommended and nope, nobody has sponsered me to write this post.
I am, however, going to say that things are not so easy in terms of ensuring children have access to healthy food in Africa. That is why I am asking you to get behind ONE and their “Let’s Thrive” campaign. Add you voice (they don’t ask for your money) to ensuring adequate aid goes to the world’s poorest. Click the link and find out more here http://www.one.org/blog/2012/04/10/lets-thrive/
Originally posted 2012-05-04 14:01:04.
Months ago, I found a lump. Tiny really, about the size of pea.
Now we know if you get a lump in your breast, you should rush to the GP.
My lump was in my gential area. Perhaps that can be ignored I told myself. However, a voice inside told me loud and clear if a friend told me she had such an issue, I would insist she went to see a doctor. Why do we look after others better than we do ourselves?
I also have an issue with fatigue which I think is part and parcel of getting older and the demands of family life. My husband nags me to go and get some blood tests sorted and I ignore him. I fall asleep all of a sudden and as soon as we get the children sorted on a night, I usually crawl off to bed or am already snoozing in the chair.
Today I finally went to the GP. I thought that I would see what the GP was like. If they were nice, I would mention the lump. If they weren’t, I would just talk about tiredness.
I arrived on time but waited for nearly half a hour. I tried reading a magazine but I could not concentrate. Everyone seemed to be called except me and I could feel myself getting more panicky. Please let it be a woman doctor.
About 15 minutes in with my mind wandering, I suddenly felt how awful my late mum must have felt as she sat in a waiting room having being summoned for her terminal cancer diagnosis. How her heart must have raced. She always said the worst bit was telling her children.
They say you should not die of embarrassment. I suddenly thought that if I got bad news, I would have to leave my children alone through neglect of my own health and a worry about someone looking at my nether regions. How utterly stupid!
Eventually, a woman doctor called me in. Steeled by thoughts of my mum and my kids, I introduced her to my lump. And yes, dear reader, it is just a cyst and nothing to worry about. I still did the right thing in getting it checked out.
Blood tests should identify if the tiredness if anything untoward. The GP and myself expect them to be normal.
I resolve here and now to check every little niggle out in the future.
If you are like I was and ducking a trip to the doctor, make an appointment today. We both know it makes sense.
Originally posted 2012-05-02 08:37:15.
My mum died in 2009. On the day of her funeral, an idiot woman told me my children would not remember her as they were too young.
On Sunday morning, I had a bit of a lie-in and was joined by my 8 and 6 year old children.
“Do you remember Grandma?”
Both nodded enthusiastically.
“Well, I do but I can’t quite remember exactly what she looked like” said my daughter.
“I do” replied my son, “She had glasses and brown curly hair. She smiled all the time and never got angry with us even when we were really naughty”.
“Do you miss your Grandma?”
“Topsy turvy” commented my son waving his hand in a comme ci comme ca manner.
“What I can tell you Mum is that you should be more like her and when we are naughty, just smile and get us a kit kat like she used to do”.
I remember Mum being angry a lot, a woman frustated by her lack of options as I sometimes am.
It was interesting to note that my children had not seen that side to her.
Oh well, maybe there is hope of me being a good Grandma even if I am clearly a woefully inadequate Mum.
Originally posted 2012-04-30 12:52:54.
Are you looking for work that fits in with your life as a Mum?
Do you need family-friendly hours?
Are you looking for a career change?
Does self-employment appeal to you?
Or perhaps you are an employer or franchise that is looking for mums to join your organisation?
You are invited to a Twitter party on Wednesday 16th May 2012 from 7pm to 8pm where we will be talking about work and business for mums.
This is your opportunity as a mum to tell the world what you are looking for and to shout out about your skills and experiences.
If you are recruiting, this could lead you to the very person you need.
Even if you are not currently looking for work or recruiting, you are welcome to come along to talk about ..
* The skills mums have that can be transferred to the workplace
* What mums need in place to make work viable for them
* Barriers to employment and self-employment
* What you can do as a mum to prepare for returning to work or changing career
Will we see you there?
If you want to share your ideas before the event particularly if you have roles for mums, please email email@example.com
We will use hashtag #groovywork for the party.
See you there!
Originally posted 2012-04-29 19:02:55.
We tried out the Wonderful Pistachios range that includes tasty Roasted Salted, Salt & Pepper, Roasted Unsalted and the new Sweet Chilli flavour
These are the only flavoured pistachios available in the UK.
They also appear to be one of the healthiest nut options around.
California pistachios are the most nutrient dense and pack more antioxidant power than any other snack nut. Rich in eight essential nutrients and polyphenol antioxidants, pistachios are known to be highly beneficial for optimum health, particularly heart health.
Well whatever the health claims, Grandad certainly enjoyed them as did son number one. They are the biggest nut fans in the family so they are a good guide. Both agreed that although they enjoyed the chilli option, the flavour did overtake the nut itself. However, the range is varied so there is something for all nut-lovers and they would make a great additon to any party.
Pistachios are known as the “Skinny Nut” because they’re one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat nuts and offer more nuts per serving compared to most other snack nuts. Research shows that as one of the only in-shell snack nuts, pistachios help slow consumption and the empty shells offer a visual cue, reducing calorie intake. This effect is known as “The Pistachio Principle.”
“The Pistachio Principle” in this house meant that I found shells in most rooms in the house as my son kept going back for more.
You can pick up a bag of Wonderful Pistachios from Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury’s. RRP is £1.99 (150g) and £3.19 (250g).
Originally posted 2012-04-29 11:42:31.
Frankie and Bennys is important to me and Him Indoors.
It played an important role in our early getting-to-know you dates. Later, we would have a meal there to celebrate job offer and other good news.
With three children aged 6 to 11 years, we don’t dine out now as much as we would like. Although our children are reasonably well-behaved and very well-mannered, they are still children and we find they are not all that welcome in most restaurants.
Hence, we were delighted to receive an invitation to try out the new menu at Frankie and Bennys. We visited on my daughter’s 8th birthday on Easter Monday and attended the Selby branch.
Even though it was a busy Bank Holiday, the staff went out of their way to make my little girl’s day special. Balloons were put on the table and they arranged for everyone to sing “Happy Birthday”. It really helped to give her the loveliest of days. Of course, there were also the activity packs they give out to children so all our children were kept amused.
I have always loved the vibe at Frankie and Benny’s. You know what to expect and that includes a great interior and lovely music from yesteryear.
I know you want to hear about the food. It was all superb and very much enjoyed. The choice on the menu is vast and there are lots of offers that help make things that much more affordable. Don’t forget to sign up for the Birthday Club on the Frankie and Bennys website now.
I think our very favourite part of the meal was the starter where the whole family shared a sampler platter for just £13.95. There were stuffed jacket potatoes, breadsticks, dips, chicken portions, onion rings and more.
Him Indoors had steak and as a huge fan of steak declared it to be fantatic. I had a New Yorker wrap. In the end as I found the sauce a little spicy, we ended up sharing with me getting some steak and him half the wrap.
The children had spaghetti bolognaise, a burger and a pizza. They ate well and one of my sons is a very fussy eater so this is high praise indeed. Of course, they enjoyed their spectacular ice-cream sundaes best of all.
We had plenty of drinks too and the total bill came in at £54.05 which works out at just over a tenner per head. That is not at all bad when the meal involves starter and puddings.
It is important to say that there were lots of different types of customer from babies to the elderly all being made equally welcome with plenty of space to eat and enjoy. Customer care was efficient and warm. I did hear the waiting staff being very flexible when customers had special requests.
I will be back and soon to try out the breakfasts in the morning and the cocktails one evening.
This is a sponsored post in that I received a £50 voucher from Frankie and Bennys.
Originally posted 2012-04-26 13:12:56.
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