Saturday, 28 February 2015

Our Adventures This Week #17

This week has not been as busy as the last few. We have had more time to spend together learning,  playing games and be generally together.

This week we spent Monday playing games,  dancing, cooking together and talking about our colours and numbers. It was definitely a day of much needed family time together!


Tuesday was mostly spent watching a few films that we like. After we had dinner we all helped tidy up downstairs with D playing his tidy up games and helping in all the ways he knows how to.

On Wednesday we baked our doughnut biscuits which was a LOT of fun! You can find our post in our Lets Get Baking category. We very much enjoyed the tasting part of baking. After a quick tidy up. We sat down and planned what we will be baking for D's birthday party. Which we are very excited about!

Thursday we visited Granda and had a little browse around some shops before we came home and made dinner together and relaxed before bed.

Yesterday we finally got D's toys sorted out (That took a while! ) and moved some toys around with more ending up in the living room.  However D already knows what toys go where when we put them away!

How has your week been? Did you have any adventures? Tell us about them in the comments,  we love hearing from you.
Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Review - Vanish Gold

As a parent I quickly realised during weaning that D's lovely clothes where going to get stained. During weaning many of them ended up with big orange stains anywhere he could get them. Before we moved on to homemade foods I was throwing clothing away because I just couldn't get the stains out. Now that D is a toddler stains on clothes have become an everyday day occurrence, many times I can't even tell you what the stain is. Although I must admit D has developed a knack for stains that are next to impossible to get out! Anything white he owns will manage to get stained by chocolate,  orange sauces, strawberries or gravy. What I find most interesting is many of the stains happen after he has worn the clothing!

It's frustrating when clothes get stains we just can't get out, I spend more time removing the stains than it does in the washing machine. I am sure by now we have all seen the adverts for Vanish Gold, you know the one I am talking about with the big gold timer and the white pieces of fabric that are stained then magically they're not.  I too was very sceptical. I mean come on who really believes that wasn't just new fabric placed during filming?

D got this lovely top below for Christmas.
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3 hours into the day D managed to stain the top with chocolate,  I wasn't worried as chocolate is an easy stain to remove. Once D had gone to bed I gave it a good scrub and popped it in the washing machine.
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It should have worked,  but it didn't remove any part of the stain it was slightly lighter,  nothing else changed. Chocolate usually comes off but this time it just refused to! I stuck to it trying and trying to remove the stain. The top was washed around 10 times in a month and a half. The stain however never changed. I had thought about throwing it out, but he had only wore it once and I couldn't find the top again. So I tried every way I could find online, asking family and pure elbow grease.

In the end we seen Vanish Gold while shopping a few weeks ago and decided to try it (it had to do something to the stain, right?). It took a few days to get round to cleaning the top again.  I followed all the directions, I put 1/4 powder into the cup, I added 3/4 of warm water and stirred with my finger (not on the instructions) and poured over the stain. I counted to thirty and expected to do this all again for longer. After 30 seconds I rinsed the top under warm water and looked at the stains. The advert didn't lie! They had vanished. (No pun intended) I actually remember just staring in shock at the top over the sink, I really hadn't expected it to work at all never mind in 30 seconds! I had spent over a month trying to remove the stain and it happened in 30 seconds. I did also add a half scoop to the wash for all other clothing I was washing. Vanish Gold removes everything, I have started adding it to all of our washes and all of our clothes look new. Not only are we stain free on all our clothing,  they're brighter and softer (not sure how that works).
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Do you have a stubborn stain? Try Vanish Gold and you really will be amazed at how fast the stain disappears.
Sunday, 22 February 2015

Our Adventures This Week #16

I said last week I wanted to get back into our posting routine, however it has been a busy week and I have not had time to sit down and write our Thursday post to my satisfaction. 

Monday was a day of washing and sorting toys out into what needs to go to a charity shop. With D's birthday coming up we need to clear a few toys that he isn't playing with out.  It didn't go well. D knows that putting things into a bag means they are going to a bin or out of the house.

The process of putting toys in the bag worked out to be we put a toy in, D took the toy out and put it back in the toy box. Eventually we gave up. I will have to go up next week and do it myself then sneak the toys out!

On Tuesday we had to go shopping which went amazingly well considering D usually just runs around the shops. He got in the trolly and happily helped put shopping in behind him. D is becoming more opinionated now. There where a few items he was desperately trying to get out of the trolly that he didn't want, such as cheese. I'm not sure why he didn't want to get cheese as he loves it.  After shopping Daddy had a trip to the dentist which was postponed after half an hour of waiting.

Daddy did go to the dentist again on Wednesday and will be going back next week to hopefully get his crowns put on (fingers crossed!). Wednesday evening we spent making dinner together and reading some books to D before bath and bed time.

It was an early start on Thursday we had to meet D's aunt who walked with us to Granny's house where we stayed for around an hour before setting off to see Granda and the toys at his work (I am still convinced this is why D gets excited, to see the toys! ). After a short stay we made our long walk to Nannies house where we stay for a few hours before heading home to have dinner and get ready for bed. ( All of us went to bed early!)

Friday morning was early for us too, we had to go meet D's aunt to help her go shopping for bits she needed for her house which she has moved into! (Yay!) I must admit when I agreed to the shopping I didn't think there was as much as there was needed. After a good few hours shopping we helped her get it all back to the house and headed to nanny's again to collect the shopping we forgot on Thursday. By the time we got home it was again dinner, bath then bed.

We slept in on Saturday and had to rush around to get ready to meet D's other aunt before going to his other nannies for the day.
Tuesday, 17 February 2015

What We're Reading - Bing Bedtime by Ted Dewan

This month D has been finally getting into and staying in his own bed at night, he has started reading Bing Bedtime every night and will always choose the book for his bedtime story.

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The book is all about bedtime and the routines children have when going to bed. Bing like any of our children doesn't want to get ready for bed yet, he still wants to play with many of his toys and activities. However once bedtime begins Bing really loves to follow his routine and takes you and your child through his very own routine and order of doing his bedtime activities.

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Bing has Flop his bunny who is always there to help when he needs anything. Bing completes tasks before bed such as bath time, brushing his teeth and going to the potty among other tasks. The book teaches children about getting ready for bed. As we are reading the story we ask D if he has completed each task before he got into bed. I love the bedtime interaction this story brings with it, there are so many things we can talk about during the story.

The book itself is very beautifully illustrated with only one to two short sentences per page which means that D enjoys following along the words we are reading with his finger and that he will not get bored during the story. (Although D has decided when reading on his own he prefers to sit with one of my books and look at the words!)

There are a good collection of Bing books available, we will certainly be looking out for other Bing stories we might enjoy. Bing Bedtime is available in many book stores in the UK and is available on Amazon for around £6.99.

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Our Adventures This Week #15

This week has been a lot of ups and downs, with a lot happening in our extended families. I firstly want to apologise for our erratic posting the last two weeks, it couldn't be helped. We had a lot going on last week (My forgetting to schedule last Thursdays post didn't help) after which I felt posting on Friday, always a busy day for us wasn't what I wanted to do. This pushed back our posting to Tuesday and Tuesday's post for Thursday. On Wednesday I remembered about Thursday's post being time sensitive in the donations ended yesterday. Things will go back to normal next week with our posting being on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

This week really started on Monday when we had a trip into town to pick up a few bits and pieces we would need this week, D was more than pleased when we had finished and got home so he could run around and play.

Tuesday wasn't that busy with most of the day spent tiding and doing some cleaning along with playing with D and cooking dinner together as a family (something we try to do as much as we can. D helps make sandwiches and anything else that isn't cooked with the oven.

Wednesday came with Daddy having a 2 hour appointment in the dentist, where he was getting his top teeth prepared to get crowns put on them (ouch!) he then spent the day in and out of sleep as the freezing agent used always makes daddy very drowsy once it wears off. He will be going back on Monday to get his crowns.

Thursday was an exciting day beginning with going with D's aunt to get her new house! (Yay) We will be helping her move in as best we can next week. D is very excited about this as her spare room (I have been told) is for D so he can go stay with her. Once we had finished that we met with D's other aunt and cousin to go see a house for them. By the time we had finished it was dinner time and we had spent the day looking at/ for houses.

Friday day time wasn't much different then our house days spent playing together, Building with Mega Blocs and watching a family film. However on Friday night D went into his own room, (He does this every few days but usually wont stay in his room or just refuses to go to sleep) after he got to grips with he can't play with his toys until morning he just lay down with Baby and George and went to sleep. It was around 10 pm by the time we got him to sleep. At 11:30 - 12 D woke up but after I told him I was going outside and that I was still there he simply accepted it and went to sleep all by himself!

Today is Nannies 70th Birthday so we are going over to spend the day with her and will spend tonight watching soppy romantic films on TV. We hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's day!
Saturday, 7 February 2015

Our Adventures This Week #14

It's been a long week, containing a good amount of adventures and lots of shopping!  It all really started on Monday with getting the downstairs decluttering started. We are still working on our wishes, which I have to say is a great change from last year when we had already given up on the resolutions! We cleared out the bathroom of all the bath and shower items that we don't use or got the previous Christmas that I forgot I had put away (we always end up with a LOT of them). We had time to do the living room too.  Which now leaves the kitchen and D's room so we are getting there and hopefully will have soon completed our first new years wish. (It's rather exciting! ) speaking of new year wishes I have now lost another stone and can comfortably fit in a size 16 bottoms and 14 tops! Walking is becoming easier and easier plus I am finding I have more energy than I did before.

Tuesday was a trip to the dentist where we found out that D has 12 teeth and is currently getting another 4! It came as a bit of a shock because D has been so good and has only been finding it had to stay awake without a nap during the day which is then pushing bed time back. After the dentist we did our grocery shopping before a lovely family film after dinner.

On Wednesday we went swimming with one of D's aunt's and his cousin along with her friend and their little girl. I was really apprehensive about swimming, the last time we went D cried for 20 minutes until we left the pool. I was pleasantly surprised when D got in ready to go with his new arm bands and away he went trying to swim around the baby pool with his feet on the floor. He even enjoyed being in the bigger pool and was able to allow me to let go (so long as he didn't see both my hands at the same time). It didn't take long before he learnt that to move he had to kick his legs. The only problem came when it was time to leave and he wouldn't accept that the pool was closed! We will definitely be making swimming a regular thing now.

Thursday morning was the earliest this week (D was not pleased!). We had to go shopping, with the first item being a new pram which is arriving today! Then clothes shopping, I have to say I have never met a child who loves clothes shopping as much as D. We are not allowed to buy anything D has not given a 'hug test' which he gets very excited about! We must look a bit strange with D being shown any clothes for his or us and he sits very happily hugging each then either holding it up to us or putting it behind him! But whatever keeps him happy and occupied from crying or wanting to run around is definitely a plus! We will be sharing some of our finds next week.

Yesterday was spent visiting granda and a lovely walk to get a few things I forgot about on Thursday (oops! ) we also seen D's aunt who played with D for a while before work then another film for us all before bed time.

How has your week been?
Tuesday, 3 February 2015

D at... 23 Months

I can't quite figure out what happened to January! It just disappeared and seems to have took with it the snow we experienced at the end.

Tomorrow D will be 23 months, the past month has been a learning experience for myself and Daddy. D has grown,  learnt and developed some new habits.

D can now put his own t-shirts on, meaning that the only part of getting himself dressed D can't do is putting his socks on. However he is really trying and will sit on the floor taking his socks off to try to put them back on. D loves to get dressed now and even has an opinion as to what he wears! If we put on something he doesn't like (even socks!) He will take them off and go find something else to put on or give to us to put on. Apparently my clothing choices for D are not all that loved by D.

D has started to use actions to explain things this month.  The only problem is the action usually has nothing to with the words he is saying!  It probably looks very strange to everyone we see! He has decided that the appropriate action to words should be;
Yes - to point up and then look up
No - to point at you
Why - to roll his eyes at you (Yes really! )
Some actions do make sense and are appropriate.
Rawr - he puts his arms up like a dinosaur
Bed time - he pretends to sleep and snore
Getting dressed - he will put his arms straight up until you take his top off.
I am pretty sure D knows that the actions don't match what he wants as I occasionally find him giggling as daddy is getting what he wants!

D is starting to love dinosaurs and cars. He will regularly be found playing with both, especially the dinosaurs. They have very long conversations with the word Rawr,  watching D's expressions during his playing gives you a good indication of what he is thinking and will range from happy to angry to sad. Along with enjoying dinosaur play D has started to play with other children and seems to make friends anywhere and everywhere he can. He has made friends in the doctors waiting room,  in shops, restaurants and especially while we are walking. He will play any game so long as the other children show him how and seems to become somewhat attached when it's time to say bye to them. With his aunt and cousin he seems to want to play with them and not beside them. This seems to be a problem as they don't want to play with him just beside him, he is starting to adjust to this though.

The final change in D this month is his eating.  He has started to be fussy about what he will eat, things he loved a few weeks ago are not being touched. Our menu has gone from almost everything to a limited amount however fruit and veg are still top of the eating list along with meats and dairy products such as yogurt and cheese. However he will only eat one of the food groups at any given meal I have started to set everything separately at dinner time but he still only chooses one to eat. I really hope this is just a phase we will grow out of!

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