Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Review - Creative Colors Adult colouring book

The UK has been going crazy for adult colouring books recently with the wonderful array of books showing up in shops all over the nation. I thought it was about time I tried one as I love colouring in and find it so relaxing to unplug from everything and just colour with pens and paper. We regularly spend time with D being creative with colouring, painting, drawing and crafting.  Now I have my own colouring book to complete while D is doing his at the table.

I choose the Creative Colors  Relaxed colouring book for adults. It has an attractive and colourful front cover which we all want in a colouring book. The Images that are available in the book are a lot more complicated and intrecate than the ones you did as a child or do now with your children. I love that there is so much to choose from in the book I choose, for example;


or for flower lovers

or the beauty in the tiny details


I love this one and as you can see am currently getting this one done. Here is a closer look at what I have completed


I also love that the book has pictures with a black background which makes the colour stand out so much more!



I have noticed that sine I started to colour a little bit at night just before bed I am having a much easier time in falling asleep at night and can be asleep in under 30 minutes compared to 1-2 hours it can take for me to fall asleep normally. Unplugging to colour before bed is a great way to relax and get ready to go to sleep without having to toss and turn.

I do think that this could be an addictive hobby and I could find myself sitting for hours just colouring in if given the chance.

There are so many books out there to meet everyone's tastes and likes. Everywhere I go now I see them and there are thousands of adult  colouring books available on Amazon. My book is from The works Who also have a large collection of Adult colouring books.

I for one am loving this new trend and recommend everyone to try it. I love the relaxed book and would defiantly be looking at more in the range.

How do you feel about the new trend?
Monday, 21 September 2015

Our Adventures This Week

We are posting our adventures a bit late this week as we had a weekend of family time and I spent Saturday trying to organise the house a bit more. All in all we had a good week.

We spent Tuesday doing our usual fortnightly shopping which we now walk to do without the pram and no more tantrums about getting in the trolly! We have also started to do our Christmas shopping!  There isn't long left now.

Wednesday we had a very early start with getting up at 6 am  to attend a meeting at Uncle L's school.  Which went incredibly well, he is doing great at school and has been vastly improving this year even though it has only been a few weeks.  After the meeting me and D did a little shopping and D had a sleep  before heading home to play games and do some drawing before dinner.


Thursday was a very eventful day, we did our usual visiting of family members while Uncle L was at school. But we had a big change this week D got his very first hair cut! Although D was terrified and crying very hard while holding on to my hand for dear life he sat incredibly still and did really well.  Hopefully next time will be easier. 


On Friday we got up and went for a walk together where we got coffee and had a little look in some shops along the way.

I spent Saturday trying to organise the house as there are still some things that haven't got a place yet and it's starting to drive me a little insane! 

Sunday we took a walk to the shop together and although it was raining we had a lot of fun with D jumping in puddles and Daddy joining in too. Once we got home myself, Uncle L and Daddy got to work peeling and cutting vegetables to make stew.

How has your week been? 
Thursday, 17 September 2015

Taking on The Teen

Well as you know if you read my blog we have had Uncle L come live with us. Uncle L is my oldest brother. Now if you had of told me 4 months ago that I would be bringing up a toddler and a teen I probably would have told you that you are crazy. Even though last summer to Christmas we had another teen staying with us. The difference? She was staying with us and was 16 which meant I wasn't really her guardian, she was. That was only a temporary stay to help her get up on her own in the world. Uncle L is here for at least the next 2 years but probably for the next 4+ years and that is permanent for us all. Here we are a family of 4 and I must say having Uncle L with us can be challenging but it is worth it and he is mostly behaving and listening to us. However I have seen a very big pattern with Uncle L that I had never noticed before.

The main thing I have noticed and learnt in the last 3 months is that a teenager is basically just an overgrown toddler that can walk, talk, feed themselves and are potty trained. My conclusion to this is that we spend 13 years bringing up our children, teaching them about most things they need to know in life and suddenly they hit teenage years and it all goes out the window! Turning into a teen seems to wipe out most of their knowledge

A few of the things that lead me to a this conclusion are;

A teenager throws ALOT of tantrums, just because we call it rebelling doesn't change the fact that they basically are only a teenage tantrum can end up worse than a toddlers. Mostly a teenage tantrum consists of arguing with you before stomping up the stairs to their room where they probably blast some music (thankfully Uncle L does this in a form of headphones.) Their favourite line during this period is "Your ruining my life!" and although we have not heard this from Uncle L we all know that we have as a teenager said it!

A teenager loves to have a massive huff or a better word for it would be hibernate when something doesn't go right. This usually happens after the tantrum is over. This again happens mostly in their room or better yet right in front of you with a hood pulled over their face like it makes them invisible! I mean at least this is cute with a toddler, it is utterly ridiculous when a teenage does it! I do have to check I am not laughing out loud when this happens as this then causes another tantrum! Be warned.

Teenagers seem to have lost the ability to listen to you. Have you ever tried to tell a wall to take out the rubbish? Well I haven't but I bet I would get better results than asking a teenager. A common problem here is that when they do listen it seems to be to certain parts of the conversation and end up doing something completely different or even the opposite to what you have asked! Stick to Clear precise instructions in preferably 3-4 word sentences. (This seems to be working for us.)

Telling a teen no? That will just result in stomping, a tantrum or sulking/ hibernation or possibly if it is really bad then all three! So be prepared for this from the offset of any conversation.

Much like a toddler a teen will test the 'boundaries' of what they can and cannot do or what happens when they don't listen. I have guessed that the main reason for this is because they clearly didn't learn the first time around?!

A teenager cannot sit still. No I am serious they constantly have to move a part of their body, tapping things with hands or feet, fingers, moving arms, legs or their head. Uncle L even moves around most of the night in his sleep! This drives me insane when I am trying to relax and watch TV as I can always see him moving at the edge of my vision.

With everything I have learnt about bring up a teen in the last few months I still know there are bigger and harder things to come. These I am not prepared for but I will get there and hopefully I can cope with them. I now know how my mother felt 6-7 years ago when I was a teenager. I know that is crazy right? I also know my mother is reading this and I just have to say I am sorry I was a teenager who did all of the above! Thank you for putting up with my teenage ways though!

We do have a lot of time where none of the above happens but I just wanted to share my thoughts and give you an insight into what happens in our house and how I relate a teen to a toddler.

Do you have a Teenage toddler? Let us know all about their antics by leaving us a comment.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

What We're Reading - Wobble Bear Says Yellow by

Well when we got Wobble Bear Says Yellow I most certainly was not expecting D to become so attached to Wobble Bear, he point him out on every page!

Wobble Bear says Yellow cover

Wobble Bear says Yellow is all about a little bear called Wobble who just loves to say yellow and it is his favourite colour. He believes every colour is yellow and doesn't listen to his mummy bear telling him what each colour is. He does get it right once though!

I must say we all love this book, it is just so fun loving and the same as any child who has just learnt to say a new colour. We have been reading this every night for around 5 weeks and although D should now be bored of this book he still picks it up before any other and will sit patiently waiting for me to finish what I am doing so I can read it to him.

Wobble bear almost  says pink!

Wobble bear says yellow is a wonderful book for toddlers who are learning to say and recognise their colours. Wobble bear is a character children can relate to. He is very good at making children laugh, defiantly for D anyway!  I feel that wobble bear is a great teaching tool for bedtime reading with young children who are learning about their colours. It's a great way to fill their little heads with information right before their short term memories turn into long term ones and this should help in the learning of colours.


I do think that wobble bear says yellow has some beautiful and simple illustrations that clearly show all the items that mummy bear tells wobble the colours of and these items are always very forward in the picture. D is always able to find and recognise each item as we read through the story. He also has a great sense of self achievement when he is right and I think this book has built up a bit more of his confidence so I would have to say we do recommend this book for any toddler's out there.

As you can see below we really love Wobble bear says yellow.

You can find Wobble Bear Says Yellow on Amazon by clicking the link. It costs £5.99
Saturday, 12 September 2015

Our Adventures This Week # 29

This week has been blissfully relaxing with only a few appointments and not a lot of places that we needed to go to. This has been our first week where we have not had much to do and have had a lot of time to just relax and enjoy our new home between everything that has been going on we have spent a lot of time busy doing things and we have been trying to sort the house out properly. We are slowly getting there and there are just a few small bits and piece which have yet to find a new home.

The start of the week was all about spending time together, we would play games, take a walk or two and watch some TV together. Daddy had to go to the doctors on Wednesday and I was waiting on a lady coming to speak to us so we went out in the morning and stayed home for the rest of the day.

This week we took our usual visiting schedule although we did only visit Granda and Nanny as Granny was sick in hospital (which we found out later). We took the bus this time with just Myself and D. This meant we had a lot more time on our hands and had time to do some shopping while waiting on us all to go to nannies. We spent some time going around some shops before we started to go to Nannies.

I was again in court on Friday so we had a friend come to stay with Daddy and D while I was out. Though we had got a lot done in court this time we still didn't get an outcome yet! This is extremely frustrating! But we will get there I hope. After court Daddy and his friend went out for a while to play pool while me and D stayed at home and watched a film. Uncle L was in school and once he came home he watched TV with D while I got some housework done!

Today we are off out on a walk to just get out and do something!

How has your week been? Let us know below in the comments we do love to hear from you!
Thursday, 10 September 2015

D at... 30 Months

It's so hard to believe D is now 2 1/2 Years old! Where have the past 2 1/2 years went? We have a lot to update you on this month, D has progressed so much since we last did a post. With Uncle L moving in, Moving house, adapting a new routine, a new room, new bed and everything in between!

D at 30 Months

D has been growing and learning everyday, his words, sentences and all round speech is getting better and better.

We have found D loves to learn, he is so enthusiastic about trying to say new things and learning new sounds.

In the past few months D has learnt to recognise and say most sounds made from vehicles, animals and the weather!

D's favourite sound is NEE-NAR, he loves to be a police man in a police car with his police hat on!

He has learnt to say;

  • How?

  • come with me

  • read

  • where is it?

  • why? (yes he learnt the dreaded why!)

  • blue shoes (They're his favourite)

  • wobble bear

  • Rabbit

  • Bear

  • Teddy

  • I have... (along with what ever he wants)

  • Me come too?

  • help me

D has also developed a very good imagination and will regularly be found making his toys talk, hug, run, jump and sing! He likes to take his police cars off to stop the dinosaurs fighting with each other! This one in particular is very amusing to watch as the police man is 3x the size of the dinosaur and the police car he uses, but the dinosaurs are very defiant and like to say no, this always ends in them arguing yes, no, yes, no, yes, no followed promptly by the police man going ahhhhhhh!!! while the dinosaur eats him!! D likes to play with his dressing up hats and to also dress up as mummy in my high heels and scarfs along with sunglasses and daddy with his hat, slippers and daddy's necklace.

D is becoming very interested in trying to write things down like our shopping lists, he will sit beside me with his own piece of paper while he tries to copy what i am writing on mine! He now recognises almost every letter and sound and has learnt to associate the letters with things and will try to say the letter he thinks words start with although he is still mostly wrong this is a huge leap from struggling to say some letters and their sounds!

D has changed a lot in his personality, he loves to laugh at anything funny! He finds daddy very funny and will always find a reason to laugh at him or with him. If you listen while he is playing alone he will regularly crack himself up! D also loves to be independent but very safe at the same time, he knows when he can cross a road and when he cannot. D has learnt about the area of the house that can be dangerous and will always be VERY careful around these areas all except the stairs (not sure he understands the stair one?). He will be very careful when in the kitchen, bathroom when the floor is wet and doesn't go under the stairs, he also doesn't go into the cupboard in his room!

We finally learnt to get his top on by himself! He can now get himself dressed and will regularly take it all off just to put it back on! we are still working on socks but they really are hard!

While we where moving house D became a perfect little handy man! He loves to use his little rollers to paint pictures or pretend to paint the wall with unused rollers! He also loves it when daddy had to use the drill to make a hole and will become daddies "boss" telling him where it has to go for the hole to drill right! He has also loved using a screw driver to put all the screws in right and I think we will be asking Santa for a builder's bench this year!
Little Builder!

I think from now on we will be doing our D at... posts on a 3 month basis from now on rather than every month like before as we will have so much more to tell you!
Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Brave Bones Club - Steve Backshall's Episodes

If you can remember a while ago we wrote a post about going on An Adventure with the Brave Bones Club if not you can read it by clicking the link. Well here are the winner's video's with Steve Backshall. Showing us all amazing things to do in the great outdoors with our children! Have a look and see what you can learn for even more adventures! The Brave Bones club held a competition to find 6 children between 8-11 years old to join Steve Backshall in a new video series on thrill seeking adventures! Check them out below and don't forget to check out The Brave Bones Club Website.

The first episode is all about finding out about making shelters and somewhere to sleep. I love that the children do most of it themselves and that Steve is not intruding on their learning/ building independence but still making suggestions and helping without doing anything for them! Not only does the video show you how to create good shelters from the weather and using what is available to you! The skills you can teach your children through this video could teach them to survive if they needed to in the wilderness alone. Plus it has great self-esteem building for you child to know they can do this themselves with nothing except nature.
Steve shows the kids how to build three very different shelters whether you’re trying to keep dry off the forest floor or pitching up in your living room. You’ll learn how to create an A-frame shelter using all natural materials, how to scope out a super spot for a hammock, and how to put up your very own tarpaulin.

The second episode is all about the critter club! This part is all about finding out about all the creatures in nature and you won't even have to leave your garden for this one perfect for the curious children who love looking at nature. Steve shows the children how to create a creature habitat for bugs, birds and hedgehogs. The simplicity of these habitats makes this such an easy task you can even complete it with a toddler which we will be trying soon. I will be sure to update once I get up the courage to face creepy crawlies!!(ahhhhhh)

The Third episode is all about spotting the signs of animal activity by listening to, looking for and spotting creatures and their homes anywhere you go! I love this episode it is filled with so many top tips, facts and fun adventure trail ideas for kids. I love to look out for tracks and now I can show D all the ways for finding creatures, home of creatures and insect homes in forests, parks and nature. I can't wait for our next walk around a forest.

In episode 4 Steve teaches the children about map and compass reading a wonderful and very important skill for anyone who loves the wild! I love that this was completed with a very interesting treasure hunt that involved the children really paying attention to their surroundings and working together as a team to develop their skills.  Steve shows the children how to find their way on different types of terrain as well meaning if children defer from the track they still know what to do to get back and to navigate.

 The final episode is all about bug bothering, which involves going out and finding bugs by disrupting their habitats and being able to look up close to all the creepy crawlies. They show us through stick shaking, Using a porter and by using butterfly nets to sweep surf. Steve shares tips on how to recognize bugs and butterflies.

 Well there you have it you should now have everything you need to get up close and personal with all the nature you like! What great adventures you can have with all the tips you have learnt!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

A Disappearing Act

So over the last two months we did a bit of a disappearing act, it was unintentional and I have been trying to write this post for a while now. I decided at the start of this that we would stop writing for a week or two for us to adjust to our new daily routines and get used to living as family of four. As Uncle L moved in quite suddenly there was no time to prepare for him and it made writing hard while I was trying to rearrange our whole house. However things just seemed to keep happening! The last few weeks have been very hectic to say the least!

It started when Uncle L moved in with us. We had a lot going on with changing details and attending court to make our home legally uncle L's home too. It was hard to get used to being four when it came to meal portion sizes, shopping for four people and the amount of new housework that comes with a teenager! Trying to adapt while still writing was extremely challenging meaning, later nights and earlier mornings. Trying to fit everything into one day was just impossible.

Shortly after we stopped writing we decided we really needed to move house, we had wanted to move before Uncle L moved in but it became more of a necessity than a want after that. We heard back about a new house within the first week of not writing our posts. I was planning on writing a post once we had everything finalised. It just seemed that I never stopped for the next 4-6 weeks. I started packing the house the day we where told we where getting the new house. Seemed very rational at the time and honestly if I hadn't we would not have moved yet! I did most of the packing as we had a lot to pack and even more to organise, at least when I packed alone Daddy could look after D all in all Daddy packed 3 small boxes and Uncle L packed 4 small boxes (their own things!) D even helped pack and packed away 90% of his toys a week before we moved! He was very happy and proud to help put his things into the boxes for going to our new house!

Between packing and shopping for everything we would need in our new house the days just slipped past us. We started with paint and started to paint the day we got the keys! The living/ dinning room was first which was the largest and the most to do. We painted magnolia with a lovely aqua blue and purple colour in the rooms to match all the white blue, purple and black furniture we had and bought. half way through the painting in the living room we realised we needed me to get painting too. I started with my room as it should have only needed a quick two coats of paint and some stickers removed.. well it needed stripped then the above done! After a good 6-7 hours i was finished with coat number 1. I helped Daddy to paint the cream in the living room while D and Uncle L played in the garden or up in their room which had flooring already.

It took 3 days but we finally got the living room painted the way we wanted! We officially had colour in the house!! This was a first for us and very exciting! Next we had to do the top coat on my room which only took an hour or two.  Next room was D and Uncle L's room they where getting a blue room with a blackboard wall! (seriously cool!) It took A LOT longer than we thought to finish their room which was all wallpaper! We stripped in one day and painted the next it took two and a half days but we finally finished! D's other uncle came to do the wall paper in my room and the flooring in my room. although both these took a full day we had went to IKEA to get beds etc that we might need and it was now time to get them up! starting in the boy's room and Auntie S came to visit at just the right time to get roped in to helping!

We finally got back to living-room and lay the flooring over 2 days (Really!) we finally put together all the furniture for there and the final part was to paint the bathroom (the kitchen and hall are still a work in progress) A month after we got our definite yes we where finally moving in which took ALL day. I spent the next week or so unpacking and finding everywhere a home!

We finally got our Internet back about 3 weeks ago and we finally had to get ready to go back to school for Uncle L. All in all the last lot of weeks have been stressful, happy, sad and challenging but we all got there and I can finally get back to a normal routine now that I have found the hours in the day!

I hope you all had a wonderful and adventurous summer!


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