Out for dinner before heading back to school! Megan started on Friday so we went out for dinner on Thursday night and we actually had a really lovely family meal.
I am so behind on everything right now that I’ve realised its Wednesday and I still haven’t rounded up last week! To be truthful it was the usual mix of nothing some days and loads the next, but I will try to recap as best I can remember!
Monday we were still in London and I posted about that day here. Since we were actually back by Tuesday, life pretty much returned to normal. The girls went to their dad’s house and Chris was at work so I had a day of sewing, blogging and watching TV (not necessarily in that order!). I made some decisions about the month (that sadly haven’t really happened yet) and tried to take a determined approach to life since it was September 1st!
In the evening I sat down to make loads of hair bows and watch Grimm. It was actually pretty awesome ;)
In the morning I got up and headed out for the girls, about the same time as Chris headed out to work. I picked them up and we headed to Asda Living to pick out some school uniform for Megan and a few last minute bits and pieces they needed. Afterwards we went home and while the girls sat and played on their computers (and Disney Infinity on the Xbox), I made more bows and watched Grimm… right up till bedtime. Other than that there was the odd bit of getting ready for school etc. but that was pretty much it.
On Thursday the girls were back at school and we had the usual mad rush in the morning. After dropping the girls off I came home and started to sew. Nat came around for the day and although we mostly sat and chatted, she helped me cut out pattern pieces etc. until we both needed to pick up the kids from school. After school we all just flaked in front of the TV and computers, recovering from a busy day! Friday was fairly similar, except that I dropped the kids off at school and went on a ribbon hunt in Lincoln. I realised Nat was off so called her to meet up for coffee and we spent the morning chatting and drinking coffee/hot chocolate. I headed home as I needed to go to the post office and get a few bits done. However it wasn’t long before I was back out to get the girls. That evening I spent sewing, getting both a Woody dress done and also working on a Wendy cosplay.
Saturday morning and it was the weekend. The girls had no school and Chris had no work, so it should have been heaven – except I felt awful! I had a headache all day long and this resulted in me crying on and off through frustration. However I managed to get some work done in the end and my headache finally cleared by about 7pm. Sunday was another day of sewing and another day of everyone being off. We spent the day doing our own thing but sat down to a family dinner of fajitas in the evening.
It was a lovely week but as always, highs and lows. This week is fairly crazy so far but I’m beginning to think that’s the new norm!
It’s that time of the week again – Monday Round-up. It’s been a busy and tiring week, despite not a lot going on. Full week back at school/work for everyone and its definitely taken its toll. Chris has had some really shitty shifts, all day or evenings, so we’ve barely seen each other. The kids after school clubs hadn’t started yet though so at least its been a fairly normal week with regards to hours (if you don’t count the fact I finished work late almost every day!).
Anyway, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there really wasn’t anything of special note. Thursday the kids were with their dad after school and so Chris and I had some of the evening to ourselves. We hung out and ordered takeaway – it was a really nice evening. Friday was really the same as the other three evenings, except for the fact we were celebrating making it through yet another week (only 5 till I’m off again, woo!). The kids and I hung out and it was really nice, letting them both go a little later to bed than normal and just enjoying being together.
Saturday was a really strange day. I woke up with a headache and sadly it didn’t shift all day. I tried to relax on my computer in the morning but that didn’t help so I went for a bath. My headache lifted slightly but it didn’t go and as soon as I was back in the lounge, it pretty much came back again. I did manage to clean the shower though so that was a plus. We decided to try and tackle homework and so Lily, Megan and I moved to the dining table. I started working on a dress pattern, while Megan started homework and Lily drew a picture. It wasn’t long after when my mum arrived, as she’d said she might pop in for a while. Crazily, she was still there 6 hours later… after homework was done, takeaway was ordered and Nat arrived! Luckily it had taken my mind off my headache somewhat but I was also feeling fairly rotten. A girlie night with Nat was just what I needed though and after a good chat and Nat leaving at just gone midnight, I headed to bed, completely exhausted!
Sunday Chris was finally off and we had a day together as a family. We headed into Gainsborough in the morning as Chris had keys to drop off and I wanted to go to Wilkos. We ended up wandering a little and getting sausage rolls from Greggs. When we got back, there was loads of house stuff to do like the dishwasher, hanging out washing, sorting washing etc. After all of that, we ended up tidying and hoovering! It was such a fun day, haha. In the end, the kids and I spent the afternoon watching more Winx and finally when they headed to bed, I spent the evening watching One Tree Hill and doing the ironing. Strangely enough, it was a really nice day – despite how it sounds.
Other than that, I’ve really started working on Christmas presents. I’m making a whole host of dresses and clothes for various people and I’ve started to look at patterns and materials. I’ve also started to build up some clothes purchases for the girls. Their main Christmas gift this year will be a suitcase full of summer clothes for Florida! On top of that, I’ve purchased my mum’s gift and part of my brother’s. I’ve order Nat’s birthday present and my mind is busy working on everything else I need to get. As soon as they’re all out of the way its save save SAVE so I really need to get cracking and organised.
Not much else is new – I’ve been pretty tired so that’s stopped a lot of things. To be honest I haven’t even taken any pictures to intersperse in this post! I do want to work more on my jewellery and generally on craft stuff. I’ll update you as soon as there is news!
My Nametags is a really great site that is simple and easy to use. They offer nametags for both clothes and items, either stickers or iron-on. I recently got the chance to use their service and I can’t recommend them enough!
Making your order is really simple. You enter what you want on the sticker, then pick from a wide variety of colours, designs, fonts etc. Once you’ve got it all picked out (and there is a little preview box as you can see above) you pick whether you want colour or black and white, stickers or iron-on. I was personally sent coloured stickers and they came in a sheet of 56 for a value of £11.95*.
The stickers are exactly what they say – they stick onto clothes or plates, flasks, lunchboxes etc. They come with very clear and easy to use instructions as well. You basically just apply and wait 24 hours before washing. If you’re attaching to clothes, it recommended you use the label rather than directly onto the garment.
On Wednesday night I spent the evening attaching all of these to Lily’s clothes, shoes etc. I didn’t take me very long at all and she was so pleased with how pretty they looked.
Not only are these stickers a clear and easy way to label your children’s clothing, they are also a great way to re-name them too. A lot of Lily’s clothes have been passed down from Megan so crossing out her name and writing Lily’s can sometimes be a pain. These labels just stick right over the top and that’s a great additional benefit if you ask me. Not only that, but writing on labels often fades with washing and becomes unreadable – these stickers are very clear and easy to read.
I can hand on heart say that these wash just fine as well. Since the girls wore their school uniform on Thursday and Friday, I did the washing over the weekend. I noticed, even as they hung on the line, that Lily’s labels were all still in tact – no sign of damage, wear or fading. I was very impressed!
From a parenting point of view, these stickers are great value for money, time saving and hopefully long wearing. From a child point of view, they can look very personalised and make the child feel special. As you can see my princess design, definitely hit the mark – my little girl is definitely a princess.
Hello! Another week has flown by and here is my round up of it. Sadly I’m not really in the mood to blog – and while I know they say you shouldn’t bother if you’re not in the mood – I didn’t want to get behind either!
So this week has been my first full week back at work and also the week the kids started back at school. In all honesty, for me at least, its been absolutely exhausting. While I don’t work a lot – only 5 hours a day – when you have seven weeks of relaxing (or at least going at your own pace) its a bit of a shock to the system going back to work. Not only that, but I’ve been doing some extra/overtime this week so that’s taken its toll too. Work has been okay though and not really much to report on that front.
Monday through Friday, I had work as I mentioned. As well as that, the kids were with their dad for the Monday into Tuesday, when my mum then picked them up and had them Tuesday. They stayed at home with Chris on Wednesday before finally returning to school on Thursday and Friday. There wasn’t anything of particular note during Monday, though Tuesday when I got home from work I baked Chocolate Orange cupcakes and they were amazing!
Again there wasn’t anything of real note on Wednesday or Thursday, but Friday after school/work we all went out for dinner to Prezzo as a sort of “we survived the week” celebration. We had a lovely dinner and then afterwards the girls insisted on running through the fountains in Marshall’s Yard – which was hilarious. Afterwards, because they were soaked through, Chris offered to walk home with the girls rather than take them in the car. I drove back home and then walked back to meet them for the rest of the walk home.
Saturday was a fairly relaxing day, with no real plans. I made some more cupcakes – this time chocolate milkshake flavour. They were yummy too! On top of that, in the evening, Jon and Nat came around and we all played the Firefly board game. Chris bought this from LFCC (comic con) and its been a pretty staple favourite ever since. On Sunday, mum had been meant to come over but she wasn’t feeling very well. As a surprise I baked homemade bread and made soup, before taking it over for lunch with her. Chris also took Megan out on her bike in the morning and she’s definitely gaining more confidence. I went out again in the afternoon with both Megan and Lily and by that point the weather was just perfect for a lovely Sunday afternoon.
Finally in the evening Chris was out at a work leaving do so I just chilled out and watched TV. When Chris got home we just snuggled up on the sofa and ended up watching a movie that had us both in tears!
That was pretty much my week. No highs and no lows really, just back to the same routine and making my body adjust accordingly. One a plus side its now only six weeks until I’m off again so that’s a reason to be happy right?
There are loads of pictures to choose from this week – including both the girls riding their bikes and also both the girls running through a fountain and getting soaked. However with it being the first week back at school it seemed only right to pick this one of them together, just before school on the first day back.