Explaining the silence

So I thought I would just write a little post explaining my absence. So I’ve been quiet on both this blog and social media channels for a good few months now and I thought it was time I explained.

I am struggling. My Step Dad passed away on the 27th October (unexpectedly) and then on the 30th December my Dad passed away (unexpectedly) I am absolutely devastated and am struggling with day to day life and I just cannot keep up with blog and social media too.

I have considered giving it all up but I know neither of them would have wanted me too. So I’ve just taken a break. I’m slowly getting back to writing and you can find me on insta stories daily because strangely, it actually helps.

I will try and get back to it but I can’t promise anything.

Thank you to everyone for your lovely messages and support xx

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Kandle II Giveaway

Kandle by Ozeri II the reading light has now 3 Ultra-bright LEDs
The switch has improved two levels: soft and extremely bright light for the perfect lighting Display.
Ideal for distributing continuous light without causing dazzling glare or visual fatigue.
Double pivoting arms make it easy to position and adjust, for individualised backlighting.
The interior of the WideLip handle protect your e-book Reader effectively against scratches.
Attach, even on the eBook Reader with Lederhülle. Kemmgriff is 18 mm width
Suitable for Books, or as a book with backlight for laptops.

 

If you would like to win this all you have to do is enter the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

 

 

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In The Night Garden Live Giveaway!

 

Last year myself, teen daughter, Harry and Jack had a wonderful day in Birmingham for ITNG Live. (you can read about it here)  and I’m happy to say we will be attending again this year.

I have been lucky enough to be given a treat to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket. You can enter at the end of the page but first let me give you some information on what it’s all about.

This summer the world’s only In the Night Garden Live Showdome is coming to London, Birmingham, and Manchester.

The Showdome will be visiting:
The O2, London
24 May – 9 June 2018

Richmond Old Deer Park, London
16 June – 1 July 2018

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
7 July – 22 July 2018

intu Trafford Centre, Manchester
28 July – 19 August 2018

There will be an exclusive Presale for registered users (register at NightGardenLive.com from 8-18 Jan) and tickets go on sale on 26 January.

 

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from all of us at Teen Tween Toddler xx

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Harry’s Nativity Play

On the 13th December (my birthday) we went to watch Harry’s school nativity play. Harry has only been going to this school since September (he was at a different school for reception but started at this one for year 1 because we moved home) but he has adjusted so well and made lots of friends. At first he really didn’t like it and struggled but he now loves it more than his old school.

Anyway this was only his second nativity but first at this school. He was a dancing animal and he completely smashed it!

He had a small line and he had to shake his bottom, which just melted my heart.

We’re not allowed to take photo’s at his school but at the end we paid £1 and were given a lovely photo of him. I can’t show you that either because it has his friends in it.

But on the 15th of December I was invited to Harry’s gold assembly where he received his first ever certificate. This certificate was for being the most caring member of the classroom and always helping his friends *heart melts*

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Would You Rather – Christmas Addition

I was tagged by the lovely Nicola at Nicola J Ogston I’ve never joined in with a would you rather so was keen but the Christmas addition sold it to me the most. So here goes…..

Eat brussel sprouts or cauliflower cheese? 

Oh god both are awful. Brussel sprouts are just balls of fart. I like cauliflower and I like cheese but together is just wrong!

Have twinkling lights or still lights?

Still! sometimes have them twinkling if they’re actually twinkling but I hate them flashing.

Eat gingerbread or Ferrero Rocher?

Oh that’s an easy one. I love Ferrero rocher but don’t like gingerbread.

Open your Christmas presents with only immediate family or with all of your family members?

With immediate family members. We deliver all our presents to family before the day and collect ours from them and we open them on Christmas morning, just myself, Tom and kids.

Cook Christmas dinner for the whole family or don’t eat Christmas dinner at all?

Cook it for the whole family. I love entertaining 🙂

Have a real Christmas tree or a fake Christmas tree?

Fake. I don’t like the mess of real and if you don’t water them they can set on fire. We have an expensive fake tree and it has the look of a real one but without said problems.

Use blue, yellow, white or multi-coloured lights?

I mostly use yellow lights because they’re calming but I have used blue, red and white lights before (not together). I would never use multi-colour lights, I just don’t like them.

Eat mince pies or Christmas cake?

Ooh tough one. I’ll say mince pies.

Wake up at 6am or 10am?

All through the year 10am. Christmas 6am!

Drink champagne or hot chocolate?

I don’t drink either but I hate hot drinks so I’ll say Champagne.

Eat Heroes or Roses?

Definitely roses. I will eat heroes if they’re there but I wouldn’t choose them if there is an option. Quality streets are my favourite.

Get a puppy for Christmas or a kitten for Christmas?

Puppy

Watch Elf or Home Alone?

What kind of question is that?! I love both but will have to say Home Alone because it is one I grew up watching.

Only be able to listen to Christmas songs all year round or never hear a Christmas song again?

I’d rather never hear one again. I love a Christmas song but I couldn’t listen to them all year round.

Wake up bright and early and get all of the best boxing day sale goodies or stay warm and cosy in bed wearing your new Christmas pyjamas?

Stay in my Pyjamas and get the online boxing day sales goodies.

 

So that’s it! I now have to tag four bloggers so I’m going to tag…

Sarah from The Herniman House 

Kim from Northumberland Mam

Sarah from A Mundane Life 

Rachel from Its Just Me and My Life

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Our Christmas Traditions

We have a few Christmas traditions in our house that I just love! They have changed slightly through the years as the kids have got older but most have stayed the same.

1) The tree and decorations go up on the first of December! The kids used to do this with us but now they are at school (obviously not Jack) Tom and I do it while they are at school. They usually get home before we’ve finished though so still do some.

2) On Christmas eve we leave milk and a mince pie for Santa and a carrot for the Reindeer.

3) We open our present’s in turn because when we let them just go mad they didn’t really appreciate anything. This way I get to see each child’s face when they open a present and they get excited about what the other person is opening. Sometimes if we’ve bought them a similar item, we let them open them together.

4) We all get Pyjama’s as a present!

5) We all wear cracker hats while eating our dinner.

6) Christmas eve we cuddle up on the sofa with snacks (chocolate,peanuts,oranges) and watch Christmas TV and films.

7) We go to family’s houses for Christmas tea. Usually my Mum’s and then Tom’s Mum or Sister’s.

8) Boxing day is always spent at my Dad and Step-Mum’s house.

9) The kid’s get one present from Santa and the rest are from us.

10) Each child gets some money a week before Christmas to buy Tom, myself and each other a present. I think this teaches them that it’s just as special to give as receive. And how to spend their money wisely.

 

Do you have any traditions? If so what are they?

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Silent Sunday

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Saturday is Caption Day

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Project Mc2 Experiments with Dolls

Project Mc2 is only available to watch on Netflix. The series is set in a fictional city called Maywood Glen, California, it revolves around the fields of STEAM, and the adventures of McKeyla McAlister and her best friends, who work for a government organization called NOV8 (pronounced “innovate”), a highly secretive group of teenage female government operatives who are trying to protect the world.

Sound good right? And with all great shows, there is of course the great merchandise. We were recently sent a doll from the series, we got McKeyla’s Glue Tattoo Doll. I originally had it for Harry but he’s never watched the show so it wasn’t something he was interested in (apart from the glitter tattoos) but I discovered that my 7 year old niece loves the show so I will be sending this to her instead.

The Doll features

  • Fully articulated doll (knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck) features premium saran hair, glass eyes and eyelashes.
  • Premium fashions and experiments.
  • MAKE YOUR OWN GLUE TATTOOS: Mix white school glue and food coloring in paint can. Use brush to paint mixture onto your skin, and let it dry.
  • Includes paint can for mixing, brush, and stencil. Also comes with mask, unicorn headband and comb for doll.
  • Suitable from Age 6

So if you have a Project Mc2, unicorn, doll or glitter tattoo fan, then I recommend this doll. It would make a lovely Christmas Gift this year.

The dolls have an RRP of £24.99

 

*We were sent this doll for the purposes of review but all opinions are honest and my own.

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