I have been ill since the week before Christmas. It’s coming close to 5 weeks of being ill. I may sound dramatic but honestly I have never been so ill in my 34 years of life as I have these past 5 weeks. It started with a cold. But I am so terrible with a cold. I can’t eat or sleep for days until it’s passed. I wish I could say I got better and then got something else but I haven’t had a break in 5 weeks, it’s just been one thing after another.
So after the cold it was sickness, a cough, then I got flu, then a cold again, more coughing then sickness and now an ear infection. And I’m still snotty and coughing.
I’m not on antibiotics so I’m hoping and praying that they start to work.
All of this illness has been awful but I think the worst is how much drained me. I literally have zero energy. I go to bed dreading the next day and I wake up wishing it was nighttime again. I can have a full nights sleep but it feels like I’ve had no sleep at all.
Actually the worst thing about it all is having 4 children to still look after. The teens you’d think would be helpful (daughter has a bit) and of course 4 year old and one year old do not understand.
There is only one good thing to come out of all of this and that is that I’ve lost weight. Normally over Christmas I’d put weight on but I’ve not eaten properly and I’ve been sick. We still have a whole cupboard full of Christmas food, some of it has gone out of date now 🙁
Fingers crossed this is the end for us now and I can get back to blogging, social media and life!
Tired of toys? Treat the kids to one of these fun activity days
Our house is full of toys. Some have been passed down from the older kids and then the little ones have had even more bought for them. There comes a point when you don’t want any more toys and fancy doing something a bit different for birthdays and other special occasions – plus teens are notoriously hard to buy for.
A family activity day is a chance to all get together and have some fun, plus there are so many more options for days out than there are when trying to find a toy or gadget the kids don’t already have. Here are some of the places we’re considering for this year’s treat…
Meeting our animal friends
My kids have been engrossed in the ‘Secret Life of Chester Zoo’ TV show and I’ve already been asked if we can go there. One of the biggest zoos in the UK, it’s definitely worth a trip to see if you can fit in all of its 20,000 animals.
We feel like we already know some of the creatures personally so will be making a beeline for Iblis the lion and Magnum the warthog, as well as to see how big the baby giraffes have got.
Pottering about on a studio tour
When, like me, you’ve got a family of both teens and toddlers, it can be hard finding somewhere to go out that everyone will enjoy. But with the Harry Potter Studio Tour the older kids will love it as they’ve grown up with the films and the little ones get wrapped up in the magical atmosphere and wizarding theme.
Their ‘Hogwarts in the Snow’ event runs until the end of January and makes the experience all the more festive. All of the sets, like Platform 9 ¾ and Diagon Alley, are donned in decorations and The Great Hall is lined with trees. Plus the Special Effects Team show how they make fire, ice and snow for the film – I know my little ones would love trying out the indoor snow!
Cave men, witches and fairies
So much more than just a valley and some caves, a trip to Cheddar Gorge in Somerset can involve an open-top bus tour, rock-climbing and a multimedia cave man exhibition inside the huge Gough’s Cave. It’s fair to say that there’s a lot going on for the young ones, while older kids will love the gore of the museum of pre-history, which has information on cannibalism in our distant ancestors.
While there we’re also thinking of heading to Wookey Hole, which is a beautifully-lit series of limestone caves housing the infamous Witch of Wookey stalagmite. Not as scary as it sounds, my little ones would love the themed areas like Dinosaur Valley, Monster Mill and Fairy Garden. It’s not just caves here though, as they have circus shows, kids play areas and a new 4D cinema to explore.
Tropical inside, British outside
Dubbing itself an all-weather attraction, at The Eden Project you can duck inside the huge biome domes if it’s wet or wander around the stunning gardens when dry to see the sculptures. The tropical rainforest biome is sure to warm everyone up and has a treetop canopy walkway.
I know I’d want to have a go on the zip wire too and there are loads of kids play areas as well as a trail especially for nippers.
Now all we have to do is decide where we’re going to go first!
I know everyone with a child says it but I can’t believe Jack is one years old! It only feels like a few weeks ago that I was bringing him home from hospital after just having him.
You are one beautiful little boy. I get messages daily telling me how beautiful you’re and I do all my shopping online because it takes me forever to do anything in person with you because I am stopped every 5 minutes 🙂
We’re not sure how much you weigh because we’ve only been to check a couple of times (poor 4th baby) but I can say that you’re definitely not underweight.
You have 3 and a half teeth. Two at the bottom that are the cutest when you smile
and 1 and a half new additions.
It has taken you almost a year but you have recently discovered that you can actually move from one spot. But you’ve decided you will do it by bum shuffling which is super cute. You have also just started to give kisses.
You have an awesome character and make is laugh on a daily basis. Your new thing lately to make us laugh is when you try and get something you shouldn’t, we said “Jack, no” you turn, give us a cheeky grin, shake your head and carry on 🙂
You love food and sleep (apart from when you’re teething) and are a really ‘good’ baby (hate the term good baby because no baby is naughty, but you know what I mean) We’ve always done a combination of spoon fed and baby led weaning but you have started to only want baby led lately.
You are a little star that brightens up our lives and we couldn’t imagine life with out you. Love you lots and lots little man.
16! Seriously how are you 16? I’ve been a mother for 16 years! You came in to the world with a rocky start and continued that rocky road for a while but you’ve been on a much smoother road for a few years now.
You’re beautiful, clever, funny, clumsy, considerate and adventurous.
You know exactly what you want to do when you leave school (in a few months) and are nervous but so ready to start your career journey. Its scary but a great adventure.
You’re a caring and loving big sister (mostly) and your brothers really look up to you.
You’re not at all graceful and the second (your dad is the first) clumsiest person I have ever met.
You love adventure. You’ve never been afraid of big rides and smashed it at Go Ape.
I am incredibly proud of the young women you have become and I know you’re going to achieve great things.
Love you always xx
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As the new year has begun and I have gained a little more than I wanted over Christmas, I need a boost to help me not only lose a few pounds (stone) but to feel healthier too and I think this pedometer will be perfect for that. It is small so I can stick it in my pocket (along with all the children’s rubbish) and it does so much more than count steps.
I think my favourite part is that it tracks the calories burned, I think this is what will give me the boost to keep going. I find I do lose weight slowly when I do the school run on a regular basis but I’m hoping having this following me will encourage me to maybe walk the longer way a few times a week.
I set it up so it’s all ready and it was super easy, only taking a few minutes. The only downside is the instruction manual is really small with super small writing. Having said that, I didn’t need the instructions to set it up.
The pedometer comes in 3 colours. Grey, yellow and red and can be bought on Amazon for £19.99
*I was sent this item for the purposes of review but all opinions are honest and my own.
So my beautiful little Jack will be 1 on the 13th of January and we have decided to not celebrate it. Does this make me a bad parent? I don’t think it does because he doesn’t even know it’s his birthday! We’re not even buying him a present because he’s just got loads for Christmas and there isn’t anything he needs.
This will be the first time we’ve not celebrated a first birthday but after 4 children and many birthdays we’ve realised that there really is no need until they understand. Teen 1, teen 2 and Harry have not really enjoyed their birthdays until their 4th. I just think our money would be better saved for when they are older will appreciate it more.
People say the more children you have the less they have like it’s a not caring so much kind of way but it’s not, you just become more knowledgeable in what they actually need and not what you think they need.
We will probably say Happy birthday in the morning and let him open presents from other people but generally it will be a normal day.
Did you skip your child’s birthday?
Update! We have decided Friday will be a normal day but we’re giving him a little tea on Sunday with family. Still not buying any presents though.