Wednesday, 20 November 2013


The theme over at The Gallery this week is nature so we took the time to go and enjoy nature in one of our local parks we used a few of Emma Tapp (Center Parcs Whinfell Forest’s resident nature expert and Conservation Ranger's) tips, our 2 favourites being to play outside and to learn from the best.

We chose Michael Rosen's 'We're going on a bear hunt' to read to Little Man which is fantastic for repetition and onomatopoeia and is one of his favourites.  Although the park is local to us, it is driving distance so we jumped in the car. 

To quote Robert Burns, "The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, Gang aft agley."

First unexpected happening, Little Man vomits all over himself, the one time I forgot to pack spare clothes #mummyfail.  Told the teen to catch little man's sick in the plastic bag we had our things in, including the camera #mummyfail.  The final unexpected happening, I've only been to this particular park twice in a friends car and didn't really pay attention to the journey therefore we got lost and had to turn on the SatNav #mummyfail

We did get to the park eventually and what a beautiful and inspiring park it is, we even got the teen to join in writing and she NEVER joins in, that's what autumn does for you :-)

So here is our autumn poem, the second to last stanza was Little Man's contribution and the last stanza, and most beautiful in my opinion, was written by the teen princess...

The Autumn leaves crumble 
beneath the soles of many shoes,
we watch them drift from tree to floor,
and wonder at their thoughts.
They gather on the ground,
each one a story could tell,
of the magic that they saw
before the season in which they fell.

They witnessed the birth of spring,
playful, honest, free.
They felt the heat of summer,
children playing happily.
Their colours changed
with the mood of autumn,
from shades of green to fiery red,
to bring a breath of warmth
to the season as it chills,
they light the path for winters music,
and prepare for Santa's bells.

The leaves go crunch,
the swirly, whirly leaves

I liken the leaves to soldiers 
fallen broken from the wars
disregarded and forgotten
taken for granted, trampled, torn.

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Woburn Forest

Head over to The Gallery to see some more beautiful nature posts.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Listography - Favourite 80s Game Shows

Kates listography is being hosted by mums the word this week and I've decided to join in with my top five game shows of the 80s/90s so here goes...

Taking the top spot is blind date, which the teen princess has just informed me that she watched in HISTORY class, thanks for making me feel old princess :)  I found a great comic relief episode and have included it it here for you!

At joint first, but number 2 for the purposes of the list, is the Crystal Maze, this fun filled adventure game had me and my brother glued to the TV and arguing over who we thought would win.  

3. Family Fortunes, we were quite shallow with this one and always wanted the best looking family to win, no matter how clever the other family was.

4. wheel of fortune,  we loved this game so much that my mum brought the board game to play at Christmas.

5. name that tune

So that concludes my list, why not join in and make your own list or head over to mum's the word to see what other peoples favourites are.

Silent Sunday 17/11/2013

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Gallery, A younger me.

The theme over at the Gallery this week is a younger me.  I thought it only fair that if I am sharing a photo of myself I should include the children, they are of course younger variations of myself.  So here is my tweak on the theme.

Me, the princess and the little prince :)

Head over to the gallery and check out this weeks posts x

Sticky Fingers Photo Gallery

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Breastfeeding Voucher, well okay then!

£200 in vouchers to breast feed?  Can that really change the culture surrounding breastfeeding?  

I came to England when my brother was already a year old so didn't see my mother breast feed.  Despite having never really seen anyone breastfeeding when I had my own child at 18 I didn't even contemplate bottle feeding.  I had nothing against bottle feeding, I just believed that breast feeding was the better option for me for a few reasons.  Firstly I wanted to build up her immunity,  secondly I believed it to be healthy and thirdly it was cheap and most importantly I wanted to make sure I could bond easier with my baby.  Admittedly these ideas of breastfeeding being healthier and helping you bond came from the books I was given at the time.  I wanted to breastfeed but the pressure to was a lot so much so that when my daughter was to tired to feed when she was born and her first feed had to be a bottle, I cried.  I felt I had done something wrong and that I was failing her.  I've written about this before here.

That was the first and only bottle feed she had.  Despite having felt under pressure I loved breastfeeding and the bond my daughter and I developed was wonderful.  She's at that teen stage now so she spends a lot of time engrossed in some teen phenomenon or another, but when she does curl up next to me she gets so close that I can just about breath, I sometimes even say to her, "I think I breastfed for too long!"

I suppose by offering a financial incentive women might be more persuaded to give breastfeeding a try rather than feeling pressured to.  I love that where I live they have breastfeeding groups and you're not made to feel like you're doing something alien when you openly breastfeed in playgroup.  However there is still so much that needs to change in attitudes towards breastfeeding, making it seen as normal, beautiful rather than strangers staring or pointing fingers looking at you like you should go and hide in a toilet or a corner somewhere.

I breastfed openly both when I had my daughter and with my son because I had brilliant support from my mother and family.  If more support is offered to help women feel confident breastfeeding then more women would probably do it.  

So my question is would the money be better spent in breastfeeding support?  Wouldn't it be better to make sure women have the information they need to make an informed decision?

Breastfeeding is a choice, it's a choice I'm glad I made.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Monday Melodies - Strength

Sometimes we find strength we never knew we had...

Video set to Whitney Houston I didn't know my own strength

I'm joining in with Monday Melodies, click on the link below to join in or to find out more.

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants

Monday, 4 November 2013

Time to Change

My daughter makes me proud all of the time but there are certain times when she speaks and the pride swells almost to bursting point.  One such time was this week when we were discussing a program she had watched on channel 4 about real life hospital incidents.  She came to me saying that she had to tell me about this show and how terrible some things in life are.  

Her concern was that not enough was being done in hospitals to support those with mental illness.  She found it disturbing that someone could go into hospital having tried to commit suicide and be bandaged up and sent home within a few hours, and if they were lucky they could have a 15 minute conversation with someone from the psyche team, no real aftercare.  In one instance it was stated that only if a person came back within two weeks they knew the conversation didn't work.  

Out of the mouth of babes.

Most of these people are at the stage where they are desperate to end their lives or so desperate to get help that trying to end there lives seems like the only answer.

After having discussed the show with her I watched it myself and one of the lines that stuck with me was, "It's from the wealthiest people to the poorest people and everybody in between."  Mental health issues do not discriminate and unfortunately the right support is not widely available to those who need it most.  

Those with mental health issues are still stigmatised.  One of the emergency call operatives said during the show, "I'm trying to spell schizophrenic, It's not politically correct to say mad is it."  We live in a society where people with mental illness are put into a box called mad and if they don't have the right people around them to fight their corner, are left there to rot, or pumped full of drugs that sometimes do them more harm than good.  

I'm not a doctor, I don't know the right thing to do, but I do know that more needs to be done to support those with mental illnesses and their families.  I've known at least six people who have because of struggling to cope with their mental illness have tried to commit suicide and sadly two of them succeeded.  I'm grateful for shows that bring awareness and I'm thankful that there are people, my daughter included, who recognise that something needs to be done.

I found the video below through the Time to Change website and thought it was a good one to share.
I didn't write this post because anyone asked me to, I wrote it because it is a cause close to my heart.

Monday Melodies #7

Had a busy day yesterday so my Monday Melody will now be a Tuesday tune and as the linky is now open the whole week that gives me a bit more time to explore my mood and get to posting.  Sorry I know this song can be a bit cringy but it reflects my Friday night feeling :-)  Click the badge below the video to find out more and join in.

Living with Mr M & Les Enfants

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Saturday is Caption Day

The family and I went to the Tate on Thursday and we decided to eat our lunch by the river, I took a sneaky photo as the were all engrossed in watching the birds.  I especially love the look on one of my nephews faces as he guards his sandwich.  What caption would you give this?

Mammasaurus - Saturday is Caption Day!