Saturday, 17 May 2014

Quick thought: Charity Shop Find

Don't you just love it when you happen upon a bargain you were planning on buying anyway?

I was on the look out for a little bag to carry food and snacks for my 1 year old. I spotted this in a charity shop today - brand new with tags from dotcomgiftshop.

Recycled lunch bag
Charity Shop Find

I was even more delighted when I paid just 10p for it!

What bargains have made your day?

By Lee

Thursday, 15 May 2014

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We're giving away this fabulous Thai silk scarf. All you have to do is tell us your best misheard song lyrics.

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To get you thinking:

Here are two of Lee's favourites:

Keane - Crystal Ball - see 1:10

Misheard: Chris de Burgh....Chris do Burgh
Should be: Crystal Ball....Crystal Ball

Michael Bolton - How Can We Be Lovers - see 0:11

Misheard: How can we be lovers if we can't speak french?
Should be: How can we be lovers if we can't be friends?

Here are two of Bee's favourites:

Bob Marley - Get up Stand up - see 0:44

Misheard: It's that all that pizza is cold
Should be: It's not all that glitters is gold

David Bowie - Space Oddity - see 1:24

Misheard: And the papers want to know who shot your wife
Should be: And the papers want to know who's shirt you wear

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Independence Day

How much freedom should children have?

My eldest daughter is coming up to nine years old. She doesn't play out in the big wild world unsupervised (we live on a busy street traffic-wise so it's not a good place to play) and gets ferried to school and back. This could all change very shortly. In North Tyneside, we have a three tier school system. First school until 9 years old, middle school until 13 and then off to high school. This means that Jay will be off to middle school in September.

The issue is, the middle school is in the opposite direction to the first school where my youngest daughter Essie will remain and obviously I can't be in two places at once. Logistically, I could drop off Jay first and then Essie but it will be a big carry on every day.

I personally think that Jay is old enough to make the journey by herself. There is a small residential road to cross and a busier road with a lollypop lady. Other than that, it's hazard free. However, hubby disagrees. He is petrified that she is going to be vulnerable to predatory abductors. I have tried to reason with him that such cases are very rare but he is finding it difficult to come to terms with.

Back in the 70s when I was growing up, kids much younger than 9 were playing out unsupervised without any major consequence. I appreciate that times have changed but personally, I think it is just traffic levels which have changed. There have always been paedophiles but these days, the media have us believe that their numbers have increased and that they are sitting in wait to take our children. I remember back in the day being told to stay in doors as a car had been seen hanging around outside the school with a strange man in it. Whether or not this was a dangerous person was unclear but we stayed in for a bit then it was back out to play after a couple of days. I suppose that back then, there was generally more of a community with people looking out for each other which is often lacking these days. I must admit, I hardly know anyone on our street and we've lived here for 13 years!

Statistics show that children are more likely to be abducted by someone they know - an estranged parent for instance - than by a stranger. I'm a big believer that educating our children in stranger danger is the best thing that we can do for them to prepare them for the big wide world.

Jay has started to do little things by herself. Going to the post box at the top of our street, going into shops alone whilst we wait outside etc. When we go to the park next to the school, she can pop over to the school by herself to use the toilet. I think that creating a bit of trust and responsibility will help her to gain confidence and the ability to stay safe. Her road safety skills could do with some work but we have a few months to get that right.

I think that it is quite sad that this is such an issue. That we are put in a position where we worry about our children to such an extent. The best times of my childhood were having beauty pagents and talent contests with my friends, playing in the park until tea was ready and just playing great games in the street.

What are your opinions on this? Do your children play out by themselves? How did you deal with the decision of when to allow this? Do you think that kids are missing out these days on the fun that children of previous generations had?

By Bee

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Child medicine money saving tip......that not everyone knows about!

Chatting to another mum about teething I mentioned I needed to pick up some Calpol. She then went on to explain how I could get this from the pharmacist free of charge - no means testing, no catches I just had to ask.


This was the first time I'd heard about the NHS Minor Ailments Service. This scheme empowers pharmacists to dispense prescription medications for minor ailments without the need for a GP's instruction. The idea behind the scheme is that it frees up the GP's time in dealing with these common complaints.

Who can access this?

The scheme is available to everyone - you will only pay the standard prescription charge or if you are exempt from paying for your prescriptions, then it is completely free to use.

The following groups are exempt in the UK:
  • under 16
  • 60 and over
  • 16 to 18 and in full-time education
  • have a medical exemption certificate 
  • you or your partner are on Income Support
  • you can qualify via other benefits or tax credits

What ailments are covered?

  • teething
  • nappy rash
  • diarrhoea
  • threadworms
  • indigestion
  • coughs, colds, nasal congestion, sore throat
  • minor cuts and bruises
  • warts, verrucas, mouth ulcers, cold sores
  • constipation, haemorrhoids
  • allergies, hayfever
  • aches, pains
  • skin conditions - mild acne, mild eczema
  • period pain, thrush
  • athlete's foot
  • truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies (certain pharmacies) 

Where can I access this?

You can search for your local pharmacies here. Click onto the title of your pharmacy e.g. Boots. Then click on the Departments & Services tab to check if they offer the Minor Ailments Service.

Had you heard of the Minor Ailments Service?

By Lee

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Quick thought: What is a Ukari?

I'm reading through an animal book with my one year old and doing all the noises to go with it too -



Dog..........Woof woof

Ukari.....a what?

Uakari in baby book

A quick Google search seems to suggest the spelling should actually be uakari.

I now know that a uakari is a bald headed, short tailed, long coated monkey found in the Amazon rainforest!

Have you spotted anything odd in your kids books?

By Lee

Friday, 2 May 2014

Yoga Classes and Yoga Mat Giveaway

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