Sunday, 7 February 2016

A birthday party in Bowlplex Nantgarw, Cardiff

Yesterday my husband, our twin girls and I attended a birthday party at Bowlplex in Nantgarw, Cardiff. We've taken our twins, who are four at the end of the month, bowling once before and they really enjoyed it. For this reason we were looking forward to the party.

Bowlplex is the largest tenpin bowling operator in the UK. Right next door you'll find Showcase Cinemas so you can also see a film too! There are a few places nearby where you can eat, but if you're bowling you can get food and drink served in your lane.

Bowlplex is a state-of-the-art centre with a choice of various packages. The birthday party we attended was very well organised and all of the children appeared to have had a great time. I was curious about how a bowling party would work especially with lots of children having been invited.

Each party had a host who was dressed as a pirate. Before the games began the pirates explained a few ground rules. They also let the children know that if they knocked down the pink skittle they'd win a bag of sweets. Maybe not the best incentive for those children who don't like sweets, or for those parents who don't like their children to have sweets, but we'll let one fly for now!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

My Giant Fairy-tale Activity Book Review

Parragon Books provide a wonderful assortment of children’s books. They recently sent us ‘My Giant Fairy-tale Activity Book to review and we’ve been having lots of fun with it. 

It’s a brightly coloured, fairly large book with lots of pages bursting with various activities to keep children busy. There are lots of different pages to colour in, mazes to solve and magical things to spot.

Children can also match pictures together, draw and copy pictures, plus they can practise their counting skills on every page.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Binky Linky

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This linky is your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile.

I'm your host!

Thursday, 4 February 2016

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. A day that I couldn’t let go by without writing about it. My sister and I lost our mum to ovarian cancer almost 11 years ago. I wrote a post not long ago about how I feel about it and how it still very much has an impact on my life now. 

People say that it gets easier, but it doesn’t. It gets harder. Well, that’s my experience anyway. The primary objective of World Cancer Day is to get as many people as possible around the globe to talk about cancer today.

It’s a truly global event taking place on the 4th February every year. World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, pressing government and individuals across the world to take action.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Feeling like the worst mum ever

Today started out well. The girls woke at a reasonable time and were in good moods.

We had plenty of time to have breakfast, for me to have a shower and even wash and dry my hair. We didn't need to rush to nursery and had a pleasant morning.

I picked the girls up from nursery, took them home and gave them lunch. 

Around 1.45pm we were heading out the door to go to playgroup. R had opened the front door and had stepped into the driveway, I turned to shut the front door and then it happened. 

M screamed. A gut-wrenching, back of the throat scream. I looked down and she was clutching her hand. She'd put her finger in the hinge of the door as I'd closed it. 

I held her hand, cuddled her and comforted her, then I felt my hand go warm and something trickle down my arm. Blood.

I shouted for R to come back inside and ran to the kitchen with M. I held a kitchen towel on her finger for what felt like forever, but in truth was probably only around ten minutes. Eventually the bleeding stopped, but M wouldn't let me look at her finger. 

I caught a glimpse and could see it looked bad. I rang my husband and asked if I should take her to A&E, but we decided not too. I put a plaster on her finger and we went to play group.

The Cat in the Hat in the New Theatre, Cardiff

We love going to the theatre. Our twins are almost four years old and they’ve been to the theatre five times. They’ve also been to a couple of live shows too, so I think it’s fair to say that we all enjoy it!

We live in Cardiff, so our local theatre is the New Theatre which is situated in Cardiff City Centre. 

If you’re a Dr Seuss fan then you won’t want to miss The Cat in the Hat which is showing in the New Theatre, Cardiff from Friday 19th February to Sunday 21st February. We’ll be going to see it, so you can read all about it on my blog on the 19th.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Barbie launches three new body shapes!

Barbie has launched three new body shapes, curvy, petite and tall. As a mum of twin girls who are soon to be four years old, I think this is a great step in the right direction. They both love their Barbie dolls, but I have to be honest I have worried about how they perceive the appearance of the dolls. I wrote about it before, but I think in all honestly at their age they probably don’t notice their appearance as much as an older child would. 

I think an older child would start to notice Barbie’s slim figure, long legs and perfect hair and makeup. However, I think the new range of Barbie’s has conquered a look that every child can relate too. The range takes on a modern look Barbie with a range of various hair colours, including blue, and I love the clothes that they’re wearing too. 

Their new Fashionistas line also has a variety of skin tones. When my sister and I were children we used to love our Barbie dolls and we played with the every day. Barbie has always given girls choices, from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles. As anyone who reads my blog knows, my girls, 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Life’s not fair

Life’s not fair. I’m pretty sure that’s a statement that everyone has said at some point in their life whether they’re young, old, rich or poor and it’s true. Life simply isn’t fair.

I lost my mum to cancer when I was 18 years old. My twin sister and I had to watch as she gradually got worse. She lost a lot of weight, as well as her appetite and her hair. She lost her spark. She used to be so upbeat, energetic, so positive, but ovarian cancer took all of that away from her. How is that fair?

How is it fair that a daughter should lose her mum, a husband lose his wife, a mother lose her child. 

How is it fair that she will never know her grandchildren, her children’s husbands, her children’s futures.

She’s not there to help when I need it. She’s not there to talk to when I need it. It’s not fair. It’s simply not fair. 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Essay about Parenting Skills

As the old cliche goes, being a parent is very hard work, but it's also the most rewarding and life changing job in the world. Nothing can ever truly prepare you for the journey that you're about to embark upon.

Sure, you can read as many parenting books as you like. You can search and read all of the parenting guides and advice websites on the internet, but that probably still won't prepare you what for lies ahead.

You could also listen to those who are already parents. Your parents perhaps or your friends and relatives, but again you still won't have a clue! The best preparation you can do is to just to be patient, open-minded and have a willingness to learn everything there is to learn about your newborn baby, and the best time to start is immediately following the birth of your child.

You'll probably be going through a whole range of different emotions. One moment you may feel euphoric, overjoyed and the happiest you've ever felt, but the next minute you'll be at the complete opposite end of that scale and feel scared, anxious and confused. They're all totally normal feelings to have simply because it's all new to you. It's a learning curve. A pretty steep, fast one, but you'll probably surprise yourself and do better than you ever thought you would, even if you don't feel like it at the time, but looking back you'll know that you did.

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