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Mummy Dates Project 2017 #6

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Hello Everybody and welcome back to my Mummy Dates Project 2017.

On Friday when I picked Leland up from school at lunch time were ‘Mummy can we go to the beach?’… Who was I to say no. His behaviour had been incredible considering it was his first week back after half term. He’s usually a grumpy, tired threenager.

After a quick lunch at home we got in the car and took a trip to Bridlington for the afternoon.

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We parked at the South Beach Park and Ride car park but decided to walk the two miles along the sea front into Bridlington.

A kind lady walking a dog stopped me and told me that if we hung around for a few minutes that the life boat was going to be launched.

 

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Leland was so excited when he saw the life boat and all the crew working to get it safely down the ramp across the beach and into the sea.

When we reached the amusement area we stopped for an Ice-cream for me and a slush for Leland as we’d been very warm during our walk.

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Once we’d cooled down we had a wander around the amusements and spent Leland’s bag of 2p’s that he had been saving. We managed to earn enough tickets for a bubble wand and a paw patrol chocolate egg.

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After the amusements, we bought a bucket and spade and took a slow walk back to the car along the beach.

We made sandcastles and collected shells along the way  as well as having a paddle in the sea.

 

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After walking over four miles, it was safe to say that Leland was excited to get back in the car for a rest.

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We had such a fantastic time at the beach and Leland told me on the way home that he is looking forward to going again after his birthday in a few weeks.

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I hope you enjoyed this little entry =)

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Take care and speak soon ❤

 

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Mummy Dates Project 2017 #5

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Hello Everybody and welcome back to another Mummy Dates Projects post.

On Saturday 18th March, sticking with Leland’s favourite theme lately, we decided it was finally time to make the trip to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor.

 

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I had managed to keep this trip a complete secret and told everybody not to mention it to him. We live almost two and a half hours away from Drayton Manor so Leland managed to have a nap in the car, waking up about ten minutes before we drove through the front gates.

He was so so excited when he realised where we were and kept telling me how happy he was.


 

The main park itself was closed but Thomas Land and the Zoo were still open to the public.

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Waving to Thomas

We enjoyed a walk around the Zoo before heading into Thomas Land.

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After the Zoo we visited the Train themed adventure playground and Leland had a good run around while I stopped for a coffee.

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Once inside Thomas land it was so busy that I hardly managed to get any pictures of Leland, but we played hook a duck and won some little prizes. We had a good wander around the rides but as Leland was recovering from a cold he wasn’t in the mood to be too adventurous.

 

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Gloomy Weather

Leland went and had his picture taken so that he could receive his ‘Train Drivers Licence’

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Even though the weather was gloomy, we got rained on and Leland was recovering from a cold, we still managed to have a fun filled day looking at the different animals in the zoo, having a wander around all the different rides and enjoying hot dogs for lunch.

I would 100% go back when the weather is a bit warmer and hope that Leland doesn’t get poorly a few days before we go again.

The main thing is that Leland enjoyed himself and he has asked to go back several times.

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Prizes and Toy Shop Purchase 

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed this little entry to our Mummy Dates project.

We are currently trying to decide on a few places to go this half term, but Leland hasn’t decided on where he would like to go just yet. We will keep you posted though when we go =)

As always, take care and speak soon

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A Steamy Train Ride | February 2017

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Hello Everybody and welcome back.

Sorry I have been away for the past month or so but I have had a lot going on in my personal life that I may on may not discuss in the near future, but just know I’m alright and I am back now =)


 

On Friday 24th February, we took a trip back to the National Railway Museum  since I had promised Leland that we would go back during half term for a ride on the Flying Scotsman. I was also looking after my cousin Max that day so we decided we would go rather than being stuck inside on a gloomy day.

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We arrived at the museum and made our way outside where we purchased our tickets to ride and waited in line.

Leland was so exited when he saw it pulling into the station to drop off the previous passengers.

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Once we took our places standing up, the ride only lasted around 10 minutes, but the look on Leland’s face made it all worth it.

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He was so excited and wittered the whole time, reeling off random facts about the Flying Scotman and how steam engines work, pointing out bits and pieces along the way.

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After our train ride, we went back inside where the kids made their very own Flying Scotman which was a lot harder than it looked.

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We finished off the day with a stop off at KFC for tea seeing as both Leland and Max had been well behaved.

All in all, we all really enjoyed our day out. Max was very excited to get home and tell his mum all about his day.


 

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Keep your eyes peeled for more posts this week =)

As always take care

Speak Soon =)

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Mummy Dates Project 2017 #4

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Hello Everybody and welcome back to Mummy Dates Project 2017!

This week, we decided to get wrapped up, brave the cold and get some fresh air by going for a walk in the woods.

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Leland and Rufus ready for a bear hunt

We drove around 30 minutes from where we live to Beverley Westwood  and began our woodland adventure.

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Two minutes in, lost already

Leland decided which route we would take, most of them only being big enough for him to squeeze though. There is no real trail inside the woods, so we kind of made our own way up as we went along.

At first our adventure began as a bear hunt, which quickly changed to looking for the Gruffalo, then finally we went in search of the Trolls Tree.

 

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Naughty Rufus hiding in a tree

We spent around an hour wandering around, not seeing another person the whole time.

Leland absolutely loved seeing all the fallen trees, finding mushrooms and looking at all of the moss and fungus that grew on some of the trees. We found little dens people had made from branches and we found lots of birds nests.

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Chilling in a tree
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Taking a break

We both really enjoyed our walk out in the woods and it tired Leland out for bedtime =)

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One boy and his bear ❤

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little entry.

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Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas of where else we can go on an adventure.

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Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave: Review

 

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Hello everyone and welcome back!

Today I am going to be sharing a review on something that I have been using religiously for the past month and that is the Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave eye-shadow palette.

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Now I have never ever bought a product from Makeup Revolution before and I ended up purchasing this just out of pure curiosity.

I have seen so many other bloggers rave about the brand that I had to give it a try myself.

I ordered the palette online from Superdrug and when it arrived, I will admit that I was a little disappointed as the palette looked a lot larger online than it does in your hand. Still, I was determined to give this product a try and prayed that I wouldn’t be disappointed with it.

he palate contains a variety of matte shades, shimmers and foils. With 30 different shades to chose from, it’s kind of hard not to like at least a few of them.

The brush that comes with the palette is actually pretty good too and I usually HATE the brushes that come with high-street make-up.

To my surprise, the colours are actually fairly pigmented and go a really long way.

I have used this palette for days out, for work and even used it to create a more dramatic look for a night out.

It is perfect for beginners who are experimenting with what colours suit them, I’ve found little to no fallout even with the darker shades which is brilliant for beginners as there isn’t much clean up involved.

For £9.99, this palette has blown me away. I haven’t picked up another palette since I opened this one. It has shades for whatever look you are going for and really can take you from day to night make-up. The shades blend so easy to create that perfect smokey eye look.

Personally, for me it is the best £10 I have spend in a very long time.


 

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Mummy Dates Project 2017 #3

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Hello Everybody and welcome back to another Mummy Dates Project Post.

Last week we took a trip to the National Railway Museum in York.

Leland absolutely loves anything to do with trains so it was kind of a big deal for him to be there. He spent a lot of time telling me all about the trains ‘buffers’ and ‘couplings’. I of course had no idea what he was talking about but he had a great time trying to explain what they were.

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Being a massive fan of Thomas and Friends, Leland was especially excited when he found a working replica of Rocket, aka to Leland as Stephen from his King of the Railway dvd.

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Blurry Leland couldn’t keep still because of his excitement 

 

Leland also began shouting ‘Mummy look it’s Stafford!’ with excitement and in true Mummy style, I didn’t have the foggiest idea what he was talking about and replied with the usual, ‘Oh, wow.’ Until upon closer inspection, the bloody train was in fact named Stafford! Clever little toad =)

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Next we moved on to The Flying Scotsman Story section of the museum much to Leland’s delight. He loves the Flying Scotsman on Thomas and The Great Race Dvd so to see him toddling about and reeling off facts was amazing to see. He managed to catch the attention of a worker there who was impressed by his knowledge of the Flying Scotsman and questioned his age. When I told the man he was only 3 he was astounded and bent down to Leland’s level and told him a little secret which made the whole experience worth it.

The Flying Scotsman was in the works that day and we could go up to the balcony and watch the men working on it.

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We made our way towards the works and walked along the balcony where we found the Flying Scotsman. Leland was so excited as we watched the men working on it from the above. The look on his little face is one that I will never forget. It was as though he was meeting a celebrity.



 

All in all, we had a fantastic afternoon at the museum. It is a brilliant place for train enthusiasts of any age.

The sheer size of some of the trains astounds me, I didn’t realise just how big some of them were.

Leland had a fantastic time topped right off by seeing the real Flying Scotsman.

We’re hoping to return during half term as they are actually doing rides out on the Flying Scotsman! I can only imagine his excitement if we can get chance to go!


 

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As always, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

Speak soon

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Don’t Fear the Smear…

Hello everybody!

WARNING: I’m going to be relatively  graphic in this blog post. If you are very young or are not OK with this kind of thing, I’d suggest finding a more delicately worded article or post about smear tests to read because the last thing I want to do is upset or offend anybody.

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Last week I booked myself in for my first smear test at my local doctors. I should have had my first one three years ago when I turned 25 but I was pregnant at the time with Leland and wasn’t made aware that 12 weeks post delivery I could have booked myself in for one. As soon as I received my letter this time around, I booked straight in.

As you can imagine, as this was my first smear test I was absolutely terrified! Even though I have had a child, the thought of some stranger being up close and personal with my vagina is not a pleasant thought.

Last night before my visit I found myself worrying about if I should shave? should I just tidy it up? What if she touched my legs? Should I shave my legs too? What do I wear? Should I wear nice knickers? Will she even care if I do none of the above? The nurse had probably seen a lot worse than mine, right? What if mines the worst she’s seen?

In the end as I sat with a razor in my hand contemplating what the Hell I was supposed to do, I decided to go for a general tidy up and yes, I did shave my legs too and went to bed.

I spent most of the night up peeing, (When I get nervous I pee…A lot, alright?) so after dropping Leland off at school, I nipped home for a shower and gave myself a good old scrub down then toddled off to the doctors surgery.

After a 10 minute wait, my name flashed up on the screen and I made my way through the maze that is  the doctors surgery and found the room I was supposed to be in.

The nurse greeted me with a smile and sat me down at her desk as she asked a few general questions about my health and my periods and why I hadn’t been before now. When I told her I was unaware, she seemed very upset and we both agreed that there should be more information for women like me who missed their first one due to lack of information. She then asked me to behind the curtain and undress from the waist down and pop myself up on the bed. I’m not sure if any of you have the same problem but the beds in my doctors surgery are a nightmare to get up onto with any kind of dignity. It’s a very similar motion to getting out of a swimming pool. You have to hoick yourself up with your arms and then fling your leg over and hope to God that the frosted glass windows are frosty enough for any passers by not to get a view of your struggling backside flapping about trying to get up on the bed, all the while you’re trying your hardest not to rip the stupidly delicate paper towel that they’ve put over the bed for hygiene reasons.

I’m fairly sure she heard my internal scream as she laughed when she came around the corner armed with some pretty terrifying utensils, told me to lay down… This is when my second drama unfolded… I am a fairly tall woman and let me tell you, when I shuffled down to try and get comfortable, I almost slipped off the bed because I was far too tall for the bloody thing. Luckily my nurse was the loveliest woman who took me and all of my dreadful misfortune in her stride. After giggles from both of us, she asked if I would like her to talk me through what was happening as she did it. I told her I didn’t mind.

She asked me to put my feet together and pull them up towards my ‘bottom’ as she so polity put it. Then she showed me what is called a Vaginal Speculum which in all honesty looks like one of those kids toys where you squeeze the lever at the bottom and the mouth opens. She then lubed it up and slipped it inside. From there she took the Vaginal Broom and had a good old poke about inside, commenting that ‘I can see your cervix nice and clear. It looks healthy enough’ … Uh, thanks Liz…

Then it was over. She popped the broom in a little pot, popped a label on it and asked me to sit up and get dressed again before disappearing off behind the curtain again.

I got dressed again and went to sit back down at her desk where she explained that my sample would be sent a letter in two weeks with the results. She also told me that out of 100 women, the average of a normal result is 94, 6 of those have an abnormal reading and are invited to have another test, out of the 6 the average of women invited for a coloscopy is 4.  She also told me that after a smear, I may experience slight discomfort or bleeding but that is completely normal an not to worry.

And that was it, I thanked her for her time and she thanked me for making her laugh. Simple, quick and pain free.

This is what the NHS have to say about the screening in a shortened down version of what I have just written.

“Your screening appointment
The cervical screening test usually takes around five minutes to carry out. You’ll be asked to undress from the waist down and lie on a couch, although you can usually remain fully dressed if you’re wearing a loose skirt.
The doctor or nurse will gently put an instrument, called a speculum, into your vagina. This holds the walls of the vagina open so the cervix can be seen. A small soft brush will be used to gently collect some cells from the surface of your cervix.
Some women find the procedure a bit uncomfortable or embarrassing, but for most women it’s not painful. If you find the test painful, tell the doctor or nurse, because they may be able to reduce your discomfort. Try to relax as much as possible, because being tense makes the test more difficult to carry out. Taking slow, deep breaths will help.
The cell sample is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis and you should receive the result within two weeks.”

If for whatever reason you are putting off your smear test, please don’t. Call and book an appointment. I promise you that it is not as bad as you think it will be. It might just save your life.

I know the thought of it isn’t nice and honestly, there are things I would much rather have been doing, but 10 minutes of embarrassment really can make a huge difference.

Of course, in the UK you have to be 25 to be entitled to a smear test. It is free on the NHS and it is completely your choice as to whether you have one or not. This post is not to force my opinion on people but to encourage those ladies who are maybe in two minds. Yes, it is embarrassing, but these nurses have probably seen thousands of vagina’s in their life. Yours is not going to stick in their mind.


 

I hope you enjoyed this post.

Have you had a weird, funny, good or bad experience during a smear test?

Lets chat and try to get rid of the stigma surrounding this topic.

As always take care =)

Speak soon

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