Monday, 6 November 2017

Ironbridge. Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Half term came and went very quickly didn't it? No sooner was it here, it was gone. Just like that. Yes, it went by quickly but it did not go by quietly. No siree. We had a fabulous week. It really was the best fun.
We knew our week together would be precious as Daddy works all the hours normally, often missing the kids for days on end. So, we had planned on filling our days to the brim and just enjoying one another greatly. We achieved this. We totally did.
One of our favourite days being our Sunday spent at 'Blists Hill Victorian Town' in Ironbridge. It truly was a wonderful day. Not only did the kids enjoy themselves but us oldies were more than entertained throughout our stay also.

Upon our arrival the Reception staff were more than accommodating. Not only did they explain in detail what the day had in store for us to us Parents, they also took note of the children and included them in the introduction. We received a map and were directed clearly to the nearest lift as we had the pushchair with our littlest in with us. The happy, polite staff certainly set us up for a lovely day and the staff kindness didn't stop there. Every member of staff we met along the way throughout our day showed the same level of care and attentiveness. In my books that's a real winner where days out are concerned especially when you have the whole Family out with you. It's always good to know that nothing is too much trouble. You can't beat a good team of staff offering great customer care.

I really don't want to give a great deal away to you regarding what you see and experience on the day as it was the element of surprise that I enjoyed the most whilst visiting the museum. I love how you just sort of stumble across wonderful finds whilst you're there. Literally behind every door there is something to see and every corner holds a small story. I liked that I didn't know what was coming next. Obviously, we had the map as reference but what we actually saw once we got to each point was just so story telling and magnificent. It's beautiful. And, yes - We found the sweetshop. Oh and the pub .... Yup, we found that! I feel that this may be the point to tell you to take cash with you. The pub does not accept card. Boo. But, now you know so there's no excuse.

I love that you can literally spend as little or as long there as you like. You could easily kill a whole day at this Museum without even realising. Equally you could stroll around for a couple of hours and have just as much fun. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you totally take this Town in your stride. This is appealing to families with young children. You don't feel rushed or pressured into moving quicker etc. They offer multiple picnic areas throughout the Museum also which is really helpful. You don't have to worry about spending extra money on food or being judged for bringing your own lunch along. Food, in mind - If you can you MUST give the fish and chips at the chip shop a try They are delicious. DELICIOUS I tell you. Who doesn't love a potato deep fried in beef dripping drenched in salt and vinegar? ;-) There are also multiple cafes on site offering both hot and cold food. It's an accommodating place.

One thing I noted about this museum that I knew I had to share with you - The male toilets offer changing facilities for babies within them. Now, this may sound simple to some and very obvious. But, believe me often that is not the case. So many places we visit only offer baby changing within the ladies toilets. It's wrong, I know. Yet it happens. So, I knew this piece of info would be important and appreciated by many of you lot.
Oh if you are planning on visiting whilst sporting the highest of stilettos please don't. Wear comfortable, practical shoes. Sounds highly boring but it's totally true. Whilst at the museum you walk a lot. Be prepared for it. There's no way around it. You have got to walk people!

If you get a chance whilst out and about you should definitely check this museum out. It's living and it really is wonderful. We had the most informative and exciting day out. It's extremely accessible and very interactive. It offers something for all ages really. Okay, so there isn't a soft play to chuck your littlies in (Odd comment I know. You'll be surprised what you see written online) but it isn't necessary. It's a really good fun day out. One of which I am sure you will ALL enjoy.
We are yet to attend but I hear the events they run here are pretty amazing also ie: Halloween, Bonfire night, Christmas etc. You should totally check it all out online and pay them a visit. Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes! I totally would. I see no reason what so ever to not go along and have a bucket full of fun. Go enjoy the walk, the smells, the fish and chips, the sweets, the experience, the pint, the pie, the theatre. Just go. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

How To Make Magic Filled Wands

Anyone else got Harry Potter mad kiddlets? I mean, we are all a tad Harry Potter obsess aren't we really? Even if we don't admit it we know deep down we are somewhat intrigued. With that in mind and my sons love for all things wizardry we got our craft on yesterday and made a handful of beautiful wands.

Now, you know me. I love a craft and a bit of mess but I do love it to be simple. And, this little activity does not disappoint. It is so simple. So fun yet so effective.

What you will need:
  • A small selection of thick sticks. Don't have them too thin as they will break fairly easily when getting your wizard on.
  • PVA glue.
  • Glitter
What you need to do:
  • Take your sticks (wands) and cover the tip in PVA glue. We cheated a little here and just shoved the stick into the bottle of PVA glue covering the end nicely.
  • Hold your stick (wand) over a piece of paper and get sprinkling your glitter all over the PVA glued area.
  • Leave your wands to dry. Try to tilt them up slightly so they aren't resting on the paint. Keep turning them as they are drying so that they don't drip.
  • VOILA!
Ideally leave them to dry over night. You see, when you are sleeping the magic happens. It is when your eyes are closed and your in the land of nod that your wands will become filled with spells and power. If your wand requires a top up of magic leave it out on your window sill when there is a full moon. It is on the evening of a full moon when the world is most enchanted.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Live and Let Live

As a Blogger, A mother, A social sharer I get asked a lot about my parenting choices. I lie, I don't get asked a lot. I get asked constantly. I don't mind this. I am happy to share my views on things and it is only my views that I am sharing it is not my instruction. I do not feel the need to tell any parent how or how not to raise their children. That isn't my job and it isn't the point of this blog. I share my experiences and offer a little outlet to those that read it. This in mind, it is hardly surprising that people easily ask me questions. It is easy to presume that I am just happy to chat about it. Of course it's easy to presume that. I share my everyday life online for goodness sake. I take that into account and generally am more than happy to answer questions when asked.
I have no right or wrong. I have 3 children each one of them different. Each one of them require different boundaries, discipline, types of play etc. They are not all the same person. I don't treat them like they are. They are all individuals with differing personalities. So, the way I raise them has to change slightly from child to child. Yes, the basics remain the same for each of them. You know, the good manners, etiquette, mindfulness etc. But, not every situation for each of my children is dealt with in the same way. I won't lie and make out that they are miles apart in personality. They have their similarities for sure but ultimately they are different people. You're probably wondering where I am going with this. Well, I feel that Parents and Parental choices are taking over the media at the minute. Especially Social Media. You can't do right from wrong being a parent can you? You're damned if you do and you are damned if you don't. Well, that's how it feels. I'm pretty sure most would agree. The media is full of conflicting advice for Mothers and Fathers. What we should and shouldn't feed our children. How we should and shouldn't put our children to sleep. What we should and shouldn't allow our children to wear. What we can and can't allow our children to play with. How a child should or shouldn't be disciplined. This so called 'advice' is everywhere. One site saying one thing and another saying the opposite. It's a battlefield out there for us parents. It really is. And, I get asked about this a lot. When I say 'this' I mean all the online articles, interviews, videos, status updates that shared daily. People ask me my opinion on ALL of this stuff all the time. And, my thoughts pretty much always remain the same -

Live and let live. 

I tell my children every day - Just be you. You do what makes you happy. You only get one shot at this life and I truly believe that you should live it for you. When I say that, I don't mean go off and worry about no one else. Of course, I don't mean that but if you are happy with you are, love yourself then you will happy to feel that way about others. You will accept others and their happiness. You will be able to look deeper and see a bigger picture. You will be far more accepting and understanding. You will be selfless and care for others far more in doing so also for yourself. Stop worrying about what the World is telling you, you should do and just do what makes you happy. If no one is getting hurt and you are enjoying the life you lead then you are doing something right. Does it really matter what my children play with? If my daughter wishes to play with cars then she will play with cars. My Son a dolly then so bloody be it. It's absurd that we still have this notion of pink for girls, blue for boys. Babies for girls, football for boys. It is absurd. It's unnecessary. I still to this day am unsure as to what people think will happen if we allow our children to play with a toy of their choice and not a toy of their gender. Is it the fear that they may turn gay? Why is that even a fear? Why are we fearful of this? Just stop. And, everyone knows you don't just turn gay. You are born gay. Fact. A toy will not make that decision for you. Plus, it isn't even a decision. I repeat you are born gay. That's who you are and it should flaming well be celebrated by not only others but you too. And, believe me now if any of my children grow to tell me they were born gay I would be just as proud of them as I would upon finding out one of them was straight. What does it matter? Surely happiness is all that matters. If we are honest with others and ourselves isn't that all what we ideally want for our children? Happiness? Live and let live. Live your life to the full. Do what feels right and do what makes you happy.
It is not wrong to puree your children's dinner. Just like it isn't wrong to baby led wean. Neither of these things are incorrect. You do what you do. Each method of weaning is safe and advised. Stop judging another parent because they chose to do something a tad different to you. Stop. Just stop. Live and let live.
In order to get this across to my children, live and let live. I totally practice what I preach. I do what makes me happy. It has took me many years to feel totally at ease with it but it is always what I have done. I am not defined by the way I look or the colours I choose. I have my hair the way I have it because it makes me happy. The clothes I wear make me happy. The choices I make, make me happy.
Just be you. Please. No one else is youer that you. That much is true.
I could go on and on talking about this. I won't but I could.

Keep your eyes peeled for my next post. This post has totally got me all fired up!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Momma Moose Wears

Some of you may already be aware of this. Some might not. So, for those aware allow me to remind. For those unaware allow me to inform.
It is no secret that a blog reader especially a 'Mommy' blog or 'Family, Lifestyle' blog reader loves a good style and fashion post. Come on, I know you do. There are many a Blogger out there sharing with their readers what they wear on a day to day basis. I love watching those vlogs and reading those blogs. I'm sure there are many that don't but there are also loads of us that do.

I love fashion and enjoy my wardrobe very much. Style is important to me. I know many people see 'Mom style' and 'School run style' as utterly pointless and boring. But, it matters to me. It really does. I enjoy dressing up and I enjoy the clothes that I wear. If I didn't have my style I'd literally have nothing other than Motherhood which in many respects is fine but I'm not willing to give it up. So, before you judge a Mother on her look and fashion sense at the School gates just stop and think. Lt's be honest you can never get it right can you? You create a cool outfit and you're being over the top and indulgent as a Parent. You turn up in joggers and a sweater and you're being lazy and slobbish as a Parents. Honestly, most days the School run is my only chance to chat to other adults and feel a little free. If I didn't make the effort clotheswise for it then I might as well be in pyjamas all day.

Over the last few weeks I have received a lot of emails regarding my style (if you can call it that.) Many people are curious and fascinated by it and others just like to give me a thumb up (or thumbs down) every now and then. I love hearing from you guys and I love adapting what I do to suit my readers. So, with your recent messages in mind I have now started 'MOMMA MOOSE WEARS' over on  my Facebook page. Basically, I share with my followers my outfit everyday. If and where I can I post tags to the shops that items are brought from. It's nothing too serious. It's just a bit of fun. You should check it out if style matters to you.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Moose's Enjoy A Trip To London

 Now, this trip for us as A Family did happen quite a while ago. I know. So, really it probably isn't that great a read for you but I do write this blog for my Children too. I see this blog as a 'Diary' if you like. A log of everything we get up to. That way when my Moose's are older they can look back and check out everything that we got up to. Feel free to click away but it would be nice if you hung around and read on. After all we survived LONDON with a newborn, a 1 year old and a 4 year old!

 This trip was total spontaneity. Total. We had talked about it, we wanted to go desperately but we just hadn't got round to booking it. We contemplated finances, time and commitments for too long. Eventually Pappa-Moose just booked. Seriously, just like that - BOOKED. We have to work a bit like that sometimes. We are both just so indecisive.  Now, this trip was quite a while ago and I can't really remember all of the fine details. We stopped in a budget 'apartment' type hotel and it was quite a distance from the Centre of the City. Oh man, I wish I could remember the name. We had a double bedroom, A small bathroom with shower, A small kitchen, A small living area that doubled up as the second bedroom and a little space to hang coats, pushchair etc. It was small but it totally did the job and we were happy.
Unexpectedly we spent quite a bit of time in the apartment upon our arrival. That wasn't the plan. Not at all. We wanted to get off the train and head straight to the Centre and get busy enjoying ourselves but our little girl had suffered terrible travel sickness on the train and needed a bath, change of clothes and shoes as did we as we were those in the firing line. :-( This travel sickness episode was shocking. Truly. She was so sick EVERYWHERE. People were leaving our carriage and dragging loved ones along with them. It was proper exorcist stuff. Poor baby.
Determined not to let this ruin our 1st day, we headed to the Hotel, got cleaned up, had a snack and hung out in the area we were staying in.

We gave trains and tubes a miss for the rest of the 1st day and just busied ourselves with the Markets at the area we were stopping in. It was actually a really good day. You know, just pottering. The kids were tired. We just took it in our stride and had a lovely day. Of the evening we decided to give popular places a miss for dinner and headed to somewhere a little more unknown. Still very popular but not necessarily well known to tourists. We went to a Tapas restaurant and indulged in a huge Family sized Paella. It was delicious. The kids loved it. It was such a great meal and A really wonderful evening. In fact, looking back now I really loved that evening. There was just us, just our Family enjoying each other, enjoying our food and enjoying exactly that moment. It was great and yummy and great and yummy and great and yummy!

We had a fairly late night. The kids went to bed fine. We had no choice but to join them as we were sharing a room with our youngest and the living area had now become the eldest two's bedroom.
We slept well and had a busy Sunday planned. We were off to see friends in Barnes Village and needed to make the fairly long and tricky trip there. Not only did we have quite journey ahead of us, we had to take all of our stuff too. With all that in mind we knew we had to make the trip fun for all of us. So, we caught the Thames Tripper boat to the train station. We were wary of doing this after the whole travel sickness episode the day prior but we paid a Pharmacy a visit and grabbed her a couple of sickness bands. These are great. We now swear by them. SWEAR by them.
Luckily for us no sick was shed on the boat across the Thames. The kids loved this journey. If you get a chance you should totally give this a go. It is a great way to see London. Really fun.

We had a great Sunday and made it to our destination to see friends safely. It was so nice to see our friends and spend a little time with them. We totally filled our face with Sunday dinner and enjoyed a handful of vegan cup cakes. It's always wonderful to catch up with those you don't see very often isn't it? Lunch was lovely and Barnes Village is somewhere really special. I love it there. It's just so beautiful. You don't feel like you are in London at all.
Our little trip to London was a very memorable trip. Looking back at the photographs from the break away has got me feeling all squishy. They may be very poor quality photos but they remind me of just how much fun we had as a Family. We enjoyed being a 5. A good solid 5. We enjoyed spending time with one another and exploring the City as the Moose's. At the time it seems such a small thing and you just do it but looking back and talking about this with the kids, to them it was a really big thing. Something they haven't forgotten. Something they think of fondly and remember in great detail. I am thankful for this trip. I love that we did it and so do our kids.