Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Coming!!

It doesn't matter how much we try not to talk about it. 

It doesn't matter that Halloween and bonfire night is yet to come.........

Christmas is coming!!

No, I'm not the type to put my trimmings up as the bonfire is still burning. I do, however, like to be ready.

All of my boys have birthdays in the month after Christmas (No, I didn't plan well), it costs a fortune. It's not like I'm the type to buy lots of presents, either. Having 2 children in the house on the autistic spectrum means I have to be careful. They can be easily overwhelmed, a lesson I have learnt the hard way.

Still, I like to get them what they specifically want. It's my one chance a year to spend my money on them, without being told off for forgetting myself!

I do like to find good deals too, well who doesn't?

I have a film addict and a gamer here, both of them have Xbox's, but the eldests' has stopped playing discs. It's driving him crazy that he can't watch his favourite DVDs or play his favourite games.

I could buy him a DVD player, but that wouldn't solve the gaming problem. So I've started looking at prices, and was slightly disappointed! I thought the price of an Xbox 360 would go down, now the new type is out. Mostly, I found, they were the same price. 

Until I found these great Xbox deals online at Tesco. I'm over the moon that it's within my price range.

I also think it's a good deal for parents that are dipping their toes into the gaming world, it's a bit of a minefield and you don't want to spend a fortune on your child's first one.

I'm even considering one for myself. With so many film providers linking up to game consoles, it's cheaper to get one of these as a way of streaming films.

Definitely worth a look, because............

Christmas is coming!

A collaborative post 

Monday, October 20, 2014

What Ifs?

Early hours of Sunday morning, I had a 'blonde' moment. I had been told in the past that if you have a lottery win, and you play it on line, the larger the win the earlier they tell you.

So, unable to sleep properly and playing games on my phone during my awake times, I decided to check my emails. 

An email informed me that it had news about my ticket, the email had been sent just after 1am, it was now after 2am. 

Excited didn't even come close!! Unfortunately, the lottery site was down for 'routine maintenance' between 2 and 5!?

By now, I had woken the mister up too, just to tell him! To say we struggled to sleep, would be a major understatement!!

Eventually we did sleep. Both of us, probably, dreaming about new cars, new houses and holidays.

I woke again at 7:30 am and, obviously, went straight on my tablet to check the lottery site to find, I had won............


Disappointment was served fresh with the cheap coffee that morning.

But it did give me sweet dreams of *what ifs?*.

A new car, all of my own.
A bigger house, where we could all actually fit.
A motor home? (A dream me and Mr. Ojo have)

So many things I could of spent the winnings on! 

What would you splurge on?
Would you be good and put some away? 

We've never had much, so £25 was quite a bonus.

Just not worth losing a nights sleep over!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Own Style.

This week Kate has decided that us striking mums should talk about style.

I have to be honest, this pleases me. When it comes to style, I very much follow my mother. Although we have different tastes in clothing and style, my mother taught me to walk to the beat of my own drum, when it came to what I wear.

She taught me, as a young *ahem* lady, to dress in a way that accentuates your good features. Now, I'm sorry if this offends, but I've always had a good bosom, so I try to dress it well.

Here are my responses to the questions Kate set, this week:

1. Would you describe yourself as stylish? Has your answer to that question changed since becoming a mum?

I have a 'style', I like it. Would I call myself stylish, probably not. Since becoming a mum I've given less thought to what I wear. However, as the children are growing, that time is coming back and I find myself putting an effort in. Not as much as I used to. I mean, what's the point in dressing nice for the school run, when I know I'm coming home to clean up?

One way I differ from most is that I only own one pair of jeans, and they were pinched off my hubby! I just don't look right in jeans (except the pair I purloined), so I gave up looking.

2. Describe a stylish outfit that you wear/wore and loved?
I went out for a drink recently, with friends, and wore a dress, with leggings, that is one of my faves. I am honestly going to weep when this dress gives up on me:
This is pretty normal 'going out' gear for me.

3. How important is it to have an individual sense of style, as a mum?

I think it's always important to be individual. I'm not sure it's important to have a sense of style, as a mum. Unless that makes you feel good, then it's definitely important!

4. Are you embarrassed by how you look, when you are out and about?

I used to be. I never wore clothes that fitted nicely. I spent all my money on my children, and sort of forgot I existed. 
Over the last 12 months, that has changed. I still don't spend a lot of money on myself, but I choose well. Also, learning to sew has helped me create my own clothing.

5. Do you judge people by the clothes they are wearing? Do you feel judged?

No, I never judge a person by what they wear. Style is individual, yes, but what they are saying with their style isn't up to me, it's up to them. If you're nice to me, I'll be nice to you, regardless of the packaging! 
I don't feel judged or, if I have been, I haven't taken any notice!

6. Does having a sense of style, all of your own, help with self confidence?

I think it does. Or does a sense of style come with more self confidence? Either way, putting more effort into myself and getting my self confidence came around the same time!

7. A challenge – put together an Autumn outfit and post a picture of you in it on your blog. If that is too much, you could just photograph the items in the outfit. You can use things you already have or throw caution to the wind and go on a shopping spree.

Here is my picture:

This is my favourite sort of outfit, at the moment. 
I've fallen in love with stretchy, pencil style, skirts and the knee high boots have come out for Autumn.

As for the cape..........I made it myself! I knew I would want something to drape, that wasn't to warm. I get incredibly hot all the time. I made this, fully lined and with a hood cape, freehand. The material was £3 a metre from Ikea (I have it in another colour too), so a real bargain as I have some left over to play with.

So over to you, could you answer these questions honestly? Click on the badge below to go to Kate's site and see her thinking behind 'Striking Mums'. 

You don't have to be a blogger, just a mum that's look to find herself again, or even help others do the same.

Kate on thin Ice Striking Mums

Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Sunday Photo

This was caught one evening this week, from my back garden.

It's completely unfiltered, all natural, and just felt right.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I'm just a stay at home mum
I say
The just is there to see

I don't cook or clean or tidy up
It can stay in one big pile
I just sit around all day, you know
Watching Jeremy Kyle

The cleaning fairy
As we all know
Will come an sort it out
What do you mean, she doesn't exist!?
You'll make me cry and pout!

I'm just a stay at home mum I say
I'm just a lazy mare!

I'm not a just
I'm more than that
Come try it

If you dare!