Sunday, 24 July 2011

Silent Sunday


Saturday, 23 July 2011

Sort It Out Tesco!!!

Do you know what I HATE? I hate it when I get to Tesco and there are no 'Parent & Child' car park spaces. Do you know what I hate even more? When I look at the cars in the spaces and there are no child seats in the car.

Today I had to park in the main car park - carry Little E in one arm and hold Mister A's hand with the other. There's only one zebra crossing but I have to walk across the car park to get to it. I was seething with rage when I glanced towards the cars in those spaces. One car had 2 children in the back playing video games, one was full of teenagers and 2 had no child seats. As I got to the entrance I saw a man and his 7 year old son go back to another. I was so angry but it's just not me to say anything.

Those spaces are NOT for 'parent and 10 year old child' - they should be called parent & baby spaces because it seems to me there is some kind of misinterpretation of what these spaces are meant for. It's disgusting that they are abused. It would be like me and my mum going to Tesco and rocking up in one of the spaces - well she is my parent - so what if I'm 28?

I hate you, you big car park abusers and next time I'm going to pluck up the courage to tell you!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

BritMums Carnival

Hello and welcome to the BritMums carnival!


I have so enjoyed reading all of your posts and suggest you should read every single one of these....

There was no theme for this one - I just wanted your favourite posts from the past month and I wasn't dissapointed. I've grouped them as best I can, sorry I haven't managed to feature all of them.

If you fancy a chuckle then head over to Mammasaurus and read her aptly named poem 'Thank F*ck It's Bed Time' - I'm pretty sure you'll all agree with every word, I have printed it off and stuck it to my fridge!

Adventures of a Fab Brunette also had me giggling with her post 'Biking In Amsterdam' - a new blog discovery for me too - bonus!

At Milk Chic, I found that I was guilty of all of her 'Crimes of Breastfeeding' - a definite one to read if you have ever been accused of 'making a rod for your own back'! That post leads nicely on to the Milton's Manor post on the Breastfeeding Flashmob at London's Paddington Station. Great pics there too!

Cass at Frugal Family has written a really great post about her son's progress since being enrolled on the Reading Recovery Programme. 'You Can't Put a Price On Some Things' is so lovely, I was nearly in tears by the end.

I also shed a tear reading Mum's The Word post 'The Other Woman', cancer is such a cruel illness and a subject that is very close to my heart.

My heart strings were tugged too by the post 'Crying on the Commuter Train' over at The Real Life of a Narrow Boat Wife.

Michelle at Mummy From The Heart has submitted her post 'I Hate This Feeling' about children testing the boundaries - well worth a read as I'm sure many parent's can relate to this post. There's some great comments too.

A short and sweet post from Jenny at the Gingerbread House - The Novelty of Pregnancy - she's fed up of her maternity wear. Congratulations by the way - I have bump envy!

If you fancy getting crafty then head over to Red Ted Art and have a go at Summer Picture Craft - we're inspired but I guess we'll have to wait for the sun to come back out before we start ours! Or if you want to get crafty in the kitchen then go watch the fab vlog over at Crumbs on how to make 'Fab Ice Lollies!'

Pippa at A Mother's Ramblings has a lovely story to share with her 'How A Cookie Made Me Cry' post. Congratulations to Emma too!

And finally for some great photography check out Diane's Colour: Feeds my eyes, warms my soul and Fun As A Gran lovely post on her recent break with some great shots from around the UK.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Too hot!

Am I the only one that counts down the days to their holidays, moaning about the British weather and then as soon as I arrive at said holiday destination I start to moan about how god damn hot it is and preceed to lock the whole family in the apartment with the air -on on full?

Yes?

Ok, I´ll stop moaning then.

I´m sat in the reception area of the hotel, I have 7 minutes in which to write and publish this blog. There are no maens to upload pictures so text is all you´re getting. People are peeping over my shoulder and I´m feeling the pressure. It´s so hot, the weather is glorious..still... even though it´s early evening. It´s paradise but in a way I feel strange - no mobile phone, half an hour slots online, NO photo uploading! Eeeek! I love it here but in a way I can´t wait to get home - I miss the security of my laptop and my Twitter friends. Is the British Weather a small price to pay for full time internet and mobile access... not to mention a keyboard with the ´@´ button in the correct `place! It took me 20 minutes to realise I had to press the ´Alt Gr´ button to let me log in!

Right I best go - I have 2 minutes to publish and log out in case someone tries to log in as me! Bye!!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Dear So and So.... The Tanning Edition

Dear Ambre Solaire 'No Streaks' Bronzer

I thought this was the start of something new... something fantastic... I did everything you asked of me and you let me down.

I don't think I can ever see you again now. That night when I got naked with you - I thought that we were a team - I thought we would be together forever. Never in a million years did I imagine it would be a one-night thing, not when I invested so much in you. I'm so upset and you've embarrassed me in front of my friends. I only got with you because you weren't cheap like the others - I thought you'd make me happy again - but you've left me in a mess. I got naked for you and then you streaked on me.

I imagined the pair of us on our holidays, I thought you'd be the perfect companion... Yes, I knew I would be living a lie but who would know? We could have been together for years, just seeing each other in secret - I thought no one would ever suspect a thing.

It was all just a dream though, we can't be together you and me - I'm too pale and pasty for such a bronze god. I'll have to go back to my old flame Sun Shimmer, I know he only stays with me when it's dry and he does do a runner if there's so much of a droplet of rain but he's reliable, he never lets me down like this.

Good bye AS, it's been emotional. You're gone but not forgotten. You've left me in an absolute mess.

Love, the pale one with the brown streaks

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Dear Sun,

After my relationship with AS ended, I thought that I could see you again. It's been a while since I let you in life. Things always get so hot between us but I always seem to do something silly. I usually get left red faced and embarrassed. You never seem to treat the other girls this way : (

The weekend was good, don't get me wrong. We shared some good times and it was lovely seeing you with the kids but you went and did it again didn't you. It's always when I least expect it. I thought I'd protected myself from you, I promised myself I would but I left myself unguarded from your strong presence. You burnt me Mr Sun and I promise that is for the last time. Not only that, you left me with a rash this time too - I'm gonna have to get some cream for that now.

I wish you were in my life more but you just seem to come and go as you please - sometimes you're gone for weeks at a time and you don't even say goodbye.

Don't burn me again, I want the next 2 weeks with you to be great. This is your last chance.

Love, the pale one with the pink (and brown) stripes.


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Dear Body,

Since I read that 'animal print' was on trend for the Summer, you have worked with aforementioned peeps to make me look like zebra. This is certainly not what I had in mind.

Think - bronzed goddess. Just work with me please - is it too much to ask?

Love, the pale one (with pink and brown stripes) *dreaming of being sun kissed

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Dear Genes,

Why did you decide to make the pale gene the dominant one. Yes, I love my Dad and it's nice to have certain features that resemble him but really? The pale skin one?? My Mother's golden tanned skin would have worked so well, I blame you for all my problems... including my big nose and huge a$$ (well someone has to take responsibility for it and it ain't gonna be me.)

Love, The Ungrateful One with the big nose and the pale skin. x

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Thanks for listening, that is all. *runs off to find some bleach to remove unsightly streaks*

Dear So and So...


Head over to Kat's blog now to see more! PS This is my first time as a DSAS so forgive me if I've done it wrong! (but tell me obviously - I don't want to look stoopid)!

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

It's almost carnival time...


So about 6 years ago I signed up to host a BritMums carnival. Panic. Eeeek. What do I have to do??? I'm such an amateur!!

I guess I need some posts from you guys!! I'm hosting on the 19th July so please comment below or email entries to secondtimemum@live.co.uk by midnight on 17th July! Use the subject line 'BritMums Carnival' if you can - you know I like an easy life.

The rules are very simple, one post per blogger that has been written in the last month and no commercial or sponsored posts.  If your post gets included then its considered nice to help publicise it with a post, tweet, link etc.

There is no theme – I just want your fabulous posts!

If you’d like to consider hosting a carnival the list of hosts can be found over here.

See you on the 19th!!

Friday, 1 July 2011

Cybermummy 2011

This time last week I was about to go to sleep all ready for Cybermummy. For those of you that don't know, I was lucky enough to be sponsored by the lovely peeps over at Lego Duplo.
We headed down to London on Friday afternoon - after an unfortunate incident with my car brakes which resulted in a £700 bill. It delayed our travel but we made it to London early evening and even managed to navigate my biggest fear - the London Tube system! We settled at the hotel and had planned to head out for a nice meal but unfortunately we were accused of setting off fire/smoke alarms at the hotel and threatened with eviction unless we paid a 'fine' - full 'extortion' story to follow. After an eventful Friday I managed to get a good night's sleep and was up early ready for the short walk to The Brewery and my first ever trip to Cybermummy. I can't think of a way to describe the feeling of nervousness, excitement and anticipation that I was feeling but the event ended up being everything I imagined plus much, much more.

I met old friends and new, and everyone was just so friendly and just as excited as me. Although I went to the event alone, I never really felt that I was. Some people I had met before at other events and some I'd met in Twitterland but everyone was just so....nice!

I had only been at Cybermummy for around 20 minutes before I was weighed down by huge bags of goodies from the sponsors so I headed to upstairs ready for the conference opener.  I sat down with Maria, Mirka near the front and listened intently to Lord Richard Allan, Facebook’s director of policy's speech. Next up was Sarah Brown, something I had been looking forward to since the announcement months ago. Unfortunately for me, just after I took this photo...

Sarah Brown at Cybermummy

... my boobs began to leak. One night without Little E meant a major flood. Not wanting to leave during the speech I frantically searched my bag for boob pads...no... tissues... no...nothing. I desperately tried to keep my bra away from my top so as not to get the dreaded wet patch but I couldn't keep up - I was flooded.

As soon as the delightful Mrs B left the stage, I jumped from my seat, headed to the toilet and stuffed my bra full of tissue for the first time since I was about 14! It took me forever to dry my top under the hand dryer and by the time I left the toilet I had missed the book signing - bad times : (  Luckily, after this tweet...



... I received a DM from the lovely lady herself and a signed book plate is on it's way. I love her even more now!

With my top dried, it was time to head down to the P&G Recharge Room. I had an amazing massage and was really excited to spot the fabulous Cherry Healey. We had a good old chat about the best age gap to leave before becoming a 'second time mummy' - I rambled on for at least 20 minutes about the joys of having a baby and a 3 year old and hope she has managed to convince her other half the same! lol

We headed to the first sessions together and watched the first fabulous Marketing Your Blog and Working With Brands sessions in Cybermummy 1. The speeches were so inspiring - particularly those by Karen and Erica and it's made me want to refocus the blog and really make a difference.


Lunch was delish and the I quickly hurried to the Crocs stand for my pedicure appointment...


I was very lucky to also receive a pair of their amazing new Toning Crocswhich I will be packing in my suitcase for my hols! 

I was supposed to head to the SEO session next but I ended up chatting and lost track of time - *naughty *- I did manage to get my hair done by celebrity hairdresser Michael Douglas whilst I was skiving though!


The time seemed to go so quickly and before I knew it, it was time for the crowed sourced key notes - AMAZING!! I laughed and cried and that was before I'd even had a glass of wine!

I loved chatting to everyone at the party and it was fab meeting organiser Jen - who laughed at my "I came even though I didn't know there was free wine" comment. As I walked  stumbled back to the hotel I reflected on an amazing day and a great bunch of bloggers and friends - all out there making a difference.


Thanks for an amazing day (and for the amazing haul of free goodies too)!

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