Wednesdays

My Monday’s are usually spent trying to get the house clean and tidy after the weekend as I don’t really like to do the housework over the weekend because I’d much rather spend my time with Kory and Rory as that’s the only time that we all really have together.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays Kory attends nursery, he only does two morning sessions and finishes by dinner time but by the time I’ve got him home, made him some dinner and got him changed out of his school uniform and into his pyjamas, it’s already the afternoon and more often than not he’s too tired from being at school to want to do anything anyway and normally I spend my Fridays food shopping and running errands.

So on Wednesdays I especially like to make sure that me and Kory do something together that’s just the two of us, we normally go to the park, to the café or for a walk, I usually leave it up to him and let him decide how we spend the day so today when I asked him what he would like to do he said he wanted ‘chips and toy!’ Which in Kory language translates to McDonald’s. So today I went for a McDonald’s date with Kory.

After getting dressed, we got wrapped up and headed out for a walk to our local McDonald’s. Whilst there we spoke about school, our upcoming holiday, things that Kory’s likes and what he would like to do once we got back home and it was nice.

So that was our Wednesday. I wonder what we’ll get up to next Wednesday… How was your day?

Monday blues

Yesterday was Monday and normally I would have the Monday blues. I love the weekends and spending time together as a family, in fact that’s the only time we get to spend together as a family so I always try to cherish the weekends but I still always end up feeling sad when Monday comes back round because that means Rory is back at work, Kory is back at school, I’m back to being on my own again and even though I have Kory, it gets lonely sometimes and I have a whole week to wait until it’s the weekend again! And boy, does Monday come round fast!

But how could I be sad when this one is being such a sweetheart?! I mean look at that little face! Like butter wouldn’t melt! What an angel he is being!

It was only the other day I was complaining about Kory’s behaviour but he’s honestly being such a well behaved little boy recently and it makes me so proud. Proud of him and proud of myself because even though I doubt myself on a daily basis when it comes to parenting, I must be doing something right when it comes to raising my son because he is kind, loving and caring and it shows.

I know this is probably just a wonderful phase that he is going through at the minute and that I’m probably going to be in for a sh!t storm soon but let this mama have her moment!

Snow days

Is it just me or does everything just seem so much prettier in the snow?

We’ve had quite a bit of snow where we live over the past few days so despite both me and Kory having colds, I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity for us to get wrapped up and to get out in the snow! It’s not often it snows here so I wanted to make sure that we got to experience it together.

Kory was only a small baby the last time it snowed and he didn’t really understand what it was but this time he watched with amazement as the snow fell from the sky, he was so curious asking me all sorts of questions about it and he kept telling me how every time he walked the snow would crunch under his feet.

We made snow balls, ran, kicked and jumped in the snow and then headed home to warm up as we were freezing!

We are so lucky to live so close to all these fields… I love snow days.

Treat yo’ self

Being a mum is no easy job and sometimes we as mums forget that we should treat ourselves and that we can do so without feeling guilty! We deserve a treat too!

The other week I treated myself to a new pair of shoes that were in the sale, I picked them up and put them back at least 3 times before finally deciding that I was going to buy them. I walked over to the till and every thought that came into my head was persuading me not to buy them. Thoughts like:

‘oh but I could use the money towards something else.’ Like what?

‘I shouldn’t be buying them.’ Why’s that?

or ‘I could buy Kory another pair of shoes instead.’ To add to the collection of shoes that he already has?!

My Nan was with me and I said to her ‘oh I’ll just leave it, I’m going to put them back.’ And she said ‘Kirsti, don’t be silly, just get them!’ And that’s when I realised I was being silly. It was just a pair of shoes and they only cost £6, it wasn’t exactly breaking the bank and I couldn’t remember the last time I treated myself to something. To anything.

So I bought them.

Once I’d got over feeling guilty, I felt good. I buy stuff for Kory and the house all the time and it was a nice change to buy something that was for myself. Taking care of yourself is an extremely important part of your mental wellbeing. As a stay at home mum, I often neglect myself and my needs. As mums we give so much of ourselves and our time to everyone else in our family. One thing I’ve learnt over the years since becoming a mum is that in order to be the best mum that I can be, I have to look after myself too and invest a little time in myself. I’m sure many of you will agree with me, that being a mum is hard but being a mum who is running on empty is a lot harder. I love my son and my partner, they make me very happy every day but there is nothing wrong or selfish about taking care of yourself or treating yourself.

One of my favourite things to do that doesn’t cost any money is sorting through cupboards, organising drawers and having a clear out at home. I don’t see it as a chore, tidying things up really helps me to de-stress and afterwards I feel like I’ve got a clear head space and can think straight.

Treating yourself doesn’t have to cost money if that’s an issue. Make yourself a cup of tea, read a book, join a book club or start your own, run a bubble bath, go for a walk, eat your favourite chocolate, paint your nails, do yoga, have some quiet time, try out a face mask, stick a film on or a box set that you’ve been meaning to watch. Whatever it is that you need to do to feel human again or whatever it is that you just fancy treating yourself to – then do it!

I’d love to know, what are some ways that you treat yo self?

New Year’s Eve

Just popping in to wish you all a happy new year for later before I forget!

We always celebrate New Years Eve the same way every year, we just stay at home in our pyjamas with a Chinese takeaway and a couple of drinks just watching the countdown to midnight on the tv (that’s if I can manage to stay awake long enough anyway! #mumprobs) This may seem like a boring way to enter the new year to some of you but for me, I can’t think of a better way to enter the new year than at home just spending time with my family and to make this New Year’s Eve even better, we have our close friends joining us too!

So as today is the last day of 2018, I thought I’d write a quick summary of the soon-to-be previous year. I don’t really know what to make of this past year… 2018 has had its many highs for us but it’s certainly had it’s lows too. I’m definitely looking forward to welcoming in a new year, with a new year comes new goals and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me and my family.

So happy New Year’s Eve, folks! I hope the new year is good to you! Goodbye, 2018. 2019 – we’re ready for you!

Merry Christmas!

I’m sorry this post is a little late. Christmas Day is always a busy one for us and I just didn’t have a minute to write this blog post!

Yesterday we had the best Christmas. Kory woke in the morning and we was just so excited to take him downstairs! We couldn’t wait! Every year as we’re walking down the stairs we always say to Kory ‘Has he been?! Let’s see if Father Christmas has been to Kory’s house!’ And this year he was looking around and as soon as he seen the tree and all of the presents he excitedly shouted ‘presents!!! Father Christmas bring Kory presents!’ Just seeing Kory’s face when he came downstairs on Christmas morning was enough to make my entire day.

That morning at home we all sat around the Christmas tree opening our presents with Christmas music playing in the background and in that moment I had never felt more touched by all of the gifts that Kory and us received and grateful for the people in our lives. We had all been well and truly spoilt rotten by our family and friends and each other and Kory had the best day playing with his new toys!

Later that day we all headed to my Nan and grandad’s house for Christmas dinner where we exchanged even more gifts! Our christmas dinner was delicious as it is every year and it was nice being all together. That saying I’ve heard before is definitely true… ‘That it’s not what’s under the tree at Christmas that matters but who’s around it’ because as nice as gift giving and receiving is, for me there’s nothing better than being surrounded by my family and good food, just talking and laughing and every year at Christmas I’m always reminded of just how lucky we are to have the family and friends that we have.

Today is Boxing Day and Boxing Day for us means staying at home in our pyjamas and playing with Kory and his toys all day. So I’m just popping by to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I hope you and your families all had a lovely day yesterday.

Merry Christmas all!

Love,

The Lonsdales, xo

Breakfast with Santa

Yesterday me, my partner and Kory visited Toby Carvery to have breakfast with Santa.

This is the second year we’ve taken Kory here to have breakfast with Santa. Last year he was a little bit too young to understand Santa, who he actually is and what it is that he does but this year he was excited to see him and kept saying ‘ Father Christmas give Kory present. Good boy.’ After we’d finished eating our breakfasts (which were lovely by the way!) We made our way to see Santa, Kory was a bit wary and wouldn’t go towards him at first and didn’t want to sit on his knee, he just stood by me and held my hand while Santa talked to him until Santa said ‘I have a present for you.’ Then Kory went straight over to him to have a look what he’d got!

Santa gave Kory a Christmas paper bag that was filled with all different Christmas activities like a letter to Santa, stickers, crayons and lots more! For just £4.99 Kory got a yummy breakfast with a drink and he got to meet Santa who gave him a gift. The Breakfast with Santa is available on a few dates over December and it’s really easy to book on, just head to the Toby Carvery website and select which date works best for you and choose a time between 9:00am-11:00am.

What I really like about taking Kory here to see Santa is that there is no ques to see him, it doesn’t get too busy which I find works better for Kory and because you’ve been assigned a time by booking your table, you can go see Santa whenever is best for you – before your breakfast or afterwards!

I think it’s well worth the visit and we’ll more than likely take Kory to have breakfast with Santa again next year too.

Have your kids been to see Santa yet? If so, where do you usually take them to see him?

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Christmas gift ideas for the whole family

I have read many ‘Christmas gift ideas’ blog posts and I have seen lots of different and interesting gift ideas that I would never have thought of myself! So, as part of blogmas, I thought I would write a ‘Christmas gift ideas’ blog post of my own by sharing with you what gifts I’ve bought for my own family and in doing so hopefully give you some inspiration for your own gifts at the same time.

Let’s start with my partner! Christmas gift ideas for him:

  • Beard set. My fiancé’s beard is his pride and joy, he’s always grooming his beard and taking care of it so I bought him a beard set that he’s been eyeing up for a while. Something tells me he’s going to be very pleased with this gift!
  • Boxers and socks. I buy him new boxers and socks every year. I always get him to throw away all of his old boxers and socks and then replace them with new. Not very exciting but who doesn’t love new underwear?!
  • T-shirts. My partner is very easy to buy for when it comes to shirts, I know what style, fitting and colour he tends to go for. But pants are a no go. He’s so fussy when it comes to pants. I’ll leave them to him…
  • Coffee set. He LOVES coffee, he’s sort of a coffee connoisseur if you will… I always know he’s gonna be pleased if I buy him coffee. I have bought him one of the Costa coffee gift sets. There are a few different ones to choose from. Perfect for the coffee lover in your family!
  • PlayStation game. My fiancé is most definitely a gamer, he enjoys playing on his PlayStation so I bought him a game that I’ve heard him talking about…
  • Beer. My partner doesn’t drink a lot or very often so alcohol in our house is sort of a treat and what better time to indulge in treats than at Christmas?
  • Star Wars frame. He is the biggest Star Wars fan. I wanted to buy him something that I know he loves, something that’s personalised and something that he can keep so I had a friend who is also an artist draw a Star Wars family for me, the characters she’s drawn include Han Solo, Leia, Kylo Ren and Chewie (the idea is that they represent us – Han being Rory, Leia being me, Kylo being Kory and Chewie being our dog Harley – not representing us too much though, I like to think we’re a less dysfunctional family! Lol) and underneath it says ‘May The Lonsdale family be with you.’ (That’s us!!) and I’ve bought a lovely frame to put it in so that he will be able to proudly display it in our house. I think this gift is the gift that I am most excited to give him.

If you’d like, you can check her artwork out by heading to her Instagram page:

http://www.instagram.com/jadesdraw

Stocking fillers for him:

  • PlayStation gift card
  • Coffee beans
  • Some of his favourite chocolates

Christmas gift ideas for mum:

  • Candle. My mum loves candles! She has them all around the house and has them lit all the time. I think this is where I get my candle addiction from… She loves all candles; big, small, cheap, expensive but I always treat her to a Yankee candle at Christmas.
  • Wax melts and burner. Like candles, my mum likes anything that smells nice and that makes her home smell nice. She has a few burners already but I’ve treated her to a fancy electric one because she’s always complaining that she’s running out of tea lights and she’s always running out of wax melts too so I’ve bought her some lovely smelling wax melts as well.
  • Perfume. My mum loves perfume, she has so much of it already but she mentioned in conversation that she wanted this perfume in particular so being the good daughter that I am, that’s what I’ve got her!
  • Pyjamas. I buy my mum new pyjamas for Christmas every year. She likes being able to wear them and throwing out all of her old pyjamas.
  • Slippers. To go with the new pyjamas of course!

Christmas gift ideas for sister:

  • Pyjamas. My sister loves pyjamas, more specifically the fluffy kind and every year at Christmas I buy her new pyjamas to match my mum.
  • Slipper socks. She’s not really a fan of slippers and prefers slipper socks and they go nicely with the pyjamas that I’ve already bought her.
  • Fondue set. My sister loves chocolate and more than anything she loves melting it, dipping fruit in it and then eating it. I’ve caught her melting chocolate in the microwave a few times! So I thought this fondue set would make a really nice gift for her…
  • Chocolates. As if I hadn’t bought her enough chocolate already, I bought a box of her favourite chocolates too!
  • Face masks. My sister loves a good pampering so I know she will love these face masks that I’ve bought her.
  • I buy gifts like these for my sister because that way I can’t really go wrong. Everyone loves new pyjamas and I know that she loves chocolate, any chocolate really. She also loves make-up and clothes but those can be difficult to buy if you don’t know exactly what it is that that person likes. You have to consider things like; what brand to go for? What sort of make-up and clothes? How much are you willing to spend? Etc. So because of this I find it’s easier for me to just stick with the gifts that I mentioned above.
  • Christmas gift ideas for Nan:
    • Perfume. My Nan only wears one perfume and that’s her favourite – in this case it’s Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden. It retails for around £10 which is pretty reasonable.
    • My Nan can be quite tricky to buy for, everything I wanted to buy her she’s either already got or she doesn’t want or need. This year for Christmas, instead of wrecking my brain trying to figure out what to buy her, I’ve decided no to buy her ‘something’ as such but an experience instead. I’ve bought her a voucher for afternoon tea for 2 which is essentially a present for both Nan and grandad. She loves tea and cake so I think she’s going to love this!

    Christmas gift ideas for grandad:

    • Like my Nan, my grandad is also tricky to buy for. He already has everything! This year I have bought my grandad a fleece jacket, he really likes them, he’s always wearing one and I’ve noticed the one he’s currently got is looking a little worn so I’ve bought him a new one.
    • The afternoon tea I’ve paid for is for 2 so he’ll also get to enjoy an afternoon tea experience.

    Christmas gift ideas for children:

  • Every year I say I’m not going to go overboard this year but every year I do – but not intentionally. I try to follow a gift guide (main present, something he wants, something he needs, something to wear and something to read.) But I still always end up buying more than I had intended. I start Christmas shopping early, usually September time and I have to hide the gifts I’ve bought and despite writing a list of what I’ve bought so that I don’t forget, I lose the list or something else happens and I end up forgetting what I’ve bought anyway! So when it comes to lifting everything out to wrap, that’s when I realise how much I’ve actually bought. But do you know what? He’s a good kid and I want to make his Christmas’ as special as I can. Within reason of course… So here goes:
    • Main present. Kory hasn’t really had a ‘main’ present off us this year so we’ve made up for it by buying him a few more little presents. There was one or two things I had in mind that we wanted to get him but my Nan and mum had asked could they get him them instead. I wanted to get him a scooter and Kory had been asking for some ‘yellow fish’ so another idea we had was to get him a little fish tank for in his bedroom that he could help take care of.
      Something he wants. Kory loves cars, whenever we ask him ‘what do you want Father Christmas to bring you?’ He always says ‘toys, cars.’ Like he doesn’t have enough cars already! But he does spend a lot of time playing with them so we don’t mind buying him some more.
      Something he needs. Kory’s only 2 years old so there’s nothing that he really needs as such… He had ran out of play doh so we did buy him some more of that for Christmas.
      Something to wear. As it goes I have bought Kory some new clothes for Christmas, I’ve not spent a fortune but I do like him having a new outfit to wear on Christmas Day. I’m not going to wrap these up as presents though, these are just a treat for the run up to Christmas.
      Something to read. Kory gets a lot of enjoyment out of being read to so I tend to pick new books up for him all the time. I have bought him a couple of new books for Christmas as well.
      Everything else (because like I said, I always go overboard:) A Playmobil truck because he loves the Playmobil range and I find that the toys are really sturdy, Spider-Man action figure – currently his favourite superhero, Mrs Potato Head to go with the Mr Potato Head he’s already got, a wooden pirate ship that I wanted for him last year but didn’t get, rubble to complete his paw patrol collection, paw patrol tower, smart sand, a vet pet carrier and just some other small goodies.

    Stocking fillers:

    • Blind bags
    • Kinder chocolate
    • Surprise eggs

    Christmas gift ideas for uncle:

    Because I buy for my nephew now I only really buy my aunty and uncle a little bit of something each. This year I have bought my uncle…

    • Nivea set. He likes Nivea and/or Dove so I bought him a Nivea gift set.
    • Beers. My uncle likes beer so I tend to buy him some sort of beer every year for Christmas.

    Christmas gift ideas for aunty:

    • Body cream and perfume gift set. She likes creams and perfumes so I thought this would make a nice gift for her.
    • My aunty likes wine so I bought her a novelty wine glass and a bottle of wine to go with it.

    Christmas gift ideas for nephew:

    Every year I buy my nephew a toy or two and an outfit to go with them. This year I bought him:

    • A police station set that comes with small emergency vehicles.
    • A dinosaur themed play doh set that comes with all different stencils and utensils
    • Outfit

    Christmas gift ideas for teacher:

    This is the first year that I have had to buy a Christmas gift for a teacher, technically Kory has 3 teachers so I bought each of them a gift. With it being Kory’s first year at nursery, I wanted to buy them something that his teachers can keep. As it’s Christmas, I bought them a Christmas decoration that is a star and on one side it says ‘A little star on your tree to say thank you for teaching me.’ And on the reverse side it says ‘Love, Kory.’ As you can see from the picture…

    So that is pretty much everything that I have bought for my family this year for Christmas. I hope you enjoyed reading my Christmas gift ideas. What gifts have you bought this year?

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    My favourite Christmas movies

    The other day we were all sat watching the movie ‘Elf’ together as a family when suddenly my partner came out with “Elf is the most overrated Christmas film.”

    I almost spat my drink across the living room. Firstly, whaaaaaaaaaaaat? How can he even think that?! And secondly, I have been with this man for almost 10 years and I’m only just finding this out about him?! This is kind of a deal breaker!

    Just kidding!

    But jokes aside. How can he think that? I love that movie! And it’s one of my favourites. Which got me thinking of all my favourite Christmas movies… And so I thought I would share them with you:

    • Jingle all the way. Quite possibly my all time favourite Christmas movie. I loved this one when I was a kid and I’ve always loved it ever since.
    • Home Alone. Who doesn’t love this movie? When I think of Christmas movies Home Alone is often one of the first that comes to mind.
    • Home Alone 2. I repeat. Who doesn’t love this movie? Not as good as the first Home Alone movie in my opinion but still a strong contender in my list of my favourite Christmas movies.
    • Elf. Obviously!
    • I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus. Another one of my favourite Christmas movies from when I was a child.
    • The Grinch. For me it isn’t Christmas until I’ve watched The Grinch at least once!
    • A Christmas Carol. This timeless classic always warms my heart at Christmas time.

    So those are my favourite Christmas movies! What is your favourite Christmas movie?

    Christmas Jumper Day

    Yesterday, Friday the 14th of December was Christmas Jumper Day. While it’s fun and festive, the reason behind Christmas Jumper Day is to raise money and awareness for children who are in need. Yesterday thousands of people all over the UK put on their Christmas jumpers for this great cause. Us included.

    Christmas Jumper Day was created 6 years ago by Save the Children in 2012. If you’ve missed out this year – not to worry. Christmas Jumper Day always takes place on a Friday in December each year and while Save the Children have specified a date for Christmas Jumper Day, you can raise money for this great cause by wearing your Christmas jumper on any day you wish to.

    The simplest way to get involved with Christmas Jumper Day is to wear festive knitwear and donate some money towards Save the Children. Whether you join in at home, work, at school, with family and friends or alone, the idea is that you all wear your most festive Christmas jumpers and donate £2 each. If you wanted to you could also set up a fundraising page online to raise even more money. If you’d like to know more information on how you can help raise money on Christmas Jumper Day, the charity has provided an online fundraising pack with everything you need to know. Here is the link:

    https://christmasjumperday.org/fundraising-pack

    Me and Kory wore our Christmas jumpers with pride yesterday on Christmas Jumper Day and donated to the charity. Did you wear your Christmas jumper for Christmas Jumper Day? If so, what’s yours like? Let me know in the comments!

    http://www.christmasjumperday.org.uk/

    http://facebook.com/ChristmasJumperDay

    http://twitter.com/savechildrenuk