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Holidays – Day 8 – #Blogtober17

As I mentioned back on Day 1 of this challenge, I have been lucky enough to win 2 holidays, which is todays prompt! Holidays! I am going to talk about my prize trip to New York!!

The business class flights from Silverjet were fantastic! We got to Luton and Silverjet have their own terminal.  We went through their lounge door and a concierge took our suitcases and passports and told us to take a seat in the executive lounge area. Talk about posh…there was absolutely everything you could think of to eat in there and could even have champagne if you wanted! Our passports were returned to us and within about 20 minutes we were told that we were going to be boarding soon! Was all very exciting!! We boarded the plane and almost immediately a stewardess came round with a choice of champagne, OJ or water. I chose OJ cos i was feeling abit nervous about take off. Ed chose champers. When the plane took of it almost immediately banked/turned back round on itself which made both me and Ed go abit green around the gills! But once we were up and away we were both fine. They bought the meal round not long after take off, which is served on proper plates with metal cutlery (none of this regular plastic stuff ). The food is apparently prepared by a top london hotel! Soon after eating i decided to grab some sleep as i was so excited the night before i had had none whatsoever. Ed decided to watch a film on the personal TV you get given that has built in movies! The flight there was about 8 ish hours and to be honest i slept most of it.

When we landed at Newark Airport we went through customs and were told our passports needed veryfying (we both had new passports and am assuming this is the reason!?) we were shown into like a waiting room and were told we would been seen in a minute!………..2 hours later!! Nightmare…started to think great start to the holiday! But all was good and we got a taxi from outside the airport into New York.

jumeirah essex house hotel, new york

We got dropped of at central park cos we didnt want taxi driver to know we were staying at a 5star hotel cos we were worried he may have ripped us off! We crossed the road from central park and there stood the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel!! Oh My God! Walked through the door and the lobby is all crystal chandeliers and black marble!! Stunning!!! They have bellboys who put our luggage onto one of those racks and once we had checked in took us up to the 16th floor in the lift and showed us into our room. The room…..well the bed was HOOGE, we had a walk in wardrobe each , aircon that you can control from a touchpad telephone next to the bed! A 32″ TV on the wall, 2 Huge mirrors framed in red leather. It was just beautiful!! The service was out of this world!

We had a little wander round central park and just tried to let it sink in that we were actually in New York! I was in total awe of it all!
I cant remeber which avenue it was but there was a street market on and it went on for 15 blocks! It was massive!!!!! We got a American version of a Kebab for dinner off a street vendor which was delicious! Then we went back to the hotel about 9pm because we were both so knackered. That was day one.

 

Day 2

I woke up at about 7.30 to Ed coming back in the room! He had woken up about 4am and decided to go for a walk! Nutcase! He had gone to walk around Times Square! I got up and showered and we went down for breakfast! You had a choice of buffet which was croissants, bagels, pastries, fresh fruit, cold meat, yogurts, etc or there was a menu where you could have 3 egg omletes with various fillings, eggs with ham, you couls even have steak for brekkie! I stayed with the buffet this time and it was delicious!

After brekkie we went out for a walk which turned in a bloody trek!! We walked 1st of all approx 3/4 of central park which is 800+ acres on its own, we walked around the reservoir and then walked and walked and walked and walked some more with a few lil stops on the way (ground zero and a few other bits) and ended up at battery park which is where you can get the Statten Island ferry!! That is MILES!  We were going to get the bus back but ended up walking back and I was in agony by the time we got back to the hotel. We had been walking for 9 HOURS!!! Someone we were talking to said we had walked in excess of 30 miles! My feet were raw!! Slept for 12 hours that night !!

NYC, NYPD, manhattan

wall street, new york city

 

Day 3

We went to Woodbury Common shopping outlet and had $264 dollars spending money as part of the prize!! Shopped my absolute butt off!! OMG its so cheap! Bought so many lovely things! Luckily i had only half packed my suitcase on the way out !! It was huge this place like its own little village!! They had Chanel, Ralph Lauren, CK, Ecko, you name it they had it and it was all so cheap i was in my element!! We were there most of the day and we were chauffeur driven there and back in a limo! It was so amazing. The lady in charge of sorting the Shopping part was so desperate to meet us! She was so lovely and full of congrats when she met us! The Americans are such wonderful people!

In the evening we walked some more and got some proper photos of New York at night!! Its so beautiful! We sat in Central Park and watched the world go by!

 

Day 4

Ok today was HOT! So  muggy it was unreal!! We had to keep dashing in the shops for a fix of aircon!! I was dripping with sweat. We went into Times Square for some souvenir shopping. They’ve got an M&M’s World!! Its 3 floors high with everthing you can think of to do with M&Ms!! I recommend the peanut butter ones.

Got a few pressies in there then across the road to the Hersheys store!!! Choc overdose!

Then we went back to the hotel to drop off the MOUNDS of choc we had just bought and the concierge from the hotel escorted us over to Central Park to get us into a horse drawn carriage for our ride!! He paid and tipped the driver of the carriage and told him to look after us! It was a wonderful little ride and would recomend it to anyone visiting new york! But if you do go when its really hot they wont be about as the horses arent allowed to work when its over 90 degrees! Its very romantic though! We so fell in love with New York!! Its magical!!

central park, horse drawn carriage

At around 7.30pm we made our way to the Rockefella Centre ( part of our prize that was originally a behind the scenes tour of Carnegie Hall but they werent doing that this summer so we got tickets to this instead!) and I really would recommend this to anyone!! Just as sun was setting we made our way up 70 floors to the “Top of the Rock” It is breath taking! The views are out of this world and something I will never forget! We captured New York as all the lights started coming on in all the sky scrapers! Just simply beautiful! There was a beautiful sunset that night too!  I could wake up to this city every morning for the rest of my life!! I was smitten!

We grabbed some dinner after, had another wander round then went back to our beautiful hotel!

empire state building

top of the rock, rockerfella centre, NYC

 

Day 5

Thursday we decided to go to central park zoo and try and see some other bits that we hadn’t seen. The zoo isn’t particularly big but amazing all the same!!

We also walked through the heart of the city again just amazed by the water features and statues all over the place and just how much you have to almost snap your neck backwards to look to the very top of the sky scrapers!

In the evening we had a meal booked at our Hotel (part of prize) that was being cooked by the hotels resident award winning chef Christian Gradnitzer!

So down we went for dinner and were shown to our candlelit table and were gven champagne. The waiter bought out 2 menus for us to choose from. We both chose hot potato and leek soup for starters and then t bone steak for main. The waiter came out not long after we had ordered and put a smallish plate infront of us and said this is compliments of the chef. We started eating this meat looking thing (the waiter had a posh sounding name for it lol)and realised it was kidney!! But……….it was actually quite yummy!

I couldn’t quite finish it knowing what it was but it was delicious! Then our soup arrived which was fabulous! Then OH MY GOD! The steak was huge. We couldn’t eat it all, it was bloody massive but again very delicious! Then the chef came out and introduced himself to us gave us both a little present which was all wrapped up fancy. It was a muffin and a chocolate lolly with gold detail in! He also presented us with  a big hard back book about the hotels food history and some recipes in there too and he signed it and told us its very rare!! He was such a lovely man. He shook our hands and said how nice it was to meet us and was glad we were enjoying our stay! I was just bowled over by the way were treated by everyone!

 

Day 6 Last Day

Was missing my kids like crazy by now but SO didn’t want to go home!!

We decided to have a last walk round before heading for Newark airport and it was chucking it down with rain! We thought NYC was preparing us for return to the UK. We didn’t care about the weather and just walked and walked again soaking up our last moments of this most wonderful, beautiful, breath taking city and spent the very last of our money on pressies and tacky souvenirs! I came home plastered in I LOVE NY everything!! Looked like a proper Tourist!!

We went to hotel and checked out and said goodbye to all the wonderful staff at the hotel!! I honestly was close to tears I was so sad to leave! We were treated like royalty and they bent over backwards to make our stay as special and perfect as it could have been!

They hailed us a famous Yellow cab and we headed off to Newark Airport for our night flight home!

SilverJet pulled out all the stops for a A+ service home! The most wonderful and helpful and very professional crew!!!

Landed back in Luton the following morning and felt VERY surreal to be home!

If you have ever contemplated going…. GO! You will love it! We did and hope to return one day!

 

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Goals – Day 7 – #Blogtober17

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Day 7 of #Blogtober17 and todays prompt is Goals! I am so proud of myself for completing a week of this challenge so far, I really needed a kick up the bum for upping my game and I wanted to blog more often and this has really spurred me on to do so and I have found some fabulous other blogs to read in the process!

GOALS

I think most people have life goals. Life goals, a bucket list, things to do before you’re 40/50 etc. I don’t have a Bucket List as such but there are Goals I want to achieve in my life. I love writing and I want to make it my career. I want to earn a living from it. How many people can say that their job is something they adore and so they can do it for a living? Getting paid to do something you love… what an awesome thought. I really want to get into freelance work too and to carry on with blogging. If I can do that it will make me a very happy Lucie!

Other than work I do have other goals. I will list a few here:

1. Get a half sleeve tattoo. Something I have wanted now for many many years and I know it is something that will take a while but it is something I really want to achieve.

2. See more of America. I was lucky enough to win a trip to New York ten years ago and fell in love with it. I would definitely go back there but I would love to see more of the States.

3. To go to the Theatre. I have for many years longed to see a show in the West End. Never been but I will make this happen! Maybe for my 40th in 2 years.

4. To be a great mother ALWAYS and inspire my children. I messed up at school and hated it and really regret it now. I want my kids to do the best they possibly can at everything . I want to show them that hard work gets you places in life and that things you want don’t just fall in your lap. If you want it you have to work for it.,

5. To be successful. I want to be proud of myself. I want to achieve all these things and be proud that I worked my arse off to get them.

 

I think it is healthy to set yourself goals. It is great to have something to aim for or work towards. Focus is something I need in my life right now as I pull myself out of my PND. Positivity is key in this and keeping myself busy. I am excited for mine and my familys future and I haven’t felt that way in a very long time.

 

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Flowers – Day 6 – #Blogtober17

Day 6 in the #Blogtober Challenge is Flowers! If you’d like to catch up with the other posts you can read them here. I have loved this Blog Challenge so far. This is going to be a tough one to write.

Forget-Me-Nots

Forget-Me-Nots are the flower that represents Alzheimer’s.

dementia. alzheimers

Dad had been for various tests, memory tests, blood tests and an MRI and it was time to get the results. I went with Mum and Dad to this appointment. I kinda sat in the background and was taking a few notes as I’m sure these kind of appointments there is so much discussed that it can be a lot to take in for Mum and Dad. The Doctor went through another memory test with Dad whilst we were in this appointment. This was incredibly difficult to witness. There was an A4 sheet with lots of squares and in each square was a picture of an object or animal. I think one was a crown. Dad was thinking hard, he said “Oh, that is one of those things you put on your head if you’re really important.” WOW I was really shocked by that! Then she pointed at a picture of a squirrel. Dad looked deep in thought again, for ages…. then said “Sorry I don’t know”.

Swallowing back down the huge lump that had appeared in my throat and screaming at myself in my head to NOT CRY!!  She then gave him a pen and a bit of paper and told him to draw a clock face and put the hands at a certain time. He drew the circle but then wrote the numbers 1-12 all around the first half of the circle and then couldn’t set the time with the hands and said “I’m sorry I can’t do that”. At that point I realised how bad things were and my heart broke into a thousand tiny pieces. I had been pretty much oblivious up until then. He was then, that day, in June 2016, at the age of 67 years old, diagnosed with Alzheimers.  The doc said we shouldn’t really see much of a change in the first 2-3 years. Already in just over a year we have seen some quite big changes.

It’s scary and really bloody hard to see him changing. It is especially hard for my Mum.

I am in my heart of hearts petrified of what’s to come. Petrified.

We just need to all need to be there for each other as a family and deal with each day as it comes.

Forget-Me-Nots

forget me nots, dementia, family

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Day 5 – Education – #Blogtober17

Here we are on Day 5 of #Blogtober17 and todays prompt is Education. If you’d like to catch up with my other posts so far you can here.

education, autism, special needs

Back in the day… I was a bit of a rebel and didn’t really like school. My rubbish GCSE results reflected that. I really regret not knuckling down now.

When my son got a diagnosis of Autism I wanted to know everything there was to know about it. I bought books and googled lots but I wanted more. So I signed up with the open university and took part in a course called Understanding the Autism Spectrum. I loved it. It was so in-depth it confused the hell out of me at times, especially the part about how the brain works. I hasten to add I passed with flying colours! For the first time in many many years I was incredibly proud of myself!

A few years down the line I came across another course, this time a Diploma on Autism Awareness. That was a fairly quick course but still incredibly informative and interesting. I passed that too! 🙂

I really love learning now. Especially as I get to pick the things I learn about which is a big thing I think. At school (other than when you take your options) you don’t get to choose what you learn. A curriculum needs to be followed. I found most of it boring. I was an idiot!

Once Fraser is a bit bigger and I get a bit more time to myself I am going to learn more. I don’t know what subject yet but I want to learn more. I did set out to get an Open Degree with the open university but our finances just wouldn’t stretch to it. Plus I barely get time to scratch my backside these days so finding time to study would be impossible.

I might not have wanted to know when I was 15 years old but now I am eager to get those brain cells working again! I’m hurtling towards 40 years old and want to better my knowledge.

 

Did you further your Education after school or take part in any learning in adulthood?

 

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Date – Day 4 – #Blogtober17

 

Day 4 of #Blogtober17 and todays prompt is Date. You can read my other entries so far in the Blog challenge here.

 

 

marriage, date, date night

 

Please excuse the quality of the photo! This was mine and Eds first picture together I think. A couple of months into our relationship. Back in December 2001!!! Yes next week we have been together for sixteen years! Wow thats like… forever! 😀 We have had, like most people do, lots of ups and downs and lots of happy and sad times, lots of rows but here we are SIXTEEN years down the line…. still together, still in love and still going strong. We will be renewing our vows next year on our 10th Wedding Anniversary. I can’t wait!

Anyway back to the prompt in question…. DATE!

married, years, date night

I want to go on a DATE with my Husband. I cannot honestly remember the last time we did! In fact I don’t think we have ever been on one other than our first date which is when we got together! Before this year is out I want a Date Night with Ed. I think we need some us time. Some uninterrupted adult conversation without CBeebies or Disney Junior blaring in the background. Without having to make a bottle. Without having to tell the older two kids to stop arguing. I long for some me and Hubby time. Him not at work, me not surrounded by kids or pots and pans or piles of washing.

I want to walk along with him and hold his hand. I want to look into his eyes over  dinner table and have proper conversations. I want to snuggle up next to him and watch a film.

I love this man so very much!!

 

So Edward!! Where we going on our date?? x

 

 

 

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Car – Day 3 – #Blogtober17

So here we are, Day 3 of #Blogtober17  and todays prompt is Car! Yesterdays was Babies and the day before was All about Me!

volkswagen, bug, beetle

Beep Beep!

I got my provisional driving licence at the age of 17. I was working but didn’t have a huge wage so couldn’t afford regular driving lessons. My boyfriend at the time drove a VW Beetle! I loved it! It was such a beautiful car! I loved it more than him without a doubt. That relationship didn’t last but my love for old Volkswagens did.

I made lots of friends through this scene and we used to go away for long weekends to VW Festival type things at Santa Pod Raceway once a year. Roughing it in a tent, dancing, booze and beautiful cars! Awesome!

I needed a Beetle! I had to have one. I had to pass my driving test! When I did have them I did love my driving lessons. I had and failed FOUR… yes FOUR driving tests! I felt confident driving, I knew I was ready for my tests but as soon as my instructor got out of the car and an examiner got in I went to pieces. I was sick beforehand I was that nervous. A complete mess!

 

VW, Vintage, driving,

So somewhere along the line in-between all these failed driving tests I actually bought my first car! The car I had wanted! I bought myself a VW Rustbucket… sorry I mean Beetle! 😀 It was a grass green colour with a double bright yellow racing stripe going all the way from the deck lid all the way over the roof and down the bonnet. Not forgetting the rust patches! HAHA! I loved it with all my heart! I even had a nodding Shaun the Sheep on the parcel shelf. It didn’t break down on me once. It was awesome! My 1970 Beetle.

 

So on the 23rd May 2000 on my FIFTH attempt … I PASSED!!! YAY! I was now free to drive my awesome car around wherever and whenever I liked! I was ecstatic. I have so many fond memories of my time with that car. I have some scary ones too… like the time I drove down to Brighton in torrential rain and my windscreen wipers were about as fast as a snail on a go slow! I couldn’t see past the end of the bonnet and it was dark! It was scary scary stuff!

 

Camper Van, bus

 

I’d love another beetle although I think more appropriate these days with my little tribe in tow would be another one of my loves from the VW family! A split screen camper van! I’m not sure my kids would approve but I would love us to have one of these. My current car is more “practical” … a Vauxhall Mum Bus!! (Zafira) … so for now I will be practical and sensible Mum! I have had my licence 17 years and NEVER been pulled over, caught speeding, been in an accident (touch wood) or anything and I am really proud of that. I am the driver as Ed doesn’t drive. I have even driven to France twice!

 

What was your first car?

 

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Babies – Day 2 – #Blogtober17

So the second day prompt for #Blogtober17 is Babies!! I have read so many fab posts from bloggers on day 1 they have inspired me with a different format this time. I’m going to do an A-Z list all about my babies!

 

age gap, siblings, family

 

A is for Age Gap! 

My children are almost 15, 11 and 5 months! Haha! Number 3 was not planned, in fact we thought we had done our bit for the population after our oldest two! I was on the pill and Fraser was a HUGE shock to us but we are besotted with him and cannot imagine our lives without him. He has completed our family. (He really has!! Hubby has now been snipped! HAHA!)

B is for Bump!

When pregnant the last time, with Fraser… I was HUGE!!!! I had a bump to beat most bumps! I had extra fluid too which they were keeping an eye on. I am so glad Fraser decided enough was enough at 38+4 because I cannot imagine what size I would have been if I had reached my due date or even (god forbid) gone over!!

C is for C-Section!

My first two kids were normal vaginal deliveries. Due to many medical issues this time (probably cos I was so old this time around) I had to have a C-Section. I am glad I got to experience it in a way but WOW… nothing can prepare you for the recovery from that. You really do have to take it easy. The staff were fantastic and talked me through everything they were doing. Five months on and my scar has healed pretty neatly.

D is for Due Dates!

Something I have never reached with any of my pregnancies!! All of my children came early. Not prematurely though, just early.  Izzy was 2 weeks early, Xavier was 2 and a half weeks early and Fraser was a week and a half early! So I never experienced the going over due thing and to be quite frank I am happy with that!

E is for Edward!

My husband! HE was my absolute rock through the last pregnancy! He obviously helped in creating these beauties too! 😉 I suffered terribly with just about everything! He was my hero and helped me out so much and then again when I was recovering! He would not let me lift a finger! He’s a keeper that one! 😉

baby boy, second son,

F is for Fraser!

Our second son, our last child, our baby boy! He is 5 months, and an absolute gem! He was 8lb 3oz born and now weighs 19b 3oz. A proper chunky Monkey! He currently has two teeth breaking through so is not always a happy chappy shall we say? But waking up to this little face every morning is just a dream. He is so cute!

cute, five months old, baby

G is for Gestational Diabetes!

Another ailment I was blessed with in my 3rd pregnancy! Only literally found out a week before Fraser was born so was told to just control my diet. It was too late in the day for medication to control it.

H is for High Risk Pregnancy!

Unfortunately this was me the 3rd time around. I had so much going on that they put me as high risk!! Quite scary initially but I have to say I was well looked after and my consultant was the best! She was awesome! There was ONE bonus to being High Risk! I got extra scans so I got to see Fraser 4 extra times.

 

daughter, oldest child, baby girl

I is for Izabel!

Our oldest! Our beautiful girl! Only girl! Izabel Thea! The one who made us parents for the first time! We are so proud of this beauty! Almost 15! Where in the hell did that go?!! From this cheeky Bubba to a 6ft tall stunner! Currently in her GCSE year 10 at school and working hard. This girl has so many talents. She is going to go so far in life! She may be a stroppy teen but generally she is a good girl and no trouble! Couldn’t ask for more really.

stunning daughter,

J is for Jaundice!

Fraser was kept an eye on as he had this when he was born. It only lasted about a week and he was right as rain. Another thing I had not experienced with my first 2 children! I felt like a complete newbie this time around… A) because it had been so bloody long lol and B) because all these things were new to me! Never had come across them before. Was a huge learning curve.

K is for Kisses!

Be it a kiss on the forehead from the older two or being covered in dribble by the baby! Who doesn’t love kisses from their little people?!

L is for Love!

The amount of love Izzy and Xavier show to their baby brother just melts my heart! Izzy is a complete natural and very hands on with him. I know Xavier was excited from the day we announced I was pregnant, but there is the idea of a baby and then the reality of it once he was here. I did in the back of my mind wonder if he would cope. He has coped really well. Especially as we have had a reflex and colicky baby so have had lots and lots of screaming.

M is for Motherhood!

The hardest, most tiring but most rewarding job in the world! I still can’t quite believe I’ve managed this for almost 15 years! I still can’t quite believe I have 3 children! I am incredibly blessed!

N is for Nail Clippers!

Probably one of the scariest tools you have to use in early motherhood! Cutting a small babys nails is a frightening job!! Maybe its just me lol! My tip: Do it after a bath when they are zonked!

O is for Ouch!

The period pains after a 3rd child! OUCH really is the only word. Well …without swearing!

 

P is for Poop!

The subject of many Mums conversations haha! Only had a couple of “Poonami” moments so far! Don’t you just love it when it explodes out of all sides of the nappy including up the back! The worst part of parenthood! Poop!

Q is for QUICK Birth!

This was me with my first baby!! I had a 20 minute Labour and delivery! The midwife was as shocked as me I think! Ed and my Mum missed it all by about 10 minutes! Remember that so vividly like it happened yesterday! She obviously couldn’t wait!

R is for Rh-Negative!

I have rhesus negative blood so I have had to have injections in all my pregnancies. I am used to being a pin cushion now! Needles don’t bother me.

S is for Sickness!

Oh my god!! I had it easy with my first 2 pregnancies! Not so much the third time around!! So so ill! When I wasn’t actually toilet hugging I was feeling horribly sick. I could hardly eat anything at the beginning and lost almost 2 stone. Unfortunately I put that back on plus another couple once the sickness had passed!

T is for Teething!

ARGH!!! Fraser is teething terribly at the moment. We are all drowning in dribble!! I’m sure the older two didn’t suffer like this! He is just cutting his first TWO teeth! Poor boy is having a hard time. I cannot wait for them to be through to give him a bit of relief!

U is for Ultrasound!

Such an exciting experience to see your baby on a screen whilst they are growing in your tummy!! I am in constant awe of the technology that allows this to happen. We didn’t find out the sex of our first and I was convinced I was having a boy! How wrong was I!? Haha! We did find out with the boys though. It was a beautiful moment when we found out the sex of Fraser and the monographer allowed Izzy and Xavier into the room when she revealed the sex.

V is for Vaccinations! 

Something that all of my children have had and will have. I would never risk my children health by not giving them their vaccinations. I am however a big fat wimp! I took Fraser for his first vaccinations and was traumatised so Ed took him for his next 2 lots! I honestly couldn’t face it. No more now until he is a year old! Thank goodness.

W is for Weaning!

Izzy wasn’t a fan of food when we first weaned her. It was however a very different story with Xavier! He would scream the place down when the food had finished! Fraser I started weaning a few weeks ago but I think I may have jumped the gun and done it a little too soon. The doctor we saw at his hospital appointment just over a week ago told us to try again in a week or so. So this week at some point I will try again. Wish us luck!

middle child, autism, son

X is for Xavier!

Our middle child! Our oldest boy! Our little genius! Xavier has had a diagnosis of Autism since just before his 6th Birthday. He is almost 12. He is so clever it is really quite frightening. He is a sponge and soaks up so much information. Xavier is in the Secondary part of his Special Needs School now and is thriving! He is doing so so well! We are so proud of him. He loves Youtube and his iPad. So long as theres wifi … we have a happy boy!

SEN, special needs

Y is for Years!

As soon as you become a parent the years FLY! Time has passed so quickly! Izzy almost 15??! Xavier in Secondary education ??? Fraser 5 months old already??! I feel so old LOL!

Z is for Zzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!

Something I need a hell of a lot more of! Fraser sleeps through the night but unfortunately my sleeping pattern is crap!! Soooooo Tired!!!! Zzzzzz

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All About Me – Day 1- #Blogtober17

This month I am joining in on a blog challenge! Blogtober 2017. I will blog every day for a whole month! Today is Day 1 and the subject is “All About Me”.

So here goes!!

blogtober17, all about me

I am Lucie, a 38 year old mother of 3 and Wife to Ed! Married for 9 years… together for almost 16 years!!  We live in West Sussex. My beautiful children are Izzy, almost 15, Xavier is 11 and Fraser is 5 months old.

I am 2nd oldest of 4 girls! Yes! Three sisters! It was MURDER growing up haha! Mum & Dad have been married for 42 years.  Dad sadly has been diagnosed with Alzheimers so very tough times ahead for all of us. This makes me so so sad.

I started writing my blog 4 and a half years ago when I was going through struggles with the education system with Xavier who is Autistic. After two mainstream schools failed him he is now in the most amazing Special Needs School and thriving. I love writing. I really wish I had discovered Blogging sooner! There is the most amazing community of people that comes with the blogging world! So friendly and helpful. I have made lots of friends through this too and met some real lovely people.

 

Other things I love to do…. enter competitions! I have been a little slack lately but this has been my hobby for almost 12 years now! I have won some amazing prizes in that time. A trip to New York in 2007 and a trip to Dubai in 2012 are by far my two best ever wins! Just incredible! I have won so many lovely things that I have been able to gift to family and friends that I wouldn’t be able to afford. Cameras, mobiles, iPads, toys, vouchers, an american fridge freezer, microwave… the list really is endless. I also got the chance to meet David Beckham 7 years ago through competitions! A fellow comper won the chance but couldn’t go so let me go instead! I was beside myself. Very beautiful and very lovely man! Below is Ed and I in New York on our prize trip!

New York, competition, winner

I also love football!! My daughter does too! She played league football for 6 years but sadly at the end of last season her team folded so I am now lost on Sundays. I used to love watching her play. We are the football fans and the males in the house aren’t fussed! Not sure about Fraser yet! Hopefully he will be a footballer.

 

I love my family, I love to cook, I love reading books but I don’t seem to have the time to do that anymore. Same with drawing. I used to do a lot of that but don’t have spare time these days! Haha! The joys of motherhood! Something else I really enjoy is listening to music. I don’t do it often enough. It is so therapeutic.

 

all about me, blog challenge, family,

 

I will openly admit to suffering from Depression on and off for most of my adult life. I’m currently on a bit of a downwards spiral with Post Natal Depression but fighting it hard. Writing this blog helps me so much. Writing in general I find a massive help, it is a great release. It should be spoken about and not be a taboo subject.

 

So this is me! Mum, cook, cleaner, cuddler, wifey, daughter, sister, referee, taxi service, slightly crazy, life loving, blog writing Lucie!

 

#Blogtober17

 

 

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Two Birds with One Stone

Two Birds with one stone…. clear out the unwanted stuff and make some money doing so!

For AGES…. OK, years…. I have been meaning to have a good old clear out. I have so much clutter/junk/unwanted items laying around the house that is taking up valuable space.

I’ve been so far just sorting through the clothes that Fraser has grown out of! I cannot believe the amount of clothing this boy has!! It really is crazy! So many beautiful clothes! So many in fact that he probably only wore everything once! The mountains of newborn and 0-3 month clothes actually hid my dining table for a good week! Not started on the 3-6 months clothes yet! He is just about still in 6-9 months but some 9-12 month items fit him already! He will be  5 months old in a matter of days! He really is a chunky monkey!

I tried listing a few things on local Facebook selling pages but that didn’t go well at all! So I decided to give eBay a go.

 

So I signed up for an account and downloaded the app onto my phone. It actually was really straight forward. I got a handful of items together, took some pictures and got ready for listing.  When you first join eBay you are allowed to list 10 items per month, that is then reviewed once you have 10 positive feedback as a seller. It is a little annoying when you have enough clothes to fill a supermarket twice over but I do understand why they do it!

 

I listed my 10 items for 7 days and found it really really easy and quick to do. They give you an guide starting price on each listing which is really helpful so I went with their suggestion on all my listings. Once all ten listings were done and live I found myself slightly obsessively checking for watchers and bids!

Over the course of the 7 days of selling my first ten items, sales went really well. I used the Auction option rather than the Buy It Now option. I managed to sell 8 of those items listed. Fantastic!

ebay, selling, money,

 

I posted all my items off promptly once I had received payment for them. The app is great for this part too. It sends you a notification once someone had made payment.

So that is my total for successfully selling 8 items. I am so happy with that! There are so many things going on that we could do with extra money for at the moment. Oldest will be off to New York with school in Feb ’19, its also her 15th birthday 6 weeks before christmas! Then we have Christmas itself which is never cheap! Then a month after that is our middle childs 12th birthday. We really didn’t plan that well!! Haha! We are also saving for some home improvements so the perfect way to help is by clearing out unwanted goods and making space but more importantly is making money whilst doing so. Can’t wait to list my next lot. My house is going to be empty at this rate! What a wonderful thought?? A clutter free house!

 

 

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. [I have received a voucher as a token of thanks for this post].

 

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Hauck Roma Pushchair Review – Kiddies Kingdom

Excitingly, we were contacted by Kiddies Kingdom to ask if we would like to review a pushchair! How could we possibly say no?!

 

Obviously we already have a pram/pushchair that we bought just before Fraser was born, which we love but it is very bulky and heavy. The Hauck Roma that we have been asked to review is more of a stroller pushchair.

baby, travel

The pushchair comes boxed complete apart from the 2 front wheels and hood that need attaching. Both are incredibly simple to do. The front wheel spools have protectors on which easily pop off and the wheels just push on and then click when secure.

My first impressions when the Roma was taken out of the box was an immediate love for the kiwi and midnight colours. A really lovely combination.

The frame is lightweight compared to the pram/pushchair that I already have. Even with the weight difference it is very sturdy. It is also really easy to push. The front wheels have the option of being set to just forward or swivel.

This buggy folds down to a nice compact size and even has a handle to make it easy to carry! It’s so handy and I’m sure would fit in the boot of most cars! When folded there is a clip that holds it together in this position.

pushchair, lightweight

roma, hauck

Fraser was very intrigued when I sat him in his new wheels for the first time! He was looking around!

stroller, lightweight

The 5 point harness is fab and the clip to undo it is really easy to open (also comparing to my pushchair) but not too easy. Plus padding on the straps so they don’t rub against little ones neck. All straps are very easy to adjust as well.

baby, travel

Another handy feature of this pushchair is a nice sized, handy pocket on the back of the hood, great for chucking a spare dummy in or your purse for a walk to the shops.

brakes

The brakes on this buggy are so simple to use. You simply press down on the tab until it clicks against the wheels and this can be done from either side. Then reverse the process to release the brake.

folding down, compact

This tab that is central between the wheels at the back is a part of the folding down and opening process. So when you want to fold down the buggy you will lift this tab upwards, then there is a tab sticking out on the right hand side of the frame that you have to push down on and the whole thing will fold down. Then as before reverse the process when opening up the buggy and it will click into place when fully opened.

roma

handles

One of the things that did concern me was the handle height. Hubby is 6ft 4 and I am 5ft 11. I had visions of us being hunched over pushing this buggy but that is not the case at all. The handles are a perfect height. They are not adjustable but just perfect for us. They are foam covered so super comfortable to grip too.

recline

The toggle underneath the seat is how you adjust the seating position. Hold in the button in the toggle and pull down on the strap and push the toggle upwards for an upright seating position. Then you would need to press the button in and pull the toggle downwards to lay the seat flat. This is suitable from birth as it does lay completely flat. As you can also see from the picture that the shopping basket underneath is a fabulous size.

review, kiddies kingdom

Overall we really love this stroller. It is so handy, convenient, lightweight and looks great! The ONLY downside to it is that it doesn’t come with a rain cover which is a little annoying but they are cheap enough to buy.

 

Looking for some new wheels for your little one? There are great pushchairs for sale at Kiddies Kingdom!

 

We were sent this pushchair to review. All thoughts and opinion are honest and my own.