Saturday, 22 November 2014

Project 365 - Week 47 (days 320 - 326)

Day 320 / November 16th
Rubbish photo day so it's another review book for bed time reading!

Day 321 / November 17th
We visited a nearby garden centre today and J was mesmerised by a talking tree!

Day 322 / November 18th
Another rubbish photo day but didn't want to bore you with another book shot so it's a sleeping shot instead! I often go in to kiss him goodnight and he's out of the duvet in a random position.

Day 323 / November 19th
Another Christmas decoration from my amazingly creative friend Mama Tigerlily. Before I miscarried, our nickname for baby was 'belly bean' so this is another tribute for them on our tree.

Day 324 / November 20th
We went to see the town Christmas lights switch on this evening and they put on some fabulous fireworks afterwards (this is only taken with my phone).

Day 325 / November 21st
Some Mega Bloks play time with J whilst N had a nap.

Day 326 / November 22nd
I decided to dig the Christmas countdown plaque out today - 33 sleeps!

TheBoyandMe's 365 Linky

Christmas magic, dinosaurs, and playground fun

On Monday we visited Brigg Garden Centre as they now have their huge Christmas shop open and it was a tradition we had to visit with my mother-in-law before she passed away. I wanted to take J & N to see all the Christmas pretties (okay, maybe it was me who wanted to see them) and they have recently had a new play area built so we though we could make a little afternoon of it and J could have a play after we'd had a (long) wander around.

They usually have some kind of magical display in their Christmas Land and I couldn't wait to see what it was this year. It really was magical this year...

I think we must have spent about an hour just looking around the Christmas stuff, I just have to look at everything and wish I could buy the whole shop! I found an amazingly beautiful tree if anyone can spare £999 to buy me it? No? Never mind...

Once we'd finished there, we had a quick look around the main shop then went outside as they have a polar bear band which is fantastic; we also got our photos taken with a polar bear! (Though husband is rubbish at photos so he chopped his head off!). You can also visit Santa (but we're waiting until December for that) and they have a train ride, but J wouldn't have wanted to stay on it so we didn't bother.

A video posted by Stacey (@staceyg_nobodysaiditwaseasy) on

We had some fun with the magic mirrors... (I want that skinny one at home - I can be slim every day then!)

We also met some dinosaurs living among the plants... I thought J would be terrified but no, he wanted to stroke them!

We then nipped outside to the new play area which I knew J would love as he loves being outside and it's very difficult to drag him away from a play area! We told him he could have a 'special juice' (Fruit Shoot - I know, I know) which did the trick though! Best of all, it's all free (except Santa and the train ride). We'll definitely be back more in the summer though it will be mega busy then - I usually just visit for Christmas Land!

Family Friday

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Friday, 21 November 2014

National Teething Week 2014 #teethingweek

I don't know about you, but in this house we are in the midst of teething. N's teeth still aren't through yet but they are very close to coming, though they're not actually bothering him too much at the minute; he just chews his fist a lot and everything goes into his mouth. I'm not sure his first one will arrive by the end of this week though which also happens to be the first ever National Teething Week which is sponsored by Camilia Oral Solution, the homeopathic experts in teething.

Two in three infants aged 3 months to 30 months are affected by teething and with the process being long & drawn out, it is often frustrating for both children & parents. National Teething Week 2014 runs from 17-23 November, and it aims to help new parents recognise the symptoms of teething and advise them on ways to limit the amount of discomfort their baby or toddler may be having. Through informative discussion, advice and content, National Teething Week will aim to educate and aleviate and concerns that parents may have.

Camilia are also sharing some useful tips to identify teething and help with it. You can find these tips and information on the other activities happening during the week over on the National Teething Week website - there are also a few chances to win some fab goodies

You can keep up with the conversation during the week over on Twitter by following the #teethingweek hashtag.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Getting back into employment

My first ever job was when I was at college – I wanted some extra money so I could “keep up” with my friends, have nights out, just have a little more independence. It was at a very well-known supermarket, working in the staff canteen. I worked there for a year before I moved away to go to University. For a long while I didn’t have a job and just lived off of my student loan, but over Christmas was the time when everybody needed that bit of extra cash, so I found employment in a well-known pub chain. I was only there for a couple of months.

I developed depression in my final year of University so I left early. I didn’t work for a while after coming home because of this, but eventually I started work at a care home. Although some people find it an amazing job to do, it didn’t take me long to decide it just wasn’t for me. After this I had a brief stint of self-employment from home, making cupcakes. But soon after this, J came along and I just didn’t have the time or the energy.

Now J is 2 and N is here, as much as I love being a stay at home Mummy to my two boys, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to find some form of employment. To find some way back to being ‘Stacey’ and somebody else instead of just ‘Mummy’ or ‘wife’ all day long. Of course the extra money is a great persuader too.

I tend to look in a few places for jobs but one of the job boards I have come across recently is City Calling. I often peruse job boards online rather than newspapers as they have a much wider variety of jobs listed and usually contain a lot more information which you can see at a glance to see if it is the right job for you. Once you’ve looked, if it is then you can usually apply straight from there rather than making telephone calls or sending CV’s through snail mail, or if it’s not then you can simply look at the next vacancy.

City Calling is a simply laid out website which is easy to navigate around, containing vacancies from lots of big name brands. I quite dislike job boards where you have to navigate what feels like a hundred pages just to find what you are looking for. A bonus is that they also have a mobile app so you can job hunt on the go, or even in bed! (Surely I’m not the only one who does everything they can do on their laptop, on their phone in bed right after they’ve turned their laptop off?...)

I hope to be back in employment by the end of the year but it's quite difficult to find something for my skills, having been out of work for so long, and that fits around hubby's hours too as we just wouldn't be able to afford childcare for both boys. 

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