How to embarrass your children…

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As a parent of a two year old, I realise it’s not possible to be an ‘Embarrassing Parent’ as I don’t think it’s possible for a toddler to feel embarrassed (unfortunately!!). In fact as a parent of a two year old I seem to be more often an ‘Embarrassed Parent’ than ‘Embarrassing‘.

However, no matter how embarrassing these photos may one day be for my daughter, at the moment they are just precious and funny reminders of how adorable she is as a toddler who has no worries about when or where she needs to use her potty! When she’s gotta go, she’s gotta go!!

At the Garden Centre

At the Garden Centre

Down a Country Lane

Down a Country Lane

In a Car Park

In a Car Park

On a golf course

On a golf course

On the promenade

On the promenade

 

Outside Bolton Wanderers Stadium

Outside Bolton Wanderers Stadium

 

Do you think she’ll forgive me?!

 

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I’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award!

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I’m so excited to have been nominated for a Liebster Award! You don’t know what one is? Neither did I! I’ve written in more detail below what it’s all about, but it’s an award given to new blogs by other bloggers who enjoy reading their blogs! (Did I write ‘blog’ too many times there?!)

I was nominated for the award by the wonderful Atlantamomofthree – thank you! Please do check out her blog for posts about motherhood, marriage, faith, fantastic recipes and great tips about blogging.

The Rules:

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to them in your post.

2. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.

Note: (These are the “rules” but please feel free to do as you wish. If you have 5 bloggers to nominate instead of 11, and you can only think of 7 random facts about yourself – that’s perfectly fine:D )

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Here are my questions from Atlantamomofthree

1. What did you want to be as a child? I wanted to be an Olympic Gold Medallist! Failing that I was happy to be a primary school teacher and also a house wife. Both of which I have achieved!

2. Your favorite dinner is… Roast Duck – Chinese style!

3. If you could go anywhere on vacation right now, where would it be? I would go to the South of France, stay in a gorgeous little gite with our own private pool, and visit the local markets and vineyards, making and eating French food every day and enjoying lots of French wine…. bliss!

4. Coffee or tea? Coffee – decaf, unfortunately (I have an intolerance to caffeine 😦 )

5. To find new recipes, do you use cookbooks, magazines, or websites? I use all of those but use websites more as I find it quicker to just google a recipe idea. I’ll use cookbooks and magazines if I already know there’s a recipe there I want to use.

6. What is your favorite month, and why? I really like September because it always feels like a fresh start after the summer holidays. My husband goes back to work and I like to try out new routines or baby groups with my daughter.

7. Do you like driving? Why or why not? I’m indifferent to driving – it’s something that just has to be done and I’m happy to do it.

8. What does your spouse do for a living? He’s a teacher.

9. Do you have any pets? Yes, Charlie Dog.

10. Your ideal vehicle would be… I would LOVE a Motor home, so we could go on holiday quickly, easily and cheaply. I also think it would be great fun to be riding so high up (like in a bus!)

11. Would you ever want to be a contestant on The Price is Right? Of Course!!! I’d be a contestant on any show where I could win money, have fun and get on TV!! ha ha!

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Now for 11 random facts about myself:

  1. I used to be a pole vaulter.
  2. I’m Scottish but have an English accent.
  3. I can’t eat at McDonalds (or any other fast food restaurant for that matter – bleurgh!)
  4. I own a tandem bicycle and love going out on it with my husband (and making him do all the work for a change 😉 )
  5. My first car was a red Volvo 440 – it was very old, very cheap and very big!!
  6. One of my favourite actors is Tom Hanks – for some reason I always feel ‘at home’ when watching him.
  7. I can’t watch Horror movies – too scary!!
  8. I play piano and sing at our church.
  9. When I was kid I wanted to have LOTS of my own kids, then when we became friends with a family with eight kids – I changed my mind!!
  10. If I was to ever go on Mastermind my chosen topic would be ‘Friends’ the TV series (Go on… ask me any question you like!! )
  11. The worst job I’ve ever had was teaching the Recorder to a class of four year olds (the kids were adorable but the snot, saliva and screeching instruments weren’t so adorable!)

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Here are my nominees:

twinanutshell

melbournemummy

busyas2bees

missfannyp

mummysays

alovelymess

tiptoekisses

mummatalks

theparentingskill

buzyday

drivingmisty

 Here are my questions for my nominees: (copy and paste)
  1. What is the worst job you’ve ever had?
  2. If you could live any where in the world where would it be?
  3. What is your favourite film?
  4. What cleaning product could you not live without?
  5. Do you have a dream that hasn’t yet been fulfilled and, if so, what is that dream?
  6. Are you a ‘glass is half full’ or ‘glass is half empty’ kind of person?
  7. What are your top 3 albums to listen to on a long car journey?
  8. What would your perfect breakfast be made up of?
  9. Who inspires you?
  10. What would be your ideal date? (location not person!!)
  11. If there was only one thing you could take with you to a desert island what would it be?

Well, there it is!

Congratulations to the nominees. Have a great day!

Summer Fete

Summer has finally arrived here in the UK! (“But for how long?” we keep on asking ourselves!)

Today I was at our local primary school’s summer fete. I decided to have my own stall so I could meet some of the local mums and chat to them a little bit about my Pampered Chef business.

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In order to get people to actually come to my stall I needed to draw them in with a game of some sort. So I went for the Lemon Balance. All you need to do is get a bowl of water (or a trifle bowl in my case!) and put a lemon in it. To play, you just need to get a 20p coin and try and balance it on the lemon. It’s so simple yet so addictive, and despite what many of the parents said it is NOT a con 😉 ! It is possible to do!

Try it for yourself at your school summer fete. 🙂

How to make your own easy chocolate pastries.

I absolutely adore these chocolate pastries. They’re perfect as a special Saturday morning treat (or Sunday morning if you don’t go to church!!) and a great way of using up left over puff pastry. They’re  so much cheaper and tastier than buying shop bought chocolate pastries. My daughter  loves helping to make them as they’re so easy to do.

Perfect for using up left over puff pastry.

Perfect for using up left over puff pastry.

Roll out the pastry thinly. Cut into triangles and fill with chopped chocolate. Carefully roll from the large end. Bake on a baking tray for 20 min at 180 degrees Celsius.

Enjoy!

Consider it all joy

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I came across this post in my journal from a couple of years ago, but it’s message still rings true to me now.

I’ve always struggled to understand why we have to ‘consider it all joy’ when we fall into various trials (James 1:2). In my experience trials don’t equal joy. They equal anxiety, stress and worry. That was until I gave birth to my baby daughter.

Since becoming a mum I’ve been overwhelmed by the love that wells up inside me for her. I find myself gazing at her when she’s sleeping and laughing at her cute giggles, even when changing her dirty nappy at two O’clock in the morning! Sometimes I could cry I love her so much.

Alongside this overwhelming love I have for my daughter, I’ve also been overwhelmed by the responsibility I have as a mother to provide for her needs and give her the opportunity to grow up and mature into a young woman of God. Everyday I’m faced with these challenges of how best to look after her and I’m constantly leaning on God and asking Him for wisdom.

One such challenge has been trying to get her to settle down to sleep at bedtime. For the first few months of my daughter’s life she has had her night time feed and quickly dropped off to sleep. My husband or I would then put her in her cot and have the evening to ourselves. But over the last month or so, every time we’ve put her into her cot she’s started waking up. We would then pick her up and rock her back to sleep only for her to wake up yet again as soon as we put her back in her cot. Some nights it would take us four or five tries before she would eventually stay asleep. It was then occurring to me that Mairi, my daughter, was going to have to learn to fall asleep on her own. Even at four months old, she was going to have to start growing up!

Leaving Mairi to cry herself to sleep was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do since becoming a mum. My heart would break as I would hear her wail and all I wanted to do was run into her room, pick her up and cuddle her. I had to go to God and ask Him for the strength to be able to allow her to learn this important skill. When I did this God reminded of the verse, “ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” James 1:2-4. Not only was this situation a trial for me hearing my baby cry, but it was also a trial for Mairi being left on her own to cry herself to sleep. However, in leaving her for a short period of time she would then learn to fall asleep on her own allowing her to begin to grow up and become more independent.

Once I received the revelation that putting Mairi down for a sleep was an opportunity for her to mature, I actually started looking forward to and getting excited about nap times and bedtime. I considered it a joy that Mairi would get the opportunity to begin to grow up.

Now, I understand that not all the trials we go through in life are as small as the one I’ve illustrated here. God allows us to go through much more challenging situations such as the loss of a job, divorce or the death of a loved one. It’s often difficult to find ‘joy’ in these tough situations. It may even feel as if God has left us when going through these difficult times. But God promises that He will ‘never leave us or forsake us’ (Hebrews 13:5). Mairi may have felt all alone as I left her to cry herself to sleep, but I was actually just at the other side of her bedroom door ready to go in and reassure her when I felt it was getting too much for her.

God is our Father, and His love for us is even more perfect and complete than my love for Mairi or any other parent’s love for their child. In all the trials we face, God is with us. As we trust in Him and remember that He hasn’t left us or forsaken us, then we can grow stronger in our faith giving us a deeper and closer relationship with our loving Father.