Wednesday, 10 February 2016

This Lent I'm Giving Up Moaning!

I don't normally 'do' Lent but I guess it's not a bad thing giving up something, particularly if it's something not good for you, or something that makes you think more about your life. So this year I'm not giving up chocolate, or coffee, or even Facebook! I'm giving up moaning. I don't think it's going to be easy, particularly when things are not so good at home at the moment. (I lost my car today, but I'm not moaning because it's not as if I can drive anymore!) We also have another funeral on Monday, a close family member, and I've had to arrange it all along with my Other Half. But, grief and mourning are not really moaning, it's a natural process which we cannot deny ourselves.

I will however, not be sweating the small stuff. I'm going to bite my tongue at minor issues that I'd normally complain about. I'm going to be nice to my family all the time (oh wow! how tough is that?)
And I'm definitely not going to be posting Facebook Status' full of gripes and woe.

No, it's positivity all the way for me, well, at least for the next forty days....and then it will be Easter, my favourite time of year (not just because of the chocolate!)

I'd like to start my positive Lent with the kid's parents evenings.
As always Star and Boo have been really good at school, always trying their best and on their best behaviour. They may not be the most intelligent in their classes but they always make me proud and their teacher's always have such good things to say about them.

I'm really proud of my Little Man though. I was worried because he has been in trouble recently for his behaviour. Thankfully, his teacher realises that he is mostly immature because he is in fact immature! He is an August baby and the youngest in the class. Most of his classmates are already a year older than him. However, despite his little mishap he is a kind, caring and helpful little boy which has his teacher wrapped around his little finger with his charming personality. Best news of all though was that he may be immature in age and behaviour, but his actual work is well above average and he is one of the top learners in the class. Well done Little Man!


Monday, 8 February 2016

Three Easy Makes for Valentines Day

We don't normally celebrate Valentines Day, we think that you should show how much you love someone every day! However, the kids are already talking about it so I thought I'd let them do some Valentines Day makes and have some fun. Any time they spend away from the screens is a bonus.

My Little Man is always saying I love you this much and stretching his hands as wide as possible, so I thought that this idea was perfect for him.

I Love You This Much Card.

First we took a piece of card and the Little Man drew around his hands. He chose corrugated card which was not ideal but it was his make so I went ahead. It was difficult to write on though.

I cut out the hands for him...again, if he had not wanted corrugated card he probably would have been able to cut them out himself.

The next step was to write 'This Much' on a strip of paper and then fold it concertina like.

Then I wrote 'I Love You on the front of one of the hands

Finally, the little mand glued the strip to the back of each hand and joined them together.

You gotta love him :)

The next project was a bit tastier!

Chocolate Sweethearts

These are really simple and tasty. Boo helped me to make them.


200g white chocolate
some sprinkles
chocolate M&Ms or similar
a heart shaped chocolate mould.


Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot (not boiling) water
Into the chocolate mould pour a few sprinkles and add a couple of m&m's
Pour the melted chocolate over the treats and leave to set.

Finally we finished with some biscuits:

Strawberry Heart Biscuits.


50g unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
300g plain flour
1 egg
1 tsp strawberry flavouring
pink food colouring
heart shape cutter


Mix together the butter and the sugar
Add the colouring and the strawberry flavouring
Add the flour and rub into the mixture until you have a breadcrumb texture
Add the egg and mix unitl it all comes together.
Wrap in cling film and put in the fridge for at least 1/2 hour
Remove from fridge and roll out into about thickness of a pound coin
Use cutter to cut out heart shapes.
Bake for about 12 minutes at 170C/gas mark 5

Why not get the kids to decorate them!

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Having Fun with a Mini Weekend Box

In the RaisieBay household we love The Weekend Box Club, we reviewed our first box here way back in 2014. You can see the fun we had for the Chinese New Year last year here.

Now, we are really excited to bring to you the all new Mini Weekend Box. After finding that many customers were finding it difficult to fit in all five activities provided in the regular Weekend Box it was decided to produce a smaller box with only two activities. It's also a smaller price at only £4.95.

Weekend Boxes are full of creative activities but still fit through your letterbox. They can be themed around topical events like Mother's Day or Easter, or exploratory topics like countries or insects. The one we received was themed on the rain forest.

Weekend boxes are always a joy to receive, addressed to your child the box is inviting and colourful. On opening you are presented with coloured envelopes which contain most of the things you need to do the activity described on the same colour card. For example, the green envelope in our box contained what we needed to do the rainforest activity on the green card. We also had a blue envelope with contained what we needed to do on the blue activity card which was to make a parrot make. All we had to provide were scissors and a plastic bottle for the rainforest.

My girls were keen to get started. Boo chose the parrot mask activity and found the instructions clear and easy to follow and got on with the activity mostly by herself. All I had to do was help her cut out the eyes and attach the elastic. I think she did a really good job and she was happy with her mask.

My older daughter, Star needed a little help with her rainforest activity. I had to cut the bottle for her, make a hole in the lid and feed the string through. She read through the instructions herself and managed to rehydrate the soil, plant the seeds and put the bottle together as instructed. She also really enjoyed the activity and is (im)patiently waiting for the seeds to grow.

I think the Mini Weekend Box offers great value and for busy parents it allows you to do activities with your children that you wouldn't normally think of or have the time or resources for.

If you are interested in joining the Weekend Box Club then you can get your first box for free by quoting ANNE58.
Further boxes will be charged at £4.95 for the Mini Weekend Box and £7.50 for the Bumper Box (5 activites) You can pause or cancel boxes at any time.

What are you waiting for? You could be enjoying activities with your kids like this next weekend for free!

Disclosure: I was sent this Mini Weekend Box for free in return for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Positively February

When you have such a rubbish start to the year as I have the beginning of a new month is always welcomed. Goodbye rubbish January, hello positive February.

That doesn't mean that things have miraculously got better overnight, it just means I'm approaching the rest of the year with a positive attitude. It's so easy to feel down about all that has happened, the loss of my partners Father, my debilitating illness and then the loss of my car, but things can't get much worse, they have to start getting better.

I'm staying positive in that I will make a really good recovery from this Tranverse Myelitis. I know it can take a long time to heal but I will get there. I've read tons of stories now and everyone seems to be different, different levels of the illness and different levels of recovery. I know that I've been trying to gauge how long it will take me to recover against other's stories, but I've now realised that it's just not possible. I will recover in my own time, but I will never stop hoping and doing all I can to get well again. I may even start a little diary so I can see the little changes which can often be missed when you're looking for big things. I'll start with the little change I felt last night when my right foot was itching.

We are still grieving which is hard because we have not yet laid my partners Dad to rest. It will be soon now though and I know from experience that although it will be a difficult day, it can also be the day that healing begins. I feel so awful for my partner and his mum, it's hard losing a loved one. I'm also finding it so difficult as he passed away while I was taking him for an appointment, and I can't forget the whole horrid experience and sitting with him for so long afterwards waiting for his family to arrive. We all have to go sometime but I hope and pray I pass away gently in my sleep, don't we all!

Then there is my car. It was a mobility car that I had for my daughter who has problems walking any distance. I've had it for 18 months from new and paid nearly £3,500 towards it. I knew that it wouldn't be mine in the end but I would get a new replacement after three years. It seemed like a good deal. However, my daughter has now lost her mobility allowance as apparently they have deemed her well again, and I have to give the car back and will be left with nothing! It doesn't seem like such a good deal now! I'm appealing the decision made about my daughter, it's obvious they have not read through my re-application and they did not contact any of the seven professionals I provided for back up. I know this because they made the decision the same day they received my 43 page form, with two extra page of hand written informations and several hospital letters. However, I've changed my mind about having a car again. At least if I spend £3,500 on a car in the future I will have something to show for it.

So, there we go, the three worst things that happened to me in January and how I'm working on them positively,

I hope my readers have had a better start to the year, and I'd like to wish you all a Happy new New Year. There is so much to  look forward to, Spring time, Easter (my favourite holiday) and lighter days!
Binky Linky

Sunday, 24 January 2016

My Sunday Photo 24th January

I guess with all my recent posts about my illness I had to choose this photo this Sunday. It's me in hospital on the ward all alone as beds 8 and 9 had gone for surgery and bed 11 was unoccupied for ten minutes. This was my home for twelve days, the longest I've ever spent in hospital. 


Check out One Dad 3 Girls for some more Sunday Photos.