I’ve never been a big fan of politics but lately my interest has grown, particularly as a mother. Often the government lets families down and it seems like the whole political world is money focused rather than life focused. The Mummyfesto takes this into consideration as it follows three mother’s on their journey to try and change the world of politics.
From great ideas like funding for children’s hospices  dementia care plans and anti-bullying measures to the ridiculous ideas like privatising the Royal Family and replacing the House of Lords with Mumsnet, the mummfesto starts off it’s life in the kitchen of one of the mothers who ironically lives at number ten!
The three main characters, Sam, Anna and Jackie, each have their own family issues, Sam has a seriously ill child, Jackie a mother with Alzheimers and Anna troubled teenagers. Other issues include unexplained infertility and a loveless marriage. They start out with a campaign to save their local lollipop lady and end up standing in a general election, facing many life changing challenges along the way.
There is something to appeal to all in this book, laughter and sadness, friendship and failed relationships, love and duty. While at the same time making the reader think hard about the changes they would like to see in the way the country is run. The reader is actively encouraged to put forward their own suggestions for a mummyfesto by visiting the site www.mummyfesto.co.uk or by tweeting @QuercusBooks or @lindagreenisms using the hashtag #mummyfest

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Spongebob Squarepants is the loveable kids character who lives in a pineapple under the sea. Now he is available on these children’s ear plugs.

Star has recently started swimming lessons and had a few problems at the start. She didn’t like the water in her ears and she couldn’t cope with the noise. So she was happy to try out these ear plugs from Cirrus Healthcare.

They arrived in a cute carry case holding three pairs of ear plugs. Star said they feel soft and squidgy. She wasn’t too sure about having them in her ears at first but liked that they made things sound quieter. We tried them out at the swimming baths and they stayed put while keeping her ears dry and the noise out. She said she would prefer them in pink (her favourite colour) but I told her that Spongebob is yellow. Her reply was his friend Patrick is pink. Maybe Patrick could appear on later packs just to please fussy little girls who will only like things in pink.
When Eldest Daughter spotted them she grabbed a pair for herself. She has trouble sleeping and often wears ear plugs to help keep out noise. Luckily she didn’t mind them being yellow and even at her age is a Spongebob fan.

In my opinion (and I did try them myself) I do think they are a little large for tiny ears, Star is 7 and they just about squidged in. Although they don’t have to go right inside the ear, they stay in place because they are a little sticky. They are very soft and they do the job they are intended to do.

The earplugs  are supplied in packs of three printed reusable pairs in a waterproof carry case. The recommended retail price is £4.99. You can purchase them from Boots, Sainsburys, Superdrug, Lloyds, Tesco, Waitrose and online suppliers.

I recently purchased Loss De Plott by Stephan J Myers and the author asked me if I would like a copy of The Colour Red which is a children’s book.

Loss is a little girl who loves to draw and one day one of the characters from her drawings came to visit with a gift, a book for her to record her dreams. 
The story is written in prose and my girls loved the story. We had to read it through several times so they could pick out all the rhyming words. There is nothing like poetry to get the little ones interested in reading for themselves. 
Full of beautiful illustrations the story takes you on a magical journey through dreams and drawings. Completely enticing and enjoyable for all ages.
You can purchase The Colour Red on Amazon and for the month of March Stephan J Myers is donating all royalties to Save The Children charity. How brilliant is that?
You can follow the author Stephan on Twitter and Facebook.
I’ll let you know what I think of Loss De Plott when I’ve finished reading 🙂

I’ve decided to lose a little weight. I’ve not really got back to normal after having three kids in seven years and seeing as Little Man is now two I think it’s time I did something about it. So today I’ve started a diet, nothing to drastic, just watching what I eat and quitting all the bad stuff. My bathroom scales are broke, I think the Little Man did it, he breaks everything, so I ordered some more online. Well, they arrived today broken! They are mechanical scales and stuck on 9st. I called up the supplier to ask them about a return and replacement. This is the conversation that followed.

I started by telling her they were scales and they were broken. Then she started giggling and said
“sorry, but my computer is asking if you would like a discount”
I said: “no, they are broken and no use”
She said: “I know, daft isn’t it, maybe they think you could still find a use for them”
I said: “well they are actually stuck on 9st, I guess I could pretend and just give up the diet right now”
She said: “ohh send them over to me, I’ll have them, I would call them Dr Feelgood Scales (they are actually called Dr Style)”
so now we are both giggling and decide that you don’t need diets, just scales that lie.
Calming down she continues
“it could take up to 21 days for a refund, the product has to be returned and tested before a refund is issued”
then she starts giggling again
“I’ve just imagined some fat bloke jumping up and down on them trying to make them go higher”

So I may not have working scales yet, but at least phoning up to complain has made me smile.

Yes, it doesn’t happen that often does it, sunny days in February I mean. Just last week we had snow, and today it’s raining and miserable, but yesterday the sun was bright and it was fairly warm, just perfect for a trip to the Nature Centre. It also happened to be Dad’s birthday so it was really nice to have a day out together.

We let the Little Man loose from his buggy and all three had a real good run around. The girls were intent on giving names to all the animals they saw. First up were the goats and the ostriches. The Ocelot was beautiful but also very sleepy so we didn’t get to see much of her. There were some gorgeous little monkeys, some with gold fur and some with beards, so very cute (but I did notice how sharp their little teeth were!) Dad took the girls in to see the bugs and Boo came out traumatised by the tarantula…mmmm, guess why Dad took them in and not me? I do like the snakes and lizards though. We managed to fit in a play in the little playground where the kids burnt off their remaining energy. So much so that Star decided she just couldn’t walk to the bus stop, and Little Man slept all the way home.
We can’t wait to go back in the summer with a picnic!

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